Trying out the jewelry from Shop Miss A

Recently I picked up a variety of items from Shop Miss A. I was actually especially interested in their jewelry selection. Mostly because $1 -$1.88 seeped a bit hard to believe. I chose a variety of items from necklaces to rings to earrings.

Here is the thing. I love good jewelry. I have several pricier pieces that I tend to wear when I go out. I tend to keep them for someplace special because the pieces are special. And the last think I want to do is lose an expensive piece of jewelry while running errands or taking a walk. Plus I have the tendency to fiddle with my jewelry throughout the day. I am especially hard on necklaces. I tend to get ones with little charms on them and slide them back and forth along the chain as I think about the wording for e-mails and articles.

To be honest though, I like inexpensive jewelry for day time use as I don’t tend not worry about it as much. My big concern is Nickle, If it is in the earrings or necklaces I break out in a rash. So for me the inexpensive jewelry section of the Shop Miss A website looked especially interesting.

adjustable on right

I have a weakness for rings so I ordered three. One is an epoxy resin ring, one is an adjustable ring and the third was just a slid metal ring. I thought the rhinestone studded snake was adorable. There is no sizing chart so you just order the ring and get what you get. (It is also why i wanted to see three different styles. The amber colored resin ring fit perfectly on my pointing finger and I think it actually fits well there. Given the size of the ring it is where I would want to wear it. I always feel vaguely evil queen like when I have a chunky ring on my pointing finger. It is solid and sturdy. It has been knocked about for the past few weeks and still looks to be in good shape.

three layered necklace

In this picture I didn’t adjust the adjustable ring and it fit my ring finger slightly snuggly. My ring finger is between a six and a half and a seven depending on how much salt I have in my system. The metal is a decent enough quality that I don’t think it is going to come to any harm with the adjusting of the size.

There is only a limited amount the ring will go in though. There is not a wide gap between the separated elements. Yu are looking at maybe shrinking it half a size while you should be able to enlarge it one, maybe two sizes with no problem. As I thought the ring would be good for my nieces as a little stocking stuffer, I am going to have to check their finger sizes before ordering anything.

The nonadjustable ring is a good fir for my middle finger. I admit, I am not a middle finger ring wearing person. I also don’t wear pinkie rings, but every other finger is fair game for rings. My guess is that this would make this a seven to a seven and a half in sizing. Probably closer to a seven. I can wear it on my ring finger but it is loose and it kept turning around. The metal is decent quality and though my hands got banged around a bit, none of the stones fell out of the ring.

broken chain at the weak point where the two chain sizes meet

The necklaces were interesting. What i found with all of the ones I purchased was that the charms on the necklaces were of decent quality, but the chains were on the cheaper side. If I was going to get this for someone else as a potential stocking stuffer, I would purchase the necklace and then pick up a better quality chain elsewhere. Then do a little but of at home surgery. As one of my chains has already broken, the charm has been relocated to a sturdier chain and I still enjoy wearing it. I am a bit hard on necklaces with charms on them though. The chains in the triple layer were a little better quality, but I also don’t play with them as much. The weak point is the section of chain near that catch. Where the thin chain of the necklace meets the larger looped chain so you can adjust the length is where the weak spot is and where the chains broke.

Of the lot, the earrings were the best quality. They are sturdy and didn’t make my ears itch so there is no nickel. the looked good on and felt good on. They were actually a complete surprise. Of the lot of them, the earrings are the ones most likely to be slipped into a stocking. they hace soft plastic stoppers on the posts, the posts are in securely and the posts themselves didn’t bend or cause any distress. Over all I was very pleased with them

In facet I was pleased with all of the jewelry from Shop Miss A. The necklace chains were the big disappointment, but I do have excess chains to string charms on and the charms were of decent quality so that I don’t mind for everyday wear. The only issue with the rings is the potential sizing issue. They two were of decent everyday wearable quality.

I know I sound a little bit shocked but while these aren’t showroom pieces I honestly didn’t expect this good a quality for $1 per piece. All of the pieces I picked up were $1. The only exception being that three pairs of the earrings came as one set and the set was $1. While I would never call this my good jewelry it is good enough for everyday use and I will personally get a lot of use out of the pieces and keep my eye on the daily arrivals page for items that suit my taste. Shop Miss A is a great, inexpensive way to fill in your everyday jewelry. Just watch out for the chains.



The Daily: October 12th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. Yesterday, I might have overdone it on the walks. The weather was just so beautiful and I had the fear of the scale in me. I can’t lie, I went to bed a little footsore. I do feel validated today though as the sky is gray and low and rain is predicted to start tonight and run for a couple of days.

