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Nisolo is an ethical shoe and accessory brand known for high quality, sustainable leather shoes, boots, and accessories made by skilled craftsmen who are paid a living wage. Nisolo as a shoe brand is perfect for a curated, capsule wardrobe or anyone looking to shop more intentionally.
On this page you will find my honest reviews of my personal Nisolo collection.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or to share your favorite Nisolo piece!
Nisolo Dari Boot Review
TL;DR - Definitely Recommend. True to size but size up for wide feet or thick socks.
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My first pair of Nisolo shoes are these beautiful Black Dari Commuter Boots!
I have been eyeing this pair of black leather ankle boots with a heel for the longest time, probably going on about 2 years, in fact. One of my In Search Of items has been a pair of versatile black ankle boots to wear casually and with dresses and skirts.
The unboxing experience was exciting and felt so special. Each boot comes in it's own protective bag which is testament to the love that went into making these leather ankle boots.
Why was I interested in Nisolo Dari Commuter Boot?
The Dari Boot is an elevated black ankle boot with a 2.5" heel - High enough to make for a polished finish when wearing dresses and skirts but low enough to wear every day and be comfortable - even travel days! The commuter edition of the Dari Boot has a rubber sole which I thought would fit my lifestyle well - no matter the weather or how much walking, I think they will be more comfortable than a stacked wooden heel.
Breaking in Leather Boots
Leather boots and leather shoes always require a little bit of breaking in as leather starts out a tad stiff and then learns to move with you!
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Nisolo Dari Boot Fit Review
How To Wear Black Heeled Leather Ankle Boots: Nisolo Dari Boots Outfits
As Seen Above:
• Nisolo Black Dari Commuter Boot
• Maxi Skirt - Handmade from Etsy with Rifle Paper Co Wildwood Garden Party Fabric
• Mott & Bow Bond Black Skinny Jeans (discount TRIPDONTFALL)
Thanks to Nisolo for gifting these beautiful boots so I can review, style, and share them with you.
All opinions are my own! #inmynisolos @nisoloshoes
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Tags - Fall Style • Winter Style • Style • Petite Style • Review • Try Ons • Nisolo • Dari Boot • Sustainable • How To Style • Shoes
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Uber, Lyft, Bolt, rental cars... they're all great when you're traveling. But there's a certain charm about local public transportation that can't be replicated. It's often a little bit inconvenient, sometimes a bit uncomfortable, maybe it's warm? maybe it's packed? Whatever it is.. I kind of love it. It feels authentic. It's a glimpse at the day to day life of real people living their lives in the place you're a visitor in.
Our first train ride in Portugal started at Boliqueime station. Okay.. actually it started with an Uber to the station. One of those uber rides where you semi fear your life and question how easily you hop into a car with a stranger whose driving you've not previously assessed, but I digress..
Boliqueime Station is a quiet little train station in Algarve, southern Portugal. This is not a manned station which means you will need to purchase your tickets in advance. How do you buy train tickets in Portugal?
How do you buy train tickets in Portugal?
Visit the official website for Portugal's train system - Comboios de Portugal and select "comprar bilhetes" (buy tickets). You'll be able to enter your starting point and end destination and see choices for train times and prices. Our ticket from Boliqueime to Portimão was 4.15 euro per person. This trip is about an hour long. Your ticket will be emailed to you and you can print it or show it on your phone and it will be scanned on the train. If you can't purchase a ticket in advance, you'll be happy to know you can pay with exact change on the train. After boarding and once the train departs, someone will walk through each car to verify tickets of all new passengers.
Waiting for a train is an excellent time to catch up on reading, studying, or just take a moment to really be present and observe the little things. On this particular day I took a moment for this outfit combo that I have been gravitating toward all summer so far:
It's one of those outfits that feels comfortable, effortless, yet put together. Super functional with the cross body purse with magnetic closure and the linen skirt with pockets.. No wonder I keep reaching for it.
