Trunk Club: A Fitness & Athleisure Trunk for those New Year’s Resolutions!

15 Jan

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more in 2018? Yeah, me too. I’ve mostly got a handle on this healthy eating thing, but my nutritionist also wants me to work out 4 – 5 times a week to help lower my cholesterol.

You know what makes it easier for me to exercise more often?
Cute clothes!

With that in mind, I decided to order a special fitness and athleisure Trunk from my Trunk Club Stylist, Dana (here’s my referral code if you want her to style you too!). During this time of year, I basically change into sweatpants, hoodies and slippers the second I walk in the door. Also, I’m wearing the whole athleisure look (code for comfy clothes… athletic leisure) on my work-from-home days. And weekends. So I thought it would be great if Dana sent me over some fitness items and also some layering pieces that I can wear all winter long.

Here is what she sent:

(1) Chapala Sneaker by ED Ellen DeGeneres, $97.95 (2) Whisper Cotton V-neck by Madewell, $19.50 (3) Easy Rider Origami Cardigan by Beyond Yoga, $132 (4) Cozychic Lite Pullover by Barefoot Dreams, $89 (5) Cozychic Lite Coastal Cardigan by Barefoot Dreams, $126 (6) Embroidered Sweatpants by Make Model, $49 (7) Reversible V-neck Tee by Halogen, $39 (8) Static High Waist Reversible Leggings by Zella, $89 on sale for $34.97 (sold out) (9) Vice Midi Leggings by Zella, $65 (10) Don’t Sweat it Sweater by Zella, $59 (11) Classics Franchise Jogger Pants by Reebok, $50 (12) 3-Pack Microfiber Tab Performance Socks by Sof Sole, $9.99.

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: 2 + 3 + 9

This is like a fancy television character’s version of what I normally wear when I’m home! These leggings are labeled “high compression for gym & training” so they are better for running then lazing around the house. I love the color blocking pattern and the lay-flat seams that don’t itch or rub. The shirt fits fine and is a great basic, but the white is a bit transparent. I’d be open to trying this tee in different colors that don’t show my bra. The cardigan is so incredibly soft and I really wanted to love it so I could just cocoon myself inside it for the rest of the winter. However, it has dolman sleeves and I’m just not a fan of that look.

Since I was really loving the leggings, I checked online for reviews to see how they would hold up. There weren’t many out there, but I did see that these same leggings come in another color combo of black and blue (you can see them here). I immediately used the Trunk Club app to message Dana to see if they had that option in stock and they did. YAY! I’m already registered for a 5k and a 10k in the spring and I can’t wait to wear these for my runs!

Outfit 2: 10 + 8

I told my stylist that she gets bonus points for thumbholes and she totally delivered with this soft and comfy top. I just wish it were a little less fitted around the tummy area. And before you leave a comment that it doesn’t look that bad… know that I am totally sucking it in in this photo. Like so, SO HARD. The cool swoop up on the side is pretty adorable though and shows off the color changes in the leggings.

Unlike the last pair of compression leggings, these are labeled for ‘all day’ wear so they don’t squish me like a sausage casing. I love the cool pattern and the fact that you can also reverse them for a solid grey look. Due to the two layers of fabric, these leggings are a little warmer and perfect for me to wear at home on my work-from-home/weekend days.

Outfit 3: 7 + 5 + 6

The embroidered sweatpants are so soft inside and I like the fun flower detail. However, they are a little scratchy on the inside of the leg where the applique is applied. Since I’m already loving the two pairs of leggings, it makes it easy to pass on these sweatpants. I like the striped tee shirt because it is a nice thin layer and has a bit of stretch. It is also reversible, so you can decide whether to have a crew neck or v-neck on the front of the shirt. The only problem is that it’s a bit too fitted for me in the tummy area (same goes for the sucking the tummy in as hard as I could in the photo…). I will certainly keep this in mind though after a couple months of workouts!

This fluffy cardigan is part of the CozyChic collection from Barefoot Dreams and it is like wearing a super soft, warm cloud. I love the weight and snugglyness of the cardigan and especially love that it also has pockets. After I tried this one on, I did a little trip over to Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find one at a lower price point. While there were some similar options, they were nowhere as soft and snuggly as this one! I think this one might be a perfect splurge item for me…

Trunk Finalists
Okay, so if you’ve been playing along that leaves me with the following favorites from this Trunk:

(5) Cozychic Lite Coastal Cardigan by Barefoot Dreams, $126
(8) Static High Waist Reversible Leggings by Zella, $89 on sale for $34.97
(9) Vice Midi Leggings by Zella (but in the other color), $65

I do have a few credits in my account that will go towards this order, which is super awesome. I’m kind of leaning towards buying ALL of my finalists and then just not getting another Trunk for a while. What do you think I should buy?

 

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:  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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Boot Improvement: Adding $15 UGG Insoles

11 Jan

A few years ago I decided I really wanted a particular pair of UGG motorcycle boots, so I was super stocked when I found them on eBay for a steal. They are about a ½ size too big for me, but I have gotten a ton of wear out of them during the cold/rainy/snowy/icy winters.

This year, when I pulled them out of my closet I noticed that they felt a bit uncomfortable. They still looked great on the outside, but the inside was definitely showing the years of use. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, but I finally had the idea to see if there are replacement UGG insoles out there… and they are totally a thing!

I found them on Amazon for $15!

I usually wear an 8.5 shoe, but this pair of boots was a 9. I ordered the UGG replacement insole in a size 9 and hoped that it would fit in the boot properly. When they came in the mail a couple days later, I ripped the old insoles right out of my boots and was shocked at how terrible they looked compared to the new, fluffy insole:

The new insole slid right into the boot for a perfect fit and doesn’t move around at all when I’m walking. Speaking of walking, the insoles made my boots so fluffy and comfortable that it was like they were brand, spanking new! I’m kind of kicking myself for not doing this last year!

