Review :: I actually bought the FabFitFun Box

If you don't know what the FabFitFun box is, you don't have the internet. Seriously, these people are everywhere. FFF gives a box to every D-list reality celebrity and blogger on the planet and they shill them four times a year in an effort to convince us plebes that we need a random box of crap delivered to our house.

I am one such plebe.

I signed up after the ads followed me all over Instagram and Facebook; I'd been wanting to try the Foreo and they gave me a code so it would only be $30. The Foreo is $90 on its own so great deal, right? Well, you only get to make your choices AFTER you put in the credit card information, where I was then informed that the one thing I signed up for was sold out. FACE PALM. Anyway, the box came yesterday and here's what's in it.

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There's a lot of stuff in this box. And you can trust this review because I actually spent real money on this junk, and I'm not being paid to shill it. Isn't that nice? I admit, despite my annoyance that I did not get the one thing I wanted, I was excited to get the box and see what was in it. I love packages, shoot me. The packaging was really nice and it was fun to unbox.

The people at FFF must think I stink, because there are THREE different products to clean myself in this box. Honestly, it's a little overkill, especially since it takes me at least a year to finish a whole bottle of body wash. The sponge thing smells nice. To say I was underwhelmed by this would be an understatement; I suspect that I ordered on the tail end of the summer box and got a hodge-podge of items from previous boxes they were trying to get rid of. Please never send me a cleaning product again.

Korres Shower Gel in Japanese Rose ($18.50) // Whish Rice Milk + Rose Creme Cleanser ($24) // Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer in Papaya Yuzu ($16)

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I got to choose between a Dr Brandt Primer and this lip palette. I really like my current primer so I went with this, even though I have too many lip products and I've never heard of "ISH". The brush falls out of it every time I open it and I don't know why I find that so annoying. The colors look pretty.

Ish Lip Statement Palette ($42)

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I need another makeup bag like I need a hole in my head (in fact, I just bought a new one last weekend), but I REALLY LIKE MAKEUP BAGS, OK? There were cuter prints of this one but I like that there's a spot for my brushes in the top. I likely won't travel with it since I prefer a smaller, flatter style for packing but since I've started doing my makeup at the dining room table it'll be great for toting from my bathroom. What? The natural light is great in there and I'm lazy and like sitting down.

Yumi Kim Makeup Train Case ($58)

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I am actually pretty excited about this eye mask. It has a gel pack you can put in the freezer. I used to have this lovely lavender cold mask that I finally threw away so this is a nice upgrade from that (it's a MUST for headaches). Oh look, a hand cream. I certainly don't have 1,000 of those laying all around my house. And thanks to the Foreo being sold out, I got this turkish towel that I have no idea what it's for. Is it a scarf? Do I wear it as a sarong? Do I take it to the pool? It looks like the blankets I brought back from Puerto Vallarta earlier this year but is much, much thinner. In fact, I've brought home so many blankets from Mexico my husband has put me on a blanket ban and might not even let me go back next year. I'm like the poster child for Hygge. 

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream ($33) // Trina Turk Turkish Towel ($78) // Free People Starry Eyed Eye Mask ($40)

So all in all? It's a decent investment if you like getting stuff in the mail. The total retail amount of my products was $309.50, so it's definitely worth a measly $50 each season. I'm a little curious about how the fall box will turn out, so I'm going to stay subscribed...for now. I'm a glutton for punishment. Plus, since we have a mail room in our building I always see the other women getting their FabFitFun boxes and I get really jealous so I have to AT LEAST try one more before I give up on them completely, especially since I got the bargain bin box this time. I don't think I'll be a subscriber for a long time, though. Even with the added bonus that you get to choose some items, I feel like I'll end up with a lot of crap I don't need. It's one of the reasons I cancel subscription boxes.

Despite all the crap I talked about you, feel free to send me free boxes, FabFitFun. I'm happy to take handouts. For the rest of you, if you decide to sign up please use my link so I get some money off of future boxes.

Review :: Trunk Club

Y'all ready for an unsponsored review of one of the coolest styling services around? Buckle in, babes, because we're talking about Trunk Club today.

