Keeping it short and sweet over here today! The weather was warming up for a hot minute there, but alas, we are back to winter coats this morning. These photos with this Caslon Poncho was taken a few weeks back, and since then, the poncho has sold out. However, I did find some other really great ponchos that are on major discount right now. It’s such a great item to wear to transition into spring. And if you’re a new mama with a growing belly or a nursing mom, ponchos are the perfect item for your closet. They will grow with your belly and hide everything when the time comes to feed the babe.
Hope your week has been going well! If you missed my post on Trunk Club the other day, be sure to check it out. Some of the items I’m wearing in this post are from Trunk Club and I am absolutely obsessed!
I’m sure you’ve all heard of meal subscription services – Blue Apron, Plated, etc. Those may the most convenient thing ever invented (unless, of course, you’re married to the pickiest eater in the entire world). The idea of having every ingredient already portioned out and placed on your doorstep is my kind of living. And props to those folks who figured out the logistics of shipping all of those… not for the faint of heart.
I’m sure if you’ve heard of those, you’ve also heard of clothing subscription boxes. There’s a ton of them out there, and since I do more than my fair share of online shopping, I see advertisements for them regularly. I had been tempted, but the styling fees were a little steep for me to justify and most of the clothing were brands I had never heard of, so sizing was always a fear.
I heard of Trunk Club through my obsession with Nordstrom – and several other bloggers I follow, too. I couldn’t help but look into it and a few months ago, I finally pulled the trigger. What was different about Trunk Club than the other subscription services?
The styling fee was just $25, and serves as a credit to anything I purchase through my Trunk. So when I signed up for Trunk Club, I paid $25 for my first Trunk to arrive. I then used the $25 to purchase this sweater and a shirt from that Trunk, so I only came out of pocket for the difference.
I had a one-on-one, deep-dive styling session with my stylist. I’m talking almost an hour chat about my lifestyle, my needs, my size, what I usually lean towards and what I am too scared to try. We talked about being a mom, about my day job and that sometimes I’m on my feet for hours. At the end of the session, I felt like I had just made a new friend – a friend that was gonna pick out all my clothes for me! PS. This styling session took place over a chat/messenger system, not on the phone, which I prefer!
All of the clothes come from Nordstrom. Another perk! I can browse Nordstrom’s website and have my stylist send some items that I have been eyeing. I can read the reviews and see the price beforehand, which is incredibly helpful. My closest Nordstrom is about an hour away, so it’s not the most convenient place to get to. So instead of me driving there, Nordstrom comes to me!
My stylist sends bags, shoes, necklaces, scarves – you name it! This isn’t limited to just clothes!
Once each item in the Trunk is selected, Trunk Club provides styling options on their website that include other items from your Trunk. For example, I received a basic tee in my first Trunk and it gave me three or four different ways to wear it with other sweaters and cardigans within the same Trunk. So helpful!
You can cancel at any time! Yep, no need to continue if you don’t want to. Just let your stylist know that you won’t be needing a Trunk next month and they won’t send it – and you won’t be charged!
booties & poncho came in Trunk // poncho – similar (so great for pregnant or nursing mamas!) // booties – blondo (they are waterproof and incredibly comfortable!)
I’ve been so happy with the customer service I’ve received from Trunk Club as well. Last Trunk, they sent the wrong item and I was charged for it since I didn’t return it. I emailed my stylist about the mistake and without question, they refunded me the money for the missing item within a few hours!
I can’t say enough good things about Trunk Club. It’s really just an easy way to shop. You can customize your Trunk, or have your stylist pick the items for you. Either way, you get a say before the Trunk is shipped.
The best thing? If you sign up for Trunk Club, you get a referral code. You can then send this to anyone you know, and if they sign up for Trunk Club and spend $50, you get a $50 credit! Such a fun way to spread the love.
This weekend was unseasonably warm and the sun was shiny for most of it! The warm-up arrived at the perfect time. The previous few weeks had been freezing. The type of weather where the snot in your nose freezes and you throw an extra blanket or two on your bed. Just downright cold.
