ThredUp Summer Shopping Challenge

This post is brought to you from the kind folks at ThredUp and may contain affiliate links.

Growing up, I always looked forward to the week before school. My family would all pile in the car and make the four hour trip to the nearest "big" city, where we would get to pick out our school clothes for the year. It was during these trips that I first fell in love with thrifting. We had $200 to buy clothing for the whole year, so we always tried to make the most of our money. Thrift store shopping was the perfect solution.

Even now, I love thrifting. The thrill of finding that special, one-of-a-kind piece for a great price is a tremendous feeling. Of course, there are some pitfalls. I don't like hunting through rack after rack looking for my size or favorite brand. As a new mother, I don't really have time for that anymore.

I hadn't heard of ThredUp until recently, but it is a very cool site. Online thrifting offers all the benefits of bargain hunting without the hassle. All items are hand selected and in like-new condition with prices up to 90% off retail.

A few weeks ago, ThredUp issued the $100 challenge to see what awesome treasure I could discover for $100. After days of searching, I finally hit the checkout with three tops and a handbag. The bill was almost exactly $100 for an overall savings of 78%!

ThredUp's Summer Challenge: What I Found

I was so excited when I saw a Cynthia Rowley handbag for $60 (normally $300!). This gorgeous shoulder bag is 100% leather and completely gorgeous. I knew I had to have it as soon as it popped up on my screen.

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With my remaining $40, I found three lovely tops: a button-down Cynthia Steffe Tunic, a Simply Vera Vera Wang sweater with watercolor flowers, and a Merona cardigan with abstract purple flowers. Can you believe the sweater and the cardigan were only $5 each?

thredshirt1 thredshirt2 thredupshirt3The ThredUp website has a HUGE collection, and I spent several evenings taking it all in. I am so happy to have found this site. It truly allows those of us with smaller budgets to find the styles and brands we love but cannot afford to buy new. I am very pleased with my purchases and look forward to many more thrifting adventures.

Click here to see what hidden gems you can find on ThredUp! If you do find something awesome, I would love to see. Show me on Facebook!

 

Bedroom Makeover with Midnight Velvet

Today’s discussion is brought to you by Midnight Velvet.  This is a Fashionista Event.

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Do you have a neglected bedroom? I certainly did. After our recent cross country move, we found ourselves with a new house and small decorating budget. Since most of our time is spent in the living room, it was logical to devote our limited funds to fixing up this area of the house. This left a room devoid of character – a truly blah bedroom.

I wanted my bedroom to be a peaceful, welcoming place. So this weekend, the challenge was to makeover my room with a new comforter set from Midnight Velvet and things from around the house.

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Hobie Polarized Sunglasses

We have all heard the warnings about the effects of sun on the skin, and any self-respecting fashionista wouldn't be caught without a healthy slathering of sunscreen. But what about your eyes? Did you know that overexposure to sunlight can lead to eye diseases such as cataracts? It's scary stuff, yet many people don't shield their eyes with the same conviction as their skin.

Getting in the habit of wearing sunglasses daily is the best way to protect yourself. Not only are sunglasses beneficial for your eyes, but they can be incredibly chic and add another dimension to your style.

And speaking of style, check out these gorgeous Ava and Segundo frames sent to my husband and I from the kind folks at Hobie Polarized Sunglasses.

hobie sunglassesEach pair of Hobie Sunglasses are customizable – you can pick your favorite combination of frame and lens colors. For me, I chose the Ava frame in tortoiseshell with copper colored lenses. With added gold detailing on the side, the colors compliment each other in a beautifully classic way.

Not only are they lovely, but the copper polarized lenses enhance color contrast to provide sharper vision and extremely high resolution.

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sunglasses5With light eyes and fair skin, my husband is always behind his sunglasses. Having a pair that goes with everything is critical for him. The Segundo Heritage Glass with Satin Black frames and grey lenses is a perfect choice. With a comfortable and sleek design, these glasses are great for any outdoor situation.

The Hobie grey polarized lenses allow natural color perception for a soothing visual experience.

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Enjoying long summer days by the water is one of my favorite activities, and Hobie Sunglasses allow me to enjoy my outdoor time while keeping my eyes safe.

We experience so much of the world through our sight. Protecting our vision should be a high priority, and investing in a good pair of sunglasses is key. To purchase Hobie glasses, visit their online store at HobiePolarized.com.

Win a Pair of Hobie Sunglasses

Thanks to Hobie, one lucky reader will receive their own pair of sunglasses. Fill out the form below to be entered into the giveaway!

DIY Clutch in Denim

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I only have one handbag. Shocking, I know. I adore my big Coach tote with gold flowers, but seriously, what fashion blogger only has one bag?

A few weeks ago, I posted a super easy tutorial for fabric flowers and loved how they turned out. Since then, I have been thinking of a project to do with them. A few days ago it hit me; I only have one bag, why not make a new one myself?

 I adore the denim on denim trend (see below). So with that as my inspiration, I came up with the idea for this denim clutch.



These only take a few hours to make, so you can easily whip up a few different styles/colors to match your outfits.

DIY Clutch

Gather These:

  • Denim Fabric (1 yard will be enough to make several bags)
  • Thread (preferably the same color as the denim)
  • Needle and Pins
  • Zipper (Mine was 7")
  • Flowers (or whatever else you want to adorn your clutch with)

And Let's Get Started…

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Measure and cut your fabric. The length should be twice as long as you want your clutch to be and the same width as your zipper. In the above example, I cut mine 24" long (for a 12" clutch) and 7" wide.

bag2aPin your zipper to the top, right side of your fabric.

bag3Using a simple back stitch, sew along the top side of the zipper track. Tie off.

With the same stitch, sew the other side of the zipper onto the other side of the fabric. Tie off.

Now you should have the basic clutch shape. *Hint: If you're feeling a little lost, check out this video.

bag4On both the front and back of the clutch, stitch along the top of the fabric right next to the zipper. This will help the denim to lay flat.

Turn the bag inside out, and stitch together the sides and around the edges of the zipper. Now your clutch is complete and ready for enhancement.

bag5Now for my favorite part – decorating! Add some fun fabric flowers (tutorial here) or other embellishment to jazz up your new bag.

And your done. In under two hours and less than $10, you have a cute new bag (or makeup case, pencil case, etc.). I love this fun craft, and I hope you do too. If you make one of these bags, I would love to see what you end up with. Show me on Facebook!

Montagne Jeunesse Renew You Sleep Spa Face Mask

 

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Have you ever thought about all the time you spend on your beauty routine? Between skincare, hair, makeup, and nails, being a women can get exhausting.

Because we all have better things to do, it is important to find simple ways to streamline our beauty routines.

Save Time With An Overnight Spa Face Mask

Personally, when it comes to daily beautification, one of my favorite time saving tips is an overnight face mask. After all, you're going to be sleeping anyway, why not get in a little face treatment too.

Since having well hydrated skin equals fewer breakouts, less fine lines and dullness, a moisturizing face mask like the Papaya and Pineapple Montagne Jeunesse Renew You Sleep Spa Mask is a fabulous option. The mask is made from 100% natural bamboo and contains papaya and pineapple to eliminate dry, dead skin while delivering the moisture your face craves.

To Use:

Once a week…

  1. Cuddle up in your favorite blanket.
  2. Apply the mask and relax for 10 minutes.
  3. Take off the mask and massage the excess cream into your skin.
  4. Go to sleep.

When you wake up, your skin will be soft and hydrated. It doesn't get any easier, and this time saving treatment helps nourish, cleanse and remove impurities to keep skin healthy.

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