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!
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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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!
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Yes. Investment. Tradlands pieces (for most people) are an investment. The upfront cost may be higher, but you’re getting a quality garment that is going to last longer and is ethically made. But enough about that! TBH, you already know that and you probably have been looking for tradlands clothing reviews or even tradlands shelter cardigan reviews for that exact reason. I commend your diligence! I, too, am an avid googler of regular-people reviews of everything from spaghetti sauce to sustainable fashion. I always find everyone’s opinions or pictures are helpful in their own way. So let’s try on the Shelter Cardigan!
Oh hey! Cozy chunky knit sweater, anyone? Yes please! The Shelter Cardigan has a loose, gently oversized fit with drop shoulder and light balloon sleeves. This is a 100% cotton cardigan, which can be surprisingly hard to find.
BTW, I ordered XXS • 5’2” - b 33” w 27”
Take note of how beautiful the knit is and how sort of vibrant? the color is even though it’s basically just off white? I’ve seen this vibrancy in the other Tradlands knits and I think it’s one of the many reasons these sweaters scream quality to so many people.
If you’re looking for fit reference, note where the birch shelter cardigan xxs hits between waist and hips on a petite body. Also note the drop sleeve and overall sleeve length. Some pics I have rolled the sleeves a bit to give you an idea. This is easily a sleeves-over-fingers cozy kind of sweater for someone with my arm length! How do you like it with just the top button done?
Maybe you like the idea of buttoning all 3 of the buttons and doing a little cardigan tucked into high rise jeans look? Here ya go:
While many people love to wear the Shelter Cardigan as a top in itself, I think I would find it too low for comfort. I would at least want a cami or even a numi top (which will also protect the sweater from sweat) underneath. Here you can see the fit difference if you pull it back from the shoulders to make the neckline more modest or if you pull it forward. Which do you prefer?
Do you like to tuck in chunky knit sweaters and cardigans? Here’s a look with the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan tucked in to Mott And Bow High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans and finished with a red leather skinny belt. (Mott & Bow Bond Jean review here)
Are you the spunky wear-it-in-reverse type to get the most versatility out of every piece in your capsule wardrobe? Here’s the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan in reverse. I kind of loveee that diagonal knit at the shoulder, don’t you?
The Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is a beautiful and high quality, ethically made cotton knit cardigan with buttons. FYI The Shelter Cardigan does not have pockets, if that’s something you’re looking for in a cardigan. I chose the color birch because I wanted this piece to work with literally anything I’m wearing, no matter the color spectrum, but Tradlands has some really gorgeous new fall colors out like jam and also emerald green (I think that was released in summer, but still) so if this style if your jam (ha, jam.)… you may want to go big with another vibrant hue!
This slightly oversized slouchy cardigan is a huge departure from my historical style, but it’s actually a pretty awesome addition. When deciding between the Shelter Cardigan vs Cottage Crewneck Sweater, I opted for the shelter cardigan because it is a sweater with buttons. You see, my temperature fluctuates so much. One minute I’m hot, the next I’m cold. Then I’m hot, then the AC kicks on and my teeth start chattering… I have a hard time staying comfortable so I’m constantly putting on a layer and take it off which is much easier to do with an open cardigan or button cardigan than an over-the-head sweater. (Although those sweaters are great for true winter when I’m just gonna be cold no matter what until spring haha.)
Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is now my go-to cardigan for Fall and Winter layering.
Huge thanks to Tradlands for gifting this sweater! Stay tuned for more styling ideas featuring xxs tradlands shelter cardigan in birch.
In the mean time you can see all available sizes and colors of the Shelter Cardigan on the Tradlands website.
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Here is my current sweater collection updated for Fall/Winter 2021!