Can't forget the shadow-engulfed shoes...
Boliqueime station is super quiet and there is not much around the immediate area, however right at the station there are beautiful citrus trees!
And a lovely view to appreciate as you wait.
Trains in Portugal - What if I miss my train?
If you cancel in advance you can get a refund and rebook. If you are at a manned station, you can talk to someone in person about exchanging your ticket. In our case, the station was unmanned and we missed our train so we couldn't cancel it in advance. We tried to buy a new ticket for the next train online but the purchase window had closed. So we were prepared to pay again on the train if necessary. We showed our ticket for the previous train to the man and he maintained silence and a bit of a stern expression in response to our apologetic tone and willingness to repay. Finally he said next time, be sure to exchange your ticket and walked away. In Portugal, things are always possible. :)
Tradlands Meadow Linen Skirt Review
Tradlands Meadow Linen Skirt in Olive, shown above, is a new release for 2022 from Tradlands and it is definitely a hit. With a size range from XXS-5X, almost everyone can find their perfect summer skirt in the meadow skirt!
When I say perfect summer skirt, I truly mean it. This linen skirt is perfect for summer. It has a comfortable elastic waistband, two generous pockets, an ideal length and gather so you don't have to worry about gusts of wind, all in an elevated fabric blend of linen and tencel. It's true a stunning piece and easily one of my favorites in my entire wardrobe.
For sizing, I went with the size chart recommendation of a medium with a 27" waist. This is definitely a comfortable size for me, though I feel I could have sized down to a small to wear it higher without needing a belt. The olive color is gorgeous and if you can save up for one olive and one black of this skirt.. you'd be set for life girl.
This is a skirt that you can wear with flip flops, tennis shoes, or heels. Dress it up or down, wear it constantly, live your life in the comfort and effortless style of tradlands meadow linen skirt!
Thanks so much to Tradlands for gifting the meadow linen skirt to review and share with visitors to the blog!
Check out tradlands meadow skirt here and support this amazing brand!
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It's time for one of my favorite brands to have their sample sale! YAY!
Encircled is Kristi Soomer's slow fashion brand with incredibly high quality standards. If you're a regular around here you've probably read tons of my encircled clothing reviews! Did you know if one of encircled's small batch design garments doesn't quite make the grade they save them for the next sample sale?
It's no secret that slow fashion is more costly than what most consumers are used to - and for all the right reasons (better materials, better quality, better work wages and working environments, more thoughtful and timeless design, giving back to the community etc)
Selling these pieces at a discount is a responsible solution that also provides an opportunity to add a sustainable and ethically made piece to your closet at a discount, perhaps enabling you to try a great brand like encircled for the very first time!!
When is Encircled's Sample Sale?
What kind of flaws do the sample sale items have?
Common flaws include fabric slubs, yarn pulls, sewing imperfections, small stains, pinholes. You can see some examples on encircled's website, but before you go there here are two items from the encircled sample sale as a first hand example!
I'm glad for the tiny piece of tape to help me locate the flaws because otherwise I may not have found them at all! I tried to take a picture so you could see them as apparently as possible. This is the Effortless V Neck in Emerald (US/Global or Canada) and the Dressy Mockneck in Brass (US/Global or Canada). Both were in the sale for a fabric "slub".
What is a Fabric Slub?
"A slub appears as a thick grouping of yarns within the fabric of a garment and is only visible due to the textural difference." -encircled
Is the Sample Sale Worth It?
YMMV and some imperfections may be more noticeable than these. I can only share from my personal experience and I have to say getting these pieces at 30% off for such minute "flaws" is pretty special and definitely worth it!
Remember, you're supporting a small, ethical, slow fashion brand. Truly a 30% discount is like an 75% discount at a fast fashion store. (No scientific/mathematical calculation there, I'm just saying discounts are a big deal because costs are sooo much higher!)
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This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I was gifted these pieces, with no obligation to create this post.
