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Mixing Colors

 

Mixing colors such as black and brown or black and navy can be a fashion faux pas for some fashionistas. But when a piece of clothing makes it easy and does the mixing for you, you can’t go wrong.

This jersey knit dress by Loft was an easy piece to pack for vacation.Blog8 The soft brown stripes add flair and interest to what would have been a simple black dress. The drape neckline and matching belt add the final details. I wore my own flip flops because many times we ended up on walking on the beach.

The dress was perfect for touring the local Butterfly Gardens near Nags Head, NC. A simple wash and wear dress is as comfortable as a shirt and shorts while sight seeing. I added a supple brown leather purse that converts to a backpack.Blog10 I picked up this unique bag by Perlina at the Goodwill store in Frazer, PA and saved it to use while traveling. I estimate this bag was originally around $150 and I paid only $9.97!

For fall, I’ll add a jean jacket for warmth and this winter I will pair the dress with tall black (or brown) boots and a cardigan. I love clothing that can transition through the seasons. And having pieces that take the guesswork out of mixing and matching colors makes getting dressed (and packed for vacation) easy!

Kirsten

Goodwill, Berwyn, PA:
Dress: $5.50

Goodwill Boutique, Frazer. PA:
Bag: $9.97

Total: $15.47

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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.

Back to Basics

 

Being on vacation means feeling relaxed and casual and you can do that by simplifying your wardrobe. You can’t get more basic than jean shorts and a t-shirt. And you can’t get more classic than pieces from The Gap.

North Carolina was hot and humid when we visited so keeping cool was a must. Dressing in light colors and a loose fit helps. Make sure to pack soft, breathable fabrics when traveling to warm locales.

The white cotton t-shirt with blue and green stripes from The Gap has the perfect feminine fit – not too tight and not too fitted. BLOG13 White shorts can be difficult to find. You want to make sure they are crafted from a quality, opaque fabric. White is not as forgiving as other colors, so these Gloria Vanderbilt cotton jean shorts were just right. I added in my own flip-flops, aviators and my favorite silver and sea glass necklace.

Finally, I can’t say enough about large carryalls! This sturdy, striped, pink cotton tote (also from The Gap) has plenty of pockets and space for all my essentials.BLOG14

The Gap’s quality and style stand the test of time. When I find pieces from their brand at Goodwill, I know they have a lot of life left in them and still have the simple, classic look. They are mostly known for their denim, but you can often find simple t-shirts, button-down shirts and sweaters. Fall into The Gap, but at Goodwill!

Happy Thrifting! Kirsten

Goodwill in Royersford, PA:
T-shirt: $1.98
(It was one of the daily 50% off specials – be sure to get a Reward Card, click here

Goodwill in East Earl, PA :
Shorts: $4.25

Goodwill, Muhlenberg, PA:
Tote: $4.97

Total: $11.20
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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.

For the Love of Lauren

 

This dress turned up at the Goodwill in Muhlenberg, PA several months ago and I have been saving it for our vacation.Blog4I loved the pattern right away, even before I saw it was from Ralph Lauren’s Denim & Supply brand.

Ralph Lauren has featured very classic American designs for the past 40 years and their Denim & Supply brand was established in 2011 to capture a younger, edgier audience with an eclectic mix of bohemianism and vintage, outdoorsy style.

The description from the Ralph Lauren website described this dress: “A Southwestern-inspired print accents the sweeping silhouette of this cotton jersey maxi dress—a cool choice for an outdoor concert or casual hangouts.” It retailed for approximately $90, but I picked up this beauty for only $5.50!Blog6

The dress was a bit big, but luckily I have a very talented mother and she was able to take it in for me. It features a rounded scoop neckline and a racer-style back. It was perfect for dinner out at our resort in the Outer Banks.

I added a straw tote with leather handles that I picked up at the Goodwill Outlet, a pendant necklace recently featured in another blog and my own heeled brown leather sandals.Blog5 I love this comfortable dress and will keep wearing it well into the fall with either a cardigan or a jean jacket.Blog7

Kirsten

Goodwill, Phoenixville, PA:
Necklace: $6.97

Goodwill, Reading, PA (St Lawrence):
Tote: $1.75

Goodwill, Reading, PA (Muhlenberg):
Dress: $5.50

Total: $14.22

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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.

It’s a cover up!

 

Going on vacation means relaxation, time with my family and of course, new places for photo shoots! This year we headed south to the Outer Banks and several new Goodwill outfits made the journey so you will see them in the next few posts.

I found this Ecote sheer, black beach cover up at the Goodwill location in Morgantown, PA.Blog3
I knew from the quality fabric and embroidery that it was a good brand. Upon research at home, I found that this is a brand old by the ever-popular Urban Outfitters (which is based out of Philadelphia) and retailed for around $60 when new. I paid just $5.50! The colorful stitching and tassels gives it a vintage or island feel and is perfect for lounging around the beach or pool. Sadly, the delicate fabric will not give any sun protection so I made sure to wear my sunblock. I could also wear this over a black slip dress for a night out. Add heels and a clutch and I’d have a very original outfit!

