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Concert Style

 

Blogging has become such a part of my life that I now plan photo shoots around my adventures, so I can have a new backdrop (and a new outfit!). On a recent visit to the Keswick Theater in Glenside to hear Midnight Oil (a 80s Australian band), I planned a casual concert look of a t-shirt and jeans. But, these were no ordinary pieces.

The t-shirt’s pattern caught my eye at Goodwill in Robesonia, PA.Blog2 It was inky black color in a soft jersey fabric with a smattering of silver foil dots. It was sparkly without being over the top. I checked the tag and it was Juicy Couture! T-shirts on their website range up to $118, so my $3.95 was a solid investment.

The jeans were also a hidden gem. Blog1I pulled the non-descript distressed dark wash jeans from a rack at Goodwill in Exton, PA. I wasn’t familiar with the brand “Pilcro and the Letterpress”, but a quick internet search revealed that they are an Anthropologie brand and would have retailed for $138! I plunked down my $6.50 and walked out with the newest addition to my premium denim collection.

For accessories I added a Jessica Simpson studded black clutch. This would have cost $57 had I bought it new. The multi-strand rhinestone necklace from Chico’s played up the silver in the shirt and the studs on the clutch. Lastly, I needed footwear that I could dance in. These strappy low heeled, zippered sandals from MRKT fit the bill.Blog3
This outfit would have retailed for about $400, but my total was just $25.89, so I can keep affording those concert tickets!

Shirt: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Clutch: $4.97
Necklace: $3.50
Shoes: $6.97
Total: $25.89

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 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.

Tommy Bahama

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner and that means vacations, day trips to the beach, picnics, hanging out by the pool and fun clothing! For women, sundresses, sandals and straw hats are an essential summer look.

For men? Well, my fellow Goodwill fan and thrifter, Rich, scored a great summer look featuring one of the best warm-weather brands – Tommy Bahama – for under $10! Rich also received a military discount from Goodwill. If you serve or served in the military, be sure to get a Rewards Card.

Military members and veterans (ID required at sign-up) receive 10% off all merchandise every day!

“Tommy Bahama” was a brand dreamed up by two men and their wives in 1992. It promoted a lifestyle of never leaving the beach. Currently it is based in Seattle and offers men’s and women’s clothing, home accessories and furnishings and even restaurants. It’s know for it’s upscale resort-wear style and is a favorite in the summer and warm climates year round.

Their colorful and casual print woven shirts range from $98 – $250 currently on their website. Rich found this subtle printed beauty for only $3.95! What a steal!Blog2 The soft cotton fabric features a soft blue and white multi-floral print with patch pockets.

The jeans are from Indigo Palms which is a brand name created by Tommy Bahama. It includes casual jeans, jackets and shirts for men and women. The company claims the jeans were inspired by Indigo Palms Ranch, a Jamaican cattle facility founded in the late 17th century. They retailed for $158 if new, but Rich picked up these classic faded jeans for just $6.50.Blog1

Rich is as much of a Goodwill fanatic as I am. He is always sharing his finds from Goodwill Keystone Area stores with me. His fun, summer look would have retailed for about $275, and he would have paid $10.45, but in the end he received a military discount and only paid $7.96. That’s a savings of over 97% off retail!

Shirt: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Subtotal: $10.45
Military discount: $2.79
Total: $7.96

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 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.

Pink Passion for Fashion

 

This past weekend I had the privilege of styling two wonderful ladies for the Third Annual Pink Passion for Fashion, a fundraising fashion show and brunch for the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County. Blog1 Besides an engaging speaker, a tasty brunch and lots of silent auction items, there was a fashion show, which showcased the beauty and strength of local cancer survivors.

I met with these two ladies at the Robesonia location several weeks ago and we quickly zeroed in on finding them fun, casual looks that would be comfortable and easy to wear on the runway and in real life.Blog2

Sally’s outfit began with the colorful ¾-sleeved floral spring jacket from Christopher Banks.Blog3 Underneath we added a fuchsia ruched sleeveless blouse by Susie Rose to add a pop of vibrant color. Her pinstriped beige slacks from NY&Co are a slimming straight cut. I mixed subtle patterns and prints to give her a polished look. Her gold metallic heels and Stone Mountain beige leather bag are the perfect neutral accessories and we topped her look off with a silver and gold Breast Cancer awareness pin.

