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Pack and Play

 

When traveling for business or pleasure, it’s convenient to have pieces that are versatile and packable. No one wants to dig out the iron in their hotel room to look presentable after their clothing has been smashed and wrinkled into a suitcase for hours.

My friend Kim is fortunate to travel internationally, so I chose this dress for her to wear after her professional day is done. Blog16 She can comfortably and stylishly enjoy a dinner or sight-seeing tour.

This soft knit dress was new with tags from Stitch Fix. It came with a small card demonstrating several ways to style it and I approved of their suggestions: sandals in the summer and boots and tights in the winter. You could easily add a casual navy blazer, a jean jacket or cardigan for chilly nights about town. Again, never be afraid of stripes! Here, the bold pattern is bright and dynamic and the colors would also be perfect for a Memorial Day picnic.

I paired it with chic navy Michael Kors sandals (only $6.97!!!) that feature the classic gold “MK” logo, a gold tassel necklace (also new with tags from Rampage) and a white Tignanello bag that is large enough to hold her essentials.Blog15Blog17

When planning a trip, consider your activities, the weather and how much time you are willing to invest in “sprucing up” your wardrobe when you arrive. Versatile pieces you can wear multiple ways will save space in your suitcase and you’ll have more room for souvenirs! And by getting your clothes out of your suitcase and hanging them in the closet right away will save you time when you are running out the door to a meeting or to catch a tour bus!

Kirsten

Goodwill in Muhlenberg, PA:
Sandals: $6.97

Runway Launch Party:
Dress: $10.00

Goodwill in East Earl, PA:
Necklace: $8.97

Goodwill Outlet in Reading, PA:
Bag: $1.75
Total: $27.69

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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.

May Flowers

 

This spring seems to be slow to bloom here in the northeast, but my little niece, Mac, is always a bright ray of sunshine. We captured pictures of her in her natural habitat – the great outdoors!

BlogMayAll of April’s showers have brought about these beautiful flowers including the ones on Mac’s black dress. The combination of polka dots, floral patterns, applique ribbon flowers and a scalloped trim are adorable on a toddler. BlogMay2On me, that might be just a bit much. The sleeveless dress is perfect for summer, but with spring’s cooler days, a bright fuchsia cardigan with ruched satin trim, black tights and sparkle boots will keep her warm. Mac finished this look with complimentary pink and blue nail polish. When summer comes, swap out the boots for sandals and you are ready to go!

And, the best part is that this look is only $5.00! BlogMay3Kids go through clothing so quickly and Goodwill Keystone Area stores offer a great selection of children’s and teen’s brand name clothing. You can outfit them for a whole season for not a lot of cash and save your money for fun family experiences and making vacation memories.

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Dress: $3.50
Cardigan: $1.50

Total: $5.00
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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.

Thrifting Tips and Tricks

 

As Goodwill Keystone Area’s fashion blogger, I enjoy searching for designer and vintage finds at many of the local Goodwill stores. I have found everything from Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs to plenty of classic Ann Taylor Loft, J Crew and Banana Republic.Kirsten pix

Many of my friends ask how I get so “lucky” to discover these fashion treasures, but there are no tricks. And here are a few of my tips on how to score some fabulous finds at Goodwill:

  • Visit often! You may only have a few minutes during your lunch break or a quick stop while your kids are at an event, but giving yourself a time limit can work in your favor. Focus in on one area: maybe you need a new pair of black trousers, a red sweater or a new spring coat. Concentrate on those racks and it will not feel as over whelming
  • Touch the fabrics! Premium denim, 100% wool, cotton or silk will feel different then blended fabrics. And these are going to be higher quality items. I can quickly sort through a rack by feeling the fabrics and looking at the labels.
  • Try different sizes. You may be a certain size, but after an item has been worn and washed it may shrink or stretch, so you may fit in other sizes.
  • Shop during peak hours. It may be crowded, but the staff will be changing over the stock as racks get picked over and new items will be added.
  • Check the return racks. Someone else’s discard may be your treasure!
  • Shop with a friend! They may find something that you didn’t consider even trying on. When I style for the blog, some of my friends are shocked when they like something I have pulled for them that they would have never thought of wearing.
  • Walk away empty handed if necessary. Sad, but true. You may not always find something and that’s ok.
  • Don’t forget to return the favor. For every piece you take home, go through your closet and donate a piece you don’t wear. Editing your wardrobe to your favorite pieces will help streamline your morning routine.

Shopping at Goodwill is always a treasure hunt, but many of my most favorite pieces have come from Goodwill. You’re not only saving money and living a more green lifestyle, but you are helping Goodwill support its mission to “support persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence in achieving their fullest potential as workers and as members of the broader community”.

