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Seeing Green; Saving Green.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. And even if you’re not Irish, you might celebrate by wearing green, drinking and eating green beverages and foods and saving green at Goodwill Keystone Area stores!

Visit Goodwill Keystone Area stores St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 to get 17% off your purchase of $25 or more! See details here.

While I didn’t go overboard with the wearing o’ the green, I am sporting a bright kelly green blouse from Michael Kors. DSC_6059It features an adjustable gold zipper neckline. Similar styles are still available from online retailers for about $98, but I picked this up for just $3.95

My jeans are from Denizen, which is a brand by Levi Strauss. DSC_5999According to their website “Denizen means inhabitant: belonging to a community of family and friends. Denim is in our name, at the heart of our brand. DENIZEN® jeans come in a variety of fits and styles for today’s active families. They offer remarkable value so everyone can look and feel fantastic. And they promise the quality craftsmanship and authentic style that Levi Strauss & Co. is famous for.” These are the “Modern Skinny” fit. They are supposed to fit, flatter and keep their shape all day. So far so good for me! These are sold at Target and retail for about $29.99.

The jacket was a surprise find. I knew the label “Robert Rodriguez” was a quality find, so I didn’t mind paying $7.50. With a little research I discovered this brown, cotton, ruffled trench coast probably retailed for around $500. Talk about saving some green!DSC_6013

The Guess slouchy brown boots elevate this casual outfit with their stacked heel and slim fit.DSC_6072 As for the bag, it is a fun faux fur bag by Carlos by Carlos Santana. Yes, Carlos Santana the musician. Who knew he likes to design women’s shoes and accessories??? DSC_6074It adds a playful feel and texture. It sold for about $79 when new. Lastly, to add some bling, a Lia Sophia gold, jeweled necklace adds some sparkle.DSC_6025

With Goodwill Keystone Area, you can dress festively for whatever holiday comes your way and save a lot of green!

Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $5.50
Jacket: $7.50
Necklace: $3.97
Bag: $4.97
Boots: $9.97
Total: $35.86

Retail estimate: $825+

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.

Artistic Afternoon

 

The weather has been all over the place lately and on a recent sunny Saturday, I spent some quality time at the Reading Public Museum. They have a fabulous sculpture garden, scenic views and walking trails along the Wyomissing Creek, as well as a museum full of rotating exhibits and a separate planetarium.

It was a warm afternoon and I was feeling artistic, so I paired a bohemian blouse with flared jeans, boots and a classic handbag.DSC_5840

The peacock-printed blouse from West Kei has the flowing and dramatic bell sleeve trend that I love lately. The colors and patterns were fun and playful. DSC_5740This brand has been sold through the online Stitch Fix service as well as at national retailers. It would have retailed for about $50.

Because it was still a winter day, I brought along my red vegan leather jacket from a recent blog.DSC_5788 It suited the casual feel of the outfit and added another layer of color.

Instead of skinny jeans, and in keeping with the carefree feel of the blouse, I wore a pair of flared Levi’s. DSC_5886Jeans are one of the great things I love to find at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. They are already soft and broken in and have the feel of a well-loved pair of your favorite jeans, right from the beginning!

With the length of the jeans, I needed a slight heel and these dark brown boots from Makron fit the bill. DSC_5777They have a slightly western style that suits the outfit. They also have a sturdy stacked heel and are comfortable to stroll along the creek.

As for accessories, the green geode and gold chain necklace reflects the colors in the blouse. And the classic Michael Kors bag is one of my favorite finds of all time.DSC_5785 It’s a great neutral color and holds a ton of my necessities. It was $9.97, but would have cost over $200 when new. This is one of those bags that only gets better with age.

Whatever your style, Goodwill Keystone Area will help you fill your closet with classics, bohemian blouses or even designer handbags.

Don’t forget to visit Goodwill this Wednesday, February 21, 2018 for the 50% OFF SALE, details here.

Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Necklace: $6.97
Bag: $9.97
Boots: $6.97
Total: $34.36

Retail estimate: $400+

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.

Read the Labels!

