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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Here is my current Numi collection updated for Winter 2021!
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Table of Contents:
Numi Sweat Proof Undershirt Reviews:
In 2013 Founder Michelle was motivated to solve a problem she herself was facing - She was no longer wearing her favorite pieces of clothing because dry-cleaning was expensive and they were prone to noticeable sweat stains. Let's face it, we've all been there. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Numi was born!
Numi's high performance sweat proof undershirts wick and absorb moisture and oder away from the body thus preventing stains. They've expanded into some beautiful silks that I hope to try!
Numi The Crop - XS Black & Almond $60 (Oct 2021)
Why I Was Interested In Trying The Crop by Numi
I followed Numi as a brand for a couple of years before finally ordering a couple of their performance sweat proof undershirts to try.
Shifting to more conscious clothing purchases recently means I have been slowly adding better quality pieces into my wardrobe. A lot of these pieces are beautiful natural/more sustainable fibers like cashmere, silk, organic cotton, tencel and modal to name a few.
Proper care of our garments can help them to last much longer. Most of our clothing items are being washed way more often than is actually necessary which causes breakdown of the fibers and shortens the lifespan of the garment considerably.
Thus, one reason to try Numi sweat proof undershirts was to extend the number of wears before needing to wash! Having a base layer prevents the garment from contacting your skin and absorbing sweat and other oils throughout the day. (And it's cozy in these cooler months!)
Throughout the day, I often notice visible sweat marks in the armpit region of my tops, no matter the weather. I do make and use my own natural deodorant which works great and honestly I feel that I sweat less than I used to when I used commercial “deodorant/antiperspirant”. Still, sweat comes out and I am totally okay with that (it's natural and part of the body's design!), but it can be awkward if it’s really noticeable.
And of course, I don’t want to have my garments stained over time from this. So preventing those sweat marks, temporary and permanent, is another reason to try Numi technical undershirts for women.
Finally, the modesty aspect. I personally always feel more comfortable when I have a modest base layer on. This allows me to wear different necklines and silhouettes without feeling self conscious or needing to constantly adjust them. I always thought a cami was the perfect solution for this, and recently tried quince silk camis, but was a little disappointed that the neckline was lower than my preference for this purpose and the fit was also not ideal for it either. So Numi undershirts could be a perfect cami alternative for modesty!
TL;DR - I tried Numi because I was interested in preventing sweat marks and stains, minimizing the need for washing garments, thus extending their life, and as a modest layering piece.
Numi The Crop Review - Fit
I chose size XS and the fit is comfortably snug, as it should be. I think XS was the right choice for me. I'm always torn between XS and S, but since I didn't have to accommodate my hips (petite pear over here!) as this is a crop top, I felt safe with the XS.
Numi The Crop Review - Quality/Longevity Prognosis
The material blend, 90% Tencel, 10% Lycra, is thin (except at the armpits) on purpose, so that it can be as invisible as possible underneath your other garments. This being the case and having some experience with soft materials, I anticipate it pilling a bit from the friction of always being worn under a garment. Since I don’t plan to wear this as a shirt alone, this shouldn’t be a problem if it does indeed happen. It won’t impact my primary ways of wearing the Numi Cropped Essential Undershirt - to prevent sweat stains and extend the life of my more precious garments. Finishing and stitching quality looked very nice upon arrival!
Numi The Crop Review - Wear Testing
To wear test this "sweat proof undershirt" I decided to wear it under a few different layers of clothing.
Layer 1: Numi Undershirt
Layer 2: Quince Silk Button Up
Layer 3: Mott & Bow Cashmere (Review Here)
I started to get pretty warm in this combo and proceeded to clean the entire house and do laundry. By the end I was feeling very warm, if not overheated... And guess what? Success!! No moisture on my finer garments, even the Numi didn’t feel wet from the outside. Also no other deodorant marks etc.
Initial thoughts from wear testing:
Reverse neckline is too high and makes me feel frumpy.
Scoop neck is so low it cuts below my bra lines which makes for weird lines under clothing and doesn’t help replace a cami for modesty.
Sleeve lines could initially be seen on some thinner materials but seemed to roll out as the day went on and disappear. Could be avoided with the long sleeve edition possibly.
