Reviewing Trunk Club: Working with a New Stylist

27 Feb

You’re totally not having déjà vu right now… I DID just do a Trunk Club ‘quickfire review’ post a few weeks ago (you can find it here). I actually didn’t even bother taking any photos for that post because I was in a bad mood and had a bunch of fit issues. Also, I was just kind of annoyed that my long-time stylist sent me items that went against a bunch of my previous notes.

I had been thinking about trying a new stylist for a while and decided to go for it. As it turns out, another Trunk Club stylist from the DC Clubhouse follows me on Instagram and I follow her back. I reached out to see if we saw eye-to-eye and she seemed like a good fit.

I explained to her that I already have a closet full of clothes, so I’m not in dire need of anything. However, I’m now looking for those special items that I can add into my existing wardrobe. I also explained that I’m not looking for ‘party’ clothes, but items that are work-appropriate for an office, but also have a bit of fun to them. We talked about my price range and that I’m much more likely to buy items if they are less than $200 (no $400 dress surprises!) Lastly, I’m almost 40. Fun for me isn’t going to the club…but hanging with my family on the weekends.

With all that in mind, Dana put together my first Trunk. I know that working with a new stylist is going to take a couple tries, but for her first Trunk she did a pretty great job. Want to see what she sent?

Sources: (1) Tom’s Majorca Sandals, (2) Ruffle Front Crepe High/Low Dress by Adrianna Papell, (3) Billie Stretch Mini Bootcut Jeans by NYDJ, (4) Cerise Cardigan by cupcakes and cashmere, (5) Ruffled Jersey Top by Rebecca Taylor, (6) Fit and Flare Dress by Felicity & Coco (not online), (7, 9, 10) Open Front Bolero by Eliza J, (8) Stripe Sweater Fit & Flare Dress by Eliza J, (11) Long Bomber Jacket by Trouve, (12) Sleeveless Interlock Fit & Flare Dress by Classiques Entier, (13) Crop Pants by Classiques Entier, (14) Kota Ankle Strap Pump by Louise et Cie, (15) One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace by Kate Spade New York

If you’re new to my Trunk Club reveals (you can find them all here), I don’t typically photograph every single one of the items. With 15 items and a couple different outfits, it would just get to be way too much if I showed them all. When the Trunk first arrives, I usually go through it and narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites.

Here are my favorites from this Trunk:

Outfit #1: 1 + 3 + 4

Well, hot damn! This outfit is exactly what I wanted… without knowing I wanted it. Do I need a new pair of jeans…? Probably not. However, I love the way these jeans fit and WOWZA does my butt look fine! Okay, maybe I’m feeling myself a little too much here. Any which way, I love the dark wash, mini bootcut and high waist on these NYDJ jeans.

I topped the sassy jeans with a t-shirt from my closet and added on the super soft and flowy cardigan (item #4) that I didn’t know I needed, but now can’t live without. I like that it’s more of a 1/2 or 3/4 sleeve, so you can wear it over long sleeves and have them peek out. Oh and shoes… I need another pair of shoes like I need another hole in my head, but these Toms are that magical combo of funky, appropriate for work, AND comfortable.

Outfit #2: 12 + 14

Wow, this dress is totally fabulous and perfect for a professional office. I can throw on a cardigan or a blazer and be totally prepared for a meeting with my Executive Director or a presentation in front of 100 MBAs. The shoes also totally shout LIKE A BOSS and are surprisingly comfortable for having a 3 1/2“ heel.

I’m being super nitpicky here, but here are my issues. First, I have a bit of a tummy right now and this dress doesn’t disguise it as much as one with a more flowy/less fitted skirt would. Second, the top of the dress feels a little constricting on my chest/clavicle area. If it were a v-neck, I’d love it more. With that being said, I will keep this dress in mind for when I lose those 15 pounds that I’m working on. I’m also tempted by the shoes, but I bought this similar pair in the fall and haven’t worn them to work yet. So, if I can consistently wear the pair I own than I will reward myself with this snakeskin pair!

