Style Haul: Saving on my Latest Wardrobe Additions (+Giveaway!)

Styling a Sam Edelman pea coat and Mink Pink crop top from thredUP. Enter to win a $250 thredUP credit on the blog!

This post is sponsored by thredUP. All opinions are–as always!–my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible.

It’s crazy how much our priorities shift as we grow older. Not just with how we spend our time, but in how we choose to spend our money. In my teens and early twenties, every spare dollar I had went to clothes. I was obsessed with shopping and definitely had a “more is more” mentality about adding to my wardrobe. That’s why I named my blog Pumps & Iron in the first place–a play off pumping iron and pumps, my favorite type of shoe at the time (LOL I literally wear sneakers 24/7 now). I was determined to be a fashion (and fitness) blogger but ironically, as soon as I purchased my domain name, my spending priorities began to shift.

Nowadays, I’d much rather splurge on healthy food and workout classes than clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I still love fashion, but I just can no longer justify buying things at retail cost. There are a few exceptions to that, but for the most part, when I do shop, I stick to sales and consignment stores like thredUP.

Style haul from thredUP. Enter to win a $250 credit on the blog!Style haul from thredUP. Enter to win a $250 credit on the blog!

thredUP is the largest online resale store that buys and sells high-quality secondhand fashion for women and kids. They have on trend, like-new fashion from name brands and designers for up to 90% off, and everything you order arrives in a cute polkadot box, neatly folded and tagged. Their selection is huge with thousands of items being added everyday, so I’d recommend searching by brand when shopping the site. Once you type in the name of your favorite designer, you can then filter by size, color, price and style to find what you want. I always have to mentally prepare to really go digging when I shop at brick-and-mortar consignment shops so I love the ease of these online filters.

Over the last year, thredUP has actually become my go-to for Lululemon gear. I really do love their stuff, but I just can’t bring myself to pay full price for it when, let’s be real, I don’t need any more workout clothing. Every so often I’ll go to thredUP and see if they have any cute Lulu gear in my size and so far I’ve scored two tanks I wear all the time, a hoodie I’m obsessed with, and most recently these awesome print leggings. I got them for $64.99 (down from $118 retail) and they’re in like-new condition–seriously can’t even tell someone else owned them!

Styling Lululemon leggings and a J Crew top from thredUP. You can win a $250 credit on the blog!

thredUP inspects each item it receives by hand to ensure all clothing is in like-new condition, and some pieces even are brand new. The J.Crew muscle tank I’m wearing was $15.99 (down from $50) and still had the original tag on it. Score! I love the pocket detail and it can be knotted to pair with high-waisted bottoms or worn as-is with jeans.

Styling Lululemon leggings and a J Crew top from thredUP. You can win a $250 credit on the blog!

I also scored a Sam Edelman wool coat for $48.99 (down from $143) which is going to come in handy given the freezing temperatures here in Boston. I love the faux leather details on the jacket because it makes it easier to dress both up and down. I can layer a hoodie under it when walking to teach at the studio or take a workout class or wear it with a dressier outfit.

Styling Sam Edelman jacket, Lululemon leggings and a J Crew top from thredUP. You can win a $250 credit on the blog!

The last of the four items I got in my latest thredUP haul was this Mink Pink crop top for $9.99 (down from $30). I love the pattern and metallic details. I’m pairing it below with high waisted dress pants and I’m sure it’ll be a go-to this summer as well.

Styling a Mink Pink crop top from thredUP. Enter to win a $250 thredUP credit on the blog! Styling a Mink Pink crop top from thredUP. Enter to win a $250 thredUP credit on the blog!

In total, I saved $201.04 buying the four items on thredUP instead of retail. Woop! That’s like seven group fitness classes or two salads at Whole Foods (LOL but not LOL because it’s too close to the truth #WholePaycheck). And get excited because you all are about to save big, too …

$250 thredUP Giveaway (+Discount Code)

I’m so excited to be able to give one lucky reader a $250 credit to shop thredUP! With their pricing, you can get a lot for $250. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Go to thredUP and browse a bit until you find a piece you’d definitely add to your cart if you won.
  2. Comment on this post sharing your favorite thedUP find and leaving a link to the piece.

