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Dressember is Dignity

 

Can a dress change the world? The answer: Yes.

I’m challenging myself to wear dresses (when I can) in December and in the next few blog posts I’ll be featuring myself and my friends in some festive frocks for the holiday season. Dressember is a movement that uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity.

“As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. Dressember exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time. The heart of Dressember is dignity– that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and free life.”

My first look is a simple black and gold striped sweater dress from Ann Taylor Loft. 1 I found this dress months ago at the Ephrata store and put it aside for the holiday season. It was new with tags for $79, but I picked it up for just $8. Depending on how I accessorize it, it can work for a night out or a day at the office.2

I have paired it with a stunning gold and black beaded statement necklace from Chico’s. 3This multi-strand necklace is accented with teardrop shaped jewels for some extra sparkle and shine. When new, this beauty would have retailed for about $59.

Shiny Michael Kors black patent pumps are the perfect footwear for this special look. 4These classic heels will have a place in my closet forever. Black pumps, especially stunning ones like these, never go out of style. They would have cost about $130 at a mall store.

While wearing a dress seems like an obvious choice for this time of year, helping make a statement by donning a special frock is something simple you can do to be an advocate for women everywhere. And Goodwill makes it easy and affordable to look good while you make a difference.

Dress: $8.00
Necklace: $5.00
Clutch: $4.97
Shoes: $9.97
Total: $29.94
Retail estimate: $300+

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.

Goodwill Gifts

 

Holiday shopping for some people in your circle of friends or family may be challenging. Depending on who you have to buy a gift for, Goodwill Keystone Area stores might be the answer to finding a unique treasure for the hard-to-buy-for people on your list!

I wouldn’t say that everyone in your life would appreciate a thrifted present, but my friends and family know that I can stretch my dollar further at Goodwill AND find them amazing gifts.

My sister and I regularly exchange presents purchased at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. She has given me gorgeous gifts including the large silver acorn ornament (only $2.97)1 and the yellow Le Creuset grill pan (only $5.97!). 8Sometimes we leave the price stickers on to see who can spend the least on the best item.

Gifts I would give to my girlfriends include the red leather Sophia Caparelli bag (retail $200+)6 and jewelry including the green and gold tassel earrings,3 the silver metal mesh bracelet and the Monet chandelier earrings. Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 9.34.50 AMA vintage silk and velvet burnout scarf7 would make a luxurious gift for a co-worker and the rose gold leather Fossil jewelry case would be perfect for a friend who loves to travel.4

5For someone who like antiques, I picked up the cobalt blue Fiesta pitcher for $2.97.Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 9.35.07 AM And for someone who is a fan of the holidays, the Pottery Barn pillow cover was just $0.99!Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 9.35.20 AM

Shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores is a great way to save money, find amazing items, including home goods and household items, and give back to your community. Purchasing an item at Goodwill, is helping to provide a future for someone in your community.

Happy Holidays and happy shopping!

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.

Black Friday Giveaways!

 

Christmas is right around the corner and Thanksgiving is upon us. That means that shoppers are gearing up for Black Friday! I avoid the malls and big-box shopping centers and focus my efforts on finding the best treasures at my local Goodwill Keystone Area stores.

This year be sure and visit your local Goodwill Keystone Area store Friday, November 24 for the Black Friday Door Prize Giveaways!

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Doors open at 8am on Friday, November 24, 2017. For complete details, visit yourgoodwill.org

I’m sporting a new holiday outfit with some sparkle, shine and a little velvet. Velvet is one of the hottest trends this fall. This cowl-neck sweatshirt style top from Staples is perfect for a holiday event. It has a casual cut, yet the velvet fabric gives it an upgrade.Blog1

The gold and brocade cigarette-cut pants from Ann Taylor Loft add the right amount of sparkle for a holiday dinner party or festive party. For a different look, a distressed velvet t-shirt and denim jacket would add a casual vibe for a more modern feel.

As for accessories, I added a gold chain link bracelet (Only $1.97!), suede heels from Ann Merino Blog4and for a final fun pop of color, an orange and gold studded clutch from Jessica Simpson.Blog2

Stock up now for all your holiday needs, from fashion and accessories, to decorations to gifts. And be sure and plan your visit to Goodwill Keystone Area stores for the Black Friday Giveaways! Happy shopping!Blog3

Blouse: $3.95
Pants: $5.50
Bracelet: $1.97
Bag: $6.97
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $25.36
Retail estimate: $250+

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.