January is always a tough month. The holidays are over, there’s a lot of pressure to start the new year with a fresh perspective, the days are short it starts getting dark as soon as you leave work, and the weather just adds another layer of miserable. It’s not in your head. Science shows that seasonal depression or the winter blues are real. The lack of sunshine can affect your mood and get you feeling down in the dumps. It’s been an issue for me since college. I used to associate feeling down this time of year with my birthday and thinking I was just stressed out about turning a year older. Nowadays, I realize that it’s truly a chemical thing and that I have to make every effort to actively fight the winter blues.
I’ve put together a list of things that are helpful for me. I’ve also found that simply being intentional about doing things is helpful. Instead of thinking something is a chore, look at it as an opportunity. For instance, walking the dog in this weather is painful, but I’ve started to bundle up, turn on a podcast and track my steps. Juneau deserves to get outside whether it’s freezing or not, so I’ve started using that time as ‘me time’. Here are some other tricks I use to fight the winter blues:
1. Get up and get dressed.
Cozy days on the couch are the best, but overdoing it can get to you. I’ve found that there is no better medicine than a shower and some makeup. Feeling like a human being goes a long way! So, sure, take it easy and relax on those snowy mornings. But make sure you get yourself put together before too long. Even if you just throw on yoga pants, it’ll do wonders for your mind.
2. Talk to someone about it.
I’m an open book about my depression because not only does it help me to talk about it, but I want you to know that it’s totally normal and others are feeling it, too. Habitually, I like to hibernate and be alone when I’m feeling down, but the moment I talk about it I start feeling better.
3. Book a vacation!
Give yourself something to look forward to! There’s nothing better than getting out of town and changing the scenery when you’re feeling down. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – a day trip or a weekend getaway will do the trick just fine.
There’s literally nothing better than a good sweat session when you’re feeling down. The hardest part is getting to the gym, but once you’re there, you won’t regret it. I’ve started taking a pre-workout before my gym time and it’s made all the difference in the world. I like to workout in the evening, and it’s tough to find the energy some days. A few swigs of the pre-workout and I’m ready to go! Exercise makes you happy, it’s science.
5. Take advantage. In a few months you’ll be so busy you;ll be wanting some down time.
Just remember, in a few months, your summer evenings and weekends will be filled up with endless plans. Take advantage of the downtime now, you’re gonna miss it!
Today is the perfect day for this post. It’s mid-January, the snow is falling in Central Virginia, and all I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix until I can’t watch it any longer. Anyone feel me? Better question, anyone actually like the month of January? Didn’t think so.
In the past few years, David and I have had our fair share of time to become experts on the best shows on Netflix. I was pregnant, meaning I didn’t want to do anything. Then we had a newborn, meaning we couldn’t do anything. And now we have a toddler who goes to bed at 7pm and we still don’t do anything. Just kidding, we do things… sometimes.
Anyways, today I’ve rounded up some of the best shows I’ve watched on Netflix over the past few years. I’ll be up front with you, Stranger Things is not on this list. Neither is House of Cards. If that makes you question me as a critic, I understand. But I have included reasoning behind my choices in hopes that helps you give these shows a chance. PS. These are in no particular order. I can’t rank shows that have different plot lines. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, in my opinion.
By far and away, the best show I’ve ever watched. Ever. Wentworth is an Australian television drama. I’ve heard it be compared to Orange Is The New Black, which you won’t find on this list. The only similarity I see between OITNB and Wentworth is that they take place in a women’s prison. Other than that, they are like night and day – with Wentworth being the night. It’s dark – the way it’s shot, the storylines, even a little bloody at times. I typically shy away from these sorts of shows, but for some reason the way it’s done on Wentworth fits.
Wentworth currently has five seasons on Netflix, so it’s not something you’ll binge over the weekend. But trust me, once you get invested, you’ll never want it to end. The storylines are brilliant and continue through all five seasons. The character development is unbelievable.They are currently filming season six and I cannot wait for it to be released. Trust me – give this show a chance. It’s incredible.