It makes me feel like i planned ahead instead of going crazy for the nice weather like a prisoner suddenly let loose. Yesterday was just one of those perfect walking days and I am now glad I took advantage of it.

And to be fair the rain is a good excuse to restart my indoor workouts up again. Which i know I need to do. I just don’t enjoy it as much as I do walking so I tend to let it slide in favor of walks when I can.

There is nothing like external factors making you do something you know you should have been doing anyway. But before the afternoon indoor workout begins and the makeup comes off, let’s take a look at the makeup I put on today.

Today’s Look

Primer: Maybelline Perfecter 4-in-1 Glow

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Setting Powder: By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

Eyeshadow: AOA Neptune Quad from the Orbit Line

Mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara

Lipstick: NARS Shanghai Express Matte

Earrings: Shop Miss A earrings 3 pair bear stud and hoop set (this is the bear in green)

I am going to be trying different foundations with the Maybelline perfecter to see how it performs. I don’t think it will ever give me enough coverage to be considered even a light coverage product even though it says you can use it on it’s own. It does make a pretty good primer however. It is a bit glowy which as it is literally called a 4-in-1 Glow shouldn’t be a surprise. It did maintain the glow under the revolution Fast base foundation stick. It isn’t pore filling, but it does some burring which I like. It is is also really light weight which i love. At the moment I am very glad I picked it up to add to my collection. We’ll see how that remains as I continue to mix and match it with products. I will say though that when purchasing, I had better luck matching my shade to the chart in front of the products than I did to the product in the container. I was nervous that this was too dark looking at the actual bottle even though it seemed to be my shade. (I have 1.5 Light Medium). So my advice is to match to the swatch rather than what appears to be in the bottle. That is what i did and it seems to have matched me well.

While I am testing out different foundations with the Maybelline I never really need an excuse to pick up the Fast Base Foundation Stick. I love this formula and I have repurchased it repeatedly over the years. I originally purchased it because I wanted a foundation that wouldn’t leak when traveling and I thought a stick would work. It does, but the formula puts it in my top three foundations. It actually beat out some pricier ones to make the cut. It also helps that this shade just works for me most of the year so I don’t need multiple shades. I have F11 in the mid summer when my tan is the darkest, i need to use a little bronzer to darken it slightly and in the whitest of my depths of winter skin I only need to lighten it with a little setting powder. I am about halfway through this tube but it is a product I will always reorder when i start to run out.

Since I do have half a tube left I didn’t reorder it in my recent Revolution order. I should have a package coming from them later today actually. I ordered the Coraline Palette. The colors just looked fantastic and I just couldn’t resist. Of course I ordered it and then a few days later I saw that the Beetlejuice line has now been restocked. (it was out when I ordered). So there may be a future order. For now though I am looking forward to the Coraline Palette. It has been a while since i have ordered any of their eyeshadows actually. But that is for the future. Moving on…

I went with the ABH bronzer today mostly because it is a highly pigmented bronzer. I like it, but it is a very bold bronze. It does blend out nicely with my normal makeup tools. I am testing out the AOA brushes at the moment and I wanted to see how they handled blending out a more pigmented bronzer. with the light look I used yesterday it wasn’t much effort. I was pleased with how well they worked today. Some brushes aren’t substantial enough for highly pigmented products. This worked today. and I love the tones of this bronzer. It just requires either a light hand or a good blending brush.

Today I use the Benefit Gold Rush Blush. I strongly suspect that it has been discontinued. It has been out of stock for a long time (since the new blush releases actually, which makes sense). so the above link will just take you to the blush page for benefit Cosmetics. I really like their blushes. This was one of my favorites and I have actually hit pan on it. I am going to try to finish it up before the end of the year. I want to try out some of the new ones or possibly go for a blush palette from them (because i like their formulas) but i want to use this up before i allow myself to purchase it. I was hoping to have it done by the time the holiday kits came out, but I got distracted. I was hoping to order the new blush(s) when I picked out the holiday kit i wanted this year (I tend to pick up one each year. well one for me, I tend to order several and then give them as gifts, but I usually end up adding whichever one features the Bad Gal Bang Mascara to the order for myself.) Looking for Gold Rush to see if it was actually discontinued or not I found the Holiday Kits and Advent Calendars are already out. (they look great by the way). So now my goal is to finish out this blush by the end of the year.

