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!

Recent Stitch Fix Keepers

Stitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

I’ve received a couple Stitch Fix deliveries since last posting about them so today I’m highlighting the keepers from each (plus sharing another non-Stitch Fix top I’m currently obsessed with). This long sweater was in one of the fixes, but since I’ve already worn it on the blog I decided to spare you the redundancy today.

Teanen Puffer Coat from Andrew Marc ($118)

Stitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

OUTFIT DETAILS | Tank is from a novelty t-shirt shop in Boston – this tank is the closest I could find online // Jeans from a previous fix // Jeans are from a previous fix // Converse high tops // gas station cheapie sunglassesStitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

I was on the hunt for a new winter jacket and fell in love with the burgundy color of this. The collar is thick and padded and the hood is removable.

Alpine Plaid Wrap Scarf by Look by M ($38)

Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarf Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarfThis oversized blanket scarf is impossibly soft and warm. I tend to wear black on black on black outfits all winter so the color of it will be a welcomed addition to my typically boring color coordinating.

Pistola Jeans ($88)

Stitch Fix review - Pistola jeansRips AND zippers?? Sign me up. I got these in a fix in September so I could be off a little with the price but I know they were under $100. I’m new to the Pistola brand but am officially a fan!


(Not Stitch Fix) Lexi Top by Clayton c/o Shopbop ($62)

Lexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans Lexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans Lexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans

OUTFIT DETAILS | Zara jeans – old but similar by ILY Couture ($88) and Rag & Bone ($225 but 15% off with code GOBIG16) // Jeffrey Campbell booties – old but the designer has a similar buckle style in a low-heel bootie and I’m obsessed with this split-ankle bootie as well // H&M jacket – old but this is similarLexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans Lexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans

This has become my go-to shirt for going out for dinner or drinks on the weekend–I love it! I’m totally into the choker trend so the fact that this is an off-the-shoulder top and choker in one made me fall hard for it. Shopbop is actually having a sale right now where the more you spend the more you save so take advantage of it! The sale code is GOBIG16.

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I’ve got a workout coming your way tomorrow that requires no equipment so you can try it even if you’re traveling for the holidays. Before I sign off today, I’ll leave you with this bit of creepiness (#AmericasNextTopModel): Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarf

Fellow Stitch Fixers — get any good deliveries lately?

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Over-the-Knee Boots and Working from Home

Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

For my last post with Designer Shoe Warehouse, I’m sharing these taupe over-the-knee boots and a teeny peek of my dismally furnished bedroom “office” nook. Joe and I were subletting before moving here so we were starting completely from scratch with not much more than a bed. In a way it’s overwhelming because it feels like we have a never-ending “to buy” list, but I also like the clean, minimalist start. We’re both super messy (you should see the amount of clothing heaped on my floor after simple tasks like choosing a pair of leggings haha) so owning less is a good thing!  Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

I’m wearing the Epic Over The Knee Boot by Marc Fisher which are perfect for pairing with a casual t-shirt dress like I have on or a sweater dress for chillier days. They’re a looser fit so you can also wear them over jeans. Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

This might sound odd, but sometimes it really does help me to be more productive if I take the time to put together a decent outfit before sitting down at my desk to work. Does this happen to anyone else?? I love working from home but when the place you work is also the place you sleep, eat, lounge, do laundry, etc., etc., it can be tempting to slack off–an issue that is exacerbated by the fact I’m typically wearing mismatched socks, old sweatpants with holes in them and one of Joe’s t-shirts (#fashion). If I find myself falling into a slump of unproductively, I’ll put together a comfortable but cute and thoughtful outfit and–as silly as it sounds–I’m more focused on work. I think the outfit change acts as a mental divide between home life and work life. Coffee helps, too. 😉Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

If you’re in the market for a pair of over-the-knee or tall boots, check out the huge selection DSW has HERE. They have plenty of styles under $80 and a variety of widths and sizes so that there truly is a boot for everyone. The boots I’m wearing also come in a version with a wider calf if you’re looking for a looser fit.

Alrighty hope hump day is treating you well! I’m about to head out of the city to Pembroke for a two-hour yoga workshop with my girl Yoga by Candace–so pumped! Maybe today will be the day I finally stick crow pose. 😉

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This post was sponsored by DSW. While I was compensated for my time, all opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