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Orange you glad it’s fall?

 

Fall is almost here, and I’m loving the new styles in the October fashion magazines that show up in my mailbox. InStyle featured a photo of boots in rich jewel tones and it reminded me I had my own hand-crafted orange boots.NBlog

This was a DIY project from 2 years ago, but the boots are still on-trend for 2017. I picked up this pair of beige suede Cesare Paciotti (a high-end Italian brand) boots at a Reading area Goodwill for just a few dollars. NBlog4They retail for approximately $600, but this pair was scuffed and a bit dirty. I knew they were of such a high quality that I wanted to try and revive them.

Instead of typical brown or black, I ordered a rich orange leather dye and got to work. It was an easy process and the finished project was gorgeous! NBlog3
NBlog2I have a unique pair of stylish boots that no one else has. I’ll be featuring some other DIY projects on an upcoming blog post.NBlog6

For the impending Fall equinox I paired them with this graphic Loft shift dress. NBlog5The blue and lime green coordinate nicely with the rich pumpkin color. The ¾ sleeves are perfect for these in-between days when it isn’t really hot or cold yet.

For accessories, I went high end with the purse. NBlog7This adorable gold Cole Haan baguette bag would have retailed for around $300. I picked it up for just $6.97 at the Robesonia Goodwill. I added in a gold and orange necklace and bracelet to complete the look.

Recreating the looks you find in magazines is easy with a little creativity and some items from your local Goodwill Keystone Area store.

Dress: $5.50
Necklace: $6.97
Bracelet: $1.97
Purse: $6.97
Boots: $20 (includes cost of boots and dye)

Total: $41.41

Retail estimate: $1,000

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Bridging the Seasons

 

It’s September, so it can be warm, cool, dry or humid or any combination thereof. I like to be prepared for climatic changes, so dressing in layers and accessorizing with scarves (and carrying an umbrella!) is a must for this area. Scarves add the ability to easily change the look of any outfit as well as add some warmth on a chilly night.

This outfit started with a simple black and ivory color scheme, but it needed a pop of color. BLOG10The cold shoulder, split sleeve trend, which began to become really popular last fall, shows no sign of stopping. I have seen that look in all the fashion magazines this fall. This blouse, by NY&Co, is very versatile. I could wear it to work with the black pants pictured here (from Loft) or I could style it with some distressed skinny jeans, a bold statement necklace and peep toe booties for an edgier vibe.

The pop of color from the multi-colored black, ivory, pink and orange scarf was exactly what this outfit needed. BLOG15The fringed gold and orange jewelry was found new with tags from Target.BLOG12 Tassels and fringe are another trend that has been hanging around for a while now. They add a festive feel to almost any outfit!

I wanted the rest of my accessories to be monochromatic. The ivory vegan leather purse (the brand is McDonald, but I couldn’t find much about it online) has rich detailing and gold accents that give it a designer look. BLOG14The black zip wallet from Michael Kors was a classic find at the Trappe store for just $4.97!BLOG13

The gold embellished black flats by BCBG Generation are not only adorable, but they are extremely comfortable. BLOG11Keeping a pair of flats in my bag is perfect for swapping out my heels when my feet start to hurt.

I’m ready for boots and sweaters, but September can be a fickle month, so staying prepared for warm or cool days is easy when you have the right accessories. Pick up a few colorful scarves next time you visit your local Goodwill Keystone Area store!

Pants: $4.25
Blouse: $3.95
Purse: $9.97
Wallet: $4.97
Shoes: $6.97
Earrings: $3.99
Bracelet: $4.99
Scarf: $2.00
Total: $41.09

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Fall Florals

 

Autumn is not necessarily a season when you think of floral patterns for your wardrobe. Plaids, suede, dark denim; Yes. Florals; No. But lately I’ve been seeing lots of clothing and accessories advertisements featuring dark, earthy florals especially with a boho vibe. And I wanted to visit this trend on the blog.