My setting powder today was the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder and honestly I was blown away by how well it worked and felt against the skin. It dimmed the shine from greasy to glow without looking powdery and it feels great against the skin. I know I sound surprised it works so well when there are loads of people who rave about the brand, but prior to this the only thing I tried from the brand was the rose lip gloss. It is intensely rose scented feels amazing on the lips and leaves them wonderfully healthy looking but tastes like you are sucking on a perfume bottle. And while you shouldn’t really judge makeup on taste, with lip products it is hard not to. It was a product i loved and hated all at the same time. This powder, I just love. It sets beautifully without looking powdery.

all four shades in the quad were used but the two silvers blended together in the middle. The lighter silver shade looks whitish/pinkish in the pan if you are looking at the palette

I had an interesting time with the AOA palette today. I recently picked up all four of the Orbit Quads from AOA (as each was only $1 it isn’t as decadent as it sounds). Yesterday I used mercury which was super easy to use and blended like a dream. Today was Neptune’s chance on the lids. I don’t like it as much. I think part of it was first use dislike though. The silvery shades I had to work with the brush to get it loose enough to go on the brush. I don’t know if it was pressed hard, or a quality of the metallic silver. It might have been an over spray. After I played with it a bit i did get it to apply well.

the quad. Once past the top pressed layer things got a bit messy

This quad has three shimmers and one Matte. I think all four of them are set up that way. While I didn’t feel I needed a second matte with the Mercury palette, here I felt like an additional matte would have been a good idea. Especially as the two silvers are virtually indistinguishable once on the eye lid. there was also more fall out this time (there was none from yesterday’s palette). but again, that could just be the silver. I will continue through the quads and see how the other two perform and then do a wrap up with all four. But at this point I don’t like Neptune as much as I like Mercury.

Every time i reach for the Patrick Ta Major Volume I feel like it is misnamed. It gives great length but it isn’t really great on volume. It is a comfortable mascara to wear on a daily basis, but it is more a lengthening than a volumizing product.

And finally today I use the NARS Lipstick. It has been a while since I used a traditional lipstick from NARS. The color and quality was always there but they were a little drying. This NARS Lipstick is a revamp. The same classic colors but a new formula. This one came in Boxy and it is fantastic. the fab color is there but the dryness is gone from the formula. It is amazingly comfortable to wear. The trade off is that it will transfer. It never dries down completely. So there will be some lip prints However the prints lighten and disappear as you wear the lipstick throughout the day, but the color remains on your lips. I love a good red lip and this is just fantastic.

And so my darlings, that is me today. I know i blathered on a bit more than usual but what can I say, there was a lot to talk about. Hopefully I didn’t lose you before the lipstick. But alas it is back to work for me now. Have a great rest of the day.

Unboxing Ear Fleek

That’s right my darlings, Ear Fleek is back on my list of subscriptions. It is one of those subscriptions that I pick up for a few months and then let go. The reason is simple. I periodically get bored with the earrings I have and want to try something new.

Ear Fleek is a very low cost way to expand your earring collection. I generally like the earrings that I am sent and if I don’t I usually know someone who does and can easily pass them on without much concern. The subscription has gone up in price slightly, but not too terribly much. The current cost of the subscription is $3.94.

I know, pretty inexpensive. All of the earrings are nickel free and even though I often have issues with inexpensive earrings making my ears itch, I have never had a problem with these. I also love that since I don’t spend a lot of money on them,. I tend not to worry about them as much. I’ll be honest, I tend to loose earrings a lot. I think part of it is my hair. If i wear earrings with my hair down then my hair will sometimes knock the back off of an earring. Or at least that’s what I suspect is going on. I’ve never actually caught my hair in the act of sabotaging my jewelry, but I wouldn’t put it past it.

Plus these earrings are just fun and something new. There are three categories. Silly & Fun, Minimalist but Groovy and Boho Babe. Technically there is a fourth category and it is called I don’t give a hoot and they will just alternate randomly between the three previous categories. The cost is the same for all categories. And there is a quiz so they can get to know what i9t is that you like in earrings. You basically swipe yes or no on the picture of the earrings to let them know if you like them and they take your opinion into account when choosing your earrings. At least all of my earrings have been ones I told them I liked.

And you can take the quiz multiple times so they will update your preferences if you decide that your tastes have changed. They also let you choose whether you like silver, gold or you just don’t care. Currently I have silver checked (mostly because I am more picky about the gold jewelry that I like and would rather pick that out on my own.) I am also in the minimalist but Groovy category. For a while i was just in the Silly and Fun category, but for some reason those earrings i don’t tend to lose as much. I think it might be because they are larger. I am now missing several of the smaller minimalist earrings so I figured building up that category of my everyday jewelry collection might be for the best for a while.

