Monday, July 28, 2014

Life Lately: Living The Summertime Dream

Sometimes you need to stop, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that where you are is exactly where you wanted to be. It's so easy to let the "next steps" detract from the present. But this is an irreplaceable life lesson I've learned in the month since graduation. Focusing on the present is so important, especially when there is so much to enjoy in this next chapter. Since I'm a little behind in documenting, here's life lately:

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Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a wonderful thing. But spending it in the Portland area has been even better. I can now name at least five different local bars and the names of some major streets. Just don't ask me for restaurant recommendations yet - Brix Tavern is still my go-to (unoriginal) answer. But I need to get busy on the exploration front. The days are flying by, and even though I'm teaching myself to make very single one of them count, I need to actually get out and make them count. Go ahead and double check your calendar in disbelief - August is just a few days away.

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Summer has also meant extra time to get crafty. Turns out, I'm still DIY obsessed - knit tops, paint and blood included. Sewing is a little more enjoyable that sitting down to write a 10-page essay - even if I'm better at the latter. Stay tuned for a tutorial on repurposing old frames, summer fabric shopping 101, and whatever other projects I can photograph to blog worthiness. 

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Besides my sewing machine and too-hot weather, Coffee and Cardigans is another thing keeping me inside this summer. The month of August will be bringing big changes to this little blog. But nothing too dramatic, I promise! However, I'm really excited to share the plans soon. But until then, how have you been spending the summer so far?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shopping Obessions: Inside My Polka Dot Box from ThredUP

If you're a regular here at Coffee and Cardigans, you know my love of all things thrifting. It easily explains my new obsession with online retailer ThredUP. The shop sells gently used brand name clothes at amazing budget-friendly prices. Better yet, ThredUP also buys new and gently used items! I even ordered two clean out bags during my move back in June. It's like your favorite consignment shop, just online!
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I shipped in my bags, waited a few weeks, and received a $40 store credit to do a little shopping. It's equivalent to what I would have gotten at Buffalo Exchange or Plato's Closet. Of course, you can opt to cash out instead. The company will also donate the clothes that can't be sold online to charity if you don't want your garments returned to you. I took the shopping route, and wanted to share a peek at what showed up in my teal polka dot box of goodness:
  • Three dresses (Old Navy, left and right. Target, center). The blue one is too small, unfortunately. The Target one came new with original tags.
  • Two skirts. Both from LOFT and perfect for dressier days at the office.
  • Four tops. (Lauren Conrad, far left and far right. Old Navy, right. Apt. Nine, left). All perfect for the summer months. Plus, I needed color in my closet!
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Grand total on all of this? A little less than $12, thanks to my shopping credit and a special 25% off your first order. ThredUP also offers free shipping on orders over $50. I was so pleased with my ThredUP shopping experience! The items were exactly what was described on the website. Honestly, I never would have guessed some of these items had been previously owned; they were clean, well kept, smelled fresh and the packaging was adorable.

Have you tried an online consignment shop like ThredUP before? I'll be shopping ThredUP's collection again soon - without a doubt. Click here to browse the current selection.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

What I Wore: Summer Florals

I had forgotten about the joys of outfit photos in summer weather until these photos happened. Actually, I'd forgotten about summer weather joys all together. When it's too hot to wear pants or shirts or any type of clothing for that matter. When the only appropriate hairstyle is an over-glorified messy bun. Could you detect the bitter sarcasm there? Summer weather has struck the northwest and it's too hot for anything.

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When warm weather sets in, my outfits get (even more) simplistic. Cute, easy dresses like this one from ThredUp are my absolute favorite thing to throw on with a belt, simple accessories and sandals for a day at the office. This is the hardest time of the year for professional dressing, but if you can find those go-to pieces, hold onto them for dear life. What's your favorite piece for summer days in the office?

Outfit details:
Mossimo Dress via ThredUp
JC Penny Belt (old)
Unlisted Sandals via DSW
InPink Earrings