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Trunk Club Review

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Shopping is one of my favorite things to do - online, or in stores, but sometimes you just need a little help finding items you need for a trip, event or getting out of your clothing comfort zone. After a few attempts with StitchFix, I needed something a little more tailored and personalized for my lifestyle. 

 Then I heard about Trunk Club. Trunk Club, owned by Nordstrom, is a personalized clothing service that delivers clothing, accessories and shoes to your door with no initial costs. No signup fee like StitchFix, and no shipping fees. 

After you signup for free, you're assigned a personalized stylist. This is the best part to me - you have your own stylist who will chat with you via online messaging, phone call or email. Email worked best for me, she sent me an email with a ton of questions about sizing, style preferences, what I was looking for, where I worked, and etc. 

Each trunk you receive is based on your needs - and it's also only when you request. For May, I knew I was going to the beach in June and needed some new work tops for the hot Arkansas summer. 

Sharitty is my assigned stylist - and after I emailed her back with my style preferences, Pinterest board, and what I was looking for she sent me an online sample trunk to see if she and I were on the right page. You review your first trunk online and can accept or reject items to be delivered. She had chosen items that I already owned, so I was able to provide feedback with other things I was looking for or answer why I didn't like certain items. 
She sent me my online trunk on a Thursday and by the next Wednesday, I had my first trunk show up at my door! This felt like Christmas. I had NO Idea it was so big or SO many items would be included. 

I loved the detailing on this packaging of the trunk. It's massive!  

When you open the box everything is neatly packed and organized for you. There's a card at the top that welcomes you to your trunk. 

I mean, look how nice this looks! If you're like me and love to open presents, it feels like you just keep opening more and more presents. 

The card enclosed also lists the costs of each item included. 

I received three pairs of shoes - because I love new shoes. If you didn't want to receive shoes, you could simply tell your stylist not to include them. 

These were my FAVORITE three items of the trunk! The black sheath dress from Halogen, a pair of jeans from Paige and this fun, printed shirt from Halogen. Everything varies in price - and you can determine your budget with your stylist to keep things within a certain cost range. 

1. Halogen Contrast Piping Short Sleeve Sheath Dress 2. Caslon Sleeveless Romper 3. Free People 4. Madewell Embroidered Pull-On Shorts 5. Dolce Vita 'Havana' Wedge Sandal 6. Steve Madden 'Slithur' Sandal 7. Joie 'Laila' Two-Strap Jelly Slide Sandal 8. cupcakes and cashmere 'Kava' Jacquard Knit Cotton Tank 9. cupcakes and cashmere 'Jericho' Floral Print Ruffle Tank 10. Free People Front Tie Tank 11. Equipment 'Slim Signature' Silk Shirt 12. NYDJ Print Pleat Back Sleeveless Split Neck Blouse

And this was everything else included in my trunk. Some really great, spot on pieces, a couple of things I would have never picked, and pieces that just were not going to be me. But you will never know unless you try! 

I really love this service. You have 10 days to review and decide. After you pick what you want to keep, you can provide feedback online during the 'checkout' portion.

Will I do this again? Yes. 

Are there any cons? No. 

Are there any costs? You only pay for what you keep in your trunk. No fees to get the box or send it back! 

Differences between StitchFix and Trunk Club? StitchFix you have to pay $20 no matter what and can give someone ideas without ever really talking to them. Trunk Club is very personalized to what you need with no costs but the clothing. 

Signup to try it! Use my referral link here:  

Earn Free Stella & Dot with Dot Dollars!


It's one of the best times of the year in Stella & Dot world ... Dot Dollars have started!

From May 16 until June 17th, for every $50 you spend, you earn $25 in credit called Dot Dollars to spend later. On June 23rd, you will receive an email notifying you that your Dot Dollars promo codes have been added to your account. Each code earned represents $25 Dot Dollars. Your codes will expire July 5th.

This was always one of my favorite promotions as a customer because I never had trouble spending Dot Dollars later on!

Here are some of the popular items that have recently been restocked! 

This is the stripped getaway bag that I love! It's sturdy, expands and is very well made to travel. 

I also LOVE this Avalon Tote! It's so perfect for summer and easy to transition to weekday to weekend. The Gold Fringe Necklace is one that I wear at least two times a week because it just looks good with so many things! 

This is one of my FAVORITE! The Harmony Bracelet looks good on its own or with other arm candy. 

Shop today! 

Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive

"As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?" - GoodReads Overview

The "Luckiest Girl Alive" was released in 2015 but I just read it a few weeks ago. I'm not really an early adopter and like to see how trends and reviews go before investing a lot of time in anything. After hearing good reviews of this book I decided to read it while traveling to San Diego.  

