Well. It's been awhile since I just hopped on here to chat. For that matter it's been awhile since I've been on here at all.
But you know what I've discovered? I love having a record of life here. Thus, a report on something new I tried.
A few things you should know:
1. I hate shopping.
2. Shopping in your thirties is much more difficult than shopping in you twenties. I require a lot of my clothes, and I can't give much in return.
3. Over the last few years I've tried to be far more mindful of where my clothing is coming from and who is making it. The garment industry is notorious for poor labor practices that impact women the hardest.
I have a vague memory of a closet full of breezy white sundresses bought on clearance at Target. But those memories are very vague because they happened eight sleep deprived years ago. Babies have reshaped my body, t-ball games have reformed my needs, and my age has left me with micro and macro responsibilities that echo in my soul.
As I'm sure you can imagine, that makes shopping a bit more complicated. Throw in five kids and a dressing room and you can just forget it. But I've been feeling a little frustrated with my same 'ole leggings and t-shirt routine. Yes, it's easy, and that's okay, but I realized when I did need to get dressed, I had mostly forgotten how. Cue horrible meltdowns.
So I was super excited when I found out that Thread Up was offering Goody Boxes. If you haven't heard of Thread Up, it is basically a high-end, online consignment shop. All their offerings are high-quality and name brand.
The Goody Box is an offering of 15 items of clothing sent right to your doorstep for a $10 fee. If you keep any of the clothes, that $10 goes toward what you purchased! The great thing about it is you can get a little picky about what goes in it. They ask you about your style, your size, where you typically shop.
It has the benefit of me getting options in my home without creating new demand in the clothing industry. Yes please.
I adored most of the things in my box. They sent me a few dressier things than I really need in my life, and a few things that were less my style, however most of them were spot on. A navy tunic that would be perfect with white jeans, a light gingham top that provides the perfect summer vibe. A couple of great summer dresses.
I ended up keeping a super cute tank with a split back, a dress that could pass for a swim cover up, and a pair of Nike running shorts all for less than $30. (I had specifically requested the running shorts.)
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your summer wardrobe on a budget I highly recommend it. You can go to Thread Up here and I get a few credits. (I signed up from someone else's like so we are all just paying forward the love!)