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.

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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.

 

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.