It's summer time, that means more time for your loved one's and your boo. However, if you are anything like me you are standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear. Here is a guide for the perfect outfit for a summer date.  

DATE 1: Picnic 

Grab a basket and pack it with your favorite snacks and sandwiches and go to a park for a picnic.  

Be cute and slightly casual.  Pair a lace shirt with printed shorts for a fun play on prints and texture.  Add tan neutral sandals with support for a comfy stroll in the park.  

DATE 2: Amusement Park

Fun time in the sun, riding roller coasters, carousels, and bumper cars.  The amusement park is a perfect date to have fun.  

A cute printed romper is perfect for a hot summer day.  It is comfortable paired with white sneakers and a messanger bag for an easy put together look.  

DATE 3: Dinner Date

For a more traditional date idea, dinner dates are a must.  However, it may be too hot to pull out your little black dress.  

Instead opt for a patterned dress or a fun floral dress.  Paired with pastel heels that match it is a perfect outfit with a bit of class.  

DATE 4: Camping, Hiking, and Fishing

Get active and outdoors.  Summertime is a great time to go hiking or fishing.  Pair a flowy white tank and cargo shorts with some accessories and a pair of boots for a easy, but cute look.  

DATE 5: Concert

Concert time! Whether it is a festival or a night concert, this outfit is perfect for the summer heat.  A printed tank top, cut-off demin shorts, round sunnies, a wristlet, and red converse or keds for a pop of color.  

Date 6: Beach

Summertime is beach time baby! A day trip to the beach is a wonderful date idea.  

Pairing a cute bikini with sunglasses and flip-flops is perfect for a day in the sand. Bring a kimono to put over your bathing suit for a walk on a boardwalk.  (Swimsuit tip: if you want the illusion of a bigger bust pair a pattern top and with a solid bottom or vise versa for a bigger bum).

Hopefully, this blog helps you out on those summer dates! If you try any of these fashion combos comment and post a picture! Have a wonderful and safe summer!



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I've said it once, and I'll say it again, studying abroad was the most valuable part of my undergraduate career. I now tell everyone I know who is still in school to take advantage of this opportunity. I mean, when else can you drop everything and head to a foreign country for a few months or even a year? Certainly not when you're employed full-time! It's like an extended vacation where instead of relaxing on a beach somewhere, you face challenges and get to know yourself. 

When I started college, I figured that since I had studied French in high school, I would do a semester in France. When I was a sophomore though, I took a Mandarin Chinese course, and that totally changed my mind. After only a semester of Chinese class, I submitted my application to go to Beijing, China. I wanted to explore and go somewhere that I knew would be a challenge. In my mind, France seemed like it would be different, but still somewhat the same, being in the Western world. In January 2012, I got word that my application went through and I would be going to China! 

Being from Maine, I had been to Canada a handful of times, but I had never been on a flight overseas before. My departure date was February 15, 2013. It was a bit of a damper on my Valentine's Day the night before, but honestly at that point, it still didn't feel real to me. I packed my luggage in what I remember to be a very disorganized way, as a college student eager for adventure would do. In the morning my friends took me out for a goodbye breakfast, and then it was time to head to the airport. I cried when I left my boyfriend (now husband!) to go through security, and begin my semester overseas. 

So, once in China, there were many times when I needed to leave my comfort zone and, as the Chinese say, 入乡随俗. (This phrase "ru xiang sui su" translates to "When you enter a village, follow the local customs; do as the natives do", and got me to really open up while abroad). I will share the 5 most prominent times when I had to leave my comfort zone in The Forbidden City. 

1. That time I ate dog meat. And any other "delicacies". 

Trust me on this one, when a Chinese person calls a food a "delicacy", you can translate that to "something I would never dream of eating". While you know whatever is coming is probably going to be godawful, I don't advise you run away! Just 入乡随俗 and try it out. When I went to my Chinese friend's house, and she didn't tell me what the meat dish was on the table, I knew I was in for something new! She finally admitted it was dog meat, expecting I would refuse to let it pass my lips. I surprised her and took a taste, and what do you know? I liked it! :) Some other delicacies though, not so much... 

