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Road Trip Planning

I recently road tripped across America, moving from Toronto to L.A. My very loving friend and I drove  5,000 km in 5 days. It was long, but easy, probably because we were over prepared for the journey. 

Here are some things to think about if you’re planning a trip, especially if it’s a long one. 

Plan your Route: Google Maps is a great way to start planning. It will give you a realistic estimate of how long each leg of the trip will take, not to mention you can input what time you will be leaving and predict traffic in certain areas. 

Consider Sunrise and Sunset Times: Make sure any scenic stops you plan will be visible when you get there. My original plan had us driving through Grand Canyon Park around 5pm, but in early January the sun would have been long gone. IMG_3634.JPGBy checking when the sun will be setting in any area on a weather app, you can save yourself a lot of disappointment.  We also tried to do the most scenic drives during the day. Colorado for example was so beautiful to drive through, and at times very snowy and scary, good thing we had the daylight on our side. 

 

Plan Lunch Stops: If your route doesn’t have you staying in a city or town you wanted to see, plan an extra long lunch there. We chose to stop for an early lunch in Denver one day and spent a couple hours walking around. It was a beautiful city and the exercise/moving around was very much needed.

Hotels and Accommodations: We chose not to book any accommodations ahead of time. We didn’t want a deposit to add extra stress to being behind schedule or hold us back if we were making better time then expected. We did however look up availability and prices before we left to get a sense of where we would be staying. A huge tip would be to read RECENT reviews; 4 stars on Yelp could be old information.

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Snacks: As Canadians we can’t really bring fresh food into the States, so we decided to wait until we crossed the border to hit up a Target. We stalked up on apples, oranges, carrots and nuts. The key here was finding healthy food that didn’t need to be in a fridge.  We knew we wouldn’t be eating the healthiest meals during our trip, so we wanted to make sure we were getting some nutrients along the way. 

 

Other Quick Tips: 

  • Be Flexible – something may not go as planned, don’t let it get to you.
  • Bring toilet paper- you never know. 
  • Buy water in bulk- no one need to pay 2 dollars for a bottle at a gas station. 
  • Take your car in for maintain before you leave – obvious reasons. 

 

I hope this helps you plan your future adventures! 

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Best Ways To: Find a new home for your old clothes

There are a ton of way to find your clothes a new home.

When it comes to generic lightly used clothes and accessories I simple donate them to a salvation army or women’s shelter. In Toronto their are donation boxes everywhere making it super easy to give your clothes a good home. Look int0 drop off locations in your area. 

But sometime we just can’t bare to give away certain items. They maybe too fabulous or too expensive to just hand off, so instead they hang in your closet unworn for years. However there are ways to give your clothes away and make some money back, because who couldn’t use a little extra cash?

Here are 5 places to sell you formerly loved items:

1. Poshmark

A quick place to sell your stuff online where buyers and sellers can negotiate prices.

This resell app allows you to post any item in less then 60 seconds. And although it is a selling and purchasing app, it is also a community where you can follow and communicate with others on the site. This feature is great if you find some who is a similar size with a similar style. Follow them and find out what they are posting.

One of the best feature’s is that the seller has to put in minimal effort when it comes to shipping; the buyer pays shipping charges and Poshmark sends the sell the shipping slip.

Super easy and perfect for all your clothes and accessories. 

2. ThredUp

Your one stop shop to clear out your whole closet; high to low end items. 

This is your online consignment shop.Great way to sell and buy if you aren’t in an area with a consignment store. You send them your things and they will send you money. The company typically accepts less than 40 percent of what’s sent to them, but that is pretty average when it come to any consignment shop. Their strict quality efforts help ensure only the most marketable products make it to the site.

This is best used when you have a high volume of items at various price points and quality levels that you are looking to offload. They will give you money for things they can sell, and take the other items off your hands for donation if you want. 

3. Snob Swab 

A great way to authenticate and value your designer items before selling. 

Snob Swab allows you to work with local boutiques to have your items evaluated and sold directly online following their authentication process. It may seem like a long process, but worth it for both the seller and the buyer to make sure they the transaction is fair. 

There are almost 1,000 designer brands available and it’s free to list your item. Snob Swap takes a percentage of the price of your item only when it sells. Buyers can also set up alerts for certain items so they never miss out on their dream items. 

 

4. Tradesy

This is the perfect platform if you’ve got a unique piece to sell or if you do a lot of resale shopping yourself.

You can buy and sell anything from Zara to Chanel on Tradesy.  Listing on the site is free and easy to use. Once your item is sold you are sent a shipping kit for easy delivery to its new home. You can either cash in your earnings or keep them as credit on the site to use on new purchases for yourself. 

The site will take a percentage of your earnings – like most sites, but if you use your earned money on the site they take a smaller percentage.

5. Your Local Consignment Shop 

If you are looking for a clean break from your clothes and want immediately revenue from your items this is the best option. 

Simply ask around or do a quick google search for consignment stores in your area. If you live in a big city there maybe stores geared towards specific styles. Find the best one that works for you and head over with as little or as much as you want. 

You may not walk out with a lot of money(depending on what you have to sell) but at least you can walk out without your old clothes- But I can’t promise you wont walk out with some new items. 

A Hoarders Guide to a Minimalistic Closet

I am a low-key hoarder.

I keep everything, some things for sentimental purposes, but mostly it is my inability to throw anything out that isn’t broken. So when I was faced with the realization that I can only take what fits into a car with me when I move to the west coast, I was slightly panicked.

My solution was to force a minimalistic lifestyle upon myself.

I am moving into a furnished apartment with all ‘necessities’ taken care of (kitchen stuff, towels etc.) So all I really need to bring are clothes and electronics. But as I started to mentally pack I realized I need to bring everything I own.

After all, what if I take a a weekend trip somewhere cold and need my parka?

I can convince myself to keep anything – so I need foul proof rules to keep myself in check.

Rule One: Do not take anything you haven’t worn in the last year. 

This includes throwing out the panties and bras you no longer wear- I personally have a crammed full undergarment drawer with stuff that could last me 2 months of no laundry. It’s just not necessary, and keeping only 2 weeks worth of undies insures you stay on a healthy laundry routine.

Rule Two: Don’t keep anything that ‘might fit one day’. 

I feel good about the size that I am, and I have no plans to change drastically anytime soon. So trying to cram myself into those jeans every 6 months, just to feel bad when they don’t button up is not worth the closet space – or my sanity.

 

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Side tip – Don’t purchase something too small with the hopes that one day you’ll fit into it. Even if you reach your goals, the item still might not fit right or you might not even like it anymore. Instead buy an article of clothing to reward yourself that will make you feel good no matter your size. 

 

 

Rule Three: Don’t keep anything that doesn’t reflect your current self. 

I currently work in a much more business casual environment and have absolutely no reason to keep all of my more ‘professional’ looks.  Although I will be keeping a pencil skirt and a couple of blazers, I am more then happy to relinquish my work appropriate ensembles.

 

 

 

 

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