My Experience with ThredUp

If you’re like me, you have probably seen commercials, adverts, etc., about ThredUp on social media. I am all about trading in clothes for some cash or credit, when it’s time to purge my closet, and I wanted to give ThredUp a try, this time around. Today I’m going to share with you all about my experience using ThredUp and show you some of the things I purchased with my credit.

The first thing you should do is clean out your closet and make a pile of things you want to sell or donate. Next, go to the ThredUp website to order a “Clean Out Kit.” ThredUp will then send you a clean out bag, with postage, and instructions of how to send in your clothes.

Once you fill up the clean out bag, drop the bag off at your nearest FedEx or USPS location and it’ll be on it’s way.


The items that ThredUp may not be able to sell, they will then donate the remaining items on their end. I love that because I don’t have to go to several drop off sites to donate my clothes.

Of the clothing items that you send in, ThredUp will notify you each time something of yours sells on their site. You will receive an amount of credit from the things you sell and you can use it toward a consignment purchase on their website. You will also be charged a small free once your clean out bag is processed, so just keep that in mind. I think it took about 6 weeks for my clean out bag to be processed, because of the high demand. Overall, the process of sending in clothing, shoes, and some jewelry, was very easy and I didn’t mind the wait. ThredUp will also send you an email with the status of your bag so that you can keep checking to see when it will be processed.

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Once a few of my items sold and I had some credit on my account, it was time to look for some things I need this fall! I think I received my order within just a few days of ordering, so that was great! You have the option of trying on the clothes and then returning them if they don’t work out, but, again, you will be charged a small fee.

A black and grey sweater? My favorite! (Not even joking) I found this sweater from Loft and really liked the damask print.

I have been wanting a pair of leather pants for a couple of years now but could never find any that I liked. I found this brand new pair, with tags still attached, from Free People for about eighty percent off. What a bargain!

You wanna know what’s crazier than me wearing leather pants, it’s me wearing something pink! This sweater is also from Loft and I think it’ll be a great addition to my fall wardrobe. I love the sleeves on this sweater and the fact that it’s loose and tunic-style.

Including the small amount of credit I made, I purchased these three items for less than $30! I’m really happy with my ThredUp experience and I know that I’ll buy clothes through them again. I would love to hear from you if you have ever traded in/bought clothed through ThredUp and what your experience was like!

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July BlessBox UnBoxing

About a month ago I wrote a post all about BlessBox. It’s been such a fun subscription service to be a part of and I’m always very excited when I get the email each month that says “your BlessBox is on the way.” I think each month’s contents keep getting better and better! I wrote a post about a my May BlessBox and I had a few responses from readers who said they like reading “unboxing” posts, so I thought I would write about the things that came in July. This is not a sponsored post but if you would like you sign up for this subscription service (which I totally recommend), visit their website by clicking **here**.

Bless Dad Cap: Retail $39.99

How cute is this?? I don’t normally wear pink, or even own anything pink really, but I think this is a classic blush shade. Bless up!

Primal Kitchen Macadamia Sea Salt Bar: Retail $2.99
Suja Juice Coupon: Retail $2.99

I’ve received a few Primal Kitchen bars in other boxes and they are really yummy and filling! I like Suja Juices, also, and will usually get them when they are on sale and so I was excited to get a coupon for a free one.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: Retail $24.00

I have used this product before, in a smaller size, and the scent is light, fresh, and the dry shampoo also gives your hair a little extra texture and wave. I was excited to see a full-sized bottle in this month’s box.

Orly’s SuperFood: Retail $8.99

What a summer-y color! Apparently this is a base, color, and top coat all in one?? Yes, please!

Perverse Sunglasses: $50.00

These aren’t sunnies that I would normally wear but I thought they were so adorable! I can’t wait to add these to all the black, grey, navy, and striped items that I have in my wardrobe.

NKD SKN Gradual Glow Daily Moisturizer: Retail $5.00

Who doesn’t like having a nice tan, without having to lay out? This girl!

