*This post is sponsored by thredUP, however all opinions and admittance of loosing my groove is 100% mine.
Life changes after you have a kid.
I realize that’s a total Captain Obvious statement there, but I think some of those life changes aren’t necessarily talked about enough. We all know you sleep less, worry more and suddenly can’t account for where the heck all your money went, but then there’s the whole body issue and that your social life went extinct faster than any other endangered species ever did.
For the first couple years of the Circus’ life, I put myself on the back burner.
I quit coloring my hair to save money. I hardly bought any new clothes. Makeup was applied maybe 1-2 times a month.
The truth was that I kind of lost myself at some point during that whole being an incubator for nine months thing and keeping her alive after she was born. That former me who equally loved a good pair of jeans that fit just right and her sapphire blue Manolos wasn’t around. All those heels I lusted after and bought were collecting dust. Those dresses that I had spent a small fortune on had been replaced with stained t-shirts worn seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. And going out for a drink? Ha! What was that?
When I did need to put on something besides a t-shirt, I stared into my closet, which was equivalent to staring into a great abyss. I had no clue where to start. After finally finding something to wear, it wouldn’t be a surprise if I ended up staring in the mirror ten minutes later, tears streaming down my face wondering what the hell happened to me. Something was off.
Nearly two years ago after an incident that mimicked exactly what I just described above, Grunt Labor told me to go shopping.
So I did.
I bought bright red pants, a great pair of jeans, leopard wedges, multiple blazers that I paired with my beloved Rolling Stones t-shirt, nice shirts that didn’t have stains on them, stylish jumpsuits and cute rompers – I essentially bought myself a whole new wardrobe.
Something happened soon after that shopping trip.
I put on those nice clothes more often. I put on makeup. I broke out my heels again.
And slowly, I got my groove back.
Your clothing certainly doesn’t define you, but damn it sure can make you feel better about yourself.
My new go-to place for buying clothes at good prices is thredUP, which sells consignment items online. I will be the first to say that I definitely have a champagne taste on a beer budget – a cheap beer budget at that – when it comes to clothing. I love a good pair of designer heels, but can’t exactly always afford those purchases. thredUP is especially my happy place for those kind of purchases. You can find gently-worn, high-quality items (and even sometimes brand new with the tags still attached items) at a deeply discounted price.
Now normally, when you place an order with thredUP, you would receive your items in a fully adorned polka dot box. However, since I bought so much this time around, it all wouldn’t fit in a fully polka-dotted box, so I got just the polka-dot sticker. #whoops #sorrynotsorry
That dress was brand-new with the tags still attached from Express. It cost me a whopping $13.
Sidenote: Thank God, I didn’t pursue a modeling career. Please disregard all awkward poses. Mmmkay? Thanks. And also, I realize how white my legs are. #whitelegsdontcare
This Gianni Bini cute little romper, also brand-new with tags was $16.
That dress is from Express as well and was $18. It ties at the neck, which is a fun detail. With thredUP, you are able to narrow down your search to sizes and brands, so finding things you like is a breeze. In fact, you may end up in my situation where you had to force yourself to narrow down all the things you wanted because you found so much good stuff.
I also picked up the Fraiche sleeveless black shirt for $11 and those fantastic wedges from BCBGMaxazria for $53 – they normally would have cost $275 retail, no way would I have been able to buy those at that price!
In the more casual department, I got this shirt for $7, which I wore in NYC recently.
I also snagged this top, which I call my Michael Jackson top because of the sweet rhinestone shoulder detail, for $5. As you get tired of your clothes, you can also order a thredUP Clean Out Bag which you can fill with your unwanted clothes, send in, have thredUP sell the items and make money from it. Hello win-win situation.
I picked up another black dress, a more casual one, but one-shouldered for $13 and those leopard heels originally from Aldo for $29. No closet is complete without leopard wedges, leopard flats and leopard heels. I can finally sleep at night.
And finally, I bought one of my favorite things to pair with my red cowboy boots.
A cute sweatshirt for $4. On a whim, last winter I threw on my red cowboy boots with one of my cuter, but comfy sweatshirts and fell in love with the outfit. It’s casual, but also stylish at the same time. When I found the tiger sweatshirt on thredUP, I knew I had to have it for this winter.
The Circus insisted on wearing her boots when she saw me in mine. #twopeasinapod
So now, I’m back to my completely un-natural blonde hair color, I wear makeup more (although I’m not a whiz at makeup by any stretch), we even go out and most importantly – there are no ugly tears in the bathroom anymore.
Yes, you will still find me sans makeup in gym shorts and a t-shirt many a day. But take me out for drinks, to dinner, or just give me an excuse to dress up and you will have released the beast.
So from thredUP, I got one romper, six tops, three dresses and three pairs of shoes. My grand total? $150.87. There was a coupon code I used that got me $50 off, so without that it would have been right around $200 – still a heck of a deal.
Ladies, go get your groove back. You deserve it.
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