This book is dark and twisty. You will either love Ani or you won't. The "Luckiest Girl Alive" is an easy read, so if you don't like fiction books like 'In a Dark, Dark Wood" or "Gone Girl" then you probably won't like this. A lot of reviews talk about how the writing is less than substantial, but this book is from a viewpoint of a 28-year-old girl who has been through a lot (anything more would give spoilers) and has created the vision of a perfect life. 

Personally, the darker and twistier the better to me. While reading this at the airport and on the plane it completely removed me from my surroundings and all I could do was focus on what was going to happen next. The "Luckiest Girl Alive" actually surprised me - there were twists and turns that I never saw coming and some moments actually left me in shock. Unlike, 'The Girl on the Train" where I could see what was happening, Ani's story kept surprising me. I had to re-read a couple of chapters just to make sure I was reading everything because I was reading so quickly to see what would happen next.

If you like dark and twisty, need an easy read, you're not a classic book critic, then I think you will also enjoy this book. Let me know if you've read it, or what you're reading now! 


How To Make & Save Money with Online Shopping

I have a few talents in life ... ability to always be able to take a nap, expertise in making really good salsa, and a natural knack to save money while shopping.

And now, how to make money with online shopping is my new favorite talent. Let's be real, I am going to shop and spend money on things anyway. So if I am going to do it, why not make a little money back in the process. It's like a job. You're paying yourself by spending time doing something that you love. It's a psychological math formula that I have created for myself to justify spending.

So how do I make and save money by spending money? It's SO easy.

Making Money with Ebates 

For my online shopping (which is the majority of my shopping) I use Ebates. I've found this the easiest way to actually make money while shopping online. Once you sign up you can add the extension to your browser so when you visit online stores it shows how much percentage of cash back you will receive. 

When I shop at The Limited, I will receive 2% back of my purchase. I've seen some stores be as high as 15% cash back online. Another great part - almost all stores online use it! They are paying you to shop. Getting paid is simple, just add your PayPal account or they will send you a check!

Sign up with my link and you will automatically get $10 to your account! Click here

Saving a lot of money, with Honey 

Honey is my second favorite find because it can save you a lot of money with zero effort. 

How it works: When you visit a web page on your desktop it automatically aggregates discounts and promotions to save you money.

 Another win ... when you check out it pulls up and automatically tries the most recent codes to save you cash. All you have to do is click on, 'Try Codes!'

After it does all the work for you, it shows how much you saved! Signup here. 

Free Shipping with ShopRunner

Members of ShopRunner receive free, 2-day shipping on a lot of retailers. PLUS, free returns! 

My favorites are The Limited and Neiman Marcus Last Call which usually charge around $9 for shipping. ShopRunner does have a yearly fee, BUT, if you or a family member are an American Express credit card holder it's free! 

What do you use online to make and save money with online shopping? 


April Roundup: Links I Love


One of the best parts about blogging is getting to know other bloggers. Some are personal friends and others I just enjoy following along on things that they are sharing. Since I consider this a 'lifestyle' blog (aka; I can't commit to one topic consistently) I wanted to share a roundup of a few blog posts that I really enjoyed in April. 

AJ and Her Floral Pants 

AJ, a fashion blogger and real-life friend, had a floral pant crisis that caused a closet mini breakdown. We've all been there - you buy pants, your weight fluctuates and the pants don't fit so you throw them on the floor then proceed to swear off carbs. 

Read her post for some, "AH! That's happened to me," moments.

Ciao! Planning A Trip to Italy 

Ugh. So this is a blog post that makes me jealous! Danielle and her husband are planning a MONTH long trip to Italy in August. It's really too much - but I can't wait to read more about what they are going to plan and what they do when they are there. 

Join me in living vicariously through Danielle. Read about her plans here.

Banana Pudding Crepe Cake 


Have you seen anything more beautiful in the form of bananas than this crepe cake? Bananas aren't even one of my favorite foods but this looks delicious. Whitney's post about this 12 Layer Banana Pudding Crepe Cake will keep you busy because all of her food posts are just so gorgeous. 

Check out her posts here and send me a piece of cake when you make it. K. Thanks. Bye. 

A Gold & White Office Makeover 


Jessica just gave her office space a dramatic makeover. Trust me when I say that when you see the before and after photos you will be amazed. I LOVE gold and white and everything about this new office is speaking to me. 

Check out her office makeover here. 

Those are links that I loved in April. Did I miss any good posts from other bloggers? Share with me in the comments so I can catch up!

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