ThredUp Round Up

After publishing an exposé on my personal shopping habits earlier this week I had so many of you message me on social media to tell me about ThredUp! I’ll be honest, y’all; I had never heard of ThredUp till last week and I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to check it out! I’ve already placed my first order and am anxiously awaiting its arrival! I scored an all-designer-label outfit for $154, which retailed for almost $950. Beyond the great deals though something that I really love about ThredUp is that you’re not going to see these outfits duplicated. You can buy an entire, head-to-toe look and know you’re wearing items that were at one time lovingly chosen by another woman… many other women, in fact! Getting to create an entire, matching ensemble pulled from a dozen women’s closets is fascinating and exciting! You’re giving these pieces a new lease on life and a chance to be loved all over again in a new way!

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I admit I was skeptical when I first clicked on the website, but was quickly impressed with the selection, quality of brands available, variety of sizes, and most of all, the prices! I was expecting consignment store pricing, but these items truly are priced at thrift store level. I was also impressed that most of the items for sale are styles that are still popular and trendy. There’s nothing worse than finding a thrift store full of stuff that isn’t wearable due to being painfully dated! ThredUp boasts being the world’s largest online thrift store, and so far I think this claim can be substantiated based on what I’ve seen so far! One of my favorite features is the ability to set your sizes and then only be shown pieces that you know will fit. You can always change your preferences later, but I hate being bombarded with items I can’t have. On ThredUp I don’t even have to look at stuff I know won’t work for me!

The items shown above are the things I purchased: A Diane Von Furstenberg navy blue shift dress with the tags still on (retail $395), a Vera Pelle Italian leather bag (retail $200), a Banana Republic silk scarf (retail $50), A Vera Wang trench coat (retail $200), and a pair of Alfani satin and fur pumps (retail $90). I’ll be posting a follow-up when the items arrive to let y’all know what I think, but I think I’ve found my new favorite thrift store!

Let me know if maybe a weekly ThredUp round-up to shop is something you’d like to read about? The round-up will be a collection of my favorite items currently for sale on ThredUp.

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DIY Steeplechase Derby Hat Tutorial

Because I don’t really have a horse in this race I can’t justify spending hundreds on a Derby hat every year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t at least look as if I did! You’ll probably recognize the hat shown in today’s DIY from last year’s Steeplechase post. I think I paid about $40 for that hat at Stein Mart, which is more than I like to pay for something I’m only planning on wearing only for a few hours! I decided this year I would just give that same hat a makeover and save my $$$ for the lobster roll truck at the Race!

DIY Derby Hat

I chose red roses, 1 large magnolia bloom, blue and white striped grosgrain ribbon, and a sparkly vintage jockey brooch from Etsy to create my custom hat.

For this DIY you will need a plain hat, a few blooms in your preference of colors, some ribbon, scissors and a hot glue gun, but the brooch is optional!

The hat needs to be sturdy enough (like THIS one) to support the weight of the flowers and glue, so don’t choose something with a floppy brim. I chose the magnolia as a nod to my Southern heritage, the red roses as a nod to the classic Kentucky Derby and the blue and white striped ribbon to mimic the Iroquois Steeplechase logo colors.

Watch the video at the end of the post for instructions on putting together your own hat!

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

The reason I love going to Steeplechase every year is because it’s the perfect way to kick off my birthday weekend! Race day is always the middle of May, so it coincides perfectly with my birthday and is such a fun event to attend! I always try to get tickets to several tents so I can go anywhere on the grounds and watch the track from every angle. Plus, every tent has a different theme, so you get an amazing variety of company, food and drinks! This year I’m really excited about the Fox Den tent hosted by Steeplechase themselves! This is the Fox Den’s Inaugural year, so it should be fabulous!

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DIY Southern Derby Hat Tutorial | rkcsouthern.com

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Working Girl

In this day and age no woman carries just one title. The 2017 woman is a working girl 24/7. She has a 9-5, she’s a mom, she’s a student, she owns her own business, she supports others and is involved in her community. She travels to places she’s never been, moves her family across the country, the state, or the world. She has a wide range of experience, a diverse pool of friends and an ever-growing knowledge base because more opportunities than ever are available to her.

Working Girl

Working Girl

Bag, Louis Vuitton Neverfull: Tradesy (2016), Shoes, Valentino Rockstuds: Friends & Family score (2016)

Think about all the women you know. How many of them fit this description? Pretty much all of them, right?! I can’t think of a single moment where I don’t feel like I’m working. But I think that’s a good thing. The moment we aren’t working towards something is when we stop growing and learning. I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I’ll ever be close to knowing everything there is to know.

Working Girl

You might find this a discouraging thought! But to me it’s exciting to realize no matter how far I reach out, I’ll always touch something I’ve never experience before, which means there’s literally no way I can ever get bored with life! The only thing I have to do is stretch a little further each time. And I think we can all benefit from a little stretching. After all, it’s the first thing we do each morning, and doesn’t that feel good?

