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Peachy Keen

 

Summer is finally here! Days are warmer, nights are longer and my wardrobe is clean and bright with some florals thrown in just for fun. As you can tell from my blog, I am passionate about pattern, texture and color and this week is no different! And this complete outfit, including a clutch from Coach is just over $25!

The beginning of this outfit was the sheer peach and purple blouse with lace pleated detail from Vintage America. I like the watercolor look of the print and the light feel of the fabric. Vintage America is a brand sold at stores such as Nordstrom Rack and Macy’s and would have retailed for about $79. The Goodwill Keystone Area price was just $5.95

I layered the blouse over a crocheted lace tank top. It had an easy loose fit and adjustable straps. I could easily wear it with jeans and shorts for a casual look. The label was removed, so I don’t know the brand, but it was only $3.95 at Goodwill.

Khaki shorts should be a summer staple in your wardrobe. They are a classic piece that goes with almost any top or jacket. And you can’t get any more classic than this flat-front pair from J. Crew. The tag line on their website is “Truly Cool Style, from Head To Toe.” This pair originally sold for about $49, and I saved about 90% by picking them up for just $4.50.

To reinforce the peach color, I slipped on a pair of Franco Sarto open-toed flats, which are as comfortable as they are stylish. These were “new with tags” for $79.00 when I found them for only $6.97. I love the pop of color they add to the outfit. Finally a raffia and leather Coach clutch ties the look together with its casual neutral style. And it was a real steal for $4.97!

Summer is here! Bring out the warmth and brightness in your wardrobe and find those pieces for great deals at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store!

Shop Goodwill’s 50% OFF SALE this Sunday, June 24 9am-8am, view complete details here!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Blouse: $5.95
Tank: $3.95
Shorts: $4.50
Shoes: $6.97
Clutch: $4.97
Total: $26.34
Retail: $350

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Orange Crush

 

It’s been a whirlwind of a month already! My oldest daughter just graduated from high school and now we are getting ready to go on a cruise. And, of course, I’m packing all my Goodwill Keystone Area finds to tour Italy, Spain and France!

This adorable Banana Republic slip dress (which I found on the Thrift Trip) is perfect for a summer vacation. The orange, cream and black tribal print just screams summer. It’s light and breezy and very flattering. Dresses like this retail for about $128 when new at Banana Republic, but I got it for just $5.95!

This clutch is one of my favorites – orange definitely is the new black when it comes to accessories for me. This Jessica Simpson studded bag gets lots of use. The color spices up a neutral outfit or coordinates with other citrusy hues. Jessica Simpson designs fun, playful clothing and accessories for all ages. I enjoy finding her brand at my local Goodwill. This clutch was $6.97, but probably sold for about $60 at the mall.

My shoes were my own, but the necklace and earrings were both thrifted from Goodwill. The orange beaded necklace from Target was $3.97 and the intricate wire earrings were only $1.97. These were another treasure from the Thrift Trip.

Even though this dress has a summer vibe, I could add a black cardigan or a cream blazer for an office look. I could also add a classic denim jacket for a casual weekend look.

I’m excited to show you more of my Goodwill Keystone Area finds that I will be packing in my suitcase soon! Enjoy your summer and don’t forget to check your local Goodwill store for all yours and your family’s vacation wardrobe needs!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $5.95
Bag: $6.97
Necklace: $3.97
Shoes: $1.97
Total: $18.86
Retail: $200+
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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

May Flowers

 

The sun is finally shining and all those April (and May showers) have brought us lush green grass and trees and a bevy of beautiful, colorful flowers. With that in mind, this week the Goodwill Keystone Blog is blossoming with a dress fit for the season!

My friend, Laurie, graciously let us use her historic home for a photo shoot a couple of weeks ago. And she is also featured as the model for this blog, in this beautiful dress by Anna Sui. Anna Sui is a high-end designer who first started designing clothing in the 1970s.

From her website: “Anna Sui is one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished fashion designers, known for creating contemporary original clothing inspired by spectacular amounts of research into vintage styles and cultural arcana. Today Anna Sui has over 50 boutiques in eight countries and her collection and products are sold in 300 stores in over 30 countries.”

This gauzy cotton dress, which features spaghetti straps and vibrant pink and red tulips on green stems, was designed as a capsule collection for Anthropologie and retailed for $275. It has a vintage 50s vibe with the scoop neck and full skirt.

We’ve paired it with a vintage gold clutch from the 1960s and layered gold necklaces. As a last pop of color, we added the bright pink Nine West stiletto sandals (only $9.97).

