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In the Trenches

 

Spring is finally here and the weather can be cool one minute and warm the next, so having a coat on hand is always a great plan. And an easy-chic way to dress for the weather is by adding a trench coat. Trench coats can come in a variety of colors, lengths and styles, so it is easy to find one to suit your lifestyle.

The first look I am featuring includes a classic khaki trench from Kenneth Cole New York. Blog1It is rain and wind proof and effortlessly stylish. The metal and tortoise shell detailing on the buttons and belt add a modern flair. Coats like this retail for approximately $200, so at $9.50, I got a real bargain! I paired it with classic Levi’s jeans, but this would look equally as good with a dress or business attire. Blog2The colorful patterned blouse is one of my favorite new pieces for 2017. Blog3It’s gauzy and light and will add some punch to my closet. The coral satin and wood wedges from Nina add some height and weight to this spring look. I added a mint bag (featured previously on the blog) and a mint and gold necklace which was new with tags from Target and originally priced at $16.99.

My second look features a coral (I have purchased lots of coral items this season!) double-breasted trench from Ann Taylor Loft. Blog4The bright color is a change of pace from a typical trench style. It is also water and wind proof. For a professional look, I wore it over a cream, bow-tied sleeveless cotton sweater (also by Loft). And to pick up on the color of the jacket I included this watercolor-floral print linen skirt from Loft, and comfy leather flats with silver buckle accents by Franco Sarto. Blog5A cute zippered clutch from Express rounds out the outfit.

Trench coats are perfect for dressing up or down and either of these coats could be more professional or casual. They are also a perennial classic choice which will stand the test of time in your closet. Pick up one or two today at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store!

Look 1:
Trench: $9.50
Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $3.99
Total: $30.91

Look 2:
Trench: $6.50
Blouse: $3.95
Skirt: $6.00
Shoes: $6.97
Clutch: $4.97
Total: $28.39
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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 Brights

 

Gone are the days of Easter bonnets and matching dresses, but spring season and the Easter holiday still call out for bright colors and sunny prints. And who better to model that style than a 4 year old?

My niece Mac has begun to develop her own fashion sense and enjoys picking out fun colors and playful prints for her pre-school style. And having fabrics that are washable and pieces that are easy to put on and take off are a must for any parent.

This bright, bejeweled turquoise blouse by Little Lass would catch any toddler’s eye. E3
The colorful, floral leggings, by the popular children’s brand Gymboree, pick up the turquoise hue and would also coordinate with many other colors as well.

Toddlers also love to wear whatever strikes their fancy and my niece happens to love boots! (I can’t blame her! I do too!) E2These tall black boots by Revel will let her splash in April showers as well as play in winter’s snow. But for right now, this outfit will be perfect for chasing bunnies and collecting eggs at an egg hunt.E4

Kids can be so hard on clothing, so Goodwill was always my go-to store for my own children’s wardrobe. Having fun, bright pieces and getting a great deal on clothing that little ones will only wear for a short time is a win-win in my book. Hop to your local Goodwill and find some Easter brights of your own!Easter2017

Top: $4.95
Pants: $2.95
Boots: $12.99
Total: $20.89

From my closet, to yours…
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.

Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

 

Now when you think of tie-dye, I’m sure something different comes to mind. But, tie-dyed Easter eggs are pretty fashionable, fabulous and thrifty! I found this craft on Pinterest and had to give it a try!

First you will need 100% silk ties or scarves. Easter1 I picked up three ties at the Robesonia store a few weeks ago.Easter2You will be cutting the ties into pieces, so don’t use any ones that are precious or special. Cut open the backs and separate the inside felt from the silk fabric. You’ll need both parts.Easter3

Cut the tie into 5-inch squares and tightly wrap it around uncooked eggs (or previously hollowed out eggs) with rubber bands. Easter4Take the felt from the interior of the ties, cut it into strips and bind it around the eggs, again with rubber bands.Easter5

Put the eggs into a cooking pot, cover with water and about a quarter cup of vinegar.Boil for approximately 10 minutes, remove from pot and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, remove the wrappings and see your fabulous eggs!Easter6 Easter7You will be able to reuse the silk fabric several times, but most of the tutorials I read on these recommend you don’t eat the eggs due to the dye.

For a few dollars you’ll have the best-dressed eggs on the block! Experiment with tie and scarf patterns and either brown or white eggs. The results will be different and fun and definitely unique!Easter8

For the full tutorial, go to: http://relish.com/articles/how-to-dye-eggs-with-silk-ties-video/

Ties: $1.00 each

From my closet, to yours…
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.

