Outfit of the Day: November 2, 2017

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I went blue for my outfit today.

Abercrombie & Fitch Blue Buttonup

I got this St. John’s Bay sweater from JCPenney a year ago. I really like the style, so I have it in a bunch of different colors.

This button-up is from Abercrombie. They don’t have this exact one anymore, but they have some similar ones. The one I have is 99% cotton, but the similar ones I found are only 46% lyocell (a wood fiber similar to rayon), 35% polyester and 19% viscose, so I probably wouldn’t buy one of the new ones.

Dark Blue Jeggings from Hollister

My jeggings are from Hollister. They’re super comfortable and I have them in a few different colors. I figured out my size so I can order online if I need new ones, since I hate going into Hollister and Abercrombie. I definitely recommend ordering online if you like Hollister and Abercrombie clothes, but you do have to either pay a $7 fee or go into a store if you need to do a return.

Black Converse Hightops from Famous FootwearThese Converse high-tops are my favorite shoes. These have elastic laces and velcro at the ankle. They slip on really easily, so they’re so easy to wear. I get them in the children’s section at Famous Footwear. If you’re a women’s size 8 or smaller, you can probably fit into certain children’s styles and they’re usually about $20 cheaper than adult shoes, so it may be worth trying some things on if they don’t look too childish.

Outfit of the Day: November 1, 2017

It’s getting colder out, so layers are super important today.

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JC Penney St. John's Bay Cream Sweater

I’m wearing this red t-shirt from Forever 21. I usually don’t like a lot of the fashion pieces at Forever 21 and since they are fast fashion designed to only be worn a few times, most of the stuff there is pretty low quality. However, basics like this are usually pretty decent there. A lot of the t-shirts and camis I’ve gotten at Forever 21 are mostly cotton, and most of it is under $10.

This cream cardigan from JCPenney. I couldn’t find my exact one on the website, but this one is similar.

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This crystal necklace is one I made for my Etsy store, Fox&Phlox.
Dark Blue Jeggings from Hollister

These jeggings from Hollister are so comfortable and fit me perfectly. The front pockets are fake, which is understandable with the fit. Luckily, the back pockets are real, so I have somewhere to keep my phone when I don’t have my purse with me.

Brown Bamboo Combat Boots from Charlotte Russe

I got these Bamboo combat boots from Charlotte Russe a while ago. Charlotte Russe always has super cute shoes, but they’re not always the best quality. I’ve been impressed with these boots because they’ve lasted a year or two now with only some minor scuffing.

October 2017 Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix is a fashion subscription box that costs $20 per box for a shipping and styling fee. They send 5 items a month and the $20 fee is applied to anything you choose to keep.

When you sign up, you fill out a style profile.

When you’re finished, you choose when you want to receive your next fix. The $20 fee is charged to your credit card when the stylist chooses your items.

You have three days to decide what you want to keep and what to return. If you choose to keep all five items, you receive a 25% discount.

For more information on signing up for Stitch Fix, click here.

Here’s what I got this month:

StitchfixBagJak Zipper Detail Tote – $68.00
Brand: Urban Expressions

This tote is huge! It’s super cute. I love the color. I tend to go for neutral colors, especially in bags. However, it is made of polyurethane, which is synthetic, and has a polyester lining. I do love it, but I can’t justify spending so much money on synthetic materials.

Verdict: Sending it back.

Niall Ribbed Knit Swing Dress – $68.00StitchfixDress
Brand: RD Style

This dress does not fit me correctly. Even for a swing dress, it looks like a bag on me and the bodice is not cut correctly for my body at all.

Verdict: Sending it back

StitchfixShirtCovington One Pocket Top – $58.00
Brand: Le Lis

I do like this shirt, but there’s nothing really interesting about it. It’s just a basic button-up that I could get anywhere. It’s also 100% rayon, which is difficult to care for properly. I have had issues with rayon shirts falling apart in the past, so I don’t want to spend $58 for a shirt that’s going to fall apart.

