My Favorite Workout Leggings WITH POCKETS

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This is not my butt. Just wanted to make sure that was super clear. However, these leggings do make my actual butt look almost this good because these are magical leggings.

Let me start back at the beginning though… my search for the perfect leggings.

I have leggings. I have multiple pairs of leggings.

Some are okay, some are terrible and some are fantastic… but have no pockets. And why do I need a pocket, you may ask? Well, a couple months ago I decided to start each weekday by going on a walk around my neighborhood before work. I throw on my workout clothes, push ‘start’ on my iWatch, hit ‘play’ on my Spotify playlist on my phone, and walk. And it’s great!

It helps me feel less achy throughout the day and I like starting the day with a little bit of exercise. Since Jack’s been home with me, he walks with me… and I like that too, because he’s adorable and apparently in the mornings his brain is filled with SO MANY questions and I love to hear what’s going on in his head.

Anywho… as I mentioned, I like to listen to Spotify on my iPhone while I walk. Which means, I like to stick my phone in my pocket so I can be hands-free while also moving and grooving. Which brings me to my quest for leggings with pockets.

Not just leggings with pockets, but flattering AND comfortable leggings with pockets.

Like Goldilocks, they had to be juuuuussst right. They had to suck me in, but not too much. I wanted them calf length – not bike shorts length or ankle length. And they couldn’t be super expensive, because $60 – 80 for workout leggings is a bit crazy.

Which brings us to the perfect leggings: IUGA high waisted yoga pants. They are $21.95 and they come in a bunch of colors, but I own the space dye purple  and the space dye gray. I think the slight pattern makes them even more flattering. The high waist is perfect for yanking up over my tummy and once you have them on, they don’t budge at all.

And the best part… pockets.

I mean, they make my butt look fantastic too. But really, it’s all about the pockets. I slide my housekey into my left pocket, and stick my phone in my right pocket and I’m good to go.

Laundering instructions say to put them inside out before washing, which I do. I then wash them in the machine with cold water and let them hang dry. I’ve been alternating between the two pairs all summer and they still look perfect.

So, if you’ve also been wanting some reasonably-priced, flattering leggings WITH POCKETS… I highly recommend these!

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DIY Embroidered Jacket Project

In last week’s Thrift Haul post, I shared the washed pink jean jacket that I thrifted for $12. While I’m typically not a pink kinda girl, I thought the muted clay color was really interesting and that it could be a fun backdrop for a little DIY project.

My initial thoughts were that I’d try some embroidery, similar to Johnny Was pieces… but without the $300 price tag. I also thought I’d try adding in a super fun fabric as lining to cover up the ‘wrong side’ of the embroidery that would have been visible.

I popped over to Joann Fabrics to see if they had any fun embroidery options and found a few Stitcher’s Revolution Iron-On Transfer Patterns that were close to what I was looking for. I purchased a few to try out, but ended up using this one for this project: https://amzn.to/31zFgpP

I started with the back and ironed on one of the larger designs.

I had never done embroidery before, only cross-stitch, so I watched a couple YouTube tutorials to teach myself the backstitch, French knot and chain stitch. I had a bunch of embroidery floss on hand from other projects, so I just picked each color as I went and ended free-handing part of the design for funsies.

After I finished the back, I decided to add a little bird to the front as well… so I sliced and diced an existing bird into what I was looking for and ironed the guide on. This one went much quicker, since it was smaller.

Once I finished the front bird, I then thought I’d sew in a lining. However, I didn’t get too crazy with lining sewing, since I’m not a very experienced sewist. I basically cut the lining to the shape of the middle back placket, folded and ironed each raw side down, and then sewed it along the seams. It was relatively easy and turned out great. Not only does the Rifle Paper Co Wonderland fabric cover the ugly side of my embroidery… it’s is also fun pop of pattern when I take the coat off!

All in all, I’m pretty excited that this project basically jumped out of my imagination into real life!

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August Thrift Haul

The beginning of the month was very light thrifting for me — small but mighty — and then I want one last time over the weekend and found some real winners. I can’t wait to share it all with you, so let’s get to it!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Washed Pink Merona Jean Jacket, $11.99

This jacket was hanging on the end of an aisle and it just called to me. It’s hard to pick up the exact washed out pink color in photos, but it’s really gorgeous in person. Kinda like a muted clay color… Anyways, it still had the original Target tags on it for $29.99, so it was kind of a steal even if I didn’t thrift it for $12!

As it was, I immediately had the idea that I needed to embroider it. Have I ever done embroidery? Nope. Just cross-stitch. But I had a very specific idea in mind: I wanted the back to be embroidered, maybe one of the chest pocket areas and I wanted a super fun fabric to go inside (so that you can see it when you take the jacket off, and also to cover the inside of the embroidery).

In my imagination I was thinking something kind of reminiscent of Johnny Was… but without the $300 price tag. Inspiration!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have an idea how this imagined project turned out. I’ll be sharing more about it in a full blog post soon!

Ellen Tracy Skirt, $5.99 on sale for $3.00

I love the watercolor floral design of this skirt, the black waistband and the fabulous pockets. It was on sale for just $3, so after initially thinking that this would be a great work skirt once I return to work… well, I decided that it’s a great home skirt with a t-shirt! I mean, for $3 why not?

Nic + Zoe Brushstroke Linen Sweater, $7

I really like the Nic + Zoe brand, but retail pricing is too expensive for me so I’m so excited to have found this pretty lightweight linen sweater! Similar sweaters retail for around $150 and this one has an oversized fit, scoop neck, ¾ sleeves and a pretty brushstroke design. This will be perfect over a tank top and shorts on a slightly chilly summer evening. I can also see me pairing it with a simple skirt, leggings, or joggers to fancy up some work-from-home outfits. Such a steal for just $7!

Ellen Tracy dress, $7.99 on sale for $4

I’m such a fan of a good faux wrap jersey dress and I really like the pattern on this one. It’s super soft and stretchy and hits right around knee on me… so it’s perfect for work with a cute cardigan. All clothes were on sale at the thrift store for 50% off the weekend I went, so this dress ended up only costing me $4.

Lola & Sophie chiffon tank over tee, $4.99 on sale for $2.50

You guys! This still had the tag on it from the original store for $106.95! I did some google sleuthing and found that the brand is made in New York and sold out of a shopfront there. This blouse has an inner layer which is super soft jersey material, and then an outer layer of matching chiffon. Here’s a better look at the outer layer:

It fits beautifully and I can see me wearing this with shorts over the summer, or paired with some slim trousers and a cardigan in the fall at work. Love, love, love this top and it was only $2.50!

Madras patterned tablecloth, $5.99 on sale for $3

I was taking a look through the fabric/linens section and found this super fun madras patterned tablecloth. My initial thoughts are that I want to chop it up for a few fun projects — perhaps some cloth napkins and maybe a shopping tote bag? The fabric is super soft and I can’t wait to work with it and see what I end up making!

Floral fabric, $2.49 on sale for $1.25

This was the steal of the day! I literally just went to the fabric store for a yard of fabric and paid $10.99 for it. I saw this gorgeous floral fabric at the thrift store and it is a really nice weight, like a canvas or a linen. I couldn’t tell how much it was when I bought it, but when I got it home, washed and dried it, and then stretched it out… I eyeballed it at around 4 yards. It was on sale for $1.25. That’s right… I bought FOUR YARDS of beautiful fabric for $1.25, which is insane! For my first projects, I’m thinking I’m going to recover the seat of a chair and also make a pillow with some fun pompom fringe. I’ll keep you posted!

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