 

While shopping one day at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store, the pattern on this dress caught my eye as it hung on the rack. DSC_5901The color combination is one of my favorites – orange and blue. The cut of the dress at first reminded me of a Lilly Pulitzer or Tory Burch. But, after inspecting the label, I discovered it was Tracy Negoshian. And out came my trusty smart phone to learn more about this brand I had never heard of.

I discovered that the Tracy Negoshian boutique brand has been making Florida a little more colorful since 2009. Her colorful and playful bold prints, designer quality and affordable prices helped grow the brand to over 500 specialty boutiques and select department stores throughout the country.

This ¾ sleeve bell sleeve shift dress is a popular style on her website. It is still produced in new patterns and colors. It retailed for $142, but I found it for only $5.00. While I will definitely rock this later this season, I was ready for a colorful outfit and paired it with patterned lace navy tights.DSC_5899 I’m never afraid to mix patterns, but keeping your choices in the same color family makes mixing and matching a little easier.

To keep the rest of the outfit simple, I added navy suede stacked, heeled loafers from Ann Taylor. DSC_5915Similar shoes from Ann Taylor sell for around $120, but I picked these up at Goodwill for just $6.97.

And for a final pop of color a bright orange-red handbag by London Fog. DSC_5902While usually known for outerwear, London Fog also make accessories. This sold for around $150, so my $4.97 was a great bargain.

By shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores, I saved 96% off the retail value of this designer outfit. Keep your eye out and your phone handy when thrift shopping! You might find some interesting new-to-you labels.

Blouse: $5.00
Heels: $6.97
Bag: $4.97
Total: $16.94

Retail estimate: $412+

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.

Festive in February

 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and having, fun romantic looks for date night doesn’t always involve red, pink or formal wear. Once again, my friend and guest model, Jeanette is showing us a festive look for a night out.DSC_5971

This fabulous silk tunic from Tory Burch sets the tone for this look. DSC_5993The yellow, blue, green, white and black colors in the blouse add interest and fun. Tory Burch is a highly desirable designer to find at my local Goodwill Keystone Area, so I am always excited to find this label when combing the racks. This retailed for about $300, but I paid just $5.50. I have a few pieces of Tory in my closet from Goodwill and I find them classic and timeless.

Jeanette paired it with her own leggings, but it would look equally as chic with skinny jeans. DSC_5983We kept the accessories simple and monochromatic: Gold and black. The fringed black necklace was “new with tags” from Target. It retailed for $16.97, but Goodwill had it marked at $3.97.

The gold leather clutch by Guess has an embossed snakeskin print and is roomy enough for plenty of date night essentials. DSC_5987It was $4.97 from Goodwill, but would have sold for around $88.

The Circus by Sam Edelman suede “Teydin” boots do have a romantic feel with the lace up backs.DSC_5989 They also have a zipper to make getting them on and off easier than having to lace them up each time. The stacked block heel makes them very wearable and Jeanette commented how comfortable they were! They were also found “new in the box” at a local Goodwill and sold for $119, so the $10 I paid was a great deal!

DSC_5984Dressing up for date night can be fun and casual. Incorporating some casual and festive pieces can make your night out even more enjoyable!

Blouse: $5.50
Necklace: $3.97
Bag: $4.97
Boots: $10.00
Total: $24.44

Retail estimate: $523.97

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.

Flair for the Dramatic

 

As Winter moves along and we head toward Spring, one trend I see everywhere – dresses, blouses, jackets – are flared and ruffled sleeves. I love seeing the drapey, delicate and feminine details on clothing from casual to business wear.

This week we are featuring one of those looks on this beautiful constructed jacket with flair detailing on the sleeves. DSC_5942_previewMy friend, Jeanette, stopped by this weekend and she graciously offered to model for me. This black, fitted jacket is from Who What Wear at Target. It has a single snap closure in the front, but otherwise is minimalist and sleek. It would have retailed for about $30, but I found it at a local Goodwill for $5.50.

