21 Things I Want to Do before I’m 22

This is about a month late, but I recently turned 21. Woohoo!

It was a great birthday–I felt loved, known and appreciated by my friends and family and I got to celebrate multiple times. Who doesn’t love having more than one “birthday party?”

Instead of writing a list of things that I learned over the last year, I wanted to write a list of both fun, and practical, things I want to do in the next year! So, here goes!

  1. Go to the Grand Canyon. Fun fact, I’ve only been to the Grand Canyon once, and that was when I was five years old, so I think that it is time to go again.
  2. Run a 10K. The entire thing. This is something I have always wanted to do, so why not do it this year?
  3. Learn how to cook a meal for five friends. Dinner party, anyone?
  4. Read 21 books.
  5. Learn how to curl my hair. Nope, I never learned.
  6. Go to Zion National Park in Utah.
  7. Go to Antelope Canyon.
  8. Take a road trip. (see above for where I want to go)
  9. Go to the movies alone.
  10. Strongly consider getting my nose pierced and perhaps, maybe doing it. (sorry Dad)
  11. Fill a journal.
  12. Keep a consistent blogging schedule for a month.
  13. Buy (or acquire) an espresso machine.
  14. Learn how to make coffee in said espresso machine.
  15. Give up TV for a week (or two).
  16. Sing at an open mic night.
  17. Surprise someone with a gift.
  18. Visit my brother in Seattle.
  19. Go on a day trip to Bisbee.
  20. Procrastinate less. (extremely vague, but extremely important)
  21. Learn how to cook 5 Whole30 approved meals.

I am excited for this next year, where it will take me and what I will learn!

Stay tuned to follow me on these adventures 🙂

Love,

Jennifer

 

Spring 2018 Trends + What I’m Shopping

I am indulging in color, patters and feminine details this spring and luckily for me, so are most of the major retailers. I love looking at what others are shopping for when the seasons change, so I thought I would put a collection together of what is my wish list this spring! Of course, my aim is to provide affordable options for you all, so everything listed here is under $100 and a majority of the things listed are under $50!

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  1. Yellow sundress: Urban Outfitters $69
  2. Navy and white polka-dot peplum top: Irene’s Story  $24
  3. Baby blue heeled sandals: Target  $19.99
  4. Gingham drop earrings: Forever 21 $5.90
  5. Brown backpack: Free People  $78
  6. Pink and white striped blouse: Madewell $75
  7. Denim tie culottes: Target (Universal Thread) $27.99
  8. White mules: Target (A New Day) $22.99
  9. Red paperbag skirt: Forever 21 $28
  10. Yellow heeled sandals: Forever 21 $24.90 (sold out in sizes online, but I found them in store!! Hopefully will be restocking soon)
  11. Navy and white striped shorts: Anthropologie $88
  12. Cactus tee: Anthropologie $78

What are you all shopping this season? I would love to know!

Love,

Jennifer

What I Learned: Week Off of Social Media

A week ago today, I impulsively decided that I was going to stay off social media for the week and I proceeded to delete all the apps off my phone. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while and here is what I learned.

  • I turn to social media to delay or procrastinate doing important things.
  • I can go a week without it and not feel (completely) lost.
  • Similarly, I am not dependent on it to help me to feel connected to my community.
  • I have more meaningful conversations when I am with others because I don’t have something to turn to if there is a lull in the conversation.
  • I didn’t miss it all that much.
  • There are good things about social media, such as the ability to connect with other people and the ability to express your thoughts and ideas in a public space.
  • I have memorized where my social media apps are in my phone.
  • I look at them more often during the day than I originally thought.
  • I get out of bed a lot quicker when I don’t have social media to mindlessly scroll through.
  • I fall asleep quicker without it, too.
  • I wanted to share with the world all the funny moments and the exciting things that happened this past week.
  • Even if I don’t share these things with the world, they are still as funny and exciting to me.

Taking a week off of social media didn’t make me the most productive, confident, self-assured and content person ever. I think a lot of people assume that taking time off of social media will drastically change your mindset and your habits, but that is not true. I still got distracted, I still compared myself to others, I still turned to my phone for entertainment, but these things were all at a lesser scale. 

I encourage you to challenge yourself by taking a day or a week or a month off of social media to see what you learn about yourself, your habits and how you spend or waste your time!

Love,

Jennifer

Three Dresses, Three Occasions

No matter the occasion, a dress is always a good idea. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your gal pals or with your significant other, Tobi has the perfect dress selection for you! In this post, I will show you three outfits that will help you solve your “what-to-wear” crisis for any occasion and help you to feel festive for the holiday!