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Cream: Retail $32.49

I have been using this for the last week and it’s such a nice face cream! It leaves my skin glowing and looking hydrated. I was out of my normal face cream so it was nice to get this and start using it instead. Plus, this is an organic brand that is made from natural and wholesome ingredients.

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July Favorites

Welcome to my July Favorites post! I’m a little shocked that August is next week–time is just flying by, I tell you! I don’t have that many different favorites this month, compared to some other months, but I have a handful of things that I’ve been using consistently this month. Enjoy!

Suits TV Show

I have had Suits on my watch list on Amazon for so long but I’m just not settling in to watch it. Suits is about a college drop-out named Mike who is very law school savvy. So much so that he gets hired by a well-known lawyer and the two must keep the “con” between themselves because Mike is needed at that specific firm. I’m almost through Season 1 and I’m really liking it so far. This show kind of reminds me of White Collar, which is another show I recommend.

Egyptian Magic Cream

I have had this product for a few months now but I have been using it a lot this month. I think I bought this 4 months ago and you can see how much I’ve used. The texture is almost like Vaseline and a little bit goes a long way. Egyptian Magic Cream is made primarily of bees-wax and it can be used for a number of things. I use it primarily for a night-time moisturizer, because it is so thick, but I have been using it more this month to heal a really bad sunburn that I got a few weeks ago.

Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains, & Rickshaws Taught Me About Jesus
by Chad Gibbs

The traveler in me really likes this book because it is a compilation of stories from the author’s travels around the world. Chad Gibbs connects each different culture with how they practice religion and Christianity and it’s so cool to read about the global church from the travel perspective.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler

This is a Birchbox sample that I received over the last couple of months and I had a chance to use it recently. This product is really nice and easy to use because you apply it in the shower, after conditioner, and then lightly rinse it out of your hair. Once out of the shower, towel-dry your hair and the product helps to give you textured waves all day. I used this on a recent trip, where it was just too hot to spend a lot of time on my hair, and it did give me that texture and wave to my very fine and straight hair.

Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum in the shade Sunrise 

I haven’t been using that many powder makeup items this month because, once you get hot and sweaty, the finish can tend to look a little patchy. This blush serum has been a great alternative and it can be applied with your fingertips or with a beauty sponge. You don’t need a lot at all because the color is very pigmented.

DearTravelerShop on Etsy

I am the most excited about this favorite! If you haven’t heard of Dear Traveler on Etsy, please click the link about and check out the store. How cute are these greeting cards?? This shop is the creative child of one of my dear friends, Maggie, and she has designed and hand-painted each original design. Dear Traveler is based in the UK but ships to the US, and much quicker than I was expecting. I can’t wait to send someone one of these cards and to be a regular customer. Please click on over and place your own order!

I actually have an UN-favorite thing this month and that is the book The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. I talked about this book in my Summer Reading List but my idea of what the book would be was completely different from what it actually was. I imagined the book to be an innocent, coming-of-age book about navigating social classes. However, this book was filled with violence, rape, families being separated, murder, infant death, etc. I’m sure that, in some aspects, this book is an accurate, historical portrayal of what life on a plantation was like for a black slave under the “ownership” of a white free man, but I didn’t enjoy reading about it. I kept reading the book in hopes that it would get better, but it ended worse than it started. I was disappointed with this book only because it was recommended so highly by multiple Christian women/bloggers who said it was an incredible book. It was pretty, incredibly sad and gruesome and I definitely won’t be reading the sequel, Glory Over Everything. If you are sensitive to graphic and violent content, I wouldn’t recommend that you read this book.

What are some of your favorite (or un-favorite) things this month?

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Beauty Essentials for the Sunshine

Summer is officially in full swing and, man, it has been a hot/humid one here in Oklahoma! Even though it’s been hot, there has been some beautiful, sunny weather as well. I hope, wherever you are, that you’re having a great summer and that you’ve been able to enjoy the weather and sunshine. I hope that you are also protecting your skin from the sunny rays, because skin cancer and sun damage are not good. Today I’m going to share with you some different products that I enjoy using during the summer to, first of all, protect my skin and then, secondly, help my skin to glow and look healthy. This is not a sponsored blog post and all opinions are my own. Oh and another thing, this is my 100th blog post! Yay! *insert confetti emojis*

Sunscreen

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COOLA SPF. I use the SPF brand COOLA almost exclusively because it is mineral based, natural, and does not chemically burn my sensitive skin. Compared to regular sunscreens, this brand has been highly effective for my skin type. Even though this is a face sunscreen, I have used other COOLA products on my arms and legs before because other brands either burn my skin or just don’t work.