Fall Classic Style

 

Whenever I see a tweed blazer, I think of cool, crisp autumn days, bright autumn leaves and hot cups of coffee. It also reminds of a traditional collegiate style. And it can’t get more classic than this brand: Brooks Brothers.

Brooks Brothers is the oldest men’s clothier in the United States and is headquartered on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1818 as a family business, the privately owned company is owned by the Italian billionaire Claudio Del Vecchio and now also features clothing for women. Brooks Brothers is known for their custom, classic high-end shirts and suits. They have outfitted almost every American president as well as many popular movie stars including George Clooney and artists such as Andy Warhol.

They designed many popular trends that have been embraced by mainstream fashion: button-down collars, pink dress shirts, Harris Tweed, Shetland sweaters, Polo coats Madras plaid, Argyle socks, light-weight summer suits and wash-and-wear shirts.

This fabulous, traditional wool blazer was just $8.50 at the Robesonia store.Blog2 Online, their wool blazers sell for up to $495. This jacket could remain in my closet for a lifetime and still retain its beautiful classic style. I paired it with a gold and white, layered sleeveless blouse from White House Black Market.Blog4

The rest of the outfit includes multiple shades of grey. Distressed grey jeans from Elle (a brand featured at Kohls) add a nice counterbalance to the structured blazer. The floral grey and gold statement necklace adds a modern touch. Blog5The gorgeous woven leather grey bag is another high-end piece found in Robesonia. I paid $24.97 for it, but I knew when I saw it and felt the supple leather that is was a designer piece. The brand is Francesco Biasia and similar bags retail for around $500!Blog1

This classic look would have cost over $1,100, but I paid less than 5% of the retail value at just $47.39. Keeping an eye out for high quality fabrics and finishes when shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores can help you discover pieces that can remain in your wardrobe forever.

Jacket: $8.50
Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $5.50
Necklace: $9.97
Bag: $24.97

Total: $47.39
Retail estimate: $1,100+

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.

Dressed to Kale

 

Wearing clothing with slogans or sayings on them is not really my style, but my teenagers love all kinds of graphic tees. They are easy to find at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store. My kids look for their favorite bands or cartoon characters as well as sayings.

With the popularity of kale, I thought this one was kind of tongue-in-cheek. This “Dressed to Kale” shirt is by Grayson/Threads, a Target brand. It sold for about $15 when new. Willow2The great thing about finding pre-loved t-shirts at Goodwill is that they have mostly like been washed and dried, giving them a soft, live-in look and they are already pre-shrunk!

My daughter paired it with J Brand dark skinny jeans with faux leather patches on the knees. WillowSkinny jeans are still going strong and I see plenty of great ones on the racks at Goodwill. This pair of premium denim retailed for around $200, but I picked them up for just $5.50! I definitely don’t mind paying these prices for designer mall brands.

This sweater was one of my finds from the Goodwill Keystone Area Thrift Trip in September. It disappeared from my stash not long after I get home and both my girls take turns fighting over it. The olive and cream Banana Republic duster cardigan was found NWT (new with tags) for just $7.50. Retail was $148.

Finally, comfortable, combat-style boots completed this look. ‎Willow3This pair of Guess “Larry” black boots is perfect for a day of walking the halls at school. These would have cost about $129 when new.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve or your feelings on a shirt is possible when you find fun, affordable graphic tees at Goodwill Keystone Area stores.

Jeans: $5.50
T-Shirt: $3.95
Sweater: $7.50
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $23.92

Retail estimate: $492

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.

Autumn Blues

 

It’s definitely jacket weather and I love having a variety to choose from to coordinate with my outfits. I’ve featured some black moto-style jackets before, but when I saw this cobalt blue one, I knew I had to add it to my closet. What I love about this style of jacket is that it has a timeless and classic appeal, which works in either a casual or business setting.

This bright blue vegan leather jacket is from Forever 21.AB1 It was priced at $12.00 and would have retailed for about $35. I layered it over an office appropriate blouse and trousers. The white, blue and burgundy blouse is from Talbots.AB4 Despite it’s silky feel, it is 100% machine washable. Easy care fabrics rate high in my book! I picked it up on the Goodwill Keystone Thrift Trip in September for just $3.95, but it would have cost about $80 when new.

