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Petal Power

 

April showers are prepping us for lots of May flowers. It’s the time of year when florals and pastels come bursting on the scene, filling the mall stores and shops with lots of colorful fashion choices.

But, neither of those things – florals or pastels – are a new trend, so finding them at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store is as easy as perusing the racks of your neighborhood location. And from May 1 – 5, you can get $10 off a $30 purchase with your Goodwill Keystone Area Rewards Card. Click here to find out more!

My friend, Laurie, is modeling a black and floral-print Lauren Conrad dress. Lauren Conrad is an actress, turned fashion designer, who has a line of clothing and accessories at Kohls. According to the website “The LC Lauren Conrad collection is inspired by the carefree yet confident designer herself. Brought to life by modern silhouettes, softly feminine details and inviting home decor, the collection is designed for a chic, effortless lifestyle. Her clothing is affordable, but by finding this dress at Goodwill, it was downright thrifty.

This fun spring dress would have retailed for about $50 at Kohls, but I saved almost 90% by picking it up for $5.50 at Goodwill.

I paired it with a pastel pink handbag with neon accents from Jessica Simpson. Simpson is another singer/actress turned fashion designer. Both ladies are doing quite well with their respective lines. This bag sold for about $100 at stores like Boscov’s or Macy’s, but again, I saved almost 90% and snagged it for $10.

Finally, strappy black and gold sandals from Classified (retail – $30; my cost $6.97) accent the black in the dress without being too heavy for the warming spring weather. And a multi-chain gold necklace complimented the gold in the sandals nicely without overwhelming the delicate floral dress.

Start searching those Goodwill racks for light, sunny and spring fashions and save even more with the upcoming sale!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $5.50
Purse: $10.00
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $25.91
Retail: $210+

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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

Feeling cute might go donate half my closet to Goodwill later.

 

Feeling cute might go donate half my closet to Goodwill later just in time for their 50% Off Sale on Sunday, April 28th (sale details here!).

Recently, I’ve changed my style opting for a neutral, rockabilly look for my day to day outfits. How lucky am I that I found another beautiful pair of vintage Levi’s jeans! These usually sell for over $50 even on resale sites, it seriously feels so lucky! I didn’t even have to touch my sewing machine they just fit perfectly.

A bold grid sweater top adds such a trendy vibe to this look & keeps me warm on those chillier days.

It’s so funny surprising my friends with looks like this that are 100% thrifted, they are always impressed. Who can guess the only new things I’m wearing are the hat & earrings.

Can’t wait for the sale on the 28th to see if my jean luck holds out. Just for my thrifty Instagram followers (@chicrevolt treasures ), I’m giving @goodwillkeystonearea a special collection of my vintage hats and handmade clothing! Will you find some of my donated clothing during your thrifting hunt? If you aren’t grabbing all your friends for a little retail self-care on the 28th, you’re missing out.

Easter Chic

 

Just like marshmallow Peeps candy, sunshine, and daffodils, yellow is popping up all over the place this spring. This sunny color is perfect for the warm weather that is starting to bloom in our area.

I found this dress from Eva Mendes at New York & Company “new-with-tags” for $10 at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store. Retail for this dress was $89. The description of this line on the website states “From sheath dresses to maxis, fit-and-flare shapes to curve-hugging sweater dresses, it’s easy to create a look that’s unmistakably you. Available in fresh florals, graphic prints, deep hues, and pretty pastels, and with waist-defining belts, and embroidered embellishments, they deliver feminine style that’s both timeless and modern. With workday and weekend looks, plus special occasion looks, Eva Mendes dresses feature beautiful options for dressing up – or down.” The sheer overlay was light and airy and feels completely appropriate for a sunny spring day.

To contrast the yellow, I paired the dress with green accessories. The pale green fabric purse is vintage and was only $4.97. It reminds me of something my mom might have carried in the early 1960s.

The necklace was modern, and the green jewels sparkled against the floral fabric. Finding fun statement pieces like this at Goodwill prices always makes me happy. $3.97 was a real bargain!

Finally, since it is spring, sandals are definitely a must for me. These green fabric espadrilles from Mia2 were comfortable and stylish. My cost at Goodwill was $6.97, but they would have retailed for about $49 when new.

It’s time to break out those soft pastel colors and florals. Stop by your local Goodwill Keystone Area and fill your closet with sunny yellows, soft lavenders, and pretty pinks! They never go out of style this time of year.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $10.00
Purse: $4.97
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $25.91
Retail: $200+

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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

Spring Has Sprung!