Also this is my November 2021 selection. My subscription renews on the 15th of the month and these were sent out on the 22nd. They were a bit slow getting here. As much as I’d like to say it is because of the current postal situation, Ear Fleek has always been a little slow. I will say everything is very well packed though. There is the outside cardboard mailer, there is the inside bubble mailer. Then there is a small drawstring bag (excellent if you decide they aren’t for you and want to pass them along). and then usually the earrings are tucked into a piece of foam so they aren’t bent in transit.

November’s earrings for me were a nice triangle attached to a little silver stud. The triangle has a simple raised pattern on it that actually catches the light well. I like the fact that the dangls have a bit of swing to them while still being subtle. Sometimes I like big earrings, sometimes I like the smaller, more subtle ones. These are a good everyday set for me and I think I will end up getting a lot of wear out of them.

As always I don’t know how long i will keep this Ear Fleek subscription or which category I will end up in. I intend to keep it for a few months to build up my everyday earrings. Then I may switch categories to get a few more fun pairs before either switching back to minimalist or even cancelling. Even if I do cancel, I know that I will eventually circle back. It is just such a good simple and low cost way to add a little fun to the month.

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The Daily: July 15th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope you are staying cool today. Personally I think I am on shirt number three for the day. I wore one shirt on a walk this morning before the weather got too hot and still ended up with a soaked shirt. Shirt number two was worn when I drove around running errands. My car’s air conditioner is not what one calls reliable. The open window and air movement is actually more cooling.

However i still ended up returning from errands with large damp patches. Which while they would dry normally, aren’t the best when sitting at a desk in the air conditioning. And as I already planned to throw a load of laundry in while I worked, I didn’t see the harm in a quick shower and a fresh pair of clothes before sitting down at my desk for a long stretch.

So we are now in shirt number three and the laundry is currently spinning through the dryer.

The makeup went on after the shower, clearly, and I went for a summer look today.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer

Foundation No 7 Lift and Luminate

Bronzer: Trestique Brazilian Bronze contour stick

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: OFRA in Blissful

Powder: Becca Pink Haze Powder

Eyeshadow Palette: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed

Waterline eyeliner: Milk Makeup Gel Liner

Mascara: Elizabeth Mott It’s so Big

Lips: Yensa Lip Oil in Pink Shine

Earrings: Kelly earrings By Mariz

Today I wanted something that looked a little lighter. while I haven’t used the Ole Henriksen primer or the OFRA highlight in a while and wanted to see if they are good enough to keep around, I mostly chose products that I know well and love.

The reason is because I am testing a new brush set from Billion Dollar Beauty. it is the BDB Pro Brush Essentials Kit. They very kindly sent the brushes for me to try, along with other products I will talk about as i start to use them. The plan for testing is to use them as my brushes exclusively for the next few weeks and see how i feel about them at the end of the trial. The brushes are a lovely black and gold and feel nice in the hand. The bristles are infused with charcoal which I believe is for antibacterial purposes. I’ll be looking into that before i write up my final review for the brushes.There were three tools that I did need to add to the essentials kit today and that was a spoolie for my eyebrows, a color switch pad and my Huda Beauty Basic B sponge. (incidentally, Huda Beauty has a loyalty Week sale going on right now, if you like their products you might want to check it out, the sale lasts through July 18th)

So a lot of the face products I chose because I knew I like them. A few I was pretty sure i liked, but hadn’t reached for in awhile. The Banana Bright Primer I do really like and I really need to reach for more often. It sits well under foundation and add depths to matte products without adding a lot of glow. It has a slight tint that really helps blend out any discoloration (I’m a bit pink from the sun) and it smells like banana scented candy which kind of makes me happy. No 7’s foundation may actually be one of my favorite drug store foundations and as this is the third Trestique Bronzing stick I’ve owned I can definitely say that it is a bronzer I like. I meant to hold off opening it until i wore down a few other products a bit more but I couldn’t resist.

I likewise love the Bounce and Blur Blush from bareMinerals. There is quite a significant divot in the center of the product. I haven’t reached for any of my OFRA highlighters in a while because I just haven’t wanted anything that glowy. I thought I might be decluttering this one as I really need to do a highlight declutter, but no. This is a keeper. It goes on stunningly bright but it does blend out for a soft warm glow, which is what I like. I think on highlighters I may have to just haul them all out and do an actual declutter by looking at them all lid out and making some hard decisions.

The Elizabeth Mott Mascara was new to me. It came in a subscription box a while ago and was in my unopened products drawer. As I took several Mascaras out of the drawer last night and sent them to the empties bin, I pulled this one out of the new drawer to give it a turn at use. I am not all that impressed by it to be honest. It is a decent enough mascara but I didn’t apply it and think, wow what length and volume.

