It’s National Thrift Store Day!


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

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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!



Our Engagement Photos!


When something as momentus as an engagement happens, it seems only natural to commemorate that time. You want to remember that feeling shortly after you say yes, when everything is so exciting, and before the stress of wedding planning kicks in. What better way to commemorate such a celebration than with a photo session with your new fiancè? Besides having beautiful photos to look back on, there’s also a practicality to an engagement photo session–it gives you a chance to try out a photographer for the big day and you’ll end up with pictures that you can use in your save-the-dates and wedding website. Christopher and I knew right away that we wanted photos–we just had to make it all come together!

When it came to the venue, I took to Google and searched Sacramento-based photographer’s engagement sessions to get some ideas. There are some good ol’ standbys in my area where many an engaged couple have had their portraits taken–McKinley Park, The Rose Garden at Capitol Park, Old Sacramento–but Christopher and I wanted something a little different and we were willing to travel out of town to get just the right place. Upon some more searching, I discovered Bywater Hollow Lavender Farm. Located in Lincoln (about a 40 minute drive from Sac), this farm boasts beautiful trees and open fields, a sweet lake, a wishing well, and lots of charm. It looked absolutely perfect!

The owners of Bywater live on the property and offer their space for photo shoots after hours for a minimal fee. After a few messages, we booked the site for a session in late June. That took care of the venue, now for the photographer…

Enter Christina Best. We met at a blogger event earlier in the year and when it came to our engagement photos, I knew I had to book her. Christina’s got a lovely, bubbly energy and her photos are well, the best (see what I did there?) Luckily she was free that day and we ended up having a wonderful time on the farm taking photos. She had some very creative and fun ideas for the shots, and she was able to make Christopher and I feel so comfortable, which really comes across in the photos. I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a photographer in the Sacramento/Northern California area!

My fiancè and I are beyond happy with the photos and I know they’re going to be something we cherish for years to come. Enjoy!

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Otherwise Engaged


I am so excited to announced that my boyfriend, Christopher, and I are engaged! He completely surprised me and proposed to me over the holiday weekend in the most thoughtful way possible (did someone say Paris?). Christopher is the best thing to ever happen to me and I could not be happier to go on this adventure with him. Let the wedding planning commence!

I have to say, his timing was pretty great, because now I can wear wedding whites all summer long, starting with this sweet eyelet dress that I picked up at a clothing swap a while back. Though it’s a casual dress, pairing it with an elegant clutch, fun necklace, and heels (my “something blue,” naturally), makes it the perfect outfit to celebrate such an occassion. Perhaps this will make an appearance at our engagement party…

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Details: Eyelet dress, Clothing swap, Free//Necklace, WeaveWorks Recycled Fashion, $5//Heels, Charming Charlie, $25//Vintage clutch, Eco Thrift, $6