 

This past weekend we really got a taste of spring. Balmy temperatures, windows open and people working in their yards. For me a rite of spring is to start to transition my winter to spring/summer wardrobe in my closet and to make sure I’m pedicure ready – for those open-toed sandals I’ve been more than ready to wear.

I’m feeling as colorful as an Easter egg in this vibrant, water-colored outfit. A patterned sleeveless blouse from JohnPaul Richard was the starting point for this look. New it sold for around $45, and I paid $4.50 at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store.

Next, brightly-hued denim (from Loft) added more of a punch. Colored denim is still in for spring and I am already picturing these with a simple black tank top and black sandals later in the season. My price at Goodwill was $6.95, but denim like this sells for $69 at the retail store.

A simple jean jacket was the perfect topper for these cooler spring days. Jean jackets are a closet necessity for me and this one from Gap has been featured in several posts and in lots of everyday outfits. For just $6.50, its cost per wear is already negligible. I love this piece!

Since there were so many colors in the top, I had plenty of options for accessories. The fun, fringed purple cross body bag is from Sondra Roberts Squared. While not a high-end brand, this bad retailed for about $75.00 – my cost? $4.97!

Since I already had featured plenty of red and purple in the outfit, why not turquoise? I’m a huge fan of Nine West footwear and these turquoise bejeweled cork sandals did not disappoint, especially for only $7.47!

A stone and bead necklace ($3.97) and feathered and bead earrings (also $3.97) were both originally from Target. Their colors pulled the outfit together and made me feel like a rainbow or an Eater egg.

It’s time to open those windows and change up your wardrobe! If you need some new spring pieces, be sure and visit your local Goodwill Keystone Area store for a few Easter gems!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Top: $4.50
Jeans: $6.95
Jacket: $6.50
Purse: $4.97
Shoes: $7.47
Necklace: $3.97
Earrings: $3.97
Total: $38.33
Retail: $375+
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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

One Dress, Two Seasons

 

Right now your wardrobe may be transitioning from winter to spring and summer. Having pieces that can easily change from cooler to warmer days will give you more versatility in your closet.

I loved the floral pattern on this London Times dress. It is bright and cheerful and makes me ready for spring. It retailed for about $118, but my cost was $5.50 at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store. I could wear it with a variety of colors and even black. For the cooler days, I paired it with this red vegan leather jacket from Baccini which retailed for around $125 but sold for $5.95 at Goodwill. The petite ruffled trim and the zip pockets gave it some interest and flair.

Also on cooler days, I would wear it with knee high boots (and possibly tights). These leather Lucky Brand boots were a fabulous find. They are already broken in and have great western detail. New, they would have sold for around $120, so I didn’t mind paying $19.97 at Goodwill for something that can be a classic closet staple.

When warm spring days arrive, you can shed the coat and boots and accessorize it with simple vintage sandals. These Bruno Melli (made in Italy) red and gold sling-back sandals are straight from 1983. I couldn’t find any comps on them, but I imagine from the quality of the construction they were fairly expensive back in the day. My cost was $6.97.

Finally, a simple cream clutch from Express works for both outfits. This one was $2.97 and holds just enough for a day out.

When shopping at your local Goodwill, think about how your new purchases can be used for multiple looks and through various seasons. If you can style something in at least two different ways, you should definitely give it space in your closet!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $5.50
Jacket: $5.95
Boots: $19.97
Sandals: $6.97
Clutch: $2.97
Total: $41.38
Retail: $550+
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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

Prom, Accessorized!

 

Maybe you or someone you know has already purchased a prom dress for later this spring. If not check the racks at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store for a unique and affordable option. Many times people buy items like fancy formal-wear, shoes and clutches to only use them once and then end up donating them to Goodwill. Today I’m highlighting a few perfect Prom accessories that will set you apart and make you stand out.

Staring at the top, you might need some bling. Things have changed since my day (I went to the Prom in the 80s), but I still see girls sparkling and shining on their special night. These silver rhinestone chandelier earrings will help you trip the light fantastic without breaking the bank. They were just $1.97!

If your dress has an ornate beaded neckline, you obviously don’t need these, but statement necklaces never seem to go out of style. While these have a vintage feel, they are both brand new. The silver one was found new-with-tags from Sugar Fix by Bauble Bar from Target. It retailed for $36.99, but I picked this up for just $9.97. It is well made and besides making a statement on Prom night, it would also elevate a classic jeans and t-shirt look for everyday. The gold and pastel jeweled necklace (found for $5.97 with matching earrings) would look fantastic with a black dress. Add a gold clutch and shoes and you are out the door.