Outfit #3: 8 + 1

How cute is this fun striped dress?! I like that it has sleeves and it is also really flattering with its fit-and-flare style. My stylist suggested wearing it with the Tom’s sandals and they look great together. I also tried it with a blazer for the office. While I do really like the fit of this dress, I’m just not loving the stripes or the length – it seems a bit juvenile. I feel that the skirt is a bit too short on me (I’m 5’7”) and I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing it to the office unless I had on black tights to disguise the shortness.

Outfit #4: 1 + 3 + 11

Okay, this is the same outfit as outfit #1, but I wanted to show you this super snazzy coat that Dana sent over. It totally meets my specifications of being something that has a little something special about it. The details on this thing are super cool and throwing it on with jeans and a t-shirt totally elevates the whole look. If you’re looking for a lightweight jacket with a personality, definitely check this one out! As much as I like it, I don’t love it… and I have a few other similar weight jackets that are already in heavy-rotation from my closet.

Other Stuff:
As I mentioned, I don’t photograph every single item… but I wanted to let you know some of my thoughts on the items you don’t see on me. First off, I’m so not a shrug girl. So, while I totally get why Dana sent over shrugs in three colors to try with everything, I just don’t like them at all and would prefer to top outfits with a cardigan or blazer. The cobalt colored dress (item #2) is totally gorgeous and it’s even on sale right now for less than $60! However, the asymmetrical hem of the skirt just comes up way too high on my thigh for me to be comfortable wearing this to work.

Last, the workpants (item #13). These are admittedly towards the upper range of what I am comfortable spending on work clothes. However, the fabric and details on these pants make them something special. Although reviews say that they fit true to size, I found that they were too tight on me when I tried my typical size of a 12. If I needed another pair of cropped black pants, I would ask Dana to send these over in the next size up… but I actually have a similar pair that I already love.

Final Thoughts on this Trunk
For her first crack at styling me, I think that Dana did a really great job! She really listened to me and it was clear that she has an understanding of what I am looking for in a Trunk. I’ve decided to buy all three pieces in Outfit #1 – the jeans, gray flowy cardigan and black Tom’s sandals. I really love those snakeskin pumps and it actually hurt a little to put them back in the Trunk, so I will certainly keep them in mind for the future. I guess it’s actually much better for my wallet that everything wasn’t perfect this time!

If you want to have Dana style a Trunk for you — and you totally should because she’s awesome —  I have her linked to my referral code here: (Please note: if you use my referral link it will cost you nothing extra and it earns me a small amount to go towards items in my next Trunk).

If you have questions about Trunk Club, please leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer them for you! Do you think I made the right choices on what to buy from Trunk?

{Psssst… if you like my clothing box company reviews, here is a handy-dandy list of the ones I’ve tried: Stitch Fix, Trendsend, The Ms. Collection, DailyLook Elite and Wantable’s Fitness Edit}

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Trunk Club, I pay for any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Trunk Club for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction! This post contains ShopStyle affiliate links. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.


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Today’s Plans

23 Feb

Here again…

Update coming soon. But you might get a sneak peek later today if you check out my Instagram page. Just saying.

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February 2017 Birchbox Reveal: the Curated Box

21 Feb

I’ve been getting my monthly Birchbox subscription for quite a while now, but for the first time I decided to choose their curated box. When you pick one of their special curated boxes you know exactly which items will be included, rather than being surprised with a box built for your specifications.

When I peeked at the February curated box, I was interested enough in a couple of the items that I decided to go for it. Want to see what I got?

Item #1: Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry

This serum is supposed to be applied to your hair before you blow dry to help reduce the damage of drying your hair. I usually blow dry my hair on winter workdays, so I’ll stick this in my bathroom and try this in the mornings to see if there is any difference.

