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Fall Classics

 

This year’s fall temperatures has been up and down, but inevitably cooler weather will be here to stay and sweaters, scarves and boots will be staples in my wardrobe. Right now we are enjoying that in-between time where we have cool nights and warm days.

While I’m not ready for a winter coat and tall boots, I have been craving a change in my wardrobe. A long sleeved dress, sheer tights and short boots is the perfect starter autumn outfit.

This black and white striped dress by 12pm Mon Ami (which is actually a tunic, but well, I’m vertically challenged) is light enough for a recent outing to St. Peter’s Village in Chester County. Blog12 If you go, make sure you stop by the Bakery. It’s worth every carb!

The dress is accented with colorful plaid cuffs and a pocket so I added a red leather Tignanello purse to tie the outfit together. A frothy cream-colored scarf by Merona (a Target brand) and a silver and black necklace (that I’ve had for several years from Goodwill) were the perfect accessories. As it warmed up, I put aside the scarf and enjoyed the day.

These sturdy, black, ankle boots by Bandolino are my new favorite footwear! I’ll be wearing them with jeans, dress pants or dresses and they look equally as stylish. Blog13The zipper and leather straps give them a funky, biker vibe.

Easing into fall with transitional pieces is a great way to start to change up your wardrobe. I love that shopping at Goodwill gives me the ability to freshen up my closet each season while still having plenty of money for lunch out with my family.

Kirsten

Goodwill in Trappe, PA:
Dress: $5.50

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Shoes: $6.97

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Scarf: $2.00
Purse: $9.97

Total: $24.44
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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.

Looking Festive without a Costume

 

Dressing up in October, doesn’t always mean a costume. Have some fun with your outfits by mixing in some spooky, stylish pieces into your everyday wardrobe for the month.

My teenager found this beige and black skull sweater by Self Esteem at Goodwill in Trappe, PA.Blog8 It became the basis for a fabulous fall look. While she can probably wear this sweater any time of year, it’s perfect for the Halloween season.

We paired it with the classic favorite of teenagers everywhere: skinny jeans. This high-waisted pair by Aeropostale is already one of her favorites. Jeans from Goodwill can already be soft and broken in from multiple washings, which is a benefit to me and my kids. These typically sell for around $50, but I paid just $5.50!Blog11

Topping off the sweater is a ¾ sleeved black trench by New York YOKZ. A light trench coat is a trendy alternative to a zippered hoodie this time of year. You can easily layer it over a t-shirt or a sweater and add a scarf later in the season. Blog9Lastly we added the comfortable black, leopard oxfords by Refresh instead of her regular sneakers or boots.

All of these pieces are great on their own, but together they create the perfect creepy look for October. Blog10Goodwill gives me the ability to buy fun clothes for my kids that they can enjoy for just a season or two before I donate them back! It’s the fashion circle of life!

Goodwill – Trappe, PA:
Sweater: $4.75

Goodwill – Ephrata, PA:
Coat: $4.75

Goodwill – East Earl, PA:
Shoes: $6.97

Goodwill – Morgantown, PA:
Jeans: $5.50

Total: $21.97

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.

Costumes, Costumes, Costumes!

 

Whether you are 3 or 83, Goodwill Keystone Area stores has every single thing you need for Halloween fun!

I think that one of the first times people are introduced to Goodwill is when they are looking for a Halloween costume. They don’t want to spend a lot of money and are looking for something creative and unique. Goodwill has always been my first stop when I was looking for my own costume ideas and for when my children started trick or treating.

This year my youngest wants to be Wednesday Addams (from the Addams Family movie) so we are on the hunt for a simple black dress with a white collar or a dress I can alter myself. The beauty of Goodwill is that you never know what you will find and the prices are affordable enough that if I want to cut something up and redesign it, I won’t worry about the cost.