Verdict: Sending it back

Chaplin Essential Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket – $88.00StitchfixJacket
Brand: 41Hawthorn

I adore this jacket. I’ve been looking for an anorak jacket for a few months now and this one is perfect for me. The color is a sort of purply-gray, which I love. It’s light, but not too light, so it will still keep me warm in spring and fall without overheating me. It’s also 100% cotton!

Verdict: Keeping it

StitchfixSweaterSharon Thumb Hole Detail Pullover – $78.00
Brand: 41Hawthorn

This is cute, but it’s only 58% cotton and closer to $100 than it is to $50. I love the cowl neck and the the thumb holes, but it’s a little pricey for me and doesn’t really go with anything I already own.

Verdict: Sending it back
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September 2017 Nadine West Review

Nadine West is a fashion subscription box that costs $9.78 per month for shipping. They send 4-5 items a month and the cost of shipping is applied to anything you choose to keep. Read my previous blog here to learn more about how it works.

Here’s what I got this month:

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Brand: Zenana Outfitters

I didn’t think I was going to like this shirt
at first, but it looks better on than it did
when I pulled it out of the package.
I’m not normally a pink kind of person,
but this actually looks really good with my
light wash jeans.
This shirt is just kind of boring and the sort
of thing I can get anywhere.

Verdict: Sending it back

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Argyle Girl – $16.99
Brand: New Mix

I really like these shorts.
They’re super soft and have an
elastic waistband so they’re really
comfortable.
I do think it’s weird that the tie is
just an accent, not a real drawstring.
It doesn’t detract from how cute the
shorts are, but I don’t think it adds
anything either.

Verdict: Keeping it

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Moonlight Fairytale – $29.99
Brand: Popular 21

The hemline of this skirt
is really cute.
The bodice, however, is
boring.
I think I would actually
prefer if it had short
sleeves instead of
spaghetti straps.
I don’t dislike that it’s gray,
but I think that adds
to the boringness of it.

Verdict: Sending it back

 

 

Teardrop Snake Skin – $13.99

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These earrings are cute, just not my style. I feel like they’re the sort of thing my mom or my aunts would wear.

Verdict: Sending it back

Morning Dew Sparkle Necklace – $18.99

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I love this necklace. I feel like it makes a statement without being a massive heavy thing. The details of the pearls and the leaves are so pretty.

Verdict: Keeping it

This month I’m keeping two of the five items I was sent. It’s really easy to send back the other three items. The package comes with a return label sticker that you just put over the original shipping sticker, then you put the items you’re returning back in the package along with the packing slip, tape it shut and put it in your mailbox.

The shorts are $16.99 and the necklace is $18.99, but since the cost of shipping is subtracted from what I keep, I will be charged $26.20 instead of $35.98.

August 2017 Nadine West Review

Nadine West is a fashion subscription box that costs $9.78 per month for shipping. They send 4-5 items a month and the cost of shipping is applied to anything you choose to keep. Read my previous blog here to learn more about how it works.

Here’s what I got this month:

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Brand: Bozzolo

I love the style of this top and I really like the color. However, as I mentioned last month, I hate the brand Bozzolo. The material is extremely thin and feels cheap and the texture of this top doesn’t work with the style.

Verdict: Sending it back

Sleek and Sexy – $19.99
Brand: Kathy

This skirt is super cute. I love the wrap style and the stripes. The material is really light, but doesn’t feel thin and cheap like the top. The problem with it is that it falls about mid-calf on me, which is too long. A skirt like this should fall at the knee or just above to look really good.

Verdict: Sending it back

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Hammered Bar and Plate – $19.99

This necklace is really cute. I don’t usually like the hammered look, but I do like this. I’m not sure what Nadine West’s obsession with hammered jewelry is, but I think I’ve gotten something hammered from them every month since I started the subscription. Usually the jewelry isn’t this interesting, but I love the different shapes on this. It falls in the middle of my chest, so I need a top that’s either very low-cut or very high-cut to wear it with.

