3 tips to shopping on thredUP

3 tips to shopping on thredUP

Happy Wednesday! It’s been awhile that I last posted on my blog. I post frequently on Instagram. I want to start shifting gears towards blogging and creating more than just an Instagram post.

Anyways, we are halfway through the month of September and can’t believe the year has gone by so quickly! As the fall season is approaching, I wanted to give you my insight on shopping at thredUP.

thredUP is one of the largest online platforms to shop and clean out your closet. They process and recirculate clothes, giving them a second chance to live through someone’s wardrobe, and offsetting the environment with thrifty prices.

I’ve always had trouble finding dresses and bags at the actual thrift store. Every time I thought I found a nice dress or a cute bag, there was always minor flaws that made me put the item back. With thredUP, it was quite easy to browse through their inventory and quickly identify flaws of each item!

Here are some tips that you can use while you shop on thredUP:

  1. Add the items you truly love into your cart
    This gives you the window of opportunity to hold onto the item, much longer, before anyone else can purchase it. It’s similar to someone holding on your items behind the counter. They allow you to hold onto the items for about 8 hours until it goes back up for sale.

    This also gives you more time to continue browsing through their inventory. If you are unsure about getting the item, this helps with decision-making rather than buying it on an impulse.

    I had over 15 items in my cart at once because I wasn’t sure if I wanted all of them. I was able to narrow down to some of these items. Take a look at the bundle I’ve put together. I was truly happy with my small bundle!

  1. USE FILTERS, CATEROGIES, AND OTHER FUNCTIONS TO MAKE SHOPPING EASIER!
    The filters helped navigate through their website very easily. By using the search bar, I typed in my favorite brands or keywords and placed my price ranger under $50. thredUP’s search engine quickly narrowed down their inventory and gave me a better gist of what I needed to buy.

    Although the price range under $50 seem higher, it still gives me the advantage of picking out from related items that pops up!

    Here’s an example of how I found the Free People floral blouse (as shown above), type in “Free People crop blouse” and select the price range from $0-$50.

    I found good thrifts on their platform in less than hour. If it wasn’t for search filters, I would be lost LOL!
Blogger wearing floral crop blouse and white denim shorts from thredUP
I’m wearing a floral crop off shoulder blouse and white denim shorts from Free People via thredUP.
  1. BUY OFF SEASON!
    The reason behind buying off season is because people are more likely to get rid of their clothes before the new season! You’ll also have a better chance of viewing the selection first and getting dibs on the best thrift finds.

    People are donating their clothes before the new season i.e. right before summer ends, or after the fall season ends, etc! I was already searching for kimono styles. I came across this Forever 21 floral kimono and it was marked as new with tags. I snagged this up towards the end of August. I’m so happy to add it to my capsule wardrobe.
Blogger standing in front of tree with brown floral kimono, brown top, and brown ribbed wide leg pants from thredUP
Both the kimono and wide leg pants are from Forever 21. The floral print kimono was listed as new with tags on thredUP and the brown ribbed wide leg pants was from a local garage sale.

Have you shopped at thredUP? If you did, let me know what was your experience like and what thrift finds you purchased!

If you haven’t shopped yet, I have a small discount coupon you can use at your first purchase. The link is available here to check out.

Thank you for reading and hope you find this helpful when you shop at thredUP!

xoxo,

Jenn

Weekly Meal Prep Routine (6/21-6/25)

Weekly Meal Prep Routine (6/21-6/25)

Breakfast meal prep

  • Oatmeal
  • Almond Milk
  • Chia Seeds
  • Fruits (strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, banana, any of your choice)

Lunch meal prep

  • Mix greens
  • Croutons
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Boiled egg
  • Cheese (any of your choice)
  • Dressing (any of your choice)

Dinner meal prep

  • Season chicken thighs and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Make sure to flip sides after 10 minutes
  • Dice up sweet potato yams and air fry at 400 degrees for 10-13 minutes
  • Season brussel sprouts with salt and olive oil then air fry at 400 degrees for 7 minutes

I created this weekly meal prep routine to help me spend less on going out to eat. It also helps me maintain a healthy balance with food and enjoying all food categories as much as possible. Stay tune for more on my blog!

xoxo,

Jenn

My Planner Set Up

My Planner Set Up

I’ve enjoyed using a planner since I was in middle school. It helped me with organizing my daily tasks, project deadlines, and goals to accomplish each month. Ever now and then, I like to swap out my planners for different layouts and sizes.

I was using a planner I purchased from Amazon a while back. It was a hardcover and had blank monthly and weekly layouts. What I loved about this planner was that I didn’t feel restricted and I was able to create the layouts however I wanted to. There were some things I didn’t like about the planner. If I missed filling in a weekly layout that I end up skipping pages and having blank layouts. It was a hardcover planner and quite heavy to carry around. It was purchased from Amazon. I’ll link it right here to check out and/or use as a preference.

I recently changed my planner to Personal Planner because I wanted to downsize. I selected the Mixbook which let me choose the number of pages and the type of layouts. It was very exciting to create this because I got to select my own cover and have my own name on the front. The Mixbook has a total of 160 pages. I chose several layouts that currently suits my lifestyle.

