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Staying Cool by the Pool

 

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It’s July, so it’s hot. Whether you are spending time by the pool, on the beach or on a boat, looking cool is easy with a few summery pieces from Goodwill Keystone Area Stores in shades that are as cool as the water they are inspired by.

A tunic is the perfect wardrobe necessity for this time of year. They are typically light and gauzy and ideal for slipping on over a bathing suit or for a casual night out.

This beautiful turquoise and aqua cotton tunic with neckline detail was a major find at the Goodwill Outlet in Reading. Pool3At the outlet, you pay by the pound for clothing, accessories and home goods, so I walked away with this $110 Boden tunic for about $1.

Boden is a British clothing retailer selling primarily online and by mail order and catalog. It was founded by Johnnie Boden in 1991 as a mail-order business. The company sells in several countries, with websites for the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Australia.

I paired it with some sparkling silver accessories. The Kate Spade tote I have featured before, but it has become one of my most favorite Goodwill finds. Pool2 It is perfect for all my poolside accessories. The silver White Mountain sling backs are as comfortable as they are pretty! I’ve worn them with skinny jeans and a light blouse and silver jewelry. Last, the silver and turquoise beaded necklace adds a final touch and completes the outfit.
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Let your surroundings inspire you! The sparkling water of the pool is reflected in my dress and accessories. Keeping cool and dressing well is easy when you shop for lounge wear at Goodwill Keystone Area.

Dress: $1.00 (approximate)
Shoes: $6.97
Bag: $4.97
Necklace: $6.97

Total: $19.91

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.

Professional Denim

 

In the last of my four part series about dressing professionally on a budget, I’m showcasing an effortless casual dress with neutral designer accessories. The whole look is under $20!

The A-line, ¾ sleeve dress has been in regular rotation in my summer wardrobe. blog2 The simple shape is loose and flowing on these hot summer days. The pockets make it fun and functional. Dresses are an integral part of my wardrobe. They don’t require mixing and matching like separates such as blouses, pants or skirts. One piece, a few accessories and you are out the door!

The bag and the shoes are the designer stars of this outfit. I picked up the leopard print leather satchel by Cynthia Rowley for only $4.97. blog1Retail on this bag is about $250. The gold chain accents and the embossed python print in the leopard pattern are high quality details. When looking for a designer bag, be sure to look at the finishes of the metal and leather and check the liner for rips or stains. Some things can be repaired or cleaned, others can’t.

This brand of shoes has been on my wish list. I was hoping to find sandals, but thrifters can’t be choosers! These brown Jack Rogers ballet flats are perfect for summer. blog4The iconic detailing on a Jack Rogers shoe is the lacing. They would have retailed for about $150 when new, but I paid only $4.97. Lastly I layered on a Target necklace, which I picked up new with tags for $3.97.blog3

This neutral color scheme of denim and browns is perfect for a casual office look. You could upgrade this to an evening look with black heels and a statement necklace and colorful clutch. Or to adapt this look for winter, adding tights, boots and a scarf will add some extra warmth against the chill. A denim dress has many possibilities!

I hope I have showed you four different looks for different professional environments. Even if you don’t work in an office, having a dress, blouse and trousers ready for interviews or meetings is affordable with pieces from Goodwill Keystone Area stores!

Dress: $5.50
Shoes: $4.97
Bag: $4.97
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $19.41

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill 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.

Work and Play

 

While building your work wardrobe is necessary, enjoying your time away from your job is important as well. You might be heading out to a casual dinner or grabbing a drink with friends right after work, so looking a little more relaxed is easy when you have the right pieces.

Meredith’s work look started out with this art deco patterned sleeveless blouse by Calvin Klein. The green, pink, black and white pattern ties the outfit together and adds a lot of detail. For daytime, a short-sleeved pink cardigan by Loft makes it completely office-appropriate.Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.19 AM It’s also good to have an extra layer in case of chilly air conditioning.

For office hours, we also gave her a roomy, zippered black tote with gold details by Steve Madden. Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.07 AMThis is large enough for files, a tablet or a laptop. Bags like this are perfect for the off hours as well, carting around your snacks or necessities for a weekend day trip.

Meredith wore her own black plants and flats, but we layered a silver and black beaded chain necklace to add a finishing touch.