A bunch of reviewers on the Amazon listing talk about buying the UGG insoles for non-UGG boots and I’m thinking I might snap up a second pair too. I mean, why NOT make my boots feel brand new, comfy and WARM for $15?!

 

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A Better 2018: Unfollow the Hate Reads

9 Jan

Instead of doing specific resolutions for 2018, I’m just trying to make each aspect of my life a little better. For example, instead of having a goal like “run 100 miles” like I did last year, my goal is to do the 5k and 10k races I really enjoyed last year… and then add a few more to try out. Instead of “delete all my social media apps from my phone” I’ve decided to do some medicinal unfollowing.

I don’t know about you, but there are a few people on Instagram and Facebook that I kind of just follow for a hate read. Every time I see one of their posts I either feel bad about myself, or I roll my eyes and snark about each post. So, I decided to just hit the unfollow button. I unfollowed a few accounts on Instagram last week and it really feels so much better! I also ‘muted’ a few friend accounts on Facebook and WOW does that help.

So, for today’s little tip… if a social media account doesn’t make you feel GOOD, then say bye!

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Dressing Room Snaps: A Winter Trip to the Boden Outlet

8 Jan

Back in May 2017, my friend Jenni and I made a little pilgrimage to the Boden Outlet in Pittston, Pennsylvania. You can read the full post here. While we had a wonderful time trying on all the spring/summery goodness, we decided that we also needed to do a winter trip. We finally were able to schedule a day over this past weekend and I can’t wait to show you my dressing room photos!

Once again, I tried to keep my expectations as low as possible going into my visit. Since they continuously have new items, you don’t really know what to expect when you visit. Going into our shopping trip, I was thinking that I’d like to find a wrap dress for work, a fancy dress for some upcoming events, and possibly a new leather purse. I also really wanted to try on one of their wrap tops (to pair with skirts), so I can figure out what size would fit me best.

The pricing was the same from our last trip

And here’s a look around at the gorgeous store:

As I did previously, I made myself at home at the 10/12/14 racks, since I typically will wear a 10 or 12 in Boden. This time, I also checked out the tables where they have an assortment of shirts and sweaters, as well as the shoe area.

Let’s check out some dressing room snaps!

Gray textured split-side sweater, size medium

I’ve never tried on a Boden sweater before, so I figured I’d give this one a try even though it was a medium. I usually like a flowy look, so I size up to a large or higher. There is a super nice texture to this fabric and it is really soft, even though there is some wool in it. I wore leggings under a dress to shop, but I think this will look great with a pair of dark wash jeans. I can even get extra fancy and layer a striped top underneath so it can peek out on the sides. I couldn’t find this one on their website, but Boden sweaters typically range from $100 – 200. This one came home with me for $30.

Navy & Gold Breton, size unknown

I found this striped Breton in the shirt piles on the table and its super weird because there is no size on it at all. Perhaps it was a mistake, so it ended up at the outlet. It’s a larger size, so it fits with a nice drapy look and I love the navy color with the gold sparkly stripes. The weight is also a little thicker – like a cross between a cotton top and a sweatshirt – so it will be great for the cold weather. I checked the Boden website and it’s quite similar to this one or this one. This top also came home with me for $30 and will be put into weekend rotation ASAP.

Navy long sleeve wrap top, size US10

Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this on in the dressing room. This is one of those tops that I was hoping I’d find to try on. I see them on other Boden ladies and thought it would be great to pair with my closet of crazy patterned skirts. I usually wear a US10 in Boden’s jersey wrap dresses, and the US10 fit well in this wrap top too. Super pleased with this $30 purchase, because the same shirt is $60 on their website.

Tie Back Midi Dress, size US8

I grabbed this pretty pink jersey dress in a size US8, which normally would be a bit too snug but the fabric was pretty forgiving. This exact dress is currently on sale on the Boden website (only in a size 8) for $88.80. I liked it, but it didn’t knock my socks off… so this one went back on the rack.

Striped Maxi Dress, size US12A

I wanted to show you this dress, because it is a “ankle” cut but I’m 5’7” and the length touches the floor. I really liked the stripes on this dress and felt that they were pretty flattering. I can’t find this version on their website, but typically maxi dresses are sold for $150 and at the outlet all dresses are $40. I almost bought this one, but I have a couple maxi dresses in my closet and don’t really reach for them very often.

Black faux wrap dress with runched back, size US12

I’m usually drawn to a lots of patterns – especially when it comes to my Boden jersey dresses – but this pretty black faux wrap dress called to me. The front has a nice cross over top, and the back is super pretty with the runching. It’s also got long sleeves, which makes it perfect for work this time of year. Boden wrap jersey dresses usually sell for $140 and this one was $40…so I snapped it up!

Silver sequin tassle flats, size 38.5

I’ve never tried Boden shoes before, because they are out of my price range. Also, I wasn’t really sure what my size would be in their sizing. I basically tried on every shoe I liked at the outlet and found that these sequined shoes in a size 38.5 fit my feet perfectly (I usually wear an 8 or 8.5). I’m guessing these shoes were from the holiday collection for around $150, so I was happy to splurge a little and get them for myself for $50. Did I need them? Nope. But do they make me feel darn cute? Heck yeah!

When it comes to shopping at Boden I tend to go for their cute prints, but on this trip I ended up with more ‘basics’ to add to my closet. Besides those sequined shoes… they are anything but basic! I think that each item will immediately get a lot of wear in my closet so I’m pretty happy with my Boden Outlet scores!

Did you enjoy my terrible dressing room pictures from the Boden outlet? Did I leave something behind that you think I should have bought?

 

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