My New Obession: Thredup! Plus a free $10 to get YOU Started

Has anyone ever used ThredUp? How am I just hearing about it now? It’s basically a giant online thrift store full of nothing but cute, current clothes. They stock a lot of high quality brands for a fraction of the original price.

From what I can tell, they add new stock every day, which means I’ve been checking multiple times a day. Can we say obsession? They are very picky with the clothing they accept, so from what I’ve heard, everything is in tip-top condition. I’ve got two orders on the way right now and I’ll do an “unboxing” post when it arrives.

One thing that I was worried about was returns. The idea of not being able to try used clothing on or see it first hand before I bought it worried me. However, they do accept returns for 30 days! If you want your money back, you pay a flat rate of $8.99 for shipping, but if you’d rather just get a credit to the store, the return shipping is free. I’ve always bought clothing on ebay, but I might be primarily switching over here just for that reason alone.

If this sounds like a site you’d like to try, here is $10 to get you started. I used a referral code like this to setup my account and I walked away with these two items.

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The skirt was $4.99 and is NWT from Banana Republic. The shoes were $5.49 and from H&M. The *tiny flaw is categorized as “minimal fading”. They look like they are in great shape to me, but I can always return them :) I spent a total of $6.49 for everything because I was charged a flat rate of $5.99 shipping. However, if you spend $70 or more you will receive free shipping. If you want to be an absolute baller and spend $150, you’ll get free shipping through the next calendar month. Cool, right? So get shopping ladies!

Don’t forget to set your account up through this link to claim your free $10!

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Weekend Recap: Food, Food Spectacular Food

We started out the weekend right with the best happy hour in DC. When Ivan got of work we headed over to Lost Society for drinks & appetizers. On Friday nights they extend their happy hour until 8 and believe me when I tell you, they’ve got some amazing deals. It’s 1/2 off all “social bites”, 1/2 all drinks & $2 drafts. Ivan and I both went with $2 drafts… he had blue moon while I went with Stella. IMG_8914

Our total bill was $32. That included 6 beers, 2 shots and 2 appetizers. I have a feeling we’ll be going back to Lost Society’s happy hour in the future.

In fact, we had such a great time we’ve made reservations for dinner this Wednesday. The happy hour is on the rooftop bar, but the actual restaurant is on the lower level. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.

Saturday was a relatively lazy day. It was raining all day, so we didn’t particularly feel like going out. I met an old friend for dinner though. She came over to see our apartment and we walked around the block to this amazing little Indian restaurant called Indigo. I’ve walked by it countless times on my way to the train, but I’ve never stopped it. It always has the best smells floating out of the building, so when Lizzy said she wanted to try it, I was all for it. 1

I went with the Chicken Tikka and she had the Butter Chicken. Both were absolutely divine. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

2 3 Then on Sunday we ventured down to the Safeway BBQ Battle. We didn’t stay for very long, but we had a good time. They were giving away a ton of samples and I absolutely stuffed myself. We prompted napped afterwards.

I was also able to squeeze a run in on Sunday morning. I’ve been doing pretty good with my workouts, I got 5/7 days this week. I also hit the 90 mile mark with running. It was pretty exciting.

Today I am linking up with:
Erin at Her Heartland Soul for Weekend Snapshots
Tara at Running N Reading for Weekend Update
Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in my Mondays

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H54F: New York, Here We Come

1. Bright Lights, Big City
Earlier this week we bought our bus tickets to New York! Ivan has multiple friends who are living there this summer and we’ll be staying with one of them. Neither of us have been there before, so I’m really excited. We’re leaving friday after work, so we won’t get there until about 10. We have to leave again late monday afternoon, but I’m so excited. Even though we’ll only be there for one full day, I am so pumped.

2. Union Market
I’ve really been trying to cook dinner at home for us, but the other night I was just not feeling it. I decided I’d pick Ivan from work so that we could get food as quickly as possible. We’re not too far from Union Market so I thought it would be a fun place to get something (non-fast food) quickly. Boy was I right. There were so many fantastic choices – we needed up at TaKorean for Korean Tacos. We didn’t actually get tacos… we got bowls, but you get the point. It was delicious. We then got AMAZING ice cream from another vendor. I know I’ll be back, I wanted all the food. All of it.


