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    Want To Learn To Thrift? Join My 5-Day Thrift Challenge!

    For the past year and a half, I have showed you guys tons of different thrift hauls, shopped together, shared stories, and gave styling tips. Now, it’s time to teach you guys how to thrift. I created a five-day thrift challenge to take you from beginner to thriftonista. Because the more people that thrift, the merrier.

    Join the 5-day thrift challenge here!

    The biggest question that I get asked — besides how to clean thrifted clothing — is where to start. It’s intimidating. I get it, which is why I am here to help. In just five days, you’ll learn which thrift shops are around you, join the thrifting cycle, and join a community of thrifters that are right there, learning with you. Oh, and it’s all FREE.

    When is the thrift challenge?

    The thrift challenge starts Oct. 15 and runs through Oct. 19. Yes, five days is all it takes to become a master thrifter!

    5-day thrift challengeWho can join?

    Literally anyone. Total beginners can learn how to start thrifting, and seasoned thrifters will learn how to take their thrifting to the next level.

    How long will each day take?

    Most days take about 20 minutes to complete. The only exception is the two days that we visit the thrift store. Those days can take as long as you’d like them to.

    Do I have to visit the thrift store every day?

    Nope. The beauty of the challenge is in planning. You’ll learn how to plan and get involved in the thrift cycle, which can be done right at home.

    Why now?

    Why not. Odds are that you’ve been interested in thrifting, or you wouldn’t be reading this right now. You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.

    Do I have to do it all at once?

    Nope. Of course, things are always more rewarding when you do it with community though. You can follow along with us through #kbthriftchallenge on Instagram.

    What will I get?

    You’ll get five emails — Monday through Friday — that spell out how to make the most of your thrifting. It starts with research and builds to sharing what you find with fellow thrifters. You’ll also get Instagram story posts and prompts to post on Instagram each day.

    Where can I sign up?

    Right here! A simple email address, and you’ll be in.

    I am a firm believer in thrifting — I don’t think that comes as a surprise to anyone. As much as I love sharing my finds and stories with you all, I want to do more. I want to encourage people to try thrifting and educate people on how it can save the planet. It sounds nerdy, I know. But I believe that it’s true.

    It’s also really freaking fun. I hate hearing how people are afraid to try thrifting. While it can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. I want to break down the stereotypes around thrifting and prove to you how fun it can be. Who knows, it might just change your life like it did mine.

    xx, Kali

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    How I Wash Thrifted Throw Pillows, So I Can Swap Styles For Different Seasons

    For a lot of people, there is a fine line between the items that they will and will not thrift. Sometimes it’s shoes. Other times it’s plates. I tend to push the limit with things that I won’t thrift. Yes, there are some items you will never see me buy at the thrift store, but throw pillows are not one of them. In fact, I’ve found a way to wash thrifted throw pillows that makes me feel comfortable about them being in my home.

    Yes, I buy thrifted throw pillows. This is a much debated topic in the thrift world. (My own mom tells me not to.) The way I see it, is that if you can wash thrifted throw pillows, then they should be allowed into your home. Because your girl doesn’t have $100 to shell out every single time a season comes around, but I’d still like my home to look nice.

    The number one question that I get asked is about how to wash items once their in my home. I am constantly looking for new ways to get clothing even cleaner, but I’m pretty darn proud of how I wash thrifted throw pillows. The technique is simple, quick, and even made my boyfriend (an anti-thrifter, if you will) comfortable with having the items in our home.

    wash thrifted throw pillowsThere are some obvious benefits to shopping throw pillows. It’s cheaper than buying them at the stores, it’s fun to keep switching items outs, and you get to give an item a new life. However, you should be careful when buying secondhand pillows. Here are a few rules that I like to follow:

    Always make sure that the pillow has a sanitized ticket on it.

    Every couch, chair, and pillow should come with a special, oversized sticker on it. It normally says something like, “this item has been washed and sterilized.” While you can’t guarantee that it actually has been cleaned correctly, it’s still a good sign to shop.

    Make sure the pillow has a zip-off cover.

    Personally, I would never buy a pillow that doesn’t have a zip-off cover on it. Why? Because you can’t see if there are any stains on them. It also makes it easier to wash and you can even buy a new pillow for the inside. Since you’ll likely be paying around $5 (or less!) per pillow, you might as well splurge on a new pillow stuffing.

    Opt for feather pillows.

    First off, feather pillows are just comfier. Hands down. They also last anywhere from five to ten times longer than synthetic materials. When searching for a pillow, you should always look for organic materials, since they hold less bacteria and hold shape better. Bonus points that you’ll feel super fancy, too.

    The most important thing to remember is to buy what you feel comfortable buying. It’s simple, but easy to forget. It’s so easy to look at someone else’s thrifted home or carefully curated Instagram photo and think you have to do the same thing. This post is not to convince you to buy thrifted pillows. It’s to make you feel more comfortable, if you’ve been wanting to.

