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It’s no secret that I love thrifting. More and more of my closet is starting to be taken up by pieces I thrifted, some of my most-loved clothes and shoes came from Goodwill, and I often catch myself putting together entire outfits composed of thrifted stuff. And while I will always love going to a good thrift store and hunt for great bargain pieces, I thought I’d also try a more high-tech approach to it. So I tried two websites – Twice and Copious – and I’m here to review them.

1. Twice

Twice is a site through which you can buy and sell gently worn clothes from higher-end and designer brands. They have a list of brand they accept, ranging from the Gap and J. Crew to Anthropologie and Theory. It’s definitely geared at a more grown-up, profesional audience. Right now they only buy and sell clothes (tops, dresses, jeans, pants, and skirts), no shoes or accessories.

I was most drawn to Twice for their buying procedure. I have tried selling to places like Buffalo Exchange, but never had much luck. Selling on eBay is a lot of work, with taking all the photos, posting a listing, shipping, etc. To sell on Twice, all you have to do it check a list of items you’re selling on the site, they give you an estimate for how much you’ll make, and then you get a shipping label. Then you just pack your clothes in a box, tape the label on it and drop it off at the post office. When they receive your clothes, they’ll send you an e-mail with which items they will buy and for how much, then you either accept or reject the offer. Anything they don’t take you can either have them shipped back to you for $5 or donated to Goodwill. So I picked out 5 things to sell last time and they accepted 4 of them. I sold a Banana Republic top, a Gap top, a the Limited top, a pair of Trina Turk pants, and I made $24. Would I have made more on eBay? Maybe. But it was SO EASY and it didn’t cost me a thing. I would definitely recommend Twice if you ever have nice, lightly-worn clothes you want to get rid of.

I have not yet tried buying yet, but I think I might soon. All the clothes are nicely photographed, with measurements clearly stated. It’s easily searchable by size, color, occasion, style, and brand. Prices are pretty reasonable too; a nice top from say Banana Republic or Ann Taylor goes for about $10-$20, lots of jeans for around $20, etc. If you’re just starting to build a professional wardrobe, this is a great place to start. If you are interested, follow this link and you will get a $10 gift certificate just for signing up: liketwice.com/CnJaD

2. Copious

I first signed up for Copious a while ago, I think back in the spring. I like to call it a fashion-centric eBay with a social media twist. I tried to sell a pair of shoes back when I first signed up but without success. So I kind of left for a few months, but then I saw the site featured in the November issue of InStyle magazine and I thought I’d come back for a look (there was also a promo code – I can’t ignore a good sale/discount!). Basically you sign up for an account, and you can buy and sell clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, beauty stuff, etc. You can also “follow” other users and “love” different items (you know, all the standard social media stuff).

The thing I like about Copious is that you can basically raid someone else’s closet. If you find someone who’s your size and has similar style as you, then you’re in luck! The range of brands is much wider, everything from Forever 21 and H&M to Dior and Fendi. Prices are set by the users so lots of good bargains to be found. The downside to that is that the photos mich not be great quality and the description could be lacking, but you can always contact the seller for more info. Their search function could also use some improvement. And I wish there are ratings and reviews for sellers so I know I can trust them; right now you can only see if they’ve sold items before.

Selling on Copious is no different from eBay (maybe you target a better audience though), so I haven’t really tried selling since that first time. But I did end up buying something because I had that promo code. My experience was very positive, but that really depends on the seller. Anyway, try it out, you might find some real bargains on the site. And watch out for coupons and credit codes, they seem to give them out quite often (I believe there’s a discount for signing up too).

Readers, have you tried selling and buying secondhand online? What are your tips? Are there any other sites I should check out? I’d love to hear from you!

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Happy New Year’s Eve!! I guess I just can’t stay away from this blog after all, haha. 2011 sure went by fast, didn’t it? How did it go for everybody? It was a pretty big year year for me: I traveled to many new places, celebrated 3 years together with Yufei, turned old enough to feel old at Forever 21, and perhaps most importantly, finally worked out a rough post-gradation plan! But 2012 is going to be even more monumental, with graduation and all that stuff. I have lots of hopes and dreams as well as worries and concerns for 2012, but most of all I’m really EXCITED to be moving on to the next stage in my life. So, new year’s resolutions? Why yes of course, I’ve got quite a few:

1. To lose weight and stay healthy. Ha, probably the most cliched of all resolutions, but it has to be made. I was super busy and stressed out last semester, and as a result didn’t work out very much and didn’t eat very well, and so as a result I gained a few pounds. My favorite pair of jeans are feeling a little too tight! This is definitely a sign that I need to lose a few. So, in the new year, I will eat healthier and exercise more. I’m taking Pilates next semester, so hopefully that’ll help!

