#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.