I’ll select a winner Monday night (3/13).

If you’re not the lucky winner, don’t fret: thredUP is offering Pumps & Iron readers a special discount! The first 100 people to use my code NICOLE40 will get an extra 40% off their first order. This applies to new US customers only; discount up to $50. Happy shopping!

Workout Leggings I Wear on Heavy Rotation (+Laundry Detergent Made Specifically for Them)

This post is sponsored by HEX Performance. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands who make this blog possible.

The amount of workout leggings I own is admittedly excessive. Yes, they are my work uniform, but still–no one needs this many pairs of leggings. And let’s be real. No matter how much of an article of clothing you own, you’ll still have your handful of favorites that you’ll wear over and over on heavy rotation while the rest of your wardrobe collects dust. I recently went on a Goodwill spree and successfully donated about half my activewear wardrobe but still could do some paring down. I’m guilty of doing the whole I haven’t worn these metallic Pokemon-patterned leggings since I bought them but OMG what if a local fitness studio has a Snorlax themed class, they’d be perfect, I MUST keep them.

Yes, Nicole. You must

Amidst the many options, there are a handful of leggings that I wear on heavy rotation (in no particular order):

  • Lululemon – Wunder Under Stirrup Yoga Leggings ($118) | These are the ones pictured above. They’re available in all black on their site but the two-tone I have is old. I actually found mine on Amazon and they’re still available there in a size 4.
  • Booty By Brabants – Bom Bom with Black Mesh ($80) | I have several pairs of BBB leggings because they’re so comfortable and flattering, but I think the black with mesh are my favorite because they have a higher waist than the originals. There are also now new BBB fabrics (the “croco skin” leggings) that are more opaque and a bit thicker, which I can’t wait to try out.
  • Michi – Shadow Leggings ($179) | I’m obsessed with Michi leggings, but they’re expensive and I was given mine for free so I always feel like a jerk recommending them. That being said, if you’re balling without a budget, give the brand a try. I also have an all-black pair that are old but this design is similar ($180).
  • Lululemon – Wunder Under Hi Rise Tech Mesh ($118) | I got these Lulus years ago and they’ve held up perfectly over the years. High waist, supportive material, and the most fun mesh pattern. They’re recently back in stock by popular demand.
  • Alo – Goddess Leggings ($98) | The palm springs print pictured below isn’t available anymore (I found mind in Alo’s Amazon store) but these white/gray ones are similar. My only wish is that the waist was a smidge higher so my next pair of Alo leggings will be these High Waisted Moto Legging ($114).

I recently got the chance to try out HEX Performance Laundry Detergent, which was made specifically with athletic wear in mind. While other detergents use heavy fragrances to mask odors, HEX detergent is designed to clean performance synthetic fabrics without the use of these heavy fragrances. It also has a non-allergenic molecule that helps to proactively prevent future stink and stains.

HEX Performance is also eco-friendly, which is a massive plus for me. It has a biodegradable formula and the packaging leaves a much smaller carbon footprint as they stay away from plastic bottles.

My laundry loads are 98% workout clothes, but it was actually Joe I had in mind when Hex Performance reached out to me. YOU GUYS. The smell. We’ve been living together for almost three years now and it still shocks me that an article of clothing can smell that rank after one workout. If he leaves his workout clothes on the bathroom floor and I so much as gingerly pick them up and put them in the hamper, I’ll have to wash my hands because they’ll stink. And if I accidentally put normal clothes in the washer with his workout clothes, they’ll have a faint odor to them even after going through a wash cycle. (Joe recently told me he wants to be on the blog more often and I don’t think this is what he had in mind LOL.) 

