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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.

Spring Fever

 

We’ve been pampered with some very un-winter like temperatures lately and my family and I decided to take advantage of the balmy weather and head to the Chesapeake Bay area last weekend. Of course, I planned a spring-inspired blog outfit to spend the day near the water.

I’ve been receiving my fashion magazines and as usual, florals and denim are perpetually popular. I don’t usually wear yellow, but this butter-colored delicate floral print blouse by Apostrophe (A Sears brand) grabbed my attention in the store.Blgo3SpriI was tired of looking at sweaters, so the yellow, white and brown pattern caught my eye. I could pair this blouse with white jeans and sandals later in the season.

Today I paired it with cropped boot-cut jeans by J. Crew. Blog1Jeans from this brand can range to over $100 so at $6.50 they were a great bargain. They have a higher waist, which seems to be more popular in the last few seasons vs. the extremely low cut waist of the late 90s and early 2000s. I’m petite so usually cropped jeans don’t look as short on me, but these fell perfectly with the top of the brown, heeled boots from Mossimo.Blog2 I like their sturdy lug sole and they were good for walking around town. The double zipper detail was a nice touch as well. They are neutral enough that they will work with a variety of outfits this coming year.

Accessorizing the look was a silver double rhinestone strand necklace from Chico’s and a small rattan and leather clutch from Coach. I’d estimate this necklace at about $30-$40 for full retail at Chico’s. And everyone knows anything from Coach is not inexpensive, so at $4.97 was a real steal! The whole look was casual and fun and perfect for a day away.Blog4

Goodwill Keystone Area stores are starting to stock spring merchandise, so be sure and pick up some floaty floral blouses, bright colors and sandals. Spring will be here before you know it!

Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Bag: $4.97
Boots: $4.99 (Half off day)
Necklace: $3.50
Total: $23.91

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.

And the Oscar goes to…

 

OK, I wasn’t invited to the Oscars, but if I was, you know I would get my award-show outfit at Goodwill! Shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores means you can always be voted best-dressed and thriftiest fashionista.

Occasionally in your life, you need a formal dress and spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on a dress you might only wear once is not economical, unless you are an A-list actress.

I found this new-with-tags White House Black Market black satin cocktail dress earlier this winter.image007 I didn’t have any dressy events coming up, but at only $7.50 for the set (it came with a matching ¾ sleeved bolero jacket), I couldn’t pass it up.

The original price was almost $200 for the set. The dress is well-made and the ruching in the front is figure-flattering as is the knee length. I added some bling with black velvet stilettos, which feature rhinestone bows. These Charlotte Russe shoes also were new-with-tags (retail price was $34.99), but I paid just $6.97. image010The sequined and beaded bag from Loft added the right amount of sparkle for $4.97. image011(Necklace was my own; “Oscar” was my daughter’s cheerleading award).

image009While you may think of Goodwill for your everyday basics such as jeans or business attire, they have a great assortment of formal and semi-formal wear (think Proms or weddings!)

Dress set: $7.50
Shoes: $6.97
Bag: $4.97
Total: $19.44

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.

Three Piece ReDesign

 

Materials and tools needed:

  • Three tops with cool elements and a long jacket zipper, one that separates at the bottom
  • Sewing kit
  • Sharp scissors
  • Lots of Pins

Finding the Three Tops at Goodwill:
Blog1I thought these pieces had such a great color blend when put together. First, I found the sweater and then, I walked around the store with the sweater in hand looking for anything item that would complement it. Spare no department in your quest, men’s, kids, even furniture (think fabric) are all fair game. I came across the plain men’s sweatshirt. The camo hoodie was last. The hoodie and sweater don’t really look good together, but the sweatshirt brings them together. They definitely needed to be combined. I also had a long jacket zipper that I had saved from a previous redo. But how to combine them???.

Here’s a Tip:
I look for details in the clothing pieces that really catch my eye. For example, I love the neckline on the sweater. And of course, who doesn’t like a touch of camo, especially a hoodie.

Establish a Foundation:
I never like all the extra fabric under the arms that always comes with an oversized sweatshirt, so the first thing I did was I turned it inside out and pinned some of the bulk out. Blog9
Then I sewed it up, and I made sure to really tapered the new seam to the old side seam, so that it doesn’t fall off the edge abruptly and leave a weird gather.

