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Jack Had ANOTHER Growth Spurt: My Pants Adventure

22 Oct

I swear, I just blogged about this in April when Jack grew out of all his size 6 pants. Which was just 7 months after he grew out of all his size 5 pants. At the time, Jack’s pants were suddenly a few inches too short… but since it was only April, I had to buy the next size since it was a month or so until shorts weather.

I had high hopes that after wearing his size 7 pants for a month, I could squeak a little more wear out of them in the fall.

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

We had our first week of cool weather and the kid grew out of his dang pants again.

But now we have a new problem. I usually stock up on Nike and Under Armour track pants at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, but after a size 7 there is no size 8. Instead the sizes transition into small, medium and large.

Well, you may be thinking that I should just go with smalls. Yeah, me too. But while the smalls are consistent with an 8 in length, they are much larger in the waist. And my kid is super slim with really long legs. So, to get the pants to fit in the length, you have to tie the waist really tight and they are still falling down on him!

Also, apparently size small isn’t popular. Or maybe it’s too popular. I went to 3 Marshall’s stores and 1 TJ Maxx store and found just TWO pairs of potential pants in a size small. They had plenty of the thicker sweatpants, but the sporty trackpants where nowhere to be found. I also found a pair of Adidas trackpants in a 7x, so I figured I’d throw them into my pile too.

Then, I went to Kohls because I heard they have a good sporty boy’s section. After searching the entire section, I found a total of 6 pairs of size small pants that ranged in price from $25 – $40. I’m used to Marshalls pricing of $17 for a pair… so there was some super sticker shock happening!

So, that gives us a total of 8 pairs of size small pants and 1 pair of a 7x size. We had a little try-on session at home in the living room and I made three piles: fits just right, fits good but a little big (and he will grow into them), or way too big around the waist (and he will grow too tall before he fits them in the waist).

The one pair of 7x pants were perfection. The same size around the waist as a normal 7, but with a few extra inches of length! EXACTLY what I needed.

The two pairs from Marshalls that were a size small were okay. The length was good and there was a little extra space around the waist, but Jack could jump up and down and not worry about them falling to his knees. The prices were right, so I may pack these away for a few months to see if they fit better in the winter.

As for the six pairs from Kohls, only one pair worked at all. Every single pair was great when it came to length, but holy hell were they wide at the waist and butt area! I picked up a mix of Under Armour and Nike, so I was shocked that they went from a slim size 7 to a husky size small. SHOCKED!

Out of all 9 pairs, we ended up with 2 that can fit right now and 2 that may fit better in a few months. That’s it! I packed the Kohl’s pants back up in the bag to return and went to bed defeated.

And then I had a thought. Maybe I can find some more of those Adidas 7x pants somewhere! I did some googling around and found them on Amazon with Prime shipping! They have two versions with 7x as an option, the Adidas Boys Tapered Trainer pant for $19.20 and the Adidas Boys Tricot Jogger pants for $18. I ordered three more pairs and crossed my fingers that they’d fit consistent with the pair we had.

And they do! Jack now has 5 pairs of pants that actually fit him and 2 pairs waiting for him to gain a little weight in the tummy. I wish I had that problem with my pants…

If you also have a tall, thin kid that keeps growing out of pants, you may find the fact that there are a few 7x’s out in the world helpful!

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Trunk Club Review: A Cozy Fall Trunk

21 Oct

I was in a shopping mood a couple weeks ago when my Trunk Club stylist reached out to see if I’d like to see a fall Trunk. So, of course I said yes. I mean, if I don’t like anything I can send it all back. And if I do like something, she saved me the time and the effort to go and find it!

I did give her a teensy bit of instructions before she put together her preview. I’d recently seen a really cute outfit on Instagram of a leopard print tank top, fuzzy cardigan and colored pants. I told her that I loved the outfit and would like to see something similar.

Here is what she sent over for me to try:

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. When the Trunk first arrives, I usually go through it and narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites. Let’s check them out!