The Scrap Jean Digest – Project #1

 

The Scrap Jean Digest – Project #1 – Jean Leg Purse, to Sew or Not to Sew


Sue MacCombie 
https://www.facebook.com/sewingbirdfancies 

Those old jeans and what to do with them? Just never throw them out!
 I am starting a digest of redesign ideas that will be periodically posted. I won’t put a total number on them since the ideas are basically endless. Let’s get started

Project #1 – Jean Leg Purse, to Sew or Not to Sew


Materials and tools needed:

  • Pair of unwanted Jeans – any shape
  • Sewing kit or Staple gun if you don’t want to sew
  • Sharp scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins

Take your jeans and lay them flat. Try to line up the side seams on the bottom of the pant leg. You will notice that the back of the jean leg is slightly bigger than the front so the seams are just inside the edges
Get out your ruler and decide how big of a bag you want. I used 10” up from the bottom. Mark off a straight line across the pant leg. I placed marks all up both sides of the seams too.Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.52.14 PM

Start cutting on the dotted lines. You will have to cut a slit in the front to get the scissors in. Do not cut the back of the pant leg yet. We need to leave material for a flap. Cut out both seams on both sides all the way up as far as you can. Then snip the seams off. These will be your bag straps. 




























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Measure for Purse flap

Measure up how much you want your bag flap to be and cut. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.53.57 PMIt pretty much looks like a bag now except that the bag is open at the bottom. Here is where the sew or no sew comes in. You can sew up it with your machine or hand stitch with a back stitch. Try to use some heavy button or denim thread if you can. Sew up the bottom and either tie or sew the straps together. All done! Your bag is ready to be used
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If you want to get a little more involved you can add a pocket to the back. From the same pair of jeans cut out the back pocket leaving about an 1” around the whole pocket. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.54.27 PMThen place it on the back of the bag and pin, lots of pins.Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.55.01 PMYou will have to hand sew this one. Since most sewing machines can’t reach inside. No worries, just to use a strong button thread.

But don’t stop there! You can add buttons, embroidery, flowers, and appliqués. 
Here is a picture of some cloth flowers I added to the front. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.55.29 PMI cut them out from an old curtain and hot glued them on. You can also sew them on. I also attached a snap on the flap to keep it closed. You can also use a button or Velcro. Such a fun little purse from practically nothing.

The No-Sew Method

You can use a regular desk stapler if you are just going through two layers of denim but to staple the seams you need a heavy stapler with ¼” staples.

I got a little bit fancy and decided to spray paint my staples orange so they would stand out a little better. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.57.25 PMI think they look cute too. Wait till the paint is really dry or you will gum up your stapler, learned that from experience, not good.
I stapled the very bottom seam edge of the bag. If you are using a desk stapler go just above the seams where the jean fabric is thinner.I wanted a lot of staples for strength so I made a little decorative design with them.
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You can either tie the straps together or staple them a few times.











 Only one last detail before your bag is set to go. I took a hammer and tapped all the staples down so the ends would close tight and lay flat. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.01.06 PMThis way they won’t snag your clothes too. There shouldn’t be but just make sure there are no staple ends exposed inside the bag. If you like you can hot glue on some lacey trim over the staples to hide them but I like the hardware look of them. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.01.22 PM
This no sew bag is set to go!

Remember be brave with your designs and fearless with your scissors.

Sue MacCombie

Sue

 

About the Author: Sue MacCombie, Goodwill Keystone Area ReDesign Contest Winner –  www.facebook.com/sewingbirdfancies 
I look for elements in a piece that are attractive or that catch my eye. I then look for pieces that will blend with it. Sometimes I go with an idea in mind, sometimes I just get inspiration from the pieces I come across. Be fearless with your scissors! Sew outside the lines and combine the unlikely. Trust what you like.

Prom – Remember the 80’s

 

Times have changed. Check out the Prom Pop-Up Boutique.

Prom time is just around the corner! Don’t spend a fortune on a dress that might only get worn for one night! Save some cash to spend on a beautiful hairstyle, a mani/pedi or maybe a limo ride to the event. Or for college. Visit your local Goodwill Keystone Area Goodwill to find a one-of-a-kind dress!

Dresses have evolved so much from when I went to proms in the 1980s. Styles now can be long or short, and very chic and stylish. But, I’m sure we thought that about our selections too, in the 80s. There shouldn’t be any metallic green lamé dresses in our boutique, but maybe you like a vintage look. And we can help you with that too.PromBlog

Or if you don’t have any teenagers, but you might need a formal or semi-formal gown for a spring or summer wedding (think bride (we do have wedding dresses!), guest or mother-of-the-bride or groom), please stop by and see the special collection of gowns that we have acquired from several local Goodwill stores.