Verdict: Keeping it

 

Disc Dangles – $12.99

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These are cute, but boring. They’re matte silver hammered discs. If they weren’t matte and matched the necklace a little better, I would probably keep them, but as they are I probably won’t ever wear them.

Verdict: Sending them back

#FashionFriday – July 2017 Nadine West Review

Nadine West is my current favorite fashion subscription box. If you want to know more about how it works, check out my previous post about it here.

Here’s what I got this month:

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Feels Like Spring – $14.49
Brand: Bozzolo

I like the cut of this top, but it’s not anything exciting. It’s super see-through, which is kind of weird for such a dark red. It’s probably because the material is so thin. I have gotten Bozzolo items before and had them be too see-through. I feel that $14.49 is pretty expensive for such a basic piece when it’s not very high quality.

Verdict: Sending it back.

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Band of Flowers – $16.99
Brand: Zenana Outfitters

These leggings are super cute. I was worried when I was trying them on that they would be too long like the pants I got last month, but they just barely brushed the ground when I put them on. They were a little loose. They are a small, so I think an extra small would fit perfectly. They’re also super comfortable, being 95% cotton and 5% spandex, which my mom would love. She’s at a conference this weekend, otherwise I would have her try them on. I think she would love them for her yoga classes. Since they’re not quite perfect on me, I won’t be keeping them.

Verdict: Sending them back.

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Jealous of My Pearls – $9.99

These earrings are pretty, but they’re not amazing. I already have pearl earrings and since these are nothing special, I won’t be keeping them.

Verdict: Sending them back.

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We Are All Made of Stars – $17.99

This necklace is super pretty. It looks like a starfish, which is really cute. In my post about my Nadine West package last month, I said that I didn’t like the dolphin necklace I had gotten because I don’t like dolphins. This month is the opposite. I think starfish are really cool and I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this necklace.

Verdict: Keeping it.

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Summer Mornings – $29.99
Brand: Freebird

I love this dress, but it’s too big on me. The pattern is so beautiful, and I think the cut would be fine if it were a size smaller. It is a small, but it hangs on me like a medium. I would definitely keep it if it were the right size.

Verdict: Sending it back.

I thought about changing the sizes in my profile to extra small since the leggings and the dress were both a bit too big, but I have gotten items in the past that fit perfectly. I’m going to try another month at small and if I keep getting items that are too big on me, change it to extra small.

The necklace is $17.99, but since the $9.78 I paid for shipping goes towards the cost of whatever I keep, I will only be charged the remainder, which is $8.21. Please note that if you decide not to keep anything, the shipping doesn’t get refunded to you. So, if I weren’t keeping the necklace and sent everything back, I would be out $9.78.

#FashionFriday: Nadine West June 2017 Review

Nadine West is my current favorite fashion subscription box. If you want to know more about how it works, check out my previous post about it here.

Here’s what I got this month:

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Alegra – $12.49

I really like the style of this top. I have a similar one I got from Abercrombie a year or two ago. This one has a really ugly pattern, though. I hate tie-dye and orange and yellow are not good colors for me. I’ve gotten one ugly yellow shirt from Nadine West before and I didn’t like the orange and white one I got last month because of the cut, so I’ve changed my style profile to say that I don’t want any more yellow or orange items.

Verdict: Sending it back.

Linen Days – $16.99

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My mom was super excited about the fabric content of these pants. They’re 55% linen and 45% cotton. Natural fibers are great, but these pants are kind of itchy. They’re also super long on my, hence why I have them cuffed in the photos. I like the tie-waist closure, but they also have a hook and a button.

That’s way too many closures for one pair of pants and it makes them more difficult than necessary to get on and off. I had really high hopes for these pants, since they are cute, but they’ve disappointed me.

