Thrift Store Shopping Tips

August 31, 2016

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In case you guys didn’t know, I’m a huge thrift store lover. There was one thrift store in particular my mom and I always used to go to when I was younger, and it got me totally hooked! There’s just something about a good thrift store find, you know? In my years of thrifting, I’ve scored brand new J.Crew tops, Tory Burch blouses, Ann Taylor cashmere sweaters…you name it, and I’ve probably thrifted it. That being said, thrifting isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ve got to be ready to really do some digging! Here are my top tips for having a great thrifting experience:

1. Location, location, location.

Do your research before heading out! Usually you’ll find that thrift stores in better areas have better stuff. However, that’s not always the case! Some of my favorite thrift stores aren’t in the best of locations. Also, map out a few options in a specific area before heading out, so you have a few to choose from!

2. Keep checking back.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find what you’re looking for one day- thrift stores get new inventory in constantly. I guarantee if you check back in a few days or the next week, you’ll find something. It’ll be entirely new stuff to choose from!

3. Take your time.

Make sure to set aside a chunk of time so you aren’t rushing. If you rush, you might miss something great! If you take your time to carefully go through everything, usually you’ll have better luck. Leave no stone unturned!

4. Bring cash.

A lot of thrift stores only take cash. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been guilty of forgetting cash on numerous occasions and having to miss out on purchasing things!

5. Don’t be afraid to tailor.

Don’t worry if jeans are a tad too long or a blouse needs to be taken in slightly. If they are great quality pieces, I say do it! Most likely it’s a super unique piece that you won’t find anywhere else, which makes it worth a few extra dollars to make something fit perfectly.

6. Wear the right clothes.

Wear clothes that easily allow you to slip things on over, as most thrift stores don’t have dressing rooms. I usually wear a skirt or dress so I can slip things on under or over (don’t judge).

7. Really examine your items.

Thoroughly inspect all of your items to make sure there are no holes, stains, etc. The worst is when you think you’ve gotten an amazing steal, only to find that it’s damaged. Don’t let it happen to you! Check it over at least a few times, and no matter what brand it is, never buy anything damaged (even if it’s just a tiny spot). It’s just not worth it!

8. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

As I mentioned above, a lot of great thrift stores are in not so great areas. Don’t judge a book by its cover! Even if a store looks a little sketchy on the outside, there might be amazing stuff inside. You never know! They don’t call them diamonds in the rough for nothing. 😉

9. Don’t stay in one section.

Some of my greatest finds have been in the mens section. Seriously. Oversize mens cashmere sweaters to wear around the house?! Yes please! Don’t be afraid to venture to other sections- you never know what you might find.

What’s your best thrift store score? I’d love to know!



Striped Dress + Sneakers

August 29, 2016

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had an amazing weekend. Mine was pretty productive, so I’m feeling ready to power through the week! This week is a short one for me because Dave and I are headed up to San Francisco for Labor Day on Friday. Hopefully the week goes by fast!!

One trend I’ve been loving this summer is sneakers! I’d wanted a pair of Superga sneakers forever, so when I saw Stitch Fix had them, I immediately added them to my Fix. I have to say, I am OBSESSED! They are so so comfy, and look cute with just about any outfit. I love the navy color for summer, and now I’m dying to get my hands on a classic white pair! I love pairing them with cute summer dresses like this striped one (only $16!), or with a classic t-shirt and jeans combo. Either way, you can’t go wrong! This look is the perfect casual summer outfit: comfy, easy to wear, and great to just throw on and go. I know I’ll be wearing these sneakers lots the rest of the summer (which is insane that Labor Day is this weekend!).

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Dress: Shein // Sneakers: Superga // Bag: Old Navy (similar here)

Chambray: Old Navy // Cuff: Gorjana // Sunnies: Ray-Ban



We’re Going to Europe!

August 26, 2016

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Yep, you read that right! Dave and I will be heading to Europe for a month (!!!) this October. We are so excited!! Originally, Dave was supposed to go to Scotland on a work trip, so we thought we might as well plan a vacation while he was over there. After months of planning, last week we found out that his work trip got cancelled. We were both slightly devastated, but since my ticket was nonrefundable, we decided to continue with our trip anyway! I haven’t been to Europe since I graduated high school, and this will be my first international trip without my family. I cannot wait! We’ll be heading to: London, Paris, Central France, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Milan. We leave in mid October, so I hope we catch a glimpse of fall! It’s definitely going to be chilly, which I’m pretty excited about. I’ll finally get to experience some real seasons this year! Plus, we’re going to be there on my birthday! Needless to say, we are thrilled. Stay tuned for lots more travel posts!

p.s. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! 🙂



Blush Moto Jacket

August 25, 2016

Hi guys! Just wanted to pop in this Thursday evening to share a super cute budget find. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I posted this jacket yesterday. I almost bought a similar version last year and regretted not buying it so much all year long!! Nothing haunts us like the things we didn’t buy, am I right?! So when Forever 21 came out with this blush beauty once again, I snapped it up immediately. The color is way better in person than in this photo- it’s the perfect shade of blush. It’ll be so perfect for fall and winter, and I cannot wait to wear it! The best part of all: it’s only $21. Yep, you read that right. Hop to it and snag this baby for yourself so you don’t miss out like I did!

Forever 21 Faux Leather Moto Jacket