If you are trying this, I suggest that you try it on and redo if needed. Cut out the excess fabric and turn it back to the right side.

Now, we have a main foundation piece.

Adding On:
First, I went to the sweater and cut off the neckline collar just below the seam that attaches it to the body.

Blog2It didn’t fray too much and it made a really cute ruffle which I didn’t expect…happy accident! Then, I put it in place on the foundation sweatshirt. No pins yet. The little pockets from the sweater where great, so I cut them out leaving about an inch of sweater body all around. Then on the body, they went without pins. The hoodie was next. I don’t like sweatshirt wrist bands. They are always so long and clunky. So I cut them off the foundation piece. The wrist bands on the camo hoodie where much softer. I cut them off with about 3 inches of sleeve. Placing them on the foundation body they looked good. I took off the hoodie and just placed it on the neckline area. I wasn’t sure if I liked it. It conflicted with the sweater neckline (I decided on that later). Then I took off the waist band of the foundation body. I don’t like them either they always scrunch up in the wrong places. I cut off some strips of camo and will use that instead, Blog10Not bad! The ruffled strip you see in the picture is the foundation sweatshirt waist band. I like to use them as a kind of scarf or tie around the neck. With the zipper in place, I stand back and fuss with the whole thing. Sometimes I have to walk away for a day or so I have fresh eyes when I return. After all that cutting and planning, it is hard to see anything!

Eventually, I decided the hoodie and neck tie have to go. I am happy with everything else. Now all I have to do is put it together. I started with the zipper. It is important to get it centered correctly. It looks like a mistake if it is off a bit. If you want to make it off than make sure it is really off, then it looks like a design element. I used the side seams to get a center and used a tape measure and some chalk or marker to get a center line. Next, I placed the zipper on the line and pin it down. It is Ok if it is a little too long or short. If you are trying it, do not cut the zipper opening yet. Once you get the zipper pinned in place and it looks good, go ahead and pin everything else down. Use lots and lots of pins. They will truly help you keep the material from shifting.

Almost There:
Looks Great! Almost there. Blog11This is the relaxing part. Get your needle and thread or sewing machine and go to work. Don’t worry about being perfect just jump in. I started with the zipper. Once it was secure, I cut it open. It makes it much easier to sew the rest once you can open it up. Continue On! I just kind of wander around at this point.

All Done:
Once everything is secure you can trim some of the excess material off if needed. I like to give it a good steam press. I use a kitchen towel over it if I’m not sure what kind of material it is. I have melted a project before and it isn’t pretty. All Done! Wear and enjoy.
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Some Tips for sewing stretchy material like a sweater:
If sewing on a machine and working with a sweater, the feed dogs* will grab the sweater and pull it forward which will create a wavy appearance in the sweater seam. That might be a good look but if that is not what you are going for, put a piece of newspaper or parchment paper under the sweater and sew with that. The paper is slippery so the feed dogs will not grab and pull at the sweater.
After sewing the paper will just rip off .Blog7

*Feed dogs on a sewing machine are the little teeth like things that travel up and down in a rotating manner just under the sewing area.Blog12

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.

Casual Luxuries

 

Spending over a $1,100 on a casual outfit seems a bit ridiculous to a thrifty fashionista, especially when it comes to a simple outfit such as a sweater, jeans, boots and a bag. If you’re shopping at the mall, it would be quite easy to drop that much cash for one higher-end look. But, not at Goodwill!

I have started to pay attention to labels when shopping and finding high-end brands has become a new goal of mine. For this blog post, I think the numbers speak for themselves:

Eddie Bauer goose down jacket: $200
Retail: $200
Goodwill: $9.50Blog

Tommy Bahama sweater (found NWT):
Retail: $138.00
Goodwill: $35.00Blog2

Marc by Marc Jacobs boots
Retail: $250.00
Goodwill: $6.97Blog4

Cole Haan bag:
Retail: $350.00
Goodwill: $9.97Blog1

Rag & Bone jeans:
Retail: $215.00
Goodwill: $6.50Blog3

Retail Total: $1,153
Goodwill Total: $67.94

I paid less than 6% of the retail value! Shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores lets you dress comfortably and casually, even if the labels are anything but basic. The fabrics and finishes on premium denim and leather brands such as Cole Haan and Marc Jacobs make it worth the effort to locate higher-end brands on the racks at your local Goodwill store. But, it is worth the investment in your time to upgrade your closet.

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.