An on-trend sheer black kimono by Live 4 Truth with pink roses was the foundation for Dottie’s outfit.Blog4 A kimono is an easy way to dress up any outfit. We added a pale pink cotton t-shirt from Atomosphere and sleek black trousers. Her burgundy Anne Klein patent wedges were comfortable and stylish and the black leather bag by Etienne Aigner will hold all her necessities. For a final touch we added a black statement necklace to give her outfit a modern punch.

Both ladies rocked the runway and the crowd was impressed that each outfit was less than 30! Blog5I hope I converted Sally and Dottie and maybe a few of the attendees to giving shopping at their neighborhood Goodwill Keystone Area store a try!

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 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.

Say Yes to the Dress!

 

Recently I talked about the treasures you can find on shopgoodwill.com and this week we are featuring some of the wedding dresses available on this site from Goodwill Keystone Area. If you have ever watched the show “Say Yes to The Dress”, then you know that wedding dresses can range from a couple hundred up to thousands of dollars. For a dress that you might only wear once, why not give a thrifted dress a try? Save your money and have a fantastic honeymoon!

Goodwill Keystone Area has several designer brands on shopgoodwill.com right now, which include Mon Cheri, David’s Bridal and Oleg Cassini. Styles include white and ivory silky and satin gowns with halter straps and sweetheart strapless necklines. Details include delicate beading, jeweled accents, lace and intricate embroidery.Blog8 Blog9 Blog10 Blog11 Blog12 Blog13 Blog14

Be sure to read the sizing information and shipping details. Dresses might need a light cleaning and some alterations, but some are brand new!

Most prices right now are around $10-$20. The auction ends this Friday, so if you are shopping for a wedding dress, be sure and check out their selection and check back often to see their changing inventory.

Click here to start shopping!

Say “Yes!” to a dress from Goodwill Keystone Area!

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 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.

Festival Fashion

 

With summer coming, people are lining up to buy tickets for music and arts festivals around the country such as Coachella (which was in April), Firefly and Lollapalooza. Festivals are not always about the music. They are also about the celebrity sightings and the fashion scene!

Festival fashion should be fun, carefree and especially easy to dance in, so I went for a slightly bohemian vibe. KirstenThe studded navy linen tank top by J. Crew was comfortable and draped well. The vibrant pink, navy and white print maxi skirt from French Laundry was the perfect compliment to the simple top. The print has an Ikat design which I loved. The ruffled high/low hem added unique detail to the skirt and it will look great as I twirl and spin to the music.

Fringe has been a staple on clothing and accessories for the past few seasons and this navy suede bag from Mossimo (purchased new-with-tags) is the perfect accompaniment for holding my necessities. Blog The fringe will swing and move as I walk. Lastly, I was excited to find this brand new pair of Havianas flip-flops for only $3.97. Blog2They are my favorite brand of flip-flops and typically run about $30.

I added an armful of my own silver jingling bracelets and a pair of oversized silver earrings. A nice pink lip-gloss and simple hair round out my festival look. I’m ready to head out and dance the night away knowing my complete outfit is way less than one ticket to a concert.

Top: $3.95
Skirt: $6.50
Shoes: $3.97
Bag: $6.99
Total: $21.41

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 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.

One Hot Mama!

 

My friend Melanie is a force of nature! She is an on-trend hairstylist, a wife, a mother and an adopter of shelter pets, a fellow Goodwill fashionista and a body-positive role model. She self-proclaims herself a “Retro Curvy Gal” and embraces her shape and encourages others (including me) to do the same.

Melanie first modeled for me last winter and we had so much fun, we decided to make her a regular visitor on the blog. We also bought this dress last winter, which is a great suggestion for shopping at Goodwill: Shop off-season. Check the racks in winter for spring or summer items and vice versa. You never know what you’ll find because it is out-of-season.

This cute navy Merona dress (originally from Target) was sprinkled with little orange seahorses.2It instantly made us long for summer and the beach! And the best part of the dress – it has pockets! Pockets are popping up all over and we love this trend. I’ve seen it in wedding and prom dresses as well. The mix of utilitarian and formal is such an interesting mix!

