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If you’re a traveler going to a hot destination, a long-term trip, or if you are just looking to add some new basics to your everyday wardrobe, let me introduce you to:

Toad and Co Travel Wear

In 2012, I’d previously listed them as having one of the top 5 convertible travel dresses for women so I was eager to get to know their clothing a little better.

Toad and Co is a lifestyle apparel brand based in Santa Barbara with a focus on eco-friendly fabrics. Their goal is to offer effortless travel wear that continues looking good over time. The brand has a great collection of styles for Spring and Summer 2014 that don’t sacrifice style for helping the Earth.

Below is a review of six pieces that I tested out during my 2-week vacation in Florida this month. Will they get the TFG stamp of approval?

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Who does this line work for?

  • This travel wear is great for the adventure traveler that wants to add more feminine pieces to their collection.
  • The spring items that I tested were extremely comfortable in the May Florida heat so they’d be the perfect companion for tropical destinations.
  • For long-term travelers, this line is great because it offers basics that can be used throughout your travels in a variety of settings and destinations.


One thing to note with their sizing is that some items were very roomy in comparison to the sizing of other brands. An extra-small fit me either perfectly or slightly too large.  Check out their size charts.

I’m 5’2”, 110lb and normally I wear size small clothing or 4-6.


Overall, I was extremely pleased with the quality of the fabrics. The thing that most impressed me was the weightlessness of the clothing everything which is key when you want to pack light! The fabric also seems durable but I’ll report back if anything changes.

Price Points:

Their pricing is between $50-$100 so it’s something a variety of budgets can appreciate in travel wear.

Toad and Co Travel Wear Review

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Vega Tank

This is a good basic top with a bit of femininity added by the cap sleeves. I loved the fit and it can easily be dressed up or down as needed. I also liked the stretch fabric and especially that it was fairly wrinkle resistant. I let it air dry indoors and it took less than 24 hours to dry in cold to mild weather overnight.

I would take this top to destinations such as India, Southeast Asia, and Central America where modesty is encouraged.


  • I reviewed: size x-small, color black
  • colors available: black, deep bluegreen, misty violet print, watermelon, and white sizes XS-XL $49

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Chakalaka Skirt

I’ve been wanting a lightweight maxi skirt for a while because I find them more versatile than dresses. I can match a skirt with several tops to make a variety of outfits versus just one dress.

While this skirt is very basic two things stand out in comparison to other maxi skirts: it’s lightweight, not bulky, and ultra-comfortable. I’m definitely adding this skirt to my collection of travel wear when I head back to Southeast Asia or Central America on my long-term travels. Paired with my black Adea tank top, I turn it into a maxi dress!

As an added bonus, the skirt comes with three hemlines so you can customize it to your preferred length without going to a tailor. Perfect for shorties like me!


  • I reviewed: size x-small, color black
  • colors available: black, clove print, and quarry in sizes XS-XL $72

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Willowy Button Tank

I was really looking forward to receiving this top as it was the perfect piece for my recent trip to Sanibel. The fabric is air light and comfortable in the heat while the print is light and cheery which is perfect for a Florida vacation.

Two things to note with this top. The sizing is tricky as the extra-small was too large for me (as you can see in the pic) and also the fabric is very wrinkled prone if you don’t have access to an iron.


  • I reviewed: size x-small, color egret print
  • colors available: egret print and quarry print in sizes XS-XL $62

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Keyhole Dress

Talk about a perfect, basic dress to add to your travel wear! This dress is definitely joining me on my long-term travels. It’s easy to wear and has a good fit. I’ve used this product the most from these six items since receiving it.

It’s not overly tight or baggy and makes the ideal basic piece for just about any casual destination. I can see myself walking down the streets of Bangkok, Playa del Carmen, or even as a casual dress if I’m in Los Angeles.


  • I reviewed: size x-small, color black
  • colors available: black, breton blue stripe, misty violet stripe, clove stripe, smoke stripe in sizes XS-XL $79

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Golightly Dress

This dress was the biggest surprise to me. I did not expect to like it but it actually had a very flattering style. The cowl neck with a racerback cut made it look more elegant. I liked that the draping showed my neck but hid my cleavage, which is perfect when traveling to different regions. It also has a built in shell.

