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top: Theory c/o thredUP // shorts: Old Navy (sold out, similar) // shoes: Forever 21 // purse: STRUT // earrings: Gudbling

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

If you read this blog back in the early days (hi Mom!), then you know that I had a bit of a thrifting habit. Until a couple of years ago, more than 75% of my closet was thrifted. While it's true that many of my clothes came from thrift stores out of necessity (hi student loans!), I truly enjoy the thrill of thrift store shopping. Searching through racks of clothes and discovering a gem -- a tweed Oscar de la Renta skirt, a Kate Spade blouse with tags, a pair of unworn Madewell flats -- gives me an unreal high.

As a full-time job, this ole side hustle, and general life happenings have become my everyday, I just don't have the time to scour thrift stores the way I used to. What used to be a weekend trip to Savers with Dago is now a quarterly (or semi-annual!) visit to the resale shop for a quick look. Enter thredUP. Now I can literally go thrifting from the comfort of my bed (thanks to their app!) and not even have to use hand sanitizer after I do it!

One of my secret shopping goals this year was to own a Theory blouse. I've been stalking them on Shopbop, but really don't feel comfortable dropping a couple hundred on one top. When I saw this beauty on thredUP for $33 instead of $170, I knew it was my time! That's what I love about thrifting; fashion doesn't have to be out of reach.

If you, too, have found that you've got less and less time to invest in going to thrift stores, thredUP is the answer you've been looking for. Here's a review of my experience so far.


PROS

Pieces You Love for Prices You Can Afford: Raise your hand if you've stalked an item online, just waiting for it to hit clearance. thredUP is like the world's largest clearance section! From pricey Boden and Madewell tops I've never pulled the trigger on to designer jeans I've been saving for forever, those name brands you say you love but have never owned are finally within your reach!

For instance,
Madewell Skinny Jeans - was $119, now $29.99
J.Crew Cashmere Sweater - was $198, now $23.49
Marc Jacobs Faux Leather Jacket - was $286, now $52.99

Popular Pieces in Multiple Sizes: Unlike a thrift store, you do actually have a chance of finding something in a few sizes. If there's something that a brand carries all the time, it's more likely that a lot of people have bought it and eventually sent it off to thredUP. For instance, I've seen J.Crew's most-coveted blazers in a whole variety of sizes.


CONS

Selection: Given the process in which thredUP obtains their clothing, I would have expected a higher quality selection of pieces to choose from. I feel that what's available is equal to most thrift stores, where you truly have to search for gems through a bunch of outdated, out-of-style and generally uninteresting pieces.

No Way to Save Your Favorites: I think if I could change one thing about thredUP, it would be the ability to save everything I'm interested in. With so many different kinds of items, a wishlist would have helped me shop way more easily than adding and removing things from my cart.

I'm already wishlisting items for my fall closet thanks to thredUP. What are you shopping for this season that you can score on thredUP?

I received product in exchange for this review of thredUP, but all opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks for supporting the businesses that support this blog!

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dress: Old Navy // shoes: c/o Restricted Shoes // purse: Forever 21 // necklace: c/o francesca's // bracelet: Alex & Ani


I haven't put a whole lot of thought yet into what I'm wearing to ACL Fest this year (are you going? I'll be there weekend one!), but I do know for sure that these sandals are coming along for the ride. I'm not one of those gals who can hang at a music fest with heeled booties; comfort is key for three days of walking, swaying, and breaking it down in the Texas heat. Sure, these babies obscenely cute (like an oxford and a sandal had a baby!), but they are also insanely comfy. I've been told* that the soles are made special with tiny clouds, which is why my feet feel like they're on vacation when I wear them.

I've been a fan of Restricted Shoes since early college, when I had several pairs of vintage-inspired styles. (I had pairs similar to this and this back in the day!) While Restricted still carries what I consider to be the cutest in retro-esque shoes, they've also got modern pairs with the same quality I've come to know them for over the years. Next up, I've got these simple flatforms and these navy booties on my wishlist!

Got a few pairs on your own wishlist? Use code GIRL25 for 25% off regular priced styles to stock up on end-of-summer shoes or a few new pairs for fall!

*I have not been told this. I totally made that up. But, if I had to guess, I'd say they were because what else could make them this squishy and soft? Clouds, I'm telling you!

While I did receive product in exchange for this post, all opinions are, as always, my own! Thanks for supporting the brands that support me!

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shop these dinos + more at The Plaid Pigeon

It's Fri-yay! It rained in Austin all week, meaning we got a (very) early hint at fall. I can't complain, especially knowing that summer isn't really over yet. Since this week isn't really over yet either, here are some links to help you get through the last bit of non-weekend.

♥ While Austin has gotten quite a bit of rain, Southern Louisiana is washing away due to devastating floods. My sweet friend Mallory, a New Orleans native, has helped compile and promote resources to help those who've been displaced by the floods. If you're able to help out in some way, this is a cause that needs your attention.

♥ You've surely finished Stranger Things, right? Here's 26 facts you probably didn't know about it!

♥ PUT THIS OUTFIT ON MY BODY: Part One, Part Two, Part Three

♥ A few of my favorite comedians sound off on the real issue: can men be funny? 

Have you been following Chelsea's Normal Girl's Guide to Freelance? Even if you're not a freelancer, she's got some great tips this week all about money!

♥ Have you thought about which fall trends you're interested in trying? I'm already rocking two of these regularly, and plan on grabbing the third when the temps finally drop!

♥ Loved this powerful poem I stumbled upon earlier this week.

♥ When did rainboots get so chic?

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in my cart modcloth pre-fall

So I know I just said last week that I'm not looking for any fall fashions yet, but then I fell down the pretty rabbit hole that is ModCloth's pre-fall arrivals. Can you say swoon? We know I love their whimsical prints and bold colors, and I'm totally enamored with how they pulled off both for fall. Bright mustard, deep burgundy, punchy emerald, and a whole slew of blue can be found in ModCloth's latest, plus a healthy dose of neutrals with that something extra special.

If I had to pick a favorite...oof...it might be the midi dress? Or the abstract floral goldenrod dress? How cute would that be with tights and a badass leather jacket? Of course the skirts stole my heart, thought I'm also in love with every single pair of shoes. I always feel like I need more blouses, especially with the number of skirts I'm hoarding, so I think I'd be remiss to leave those behind. 

What are you loving from ModCloth's new arrivals? Is there anything from my list you'll be adding to your own cart?

*Not sponsored, however I do earn a few cents if you click through the widget!

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