Join us Thursday, March 23 at the Goodwill in Morgantown from 4 to 7pm. We’ll have a wide selection of formal dresses, prom gowns and accessories. And I will be on hand to help you shop for just the right outfit and offer tips on styling trends. We’ll even have a make-up artist on hand Stop by and enter to win a Goodwill gift card! Hope to see you there!

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From my closet, to yours…
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.

Rock & Roll, Spring Style

 

As I mentioned previously, “rock & roll” is another trend for Spring 2017. But, seriously when ISN’T rock & roll a trend? I think it started in the 1950s and has been popular ever since. Because it has been around for such a long time, you really can’t go wrong and probably already have some pieces in your closet to make this look work.

To off set the edgy vibe of the outfit, I chose the gorgeous Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA to be my backdrop. If you haven’t ever visited the immense gardens and conservatory, it is well worth the time to explore the grounds, in any season.

My look started with this quilted, faux leather burgundy jacket by Who What Wear from Target. Blog7It is a light-weight and perfect for cool spring days. Layering it makes it appropriate for many seasons. Adding a scarf or a sweater underneath would make it work for fall or winter or throw it on over a tank top for summer nights.

I wanted the details in the look to stand out. The long, multi-strand silver chain necklace was layered several times. Blog5Chokers are also back in style, but I didn’t want to specifically go for that look. Long chains are so versatile because you could wrap them several times for a variety of necklace looks or wrap them around your wrist for a bracelet.

A sheer dark leopard-print blouse from Loft is one of my new go-to pieces. Blog6I’ve worn it to work with black trousers, but it looks equally as well with jeans and even shorts later in the season. A suede clutch, also from Loft, was the perfect bag for the day. The chain strap mirrored the detail of the necklace.

Lastly, skinny light wash jeans from Rag & Bone and moto-style boots from Bandolino (both my favorites and featured previously on the blog) rounded out my rock & roll style.Blog4

Recycling articles you already have in your closet and adding just a few edgy, detailed pieces can get you Spring 2017 ready. And you can find those items at Goodwill Keystone Area stores.

Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Bag: $4.97
Jacket: $7.99
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $1.97
Total: $32.35

From my closet, to yours…
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.

Shades of Green

 

Sometimes you find the “Pot of Gold” at the end of the rainbow when you least expect it. On a whim, I stopped at the Robesonia Goodwill store on my way home from work one day. I had been considering crafting a St. Patrick’s Day blog post, but hadn’t come across anything green worth blogging about. I had seen lots of green t-shirt and tank tops. Stores are now stocking summer wear, which is exciting since we are getting hit with snow again this week and many of us are dreaming of warmer weather.

On my last pass through the store, I came across this gorgeous silk ruffled tunic. Blog5It was bright green and crafted of soft lightweight fabric, which makes it work for many different seasons. “Please let it be my size!” I thought. To my surprise when I looked at the tag, I noticed the original tags were still attached and its original price had been $238. The brand is Britt Ryan, which is new to me, but the details and fabric earmarked it as a higher end piece. I found my pot of gold!Blog1

According to her website, “Britt Ryan creates an overall look that is fresh, feminine and luxurious. Offering styles in one of a kind signature prints and lavish European fabrics, all manufactured in NYC.” They have signature stores in Boston’s Back Bay and Georgetown’s Book Hill as well as 300 other stores across the United States. I would have never heard of this designer if I hadn’t found her blouse at my local Goodwill! It’s great to find these small, exclusive designers, especially when I only paid $3.95 for this beauty!

I paired it with slim cropped dark jeans from Loft for $4.25.Blog4As I have said before, denim (in all its forms) is “in” for Spring 2017. The accessories included this sleek wristlet from Juicy Couture. The soft leather and golden details add to the lux feel of the whole outfit. I paid $6.00, but the retail on this piece was $128. For footwear, I added these laser-cut, lace-up shoes from DijiGirls. Blog3The lace-up trend has been popular on and off for years and I have seen lots of flats now featuring this detail lately.

For fun, I stopped by my favorite local watering hole (appropriately called “Shades of Green”) for an on-location shoot.Blog2 If you happen to stop by, tell the owners that, “Kirsten sent you” and have a pint of beer for me! Slàinte!

Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $4.25
Wristlet: $6.00
Shoes: $6.97
Total: $21.17

From my closet, to yours…
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.

Spring Trends

 

Recently, fashion expert Ashley Bellman visited the NBC Today show to share her picks for the hottest spring trends. Adding a few of these pieces will spruce up your wardrobe for the new season. Her picks included bell sleeves, statement earrings, rock & roll style and wide leg jeans. Today I’m featuring the bell sleeve trend.