I wish I would’ve ordered the dress in a solid black or blue and chosen one size up. The small for this was a bit too tight for my body and too long for my height so it would be an amazing dress for a taller, leaner shape.


  • I reviewed:  size x-small, color crater lake print
  • colors available: black, breton blue, misty violet print, and crater lake in sizes XS-XL $89

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Sandbar Tank

Perfect for an active or adventurous traveler, this top allows you to brighten up a drab hiking look with color and femininity. You can wear this as a casual top or for active travel days too. It has a nice length, not too short, and also includes a built-in shell.

I don’t like showing any cleavage (but that’s just me) so this type of travel wear isn’t for me. If you have a larger bust I’d probably size up on this style.


  • I reviewed:  size x-small, color deep bluegreen
  • colors available: black, deep bluegreen, and watermelon in sizes XS-XL $56

Is it TFG approved?

This line is definitely TFG approved for women that need casual travel clothing. It offers feminine basics that are easy to wear and comfortable for a variety of trips. The clothing I tested was from their Spring collection, which is why it would be most appropriate for warm weather destinations. I’ve machine washed the clothing and it still looks good which is always good news. I’ll report back if anything changes.

(I didn’t wear the Sandbar Tank and Golightly Dress as they didn’t fit me so no pictures of these on me, sorry…)

What do you think of their collection?

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Save Up to 50% Off on Allbirds’ Black Friday and Cyber Weekend Sale




Allbirds Black Friday Sale

It’s no secret that Allbirds is our favorite sneaker brand. Not only does the brand make stylish activewear shoes, but they’re also eco-friendly and sustainable, which makes us feel even better about buying from the brand—especially when they’re on sale. Right now, Allbirds’ massive Black Friday sale is on, which means you can save up to 50% off sitewide.

This is Allbids’ biggest sale of the entire year, so whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list or just need a new pair of sneakers or sweats, now’s the time to treat yourself. Grab some of the brand’s best-sellers like the Tree Dasher 1s, Wool Runners, and Natural Leggings. Allbirds’ Black Friday sale runs through December 2, but we suggest shopping sooner than later—it’s selling fast!

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QUIZ Clothing Reviews




About QUIZ Clothing

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Just like any other British fashion brand, QUIZ Clothing is also known for its aesthetics, timeless designs, and sophistication. The brand offers a premium range of clothing pieces for all age groups and both sexes at quite competitive prices. One can easily rely on the brand to get the best of both worlds.

Precisely, QUIZ pays a lot of emphasis on offering the latest trends and cakewalk-style-driven looks without causing a dent in buyers’ pockets. It caters to the fashion-forward women and men who are quite particular about clothes, fashion, and styles.

The brand leaves no stone unturned to offer a versatile range of fashionable and trendy clothes, accessories, and shoes for almost every occasion and outing. That’s why the brand has been growing with each passing day.

Currently, it has over 250 stores across 13 countries, including the UK, Armenia, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Ireland, Pakistan, etc.

Quiz Clothing Review

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Shopping for trendy and fashionable clothes is one of the most satisfying and rejuvenating activities. Most of us love to shop and wear trendy and stylish clothes. In fact, it’s a constant process to upgrade our wardrobe. But, if it happens without breaking the bank then it’s nothing short of icing on the cake. Today, one can easily find out a plethora of online and offline fashion retailers offering a wide range of clothing pieces in various designs and styles.

When it comes to UK fashion brands then one must expect great craftsmanship, quality, creativity, and innovation. QUIZ Clothing is one such UK brand that offers an essential cocktail of British fashion and contemporary designs without causing a dent in one’s pocket.

Quiz Clothing Dresses

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If you’re looking for the perfect dress for a special occasion or just a dress that you can style casually every day, Quiz has many options. All dresses are designed in-house so they are unique to Quiz. Dress categories include Bardot dresses, sequin dresses, day dresses, evening dresses, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, bodycon dresses and maxi dresses. Quiz dresses are available in sizes 4-20 so there is something to suit all sizes. Each dress incorporates the latest trends, for instance, the AW/16 dresses focus on lace and Bardot styles in neutral colours for a glamorous, simple vibe.