    Now for the fun part — how I wash thrifted throw pillows. Personally, I chose not to replace the inside of the pillow just yet. I wanted to get them on my couch as soon as I could, so I chose just to wash both the outside and inside of the pillow. Will I down the line? Maybe. But we’re enjoying them how they are right now.

    wash thrifted throw pillowsAll you need to wash the pillows are, well, some pillows, some castile soap, and a washer. I have used castile soap to wash my makeup brushes and other clothing items for a while, and I chose to do the same with the inside and outside of my thrifted throw pillows. Oh, and you’ll also was a pair of scissors, so you can cut off the tags instead of tear them. Here’s a step by step of what I did to wash my thrifted pillows.

    1. Unzip your pillows.

    Like mentioned before, the best way to clean the pillows is inside and out. Finding pillows that have zip-off covers makes that really easy. I lucked out by finding five pillows — two sets of matching and one random — that all zipped apart. They’re also all feather pillows.

    2. Wash the covers with castile soap.

    Turn your settings to delicate and get your soap ready, my friends. Some people like to wash everything they thrift on high heat. I am afraid of shrinking/ruining things, so I opted for the delicate cycle with my pillows. But instead of my regular detergent, I use a little bit of castile soap.

    You won’t get the normal amount of suds with the castile soap, but it is a safer and more powerful way to wash. I pour in about 1/3 cups of soap directly into the wash and let it do its thing. Bonus points that it also has a nice scent of peppermint, which is the scent of castile soap that I chose.

    3. Spray the inside of pillows with castile soap.

    If you’re keeping the inside of your pillow, spray it, no, douse it with castile soap. I put about 1/3 cups into a spray bottle, fill it the rest of the way with water, swish it around, and get to spraying. Then put the pillow right into the dryer on high heat. Of course, the most sanitary thing to do is to get new pillows for the inside. But there are ways to work with what you’ve got, if you don’t immediately have the funds.

    After drying the inside and outside of the pillows, just put them back together and get to styling. I love this tactic as an affordable way to switch up my home style. I’ve had so much fun finding the perfect home items at the thrift store. These pillows are another way to prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your ideal home.

    xx.

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    My Happiness Prescription & Why Mind Management Matters

    I’ve been super conscious of my mind, since I realized that I have anxiety. For so long I was worried about exercising my body and eating healthy, but I never thought about doing the same for my mind. It all started with journaling here and there. Then came listening to podcast to help me ease my mind. It all ended up leading to my Happiness Prescription — a checklist of things that I do each day to maintain a happy and healthy mind.

    I can’t take credit for this idea though. Ingrid Nilsen talked about how she crafted her own Happiness Prescription on her podcast Ladies Who Lunch. She said that it really boosted her entire day, so I knew I had to try it. To put it simply, it’s a list of four things that guarantee to make you happy and boost your positivity. The goal is to do three things on the list every single day.

    It sounds simple, but this list has completely changed my life. After following the list for months now, I can see a direct correlation between my mood and my Happiness Prescription.

    I thought it was silly to do for a while, so I kept the list to myself. After telling a few of my close friends about it, they thought that it was an awesome idea too. That’s when I knew that I had to share it with you. If this mind management skill helps even one person the way that it helped me, then it will all be worth it.

    Happiness Prescription

    When I first started my list, it was a matter of setting my routine. For the first few weeks I would write a physical checklist down on paper. Having something to check off is really important to my personal mind management. I love to see the checks and physically know that I crossed something off of my list. Now that it’s been a while, these things come second nature to me.

    Your list doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. You’ll see that my Happiness Prescription is filled with things that might seem simple, but are very important for me. It’s not set in stone, either. There were some things on my list that just weren’t manageable for my every day life, so I tweaked it to make it enjoyable for me.

    Here’s what is on my Happiness Prescription:

    1. Get Outside

    This might seem simple to you, but it’s the most important one on my list. Because I work from home, there are some days that I literally don’t go outside. My social anxiety leaves me stranded in the house at times too. Whether this is taking a walk around the block or going somewhere to have lunch with a friend, it gets a check off the list.

    2. Reach Out To A Friend

    Again, this one is mainly for my social anxiety. I realized that, now and growing up, I stuck to only a few really great friendships. It was a goal of mine to make sure to be a better friend this year. I check this box off by meeting with a friend for coffee or just sending them a text to see how they’re doing.

    3. Cook Myself A Healthy Meal

    Working from home means that I’m often at coffee shops or anywhere else with wifi. A lot of time that means getting snacks or meals on the go. Making it a priority to have at least one healthy home-cooked meal let’s me put my health at the forefront. I also really love to cook, which does wonders for my mental health too.

    4. Journal Or Read

    Journaling is one of my favorite things to do. Like I said before, it really helps me keep my mind at ease and get all of my feelings out on paper. It’s important for me to write personally, since I write all day every day for work. When I don’t feel like writing, I read. Books give me the same mental escape as journaling.

    I don’t do every single one of these things every day. The rules are to do three of the four things to fill the Happiness Prescription for the day.

