Trunk Club Review #2- Corporate Clothing

Per my earlier post from Tuesday, I received my second trunk. My stylist Kelsey did a great job of picking out clothes.  Before Kelsey sent me the trunk I specifically asked her to send me summer work clothes.

I did not think I would do Trunk Club or Kelsey justice by jamming my review of 15 pieces into one post. This post is a review the corporate clothes she sent.

Before I start in on my review: here is a bit about Trunk Club:

You need to sign up via app or desktop. Immediately you will be asked a list of style questions that involve your size and favorite brands.  Once you have answered the style questions, presto’ your profile is created, and your stylist is contacting you.  Kelsey, my stylist, asked me about my likes/dislikes on certain brands and my price range. I also sent her my Pinterest board, Fashionista, and from there I let her work her magic.

Within five business days, my trunk arrived.   My most favorite part is Trunk Club does not charge a styling or shipping fees.  You have ten days to try on your clothes, and decide what you want to keep.  You honestly lose nothing by trying it out.

 Theory//Jatinn K Short Sleeve Sheath Dress

Before we get into the specifics about the dress, clearly this picture is not me.  No, I did not lose 500 lbs, nor did I Photoshop myself.  Unfortunately, this was my favorite dress out of the entire box, but it had a large gaping hole in the seam. I did not want to try it on in fear I would rip it more.  This dress just screams Jackie O, and I am a sucker for a first lady type of dress.

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Ivanka Trump//Hera Sandal

This shoe is as beautiful in person as in the picture.  I am not one to pay a lot of money for heels.  Now tennis shoes I will pay big bucks for, but heels are a different story. The heels retail for $148.00.  Therefore I did not even try them on.  I did not want to try them on, fall in love and then hate myself for buying them.  I would also hate to tell Lucy and Delilah, “I am sorry we can not eat this week, but look at your mom’s beautiful heels”.

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 Eliza J//Embroidered Jacquard Sheath Dress

I have wanted a yellow dress, and Kelsey read my mind.  I love this dress, and it also looks like a first lady type of dress.  This dress is perfect for my day job.  The material is light and breathable. This is most definitely a dress I said, “yes” to.

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Eliza J//Crepe Sheath Dress

Eliza J’s hot pink number is a head turner for sure.  I love the V neck and zip up back. I really did not care for the length.  Sadly, for Trunk Club, when I was out shopping at TJ Maxx I found a dress almost identical.  The dress I found is a Calvin Klein retails at $39.99 vs. Eliza J at $148.00.

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Adrianna Papell//Print Cotton Faille Sheath Dress

This dress is beautiful on, but that is as far as it goes.  This dress did not even feel great to wear just out on my deck to take this picture. The cotton material is not soft but  stiff instead. I did like the V neck and it would be a great dress for the office if the material was not so stiff.

That does it for my Trunk Club #2- Corporate Review. What dress is your favorite?

I have to give props to Kelsey as she always does such an amazing job styling me.  I think she does a great job at breaking me out of my routine of just wearing black and white.

As Always,

Melissa Gayle

Trunk Club Review #2- Part 1

This is my second trunk, and Kelsey hit it out of the park.  I specifically asked for summer work clothes.  This Trunk Club review is going to be written in two parts because Kelsey sent me clothes for work and weekend. I did not think I would do Trunk Club or Kelsey justice by jamming my review of 15 pieces into one post.

Delilah and I thought a fun way to review the weekend wear would be to do a “who wore it best” segment, Trunk Club style.

Before I start in on my review:  here is a little bit about Trunk Club, in case you are not familiar:

You need to sign up via app or desktop. Immediately you will be asked a list of style questions that involve your size and favorite brands.  Once you have answered the style questions, presto’ your profile is created, and your stylist is contacting you.  Kelsey, my stylist, asked me about my likes/dislikes on certain brands and my price range. I also sent her my Pinterest board, Fashionista, and from there I let her work her magic.

Within five business days, my trunk arrived.   My most favorite part is Trunk Club does not charge a styling or shipping fees.  You have ten days to try on your clothes, and decide what you want to keep.  You honestly lose nothing by trying it out.

Now on to fun part: let’s get started on the trunk.

This trunk included 15 items along with a personalized note from Kelsey.

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 Nic Zoe//Summer Fling Skirt-

Delilah styled the skirt with a Pleione split neck top.  I decided to style the skirt with a Banana Republic tank and wide brown belt for waist definition. The skirt is A-Line and super comfortable to wear. I originally though the skirt was a knit material, but I was wrong it is cotton.  Delilah and I though this skirt would be perfect for the beach or just a fun dinner outing.

