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Fall Color Blocking

 

The leaves are almost gone, but the warm, autumnal hues have completely invaded my wardrobe. I’m not rushing the holidays and diving right into red and green or blue and gold. I’m soaking up the burgundys, the mustards and the eggplants. These rich colors are warm and inviting.

Today’s look is a color block dress from Loft. I snagged it for $6.50 at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store. It would have retailed for around $79. I loved the combination of teal, burgundy, mustard and a few neutrals. According to Wikipedia “Color-blocking is thought of as the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations. It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.”

I paired it with a rust-colored suede jacket from Calvin Klein. My cost was $10, but this would have sold for around $159. It’s a perfect layering piece for fall. It would look smart over a t-shirt and jeans on the weekend and just as well over a blouse and trousers for work.

It’s boot weather and I was ready to break out these slouchy brown leather boots from Matisse. I have featured them on the blog years ago, but they are such a classic, I had to bring them back. I love re-using items in new and different ways. My cost was $9.97; retail was $275.

The bag was a great find from the Goodwill Keystone Area Outlet Center on St. Lawrence Avenue in Reading. The merchandise at outlets is typically sold by the pound and I estimate that I paid around $1.00 for this gorgeous oxblood Adrienne Vittadini purse. It was new-with-tags with the original price listed as $295. The necklace was $1.97 and was new-with-tags from Target.

This whole look came together nicely and the color blocking gives the outlet a fun and stylish look. Incorporating styles of art into fashion and finding an outfit that retailed for over $800 for less than $30 at Goodwill is priceless!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $6.50
Jacket: $10
Boots: $9.97
Bag: $1.00
Necklace: $1.97
Total: $29.44
Retail: $825+

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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.

Fall Transitions

 

We’ve finally had some beautiful fall weather, with just a touch of coolness hinting at the chilly forecast to come. I’ve started to think about transitioning my wardrobe (as I always do at the change of seasons) so that I can more wear out of my favorite pieces.

I was thrilled to find this bell-sleeve Ann Taylor shift dress for just $6.50. The navy, cream and harvest yellow stripes were perfect for autumn. The dress originally retailed for $119, so not a bad investment, especially if I can get two seasons worth of wear out it. I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I love patterns, textures and colors and I’m not one to shy away from horizontal stripes. I find it flattering on all shapes and sizes, especially if the article of clothing is well made.

To play off the stripes in the dress, I added these strappy, brown, stacked sandals for warmer weather. I found them in like-new condition at the Reading Goodwill Keystone Area outlet for just $2.25, but their list price was $49.99! The bag has been featured on the blog before, but it was a perfect match with the dress, so I was happy to re-purpose it again. It is from CO-LAB, which is a popular vegan leather brand from Canada.

The necklace was a chunky, gold and stone, multi-layered style from Sugar Fix at Target. It was new-with-tags for $3.97.

For cooler weather, I added classic soft, brown leather riding boots and a cream scarf ($3.00). I purchased the Lucky Brand boots years ago at a local Goodwill and they are a staple in my wardrobe. They just get better with age. I’d probably also add tights and a chunky cardigan as winter sets in. But for right now, I have some options on how to style this versatile dress.

Think about how your fall purchases now can transition into winter. Goodwill Keystone Area stores are stocking up on sweaters and jackets and don’t forget to check out the scarf selection as well!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $6.50
Shoes: $2.25
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $12.72
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.

Canadian Tuxedo

 

There are several fashion items that as a younger person I declared I would never wear. They included cowboy boots, large handbags and rompers. I have worn and embraced all of those things – even all at the same time in the past few years. One thing I was holding out on was mixing jeans and a denim jacket or shirt also known as a Canadian Tuxedo. What brought it all together was a trip to the Reading Goodwill Keystone Area outlet. And spoiler alert: this outfit (minus the shoes and necklace) was around $4.00 and all the pieces are fabulous brand names.

According to an online dictionary, Canadian Tuxedo refers to any outfit consisting of a denim jacket, with denim jeans. Originating in the 1950s, crooner Bing Crosby was nearly rejected from an upscale hotel in Vancouver, BC (Canada) because he had been wearing an all-denim outfit. Levis heard of this and sent him a special-made all denim tuxedo.