For after hours, we changed up her look, just slightly. Gone is the simple pink cardigan. We replaced it with a perennial classic, a faded-wash jean jacket from Gap.
Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.33 AM I love jean jackets and probably have half a dozen in various cuts and colors. But maybe that is a throw back to my 80s girl roots. But, they immediately make an outfit less fussy and add casual chic style to any look.

We unwrapped the necklace and left it long and traded the tote for a stylish green cross body bag. I picked up this little treasure at the Morgantown store. Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.45 AMI knew it was well made, but I didn’t realize what a great find it was until I got home and researched the brand – Pulicati. It was made in Italy and when new it retailed for $150, so not a bad investment for $6.97.

Meredith has an effortless day-to-night look and shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores gives her the ability to treat herself to a night out after work.

Blouse: $3.95
Necklace: $3.97
Tote bag: $9.97
Cardigan: $3.95
Jean jacket: $5.50
Small bag: $6.97
Total: $34.31

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten 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 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.

Professional Prints

 

Dressing professionally doesn’t mean you have to have a “uniform look” of plain trousers and a blouse. Adding some flair to your work wardrobe helps you stand out while working at your current job or interviewing for a new position.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Goodwill Keystone Area provides the pathway to employment for many people. And their stores provide a variety of wardrobe options for whatever career path you choose.

I love color, texture and pattern and this look provides all three items. My office environment is pretty casual, but I still like to add a little panache to my days with my clothing choices. The white blouse was new with tags from Talbots. Blog6 It retailed for $79, but I picked it up for $3.95. The white piping around the neckline and sleeves adds an interesting detail to this classic white top.

Print pants are back in style! I love them as a fun choice for summer. These cropped blue print trousers from Loft add some balance to the simple blouse.Blog7 If your office required you to be more covered up, a bright solid colored cardigan would be an easy option. Each office environment is different. When interviewing look around at how others are dressed, this will point you in the right direction on making your own wardrobe choices if you are hired.

As for my accessories, I added some color and balance. My necklace was my own, but these low-heeled fuchsia flats by Bijou coordinate and tie the look together. Blog5A gold, chunky beaded bracelet picks up on the gold in the necklace and the buckle on the shoes. And finally, the white leather tote from Tignanello was a great find from the Goodwill Keystone Area Outlet in Reading. Having a professional-looking bag helps finish off your look in a stylish way.

If you are starting at a new job, check out how your co-workers are dressing and adjust your new wardrobe accordingly. Shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores will help you fill your closet and adding a few fun pieces will keep your look fresh, clean and professional!

Pants: $4.25
Blouse: $3.95
Bracelet: $1.97
Shoes: $6.97
Bag: $1.75 (Goodwill Outlet)
Total: $18.89

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill 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.

Dress for Success

 

Goodwill Keystone Area’s mission is “To support persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence in achieving their fullest potential as workers and as members of the broader community.” They provide employment services that will support you in finding and keeping a job and they involve you and your support network in the employment process.

Goodwill gives you the tools, but to take the next step, you need to dress the part for your interview. Whether you are applying for a job in retail, food service, administrative or industrial fields, dressing neatly, cleanly and professionally is a must. Personally I have seen job applicants in sweat pants and flip flops and the excuse is that they can’t afford to dress better. But that is where Goodwill can help you, yet again.

As I was shopping one day at the Shillington location, I came upon a girl and her mother shopping for three pairs of black pants and three white shirts. She had just gotten her first job as a server at a restaurant and she wanted to dress nicely for her new position. For about $30, she left there with three outfits to start her career.

In this four part series I will show you different looks, all in the category of “office professional” which would be perfect for a job or collegiate interview. My friend, Meredith, works for a law office so I gave her a stylish, yet conservative outfit. Her crisp navy and white striped wrap dress from Ann Taylor is a perennial classic.Blog4 She could throw a blazer or cardigan on top of this in cooler weather or if the air conditioning is cranked up in the summer. And as you will see in another post, by adding a jean jacket, she could make this into an after work, date night look.

Pearls are timeless and we modernized this choice by using a longer, chunky strand of chain and pearls. Blog2 She wore her own simple pearl earrings and neutral beige pumps. To add color, I added a red leather bag. This one is from Bloomingdales and provides a nautical (or patriotic) feel with the navy and white dress.
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For under $15, Meredith has a professional and affordable look. Shopping at half off days at Goodwill Keystone Area stores (NOTE: next 50% off sale is Tuesday, July 11) help you maximize your wardrobe budget and if you purchase quality, classic pieces, you’ll be able to wear these throughout your career.

