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All of us at thredUP update our closets pretty frequently – and we don’t mind doing it! But we’ll never turn down sage advice on how to make the routine task easier. We recently met Laurie Palau, founder of simplyBorganized.com, who offered some clever organization tips that couldn’t be easier to remember. So we invited her to share them here:

I’ve come up with a simple three-step method for navigating through the daunting task of organizing your closet, whether large or small. I call it my Organizing ESP – not mind reading, but rather Empty, Sort and Purge.

Empty. Don’t try to organize your closet while it’s filled. Instead empty your entire closet into piles in your bedroom. Working with a clean slate allows you to see your space and determine the best layout moving forward.

Sort. As you empty, begin to group like items into five piles: Keep, Relocate, Sell (with a consignment store or site), Donate or Trash. Identifying each item into their proper group will help to keep you from getting sidetracked along the way.

Purge. Typically I apply the one-year rule. If you haven’t worn something in a year you need to get rid of it: either donate or resell it through a consignment shop, or if it’s a keepsake, move it to your memorabilia bin.

Unless you have a large walk-in closet, the only items that should live in your closet are the ones currently in rotation. Cycle seasonal clothes out bi-annually, storing the out-of-season clothes elsewhere! There is no reason your closet should be bursting at the seams with clothes you’re not wearing.

Organizing Expert, Laurie Palau is the founder & CEO of simply B organized, LLC.   A home, work and life organizing service. For additional information on simply B organized visit www.simplyBorganized.com  

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We all have that piece that’s hiding in the shadows and tucked into the back of our closets. It’s not that we don’t love this piece — it’s gorgeous after all — it’s just been forgotten. When we happen to push today’s go-to pieces aside as we dig for a summer clutch or pair of sandals, we’re delighted to rediscover our old pals.  

Want to reunite with your #forgottenfave and win a $250 shopping spree on thredUP? Enter the contest by snapping a photo of yourself modeling your #forgottenfave and share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Tag #forgottenfave and @thredup for the chance to win a $250 thredUP shopping spree! (Note: if you’re sharing on Instagram please make sure your account is public so we can see the photo). 

You have until July 11th to enter. So go on, explore that closet of yours and see what you can find! 

 

 

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Our CEO and co-founder, James Reinhart, was a teacher before starting thredUP and was always amazed by how hard parents (moms especially!) work to get their kids ready to head back to school. We wanted to acknowledge this hard work and treat mom after the hectic back to school preparations. Last year we tested a program called Back-To-You where moms earned cash back for themselves on every item they purchased for their kids.

We’re pleased to announce that this program is back by popular demand! Between July 7th and September 15th, moms will earn 10% back on every item they purchase for their kids. Consider it our way of saying thanks for all your tireless work, and know that a little shopping spree (for you!) awaits.

After September 15th we’ll calculate how much you’ve earned and send an email notifying you of the credit that has been issued to your account. You’ll have until December 31st to redeem the credit in the women’s shop. Please note that credit will not be earned on kids’ items that have been returned.

Happy Back To School shopping!

Sketch 4 School

What will your child be when they grow up?

We asked our community to send us their children’s drawings of what they want to be when they grow up, and we were overwhelmed with all of the beautiful and inspiring entries!

Our winner, Mya Moore, age 6, wants to be a teacher when she grows up! Mya received a $500 thredUP shopping spree, and her school, Brooks Elementary, received a $1,000 donation in her name.

Mya Moore from Brooks Elementary

Here’s a sampling of more entries we received. A webpage showcasing all of the entries will be live soon!

Vet Rori, 7

Sonya Bennion, 5

Madison Soucey age 11


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Thomas Lownes 7, Astronomer

 

June was a pretty great month in our books. We’ve had beautiful weather, the World Cup, and, well, a whole lot of other great stuff going on. Since there was so much to love, we decided to compile a little listicle for you. Here are the top 10 things that made us happy this month:

1. Handsome fútbol players.

Cristiano RonaldoHellllloooooo World Cup! Admittedly, most of us are fair-weather soccer fans at best, but we’re all full-time fans of Cristiano Ronaldo’s chiseled jaw. Our whole office has been watching as many of the games as possible. Have you been keeping up?

2. Lupita Nyongo’s first Lancôme ad.

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She’s just so sweet and talented and stunning. We can’t help but get excited every time we see her! And that flawless complexion is making us want to hit the Lancôme counters ourselves.

3. All of the adorable and inspiring entries we’ve received in our Sketch 4 School contest.

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We asked our community to send in their kids’ drawings of what they want to be when they grow up, and we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the response! We’ve been sharing as many as possible on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, so make sure you check them out.

4. Season 2 of Orange is the New Black

orange-new-black-season-2-casting-rumorsThe great thing about a Netflix shows? You get the whole season at once, so binge-watching is basically required. We don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t finished the season yet, so we’ll just say this: BEST ENDING EVER.