I paired it up with a graphic print sheath dress from BCBG MaxAzria. DSC_5959_previewThat brand is one of the ones I love to find at Goodwill Keystone Area stores because they continually create edgy, modern pieces. This black, white and lime knit dress would have originally sold for about $138.

For accessories I added a gunmetal, gold and lime statement necklace ($3.97). The green in the necklace as well as the shapes of the gems coordinated well with the design of the dress. A sharp vintage black patent handbag with snap closure ($4.97) makes a nice change of pace for this business look than a tote bag or fussy purse. DSC_5949_previewClassic Michael Kors black patent pumps round out this ensemble. You can never go wrong with a simple pair of heels. DSC_5948_previewAnd Michael Kors makes one that will be a favorite in your closet. Jeanette added her own tights.

This dramatic look would be perfect for a business meeting or luncheon. To change it up, she could change the jacket for a cardigan and add tall boots. Or the jacket would look great over a simple t-shirt and jeans. Keep an eye out for interesting sleeve details this year. I predict they will keep growing in popularity!

Jacket: $5.50
Dress: $5.00
Necklace: $3.97
Bag: $4.97
Heels: $9.97
Total: $29.41

Retail estimate: $358

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.

Winter Floral Fun

 

We’re enjoying a brief warm spell here in Northeast PA and I was ready for it! I broke out these fabulous pants as the basis for a new outfit to celebrate the weather being above freezing for a few days!

It’s the time of year when I start to crave bright colors to counteract the seemingly cold, gray days of January. When I saw these floral beauties from Talbots on the rack at my local Goodwill, I knew they were coming home with me. DSC_5687_previewTalbots pants retail for about $99, but I picked these up for $4.25.

But, with such a crazy, colorful pattern, I had to choose some sophisticated neutrals to balance out the outfit. Later in the spring or summer these pants will look fantastic with a black or white tank top, a light jean jacket and strappy sandals.

A simple chambray tunic from Ann Taylor Loft was an easy choice. DSC_5671_previewThe blue coordinated nicely with the flowers in the pants. Loft is always a solid choice for work or weekend wear. And at $3.95 for a shirt that originally sold for about $69, it was a good deal.

This jacket is another reason I keep my smart phone close when I shop. I saw this beautifully distressed leather jacket and peeked at the label: “Sundance”. DSC_5639_previewNow, I know Sundance from the Robert Redford film festival, but a quick internet search revealed he also has an expensive online clothing brand. This jacket would have retailed for about $348, so for $15 it came home with me.

Lastly, I wanted some simple accessories. The black Ann Marino suede pumps (my cost $6.97; Retail $50) and this little black and white Coach wristlet fit the bill. DSC_5705_previewYou can typically find plenty of Coach pieces at your local Goodwill Keystone Area. Some pieces are in great shape and others have been well loved. This little bag was in great shape and for $6.97 (Retail $75), I think it will become a staple in my wardrobe when I don’t need a big bag.DSC_5618_preview

You don’t have to wait for spring to sport your favorite floral patterns, visit your local Goodwill Keystone Area store and let your wardrobe blossom with some bright colors.

Pants: $4.25
Blouse: $3.95
Jacket: $15.00
Bag: $6.97
Heels: $6.97
Total: $37.14

Retail estimate: $641

SALE ALERT!!! Be sure to check out Goodwill Keystone Area’s Red Tag Sale on Wednesday, January 31, see complete details here!

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.

Classic Combo: Red & Black

 

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, my wardrobe color palette has started trending toward reds and pinks. This outfit would be perfect for a casual date on the big day, but is also business or weekend appropriate.

The look started with this paisley-patterned dress from Banana Republic.DSC_5580 The black, grey, red and white pattern sets a beautiful tone for the outfit. The delicate pin tucks on the front and the lightweight fabric add to the feminine feel of the dress. Banana Republic is one of those brands that continue to turn out classic pieces that stand the test of time. This dress sold for about $118 when new; I picked it up for $5.50.

To make the red of the dress pop, I added a vegan leather jacket from Baccini. DSC_5533The hem and sleeves are edged with ruffles with echo the feminine feel of the outfit, yet the color and cut give it a modern edge. For $7.50, I got a good deal on this unique piece, which retailed for around $68.

