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Concert T-Shirt DIY

 

I’ve wanted to do a few more DIY projects this summer and since my daughter is a master at cutting up t-shirts, I enlisted her to help me revamp a vintage-style concert shirt from the Goodwill Outlet in Reading.

Being an 80s girl, I was excited to discover the “Love and Rockets” concert tee from their European tour in 1988. ConcertTShirts6But, it was an extra large and I wanted something a little more flattering than throwing on an oversized tee.

After looking up a few tutorials on Pinterest (there’s plenty of DIY ideas for t-shirts), we got started. It’s not as easy as it looks as there is a lot of back and forth, making sure you get the sides even, but using a plate as a template for the neckline and folding the shirt in half to get the sides symmetrical were two tips from Pinterest I will definitely use again.ConcertTShirts5ConcertTShirts3 ConcertTShirts4

I made it so that the front was longer and could be tied to adjust the fit. I added in my own distressed boyfriend jeans and rhinestone necklace and bangles. To round out the look, I picked up a pair of Carlos by Carlos Santana silver and black sandals. ConcertTShirtsThese flats are super comfortable and this chic outfit would be perfect to wear to a summer music festival or concert!ConcertTShirts2

Pick up a few shirts from Goodwill and see what you can create!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Shirt: $0.86
Goodwill in East Earl, PA:
Sandals: $6.97

Total: $ 7.83
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.

$5 Date Night Challenge

 

The last look in this $5 challenge is a “Date Night” look. Finding formalwear at the Goodwill Outlets is a little more challenging, but not impossible. I wanted something fun and different than the dressy blouse, jeans and heels which would is a typical night out look for me.

This little gold, pleated, Grecian-style dress by Express was an easy find. Datenight The pale gold, knit fabric is flattering without being too clingy. The one-shouldered look was unique and reminiscent of styles seen at award shows earlier this year.

To add some punch, I decided to go bold on the accessories. As I dug around the bins for shoes, I found a single gold, purple and black peep-toe heeled shoe. The outlets are a challenge sometimes as shoes do get separated from their mates. I held on to that shoe as I wandered around the bins. And out of nowhere, a fellow shopper walks up to me and offers up the missing mate. I felt like Cinderella at the ball!DSC_5106

A little more searching revealed the vintage gold and black purse and bold gold belt. I added my own purple, jeweled bib necklace and bangles to tie this look together. At a little over $5, I am completely happy with my “Date Night” look. DSC_5096 %281%29What kind of outfits can you pull together for $5?

Happy thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading:
Dress: $0.86
Shoes: $2.25
Purse: $1.22
Belt: $1.22

Total: $ 5.55

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.

$5 Casual Challenge

 

Next up on the $5 challenge is a casual look. Casual is easy to pull together from items at Goodwill, but I wanted to update the look a bit. I’ve already distressed denim a few posts back and lately I’ve been seeing a new kind of distressing: undoing the bottom hems so the frayed edge is showing or cutting off the hems entirely, either straight across or at angles. The jeans I have seen on celebrities and in fashion magazines cost up to $250!

DSC_5111 Knowing I could easily and inexpensively replicate this trend, I found a simple pair of slim-fit denim at the Goodwill Outlet in Reading. Wanting a very casual, simple vibe I also picked up the fun island-inspired flip flops…DSC_5142a brown, vintage Fossil cross-body mini bag…DSC_5131 and a pale olive green lace-trimmed top from Joe Boxer.

DSC_5150At home my daughter helped me as I searched online for a picture of the style I wanted to replicate. We got out the scissors and trimmed off the bottom. I tried them on, but needed them a bit shorter, so we cut them once more to the desired length. I let her pull and rough up the hem, loosening the fibers. Wearing and then washing and drying the jeans repeatedly will only make them more distressed.

Again, I was a bit over (only 19 cents!) and I have a trendy yet comfortable and casual look for only $5.19. DSC_5133Last up in this challenge is “Date Night”. Can it be done fashionably with brand name pieces from the Goodwill Outlets? Stay tuned!

Happy thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading:
Jeans: $0.86
Shirt: $0.86
Shoes: $2.25
Purse: $1.22

Total: $ 5.19

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.

$5 Work Challenge

 

Next up in my second of four $5 outfits is a chic look for the office. This outfit started when I found the Ann Taylor Loft slim fit ankle pants. I actually remember when this style was in the store and I loved them then, but being a thrifty fashionista, I now have a hard time paying more than $5 for a piece of clothing. Goodwill has completely spoiled me!

The black and tan irregular dotted print pant is a good foundation for a solid colored top.Blog4 I decided to look for something in black to keep it simple. The black tank from Charlotte Russe has a sheer lace back which isn’t office appropriate, so the ruffle trim Loft cardigan covers it up nicely. And my teen has already claimed the tank, so it’s perfect for her too.

The metallic black leather snakeskin pumps by Carisma were made in Italy and are surprisingly comfortable for such a thin heel.Blog5 The black vegan leather briefcase by Merona was the perfect tote to complete this professional look. I added my own gold, layered necklace and bangles (both which were previous purchases from Goodwill) to add some sparkle and shine.

