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AT LAST, TRUNK CLUB!

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Trunk Club, the box looks like luggage!

This post is long overdue! I’ve been too busy to blog as of late. In lieu of either getting a Wantable shipment or a StitchFix, I wanted to try Trunk Club. It’s available for women now. If you want to try, please use my referral link! Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom, so you’re already getting some good brands and quality. the prices are around $45-$100 per piece. You also get ten pieces to try and/or buy instead of five. 

I told my stylist what I was looking for and price ranges. She listened to my requests for some cropped pants and off-shoulder tops. Some of the items were a little over my budget I gave, but I didn’t mind it . They also show you what you are getting, so you have the option of swapping things out before they ship. The styling fee runs $25, instead of $20. But you get the styling fee back as a credit, if you end up keeping any of the pieces. You do not get an additional discount if you end up keeping all 10 items.

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I ended up keeping the black dress, black crop pants, denim crop pants, and the gray convertible sweater. I was going to keep the black off-shoulder top, but I didn’t feel like spending $70 on it. Didn’t like it that much, haha! I liked the cut of the flower dress, but not a huge fan of the print. I also would have kept the white top, but the sleeves made me feel like a pirate. Andy offered to pay for that one, just so he could get me an eye-patch and call me Pirate Pete. I didn’t keep the gray tunic, it looked cute on the site, but I ended up looking like a cult-leader. haha! I also didn’t keep the floral top, I just didn’t like that it was cropped. I wanted to keep the salmon crop pants, but they were too big.  My absolute favorite items are the jeans and the gray sweater. I wish I could wear them everyday! 

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IF YOU PLAY DEFENDER, I COULD BE YOUR HYPERSPACE

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I had a goal in mind for the weekend, it was to lock down a wedding dress. Not that I had been to a ton of bridal shops trying things on, but I had been deliberating options, and pinning dresses for months. So when I went to my second bridal appointment, I was hoping it would be one of the last appointments. As fun as dress shopping is, it can get stressful. Only because it’s a lot of pressure to find the right gown. The trouble is, I like a lot of dresses. So it was hard for me to say what I did/didn’t like about some of dresses over others. This made it a tad difficult to zero in what exactly I was looking for.

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I had basic parameters. I liked a-line or ball gown, sparkle, and tulle. That lead to so many options! I was also trying to find something different, yet traditional at the same time. So I was scratching my head as to how I would be able to find anything like that?! I also made the mistake of going to look at dresses that were out of budget. I went to a trunk show for a designer I liked. They didn’t list prices on the gowns, so I guess I didn’t think about it too much.

I honestly was just going so I could poke around and see if they had this specific dress I was trying to track down from Fall 2012. Which they didn’t. Instead I tried on some dresses that were the overall silhouette I liked. I fell in love with this amazing glittery dress, and the finding out the price was like getting shot in the face. ROOKIE MOVE. How many times have I watched wedding dress reality shows?! It’s like the cardinal rule of dress shopping, don’t bother with things out of budget. But I did. So I was feeling discouraged with trying other places, because I wasn’t sure I’d find something I liked as much as the expensive glittery one. 

I ended up at Vows over the weekend. It’s outlet bridal shop, that was on the defunct TLC show “I Found the Gown.” My consultant was great! She asked me what I did/didn’t like about certain gowns. Which was tricky, because I felt like I liked a lot of the dresses I tried, and it was difficult to pin point what exactly I didn’t like about them. But she did a great job, and pulled a dress none of us saw.

We missed it because we focused on looking at full skirt styles, prior to my appointment. So we forgot to check out the a-line section. Once I put it on, I knew it was dress for me. We all agreed, including my mom. My mom and I have drastically different tastes. The best part? It was very much under budget. I named my dress Hyperspace, as the design on it, reminds me of when a ship goes into hyperspace in Star Wars. So I thought that was appropriate. Now the title of this post, makes sense, huh?

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THE WHOLE TIME!

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Ignore the vintage trading cards, I’m recycling this picture from my Christmas post.

So I brought my awesome new wedding shoes into work, some people wanted to see them in person. I wore them around, and one of the footwear engineers zeroed in a fit problem I was having. I would expect no less,  I work for a footwear company (after all). I got the shoes in a 9, as they don’t offer 1/2 sizes. Which always aggravates me, when shoes are only offered in whole sizes.

ANYWAY, he offered to cut some foam for me to make my shoes fit better. While we were at it, he measured my foot for me. Turns out I’m not an 8 1/2 like I always thought. My correct shoe size is an 8 narrow. Oops! So needless to say, that is why my awesome new shoes are far too large. The foam helps a lot though, so I will be utilizing it. Otherwise I’ll have one of my bridesmaids carry around a safety net to catch me when I fall. 

In related news, I booked my first dress appointment. I only asked four people, as I didn’t feel like arriving with a giant posse. It’s a conundrum. I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I also don’t want to bring 50 people. I assume I’ll be checking out multiple dress shops. So I’ll probably ask friends/family that didn’t join me the first time, to go along to my next appointment. Wish me luck! I need to clean up my Pinterest board, so I have a better idea of what I want to try. 

