Weekend Wrap Up: 5th Anniversary Edition

Over the weekend, Brad and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. This year was actually a milestone.

We were unusually home on our anniversary and it was a Saturday. So, we had a nice relaxing day, then went out to a nice dinner at Strip in Avon. Strip is a cool steakhouse in an old barn.

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Dressing Up With thredUP

This post is not sponsored by thredUP or anyone else… it’s all my own opinions and I paid for my own clothes (in case you were concerned).

I’ve been loving dresses more and more the older I’ve gotten and I’ve been in the process of growing up my wardrobe just a bit. It’s hard to find quality, grown up dresses in my size that don’t cost a fortune. I can’t remember where or when I learned about thredUP, but since I browsed their site one time, it started showing up everywhere I looked.

Here’s their brief description:

“thredUP is the easiest way to save money on great Women’s and Kids’ clothing brands and sell clothes for cash. We’re like a consignment store, but simpler. On thredUP you can refresh your entire wardrobe online without ever leaving your house.”

I decided to look for dresses on their site. I wanted nice, fun dresses that I could wear to work or other events. Here are the two that I found:

Being the savvy shopper that I am, I googled for codes before pressing “Submit Order” and sure enough I found a 20% off code. Shipping was reasonable ($3.99). FedEx Smart Post was not the most intelligent however and my dressed entered and left the state of Ohio twice before coming to Cleveland (they actually came to Cleveland once, then went to New York and had to find their way back to me). Poor things.

Obviously I wore my dresses at the first opportunity!

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I’m in Deep

I realized today when I was cropping some refashion project photos how deep I’m really in it… I laid three dresses out on the bed a few weeks ago to figure out which one I wanted to wear to a bridal shower. I took this photo with the intention of sending it to the bride and asking her opinion because I suck at making my own decisions.

Any of these look familiar?

I ended up not sending her the picture because Brad walked into the bedroom and said, “You should wear the purple one.”

After recovering from the shock of my husband’s fashion opinion, I put the two blue dresses away. Attended the shower. And didn’t think twice about the significance of what I’d pulled out of the closet as options… until now.

Each of these dresses has been in some changed from their original forms, by me.

1. The blue ruffle dress is really my Baring Arms Dress.

2. The blue floral maxi dress was my What to Wear to a Graduation dress that although I didn’t blog about it… the dress started its life as a size medium, mistakenly placed on a “SM” hanger in the small section, much to my benefit because I loved it and wouldn’t have even looked for a dress in another size. I took the dress in at multiple places to make it fit me and may do more work on it to make it flats-friendly in the futre.

3. The white and purple one was my Tea Party Dress that I entirely remade and then decided not to wear for the original bridal shower. But she got to shine at a bridal shower after all!

When your go-to picks in your closet all feature customization… you know you’re in deep. To reference Kerri in a comment on another post, I make the clothes do what I want them to do.


Just a Trim Dress

I got this light-weight, black and green dress at a consignment shop when I was in high school. It hung unworn in my closet last summer so I decided to do something with it. The original plan was to take the whole top off of it and replace it… that was the plan up until I put it on to take a before picture.

Looked less “meh” than expected.

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Dress to Date Night Top

I bought this dress on a super clearance from Target, in all honesty I needed to spend just a few dollars more for free shipping or something and I liked the print.

I wore this once as a dress over the winter with tights, boots and a sweater. I felt a little awkward, it came to a “midi” length on me which isn’t my best length option and felt just a bit too busy. I decided to change it up that day.

Old image via Target

I really liked the soft jersey material and the cowl neck, so I literally just chopped it off a few inches below the belt loops. I’ve now worn it several times to work with dress pants or with jeans. Last Friday, I wore it with jeans and my favorite green flats. After work Brad and I headed out for a date night. Continue reading