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Prom Queen

 

All the rage this spring is a “Prom-Posal”: how someone asks a date to the prom. It can be big and over-the-top with an in-school musical performance or as straightforward as a poster or flowers and a simple question. But, the star of the prom will always be the dress.

No matter how you end up going to the prom, you’re going to need an outfit. Short, long, full or sleek – anything goes in the formal fashion world and sequins, beads, sparkle and shine will always be popular. Prices on formal dresses can go well into the hundreds of dollars, but you don’t need Cinderella’s fairy godmother for a ball gown. With Goodwill you can spend wisely and find the dress of your dreams.

Sarah and Anne Marie were happy to model a few of the formal gowns and clutches that I found on the racks at the Goodwill in Morgantown, PA. Pix 1 Pix 2 Pix 3 Pix 4Be sure and check your local store to see what kind of dresses and accessories they have in stock. You may have to visit a few locations (find one near you, click here), so give yourself plenty of time before the big event.

At Goodwill what you see is one-of-a-kind and during prom and wedding season, so don’t wait if you find something you love! When searching, be sure and check out the condition of the dress. A few alterations and cleaning could add to your cost unless you have someone handy who can help you out. You’ll also want shoes, an elegant clutch and jewelry – all of which you can find at Goodwill!

You don’t have to break the bank to look fabulous at the prom. Goodwill can make your fairytale dreams of being a Prom Queen (or Princess) come true!

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA
Dresses: $7.50 – $49.99
Clutches: $2.97 – $4.97

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Denim Crush

 

The last time I had a crush on designer denim was in the glorious 1980s and I was crushin’ on a pair of ankle-length acid-wash, Jordache jeans. They had zippers at the ankles and I wore them with my beloved bubble gum pink, Reebok high tops and an oversized off-the-shoulder sweatshirt.

Premium denim has come a long way since then. And so have the prices. With price tags well up to $200 for one pair of jeans, I have much better things to spend my money on. And I know I can find the exact same designer all brands at Goodwill.

If you are looking for skinny, bootcut, straight or flare jeans, I have easily found Paige, J-Brand, Seven, Hudson, Lucky and 7 for all Mankind at plenty of the local Goodwill stores. All of these brands range in price from $75 – $200 or more. Jeans 2 To put it in perspective, the jeans pictured here could have cost me up to $1,000 (total), but I paid less than $40 for all of them by finding them at Goodwill! Jeans 1Jeans 3

Two of my tricks for finding any type of higher-quality clothing are to actually touch the fabrics and quickly sort through the labels. Better quality fabric will be softer and feel more expensive. Quickly flipping through the racks and knowing what labels to look for will help you find the brands you want. Knowing your waist size will help as well. Many of these labels use waist sizes to size their jeans. For example, a 27 is typically a 4 and a 28 is a 6 and so on. But, try on anything you think might fit to account for shrinking and stretching. These jeans already have the benefit of being washed and broken in.

While Jordache isn’t in my closet anymore, premium denim is now an everyday staple of my wardrobe thanks to Goodwill!

Premium Denim Prices:
Various Goodwill Stores and Outlets
$0.60 – $10.00, but typically around $6.50 each

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Easter Parade

 

Gone are the days of Easter bonnets and fancy parades, but celebrating the holiday in a bright new spring dress or outfit is a welcome change to winter’s heavy sweaters and jackets. Take inspiration from the colors of the season including jelly beans, Easter eggs and spring flowers.

This georgette, midi-length, sleeveless dress was found at Goodwill, new with the tags, from Talbots. Easter2It was originally $79.00, but I only paid $7.50! The soft, flowing pale pink fabric is perfect for Easter, a bridal or baby shower or even a spring wedding. You could add a cardigan or blazer for cooler weather, or even just a scarf to add warmth.

A roomy fabric and leather Tommy Hilfiger tote will hold all your necessities and the spring green shade compliments the dress. Easter3Add a classic silver and pearl necklace, simple pearl earrings, neutral pumps and you are ready for Easter dinner with the family!Easter1

You can outfit your whole family at Goodwill for the holiday for less than the cost of brunch at a restaurant. What are you waiting for? Hop to Goodwill!

Goodwill stores in Reading, PA :
Bag: $6.97
Necklace: $0.98
Dress: $7.50
Total: $15.45

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Now and Later

 

With the last few official days of winter waning, outfits that can be multi-purpose and take you into spring and summer are a smart investment.

