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Vintage Beauty

 

I’m always happy to hear that people read and enjoy my blog, but in this post I am excited to share that I was able to meet, style and have a photo shoot with one of my fans!

Through a friend, I met Melanie, a hairstylist with a unique look and sense of style. She is a huge fan of Goodwill and often posts about her own thrifted finds on social media. We both agreed a vintage retro look was the way to go for her.

We met for a morning of shopping at Goodwill in Shillington, PA. After several trips through the aisles, a cartful of finds, and multiple dressing room reveals, we had our winner.

Melanie’s impeccable makeup, purple pinup hair, tattoos and curvy attributes perfectly highlighted this layered retro look. We started with the sheer floral print tunic by Black Rainn. The colors in the tunic set the stage for the rest of the outfit. The cropped pants by Briggs added some warmth and coverage for a chilly winter day.
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Adding pops of color were important so the mustard yellow cardigan by Mossimo, a Target brand, and the vibrant pink and rhinestone necklace brightened up the entire look.
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Melanie usually wears flats, so these nude heels, which will go with anything, were a fun change for her. She informed me later (after researching the heels online) that the brand L.K Bennett London sells for up to $345. So needless to say, the $6.97 that we spent was an incredible bargain! Go Goodwill!

The ivory vintage metal mesh clutch and the Style & Co. black winter coat finished off her look. Together these pieces are a beautiful outfit, but they each can be used separately to enhance the rest of her wardrobe. The total for the whole outfit was just $35!
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No matter what your style, budget or size, Goodwill Keystone Area stores are the perfect place to shop. Looking good does not have to cost a fortune and when you exude confidence and beauty, like Melanie, you feel good on the inside as well because you know you’re supporting a valuable organization like Goodwill.

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Pants: $4.25
Coat: $5.25 (half off special)
Shoes: $6.97
Clutch: $2.49 (half off special)
Tunic: $5.50
Cardigan: $3.95
Necklace: $6.97

Total: $35.38

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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.

Mad for Plaid

 

Besides stripes, plaid is one of my favorite wardrobe patterns and I love red plaid around the holidays. This look mom may scream “Suburban Mom”, but I’m ok with that, because I am one. The outfit is great for running last minute Christmas errands or maybe a casual holiday brunch with friends.

I started this look with this sophisticated Talbot’s red plaid ruffled blouse. It has a trim fit and I loved the details of the ruffles and onyx buttons. The blouse would be perfect for work under a blazer or with jeans for a more casual look.mad-for-plaid-2

The red quilted vest by Relativity added a great pop of color and on warmer fall days, it would be all I need as outerwear. The red adds a festive Christmas-y feel. I could add a white scarf and a jean jacket for more layers for cooler days closer to winter.

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The knit black jeggings from Ann Taylor Loft are as comfortable as yoga pants, but much more flattering. They have enough stretch to keep their shape and the skinny fit tucks nicely into my boots. These boots from Nine West are made of buttery soft leather. And the wedge shape gives them height without being unsteady on skinny heels.

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Goodwill offers plenty of ways to be festive and comfortable this holiday season. Try a classic look of a vest, boots and leggings. It’s a versatile outfit and the pieces can be used multiple ways in your wardrobe.

Blouse: $5.50
Vest: $1.00
Pants: $4.50
Boots: $19.97

Total: $30.97

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.

Feeling Festive

 

In the past few years “ugly” or “festive” Christmas sweaters have become trendy for office contests or parties. Goodwill Keystone Area stores are the perfect location to shop for these fun and decorated sweaters. But, to get the best ones, you need to shop early!

The 80s and early 90s were the heyday for original and unique sweaters. I have a few of those vintage in my wardrobe, but lately companies are producing crazy new ones.

My sister found this beauty by Susan Bristol for me several weeks ago at Goodwill in Morgantown. It is festooned with multiple embroidered snowglobes depicting a variety of holiday scenes. It even has tiny little fish bones stitched with the cats! Many Goodwill stores keep their holiday items separate from the rest of the clothing so it is easy to search for some fun pieces to add to your holiday wardrobe!
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I kept the rest of my outfit modern and casual. The boyfriend-style faded jeans are from the Who What Where collection from Target. They are simple yet comfortable and slouchy. My black patent wedge Mary Jane style shoes by Nine West are functional yet give me some height. I added my own red and silver ornament earrings to finish off this festive look.
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Start planning your “ugly” or “festive” look now so you’re prepared to win your office contest or if you get invited to a party. Goodwills are your best bet when shopping for a unique look, no matter what time of year it is!
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Sweater: $7.50
Jeans: $6.99
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $21.46

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.