Item #2: CLEAN Reserve Parfum

I’m not really a huge perfume person and I’m super picky about my scents, but I knew this one would be in the box, so that’s fine. This scent is a fruity and floral scent that isn’t overpowering, so I’ll add it to my “stuff to give my sister’s” pile.

Item #3: The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Saucy Marsala

I received my first PBJ Smoothie stick from Birchbox almost a year ago and it’s still my absolute favorite. The color goes on great on top of a little chapstick and really lasts. Also, I don’t find it overwhelming to swipe a bit on in the morning. Love, love, love this and can’t wait to try the new color!

Item #4: Acure Organics Purifying Fruit Peel

I love a great face peel and can’t wait to try this one. It contains active enzymes from papaya, bitter cherry and blue agave to purify pores and reveal a more even and glowy complexion. Sounds great!

Item #5: Vasanti Eye Wonder 2.0 Super Powered Eye Cream

I love the Vasanti face scrub I got in a previous Birchbox, so I am very interested to try this eye cream. It is an amplified version of their original version and contains a clinical mix of peptides, botanicals, and vitamins to hydrate under eye skin and reduce dark circles. I just rubbed some on in between typing sentences and it goes on nice and smooth. Crossing my fingers for my circles to start disappearing immediately!

Final Thoughts
I thought this month’s Birchbox was a total winner and I’m really glad I decided to try the curated box. If you want to try Birchbox, use my special referral code to get 50% off your first box:

Do you have a favorite beauty product that you’ve found through a subscription box? Share it in the comments!


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Birchbox, I paid for the $10 fee with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Birchbox for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction!

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Jack Turns 5 & a Mini Gift Guide

20 Feb

You guys… my baby boy is FIVE YEARS OLD!

Geez, when people say time flies they are not kidding. Somehow the last five years have flown by and suddenly I have this full-grown five year old little boy. He’s funny and so sweet and one of my favorite people in the entire world.

And he’s FIVE.

And poof, I have a 5 year old! Happy Birthday Jack! ❤

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Our first celebration was at Jack’s school on his actual birthday (February 15th). I ordered some cupcakes from the local grocery store and topped them with rings that Jack picked out. We went with rainbow rings and snowflake rings.

We got Jack a few tiny gifts to open, but his big birthday gift this year was another family trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. We had so much fun last year (see it here) that we decided to forgo the stress of having a kid party and/or a family party and decided to go back again this year.

Mini Gift Guide
I feel like we did super well with gifts this year, so if you are looking for some 5-year-old approved gifts in the less than $20 range, you might want to check these out:

Gift #1: Gold Dig-it and Diamond Dig-it (find it here)
I found a Gold Dig-it and a Diamond Dig-it at Target and they were only $3 each. Basically it is a block of hard sand and there is a treasure inside. After pounding the heck out of the first one and taking forever, we decided to put it in a bowl of water and it melted right away so that we could get to the stone. And yes, I know this is cheating. However, I don’t even care because Jack then played with the sand/water combo for a good three nights before I finally got rid of it!

Gift #2: Tonka Tiny vehicles in Blind Garages (find it here)
Jack has a million cars, but recently asked for some “tiny” cars. I have no idea what that means, but I did find these Tonka Tiny’s while I was at Target. Each car comes inside a little garage, so it’s a surprise which one you get. I bought four ($2.50 each) and the garages all snap together to make a super-sized garage. Jack LOVED these!

Gift #3: Russel Stover Valentine’s Day Mini Heart
Day three was Valentine’s Day, so Jack’s gift was a little Snoopy Valentine’s heart with three little chocolates inside. Yeah, they were gone pretty much immediately.

Gift #4: WowWee Mini Remote Control Robot (find it here)
I really like the WowWee robots, but the regular sized version is $50. Considering that I don’t know if Jack would even be into it for more than 10 minutes… it just seemed silly to buy the expensive version. This little version does less, but it’s also only $20. Jack loves it, but Ollie is not a fan…


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