Verdict: Sending them back.

Heavy Metal – $11.99

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I hate these earrings. I don’t like the shape of them and I just don’t think the hammered metal look is for me.

Verdict: Sending them back.

Jumping Dolphin – $19.99

This necklace is actually really cute. The only problem is that I hate dolphins. I think they’re scary and evil and can’t be trusted, so I would never wear one as a necklace.

Verdict: Sending them back.

I didn’t keep anything from this package, but I have kept things in the past. I like that I can try items that I wouldn’t normally pick for myself. I’ve ended up liking some things that I would never have chosen from off a rack.

 

#FashionFriday: What I wear for a summer day hike

If you subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me on Instagram, you know that I do day hikes because I’m not a fan of sleeping on the ground and not properly showering or washing my hands. Hand sanitizer is great for a little while, but I like to end my day with actual soap and water.

Even casual hikers need proper gear, though. I’m a strong believer that the deer care how you look, so I try to seek out gear that’s cute as well as functional. Here’s my standard outfit for a summer day hike.

The Outfit

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Obviously the first thing you need to look good on the trail is the right outfit. Rascal and Moky are always effortlessly dapper in their tuxedos, but we can’t all look that good.

The boots

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I got my Hi-Tec boots at a store in Mildura during my study abroad in Australia in 2014 (check out the Edge of the Outback program if you like photography). Mine are the Meridien WP Women’s in size 8.5. It looks like Hi-Tec discontinued this particular style, because the only place I found it was this out-of-stock one on Amazon. The accent color on the Amazon one is purple, but mine are light blue. I love that they’re mostly brown/beige because it’s so much easier to put together an outfit without having to worry if my boots will clash.

I’m normally a 7.5, so I went a size up to compensate for the thick socks I usually wear when I’m hiking. I’ve had these boots for a few years and I’ve never had any issues with them in any terrain. I’ve hiked through thick woods, mountainous and bluff regions, lava fields and more and these boots are easily keeping up with me. They’re also waterproof, which is great since the Midwest gets plenty of storms during the summer and even when the weather is nice, there are a lot of streams and puddles to wade through.

One thing to remember is that shoes need to be broken in and blisters are a fact of life. Whenever you get new hiking boots, wear them around for a while so your feet know the boots and the boots know your feet.

The socks

Thick socks help cushion your feet when you’re hiking. There are a lot of brands that are pretty comparable. I have some Fits socks that I really like. Most socks designed for hiking incorporate Merino wool, which is great for wicking away moisture to keep you from drowning in your own sweat.

I personally don’t like the crew style that most hiking socks come in. You can get high-end brands like Fits in a quarter height, but I actually like a brand called SeoulStory7 that I found on Amazon better. SeoulStory7 socks are much cheaper than high-end brands sold at specialty stores like Erehwon or REI and there’s a reason for that. They aren’t made with wool and they’re thinner than socks from more recognizable brands. I would only wear them in summer because they aren’t anywhere near warm enough for a fall or spring day in the Midwest, but I like them enough that I’ve purchased multiple pairs.

The pants

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I think most pants designed for hiking are super ugly, but jeans aren’t really comfortable to hike in and leggings and yoga pants don’t provide much protection against brambles and can snag easily.

The pants I wear are sold by a company called Angel Cola on Amazon, but are actually made by a company called Komont, which appears to be Korean. I personally think these pants fit really well and I love that they come in so many fun colors, but a lot of the reviews on Amazon complain about issues with quality and fit. I’m very thin, so women with an average or heavier build may not like these pants as much as I do.

The lightweight pants that I wear in summer are very thin and some colors can be see-through, which I found out the hard way. To avoid showing off a little too much in see-through clothes, find underwear or a bra in a color as close to your skin tone as possible. White underwear and bras can still be seen through thin clothing, even if you’re as pale as me.