Trying to pull fabric up at the shoulders to raise the scoop neckline caused weird bunching. I think with broader shoulders and a fuller chest you wouldn’t have any trouble, but I am petite and I think I must have narrow shoulders so it doesn’t work great for me and I hate the feeling of clothing falling off my shoulders.
Numi The Crop Review - Functionality
The Numi sweat proof undershirt does the job for me. It keeps me feeling cozy, my armpits dry, and my other garments protected. Unfortunately as a modest layering piece, it’s not as functional as I would have hoped *on my body*. :( I find the crew neck option to be too high and the scoop neck is extremely low on me.
Additionally, I know many wear this shirt on it's own, but I find the material too thin for that purpose, personally.
Numi The Crop Review - Were my expectations met?
Kind of. I'm getting 2/3 of my wishes on this purpose, so that's pretty solid!!
There are a lot of days when I'm like, "man... I wish that Numi neckline fit me better because everything else about it is EXACTLY what I want to wear and need for this outfit today..." I can't be the only one feeling like this is almost perfect!
Numi The Crop Review - Would I Rebuy? Any Suggestions for Improvement?
I would definitely consider rebuying if Numi adjusted the neckline or made an additional neckline option that wasn’t such a low scoop.
I would also consider getting the full length version (aka "The Signature"). I bought the crop thinking it would be more versatile year round for modesty/sweat resistant layering without the bulk of tucking in another layer. In reality it’s making me a tad chilly in the winter because my chest feels snug and cozy with the extra layer, while my belly feels a bit breezy and exposed through the top clothing layer(s). In the warmer months I am guessing my use will be more limited than I initially expected because of the necklines being less than idea for me.
For most people who don't mind a scoop neck like this and aren't as petite and narrow up top as I am, I believe this top will work very well for them as is!
Numi The Crop Review - Will I Keep it and actually wear it?
Yes. I will definitely be keeping the Numi performance undershirts and I will definitely get good use out of them and continue to formulate an ongoing opinion of them.
I hope this review has helped you decide if Numi's Essential Undershirt "The Crop" is right for you or not.
Check out all of Numi's current lineup with a discount here!
Numi The Mask - OS Black & Almond $15 (Oct 2021)
The Mask from Numi is made from upcycled fabric from their essential undershirts - Tencel/Spandex Blend. The masks are two layers and super soft, as you'd expect. Having a petite face, I have found that many face masks do not fit me well and gape open at the sides which is not ideal. The Numi face masks actually fit my face well! As with all masks I've tried so far that go behind the ear, the back of my ears do get sore after extended wear. But that's better than the alternative, for sure. :) Bundles of 3 masks come at a discoun, btw!
Other Numi Products I'd Like To Try
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encircled Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale picks:
I have a ton of encircled content on this blog including reviews and styling on a large number of their styles that could be helpful for you.
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Last Swab / Last Tissue
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Last Swab/ Last Tissue / Last Object Recommendations:
Absolutely love my original Last Swab and the Last Tissue packs. Use them around the house every day and perfect for in your purse/on the go while reducing waste! Check out their bundle packs for extra savings!
Mott & Bow
11/24 - 11/29
Spend $75 get free Marcy Fitted V Neck Tee or (new!) Second Skin Boxer Brief
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Mott & Bow Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale picks:
Two of my favorite Mott and Bow pieces are
11/22 - 11/27
25% off Sitewide with Nisolo coupon code FRIDAY25!!
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Nisolo Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale picks:
11/22 - 11/29
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Pact Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale Recommendations:
Consider stocking up on bundled basics like tanks, socks, and undies for the family (which are already discounted plus the BFCM discount!) or this cozy brushed fleece zip hoodie!
11/24 - 11/28
30% off with Tradlands discount code BF30
30% off with Tradlands discount code CYBER30
Pact Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale Recommendations:
Basically anything in emerald! I love this color and I think Tradlands has a style for everyone in this color.
You can get the famous Shelter Cardigan (review here, I have it in Birch, but the emerald is LOVE)
I also keep dreaming about their new Chalet Tiered Dress - belted for some waist definition while enjoying the free flowy-ness of those pretty tiers and POCKETS! The Field Chore Coat, Cotton Beanie, Portland Boatneck and Cottage Crewneck Sweater all come in a gorgeous green hue!
Proud to be a Nisolo Affiliate • All opinions are my own
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.
Shop the Dari Boot Here
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!
-->Experiencing hot spots as you break in your leather shoes? Try moleskin <--
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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