November 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.

This month I noticed that my items were picked by a new stylist. Last month they were picked by Danielle, this month they were picked by Anne. I thought Danielle did a pretty good job last month. I only kept the coat she picked for me, but I strongly considered keeping the sweater and the bag. I didn’t quite love them enough to spend so much money on them. I liked the style of the dress, but it was an awful fit on me. The shirt was cute, but kind of boring and 100% rayon, which I have had issues with falling apart in the past. I put my comments on why I was sending each item back in the comments when I was checking out, but it seems like my comments were not passed on to Anne.

Here’s what I got this month:

Bellucci One Pocket Top – $58.00Stitchfix_Buttonup_Top
Brand: Napean Sea Rd

Like the Covington One Pocket Top last month, I like this shirt, but there’s nothing interesting about it. This one is a pullover that only buttons halfway up, but it’s still pretty much the same button-up shirt I can get anywhere and most similar shirts would be much cheaper. It’s also 100% rayon, just like the shirt last month. I don’t want to spend $58.00 for a basic shirt that will fall apart because I don’t know how to care for it properly.

Verdict: Sending it back.

Anuka Cotton Blend Pullover – $78.00
Brand: Harper Lane

This sweater is so cute. I love the color. It has a split back, which I love. Unfortunately, from the front it looks super boxy on me. I really wish this looked amazing on me so I could keep it, but it does not.

Verdict: Sending it back.

Liza Distressed Skinny Jean – $98.00
Brand: Lila Ryan

I don’t like the distressed trend. Rascal doesn’t look thrilled either. I’m not going to pay almost $100.00 for an item that already looks damaged, even though that’s how it’s supposed to look.

Verdict: Sending it back

Quin Keyhole Crochet Top – $64.00
Brand: Daniel Rainn

This shirt is super cute from the front. I don’t like the split in the back, and it’s also 100% rayon. If I knew how to take care of rayon, I would probably consider keeping it, but I will send it back because I’m not confident I won’t destroy it.

Verdict: Sending it back.

Calven Cable Knit Cardigan – $68.00
Brand: RD Style

I have a super similar cardigan to this one from Charlotte Russe, but this is much higher quality. However, it is also 78% acrylic. I have been trying to fill my closet with mostly natural fibers, and while this cardigan is also 22% cotton, there is so much acrylic I can’t justify spending over $50.00 on it.

Verdict: Sending it back.

I’m pretty disappointed by the items I was sent this month. Some of the things are cute, but made with fabrics I don’t like or don’t know how to care for, I hate that the (otherwise great) pants are distressed, and the only thing I was super excited about doesn’t look good on me.

I’ve also learned not to let my dad take pictures for me.
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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


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
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


Moonlight Fairytale – $29.99
Brand: Popular 21

The hemline of this skirt
is really cute.
The bodice, however, is
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


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


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:

Made in the Shade – $18.49IMGP8204
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


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


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.



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:


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


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


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.


#MakeupMonday – Sephora Play! Review June 2017


I’ve been getting Sephora Play! for a few months now. I personally like it, but I’ve heard from others who are better at makeup than I am that it isn’t worth the money.


Play costs $10/month and comes with five hair and beauty samples, plus one perfume sample. A lot of the samples I’ve gotten are products that I’ve heard a lot about, but have never tried because they’re so expensive. Sephora and Ulta allow returns if you don’t like a product, but I would rather try a sample of something and know I like it than buy a full size and have to spend the time and hassle of returning it if I don’t like it. That being said, I think a lot of people don’t like Play because a lot of the products are so well-known. Most people who use makeup beyond the drug store brands regularly have tried a lot of these products and already know if they like them. Part of the fun of a subscription box is trying something new, so if you’ve already tried a lot of the samples, it’s not much fun.

If you are a beginner like me, Play sends a Play! Book explaining what each product is and how to use it. They also put up tutorials and videos on their website, but not until almost the end of the month, always well after I’ve gotten my box and have already started trying the products.

A final benefit to Play is if you collect Sephora Beauty Insider points. You of course get the 10 points a month for buying the box, and you also get sent a Play! Pass worth 50 points. I don’t have a picture of mine because I already used it this month. To use it, you have to make a purchase at Sephora, but you do have until the end of the next month to use it, so the June Pass expired on July 31st. This means you can end up with multiple passes if you don’t use them right away. The last time I went to Sephora, I had my Pass from May and from June. The associate said I could only use one per purchase, but luckily I had my sister with me and she doesn’t have a Sephora account. She used my second Pass on her purchase, so I got the 50 points (and the points from her purchase!).

Here’s what I got this month:

The Bag

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Sephora Play nearly always comes in a little sack thing like this. It is cute, but I don’t think it’s functional as a makeup bag. I keep these to use as gift bags when I have to give a gift. My mom loved the one I put her Mother’s Day present in.

Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

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I was confused about what exactly this product was at first. It’s a sort of hair gel, but it’s not a styling gel. It’s creamy rather than sticky and it’s supposed to make your hair piecey and give it a just-rolled-out-of-bed look, but in a good way. I didn’t like it at first because of the smell. I don’t really have a good description for it other than it smells like a boy. However, once my hair dried, the smell dissipated. The product is pretty weightless and is perfect as a hydrator and conditioner for my hair. I’ve never had such frizz-free hair. I’ve been loving Verb’s Ghost Oil for the last few months, but I might have to replace it with IGK’s Rich Kid Gel. The Ghost Oil is $14 for a 2oz bottle, whereas Rich Kid Gel is $27 for a 5oz bottle, so Rich Kid Gel is slightly cheaper per ounce than Ghost Oil. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free, which I’m a fan of, gluten-free, which I’m indifferent to, and contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, which I don’t know what those are.

