I've been so MIA lately on the blog and social media which has definitely not been fun, but so necessary. Ever since August we have started a pretty big undertaking which has been so time consuming in itself. Add in trying to run and grow a business and it feels like I've been needing a couple extra hours in every day (plus all the espresso). The reason for all the craziness?
We sold our house + are in the process of buying another + we are living in an RV!! :0
We had started talking seriously about selling our first home in the spring. Bjorn works at the coast and his commute was sometimes 3+ hours per day depending on what time he was driving. The value had gone up so much in our house in the 4 years we owned it, so after we came back from Europe over the summer we decided to make the jump and list our house before the market dips. We signed a contract with a real estate agent in August and since then we have been so busy. First it was prepping the house to be attractive to potential buyers for when it hit the market after Labor Day, and then to our surprise we got multiple offers over our asking price within days (the CA housing market is no joke). After that it's been a whirlwind of inspections, paperwork, and moving. We closed on the house a week ago and had to be out this past Monday (which is why I finally have the time to blog again!) Honestly, this past weekend was madness and I have vowed to myself I am NEVER moving again (until I can afford to pay someone else to do it for me of course :))
A couple days after we accepted an offer on our old house, I found a home on Redfin that was in the area we wanted to move + well below our budget. We looked at it the next day and had an offer in that night. It was a little scary because we had to make the offer contingent on our old house making it out of escrow and officially selling (we needed the money from our old house for the downpayment and closing costs on the new house) They accepted our offer and we are currently in escrow! My fingers have been permanently crossed since because we want this house so bad, and so many things can happen before it closes.
As I mentioned, we moved out of our old house on Monday, but are still in escrow on the new house. In the mean time we are living in my parents RV! It's the perfect size for the two of us and we are so grateful for the option. It feels like glamping! Plus in typical Fancy Free fashion we are able to save some money while we wait for our next home. This is great for us, because the house we are currently in escrow on needs some serious renovations. I'll save the details for a future post when everything is official, but we are pretty much going to remodel everything + add a half bathroom. Luckily hubs is super handy (he laid new floor in our old house + remodeled both bathrooms!) so we are going to be able to do a lot ourselves. We will probably stay in the RV for a few weeks even after we close on the new house so we can focus on remodeling as much as possible before moving in. Once everything is officially closed and sold I will share a lot more of our renovations journey! We looked at other homes for sale that did not need the amount of renovations this one needed, but the prices weren't nearly as low, and we are excited to make this home exactly how we want it.
Phew ok so that pretty much sums up what we have been up to the past two months, aside from a lot of travel. Now that our old house is sold and we are moved out, I am excited to get back to blogging and sharing my finds + reselling adventure on social media. Aside from sharing my usual great deals, I'm looking forward to also sharing our experiences with saving money buying + selling homes (we saved thousands!) and our renovations journey! I'm a little late to the party, but I also want to share my first Poshfest (Poshmark annual conference) experiences! Make sure to follow along on IG (@fancyfreeblog) and here for all the updates, and if you have any experiences with renovations + have tips for some newbs share them below in the comments! Thanks for following along!
I know at one point in time I said I just couldn't justify spending a big chunk of money on a pair shoes that were INTENTIONALLY destroyed and worn in...but times have changed! The more and more I saw the distressed Golden Goose sneakers around the more I wanted them. Not only do they have a stand out appearance, but I had actually heard and read that they are quite sturdy and comfortable shoes. However I could never EVER justify spending $400-$500 on a pair of these sneakers. The problem is, they are so "in" right now that even secondhand pairs of Golden Goose sneakers are in the $250-$400 range (it helps that they are intentionally distressed so regular wear is not really noticeable)
** LOVE this bodysuit - its on sale + comes in a bunch of colors + free shipping!**
I knew eventually some regular non-reseller would be selling their Golden Goose sneakers, and it was just a matter of time before I found a pair from someone that wanted to get them sold asap vs trying to make a profit. With a lot of selling apps and platforms, there is the option to save searches so that when something similar is listed you will get a notification as soon as it goes live. And that was the exact way I found these sneakers on sale on Mercari at $160. SO much cheaper than any other pair I had seen! I bought these puppies SO fast, and I didn't even make an offer because I didn't want to risk anyone else scooping them up in the mean time.
As far as comfort, I've worn these shoes two full days without any issues whatsoever! They are heavier and sturdier than I anticipated, but that actually just makes them more comfortable shoes in my opinion. I got them in a size 8 (my usual shoe size) and they fit perfectly, so I recommend going TTS.
Below I've shared a bunch of secondhand GG sneakers ALL under $200! Just click the image to check them out.
You know that pair of jeans that makes you feel good + look great? These are those jeans for me! I've been loving the exposed button fly look (so retro!) but I also need a high rise, skinny silhouette because I think it is such a flattering look. I was so excited to find these on the thrift racks in my size recently!
It took months to find these jeans in my size, so I've linked below a number of similar pairs that are on super sale! Those Madewell jeans have a fun exposed hem detail, and are half off! It is so hard to find simple, classic Madewell jeans on sale, plus they have them in stock in all sizes!
**You can shop the pants by just clicking on the picture links
Yesterday I was walking through downtown San Francisco when I popped into Banana Republic to glance through clearance. I was shocked to find these adorable pendant letter necklaces for under $10! (plus I used my BR card so I got an extra 10% off!) These are so in right now! They are perfect for your own initial, or maybe your spouses or kids. I got super lucky because the store I was in only had the "S" and "E" letters, but there are a lot more available online! They are final sale, so make sure to scoop up your letter now before they sell out! You can shop directly below by just clicking on the picture!
If you've been following my blog for a while you already know, but if you are new here I will fill you in on a little secret.... I don't know what I'm doing when it comes to hair and makeup AT ALL. I like things EASY and FAST. So when I came across this blow dryer + brush combo I was very intrigued because I love the way my hair looks and feels after blowing it out, but having to use both hands to accomplish this is so difficult on your own. I had seen other people talking about a similar Revlon product, but this one was half the price so I thought I would just try it out to see if it works for me.
Turns out.... it's amazing! It is super easy and fast to blow dry my hair, and the texture lasts for days #dryshampoo
I've made a little demo below so you can see just how easy it is to use! I've also linked the product below so you can easily try it out for self, it's prime and free 1 day shipping!
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