Put your best foot forward when it comes to interviewing for a job. Goodwill helps you look your best and when you look good, your confidence will shine through!

Dress: $2.75 (Half off day)
Purse: $3.48 (Half off day)
Necklace: $6.00
Total: $12.23

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.

Rooting for the Home Team!

 

Summer is the perfect season to spend some time watching “America’s Pastime”, eat some cracker jack and hot dogs and cheer for your favorite home team at the ballpark.

One of the best parts of attending a game is being able to show your enthusiasm for your team by dressing the part. Sportswear can be quite pricey, but Goodwill Keystone Area stores offer options for team logo wear, especially if your favorite teams are from Philadelphia, Baltimore or Pittsburgh. You can also find plenty of local college attire, especially Penn State.

This vintage-style bedazzled Phillies t-shirt is perfect for those hot summer nights at Citizens Bank Park.Phillies1 A new t-shirt like this from Genuine Merchandise by Campus Lifestyle would have retailed for $40, but I picked it up for just $3.95. Way cheaper than a ticket to the game!

White jeans are a classic summer choice. These crisp white skinny jeans by Mossimo from Target are the perfect partner to the red, white and blue shirt.Phillies2

Keeping the footwear casual are these limited edition Beatles “Yellow Submarine – All You Need Is Love” sneakers by Vans. I found these at the outlet in Reading for only $2.25. Phillies3They retailed for $64.99. I can see these being a popular choice for footwear this summer. The colors are bright and cheerful and they are comfortable!

While visiting colleges in New York with my daughter, I stopped at a neighborhood Goodwill and picked up a college sweatshirt at a fraction of the price of new. Looking for logo wear, be it a professional sports team or a local college, is a great reason to visit a local Goodwill.

Shirt: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Sneakers: $2.25
Total: $12.70

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Goodwill Summer Events

 

It’s almost time for vacations, BBQs, pool parties and days at the beach (or the “shore” as we call it in northeastern PA) and that means you need to look calm, cool and stylish even on the hottest of days.

I will be hosting two upcoming Goodwill Keystone Area events to share my thrifting tips and tricks. Both are free! Join me and find some fashionable additions to your summer wardrobe!

Secrets of a Thrifty Fashionista

On Monday, June 19th I make a return visit to the Exeter Community Library in Reading, PA. I will be sharing my “Secrets of a Thrifty Fashionista” and holding a small summer fashion show modeled by the ladies of the Exeter Library. There will also be door prizes. Bring your best Goodwill finds to share with the group. To register, please call the Exeter Library at 610.406.943. Click here for more info.

Meet Up & Shop

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Then, on Thursday, June 22nd, put those tips to work as I host a shopping Meetup at the Goodwill store in East Earl, PA. I will shop the aisles with you at one of my favorite locations. It is a hidden gem of a store and located only about 20 minutes from Reading. Bring your girlfriends and shop from 6 until 8pm! We’ll be offering a special coupon just for that night! What treasures can you find? Click here for more info. No registration required.

My first look for summer includes this flirty little Milly Collection dress from Banana Republic.Blog6 I picked it up for just $5.50, but this navy and pink medallion dress originally released in the summer of 2013 sold for $120. Blog4I always feel pretty in pink, and these strappy Seychelles wedge sandals are no exception! My price: $6.97; but they retailed for approximately $120. My $6.50 dark wash denim jacket is from London Jean, a brand by Victoria’s Secret. Blog5New, it would have cost $75. As for accessories, my necklace was purchased new-with-tags from Target and originally cost $16.99, but I got it for 50% off at $8.50. The navy suede and chain bag is vintage and a nice find at $3.97.Blog7This outfit would have cost over $350, but I paid just 10% of the retail.

These events are a great way to find the best deals, but also meet some new thrifting friends. I’ve gotten to know a lot of women (and a few men) through my love of Goodwill. Come join us and get to know Goodwill Keystone Area better and find some great summer looks like mine!

Dress: $5.50
Jacket: $6.50
Shoes: $6.97
Purse: $3.97
Necklace: $8.50
Total: $31.44

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Concert Style

 

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

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

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

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

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

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Tommy Bahama

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Pink Passion for Fashion

 

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

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

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

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

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

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten
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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.