Laurie would have been perfectly attired to attend the royal wedding last weekend (if she would have had the appropriate fascinator!). Floral patterns are perennially popular in the spring, so head out to your local Goodwill Keystone Area store and see what grows on you!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $5.50
Bag: $1.00 (Goodwill Outlet purchase)
Necklace: $3.97
Shoes: $9.97

Total: $20.44

Retail: $400+

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Earning Your Stripes

 

I’ve worked in the corporate world for over 20 years now and I often hear college graduates say that the “business world uniform” can be boring and stuffy. I’m here to say that’s not always true!

Obviously it is going to depend on where and what type of business you choose to work for. A position in finance or at a law firm is going to have a different dress code than one in retail or marketing. However clothing rules have changed very much since I started working in the mid-90s and many offices give you more latitude in your day-to-day outfits and some even offer casual Friday!

My friend, Jeanette, is modeling a business/casual look with this sassy striped dress from Forever 21. DSC_6846My kids joke that I should start a store called “Always 39”, but Forever 21 offers on-trend clothing and accessories at very inexpensive prices and finding them at Goodwill Keystone Area stores makes them even more affordable! The green, burgundy and taupe dress is perfect for warm spring and summer days. The vibrant colors pop and the cut of the dress is very figure-flattering.

I kept the accessories in the same color scheme to keep it modern and business-like. The burgundy purse is marked Coach and I was excited to find it for only $10, but after investigating it at home, I believe it is a fake.DSC_6861 Although I don’t condone purchasing known fakes, it happens – even to the best thrifters.

The medallion and green beaded necklace is a new favorite of mine and for just $3.97, I’ve gotten plenty of wear out of it already.DSC_6863

And finally, the neutral suede and patent heels from Nine West ($6.97) are a great way to visually elongate your legs and are a nice addition to your closet.DSC_6858 The nude color makes them a great choice for many different outfits.

Dressing professionally does not have to be lifeless and dull. A black or gray suit is not your only option when taking an office job. Investigate your new workplace and breathe a little life into your work wardrobe with stylish and professional pieces from your local Goodwill Keystone Area Store.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $5.50
Bag: $10.00
Necklace: $3.97
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $26.44
Retail (if the bag was genuine): $330+

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Shoe DIY Makeovers

 

Occasionally you come across “close to perfect” treasures at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. Instead of leaving them behind, some items can be rescued with a little ingenuity and DIY craftiness.

I’ve done several other DIY projects, but today I’m showing you 3 simple ways to update shoes that are in need of a little TLC. I purchased these shoes at local Goodwill stores and the crafting supplies were purchased on Amazon.com, but you might be able to find these at local stores.

The first makeover I did is as good as gold, rose gold that is. I can’t get enough of that rosy hue this season. I have wanted a pair of flats in that tone, but have not come across them yet on my thrifty travels. These Christian Siriano for Payless were $7.47. Rosegoldflats-1They were originally a slightly worn out, faded gold with some wear spots around the toes. I purchased the Rose Gold leather paint for about $8.00. Rosegoldflats-2I carefully applied the color with a brush in two thin coats. It covered completely and they turned out looking fantastic! Rosegoldflats-3Rosegoldflats-4There is also plenty of paint for many more projects – maybe a clutch or other accessories?

The Adidas Superstar sneakers were also $7.47. Adidas2They were in good shape and a real steal since they originally sold for $80. According to the Adidas website: “Superstar Shoes – An authentic reissue of a classic sneaker. From basketball MVP to streetwear queen, the adidas Superstar shoe has been going strong since 1969. These women’s sneakers are a faithful reproduction of the shell-toe shoe with a smooth leather upper riding on a rubber cupsole.” All they really needed was a good cleaning. I have some clay cleaner and all it took was a little elbow grease and a good scrub to make bright and shiny. I left them in the sun for the afternoon to dry. Adidas1 Adidas3Although the difference is subtle in the pictures, I can guarantee you they look like new!

The last project took a little more effort, but the pay off is huge. These genuine Fendi brown suede vintage heels were also $7.47, but they were missing a heel tip.Fendi1 Fendi2 I had ordered a heel tip kit off of Amazon several years ago. It was about $7 and came with 50 or so different size replacement heel tips.Fendi4 Using pliers I pried out the damaged heel tip. Sometimes it can be a little difficult, but with some effort they usually give way. Using a small hammer, I tapped in the new tip. Fendi3To make them even, I removed the other one so the tips would match. Fendi is a very well known Italian designer brand and these shoes probably sold for about $800 in the 1980s. Fendi5I saved about 99% on these iconic designer shoes!

With a little work and creativity you can turn some average thrifted finds into Goodwill gold!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Flats: $7.47; Retail $30
Adidas sneakers: $7.47; Retail $80
Fendi heels: $7.47; Retail $800

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Pops of Pink

 

Sometimes a simple, monochromatic look speaks volumes over a bold pattern or print. Pink is a color that has definitely grown on me over the years. I wear all shades of pink now, not to the point of looking like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, but I enjoy the rosy hue to brighten my wardrobe.Pink-1

This outfit started with the comfortable-as-slippers pink suede Sam Edelman embellished flats.Pink-3 I love these shoes and they enliven whatever outfit I wear them with. At $6.97 they were a real bargain since they retailed for approximately $100 when new.

