Trunk Club review # 3

Not Trunk Club related: Someone tried to use my credit card in Arizona  (I live almost 3,000 miles away). The person only tried to charge 38 cents so…It’s just a little bit of a headache because now they have to send me a new card. If it were up to me, I would have said, “Let me just keep my old card and see what happens.” The charge was declined. I just don’t want to have to deal with having a new card and blah, blah, blah.

Now onto Trunk Club: This is my best trunk yet. Thanks, Kendall! I haven’t made a decision on everything. I will update this post with my final decision by Friday night. I’m mailing back what I don’t want on Saturday.

NYDJ ‘Leann’ Stretch Slim Boyfriend Jeans

Price: $138

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Love these! They are so soft and fit well. Yes, they are semi-expensive, but I fell in love with these jeans. I have to try these on more before making a final decision. I’m leaning towards keeping these.

Madewell ‘The Slim Boyjean’ Boyfriend Jeans Walton Wash

Price: 128.00

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I don’t like the cut. They are a little too big. Sending back.

Free People ‘Beach Cocoon’ Cowl Neck Pullover

Price: $68

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She sent me a sky blue one last time, and I returned it because it wasn’t weather appropriate. I love this color. This will come down to money and what else I decide to keep. I like it, but I’m not in love with it.

Pleione Sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse

Price: $58.00

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This blouse is so flattering on my body type, BUT I don’t know how to wear it in the fall/winter. I tried it on with a turtleneck (don’t laugh), and it looked okay. I have enough summer tops.

Tahari Stretch Sheath Dress

Price: $128.00

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I love the cut of the top of the dress. The bottom is just blah.  I don’t have a nice job appropriate black dress. This fills a need. I could wear this on job interviews. So far I want to keep this. I’m not crazy about the price.

Vince Camuto Floral Faille Fit & Flare Dress

Price: 118.40

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This is the kind of dress I see in a store and drool over. However, I don’t buy it because I don’t have an occasion for it. I was glad Kendall sent it to me so I could try it on. LOVE IT. But where would I wear it? Even if I worked in an office, this is too fancy. I don’t think it is great for a job interview so unfortunately, I’m sending this back. I had so much fun trying this gorgeous dress on. I tried to think of reasons to keep it, but I couldn’t come up with anything.😦

BP ‘Tripp’ Bootie

Price: 89.95

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I wanted to love these. I don’t own a pair of booties. It has been about 7 years since I’ve owned a pair. My ankles are too small…or something. They just don’t fit perfectly.

Halogen Long Sleeve Turtleneck

Price: 39.00

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I need turtlenecks. I haven’t made my mind up on this. It will come down to money.

Caslon ‘Mayne’ Midi Zip Bootie

Price: 99.95

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I wanted to love these, but they are a half size too big. I’m going to walk around in them more before I make a final decision.

Treasure&Bond Plaid Single Pocket Shirt

Price: 69.00

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I love plaid. As of right now, I’m keeping this.

Nordstrom Ponte & Faux Suede Leggins

Price: 34.90 (sale)

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I’m keeping these. Love them. I’m wearing them on Saturday.🙂

Halogen V-Neck Lightweight Merino Cardigan

Price: $78.00

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I like the fit, but the price rules this out. I don’t mind paying a lot for a special cardigan. This is too plain.

Caslon Drape Neck Long Sleeve Top

Price: 49.00

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I’m probably keeping this.

Halogen Side Ruched V-Neck Sheath Dress

Price: $79.00

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Not flattering on me at all. I like the print, but I won’t keep this.

Chelsea28 Pleated Hem Sweater

Price: 89.00

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I really wanted to like this. I love the layering look. But it was just okay. I can’t spend $89.00 on something I just like. Sending back.

Overall, I really enjoyed this trunk. I feel like she got me out of my comfort zone a little, and she sort of has my style down. If money weren’t an issue, I would keep the majority of this trunk. To get Kendall as your stylist, click here.

 

Head in the clouds

WARNING: Radical opinion alert

I think people who want to become parents should have to have a home study or become certified. That would lower the birth rate. No doubt. People act like it is their right to have kids. Where does that come from? Parenting is serious shit and people just do it like it’s nothing. Does this not blow anyone else’s mind?

Do people not read about child abuse cases? I read them almost every single day. What about the recent case where the toddler thought her name was “idiot” because that’s what her mom’s boyfriend called her? And what about cases where the kid dies? And people think EVERYONE should have kids. Dumb opinion. Yeah, I said it.