    My list didn’t always look like this, either. Originally, I had working out on the list. I realized that I didn’t truly enjoy going to the gym, so I changed it to going outside. I enjoy taking a walk around the block way more than I do going for a run. It’s all about what make you happy the most.

    What do you guys think of the Happiness Prescription? I’d love to hear about the things that make you the happiest in the comments section. Even if you don’t want to jump full force into the list, make sure you do at least one thing today that makes you happy!

    xx.

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    Garage Sale Jewelry Haul // Earrings For All Occasions

    As soon as summer rolls around, I instantly think garage sales. I’m not sure if it’s a normal thing for all of you reading it, but I’ve been going [and having them myself] every summer since I can remember. I love that my mom always instilled in me that shopping secondhand is nothing to be ashamed of, which is partly what inspires my to blog.

    Anyways, I’ve been at a few garage sales throughout the month, but this one was the mother-load. I had been working all day and my mom and grandma called saying that I needed to check this sale out. So I jumped in the car, we headed over to the sale, and she was completely right.

    While the woman had tons of outdoor decorations and other knick-knacks, the highlight was all of the jewelry. The woman had tons of real and costume jewelry all spread out onto a long, locked-up case and bundled bags to choose from. I’m talking hundreds of pieces all for incredible prices.

    My grandma was nice enough to buy me a grab-bag of earrings from the sale. The bag was $10 and for 8 pairs of earrings, which is a heck of a deal if you ask me. There’s something so exciting about getting a whole bag filled with goodies and going home to sort them all out. It’s like a mini treasure hunt!

    I ended up keeping six pairs of the earring and giving the other two pairs to my cousin. I’ve really been trying to up my earring game lately, so I was really excited to get tons of quirky pairs to try out. These triple circle ones are my favorite. They’re actually the ones that caught my eye in the grab bag, when I was going through the pile.

    I don’t like to brag around here, but this ring is one that I will toot my own horn on. This might just be my most favorite garage sale find ever. When I said that the woman had a ton of incredible jewelry, I wasn’t kidding. This ring is so unique. The band is made of branches, there’s leaves attaching the gem, and the stone is cut naturally. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

    These lightbulb-looking earrings were also another major highlight — pun intended — of the garage sale. They’re vintage-looking and somewhat steampunk. I love that these aren’t the typical jewelry that you could find during ever fast-fashion brand. Although I don’t know for sure, I’m willing to bet that these were handmade.

    All in all, I’d say that this garage sale was a total winner. It might just be the best one of the summer. Not only did I get to stock up on tons of fun jewelry, but I also got a really adorable wine-holding picnic basket. I’m hoping to do a post about it very soon!

    Which pair of earrings do you guys like the best? I’d love to hear about any garage sale finds that you’ve gotten recently too. Let me know all about it in the comment section!

    xx.

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    One Lovely Blog Award II & III // All About Me

    Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely week. My vacation has been incredible! I have to admit, I really did miss my work, but it was nice to get a break to reset, focus on my goals, and relax for a while. I have a ton of really exciting things coming in the next few week, so stay tuned.

    Until then, it’s time for another awards post! I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the incredible Jirah Merizz. Her lifestyle blog is light and so much fun. She tells the story of her life, and you need to check out her cats because they’re adorable. I wrote down in my blogging journal that I was nominated for a second one too, but I could figure it out. If it was you, I’m sososo sorry I didn’t mention you!

    The rules are simple — thank the person that nominated you, share seven facts about yourself, and nominate 15 others. I would love for you to write a fun fact about yourself in the comments, so I can get to know you a little better too!

    1. I will always order regular coffee over any seasonal drink.
    2. I have so many books that there’s pretty much an obstacle course to get around stacks in my room.
    3. When I was little, I hated my red hair, but I love it now.
    4. As much as I love online blogging and writing, my first passion is magazines.
    5. I’m currently binge-watching Riverdale on Netflix.
    6. I wish I would’ve went to law school.
    7. I’ve been obsessed with the drink La Croix lately
    8. I’m in the middle of writing of book of essays.
    9. Summer is my least favorite season.
    10. The thrift shop is my happy place.
    11. I’m extremely good at reading people.
    12. Earrings have been my accessory of choice lately.
    13. I have a serious coffee mug addiction.
    14. I rather talk on the phone than text.

    I nominate…

    Noha of Cat Flick And Matte LipsNajida of The Average Gurl, Hannah of Amethyst Rose Beauty, Anni of Glücksgeist, Pearl of The Pearly Life, Siyana of Siyana Online, Bea of BeaFree, Kerri of Carolina Book Belle, Shelby of True Bliss, Bethany of Polished Culture, Jasmin of UghMango,  Trina of Trending With Trina, Alifya of Alifya Lifestyle, Kris of Dreaming of Pink, and Femme: Rewritten.

    I hope you guys enjoyed my facts! It can be hard to come up with good ones, but I really dug deep this time. Please leave a fun fact about you in the comment section!

    xx.

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