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Hanging on to Summer

 

Labor Day may have come and gone, but we’re still enjoying the warm weather here in Pennsylvania. I’m ready for sweaters and boots, but with the weather forecast calling for the 90s again this week, I’ll still be wearing shorts and flip-flops.

Finding some middle ground with style is possible though. Dressy Bermuda-length shorts are one way to transition into fall. These are a trouser-cut denim pair from Loft.If your work dress code permits them, with heels and a blouse they are a perfect alternative to a skirt. BlogHang2They’d also work with sandals and a t-shirt for a weekend look. I topped them with a silk ivory and navy print ruffled camisole with a gathered waist from Ann Taylor. It’s lightweight enough to wear under a cardigan or blazer.My choice of blazer was a crisp navy and white striped version from the Gap. This would look great over a dress or even with jeans. Stripes are so versatile and one of my favorite patterns!

Vintage inspired accessories finish off the outfit. A gold leaf pin harbors the changing of the seasons; BlogHang1a bamboo-handled bag from Loft hints at summer with the raffia fabric and stylish chunky lace-up heels scream fall with the plush suede and navy color.BlogHang3 This version from Libby Edelman was a prize find!BlogHang4

While I enjoyed summer I am ready to welcome fall, it looks like we have a few more days of hot weather ahead, so my cold-weather outfits will have to wait!

Goodwill in Frazer, PA:
Shorts: $4.25

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Camisole: $3.95
Pin: $1.97

Goodwill in Harrisburg, PA:
Jacket: $6.00

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Bag: $4.97
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $28.11

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 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.

Trappe Store Grand Opening

 

When I first heard that the Goodwill store in Royersford, PA was closing, I must admit that I was a little disappointed. But after discovering that they moved to a brand new, spacious location in Trappe, I was more than excited for it to open.

On Monday, August 29th at 9am, the new store opened for business.Trappe I was there by 9:30am. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were not too busy yet, but that didn’t last too last. Trappe2My mom, sister and toddler niece all came along on my excursion. We headed straight to the back to housewares and my sister hit the mother lode on Fiestaware. She collects all colors and eventually walked out with a large box and bag full of colorful pieces. I also found the wooden kayak for my mom to give my husband for Christmas (shhhhh – don’t tell him!).TrappeBlog

I, of course, hit the clothing and accessories aisles and I was not disappointed. The store is brightly lit and had rows upon rows of clothing for men, women and children.TrappeBlog2 There were plenty of large, well-lit fitting rooms as well. The front of the store was filled was Halloween costumes and miscellaneous Halloween décor was sprinkled through the store on end caps. I’ll be searching for costumes soon, but not today. I did pass on a beautiful ivory leather Michael Kors bag marked at $24.97 (pictured) only because I have a similar Calvin Klein bag at home (purchased at the Goodwill store in East Earl).TrappeBlog1

I’m going to save the pictures of what I found for future blog posts, but these are the items that I picked up today: a dark green leather Cole Haan bag, turquoise Converse sneakers (which my youngest daughter already loves), a green hooded NorthFace jacket, RBX running shorts, a black Madison Marcus dress (retails for up to $200!) and 2 necklaces. All for under $50! It was a very good haul!

The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating and really took pride in their opening. By the time we left the store, it was filled with shoppers. I will definitely be back to this location. Look for me next time you are 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.

Theme Night

 

Now that the kids are back to school, I’m taking an evening to try a new restaurants with friends. I was recently invited to a new 1920s inspired restaurant in Pottstown. Once again, another reason to search the racks at Goodwill for a fitting and appropriate ensemble.