David and I started watching Longmire after my parents suggested it. It’s about a Sheriff, named Longmire, and takes place in a small town in Wyoming. The town is close to an reservation, so there is a lot of interaction with the natives who live there. Longmire started on AMC and was bought by Netflix after a few seasons. Within each episode, there is usually a crime that needs to be solved. But over the series, the characters intertwine and you find out so much more.
I like this show because it’s entertaining television without over-doing it. There’s no blood and gore where it doesn’t have to be and the mystery-factor of each episode is really compelling. They just put out the sixth and final season, so there’s plenty to watch. Based on the Netflix description, I would have never given this one a chance but it’s long since become of our favorite shows of all time.
The Marvel Comics Series
This includes several shows, but since they all intertwine, it’s imperative to watch them altogether.
I fought David on these for a long time, but after he finished The Punisher (he watched it out of order so I guess he’ll have to watch it again when I do :)) and wouldn’t shut up about it, I decided to give the series a chance. I was expecting cheesy comic book stories but I couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
Daredevil – Matt Murdock and his friend, Foggy, open a law firm in New York City. Matt is blind, and has super human strength and senses. The show does a great job showcasing his struggle between following the law and becoming a vigilante. There are currently two seasons on Netflix, each with it’s own villain. You are also introduced to several other Marvel characters in Daredevil, so be sure to watch both of these seasons first.
Jessica Jones – I was a little unsure about this show because it starts off pretty dark. However, the storyline is super compelling and David and I ended up watching three to four episodes a night by the end of the season. Jessica Jones has super-human strength as well, but refuses to be a superhero. We’re also introduced to Luke Cage quite a bit in her show, so be sure to watch this one after Daredevil.
Luke Cage – Admittedly, we are right in the middle of this one, so I can’t speak to the storylines too much. However, the feel of this show is very different than both Daredevil and Jessica Jones. It picks up right where JJ ended, so watch this one third.
After we are done with Luke Cage, we will have to watch The Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders, which includes all of the Marvel characters.
The Great British Baking Show
Taking a total left turn here, but I have to include The Great British Baking Show. There are currently four seasons on Netflix. The show is a baking competition set in Great Britain, so there is a lot of British humor and flavors that I’ve never heard of before. However, unlike American competition shows, this one is so friendly and sweet, it’s a nice distraction from all the other dark shows on this list!
I just finished season one of Riverdale on Netflix and have to watch season two on the CW app. Riverdale is based on the characters from the Archie comics. You’ve got Archie and Jughead, and Betty and Veronica. The show is not comedic in nature, however. It’s actually pretty dark (sensing a theme with the TV I watch?) and involves murder and mystery, but it’s shot like a typical teen drama, so there’s a lot of love storylines and teenage angst.
Narcos – David’s Pick
David still bugs me about watching Narcos since he went on to watch it by himself. I stopped because it was a little bloody and there was a lot of reading subtitles since many of the characters speak Spanish throughout the show. However, it’s in my queue to watch one of these days. David loves this show because” it’s well written with historical context to keep you interested. There’s plenty of action and it’s an extremely intelligent show.”
Have you watched any of the shows on my list? What do you think?
Another week, another Things I’m Loving post. I really hope y’all are using these posts as sort of your online shopping list. No need to browse the sites yourself, I’ve found the best items this week!! I like to include pieces at different price points and will always let you know if they are on sale because who likes to pay full price?! Happy shopping!
Things I’m Loving:
Barefoot Dreams Malibu Wrap
Okay, I’ve been eyeing this beauty for a while now, and with my birthday coming up, I think I may treat myself to something I really want. It’s essentially a blanket with arm holes. I mean, you can’t really beat it. It comes in multiple colors – and if you are really in love but can’t justify the price tag, you can totally get it from QVC and make payments on it.
I’ve been looking for a pair of jogger pants that are meant to be worn as lounge pants, but can also be worn in public. I have a pair that is meant for the gym, but these look so comfortable, and not too baggy. I think they are a winner!
If you’re still wearing a normal bra, you’re doing it wrong. I’ve bought several American Eagle bralettes and I’m officially retiring my underwires. This one from Free People is a little pricier than American Eagle, but it’s so darn beautiful. I think I need it in every color.