Working Girl

Working Girl

For me (and probably most people) dressing well while working contributes greatly to my productivity level! If I don’t look like I know what I’m doing, I don’t feel like I know what I’m doing! Crazy how what we drape our bodies in can have such an emotional effect on our physical abilities, right? You wouldn’t try to run a marathon in heels, would you? Conversely, you wouldn’t pitch an idea to your boss wearing pajamas, right? The old adage, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” can be so misleading. It’s good advice, but how can you dress for the better job when you’re still on the old job’s salary? You’d be speechless to know how much of what I own was second hand or came from an Estate sale and the thrift store! I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve found out people think I spend insane amounts of money on my wardrobe. If they’d just ask I’d tell them how my favorite Chanel dress is 25 years old and was discovered at the bottom of a Goodwill bin for $11! You’d be amazing at what a good cleaning and a little tailoring can do for a garment! And this brings me to my next point; FIT. Fit is EVERYTHING. If a garment doesn’t fit you well it automatically looks cheaper. I have many pieces of clothing from Target and TJMaxx that I got for a steal, then immediately took to the tailor (or tailored myself) to fit better. I have this one dress from Target someone told me they thought HAD to have cost me at least a few hundred $$$’s based on how good it looks on me. Nope, I told her! I added some sew on crystal appliques to the collar and had the bodice fitted better! The most hilarious part about it was that the dress was a size 12 (I’m a 6-8) and was on the cast-off sales rack because a button was missing! I think I spent $8 on it and another $20 fixing it up! Now for my last point on dressing for your dream job: There IS such a thing as too much. Another quote I like (that’s also a bit confusing to put into action without some explanation!) is this: “Before you leave the house always look in the mirror and take one thing off.” – Cocoa Chanel. You can easily take an elegant outfit from classy to tragic with too much ‘clunk.’ Did you know that you do not HAVE to match all your accessories? WHAT?! That’s right, matchy-matchy outfits also toe the line of ‘cheap’! Think about it; Do you have a bold pair of bright blue heels that look killer with that white cocktail dress? Instead of matching it with a blue bag, earrings and a big sparkly necklace, match it with a white or tan bag and dainty jewelry. Let ONE statement piece take center stage. Do not wear more than one statement piece at a time. And tone everything else down about 50% more than you typically would. Ask yourself if Kate Middleton would approve, and then ask yourself if your favorite fashion icon would approve. Choose a middle ground that still true to your own style while taking queues from women who have defined the look you want!

Working Girl

Jacket, Chanel: Thrifted! (2017) Dress, Chanel: Thrifted! (2017) Necklace: J.Crew Factory (2013), Blouse: ZARA (2012) = Total less than $150!

working girl

Working Girl

Now a note on luxury items: If you really badly want an $1100 pair of shoes or a $1200 bag it’s not completely impossible to have one in a matter of months. Something I did was skip Starbucks and ordering out lunch for a few months and put that $ aside, couple that with saving a few quarterly bonuses I earned at work, and searching Tradesy, TheRealReal and TJMaxx Runway, I was able to easily score a few luxury pieces without pulling out a credit card or dipping into savings! I’ve built my luxury collection (and now have about 12 VERY NICE pieces) over the last 7 years and have NEVER paid retail. If you do happen to find a pair of Valentino Rockstuds or a Louis Vuitton Neverfull for $200 you can probably go ahead and assume it’s NOT real though! If a luxury item like that is “marked down” on eBay, or the like, it’s probably a fake. Trust me, you will not regret waiting and saving for the REAL THING, because you can absolutely tell the difference in quality! I’ve honestly never spent big money on clothes because I’d rather spend it on my feet! I know that may sound odd, but think about it; you’re on your feet all day, every day typically… You wouldn’t run a marathon in cheap, knock off Nike’s because the logo isn’t what makes a pair of shoes great… it’s all about the craftsmanship. So think about the things you spend the most amount of time in, and invest in that. Don’t feel guilty about paying $ for something that’s going to improve your quality of life at work.

For example: You can turn a $20 Forever21 dress into the chicest outfit in the room with a classic pair of shoes (Nine West from 6pm.com for $50), an investment belt, and a statement jacket that shows off your personal style, like I did below! Having just one really nice belt in your wardrobe like that can take the simplest LBD or white tee and jeans into the It-girl-street-style stratosphere! Dress also seen on me HERE & HERE.

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Working Girl

As far as ‘treating myself’ goes I like to invest in manicures, eyelash extensions and quality hair cuts. I’ll talk more about my beauty routine another time if that’s something y’all are interested in hearing about, but just know I’m not blowing thousands every year on treatments, products and makeup! You can absolutely look fabulous, classic, chic and elegant with a little smart maneuvering and making investments in a few small things that make a difference. Tell me, would you rather have 20 pairs of $30 shoes or 2 GREAT pairs for $300 each that people compliment you on all the time and automatically gets you that look of respect from women you pass on the street? Something to think about, Girl boss!