Melanie’s black wedge Candie’s sandals are great because they give her more height while still being comfortable and stable without a skinny heel. 1And they are completely fabulous right now because all things 90s are coming back in fashion – chunky wedges included!

While her sunglasses (which are retro and awesome) are her own, the bag (Originally $60 from DSW) was only about a dollar from the Goodwill Outlet on St. Lawrence Avenue. It holds her everyday necessities as well as being a great tote for the beach! And lastly, her colorful beaded necklace with faux-leather tassel was purchased new with tags (originally from Target and marked $16.99) for only $6.97.3

This sassy outfit adds up to one hot look for one cool mama! Embrace the now and dress for the body you have, not the body you want. Goodwill Keystone Area stores offers clothes in all sizes and styles and the money you save will make you happy while you are looking good and feeling confident.

And Happy Mother’s Day to all the other “Hot Mamas” out there!

Dress: $5.50
Shoes: $2.25
Bag: $1.00 (estimate)
Necklace: $6.97
Total: $15.72

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 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.

Let’s Meetup and Shop May 6th!

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At a recent speaking engagement, I was happy to share my passion for thrift shopping and Goodwill Keystone Area with local fans of my blog. While they loved hearing my tips and seeing my designer items, most of them just wanted me to be able to shop with them!Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 10.55.36 AM

While I’m not a professional shopper, I do enjoy combing the racks, shelves and aisles of local Goodwill stores for my next designer treasure. I also enjoy helping my friends shop, and some of them are lucky enough to be the recipient of pieces featured on the blog when my closet is starting to become a little too full. And now I can share my love of thrift shopping with you – in person!Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 10.55.26 AM

Join me, your Goodwill Keystone Area Thrifty Fashionista, for a morning of shopping at our Reading store (Muhlenberg), located at 3413 North 5th Street Highway, Reading, PA. Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 10.54.17 AMWe’ll be there on Saturday, May 6th, looking for spring trends and summer styles, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

There’s no one secret to finding the best items at Goodwill; you just have to be dedicated to the effort and committed to looking through the racks, reading labels and trying items on. Be sure to print the coupon at the bottom and bring it along.

To stay in-the-know on where we might be planning our next shopping trip, join us on MeetUp here: https://www.meetup.com/Shop-with-our-Fashion-Blogger/ . You can see our events and maybe find some new thrift-loving friends! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kirstenkeimshendge and Goodwill Keystone Area here: https://www.instagram.com/goodwillkeystonearea. We share photos and content not always featured on the blog.

I can’t wait to help you shop for spring trends and designer steals and deals! No RSVP necessary and there’s no charge to join me. Just show up and shop! And to make room in your closet for new items, why not bring along a bag of clothing or home goods to donate? Your unwanted clothes are the pathway someone’s future.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She is also a thrifty fashionista and advocate for Goodwill Keystone Area. She enjoys hunting for treasures for her closet and sharing her secrets for successful thrift shopping at Goodwill.

Shop Goodwill 24/7

 

What happens when you want to shop at Goodwill, but it’s late in the evening or you just don’t feel like leaving your house? You shopgoodwill.com of course!

According to their website, “shopgoodwill.com is the first Internet auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. It was created and is operated by Goodwill of Orange County (Santa Ana, CA). Participating Goodwills (including Goodwill Keystone Area) from across the country offer for auction on the site a wide array of art, antiques and collectibles as well as new and nearly new items pulled from their vast inventories of donated goods. From unique one-of-a-kind items to estate pieces, the depth of resources is enormous. Revenues from these auction sales fund Goodwill’s education, training and job placement programs for people with disabilities and other barriers.”

Just like eBay or other online bidding sites, shopgoodwill.com offers search features where you can find categories such as fashion, jewelry, collectibles and home goods.Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.37.42 AM
While clothing and jewelry comprise the majority of the items listed, they have specialty categories such as Star Wars, Antiques and Musical Instruments.

My quick search turned up a fabulous variety of high-end designer pieces (think Prada, Gucci and Versace) and plenty of genuine sterling silver and gold jewelry. There’s also almost 1,000 pieces of Michael Kors items ranging from $4.99 for a pair of shorts to $99.99 for a brand new watch, still in the box. You can also bid on “lots” (A package deal) of various items. The lots include piles of costume jewelry to designer sunglasses and even men’s accessories (both pictured)!Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.34.04 AMScreen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.34.13 AMScreen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.33.52 AM

Shopping the site also opens up an entire country’s worth of thrifty treasures for you. Pieces from California, Florida and New England are now at your fingertips, at 3am if you so desire! Please read all the fine print before bidding on items. Different Goodwills accept credit cards and/or PayPal and shipping fees can vary.