Speaking of clutches, here are two truly vintage options. They were both $4.97. The clear Lucite one with inlaid rhinestones is probably from the 1960s. The silver and rhinestone metal clutch has a longer strap inside to be able to slip it over your wrist.

Finally, just like Cinderella, you’ll need some amazing shoes to dance the night away. I’ve showcased the silver Guess platform heels at New Year’s.They originally sold for $99, but were just $6.97 at my local Goodwill.

The Badgley Mischka gold strappy heels were a shoe lovers dream find.

New, they would have sold at stores like Nordstroms or Lord and Taylor, for around $245. My cost: $9.97. Not a bad deal.

Visiting your local Goodwill Keystone Area store to look for vintage or unique pieces to finish your Prom look is a great way to save money – spend the rest of your budget on a fabulous hairstyle or professional make up!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Earrings: $1.97
Silver necklace: $9.97
Gold necklace (set): $5.97
Lucite clutch: $4.97
Silver clutch: $4.97
Silver heels: $6.97
Gold heels: $9.97

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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

Bit O’Green

 

This week all things green and Irish will be celebrated by many people, Irish or not. From green outfits and accessories, to food and beverages… a bit o’ green is just what I needed to complete this look!

Blazers are back in this spring. I’ve seen slim cuts in bright colors and boxy, menswear styles in plaid. My outfit is based around this vibrant, velveteen paisley blazer from Talbots. The fabric is soft and the colors and patterns are bold. Structured jackets like this retail at Talbots from $159 – $179, but I snagged this one at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store for just $7.25.

To balance the boldness of the blazer, I paired it with a basic pleated ivory peplum blouse from Ann Taylor, which was only $3.95 (retail $49.99).

The classic dark denim from J. Brand – Skinny Cut “Eclipse” – were only $10.00 but sold for $188 when new. I haven’t decided if I want to properly hem these or give them a raw edge, so for now I gave them a wide cuff. Dark skinny jeans are a staple in my wardrobe. They’ll transition from boots now to heeled sandals for the summer.

I layered on the necklaces with two different styles – a beaded blue collar ($3.97) and a longer tasseled necklace ($1.97). These accented the blue in the blazer, as did the patent leather navy clutch, which was originally from Nordstrom and probably retailed for around $60, but my cost was just $4.97.

Finally, the bit o’ green I needed to complete this outfit was the kelly green suede peep-toe heels from Nine West. Their vibrant color stands out and makes a statement. They were $6.97 at Goodwill, but would have cost me around $89 at the mall.

You don’t have to have the luck of the Irish to get great deals like this. (I saved 94% off the retail cost of this outfit!) Visit your local Goodwill Keystone Store to find your own pot of gold clothing and accessories.

St. Patrick’s Day Sale Announcement!
Sunday, March 17 get 17% OFF your purchase of $25 or more, see full details here! 

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Jacket: $7.25
Blouse: $3.95
Long Necklace: $3.97
Short Necklace: $1.97
Jeans: $10.00
Heels: $6.97
Bag: $4.97
Total: $39.08
Retail: $625+
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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

Philly Fun!

 

Not one to miss an opportunity to shoot a blog in a new and interesting place, on a recent trip to see a fashion exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I, of course, wore a thrifted ensemble. The exhibit I saw was about couture, but being that I was going to be walking for hours and an impending storm was making its way into town, I opted for a sensible and comfortable look.

I’ve talked before about how to wear a cropped top – in this case, a sweater – and not feel over-exposed. As you can tell from my blog, patterns and colors are definitely friends of mine. I loved the bold stripes on this open-weave chunky sweater (which had the tags removed), but for me, it needed something to layer under it. I used a simple white t-shirt but could have chosen any of the colors in the pattern.

The skinny, distressed black jeans were a fabulous find. This type of denim seems to not be waning in popularity, so they were a good investment. I found the Bullhead jeans new-with-tags from PacSun for only $6.50. They would have retailed for around $30 – $40. I can see these being my new favorite for casual looks through the spring into summer. They’ll be perfect with tank tops and sandals when the weather (finally!) warms up.

Another new-with-tags find was these patterned gold flats from Dr. Scholl’s. Comfy with some bling! They held up well as we spent several hours wandering the museum and the “Rocky steps” in the front of the building. The tag from DSW said $49.99 (down from $69.99), but Goodwill’s price was just $9.97.