Depending on if you want to be funny, spooky or down right scary, Goodwill has what you need. On a recent visit to Goodwill in Robesonia, PA (where I also found plenty of Halloween décor), there were racks and racks of complete costumes, accessories and DIY outfits. Blog1 Blog4 Blog5 Blog6 Blog7The staff was very accommodating and even posed for me in some of the interesting accessories available at their store. They had new pre-packaged wigs, makeup kits, masks and hats. Their offerings for children were quite adorable and I especially loved the pumpkin and ladybug choices!Blog2 Blog3

If Halloween is the first time you step into a Goodwill store, be sure and see what else the store has to offer. Check out the regular racks and shelves and I think you’ll be surprised at the quality and variety of clothing and wares available. Maybe you’ll realize what a hidden treasure Goodwill stores can be for you and your family’s needs and you’ll be hooked on thrifting!

Happy Haunting!

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.

Halloween Decor

 

Many department stores are already starting to get ready for Christmas, but Goodwill Keystone Area stores are still full of great Halloween and Fall merchandise.

On a recent afternoon, I ventured to the Goodwill store located right along 422. I hadn’t been to this location in quite a while. I found it bustling in the middle of the afternoon full of shoppers and friendly staffers busily restocking the shelves.

Besides the racks and racks of Halloween costumes there were a wide variety of decorating items to choose from. Whether you were looking for pumpkins, ghosts or scarecrows there were plenty of options if you wanted funny to spooky.DSC_6917 DSC_6940 DSC_6944 DSC_6945

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Goodwill continually restocks their merchandise, so from day to day there could be new offerings if you were looking for pumpkin cookie cutters, candles or fall foliage wreaths (I saw all of those things). Goodwill sorts their wares by color, so it is easy to peruse the aisles for just orange or black items. I also saw turkeys and cornucopias if you want to start to plan for Thanksgiving decorating.image002

From ghostly candles holders to kitschy wall signs and fun serving trays, Goodwill makes decorating for any holiday or occasion fun and affordable. Stop by today and decorate tonight!

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.

Think Pink – Part 2

 

Pink is everywhere this month. From pink outfits and pink appliances to pink accessories and cosmetics, many companies are selling special pink products to support breast cancer awareness.

Pink has always been an integral part of my wardrobe – in the “Elle Woods, Legally Blonde” kind of way. I also ended up with two daughters and when they were little, I enjoyed when they gravitated toward pink. They are now teenagers, so that didn’t last.

Wearing pink is something anyone – man or woman – can do this month to show support of this devastating disease. Embrace your pink side!

I’ve done it here with these fabulous pink and black patterned skinny pants by Chor (a junior’s brand).Pink1The vibrant fuchsia is a happy, exciting color. I carried over that same color in this fantastic leather bag by Michael Kors. Pink2This was one of my best finds at only $4.97. The roomy tote holds all my necessities with plenty of room to spare.

Another great find are these black patent Mary Jane heels, also by Michael Kors! Pink3Tying the colors together is this black, pink, white and blue infinity scarf. A sheer, black, long sleeved blouse by Loft was an easy addition and topping it all off is one of this fall’s hottest trends: a denim jacket by Madison & Max! Denim is always a popular fashion choice, but this fall it is everywhere – jackets, jeans, shirts and dresses. I will be featuring this trend in several upcoming posts.

Don’t just “think pink” this month – wear it and do your part to promote breast cancer awareness!

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Pants: $4.25
Shoes: $6.97
Scarf: $2.00

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Bag: $4.97

Goodwill in Ephrata, PA:
Jacket: $3.25 (50% off day)

Goodwill in Harrisburg, PA:
Top: $3.95

Total: $21.44

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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.

Think Pink – Part 1

 

October may belong to “Pumpkin Spice”, but another color is also synonymous with this month: Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Almost everyone now knows someone affected by breast cancer.

Showing your support by wearing pink, volunteering your time or making a donation to a local cancer charity are all easy things you can do this month. And if your doctor recommends it, making sure you get regular mammograms is something you can do to protect your own health.