2. Squatting toilets. With no doors. Yup.

Yes, you've heard about squatting toilets in other countries, but did you know they sometimes don't have doors?! I was not aware, and thought "okay, I can do this squatting toilet thing, so long as I don't fall in". I went hiking and the bathroom included toilets with no doors. I squatted there, listening to the old Chinese ladies speaking so fast, unsure if they were talking about me or not. It was cold too, still in February. After a painful two minutes, I finally went along with my business. I'll spare you a photo for this one! ;)

3. Pretending to be human sardines in the subway.

(Jinsong station!)

Those photos of subway workers in Asia pushing passengers into the subway to get them all to fit inside? Not as far-fetched as they look! Line 1 of the Beijing subway system during rush hour, not really a place you want to be. It's hot, sweaty, and very strange the first time you get in there. Someone is behind you, in front of you, beside you. Don't worry about hanging on to anything, there isn't anywhere to fall. Despite me mentioning this on the list of times when I left my comfort zone, the Beijing subway was amazing, and so 方便!And I just adored the automated voice on the escalators "please stand firm and holds the handrail" in a cute accent! But I digress. 

4. Holding an entire conversation in Chinese with a native.

When I first arrived, I was so afraid to speak Chinese! Three semesters of lessons does not prepare you for the real deal, my friends. They were speaking so fast! So much Beijing accent (they basically add "r" to the end of everything!). Being overwhelmed by all this, you can only imagine how happy I was to have a full Chinese conversation with someone who doesn't speak English. Just to illustrate how happy I was that day, I'm inserting my blog entry from that day here:

Tuesday February 19, 2013 3:10pm

Omg I just had my first actual Chinese conversation with someone who does not know English and it was crazy man!!!!!!! And I think I was successful in the conversation even though sometimes I had some trouble, the woman is the cleaning woman here and she is soooooo nice!!!! She told me I am pretty and that my Chinese is good and I told her about America and she asked me if I like it here in Beijing and I said I love it! Wahhh I feel so proud of myself right now!! She said she is Ayi, oh my god it was just so crazy and fun!!!! I think it’s a little bit easier to talk to her than to a foreigner who is trying to speak Chinese. We had a good talk. They were making the bed here in my room for the roommate who should be coming soon. I am happy.

I later found out that her name isn't Ayi, and that Ayi (阿姨) means "auntie" in Chinese, and is simply a title she uses to refer to herself! :D

5. Being videotaped and photographed in public!

This sounds funny, but damn was it awkward. You would think in a city like Beijing, they would be used to seeing foreigners around. Crossing the overhead bridge, get videotaped. Visiting The Forbidden City, countless people asking "can I have picture with you?" The most memorable time was on the subway with my other American friend and Ukrainian friend. We were standing and noticed a guy who appeared to be filming us. We moved to sit down and sure enough, his cell phone followed us! My friend Jade covered her face, and I asked "what are you doing?" Her response was, "I don't want to be on Youku!" (Youku is the Chinese YouTube!)

So there you have it folks. Those were the times where I was out of my comfort zone. The last one is a little silly but hey, it was not comfortable! Now, I challenge you, if you haven't gone abroad yet and have the chance, GO! Of course every country will be different, so my list for China may differ from your list from Italy, Australia, or Japan. No matter where you go, you're going to make great friends and have the best stories to tell! 

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summer jams

This playlist, with a mix of everything, is bound to get you up and pumped for Summer 2015!

WARNING: Somg songs on this list have explicit lyrics, listen with caution!


1. 1985 (Lifted Up) by Passion Pit

In usual Passion Pit style, this song is an upbeat chirpy synthpop song, with the signature falsetto donned by the vocalist, and “it’s-the-80s-but-not-really” that is sure to fill arenas and keep your head high.

2. High by Zella Day

Zella Day recently came into the light, with her song, Sacrifice, being featured in the soundtrack to Insurgent. Described as Lana Del Rey with more intensity, her dreamy vocals and musical accompaniment will put you in a trance.

3. Firestone ft. Conrad Stewart by Kyogo

A fairly new artist in America, Kyogo is showing off his so-called “tropical house” style with the song Firestone. With a soaring hook sung by Conrad Stewart and a bouncy melody, this song is sure to please the ears.