I wasn’t sure how this loose bohemian floral and paisley dress from Xhiliration (A Target brand) would fit, but I found it very flattering. Blog9The dress skims nicely over my curves without being too loose. There are subtle pin tucks around the collared neckline and the sleeves are gathered at the wrists. The background color is a dark gray green and the paisley and floral design in shades of pink accent it nicely. While probably only being about $30 new, this dress has the feel of something much more expensive, such as from Anthropologie.

When I was in line at the counter to pay for this dress at the Ephrata store, the necklace caught my eye! Blog7The rhinestones were the same unique gray green color. $3? Sold! Add it to the bag! To keep the rest of the outfit simple, I paired it with a cream leather Coach tote bag that I had picked up for only $10 at the most recent 50% off day.Blog6 If you’re not a Goodwill Rewards member, this is one of the best perks! Find out how to sign up here!

Lastly, it’s almost Fall and that means boot weather! I’ve been dying to bring out these camel colored, folded cuff Nine West beauties. Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 2.00.04 PMNew they sold for $129, so $7.97 is a great deal. The have a low stacked heel and will look great from everything from this dress to jeans. They are the perfect neutral shade and moderate height. They will definitely be in rotation this fall!

I enjoy taking inspiration from the high-end fashion magazines and adapting it to a more affordable, accessible-to-all level.Blog8

Purse: $10.00 (purchase at last 50% off day)
Dress: $5.99
Necklace: $3.00
Boots: $7.97
Total: $26.96

Retail estimate: $389.00

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Summer’s Last Hurrah!

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

This weekend we are celebrating the last hurrah of summer. Most kids are back to school and vacations are over. The weather is turning cooler and pumpkin spice is turning up EVERYWHERE! And, from September 1 – 4, Goodwill Keystone Area stores will be celebrating with a Sidewalk Sale with clothing as low as 99¢!

I’m transitioning into my fall wardrobe, but wanted to show off these white Adriano Goldschmied skinny jeans. Blog4I found them new with tags (retail $178!) for just $15 at the Robesonia store. I know many fashion rules say you can’t wear white after Labor Day, so I’m getting these designer beauties in just under the wire.

I paired them with a coral tank and this colorful patterned swing cardigan from New York & Co. Blog1It’s lightweight enough for late summer weather, but also perfect for cool fall days. The navy, coral and white colors are fresh and bright. It’ll pair perfectly with dark skinny jeans or navy trousers later this season.

Silver is a big fall fashion trend this year, so I have featured these chunky distressed silver clogs from Off The Beaten Track. Blog3According to their website “OTBT is a global fashion footwear brand of casual shoes for women, designed with the traveler in mind. Inspired by music and culture, this unique brand features high quality materials, earth-inspired leathers, and great attention to details. OTBT is not just a brand; it’s a lifestyle. Go OFF THE BEATEN TRACK.” These shoes would have retailed for around $150, so $6.97 was a great deal.

For accessories, I layered silver necklaces (the short one is from Goodwill) and bracelets. A large, silver snakeskin print leather hobo bag from B. Makowsky is the final touch for this summer to fall look.Blog5 B. Makowsky bags retail for several hundred dollars, so I often pick this brand up when I find them at Goodwill, especially when they are priced at $6.97!

This weekend, don’t forget to pick up clothing for as low as 99¢ at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store. Stock up on some summer staples for next year or choose a few items to spice up your fall closet!Blog2

Jeans: $15
Tank: $3.99
Sweater: $4.75
Purse: $6.97
Shoes: $6.97
Short necklace: $1.97

Total: $39.65

Retail estimate: $573

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Thrifty Fashionista Visits Broadway!

 

Last week the Thrifty Fashionista headed for the Big Apple and a broadway show, which was of course, about shoes!