Admittedly it is following two really fantastic formulas (Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet and Pretty Vulgar The Feathers) so maybe after a few spins around it will be more impressive. But at the moment, it isn’t one of my favorites and isn’t really living up to it’s name.

The earrings I chose for today were the Kelly Earrings from Mariz. I thought they looked sweet so I went with them. They wore well and went with the look. Now that I am not wearing a mask everywhere I am thrilled to get back into wearing earrings and am trying to get into the habit of putting them in. I figure if I make them part of my list post, I will remember more often.

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The Daily: July 14th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. or should I say, Happy Bastille day. I just received an Email from Klorane announcing the one Day Bastile Sale they have going on so I thought I’d let you know before I forget. The deal is listed below but this link will take you to the site.

Today has been a good day for me. I made my to do list and have been checking items off left and right. Unfortunately I left my walk to a little bit later than I should have and came home a sweaty mess. The temps may technically be down a bit but the humidity. Oh my darlings the humidity is what kills you.

I feel a bit like a dehydrated camel. I’ve gone through two of the Soda Stream bottles just trying to bring my hydration levels back to even. I also think that even though some of my walks have been earlier, I feel like combine with the garden I am just getting too much sun. I use sunscreen, but I still feel like it might be a bit much.

I think that this weekend I may look at some schedule shuffling so that I can make the time to go to the gym and use the treadmill there, even on my typically non-gym days, at least until the summer sun diminishes some. I know I mentioned thinking about doing that in early June but never got around to it. I am beginning to suspect i really should have moved on that then.

However today I get to wear one of my new pairs of earrings. I just got in three new pairs (and a ring) from Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry. I felt like I deserved a little sparkle today so I went with the Odessa Earring. I love the way the earring looks and I love that it can be worn two ways. The earring comes in two pieces, the stud that goes through the lobe and the additional fan design. The fan design has two holes to put the stud through so it can be adjusted if you have big earlobes. To be honest, I never thought about different sized ear lobes before. But I love the earrings and they provided the perfect amount of bling for me today. And if I decide there is too much bling, I can take off the fan and just wear the stud. I’ve been going through my earrings lately and found I don’t actually have very many matching studs. I seem to have lost a lot of the matching sets. Perhaps they are hanging out somewhere with the missing socks that I can’t find.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glamglow mattifying Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Face Palette: PUR 4-in-1 perfecting powders

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly by Fluide

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: MAC in Bated Breath

Jewelry: Odessa Earrings By Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry

Today is the last day of my Glam Glow Primer Trial. Tomorrow i will post the full review of it as well as start rotating other primers back into my routine. Over all I think it is a pretty decent primer, but I also think it is very much a summer primer. At least for me.

The Ciate London Foundation is an all year for me and just an easy pick. I actually went for easy today with the foundation, eyeshadow and face palette. All are items I love using. Today’s test was really the MAC Lipstick. I’ve been doing a sort of rolling evaluation and declutter and am trying to slowly whittle down several categories of product. I am actually getting rid of a couple of MAC lipsticks because the colors don’t suit me, but i really think I like this shade. it is a pretty nice neutral. And as I know I have several neutrals I am going to have no choice but to get rid of, I think I may keep this one. Plus i love the MAC formula. I always have. They were the first non-drugstore lipstick I ever bought and I have a huge weakness for them. Usually i only stick with the few whose shades I know I like, but lately both IPSY and Boxycharm have been sending MAC lippies. Several in shades that are unfortunately not for me. And so I will have to let a few go, even though it sort of pains me a bit.

Actually getting rid of most lipsticks pains me. I just love lip products. And I always think i can use a lip pencil to modify the color, or maybe layer the products to change the color. I’m always more of a work with it to make it better rather than purge sort of person when it comes to lips. Although given the state of my lip product drawer I may be reaching a point where an actual deep down declutter is necessary.

But happily, that is a thought to contemplate another day. For now, it is back to work for me. So Happy Bastille Day to one and all.

Trying out the Nadine West Clothing Subscription Service: April 2021

While the other side of the bag has the Nadine West logo on it, it also has my mailing label.

It is the time of year where the closet opens up, the clothing comes out and the sweaters are moved to the back while lighter weight garments take center stage.  Usually I take the time to go through and remove clothing that is now too worn or no longer fits.  In twenty-twenty my weight moved up and down, but it mostly stayed in the same range so there was no elimination of sizing at the end of the summer last year when I brought the fall clothes out. This fact was something I found a little depressing, even though I made the justification that last year was just bonkers.  I was also a little annoyed with myself.  So I didn’t go through the summer clothes.  I simply made certain they were washed before sending them into the dark depths of the closet.