5. Messes. Of. Dresses.

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The sun finally came out (even in San Francisco!) and gave us all the chance to break out our favorite maxis, shifts and sundresses. Plus, we listed thousands of new styles, so there’s plenty of new fashion-candy for you!

6. ManRepeller’s hilarious critique of our favorite sappy romance movie, The Notebook.

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Seriously though, a lake full of that many swans would be way gross.

7. The Adventures of this adorable beagle, Sid.

My Regal BeagleOur new favorite way to procrastinate at work? Following this goofy beagle around on his many adventures. Sid is currently traveling up the California coast in what he believes to be a spaceship (it’s definitely a car) with his owner, the talented photographer, Alex Hopes.

8. Beauty oils.

Refinery29 Beauty OilsIt took us a good long while to work up the courage to test this beauty trend, but boy are we glad we finally did! Talk about glowing skin. Refinery29 rounded up a few of the bests here, and we give ‘em all two thumbs up.

9. Our favorite trend: All White Everything

All White EverythingMaybe we’ve been spending too much time on Pinterest lately, but we’re pretty sure All White is summer’s biggest trend. Yes, we realize that wearing white from head-to-toe can be risky, especially if you love eating messy tacos (which we do). But still, this look is too chic to pass up. Give it a try, we guarantee you’ll feel glamorous.

10. Free shipping for the rest of 2014 with thredUP Everyday!

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Just in time for back to school season, we’ve launched thredUP Everyday! For just $19.99, you can sign up and get free shipping on every single order you place for the rest of 2014.

What did you love most this month? Share your list in the comments!

Miranda Kerr’s otherworldly good looks would probably allow her to make headlines wearing a flour sack. But thankfully for those of us who aren’t Victoria’s Secret Angels, the Australian beauty has a penchant for casual yet chic ensembles that would still look great on those who don’t pose in lingerie for a living. Here are three of our favorite ensembles from the glamorous young mom, and how to score them for less.
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1. Day in the sun: Kerr’s hit-the-streets ensemble would be a perfect choice for summer traveling, thanks to the practical flat black sandals (like this Cole Haan pair) on her feet. Classic blue skinnies, like this Level 99 pair, get a dose of fun with a subtle leopard print, while a flowy black tank from Eileen Fisher keeps her cool. Complete the look with a Panama hat from Cuyana and a classic pair of black Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
2. Legs for days: Leather shorts like this pair from ASOS have been a popular summer option this year, but they can definitely be intimidating to style. Take a page from Kerr’s book by dressing them down with an oversized Everlane white tee, complete with rolled-up sleeves, Wayfarers, and a bright red pout. Wine-colored Nine West pumps and a black leather Cynthia Rowley satchel dress things up.
3. Simple stunner: Kerr’s classic silhouette in this outfit looks great on everyone, regardless of their shape. Just pair a scoop-necked, 3/4 sleeve black tee from Splendid with a voluminous printed skirt with a nipped waist, like this one from Ann Taylor LoftNude Charles & Keith stilettos with an ankle strap elongate the legs, while a structured white Banana Republic satcheladds polish. Throw on some tortoise-shell Gucci aviators for an added dose of glamour.

Got a star style you’re itching to steal? Share a photo or link in the comments, and our fashion experts will work their magic to help find it for less.

This Sunday is time to turn your attention to dad! If you didn’t buy him a gift, don’t sweat it. Father’s Day is all about being thoughtful, and we’ve found a few great apps with dad in mind. Borrow his iPad or smartphone for a few minutes to download them and surprise him with a quick tutorial on Sunday morning!

1. iHandy Carpenter

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Hanging a family photo is a piece of cake with iHandy Carpenter. Its e-toolbox is complete with a ruler, protractor and a bubble level bar — to ensure that your frame is perfectly aligned, without taking up any additional garage space!  ($1.99 – Available for iPad, iPhone and Android)

2. Grill Guide

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You and dad can perfect your barbecuing techniques together in time for July 4th! This app has all of the answers to questions on grilling time and prep for different cuts of meat along with some great recipes. Bonus: The app is built to operate entirely offline, so you won’t be left hanging if you don’t have cell service on the beach or at the campground. ($.99 – Available for iPad, iPhone and Android)

3. Gas Cubby

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If you plan to take some family road trips this summer, this one will come in handy. Gas Cubby tracks your gas mileage and sends reminders when it’s time to change the oil, rotate the tires or replace the brake pads. The app can keep track of multiple vehicles in your household to help save money and keep your cars in good condition. ($1.99 – Available for iPad and iPhone)

4. Full Fitness

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 3.34.28 PMYou care about dad’s health, so help him stay in shape and enjoy working out! With Full Fitness, he can create a workout plan, view pictures of over 300 different exercises, watch video demonstrations and track his progress. Reviewers say it’s more like a personal trainer than just an app. ($1.99 – Available for iPad and iPhone)

5. Tie a tie

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Diversify dad’s wardrobe with the addition of a few new accessory looks! This app offers step-by-step instructions for tying over 20 different knots (we didn’t know that many existed!), so you can even learn how to help him look his best. It boasts a clever mirror feature, picture demonstrations and an animated visual guide; tying a tie has never been easier. (Free – Available for iPad, iPhone and Android)

Do you have any favorite apps that you would recommend for dads? Let us know in the comments!