4. Ditmas by Mumford & Sons

I know what you’re thinking, Mumford & Sons is not the band to promote upbeat, summer anthem songs, but with their new approach and their new album, Wilder Mind’s, they ditched the gimmicky banjos and showed that they can hold their own. Ditmas, with atmospheric build ups and indie pop rock chorus is a great addition to a playlist.

5. Dreams by Beck

This is the most poppy, most lively song Beck has ever released. With the a stadium rock drum beat and disco inspired funk with the guitars, and the addition of his award winning voice, this song just came out of left field not even a week ago. Being Beck, it’s bound to be award winning and it has a lively tone, earning it’s place on this summer playlist.

6. Marks to Prove It by The Maccabees

Staying true to their roots, The Maccabees use urgent and frantic melodies, along with psychedelic undertones tone to prove their back and they stand with the rest. After a three year absense, this song is a reminder to everyone that they’re coming back and to not count them out.

7. Giant Peach by Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice is undeniably cool, with their heavy bass, demanding drum and unexpected vocalist, this song is just as cool as the band is.

8. On the Regular by Shamir

Chances are, you’ve heard this song. It’s an uninterrupted, cowbell backed hit used by Google in their Android Wear ad. But, the longer you listen, the more you begin to appreciate the rhythm and the unabashedly meta song. You either love it or hate it, but if there is one thing that this song proves, it’s that you should expect more of him.

9. i by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar appeals to the mainstream rap base while also pleasing the streets, and it’s obvious that he knows what he’s doing when it comes to rap. Kendrick Lamar’s vocals over an organic rock funk beat that tells his love and appreciation for himself while staying showcasing that he is more than brooding.

Let’s make this a collab! Add your ultimate summer songs to this playlist on Spotify to make a Vinted 2015 summer playlist for all to enjoy!

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Oh the beach, what a perfect place to sit and just read a book. Sometimes, I know that I’ve got a hard time picking a book to bring with me to the beach, and in case others are having that same issue, I’ve got some awesome books to suggest for people to read this summer!

Paper Towns

First up is Paper Towns by John Green. This book is one that I’ve bought and is already in my beach bag, especially since I want to read the book BEFORE the film comes out!!! Reading a synopsis is super helpful, and the one of Paper Towns tells the story of Quentin, also known as Q, who is searching for his neighbor Margo. Margo disappeared during the night and Q has taken it upon himself to find her, with an odd group of friends tagging along to help him on his quest! What’s happened to the mysterious Margo? Has she committed suicide? Has she left without a trace? That’s up for Q to find out! That’s all I’m gonna say for now, and if you want to read more, read the book!!! The book has actually been out since 2008, but with the release of the film coming up this summer and Cara Delevigne and Nat Wolff starring in the film, it’s a definite must read! 

Game of Thrones

If you don’t watch the HBO Game of Thrones show, then you need to, but you also need to read George R.R. Martin’s 5-piece book series! The show has taken off in the last year or two and these books are a good read! I’ve just finished the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, and it’s an amazing book. As someone who’s watched the show, reading the book is a perfect way to keep up with the show’s ins and outs, while also seeing the subtle differences between the written word and the screen! 

The Perfect Reads for the Beach

 I Am Malala

Summer isn’t summer without a little bit of learning. I suggest learning about a Malala Yousafzai, a brilliant 18-year-old who stood up for the education of women, was shot for her views, survived the bullets of the Taliban, and lived to tell her story, even winning a Nobel Peace Prize. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban after becoming an advocate for the right of education for women. Even though I’m actually older than Malala, she’s someone who I can look up to and in her book, she speaks about the struggles that she and her family have faced for her views. The book I Am Malala is one that teaches people to fight for their rights and to expect greatness from everyone, even the young people. 

In the Unlikely Event

Judy Blume is a childhood treasure in my opinion. I’ve read her books since I was a small child, everything from Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to Summer Sisters. In the Unlikely Event is her newest book that I’ve gotten ahold of and it’s perfect. Blume’s new book takes reality and puts it into a fictional setting. The town of Elizabeth, New Jersey has experienced many tragedies, including 3 plane crashes that changed the town. Judy Blume grew up in Elizabeth during and around the time of these crashes and she puts her personal experiences and feelings into Miri, a teen living in Elizabeth, set in the same time period.  A plane goes down in Elizabeth and the townspeople are stuck figuring out what happened to cause such an awful disaster. If you want to be touched inside while soaking up the sun, I definitely suggest this book! 