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NO matter your job is know that you deserve to be proud of who you are, what you’ve accomplished and all that you can bring to the table. So here’s to you: The mom up at 3am answering e-mails and breast feeding her new born, the Waitress 10 hours into a double shift on a Friday night, the ER Dr. with someone’s life in their hands every moment they’re at work, the fresh-out-of-Uni grad walking into her dream job interview, the Soldier on her 3rd deployment, missing her 1st Anniversary with her new husband… Here’s to you: #RiseAndStretch

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Belle & the Enchanted Rose Beauty and The Beast Disney Inspired Makeup

Although I love Beauty and The Beast’s story I’ve always been more intrigued by the Enchanted Rose. It symbolizes the delicacy and slow bloom of love, yet is powerful enough to transform anyone. Today’s makeup look is inspired by Belle and the Enchanted Rose. I always thought Belle had a very rose-bud-esque look with her earthy eyes, flushed cheeks, beautiful skin and mauve pink lips. The whole idea for this look came together quite some time ago when the Lancôme La Rôse à Poudrer Highlighter‎ released in February. Just like the Enchanted Rose I immediately imagined this highlighter belonging under a glass bell!

Beauty and The Beast Belle Inspired Makeup

Once I decided on the Enchanted Rose theme I started thinking about other rose inspired makeup that could be incorporated into this look.

Beauty and The Beast Belle Inspired Makeup

Of course it was natural I choose the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette and the Flower Jelly lipstick with the tiny rose embedded inside (just like the Enchanted Rose trapped in the glass bell!) From there it was simply a matter or replicating Belle’s glow-y, doe-like look. Check out the video below to find out exactly how to create this look for yourself!

NOTE: I do have eyelash extensions in, so you won’t see my putting mascara or lashes on in this video, but my favorite false lashes are THESE & THESE. I get my lash extensions at Hunter Paige Salon and they’re done by BethSee links in YouTube video description box for all products used!

Lancôme® Official Website - La Rôse à Poudrer Highlighter‎

Beauty and The Beast Belle Inspired Makeup

Beauty and The Beast Belle Inspired Makeup

Beauty and The Beast Belle Inspired Makeup

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Easter Bunny Manicure with Jen Tsourvakas, Celebrity Nail Artist

Easter Mani by Celebrity Nail Stylist, Jen Tsourvakas

Easter Mani by Celebrity Nail Stylist, Jen Tsourvakas

Easter Mani by Celebrity Nail Stylist, Jen Tsourvakas

Easter Mani by Celebrity Nail Stylist, Jen Tsourvakas

I hope y’all aren’t tired of my @jen_of_all_trades manicure updates because I love posting them! Even though this isn’t the usual post (where I show you how to DIY something!) it still lends to creativity and inspiration! What better way to get inspired than to look at creative nail art, right?! I always get great ideas for all kinds of projects after browsing unique, brightly hue-ed manicure designs on Pinterest, and I’m sure I’m not the only girl who does this! For April I knew I wanted something Easter themed with my monthly manicure, and after creating this year’s bunny-centric Easter blog content I wanted to stay with the bunny theme! I texted Jen a couple of photos to get our creative juices flowing. Our design is a shellac gel manicure, and Jen drew the half-moon on each nail, as well as the tiny bunny faces, by hand. One of the reasons I chose the half-moon on each nail is so that my manicure lasts longer! I first asked for a negative space at the base of each nail with last month’s mani (which I didn’t blog because it was so simple, but I absolutely loved it because it’s so my style). By leaving the base of the nail blank you can’t tell when the nail starts growing out. There’s nothing worse than a chic nail design having to be re-done or removed before it’s time because it’s growing out! My nails grow unusually fast (yes, I am lucky!), however Jen’s manicures typically last about 4 weeks for me, so it’s always such a shame when I must have the beautiful designs removed just because they’re growing out! Hence, my sneaky little trick of leaving a little shaped space at the base for the nail to grow so I can enjoy the manicure longer! I chose a rose-pink color for all the nails, except the ring fingers, because it’s such a pretty shade for Spring, and is an easy neutral to wear with anything. Each little bunny face is dark gray with white eyes and inner-ears, and a matching pink nose. Aren’t they the cutest thing?!

To see more of Jen’s work, visit her on Instagram @Jen_of_all_trades. To book an appointment visit Parlour 3 in Brentwood, Tennessee, call (615) 942-9020 (Tell them Rachel sent you!) or go online at Parlour3.com. Jen also does incredible makeup, brow shaping and brow microblading!

Jen’s shellac manicures start at $40. Prices are subject to change. For additional pricing inquiries call Parlour 3.

Easter Mani by Celebrity Nail Stylist, Jen Tsourvakas

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