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!

My Favorite Things: February

Hey friends! I’m taking this week off from teaching and it’s had the summer vacation effect on me–I seriously have no clue what day of the week it is. I wake up all disorientated thinking I slept through an alarm, unsure if it’s the weekend or a week day, and I had to check my calendar to make sure that February is in fact ending and it’s time for my monthly roundup of favorites. Yes on both accounts, so here we go …

Favorite Products/Services

Crane & Lion Leggings

On Valentine’s Day, Crane & Lion surprised my last Btone class of the morning with free leggings (so generous!). I got their Capri Tight and love the detail on the back of the calf. The color I’m wearing isn’t available online, but a bunch of the other colors are on sale for $44 (down from $90).

MiniLuxe Performance Polish

I actually think painting my own nails is relaxing so I only get professional manicures on occasion, one such occasion being before Boston Winter Ball at the start of the month. I got MiniLuxe’s Performance Polish Manicure and am kicking myself for not knowing about it sooner. The polish is as durable as gel but comes off with regular nail polish remover. Mine lasted three weeks without chipping and when I wanted to take it off my nails underneath weren’t ruined like with gel. Yassss honey!

NorthernDrops Photo Backdrops

I heard about this Etsy shop from Julie’s blog and highly recommend it to any fellow bloggers! I usually just shoot food and small products on my white desk because I love the clean look of the photos, but I wanted some options for recipes. I don’t have a marble countertop located by a window, nor do I have the space to store a marble slab, so these paper prints are perfect! I went with a white marble and two different gray wood prints (they’re poster material) but there are tons of backdrop prints to choose from in the store. You can pick different sizes and the 22″ x 22″ ones that I got were only $9. Love that I can just roll them back up and tuck them away when I’m done shooting.

Favorite Workouts

Booty By Brabants Charity Class for Unicef

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‘Tis the season for Boston Marathon fitness fundraisers! After experiencing the stress and misery of fundraising when I ran last year (some people are cut out for fundraising–I am not one of those people), it is really important to me that I support those doing it this year as best I can. Last weekend I went to a Booty By Brabants class (so fun!!) benefiting @baddiedae‘s marathon charity. I’m also going to be teaching a couple charity classes at Btone for other runners–I’ll keep you guys posted on the details of those if any local readers want to come! 🙂

Favorite Eats

by CHLOE

PUMPED by CHLOE came to Boston to serve up its vegan deliciousness! They had a media preview a couple nights before it officially opened and I got to sample a bunch of their menu items–everything was delicious (the sweet potato mac and cheese OMG). The Seaport area is exploding with new development and by CHLOE is located next to a new SoulCycle and Juice Press–what is this, New York?! 😉

Birch Benders Protein Pancakes Mix

I was sent samples of Birch Benders pancake mixes (protein, paleo and gluten-free versions) and Joe and I LOVED them–they’re so good! As far as taste goes, there isn’t a huge difference between the three, but if I had to pick, I think the protein was the favorite in our apartment. All you have to do is add water before cooking. Easy peasy.

Favorite Things I…

Watched

  • Jamesy Boy | This movie got terrible reviews but I enjoyed it. It’s based on the true story of a kid who was going down the wrong path, ends up in jail, and eventually turns his life around. The production quality isn’t stellar but it’s a really sweet story. Look for it on Netflix.
  • 30 Rock | How am I just now watching 30 Rock?! I’ve finally crawled out from under my rock (pun intended) and thank goodness because this show is hysterical. Joe and I binge watched the first season this past weekend and it makes me so happy to think I still have six seasons waiting for me. Dr. Spaceman?! I can’t. If you’re like me and jump into shows 2-10 years after they were popular then you MUST start 30 Rock. It’s on Netflix.
  • Janis: Little Girl Blue | This is another Netflix find. It’s a documentary on Janis Joplin’s life.