 Pleione//Split Neck Top-

As soon as Delilah put on the top she thought the same thing I did. This top is so soft.  It is a lightweight top that could go with dress pants, jeans, shorts or the Nic Zoe skirt.  Delilah did not like the deep V split neck. The split neck did not bother me as much.  I love how versatile this top can be.  You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.

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Burberry Brit//Check Trim Tee & Blank NYC//Hotel Distressed Skinny Jeans-  

Delilah and I both agreed we loved the jeans.  They were so comfortable, and felt great on. However, it is getting hot and humid here in the Mid-Atlantic.  Therefore, no one wants to wear jeans unless they have to.

We also both agreed while the Burberry Brit is just a tee made out of stretch cotton it feels amazing on. This shirt does not feel like a typical cotton t-shirt. It is so soft and it has the signature Burberry cuff to add a little extra pizzazz to a ordinary t-shirt. This T does hug your body so there is no room for breathing. 🙂

NYDJ- Print Pleat Back Sleeveless Split Neck Blouse

With this shirt being sleeveless, a cute design and versatile I would say this shirt is a winner. This shirt is made out of 100 percent polyester and felt great on. I felt like this shirt was more of a jeans shirt due to the length. With that said, Delilah could get away with wearing this shirt with a cute pair of shorts. Delilah did not care for the pattern as much as I did.

Joie- Casita Cotton Lace Tunic

I  did not care for this particular top, because it was see through. You would most definitely have to wear a tank underneath it. This shirt is comfortable, and would be great for a evening boat ride. Delilah did like this shirt because “it is lose and flowy.”  I will say I was out shopping over the weekend and ran into TJ Maxx, yes I am a maxinsta  and this type of shirt is the go to for the summer.  TJ had these shirts everywhere.  I would say if you like staying on top of trends I would highly suggest getting the lace tunic.

Vince//Sleeveless Stripe Poplin Top

I am not sure what the difference in cotton is between Burberry and Vince, but the cotton in this shirt is stiff. This shirt does not feel good to wear. I liked the length of the shirt. I liked the split box pleat on the side.  Other than that, I was not 100 percent impressed with the shirt because of the feel. Delilah, said that it looked like a, “mom shirt” thus she would not be wearing it. She also did not care for the feel of the shirt.

This concludes the weekend wear review for Trunk Club #2.  Let us know who wore it better.

Stay tuned for my part two of this trunk.

As Always,

Melissa Gayle & Delilah

The Mermaid Factory

This year Spring break was a bit of a dud weather wise.  Typically, we are well into the 70’s and starting to hit the beach.  This year, we were still in the 40’s and 50’s, and that kept us in the house.  Instead of wasting away our entire Spring Break on the couch Lucy and I decided to hit the beach just not in the way you make think.

If you live near or plan to visit Norfolk/Virginia Beach I would highly suggest going to visit the Mermaid Factory.  I not going to take up a lot of this post with words, but instead let the pictures do the talking.

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VA Beach Location

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Lucy is a crafty little girl and painting is right up her alley. 

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Her hair is completed and she is ready to move on to the fin. 

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Lucy’s finished product

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My finished product. They give you these nifty little boxes to carry your marvelous mermaid in. 

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If you are not into painting but want a little mermaid decor you can purchase a pre-painted mermaid. 

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More cute beach decor for sale

If you do decide to go are my helpful hints:

  • Call the day before you go to make a reservation
  • Take a look at Pinterest for inspiration
  • Allow yourself time.  It took Lucy and I from start to finish two hours.

We had so much fun we are ready to go back and paint again.   If you have visited the Mermaid Factory I would love to hear your feedback. If you have not visited the Mermaid Factory did the pictures entice you to think about visiting?

As Always,

Melissa Gayle

 

Lucy’s Favorite Weekend Wear

The girls have watched me blog about new clothes with Trunk Club and Stitch Fix and are now wanting to get in on the action.  Sadly, there are not a lot of kids styling companies, and so they get me. I shall be styling them from the likes of Target, TJ Maxx and the like.  In good fun I am going to let the girls post from time to time on their favorite outfits.

Lucy took Spring Break to clean out closets, and shop for newer clothes. Surprisingly, she had a great time shopping although she starts to turn on me after two hours.

Thankfully, when it comes to shopping, Delilah has and is easy-going.  She likes for me to give her advice on clothing, and she likes to go shopping. Delilah has great taste when it comes to picking out clothes for her shape.  By that I mean, I have seen some teens dress like they are about to hit the club. While that may work for some it does not work for Delilah nor does it work for Delilah’s parents.

