Blue&Gold

Below are seven brands that I’ve been crushing on recently, in two of my favorite hues. I think you’ll like them, too!

1. Rickshaw Design. Even though I end up wearing an oversized t-shirt to bed almost every night, I have a strange obsession with pajamas. Rickshaw Design sells the most gorgeous textiles, from pajamas to scarves, tops to bedding. Inspired by traditional Indian block printing, all of Rickshaw’s bohemian goods having me seeing hearts.

2. Pen Meet Paper. I do love a good Etsy shop. Pen Meets Paper boasts gorgeous hand lettering and plenty of prints bursting with state pride.

3. Nettie Kent. I’m a jewelry minimalist, so I was naturally drawn to the organic designs of Nettie Kent’s jewelry. These simple Petros studs would easily be a staple in any wardrobe.

4. Kris Nations. How sweet are these little North Carolina earrings? I also love  this state necklace. All of Kris Nation’s jewelry is made right here in the USA and comes in the cutest little glass beaker packaging. Two sisters, Kris and Kim Nations are the brains behind the vintage meets boho accessory line.

5. Sweaty Betty. Love cute workout clothes but looking to break out of the Lululemon box? Sweaty Betty is home to a wide range of exercise gear, for activities ranging from barre to skiing. Get ready to make a wish list a mile long!

6. Indego Africa. This nonprofit social enterprise and lifestyle brand is aiming to break cycles of poverty by providing jobs for Rwandan artisans. They sell awesome jewelry, home decor, bags, and clothes. It reminds me of the trip to Uganda, so naturally I want to snatch it all up! I mean, how awesome is this hanging flower pot? I am in looooove with this double drop pendant necklace, but why must it be so expensive?!

7. House of Harlow. Nicole Richie, you’re a hot mess, but your jewelry sure is cute! I eye these earrings (along with the black sunburst pendant) every time I walk through Nordstrom.

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Hey friends! Just wanted to share a quick and easy recipe for homemade pesto. I’ve been making a batch of this pesto at the beginning of the week and using it for all kinds of things. On pasta, veggies, and even in pesto chicken salad. Store bought pesto has all kinds of weird and unnecessary ingredients (canola oil? lactic acid? torula yeast?) and this recipe is about as easy as it gets, so there’s really no reason to put that junk in your bod.

Super Simple Homemade Paleo Pesto

You’ll need:

  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1/4 C pine nuts
  • 1 C basil (packed)
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1/4 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 C sea salt
  • Pepper to taste

Super Simple Homemade Paleo Pesto

  1. First things first, peel the loose layers off a bulb of garlic and cut off the top, exposing the cloves. Wrap the bulb in tin foil and stick it in the oven heated to 375 for about 35 minutes.
  2. While the garlic is roasting, add pine nuts to a skillet over medium heat. Toss them for about 4 minutes, or until they turn brown. Careful, they burn easily!
  3. Now it’s food processor time. A magic bullet works well too! First, you’ll add in your basil. I bought a living basil plant from the grocery store, but any type should work, I think.
  4. On top of the basil, squeeze the juice of a small lemon.
  5. Now you can add your toasted pine nuts, and half of the EVOO. Once your garlic has finished roasting, squeeze it into the food processor as well. It will be soft and easy to squeeze.
  6. Blend it all up, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  7. When you stop, add in your salt, pepper, and the remaining EVOO. Continue pulsing until smooth and creamy.

Super Simple Homemade Paleo Pesto

Pssst: I put this pesto on zucchini noodles last week and it was delish! For those of you who asked for the recipe, here it is: Chicken Veggie Meatballs with Pesto Zucchini “Noodles.”

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I should start by saying that this is not a sponsored post of any kind. ThredUp doesn’t know me from Adam, it’s just a cool service that I wanted to share with you guys!

My Experience with ThredUp

I’ve had a big box of clothes waiting to be consigned for over a year. No kidding, it sat in the spare room of my house for one full year. I attempted to sell some of the items via Instagram twice and had some luck, but I still had a large box that was looking for a new home. Most of the items I had outgrown (sad face) or weren’t my style anymore, but there were also a few pieces that were new with tags – things I had purchased online, final sale – that didn’t fit once I received them.