IMG_0249As any good fashion blogger would do, I planned an outfit for the trip and my friends indulged me by helping me stage and take the photos so they wouldn’t be all selfies. Visiting such a cosmopolitan city gave me the chance to observe fashionistas in their natural habitat. It’s always good to have a change of scenery and explore somewhere different for some new ideas for my blog and Goodwill.

Being NYC in August, I needed something that was lightweight and comfortable for traversing the city streets. I did wear flats for the trip and changed into the stunning pink and orange Nine West stiletto sandals only for the photos. IMG_0252I didn’t want a sprained ankle as a souvenir. I paired them with a sheer, flowing blouse from Express and a burgundy tank top from Loft. IMG_0251I loved the bright red and pink colors in the top and how they coordinated well with the shoes. For more pop I added a purple and gold chain necklace from Target. The jeans were classic ankle-length skinny jeans from Gap. Gap has remained a solid choice for jeans for many years. They have so many varieties and I’m always happy to find them at my local Goodwill.IMG_0253

If you love thrifting at Goodwill as much as I do, you’ll love these two upcoming Goodwill Keystone Area events!

· On Thursday, August 17th, Goodwill is celebrating National Thrift Day with $5 off a $30 purchase! Hit up your local Goodwill and enjoy the savings! I’ll be out shopping! If you see me, stop and say hi and show me what you have found!

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· And, on Saturday, September 9th, I’ll be hosting “Take a Thrift Trip”! Get your tickets now and get on the bus with me and all my thrifty fashionista friends as we visit Berwyn, Phoenixville and Trappe! Sit back and let us do the driving as you enjoy goodie bags, raffle prizes and coupons! I’ll be offering my best thrift tips AND helping you shop as we spend the day visiting three stores. Click here to get your tickets today! Bus-Trip_880x400

Whether you are shopping for National Thrift Day OR you get on the Thrift Bus with me, know that when you shop at Goodwill Keystone Area stores, you aren’t just finding stylish treasures at great prices, you are supporting people in your local community on their pathway to a new job or career. That’s something worth shopping for!

Blouse: $3.95
Tank: $3.95
Necklace: $6.97
Shoes: $6.97
Jeans: $6.50
Total: $28.34

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Summer Stripes

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

Summer is in full swing! Local Goodwill Keystone Area stores are still filled with summer staples such as tank tops, shorts and maxi dresses. Meanwhile, I’ve seen Halloween candy at the grocery store.

I picked up this jersey knit Boden dress on a whim for $5.50 (Retail about $100) and hoped it would fit (sometimes I try things on; sometimes I don’t). Blog1I’ve recently found a few pieces from this brand and am a new fan. The blue and white stripes were crisp and clean. The drawstring waist was figure flattering and being petite, this length was perfect on me.

Maxi dresses are like wearing your favorite t-shirt – soft, comfy and cozy. I wore this dress all day on a Saturday – from some quick errands, to a casual country wedding to a dinner out with my family. I changed up my accessories, but the dress held its shape and was perfect for a warm summer day.

I added my own rose gold jewelry to compliment the cool blue in the dress. Blog2To complete the look I added a large, burgundy B. Makowsky hobo style bag.Blog3 The gold hardware and quilted detailing on the bag were a nice touch. This brand of bag sells for several hundred dollars, so the $6.97 was a great investment.

The bejeweled metallic flats from CL by Chinese Laundry were purchased for $3.48 at the last 50% off day. Blog4These flats would retail for around $49.99. They added a last touch of bling and were super-comfortable to spend the day in.

For under $20, I had an outfit that would have retailed for about $350.00 and it lasted throughout multiple events and kept me looking chic all day.Blog5 Big box stores may be starting to put out their fall merchandise, but you can still stock up on your summer necessities while the weather is still warm at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store.