Holiday Glow

 

Thinking of Christmas, you obviously reach for traditional colors of red or green, gold and silver. For a more sophisticated choice, I selected this merlot colored knit dress for Catina. It was perfect for our photo shoot at a local winery.
holiday-glow-1The body-hugging knit accentuated her figure, but was flattering and comfortable. The side ruching at the waist and sleeves added interest and detail. The dress was accented with a gold zipper detail at the neckline, so several gold chains and a spikey gold bracelet were the perfect accessories.

For a modern edgy look we added black and metallic peep toe booties by Wild Rose. Like many of my pieces, I plan how I would style these in a different way. These would look great with rolled up skinny jeans and a black leather (or faux) leather jacket. Lastly, an elegant gold and black satin structured bag finished off her look.holiday-glow-2Being festive can be understated, and doesn’t have to always include glitter or sequins. The color of this dress gave a off a warm glow that embodies the holiday spirit. And for less than the cost of a bottle of wine, this outfit shows that Goodwill is a great place to shop for special occasion outfits.

Dress: $0.99
Necklace: $6.97
Shoes: $6.97
Bracelet: $0.98

Total: $15.91

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.

Holiday Shine

 

Now’s the time of year for holiday party invitations to be arriving in your email or mail box. Be it your company Christmas party, an elegant dinner out with close friends or a neighborhood get-together, Goodwill Keystone Area stores are the perfect place to find a little sparkle and shine to dress up your wardrobe.

The December fashion magazines featured lots of sequins and glittering accessories and all those things can be found for much less than retail mall prices at your neighborhood Goodwill.

Meredith’s beautiful green, blue and gold sleeveless brocade dress looks expensive, but in reality it was originally from Target. blog9The dress itself was so bright that it didn’t need a lot of jewelry. Since the dress had a vintage “Mad Men” kind of feel, I added simple gold bar earrings and few beaded bracelets.blog7

The rhinestone-encrusted gold heels add plenty of glamour and she can dance the night away, while the gold clutch can hold her necessities.

To enrich the lushness of the dress’s fabric, I added a suede blazer from Ann Taylor Loft.blog8 In addition to keeping her warm, this versatile piece can be also worn with a casual outfit such as jeans and a t-shirt.

When the invitations arrive, don’t worry about spending a lot on a party outfit. Stop at your local Goodwill and pick out a little sparkle and shine!

Dress: $5.50
Clutch: $2.97
Shoes: $2.25
Earrings: $1.97
Bracelets: $1.97
Jacket: $10.00

Total: $24.66

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.

Holiday Sparkle

 

In the next three posts, I will be featuring a few party-ready looks (see the sneak peek of all our outfits at the end) that won’t break your holiday budget. My girlfriends and I visited a local winery for a festive photo shoot and the owner (and my models) were impressed that every single piece featured was from Goodwill!

When heading out to a holiday event, comfort isn’t always something you think about. And nothing says the holidays like a sequin dress! Sequins can be surprisingly itchy, but this Old Navy dress was very comfortable and I feel like I could dance the night away! blog10 I found this dress new with tags (it was about $50 when new) and I paid only $8.00!

Old Navy provides inexpensive classic and trendy pieces for men, women and children. I love their jeans and they have a variety of lines including casual, professional and active wear.

This dress didn’t need much embellishment but I wanted a pop of color. This set of beaded gray and red necklace and bracelet was just what I needed. blog11The bright red oversized clutch ties it all together. And the silver and black snakeskin print Via Spiga heels were comfortable and understated.

The best part of holiday events is not the clothing and accessories, but the fun you have spending time with your family and friends. Goodwill makes it easy and affordable to look great, but the joy of being with with people you love is priceless.blog12

Dress: $8.00
Necklace/Bracelet set: $6.97
Shoes: $6.97
Clutch: $4.97

Total: $26.91

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.

Just a Touch

 

Sometimes you don’t need a whole new outfit to feel festive. Sometimes just a touch of holiday cheer can revamp your look.

I started searching for a few accessories to jazz up some simple outfits and Goodwill Keystone Area stores never disappoint. And the best part is that all of these items were under $5.00 and most were just a buck!

This vintage black, poinsettia-embroidered clutch will enliven even the simplest of little black dresses or a sweater and jeans.blog1

A couple pairs of holiday socks will keep your toes warm and a Christmas song in your heart.blog2
For the man in your life, a new Santa tie will spruce up his work wardrobe for the office party or for your neighborhood get-together.blog3

This floral scarf will not only help keep you warm, but it will add some festive red and green flair to your outfit.blog4

Lastly, I found this beaded Oleg Cassini blouse at the outlet in Reading.blog5For around $1.50 this would add some serious bling to your Christmas party outfit. I would style it with skinny jeans and black boots. With all the sparkle you don’t even need any accessories. Keep the rest of your look simple!blog6

For just a few dollars Goodwill lets you accessorize the clothing you already have in your closet! Looking great at the holidays doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Clutch: $2.97
Socks: $1.00/each
Tie: $1.00
Scarf: $1.00
Blouse: $1.49

Total: $8.46

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.