3. Goodwill Haul
Guys, I’m obsessed with goodwill. I have been for some time. And you know what? The Goodwills in DC are awesome. Every Tuesday they give 25% off all donated clothing items and I always end up walking away with a giant haul. This week I got a pair of pink J. Crew shorts, 5 dresses and some ties for Ivan. My favorite is this Calvin Klein dress. Mine is black but I could only find the Khaki version online and it didn’t really photograph well on the hanger. Mine is black and the double collar underneath is the khaki color. It retailed at $128 and I paid $6.74. Not too bad.


4. Back on the Book Bandwagon
I did a lot of reading in May. I was going great with my reading challenge and then June hit. I got busy, my parents came to visit for a week and reading kind of fell to the wayside. However, I finished two book this week and I feel great about it. I started them quite a while ago, so it was nice to complete them.

5. Back to Running
Just like with my reading, I haven’t been making time for my jogging. I was doing so well before we came to DC and it makes me sad that I’ve been slipping. I’ve been running on the treadmill mostly now, but I’ve been doing it. I’ve ran the past 3 days and I just genuinely feel better.

Today I am linking up with:
Tif at Bright on a Budget for High Five For Friday
The Farmer’s Wife for Oh, Hey Friday!
Fitting It All In for Five Things

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Drugstore Dry Shampoos

dry shampoo In my world, dry shampoo is a must. I have thin, fine, straight hair that requires a wash everyday. Obviously that’s bad for my hair and leaves the ends dried out and damaged. Dry shampoo allows me to stretch out my washes to every other day and gives my hair the break from washing it needs. However, I’m not one to shovel out a ton of money on hair and beauty products, so I’ve tried just about every drugstore brand known to man. Here are my opinions of drugstore brands and how they preformed on my particular hair.

1. Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo | $5.99
1/5  Stars

This stuff just doesn’t work for me. It leaves my hair feeling sticky and doesn’t really absorb the oil. I feel like my hair looks worse after I use it. Plus it has a weird smell. This was the very first dry shampoo I ever used and thankfully I kept looking for another product. I was on vacation recently and was forced to grab a trial size of this and it’s still just as bad. I guess it works for some people, but for me it was a complete waste of $6. I always end up washing my hair anyways.

2. Psssst! | $5.99
3/5 Stars
For some reason, I’ve been having a hard time finding this one in stores. I like it; it has a pleasant smell and it does a pretty good job absorbing oils. It does lighten my hair a bit. I wouldn’t say it leaves that dandruff looking residue on my hair, but it leaves an even coat over my hair, so it appears lighter. It doesn’t really soften my hair up either.

3. Batiste | $7.99-$8.99
4/5 Stars
I have a hard time finding this one too. Batiste was one of my early favorites. It works on my thin & fine hair and it has a pleasant smell. It’s a bit hard to workout the white residue though. I have to really work at it. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of the smell.

4. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo | $6-$7
2/5 Stars
I would use this dry shampoo in a pinch. Like a lot of dry shampoos, it has a tendency to come out white. With other shampoos, you can rub your hands through your hair and get rid of the residue… but I can never get it all out when I use Clean Freak. Plus, it doesn’t work that well for my hair. It doesn’t last – my hair always get greasy again within an hour or so.

5. Garnier Fructis Haircare Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo for Fine or Flat Hair | $4.50-$5.50
4/5 Stars
Well, I am definety their target audience with this one. I have thin, fine, flat hair. This dry shampoo doesn’t leave any sort of residue on my hair, it volumizes it and it smells good. It does a pretty good job of absorbing oils, but my hair gets so greasy on day 2 that I need a little bit more power behind my dry shampoo.

6. Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo | $3.90 – $4.50
3/5 Stars
Dove works on my hair. I can usually get all the white residue to disappear by brushing my hair / rubbing my scalp, but it leaves my hair feeling really gross. It’s not soft, it’s almost… like a texturizing spray. My hair feels really rough and looks super dull.. almost like straw. It’s hard to explain. I always end up throwing my hair in a ponytail because it looks so lifeless. It definitely cleans it, but I am not a fan of the side effects.

7. Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Clean Shampoo | $9.99
5/5 Stars
I couldn’t ask for more from a drugstore dry shampoo. It doesn’t smell, it absorbs oil, it gives my hair a little bit of bounce, leaves it soft and shiny AND lasts all day. It’s $9.99 at target and the most expensive dry shampoo here.. but to me it’s worth it. I have thin, fine and straight hair that requires a wash everyday. With this I can stretch out my washes and get my hair back to being healthy. Plus I don’t feel like I have to through my hair in a ponytail on day two. This dry shampoo does such a great job, I’m confident that my hair will look clean all day along.

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Weekend Recap: Boxing & Big Screens

We had a relatively relaxing weekend around here. On Friday night Ivan and I went to dinner at Southern Hospitality over in Adams Morgan. The food was pretty good and the bar restaurant had a great atmosphere. The neighborhood was great; it’s a very lively area of DC.


After dinner and we walked down to Dupont and had a few drinks at the Mad Hatter. We hung out there for a bit while we waited for open bar to start at KABIN. One of Ivan’s old fraternity brothers and his fiancé went met up with us there for a night of bar hopping. After KABIN we headed over to Lucky Bar for another round of drinks and some appetizers and then took an uber Solly’s to finish off the night.

Needless to say, we spent most of Saturday resting. We hung around the apartment for the day… I got a workout in and then we ordered dinner in and watched the fight together downstairs. Our apartment building has a big screen that we have access to and luckily nobody was using it. It was a low-key kind of night of wings, beer & boxing.


Sunday we got a quick run in and then went to see Jurassic World. We both enjoyed the movie, I’d recommend it. I’ve always been a huge fan of the original and tolerated the 3rd movie. The second – Lost World, was completely ridiculous. I thought they did a job gob with this one though… I’d definitely watch it again.

We walked over to California Tortilla for dinner. It’s a lot like Chipotle but with more options.  It was our first time there and I have to say, it was pretty good. I got a large dinner salad, chips & guacamole and a fountain drink for $12. That’s pretty good for DC.


Today I am linking up with:
Erin at Her Heartland Soul for Weekend Snapshots
Tara at Running N Reading for Weekend Update
Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in my Mondays

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H54F: The US Capitol, The White House & Other DC Things

1. Capitol Tour
My parents came to visit last week and left on Tuesday. Monday morning we took a tour of the Capitol. I have to say, it was pretty impressive. We took a group tour, which apparently you don’t have to make reservations for. A ton of people just walked up and were able to get tickets. The tour itself was informative, but I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see the House or the Senate. You have to contact your congressman for that, it’s a bit of a process.


2. Rita’s Italian Ice
Yesterday I took a walk down H Street and discovered Rita’s Italian Ice. I can tell you I’ll be back there soon. They had a ton of Italian Ice flavors as well as “creamed ice” and shakes. I had a dragon fruit italian ice and it was fantastic. Plus it was only about $2.30. Not bad at all for DC.

3. Gravelly Point Park
On Monday afternoon my parents and I drove down to Gravelly Point Park. It’s a park right across from the Ronald Reagan Airport and you can watch planes take off. They fly right over the park – it’s pretty cool. Definitely a fun place to have a picnic.

4. The White House
That night we had our final dinner with my parents at Del Frisco’s down by the White House. My mom really wanted to see it, so we walked down to Penn Ave after dinner. The last time I was here it was winter time and all the landscaping was pretty stark. This time there were flowers and a fountain running, it was rather pretty. Unfortunately, we didn’t see Bo though.


5. We Be Brunchin’
We attended our first DC Brunch on Sunday. We went to Hawk n’ Dove for a waffle & omelet bar. I stuffed myself on goodies and didn’t eat again until about 7 that night. Just as it should be.


Today I am linking up with:
Tif at Bright on a Budget for High Five For Friday
The Farmer’s Wife for Oh, Hey Friday!
Fitting It All In for Five Things

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