2. To take control of my finances. Well, what little finances I have anyways. The first step is to find a new part-time job, since my current job is ending next month. And a sub-point to this resolutions:

2.a. To spend less money shopping. This is going to be really hard for me, because I love shopping and clothes and shoes and makeup and… sigh. But it’s getting to the point where it’s becoming a problem. So I’m going to give myself only $30 a month on shopping, and if I want to buy something more expensive one month, I’m going to have to give up the next month. Hopefully this is going to make me think twice about impulse buys (so guilty of this). And I’m going to purge my closet again when I get back to NYC, as well as take some of my existing clothes and shoes to the tailor/cobbler, to get more life out of them. I think it’s going to be a fun challenge to get more creative with the clothes I already have!

3. To make an effort to dress up nicely everyday. I’m already moving towards that direction, so this won’t be too hard. But I still have my off-days; I felt so yucky when I wore my sweatpants out during finals last semester that it just threw off my whole day. I feel so much more confident and productive when I look nice, even when I’m not going anywhere.

4. To make the most out of my last semester in college. Finally for one semester, all my classes genuinely interest me, and my schedule’s not too tight that I can still have fun! I’m going to enjoy my last few months at Columbia (and NYC) as much as possible.

5. To keep a positive outlook, no matter where life takes me. There’s going to be a lot of big changes in 2012, and I know that I’m going to be stressed out and worried and upset over some of them, but I want to keep in mind that no matter what happens, everything is going to be okay, life is wonderful, and I’m so lucky to be alive and surrounded by amazing family and friends.

So there you go! My resolutions for 2012! What are yours? I’ve love to hearing them!

I leave you with this lovely song from two of the most adorable and perfect human beings ever, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Here’s to a happy, healthy, wonderful new year!



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I hadn’t planned on doing any shopping in Nashville, but who knew this place had an amazing designer discount store and a lovely little consignment boutique right near Vanderbilt? I may have a shopping problem but I just can’t help it when the deals are so good! I bought 4 things already (spent under $100 total) but I think I need to stop now; it’ll be hard though!

The designer discount store, UAL, is a treasure trove of goods from various designers at steep discounts. The store is a little crammed and it takes some time to find things that you like and fit you, but I like the hunting process and the people who work there are great. I found it by chance when doing some grocery shopping earlier this week and found these Trina Turk capri pants, originally priced at $216, for $16.99!

(Top from Tilly’s, shoes from Lulu’s, Bag from eBay.)

Then I just had to go back because I didn’t have time to look through everything, and I just had to get more stuff because I can’t help it. So today I bought a pair of $19.99 Serfontaine jeans that were originally $220 (my search for black denim that fits finally ends here) and a t-bags top that was marked down from $175 to $29.99.

Then today on my way to the post office, I passed by Clothing Xchnage, a little consignment boutique. I decided to take a look, and of course I had to find the prettiest pink floral dress from Ann Taylor LOFT that looks almost new and fits me perfectly for only $13. And so I bought it.

I’m very happy now because of my new clothes, but the ever shrinking room in my suitcase size and my bank account sure aren’t. So this is it for shopping in Nashville! Deep breath… it’ll be okay.

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It’s no secret that I love shopping online. The ability to browse through hundreds of items on the computer screen right at home, the lower prices, the thrill of getting your package in the mail.. what’s not to love? But what can you do to make sure that you get a good deal? As a seasoned online shopper, I pass along some tricks and tips I’ve learned along the way.

As an example, I will use my recent purchase of this coat. The price of the coat from where I saw it was around $137 with shipping, and what I ended up paying for it was $88. How did I save nearly $50 on this beauty? (The coat, by the way, is gorgeous. Can’t wait until winter!). Read on and find out.

1. Never buy right away.
I loved the coat so much when I first saw it online that I wanted to get it right then. Impulse buys are especially easy online, so don’t fall victim to your whims. Search up the item you want to see if they are available elsewhere. Most items are available through multiple online shopping sites, with varying prices, so research can definitely pay off.