How It Works

Trunk Club is a personal styling club much like Stitch Fix, with the exception that you get a lot more say in what's coming in your box. After you get paired with a stylist, they'll reach out and chat with you about your style, then put together a "virtual" trunk for you to review. You pick the items you'd like to have shipped, and leave feedback for the items you didn't care for. They fill the rest of the trunk with some surprises (you can sneak a peek on the app if you can't wait!) and it's at your door just a few days later. ETA: When I signed up initially, a Trunk was free. It appears now there may be a $25 "try-on" fee, but that money goes towards whatever you buy.

My first Trunk preview

My first Trunk preview

I got a call from my stylist Mariel last week to talk about what my style was, what I had that I loved, and what sort of things I was looking for. We discussed my love for my Stuart Weitzman boots, black and white in general, and needing pieces that work for work, weekend, and most seasons. Within just a few minutes, she's sent me my first trunk preview on the website. She'd gotten a lot right with just a short chat, so I made some edits and comments and the trunk was shipped out the next day.

The packaging on these trunks is serious! It's a huge trunk-like box packed neatly with clothes and shoes for you to try on at home, then send back within five days. You only pay for what you keep, and you're under no obligation to keep any of it! The more trunks you order, and the more feedback you give your stylist, the better they can style you each time. Mariel packed a trunk full of SUPER cute tops and jeans to help me transition from summer to fall, and three pairs of shoes. Prices ranged from $68-$318 per piece, but you can set your specific budget with your stylist to receive more or less expensive items.

What I Kept

This silk star blouse from Equipment (designed by Kate Moss!) was super soft! I've always loved Equipment's silk, and I'm a sucker for a star print, so this one was a quick favorite. At $278 it's a big splurge, but I recently cleaned out at least five star print items from my closet that were cheap and falling apart, so it'll get some good wear (and look so cute under sweaters).

I've been wearing the same black turtleneck for YEARS and let's just say, it's looking a little ragged. And small. You can tell by my face that I was fully obsessed with this one from Halogen as soon as I put it on! It's a cashmere & wool blend, so it's super soft and really light. At only $99, it seemed like a no-brainer. I actually took it off and put it directly on a hanger.

What I Liked

These boots from Jeffery Campbell ($174.95) were really funky. I loved the deep slits on the side and the country-inspired details on the heels and toes. I don't have a need for this style in my closet right now, but they were cute and comfortable.

These jeans from AG ($225) and Rails plaid shirt ($148) were also like at first sight. I'm actually digging the jeans a lot - they fit well, felt good, and made me look thin. However, they're a lower rise than I normally prefer, so they had to go back. The Rails shirt was also super soft and cute, I just decided I wanted the star print blouse more.

These block heels from Steve Madden ($89.95) are SO cute on! I actually really loved the shape, I just wasn't crazy about the color. They were listed as "olive" but really look more brown, which I'm not a big fan of.

The Mehs and Nos

There's no way I could buy sandals right now. I'm trying to see summer OUT the door right now, and that's just bad juju! I don't really like this style of sandal either, and they were too small, so this was an easy no. (Joie, $145)

This sweater is good in theory, terrible in real life. Again, it's so soft. Everything she sent me felt amazing and seemed to be really great quality. But the neck is weird and I hate ribbed fabric and the back is just so not my style. (Free People, $68)

Final Thoughts?

All in all, I was a huge fan of this service. Stitch Fix never got remotely close to my style, and the $20 fee always made me feel obligated to buy something I didn't want. Working with Mariel was such a positive experience. I loved being able to talk directly to someone about my wardrobe, and being able to preview the trunk and give feedback was really useful as well.

I think the other thing that I really appreciate about Trunk Club is that everything they sent was high-quality. I know that the pieces I choose will be able to live more than one or two seasons, which makes it a better investment overall.

If you'd like to try Trunk Club for yourself, please consider using my link to do so. I will receive a small credit for anyone who buys through my link, which will only continue to fund this latest obsession. Thank you!

*TRUNK UPDATE*

So, after a ton of deliberation I actually sent back both the star shirt and the turtleneck, putting both in my Nordstrom wishlist, and bought the plaid shirt from Rails. I'm terrible at decisions.