The black jacquard trousers were new with tags from Dana Buchman (a brand at Kohls).AB2 I like the subtle pattern in the fabric. It adds a nice contrast without competing with the pattern in the blouse.

For accessories, I added a vintage gold and black patent frame bag. AB3I love the enamel trim on the snap closure. It have a very 50s or 60s feel to it, yet the clean lines are very modern. The bejeweled burgundy flats from Life Stride add a little more color and coordinate with the blouse while also being comfortable.

Finally, the oversized burgundy chain link necklace certainly makes a statement! It was still new with tags from Target when I found it at a local Goodwill.

When you donate to Goodwill Keystone Area, I may be getting a new jacket, but your local community members are getting training and jobs through Goodwill’s programs and services. Learn more about Goodwill Keystone Area’s mission.

Jacket: $12.00
Blouse: $3.95
Pants: $9.00
Bag: $6.97
Necklace: $6.97
Flats: $6.97

Total: $45.86

Retail estimate: $275

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.

Maximizing Your Fall

 

Despite researching trends and fashions, I sometimes choose not to embrace them if it is something that is hard to adapt for myself. Maxi dresses are one of those things since it can be difficult to find ones to work with my petite height and not need tailoring.

This maxi dress from Xhiliration (A Target brand) DSC_4364was one of those items I picked up expecting not to like (it happens, a lot!) after I got to the dressing room. But the cream, navy and salmon pink color really appealed to me, as did the ¾ sleeves and super soft fabric. The dress is a pleasing mix of patterns and very flattering with the horizontal bands at the waist and bust. And amazingly, it wasn’t an extra foot taller than I am!

This dress works for fall or spring with the long length and sleeves. I threw on a London Jean jacket. FullSizeRenderLondon Jeans were a brand from Victoria’s Secret. The line was discontinued several years ago, but still has a cult following on resale websites. This one is a dark color, which coordinates nicely with the navy in the dress. A blue and gunmetal necklace accents the scoop neckline of the dress without overpowering the rest of the look.

The bag and shoes are both suede, which always reminds me of fall. FullSizeRender-2The bag is vintage (maybe 1970s) and has a brass clasp and chain strap. It doesn’t hold a lot, but I like how it adds to the boho style of the whole outfit. The booties from MIA have the pointy toe (which visually elongates the leg) and fringe detailing. FullSizeRender-3Founded in Sweden in 1976 during the disco era of clogs and bell-bottoms, MIA is now based in Miami with a showroom in New York City. Their designers are inspired by the spirit of the Caribbean as well as by exotic destinations around the world and they now offer affordable fashion-forward-footwear to women of all ages.

I’d wear this look to brunch with girlfriends and have already worn it out to dinner with my husband. It can be dressed up or down depending on what jacket and accessories I would add. A cream scarf or cardigan would also be a nice extra layer for the winter months.

Shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores gives me the ability and the budget to try styles I may or may not fully embrace, at first. Happy shopping!

Jacket: $6.50
Dress: $5.50
Boots: $6.97
Bag: $3.97
Necklace: $3.97

Total: $26.91

Retail estimate: $150

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.

Outdoorsy Fashionista

 

Fall is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. I am fortunate to live near some of the best and most beautiful hiking trails in my county, so visiting them is easy and I don’t do it near as often as I should.

Hiking in the woods calls for a little different fashion than you are used to seeing on this blog, but since Goodwill Keystone Area stores provide a wide variety of options, I’m here to show you how the Outdoorsy Fashionista dresses.

It took me a while to find all these pieces, but the entire outfit (including two jackets, but minus the boots) is North Face. DSC_4564The North Face, Inc. is an American outdoor product company specializing in outerwear, fleece, coats, shirts, footwear, and equipment such as backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags. It was founded in 1968 in California and continues to have a very popular following of outdoor enthusiasts and those who like to look “outdoorsy” (i.e. “me”).