Quiz Clothing Stores

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You can use the online store finder to find your nearest Quiz store. There are stores all around the UK. Stores are located as standalone stores in the likes of Chester, Grimsby, Peterborough, Swansea, Falkirk and Stirling. There are also Quiz clothing concessions in Debenhams, House of Fraser and M&Co. With 250 locations around the country, there is sure to be either a store or a concession near to you.

Quiz Clothing Sale

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You can get great discounts on Quiz clothing using the online sale and in-store sales. Sales run seasonally, usually during the summer and at Christmas time. You may be able to get a great dress for the party season or some cosy knitwear to see you into the winter months, or perhaps a new coat to put away ready for the next set of cold weather.

Quiz Clothing Returns

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You can return a product to your nearest Quiz store if you have the receipt/web receipt, but only if the product is faulty. For standard returns, this must be processed via post. Log into your account on the Quiz website to generate a returns number, print the slip you are given and pop it in with the items to be sent to the free post address. Take the items to your nearest Post Office and remember to get a proof of postage. You can also return parcels conveniently by using Collect+, with over 5000 corner shops to choose from, which keep late hours. Your refund will be processed as soon as possible but you should aim to allow 7-10 working days for the refund to arrive back in your account.

Quiz Clothing Jobs

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Thanks to a team of committed employees, Quiz has gone from strength to strength since its inception. The company seeks only the most dedicated and passionate employees to work in the fast fashion industry which is constantly changing. In return for enthusiasm and commitment, employees are offered the chance to enjoy a rewarding career with progression opportunities.

Vacancies available include management, assistant management, supervisors and sales assistants. Benefits include industry competitive rates of pay, staff discount scheme with up to 50% off items, bonuses and incentives, structured induction and training, stakeholder pension scheme and childcare vouchers. There are lots of opportunities for progression if you work hard.

Popular Questions About Quiz Clothing

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Where is Quiz Clothing in Liverpool?

There is a Quiz concession in the Outfit store on Speke Retail Park, Liverpool. There is also a concession in the Debenhams store in the city centre. For full store addresses, see the Quiz website.

How much do Quiz clothing pay?

The rate of pay for a sales assistant working in a Quiz clothing store is £6.25 an hour according to online sources.

Are Quiz clothing sizes small?

According to online forums, items from Quiz clothing can come up small, so it is always advised to try before you buy or take advantage of the free returns policy.

Who delivers Quiz clothing?

Quiz uses a range of couriers to deliver their clothing, depending on which method of delivery you choose you may have a different courier.

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REI Hiking Boots Review




I am so happy to say that rei co-op has come up with a new line of hiking boots! The reason why this makes me so excited is that i love rei co-op products. One of my first hiking backpacks was the rei co-op flash. I still have it to this day because it is of excellent quality and it is pretty durable. Most of rei’s products are pretty affordable, and that includes the rei co-op flash hiking boots. The hiking boots are great for beginner hikers or for people that would love some lightweight hiking boots. Another plus is that they are made from recycled material! I am all about companies that strive to make the planet a better place so check out below to get my full rei co-op flash hiking boots review. I talk about comfort, traction, water resistance, weight, support, value, and much more.

REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots Review

How I Used The REI Co-Op Flash Hiking Boots

I hiked with the rei co-op flash hiking boots on 4 different trails around washington state. I experienced these shoes on different terrains like crossing streams, steep rocky areas, and muddy trails. Overall my experience was pretty great with the rei flash hiking boots, and i loved how lightweight they felt! Here are the trails i hiked to test them out:

  • Lake stuart: 9 miles round trip, 1665 ft. Elevation gain
  • Emmons moraine: 3 miles round trip, 900 ft. Elevation gain
  • Suntop lookout: 2.1 miles round trip,1100 ft. Elevation gain
  • Colchuck lake: 8 miles round trip,2280 ft. Elevation gain


The one thing that stops me from using hiking boots all the time is weight. Most hiking boots can be a little heavy or bulky when compared to hiking shoes. Luckily, the rei co-op flash hiking boots is on the lighter side compared to many other hiking boots in the market. Many hiking boots are usually over 2 lbs, while the rei co-op flash hiking boots is around 1 lb 13 ounces.