Brunch with friends: Alright, let’s be real. Brunch is a perfect excuse for looking cute and girly, which is exactly why I love this dress from Tobi. Nothing says feminine quite like a light-pink embroidered off-the-shoulder dress! I would definitely wear this if I’m going out with my friends to grab a bite to eat, whether it is morning, noon or night. This dress can easily be dressed up by adding a leather jacket, some black booties and gold jewelry!

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Dress: Tobi Shoes: Target

Date night:  Got a hot date? Wow your significant other with a textured dress and a statement jacket, for a funkier and trendier twist on an otherwise classic Valentine’s Day outfit. I am obsessed with this wine-colored shift dress from Tobi and I’m already planning the next time that I can wear it out. This versatile dress is just $16 on the website right now, which is such a great price for a high-quality dress!

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Shoes: Buffalo Exchange (similar) Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)

Class and other Wednesday responsibilities: While my Valentine’s Day is going to look like a typical Wednesday, I’m going to dress up a bit, just for the fun of it! But that doesn’t mean that I have to sacrifice comfort. When I saw this high-necked light pink t-shirt swing dress from Tobi, I knew that this would be the perfect dress for a standard day-on-the-go. I paired it with my favorite thrifted jean jacket and my well-loved slide-on sneakers from Steve Madden to complete the casual look.

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Jacket: Thrifted (similar) Sneakers: Steve Madden (similar)

If you haven’t done so already, check out Tobi and their dress selection. They carry so many unique styles of dresses, so almost everyone can find something they love! They have the best deals (50% off your first order, 50% random days, etc) so keep your eyes peeled!

Whatever your plans are for Valentine’s Day, I hope that your day leaves you feeling loved and known by those around you!

This post was in collaboration with Tobi but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lots of love,

Jennifer

Tips for the Thrift pt. 2

Last week on the blog, I shared my tricks for thrift shopping in-store. This week, I’m talking about a whole new ballgame–thrifting online! There are so many apps and websites that make it possible to shop second-hand anywhere and anytime!

Poshmark, Depop, Vinted and many other apps are making it possible to purchase like-new pieces at a fraction of the price and this is a fantastic way to sell and buy clothing! However, today, I am going to be talking about my favorite place to online thrift shop: Thredup!

Thredup is my favorite website to browse and I have placed probably a few too many orders over the last couple years. I love it because it is easy to use, the prices are affordable and reasonable, and there are quality items on the website! In today’s post, I will be sharing you how I styled three pieces from the website and how I find the best items for the best deals!

This first outfit is super casual and comfortable, which has been my go-to look lately. I love these sneakers–I wear them all the time, so I bet you’ve seen them before! This shirt was a steal from Thredup. It is originally from Free People and I got it for around $10! I love the peplum and the ringer-neckline detail. I would swap out the sneakers for some booties, add a jacket and a necklace for a night out!

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Top: Free People (ThredUp) Jeans: BDG (Buffalo Exchange) Shoes: Steve Madden (old)

Tip #1: Filter your search by selecting sizes. Although it isn’t good to limit yourself by looking at specific sizes in thrift stores, shopping second-hand online is a different story. It is inefficient and somewhat pointless to look through all the items when only a fraction of them are your size. Thredup makes it easy to apply a filter to your search that will narrow down the results. You can also do this with prices!

Tip #2: Search your favorite brands. I love having the ability to search the whole website to see what items are from specific brands. This is not possible in the thrift store, but online it is so easy and convenient! Thredup carries items from thousands of different and unique brands, so take advantage of the ability to search for your most-loved brands!

This next outfit is probably my favorite. I love the simplicity of it, yet I felt so chic and put-together! This cardigan has been one of my go-to pieces this winter season and I’m loving the fact that chenille is a trend at the moment! (Even when it goes out of style, I will not be over it.) I got this blouse, which is originally from Old Navy, on Thredup and I am obsessed with it. It is a short-sleeve striped button-down top–a total closet staple in my opinion.

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Top: Old Navy (Thredup) Cardigan: Anthropologie Purse: Anthropologie

 

Tip #3: Look at the “Top Picks” section. I love looking at what others think are the “best items,” just for some inspiration (and hopefully a good find!). It is normally on the front page and it is helpful and fun to take a look at.

Tip #4: Be patient. Just like in-store thrifting, you won’t find something you absolutely adore every time you look on the site. Hundreds of items are added everyday, so make sure to check in and search for your favorite brands to see if anything new came in.

