How to Pack for Hot & Cold Weather

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Happy new year! Kicking off 2020 with a post-holiday traveling-inspired post. When it comes to traveling, I am a big fan of the carry-on-only lifestyle. I have a carry-on packing list template in Google Sheets that I duplicate and modify appropriately for any trip, whether 5 days or 3 weeks.

However, there are times that call for checked luggage – such as bringing gifts for family, going camping overseas, and in this case, preparing for both warm and freezing weather (and snowboarding!) in one trip. This was my first time packing for such varied climates, and I thought it could be interesting to document and share.

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Selling Clothes Online: Poshmark vs Ebay vs Mercari vs Thredup

Now that the holiday sales rush is over, we get a little breather until the start of the next wave. That is, the wave of mass KonMari-ing of closets everywhere as people declutter their homes in the spirit of “new year, new me”.

If you’re interested in selling your gently used (or perhaps, even new) clothes but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you. Over the years, I’ve sold clothing on the following platforms and apps: Poshmark, Mercari, Ebay and Thredup, along with a few niche marketplaces – each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

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My First 10×10 Challenge: California Rainy Winter Edition

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After seeing so many people participate in various forms of a Fall 10×10 challenge, I decided to give it a go. If you’re not familiar with the 10×10, you can read more about it on at Stylebee, where it first originated in 2015. Since then, there have been over 25k posts under the tag #10x10challenge on Instagram.

The tl’dr version is that you take 10 pieces of clothing (including shoes) and try to create 10 unique outfits. Sounds easy, but I actually found it challenging (though fun) my first time around. This exercise encourages you to get creative with the existing pieces in your closet, and hopefully inspires some new outfits with old favorites.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her (& Kind of Him)

While this post is labeled as a holiday gift guide, it can also be a general shopping guide for yourself as well. Most of the items are geared towards women, but many of the brands listed also have men’s items that also make wonderful gifts. I am personally familiar with most of these brands, and can vouch that their pieces will last.

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Is Rakuten (Ebates) Legit?

Note: This post is not sponsored by Rakuten – I simply enjoy using their service, and wanted to share more information and my experience using Rakuten for cash back on purchases.

You’ve likely seen Rakuten’s TV ads by now – perhaps their Super Bowl clip or this Ebates is now Rakuten ad to really drive the point home. As a long time user of Ebates, I was sad to see the name go – but glad to see that much of the core cash back functionality remains the same.

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