While I obviously did not want to go in costume, I needed some befitting of the Gatsby-themed venue. I know many of my posts contain clothing from Loft, but they consistently offer timeless, quality items that stand up well. This layered ivory, pink and gray confection of a dress from Ann Taylor Loft was light and gauzy for the hot weather we have been having in Pennsylvania this summer.Theme

Keeping the accessories simple was a must with all the detail in the dress. I picked up a simple chain and pearl necklace for only $1.50 from Goodwill store in Ephrata, PA. The gray leather purse from Via Spiga has been featured in a previous blog, but it coordinated with the dress so well that I decided not to shop for anything new. Theme2Finally, the nude strappy leather sandals from J Crew were the perfect neutral footwear. These sandals would go with anything from shorts to jeans to dresses because the color is so versatile.Theme3

Having fun with a theme party or event is easy and affordable with Goodwill. From Hawaiian shirts for a luau to a country-themed picnic, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at your neighborhood Goodwill!Theme4

Kirsten

Goodwill – Morgantown, PA:
Dress: $5.50

Goodwill, Ephrata, PA:
Necklace: $1.50
Clutch: $4.97

Goodwill, Shillington, PA
Shoes: 6.97
Total: $ 18.94

KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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

Back to School – First Day of Class

 

Summer is almost officially over for my kids. They’ve received their class schedule and are relishing the last few days of vacation. August is ending hot and humid here in the Northeast so being cool and comfortable the first day is a must.

My high schooler found the Vans for less than $10 at the Goodwill store in Morgantown, PA. BlogB2S2Sneakers like this are retailing for approximately $50 brand new, so I was happy to pick these up for her. She completed her look with a black Vans t-shirt (picked up at the Goodwill Outlet in Reading for under $1.00) and black shorts by Tyte American Standard were purchased for around $2.00 on half off day at the store in Ephrata, PA.

Be sure and sign up for a Goodwill Rewards Card to enjoy even more savings! You’ll start to receive emails alerting you to half off days and other discounts. AND I just got an email from Goodwill notifying me that they are having a 50% off everything sale on Wednesday, September 7. I plan to pick up more back to school items for my kids and of course, look for somethings and other things for myself!

My middle school student likes a little more pattern, so she is styling a short, flippy black and white floral skirt by Bethany Mota. BlogB2SBethany Mota has become popular as a YouTube star and Aeropostale recently released a line of clothing designed by her. We also purchased this on the trip to the Ephrata Store on half off day. More patterns were found on the vintage, tooled leather bag and the black and leopard print “creeper” style shoes. BlogB2S1She kept her top uncomplicated and chose this black sheer and lace sleeveless blouse.

Sometimes simple is best and being comfortable when sitting in class all day dreaming about next year’s summer vacation is a must. These easy and affordable pairings will get you through the day and on to your next class!

Kirsten

P.S. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Goodwill 50% off sale on September 7! You’ll definitely see me at a Goodwill!

High Schooler:
Goodwill Outlet, (Mt. Penn) Reading, PA:
Shirt: $0.75 (approximate)

Goodwill Store, Morgantown, PA:
Shoes: $9.97

Goodwill Store, Ephrata, PA:
Shorts: $2.13
Total: $12.85

Middle Schooler:
Goodwill Store, Ephrata, PA:
Skirt: $2.00

Goodwill Store, (Shillington) Reading, PA:
Shirt: $3.95

Goodwill Outlet, (Mt. Penn) Reading, PA:
Bag: $2.00

Goodwill Store, East Earl, PA:
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $14.92
KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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

Back to School – High School

 

High school students have a look all their own and being a 40-something mom, I try not to get in my daughter’s way when it comes to style. When she finds pieces she loves at Goodwill I’m happy to buy them for her.

She’s a fan of comic books and Doctor Who and looks for these designs at Goodwill. This back to school look started with the black and gold Batman DC Comic t-shirt.BlogHS3She paired it up with skinny burgundy jeggings from Gap, which would have been about $70 when new. The color is a nice change of pace from blue or black jeans.BlogHS2

But, her amazing find is theVolcom “Go Figure” print boots. BlogHS1These had never even been worn. After some research we found out that “Volcom is a lifestyle brand that designs, markets, and distributes boardsports-oriented products. The company primarily produces clothing, footwear, accessories, and related products for young men and women.” She was thrilled with these unique boots and new they would have retailed for about $160! She will be on the lookout for more pieces from this company.

