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Over the last few years, I’ve become quite the activist. I never really envisioned myself as who I am now, but I’ve learned so much about real problems that are happening in our world that are threatening our environment, our health, and our compassion and they speak so loudly to my conscience that I can’t stand to sit by and refuse to take a stand on these issues. I’ve given up factory farmed meat and am currently on the verge of veganism. Over the last six months, I’ve been in the process of finding replacements for the toxic personal care products and makeup I was once slathering all over my body. I love animals now more than ever and I can’t stand to support their slavery and suffering. This may sound whiny (and I’m beyond grateful for all the people that led me to making these discoveries so that I am able to stand up for what I believe in), but being passionate about so many things is very draining. There are so many injustices going on in our world today and in practically every single way you spend your money, you are almost always unknowingly supporting them.

Shopping for clothes has been my vice for the last couple of years- it was the only time I didn’t have to read ingredients or online reviews before purchasing. And then I started hearing lots of talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. Bubble bursted. But the thought of giving up the one shopping habit that was keeping me sane filled my mind with hopelessness. That’s where thredUP comes in. Yes, a lot of the clothes you see at the mall have probably been constructed in a sweatshop, but by secondhand shopping you give these threads another life, using your dollars to vote to end unsafe working conditions and unfair wages while preventing these unwanted pieces from going into our world’s growing landfills. thredUP carries unique items from tons of popular brands (J. Crew, H&M, Zara, Asos are a few of my favorites!) and they also have some great designer pieces if you’re looking for higher quality clothes and accessories but still want to stick to your budget. I haven’t been able to completely make the switch to ethical fashion, but thrift shopping is a wonderful way for me to indulge without outright supporting the unethical fast-fashion industry. Now it’s your turn to share your thrifting secrets! Tell me how you #LiveUp by upcycling in the comments below!

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American Eagle 3/4 Sleeve Black & White Striped Tee (no longer available, similar options linked)

ASOS Black Scalloped Cardigan (purchased on thredUP, similar options linked)

Zara Turquoise Crochet Lace Skirt (purchased on thredUP, similar options linked)

Target Mossimo Black Faux Leather Crossbody Bag (linked above) Also worn herehere, and here

Target Sam & Libby Black Lace Up Heels with Tassel Detail (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here and here

March 2017

“Thrifting with thredUP” Photographed by Luke Bowes


2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Fashion|28 Comments


  1. Nada March 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply


    • Emily March 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Nada!

  2. María Majón March 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply


    • Emily March 10, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, María!

  3. Traci March 9, 2017 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Love this post so much! Hooray for thrift finds and giving clothes a new life! I love how you are using your platform to share about your passions and highlight new ways to enjoy fashion without contributing to the unethical fast fashion industry! 🙂

    • Emily March 10, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your support, Traci! ❤️️ I’m so happy to hear that you like reading more about other topics I’m interested in- I was kind of scared to post this initially but after the great feedback, I hope to do more honest posts!

  4. PerlaGiselle March 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Awesome post, awesome look! I understand how overwhelming it is to care about so many injustices happening today. It’s too much sometimes. I’m going to have to look into ThreadUp since thrift store shopping is a hit or miss. You have a new follower 🙂

    • Emily March 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your sweet words, Perla! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the post and I do hope you check out thredUP! They have A LOT of stuff, so it can be time consuming to go through all of it, but it’s such a great feeling when you find something you like. I would recommend searching by brands you like, and then filter that search by your sizes. Hope this helps!

  5. Natalie @ Passport Out Asia March 11, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Loving this look! And the mix of colors! So chic, dear :*

    • Emily March 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Natalie!

  6. bonjourchiara March 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Love those earrings and can we talk about the color of that skirt?! looove!

    • Emily March 13, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Chiara! Turquoise is my favorite! ?

    • Emily March 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Kaitlin!

  7. Lisa Autumn March 14, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Such an amazing look lovely!

    xx Lisa

    • Emily March 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lisa!

  8. La Caleya March 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    You look so beautiful!!!

    • Emily March 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Fabiana!

  9. Eva March 17, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Wow! You look absolutely beautiful!
    Great style

    xxx, Eva

    • Emily March 21, 2017 at 1:21 am - Reply

      Thank you, Eva!

  10. monica sors March 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    You look stunning!! those earrings are to die for!!

    Mónica Sors

    • Emily March 21, 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

      Thanks, Monica! Aren’t statement earrings just the best?!

  11. Joanna Joy March 18, 2017 at 5:18 am - Reply

    You look so chic in this thrifted look from Thred Up. I really admire how you have shifted your life choices to align with your core values. I have heard good things about Thred up, but I prefer to go treasure hunting in person because I find that I can get better deals offline. I also really love Etsy because I am a huge fan of vintage.

    • Emily March 21, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Joanna! I’m really glad the post resonated with you! I agree with you there- it can be hard to notice the little details online that make thrifting in real life such a treat! And fit is another thing- Sizing is so different from brand to brand and even on brands you’re super familiar with, sizing can be a struggle when buying secondhand. I didn’t realize Etsy had a vintage community! I’ll definitely have to check it out! What are some of your favorite sellers?

  12. Brandi Matthews March 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    those earrings are gorgeous and that skirt looks amazing on you!!!!
    Happy first day of Spring Emily!!!!
    Xx Brandi

    • Emily March 21, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

      Thank you, Brandi! I’m ready for all the bright, Spring-y colors! Happy Spring to you, too!

  13. Adriana March 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    So gorgeous!!
    I love that lace skirt!


    • Emily March 29, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Adriana!

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