Today’s main piece is a simple neutral floral fitted dress from Old Navy. Gray, brown, camel and cream make a nice backdrop for accessories that span the seasons.NaL3For cooler days I have paired the comfortable dress with a flowing shawl-collared cardigan from White House Black Market and tall suede boots.NaL2 A cream and gold tassel necklace, bangle bracelets and simple gold hoops are the finishing touches.NaL1When the weather warms, I’ll leave the cardigan at home, keep the accessories and go with camel-colored mules from Target and a small cream leather handbag.

For a more professional look you could layer a fitted blazer over the dress and add tights for warmth. In the summer, make the look more casual with sandals, a gauzy cream- colored scarf and a cropped jean jacket.

Having pieces that can transition you through different seasons are a perfect addition to your closet. Not only do they save you money by making your wardrobe more versatile, you can challenge yourself to see how many different ways there are to style them!

Goodwill in Ephrata:
Bangles: $5.00

Goodwill in Morgantown:
Cardigan: $5.50
Dress: $5.50
Necklace: $2.97
Cream bag: $2.49 (Half off sale)
Shoes: $3.49 (Half off sale)

Total: $24.95
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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Luck of the Irish

 

I’m not at all Irish, but who isn’t a little “Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you are going out to your favorite Irish bar for a pint or cooking up your own corned beef and cabbage, select an outfit that is more timeless than kitschy (think shamrock headbands and “Kiss me I’m Irish” shirts). Choosing pieces that can be restyled throughout the season is thrifty and smart.

I headed to Goodwill in Exton one snowy day and found my pot of gold! The knit kelly green and navy Michael Kors blouse with cinched elastic waist was a great find at $6.50. LOI3A classic pair of navy Loft trousers was the perfect partner. Navy can be a tricky color to match, so instead of navy I opted for black heels. These chunky suede heels with bow detail from Seychelles were originally $130 when new.LOI1 A colorful striped raffia clutch completed the outfit. LOI2This look will work on St. Patrick’s Day and beyond!

However you celebrate the day, here’s an old Irish blessing for you and your family:
May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!

Cheers,
Kirsten

Goodwill in Exton:
Trousers: $4.25
Blouse: $6.50
Heels: $9.97

Goodwill in Morgantown:
Clutch: $2.49 (Half off day)

Total: $23.21
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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Plum Perfect Pair!

 

It may only be March, but we’ve had a few days of warm weather to tease us that spring is on its way. Who isn’t ready for shorts, sandals and a day in the sunshine? My friend MaryAnn and her daughter Adrianna are ready for a mother-daughter outing including lunch, shopping and mani-pedis.

The coordinating plum outfits are ready for a day on the town.Plum1 Adrianna’s purple crepe top (new with tags!) has pale pink embroidery details and her faded-wash Justice jeans have sparkling silver rhinestone accents. Plum2Cuffing them is perfect for adjusting the length and staying in style.

MaryAnn’s dress (which still had the $69.50 price tag from Express on it!) is in complementary shades of pink, purple and plum.Plum4 The neckline and hem feature hot pink sequins to add some shine. To finish her look we added floral print wedges and a vegan leather purple tote with snakeskin trim. Plum3She could also wear this dress with heels, a jean jacket and a clutch for a date night with her husband, Mike!

Warm weather is on the way! And MaryAnn and Adrianna are ready!

Goodwill in Morgantown:
MaryAnn:
Dress: $8.50
Bag: $4.97
Shoes: $6.97

Adrianna:
Top: $3.99
Jeans: $3.00

Total: $27.43

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Love of Loft

 

I love Loft, Ann Taylor Loft, that is. But, I hate paying full price at the retail mall stores. Ann Taylor Loft features quality staples for your work or weekend outfits. They have projected a classic image since their founding in 1996 as an off-shoot of the Ann Taylor brand to attract a younger, more casual customer. Since their clothing is not super-trendy, it stands the test of time and pieces even a few years old can feel completely modern and make a nice addition to your work wardrobe.

(All of these finds are Loft!) This cream cable-knit dolman-sleeved sweater is perfect for this time “in-between weather” time of year.LoL1Brown cotton button-front trousers are a nice neutral tone and will integrate well into your closet. I found the beautiful silver and beaded multi-strand necklace and after closer inspection I discovered it was also from Ann Taylor Loft. Finally, the brown suede pointy-toed kitten-heeled booties are the finishing touch. LoL2All of these pieces on their own will mix and match effectively with your existing wardrobe, but together they are a classic Loft look!LoL3

If there are specific brands you like, chances are you can find them at your local Goodwill for deeply discounted prices. It’s definitely worth taking a look through the racks for your favorite labels!