Leave Your Mark

As a fashion girl, Leave Your Mark is a summer essential! It’s written by the famous PR girl for DKNY (Donna Karan New York), Aliza Licht, and it’s 288 pages of brilliant fashion themed fun and teaching. Licht teaches everyone, fashion-driven or not, how to brand themselves and take their careers to the next level. Aliza combines her story of how she got to become one of the most well-known PR representatives in the world with essential life lessons that are designed to help everyone make it in this world. This book is perfect for a quick beach read or between work breaks while you dream of having sand between your toes! 

Reading on the beach is a dream, simple as that. Reading a good book that keeps you entertained while on the beach, that’s a perfect vacation. Take any of the books I mentioned above, and I’m sure that you’ll have perfect lounging time in the sand!

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pups in the summer!

Dogs. They are man's best friend. Summer is the perfect time to spend time with your pooch. There are somethings you need to remember when taking your dog out and about in the summer.  Here are a few tips and tricks to make your summer just as enjoyable for your dog as it is for you! 

Tip 1: Keep them hydrated

When taking your dog outside if it is for a trip or even in the yard, make sure they are hydrated with plenty of fresh water.  (Just be sure to let them go out to the bathroom regularly).


Tip 2: Car rides are fun, but don't keep them in the car

Just like children never...EVER leave your pooch in the car on a hot summer day.  Either keep the air conditioner on or keep them at home. 


Tip 3: Take them for a walk? Burn.baby.burn.

On  hot days keep your dog off the pavement when walking them.  It can burn the pads of their paws and they can end up with bad injuries.  

Trick: Take your dog on walk early in the day.  The hottest time of the day is noon and the pavement is dark and can absorb heat and will keep heat throughout the day.  


Tip 4: Dog park - make sure there is no bite or bark

On summer days it is fun to take your dog to the dog park or a stroll, but make sure they are leashed and be warey of other dogs.  Always be prepared to protect your dogs against other dogs that may break away from their owners.  

Trick: Keep dog protection spray on your when you are out in the park or walking. It is similar to the human pepper spray...only for dogs.  Also, have your dog trained to come back to you with a whistle or a call, just in case your dog breaks away. 


Tip 5: Fleas will flee

Fleas and ticks are not fun for either party...so be sure to put flea protection on your dog.  Cycle different brands with different ingredience to provide better protection.  Fleas can become immune to flea protection if you use the same formula.

Trick: Use powder garlic tablets to put in your dogs food to ward off ticks.  Also, if you do not like putting formula on your dog there are other options like flea and tick collars.  


Have a wonderful summer and take care of your pooch!

Stay beautiful!


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Best of travel!

Hey there! It's summer which means so many of us are on vacation or planning a trip away for a week or so. The worst part of travel is the cost so I'm going to give you some articles that teach you how to get the best bang for your buck! 

1. The rescource heaven 


I love this article. Not only does it explain clearly what to look out for and what some common misconceptions are but it gives so many links to other sites to check out! "When I’m done, that’s 16 cities, 7 countries, in just 2 years." If that doesn't impress you, I don't know what will. //source

2.The ultimate guide

This blog is PERFECT if you really want to travel the world. Shannon the blogger goes so in depth with anything you'll need to know. I've always wanted to take time to travel the word and this really gives realistic expectations to what I would need. //source

3. The inspiration


Personally, I could run on a good quote for inspiration for a very long time. And here are 10 amazing ones to lift your spirits for any trip you might be taking //source

4. The best destinations

where to go

Not only do we need to know how and what, we need to know WHERE! Here is a great list of where to go that is budget friendly! Which from here would you want to go? //source

5. The even lower cost hot spots


This article helps you put some perspective on what your budget could be! This let's you know where you can go a spend $50 a day (or less) If you put all of the tips from all the articles you could be the belle of the ball! //source

And thaaaaaat's all folks! Tell me places you've traveled or want to! OH! And any tips you might have too! Until next time!