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The mercury’s soaring, but your closet’s boring? We can relate. After spending the better part of a year in storage, those formerly cool summer ensembles might be looking a little tired. But with a trip to the craft store and a little sewing know-how, old outfits can become new again. Here are five DIY projects that will give your wardrobe rejects a fresh twist, often at little to no cost. It’s the grown-up equivalent of arts and crafts at summer camp– and way more useful than friendship bracelets or lanyards.
Make a criss-cross tank. An oversize tee can become a cute criss-cross tank– and you don’t even need to know how to sew to pull it off. WobiSobi turned a cheap Hanes navy tee into a tie-back stunner with just some chalk, scissors, and knots. It’d make a great beach cover-up.
Add some spark to simple sneakers. Black lace, fabric glue, scissors, and patience are all you need to give plain white slip-on sneakers a feminine, yet cool, DIY touch. If you’re an artsier type, you could also use acrylic paint and lacquer to give them a full-on design of your own creation.
Sew bra guides into your favorite tanks. No one likes having an errant strap hanging out when they’re wearing a cute tank. High-end sleeveless dresses often come with “bra guides” to lock your straps in place, but you can pull this off with any dress or top. Follow Cyberseams‘ instructions to sew a bit of matching fabric or grosgrain ribbon and a small snap into each tank strap, then snap your bra between the guides. It’ll stay all day, even if you’re hiking or biking around!
Patchwork a denim jacket. Add a tribal twist to a vintage denim jacket by sewing some cool fabric to the back center yoke of the jacket. The process, as outlined by Fashion Heels to Carrot Peels, is simple: cut, pin, sew, and trim. Don’t have a denim jacket to keep you warm on cool summer nights? This one from Old Navy or this one from Topshop are affordable enough to withstand a little sewing-machine experimentation.
Do you have any sewing or DIY tips for summer fashion? Let us know in the comments.

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Healthy donuts? Yes, they do exist! And to celebrate National Donut Day today, we’ve put together 5 recipes that will make you feel a little less guilty about indulging in this sweet treat. Skip the trip to the bakery this weekend and impress your friends and fam with a delicious and healthier alternative.

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1. Paleo donuts: Hard to believe that you can make a donut without grains or dairy, but this recipe is sure to change your mind. The main ingredients are ripe bananas, applesauce and coconut flour (topped with a coconut butter glaze – yum!).

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2. Whole Grain Strawberry Donuts: Take advantage of strawberry season with this batch of baked donuts. They look gorgeous too, so these can make a great hostess or birthday gift.

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3. Coconut Flour Cake Donuts: These are also considered Paleo donuts. Kids love them and their airy texture resembles that of Krispy Kreme donuts. Can’t say no to that!

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4. Gluten-Free Banana Donuts: The key to these is that the bananas should be super ripe. Try topping them with chocolate chips or coconut flakes for extra flavor.

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5. Baked Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Donuts: These offer just the right amount of sweetness and the lemon gives it a hint of tartness. They’re delicious with or without a glaze!

Do you have a healthy donut recipe you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Meghan Newsom first caught our eye on Instagram. We were intrigued by the creative photos she posted of her wearing her thredUP finds! So it wasn’t a surprise to learn she’s a professional photographer in Alabama. She’s been behind the lens practically all of her life, and recently turned her passion into her career. We had the chance to chat with Meghan and got the scoop on how to take that perfect Instagram everyone is always after. Fun fact: Meghan first heard about thredUP from an Instagram photo a friend posted! Read on for her top tips to step up your iphoneography skills.

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Light: “As with any photograph, always look for light. Natural light looks better than artificial light, and window light always looks better than harsh sunlight. Play around with photographing your muse in different lighting situations and find what you like best!”

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Composition: “Photographs become interesting when they tell a story. Often times on Instagram, people are most intrigued with photos that tell an incomplete story and leave their imagination to wonder. Consider taking a photo of the petals on a flower instead of the whole flower, or ingredients you are putting into your dinner instead of the actual finished dinner.”

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Edit: “This is where things get fun! After you’ve taken your photo, you can put your own stamp on it by editing it within your phone. My all-time favorite editing app is VSCOCAM. I have downloaded all of their preset packs and normally use the N1 filter after i’ve adjusted the exposure in my photo. I love VSCOCAM because you can do all kinds of post processing like adding grain, adding vignette, changing the skin tone or the shadow tone, and you can change the tone of your photos (from warm to cool). Other apps I use are: Over App for words over photos, Afterlight to add border around my photos… and that’s it!”

So there you have it folks! Do you have any tips on taking a great Instagram? Share them with us in the comments.

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