Staying fit and active is also a great way to keep your body strong and healthy. I take regular walks with my dog, Penny. We are fortunate to have plenty of trails in our back yard and we both get a good workout.

I’m showing my “pink” side with a few finds from Goodwill. This multi-colored top by Athleta is great for cooler days, yet is made with a wicking fabric to keep me comfortable. BlogPink The sleeves have those great cutouts to keep my arms warmer without gloves. A top like this would retail for about $60, so at $3.95, it was a great buy. When it gets cooler I will pair it with long pants and either a vest or hoodie.

My shorts are by RBX and I love the bright pink bicycle short built in to these black training shorts. They retailed for $25 when new. I paid just $4.25.

The last touch of pink I added was the Flipbelt. BlogPink2This is a great solution when you don’t have pockets. You can tuck your phone, keys, etc. into the interior of this belt. It securely holds your necessities to keep your hands free for exercising. I paid $14.99 for my new-with-tags belt, but they sell for $28.99, so I got mine for almost 50% off!

Show your pink pride this month! Goodwill offers plenty of choices in this fabulous hue. But just wearing the color is not enough. Don’t forget to take care of your own health and encourage your family and friends to as well. Regular exams and getting a mammogram (if needed) are important and early detection is the key.

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown:
Top: $3.95
Belt: $14.99

Goodwill in Trappe:
$4.25

Total: $23.19

 

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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.

Secrets of a Thrifty Fashionista Event!

 

Since I’ve started blogging and showcasing stylish items that I have found at Goodwill Keystone Area stores, my friends and family have been asking me to shop with them or for them. There’s no real secret, but I do have some tips to help you make the most of a visit to your local Goodwill store or outlet.Blog-Library

As someone who has been involved with Goodwill and their fundraising runway show (held every spring in Reading), I enjoy helping people discover just what Goodwill is all about. While I love the amazing fashions and accessories I purchase there, they are not just a clothing store. The sales from their stores fund training for persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence to achieve their fullest potential as workers and as members of the broader community.Blog-Libarary5Blog-Libarary4

To learn my “Secrets of a Thrifty Fashionista” I am inviting you to join me at the Exeter Community Library on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30pm. I’ll be sharing my favorite designer finds, tips and tricks for finding the best items and which are my favorite local Goodwill stores (all of them really!). I’ll be bringing my friends to model some of my most favorite items and I’ll be giving away a $50 Goodwill gift card, some surprise door prizes from my fashion stash and Goodwill swag!Blog-Library2

Bring your girlfriends and your favorite Goodwill finds. I love seeing what other people have found while shopping!Blog-Library3

This is a free program, but registration is requested to save a seat! The Exeter Community Library is located at 4569 Prestwick Drive, Reading, PA 19606. You can call to make a reservation at 610-406-9431 or visit their website at http://www.berks.lib.pa.us/sxt/

Hope to see you there!
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.

Dial it up!

 

With smartphones being in the news lately, for either blowing up or missing a phone jack, I thought I’d do a post about accessories you can find for them at your local Goodwill.

I’m a little old school when in comes to technology and just recently upgraded to an iPhone SE. Luckily, it is the same size as an iPhone 5 so I could easily find several new cases to protect that expensive little piece of technology.

Just like with my clothing and fashion accessories, I like to change up my phone cases. Within about a week or so I was able to locate a sizeable “wardrobe” for my new phone.

First I found the Izak fashion case for only $4.00 at the Goodwill store in Muhlenberg, PA.BlogDial3 It was new in the box and originally sold for $30.00. Izak’s self-proclaimed “flirty, charming and delightful illustrations have taken fashion to new places!”

At Goodwill in Phoenixville, PA, I had at least 5-7 different cases to choose from. I picked the graphic floral snap on case by Tommy Bahama that was also new in the box. BlogDial1It originally sold for $30.00. I also purchased a previously enjoyed black rubberized “Hello” case from Fossil for just $1.97. This retailed new for about $25.00.BlogDial4

Finally, at Goodwill in Morgantown, PA, I discovered a new in the box Disney case featuring Minnie Mouse’s iconic bow. BlogDial2 It was from the Disney Parks stores and sold for $29.95.