This past Saturday ended up being kind of lazy day for the girls.  Under normal circumstances, Lucy would be the one who lays around in pajamas all day.  Not this weekend. Lucy got dressed and was ready for pictures of her favorite weekend wear.  Delilah, however, decided to lay around in her pajamas and she had to go to work. I did not think you would find her in her work uniform something to write about.  Her work uniform consists of jeans and a work T-shirt (which has BBQ stains because she works at a BBQ joint). So for those reasons we are just featuring Lucy this weekend.

Here are Lucy’s favorite outfits.  Both of Lucy’s outfits were under $40.00.

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Plaid Shirt//Marshall’s (similar shirt)

Jeggings//Target  (similar)

Riding Boots//Target (similar here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy told me she was going for a “cowboy look”.  I think did a great job without looking too Mary-Ann(ish) from Gilligan’s Island.

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Jumpsuit//Target (exact one here) On sale using the Cartwheel app

Wedges//Michael Kors (similar to Lucy’s)- Purchased at Marshall’s on sale

Lucy says this is her disco outfit.  She is so crazy, she actually did a John Travolta impression in our living room before heading out to church in her new jumpsuit. Lucy loves this outfit because it is comfortable and fun. She says, she is all about fun.

Show Lucy some love, and let her know what you think of her outfit choices.  She actually reads the comments.

As Always,

Melissa Gayle and Lucy (this week)

 

Stitch Fix Review # 2 – April 2016

After the last Fix I was not super stoked about getting my April Fix. I was beginning to think Stitch Fix was not for me. I quickly  changed my tune as soon as I opened up my April Fix box.  I got a new stylist this month and Kimberly, my Stylist, just got me.  This is my favorite Stitch Fix to date.

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If you are a Stitch Fix newbie here is how it works:

  •  Sign up via the app or go directly to the Stitch Fix site on your desktop.
  •   I completed a style quiz and answered detailed information like my size, height, occupation, how often I dress up for events and my favorite brands of clothing. To complete my style profile, I uploaded my Pinterest board Fashionista.
  •  I scheduled the Stitch Fix box to arrive based on my time frame. I am currently signed up to receive a Stitch Fix box monthly.  You can sign up to receive a box yearly, quarterly, monthly or weekly.  It is all based on your preference.

Cost of Stitch Fix

  • There is an initial $20.00 styling fee. The $20.00 is applied to purchase.
  • If you do not keep any of your Stitch Fix pieces you will not be refunded your $20.00.
  • Shipping is FREE. My favorite four letter word.

Sadly, I really wanted to keep all 5 of my items, but I did not need anymore casual shirts. I sent back two items.

Let’s start with the two pieces I sent back.  I am kicking myself for sending them back.

Collective Concepts//Korie Tie Neck Blouse (coral)- I love the coral color on me.  Coral is one of my favorite spring/summer colors to wear. The shirt was light, lose and a perfect choice for cool spring day. I was not super excited about the tie string, but it was not a deal breaker.  I did not think this top would compliment my day job, and therefore I sent it back.

RD Style// Diggory Button Down Top (plaid)- If I tell you this once I will tell you again, I am a product of the 90’s therefore anything plaid was an essential in my closet. Along with Doc Martens  I actually loved the feel this shirt.  It was soft and lightweight.  Honestly, I really just liked how the shirt made my arms look. None the less, it was not a shirt I could wear to work so I sent it back.  I have regretted that decision ever since I sent it back.

Pixley//Priya Diamond Printed Knit Back Tank- This shirt is blue, aqua and I can wear it to work; enough said.  This was a capital KEEP as soon as I tried it on.  I love how I can wear this work and on the weekends.  A perfect fit for me.

Lila Ryan//Liara Straight Leg Jeans- I have secretly been coveting white jeans for months.  I have pinned outfits with white jeans just in case I get a pair.  These jeans fit like a glove.  They are soft and going to be worn a lot.  I can not wear these to work, but who cares I have wanted a pair for months now.

Just a side note funny I just realized Clint, my husband, did not edit out our flying pig on our porch. Sorry, for that side note, it just made me laugh (the pig that is)

 

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Le Lis//Cecilia Zipper Detail Aline Skirt- If I could buy this skirt in multiple colors, I would. The fit is awesome. It hides my crazy wide hips  The material is excellent. A perfect skirt for Spring/Summer.

Stitch Fix number 2 is a winner/winner chicken dinner.  Thanks again to Kimberly for styling me this April.  She did an amazing job.