Here is how my current set up looks like:

  • Every Day Gratitude – jotting down a few words each day helps with reflecting back on what I feel grateful for
  • Monthly Goals – this helps at the beginning of month to write down what I’d like to accomplish and get reflect at the end of month
  • Coloring Pages – there are a variety of coloring pages that Personal Planner that is randomly chosen in the Mixbook
  • Saving Little & A Lot – this a tracker to help save a certain amount of money each day up to $100 – $1000

If you want a Mixbook from Personal Planner, be sure to check it out here. You can also use the code SPRINGTIME to get 15% off. It is valid until May 31st. I hope you enjoyed reading about my current planner set up and if you like to see more posts like this, please feel free to leave a comment with any suggestions below.

xoxo,

Jenn

PM Skincare Routine

PM Skincare Routine

I wanted to share with you today about my PM skincare routine. I honestly enjoy my PM routine more because I have a good amount of time to spend compared to my mornings. My mornings are usually rushed and packed with multiple things to do before heading out the door.

I switched many products in and out of my PM skincare routine because I have combination skin; both oily and dry. My T-zone is mostly oily and the rest of my face is dry. My skin is also prone to acne and I easily breakout. It really depends on the weather and my hormones.

Since I live in Hawaii, my skin does struggle with the humidity and the sun here. I hope this will help with anyone who is struggling with combination skin. Let’s get into it further down below! 🙂

  1. Cleansing: I start by using I Dew Care Melting Makeup Remover Balm. This is a balm to oil cleanser that helps with taking off my makeup, removing dirt off, and also dislodging hard to remove products off my skin. After rinsing off, I would double cleanse by using Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser. I love how Cocokind cleanser is very gentle on my skin, and does not strip off any moisture. It seals in the moisture which makes my skin so soft!
  2. Tone: After my skin is clean and clear, I tone it with Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner. I like to place the toner on my hands and pat it all over my face. This toner tremulously helps with my uneven skin tone and brightening it up.
  3. Eye Cream: I live for Cocokind Revitalizing Eye Cream! After discovering their eye cream, I was so impressed that it helped with brightening up my dark circles. My dark circles don’t appear as bad as it used to be. It also has a slanted application tip. It makes it easier to gently place on my skin and helps control of not overusing the product.
  4. Serum: I use different serums however I’ve been loving the COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule. It feels a little bit sticky to me on certain areas of my face however it helps with stressed skin and reducing redness. It helps hydrating dry parts of my skin as well.
  5. Moisturize: I also use different types of moisturizers. Lately I’ve been reaching for Cocokind Texture Smoothing Cream. It has truly improved my skin texture and skin tone. When I first read about their perception consumer study that after 4 weeks of using this cream, there are true and amazing results. I had to try it myself! I definitely agree that it is more compatible with breakouts and my skin also has a satin finish. I highly recommend this to anyone who has both oily and dry skin like me!

Thanks for reading and I hope this helps anyone out on their skincare journey!

xoxo,

Jenn

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Tips to Pay Off Student Loan Debt

Tips to Pay Off Student Loan Debt

If you’ve been following my debt free journey on Instagram (@jenn.inspiration), I started at $21K in the beginning of 2020 and ended the year with the balance of $11K. I was fortunate enough to still be employed during these rough times. Along with my 9-5 job, I also resell clothes online as part-time. Here are a few tips that I like to share with you, and also experienced myself.

  • I like to snowball my debt. I started off by paying my smallest amount of debt then focused on tackling on my next big amount. This made me feel more motivated to keep going. Baby steps helped me show how far a long I was to reach my goal. Even though I was taking baby steps to reach my goal, I also included deadlines for myself to reach. For example, before I reached to balance of $11K, I was at balance of $12K before 2020 ended. I made sure each week I reached my goal of saving X amount of monies from my paycheck and made a certain profit from reselling online.
  • I often had trouble saving monies and always thought, “Ok! Let’s save $100,” and later on I’d end up using it. It was a terrible habit of mine. I made sure that from every paycheck I received that I set aside at least up to 10%. Depending on the situation, I tried to meet the goal because it adds up quickly. And also, from reselling online, I set aside a certain percentage to make sure that I am reaching my goal; invest into more inventory to maximize my expenses and profit.
  • Plan & budget, plan & budget. I’d come to realize budgeting constantly changes. I had to become flexible about how I used my money. I always put aside monies for my regular bills I normally pay. After I paid off my regular bills, I need to consider my other miscellaneous expenses such as going out, buying food, shopping, etc. I tried to reduce my spending from buying take-outs and shopping. Shopping is absolutely my worst spending habit. Since I shop online, I try to find payment plans (i.e. Sezzle, Afterpay, etc) to work around my budget. Or, the best way to figure out if I truly need it is by leaving it in my cart and check to see if I need it again later in 24 hours. Anything can happen in 24 hours! Planning and budgeting kept me motivated and accountable for reaching my financial freedom.
  • Last but not least, find your money mantra. I repeat to myself everyday: Money is an unlimited resource and it is always flowing my way. The universe works in magical ways.

    I hope these tips helps you to work on your debt free journey. Let’s get this financial peace together! I will keep you updated later on this year on my progress of paying off my student loan debt.

xoxo,
Jenn