I listed a few of the NWT (new with tags) items for sale on Ebay, and had some success. Sadly a few people who won the bidding never paid and I was running out of energy to re-list the items. I asked around, looking for a great consignment store in Charlotte, but I didn’t have much luck. There’s a Buffalo Exchange near my house but somehow I didn’t think the hipsters in Plaza Midwood would give me much for my Lily Pullitzer dresses and J.Crew tops. I’ve also heard that places like Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor pay hardly anything and sometimes only offer store credit instead of cash.

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So! That brought me to the world of online consignment. I did some research and found a few sites that looked cool, mainly Twice, Poshmark, and ThredUp.

Twice:

The great thing about Twice is that they will purchase items from you up-front, and then list the items for sale later. This means that sellers receive money when the items are received, instead of waiting for them to sell. Ultimately, I decided against Twice because they only accept high end brands, and nothing can be more than five years old.

Poshmark:

With Poshmark (they have a website and an app), anyone can go on the site and list the items they wish to sell. Once the item sells, Poshmark takes a small cut or percentage of the profits. I think Poshmark has the potential to be a lot of fun (mainly for shopping) but dang it seemed like a lot of work to sell something on there, kind of like Ebay.

ThredUp:

I’ll be honest and say that ThredUp had a decent number of negative reviews but eventually I just said, “What the heck!” and decided to give it a try. Here’s how it works…

ThredUp sends you a large bag marked with prepaid postage. The bag is huge and can fit the same amount of clothing as a medium-sized laundry hamper. Once you have decided on the clothes you’d like to sell, run them through ThredUp‘s Clothing Calculator to make sure that they accept the brand, and to get an idea of how much they will buy it for. You send the bag back via regular mail or FedEx, it’s all free. A week or so later they will email you telling you which items they are keeping, and how much they are going to pay you. They can either donate the items that they don’t accept, or for a fee of $12.99, you can have them sent back to you.

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So, with my polka-dot bag in hand, I looked though my pile of clothes and made sure they were all in good condition and were all brands that ThredUp would accept, thanks to the Clothing Calculator. For items that didn’t fit the criteria (pajamas, things with holes/stains, brands like Target), I made a separate pile and put in a box to take to Goodwill. In the end, I mailed in items from:

  • Lily Pullitzer (1)
  • Micheal Kors (1)
  • Polo Ralph Lauren (3)
  • Gap (2)
  • Madewell (1)
  • Rock & Republic (1)
  • Seven for All Mankind (1)
  • Ann Taylor Loft (2)
  • J.Crew (13) – omg
  • Anthropologie (1)
  • Independent boutique brands (2)

For a total of 28 items. Just left the bag by the mailbox and it was good to go! So easy.

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I waited probably two weeks and then received an email from ThredUp, which shows a detailed listing of which items they kept.

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They kept 21 of the 28 items I sent, not too shabby!

After receiving your upfront payout, you have 14 days to use your credit in the ThredUp shop. If you simply want cash, they will issue you a payout via PayPal. If you have items that are being sold consignment payout rather than upfront payout (like the Lily Pullitzer dress above), you have to wait until the item sells, as you only receive 60% of whatever the items sells for. The third option is to donate your payout to a charity, which you can do via the ThredUp site.

Overall, I was pretty pleased with my payout, although it does make my head spin to think about how much money I paid for all of those items in total. Yikes. Let’s just say that in college I loved to shop and obviously had not yet learned the importance of saving money. Anyway, I found the online consignment route to be convenient and I made a little cash back in my pocket, so I will definitely use the service again.

If you have any interested in buying any of the items I sent in, you can find my whole bag right HERE. It doesn’t benefit me in any way, but just, ya know, if you’re interested. Also, if you’re interested in giving ThredUp a try, you can get $10 off your purchase if you sign up using THIS LINK. Let me know if you guys have tried, or end up trying it, and if you have any success!

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