I was not sent a custom made outfit, but I did discover this look in one trip to my local Goodwill outlet. What created my look were individual pieces unearthed in the bins. My t-shirt from Cabi has a blue, grey and white batik print and a gathered front to give it some interest and elevate it above a simple tee. Cabi is a popular online only retailer where you receive a personal stylist who helps you choose what’s best for you. I love finding Cabi at Goodwill because I know they are popular and well-crafted. This shirt would have sold for around $79, buy my cost was under $1.00 (clothing prices at the outfit are estimated for this article; clothing is sold by the pound).

The jeans were another great find. I love White House Black Market and these were practically brand new. They were unique because they have a button fly which I don’t see much anymore. Since there are no fitting rooms at the outlets, I took a chance on them and they fit me like a glove! Again, my cost was less than a $1.00, but retailed for $89.

The bag is another perfect designer find! The large black vegan leather tote with metal studs is from Jessica Simpson. It has a fabric lining and several pockets. It is perfect for carrying whatever I need to work and it has been used in heavy rotation on weekend getaways as well. At online stores such as Nordstrom and Dillards, her totes sell for up to $118. My cost: less than $1.00!

The last piece from the outlet trip was a new-with-tags denim jacket with gray sweater knit sleeves and hood. It was a new-to-me brand called Thread & Supply. According to their website they were started in 2012 and “Founded on warm, comfy, outerwear staples, our team continues to release effortless wardrobe essentials. With the softest high quality fabrics, designed to last beyond the season, the Thread & Supply brand is cozy forever.” I can attest that the jacket is very soft and comfortable to wear. Similar denim jackets on their website are selling for over $100, so I saved 99% and snagged it for around $1.00!

The booties I have had forever and are also from Goodwill. You can see them in a past blog or two and the necklace was from a friend’s clothing swap, which is a great way to change up your wardrobe for free.

The four pieces from the outlet cost me around $4.00, but their retail value was almost $400! Overall I saved 99% and experimented with a trend that never seems to go away, but one I avoided from now. Would you wear denim on denim? Let me know!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

T-shirt: $1.00
Jeans: $1.00
Bag: $1.00
Jacket: $1.00
Total: $4.00
Retail: $386+

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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.

Pattern Mixing 101

 

It’s back-to-school time and although I’m not headed back to school, I always see Fall as a time to refresh your wardrobe with new colors, textures and patterns. And one of my favorite things to teach my friends about fashion is about pattern mixing. Here’s a little crash course in Pattern Mixing 101 to get you started.

1. Use the same color palette and shades. Pattern mixing work is successful when you use similar colors. Neutrals pair well with other with neutrals and bold prints with other bold prints.

2. If mixing patterns on your clothing still seems intimidating, start with your accessories. Pair an animal print shoe with a trendy belt or a statement necklace. It doesn’t have to be pattern mixing with fabric – it can be mixing metals or finishes on your accessories.

3. Use scale to help you balance your look. Mix a small print such as a crisp stripe with a bold floral. Small patterns play well with bold patterns, but two bold prints will look overdone.

4. Wear what makes you look and feel good and rock those mixed patterns with confidence!

Today I paired a blue, red and cream paisley print sleeveless dress from Philosophy with a blue leopard print boyfriend blazer from Banana Republic. The blue ties the two pieces together and creates visual appeal. The dress retailed for about $118 and my cost was $5.50; the blazer sold for $178 and I snapped it up for $9.25 at my local Goodwill.

Neutral brown and red suede platform pumps from Colin Stuart (retail $88 – my cost $6.97), a red leather bag with gold zipper accents from Kelsi Dagger (retail $395 – my cost $6.97) and a gold necklace ($1.97) completed the look and closed the book on this class on pattern mixing. When you’re shopping at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store pair up a few patterns and give it a try!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $5.50
Blazer: $9.25
Shoes: $6.97
Bag: $6.97
Necklace: $1.97
Total: $30.66
Retail: $910+
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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.

Thrift-tee!

 

I love a sport that has its own fashion rules, and a golf course may not be a runway, but there are plenty of fun outfits to sport while you are on the greens. Summer and fall are the perfect seasons for golf outings and many businesses and charities host events around this time.

A few of the fashion rules for golf include:

  • Always wear a collared shirt.
  • Pair your shirt with dress pants or a cute golf skirt.
  • Wear comfortable sneakers as an alternative to golf shoes.
  • Do not wear denim.
  • Use a hat or visor to shield your eyes.
  • Wear fun socks such as ones with an argyle pattern.