Outfit #1: Vince Camuto Print V-Neck Blouse, $59 (find it here) and Kut from the Kloth Diana Stretch Skinny Pants, $69.50 (find them here)

I love this outfit with the v-neck leopard print blouse and the moss green corduroy pants. This is super cute for weekends and if I throw on a cardigan it would be great for work too. I think this top would also look really great tucked into a skirt for a work look! Love, love, love both of these pieces!

Outfit #2: Loveappella Pleat Neck Tank Top, $45 on sale for $26.98 (find it here) and Kut from the Kloth Diana Stretch Skinny Pants, $69.50 (find them here)

My stylist sent me over a second leopard print top to try and it happens to be on sale right now for $26.98. The neckline of this one is higher and it has some fun pleats too. I’m not loving it with the cords, but this one would be really cute tucked into a skirt. The color scheme isn’t my favorite though and it kind of blends into my hair color. Even though this one is on sale, if it were a fight to the death for leopard tops, the first one I tried on would win for me.

Outfit #3: Vince Camuto Print V-Neck Blouse, $59 (find it here), Madewell Kent Cardigan Sweater, $98 (find it here) and Kut from the Kloth Diana Stretch Skinny Pants, $69.50 (find them here)

This look is exactly the color combo I loved in my inspiration outfit. I love the way the rust color of the sweater plays off the leopard print and moss green pants. However, while the color combo is a winner for me… I don’t love the thickness of the sweater. It is super soft and nubby (with no scratchy wool), but it is awfully warm and I would probably sweat in this. For those of you who tend to run a little colder though, this one is a great choice!

Outfit #4: Cece Ruffle Tie Neck Top, $79 (find it here) and Kut from the Kloth Diana Stretch Skinny Pants, $69.50 (find them here)

I need some more solid tops that are more elevated than a t-shirt for layering with my work clothes. This one is really pretty and I like the tie at the neck and the ruffles around the sides as well. I’m not totally loving this top with the cords – too much of summer and winter mixed together for me – however it is perfect for jeans. Or skirts, of course. The one is one of those workhorse pieces that my closet has been needing.

Trunk Finalists
Okay, help me decide what to buy! Here are my finalists:

  • (2) Loveappella top, on sale for $26.98
  • (3) Kut from the Kloth moss green corduroys, $69.50
  • (4) Vince Camuto top, $59
  • (9) Cece Ruffle Tie Neck Top, $79
  • (11) Madewell Kent Cardigan, $98

I’m leaning towards buying the v-neck leopard top, the ruffle tie top AND the corduroys. However, I saw a very similar pair of Kut from the Kloth cords on Amazon for just $23, so I ordered them to compare (crossing my fingers that they get here before I have to send my Trunk back!) What do you think I should buy?

If you want to have Amelia style a Trunk for you 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 want to see ALL my Trunk Club Reveals, you can find them here: Trunk Club Review page

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Work Style: September 2019

2 Oct

September is always kind of a weird style month for me. I mean, I’m full-on ready for some fall style…but it’s still in the 90’s! So instead of rolling out all the sweaters and booties I do a one-two-punch of style:

1: I put all the items that will soon be too summary to wear in the front of my closet so I can get one last wear out of them before packing them away until next spring/summer.

2: I try really hard not to buy anything new. Instead, I shop my own closet and try to pair things differently. This is extra hard, because by September I’m super sick of my summery clothes… but I know that just around the bend is fall weather!

{You can see my previous Work Style posts here}

Let’s take a look at September:

Week One

My Casual Friday was my favorite look of the week – we had one day that felt kind of fall-ish, so I was able to bring out the booties that I’ve been obsessed with (but haven’t been able to wear yet). I paired them with a simple striped tanktop that I bought over the summer at the J.Crew outlets and a secondhand Madewell sweater I found on Poshmark. This outfit was exactly my fall style and I anticipate wearing it again and again once the weather drops to the 60’s – 70’s.

As for my other outfits this week, I was on the fence about the ombre dress in the bottom corner. I had thrifted it and then never really wanted to wear it, so I forced myself to try it once to see if it should be re-donated. It’s okay. I don’t love it and I don’t hate it. For now, the dress has gone into my ‘look at these in the spring and decide if I should keep or donate’ bin. Yeah, I have a bin for that. Don’t you?