To carry all my necessities – book, towel, sunnies, etc this printed canvas tote is big enough to hold all my needs as well as several things my husband and children threw in as well.Blog1 I pick up these bags when I find a pattern that catches my eye. I carry everything in them from groceries to workout gear to picnic supplies. I picked up this one also at Morgantown on half-off day for $2.50.

Lastly, the black straw hat shields my reading material and keeps the sun out of my eyes.
Shopping at Goodwill means I don’t ever have to take a vacation from style and even while lounging around the pool, I’m still looking cool!Blog2

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Cover up: $5.50
Tote: $2.50
Hat: $3.50
Total: $11.50

 

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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.

Thrift Fix

 

This picture from Stitch Fix has been saved on my computer since March. BlogFixI loved the look and knew I could recreate it with similar pieces from Goodwill.

Stitch Fix is an online shopping company that ships clothing for you to try on at home and either keep (and pay for) or return. I like the idea, but being a frugal fashionista, it’s one luxury I would never indulge in since 90% of my wardrobe comes from Goodwill.

The off-the-shoulder top was the hardest to locate and just recently, I found a suitable facsimile at Goodwill in Royersford, PA. This navy floral top from Loft has adjustable ties on the sleeves and a gathered waistband. I wear it normally for work with more causal jeans or shorts.

BlogFix1The jeans are by Uniqlo and my daughter has already taken then from me. They are a dark wash with a stretchy fit with zippers at the ankles. Uniqlo is a Japanese fashion retailer with stores in major US cities, so I was excited to find them at the Goodwill in Morgantown, PA on half-off day! They retail for about $40.

Nude, gladiator wedges by Nature Breeze are a versatile neutral shoe that will work with many outfits. BlogFix3Nude shoes elongate the leg and give you a taller, leaner look. (If you’re into that sort of thing…) I picked up the mint green Paste leather handbag at this year’s Goodwill Runway Show (it’s a spring fundraiser for Goodwill). I added in a pendant necklace (featured on a previous blog post) to complete the look.

While it is not an exact match for my inspiration picture, it’s pretty darn close and I know I did not spend nearly as much as I would have from Stitch Fix. Goodwill is my very own “Thrift Fix”.

Happy Thrifting, Kirsten

Goodwill – Royersford, PA:
Shirt: $1.98 (It was one of the daily 50% off specials – be sure to get a Reward Card, click here for details! )
Goodwill – East Earl, PA:
Sandals: $4.97
Goodwill – Morgantown, PA
Jeans: $3.25 (Half off day)
Goodwill Runway Show – (it was a spring fundraiser for Goodwill in Reading, PA)
Purse: $6.50
Goodwill in Phoenixville, PA:
Necklace: $6.97
Total: $23.67
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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.

Concert T-Shirt DIY

 

I’ve wanted to do a few more DIY projects this summer and since my daughter is a master at cutting up t-shirts, I enlisted her to help me revamp a vintage-style concert shirt from the Goodwill Outlet in Reading.

Being an 80s girl, I was excited to discover the “Love and Rockets” concert tee from their European tour in 1988. ConcertTShirts6But, it was an extra large and I wanted something a little more flattering than throwing on an oversized tee.

After looking up a few tutorials on Pinterest (there’s plenty of DIY ideas for t-shirts), we got started. It’s not as easy as it looks as there is a lot of back and forth, making sure you get the sides even, but using a plate as a template for the neckline and folding the shirt in half to get the sides symmetrical were two tips from Pinterest I will definitely use again.ConcertTShirts5ConcertTShirts3 ConcertTShirts4

I made it so that the front was longer and could be tied to adjust the fit. I added in my own distressed boyfriend jeans and rhinestone necklace and bangles. To round out the look, I picked up a pair of Carlos by Carlos Santana silver and black sandals. ConcertTShirtsThese flats are super comfortable and this chic outfit would be perfect to wear to a summer music festival or concert!ConcertTShirts2

Pick up a few shirts from Goodwill and see what you can create!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Shirt: $0.86
Goodwill in East Earl, PA:
Sandals: $6.97

Total: $ 7.83
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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.

$5 Date Night Challenge

 

The last look in this $5 challenge is a “Date Night” look. Finding formalwear at the Goodwill Outlets is a little more challenging, but not impossible. I wanted something fun and different than the dressy blouse, jeans and heels which would is a typical night out look for me.

This little gold, pleated, Grecian-style dress by Express was an easy find. Datenight The pale gold, knit fabric is flattering without being too clingy. The one-shouldered look was unique and reminiscent of styles seen at award shows earlier this year.