While I strayed a bit from my $5 challenge (I spent $6.05 for 5 pieces), this outfit has the look and feel of a much more expensive one. Dressing for any situation at any price point is possible with Goodwill and spending a little time searching at the Goodwill Outlets can yield fantastic results.

Happy Thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet, Reading, PA
Cardigan: $0.86
Tank: $0.86
Pants: $0.86
Shoes: $2.25
Purse: $1.22
Total: $6.05

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.

$5 Tween Challenge

 

While shopping at the Goodwill Outlet Center in Reading, PA (Mt. Penn), I started discovering some really nice clothes and decided to challenge myself to see how many outfits I could create, each under $5. The outlets take a little more effort to find high quality, fashionable items, but I’m here to prove to you that it can be done!

My first look is for my tween. She was not with me, but I found two pieces that I was hoping she would love. She is getting choosy in her wardrobe, so I don’t usually pick things up unless she is with me. But because I was at the outlet, I took a gamble and it paid off.

The first item I discovered was this floral print dress from DIVIDED.Blog2 I talked about this brand in my last post. Their parent company, H&M, is the clothing version of IKEA. The colorful cotton knit tank dress fit her perfectly and I was surprised that she liked it as much as she did.

The Levi’s light wash jean jacket was a great find!Blog1 The ¾ sleeves make it perfect for covering up on cool, summer nights. She already has plans to “make it her own” by covering it in patches. Patches were popular when I was a kid in the early 80s and just like everything else, they are making a comeback!

She styled this look with her own Converse sneakers. Blog3This look is completely appropriate for a tween and she was thrilled with it, so I call this look a win-win! The best part: I paid less than $2.00 for the whole outfit. Goodwill Outlets are really the place to go when you are on a tight budget or just like to spend your money wisely!

In my next three posts, I will show you how I found three name brand looks for myself: work, casual and date night.

Happy thrifting!
Kirsten

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Jacket: $0.86
Dress: $0.86
Total: $1.72

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.

Destiny’s Style

 

This shirt almost wasn’t mine. BlogDestinyWhile shopping one afternoon at the Goodwill in Phoenixville, I noticed a woman pluck this very shirt off a rack, look it over and dropped it in her cart. The brief moment I saw it, I fell in love. The patchwork style, the bohemian feel, the ¾ sleeves, cropped length and the buttoned-up back were so unique. Ok, I didn’t notice all those details until later, but I saw enough of the shirt to know it was cool.

The woman walked away with the shirt in her cart, but a little while later, it turned up on the return rack! As I was walking toward it another girl grabbed it off the rack and disappeared into the fitting room. Gone again… I lingered outside the room and a few minutes later she walked out and placed the shirt on the return rack. This time I grabbed it. I knew it was destined to be mine!
This look, which started with that shirt by DIVIDED (a division of the trendy and economical H&M company from Sweden – kind of like the IKEA of clothing) is a fun, casual look for a day out. Cropped shirts have been in style on and off for years. But, this is the close I’ll come to wearing something overly revealing.

Casual rolled-hem shorts by Seven already have that soft, broken-in feel. The neutral, fringed sandals with silver studs by Fergalicious are trendy and comfortable for walking around town. BlogDestiny2And the navy and rattan tote carried all my purchases. I added my own silver earrings, pendant and stacked bangles.BlogDestiny3

Perseverance pays off at Goodwill. Checking the return racks is a great way to discover a fantastic find and the staff keeps the regular racks full by constantly bringing out new merchandise. Keep shopping and you’re sure to find something special.

Kirsten

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Shorts: $4.25

Goodwill in Phoenixville, PA:
Shirt $3.95

Goodwill in Ephrata, PA:
Shoes: $6.97

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Purse: $1.75

Total: $16.92

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.

It’s all in the details.

 

Texture, pattern and color are three of my favorite details when it comes to my wardrobe. And these pieces check off all three in subtle ways.

Dresses are my go-to look in the summer, especially when the temperatures start to soar. This printed wrap dress from Ann Taylor is cool and comfortable. BlogDetailsThe spaghetti straps are perfect for an afternoon or evening out, but for work, I’d add a light jacket or cardigan.

To add more texture and pattern to the already colorful dress, I layered on the 1980s vintage cotton rope belt. BlogDetails2 The silver and gold metallic details give the outfit more interest without being overkill. I picked up this belt at the Mt Penn outlet for under $1.00. Belts are an easy way to change up your look by cinching in your waist or adding color or a touch of metallics.

The earrings make a statement all on their own, so I wanted to wear my hair up so they could have center stage. BlogDetails3Their intricate gold cutwork pattern is unique without being heavy. A slouchy pink leather hobo bag by Etienne Aigner adds a pop of color and the neutral leather wedges by Naturalizer finish the look.

All of these subtle touches of color, texture and pattern add up to one simple, yet stylish look. And Goodwill makes it affordable to find unique pieces for a unique look.