While I am not down any sizes, when I took my warmer weather clothing out, I found that quite a few items had seen their last summer.  I think it was a combination of not shopping as much and hoping that before I did go shopping I’d be down another size. Regardless, I found I was in need of of a purge and some new clothing. 

I have wanted to try out a clothing subscription for a long time and quite frankly this seemed like the perfect excuse to do it. I am still not spending a lot of time shopping.  I really like to try on clothing before I purchase it, yet not too keen on changing rooms at the moment and I am very much in need of new clothing.

And we all know I love subscriptions. Plus it seemed like an interesting way to not only get pieces I like, but to push myself out of my comfort zone.

The question was what subscription to try first.  

The first determining factor was my weight.  My current size is just beyond the range of many of the subscription services.  If I lose two dress sizes, I have a much wider range, however currently, my options are limited.  It was one of the issues I faced when looking at underwear subscriptions, and ultimately why I chose to go with Underclub.  In the few month’s I’ve had that subscription, I have not once regretted signing up with them so I hoped the same would prove true for a more size inclusive clothing subscription service. Incidentally Underclub has a deal going on.

Select your gift plan, then we’ll delight them every month with a beautiful surprise. Each month of their subscription, they receive a pair of designer underwear from brands like Natori, Hanky Panky, Commando and more.

The subscription service I decided to try first was Nadine West.  They had my size and at $9.78 per month it is very budget friendly.  The $9.78 is the styling fee and if you choose to purchase any items in the subscription then the styling fee goes towards the item purchase.  At the time I signed up you could get your first month with no styling fee with the code NADINE.  I don’t know if the code is still valid (it was the last time I checked) but it meant that I paid nothing for my first bag.

Which seemed like a good way to try it out.

I really appreciate this, not only from a budgeting concern but because I suspect that any subscription service is going to need a few months to basically learn my style and tastes. I suspected the first shipment wouldn’t really suit me so it was nice that the code gave me a getting to know you bag bbefore actually charging me.

How well they learn will be part of the factor that determines how long I keep the Nadine West service.  As it was the first month and we are still getting to know each other, I wasn’t expecting to adore everything sent. With this first bag I wanted to see if the clothing was of a quality that would make the subscription service worth bothering to receive.

After all it may only be $9.78 but if they aren’t going to send me items of a quality that I could wear, there was no point in using the service.  And I wanted to see what they sent based on the initial survey.  Essentially this bag is the baseline for the subscription. With each bag I will comment on the items and see if the selection of products they send adapts.

The questionnaire that you fill out at the beginning is very vague.  It gives a basic style category (classic, romantic, trendy…).  Ask what parts of the body you want to hide.  (I said arms and belly).  And asks what colors you will not wear. It also had check boxes to check what items you are interested in receiving.  I did not see this on my first pass through the profile survey so all of the items were checked.  I have since gone back and removed a couple.

So what happened when I signed up?

I took my style quiz and did all the sign up items and then two days later I received a tracking number for my first bag.  It should be noted that you can choose to receive a bag once a month or once every two weeks.  Three days after receiving the tracking number the bag was at my house.  Because this was my first bag I was hazy as to how long I had before I needed to send the items I didn’t want back.  To be honest the website is not fabulous.  They do send you a series of welcome e-mails detailing what you need to know but quite frankly I would have preferred Just one or two paragraphs on the site giving me the information.  Since my first bag was free I wasn’t charged up front and found it really difficult to find out how much each following month would cost me.  The information came in a later e-mail.  Also in a later e-mail was the fact that the return by date would be on the packing slip.

I do like that the packages are scheduled to come in mid-month (I think they ship around the 14th).  This month my packing slip says I have until April 28th to return what I don’t like.  I will be charged for what I keep when they receive my return shipment and process it.   I really like knowing that as I can make certain my bank account is ready for the charge. I very much like that. I just wish all of that was spelled out in a paragraph for me on the site instead of a slate of follow up e-mails.

There is no previewing the items sent.  You just get what you get.  There also seems to be a point system that I hope will be explained in a later e-mail. On my packing slip it says that I have 100 points and am classified as a beginner.  I understand the beginner part as this is my first bag, but have no idea what the points relate to. I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

The bag that the clothing comes in is a plastic one.  You open it, take the items out and the bag is reusable so you use it to send the items back. The clothing is wrapped in tissue paper. This means that there is no real wasted packaging with shipping.  The packing slip is inside and it is very clear how to send items back.

So what was in my first box? 

