Five Tips for Online Thrifting with thredUP


SWEATER- H&M via thredUP // PANTS- Zara via thred UP // SHOES // EARRINGS // BAG // SUNNIES
PC: Sarah Sweeney

When I first started my blog, I had recently rediscovered thrifting. For several years, shopping at thrift stores was my favorite retail therapy. I loved the thrill of the hunt and the unique items you could find for a great deal. Around the time that we really started Nickel & Suede, my available time shifted in a big way. I started working full time with Soren, and so my ability to sneak away to the thrift store between naps or after bedtime just kind of dried up. Shopping at any stores besides the occasional Target run really disappeared from my life. I now shop almost exclusively online - for myself, my kids, and Soren. And until a little while back, that meant no more thrifting. Enter thredUP. I've shared this company before, and I still love it for online thrifting. Their website has gotten even more user friendly since the last time I shared it, and it wasn't hard at all to find a cartful of items that I loved. 

So since I've shared tips for thrifting in-store here and here in the past, I thought I'd share some tips for thrifting online at thredUP, many of which are the same!

1. Go often. thredUP gets thousands of like-new arrivals every minute. So keep checking back! You never know when the exact pair of boots or the perfect black dress will show up. I love to browse new arrivals on other sites that I shop, but these new arrivals are certainly more affordable!

2. Start with a wishlist. Use the search box to look up exactly what you are looking for. Looking for a fur vest? Type that in! I have a little running wishlist for my wardrobe, and that list is a great place to start when I'm thrifting. Often you find what you weren't looking for, but in the outfit pictured today, I easily found a great striped sweater and olive skinnies (both of which were on my list!). I also found a brand-new knit leopard pencil skirt that I didn't know I was looking for but that was an exciting find!

3. Narrow your search by brand. thredUP makes it possible to afford brands and designers you might not normally be able to. They also make it easy to refresh your closet with brands you already love because the price point is so low. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the pages and pages of items, but if you narrow it to your favorite brands, like J. Crew, Zara, H&M, and GAP, your options go way down. And you can actually see the stuff that appeals to you! If only you could do this at an actual thrift store!

4. Go wide with your size filters. Brands can all fit so differently, so I'll usually set my size filters to be a range. I will put in size 0-4 for pants and XS-M for tops. Sometimes that gives me WAY too many options, but it usually helps me find more good stuff. 

5. Check all of the sections individually to narrow the combing. Take a look at dresses separately from pants. And then look at tops. And then look at skirts. If you take the clothing sections by type, you will also have more success seeing the best items from each section. It's all about narrowing the shopping options down so they're easily shoppable!

Bonus #6. Use coupons or sales to your advantage. And I can help you out there today. Use code OLM40 for 40% off your first-time order (WOW!), discount up to $50. Expires 12.1.16. 

Another way I often shop thredUP is for my kids. My boys go through clothes so quickly that we often need to replace jeans, shirts, shoes, swimsuits - you name it. I use the same tips that I listed above to browse for the boys, and we've found some really great items!

Have you shopped at thredUP yet? Have a great Friday and enjoy those Halloween festivities. I know we'll be busy with them all weekend!


Color Crush



TOP // PANTS // SHOES (30% off right now!)  // CLUTCH // EARRINGS // SUNNIES 
PC: Sarah Sweeney

If you were to look through my closet, you'd be able to tell pretty quickly what my favorite color is this season. Once you pulled out the piles of cream, gray, and black that dominate my closet year round, you would find a whole lot of maroon. This gorgeous wine color is quite possibly everyone's favorite color right now, with olive coming in a close second. And although I have plenty of tops in this color, I've been on the hunt for the right pair of skinny jeans, leggings, or pants in a deep, jewel toned maroon. 

Nordstrom has quite a few burgundy pant options, but as soon as I saw these cropped J. Crew pants at Nordstrom, I knew they were the pants I'd been looking for. I'm always drawn to a cropped cut, and the kicky flared leg is very modern and totally on trend. They are a fun deviation from my skinny jeans addiction and are a super cool, slightly dressy way to add color to a fall outfit.  (And if the cropped, kick flare cut isn't for you, try these and these as alternative burgundy options.)
I love my basics, but I really love basics with some kind of edge or uniqueness. Funky basics make it easy to get dressed because basics always go with basics, and then my personal style shines in the unexpected details. Enter the perfect cranberry pants

These pants will style well with a gray sweater and ankle boots, and this Nordstrom blouse will pair beautifully with distressed denim and cognac boots. I can't wait to wear this outfit and these pieces to upcoming holiday events and also mix them into my daily wardrobe.

Have you added this cranberry color to your closet this fall? 

*Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions and thoughts are all my own!

Happy Thirthieth


Well, it's only two months later ya'll, but I still have these fun pictures from my 30th birthday sitting here in a draft, and I still wanted to share them. I hit the big 3-0 milestone in August, and I still can't believe it. I honestly forget I'm 30 all the time. It's such a different decade to call my own that I think I'll be getting used to it for some time. 

And I say that, but it's not like I suddenly feel that much older. I just feel wiser. Which I know is super cheesy, but I can't deny it. I feel like I've risen out of some kind of fog, and I can just see and understand more. I'm starting to understand why everyone says your thirties are so great because you really do start becoming the "you" you always wanted to be. You care less about what other people think, you have more confidence in your own ideas and what you know, and you are more self-aware. And I know I'm only two months into my thirties, so bear with me you seasoned 30-year-olds and older. I know you have an even better perspective than I do. But for me, it is really shocking to see the difference in decades so quickly. 

