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.

Sometimes I Shop :: Working Girl

When I first started working in the real world 10 (TEN?!) years ago, my work ensembles and accessories were a haphazard collection of things from High School, College, and whatever I could afford from Target and Walmart. I had a few of my mom's hand-me-downs and a suit I'd assembled from a 5-7-9 blazer and a clearance skirt from The Limited. While I generally loved my closet, I wasn't exactly what you'd call...put together.

The fashion transition from school to the real world is a tough one.

Now in my 30's, I'd say my style has grown up suitably (see what I did there?) to match my current position. Even though I work in a very casual office, I like to generally dress in "business creative" code. If you're starting a job for the first time, going back to work after an absence (like me!), or just looking to up your style game on the job, I've put together a few work wear essentials I recommend.

1: Rebecca Minkoff "Unlined" // 2: Tory Burch "York" // 3: JustFab "Ace"

The first thing I decided I needed to go back to work was a giant tote to carry all of the things. What's in my bag? What could I possibly need to tote around with me? I'm glad you asked.

  • Comfy Flats
  • Pre-Heels
  • Nikon D5200
  • Louis Vuitton Favorite MM crossbody, for when I don't want to lug a tote around
  • At least 17 pairs of sunglasses
  • Usually a bottle of water or a snack
  • 10,000 ponytail holders and bobby pins, none of which I can find
  • Phone/Keys/Wallet etc
  • Small makeup bag
  • Notebook & Sharpie Pen
  • Sometimes an iPad or Laptop
  • The unused chopsticks I swiped from Sushi Cafe last night 

So yeah, I needed a big tote. I ended up opting for the JustFab tote in the end because it's reversible, and faux leather is going to hold up in all weather without me worrying about it. I may decide to add a few more to my collection in the future just to liven things up.

1: Schutz "Moranita" // 2: Kate Spade "Licorice" // 3: Manolo Blahnik "BB"

Notice how I said somewhat sensible. The thing is, I'm a heel lover and always will be, pending I don't fall off of some Louboutin So Kates someday and break a hip. Everyone woman knows she needs sensible flats for work, so let's just skip the boring stuff and go to my *personal* recommendations on heels that aren't mumsy, are great quality, and comfortable for heels. If you're a timid heel wearer, block heels are in right now and Schutz has some really beautiful ones for under $200. The Kate Spade heels are absolutely beautiful, and she continues to release them season after season in several different colors. Finally, the BBs are my FAVORITE work shoes. And weekend shoes, for that matter. They're sleek, sexy, and super comfy. I can last all day and into the night in my patent black BBs, so I plan to buy more colors in the next few years to build a little BB army. They're definitely an investment, but considering I wear them 2-3 times a week on average, my cost per wear is excellent.

1: BB Dakota // 2: J.Crew // 3: Madewell

Layering pieces have the most impact on otherwise boring outfits. I probably wouldn't wear black skinny jeans and a white tank to work on their own, but throwing a suede moto jacket over it instantly pulls the look together. I love a slouchy boyfriend jacket with a tunic and leggings. I own many jackets that have bold colors, patterns and fabrics that add a little interest to my basics. Plus, it's cold in the office. Wear a jacket, not a snuggie.

Other things I can't live without in my office? The honorable mentions go to:

  • A giant Sonic Diet Dr. Pepper
  • My 52 oz Bubba Mug
  • Apple Watch to remind me to stand up, you lazy thing
  • Phone charging cords because my desk is near two Poke-stops
  • Super chic door opening keychain thingy 
  • Giant Hamburger Ottoman

PS - some links in this post are sponsored by Shopbop. Some contain affiliate links. And some of them are just for your information. Hodge podge!

AJ Wears :: A Dress Over Pants

Didn't dresses over pants come into style, like, years ago? Everyone's acting like this is some new thing this season, when I'm pretty sure we've been doing it for a while.

When I first saw this dress, it was the multi-wear dress of my dreams. Wear as a dress. Wear as a shirt. Wear it open and pretend you're in your bathrobe. I wish I'd taken the time to do a One Piece, Three Ways sort of post, but I am busy and I need some CONTENT.

Dress, Everlane.
Jeggings, Old Navy (exact - I'm in 8 petite).
Heels, Manolo Blahnik (look for less from F21 - $14!).
Bag, c/o JustFab (comes in a ton of colors!).
Belt, Gap (similar from Old Navy).

More ways to do Dress + Pants (kind of):

with Pants* // with Wide Leg Pants // with Leather Leggings

*Okay I know those are leggings but I swear, I wore that dress with like, skinny ankle pants one time and it was super cute.