Dress: $5.50
Bag: $6.97
Shoes: $3.48
Total: $15.95

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Goodwill Date Night Challenge

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

Typically, I usually blog about the chic and stylish finds I purchase at local Goodwill Keystone Area stores, but there is also another side to Goodwill – the fun and funky side where people go to get Halloween outfits and ugly Christmas sweaters.

A few weeks ago a couple’s social media post about “Goodwill Date Night” went viral. The couple allowed themselves $10 each to shop for the other person at Goodwill and then they had to wear the chosen outfit (no matter how outlandish!) in public. They also picked fake names and personas to go along with the crazy, creative outfits.

My friends starting sharing this idea with me, so I had to find some willing participants and try it and I knew just who to ask – my friend, and fellow thrifter, Richard and his girlfriend, Cindy. They were immediately onboard and we set a date for the big Goodwill Date!Blog1

We met at the Shillington Goodwill store, set a budget of about $15 each they were off! I was there to mostly observe and photograph the big event. I may have intervened a bit, but each outfit was a uniquely, original creation. At one point Rich didn’t want to leave the dressing room, but we got him out and the rest is history!

For Rich, Cindy really wanted suspenders and she found a festive Christmas pair (which were featured as part of the Christmas in July sale). She also chose a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle t-shirt. But, the pièce de résistance was the wild chef pants. They were completely covered in more types of colorful vegetables than we could count!Blog4

Rich picked out a totally gnarly 80s look for Cindy. Blog5From the neon, leopard print maxi skirt to the bejeweled, cut-out tank top to the glam gold bag… Cindy looked like she stepped out of an 80s music video. Except for the shoes… they were Croc-wannabes with their completely underwhelming plastic design and pale lavender color.Blog2

So, the Chef and the 80s babe went out to a bar. Blog6Just walking in, we noticed some passersby looking in disbelief. Rich was a little self-conscious of the crazy chef pants, but our waitress commented on his clothing choices before we let her in on the joke. There were a lot of laughs and fun throughout the whole evening.Blog3

While I usually go for the designer pieces and fashionable accessories, playing along with a Goodwill Date Night Challenge (or why not grab your friends too?) is an inexpensive way to have a unique night out. If you try it, don’t forget to tag your Goodwill Date Night with #goodwilldatenight!

I think Cindy and Rich will look back on this and remember the laughs, but it will be hard to forget those chef pants!

To see the original post, click here. Please note, this is a fun challenge for friends and is not a legitimate contest of any kind.

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

It’s Time to Shop Back to School with a Little Help from Goodwill!

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

Are you starting to shop for Back to School supplies? Did you know that Goodwill Keystone Area stores are having a Back to School sale August 7-11 for 15% off with student ID k-12 and college? ID or report card are acceptable and parents can bring the ID to shop and get the discount for their children. Complete details here!

But why wait, there are great deals to be had everyday at Goodwill! To find a store near you, click here.

My model Reghan, who I’ve already mentioned is a huge Goodwill fan, is back with a more casual outfit this time. We shopped for both of her outfits at the Robesonia store.

Her second look is what seems to be a wardrobe staple for kids these days: t-shirts, skinny jeans and ankle boots. She quickly found this outfit while shopping and it turned out to be a winner.Blog4

The dark wash skinny jeans were brand new from Mossimo (a Target brand) for just $6.50. They will transition with her through the school year as she can layer on a sweatshirt or sweater as the weather turns colder.

Both of her tops (she layered the pink tank under the printed t-shirt) were on sale this week. At 25% off they came to just $2.96 each!Blog1 The tank was new with tags from Mossimo and the printed navy t-shirt was from Nollie. The description from their website states: “Look your best every day of the week in clothing by Nollie! Created in 2000, Nollie is known for their comfortable laidback tees, tanks and fashion-forward essentials. Plus, every piece from the collection is made from high-quality materials.”

Reghan’s faux suede gray booties are from American Eagle Outfitters. Blog3Flat boots are practical for school and fun for hanging out with her family and friends on the weekend.

