Friends! I was driving to work today and it was suddenly summer. It wasn't summer earlier this week, but somehow the leaves on all the trees came out without my noticing it, and the sun is shining bright and early in the day, and it's green and gorgeous and summer. And it's Friday! All of the best things are here today. On this week's installment of Fueled Up Friday, we're talking about Thred Up and Lara Bars (specifically the coconut cream pie version that I can't stop shoving into my face).
I. Thred Up
My No New Clothes Challenge is still going strong, and I'm starting to think that I'm going to try to buy mostly secondhand clothing permanently. I'm sure there are times when I'll buy new clothes in the future, but the more I look into it the more I realize there's such a wealth of gently used clothing available that can save me money and save the planet some unnecessary waste. I decided to give Thred Up a try (if you haven't heard of it, Thred Up is an online thrift store where you can browse gently used clothing and they'll ship your purchases to you). I ordered a chunky short sleeved sweater, a silky striped skirt, and some snake-skin patterned flats that arrived this week.
The skirt is Ralph Lauren, and it's silk but it's a thicker, more substantial fabric than other silk skirts I've owned. I was also super pleasantly surprised to learn it had pockets (I'll admit that I shrieked a little bit with joy at this discovery. Dan did not understand.) It's comfy and versatile, and helps me to fulfill my dream of wearing stripes every day.
This chunky sweater is basically all I'm going to be wearing this summer. It's soft and chunky and drapey in my favorite sort of way, but sleeveless and perfect for layering over summer clothes when the evenings get a little crisp (or wearing to the office to deal with the constantly overdone air conditioning). Lucky Brand made this beautiful thing. Well done, Lucky. I hate your jeans but I love your sweaters.
These flats are also definitely going to be a summer staple. They have separate toe and heel pieces so they're open on the arch part of your foot and don't get too hot, and they're comfy and easy to throw on with anything. Plus, the pattern is a little more interesting than my standard black/gray/tan flats. They are made by Breckelle's.
I bought all three items for $60, and all three are in excellent like-new condition. I didn't order a bag for selling items to Thred Up, but I think I'm going to try that next with some clothes I've been meaning to drive over to the consignment store (but likely never will, at this rate).
II. Lara Bars
I know that Lara Bars are not a well-kept secret, but they deserve a shout-out anyway. And, if you haven't tried their Coconut Cream Pie flavor...you should do that. Probably now.
For those of you who aren't already addicted, Lara Bars are snack bars that are made out of real, simple ingredients. They all use dates as a base so they're sweet, and they also usually include a nut, maybe some spices, maybe another dried fruit, and that's about it. You could make these at home, and I have before (my mom does all the time now) but at this point in my life I prefer to just buy them. Convenience, you know? These are one of the few easy, pre-packaged treats that are Whole 30 compliant and paleo, and while you do have to be careful not to go crazy and eat then of them (you could, and they're still definitely a treat) they're a healthy treat that I feel good about throwing in my bag for those low blood sugar moments. And they're SO. GOOD. You can order this flavor on Thrive Market, but Lara Bars are available at lots of grocery stores (usually by the Power Bars/Clif Bars, etc.) Go grab yourself some, and eat them, and fall in love, and then we can talk about how great they are together. I'm always up for joint adoration of delicious foods.
Have a wonderful weekend!