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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:  https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/QZFJ33 (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).

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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My Face Lotion Quest

17 Oct

I’ve been having a face lotion issue. Much like Goldilocks, everything was either too heavy or too light… but nothing was just right.

For years and years and years, I used Origins A Perfect World lotion year-round. It was indeed *perfect* – not too heavy, not too light, not greasy at all. But then a year or so ago they changed the recipe to increase the SPF and it was suddenly too thick and greasy for me.

So I switched over to Origins Ginzing Gel Moisturizer. It didn’t have a SPF in it, but I loved it for my daily moisturizing needs. The problem is that while it is wonderful in the spring/summer months, it wasn’t quite hydrating enough when the weather cooled off.

I have a few night creams I like, but I really needed something for day time! I saw Oil of Olay Total Effects at Costco one day, so I figured I’d give that a try. But that one was also too thick and goopy for me. It felt more like putting sunscreen on my face than a normal face lotion. I also had a few random lotions that I had received in FabFitFun and Causebox boxes, such as the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion and the Kalos pH Balancing Moisterizer, but after trying them I just didn’t love anything.

Before I fell too far into the vast well of face lotion options, I figured I’d ask my Facebook friends for their recommendations. And WOW did everyone deliver. In no particular order, here’s what you all like:

  • Beauty Counter Daily Lotion
  • Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Moisturizer
  • Belifs The True Cream Aqua Bomb
  • Oil of Olay
  • Arbonne’s Face Lotion
  • The Olive Branch Skincare System
  • Neutrogena Face Moisturizing Cream
  • LaRoche lotion
  • Trader Joe’s Face lotion
  • Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar

One commenter recommended I hit up an Ulta and try a few samples before committing, which I thought was a great idea. I’m so sick of spending money on a big bottle of stuff only to decide I hate it and never use it again!

So, off to Ulta I went with my list in my hand. And I must have found the Ulta with the least helpful workers ever, because I couldn’t find ANYONE to help me… much less get me a sample. So I wandered around for a bit and couldn’t find anything on my damn list.

I did find myself in the Philosophy section though and I do tend to like that brand’s body lotions/souffles. So, I did a little digging and found the “Purity Prep Set” for $24 which contained a bottle of Philosophy Purity facial cleanser and a sample size of the Purity moisturizer.

I figured I’d give it a try, even though, yes, I was once again committing to products that I could hate. Sigh. I also grabbed a sample size of the Clinique Dramatically Different face lotion at the checkout so I could try that one too. I used it ages and ages ago and couldn’t remember why I stopped.

I finally found an Ulta worker at the cash register (and she was super rude), so apparently there were some in the store. But wow was I surprised that literally nobody was around to help me at all.

Anyways, this story has a happy ending.

I tried the Philosophy Purity cleanser and lotion… and it’s exactly what I was hoping for! It’s lightweight, but not too lightweight. It doesn’t have a heavy scent. And it leaves my skin hydrated all day long. So yay, it wasn’t one of the lotions I was looking for… but it WAS a winner!

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Do I need Hulu?

14 Oct

We cut the cord from cable a few years ago, so we had been living with just Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Youtube on our television. Last year, Hulu ran a Black Friday sale where you could buy a year’s subscription for just $1 a month… so I went for it. I mean, a DOLLAR a month?! Come on, that’s way less than I spend on coffee!

And now it’s time to make the big decision before my Hulu subscription goes up to whatever the normal price will be…

Here’s the thing though. We’ve had hulu for 11 months and think *maybe* we’ve used it 3 times.

Total.

I wanted to use it to watch all the Veronica Mars sessions on my Kindle while working out, but apparently my Kindle is too old to stream Hulu at all.

So yeah, we haven’t used it.

BUT, before I made the decision and just cancel our subscription… I want to know; do you use Hulu? What do you watch on Hulu? Do I need Hulu? If so… convince me!

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Reviewing Causebox: The Fall 2019 Box Reveal

8 Oct

I feel like I’ve been looking forward to this box for ages and I’m so happy it’s finally here!

About Causebox:
Every season, members receive a limited edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for Causebox. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter. I don’t have a referral code to give you, but if you click on their website you might see a pop-up with a promo code on it: www.causebox.com

Let’s check out what I received in the Fall 2019 box:

Known Supply Weekend Duffel, $108 value

Source: Causebox.com

An oversized duffle for everything from weekends away to trips to the gym. Handmade by artisans in Jaipur, India.

Out of all the items in this box, this was the one I was most excited about. Typically when packing I’ll pack either a backpack or a small suitcase, but this duffle is perfectly in the middle. I picked the gray/white stripes with the natural colored straps and I love the pretty gold-ish metal accents on everything. I saw some people complaining on the Causebox Instagram page that this bag was smaller than pictured… but once you stuff it full of stuff I think it’s exactly the size as represented. I used this for last weekend’s girl trip to Lindsey’s house and it was the perfect size!

Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil, $82 value

A multitasking treatment oil that provides hydration and helps skin feel softer, smoother, and brighter. Naturally composed of nine antioxidant rich oils.

With fall and winter coming, I’m happy to add this antioxidant oil to my stash. I like being able to sample these items long term before committing to the high price, so this is perfect for me.

La Beaute Soi 10-Piece Makeup Brush Collection, $24 value

A 10-piece set of makeup brushes for every imaginable use and look. Every brush is made with vegan, cruelty-free bristles, and packaged in a thoughtfully designed vegan leather clutch.

First off, you all know how I feel about “vegan leather”… can we just call it what it is?! PLASTIC. I can see how this makeup brush set might be useful to many people, but I’m really not that involved with putting makeup on. In fact, I typically only use one brush… maybe two if I’m feeling fancy. I’ll either gift this one or donate it.

Nashelle Heather Drop Lariat necklace, $38 value

A custom-for-Causebox take on the classic Y silhouette. For every product sold, Nashelle donates 10 meals to those in need.

For this necklace, I was able to choose between silver and gold and I went with the gold one. I like the weight of this necklace and both the design and the chain are substantial. I’ve tried adding it to a couple outfits, but it’s really just not my style — to me it looks like a dog choke collar. I think this one will probably be added to my Poshmark closet.

La Lueur White Cactus Coconut Wax Candle, $35 value

A fresh take on autumn, this candle was developed from sustainably sourced ingredients including a proprietary coconut wax blend. Every La Lueur candle is hand-poured in the USA and packaged in a gorgeous reusable glass vessel.

I actually really like the scent of this candle and the glass vessel is really pretty, so this one is a keeper!

Glass Ladder & Co Terrazzo Travel Wallet, $18 value

For this choice I was able to pick between this travel wallet and a felt letter board. The letter board looked super cheap, so I went with this travel wallet even though it is once again vegan leather. Sigh. It is fine for storing a passport and stuff while traveling and I will get some use out of it, but it’s not very exciting.

Bonus: $25 Known Supply Online Store Credit

There was also a postcard for a special promo code to get $25 store credit at the Known Supply online store. I did a quick search of the website and it looks like they have some cotton t-shirts (graphic and plain) for $34 – 54, so I may use this gift card towards something.

Overall Thoughts
I really like the Fall Causebox! The duffel bag is really well made AND adorable, the candle smells good, and the face oil has promise. While the necklace seems well made, it’s not really my style so I’ll list it for sale so someone else can enjoy it. I’m not enthused about the two vegan leather/PLASTIC items in the bag though and wish they had some non-plastic choices.

What is your favorite item from the Fall Causebox? Do you like Vegan Leather??

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

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