AJ Wears :: A Plaid Blazer

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a proper blog post, hasn’t it? I can’t say that this is even proper, since we snapped these photos on my iPhone after voting on Tuesday, but SheIn sent me this jacket and I was feeling hella cute, so it seemed like the perfect time to feature an actual outfit on the blog.

I do hope you guys have been enjoying the “Things I Wore” posts as well. I know it’s lazy, but I’m choosing to call it “authentic” instead.

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Blazer, c/o SheIn (exact).
Sweater, VINTAGE Gap (similar-ish from XXI).
Blouse, Elizabeth & Clarke (exact - it’s my favorite).
Jeans, Old Navy (exact).
Boots, Kendall & Kylie (exact, feel free to judge based on who made them but these are fierce).
Bag, Gucci (exact // similar from Asos).

Things I Wore :: November 2018

November was a weird month for me. It’s a little light on outfits, not gonna lie - between traveling and some health stuff, I did NOT get dressed. A lot. I could have taken daily photos in my amazing onesie from Aerie that I wore 95% of the time, but I’ll spare you and just link it (trust. you need one).

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12/1: This is not the last time you will see this outfit. Apparently Skirt + Sweater + Boots is my winter uniform. All I did was go to work and go get sushi.

12/3: Skipped a day working from home, so this is my Saturday outfit! It was a gorgeous day, with lots to do - I early voted, hit up Chili Fights in the Heights (I’m never eating chili again), saw some live music at Harvestfest, and ended the evening with a few old fashioneds at Big Orange.

12/5: Guess I didn’t get dressed that Sunday. Monday just went to work and then did some plate work at Flying Saucer with my co-workers.

12/6: Did I not get dressed again? This month is weird.

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12/7: Got this skirt from Atlantic Pacific’s collection with Halogen and I LOVE it. I used to have a green pleated skirt from Forever 21 I loved, and this feels like the slightly more adult version. I’m also really into deep greens this season, apparently.

12/8: One of my favorite giant sweaters for work and a birthday lunch with my friend Candice. We had champagne at work and I was really glad I wore a tank underneath because I got really hot.

12/9: I have discovered my curling wand again. Why am I not doing these Victoria’s Secret waves every day? Work followed by happy hour again for Candice’s birthday, because we celebrate birthdays like champs.

12/10: ???????????

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12/11: Sweater + Skirt + Boots. Love this sweater from a Trunk Club from last year. I’ve been watching too much American Horror Story and apparently wanted to do red eye shadow like Michael Langdon. I look like a demon.

12/13: I’m not even going to figure out where these skipped days are going anymore. SheIn dress I couldn’t resist because apparently I’m back into dresses again.

12/18: My hair looks like trash here but I got it done that day, I promise. Still love this dress from Old Navy.

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12/21: Super comfy travel outfit for our trip to Oklahoma City for Thanksgiving! Gap workout leggings are my FAVE.

12/26: I told you you’d see this outfit again.

12/27: I guess I’m back on board with the whole leopard print thing! And when I have no idea what to wear on top, it’s 99% of the time going to be this same button up and sweater combo. These pants from SheIn are really cute - but for some reason, my underwear refused to stay up while wearing them. I spent most of the day tugging at them like a weirdo.

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12/28: Another Atlantic Pacific x Halogen piece. This sweater is super cute but pills like crazy, so I have to shave it every time I wear it. I really wanted the blazer too but it was a little large and a little pricey for the material.

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12/29: Curling wand is out again. I’ve always wanted to wear sock booties with short pants, so here I am.

12/30: Look at me, I’m a rebel in a crop top at work. I ended up sending this skirt back for a smaller size since it was basically falling down by the end of the day, but I love the sweater material and I think it’ll be a nice addition to my winter wardrobe.

See you in December!








Sometimes I Shop :: Winter Trunk Club

It’s been a while since I did a Trunk Club review, eh? If you’re new here, Trunk Club is a personal styling service that sends you a bunch of stuff from Nordstrom for $25 (which goes towards your purchase), or free if you’re a card holder. Now that I’ve been working with my stylist Martina for a while, I think she’s got a pretty good handle on what I like and what I spend, so most of my trunks are awesome. She sent me a trunk for the holidays this month, and we definitely had a few keepers. I will say - I think this is the first time I had sale items in my box! While the sales were not always reflected on the Nordstrom site, they were on the Trunk Club list.

Leopard Mini Skirt, Reformation, $89 (on sale) and Chelsea28 Bodysuit, $39.

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I kept both of these items! I’ve already worn this leopard skirt three times - if you’re not familiar with Reformation, it’s a sustainable clothing company so you can feel good about buying from them - and the fit of this thing is perfect. I love it. I also decided to keep this bodysuit for holiday parties, even though the entire concept of bodysuits still eludes me. Is the entire bottom SUPPOSED to be crawling up inside of my crack, or is that just a bonus? Either way, it’s super sexy with high-waisted pants so I guess I’ll just get used to it.

Spanx Velvet Leggings $78 (sale), Spanx Moto Leggings $88 (sale), Commando Tights $38.

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I actually own two pairs of the Spanx faux leather leggings, including these moto ones (I’ll point them out in a later post). They do have the tendency to roll down when you’re sitting which I hate, but I love the way they suck you in and they look awesome. I opted out of all of this stuff and didn’t even try it on. I was going to buy these tights but opted for some from Target instead, although a girl in a FB group highly recommends them - she says she hasn’t had a snag in three years!

Teddy Bear Faux Fur Jacket, Hinge, $99.

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I’m not gonna lie, I love the teddy bear trend and I have already ordered a super soft hoodie in this material. I liked this jacket a lot - it was very soft on the outside, and the oversized shape was really cool. The problem? It wasn’t lined at ALL, which made it feel not so soft on the inside and definitely cheaper than it’s $100 price tag. Pass. Oh yeah - not that you can see them that well, but these are the Spanx Moto leggings mentioned above.

Leopard Coat, 1901, $74.48 (sale).

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Okay, I didn’t know this coat was half off and I probably would have kept it if I had known. The prices online vs what was printed on the sheet are completely different! It’s absolutely adorable and after some light tailoring I think it would have been one of my favorite pieces. Dangit, I might email Martina and see if she can send that one back now.

Jordane Printed Camisole, cupcakes and cashmere, $69 (sale).

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Even on sale, I couldn’t justify the price of this camisole. It’s really cute and pretty well made from what I could tell, but kind of out of season for me. I did like the buttons. Actually, looking at the photo now I made the right choice - it looks a little bit like sleepwear. Also just realized my stylist went ALL IN on the leopard theme.

Belmont Mock Neck Sweater, Madewell, $98.

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Loved this sweater but couldn’t quite get over the price tag. I’ve bought sweaters at this price point before (even one from Madewell if memory serves me correctly), but this one was a little plain and there were things in the trunk I liked better. I might consider picking this up if it goes on sale, though!

1901 Stretch Poplin Shirt $69, Halogen Slouchy Cashmere Beanie $39.

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Two things I didn’t even open. Cute basics but nothing I needed.

Not pictured: Union Bay Windowpane Check Crop Pants, $45.

Great price for these pants and they were adorable! But…the elastic waistband proved to be too much of an obstacle for these hips. Less curvy friends might find these easier than I did!

Overall? I think this was a pretty good trunk. If I had unlimited funds, I think I’d keep a lot more pieces from my trunks than I do. If you want to try out the service, please consider using my referral link!