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.


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.


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).


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).


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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:


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


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


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: 


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.


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: 


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


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


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. 

Sometimes I Shop :: August Trunk Club Review

Time for another Trunk Club review! This time, I asked my stylist Jayme to fill a box with some cute stuff to wear on our upcoming vacation. I have a pretty good handle on what I'm going to pack, but since she had sent me a trunk anyway and I have some credit with them, I decided to see what she could come up with. 

If you're new to Trunk Club, it's an at-home personal styling service owned by Nordstrom. You have a direct line to your own personal stylist, so you can call them, chat with them, and even send them your Pinterest boards. If there's something in particular you're looking for (say, a black dress), your stylist can send you several options to try on in the comfort of your own home. Try everything on, keep what you want, and send back the rest! I've found that Trunk Club is HIGHLY more personalized than the other styling services I've used, and I love that they include the more affordable Nordstrom brands like Treasure & Bond and Halogen.

No shoes this time, so it was a cute small box full of dresses, tops, and shorts for my upcoming trip to Paris and Nice. Let's try on!

Knotted Sleeve T-Shirt Dress, PST by Project Social T, $49.

Jayme knows I love black dresses - especially t-shirt dresses, since I've bought at least three from her already. This is a light, summery tee dress with a really cute little cutout detail on the sleeve. It's a little similar to the one I own from Calston, so I passed.

Charmer Slipdress, Sincerely Jules, $129.

Can I say that this legit felt like a nightgown? In a good way - I know a lot of blogger's clothing lines can be hit or miss on quality, but this was very well made and SO soft. It definitely hugs the curves, so I was a little self conscious about how my stomach looked in this one. I'm also not a huge brown fan - if this had been a solid color like black or red, I probably would have kept it.

Lemay Dress, Paige Denim, $238.

This dress was such a pleasant surprise! Honestly, when I pulled it out of the box I thought it was going to be a shapeless bag, but the elastic waist gives it a really cute shape. With the sleeves fully extended, it really didn't do too much for my frame, but I like it with the sleeves pushed up. The fabric is really light and airy as well; I could definitely see myself sipping some rosé by the beach in this dress! It's in my "probably keeping" pile right now.

Aniya Surplice Silk Minidress, $298.

This dress is *so* me. It's another one I'm trying to justify keeping, even though I have 50,000 black dresses. The silk is super soft and the shape is so modern. The fabric - and wrinkles - might be a little annoying to fight on a trip, especially since I'm stuffing everything in a carry on, but this would be a great transition piece into fall. Please talk me out of it. Or don't.

Noelle Tiered Chambray Dress, Rails, $158.

I normally really like Rails clothing, but I'm pretty sure I had this dress as a child. Cute for someone, but hard pass from me.

Syrah Floral Print Cold Shoulder Top, Tularosa, $168.

Fun fact, Tularosa is my Pokemon trainer name on Pokemon Go. ANYWAY, there's a lot going on with this top. I actually liked it a lot, and would 1000% buy if I were attending The University of Texas. It's super soft and the detailing is really pretty, I just knew I wouldn't get as much wear out of it as I'd like since it's a little too shouldery for the office.

Shake It Off Decon Short, BlankNYC, $88.

Jayme has a spiritual gift for finding great shorts. These are truly so comfy and stretchy that I would wear them all the time. The top of my thighs did seem to want to eat them a bit so they might not be the best fit for my body, but I know someone out there would absolutely love them.

Asymmetrical Shift Dress, Leith, $65.

Cuter than I expected! I love the color and it's super light and breezy. Just a little too hung up on those other two dresses to throw this one in the mix too, even though it's a great price.

Keyhole Tank, Lush, $35. Pucker Up Frey Hem Short, BlankNYC, $68.

Loved both of these items, just no room for them in my closet! BlankNYC must just make great shorts, because these were just as comfy as the other pair. I do think these fit my body a little bit better, but I already have black cutoffs so we had to part ways. The keyhole tank was very cute too, but the last thing I need in my closet is another black tank. Great price though - just $35 - plus it comes in five different colors.

Once again, I am continually surprised by what I get in my trunks. While I didn't end up buying as much this time, I really liked a lot of the items even if they weren't what I needed right now. If you want to try Trunk Club out, please consider using my link to join! I will get a small credit to shop with, which means even MORE TC reviews in the future. The service is FREE for Nordstrom card holders, or $25 if you don't have a card. That $25 styling fee will be applied to anything you purchase, so it feels like free money since you've already paid it and the trunk is risk-free.