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. 

Home Stuff :: Pretty Little Cactus Plants

Ever since we moved last summer, I've spent a lot of time nesting in the new place. I don't know if it's because we got rid of so much stuff, or if I finally feel like I have a cohesive space to work with, but I've really enjoyed finding new furniture, rugs, and decor over the past few months and making it all work.

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This is a vintage sugar mold. My mom and I found them in a booth at Canton First Monday years ago for $1 per hole. I got a little three hole mold that I've been using as a makeup brush holder in my bathroom, and my mom got this long 12'er. I'm actually not sure what she's done with it over the years, but she gave it to me recently and I've been trying to find somewhere to put it. It sat on our dresser for a while, untouched. I moved it to the windowsill, thinking maybe I'd plant basil or something in it. Then one day, I moved it to the dining room table to clean the ledges and it clicked - this would be the perfect centerpiece.

I had decided I wanted to do cacti in it, or maybe some succulents, when Commercial Silk contacted me and asked if I'd like to review their plants. Um, yeah, perfect timing, thank you. I picked a little pack of what I *thought* would be twelve assorted cactus plants and looked forward to their arrival.

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Props to me for ignoring the description, because what I actually got was 12 SETS of three little adorable cactus plans. So, instead of 12 tiny cacti, I had 36! I loved them all. They were going to be perfect.

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Right? SO CUTE. Each came in its own little glass with fill, so they're pretty much ready to toss around the house and look great. For my little project, they were a wee bit small and would need some filling in the holes so they'd stand out.

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I popped into our local craft barn and picked up a few things. Styrofoam balls to fill in the bottom of the base, and I wasn't sure if I wanted the river stones or glass ones so I got both. I ended up using the river stones to fill the base, and then decorated the top with the glass stones because they were much smaller. I also decided to get some tea lights to use on a couple of the holes instead of plants. It's called ambiance, people. 

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The final result? I LOVE THEM. I've actually had a few people ask if they were real plants, so mission accomplished. I have killed a real cactus before - which makes me less nurturing than a freaking desert - so fake was the clear choice for me. And now, I still have a bunch of extra plants for around the house! I'm thinking of making little gift bags with these guys. Or maybe some candle arrangements. Something for the bathroom. What I'm saying is, I have a lot of little cactus plants and I'm really thrilled about it. If you know me IRL, you will definitely be getting a tiny cactus from me.

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Thanks to Commercial Silk Int'l for making my cactus dreams come true. My space is just a little more green now, and it looks like I actually know what I'm doing when it comes to decorative junk.

AJ Wears :: An Outfit, Seriously, Look, it's a blog post

There are plenty of reasons for a girl to go on a blogging hiatus. Whether it's intentional or not, any of us that aren't full-time bloggers tend to disappear from time to time.

Some of us haven't made a blog post since December 2017, but that's beside the point. Y'all knew I was still alive thanks to an occasional Instagram photo. I don't have one excuse for my absence - but I do have a lot of excuses. My husband likes to call me "the girl with a million excuses," so let's pay homage to that and I'll list them off.

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1. Life is busy. Is that a good excuse? Nah, not really. There are girls who blog consistently with full-time jobs, school, planning weddings, going through life crisis, raising babies, etc etc. Have I really been *that* busy? I mean sure, I have a 9-5 and a couple of freelance gigs, plus I've upped the amount of volunteering and planning committees I'm on. At the end of the day, I just can't be bothered to take an outfit photo. Most days, I'm in my comfies faster than you can say "OOTD."

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2. I'm exhausted. Emotionally, that is. With all of the crap going on in the world, some days it just feels a little mundane to prance around in a pair of wide leg crops and talk about what color I'm just living for this season. I love the internet, but I've had to turn off a lot of the chatter lately because a girl can only take so much before she just needs a BREAK, ya know? Most days, I don't even open my laptop after 5 p.m.

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3. I've been doing things. Since moving Downtown, I find we DO a lot more things. Bike riding brewery tour. Jazz in the park. Taking Zoey for an afternoon at Bark Bar. None of those things require the cutest outfits, so there's been a lot less to actually take a photo of. I'm not complaining, we're LOVING the neighborhood and buying a bike was the second best decision I've made after buying a condo downtown.

I've also taken up a few new hobbies - one of which is streaming myself playing video games on Twitch. You'd be surprised at how much time I've wasted on Zelda when I could've been blogging. I regret nothing.

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4. I've been a little pudgy. I've talked about the subject of dealing with weight gain more than once on this blog, and when nothing is fitting quite right, there's a lot less to take pictures of. I have two options - diet and exercise, or buy bigger clothes. They'll be here Tuesday.

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5. I've been at Happy Hour. While I do save my favorite outfits for Thursday happy hours with my besties, we rarely remember to take a photo of them before we leave or it gets dark. This one particular Thursday I managed to have a camera in my bag thanks to a work project, so I bring to you the triumphant return of AJWC. 

P.S.: The happy hour at 42 at the Clinton Library is amazing. We've spent several Thursdays down there drinking $2.50 wine and enjoying their gorgeous patio. Try the chicken biscuits, they're delicious.

Top (under), BCBG. Crop (over), Jonathan Simkhai. Pants, Marks & Spencer. Heels, c/o JustFab.