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Inspiration Fit Spring Grab Bag Reveal

7 Mar

Much like Maren Morris sings in Rich, “I told myself I wouldn’t do this again… but how much you wanna bet I’m going to do this again…?”

Sigh. And now that song is in my head. Let’s have a sing-a-long:

I ordered my first Inspiration Fit Mystery Bag back in June (see the reveal here) and really liked 2 out of 4 of the tank tops that they sent over. Then, I tried the Christmas Mystery Grab Bag in November and felt like it was a total miss (find the reveal here).

I ended that post with “I probably will not be ordering another mystery bag in the future, unless they have a great one with tank tops that I can wear to the gym. Of course, I say that now… but then they get me yet again with their adorable ads!”

And… they DID.

I got sucked into their Spring Clearance Bag because it was only $29 and I could choose all tank tops. I love their tank tops for the gym, so getting four more at just over $7 each sounded like a good deal.

Before I show you the goodies, let’s talk about sizing. When you order their ‘fitted tank tops’ they encourage you to go up one or two sizes. I’m normally a large in tops, so I previously sized up to a XL in their tank tops. I like the way they fit (probably like a smaller large in normal people sizes), but I’m scared to throw them in the dryer. So, I wash them on cold and let them hang dry. For this bag, I sized up even more to an XXL. On my initial try-on they are a smidge baggy (which is fine for a workout top), but I think they will be great after a wash and dry.

Let’s check out the goodies!

When I saw the sample designs, there were two that I really liked and hoped I would get… and I got them:

I think both of these shirts have super cute designs, however I don’t love that the Sassy Lassy shirt is white. It seems like it might be kinda transparent… but I guess layered over an exercise bra it’s fine. It also might be cute with a sweater for ‘real life’ on St. Paddy’s Day.

Here are the other two:

I like the Bloom Where you are Planted top and the color is really pretty too. The Pinch Proof one is kinda weird. I mean, is it encouraging strangers to come up to me while I’m doing some cardio and try to pinch me? Because that won’t go well for anyone involved.

I noticed in my package I also receive a post card advertising a new Swap Group on Facebook. The group is set up to help if you’d like to trade designs or sizes, so I may hold off on washing my Pinch Proof tank top and trade it for something else I like better!

So yeah, I did it again. And I don’t regret it this time!

3/8/19 Update: I went ahead and listed the “Pinch Proof” tank top on the swap group and someone purchased it for $15!

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The BEST $8 Black Tights

6 Mar

I am a lover of black tights. But they have to be a certain kind of black tights. They must be stretchy and not rip or run. Also, they have to be totally, completely opaque. And they have to be less than $10.

On a Target run a few months ago I came across their A New Day brand tights (here’s the link to them). They were marked as mid-rise and they have a 120 denier, which should be pretty darn opaque. So I grabbed two pairs to try at home.

I’ve been wearing them to work all winter long. I’ve thrown them in the laundry (on cold) and in one case, I even accidentally put a pair in the dryer.

The verdict: They are AWESOME.

As much as I love fleece-lined tights, sometimes they can be too warm for the office. But these tights give me the opaque-ness that I want, without making me sweat. After wearing my two pairs over the last few months again and again and again, they both look as nice as when I first ripped them out of the packaging.

My only warning though… I don’t think they count as mid-rise. I pull them all the way up to my bra-line… which I actually like for its tummy smoothing skills. They are NOT control top though, so if you want more of a tummy squish factor you may want look elsewhere.

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Clothing Purge Report: January & February

25 Feb

It’s bimonthly Clothing Purge Report time! Rather than just showing you what I purchase, I also like to show you what items leave my house and how I sell or donate them. I started my Clothing Purge Reports in April 2018 and when I put together my 2018 totals, I realized that my sales of purged clothing equaled $2,152! I’m hoping to do even better in 2019, so let’s take a look at my first two months.

First a quick reminder… here’s my criteria for where I sell:

  • Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
  • My Instagram page: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition. I’ll typically post a collage of what I’ve listed elsewhere.
  • Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
  • Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.

Poshmark

I sold my second bridesmaid dress on Poshmark within a couple months, so it was nice to make back a little bit of the money I spent. As I’ve said before, it’s tempting to stick a bridesmaid dress in the back of your closet even though you know you’re never going to wear it again. However, since the color is still being sold on the David’s Bridal website, there may be another thrifty bridesmaid that would like it… which is so much better than just letting it sit in your closet and take up space.

I bought the Boden beaded dress for about $40 on clearance a few years ago and wore it probably 3 – 4 times over the years. It was no longer a favorite, so I decided to sell it. As for the other items, all four were actually secondhand scores. I wore them a bunch, enjoyed them, and let them back out into the world!

I ended up making 6 sales and my total earnings were $219 before Poshmark fees (20%).

Facebook Sale Groups
I belong to some brand-specific Facebook groups: Boden Mamas B/S/T, Anthropologie BST, Non Crap Mama Clothes, Rothy’s BST, Stitch Fix b/s/t Large and Stitch Fix B/S/T. If you are interested in joining any of them, you need to submit to join and then the administrator will approve each person (I am not the administrator of any of these groups).

Anthropologie sales:

I ended up selling two Anthropologie dresses and one blouse on the Anthropologie BST page. Considering that I bought each of the items on sale (and one off Poshmark), I actually ended up basically breaking even on these. Of course, I wore them over the years… so it basically was like renting the clothes for free.

My Anthropologie sales totaled $158. There are no sales fees, but I do have a small PayPal fee (usually a couple bucks) and postage costs to pay.

Rothy’s sales:

I have been very lucky to have earned Rothy’s referral codes that allow me to treat myself with purchases. I accumulated a bit more pairs than I felt I needed, so I did an audit to determine which colors I rarely reached for. I ended up selling three pairs: Emerald Points (a retired pair, $130), Grey Piped Points (a retired pair, $170), and Mink Points (still available to buy from Rothy’s, $110). Price for reselling used Rothy’s greatly depends on the condition of the shoe, as well as whether that style is retired and/or hard to find.

My Rothy’s sales totaled $410. There are no sales fees, but I do have a small PayPal fee (usually a couple bucks) and postage costs to pay.

My Totals for my January/February Purging (before fees): $787

I also purged quite a bit of stuff in a Kondo-induced cleaning frenzy. At this point, it was mostly books and old home decor stuff. However, I do have some clothing items that I have put into the ‘I may donate this later’ basket. Typically I’ll leave the items in there until my next donation run and if I didn’t miss them they get donated.

Did you find my bi-monthly purge posts helpful? Do you have any clothes selling tips?

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My Magpie Tendencies

20 Feb

I like sparkly things.

Fun fact: magpies have a reputation for stealing jewelry and other bright shiny objects. However, a study came out in 2014 that proved that they DON’T actually prefer shiny things. So yeah, that’s your dorky fact of the day…

Anywhoo… I’m cool with being a bit of a magpie (as defined before 2014).

While one part of me is totally comfortable in jeans and a black t-shirt, the other part of me is kind of obsessed with patterns. I mean, all you have to do is take a glance at my Instagram account to see my pattern obsession.

But it’s not just patterns… it’s SPARKLES! Lately I’ve been drawn to sparkly bracelets, embellished sweaters and even pretty brooches. I’m going to go ahead and call it my eccentric grandma phase.

A few years ago I was all about the statement necklaces, and now I’m all about the statement bracelets. My favorites are from Leighelena. I picked up one of their wrap bracelets in Austin in 2014 and I’ve worn it almost every day since. Recently I did a search for Leighelena bracelets on Poshmark and HOLYMOLEY was I excited to see a bunch of them for sale for a fraction of the retail price. I treated myself to a couple new ones and I’m keeping an eye out for a replacement of my original bracelet that is now looking quite worn.

I’m also loving the fun of adding an embellished sweater to an outfit.

I bought the black beaded sweater back when I was pregnant with Jack because I figured it would liven up any boring maternity shirts. I’ve been wearing it faithfully for over 7 years now and it’s still one of my favorites. The striped and embroidered version was a Poshmark find – originally from Anthropologie and scooped up for $35. The third has little flowers made out of beads on the front of it and I found it at a fun consignment store new-with-tags ($139 retail) for $80.

I’ve been wearing the bejesus out of these three sweaters, so I figured I’d do a search on Poshmark for another similar sweater to add to my collection. I found this amazing Kate Spade Leni cardigan:

Source: Nordstrom.com

Original price $228(?!) and I bought it for…$40.

NOW that makes being a magpie worth it!

Have you found your style ‘evolving’ into a new phase lately?

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