Black boots are a classic choice and I have lots of pairs, but I never turn down another good deal when I find it at Goodwill. These Dolce Vita leather boots are sleek and well fitted. DSC_5540The medium stacked heel is not too tall to be uncomfortable, but gives me a little height. According to the internet, “Dolce Vita designs cool, playful-yet-sophisticated shoes that are equally home at work and at play. The brand quickly became known for eye-catching, on trend designs and took its place as a beloved staple in wardrobes all over.” These boots would have cost about $220, so I didn’t mind investing $10.

Finally, the red and white, gold-chained cross body bag from Sorial, was one of those pieces I had to investigate in the store before I bought it. DSC_5576By feeling the soft, supple, pebbled leather, I knew it was a higher-end brand. After googling the label, I found that “Sorial continues to provide effortless designs to over 300 specialty and department stores nationwide and outside of the U.S. and has been worn on A-list celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens, Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon.” SOLD! This bag was $9.97, but retailed for about $120.

DSC_5555As we’re headed toward cupid’s big day, it’s easy to find romantic colors and details on clothing and accessories at your local Goodwill Keystone Area stores. Luckily the clothing is sorted by color in most locations, so head to the red/pink section and find a new outfit!

Dress: $5.50
Jacket: $7.50
Boots: $10.00
Bag: $9.97
Total: $32.97

Retail estimate: $526

Speaking of red, be sure to check out Goodwill Keystone Area’s Red Tag Sale on Wednesday, January 31, see complete details here!50-Off-Red-Tag---1-31-18

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.

Luxe Looks for Less

 

If I asked you to guess how much this look would set you back, what would you guess? $1,000? $2,000?  Believe it or not the original retail of this outfit rings up at over $3,000!DSC_5401

This is by far my most expensive thrifted outfit since I have been blogging for Goodwill. The majority of it is the unique fur and leather purse from Longchamp. DSC_5372Longchamp is a French luxury leather goods company, founded in Paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain. I dug up this interesting handbag at the Reading Outlet. It caught my eye because of the unique color and details.  It is not really my style, but for the blog’s sake, I knew I had to purchase it. If you know the outlets, you know you only pay per pound. I estimated I paid about $4 for this bag. And after having it authenticated at the Longchamp store in King of Prussia, I discovered it was worth $2,200 when new. It was part of the 2012 More is More line. The salesperson was very impressed with my find!

The next more expensive piece is the See by Chloé silver velvet jacket.DSC_5347 According to Wikipedia, “See by Chloé is a younger line of the Chloé luxury brand. This line manufactures ready-to-wear, handbags, and accessories since 2001. This line of apparel is intended to target the younger generation and is more affordable for those who are starting to become more sophisticated in their styles.” The texture, pattern and shine from the fabric makes this a fun piece. I’ve dressed it down with jeans, but could easily be layered over your little back dress for a night out! I estimate the original price at around $500. See by Chloé has been worn by the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

The black booties from United Nude were found by a friend at the Robesonia location for $4.97. DSC_5430How such a unique pair of heels ended up at a rural Berks County store amazes me! These are from the Eamz line. Despite how they look (with the metal heel), they are surprisingly comfortable and easy to wear. The brand was founded by Dutch architects and this style was inspired by an aluminum office chair by Ray and Charles Eames. The “Eamz” series, featuring pumps, lace ups, boots and Mary Janes and they have integrated their heels with a detail of the chair foot, a feature that seems to suspend the shoe in mid-air. The would have been about $295 when new.

Rounding out the outfit are a pair of Rag & Bone skinny jeans (featured before on the blog – retail about $200), a black velvet tank top from Chico’s and a teal beaded necklace from Coldwater Creek.

If you do the math (from the details below), you’ll see I paid just 1% of the retail value of this look! While these aren’t everyday finds for me, once in a while you find some very interesting and expensive pieces.

