Hello, friends. I woke up to snow this morning. YAY! It’s weird, after a spring-like 60-degree day yesterday, but I was hoping for one good snow before winter’s out, and it looks like I got my wish! I’ll take it. School has already been cancelled, and the kids are thrilled.
So, who’s up for a Trunk Club unboxing today? I feel like I just did one, but when I sent back my last box, I went ahead and requested another one, and I was surprised how quickly it came.
I have some events coming up that I need outfits for, and even though shopping is pretty much my job, sometimes it’s nice to see what someone else suggests. I don’t always keep a lot of what they send, but I love seeing what they find for me. This time I asked for some more moderately priced pieces, and my stylist did a great job finding more of a range of things to share with you.
For those who aren’t familiar, Trunk Club is a fashion styling service owned by Nordstrom*. You actually have your own personal stylist at your beck and call. She will likely offer to hop on the phone with you and get to know you and your style before she sends your first Trunk, and you can email or call her at anytime afterward.
All of their merchandise is sourced from Nordstrom, and it is all currently available on the website. You pay exactly what the items are going for on the website, so if something goes on sale before you make your final decision, you will get the sale price. You have 5 days to try on and return the products you don’t want, and shipping is free both ways. They have recently instituted a $20 styling fee, but that can be applied to anything you purchase from your Trunk.
In case you’re wondering, I am not in a working relationship with Trunk Club, but I am sharing my referral link. Everyone who signs up gets a referral link to share with their friends, so you can earn credits to shop with, which is another great bonus to trying it out!
*Before we get started, I do want to say a word about Nordstrom because I know I will get questions. I’m aware of the brouhaha over them dropping the Ivanka Trump line. Their official statement is that this decision is due to low sales, but I doubt anyone really believes that. I wish companies would stay out of politics and stick to doing what they do best, but this seems to be the way of the world these days. As for me, I am not one to boycott. It has never been my thing. I don’t plan to stop shopping at Nordstrom, and I will still be working with them. I encourage you to follow your conscience on this matter as I follow mine, and while we may not all agree, I hope we can respect that this is a personal decision for each individual and not allow it to be divisive.
So let’s get started!
Halogen® Sleeveless Mock Neck Knit Dress $99 // (The pink suede pumps are mine and no longer available.) I want to love this dress, but it’s a size 8, and I think I need to see it in a 6. I think in the right size, this could be a really nice piece for an evening event at a conference I have coming up, as long as it’s not too long for me. I’ll add strappy sandals and statement jewelry and be good to go. I sent this back, but my stylist is sending me the 6 in my next Trunk to try. FYI, it also comes in a pretty blue (the hottest color going this spring!) and two cool prints.
also shown: Tory Burch Miller Sandals in Sand Patent (LOVE!!! By far my best investment last spring!)
7 For All Mankind® b(air) Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans in Reign $179 // My stylist sent me a few pairs of raw hem jeans because I told her the step hem from my last box was a bit out of my comfort zone. These jeans by 7 For All Mankind have a 27″ inseam, so I’m calling them ankle-length, but that almost makes them a crop. I guess it depends on how tall you are. Normally ankle length jeans are 28″ and sometimes 29″.
These jeans have a fabulous fit and feel. They’re super soft and stretchy, but they don’t feel like they will bag out. The b(air) denim is intended to have great stretch recovery, and if I didn’t have an AG pair almost just like them, I would have kept them in a hot minute. I particularly like the pocket placement and the way they fit in the rear. I can’t stress enough how important it is to check your rear view when purchasing jeans. For size reference, these fit perfectly in my usual size 29.
FYI, the next set of pictures is a different pair of jeans, but they’re very similar.
also shown: Tory Burch Miller Sandals in Sand Patent; my sweater is old
DL1961 Florence Instasculpt Raw Hem Skinny Jeans in Stranded $188 // You know of my love for DL1961 denim, and these did not disappoint. Again, if they wren’t so much like my AG pair, I might have kept them — or the 7s above, not sure which. I think I like the length on the 7s just a bit better. These have a 25″ inseam, as opposed to the 27″ in the 7s.