Week Two

My winning outfit of this week featured my DIY studded jean jacket. I love that darn jacket and I’m currently keeping it at work for those extra chilly days in the office when I need another layer. The pretty floral dress is a Leota dress from Poshmark and those sandals are my Eileen Fisher sandals from the Nordstrom sale. They are so incredibly comfortable and I’m sad to have just packed them away for next spring/summer.

While I don’t have any outfits from this week that I really disliked, I do have a funny story about those green sandals in the bottom left corner. My boss basically never notices or comments on my clothing (except once, he told me that I looked nice when we were walking into a meeting), but commented on my green shoes 3x the day I wore them. Basically, he was like “those are some green shoes” but it was clear that he for some reason hated them. Which made me cry laughing because he is the last person I would expect to give me style advice!

Week Three

Here’s an example of getting those summer clothes in – my pretty blue and white dress! I tried to make it a little less summer by pairing it with the bright blue sweater and cranberry colored shoes. This was the week that I went to that conference in Atlantic City, so for the rest of the week I just wore easy jersey dresses that wouldn’t wrinkle and would cover my tattoos.

Also, the ‘me looking up the nose’ picture makes me giggle every time I see it.

Week Four

I was doing a search on Poshmark for peplum tops (because I have one that I love to layer with a cardigan for both work and weekends) and I came across this soft Anthropologie blazer. I sat on the listing for a week or so and finally went ahead and made an offer. I don’t wear blazers to work often for my current job, but I thought this one might be just the thing to dress up a pair of jeans for Casual Friday or pair with a solid dress for a regular workday. I like it because it isn’t stiff or restrictive at all, the sleeves are easy to roll up, and it has that cute little peplum bottom. I had a seminar to attend on this particular Friday, so I paired it with a black t-shirt, jeans and red shoes for that event. Then, I whipped off the blazer at my car and switched the flats for sneakers to continue on my way to do some thrifting. I was basically day-to-night Barbie!

Every other outfit and wardrobe item from this week had been worn dozens of times by me…. All pretty tried and true closet staples. I did stick with some more autumn-like colors since October is quickly approaching. After this week, nothing hit the donation bin… so yay!

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Dressing for a Work Gala

1 Oct

One of the things I do at my Marketing Director job is to attend some fancy networking events. Usually, they aren’t *too* fancy and a regular work outfit is totally acceptable. Occasionally a fancier event will come up… which is what just happened.

I had a “gala” to attend.

The invitation said it was black tie optional, so I knew I had to put in a little extra effort so that I looked like I belonged there. The problem is that I didn’t really have any time to go about buying something new. Well, I probably could have found some time to buy something… but it was just a work event, so I didn’t really want to drop a chunk of change on a new dress.

Also, it was a work event… so I wanted to be sure my arm sleeve tattoo was under cover. Which basically knocked out 99% of my nice dresses unless I paired them with a cardigan, which didn’t seem very gala-ish.

So, that leaves me with:

  • Something I already own.
  • Something fancy enough for a gala-type event.
  • Something that covered my upper arms.

I was thinking maybe I’d go the wrap dress route…

Dressing Room pic from the day before I interviewed for my job!

But as gorgeous as that dress is and as much as I love it… in order for it to be a little more gala-appropriate I’d have to pair it with some high heels. And I don’t do high heels anymore.

So, I rustled through my closet and found it… a metallic, leopard print midi skirt.

2016 picture from BlogHer Conference

The last time I wore it was in 2016, I met Gabrielle Reece, Lori Laughlin, Freddie Prinze Jr, Aisha Tyler, Jennie Garth… AND won a VOTY award for my writing.

It still fit, so I paired with with a simple black wrap top and some Rothy’s. Sure, I could have done heels… but I would have been miserable all night, so I stuck with my points.

And there you have it. Gala appropriate. Comfortable. Tattoo coverage. AND pockets.

Sometimes you just have to think outside of the box. Or…um…inside your existing closet!

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