Being a Thrifty Fashionista is now as close as your computer and available to you 24/7! What can you find today?

Happy bidding!
Kirsten
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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She is also a thrifty fashionista and advocate for Goodwill Keystone Area. She enjoys hunting for treasures for her closet and sharing her secrets for successful thrift shopping at Goodwill.

Ladylike Details

 

Give me a bouclé jacket and I feel like I am channeling the iconic Coco Chanel! She first designed this menswear-inspired piece in 1954 and it has been popular with all types of women ever since. But, this is a very modern look with all the color, texture and pattern I’ve combined in this expensive looking, yet thrifty outfit.

The gold, beige and ivory boucle fabric gives this cropped jacket by Cabi (Original retail $188), a very classic feel.Blog2 I’ve combined it with a vibrant sleeveless ruffled neck blouse from Ann Taylor Loft.Blog1On it’s own, each piece has a lot going for it, but together they create a dynamic duo of pattern and texture! To add to the “Ladies who lunch” feel, I’ve added a multi-strand pearl and gold necklace. Pearls always add a timeless touch to an outfit.

To compliment the fringed detail of the jacket and the ruffled neckline, I purposely cut and roughed up the hems of the ivory jeans by GRG DNM (A Canadian company). Blog3Being vertically challenged and short of hemming most of my pants, I am really enjoying the recent trend of cutting jeans at the hem to create a modern, cropped silhouette.

Lastly, I finished the look with delicate gold pumps with bow details by Franco Sarto (which were found still with the original $79.00 price tags attached) and a roomy navy snakeskin, tasseled bag by DGH.Blog4

This outfit easily would have retailed for over $400, but I only less than $30! I have plenty of cash left over for a fun brunch with my girlfriends or a mani/pedi. I’m sure Coco Chanel would approve.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Jacket: $4.75
Blouse: $3.95
Denim: $3.95
Necklace: $6.00
Bag: $6.97
Shoes: $3.48 (Purchased on 50% off day)
Total: $29.10

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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.

In the Trenches

 

Spring is finally here and the weather can be cool one minute and warm the next, so having a coat on hand is always a great plan. And an easy-chic way to dress for the weather is by adding a trench coat. Trench coats can come in a variety of colors, lengths and styles, so it is easy to find one to suit your lifestyle.

The first look I am featuring includes a classic khaki trench from Kenneth Cole New York. Blog1It is rain and wind proof and effortlessly stylish. The metal and tortoise shell detailing on the buttons and belt add a modern flair. Coats like this retail for approximately $200, so at $9.50, I got a real bargain! I paired it with classic Levi’s jeans, but this would look equally as good with a dress or business attire. Blog2The colorful patterned blouse is one of my favorite new pieces for 2017. Blog3It’s gauzy and light and will add some punch to my closet. The coral satin and wood wedges from Nina add some height and weight to this spring look. I added a mint bag (featured previously on the blog) and a mint and gold necklace which was new with tags from Target and originally priced at $16.99.

My second look features a coral (I have purchased lots of coral items this season!) double-breasted trench from Ann Taylor Loft. Blog4The bright color is a change of pace from a typical trench style. It is also water and wind proof. For a professional look, I wore it over a cream, bow-tied sleeveless cotton sweater (also by Loft). And to pick up on the color of the jacket I included this watercolor-floral print linen skirt from Loft, and comfy leather flats with silver buckle accents by Franco Sarto. Blog5A cute zippered clutch from Express rounds out the outfit.

Trench coats are perfect for dressing up or down and either of these coats could be more professional or casual. They are also a perennial classic choice which will stand the test of time in your closet. Pick up one or two today at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store!

Look 1:
Trench: $9.50
Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $3.99
Total: $30.91

Look 2:
Trench: $6.50
Blouse: $3.95
Skirt: $6.00
Shoes: $6.97
Clutch: $4.97
Total: $28.39
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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.