Usually, when hiking long trails, the boot’s weight can start to weigh you down, but luckily, while hiking colchuck lake (9 miles round trip), the weight of the rei co-op flash hiking boots didn’t bother me.


Colchuck Lake trail is known to be one of the rockiest trails in Washington. I was thankful that the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots worked well with the nonstop rocks and high elevation gain. This was especially true when going downhill, which is usually my least favorite part of the hike. Most of the time, I have trouble, and I slip or fall on trails, but the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots prevented this while hiking Colchuck Lake.

Water Resistance

There are streams and rivers all over Washington, and I was able to test out how waterproof the shoes were. Even though I walked through countless streams, my socks stayed nice and dry. So I submerged them in a shallow river to test them out, and yup, my socks were still dry!

When hiking shoes are waterproof, there can be some problems with breathability. This usually leads to blisters because your feet start to sweat when hiking. I luckily didn’t get any blisters on my feet the whole time I was testing out the shoes, which means that the shoes are waterproof yet breathable. This is a huge plus!


After putting the boots through hell on those 4 hikes (I am not the most graceful hiker), the shoes still looked in pretty good condition. There were no major scratches, no major peeling, and the fabric looks fine.


The rei co-op flash hiking boots will need to be broken into. Like most hiking boots, it is recommended to use them around town, at home, or on leisure walks before going on a difficult hike.

They are stiff at first, but they eventually mold to your feet. I do like that there is room in the toe box. I ordered half a size over my regular shoe size (i am usually a size 7 and got a size 7.5), and it fit just fine. I had no problems with my feet swelling or my toenails feeling uncomfortable.


My ankles usually bend like crazy after hiking many miles, and it definitely happened to me while hiking Colchuck Lake. Luckily, the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots was able to help prevent any major damage to my ankle when it bent(I have injured my ankle this past year while hiking while wearing other boots). I was pretty happy with the ankle support the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots gave me.

The boots’ insoles felt pretty supportive, but I know that this could be different for others. I have high arch feet, and the insoles felt perfect for me.


I have reviewed and bought many hiking boots throughout the years, and the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots is the most inexpensive boots I have had on hand. I always love that REI Co-op makes its products available to everyone while still maintaining good quality. The cost for the boots ($130) is a great price, especially for budget buyers and new hikers.

REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots Appearance

The REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots comes in three colors;  Bark/Moss, Granite Black, and Smoke/Lilac. I picked the Smoke Lilac because I usually wear more pink colors on my hikes. I really loved the Lilac color and even got compliments of the color on the trails. I love when outdoor brands make hiking apparel more attractive and fun for women! I hope REI Co-op adds even more fun colors in the future!


What I loved about the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots is how little they resemble hiking boots. Some hiking boots can look pretty manly, rugged, and bulky. Luckily, I can pretty much wear the boots in many places, not just the trails. Hey, I am all about versatility!

The style of the shoes and the weight makes it pretty easy for me to head to the grocery store or to the mall. When it comes to hiking, looks are probably one of the least important factors (which is why I put it at the bottom), but it is nice if your shoes are versatile. Plus, I like looking cute on the trails because that is my jam and my brand!

Eco-Friendly Materials

Usually, when you think about hiking boots, you do not think about Eco Friendly. Well, my friend, the new REI Flash hiking boots are made with recycled materials. Here are some of the specs:

  • Membrane uses 75% recycled polyester
  • Upper sole is 99% recycled PET
  • Upper sole is also 30% recycled TPU
  • TerraGrip rubber is 20% recycled

As someone who loves the outdoors, I am always so excited to hear when outdoor brands use eco-friendly materials, which is a huge plus. Read more on the recycled materials they use here


Thanks for reading all about the new REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots! Let me know if you have any questions and make sure you check out some of my other hiking posts:


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