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I'll be dividing the sweaters by category based on their material. You'll find cotton sweaters, cashmere sweaters, cotton cashmere blend sweaters, wool sweaters, rayon/wool blend sweaters and.. well I think that's it for now! :)
Tradlands Shelter Cardigan - Birch XXS - $227 (Sept 2021)
For me, Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is a no brainer for when I need to throw on an extra layer and just feel straight up cozy. The fit is different than my usual style preferences because it's slightly oversized. This is what makes it such a cozy sweater. It has a nice amount of weight and a beautiful knit. Easy to toss over winter layers or a tank top on a cooler summer night. Keep it at the office to combat those drafts. Love it.
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Everlane Soft Cotton Crew Sweater - Bone XS - sale $50 (Jan 2021)
The Cotton Crew Neck Sweater from Everlane is a basic kind of sweater that you can wear casually or dress it up. I regularly wear it over one of my Tradlands button ups and I also love it underneath my Everlane Picnic Dress.
Everlane Soft Cotton Crew Neck Sweater Review
Mott & Bow Willow Oversized Cashmere V Neck Sweater - Oxblood XXS - $149 (Sept 2021)
Mott & Bow's oversized cashmere v neck sweater in oxblood is a great addition to my sweater collection. The color is one of my personal power colors, meaning it's a color I always feel great and confident wearing. Worn alone with jeans or a skirt, it's a quick and easy outfit. The slightly oversized fit also allows for using this as a layering piece in the warmer months. I love a button up collar peeking out from under a v neck sweater.
Everlane The Cashmere Crew Sweater - Red XS - sale $60 (Sept 2019)
I invested in some cashmere sweaters because I wanted more natural fibers in my wardrobe. I realized a huge contributing factor to difficulty regulating my temperature in the colder months was some of the synthetic fabrics that nearly all my sweaters were made of. Polyester, Acrylic, etc... These are no good for me, personally. I snagged a sale on a popular cashmere crew from Everlane. The fit of the XS is preferred and I do enjoy wearing this with jeans and patterned skirts that have red in them, as well as with solids to add a pop of color in the cold months.
Everlane The Cashmere Crew Sweater - Mustard Yellow S - sale $60 (Sept 2019)
Like the previous sweater, I snagged the mustard yellow cashmere sweater from everlane on sale and the only size was Small. I still wear this sweater regularly, although I definitely refer the XS fit on this sweater. I love the cheery yellow color and it pairs well with other colors I reach for regularly - navy, forest green, maroon, black.
Cotton Cashmere Blend.
Mott & Bow Emma Light Ribbed Cotton Cashmere Crew - Black XS - $99 (Sept 2021)
This lightweight cotton cashmere sweater is like a dream. A high crew neckline and fitted silhouette make for a really chic look with no effort at all. It's a wonderful weight for transitional seasons or as a base layer in colder months.
Mott & Bow Emma Light Ribbed Cotton Cashmere V Neck - Ivory XS - $99 (Sept 2021)
Again, an excellent transitional sweater that is not too heavy and almost like a long sleeve fitted shirt, but better and cozier. The ribbed fabric blend gives it a bit of stretch making it nice to wear over a button down as well!
Quince Australian Merino Wool Open Cardigan Sweater - Navy XS - $39.90 (Feb 2021)
An easy cardigan with pockets to toss on for a little extra warmth but without being bulky. The Quince Merino Wool Cardigan is a cardigan without buttons, it has roomy pockets, and is super soft. Be careful when washing/drying because I accidentally popped mine in the dryer on auto once and I think it did shrink a bit, although not to an unwearable point.
Encircled The Dressy Sweatshirt - Navy XS - $154 (Nov 2018)
The first "better" sweater I invested in, from Encircled clothing - The Dressy Sweatshirt. This sweatshirt is made from a blend including rayon from bamboo and merino wool. They now have another wool free sweater blend available in this design. I find the wide neckline is too wide for my frame and petite style preferences. I still like to wear it as a quick throw on layer, especially when traveling.
Overall, I feel like my sweater collection is pretty robust, but here are some additions I would consider in the future.
Mott & Bow Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Willow in Black, $149
Tradlands Jude Pullover Sweater, $217
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