For my birthday this year, I decided to do something bigger than usual, but in a different way. I haven't had a "friend party" for years, so this year instead of just going to dinner with friends, I wanted to have a fun event. I invited most of my really good friends, and we all spent an evening doing something new: painting. Our town has this really fun social painting place called Blanc Palette where you spend the evening painting with a teacher. Everyone paints the same painting, and the way they take you through the process of painting suddenly makes everyone a painter. I'm serious. Everyone's paintings turned out. It was amazing. I picked cacti as the theme for the party, so we painted cacti as well. It was so much fun! Everyone was out of their element together, and I loved the fact that we all got together to create something!

After we finished painting we all ate treats, opened gifts, and laughed. It was such a memorable birthday, and it was especially fabulous because it was with so many women who have been examples to me, served me, or helped me in innumerable ways. I wish I could have flown in my long-distance friends who have done those things for me too! I can definitely credit who I am to so many amazing people in my life, and I'm so thankful for them. Many of you have been there and encouraged me in the times that have shaped and molded me. I'm excited to see what this next decade brings, and if anything I just want time to slow down so that I can really enjoy it!


Swing Top on a Monday


SWEATER // TEE // JEANS  (less than $35 right now!) // BOOTS (old) // SUNNIES // EARRINGS // CLUTCH
PC: Sarah Sweeney
A few weeks ago, I shared a post full of quirky things about me, and it was really fun to read all of your feedback! It's so fun to hear what makes people unique. And since that post I've had other random weird things pop into my head that I should have shared. So here's another post full of ten random things about me. 
1. One of my superpowers is power napping. I can fall asleep for literally five or ten minutes and wake up again ready to go. 
2. The way I fall asleep quickly is really weird too. I used to paint the insides of small apartments back when we lived in Seattle. It was a chilly, dark, boring job. Every time I need to fall asleep quickly, I think about painting those apartments and instead of painting them white, I imagine painting them black. Rolling the walls, up and down, never ending.
It works every time!
3. My posture is a huge concern to me. I used to have great posture, but years of nursing and pregnancy and hunching to look at a smartphone have ruined me. I'm super scared of having a hunchback in my later years of life. That being said, I don't do a whole lot about it. 
4. My favorite kinds of songs are ones I can bob my head to. Soren teases me all the time for it, but I love songs with a good head-nod beat. Calvin Harris' new song "My Way" is a great example. 
5. Ever since I think my second pregnancy, I've needed to use prescription strength deodorant. I can buy some strong stuff OTC now, but it's weird how my body has changed to demand that!
6. I color my own hair. It's partly because I'm really picky about how I like it, but also because it saves time. Getting your hair colored at the salon takes so much time, and I just don't have it. This weekend I went a little darker with an almost-all-over color. 
7. In middle school I spent an entire summer trying to change my handwriting. I wanted something cooler, so I specifically chose how to write each letter and filled pages and pages with practice letters. However, I do not have the kind of handwriting that I ought to with that much practice!
8. I almost never wear socks. Even in boots where I could easily wear socks, like over-the-knee boots, I never wear them. Some part of it is laziness, time constraints, and lack of clean socks, and then I also hate how socks show in low ankle shoes. 
9. I'm super allergic to poison ivy. Not that it puts me in the hospital or anything, but if I so much as breathe next to a poison ivy plant, it hops on my skin. I swear I have residual poison ivy in my blood because every once and a while, it will show up for no reason, kind of like how Soren gets cold sores.
10. I'd love to add some kind of give-back or do-good mission at Nickel & Suede someday. I'm not sure what that will look like, but one of the reasons we pray for the success of our business is that we want to use its success to do good.
And speaking of giving back, the clutch I've styled today is from Mercado Global. They have such beautiful patterned bags and clutches that I was immediately drawn to. Mercado Global is a company that works with talented artisan women in Guatemala to create beautiful handbags as well as provide them with an education and help them in breaking the cycle of poverty. I love companies that empower women (we strive to be one of those), so I wanted to share their great mission with you all. Especially since I know many of you enjoy spending your holiday money where it counts - with small businesses and businesses that do good!

Have a great start to your week, and do me a favor by showing MG some love!


What Day Is It?


 SWEATER // PANTS (currently sold out, but these and these are similar) // SHOES // BAG // SUNNIES 

Although many of us have been second-guessing what season it really is (endless summer, anyone?), fall has finally arrived. The leaves are here to prove it, and I'm freaking out just a little bit as I look at the date on the calendar. Really? October 20? Are you kidding me? How?! 

That means I have a five-year-old turning six next week and an 11-month-old turning one just a few days later. And then comes Halloween, and then we start turning on the holidays at Nickel & Suede. Suddenly it's Thanksgiving and then Christmas, and wellthat all escalated really quickly. I'm definitely feeling like I'm on a slippery slope that will not stop until December 26. And I love it and I'm excited about it, but there is so much to do in that short amount of time. AKA, I see stress in my future. 

So what else to do but start making lists and planning ahead? I'm making lists of gifts to buy and traditions to plan ahead for. I'm scheduling in family outings and family time because otherwise things just get busy. I'm planning two birthday parties and buying extra cards and wrapping paper and wrapping supplies. Especially tape; there is never enough tape.

I'm also thinking ahead about holiday events that I will be attending from Thanksgiving to Christmas. This sweater from Nordstrom has my vote for all events where there will be food because it hides everything. "Yes, I'm supposed to look this fluffy. It's the sweater, not the pie." These pants are also current favorites because they can dress down something that is a little too sweet or neutralize a crazy top like this one. Nordstrom has so many great tops like this one (I'll be styling it next week) and this one (on sale!) that are perfect go-tos for your upcoming dressy-ish events. 

What are you doing to prepare for the impending storm of fun and craziness that surrounds the holidays? I'd love to hear your tips!

*Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
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