Rose Hair & Body Oil

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I thought this oil was decently moisturizing, but I think there are better moisturizing products out there. It’s $32 for a 3oz bottle, which is super expensive, but it contains a lot of essential oils, including rosa moschata (rosehip) seed oil, so it’s expensive because it contains expensive ingredients.

First Aid Beauty
Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

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I really liked this moisturizer. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is my usual one that I use, but I might start to switch off with this one sometimes. Like the Ultra Repair Moisturizer, the Coconut Skin Smoothie one is super lightweight, but still feels immediately moisturizing without feeling greasy. I know that primer is supposed to minimize pores and make your foundation stay better, but I don’t really know how to judge how well it’s worked, so I guess this one worked pretty well? It does say that it’s good for all skin types, including sensitive. It also says that it does not contain parabens, sulfates, and lots of other things I’ve never heard of, so that’s probably good. It’s $28 for a 1.7oz bottle, which is kind of expensive, but First Aid Beauty products are definitely worth the price.

Benefit Cosmetics
The POREfessional Face Primer

Again, I have no idea how to tell if a primer is good or bad. My sister said she likes this, so I’m going to say it works great. I did like that this was weightless and didn’t feel greasy at all. It’s an oil-free formula that has Vitamin E, which protects skin from free radicals. I don’t know what a free radical is. It’s $31 for a 0.75oz bottle, which is super expensive.

Kat Von D
Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

I’ve heard so much about this lipstick, so I was super excited when I got it in my Play box. I wasn’t sure about the color when I saw it in the bottle, but once I put it on, I was sold. It’s so pretty. However, the lipstick definitely is not long wearing. I was eating a sandwich about half an hour after putting on the lipstick and my sandwich turned pink because all the lipstick came off on it. After about two hours, it had worn off completely. In comparison, my usual liquid lipstick is Maybelline SuperStay 24, which lasts most of the day (not all day) and costs $10.49 as compared to $20 for Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick. I’m sticking with Maybelline on this one.

Yves Saint Laurent
Black Opium

I’m not usually a perfume kind of person, but I love trying out the scent samples I get in Play boxes. Black Opium is one of my favorites so far and definitely one I would go back to if I wore perfume more often. A 1oz bottle is $69, which obviously is super expensive, but I also expect perfumes to be expensive, especially a scent from such a high-end brand.

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If you want to watch me trying all of the makeup out, check out the video here.

#MakeupMonday – Ipsy Review June 2017

I’ve been getting Ipsy for a few months now and I love it.

I’ve always been scared to try new makeup because it can be expensive and I’m not very good at makeup, so if I don’t like it or can’t figure out how to use it, I’ve just wasted money if I can’t return it or time if I can because that’s another trip to the store I didn’t need.

Ipsy is $10/month, so it’s a cheap way to discover new products and find out what you do and don’t like. If you’re like me and only know the makeup basics, I definitely recommend signing up for Ipsy. The product page for each item includes tutorials on how to use it in addition to basic product information and reviews from other Ipsy customers.

Here’s what I got this month:

The Bag

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The makeup always comes in an adorable makeup bag. This month is this fun lip bag. I always check spoilers, so I knew what the bag was going to look like before I got it and I wasn’t excited, but I like it a lot better in person than I did when I saw the picture.

Ultra-Clear Daily Skin Hydrator with SPF 50

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If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you know that I spend most of my time outdoors, so I love a moisturizer with SPF 50 protection. This lotion does contain octinoxate, which can be harmful to coral reefs, so be aware that it’s not environmentally friendly, especially if you’re near an ocean. The full price for a 1.7oz bottle is $39.95, so this 0.42fl oz sample is about $9.99 (I think). I think that’s pretty pricey and I’m already against it for being a reef killer, so this one gets a solid no from me.

As far as being a moisturizer, I think it works fine, but it does feel slightly heavy on my skin. I use First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, which is really light and easy to forget about as soon as you have it on because you can’t feel it sitting on top of your skin. It’s $24 for a 1.7fl oz bottle, which is almost half of what the SPF Rx hydrator costs.

NYX Professional Makeup
Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé

This lip and cheek color costs $6 and comes in eight different shades. If you got it in your Ipsy glambag, the color options were Cocoa Bean, Pink Cloud, or Plush. I got it in Plush, which is a nude pink shade.

It smells like cake, which is fun. I love the color, but it does wear off lips really quickly, so it doesn’t really work out as a lip color. It’s a great cheek color, though.

theBalm Cosmetics
Balm Springs Blush

This little sample weighs 0.8g and it looks like a full size blush is 5.61g and $21, so this little guy is worth about $2.99 (I think). The packaging is magnetic to keep the door closed and protect the blush, which I love. It’s so easy to ruin samples when you open them and have no way to close them again.

This shade is darker than the Nyx Whipped Soufflé. I do like the color, but not with the Nyx color on my lips.

Luna By Luna Cosmetics
Eyeshadow in Jace

I adore this color! I don’t like pinks in my clothing, but I can’t get enough of them on my face. This shadow costs $15 and comes in three colors. I definitely think this one is the prettiest and I’m so glad I got it in my glambag.

Beauty For Real
I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner

I’ve gotten an eyeliner in my glambag every single month and I’m okay with that. This one comes in six colors and costs $14. Ipsy sent out two colors, 24 Karat and Chocolate Fix. I got 24 Karat, which is quite the departure from my usual blacks and browns. I have no idea where I would wear gold eyeliner to, but it’s super fun.

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If you want to see my trying to follow Ipsy’s tutorials to put on all this makeup, check out the video here.

Want to sign up for Ipsy? Follow this link.

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:


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.