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Dress: $5.50
Purse: $6.97

Goodwill in Phoenixville, PA:
Shoes: $6.97

Goodwill in Exton, PA:
Earrings: $3.00

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Belt: $.60 (Estimate)

Total: $23.04

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.

Girls Night Out – Part 2

 

This is my second post of my two-part Girls Night Out series. If you recall, Catina and I headed to Philly for dinner. My goal was to have both our outfits cost less than dinner and drinks and I think I was pretty successful.

Catina’s look started with the sheer mesh sequined top by Free People.Blog24
Free People is an American apparel brand headquartered in Philadelphia. It focuses on a modern bohemian- look for women and is a part of Urban Outfitters, Inc. This top probably retailed for $80 – $100. It’s deep V-neck and uneven hemline makes it unique. Its price tag at Goodwill makes it a fantastic find at only $3.95.

We added a black lace-trimmed cami underneath. Relaxed skinny jeans by Paige added a touch of casual attitude. Gold accessories repeated throughout the look pull it all together. Blog27A gold clutch holds her necessities and the geometric gold and black scrappy sandals give her height and are better than stilettos for perusing the shops and restaurants along the main street in Media.Blog26
But, my favorite part is the vintage gold and black crystal statement necklace. Blog25The charms add style without over powering the outfit. This necklace could also dress up a plain t-shirt or add extra panache to your favorite LBD (Little Black Dress). The best part was that this necklace was $1.98. It looks much more expensive, and kept me on budget.

Looking good for any occasion is easy and affordable with Goodwill. Saving your cash for dinner AND dessert will make your night out taste a little sweeter. BTW, we did have dessert and it was delicious!

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Jeans: $6.50
Top: $3.95
Necklace: $1.98
Shoes: $3.49 (Half off day)

Goodwill Outlet Center in St Lawrence, PA:
Clutch: $2.00

Total: $17.84
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.

Girls Night Out – Part 1

 

As usual, planning a night out with friends involves more than choosing which restaurant to go for me; it also includes planning a Goodwill outfit and a blog shoot. This past Saturday was no different as Catina and I headed towards Philly for dinner with a friend at an Indian restaurant.

This will be the first part of a two part series. My next post will detail Catina’s outfit! I bought this silky floral split-sleeve Express top several months ago when spring fashions first started to hit Goodwill’s racks. Blog22 I love the bright fuchsia color and the cutouts on the sleeves. The drawstring waist and the blousy fit are both very figure flattering. I’m a fan of color and bold prints so I knew the rest of this outfit needed to be simple.

Dark wash bootleg jeans from J Brand are a great staple for your wardrobe. The color and cut are flattering on everyone.Blog23 I wear these all the time with a variety of tops. Modern burnished silver necklace and hoops are great accents for the feminine floral top. The gray, geometric-patterned, leather clutch from Via Spiga and silver snakeskin-print chunky heels by Jessica Simpson round out this look. I’ve been saying for weeks that chunky heels are back in and lately I am seeing more and more styles from the 90s returning.

For much less than the cost of dinner and drinks, I purchased a great “Girls Night Out” look for Catina and I. Her look is coming up next. Be on the lookout!Blog21

Kirsten

Goodwill at East Earl, PA:
Top: $5.00

Goodwill at Morgantown, PA:
Jeans: $6.50

Goodwill at Shillington, PA:
Shoes: $4.98 (Half off day)

Goodwill Ephrata, PA :
Clutch: $4.97

Total: $21.45

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.

Hot in the City

 

Last weekend, my family and I headed to Philadelphia and the fantastic Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. Of course I had to wear a new ensemble and take a few blog photos while enjoying the beautiful event.

Knowing there would be lots of color, I decided a print would pop the most against the bright backgrounds. HotinCityBlogAnd the graphic, black and white, knit leopard-print dress from Calvin Klein was exactly what I was looking for. Calvin Klein is not a brand I’ve reviewed here before on the blog, but it is one of my favorites. The typical clean, classic lines are timeless and even older pieces can look completely current in your wardrobe. There are plenty of options in the mid-price line from casual tops to suits, but finding them at Goodwill is even more economical. I found this dress new with tags (NWT) at Goodwill in Phoenixville, PA.

The dress has a drawstring waist and excess fabric on the sides that gives it a batwing effect. It is extremely comfortable and cool, as our visit coincided with the May heat wave. The print was enough that I didn’t need a lot of accessories: a gold beaded bracelet, jade-colored agate pendant (purchased NWT from Jane Marie), gold flats by Dexter (perfect for strolling around the exhibits) and a nylon travel bag from Talbots that carried all my essentials.

This dress would also make a perfect beach cover-up with flip flops or add a statement necklace and black clutch and strappy heels and you’re ready for a night on the town. I love pieces that are versatile and classic brands like Calvin Klein make it easy to adapt your wardrobe to your current needs.

Kirsten

Goodwill in Phoenixville, PA:
Dress: $9.00
Necklace: $6.97
Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Shoes: $2.25
Bag: $2.00
Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Bracelet: $0.99
Total: $21.21
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.