Start making your lists now and save some cash on Back to School clothing and accessories at the Goodwill Keystone Area sale from August 7-11!Blog2

Jeans: $6.50
Tank top: $2.96
T-shirt: $2.96
Shoes: $6.97
Backpack: $12.50
Total: $31.89

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Back to School Sale!

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

It may still be summer, but many parents (and some kids!) have started thinking about “Back to School”. Pencils, notebooks, back packs and of course, new outfits, are necessities for any school-age youth! Shopping for all of these items can add up quickly, so getting a discount on them will help stretch your budget. Goodwill is here to help you out!

Goodwill Keystone Area stores are having a Back to School sale August 7-11 for 15% off with student ID k-12 and college. Back2SchoolSaleAug7-11-FBID or report card are acceptable and parents can bring the ID to shop and get the discount for their children. For complete details, click here.

My model Reghan is already a huge Goodwill fan (along with her mom), so I didn’t have to do much convincing to take her shopping for some back to school looks for the blog.

Her first of two looks for my Back to School series is this adorable black and white Charlotte Russe dress.Blog6 It has pockets and the bold stripes make it a fun look for someone her age.

We dressed it up with a patterned black and white infinity scarf. I’m a fan of mixing and matching prints, so we also added in colorful printed flats from Cherish Elegance. Blog8 She’ll be able to run from class to class in style with these comfortable, yet trendy shoes.

Lastly, the most important part – her back pack! Reghan’s mom picked this beautiful Vera Bradley backpack up at the Robesonia store on 50% off day for just $12.50!Blog9

Back to School doesn’t have to cost a fortune when you shop at Goodwill Keystone Area! The stores are filled with lots of youth clothing and accessories including backpacks and assorted school supplies. Be sure and check your neighborhood store for some smart deals to send your kids back to school in style! And save the date for our Back to School sale starting August 7th!Blog7

Dress: $5.50
Scarf: $1.00
Shoes: $6.97
Backpack: $12.50
Total: $25.97

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Short on Cash, But Not on Style

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

OK, there’s a double meaning in that title. I’m modeling shorts and I’m going to tell you that if you are short on cash, there is no need to be short on style with Goodwill. A subtle attempt at fashion blog humor…

I’m just going to come out and say it: this outfit cost about $6!Blog5 The whole outfit including the shoes and bag! How, you ask? By spending some time and searching the bins at the Goodwill outlet centers. Clothing and wares are typically sold by the pound and shoes are a flat $2.75. I’ve said it before that it takes more effort to find fashion gold at the outlets, but it is possible! NOTE: learn about Goodwill’s Outlet Centers and find locations, click here.

This beautifully patterned linen top was the foundation for the outfit. It is well made with nice sleeve detailing and graphite buttons. Unfortunately the tag was removed, but I am guessing it might be Talbots. The colors are perfect for a summer outing. This fall I can wear this top with black trousers for work or jeans for a weekend look.Blog1

I paired it with cute embroidered shorts from New York & Co. Black shorts are a nice change from the typical denim, white or khaki you may have been sporting all summer.

The lattice cut turquoise wedge sandals from Bamboo would have originally cost about $35, but shoes at the outlet are just $2.75! Blog3These are such a beautiful summer color! I’m thinking of pairing them with jeans and maybe a coral or black top and a turquoise necklace.

The simple black Tignanello handbag is crafted of butter-soft leather with brown contrast stitching.Blog4 I love finding this brand of bags because they are always high quality and often over-looked so they are plentiful at the Goodwill stores. This one would have retailed for over $100! The necklace was my own and a previous purchase from Goodwill.Blog2

I paid about $6.00 for this look that would have cost me approximately $275 if I bought it at the mall! If you have the time to sort through the bins, you can definitely walk away with some Goodwill gold!

Top: $0.50
Shorts: $0.50
Shoes: $2.75
Bag: $2.25
Total: $6.00

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 Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.