Finding a designer piece of clothing at Goodwill is great, but helping someone achieve their full potential as a community member is priceless!

Happy shopping!
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.

Loafin’ Around

 

Spring is in full bloom and I’m taking inspiration from the flowers that I selected for my summer gardens. Bright colors bring joy and happiness so why not express yourself with your clothing? While the gold snakeskin metallic loafers are outstanding, the complete look is a beauty. image002

The sheer, patterned, sleeveless blouse from CAbi sets the tone for this spring outfit. image003The CAbi brand is sold exclusively through direct sales by stylists and not in stores. According to their website, CAbi is a company founded by women and for women.

A blouse like this retailed for about $80. If you were headed to a music festival, it could be styled unbuttoned (like a vest) over a yellow tank top and medium-wash skinny jeans, but today I paired it with coral-colored, cuffed capris from New York and Company. The capris are linen, but they are mixed with rayon to make them more resistant to wrinkling.

Bright gold metallic loafers, a gold chain belt and a gold pendant necklace all add a bit of glamour to this casual outfit. image001The Audrey Brooke loafers are extremely comfortable and perfect for travel or strolling around town. This look is perfect for brunch or lunch with the girls or throw on a blazer and heels and it becomes appropriately professional for work.

I enjoy finding out the backstory about the clothes I buy at Goodwill. While I have heard of CAbi, I was pleased to find out more about their company and will certainly look for more of that label at Goodwill!

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Blouse: $2.75 (half-off day)
Capris: $5.50

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Loafers: $3.49 (half-off day)

Total: $11.74
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.

DIY Distressed Denim

 

I am not one to purposely destroy my clothing, but distressed denim is one exception I decided to make. Having never tried this before, I searched Pinterest and found a few easy-sounding tutorials. If you do the same, there are plenty of instructions out there on this topic, so I won’t go into specific details.

What I used: a pair of perfectly good Ann Taylor Loft dark skinny jeans (purchased for $6.50), a pair of small, sharp sewing scissors and a cheese grater. Yes, a cheese grater. More on that in a minute.

While I don’t advocate cutting clothing while you are wearing it, this option gave me the best sense of where the distressing would end up. I used a picture of a premium brand of distressed denim to give me an idea of where I wanted the cuts. I made small slits with the scissors and then enlarged the tears with my fingers.Blog11 Next, I roughed up the edges with the cheese grater. You could also use a file or sandpaper. The last step is to wash and dry the jeans to compete the fraying process. The tears and fraying will continue as you wear and wash them and only make them more interesting.

I styled my “new” jeans with a long-sleeved Michael Kors t-shirt and black patent platform sandals from Taryn Rose. Blog12New, the tee would have been more than $100 and the shoes about $250. So this is quite a luxe look for only a few dollars and a little DIY.Blog13

The prices at Goodwill make it easy to experiment with being your own fashion designer. Get out your scissors and start creating!

Kirsten

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Jeans: $6.50
T-shirt: $3.95
Goodwill in Royersford:
Sandals: 6.97
Total: $17.42

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.

Feminine Charms

 

For the past few years, I have been seeing delicately layered chains in many fashion magazine and on celebrities. Sometimes they include personalized charms, birthstones or motivational words.

I’m recreating this look by layering three necklaces that I found at a Goodwill store in Lancaster County, PA (Ephrata). Blog9I love the look of the gold triangle, crystal and tassel charm mixed with the long gold station necklace. It adds a unique touch without making too much of a statement for a casual look. Look in your own jewelry box and see what you have to mix and match to create a uniquely feminine look. Or the next time you are at Goodwill see what you can discover in the jewelry case!

To top it off, I added a fabulous floral-print motorcycle-style cotton jacket. Blog8I picked up this beauty by Hot Kiss at the Goodwill Runway Show Launch Party (in late March). Hot Kiss is a Juniors brand that can be found at stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s. My almost teenage daughter already has her eye on it.

Tweak the style and make it your own, but recreating looks you see in magazines and on celebrities is easy when you have a nearby Goodwill!

– Kirsten

Runway Party:
Jacket: $13.00
Necklaces:
Goodwill in Ephrata, PA:
Necklaces (total): $8.94

Total: $21.94
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.

Mixed Metals

 

A site-seeing trip to the impressive Steelstacks in Bethlehem called for an equally memorable outfit.

I decided that the cold steel of the background needed the juxtaposition of something soft, feminine and accented with gold. Ruffles have been popular this spring and this flirty, pink and brown Ann Taylor Loft dress is accented with them without being overly girly. BlogMixedMetalsWearing the right shoes for site-seeing doesn’t automatically mean wearing flats or sneakers. Just as comfortable as the dress were the braided leather espadrilles from ShoeMint. They will be a summer staple for me as the neutral color will coordinate with everything from shorts to jeans to dresses.