These are definitely a cropped style. Both these and the 7s shown above have a 9″ rise, and that’s considered a mid-rise, which is nice. The DLs have a higher cotton content, which generally means they’re less likely to bag out on you, and I can attest that their Instasculpt fabric does not. I have these jeans in a longer length. I feel like these two styles are very similar… so similar, in fact, that I had to be really careful when labeling my pictures. I think I got them all straight. The pockets on the DLs are a tad bigger, but I felt like they were equally as flattering. FYI, these are also at Zappo’s.
PAIGE Transcend Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans in Silvie $189 // (My pewter ballet flats are sold out.) These are the grey jeans that came in the last trunk, but they were too small. This time she sent me the size 29, and they fit much more comfortably than the last ones. I was wanting grey jeans to replace my other pair that are too big now, so these are keepers. I do want to have them hemmed an inch or two, though. These have a 31″ inseam, and I prefer 29″. I forgot to get a hiney shot of this pair (lol) but I find that Paige makes their pockets smaller than most brands, and they tend to be very flattering on me. These are also at Neiman’s and Shopbop.
Joie ‘Adorlee’ Cold Shoulder Top $178 // Ignore the wrinkles, please. I love this silk top and really wanted to keep it to wear at my conference in April, but the spaghetti straps are so narrow that I can’t wear a regular bra with it, and that’s a deal breaker for me. (They are adjustable, by the way, and I should have pulled them up higher before taking these pictures. As shown here, it’s a little low-cut for my comfort zone.) Also, it’s a medium, and I think I need a small. This top is low inventory at Nordstrom, but all sizes are available at the Joie website.
Topshop Cold Shoulder Blouse (link not found) // I wanted to like this. For one thing, the price point is terrific, but I don’t feel like it flatters me. It’s not fitted enough through the waist area, and it’s a little on the short side, although I think it’s supposed to be. I probably need to invest in some high rise jeans with all the cropped tops coming back into style!
Chelsea28 Velvet Kimono $89 // I’m not sure WHAT to do with this. I think perhaps my stylist meant for me to wear it over the black dress. I wish I’d tried it that way. Still, I’m not feeling the love. I sent it back.
R Minkoff Mini MAC Nubuck Convertible Crossbody Bag $195 // My stylist keeps tempting me with R Minkoff bags! Aggghhh… I love these. Both of these (see below.) This one is a gorgeous lilac nubuck material, and I love the Mini MAC styling. I had one in grey for a while, but I eventually passed it on because it’s too small for my needs. This one went back for the same reason, but it really is so cute if you don’t mind carrying a bag this small.
R Minkoff Regan Feed Studded Leather Crossbody $345 // How CUTE is this bag, and how gorgeous is this periwinkle blue??? I love all the details and it’s a great size. It’s not in the budget at the moment, but it was seriously tempting.
also shown: AG Raw Hem Legging Jeans (the reason I didn’t keep one of the two similar pairs in my Trunk!)
Louise et Cie Dugan Flat Loafer Mule $109 // This style of shoe is a huge trend at the moment; I see them on a lot of fashionable women, but I’m just not feeling it. I’ve never been a loafer fan. If you are, they also come in a nice neutral brown and black in addition to this rose gold.
also shown: AG Raw Hem Legging Jeans
Steve Madden Spirits Buckle Flat $69 // I wasn’t a fan of these. ‘Nuff said. LOL!
also shown: AG Raw Hem Legging Jeans
Halogen® Nella Ghillie Flat $99 // Now, THESE I love. They are comfortable and cute and fairly practical for running around town, if you don’t mind taking the time to put them on and tie them up. I find that I don’t wear my lace-up flats as much as I’d like because I’m too lazy to deal with the laces. I know, how lame. They went back because I don’t think I’ll be wearing suede much longer and I have cute neutral suede lace-up flats, but I highly recommend these if you’re in the market for a pair. FYI, these come in 4 other colors, and some are perforated. Very cute!
And that’s a wrap! I like this trunk better than my last one, don’t you? Even though I kept a few more pieces last time, and this time I only kept one, there were a lot of fun things in here. I liked a lot of it but already have similar things. It has to be hard to shop for a fashion blogger, lol!
I was going to take a break from Trunk Club for a while, at least until they get more spring styles in, but my stylist wants to send me the dress in the right size, and she found a similar top to the lilac one that she thinks I’ll like better (I’m such a sucker for Joie tops) so I told her to send them on. She has some bootcut jeans coming in my next trunk too. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to receiving my next box!
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