While these rules may seem old fashioned, there are plenty of modern styles to help you stand out in your foursome. Many sporting good clothing companies focus solely on golf wear. If you get invited to play, stop by your local Goodwill and pick up an appropriate outfit such as the one I’m sporting. The pieces might be found in the workout wear, shorts or skirts sections. Collared shirts, such as polos, will be found with the blouses or tops.

This brightly printed knit skort features a few hidden pockets to tuck away a lip balm. It was extremely comfortable and would be as appropriate for running errands, as it would be on the course. The price at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store was $4.50, but golf skirts retail for as much as $70 – $80.

I paired it with a simple black button-up sleeveless blouse. I can wear this with almost any outfit, but it fit the requirement for having a collar, so it was golf-approved. It was $3.95.

The Adidas visor was a fun find for $1.97. And I wore Coach black sneakers, which would have sold for about $110 when new but were $9.97 at Goodwill. They are a great casual sneaker to wear anytime, not just on the course.

I’ve also seen golf club sets at my local Goodwill Keystone Area stores, so getting into the game does not have to cost a fortune. And going to a driving range is a great way to work out some of your stress. Pick up a new hobby with help from Goodwill and you’ll look great while chasing your ball into the water hazard or the sand trap!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Skirt: $4.50
Blouse: $3.95
Visor: $1.97
Sneakers: $9.97
Total: $20.39
Retail: $230+

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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.

Summer to Fall Florals

 

It’s hard to believe it is August already! The summer has flown by and back-to-school and fall will be here in no time! It’s time to find pieces that will transition from one season to another.

While we’re still have plenty of hot days here in the Goodwill Keystone Area, cooler days will be here soon. I’m starting to look for pieces that will be useful into fall. This outfit started with these fun, floral pants from Forever 21. I found them “new with tags” for $5.50. Retail price was $20. I don’t usually indulge with fast fashion pieces from mall stores, but these were unique and flattering. For winter an olive or navy sweater would also make a great addition.

For summer I paired them with an olive green tank from Loft for $3.95. It’s a great layering piece and will work under jackets or sweaters come autumn.

Instead of a standard jean jacket, I added a well-cut denim blazer from Talbots. It makes the outfit work appropriate and will work well over dresses or other blouses and trousers. I snagged this at Goodwill for $5.95, but blazers such as this sell on Talbots.com for up to $189. This one is a mix of cotton and spandex which will help it keep its shape through out the day.

For accessories, I found a “new without tags” pair of denim peep toe sling backs from Franco Sarto. They matched the blazer perfectly and were soft and comfortable. They were $7.47 at my local Goodwill, but sold for $149 when new! What a steal!

Lastly a navy leather clutch from Nordstrom ($4.97) and an Asian-inspired pendant necklace (also $4.97) completed the look.

All of these pieces will move your wardrobe into cooler weather. Start thinking about how your current purchases will transition into fall and winter. And don’t forget to start back-to-school shopping – school will start before you know it!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Pants: $5.50
Tank: $3.95
Blazer: $5.95
Heels: $7.47
Clutch: $4.97
Necklace: $4.97
Total: $32.81
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.

Summertime Blues

 

Sometimes you need to make your own shade in the bright glare of the summer sun. I’m careful with my sun exposure, so lightweight, long sleeve cotton tunics are a great option to keep covered up.

This gauzy, patterned blouse from Talbots was perfect to keep cool up while enjoying warm summer days. The print reminds me of a trip to Greece and the 100% cotton fabric is soft and comfortable. It’s also washer safe, which saves on my dry cleaning bills. Who am I kidding? I don’t typically buy anything that needs dry cleaning! I snagged this blue beauty on one of the recent 50% off days at my local Goodwill Keystone Area, so it was under $2.50. When new, it would have sold for around $89!

I paired it with crisp, white cotton/spandex shorts from Ann Taylor. The cotton keeps you comfortable, while the addition of the spandex gives a bit of stretch and helps the shorts keep their shape. They were $4.50 but sell for $49 online. Quality white shorts, jeans or a blouse are always a great buy because they are classic and timeless.

In the spirit of reduce, reuse and recycle I added a Van’s tote which I featured a few weeks ago on the blog. The colors matched perfectly and it gave me a new way to style the bag. It retailed for $80; my Goodwill price was $6.97. I also reused the metallic sandals from a spring shoot. In that post I noted that the neutral metallic color elongates the leg and suggested I wear them with a tunic top and now I am!

In the summer you might have to be a little more covered up – to protect you from the sun or the icy cold air conditioning of your office – and wearing lightweight fabrics helps keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day. And they will also transition well into fall which is right around the corner!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Blouse: $2.50
Shorts: $4.50
Sandals: $6.97
Bag: $6.97
Total: $20.94
Retail: $275+

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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.