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special delivery

Team Vinted has had so much fun getting to know you all. Now, it's time for you to get to know some of us here at Vinted too! Welcome to a very-Vinted Special Delivery - where you can get to know the folks who work to make Vinted your favorite place to buy, sell & swap!


Meet Kelsey

Today's Special Delivery comes from Kelsey. Kelsey ( @kelseyvinted )  leads our Community Support Team from San Francisco, California! You might have seen her around answering your questions over in the forum - but now it's time to get to know a bit more about Kelsey, below!

How did you come to work at Vinted?

I love secondhand so when I saw an ad for an innovative, community-based, preloved clothing app, I was immediately onboard! I've worked at Vinted for two years and can't get enough of buying and selling, having heart-to-hearts with Vinties and joking around (err working) with my awesome teammates!

I'm the US Community Support Manager, so that means I lead our support team! We interact with Vinties all day, helping them solve any issues that may arise, making sure they're having a good experience using Vinted. If you ever need help, get in touch with me!

What tips would you give to Vinties?

My top tip for using Vinted is to be the best Vintie you can be! That means always being communicative, friendly and treating others how you would like to be treated ;) If in doubt, turn to our support team - we're here to help you out!

My top style tips for Vinties:

  1. Invest in basics because they're the cornerstone of your wardrobe ( @jennivinted knows this is how I rationalize all my purchases).
  2. Stay true to yourself! My first year of college I spent the whole year dressing like a surfer girl - which is so not me - because I was trying to be more like the guy I was dating. When I look back at photos I'm like what was I thinking? Since then I've kind of settled into my personal style and I always stay pretty true to my look.
  3. At the same time, don't be afraid to try new things. I recently wore a dress that was super outside the box for me - it was a bold, colorful print - and received so many compliments. I think shaking it up sometimes can refresh your perspective.
  4. Speaking of a new perspective, try tops and dresses on backwards! I do this sometimes to mix things up but only when it works 
  5. Don't buy something just because it's on sale - this is a good reminder for myself because it's my #1 weakness.

How would you describe your personal style?

Day to day I'm pretty boyish and minimalist - I like button down shirts, motorcycle jackets (just nabbed such a good one on Vinted! Score! Check it out in my outfit pic!) and little booties. At night though, if I'm going out, I like to glam it up a little bit and will opt for a vintage dress or a sexy jumpsuit. 

Here's my go-to outfit for a casual Spring day in San Francisco:

Jacket (new, from Vinted) |  striped top (I think I have at least 10 of these) |  skinnie s |  high sandal
kelseys OOTD

What are your favorite brands?

If I'm in the mood to splurge I go straight to Madewell because it suits my style really well. Otherwise I love thrift stores because I'm super into the hunt and finding unique pieces that no one else has.  Probably 75% of my wardrobe is thrifted, but like I mentioned above, I'll invest in basics. kelsey

That's it for today's Special Delivery! Now that we've helped you break the ice, make sure you say "hi!" to Kelsey (@kelseyvinted) the next time you see her in the forum.

If you'd like to learn about more members of Team Vinted, stay tuned to the Boss Chicks category here on the blog. 

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I am posting my May playlist! Each month, I make a new playlist of my favorite songs, and here they are straight from my phone! My music taste is pretty eclectic and changes with my mood (although I don't really listen to mainstream radio music unless I am in the car) :) Please take a listen because all of these songs are awesome, and I feel that good music must be shared! I also starred my current favorites I listen to on repeat!

1. Another Day // Carousel*

Take Me Over // Cut CopyEasy Yoke // Favela* Tell Me Now So I Know // Holly Golightly 

2. Nowhere To Go // Hurricane Love

Coffee // Sylvan Esso*Young Folks // Peter Bjorn and John*Stay With Us // SeoulReal // Years and Years*

3. Electric Love // BORNS*

Gold // Chet Faker*The Wire // Haim, Mine (Atlas Remix) // Phoebe RyanI Wanted You to Stay // Summer Heart 

4. Slacks // St. South* 

Feels Like We Only Go Backwards // Tame Impala*Let it Go // James Bay, What I've Done (Feast. Remix) // James Hersey* 

...AND my absolute favorite:

5. Go Go Chaos // Bonjah


What are your favorite songs? Please share them below!

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