A Blush Hack

07
19

I wrote about coordinating undertones with blush and lipstick here, but I wanted to share a quick hack for times that you may be traveling or simply don’t want to buy another blush!

I’ve been wearing NARS liquid blush a lot this summer and typically pairing it with a bright, cool pink lipstick like Rebel from Nudestix. It’s easy and I love the cool pink against my summer skin color.

Occasionally I’ll wear a more bold lip color, and I’ve been loving Peche by Bite. It’s a warm orange-y tone that looks great with this bronzey eyeshadow stick (shade Burnish). For a more sheer, lighter color I’ll grab my favorite fresh Lip Treatment in Punch. I wouldn’t wear the NARS blush with it, so I wanted a warm blush shade that would pair better.

Instead of searching for a new one, I simply swirled my blush brush in the blush and then immediately swirled it into my bronzer. The result was a nice warmer, more terra cotta version of the blush. It fit in with the warmer tones and didn’t cost me a single cent.

blush: Entertain, bronzer: 1, brush: #99

If you are traveling soon and want to lighten your makeup bag, just pack a bright pink blush and your bronzer. Mix the two together, like I did, for days you are wearing a warmer lip color, and use the blush alone when you are wearing a cool pink lipstick!

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My Favorite Place to Save on Clothing

07
18

I first discovered thredUP a few years ago and since that time it became one of those websites I checked regularly to see what was available. It’s kind of exciting to click through and see what new arrivals they have! The prices are just so good it’s hard to pass up when you find something you are looking for, or frankly even something you may not know you were looking for! thredUP is the largest online consignment and thrift store where you can find items for up to 90% off retail.

This is especially perfect for me right now because I can find items that are from brands I know and trust, and that I feel comfortable in with my postpartum body. There are also a lot of great maternity options on thredUP as well. Basically, they have something for just about everyone.

There are over 35 thousand brands on thredUP, and if I’m totally honest I didn’t’ even know that many brands existed in the world. Imagine a mall with 35,000 stores, but each of those stores has their items available in great condition for a fraction of the price. I’d totally shop at that mall. And if consignment or thrift stores make you twitchy (I always picture disorganized warehouses that could take hours to go through), don’t write off thredUP without looking first. You can search by brand, like Vince, Kate Spade or GAP, or simply an item description. There is a designer section as well if you’d like to narrow your search to a particular range of items.

I recently found a bunch of great items, mixing in casual pieces with more dressy options, and my grand total cost roughly the same as one originally priced top from the order. Yes, the pink top by Rebecca Taylor was originally $225.00 and my entire order from thredUp was right at about $300.00.

That’s crazy.

I recently picked up a few items summer for myself, and a few things for Emily too! Emily’s Ralph Lauren navy blue dress was originally $55.00 but I bought it at $13.99. I think she’s pretty pleased with it!

I found a few tops from some of my favorite brands, like Vince and Joie, that I absolutely love.

This cold shoulder top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer was only $25.99, but the estimated retail price was $89.99! It was BRAND new with the tags still attached and is probably my favorite item from my order!

I also found a Joie blouse that I love and really think could work all year long. I love Joie clothing but sometimes their prices are seriously steep, so finding this blouse for only $29.99 when retail was $158.00 on thredUP was a huge win.

I added a few nursing friendly dresses to my wardrobe this spring and needed a layering option for chillier evenings. I found a striped button up as well as a chambray button up that can both be worn over my dresses, or even just a tank top, as an outer layer. The chambray top I’m wearing in the photo was only $13.99, down from it’s originally estimated price of $40.00!

If you want to give thredUP a try, they are offering the first 100 Small Things readers an extra 25% off their first order! Click here to start shopping and enter the code SMALLTHINGS at checkout (Applies to new US customers only, items priced under $150, excludes Goody Box orders).

This post was sponsored by ThredUP.

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Summertime Loungewear

07
17

There’s no shortage of loungewear in my drawers, I almost have two entire drawers full of it. I thought I’d run through some of my favorites on today’s post!

I wear this tank from Gap multiple times a week. I love the higher neck so I don’t feel like I’m flashing the world when I bend over, and the material is so soft.

This tie-waist sweatshirt looks incredibly comfy and the short sleeves make it perfect for summer temperatures.

I have a few bralettes from Gap that I really like, this one looks comfortable but could also offer a bit of support during the daytime as well. I also love Aerie bralettes and love the lace detail of this one!

By about 6:00p every night, I’m up in my bedroom changing into these shorts. They are so comfortable and even have pockets. Plus, they are under $13.00. This pair from Aerie looks very comfortable as well, though a bit thinner than the H&M ones.

It’s pretty hard to beat the align pant from LuLuLemon but these look pretty dang close and are at a slightly better price point! While I’m talking about leggings, I got a pair of Amazon’s Core 10 yoga leggings as a part of their associate program. They are very comfortable and a nice thick material. The coolest thing is that you can “build your own” pant based on exactly what you are looking for. Check them out. Again, they are comfortable but I haven’t been wearing them much as they are a bit too heavy for summertime, but I’m sure I’ll wear them much more in fall and winter.

As soon as I found this tank I ordered it in two colors. It is so comfortable for sleeping or lounging, and is nursing friendly as well!

The great thing about almost all of these pieces is that all you need is to throw on a sweater in the winter. Versatility my friends, versatility!

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