The Nico Linen Dress is available in gingham, Sedona, cactus blossom (love), dried tobacco.--^
^-- Check availability and read Tradlands Nico Linen Dress (with pockets!) reviews here.
^-- The Birdie Linen Dress is a reversible, sleeveless midi dress in 2 colors.
Check availability and read Tradlands Birdie Dress Reviews here.
The Chalet Tiered dress in gorgeous Birch and Olive.
Check availability and read Tradlands Chalet Tiered dress reviews here.
A new sweater has been released in place of the Jude pullover sweater. It's called the canyon V neck sweater made of lightweight cotton.
Check availability and read Tradlands Canyon sweater reviews here.
The coast camp shirt is a fresh twist on a classic, short sleeved boxy button up. Casual or dressed up, you'll be ready with this one.
Check availability and read Tradlands Coast camp shirt reviews here.
The 102 Box T-shirt is a classic striped shortleeve tee and pairs well with the Glen Long shorts which are a tencel-linen short!
Check availability and read Tradlands 102 Box Shirt reviews and Tradlands Glen Long Short Reviews here
The Paloma linen pant is back in 3 colors!
Check availability and read Tradlands Paloma Pant reviews here
Finally, a new Tradlands skirt called the Meadow Midi Skirt is a lightweight, linen, midi length skirt available in 2 colors. (If you're closer to 5 foot, it may be more a maxi fyi)
Check availability and read Tradlands Meadow Midi Skirt Reviews here
My picks from the Tradlands Spring 2022 Collection would probably be the Nico Dress in Cactus Blossom, the Meadow Midi Skirt in Olive and the Coast Camp Shirt.
Can you tell I'm a color girl? I keep trying the whole neutral thing and I like it a lot, I often feel very classic and polished, but when I see colors like this... my heart of hearts can't help but sing!
Sometimes I wear clothes based on how I feel, other times based on how I want to feel.
Do you know what I mean? I think these are happy clothes! I dare say they would lift anyone's mood, whether the wearer or passersby! Congrats Tradlands on another gorgeous launch!
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Tags - Tradlands • Shelter Cardigan • Cardigan • Cotton • Sweaters • Spring Style • Summer Style • Style • Review • Petite Style • Petite Pear • Nico Dress
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Lily Silk Blouse Reviews
Lily Silk SOS (Silk Oversize Style) Shirt | $155
To date, the Lily Silk SOS Shirt is my third silk shirt. This Charmeuse Silk button up blouse is truly a beautiful piece. If you love a silk top with a luxurious sheen, this will be up your alley. I can't really put into words how truly special and super ... silky? (lol) this women's silk blouse feels to the touch and when wearing it! Let's get to the try on!
Love the look of the lilysilk blouse tucked in to this classic skirt and finished with a skinny black leather belt.
Also try tossing a sweater like this red cashmere sweater over top of the lilysilk sos shirt.
It's a great layering piece!
Final Thoughts Lily Silk SOS Blouse Review
I typically prefer a slim fit when it comes to blouses because of being so petite. For that reason, the Lily Silk Basic shirt is probably a better option for me overall (and they have lots of gorgeous colors!) Howeverrrrr I have to admit that I loved the oversized silk blouse layered under a sweater. It felt so luxurious and silk has great thermoregulatory properties making it a double win! A lot of base layers are made up of synthetics that make you itch or get overly warm, but that won't be a problem here! To help extend the life of your silk blouses, I recommend a sweat proof undershirt like these.
This is my first Lilysilk piece and it truly is beautiful. The whole experience, including the packaging felt luxurious and like a special gift coming wrapped nicely in its own special box.
Huge thanks to Lilysilk for gifting this blouse. All opinions are my own! I hope this post and pics can help you decide if this particular blouse is for you! Check out some other styles I love from Lily Silk below:
More Cute Styles From LilySilk
Tags - Lily Silk • Style • Silk • Petite Style • Review • Try Ons • Style • Cashmere • Nisolo • Petite Pear
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