To pick up the looks on the stripes of the sweater, I added a strappy bag from Loft. I like smaller bags when sightseeing so I don’t have a heavy bag full of everyday necessities. Oversized gold hoops complimented the gold stripes in the sweater to complete the look.

While not an haute couture look (which you could find at Goodwill Keystone Area stores!), it was perfect for a Sunday afternoon of wandering around Philadelphia. And hopefully, this is the last time you’ll see a sweater on the blog this season! Bring on Spring!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Sweater: $5.25
Jeans: $6.50
Flats: $9.97
Bag: $4.97
Earrings: $1.97
Total: $28.66
Retail: $200+
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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

Garage Sale

 

ANNOUNCING: Goodwill Sale Fri., March 1 through Sun., March 3
CLOTHING AS LOW AS 99¢ DETAILS HERE!

It’s not often that I take style cues from my fifteen year old. But lately, she’s been shopping at a new-to-me store at the larger malls in our area. It’s called Garage. It clearly caters to the tween/teen/twenty-somethings. There are lots of tank tops, cropped sweaters and “mom jeans” (I’ve become a denim trend!). The website is full of social media photos and plenty of visual graphics. Their prices and quality are in line with American Eagle.

While I would not have thought about shopping at the mall store, a pair of their leggings caught my attention at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store. They are mostly black with abstract patterns of mustard yellow, burgundy and gray. I liked them before I discovered what brand they were. When I wear leggings, I typically wear them with tall boots and longer sweaters and that is exactly what I did here. These retailed for about $29, but Goodwill’s cost was $4.25.

Basic black sweaters are always great to partner with printed pants or skirts or even simple jeans. This turtleneck/poncho-style cotton sweater from Old Navy was perfect. I layered it over a tank top, but the shorter sleeves make it great for warmer offices in winter or early spring days. Old Navy produces classic and trendy pieces that work well in a variety of environments. I picked up this from Goodwill for $5.95.

Classic flat black leather riding boots from Nine West gave the outfit some style and a butter-soft leather and metal chain burgundy oversized purse from B. Makowsky added a needed pop of color. The boots were priced at Goodwill for $9.97 but retail for around $149 and the bag was just $6.97 but sold for $200-$300 when new.

Lastly a chain necklace (or is it a belt?) was substantial enough to compete with the turtleneck and patterned leggings. My cost at Goodwill was $3.97.

Never discount a style or trend or brand when shopping, you may discover a way to convert it into a great look that works for you and that is exactly what happened to me. Keep your eyes open at the mall, but save your purchases for your neighborhood Goodwill Keystone Area store!

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten

Leggings: $4.25
Sweater: $5.95
Boots: $9.97
Bag: $6.97
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $31.11
Retail: $450+

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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.

Suit Up!

 

NOTE: 50% OFF SALE TODAY, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18…DETAILS HERE!

Smart little suits make a come back every few years and I’ve always been a fan. I first purchased a few suits in the mid-90s when I started working in an office environment. I liked the professional look they gave me as a new college graduate and I loved how you could mix and match the pieces to bolster my career wardrobe.

Back then I played it safe with solids or pinstripes in black, navy and brown. Now I enjoy the fun textures and prints such as this adorable retro-cut Talbots animal print suit. The fabric is a soft and thick cotton velveteen, which is perfect for winter. I can mix and match these pieces such as wearing the jacket with jeans and a blouse or pairing the skirt with a chunky knit sweater. I layered the suit over an eggplant colored tank top to break up the busy pattern. This suit retailed for approximately $250+, but I snapped it up for just $12 (only $6 per piece)!

The chocolate brown leather Banana Republic heeled boots were the perfect partner for the suit. The sturdy heel is good for winter weather and the slouchy style makes the formal suit a little more casual. Similar Banana Republic boots like this are selling for $228 online, so my $10 investment was well worth it.

I added a large cream Coach bag to keep the look neutral. I have featured this bag before and for $20 I have gotten my money’s worth from it. Coach bags of this size retail for about $250 or more. A gold beaded bracelet and earrings coordinated with the gold and brass hardware of the bag.

Suit up when you’re shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. Check the racks for a few matchy-matchy pieces to make your work wear stand out from the crowd.

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten

Suits: $12.00
Boots: $10.00
Bag: $20.00
Bracelet: $1.97
Earrings: $1.97
Total: $45.94
Retail: $750+

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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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe.