Catch me on Thrift Babes!


I’m so excited to be participating in Sammy Davis’ 12 Days of Thrift Hauls! Starting tonight, you can catch all the lovely ladies pictured below over on the Thrift Babes Facebook Group. I’ll be on this Saturday, December 15th at 10am PST, showing you some fun new additions to my closet and answering your questions.
Hope to see you there!
(Psst…make sure to join the group soon so you can watch the hauls!)
thrift babes

National Thrift Store Day is Almost Here!


National Thrift Store day is just around the corner, on Friday, August 17th!
Finally, a day for thrifters to go out and celebrate what they do best…thrift!
new girl
Some stores in the Sacramento area will be holding special events and sales that day:
SPCA Thrift Store – 60% off storewide
Snowline Thrift Store – Holding an event with “thrifting fun and discount games”
Goodwill – Holding an outfit contest on their Instagram page, @goodwillsacnev (note all entries must be completed by August 16th)

I think I’ll be checking out some of these events. Are you going to be thrifting that day? Let me know what you find!

Happy thrifting!
TYHO Header White Background

Our Wedding day!


This slideshow requires JavaScript.


When friends and co-workers asked how my wedding day was, I smile from ear to ear and say “magical.” That’s the only way I can describe it. From the decor, to the weather, to the flowers, to my dress, to the vows, every single thing was absolutely beautiful. I was so worried that something would go wrong or my visions wouldn’t come to life, but everything came together wonderfully and it was the wedding of my dreams. With all of the anticipation leading up to the big day, you would think I would have been nervous as I was getting ready, but I felt at ease. I just kept thinking about how this was what Christopher and I had worked so hard for and agonized over for months. It was time to celebrate and rejoice–I was finally marrying the love of my life!

I hope you enjoy these photos and thank you so much to everyone who has wished us well in our new chapter as husband and wife!

Thank you to the people who made my wedding day so special:
Hair & Make-Up: Wild Heart Beauty
Flowers: Beautiful by Nature
Cake: Ettore’s
Photography: Christina Best Photography
Officiant: Reverand Jeri Murphy
Dress (Ceremony): Second Summer Bride
Dress (Reception): Enchanted Bridal (closed)


It’s National Thrift Store Day!


It’s National Thrift Store Day y’all and that just makes me want to dance!

giphy (1)

So just what is this oh holiest of National holidays? Celebrated on the 17th of August, National Thrift Store Day is meant to celebrate the awesomeness that is thrift shopping. Doesn’t that make you want to get up and dance too?

And who wouldn’t want to celebrate all things secondhand? There is so much good that comes of shopping at thrift stores: You’re helping to keep clothing out of landfills, you can find one-of-a-kind treasures, and of course, you’re saving lots o’ money!

So get out there and do your part today and do some thrifting!


Clothing Swap Tips


Clothing swap

After attending quite a few clothing swaps over the years, I thought it was time to put my experience to good use and host one of my own. After a bit of planning and hounding friends and family for clothing donations, the swap came together and I’m happy to say, it went well! In addition to some pointers I’ve learned from the events I’ve attended, I also have tips to share from my experience in planning a swap.

But wait Katie, what’s a clothing swap? Aah, a clothing swap noobie. I have so much to share with you! Clothing swaps are events where ladies come together after cleaning out their closets to exchange their gently used clothing, accessories, and shoes. Much like the one I just hosted, many of the swaps I’ve been to charge a small fee, which gets donated to a local non-profit organization. Swaps are great ways to connect with other ladies, update your wardrobe and just have some fun!

Without further ado, here are my top tips for a successful clothing swap!

Size everything
Think about it–when you go thrifting, don’t you like it when the items are sized? Chances are, you do. Separating tops and bottoms by size and labeling them (small, medium, large, extra large) makes it easy for your shoppers to find what they’re looking for!

Don’t put clothes on the floor and style your “store”
Remember, you’re not hosting a yard sale, so don’t put your clothes on the floor! Grab some tables, shelves, and clothing racks and create your own little store! (I swear, I didn’t mean for that to rhyme). At the swap I recently hosted, we had fold out tables to hold tops and bottoms, a tension rod in between two walls to display dresses, and a tall shelving unit to hold purses and jewelry, and lined up shoes on the ground. Besides it looking super cute, our shoppers appreciated the store-like atmosphere!

Offer refreshments
I can tell you one thing that has been consistent through every single clothing swap that I’ve been to: they’ve all offered refreshments for the shoppers. Putting out some flavored water, juice, cupcakes, and other little bites for your guests is a nice touch because no one wants to shop hangry. Am I right?

Provide mirrors and/or a changing area
As I was preparing for my swap, I made sure to add a full-length mirror to my supply list. Understandably, your shoppers will want to see how something looks on them before they decide if they want to take it home. If your space allows, consider providing a changing area for your guests–it can be a bathroom, spare room, or an enclosed area with a curtain. This will complete your store-like experience!

Donate funds and leftover items
As previously mentioned, many swaps I’ve attended charge a minimal fee–usually $10–to swappers, which then gets donated to a non-profit organization. If you’re thinking of hosting a swap, consider partnering with a non-profit that you support. To further your philanthropy, also donate your leftover items to a thrift store.
Swapping for a cause? It’s a win-win!

I hope these tips were helpful. If you’ve hosted a clothing swap, make sure to leave your tips in the comments! Good luck and have fun!