Self-Tan for Face

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Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer. I really like using this product on my face because it goes on white but then gradually darkens. I have used some self-tan brands on my face that have turned into a bad, orange color, but this product does not do that.

Self-Tan for Body

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I have two brands of self-tan that I like to use on my arms, neck, and legs and I highly recommend them if you’re willing to invest a little. Both of these brands are long-lasting and don’t streak if you apply them with a tanning mit. Both of these brands also have an olive undertone, which means that you won’t look like an oompa loompa. On the left is Skinerals Californium Self Tanner and on the right is Xen-Tan Transform Luxe. Skinerals applies in a foam pump and the Xen-Tan applies in a lotion. Neither of these products leave a bad scent afterwards, which is something I appreciate. I have used both of these on my face before but the result looked a little too fake, if you know what I mean.

Sheet Masks

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Sheet masks are great, quick solution for dealing with dry or damaged skin during the summer. Sheet masks are a skin care trend right now so they are very easy to find in basically any drug store. I usually buy a few from Daiso any time I am in Dallas because you can get them for about $1.50. All you do to use one of these masks is peel them out of the envelope, smooth the mask on to your face, let it sit for about 20 minutes, take the mask off, and then rub remaining serum into your skin and down your neck.

Body Scrub

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A good body scrub is something that’s great to have on hand in the summer, especially for exfoliating self-tan off. I’ve really been enjoying this body scrub from the brand Soap & Glory because it is effective, it has shea butter, and it smells so good! It kind of smells like old-fashioned perfume but not in a weird way. If you get this or if you smell the product in the store, you’ll know what I mean. I have found this in the past at Ulta and Target.

Illuminating Makeup Primer

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A makeup primer can help your makeup stay on longer, especially during the heat and sweat of summer. I’ve been enjoying this primer from No7 ,that I received in a Bless Box, because it has a slight glow finish to the skin.

Base Makeup

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I’ve talked about both of these products before but they always prove to me that they’re great for wearing in the summer. The CC Cream and the Waterproof Concealer leave a healthy glow to the skin, hold up really well in the heat, and have wonderful coverage. If you have one, basic foundation or CC/BB cream and a concealer that you really get on with, I think those will be the most important things to keep your skin fresh for the summer.

Highlighter & Bronzer

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I really like using bronzers and highlighters in the summer because they can add an extra glow to sun-kissed skin, or give the illusion that you’ve been out in the sun. I have been using a few different highlighters/bronzers off and on and I think they’re really nice. The Baked Highlighters from ELF are very affordable and have really pretty shades. You have to kind of scrape off the top layer of this product, though, in order to pick up any pigment on a makeup brush. I have a photo of the swatches at the bottom.

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I received this Cargo_HD Blush/Highlighter in a FabFitFun subscription box and I have been using it for about everything–eye shadow, highlighter, bronzer, setting powder etc. The shine is very subtle but can be built up to be even more luminous.

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(Left to right: Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Blush Highlighter in the shade Pink Shimmer, ELF Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in the shade Pink Diamonds, ELF Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in the shade Moonlight Pearls)

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This liquid highlighter is really nice when you might only want to use cream products and not a powder. If you can apply a little bit of product to the back of your hand and then dab it on your face using a brush or beauty sponge, it gives a super glowy, bronzy finish.

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Nail Polish

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Bright nail polishes are a great way to  spruce up your summer look or give you a little more pep. I really like using brands like Sally Hansen, Essie, and OPI. If you can find a clear top coat that is in a gel formula, it can help your manicure or pedicure to last even longer.

What are some of your summer beauty essentials?

