thredUP: I’m a little obsessed

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Thrifting or buying used really checks most of my life boxes. I love the thrill of finding a deal. I love having new clothes and hate spending a lot of money on them. And of course I love the idea of being an ethical and conscious consumer. But the reality of thrifting checks almost none of my boxes. I rarely have time during the day to shop (and thrifting can take some patience). Once we had a fairly free afternoon, decided to go thrift shop took Cruz in a stroller. Yes, I can hear you laughing from here. It was just as terrible idea an idea as you’re picturing.

So enter thredUP. lets you buy and sell quality used clothing. Cruz was about six months old when I first discovered thredUP and the site was basically a grab bag shopping experience (literally, you would pick a box of clothes based on written descriptions, size, and season). It was fine, and we tried it a few times before a horrifying denim Winnie-the-Pooh jacket forced me to stop. (For the love)

thredUP has grown up so much. It’s easy. It’s online. It’s really high quality. For about the last year I have shopped for myself almost exclusively on thredUP and because I’ve heard the comment “please tell me you didn’t get that shirt on thredUP” more than once, it’s finally time to let you in on my thredUP secrets.

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1. Get specific. For the most part, when I go to shop, I get really specific about the brands and sizes I want. I pick brands that I know fit me (Gap, LOFT, Olivia Moon, J. Crew, Madewell, the Anthropologie brands, Nordstrom brands), sizes, and what I’m looking for. Right now, I know that I want a new maxi dress this spring, so that helps me to narrow down my search.

2. Style shops. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, head to the Style Shops and find collections that fit what you’re looking for. You can even check out mine! (Someone pretty please buy that green Vince cardigan and make my day by looking so cute)(Also that Splendid cardigan) I pulled together lots of different sizes and brands, but you know it’s going to be – say it with me – comfy.

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3. Send in your own clothes. This is really the secret of it all. Between referral credits and payouts from my own closet clean outs, I rarely pay for my clothes on thredUP. $80 jeans from Nordstrom? Free. Cute top from Anthro? $10. You know I like to clean out my closet regularly, and thredUP makes it incredibly easy. Order a clean out bag, adhere to their standards when choosing your clothes, drop off the bag at the Post Office. For free.

4. Be patient. There’s very little about the secondhand shopping experience that’s fast. But being able to shop patiently from your iPad? Much easier.

Still unconvinced? How does $10 off your first purchase sound? Click here and find something awesome for yourself!


Get Your Comfies On

Cruz and I have been talking about style lately. Tonight while I tucked him into bed, he told me, “My style is when everything belongs to me.” Touche, mon cher. That’s a pretty good style.

If I had to classify my current style, I’d call it Comfies. We are big on comfies at our house. The fact that comfy clothes are increasingly available in wear-outside-the-house form makes me pretty excited. Because I like feeling pulled together. I like feeling confident and I hate feeling frumpy. But, gosh, I love to feel cozy. I like it when my clothes feel effortless and move with me.

Here are a few items I’ve been loving lately (in case you need to boost up your comfy lifestyle).

For Christmas Tovi bought me this sweatshirt from Everlane. It’s fabulous (like everything we’ve ever ordered from Everlane). Did I wear it two days in a row? Am I counting down to when it will be clean again? Yes, of course.

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My phenomenal husband also bought me these sweats from Target as a Christmas gift. See the picture? Totally styled with heels (I would draw the line there, of course, because the point of wearing comfies is to be comfortable and heels might ruin the whole thing).

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But do you know what shoes I do wear with these??

WYWN - MinnetonkaThese Minnetonka booties are practically slippers and super, super cute. I love them with jeans, leggings… I wear them constantly!

I’ve had my eye on this cardigan wrap from Nordstrom for a long time, and right now it’s on sale. I picked up the charcoal gray wrap and there are a ton of other colors I would have loved as well. It’s fleece on the inside (so comfy!) and will be perfect for keeping me warm at church tomorrow morning. Nursing mamas, this is exactly the kind of sweater you want to wear because it’s practically a nursing cover on it’s own.

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If you’re not quite ready to wear sweats outside of the house, may I suggest these leggings? They are thick, hold their shape, and even have pockets!

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Happy lounging!

What We Wore on Wednesday

^^ today’s post was a little more spur of the moment than usual, but the light in lolo’s room was so soft and white and then kids were being darling playing on the bed. and not to be that mom…but sometimes i have to be that mom and when the kids are this cute, it’s an outfit post kind of day.

^^ i don’t know why he’s not wearing a shirt? he’s currently trying to negotiate climbing into “the big bed.” but on team eliasen, we don’t get into big beds without going potty first. cruz is really into sports, so we talk about ‘team eliasen’ a lot.

^^ made it to the big bed! this guy can do a great lion naptime. naps, prayers, even a gentle, “i know, lion. i know.” does a mama proud.

^^ i haven’t worn this shirt for a year; so happy to have in back in rotation!

^^ the last time london wore this shirt someone thought she was a boy, so i thought that this time, she’d wear a giant bow to compensate.

^^ cruz is so ready for christmas this year. we’ve been reading the christmas story every night and going for a walk around the neighborhood to look at the lights. he remembers christmas from last year and totally gets it. tonight was the annual “pickle tree” lighting up at westmont and if you know westmont, the pickle tree lighting is the most westmont-y event imaginable. there were no tears while meeting santa, and once cruz got a lick of his first candy cane, he was ready to party. (to get cruz into his christmas jams, i had to bribe him with a cookie. ain’t no shame in my game.)

happy wednesday!

What We Wore on Wednesday

some days you write relevatory blog posts… and some days you just want everyone in cute outfits. ladies, ammiright?

^^ cruz decided that it was a “green day.” green dino jams, green undies, green crocs it is! i mean, you know i love a good theme.

^^ we call this one our little bunny, so these striped bunny jams are pretty perfect for her. we get all kinds of squealy when she has them on. there is something so sweet and soft and lovable about her… just a sweet little bunny.

^^ i’ve been dying for her to wear this romper from tea collection. i bought it in august, thinking she would wear it in the spring. because it’s for one year olds. but how super darling is it????

^^ i was pretty proud of this outfit. actually, so proud that this is the second day in a row that i wore it! the first time was out on a date with tovi, and i liked it so much that i put it back on the next morning. and that’s how we roll.

^^ we continued with our green day!

^^ me: cruz, what’s on your shorts?!!??
cruz: some crusher. let’s take these off.
{we take them off. let him run around in undies for a minute. he runs back over to me}
cruz: cruz needs new shorts. but not crusher-y shorts this time.

bahahaha. love that kid.

^^ unfortunately, london didn’t stay in her cute romper for long. just as we were about to leave the house to have dinner with friends…. outfit change time!

and that was wednesday!