The final gilded touches included the ah-mazing gold leather BCBG MaxAzria jacket that I picked up at the Goodwill Runway Show Launch Party at Bell Tower on March 28. It was a fabulous find that will be a classic in my closet for years to come. But, my favorite piece of the day was the incredible statement necklace. The heavy gold tassels and peach stone coordinate perfectly with the ensemble.BlogMixedMetals2 I can’t wait to wear this with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to something more formal. For only $6.50, it is one of my most favorite Goodwill finds!

Mixing metals is not a fashion faux pas, it can result in a great look especially when everything comes from Goodwill.

Goodwill Runway Launch Party:
Jacket: $13.00

Goodwill – Exton, PA:
Statement necklace: $6.50

Goodwill – Morgantown, PA:
Sandals: $6.97
Dress: $5.50
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.

Smooth Sailing

 

Being near the ocean always inspires me to make style waves with a nautical feel. A weekend trip to the beach became the perfect backdrop for blog photo shoot in Lewes, DE.

I’ve said it before, but you can never go wrong with stripes. They are classic, timeless and can work for any body type. This crisp navy and ivory top from Ann Taylor Loft is a great wardrobe staple.SmoothSailingBlog It works here with Ann Taylor khaki shorts, but would also pair well with cropped khaki trousers and pumps for work or boyfriend jeans and sandals on the weekend.

Sight seeing around town is much more comfortable in these beige and gold leather sandals from Anne Klein. The neutral color will adapt well with many pieces in my wardrobe. And a nude-colored shoe elongates the legs and makes you appear taller.

To finish out the look and top off the nautical feel, I accessorized with red accents. The red and gold J Crew inspired “bubble” bib necklace and my favorite red envelope clutch were the perfect compliment to this sea-worthy outfit.

Let your location inspire you and sail away with style from Goodwill.
Kirsten

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Top – $2.37 (half off day)
Sandals – $3.49 (half off day)
Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Necklace – $0.98 (half off day)
Shorts – $5.50
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.

Goodwill Runway Show

 

It’s not often that you get to experience a New York-style fashion show in your own backyard, but that is just what is happening on April 21st in Wyomissing, PA. Don’t miss the Goodwill Runway Show at Body Zone on Papermill Road in Wyomissing – the largest fashion show in the Reading-Berks area.

Grab your girlfriends and enjoy an evening of fashion, food and fun! To purchase tickets, click here.RunwayBlog2

This unique event starts at 4:30 with a silent auction of fabulous donated treasures along with a happy hour of tasty light fare and beverages provided by local restaurants. The show kicks off at 6:30 with a short presentation and the ReDesign contest finalists. See the before and after creations, click here (Side note: I am one of them!). After the winners are chosen, over 20 models featuring more than 100 outfits will strut their stuff on the runway.

This face-paced, New York-style event is like nothing you’ve seen in Berks County before. Styles featured will range from casual to formal and everything in between. All outfits were sourced from local Goodwill Stores. And after the show, you’ll have the chance to shop for exclusive styles at the Goodwill Boutique. Take home some of the looks from the runway!RunwayBlog

While I’ve hung up my stilettos and retired from modeling, I now volunteer as a stylist and have enjoyed being a part of the Runway Show for many years. This event showcases the time and talents of many volunteers and Goodwill staff. I promise this show will be an event to remember!

See you at the show!
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.

April Showers…

 

…bring May flowers, or in this case, flowered pink clutches. Looking chic while dodging the raindrops is possible with a unique raincoat and accessories.

Recently, I ventured to Goodwill in Frazer, PA (the store along Route 30). It is a tiny little store tucked in a shopping plaza. It might be small, but it is packed with excellent finds. All the pieces feel like they have been curated for a cozy upscale boutique. It is definitely worth a visit!

The cotton and nylon, khaki trench coat from Ann Taylor Loft immediately caught my eye with its unique shaping and ruffles.Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 10.37.27 AMIt goes perfectly with jeans on the weekend or over a dress for work during the week. I could have chosen from so many wonderful bags, but the pink raffia envelope clutch with the lime green lining and striped ribbon accent needed to go home with me!Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 10.36.26 AM

After a little research, I found that the brand “Miss Albright Specialty” is a capsule collection from Anthropologie. The original retail price was probably around $50, but I only paid $9.97! I will definitely be on the lookout for more of this brand at Goodwill!
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TIP: When shopping, having a smartphone handy to do a little digging on brands you aren’t familiar with could help you uncover some stylish treasures.

Happy Hunting!
Kirsten

Goodwill in Frazer, PA:
Raincoat: $15.50
Clutch: $9.97
Total: $25.47
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.