The emerald green full zip hooded fleece jacket is soft and comfortable. DSC_4582It has plenty of pockets for keys, phone, lip balm, etc. It would have retailed for about $100, but I picked it up at the Trappe store for $10. (North Face is a known popular and high quality brand and can be priced accordingly from store to store). I throw this on when running errands or just taking a walk around my neighborhood. The black jacket, found new-with-tags at the Robesonia store, was $20, but would have also retailed for about $100.DSC_4499

The t-shirt is also North Face and has the soft, well-worn feel a favorite t-shirt should have. This was just $3.95. The pants (which luckily for someone petite like me have the tabs to be able to roll them up a bit) are equipped with pockets for some of your hiking gear, are a nice lightweight and are probable water repellant (although I haven’t tested that out yet). They were $10 at the Robesonia store, but would have cost about $80 when new.

Lastly, the boots are from Timberland and were practically brand new when I purchased them. For $6.97 they have been a great investment.DSC_4493

While this look is not “high fashion”, it is definitely a style that many people can relate to. All the pieces are wash and wear and easy to take care of. My kids love borrowing the jackets and as long as they don’t get lost along the way, I expect to get many years of wear out of them. Keep an eye out for your favorite outdoor brands when shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. I have seen North Face, Columbia and Timberland! Gear up and enjoy the outdoors!

Green Jacket: $10
Black Jacket: $20
Pants: $10
T-shirt: $3.95
Boots: $6.97

Total: $50.92

Retail estimate: $450

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.

Sweater Weather, Finally!

 

It’s finally getting cool enough to get out my sweaters here in northeast Pennsylvania! It’s always an exciting time of year when I can get out my boots, tights, scarves and sweaters. I like the changing of the seasons as much as I like the changing of my closet.

This boucle-textured grey and black cowl-neck sweater from Loft is perfectly comfortable and polished for work. Blog1For this look I added simple black trousers from the Gap. Black pants are always a great staple and I have plenty in different cuts and styles depending on the look I am going for.

Boucle-textured purple and black bejeweled flats from Etienne Aigner were the perfect partner. Blog5I paid $6.97 for this cute pair at Goodwill, but they were marked new-with-tags for $69! To add a little sparkle, a pearl and glass bead necklace added some bling.Blog3

The large suede and silver-studded Tignanello bag was a great find at the Reading Outlet. Blog4I estimate I paid only about $2.50 for this high-quality bag. Outlets are great for searching for hidden treasures when you have the time! A bag like this would have retailed for about $200!

For the weekend, I would pair this sweater with skinny blue jeans and tall back boots. Blog2Goodwill Keystone Area stores are stocked with all your fall needs – sweaters, jackets and scarves. Go pick some up now! Colder weather is right around the corner!

Sweater: $4.75
Pants: $4.25
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $1.97
Purse: $2.50
Total: $20.44

Retail value: $425

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.

Blush and Burgundy

 

This unique color combo has been popping up all over my Facebook and Instagram feeds! While it seems like a typical combination, this fall it seems fresh and new for 2017.blushburgundy

Blush (or Millennial Pink or Rose Quartz) has been popular for several years now. Pantone had made it one of their colors of the year in 2016. It’s a soft, pale rosè color and pairing it with the rich, warm tones of burgundy give the combo a modern feel.

The blush dress from Eliza J New York is crafted from a beautiful textured fabric.3 It has a V neck front and back and would be perfect for a wedding or semi-formal event any time of the year. My favorite part of the dress is that it has pockets! This brand is sold at Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor. The description states “Balancing trend-forward style drawn from the runway with classic silhouettes and vintage-inspired details, Eliza J offers everything from sultry sheaths to swingy flared skirts to dramatic ballgowns, ensuring each occasion is a special one. Its striking prints are designed in-house with a view toward creating fresh, feminine looks that beautifully span the seasons.” My $5.50 investment was well worth it for a retail value of $158!

I gave the dress a more casual vibe by combining it with a quilted burgundy faux leather moto jacket.4 This jacket is from the Who What Wear line at Target. It is lightweight and perfect for these cooler fall days.

For accessories, I added a burgundy Coach bag, nude pumps from Franco Sarto and a gold and iridescent Y necklace, which I found new-with-tags from Target. 2Y necklaces became popular again when Jennifer Anniston wore them on the “Friends” TV show in the 90s.1

Staying up on new color combinations is one of my favorite parts of researching fashions trends. Look through your closet to see if you have any of these colors. If not, head to your closest Goodwill Keystone Area and look for some blush and burgundy!

Dress: $5.50
Jacket: $7.99
Shoes: 6.97
Necklace: $6.97
Purse: $10
Total: $37.43

Retail value: $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.