What item(s) would you have kept or sent back?  I can not wait to read your reviews.

 

As Always,

Melissa Gayle

A Day In the Life Of A Beekeeper

This blog post is dedicated to Lynda/Nana (my sweet mother in law) she was and is Charles/Pa-Paw’s (my father in law) “honey bee”.  Lynda took her bee wife responsibilities serious.  She helped Charles with the hives and even once helped chase down a hive.  Lynda was the past Secretary of the Yadkin Valley Bee Association.

I have never had an interest in bees or honey. Yet, funny enough, my name means “honey bee”.  I was the girl, when I was younger, who would run like a crazy person away from a bee.  I would run back in the house screaming, “the bees are trying to get me and I can not be a victim of bee violence”.  True story.

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I have to say, having a Beekeeper in the family I have learned quite a bit about the life a Beekeeper.  At the start of our spring break we took a short trip to North Carolina. Clint is from North Carolina and we needed to go back to check on my father in law, Charles, after the passing of my mother in law.  At first look I could tell Charles was not doing well.  Once I got him on beekeeping his face lit up, and I could not stop him from going into detail about his bees.  Charles has been around Beekeepers all his life.  His uncles were Beekeepers, and the hobby stuck for him.  Charles is the past President, and currently the Events Coordinator, of the Yadkin Valley Bee Association.

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Me: What is about beekeeping that interests you?

Charles: It started as a hobby when I was younger. My uncles were Beekeepers and I enjoyed watching them.  It is really amazing to watch bees work and protect the queen bee.  There is nothing lazy about a bee.

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Look mom, I got close enough to a bee to take the picture.  I have come a long way since childhood.

 

Me: Where do you get the bees from?

Charles: I buy my bees from a Pollinator in another county. When I first started I had to buy the bee boxes, wax, bees and all the machines to make the honey.  It is a very expensive hobby.

Me: How many hives do you take care of?

Charles: Currently, I do not have any hives because my bees left me. I have ordered 10 new hives and that will currently hold 60,000 bees and my goal is for my hives to grow to 120,000 bees.

Me: Wow, that is a lot of bees. You said “there is nothing lazy about a bee” what did you mean by that?

Charles: A hive consists of one queen bee, male drones and female workers. The queen’s job is to delegate out responsibilities to male drones and female workers. There are even sub jobs for the female workers.  For instance, a female worker could be a nurse mate and keep all the baby bees fed.  Female workers, work inside the hive, pollinate and assist in keeping the queen fed.  The male drones, on a typical day, just mate and eat.

Me: How long do bees live?

Charles: Female bees live about 30 days and male drones don’t live as long.

Me: How many hours, each week, do you spend on your bees?

Charles:About 10 hours, but in spring, summer and fall it is a lot more than 10 hours. You have to make sure they are fed. Within the hive you have to extract, clean and bottle the honey. Making the honey is really the most time consuming aspect of beekeeping.

Me: When you said, “All your bees left,” where did they go?

Charles: I have no idea. They had food and water. I honestly believe bees are being poisoned.  When bees go out to pollinate, they pick up chemicals from pesticides and insecticides.  I am not the only Beekeeper that has lost their hives.  This is becoming a real problem because, our bees are dying.  Cornell University did a study that indicated without the honeybee people will not survive.  We need to find a solution.

Me: What is one take away you want me to leave with about beekeeping?

Charles: Make sure you wear protective gear when you are messing with active hives, support your local beekeepers and remember there are lots of benefits to eating honey.

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This is half of Lynda/Nana’s bee suit. She would go out and help Charles with the bee hives.

 

 

I really had a great time learning and working with Charles on the bee hives.  Now, I might feel a little differently if 120,000 bees were swarming me. Beekeeping is a interesting hobby and I can not wait to go back and help Charles with the hives.

As Always,

Melissa Gayle

 

Back Into the Blog

Hey All,

First, let me apologize for leaving you guys in limbo this past week. I had every intention of keeping up with my posts but decided I needed a break.   With the passing of my mother in law, a couple of weeks ago, and finding out in the very same week that my Uncle has inoperable liver cancer has left me drained.

We took our Spring Break as a time to, catch up on sleep, clean out/organize closets and get  errands completed (like getting Lucy new glasses).  We also had time for fun like learning how to make honey from a Beekeeper, picking out paint colors for the house (this is a post I cannot wait to share) and making time to visit a mermaid factory.

I did post pictures everyday on Instagram.   If we are not following each other on Instagram let’s fix that today, you can find me here.

As Always,

Melissa Gayle