Read

  • [BOOK] Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright | You guys are probably like WTF is up with your choice in books. As you can tell by these monthly roundups, I’m obsessed with murder mysteries and anything involving organized crime, and it’s been that way since I was a little kid (The Boxcar Children started it all). Narconomics goes into the economics of illegal drug trade, speaking about it using the same business terms you’d apply to a Fortune 500 company. I particularly enjoyed the parts of the book where he talks about potential solutions to the drug problem in this and other countries and the complicated challenges in actually executing such strategies.
  • [BLOG] You Are More Than a Meal Plan via Hummusapien | Measured meal plans and counting calories and macros can be a great help when starting a weight loss journey, healing gut issues, or in meeting specific high-level performance goals, and if they work for you, that’s awesome. But when tracking everything you put in your body becomes an obsession, you need to take a step back and change your approach.
  • [BLOG] The Later Blog | If you’re a blogger or work in marketing, I’d check out Later’s blog. Later is a platform for scheduling Instagram posts, so some of their posts are self-promoting (as would be expected), but I always enjoy reading their insights on the social network–some really helpful strategy stuff!

Listened To

  • [PODCAST] Up and Vanished | If you loved the first season of Serial, you need to listen to Up and Vanished. I’m only five episodes in but I’m obsessed. It looks into the unsolved disappearance of a Georgia woman and if any of you have listened to it, I need to know your thoughts in the comments! Right now I think the ex-boyfriend Marcus killed her but again, I’m only a few episodes in.
  • [PODCAST] Missing Richard Simmons | I’m conflicted about this podcast. I had heard things here and there about Richard Simmons disappearing from the public eye a few years ago but hadn’t thought much about it … until now. This podcast looks into the mysterious way he just cut himself off from even his closest friends and the more the guy digs into it, the stranger it seems. I will say, it’s a very captivating podcast, but I also find it sad. It seems in Richard Simmons there is a bit of the Robin Williams factor–the enigmatic entertainer who puts a smile on everyone’s face while inside they deal with deep sadness. And part of me feels like by listening to it, I’m only perpetuating that and being entertained by someone else’s struggle.

Favorite Moments

Boston Winter Ball Weekend

The Boston Winter Ball is an annual event started by Joe’s friends that benefits the Corey C. Griffin Foundation and it’s an absolute blast every year. 

The dress I wore is Elle Zeitoune and also comes in black. I’m obsessed with it. The slit is high so I wouldn’t recommend wearing it to a wedding or anything but if you have a fun formal event on the calendar, it’s worth the splurge! Shoes are Steve Madden.

Watching the Super Bowl

I grew up in Massachusetts so I’m a Pats fan by default, but I’m not going to pretend like I watch every game and am all invested in the season–quite the opposite. Even given my disinterest in football though–holy sh*t THAT GAME WAS CRAZY.

New Jersey Weekend

Joe and I spent President’s Day weekend down in New Jersey for his nephew’s 8th birthday and we lucked out with the best weather for entertaining three kids. We went to playgrounds, the boardwalk, and got in some highly competitive games of hide and seek in the back yard (don’t want to brag or anything but I had the best hiding spot E-V-E-R).

Starting an Aromatherapy Certification Program

If you’re an OG blog reader, you might remember me talking about studying essential oils and aromatherapy over a year ago. Life continually got in the way of starting a certification program back when I first planned but I am SO EXCITED to be able to say I’m officially enrolled with the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy (I’ll talk much more about why I chose this program, etc., etc. in future blog posts). I don’t really set New Year’s resolutions, but I went into 2017 wanting to focus on education and learning more in this ever expanding field of wellness. I can’t wait to share my new expertise with you guys! It’s a self-paced course that I plan to complete in five-six months.

What made the highlight reel for you in February? Any other Up and Vanished listeners out there?? 

My monthly favorites posts are never sponsored, however they typically contain a few affiliate links. I get sent a lot of free products, and the first section of this post might highlight a couple of my favorites. I’m never required to or being paid to feature these freebies and only share the ones I truly love and think my readers will enjoy as well.

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.