The second layer of pink was the Tignanello leather cross body bag, which is perfect for shopping or traveling. Pink-6It has pockets for credit cards, cash and my ID and just enough room for a lip gloss (pink, of course!) my phone and my keys. This was also $6.97 and retailed for about $90.

While traveling I love to visit other Goodwill locations and I picked up this gorgeous Loft statement necklace at a Goodwill store in Rochester.Pink-4 I would rather purchase an addition to my wardrobe instead of a souvenir so I can remember where I’ve been every time I wear it.

The gauzy, statement-sleeved and lace boho blouse from Gap was the perfect base for the pops of pink. Pink-2Ruffled or bell sleeves are a trend that is still going strong and I’m happy to be finding those styles in my local Goodwill. This was only $4.50 and will be a nice addition to my spring/summer closet. I saved about 90% off the original price of $49.

The White House Black Market jeans (they do sell other colors than black and white!) were a nice ankle-length fit so my shoes can take center stage. Pink-5They retailed for $80, but I snagged these at my local Goodwill store for just $5.50.

Picking one color while keeping the rest neutral is one way to make your outfits easily comes alive. Choosing bright and colorful accessories at Goodwill Keystone Area stores will add springtime pop to your wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Pants: $5.50
T-Shirt: $4.50
Bag: $6.97
Shoes: $6.97
Total: $23.94
Retail Estimate: $330

(Necklace: $11.99 from Goodwill in NY – Retail: $60)

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

In-Between Days

 

Spring is so close! I can feel it and I am definitely ready to bring out my florals, pastels and sandals. We’ve had (what seems to be) a very long winter here in NE Pennsylvania, so everyone I know is excited for the warmer weather that will be heading our way soon.

But, there are still some chilly days ahead, so dressing in layers is still the best bet for these early April days. This outfit has the best of both worlds: open-toed sandals and a long-sleeve jacket.b6 I started the look with these patterned Ann Taylor Loft ankle-length pants. I loved the color combination and based the rest of the outfit on it. Print pants always seem to have a resurgence in spring and I’ve seen florals and graphic print pants in many of my recent fashion magazines.

To highlight the pink, I chose a Gap pocketed t-shirt in the same salmon color. b5
Casual pieces can fit nicely under jackets and blazers for a professional work atmosphere. I can pair this in summer with shorts to get more versatility out of this basic tee.

The knit and vegan leather jacket is from the Who What Wear line from Target.b1
This was a splurge at $12.99 at Goodwill, but the perfect fit attracted me to this piece. It has a classic, but modern feel and I can see this jacket working with my wardrobe for a long time.

As for accessories, I kept them neutral. The B. Makowsky was also a splurge at $12.97, but this brand sells bags for several hundred dollars each, so I didn’t mind.b4 The buttery soft leather and high quality silver and gold details made it worth every penny.

A gold and black fringed necklace added a modern touch.b3
And the shoes were a wonderful surprise. They were new without tags (no wear on the bottom) and were just $6.99. When I got home and did my research, I discovered they were over $200 when new. The leather is soft and the stacked wedge makes them very comfortable. I was very happy with this find!

Spring is just about here and spanning the seasons with jackets or blazers is easy with trendy pieces from Goodwill Keystone Area stores.

Pants: $5.50
T-Shirt: $3.95
Jacket: $12.99
Bag: $12.97
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $3.97

Total: $46.35

Retail: $550+

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Get on the Bus! Girls Day Out – Goodwill Style!

 

Last September we held the inaugural Goodwill Keystone Area “Take a Thrift Trip” on September 9th. We filled a bus with 30 thrifty fashion fans who were eager to enjoy a day shopping for treasures at three Goodwill locations: Berwyn, Phoenixville and Trappe. They generously brought donations for Goodwill’s mission and in exchange received swag bags, coupons, giveaways and free fashion advice!

As the Thrifty Fashionista, I offered the ladies advice on outfits for their personal style, bargain accessories and other thrifted treasures. Their favorite brands were plentiful, such as Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, Botkier, Talbots, Michael Kors, and Marc by Marc Jacobs in the stores. We all made new friends and the camaraderie on the bus was contagious with everyone sharing their amazing finds between stores. Here are a few highlights:E4B7C14D-A9CC-4F50-AA0D-42E9F4A79E22 A756DAD1-6FD8-4BE8-819A-3BAC28023A31E4212A50-80DA-4A5C-805D-F002EEA95A84 5507FA8C-546E-432C-A06B-5EB3FA590DDE EEEACAD9-707E-417A-A3B4-84C91B7DECC1 2CEA1C47-7D97-4495-8AEA-40FE2330EA64 9AA8E62E-74B6-426B-9007-6349E9526D3C CA17893B-F0FF-46A9-AD9C-97166C8019C7

Well, we’re doing it again! I’ll be hosting a new “Take a Thrift Trip” on Saturday, May 19th. We’ll be heading to a new area and visiting 4 Goodwill Keystone Area stores! We’ll be leaving from the Lancaster Goodwill on Lincoln Hwy at 8:30am. Our first stop will be Palmyra, then on to Lemoyne and York (Route30) and back to the Lancaster Goodwill by 5pm where you can stay and shop until you drop! For attendees, we’ll also have free thrift totes, coupons and fashion find giveaways!

