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Trunk Club Review: Office Style

14 Jan

I wasn’t planning to order a Trunk from Trunk Club. Really, I wasn’t. And then I saw Mary Poppins Returns with my friend and basically drooled over Mary’s outfits the entire movie. Then, the very next day I got an email from Trunk Club asking if I’d like a Mary Poppins Returns inspired Trunk.

Um… YES! TAKE ALL MY MONEY!

The Trunk came a few days later and it was an unfortunate mess of unflattering pieces that highlighted all my wobbly bits and none of my good bits. So, instead of subjecting myself to photographing anything and blogging about it, I just stuck it all back in the box and arranged for a pick up the very next day.

And that was it.

Until a couple weeks later when my new stylist (my previous stylist left the company, so now I have been assigned to a stylist named Amelia), sent over a Trunk preview for me to check out.

A couple of the pieces showed promise, so I declined all the items I knew I didn’t want to try and made sure to give my stylist feedback on why I removed each one. After reviewing my notes, Amelia added in a few more things to fill out the Trunk and sent it over to me.

So, was it practically perfect in every way… or was it just a bunch of pish-posh? Let’s take a look!

(1) Eileen Fisher Slim Ponte Knit Pants, $208, (2) Madison & Berkeley Midi Dress, $59, (3) Eliza J Fit & Flare Dress, $148, (4) Something Navy Midi Dress, $99, (5) Eliza J Bow Back Sweater, $98, (6) Girl Meets Glam Edith Midi Dress, $178, (7) Boden Winifred Pattern Dress, $140, (8) Vince Camuto Puff Shoulder Dress, $119, (9) Boden Alberta Ruffle Shirt, $70, (10) Vince Camuto Tie Blouse, $99 (no link), (11) 1901 Full Skirt, $89.

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.

Before we look at my favs, here are my 7 mini reviews of the items I didn’t show you:

(2) Madison & Berkeley Midi Dress – the fit on this one was SO ODD I couldn’t get the shoulders on!

(3) Eliza J Fit & Flare Dress – Too high on my neck and it was strangling me.

(4) Something Navy Midi Dress – Super frumpy and a bunch of NOPE.

(5) Eliza J Bow Back Sweater – Why is this a crop top?! Is this SUPPOSED to be a crop top??

(7) Boden Winifred Pattern Dress – Cute and AMAZING fabric, but highlights my mommy tummy.

 (8) Vince Camuto Puff Shoulder Dress – 1980’s Awful.

(10) Vince Camuto Tie Blouse – The laced shoulders are really wierd.

Moving on…

Outfit 1: Boden Alberta Ruffle Shirt ($70) and Eileen Fisher Slim Ponte Knit Pants ($208)

Initially, I wasn’t sure if I loved this shirt or if I hated it. It’s Boden, so the jersey is wonderfully soft and the fit seems good. I get the cool ruffle down the front, but the ruffles on the cuffs are a bit…um, too ruffle-y? I first tried the blouse with the Eileen Fisher pants. I have a couple pairs of pants form Eileen Fisher and they are wonderful. This pair is a bit of a different material and would need to be hemmed an inch or so if I were keeping them. As it is, they aren’t really wowing me and I already have a pair of black work slacks that I love.

Outfit 2: Boden Alberta Ruffle Shirt ($70) and 1901 Full Skirt ($89)

I switched the pants out with this skirt from 1901 (a new Nordstrom brand of classics with a twist). I think by combining the top with a skirt, it helps keep the ruffles from overwhelming me. However, this skirt in particular is not a winner. The cotton outer layer is rather thin (and wrinkly) and feels cheap. I like the cool crinoline slip detail and the pockets, but the fit is a bit off and it’s making me look dumpy.

Outfit 3: Boden Alberta Ruffle Shirt ($70) and a skirt I own

I felt like we were on the right track by pairing the Boden blouse with a full skirt, so I decided to try it with one that I already own (from Anthropologie a few years ago). I wish I had a solid black one, but this burgundy version with the gold accent embroidery actually looks kind of snazzy with the blouse. I also tugged the sleeves up a bit so that the ruffles weren’t flopping over my hands and it made a world of difference. NOW the blouse is a contender! What do you think, should I buy it or send it back?

Outfit 4: Girl Meets Glam Edith Midi Dress ($178)

When I saw the preview of this Trunk, this dress was the one that I was most excited to try on. I love a good v-neck combined with a fit-and-flare cut. The fabric on this dress is also a bit fancy, so it would be great for a dressy work day with a blazer. The skirt is extra full and swingy and has those all-important pockets. The sleeves are also a great length to hide my tattoos. The only problem is… it’s pink. I’m not really a pink person. Also, the bust is a smidge tight. So, sent a quick message to my stylist and apparently Trunk Club also has it available in navy and additional sizes! I’m thinking navy would look so much better with my hair color and I could add a fun pop of color with my shoes or even a cardigan. What do you think, should I exchange this one for the navy version and try two different sizes?

