We are so excited for baby #2's little life!
Watch below to see how we found out and how I told Ryan.
I have been an avid thrifter for as long as I can remember. Rummaging through miles and miles of used clothes was one of the best skills my mom taught me....and I've saved so much money re-using clothes and furniture through the years. I also love that it is more sustainable, and I donate all of my clothes when I'm done using them so another happy thrifter can benefit from them.
Over the years, I've been asked, "how do you find cute stuff while thrifting?" It's true, thousands of items of clothes, often crammed together and lacking the right size tags can be super overwhelming, but if you're committed to getting a good deal and shopping sustainably, it can be a fun treasure hunt! (don't give me crazy eyes....it's true!)
Come along with as I thrift shopped last week and hear a couple tips that might help you too!
Here are some of my tips from the video (and a few more I added in!)
1. Have patience and look through everything!
Push all the hangers down as far as they can go. This way you can go through them one at a time. Move quickly....your eye can generally catch a cute color or pattern you like. This will keep you on time, but still seeing everything so nothing is missed. Allot a good amount of time for thrifting....you'll need at least a couple hours to find good stuff. Thrifting shouldn't happen on a day you feel rushed, because it takes patience!
2. Have intention when you shop
If you know what you're looking for, you'll be more apt to find something like it. I don't typically know exactly the style I want, but I usually know that I am looking for a certain color or a type of clothes (like a dress, shoe, or pant). This helps me intentionally go where those things are, so I don't feel super overwhelmed with all the stuff.
3. Find out when your thrift shop re-stocks or when their big drop offs come in
Big drop offs typically happen after holidays or Mondays after everyone went through their clothes on the weekend. And certain thrift shops re-stock or get things in on certain days. If you can find out when those times are, you can show up before other thrifters snag the great stuff.
4. Check out thrift shops in more high end neighborhoods
When doing this, you can often find name brands and higher end clothes. (But don't discount your thrift shop just because it isn't in a good area. There can be great stuff anywhere!)
5. Try on EVERYTHING and take risks!
You never know if something will look great until you try it on. So try on more then you would at a regular store! I also find that taking risks is more fun with thrifted clothes. I don't want to spend $40 on something that is a statement but I maybe won't wear all the time, but I will spend $5.99 on it. :)
6. Go on sale days!
You can find out by asking when your sale days are at your local thrift shops. They normally discount certain color tags.....and discounts on thrift clothes make them even MORE affordable!
7. Be creative, have fun, and buy sustainably or fair trade whenever you can!
I bawled like a baby making this birth video, so much so that it’s 6 months late. Mom hormones, I guess. Whoops.
If you’ve ever wondered Amelia’s birth story, check it out below. (There’s lots of bellies and baby, so avoid if you aren’t into that sort of thing.)
I’ll just be over here crying and rewatching 1000x times. Sorry, Mila, your momma’s crazy and loves you a lot.
This is my most favorite way to wear my hair! I've had friends ask how I get it so curly, so here's a quick tutorial on what I use. I feel like I channel my inner 'Mamma Mia' when I do my hair like this....and it's totally one of my most favorite movies. :)
Curling Wand Used Here
I also used.... Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo and Frizz Ease Hairspray
We celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary yesterday and I love Ryan more than I ever have before. Most years since we've been married, I've made an anniversary video about our year together.
In truth, our life is wonderful. But there are hard things and last year, I struggled with how painful life truly can be. Choosing joy didn't feel like an option with what I went through. Through it, Ryan loved me and helped me find a way to see this beauty again. But I make these videos for us every year because, though life can be painful, these moments in the video are what I remember. Even in pain, Ryan has been by my side helping me see this joy, community, and abundant life in everything. And we've together chosen that when we look at life, we will see these things and we will work hard to choose joy. This year we've found so much of this joy in our friends, family, and community.
Ryan, thank you for walking with me through darkness and taking my hand toward the light. When I look back, I see the fingerprints of God all over this life. You are the strongest most tender man I know and I am always in awe that somehow you picked me. Even in the hard things, how sweet this life is with you and how full of goodness. I hope you see the absolute joy you bring me through this video. I love you with all my heart. Happy Anniversary. <3
It’s our second anniversary and so much has happened this year. We moved into a camper and started a road trip of the country. Here’s a few pieces of our year we wanted to share with you via video. :)
Since so many of you asked how I curl my short hair, I made a tutorial to help show you the steps I take to make it curly! (and this was the first tutorial I got to film in my camper. Woot woot!) Make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel if you're interested in more tutorials. :)
Love you all!
One of our friends made us a proposal video (he was there with the photographers that night, and this part is from when Ryan brought my family out to light chinese lanterns in celebration of me saying, "yes!"). The video is so beautiful and makes me cry all over again! Check our friend's awesomeness out at www.appstronauts.com
Read the rest of our engagement story here!
We got really bored while driving for so long, so we decided to make a goofy video.
Just posted a gazillion new travel videos on my youtube account. Go check it out and subscribe to me. :)
Here's a quick taste of my new videos. Video one is a random little video I created to document my Saturday. Video two is a little snippet from my time in Italy. :)
Hey, friend! I'm Chelsie!
Stay a while and get comfy. <3