I’m not only talking about extreme situations. I know lots of people who should have never had kids. A home study or certification would have taken care of that. I was going to say I wouldn’t have been born if strict laws were in place, but my parents probably would have passed. You can’t catch everything.

What was wrong with one of my parents (won’t say which one – I feel bad), probably wouldn’t have been caught. But today this parent fully admits to doing things that he or she knows would ruin my life. This person is beyond clueless. I’m trying to be nice.😉  This person is selfish when it comes to money…and I’ll stop. No need to list everything this person has done, but it’s bad.

I had to get this out. I’m sick of human beings acting like they are entitled to have kids. We aren’t entitled to jobs or health care, but entitled to kids? HUH? They do it without even THINKING about it. I think everyone knows someone who has said, “I didn’t think about it (having kids), I just did it.” I know people who have said that to me and I don’t talk to a lot of people.

That’s scary. Buddha or whoever, please help people. Obviously, this makes me angry. I shouldn’t blog about it, but I see so much ignorance on this topic. People are saying everyone should have kids when they know that’s not true.

Forget changing the ‘justice’ system. If I could change one thing, I might change the way we do parenting in the United States. But I know this will never happen because of people’s entitlement issues regarding parenting.

I got most of it out. Every few years, I have to blast parents.Nothing is changing. It might be getting worse, and I feel like no one is doing anything. I’m not really expecting laws to be put in place. That’s absurd. But if people could at least think about parenting in a different way, I think the world would be a better place for our kids.

I wanted to do another rant about Obama and his drone strikes, but this doesn’t feel like the place or time for it. I need to have a more informed opinion about it. All I know is that he approves drone strikes, and that’s bad. Horrible. Hillary and Trump would probably continue the drone strikes. Ugh! And I’m going off on a tangent…

Three posts in 3 days. Go me. I’m on a roll. Pissing people off…one post at a time. Um, that’s not my intention. I just have strange opinions. Apparently.

another social casualty

I fixed my dad’s computer. He gave me $20. Maybe that could be my new job. It took me three hours to fix it. I almost gave up.

 I would say that I’m not looking for a full-time job anymore, but if I see dream job material, I’m going to apply.

I found one dream job on Monday in what I have my certification in. They were looking for work at home associates. I took the pre-employment test. I made a 74 (with no real job experience in the field – not bad). 70 is the cutoff. BUT I didn’t have all the required job references, so I doubt I get a callback. Sigh. That test took 2+ hours!! Anyway, I  do feel a little more confident that I could do the job with a little training. NO TRAINING would terrify me.

Last year I got a free Fitbit from work. This year I’m working towards getting a free blood pressure monitor. I’m so fun. There are a lot of things to choose from, and I’m choosing that.🙂

My Trunk Club is scheduled to come on Wednesday. I changed my mind about Stitch Fix and decided to keep all 5 items. I updated my Stitch Fix review #3 blog post.

This week I…

Music of the week:  Lori McKenna, Ellie Goulding, Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Ashlee Simpson, JoJo, Andra Day

Song of the week – Carrie Underwood’s Something in the Water

This song got me through so much last year. I would listen to it for comfort and it worked.

TV of the week:  Grey’s Anatomy, Big Brother, The Olympics

Now I’m rooting for James to win BB.

Movie of the week: none

Books of the week: I’m reading:

Plans for the Weekend: I found flaws in the resume I called “wonderful” so I’m going to work on a new one.  I’m done with Nutrisystem, so I have to do real grocery shopping on Saturday. Now I have to go back to “cooking”. Woe is me. Have a nice weekend.🙂

Stitch Fix review #3

Stitch Fix time. I was styled by Amy again! yay. I thought that since a couple of months had passed that I wouldn’t be lucky enough to have the same stylist for all three fixes. If you saw me on Snapchat (kat3x5), you already know that I freaked out when I found out Amy has read this blog! How humiliating. The thought of ANYONE reading this blog makes me freak out. This is my 1,000th post, btw. Anyway…

Amy did a great job again. She picked two items straight from my Pinterest board. In my note, I asked for a statement necklace and said that my Pinterest board was updated. That’s it.  Here is what I received:

Bay to Baubles Lucile Crystal Collar Necklace

Price: $34

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I like this necklace, but I have a similar one from Wantable.

