friday I’m in love.

Welcome back Friday!

{one}  ThredUp.

Per my annual spring cleaning regimen (ha!) I did abig, and much-needed, closet purge. It started last fall actually when I stopped nursing since at that point I felt like I could dress normally again (not for pregnancy or nursing-friendly) and I went thru my entire closet (okay, closets) and took out everything I hadn’t worn, wanted to wear, or wouldn’t wear again, and I put all of those things in our office closet. And so, because they weren’t in my every-day closet, they sat waiting for me to make a decision about what to do with them. We give our fair share of stuff away to the Goodwill (drop-off makes it so easy!) but some of these were really nice, brand-name clothes, so consignment felt like a better option. And after making a call to a local consignment store and having to make an appointment (with a toddler, no thank you!), I knew there must be a better way! Enter: ThredUp, an online consignment store. I know this sounds like an ad, but it isn’t, I have just been really happy with the service!

So, I requested a clean-out bag which was mailed to me within a couple of weeks, and then I loaded it up with my old (but in excellent condition!) clothes, and a pair of shoes. And I had the option to drop it off at a Fed-Ex location or schedule a USPS pick-up, and shockingly, I did the latter. And off it went! While it took a little while for me to hear back, I was pleasantly surprised by the updated information on when it was received and how long it would take for me to hear back. So most of my clothes were assessed at an up-front value, a few of them were responsibly donated (though you can pay shipping to have the unwanted clothes sent back to you), and three were set up as an actual consignment (and I will get 60 to 75% of the price it is sold for)! Sweet!

Okay, so one thing to share about this consignment service is that they are picky about the brands you send in and pretty much only want designer brands. My “big ticket items” were a J.Crew jacket, a Kate Spade trench, and a Marc Jacobs jacket, while the rest of my bag was mostly J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Gap, and some Nordstrom’s brands.

And, lastly, if you want to shop instead of consign, use the code 20FORYOU at check-out for 20% off your first order!

{two} Felt Garden.

Felt_Vegetabpe_Garden_For_Kids_DIY

{via Lia Griffith blog}

Eloise is age now where she is starting to role play and pretend, and it is so, so fun to see what she comes up with! Her kitchen is a big source of pretend, and even though she has some IKEA felt food, I think it would be fun to make her a little bounty of felt produce that she could plant and harvest from a garden (since we hope to next summer have raised beds!).

{three} Chambray Joggers.

{via Gap}

Okay, I didn’t intend for this to be a super fashion and shopping-heavy post, but it is my favorites, right? I just picked up these chambray jogger pants last week at the Gap and I am so excited about them (especially for the 4+ hour plane ride this weekend with a “lap infant” – ha!). As you probably know, I have not jumped on the athleisure bandwagon and don’t ever intend on doing so (IMHO your lululemon belongs only at barre class!). So, when joggers first came out, I sort of sighed in disbelief that women were wearing pajama bottoms as real pants… but it is better than leggings, right? Plus, when I picked them it, it was just the perfect storm of things: they were on sale (and are right now too!) plus, someone had ordered and returned my size to the store (trickly since Petites have to be ordered online!). Like it was meant to be…

What are you loving this week?

M

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