The first item I removed was a scarf, Butterflies and Peonies print in gray (retail $16.99).  It is a gauzy material and feels well made.  The tag was through all of the folded layers so it was impossible to unfold without removing the tag.  I did not remove the tag.  While I do occasionally wear scarves and I like the gray color, I’m not the butterfly wearing sort of person.   It is nice but certainly not for me.  The tag is simply a Nadine West tag so I am guessing it is their brand. I will be sending it back.  I have also checked no scarves on the list so we will see if that matters going forward.

As a note, I did try to take pictures of me in the garments, but the pictures came out horribly. My camera angle was off and the sun slanted inthrought the window and pounced off of the mirror. Next month I will have my babydoll try to take them for me, but this month is mostly laid out garments as the first pictures were just too bad to post.

the necklace on

There were two jewelry items in my bag which I really wasn’t expecting. They were in the style pictures, I just didn’t realize they’d be in the bag as well. I thought it was mostly reference. The first was a sliver necklace in the style Lizzie that retails for $44.99.  It was actually the most expensive item in my bag this month.  It is nice looking and of decent quality.  It isn’t excellent quality but it is decent enough that I would wear it.  I have several necklaces similar to it in my collection already and would have liked the chain maybe half an inch longer to sit slightly lower on my neck.  While I am sending it back, I am encouraged by the fact that it is something I like.  And really if I didn’t already have several very similar pieces I would consider keeping it. 

The earrings (retail $19.99) were also nice They thin hoops and it is easy to see why they are less expensive than the necklace. While still nice enough quality to wear, they are not quite as nice as the necklace.  I’m not a big hoop earring sort of person.  I do have a couple of pairs that I like, but most hoop earrings I am not a fan of. (My favorite pair of ‘hoop earrings’ are actually a pair of bronze squid tentacles if that helps with my hoop style) These are thin and delicate enough that I do like them, however they aren’t distinctive enough that I really want to keep them. While I tried on the necklace, I didn’t try the earrings on since I knew I wasn’t keeping them.

Now, we finally get to the clothing.  There were three clothing items included in my bag this month.  I’ll go ahead and be honest, I’m only keeping one item.  I’ll cover the two I’m sending back first so we can end on a high note.

The first clothing item was a sleeveless shirt from the brand Sheila Rose.  It retails for $39.49. While I will wear tank tops under clothing and to sleep in and I wear shells under jackets and blazers, I am not a big sleeveless shirt sort of person.  If something is sleeveless I am putting a jacket or a cardigan over it.  Even though at the moment I just don’t like showing off the jiggle, I have always wanted my arms covered.  I will show shoulders, but there are very few times that I am willing to go without sleeves.  This is not the shirt that is going to make me change that feeling.  While it is beautifully soft and a nice color the fit is odd.  It is strangely long and does not in any way suit me. It is tight across the breasts, loose just below them and then it clings to the belly fat. In fact it emphasizes everything I told them I wished to cover. It it were loose and baggy around the waist I would like it more, but alas I do not. I like the softness and the color and I even like the graphic on the front, but the fit is all wrong.  Also while it was a short questionnaire, I did mention I didn’t want to show off my arms. So this was a big miss.

The second Item was a pair of Yummy Joggers from the brand Shosho. They retail for $$23.49. They are soft and I could easily see myself working in them at my desk.  However, they don’t fit right.  They are a little long in the leg and despite the fact that they feel super soft on, I don’t like the shininess of the material. I think if they were closer fitting then the shiny material wouldn’t bother me so much, but because they are baggy the shininess makes them look ill-fitting rather than just intentionally baggy. They are good quality though so that was encouraging.   I was actually very disappointed that I didn’t like these pants. I really wanted to like them more than I did, so back they are going.

Finally we have arrived at the one piece I am keeping.  It is a Alex A Line dress in black (retail $34.49).  The brand is Zenana.  The material is soft and light weight enough for summer use.  The dress has some shape to it which I really like.  So often when you are larger, dresses are just formless sacks or they gather in places you don’t want them to gather. 

This dress pulls in at my ribs and has a decorative gather in the middle  so it has some detail (although not much) and it has a loose skirt that comes down long enough for me to feel comfortable in.  The stitching is nice.  It is the sort of comfortable dress you can wear running around in during the spring and summer.  It isn’t something you’d wear out to a restaurant.  It is just a comfortable everyday dress.  Which at the moment is sort of what I need as I had to bid farewell to four of my favorite summer dresses during my spring closet clear out. I also happen to like black.  A large section of my closet is comprised of black clothing, however two of the three clothing items in my bag were black.  It would be nice to shake things up a bit. And in my color selection I didn’t really limit it. I just left it wide open for any color they wanted to choose. That will be another thing I will monitor in future bags.