Goodwill in Shillington:
Sweater: $3.25 (Half off day)
Trousers: $2.37 (Half off day)

Goodwill in Exton:
Necklace: $4.50

Goodwill in East Earl:
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $17.09

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Neon and Neutrals

Brights, stripes and neutrals brewed together in one outfit definitely makes this one caffeinated look! For a Saturday afternoon of running errands, I came up with this comfortable, casual outfit for a stop at our local coffee roasters. Pulling this outfit together is just as easy as throwing on jeans and a sweater, but much more fashionable.Blog12

The French terry jersey dress from Mossimo (Target) is as soft as your favorite old college sweatshirt, but much more stylish. The navy and neon pink stripes add bold color and flair. I tied the pink and orange ombré scarf in a slipknot in place of a necklace. Google “scarf tying” and you will find dozens of videos to up your scarf-typing skills.Blog13

The café-colored leather and jacquard fabric genuine Coach shoulder bag and leather cowboy boots (previously bought from Goodwill and in heavy rotation in my wardrobe with dresses and skinny jeans) added the right splash of neutral sensibility to the bright dress and scarf.

Blog14Up your weekend game and break out of the jeans, sneakers and shirt look. You’re wardrobe will thank you!

Goodwill in Morgantown:
Dress: $2.99
Scarf: $4.97

Goodwill in Royersford:
Purse: $15.97

Total:  $23.93

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

As if!

As I was getting ready to watch the Oscars, I realized I already had a movie-inspired look in my own closet. And it came from Goodwill. It is hard to believe that Clueless is more than 20 years old. The movie is still one of my favorites and I will always sit and watch it if I come across it on TV.

At the time the clothing in the movie was groundbreaking and according to Vogue magazine, “made a lasting impact on fashion.” The colors, patterns, and details defined the 90s and inspired young and old alike.

While I’m no Cher Horowitz, I’m channeling a yellow and navy, plaid jacket instead of her yellow, plaid, pleated miniskirt and matching blazer from Dolce & Gabbana.
clueless3-EDITEDI decided to go for skinny jeans, a navy and white polka dot blouse, yellow canvas wedges and a silver Kate Spade canvas tote. The Seven brand jeans were a real steal and are already a favorite of mine. But, the tote was one of my best finds. I paid $4.97 and after a little research I found it originally sold for $150!clueless 2

One of Cher’s lines in the movie was “Do you prefer ‘fashion victim’ or ‘ensembly challenged’?” but I choose to think that with Goodwill’s help, I can win “Best Dressed.”Blog7

By the way, chunky heels are making a comeback this spring, so be sure to keep an eye out for them in one of my upcoming posts!

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Jacket: $3.75
Blouse: $3.50
Jeans: $6.50

Goodwill in Ephrata, PA:
Tote: $4.97

Goodwill Outlet Center on St. Lawrence Ave, Reading, PA:
Wedges: $2.25

Total:  $20.97

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Mom on the Go

My friend Kristan has three kids to keep up with, so I wanted to give her a “glamorous” morning out as a model for one of my blog posts. I gave her comfortable, yet fun look that she could wear dropping the kids off at school, grocery shopping or running errands. And the best part is that the whole thing is machine washable!

I started with the burn-out velvet blouse in shades of teal, navy, green and yellow.The sheer-dotted pattern was eye-catching and just needed a black tank top underneath it.Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 1.16.43 PM Bootcut jeans from Ann Taylor Loft in a soft denim wash are easy to dress up or down. A navy blue, floral scarf adds a bit of warmth for cool mornings and a roomy teal leather Tignanello tote holds all of her necessities. Navy blue sunglasses top off her look and give her a movie-star mystique. Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 1.16.57 PM

Pieces that I can mix and match and coordinate with other items in my wardrobe are ones I reach for time and time again. She could pair the blouse with dark skinny jeans, black tall boots, chandelier earrings and a black leather or faux-leather jacket for a night out. The combinations are endless and will keep her on the go!Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 1.17.12 PM

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Goodwill in Bethlehem:
Top: $8.50
Jeans: $4.97
Bag: $12.97

Goodwill Outlet Center on St. Lawrence Ave in Reading:
Scarf: 60 cents

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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 stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.