Market & Spruce Chaplin Lined Hooded Anorak Jacket

Price $94

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I wish it were a little bigger. It’s a medium, but it fits like a small. I requested this item after so many people raved about it. I need a fall/spring jacket.

Le Lis Polli Lace Detail Knit Top

Price: $48

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Like it. I love wearing gray, and I love lace.

Market & Spruce Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt

Price: $48

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I love plaid, and I don’t have many plaid shirts. A lot of people are getting this shirt from Stitch Fix, so I wasn’t surprised to see this in my fix.

Renee C Reyna Knit Maxi Dress

Price: $78.00

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I pinned the maxi skirt to my Pinterest board. Um, I had no idea a DRESS existed! How awesome.  A dress is always better than a skirt. I don’t have to find a blouse to wear with it, so I’m happy.

Guess what?? After much debating, this fix is a 5 for 5. It doesn’t make sense to send back a $34 necklace and a blouse with the “buy 5” 25% off discount. This is a deal if I keep all 5 items so that’s what I’m doing. Plus, I know I will wear everything multiple times* and get my money’s worth.

*I am already planning on wearing the maxi dress on Saturday and Wednesday.

I got a trunk preview from Trunk Club on the same day I got my Stitch Fix. Really??! Didn’t I just do Trunk Club? If they could only see my bank account. They wouldn’t send me anything right now. Sigh. I’m not sure I’m doing a blog post on Trunk Club, but I will open it on Snapchat.

I’ll be fine

I’m getting my Stitch Fix on Wednesday. yay. This time, I’m not peeking on the app to see what I’m getting. I want to be surprised. I have a feeling it is going to be bad. lol. My next entry will probably be about that if I can get it together.

I just wanted to do a quick entry on addiction and what I’m learning. Like I said it is fascinating. I want to read more about it because science is finding out new things all the time. Anyway, I don’t think I have an addiction or maybe it is what some would call a ‘soft addiction.’ Not sure. Soft addictions include working out, shopping, browsing the net, etc.

It doesn’t matter what anyone calls it. I just know I act on random impulses too much. I get obsessed with something and then I have to do it/have it. The book (The Heart of Addiction) taught me my triggers are frustration and helplessness.

Today I cracked at 4:45 PM.  Usually, it is something work related that triggers me. Not this time. My dog used the bathroom in the house. He does it at least once every 3 weeks. ARGH! I was just so frustrated. There is nothing I can do (helplessness). I take him outside all during the day, yet he still will use the bathroom in the house. I know I need to accept this and blah, blah.

And I was also frustrated at not having the food I want. I’m running out of Nutrisystem food, and I’m sick of what I have. (ungratefulness).  It’s easier to just order delivery, and that is what I did. Now I do feel bad, but I understand why I did it. But I don’t have any more money in my ‘budget’ to order delivery. That is the problem.

Fuck. Now I’m mad at myself again. See how this works? I was frustrated at my dog and the lack of food choices, so I ordered food. Waste of $20. Plus, it doesn’t help my diet to eat cake and a meatball sub.

So my goal is to order no delivery for the next 7 days. Starting tomorrow. That means no fast food either. I was going to eat out on Wednesday at Chick-fil-a while waiting for my oil change, but I already messed that up by eating junk today. I’m going to take food with me. How boring. But it must be done.

I knew I wasn’t going to make it 2 weeks without ordering. I just hope I didn’t mess EVERYTHING up. What if it is all downhill from here and I mess up again? I don’t have an accountability partner. That would be so helpful.

Breathe. I have to learn to deal with my helplessness and frustration in other ways. Obviously. Since my therapist is useless, I may tell her what I’ve been reading and fill her in on the whole addiction thing and what causes it and then maybe she’ll be able to help and stop boring me with her anxiety talk.

I’ve been blogging about therapy more than usual because I just started going twice a month. That is a lot for me. I usually go once a month. I was happy with that. This twice a month shit is UGH. I’ll stop bitching about it. But it really sucks.🙂 I’m not getting much out of it unless I force the issue.

This was my quick check-in. I feel like I should have put this in my paper journal, but I can’t find the one I usually use. So this will do until I find it…hopefully soon.

I also applied for two jobs over the weekend. I don’t expect to hear back from either place for different reasons. One was full-time. The other part-time. The only good thing about this is that I have a new, wonderful resume I LOVE. I finally started from scratch (well, I used a template). That is what I accomplished over the weekend. Now I’m really going.

Why do I let the pressure take over?