While I want clothing that I like, I also went to be surprised and maybe pushed a little outside my comfort zone.   The dress I liked, and am keeping, is sort of the dead center bull’s eye of my comfort zone.  Which is both a good and a bad thing. I was sent something that I will wear and get a lot of use out if this summer and is something I would definitely have chosen on my own, but I also want a few surprises along the way, things that fit generally with what I like but I might not have known I wanted until I tried them on.

I know, I can be so picky sometimes.

All in all I have to say I am quite pleased by this month.  I know, it may not have sounded like it as I am only keeping one item, (and whined about not being surprised) but I genuinely had no real idea what to expect out of this Nadine West subscription.  It is also a first bag, a testing of the waters. Nadine doesn’t know me yet so I am going to give the bag, and the stylist/algorithm behind the bag a few months to see if they can come to grips with me. 

As my first foray into fashion subscriptions I am pleasantly please with the quality of the items and as I found one item in this initial bag that I liked it gives me hope that I will be able to find at least one item in the next bag so that my $9.78 styling fee will not be wasted.  I am sure that I can add a few decent quality, everyday wear items to my wardrobe. I’m not certain that this is the subscription I would turn to for dressier items, but perhaps it will surprise me.  As it is getting to know me, I am getting to know it. I think at the moment, I am willing to take that time and see how the subscription progresses. I also think this is a pretty easy clothing subscription to ease into.  I’m sure I’ll branch out in the future, but for now, this is a pretty good start.


Ear Fleek January 2021 Subscription

I really like earrings.  I like long dangles that swing when I walk, I like the style they call crawlers that go up your ear instead of hanging down (although I’m not really fond of the name crawlers for an earring style).  I like expensive earrings and I’ll be honest, I like cheap earrings too. As long as they aren’t made of nickel, as it makes my ears itch.

Once masks became the norm I stopped wearing a lot of earrings because they tended to get tangled up in my mask and then get pulled and it was no fun.  Recently, I also realized that I was skipping a lot of things that made me happy. There was the practical side of course.  Because of hand washing and sanitizer I was wearing my rings less.  Masks cut down on earrings and my hair was almost constantly tied up. But I think part of it was just the constant stress of last year sort of locking things down. Sort of an internalized lockdown to match the external one. It made my world a less happy place and I realized I didn’t care for it.

While I’ll admit, I still leave my rings off when I go out, I have started wearing them at my desk and I have started wearing earrings again.  I am just more careful to separate the ones I wear out and the ones I wear at my desk to avoid issues.  To be honest, it makes me happy and even though I am still spending the bulk of my time at home, I am trying to remember to do things that make me happy at home instead of just locking them away for when I go out.

January’s earrings

And so I have subscribed to Ear Fleek. I had a subscription for a long time and then I cancelled it thinking I could try other subscriptions. And to be fair, I have tried other subscriptions and will be trying even more. But I really like Ear Fleek

I know they have two tiers, but I go for the lower cost one.  It is $3.49 per month. Oh yes, my darlings, let me repeat that, $3.49 per month.  They charge you on the 15th of the month and then ship the earrings out to you.  The pair I have here is the January earring set.  I am entered into the Minimalist category.

These earrings are short dangles that don’t come down much past my earlobe and therefore are safe to wear with masks.  They are three little squares linked up together.  As always Ear Fleek has earrings with no nickel in them so my ears won’t get itchy and puffy.  The retail value on the Earrings is $15.99 and I have to say that while I would never think of them as expensive earrings, they are of good quality and do not feel cheap.  I really like the design of these as well. It is simple but with interest to them.

Like I mentioned above, this is from the Minimalist category.  The other categories are Silly and Fun and Boho.  You can also click I don’t give a hoot and they will rotate different styles in each month.  You aren’t locked into the style either as you can change it at any time with just one click.  You can also purchase earrings that you didn’t get from other categories on their site if you see one that appeals to you.  Those earrings are offered at slightly lesser of a price than retail. They also have an inventory voting game where you click yes or no on various pairs of earrings so they can learn a bit more about your personal style.

Each month they come in a small mailer (with a bubble wrap mailer inside to protect the earrings and I have to say, I always get excited when I see the mailer.  And because the cost is so low, even if it is a pair that isn’t really for me, I’m not disappointed as I can just pass them on and not feel like it is a waste. I know that my taste isn’t everyone’s taste so there is always someone I an patch them too even if I don’t like them. 

It is amazing how much joy I get out of the $3.49 subscription.  And for now, the minimalist category works for me so that I can build up the type of earrings that I can wear with my mask and not cause the trauma of pulling. At some point I may decide I have enough of this category and go Silly and Fun or even Boho.  For now this one works for me and I am very much enjoying my Ear Fleek Earrings.



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