Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Online Consignment Stores - Twice vs. thredUP

New-to-me clothes from Twice!

Over the course of the last year, my clothing size changed, as did my style, leaving me with a ton of clothes I no longer wore. So my first project of the summer was cleaning out my closet - and of course, adding a few new items.

In the past I've always just donated old clothes, but this time I felt like I had a lot of clothes I couldn't bear to just let go, so I wanted to try selling them. I don't have the patience to sell small-ticket items one by one on eBay, and secondhand stores like Buffalo Exchange look mostly for trendy, in-season items, so those options were out. While looking for an easier way to sell my clothes in bulk, I came across online "consignment" stores Twice and thredUP, which follow the same model as Buffalo Exchange, Plato's Closet, etc. wherein you can trade in your clothes for cash or store credit.

I sold a batch of clothes to Twice and am still waiting on thredUP, and of course I couldn't resist buying a few things (okay, six things - still about a tenth of what I recently sold/donated) and overall, I'm really happy with the experience.


NWT Sheer White Blouse by Ecote by Urban Outfitters, $11.95 (est. original price $33.49)
Tan Front Button Skirt by J. Crew Factory, $12.95 (est. original price $55.95)
Long Sleeve Blazer by Halogen by Nordstrom, $17.95 (est. original price $118.00)
Blue Striped T-Shirt by Banana Republic Outlet, $11.95 (est. original price $31.99)
Total cost: $54.80


American Eagle Button Down, $9.99 (est. original price $40)
Hollister Casual Skirt, $9.99 (est. original price $40)
Total cost: $23.96, minus $15 discount code = $8.96

Most of these are items I've been wanting for a while but just never found at the right price. The blazer was a bit of an impulse purchase and isn't as flattering as I'd hoped, so I might be sending that back (luckily, Twice provides free return shipping).

Detailed comparison after the cut!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Not that Kind of Black Box: Julep for a Non-Lacquerista

I've always loved surprises, so I like the general idea behind beauty subscription boxes, but I honestly don't use a lot of common beauty products (e.g. mascara, blush, perfume, nail polish) and have limited funds, so I've held off on the whole subscription craze until now. I like the model used by Julep - you're shown all of the possible boxes ahead of time, and you can choose any of the month's boxes, send your box to a friend, or skip the month entirely - but I rarely use nail polish, and usually stick to clear or sheer pink.

Julep has five different "style profiles": generally, Boho Glam, Bombshell, and Classic with a Twist all contain one beauty product + two polishes, while Modern Beauty contains two beauty products and It Girl contains three polishes. You're not forced to stick with the same profile month to month, and all the items from the other sets are available as add-on items (up to three) for a discounted price, so there's a lot of flexibility.

Since I'm not much of a polish person, I didn't consider subscribing until they introduced the Modern Beauty profile. I came across a "free first box, just pay $3.99 S&H" code (FREEBOX) and figured it was worth the hassle of canceling the subscription later to pick up the Modern Beauty Intro Box, which contains their Glycolic Hand Scrub and Rock Star Hand Creme ($20).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

like presents under a tree

Busy doing spring cleaning - getting rid of things I don't need, and organizing the things I'll be bringing for school in the fall. Picked up a matched set of pretty paper boxes at Michael's - usually they're pretty pricey, but this week they were on sale for 40% off, so the total was less than $15 including tax.

So pretty - like packages under the Christmas tree! Just looking at them makes me happy.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

eShakti Review

Haven't posted in a long time - went through some personal stuff and lost interest in beauty/fashion for a while.

I lost some weight over the last year, and while I've generally enjoyed buying new clothes (or finding that old ones now fit again), I still have problems finding dresses and shirts that fit well because my shoulders/chest are a couple of sizes bigger than my waist/hips. I considered having clothes custom-made to fit me, and even signed up for an account on eShakti a while ago, but the dress I had chosen went out of stock and I sort of forgot about it. But back in February they emailed me asking if I'd like a sample dress to try, custom-sizing included, so I picked a dress - and here it is!

I picked the contrast trim poplin dress and had it custom-sized to my measurements, as well as shortening it to above-the-knee.

eShakti Contrast Trim Poplin Dress in Navy/Off-White, $69.95