Trunk Finalists
Okay, so if you’ve been playing along that leaves me with just two favorites from this Trunk: the Girl Meets Glam Edith dress (but in Navy) for $178 and the Boden Alberta Ruffle Shirt for $70.

I posted both items on my Instagram stories over the weekend to get some feedback. For the shirt, the voting was 47% said to buy it and 53% said to pass. For the dress, the split was 53% buy and 47% pass. So, now I’m even more confused… should I just send everything back?

I’d love to know what you think! Leave me a comment below!

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).

1/15/19 Update – The People Have Spoken. Thank you all for your comments! I sent back the whole Trunk without buying anything. Once it gets to them, Amelia will send me the Girl Meets Glam Edith dress in Navy (in two sizes). I’ll keep you posted!

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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Reviewing Causebox: The Winter 2018 Box Reveal

8 Jan

I’ve been looking forward to the Winter Causebox ever since I saw the very first spoiler, so I was so excited to open the box the moment it was delivered to my door! Unlike my feelings about FabFitFun (that the boxes are getting worse and worse…), I have been more and more impressed with my quarterly subscription to Causebox. In fact, in a FabFitFun vs. Causebox death match I think Causebox would be the clear winner!

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:

SiiZU Winter Poncho Wrap, $115 retail value

I was soooo excited about this poncho and it certainly did not disappoint! Annual subscribers were able to pick from three colors and I let my Instagram friends decide for me with this Cranberry option. SiiZU is committed to sustainability and this poncho wrap was made with a textile called LENZING Viscose, which is made out of sustainably harvested tree fibers. I’ve already worn this a few times and basically jump in front of people to make them feel my poncho and then ask them what they think it’s made out of… before yelling “TREES! Can you believe it’s made out of TREES?!”

Anyways, I love, love, love this poncho and it basically makes the entire box worth it for me.

LUNA Nectar Jade Roller, $25 retail value

I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of jade rolling, so I was happy to receive one in this season’s box. Basically the jade roller is a tool to address circulation, puffiness, lymphatic drainage, and facial tension. It stays naturally cool, so it feels really good when you roll it over your face. I’ve started using this after I apply my face serum in the morning.

LSTN Sound Co Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $99.99 retail value

These Bluetooth ear buds have a marbleized finish, inline controls and a built in microphone. Proceeds from LSTN Sound Co provide hearing aids to someone in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. I actually don’t currently need a pair of headphones (I have a couple pairs in rotation already), but these will be good to keep around for when one of my old pairs breaks.

Matr Boomie handmade necklace, $33 retail value

As an annual subscriber I was able to choose between a necklace or earrings. I basically never change my earrings from my little diamond studs, so I went with the necklace. This piece was made in Jaipur, India, and their partnership with the Winter Causebox helped put 45 artisans to work for four months. I love the mixed metal of the necklace and also the length of the chain. It is also incredibly lightweight, so it doesn’t weigh your neck down at all. I already wore this for Christmas Eve dinner at my parent’s house and will certainly be wearing it many more times.

Idlewood Co 2019 Planner, $32 retail value

Idlewood Co is a Florida-based company whose co-friendly paper goods are hand-drawn by their founder. UGH. I really love this planner. It’s just so pretty! Unfortunately, I already have a planner that goes from August 2018 – December 2019… so I don’t have a use for this one. It’s sooo pretty though that I totally want to hoard it anyways…

KLEI Detox Facial Steam, $22 retail value

Every Klei ingredient is both food grade and biodegradable, so there are no crazy chemicals that could harm sensitive skin. This detox facial steam is made to be put in a hot bowl of water while you tent a towel over your head and breath it in. It is supposed to be relaxing and also work on pushing toxins out of your pores. This looks like a nice, relaxing thing to do this winter… so I plan to build it into my next Monday Mask Day.

Claire Ritchie Wrapping Paper & Art Print, $22 total retail value

The Winter box was designed by Australian artist and designer, Claire Ritchie. It’s super pretty and I’ll probably use it to store stuff around my house (they work great for storing off season bathing suits!). As a little bonus, there is a set of wrapping paper sheets inside the box. My box came too late for me to use it for Christmas gifts, but the designs are a bit more seasonal than holiday, so I will be able to use them year-round.

Overall Thoughts
I’m very happy with the Winter box and it is probably my favorite box of the entire year! I absolutely love the poncho, the necklace, and the jade roller. I also think the planner is gorgeous, but I already have one in use. The facial steam is something cool that I would have never bought myself and I also enjoy the pretty wrapping paper and back-up set of Bluetooth ear buds. All in all, the whole box was a winner for me! The retail value of everything in my box came to $348 which is much higher than both the Fall and Summer boxes retail values.

What is your favorite item from the Winter CAUSEBOX?

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Movie Review: Mary Poppins Returns

18 Dec


Last night I had the opportunity to go to a screening of Mary Poppins Returns. My friend, Lindsey and I made a girl’s night out of it with dinner and a movie on a Monday night… so fantastic!