My friends often pass along items to me that they purchased at Goodwill and either didn’t want or didn’t fit. I guess I’m known as the “Goodwill Girl”. This cute floral sleeveless cotton sweater from Ann Taylor was one of those things.DSC_9909The pink and black pattern is perfect for spring. Later in the season I could wear it without a jacket.

As for the spring trends, this bell-sleeved wool jacket from Central Park West is fabulous statement piece.DSC_9898It has the perfect fitted shape on the shoulders and the sleeves are dramatic, but not costume-y. It will span the seasons and I can see myself keeping this one in my wardrobe for quite some time. It looks great with these cuffed, skinny jeans by Seven, but would work equally as well with a dress, skirt or trousers.

For accessories, I added a silver and black tassel necklace (previously featured on the blog). Tassels are also a huge trend for spring – on earrings, necklaces and bags. The blush pink leather bag by Elliott Lucca is another perfect spring piece.DSC_9954I paid just $4.97, but it would have retailed for about $200. Finally, suede pumps from Ann Marino feature delicate stitching detail for added interest.DSC_9913

Look for the bell-sleeve trend on jackets, dresses and blouses and stay tuned as I feature more spring trends and colors that are easy to find at Goodwill Keystone Area stores to get your closet “Spring 2017” ready!DSC_9884

Sweater: $3.95
Jacket: $6.50
Necklace: $3.97
Jeans: $6.50
Bag: $4.97
Shoes: $6.97
Total: $32.86

From my closet, to yours…
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.

Athleisure

 

According to Wikipedia: “Athleisure is a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn in other settings, such as during work, casual or social occasions. Athleisure outfits are yoga pants, tights and leggings that “look like athletic wear” and are characterized as “fashionable, dressed up sweats and exercise clothing”. The idea is that gym clothes are supposedly making their way out of the gym and becoming a larger part of people’s everyday wardrobes.”

I couldn’t have said it any better and that basically sums up the athleisure trend. I am not usually one to wear sweats or yoga pants in public (unless I am going to a fitness class or for a run), but I’ve seen a lot of online bloggers and fashionistas embracing this trend.

This very casual look started with the black polyester/spandex Nike jacket.Blog1The zippers on the sleeves and pockets added interesting detail. This coat would work equally well with a dressier outfit since it has a faux-leather vibe. The grey joggers from City Sports were comfortable and practical with their soft fit and convenient pockets. The coral and grey striped lightweight sweatshirt was by Sonoma, a Kohl’s brand.

With an outfit like this, you needed equally casual accessories: a simple silver tassel necklace, Samba Classic sneakers by Adidas and a colorful, roomy backpack (originally from Target).Blog2

With consumers wanting to be comfortable and stylish, I see the trend growing, with many designers already featuring specific athleisure lines in their collections. But, you can easily recreate these looks with pieces you find at Goodwill Keystone Area stores.Blog3

Pants: $3.95
Sweater: $3.95
Necklace: $1.97
Jacket: $3.25 (half off day)
Shoes: $2.25 (Outlet)
Total: $15.37

From my closet, to yours…
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.

Classic Combo

 

Our weather lately has been to say the least, unpredictable. 70s one day; 40s the next. But it is still winter and we do live in Pennsylvania. While I’m ready for warm weather, I still have a few great outfits to share on the Goodwill Keystone Area blog that are more suited to cooler weather.

This is one of my favorite classic combos: a sweater dress, boots and a structured bag. Blog2Some people think dresses are fancy and fussy, but I think they are so simple. It’s one piece, a few accessories and you are out the door – no mixing and matching pants or skirts and a top!

This cotton/rayon black and red patterned sweater dress from Max Studio (a brand run by Leon Max who called his company “Max Studio” because he couldn’t think up another name!) is so comfortable, yet stylish. Blog1The zigzagged-stripes are flattering and I really enjoy that the color combo was easy to accessorize.

The boots were a spectacular find: Kate Spade! Blog3The black, stiletto shape will be timeless and the $9.97 I paid would translate to approximately $400 in the retail world! I loved the gold buckle detail and the soft leather construction. These boots are fashion staples that could stay in my wardrobe forever. Rounding out this look was a multi-strand, gold studded necklace and a spikey gold bracelet. (Bag was my own).

It would be easy to dress this look up with a blazer on top of the dress or conversely, you could make it more casual with a denim jacket and simplified accessories. Having classic pieces that you reach for time and time again, are well worth the space in your closet!

Dress: $3.95
Boots: $9.97
Necklace: $3.97
Bracelet: $.98
Total: $18.87

From my closet, to yours…
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.