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Clothing Purge Report: April & May

25 May

Back at the beginning of April, I shared my first Purging Report, with Selling Clothes: Where, How and What. In that post, I explained my five main ways of purging clothing: Poshmark, eBay, FB Sale Groups, ThredUp and donating. When the weather warmed up, I finally did my closet switch over from my winter clothes to my spring/summer clothes… which is a great time to take stock!

As I went through everything, I made four main piles:

  • Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
  • Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
  • ThredUp Clean Out Bag: items in very good condition, but not perfect enough for me to sell on my own.
  • Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.

Poshmark/eBay Sales
I have a hard time selling on Poshmark, but I did make four sales in April/May.

Poshmark isn’t my favorite selling venue, because they take a cut out of every sale. So typically I will cross-list items on Poshmark and Facebook and see where it sells first. I do like that Poshmark is a much larger platform, so more people see your sale items. Also, they have the buyer pay for shipping so as a seller all you need to do is print off the postage and slap it on a box. My total Poshmark sales for April and May were $129 before 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).

I have the most success in selling when I post on these boards. Typically, I would post a ‘clothing purge’ and then follow the rules of the page for how many items to post. Then, if someone wanted an item, they’d comment on it with their Paypal address. When you post the item, you need to be sure to include enough for shipping, since the buyer typically is expecting to only pay the listed price. However, there are no selling fees involved… so you keep more of your money. I run all payments through Paypal, which takes a small fee and protects the buyer from a sketchy seller.

Stitch Fix items sold:

  • Floral print shirt, $25
  • Black and white dress, $40
  • Blue print blouse, $25
  • Floral patterned dress, $50
  • Mixed print tank top, $25

Total: $165

Boden items sold:

  • Yellow jersey dress, $40
  • Maxi skirt, $17
  • Green dress, $45

Total: $102

Anthropologie items sold:

  • Maeve sparkle skirt, $17
  • Coffee tee shirt, $28
  • Tracey Reese maxi skirt, $50
  • Chiffon tee shirt, $28

Total: $123

Rothy’s items sold:

  • Hot pink round toe Rothy’s, $125

So, let’s talk about these Rothy’s. As you know, I am a new lover of Rothy’s shoes (Let’s Talk about Rothy’s: Are they Worth the Money?) I only had the points version and was curious on whether I’d like the round toe version. I saw a hot pink pair pop up on Poshmark and scooped them up for just $80… knowing that I could easily resell them on the Rothy’s BST page if I didn’t like them. I wore them once and liked them… but loved my pointy toes more. I had a few referral codes burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to use them for a pointy toed pair in red. I really don’t need two bright colored pairs, so I decided to sell my pink pair. That same day, someone posted on the Rothy’s BST page that they were looking for my exact shoes in my exact side, so I sold them for $125.

ThredUp Clean Out Bag
I filled my ThredUp Clean Out bag up to the brim with a bunch of Jack’s nicer outgrown clothes and a bunch of my stuff too.

It was so full it was busting at the seams! The last ThreadUp Clean Out bag resulted in them taking 8 items and paying me $36, which average $4.50 per item. With this full of a bag, I was hoping for a payout around $80 – 100.

Instead, they accepted just 20 of my items for $50. They accepted 8 additional items as “consignment” items for a possible additional $7.30. I know for a fact that I sent them 4 pairs of identical Old Navy jeans that Jack grew out of… but they only accepted 1 pair on consignment. For this bag, their payout averaged $2.50 per item, which is absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention the dozens of other items that they for some reason decided not to accept. I don’t think I’ll be using them again.

Thrift Store Donation
After cleaning out my closet, Jack’s closet and Travis’ closet, here’s what I have to donate at the thrift store:

It’s like the CIRCLE OF LIFE… thrift style! I like that the clothes go back into the community and I can also write the donation off on my taxes.

How did you like my first bi-monthly ‘what I sold’ post? Did you find it helpful? Do you have any clothes selling tips?

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Trunk Club Review: My ‘Bring on Spring’ Trunk

21 May

In true Maryland fashion, spring came late and now it’s basically a spring/summer hybrid! I’m happy with it though and totally celebrating the fact that I can finally pack away my fleece-lined tights. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a Trunk Club trunk from my stylist, so I put in an order for a ‘Bring on Spring’ Trunk of warm weather goodies!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying Trunk Club, now would be a great time to ask for a springy trunk. Or, if you have lots of weddings on the horizon (like I do), you can ask a stylist to put together a super edited ‘wedding guest’ Trunk based on your likes!