Summer Lookbook ft. Stitch Fix | AD

I shared a little sneak peek, on Instagram, the other day of some fun photos that I took, and today I’m so excited to share them with you! I’m even more excited to tell you that I am teaming up with Stitch Fix to show you some cool, fun looks for the summer. I think that lookbooks are helpful to see if you’re having trouble deciding what to wear or how to pair your pieces of clothing together. In this post I’ll tell you about each look below and where you can find each item. Stitch Fix has also been a great way for me to find specific pieces of clothing that I am looking for, without having to go out and hunt all over town or spend hours shopping. Stitch Fix is an online subscription style service that delivers a personalized, online shopping experience right to your door. Once you create an account, you fill out their Style Profile and you will be matched with a personal stylist who hand picks the items to fit your style, budget, and needs. Each order contains 5 items that could include clothing, shoes, or accessories, and you can try them on, keep them, or send them back for free if they do not suit you. Plus, if you keep all 5 items in your order, you get 25% off your entire order. You can receive orders as often as you like, on occasion, or when you have a special event and need something to wear. I have used Stitch Fix several times over the last couple of years and the pieces that I have received have been of good quality, exactly what I have been looking for, and affordable for my price range.

Now you can have your own personal stylist!

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I really like this white top because of the detail on the shoulders! Isn’t it adorable?? I also like the texture of this shirt and that it is sweet but simple. I matched the top with these ripped skinny jeans, which I have also been able to wear year-round. These jeans fit me so well, they don’t stretch out, and you can wear them with just about anything. For this outfit, throw on some detailed sandals to match the detail of the shirt, and go about your summery weekend!

  • Jeans– Stitch Fix KUT from the Kloth Toothpick Skinny in Laugh
  • Top– Stitch Fix Skies Are Blue Beaded Top
  • Sandals– Pierre Dumas Rosetta in Gold

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A LBD (little black dress) is always a good thing to have on hand if you don’t know what to wear. What I love even more than that though is a LNBD (little navy blue dress….and I think I made that up). I wore this dress to my cousin’s wedding last year and I was so happy that Stitch Fix came through for me on this order, because I specifically requested an item that I could wear to a formal occasion. A LNBD, nude heels, and a textured clutch are all you need for a fancy night out! These shoes are also some of the most comfortable heels that I’ve ever owned.

  • Dress– Stitch Fix Skies Are Blue
  • Clutch– Stitch Fix Street Level Woven Purse
  • Espadrilles– Target DV Tan Ella Espadrille Sandals–similar ones here

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I used to be sooo against the whole cold-shoulder trend, but then I saw this shirt. I love the pattern and how the shirt fits me. Does it remind anyone of 101 Dalmatians? Anyway… I paired this shirt with another pair of jeans and my trusty, nude espadrille wedges. Because of the bold pattern, you don’t need a lot of accessories and so I added a simple long necklace.

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Break out the shorts! Break out the Birks (or faux Birks in this case)! These next couple of outfits are SO me and I tend to wear these items the most in the summer. A simple striped t-shirt is so classic and can go with so many things. I paired this shirt with some distressed denim shorts and leather sandals.

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I don’t typically wear pink-hued colors but when I saw this shirt I decided to break out of the box and try something new. I like the tribal print of this top and how soft it is. Shirts like this are great for just throwing on and still helping to add some flair to an outfit. I wore this shirt with another pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and leather sandals. These jeans also fit me very well and do not stretch out.

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This is my favorite outfit of all because a black top, jeans, and sandals are probably one of my favorite outfits to wear. I found this top a few weeks ago and just loved the embroidery on the front and the thin straps on top. I paired this top with the same boyfriend jeans, leather sandals, and a long necklace. Stitch Fix has also sent me some simple, high quality jewelry that is perfect for my style.

What are some of your summer clothing staples? If you are interested to know more about Stitch Fix, you can click on the link above or on the banner below. I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you can draw up some inspiration for your summer wardrobe. If you want to see more fashion posts like this, let me know in the comment section! Also, a huge “thank you” to Stitch Fix for sponsoring this post!


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