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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

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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.

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
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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.

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
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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.

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
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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 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
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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.

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
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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.

Prom Queen

 

All the rage this spring is a “Prom-Posal”: how someone asks a date to the prom. It can be big and over-the-top with an in-school musical performance or as straightforward as a poster or flowers and a simple question. But, the star of the prom will always be the dress.

No matter how you end up going to the prom, you’re going to need an outfit. Short, long, full or sleek – anything goes in the formal fashion world and sequins, beads, sparkle and shine will always be popular. Prices on formal dresses can go well into the hundreds of dollars, but you don’t need Cinderella’s fairy godmother for a ball gown. With Goodwill you can spend wisely and find the dress of your dreams.

Sarah and Anne Marie were happy to model a few of the formal gowns and clutches that I found on the racks at the Goodwill in Morgantown, PA. Pix 1 Pix 2 Pix 3 Pix 4Be sure and check your local store to see what kind of dresses and accessories they have in stock. You may have to visit a few locations (find one near you, click here), so give yourself plenty of time before the big event.

At Goodwill what you see is one-of-a-kind and during prom and wedding season, so don’t wait if you find something you love! When searching, be sure and check out the condition of the dress. A few alterations and cleaning could add to your cost unless you have someone handy who can help you out. You’ll also want shoes, an elegant clutch and jewelry – all of which you can find at Goodwill!

You don’t have to break the bank to look fabulous at the prom. Goodwill can make your fairytale dreams of being a Prom Queen (or Princess) come true!

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA
Dresses: $7.50 – $49.99
Clutches: $2.97 – $4.97

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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.

Denim Crush

 

The last time I had a crush on designer denim was in the glorious 1980s and I was crushin’ on a pair of ankle-length acid-wash, Jordache jeans. They had zippers at the ankles and I wore them with my beloved bubble gum pink, Reebok high tops and an oversized off-the-shoulder sweatshirt.

Premium denim has come a long way since then. And so have the prices. With price tags well up to $200 for one pair of jeans, I have much better things to spend my money on. And I know I can find the exact same designer all brands at Goodwill.

If you are looking for skinny, bootcut, straight or flare jeans, I have easily found Paige, J-Brand, Seven, Hudson, Lucky and 7 for all Mankind at plenty of the local Goodwill stores. All of these brands range in price from $75 – $200 or more. Jeans 2 To put it in perspective, the jeans pictured here could have cost me up to $1,000 (total), but I paid less than $40 for all of them by finding them at Goodwill! Jeans 1Jeans 3

Two of my tricks for finding any type of higher-quality clothing are to actually touch the fabrics and quickly sort through the labels. Better quality fabric will be softer and feel more expensive. Quickly flipping through the racks and knowing what labels to look for will help you find the brands you want. Knowing your waist size will help as well. Many of these labels use waist sizes to size their jeans. For example, a 27 is typically a 4 and a 28 is a 6 and so on. But, try on anything you think might fit to account for shrinking and stretching. These jeans already have the benefit of being washed and broken in.

While Jordache isn’t in my closet anymore, premium denim is now an everyday staple of my wardrobe thanks to Goodwill!

Premium Denim Prices:
Various Goodwill Stores and Outlets
$0.60 – $10.00, but typically around $6.50 each

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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.

Easter Parade

 

Gone are the days of Easter bonnets and fancy parades, but celebrating the holiday in a bright new spring dress or outfit is a welcome change to winter’s heavy sweaters and jackets. Take inspiration from the colors of the season including jelly beans, Easter eggs and spring flowers.

This georgette, midi-length, sleeveless dress was found at Goodwill, new with the tags, from Talbots. Easter2It was originally $79.00, but I only paid $7.50! The soft, flowing pale pink fabric is perfect for Easter, a bridal or baby shower or even a spring wedding. You could add a cardigan or blazer for cooler weather, or even just a scarf to add warmth.

A roomy fabric and leather Tommy Hilfiger tote will hold all your necessities and the spring green shade compliments the dress. Easter3Add a classic silver and pearl necklace, simple pearl earrings, neutral pumps and you are ready for Easter dinner with the family!Easter1

You can outfit your whole family at Goodwill for the holiday for less than the cost of brunch at a restaurant. What are you waiting for? Hop to Goodwill!

Goodwill stores in Reading, PA :
Bag: $6.97
Necklace: $0.98
Dress: $7.50
Total: $15.45

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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.

Now and Later

 

With the last few official days of winter waning, outfits that can be multi-purpose and take you into spring and summer are a smart investment.

Today’s main piece is a simple neutral floral fitted dress from Old Navy. Gray, brown, camel and cream make a nice backdrop for accessories that span the seasons.NaL3For cooler days I have paired the comfortable dress with a flowing shawl-collared cardigan from White House Black Market and tall suede boots.NaL2 A cream and gold tassel necklace, bangle bracelets and simple gold hoops are the finishing touches.NaL1When the weather warms, I’ll leave the cardigan at home, keep the accessories and go with camel-colored mules from Target and a small cream leather handbag.

For a more professional look you could layer a fitted blazer over the dress and add tights for warmth. In the summer, make the look more casual with sandals, a gauzy cream- colored scarf and a cropped jean jacket.

Having pieces that can transition you through different seasons are a perfect addition to your closet. Not only do they save you money by making your wardrobe more versatile, you can challenge yourself to see how many different ways there are to style them!

Goodwill in Ephrata:
Bangles: $5.00

Goodwill in Morgantown:
Cardigan: $5.50
Dress: $5.50
Necklace: $2.97
Cream bag: $2.49 (Half off sale)
Shoes: $3.49 (Half off sale)

Total: $24.95
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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.