If you’d like to work with my stylist and have Dana style a Trunk for you, I have her linked in my referral code here: https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/QZFJ33 (Please note: if you use my referral link it will cost you nothing extra and it earns me a small amount to go towards items in my next Trunk).

{You can also check out ALL of my Trunk Club reviews here}

Anyways, I have been purging and purging a lot of my clothes, so I was looking to add a few new pieces back into my wardrobe. I wanted to be really selective though… so these same pieces wouldn’t be purged in my next round of ‘GET IT OUT OF MY HOUSE’ purging.

I didn’t really give Dana much direction though, besides ‘I want spring stuff’ so I was curious to see what she’d send over for me to try!

(1) BP 53mm Square Sunglasses, $14. (2) Prive Revaux The Hepburn Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.95, (3) Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Cuffed Denim Shorts, $58, (4) Leith Side Knot Tee, $45, (5) Keds for Kate Spade New York Glitter Sneaker, $85, (6) June & Hudson Wrap Maxi Dress, $55, (7) Leith Ruffle Wrap Maxi Dress, $79, (8) DL1961 Renee Cuff Denim Shorts, $118, (9) Trouve Side Tie Top, $69, (10) Halogen Plaid Wrap Pencil Skirt, $79, (11) Madewell Tie Front Shirt, $75, (12) JCrew Easy Pocket Cotton Knit Stripe Dress, $69.50.

Such a nice mix of basics, interesting pieces and accessories! As always, I dug into the box and tried on every single thing in the box. Then, I narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites and photograph them for you all to see!

Here are my favorites from this Trunk:

Outfit 1: 6

This pretty yellow dress is a true wrap dress that opens all the way in the front and then has a tie waist so you can adjust it to your body. The ruffles are a super pretty detail and I like how they follow the neckline. The top fits well for my more ‘robust’ sized chest, however I’d probably add a modesty snap to make sure my bra doesn’t suddenly make an appearance (after 4 years, this is still one of my most popular posts). I normally don’t like high/low hems, but it’s working on this look! I paired the dress with my Ugg wedges that Trunk Club sent me over 2 years ago. I’m 5’7″ and find the length really good for my height.

Outfit 2:  1 + 3 + 4 + 5

This look is a super cute look that is a bit nicer than my normal weekend attire. These sunglasses are more of a square shape… which I like. The shorts are a bit too fitted for me, but I really love the really cool cut of the top. I never would have picked this out for myself, but the pretty muted color, gathered waist and fluttery sleeves are just so pretty. Finishing up the look is these fantastic glitter Keds + Kate Spade sneakers. I could totally see me running errands, going out to lunch with my girlfriends or hitting up a winery for wine tasting in this look!

Outfit 3: 2 + 3 + 5 + 11

For this outfit, I switched in the white button up top and the Cat Eye sunglasses. I normally hate all button up tops, but this one is made out of a super soft cotton and actually has room for boobs. I feel very off-duty Hollywood actress in this look. Looking at the photos, I kind of love this outfit. But in real life, I know that if I bought this top it would just sit in my closet untouched.

Mini reviews of the other items in 8 words or less:

Item 7 – Not enough fabric to close over my boobs.
Item 8 – Way too short — denim diaper.
Item 9 – Weirdly dumpy.
Item 10 – Great fabric, but crooked front.
Item 12 – So awful. And hot.

Trunk Finalists

As much as I love the glittery sneakers, I do have a few pairs of ‘cute sneakers’ that meet that need in my closet (including a pair with hula girls). That leaves me with four favorites from this Trunk:

#1 BP 53mm Square Sunglasses, $14
#2 Prive Revaux The Hepburn Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.95
#4 Leith Side Knot Tee, $45
#6 June & Hudson Wrap Maxi Dress, $55

I think both pairs of sunglasses are super adorable, but I’m not sure which one I should buy! Help me decide:

Remix from my Closet
When buying new items, I like to mix them in with stuff I already own to see if I’ll be able to get enough wear out of them to justify the purchase.

Outfit on the left: paired with my camo skinny pants from my April 2017 Trunk and Marigold Rothy’s.

Outfit on the right: paired with thrifted sandals and my favorite pair of jean shorts (found here for $27).