Tip #5: Look out for coupon codes for additional percentages off. Thredup doesn’t do this too often, but when they do it is AMAZING and it makes a big difference on the cost of the order! I’ve found they do it most often around holidays! (Pssstt…there is a coupon code at the bottom of this post!!)

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Skirt: Madewell (Thredup) Jacket: Levi’s (thrifted) Top: Anthropologie (old)

This last look is so easy to recreate with things that you already have in your closet. This outfit was inspired by the skirt, which is a Madewell silk skirt that I bought on Thredup and it still had the tags on it. I got it for a fraction of the price, and it was as good as new! I already have a couple outfit ideas for this skirt so I’m pretty excited. Next to the striped button-up, this was my second favorite find on Thredup this time around.

I hope you learned some new ways to be successful while shopping second-hand online! If you are interested in checking out Thredup, here is a coupon code available for 35% off all first time orders up to $50 to the first 200 users! The code is: HERSTYLEDSTORY 

Happy thrifting! 🙂

Jennifer

This post was in collaboration with Thredup but all thoughts are my own.

Tips for the Thrift Pt. 1

If you know me at all, you know I love to thrift. I started thrifting in early high school and my love for it has only grown. I love that thrifting is economical, sustainable and it encourages me to try new things with fashion.

Even though it does mean setting aside a couple hours and looking through racks upon racks of clothing and knick-knacks, the end result is totally worth it and I would recommend it to anyone.

If you are new to thrifting, you might be intimidated and confused on where to start or how to do it. In this blog post, I will be sharing with you a few tips and tricks on how I tackle a thrift store and I will also share how I styled one of my favorite pieces that I have found from shopping second-hand!

Tip #1: Know that there is not one “right” way to thrift. Thrifting is so unique for everyone, because it depends on where you live, what store you shop at and what items you are searching for. If you are worried that you will not be as “successful” as other thrifters, know that there is not a single definition for “success” at a thrift store and that everyones’ experiences are going to be different!

Tip #2: Look up days local thrift stores have sales. Almost all thrift stores have percentage-off days throughout the week, so take note and try to go on one of those days! Some of the deals can be as amazing as 50% everything, so take advantage of the sales!

Tip #3: Go thrifting with someone. Especially if you have never gone before, try to go with someone who also wants to try it out, or has already been. They can help you find pieces and tell you their honest opinion about something you find, plus it makes it so much more fun and you’ll feel more comfortable.

Tip #4: Go up and down every aisle. Yes, look at the men’s section, the shoes, the tank tops in the dead of winter and even the kid’s section! Look at the places and sections others may avoid. Sometimes that is where you can find the best stuff. Even if you aren’t searching through every rack and every article of clothing, feel the different fabrics and take a glance at the patterns to see if anything catches your eye.

Tip #5: Don’t rush. This is closely connected with the last tip, but give yourself time to look through the store completely. Don’t expect to be out of the store in 30 minutes, or in some stores, even an hour. Set aside a couple hours for when you want to go thrifting, even if it means going less often.

Tip #6: Don’t pay too much attention to sizes. Sizes are practically irrelevant in thrift stores. Something can be labelled as “XL” but it could fit as an “XS.” Forget about the number that the tag or sign says and gauge it based on how the garment looks, but be ready to try on.

Tip #7: Be Adventurous. You will find pieces and items in a thrift store that you cannot find anywhere else. With that being said, if you find a piece that is out of your comfort zone but captures your interest, try it on. Pick up the piece that you can’t stop looking at and carry it around the store with you. As I mentioned before, one of the many benefits of thrifting is that you find pieces that you cannot find anywhere else and that no one else will have. So try on the thing that you normally wouldn’t and bring it home if you love it!

This is a piece that I found at the thrift store that is totally out of my comfort zone: a bright fire-truck-red, corduroy jacket. It is a statement piece for sure, but I am in love with it. I loved being able to pair it with a simple graphic tee and high-waisted jeans, while also putting it over a black-and-white polka-dot dress for a more classic color combination.

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I hope you found some inspiration and helpful tips to want to start thrifting and shopping second-hand. Stay tuned for another blog post (coming soon!) on a different, and somewhat easier, way to thrift.

And to all my fellow thrift-lovers, what is your favorite piece that you’ve ever found at the thrift store?

Love,

Jennifer

All pictures taken by Meredith Amadee. She was a wonderful photographer to work with and I’m obsessed with how these photos turned out! 🙂