AJ Wears :: A Fluffy Red Coat

I’ve officially dubbed this coat “The Elmo Coat.” It’s ridiculous, it’s bright, it’s actually SUPER warm. You’ve already seen it on Instagram a few times if you follow me there.

I wore this out one night and the restaurant hostess said I looked like Cruella de Ville, if she lived on Sesame Street. AND I. AM. HERE FOR IT.

The thing about wearing a super fluffy coat is that people want to pet you. As long as you’re prepared for that, it’s otherwise a fun and rewarding experience. You also have to be prepared for constant whispers behind your back. Some will love it, some will hate it. Some will try to pose with you, thinking you’re the Times Square Elmo. Own it, girlfriend.

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But most importantly, never forget where you came from.

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Coat, Asos (exact - on super sale so heart and watch for returns).
Sweater, Atlantic Pacific x Halogen (exact sold out // similar from NY & Co).
Skirt, JustFab.
Boots, Stuart Weitzman (this dupe on Amazon has great reviews!).
Bag, Balenciaga (City bags on Poshmark).

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!

Trunk Club :: May Trunk Review

In my blogging absence, I've actually gotten quite a few trunks from Trunk Club. I had to break up with a stylist after she got a little repetitive (that girl LOVED a weird ruffle shirt), but my newest stylist Martina is knocking it out of the PARK lately. On Saturday, we leave for wine country, so I asked her to put together a bunch of cute things for wining and dining in Napa Valley. So without further ado, see what I got, enjoy the review, and feel free to sign up using my code here

Stripe Smocked Crop Top w/ Split Leg Walkthrough Pants
Band of Gypsies, $42/$78.

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I mean, how cute is this set? I love all of the matching sets right now - great alternative to rompers or jumpsuits that DOESN'T make you get completely naked in the bathroom - and this one has a fun surprise!

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SLITS! Yep, two slits right up the front of the pants for maximum flowy-ness. Coachella, here I come. Verdict: KEEP.

Jenna Asymmetrical Wrap Dress
Wayf, $85.

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This is pretty in a "Sexy Easter" kind of way but I was not prepared for that kind of boobage. While the romantic side of me *could* picture myself basking in the sun in Sonoma wearing this dress, the practical side said I was one breeze away from oversharing. Verdict: Pass.

'Helena' Denim Jacket
KUT from the Kloth, $79

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I have too many denim jackets as it is, so I didn't even open this one. Great idea though, I'm putting denim on my packing list. Verdict: Pass.

Polermo Wrap Maxi Dress
Wayf, $89

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Again with these gorgeous prints and flowing fabrics! I honestly thought this was going to be a winner, but just a little too much boobage. Going up a size can fix that problem in most wrap dresses. Not worth it for this one for me, though, as I wasn't a fan of the ruffled neckline. If you love the prints of these Wayf dresses though, check out the rest of the line! They have a ton of different shapes. Verdict: Pass.

Ab-Solution Ankle Skimmer Jeans
Wit & Wisdom, $68

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When I first put these on, I honestly had to check and make sure they weren't maternity pants, THAT'S how comfy they are. Here's the secret: A STRETCHY WAISTBAND.

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Like hello, thank you. The outside looks like a normal pant, but the inside is full of goodness. As I get older, I have less tolerance for uncomfortable clothes. I have too much to do, too many places to go, and too many options to keep buying things that I will constantly pull at. I'm hoping this elastic will help keep them from stretching out like similar fabric pants tend to do. Also, thanks to the ankle length these are totally normal on me without alterations (5'2").

Final test? How it looked on my booty:

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These babies passed with flying colors, people. My stylist said that she was obsessed with an olive pant for spring and summer this year, so who am I to judge? Now I'm looking up the Wit & Wisdon brand to see what other amazing goodness they've got. I've already seen they have these in white and pink too!! eeeeeeeeeek Verdict: KEEP.

Terrain Crop Cargo Pants
Sanctuary, $99

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She also sent these olive pants but I can't get behind a cargo outside of 2002. What I do love is that she sent me two sizes of every single pant, so I could size up or down without having to get a replacement. Trunk Club truly is the best. Verdict: Pass.

Twist Front Dress
Trouvé, $69

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My friend Maegan LIVED in Trouvé dresses last year when we were in France, so I was excited to try this little number. The fabric is really comfortable and while I don't see myself wearing it on this trip, I would love it for work. The detail on the waist is really pretty: 

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I am getting a few work sheath-type dresses from Old Navy this week, and an olive t-shirt dress from them as well, so I'm undecided on whether I'll keep this one. I think the quality is going to be a little better overall and I really liked the fabric, so I'm definitely keeping this brand on my watchlist. Verdict: Solid Maybe.

Poplin Shirtdress
Halogen, $99.

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This was a really interesting concept of a dress! Sort of like someone stitched a bunch of men's dress shirts together to make a funky dress. I like the detail on the side, too: 

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I thought I'd be able to adjust the side ties to give it a little more of a waistline and customize the fit, but that's when things started to fall apart. If I tightened it too much, the dress would start to pull at the buttons and gap. I'd almost prefer they skipped the ruffle on the side and either A) had a drawstring waist, or B) left it alone so I could belt it. Cute concept but...Verdict: No. 

10 HR SKNY Crop Button Front Jeans
Madewell, $128

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Okay, I love these jeans. Again, this is a bit of an overlap because I did *just* order some white jeans from Old Navy, but I was really surprised by the quality and fit. I'm planning on telling my stylist to continue sending me jeans from the brand, because they were comfy and nice and thick. I purposely wore red underwear underneath to test the opacity, and surprise! They did really well. I don't love the booty test as much in these as I did those olive pants, but I do love the high waist. Verdict: Reluctantly sent back. 

Whisper Cotton Strip Pocket Tank
Madewell, $22.50

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Speaking of Madewell, the lone top she sent this time that you've seen with all the pants is from them. I love how light it is, but like, do I really need another striped tank? Do I? *slowly puts it in the closet* I mean, don't I already have something V E R Y S I M I L A R to this?? It's super cute and comfy though! Verdict: Honestly I don't know at this point, I have so many, I can't stop now

OVERALL VERDICT: Trunk Club continues to be one of my favorite services! I even got Mr. AJ to sign up for it! I would never have bought those olive pants, I would never have found that coral two piece set, and I had no idea that Madewell jeans were so comfy. The ability to take your time at home, with a mirror you trust, and try on multiple sizes (while only paying for what you keep!) is honestly a game-changer. If you'd like to sign up, please consider using my referral code to do so.