Now that I’m looking at the photos, I’m seeing the pulling around the chest area. Sigh. Maybe this one isn’t a keeper after all.

What do you think? Help me decide!

5/25/18: Thank you all for your feedback! I ended up purchasing the cat eye sunglasses and yellow wrap dress. I received my invoice today and the dress ended up going on sale, so I got it for $32.97!

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I Finally Found My Perfect Jean Shorts…for $27!

15 May

For the last few years, I’ve been kind of low-key obsessed with finding the perfect pair of jean shorts. Or “jorts” if you’re fancy. I’ve tried dozens on in stores, I’ve bought thrifted pants and cut them down myself, I’ve bought pre-cut thrifted (and non-thrifted) shorts. But still, something was always lacking.

They’d either be too short. Or, too long. Or, when I’d sit down my thighs would get all sausage-like and squish unattractively. Or, there would be a muffin top situation. Or, by the end of the day they’d be so baggy that I’d look like I was wearing my grandpa’s shorts.

Then, last Thursday night. I found them. {angels singing}

Am I the only one who has that toe catching in distressed jeans ‘oh shit’ timber moment?!

Anyways, the brand is “Supplies by Union Bay” and they are called the Marni Rolled Shorts. Typically, I wear a 10 or 12, but all they had at the store was a 14… so I tried them. Going up a size gave them more of a ‘boyfriend’ fit and I LOVE them!

They have a 9” rise, which is good for that tummy smoothing power. The inseam is about 6.5”, which is long enough to be respectable but short enough to be flattering. One of the best things is that the two larger ‘distressed’ holes are not going to accidentally get any bigger — they are patched on the inside of the shorts! You can find sizes 2 – 16 here. For my plus sized ladies, you can find 14W -22W here.

I wore them all weekend long and they held their shape and didn’t get baggy at all. The best part… they are $27!

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Swimsuit Shopping: My Favorites

30 Apr

Okay, first of all… you guys are so freaking awesome. I ordered a few swimsuits online (in various different sizes because OF COURSE you can’t just wear the same size everywhere…) and decided to post a photo so my followers on Facebook and Instagram could help me decide which ones to buy. You guys were AWESOME. Not only did you totally follow directions and give me your votes, but everyone was NICE. So, it tipped me over the edge to do a blog post… on swimsuits.

I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the Modcloth swimsuits over the last few years because they are retro inspired and cover my butt without giving me a wedgie. I first bought the Beach Blanket Bingo suit in red polka dots, wore it for 2 or 3 years and then bought another one because mine was looking quite worn. I also bought the “Fruity Suity” swimsuit in black, which is basically identical but has red cherries on a black background.

I wore them both on last year’s family trip to Universal Studios with a skirt (and fanny pack):

Here is the polka dot version (sizes 4 – 34): Beach Blanket Bingo swimsuit
Here is the cherry’s version (sizes 4 – 34): Fruity Suity swimsuit

This year, I have a lot of beachy goodness coming up.

I’ll be spending a long weekend at the beach with my soon-to-be sister in law for her bachelorette weekend. Then, I have two more weeks down at my family’s beach house in Ocean City spread throughout the summer. There are a couple long weekends in OC in there too. One of Jack’s friends lives three houses away and they have a pool that we may visit. And then, one of my sisters is getting married on a cruise in December.  So, if I add them all up… it totals 30+ days of swimsuits. THIRTY DAYS between now and the end of the year.

I’m a lucky, lucky girl!

But I also really needed a couple new swimsuits!

OH and I apologize in advance for the crappy mirror photos. I wasn’t actually planning to do a full blog post with photos of me… but you guys were so cool that I decided to just do it. And frankly, I wasn’t going to go and stand out in my front porch in a swimsuit to take photos in 50 degree weather.

Anywhoo… I started with Modcloth, of course.

Modcloth Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Aquarium
Price: $89.00
Size I’m wearing: 14
Link: find it here

I love both of the swimsuits I have, but they are starting to look a teensy bit worn. So, I checked out other patterns and found this one with colorful marine life all over it. I mean, how could I resist a swimsuit with jellyfish and octopuses?!