How do I break up with a clueless therapist? That is the best way to describe her. She used to be good. I would not have gone back if I didn’t like her. I guess she is good for anxiety, but that isn’t my main problem. My main problem is impulsiveness. Apparently, she doesn’t do impulsiveness.

I had to force her to talk about the REAL issue and then she went back to her anxiety talk. I almost fell asleep. (not joking). She did give me okay tips, but I’m dealing with this on my own. I’m reading a good book called The Heart of Addiction. It’s very informative and helpful. It’s helping me understand my triggers. Addiction is so interesting. (psych major).

To help stop my impulsiveness, I came up with some goals. I have the five goals on my computer. I was thinking about doing a collage because that works for me. I’ve done it in the past.

The point of all this is that I’m doing this on my own. No help from a therapist. No friends. My family can’t help because they are worse off than me. But I can do this on my own. I just need books. Some of the books I think would be really helpful aren’t available at the library. I don’t want to buy them because that would hurt a few of my goals.

Speaking of spending money, I’m doing Stitch Fix again. How is that for hypocrisy? They offered to send me a box without having to pay the normal $20.  In other words, this is a free box. I could send it all back and lose nothing.  It should be here next week. BUT this time, I am only going to keep 1-2 items. I usually like everything and keep all five items. I will not allow myself to even consider keeping all five items. I say this now. What will happen next week? I will be disciplined.🙂

I will be opening my Stitch Fix box on Snapchat. Per usual. username: kat3x5.

We get our bonus at the end of the month. Perfect timing. Even though I’m doing a “great job” (lol), my bonus isn’t what it used to be. Sigh. Wages are staying stagnant. Bonuses are going down. I shouldn’t be complaining since our company had layoffs. Some people lost their job, and I’m complaining about a bonus??! Ungrateful bitch.

I didn’t think I had anything to say today. haha.

This week I…

 

Music of the week:  Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, Lori McKenna, Tegan and Sara, Fifth Harmony, Andra Day, Rihanna, Troye Sivan

Loving the new Lori McKenna.

TV of the week:  Grey’s Anatomy, Big Brother, The Olympics

I have the Olympics on as background noise for the most part. I’m not really paying attention.

Movie of the week: none

Books of the week:

I’m also reading the DOJ report on the Baltimore police department.

Planner update: Plans for August 8 – August 14 in my Erin Condren neutral planner

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Every week can’t be colorful and pretty. Sometimes it is just a planner.

Plans for the Weekend: I’m off two days next week so I may stay in this weekend and do my errands during the week. I’m taking my car in for an oil change on Wednesday and on Thursday, I’m mowing the lawn. I wanted to take my dog to the park for the last time this summer, but if I have to choose between mowing the lawn or the park, mowing wins. Unfortunately. Of course, my dog and I would rather go to the park.

So, I’m doing nothing this weekend (besides reading, resting and dance parties). Have a wonderful weekend. Do something fun.😉

may never be what you assume

I got the apprenticeship removed from my title! Finally! I haven’t been this happy in weeks.🙂 All of that work and money counted for something. I can erase that “A” off my resume.

I’m sick of talking to people who have NO CLUE how to get a job. They don’t understand that experience is required most of the time. And when experience isn’t required, they get hundreds of applicants.

Don’t know someone? Harder to get a job.

Have social anxiety? Harder to get a job.

I could go on…

DON’T PRETEND LIKE THIS SHIT IS EASY. How lucky are these people who have no idea how hard it is to get a job? Do they know how lucky they are? Geez. Count your blessings and stop telling ME how to get a job. It isn’t the same. Go back to la la land where everything is easy.

Sorry. I’m ranting again, but I swear I’m happy about finally getting someone to listen about how I met the requirements for my certification. Yes! They kept telling me I wasn’t qualified. I wanted to read their website to them.

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon working on my cover letter/resume for a temp agency (for part-time work). I have never done a cover letter for a temp agency. I think my letter could be better, but I really want to get this out tomorrow. Hopefully, I will get a call back by Friday.

Oh god. This morning I had $19.44 in my bank account. Good times. I have to get a PT job. Sigh. I’m going to read and watch the Olympics* before heading to bed. Or I might have a dance party. I’ve been doing a lot of dancing lately.

*Go Michael Phelps (Baltimore, baby!!)

I have to go to the bank tomorrow, and then I have a therapy appointment. My therapist is one of those people who is so CLUELESS when it comes to looking for a job. I would kill to be that clueless.