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CHRISTMAS IS LIKE HERE??!!

So I’m just realizing Christmas is SUNDAY! Like, what?! I HAVEN’T EVEN DECORATED YET! Not that I go nuts with decorating. All we do is put up a tree and ornaments. Then I hang some stockings, and tinsel around the mantel. 

But we now give Zorro (almost) full run of the apartment while we’re out. I fear he’ll eat the fake tree and poop out blue holographic fake pine well into the New Year. Plus break my R2D2 ornaments. R2Tree2 would be ruined! Also, it’s laziness at this point. 

Anyway, I finished shopping in November. I also wrapped gifts a couple weeks ago. So I’m definitely ready for this Christmas business, even if my apartment isn’t. As for me, I bought myself a peachy Christmas treat! I already had the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow pallette. Now I added on the Papa Don’t Peach blush, and Peach Glow highlighter kit. Plus I got a gorgeous deep plum Urban Decay lipstick, and Boscia wipes. Treat yo self! I should probably get myself some new underwear too. I also have dump some of my old ones, that have rips in them. Haha

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I DON’T GET IT

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So the other day, Boston got it’s first “Eataly” location. I don’t really understand the appeal of it. I mean, I know it has it’s origins in Italy. But I feel since it’s a big chain now, it’s about as Italian as an Olive Garden. Not that there is anything wrong with OG, I love me some of their bread sticks and fake Italian fare! 

Even my own mother (off the boat Italian) has heard of Eataly by now. She told us she wants to go sometime this month. I’m dreading it, to be honest.  The place looks about as appealing to me as eating a rusty nail covered in Ragu. But maybe my mom will get some enjoyment out of it, I don’t have high hopes for the place. 

My main issue, I don’t think Boston needed an Eataly. We already have the North End. The North End is a section of Boston with loads of Italian restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, bakeries, and butcher shops. So I think Eataly will be bad for those small businesses, it will “Wal-Mart” the area.  Why couldn’t they just open it in Worcester or something? I’m sure people in the western/central part of the state would appreciate a fake Italian marketplace, since it will be a closer ride than Boston. Ugh, let’s hope the hype dies down and it doesn’t kill the North End. 

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YOU CAN KEEP YOUR “DEALS” 

I don’t do Black Friday shopping. I used to do it, but waking up extremely early on a day off is criminal. To me, it’s not worth the hassle. Aside from shopping, it’s basically a day filled with things I despise. Lack of parking, tons of people, long lines, and tons of people. PASSARONI SALAD ON THAT! That’s why Cyber Monday is where it is at. This introvert can truly appreciate the lack of human interaction Cyber Monday entails!

I actually finished my Christmas shopping already. Andy just has to pick up something for his parents, and I have to order the gift for Andy. But aside from that, no more shopping! It’s quite freeing to be done with online gift shopping.

 I always have a mini panic attack as the holiday season approaches, mostly because I have a ton of people to shop for. There is a lot of thinking involved, but it’s done. Now the not fun part of having to wrap gifts is coming up. I usually wait until a few days before Christmas to do that.


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NO RA-GRETS…EXCEPT FOR THE POSSIBLE FUTURE DIABETES

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Okay guys, confession time. Ever since my co-worker discovered the “brunch favorites” edition of candy corn at Target, I was hooked. The flavors are strange for candy corn, like French toast with maple syrup, chocolate chip pancakes, and waffles with strawberry. But damned if I can’t say, they are the most delicious candy corn I’ve ever had. 

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Given that candy corn is mostly sold around Halloween, I didn’t have much time to stock up. These candy corn flavors are exclusive to Target, so I grabbed a few bags one day during my lunch break.

I gave a bag to a co-worker who also appreciates candy corn, as a Halloween gift. I saved the other two bags for myself, and if a random co-worker wanted some. Well, let me tell you, these candy corn bags did not last long at all. Want to know who ate the other two bags in their entirety? ME! I have no self control with these candies.

I feel like that old guy in the 80’s  70’s commercial that was like, “I can’t believe I ate that whole thing.” Well dear diary, I did eat that whole thing. Ever since I polished off the last of it, Target has sold through their stock. I was devastated, as I walked every single aisle with no remnant of a clearance Halloween candy shelf. They needed to make room for the candy canes. What about the candy corns?!!! Huh, Target?!! I found some remaining bags on Amazon. I started off just by ordering a pack of two. Mostly because I didn’t feel like spending $28 on four bags of candy.

The next day, I decided to polish off some Christmas shopping, so I ordered some gifts online. Know what mysteriously (deliberately) made it’s way into my cart? Another two pack of this candy corn. SEND HELP AND INSULIN! I’m hoping I’ll get sick of this candy corn with my first shipment. So by the time the second one arrives, I’ll be 1000% all set with this crack candy. 

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