To add some punch, I decided to go bold on the accessories. As I dug around the bins for shoes, I found a single gold, purple and black peep-toe heeled shoe. The outlets are a challenge sometimes as shoes do get separated from their mates. I held on to that shoe as I wandered around the bins. And out of nowhere, a fellow shopper walks up to me and offers up the missing mate. I felt like Cinderella at the ball!DSC_5106

A little more searching revealed the vintage gold and black purse and bold gold belt. I added my own purple, jeweled bib necklace and bangles to tie this look together. At a little over $5, I am completely happy with my “Date Night” look. DSC_5096 %281%29What kind of outfits can you pull together for $5?

Happy thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading:
Dress: $0.86
Shoes: $2.25
Purse: $1.22
Belt: $1.22

Total: $ 5.55

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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.

$5 Casual Challenge

 

Next up on the $5 challenge is a casual look. Casual is easy to pull together from items at Goodwill, but I wanted to update the look a bit. I’ve already distressed denim a few posts back and lately I’ve been seeing a new kind of distressing: undoing the bottom hems so the frayed edge is showing or cutting off the hems entirely, either straight across or at angles. The jeans I have seen on celebrities and in fashion magazines cost up to $250!

DSC_5111 Knowing I could easily and inexpensively replicate this trend, I found a simple pair of slim-fit denim at the Goodwill Outlet in Reading. Wanting a very casual, simple vibe I also picked up the fun island-inspired flip flops…DSC_5142a brown, vintage Fossil cross-body mini bag…DSC_5131 and a pale olive green lace-trimmed top from Joe Boxer.

DSC_5150At home my daughter helped me as I searched online for a picture of the style I wanted to replicate. We got out the scissors and trimmed off the bottom. I tried them on, but needed them a bit shorter, so we cut them once more to the desired length. I let her pull and rough up the hem, loosening the fibers. Wearing and then washing and drying the jeans repeatedly will only make them more distressed.

Again, I was a bit over (only 19 cents!) and I have a trendy yet comfortable and casual look for only $5.19. DSC_5133Last up in this challenge is “Date Night”. Can it be done fashionably with brand name pieces from the Goodwill Outlets? Stay tuned!

Happy thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading:
Jeans: $0.86
Shirt: $0.86
Shoes: $2.25
Purse: $1.22

Total: $ 5.19

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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.

$5 Work Challenge

 

Next up in my second of four $5 outfits is a chic look for the office. This outfit started when I found the Ann Taylor Loft slim fit ankle pants. I actually remember when this style was in the store and I loved them then, but being a thrifty fashionista, I now have a hard time paying more than $5 for a piece of clothing. Goodwill has completely spoiled me!

The black and tan irregular dotted print pant is a good foundation for a solid colored top.Blog4 I decided to look for something in black to keep it simple. The black tank from Charlotte Russe has a sheer lace back which isn’t office appropriate, so the ruffle trim Loft cardigan covers it up nicely. And my teen has already claimed the tank, so it’s perfect for her too.

The metallic black leather snakeskin pumps by Carisma were made in Italy and are surprisingly comfortable for such a thin heel.Blog5 The black vegan leather briefcase by Merona was the perfect tote to complete this professional look. I added my own gold, layered necklace and bangles (both which were previous purchases from Goodwill) to add some sparkle and shine.

While I strayed a bit from my $5 challenge (I spent $6.05 for 5 pieces), this outfit has the look and feel of a much more expensive one. Dressing for any situation at any price point is possible with Goodwill and spending a little time searching at the Goodwill Outlets can yield fantastic results.

Happy Thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet, Reading, PA
Cardigan: $0.86
Tank: $0.86
Pants: $0.86
Shoes: $2.25
Purse: $1.22
Total: $6.05

KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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.

$5 Tween Challenge

 

While shopping at the Goodwill Outlet Center in Reading, PA (Mt. Penn), I started discovering some really nice clothes and decided to challenge myself to see how many outfits I could create, each under $5. The outlets take a little more effort to find high quality, fashionable items, but I’m here to prove to you that it can be done!

My first look is for my tween. She was not with me, but I found two pieces that I was hoping she would love. She is getting choosy in her wardrobe, so I don’t usually pick things up unless she is with me. But because I was at the outlet, I took a gamble and it paid off.

The first item I discovered was this floral print dress from DIVIDED.Blog2 I talked about this brand in my last post. Their parent company, H&M, is the clothing version of IKEA. The colorful cotton knit tank dress fit her perfectly and I was surprised that she liked it as much as she did.

The Levi’s light wash jean jacket was a great find!Blog1 The ¾ sleeves make it perfect for covering up on cool, summer nights. She already has plans to “make it her own” by covering it in patches. Patches were popular when I was a kid in the early 80s and just like everything else, they are making a comeback!

She styled this look with her own Converse sneakers. Blog3This look is completely appropriate for a tween and she was thrilled with it, so I call this look a win-win! The best part: I paid less than $2.00 for the whole outfit. Goodwill Outlets are really the place to go when you are on a tight budget or just like to spend your money wisely!

In my next three posts, I will show you how I found three name brand looks for myself: work, casual and date night.

Happy thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Jacket: $0.86
Dress: $0.86
Total: $1.72

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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.