For around $18.00, I purchased $115 worth of authentic designer cases to dress up my new phone. BlogDial5I also saw plenty of Samsung and iPhone 6 accessories including protective Otterbox and Speck cases as well as screen protectors and phone wallets. Many of these items are found in the glass cases at the register, so be sure and look next time you are shopping. You’ll never know what you find at Goodwill!

– Kirsten

Goodwill in Muhlenberg, PA:
Izak: $4.00

Goodwill in Phoenixville, PA:
Tommy Bahama case: $6.97
Fossil case: $1.97

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Disney case: $4.97

Total: $17.91

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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.

Hello (From the Other Side)

 

As luck would have it, my friend Kim scored Adele tickets for a group of us last December and the concert was held recently in Philly. “Rolling in the Deep” with Adele called for an original outfit and blog shoot. This year, Mother Nature is giving us an endless summer well into September, so temps were still in the 90s. While we aren’t “Setting Fire to the Rain”, it has been pretty darn humid!

To keep cool, I opted for trendy, scalloped black shorts from Loft. Blog12They were new with the tags! Wearing something so short needed to be balanced by coverage on top. This black and white striped long sleeved blouse by T. Los Angeles had a very French vibe. Blog11I loved the large bow detail. It was feminine without being too cutesy. It also draped well and was very comfortable. “Rumor Has It” that later in the season this top will work well with skinny jeans and tall black boots.

Animal prints are now considered a neutral, so this little leopard bring bag by J. Crew was an easy addition. Blog13The chunky black leather peep-toe heels from Ann Taylor were stylish, but comfortable enough for “Chasing Pavements” in South Philly to our Italian restaurant destination before the show. I added in a few gold beaded bracelets and my own earrings and necklace.

When shopping for a special event, “All I Ask” is that you give Goodwill a chance. My outfit came in way under the price of dinner and the concert ticket, but the fun of finding “One and Only” unique pieces is well worth the hunt!

Goodwill Store Shillington:
Shorts: $5.50

Goodwill Outlet Center, St Lawrence:
Top: $0.86

Goodwill Store Exton:
Shoes: $9.97

Goodwill Fashion Show:
Purse: $6.50

Goodwill Store Morgantown:
Bracelets: $0.99 (half off day)
Total: $23.82

“Sending My Love”,
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.

Homecoming – Part 2

 

The beauty of Goodwill is that you can afford to have options. In the first part of this Homecoming series, I detailed how Emily and I were shopping at Goodwill for dresses. We found plenty of outfits that we liked, but two of them were our favorites. And since each outfit was $20 or less, we splurged on both!

This look is entirely different that her first dress. The black and white strapless B. Smart dress in the firstpost was much more classic and elegant.This high-low hemmed colorful dress by Charlotte Russe is much more fun and playful. H4The criss-crossing straps on the simple black top add interest and the colors and patterns in the gauzy printed skirt are bright and echo an animal print design.

According to Wikipedia: “Charlotte Russe is a clothing retail chain store in the United States, headquartered in San Diego, California. Fashions in the stores are targeted at women in their teens and twenties. The company owns and operates stores in 45 states.” You can often find their trendy, stylish pieces at Goodwill. My own teens often look for their labels when we are shopping.

To play off those colors, we found these bubble gum pink suede platform heels by Steve Madden. H2A simple black satin clutch by MM will hold her necessities for the dance. These accessories can transition easily into other outfits for her later on. The detailed neckline did not need a necklace,but she added her own colorful bracelet.H3

This outfit was only around $18 and now she has two choices for her high school’s Homecoming dance later on in September. Start shopping now to find your perfect look! Goodwill makes it easy and affordable!

Kirsten

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Dress: $5.50
Shoes: $6.97
Clutch: $4.97
Total: $17.44

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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.