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.

Things I Wore in July

I wear a lot of things you don't see on the blog. Half of the time I don't have time to take pictures, the other half I'm just too lazy. And no one needs to see EVERYTHING I wear. But occasionally, I will snap an outfit selfie if I'm feeling myself (I've been trying to share them on instastories). Because I'm thirsty for attention and need you to click my affiliate links to make a nickel, here's what I wore in July.

I stalked these pants for at least a month. Stalking pays off, kids, I got them for $20 off and wore them to work as soon as they arrived. Top, Lush via Trunk Club. Pants, Marks & Spencer (similar from Barney's Warehouse). Shoes, c/o JustFab. Bag, JustFab. Glasses, Karen Walker (exact from The Real Real).

Fully obsessed with this jumpsuit from Loft (loft yes loft that loft the one i have four other black jumpsuits from fight me). It's comfy but cute and dresses up and down effortlessly. Jumpsuit, Loft (here's another one but wide leg that I want now). Shoes, c/o JustFab. Bag, Gucci (EXCELLENT dupe from Nordstrom for just $55!).

 

Now that I walk to work, my chances for chub rub have tripled. I am BRINGING BACK THE SKORT. Yes, this looks like a skirt in the front, but it's full mom shorts in the back. Top, Old Navy (exact). SKORTS, Belk (exact). Shoes, Charleston Shoe Co (exact - I would size up if you're a 1/2 size).

After moving, being homeless, moving in, not getting all of our stuff for four more days, I had been looking like a trash person for a while. The day after moving I was so excited to be reunited with my wardrobe that I gussied up for the occasion. Top, Elizabeth & Clarke (I LOVE this company for work tops, doing a post soon!). Shorts, I Heart Ronson (similar from H&M). Heels, Valentino (look for less from Century 21).

Snagged this skirt from the Zara sale for like, $10. It's honestly a little big and if I lose one pound will likely fall off. Shirt, H&M (almost exact from Uniqlo). Skirt, Zara (exact). Shoes, JustFab. Necklace, BaubleBar.

I saw someone trying on this top from the Zara sale on Instastories and immediately went to the website to get it. One hour and $100 later, I wore it to a beer festival. It's so fun! Like a cupcake! Top, Zara (s/o but here's a sort of similar from XXI). Jeans, Old Navy (exact). Pretzel necklace, Dollar Tree.

I originally planned on wearing a crop top to my friend Amy's housewarming party, but that felt a little too vampy for such a chill event so I switched to this top/shorts set. Yes, it's SEPARATES. I'm obsessed with tops and bottoms that match right now, because you can wear them on their own or put them together to look like a dress or romper! This particular set has a bunch of variations - there are a couple of different top styles, and you can get cropped pants or shorts. Top, Belk (exact). Shorts, Belk (exact). Heels, Stuart Weitzman (exact / similar from Charlotte Russe).

Let me know if you like this format and I'll keep it going! I love sharing my outfits but until I can get another 100,000 of you buying things off my blog I cannot afford to quit all of my jobs to blog full time and actually have the time to take blog photos (insert the crying laughing emoji here). And of course, if you want to see the outfits in real time give me a follow on Instagram at @ajwearsclothes.

Curly Girl Tips :: How I restyle my curly hair

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I love my curly hair. I watched all of Sex and the City in my early 20s, and seeing Carrie Bradshaw's beautiful curls inspired me to embrace my natural texture and learn how to properly fix curls. It has CHANGED my summers - so much easier to wash and go! The thing is, I tend to blow out my hair, straighten it and re-curl it more often than I wear it curly just because it's easy to restyle the next day.

But this year - that changed. I finally have figured out how to restyle my curly hair, and I'm going to share my best tips and tricks with you.

Step One: Wash. Condition. CONDITION SOME MORE.

Obviously. l picked up Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Repair Shampoo, Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Repair Conditioner, and Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask for this post - their main focus is making damaged hair look fabulous. I'm HARD on my hair. Between the bleaching, the heat styling, and the endless ponytails and aggressive brushing, I need all the damage control I can get. I try not to wash my hair too often, so I do a hair mask every time I do to restore all of the moisture I can get.

Step Two: Air hair, don't care.

I have two ways I let my hair dry naturally - if I want Carrie Bradshaw curls, I don't comb through it and try to touch it as little as possible until it dries fully (then I shake it allllll out). If I want looser, beachy waves, I comb through after I get out of the shower.

Step Three: Pineapple Head.

This is the MOST critical step in the restyling process. I use a stretchy little band to scoop all of my head on top of my head. It keeps the curls from getting smashed down by my enormous head, but it's nice and stretchy so it doesn't pull my hair and break it while I sleep. The Gliss helps with that too - it's all Keratin infused to restructure hair and make it up to 90% stronger. Bonus!

Step Four: The restyle

Grab a tapered wand and touch up that top layer! Any pieces that are frizzy or have fallen flat get a couple of seconds with my wand to make them springy again. I usually only have to do this on the second day - these curls stay in tact a little better than my natural ones. I took a selfie every day after washing my hair and wearing it curly so I could show you the progression of my hair each day.

Let's just ignore the fact that I let this hair go to day 5 and 6 - don't worry I still shower if I'm not washing my hair - because this was a weird week and those days I just could not be bothered. The first day is my natural curls, freshly washed and air dried. Day two is after I restyled using my wand. They actually held up incredibly well to day three - then on day four, you can see they've relaxed a bit because I forgot to put it up. When I wake up in the morning, I take out my pineapple hair, put my hands in it up by my scalp, and flip my head over to shake them out. The more body, the better!

If you're sold on the Gliss and want to check out the Ultimate Repair Line, I grabbed mine at Walmart in the shampoo aisle. You can save $5.00 off TWO (2) Schwarzkopf® GLISS™ Shampoo or Conditioner or Treatment with this coupon! All of the elements of Gliss™Hair Repair are meant to work as a little team within their lines - they also have lines for color and moisture!

Curly girls, where you at? Let me know how you restyle your hair and keep it fresh!