Her small leather backpack was discovered at the Goodwill Outlet and while she’ll need something bigger for her books, she uses this for her necessities.BlogHS4

As a mom on a budget, I appreciate that affordable clothing and accessories from Goodwill lets my kids’ style shine through while I’m getting a good deal on their back to school needs and am supporting my community.

Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Bag: $2.25

Goodwill store in East Earl, PA:
Shirt: $3.95

Goodwill store in Morgantown, PA:
Jeans: $4.25
Boots: $9.97

Total: $20.42

KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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

Back to School – College #4

 

I’ve been seeing soft, swingy vintage-inspired dresses in many mall stores lately. The loose, comfortable silhouette is perfect for college students who are either running across campus or sitting in class. BlogCollege2

This navy floral-patterned dress by L’idiote was sheer and needed a slip, but it could also be worn as a tunic over jeans or leggings. On Melanie we paired it up with rugged brown and tan wedge leather boots by Naturalizer. I only paid $6.97, but they were new with the tags and priced at $149!BlogCollege3 I love finding high quality items at Goodwill. These boots are also waterproof and will take Melanie all the way through to spring. She could pair them with skinny jeans and a sweater for a more casual look.

While the navy, cross body bag is perfect for her phone and ID, she will need to get a back pack for her books and supplies.BlogCollege4

Wearing a dress every day to school is probably not practical for most students, but this look is easy to pull off. It’s just as simple as throwing on jeans and a t-shirt. Up your fashion game on campus – Goodwill is here to make it affordable, even on a student’s budget!

BlogCollege1Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet, Reading, PA:
Dress: $0.86 (approximate)

Goodwill store, Muhlenberg, PA:
Boots: $6.97

Goodwill store, Morgantown, PA:
Bag: $4.97

Total: $12.80

KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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

Back to School – College #3

 

Sometimes the easiest pieces make the best outfits, especially when you are in college and running out the door to class. You don’t have time to fuss with complicated pieces or worrying about mixing or matching.

For Melanie, we started her look with this classic blue and gray striped sweater from American Eagle Outfitters. Blog26This brand targets male and female college students and just like Anthropologie, is Pennsylvania-based. Their headquarters are in Pittsburgh. They are known for their low-rise jeans, polo shirts, graphic T-shirts, sweatpants, henley shirts, outerwear, and swimwear.
Once again, Melanie wore her own favorite jeans. I’ve seen all colors of denim in my fashion magazines lately – black, dark, medium wash, faded and white. So look through the racks at Goodwill for a color you prefer!

Since it is still summer when most students head back to college, we paired her light sweater with coordinating Havianas flip flops. Blog23Havianas is my favorite brand of flip flops because of their wide variety of colors and styles and because they seem to last longer than most other brands, so I am very happy to find them at Goodwill. This pair (which was new without tags) would have retailed for around $30, but I picked them up for $3.97.

Lastly, we added an army green Jansport messenger bag to hold all her books, supplies and laptop. It has plenty of pockets for her necessities.Blog22

With an easy outfit like this, Melanie can be out the door in no time! While the total on these pieces (thanks to the Goodwill Outlet prices) is just over $7.00, adding jeans from Goodwill would have brought it to around $13.00. Still, that’s a great bargain!

Blog24Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet, Reading, PA:
Bag: $2.25 (approximate)
Sweater $0.86 (approximate)

Goodwill store in Morgantown, PA:
Flip flops: $3.97

Total: $7.08
KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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

Back to School – College #2

 

Finding one signature piece can be the foundation to almost every outfit. And being on a college student’s budget, you want classic pieces that will span the seasons so you can get maximum wear out of them.