This swimsuit fits exactly the same as my black cherry version. So, keep in mind if you are ordering any of the ‘bathing beauty’ or Esther Williams swimsuits that you will need to go up one or two sizes. In normal life I tend to wear a size 10 or 12 in clothing and I needed a 14 in this swimsuit. It is nice and fitted everywhere without being too tight, and the back area keeps my butt all tucked in as well. And yes, I’m aware you can see my butt in the other mirror. The pattern is super playful and the halter straps are supportive.

Based on my thoughts and your comments, I was 98% sure I was going to buy this one. BUTT (pun intended), a few people in the reviews mentioned that the back seemed a lighter color than the front because the front has a double-layer. So, I had my husband weigh in by staring directly at my butt for awhile and he agreed that it does look lighter… almost as if my butt was stretching it too much.  I knew that this would bother me, so with a heavy heart this one want into the return bag.

Boden Amalfi Bandeau Swimsuit
Price: $98.00
Size I’m wearing: 12
Link: find it here

As much as I love Boden, I had never tried their swimsuits before. I saw this one ages ago and fell in love with it, but some reviews said that it wasn’t made for those with larger busts. I receive a 25% off coupon in the mail though, so I decided to try it out! I normally wear a US10 or US12 in Boden, leaning towards the US10. Since all the other swimsuits I’d ordered fit small, I decided to try this suit in both a US12 and a US14.

The US12 fit great and I feel like the solid panels on the sides are very flattering. The straps are detachable, so you can wear them as shown, criss-crossed in the back, or remove them for a strapless look. The interior design has some kind of magical thing going on along with some boning in the bust, so even without straps this baby is staying put. This swimsuit also has full butt coverage that doesn’t give me a wedgie. On Instagram and Facebook, this one was the crowd favorite and I’m going to have to agree that it is a winner!

Boden Rhodes Swimsuit
Price: $98.00
Size I’m wearing: 12
Link: find it here

I saw this swimsuit when I was ordering the other one and decided to just add it to my shopping cart since I had that 25% off coupon. This one is already sold out of some sizes, so I only ordered it in a US12, which fit perfectly. I like the print of this one and the fact that my butt isn’t trying to escape. It is not as supportive in the bust though and I feel like I’m showing off a lot more cleavage than I typically would like.

This one got some mixed reviews on Facebook and Instagram, and my husband’s eyes basically bugged out of his head when he saw it on (in a good way). I might have kept it, had I not had one more option with a similar neckline and more support. If I were a bit smaller in the chest I may have kept this one, but as it is it went back in the box for Boden.

Lands’ End Women’s Perfect V-Neck One Piece Swimsuit with Tummy Control
Price: $99.95
Size I’m wearing: 14
Link: find it here

This is the one option I didn’t include in my collage, because I had ordered it a couple weeks earlier and already decided to keep it. I received a postcard in the mail from Lands’ End for 40% off any full-priced item, so I decided to check out their swim offerings. I was drawn to this suit because I like the mix of patterns and the halter top that I could tie as tight or loose as I liked. It has some great interior bust support (without boning) and also “light control lining” to smooth your tummy a bit… which sounds good to me!

When I clicked on this particular style, the website my ‘true fit size’ was 14… so I just went with it. It fits great and is super comfortable. I didn’t find the control lining different than most other one-piece swimsuits, but it certainly does keep things smooth and not bunchy. The bust support is fantastic though, as it holds the girls where they should be without any droopy action. I feel like this suit is well-made and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was a keeper!

Final Decision Time
I went into this with the idea that I could really use 1 or 2 swimsuits to add to my collection for the summer. I really loved the Modcloth aquarium print suit, the Boden Almalfi suit AND the Lands’ End suit after trying them all on at home. All in all, I decided to just buy the Boden Almalfi suit and the Lands’ End suit because they fit great, held everything where I wanted it to be and were comfortable enough to wear all day long.

If you decided to do your own at-home swimsuit try on (which I HIGHLY recommend over going to the store and fighting swimsuits in a dressing room), order a couple different sizes and don’t feel bad about sizing up. Nobody can see the size inside your clothing — unless you post it on the internet, of course — so keep an open mind and pick the one that looks and feels the best on you!

I did get a request to link to some less expensive options, but unless I actually see them in person and try them on, I don’t feel good about recommending something. While they certainly have lots of cute swimsuit options at Target and Old Navy for just $30… I’ve found personally that I’d rather pay a little more and get the interior construction that I need in a suit that lasts a few extra years.

Let me know what you thought of my swimsuit post! Do you think I made the right decisions on what to keep?

 

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