Thrifter in Paradise

 

This is the last of my shot-on-location posts from the sunny Florida Keys, where my family and I spent a fun-filled week on vacation earlier this month.

When I pack for a getaway, especially to somewhere tropical, I pack all the festive colors, textures and patterns I can. And I’ve been saving this maxi dress for just this occasion! Maxi dresses immediately remind me of summer and you can dress them up or down, for almost any occasion. This one from the Live and Let Live brand has a beautiful floral paisley print and is accented with metallic studs around the neckline. These dresses sell for around $50, but I saved almost 90% and picked it up for $5.50 at Goodwill.

It can be hard to find maxi dresses for my petite height, but with the silver bejeweled wedge sandals from New York Transit, it was just perfect. New York Transit is known for the strappy, metallic sandals that sell at a variety of retailers from Boscov’s to Macy’s to DSW. Their price points range from about $25 – $75. This pair was purchased fro $6.97 at my local Goodwill Keystone Area store.

For accessories, I added a classic black and ivory print leather wristlet from Coach. This is one of my go-to bags when I need something stylish and functional to finish off an outfit. Bags of this size from Coach are typically around $99, but my cost at Goodwill was $6.97.

Lastly, a new-with-tags necklace from definitely made a statement, but did not overwhelm the intricately patterned dress. And $3.97 was a great price.

Although I didn’t get to go thrifting on my vacation, almost 90% of what I wore was from Goodwill Keystone Area. Being thrifty with my wardrobe and housewares lets me spend my money on things that are more important to me including spending quality time with my family.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $5.50
Sandals: $6.97
Wristlet: $6.97
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $23.41
Retail: $230

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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.

Working it Out

 

You may think that being a fashion blogger for Goodwill Keystone Area is my full-time job (and wouldn’t that be cool!), but I have a brand new full-time career opportunity where my organization motivates girls to get active through a positive and educational program.

So, I decided that I need to be more active and positive, so the first step (of course) was getting a few new work out outfits that flatter my figure. Squeezing into clothing that doesn’t fit properly on your current body doesn’t make anyone feel good.

I turned to my local Goodwill store to help me achieve that goal. While some people may prefer simple, all black activewear outfits, I always turn to colors and patterns for my wardrobe – no matter what I’m doing and wearing. I started with these vibrant and fun full-length leggings from Ideology.This brand is sold at various retailers from Macy’s to Amazon. A description from their website says that “A gym essential, Ideology’s versatile stretch leggings keep you moving through your toughest workouts!” And I sure hope so! They retailed for around $29.99, but Goodwill’s price was $6.50!

After finding the leggings, I needed a coordinating top and this turquoise Under Armor Heat Gear tank was exactly what I wanted! Under Armor is a popular brand and a great find for $4.50. They sell for around $25 when new.

I like my new work out outfit and I love that I can find a wide variety of clothing from wear-to-work outfits to work out clothing at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. Check your local store for whatever your wardrobe needs might be!

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.

Swim Style

 

The calendar may say July, but department stores are starting to advertise back-to-school and fall looks while summer outfits are still the everyday norm. Do you know who still has racks of bathing suits, cover-ups and shorts and tees? Goodwill Keystone Area, that’s who!

On a recent vacation to the Florida Keys, I sported a completely thrifted poolside outfit from my local Goodwill. The patterned bathing suit from Figleaves was purchased new-with-tags for $4.00 at one of the recent 50% off sales at my local Goodwill store. Their brand of suits retail for approximately $70 online. The trendy polka dots and ruching add fun and detail to a simple tank suit.

I paired it with a flowing blue and white striped cover-up that was accented with pink embellishments. It has a tie closure and perfect for throwing on top of a swimsuit or over a tank top and skinny jeans with sandals for a summer night out.

To carry around my books, sunscreen and other necessities, a roomy and colorful Lauren Ralph Lauren leather tote was the perfect accessory. I scored this bag for $6.97, but it sold new for about $228! Not a bad deal – I saved 97% off retail!

There’s still plenty of summer fun to be had! Visit your local Goodwill Keystone Area store to pick up some summer necessities for your summer trip to the beach, lake or local pool.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Swimsuit: $4.00 (half off day- originally $8.00)
Cover up: $6.50
Bag: $6.97
Total: $17.47
Retail: $325+

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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.