Schoola Haul & Restaurant Week

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If you’ve liked my blog on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen me post about Schoola. Schoola is a really awesome site where you can shop secondhand clothes while also fundraising for schools. I found it when I was looking around for ways to do some spring cleaning of my clothing, since I currently only sell my clothes on Poshmark. Schoola is a great option for anyone looking to clean out their closet by donating old clothes or trying to add to their wardrobe without spending a lot. I wore one of the tops I bought from Schoola when Gerome and I went to Dine Out Boston at Smith & Wollensky, so if you keep reading, you can also see what we ate at the castle in Back Bay!

So I got a handful of tops that would have been otherwise very expensive had I not gotten them secondhand - three shirts from J.Crew and one from Lacoste. I’m a big fan of J.Crew and Lacoste but don’t shop their regular price pieces too often since they are so expensive. I love both brands for their timeless basics - especially now that I’m trying to streamline my wardrobes with pieces that I can wear with everything. Especially after knowing 40% of the proceeds were going to charity, I jumped at the chance to pick up a v-neck, a striped tee, a button down, and a polo - all classic pieces that add to the basics part of my wardrobe.

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As you can see, I only paid 56 cents for all of the above. Knowing this, you may be wondering a few things - how is that possible, how is any money even going to charity, and was the clothing even in good shape?? I had a $30 credit by signing up through a referral link and then making a collection on the site (basically your own mini shop where you filter clothes to your preferences so you can shop what you like). If you use my referral link you’ll also get $20 in credit on the site, and you can add on $10 by making a collection! The site also had a 40% off sale at the time so when that stacked with the credits, I basically got $50 worth of clothing for free. $12.21 (40% of my order after the sale) of my purchase went towards funding programs at four different schools since you can choose the school you want proceeds to go to when you donate clothes.

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Last week I ended up wearing all of the tops I got at least once. I was pleasantly surprised when I got my package at how clean and well-maintained all of the items were. The button down shirt was as crisp as a new shirt you’d find in a J.Crew store and all the other tops were as soft as I know them to be when new. It’s always nice when secondhand items look and feel fresh and new. The tissue t-shirt and the painter tee were the perfect things to wear with jeans to work and the polo was put into use during the warmest day of the weekend. I wore the J.Crew shirt last week when Gerome decided we should spend the evening strolling around the city since it was such a nice and warm spring-like day. It’s shirt dress length but it has slits up the sides which requires you wear a bottom underneath - it looked perfect cinched with a thin belt and worn over leggings. I highly recommend ordering from Schoola since your money is going to such a great cause and you’re also bound to get some really nice pre-loved pieces for you or a child you know (they have children’s clothing, but no men’s).

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Rib Eye Carpaccio arugula, lemon oil, crostini

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Filet Mignon 8 oz, mushroom demi-glace

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New York Style Cheesecake raspberry sauce and berries

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Chocolate Cake layered with chocolate ganache

After we snapped some pics and as we strolled along Newbury, we decided to make reservations at Smith & Wollensky for later that night since it’s currently restaurant week (Dine Out Boston). We always make a point to do restaurant week because Gerome and I love nice food and restaurants but obviously don’t have the funds to casually do that on a regular basis. I really wanted to eat at the castle in Back Bay (I’m a child) and Gerome really wanted steak so Smith & Wollensky was the perfect choice for us. We both had the rib eye carpaccio for the appetizer which was delicious and then the filet mignon for the entree. 8oz was quite a sizable portion for me, but I think that Gerome probably wanted more. It was very yummy and cooked perfectly to both our tastes. I loved my chocolate cake and Gerome said his cheesecake was okay but he doesn’t really love sweets as much as I do. Our server seemed a little untrained when assisting with Gerome’s beer selection (and another patron’s wine selection), but the pear ginger martini I ordered was perfection. Overall the food and atmosphere of the restaurant made for a very lovely date night.

Will you be ordering from Schoola or donating clothes to them while you do some spring cleaning? And if you’re going to restaurant week in Boston or your city, let me know where you’re going down below in the comments! I always love new food recommendations. Thanks for reading this post - come back soon ♥

xoxo Yna

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