1.a. A sub-point for this tip is to try searching different names the items may be called. I first saw the coat on Modcloth, and they rename nearly all of their stuff. I had to look under a different name to find what I was looking for.

2. eBay.
An oldie but a goodie. Ebay has tons of great deals. I don’t think I even need to talk much about it. The coat was new so it wasn’t available on eBay yet, but it was still worth a try.

3. Look for discount codes.
It’s as simple as typing in a search engine “(website name) coupon codes” and that can instantly save you 5%, 10%, or even 20%. I did this for the coat and saved a whopping 21%.

4. Sign up for newsletters.
Speaking of coupon codes, some websites offer exclusive deals to those who get their newsletters. Do it.

5. Read reviews if possible.
Try to find reviews of the item you want to make sure that it’s really what you expect. It doesn’t matter where the review is from as long as it’s about the same thing. The reviews on Modcloth of the coat was great, and even though I didn’t buy the coat there, it was still a valuable resource. Seller reviews on eBay is also essential when you buy from there. I’m a little wary of buying clothes online from places like Forever 21 since there are no reviews, and a few of my past purchases didn’t quite fit right, so sometimes it may be better to go into the store after all.

Happy online shopping! May the good deals never end for you.

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“You can also wear it as a shirt!” Said the Chinese saleslady desperately trying to get me to buy the white and green floral skirt I was looking at. I laughed it off then, thinking that it was just a last ditch effort to get my business. At any rate, I bought the skirt, and the saleslady’s comment was long forgotten. That is, until now.

As it turns out, the lady was right. With a little creativity, you actually CAN wear a skirt as a dress. This is how it’s done.

So here is the original skirt:

Here it is worn as a top:

This will work with almost any skirt that is at least knee length and has an elastic waistband. Just pull it up to your chest and throw on a belt, pair with leggings or skinny jeans, and you’ve got an entirely new look out of the same garment. Here’s another one of my skirts worn this way:

Oh, and also, a wide elastic belt is probably the best accessory ever.

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Anyone who knows me even the slightest bit knows that I like to keep everything neat and organized. Therefore, I love planners, calendars, notebooks, highlighters, sticky notes, and all other such kinds of organizational stationery. Here I share some cute and functional items that will certainly keep you organized in style.

Places to Check Out

A cute DIY travel guide. Perfect for someone like me who loves to dream about all the places in the world to visit!

Ticket Stub Diary

After your travels, you can store all the old ticket stubs from your trip in this handy little album.

Love Listography

Do you love lists as much as I do? How about a book of lists on your love? Whimsical lists ranging from pet names you’ve been called to places you’d like to go on dates.

I <3 Subways Mouse Pad

Oh New York, how I love thee. This handy mouse pad will make planning my next trip out into the city right at my fingertips.

La Vie Est Belle planner

Planner? French? Two of my favourite things combined cannot go wrong!

Vintage Sticky Note Set

Vintage style? Sticky notes? Another two of my faves!

2011 Wigwam Calendar

Cutest desktop calendar ever.

Get the Hint Stickies

Sometimes you just need a blunt and blatant reminder.

Icon Letter: Icon Paper + Icon Envelope

For the computer geek in your life. You know you have one.

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I’ve never been a fan of pointed toe shoes. I’ve never actually tried on any, maybe because I thought they wouldn’t look good on me, maybe because they reminded me of awful 80’s fashion, or maybe because I thought they would pinch my feet (no one’s toes are shaped like that!). The concept just never made any sense to me and I never thought that I could pull it off. So to my own surprise, I bought a pair of pointy shoes this week.

I was looking for a pair of basic black flats since my last pair got so worn that I threw them out during move out. There I stood in front of the always limited selection of size 5.5 shoes at the n-th shoes store I’d been to that day, sighing at the small range of choices. I tried on the few black flats that were there, but did not like any of them. The last thing that was left was a pair of pointy shoes. Might as well try them on, right? So I did, and thought to myself, hmm this doesn’t look so bad after all. I put on both shoes and stood in front of a full length mirror. Hey, I actually kind of like them! A British saleslady walked by and commented that she thought they were cute on me. Yes I know, she’s a salesperson, of course she would say that. But all the same it made me feel more confident that I did indeed look good in the shoes. Plus, they were soft and comfy and not pinchy at all! So I bought them!

Cute ruffles, no?

I’ve yet to wear them out given the dismal weather for the past few days, but I’m excited about them! Expanding one’s style horizon is always a good thing.

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