For Victoria, I found this charcoal gray Cartonnier wool-blend jacket. Blog15 Cartonnier is a brand sold at trendy Anthropolgie stores. I’ve talked about that store before and they sell a “curated assortment of women’s apparel and accessories” and are based out of Philadelphia. While I paid $12 for this jacket at the Goodwill (which is more than I would usually pay) in Morgantown, PA, I knew the brand was high quality and the moto-style jacket will be in style for a long time. After doing a little research, this jacket would have originally sold for around $148. She could layer this over a short sleeve t-shirt or light dress in warmer weather or add a sweater and a scarf in the winter

We’ve discussed jeans here plenty of times on the blog, so Victoria wore her own favorite denim, but you can always get brand name and premium jeans for around $5.50 to $6.50 at most Goodwill stores.

The leopard print sheer blouse is from Banana Republic and I picked it up for under $1.00 at the Goodwill Outlet on St. Lawrence Avenue in Reading (Mt. Penn). Blog16And the coordinating leopard print/gold studded sandals from Franco Sarto still had the tags from TJ Maxx on them and they sold for $34.99. I paid just $6.97.Blog18

Collegiate style can be whatever you want it to be from yoga pants to something more stylish. Have fun with your look and know that Goodwill can outfit you for much less than the mall stores!

Blog17Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet – Reading, PA:
Shirt: $0.86 (approximate)

Goodwill – Morgantown, PA:
Jacket: $12.00
Boots: $6.97

Total: $19.83
KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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

Back to School – College

 

Many college students have the same “uniform” of jeans, a hoodie and sneakers and there are plenty of those pieces to be found at Goodwill stores, but I decided to give my collegiate models a bit more style while crossing campus.

Victoria’s look starts with the black and white striped t-shirt dress by Joe Fresh. BlogBack2SchoolCollegeAlone it has a cool, casual vibe, but by adding some accessories you can really change up the look. T-shirt dresses are easy pieces to thrown on (along with a few accessories) when you are running late for your 8am class across campus!

A burgundy and black patterned infinity scarf from Vera Wang (from Kohls) adds some soft color and texture,BlogBack2SchoolCollege2 while the black leather Bandolino ankle boots and silver studded belt give her an edgy feel. BlogBack2SchoolCollege3The structured black bag from Merona will hold her notebook and class necessities. When the weather turns colder, I’d add a jean jacket and black tights to complete this look.

Goodwill offers many options for back to school styles for all ages. From preschool to college and beyond, there is something for everyone!

Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet, Reading, PA:
Bag: $2.25

Goodwill store, Shillington, PA:
Dress: $5.50
Boots: $6.97

Goodwill store, Morgantown, PA:
Scarf: $2.97
Belt: $2.97

Total: $20.66
KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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

Back to School – Middle School

 

I gave up picking out my children’s clothes a long time ago, so when it comes time for back to school shopping, I let them have free reign at Goodwill. I know my dollars will stretch so much farther than at the mall. And they find the name brands they want at the prices I love.

Chloe is in middle school and she has a style all her own. Her look starts with the ethnic print black and white top from Forever 21.It’s perfect for the warmer days and she’ll probably layer a hoodie over it when the weather turns cooler.DSC_6245

Distressed jeans are a do. You can dress them up or down and they are an every day staple for students. This pair from Gap would have been around $70 when new (even with the distressing). She lives in skinny jeans so I love finding her favorite brands she at Goodwill.

She keeps her accessories simple – a colorful backpack from Xhiliration (a Target brand) was brand new and is big enough to fit all of her books and binders.DSC_6248The vintage blue suede oxfords are a unique choice, but she fell in love with them and they have a good sturdy sole and will be perfect for running around.DSC_6246

For under $23, Chloe has a great outfit for back to school!DSC_6251

Kirsten

Goodwill at Exton, PA:
Jeans: $6.50

Goodwill – Ephrata, PA:
Shirt: $1.98 (Half off day)

Goodwill – Morgantown, PA:
Backpack: $6.97
Shoes: $6.97

Total: $22.12

KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

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