HEX Performance Advanced Laundry Detergent comes in a Fresh Clean scent (that’s the one I tried) and Free + Clear. As the name implies, the fresh clean detergent leaves clothes smelling fresh, but I found it to be a very light fragrance–not overpowering at all. I was surprised by how water-like the detergent is. Because they don’t use dyes or fillers, it pours from the bag clear. It also comes in single-dose packaging

In addition to removing odors as it cleans, HEX Performance detergent is also made to help prevent future odors. Even a slight improvement in the state of Joe’s workout clothing would be uh-mazing, so I’m excited to continue using it!

What are you most loved/worn pair of workout leggings? 

Hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HEX Performance. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cyber Monday Activewear Sales to Shop

Cyber Monday Activewear SalesI hope all my US readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had every intention of doing one of these roundup posts for Black Friday but my holiday food coma had other ideas … 😉

30% off Alo Yoga

Use code ALO30 at checkout.

I finally got myself a pair of their signature Goddess leggings that I see on every Insta-famous yoga chick and I love them! The material is thick and high-quality and I adore the leg-warmer look. Mine are the regular rise and I do think in the future I’ll go for the high rise cut. I’ve been eyeing the High-Waist Moto Leggings

Alo Yoga Leggings - Sale Picks

Moto LeggingsGoddess Legging Solid | Goddess Legging in Print (only $40!!)

25% off Bandier*

Use code CYBER25 at checkout.

Bandier is a trendy activewear boutique that carries some of my favorite brands. Their selection tends to skew to the pricier side so this sale could be an excuse to get something that’d normally be out of your budget. Bandier Sale Picks

Peek-a-boo joggers | Cozy Fleece Breeze HoodieDusk leggings | I’m Just Here for the Savasana

25% off Puppies Make Me Happy

Use code CYBERPUPPIES at checkout.

I have three of the sleeveless tanks from this company and wear them all the time. Not only are they adorable but the quality is excellent (of the sleeveless muscle tanks, anyway–haven’t personally tried the other cuts!). Here a few of my favorites: Puppies Make Me Happy Tanks - get 25% off Cyber Monday

Pugs N’ Roses | Puppies Make Me Happy | Puppies and Fitness (they have these for barre, boxing, spin and yoga as well) | Puppies & Coffee

25% off Sweaty Betty*

I love the studio leggings Sweaty Betty makes! I haven’t has as much luck with their running leggings, but all their studio category rocks my world.

Sweaty Betty sale picks

Jive Crop Reversible leggings | Open Turn Barre Tank | Flaunt It Tank

2 Best-Selling Fabletics Leggings for $24*

This is a KILLER deal but you need to be a Fabletics member to take advantage of it. I have several pairs of Fabletics leggings and wear them all regularly. They used to be great for basics but it’s been exciting to see them expand into fun prints and different fabrics. Fabletics Leggings Sale

Salar Leggings in White Fresco Print | Gaviota Leggings in black | Brogan Leggings | Brogan Capri

20% off at Athleta*

Use code RECHARGE at checkout.

I recently bought the High Rise Cut Out Chaturanga Tight and the long-sleeved Pose Top (pictured below) and am OBSESSED with both. The top is great for layering and is so soft that I usually end up wearing it all day and then to bed at night. Hygiene what?! 😉 Athleta Cyber Monday Picks

Chaturanga Tight | Pose Top | CYA Vest (I tried this on in-store–so warm and cute!)

Other Noteworthy Sales

  • Amazon has been making a push to step up their fashion game and I’ve found some awesome workout clothes and sneakers lately on the site (side note: my Prime obsession is out of control). Select items are 30% off  through midnight tonight. The adidas Pureboost caught my eye!*
  • New Balance is offering 25% off and free shipping. I LOVE their Newbury tight.
  • Shopbop is having a sale where the more you spend, the more you save. They have an ever-growing Activewear selection from top designers.*
  • Take 20% all final sale items at Revolve with code CYBER20.*

Did you do any Cyber Monday shopping? What sales are you loving?

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