A photo from outside the theater, since they confiscated our phones before we went in.

By the way, the crispy brussels sprouts appetizer at the Cheesecake Factory is SO GOOD! There’s bacon involved. Anyways, after stuffing ourselves full of yummy food and even yummier conversation, we walked over to the movie theater.

We were both super excited to see the movie and holy moley, it did not disappoint!

You can see the movie trailer here:

The new movie re-visits Jane and Michael Banks, now adults with problems of their own. There are three adorable children, John, Anabel and Georgie who are dealing with the loss of their mother. The practically perfect in every way nanny, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), and her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) help the family rediscover joy, wonder… and of course, magic!

To be completely honest, I basically watched the entire movie with a huge smile on my face. The sequel was like returning to visit old friends with new, exciting adventures. The movie somehow keeps the feel of the first movie, even though it was made more than 50 years later. It was absolutely MAGICAL and Emily and Lin-Manuel were perfection.

My only nit-picks were that it could have done with maybe one or two less songs for Mary Poppins. I love her – and her voice – but I would have liked a teensy bit of character development spoken, rather than sung. Also, the mustache on the now-grown Michael Banks’ face drove me CRAZY.

My favorite parts were a song very reminiscent of Step in Time, and a couple surprise old faces that made me tear up a bit.

Mary Poppins Returns comes out in theaters on December 19,2018. If you are looking for a wonderful, family-friendly movie with quite a sprinkle of nostalgia, I highly recommend it!

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the screening at no cost to me.  

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Winter 2018 Box Reveal

14 Dec

I just received my Winter FabFitFun box, which means it’s box reveal time!

Before we get into the goodies, here is a quick overview of FabFitFun:

Here’s my Winter 2018 box:

I always love the designs of the boxes and use them for storage throughout my house. This one will be great to add to my collection!

Let’s look inside:

Mark & Graham Color Block Throw, retail $49

As a select member, I was able to pick between the gray/ivory or the natural/ivory versions of this throw and I went with natural/ivory. To be honest, this blanket is NOT worth the $49 retail value. The weave already has pulls in it and all I’ve done is opened the blanket. We do use ‘snuggle blankets’ around our house year-round, so I’ll stick this one in rotation until it falls apart. Which may be in about a week.

Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask, retail $49

This hair mask is made for intense care for dry and damaged hair. I think this will be great for the winter, when my hair gets so dry and full of static. I’ve used (and liked) Moroccan products before, so I’m looking forward to trying this out.

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in “Stella”, retail $24

This highlighting stick is said to “highlight and brighten” your eyes, so that’s cool. I don’t currently use any highlighting anything on my face… so this will be fun to try.

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask, retail $33

I try to stick with “Mask Monday’s”where I treat my skin once a week with a face mask. I’ve always enjoyed the masks sent by FabFitFun, so I’m happy to add this mask to my stash.

BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid, retail $29

This is an activated charcoal eye mask that is to be used to de-puff and detox your eye area. This little kit contains 5 eye masks, so I’ll certainly be trying them out soon. Love that this was added to the box, because I’ve never tried this brand.

Anthropologie x Mer-Sea & Co Whip Body Cream in “Coconut Sugar”, retail $24

Love lotion. Love the smell. Do I need another lotion? Probably not… but this will be used eventually.

H Halston Jewelry Portfolio, retail $48

I had a few choices to pick from and decided to go with the jewelry portfolio. I currently have a bunch of necklaces just jumbled together on hooks in my bedroom and I think this might be just what I need for packing away those that I don’t wear very often.

Richer Poorer Reina Over the Knee Textured Sock, retail $24

I am super excited about these over-the-knee socks and I wish I had gotten more than one pair! I think these will be great for during the winter when I want to go with bare legs… but not freeze my butt off. I can stick these on with boots to get into work and then take them off and switch to flats for the workday. I think I’m going to love these and will soon be on the hunt for more!

Chic & Tonic I’ll Coast to That! 4-Piece Coaster Set, retail $18

Okay, are you going to say it or do I have to? These look like nipples. And now that I said that, you can’t NOT see the nipples, right?! These are slices of wood with maybe a super light coat of polyurethane.I would like them if they weren’t so nipply. So, I’m thinking I’ll give Jack some paint and let him go wild with making them his own little masterpieces. It will be a fun Christmas break project and honestly anything would be an improvement. Unless he paints on penises.

 Overall Thoughts

For the second quarter in a row, I’m feeling kind of ‘so so’ about my FabFitFun box. Both the throw and the coaster set were total misses for me. I like the creams and masks, but feel like their retail values are super inflated. Also, I’m kind of drown in creams/lotions/masks right now. I’m super excited about the socks though, so there’s that. If the next two boxes don’t impress me, I won’t be renewing this subscription.

Okay, be honest… do you see nipples when you look at the coasters? 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored review.

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