Jacket: $10.00
Bag: $4.00
Shoes: $4.97
Jeans: $5.50
Tank top: $3.95
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $32.39

Retail: $3,285

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.

Grow Your Own Bed of Roses!

 

On a recent trip to a large mall (my kids wanted to go; I can’t fathom paying those prices!), I started to notice floral appliqué was on everything! From scarves to sweaters and dresses and shoes! 6Ironically a few months ago I planned a project just like this and with the cold weather keeping us inside, it was the perfect time to get crafty!

I had ordered a pack of rose fabric appliqués from Amazon for about $8.00. There were about 20 pieces of different sizes, so I have plenty more to use for future projects.2 I also picked up a container of Fabric-Tac at a local big box store for about $5. You could probably pick up the appliqués and glue at your local craft store.

Since I wasn’t sure how the appliqués would adhere to leather or a smooth surface, I hunted around several local Goodwill Keystone Area stores for a pair of faux suede booties. These burgundy beauties (at just $4.97!) were perfect.1

After a few minutes of figuring out the design and being careful of it to not to get in the way of the laces, I had my layout. I carefully glued the appliqués, using a small amount of glue to start.3 After everything was glued down, I went back and checked the delicate edges adding small dabs of glue when necessary to secure the fabric to the shoe. They dried quickly and are said to be completely set in 24 hours.4

5Recreating current designer trends is thrifty and easy when you use a little creativity and shop at your neighborhood Goodwill! My daughter already has plans to use my remaining appliqués on a sweater or sweatshirt. I have plenty of designs and glue to complete several more projects! While I don’t shop at the mall anymore, I certainly love the inspiration I get from looking in the windows!

Happy crafting!

Appliqués: $8.00 (from Amazon)
Glue: $5.00
Shoes: $4.97
Total: $17.97

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.

Welcome to 2018!

 

By now we are a week in and you might still be enjoying those resolutions you made. If getting more fresh air and saving money were on your lists, Goodwill Keystone Area has got you covered!

In this post I am featuring two fantastic jackets from Columbia Sportswear. Columbia was founded by a family that fled Germany in 1938 and settled in Portland, Oregon. They named their company after the river that inspired their new home. They first made hats, but eventually expanded to outerwear, among other things. They now manufacture items for men, women and children.

According to their website, “Columbia is made up of real people who are as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And, while our products are available around the world, we’re based in the great Pacific Northwest, where majestic forests frame volcanic mountains and a rugged coast. This is where we hike, ride, fish, hunt, climb, camp, golf, paddle, run, and just enjoy fresh air with friends. Come join us.”

Their women’s jackets are created from high-tech fabric that is wind and water resistant. They offer a modern trim fit, and warmth, without adding bulk. These Columbia jackets for women are perfect for a chilly winter hike or while running errands. I found each of them (at different times) at Goodwill Keystone Area stores for $10 and under.

My youngest daughter quickly snatched up the “Interchange featuring Omni-Tech” patterned teal jacket. IMG_0197Columbia’s website states that “Omni-Tech is air-permeable protection that’s waterproof and breathable guaranteed”. It offers plenty of pockets and a synch-able removable hood for extra warmth. IMG_0192She has worn it even on the coldest days and says it has been warm despite not being a heavy jacket. It may have retailed for up to $200 when new, but I picked it up for just $10!IMG_0202

The quilted pink jacket is lined with Columbia’s “Omni-Heat” which is created from a breathable material with little silver dots that reflect body heat. IMG_0215It is also very light weight, has interior and exterior pockets and thumb holes on the cuffs. IMG_0211(My runner friends love that feature in tech shirts and outerwear!) it would have sold for around $150, but I purchased it for $7.50. IMG_0209The black fleece scarf was only $1.97 at Goodwill.

As for saving money, you can always do that at Goodwill, but on Wednesday, January 10th, Goodwill Keystone Area is holding it’s first 50% Off Sale for 2018! Maybe you’ll see me shopping for some great deals!

Happy New Year!

Teal jacket: $10.00
Pink jacket: $7.50
Scarf: $1.97
Total: $19.47

Retail Estimate: $380

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.