Sit back & relax while we take care of the driving! Registration deadline is May, 4th. Sign up today! Tickets are only $25 for a full day of thrift shopping with your friends.

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See you on the bus!
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Denim Trends

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Distressed denim (and I don’t mean just holes, tears or wear marks) has definitely become a major trend that is hanging around and seen on models and celebrities alike. About two years ago I first saw the style of cutting and fraying of jean hems. I embraced this since I am a little vertically challenged and this was a trend I could enjoy!

Around the same time I also saw high-low hems – cut shorter in the front and longer in the back (on some websites I have seen this referred to as a mullet cut!). I wasn’t sure if I liked this and I’m still not completely positive it is a look for me. I would never pay $200 for this designer denim trend, but for $5.50 at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store, I thought I’d give it a chance!

For a recent trip to Maryland, I paired the Mossimo jeans with a long-sleeved, striped BCBGMaxAzria t-shirt.DSC_6333 I liked the contrasting edge of narrow stripes on the hem. When new this would have retailed for about $98, but my cost was $3.95.

Since there was still a chill to the air I threw on an olive green Blank NYC vegan-leather sleeved moto jacket.Photo Mar 18, 1 08 33 PM I was not familiar with this company until I did some research. This brand is sold through online retailers such as Zappos. MSRP was $98, but I found it for just $6.25.Photo Mar 18, 1 29 44 PM

I picked up the unique black leather convertible tote bag for $6.97.Photo Mar 18, 1 24 34 PM A little digging revealed this was designed by the Frye brand (which makes popular and expensive boots). I estimate that the retail value would be $200+.

I feel that the cut of this denim looks better with a high heel, so these black suede open-toed booties from Ann Taylor provided the look I wanted.Photo Mar 18, 1 10 25 PM My cost was $9.97; new would have been about $129.

Lastly, a unique vintage pendant with green glass beads for $4.97 punched up the outfit a notch.Photo Mar 18, 1 28 52 PM

While I’m still not completely sure about this denim trend, I didn’t break the bank by giving it a try with jeans from Goodwill Keystone Area. If I still don’t love them, I can trim them up since frayed hems are still in style, and might be for at least a little while longer!DSC_6263

Jeans: $5.50
T-Shirt: $3.95
Jacket: $6.25
Bag: $6.97
Shoes: $9.97
Necklace: $4.97
Total: $37.61

Retail: $585

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

On the Fringe

 

On a recent outing to an art show at the Goggleworks in downtown Reading, I pulled out a piece I had picked up earlier this winter and had been saving for the right occasion.

This fringed sweater poncho from BCBG Max Azria is dramatic without going over the top. DSC_6151The neutral gray color plays well off the basic black I paired it with, but would also be great for a cool spring day over a light t-shirt or tank top and faded skinny jeans and sandals. This sweater retailed for about $128.00, but I found it for just $6.75 at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store.

Simple black pants from Loft ($5.50) and my own black turtleneck formed the foundation of the outfit.DSC_6142 You can’t go wrong with classic black pieces. They should be staples in your wardrobe and I reach for these ponte knit skinny pants over and over again. They sold for about $79 at Loft when new.

In keeping with the simple black canvas to highlight the poncho, I added these gorgeous suede pointy toe suede boots from BCBG Girls. DSC_6170Their 3-inch heel, soft leather and criss-cross detail of shiny patent trim make them quite stylish. I didn’t mind investing $9.97, when I knew their value was around $200.

For accessories I added a filigree brass medallion on leather cord ($3.97)DSC_6177 and a woven gray bag, also with a gold medallion. I found it new with tags for $9.97.DSC_6121

Finding unique pieces that are a little fun and dramatic at Goodwill Keystone Area is one of the things I love. Live on the fringe! Give thrift shopping a try!

Visit Goodwill Keystone Area stores this Saturday, March 17 for our St. Patrick’s Day Sale to get 17% off your purchase of $25 or more, view complete details here.DSC_6186

Poncho: $6.75
Pants: $5.50
Necklace: $3.97
Bag: $9.97
Boots: $9.97
Total: $36.16

Retail estimate: $500

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.