The best thing about these pants is that they’re super durable. Again, many reviewers on Amazon had a different experience than I did and have complained about these pants ripping at the seams, but I’ve found that I can charge straight through the woods without worrying about getting cuts and scrapes from twigs and brambles.

The top

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I’m not really a t-shirt kind of girl, so I usually wear tanktops on hikes. I got this one from Old Navy several years ago. I tend to cut the tags off my clothes, so I don’t actually know the fabric content of this top, but it’s super comfortable.

The sports bra I’m wearing underneath the top is also really comfortable. It’s from Fruit of the Loom and is 95% cotton and 5% lycra. Cotton is a great fabric for hiking and other outdoor activities because it’s breathable, so it doesn’t trap your body heat or sweat (super important on hot days). It also doesn’t retain smells as much as other fabrics, so if you’ve been sweating all day or sitting by the campfire all night, you won’t smell it as much when you’re still wearing your shirt and the smells will come out easier when you wash it.

I do keep heavier outer layers and waterproof layers in my backpack as well. In the midwest it’s important to have all kinds of clothing because you can’t trust the weather.

If you like the scenery in these pictures or just want to see more of Moky and Rascal, check out my video of our trip to Wildcat Mountain State Park in Wisconsin here.

 

Nadine West Review

I love subscription boxes and I love clothes, so obviously when I heard about Nadine West, I had to try it. It’s very similar to Stitch Fix, but much cheaper.

When you sign up for Nadine West, you fill out a style profile. They give you photos of each item of clothing in different styles and you pick which ones you like.

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You also choose how often you want to receive each type of item and what colors and patterns you like and don’t like.

You tell them how much you usually spend on clothing and jewelry, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the items you receive will be in that range. I put that I usually spend less than $20 on jewelry and I just received a necklace priced at $29.99.

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You can choose to receive shipments every two weeks or every four weeks.

Just like Stitch Fix, anything you don’t want to keep, you send back and don’t get charged for.

The shipping fee for Nadine West is $9.78, which gets put towards anything you decide to keep. However, you don’t get that money back if you choose not to keep anything.

Here’s what I got in this shipment:

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Chloe – $11.49

This shirt looks cute in this picture, but it’s extremely thin and the material feels kind of weird. I don’t really like how it hangs on me.

Verdict: Sending it back.

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She’s Got Legs – $14.99

These shorts are super cute. You can’t really see the detail in this picture, so here’s another one:

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One thing I love about subscription boxes is that you get things you never would have tried otherwise. These shorts are super high-waisted for me. I’ve never liked high-waisted bottoms, but I think I look really good in these.

Verdict: Keeping them.

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Arawak – $13.49

This shirt is 100% something I would never pick up at the store. The color doesn’t stand out to me and I tend not to like looser fitting garments like this. Turns out it’s super cute, though! I think it looks much more adult than most of my wardrobe. I’m trying to slowly change the type of clothes I have so I can dress like I’m closer to 30 than 20 (which I am), so this shirt fits in perfectly with where I want my wardrobe to go.

Verdict: Keeping it.

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Ribbon of Power – $13.99

I’m going to be real, I think these earrings are super ugly. I don’t like how clunky they look and I don’t like the hammered metal. I think these are the type of thing you have to have a certain personality to pull off and shy girl Holly cannot pull off this look.

Verdict: Sending them back.

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Linked Together – $29.99

I like this necklace, but I have no idea how to wear it. I think you need something with a high neckline to make this look good, and I really don’t have much with a high neckline.

Verdict: Sending it back.

Nadine West is probably going to end up being one of my favorite subscription boxes. None of the things they sent me are things that I would choose for myself, but I ended up keeping 2/5 of the items. They don’t look like the most high-quality garments, but they’re also super cheap and it’s worth it to me to find clothes that don’t say “I never go anywhere besides the beach and Sunday brunch” so I can develop a new sense of style.

If you think Nadine West sounds cool and want to subscribe, the website is here.