Fun Sweaters for the Win!

 

Living in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, cheering for the Eagles is almost a requirement. My daughter has become interested in the Eagles since she started cheerleading for her own school and recently I found this “ugly” or “festive” holiday themed football sweater for her.

This NFL brand sweater would normally retail for $50, but I found it for just $6.50. eaglessweater1The Eagles green, black and white sweater sports the team logo and some traditional Christmas motifs. I’m not sure I would have ever paid full price for something like this, but she thought it was fun. She said she will only wear it when they win though.

She chose Abercrombie and Fitch skinny jeans, which she styled with a wide single cuff. These jeans would have sold at full price for $78, so I consider $6.50 (a savings of more than 90%!) a great deal.eaglessweater

To finish it off, she pulled a pair of black, modern, wedge heels from my closet. These Donald J. Pliner beauties are a great find. These designer shoes retail for hundreds of dollars, so I didn’t mind spending $9.97. They have a classic design that apparently even teens like.

From crazy sweaters to designer footwear, Goodwill Keystone Area stores hold such a variety of goods! Score a touchdown and bring some of your own treasures home today.

Sweater: $6.50
Jeans: $6.50
Shoes: $9.97

Total: $22.97

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.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Sweater

 

I was originally planning to use this sweater as an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” blog post, but after seeing it styled and photographed, it is way too cool to be considered “ugly.” I have a few more (shall we say “festive”?) sweaters to share with you on a later post.

But let me back up a moment – I’d like to introduce you to the first male model on my blog: my friend Rich! blog1 He and I share a love of thrifting and he often tags me in his posts on Facebook with the great items he has found at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. He also attends the annual Goodwill Runway Show to support his sister, who is one of the models.

I offered Rich the chance to model this lovely vintage 80s wool and acrylic sweater and he jumped (or should I say pranced) at the chance. blog3The red, black and grey knit sweater by Campus is perfect for the holidays, and despite its age, it looks modern and festive. I did a little research on the brand and discovered it was a menswear company that started in 1922 as the Campus Sweater Company in Cleveland, Ohio. They produced a wide variety of men’s sporty clothing, but were best known for their sweaters and casual shirts. At one time, Campus was the largest producer of men’s casualwear in the USA.

While most of the time I blog about women’s fashions and accessories, Goodwill stores are filled with men’s, teen’s and children’s clothing as well as home goods. I found this classic sweater at a Goodwill Outlet for just about a dollar and Rich told me his khakis were also Goodwill finds.blog2

If you are on the lookout for holiday goods or fashions, be sure to start shopping now! Cute and “ugly” holiday sweaters will get snapped up quickly as we get closer to Christmas. Goodwill Keystone Area stores are starting to load up their aisles with holiday merchandise, so shop early for the best selection!

Sweater: $1.00
Total: $1.00

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.

Thankfulness

 

This week is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be grateful for this year. One of the things I am thankful for is this blog. I love being your Goodwill Keystone Area blogger and I enjoy sharing my fashion finds and the mission of Goodwill with you, my readers.

This weekend while shopping with a new friend at Goodwill in Shillington, I found the perfect blanket scarf. thanksgivingblog2It’s huge and has a unique pattern which is excellent for fall. Wrapping it around me is like giving myself a hug. I could style it several different ways such as wearing it as a shawl, a vest or around my shoulders or neck.

I paired it with a coordinating orange cowl-neck sweater by Willi Smith (a brand usually sold at T.J. Maxx stores), thanksgivingblogPaige skinny jeans and my one of my favorite pairs of boots. These were purchased at the store in Phoenixville before I started blogging. I paid approximately $30 at Goodwill for these Lucky Brand distressed leather boots, but I knew they were worth it (value $200+) and they are in regular rotation in my wardrobe with anything from jeans to dresses.

No matter how you spend Thanksgiving or who you spend it with, take a moment to say “thanks” for whatever makes you happy. I am grateful for Goodwill Keystone Area for giving me the opportunity to write this blog and to you all for reading it and supporting me for almost a year now. Happy Thanksgiving from Goodwill Keystone Area and my family to yours!

Kirsten

Sweater: $4.25
Scarf: $1.00
Jeans: $6.50

Total: $11.75
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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.