Goodwill Goes to Preschool

Ms. Jaime.  Teacher extraordinairre.

(It’s my blog- I can say whatever I want:)

Dress:  I can’t remember how much:)  It was about 6 months ago that I found this one, so its foggy.  But I dont think it was more than 4.99.  It is the brand xhilaration from Target.  And I remember seeing it at the store for around 19.99.  That’s a discount of 75% my friends.

And now you know, THIS is what teachers do during naptime- take pictures.

And write notes saying how lovely the little kiddlings were….slash ‘rowdy’.  That is a new word Ms. Helen and I came up with to describe when the children are hitting and pushing and not being the lovely little beings they should be.  We thought ‘aggressive’ was a little too negative, so we just say rowdy.

“So and so was very rowdy today, Ms. Smith.”  Read: So and so can’t seem to stop pushing his friends and we get really frustrated with him!!:)  Just kidding… we are always just hugs and kisses all the time!!!! 😉  K, maybe that’s a little white lie.

I love this dress though.  You can’t see it, but its got a high waist, and then kind of A lines out.  Very fun, and kind of made me feel like a preschooler with the tights and what not.  Speaking of- have you ever noticed kids can pull off so much fashion wise.  Just once, I want to go out of the house wearing some of the things they do and just see how it works out for me…

Back to the outfit- the shoes, not from Goodwill, but I have to mention them.  Another Old Navy Christmas deal, $13.  My friend’s friend from Charleston calls them ‘Orphan shoes’ and says that if you wear them, your parents must be dead.  My parents are both still alive (thank goodness:), but I still love these shoes, so I wear them anyway and hope I have not done them any undue harm.  I’ll call them tonight just to make sure…

I’ll leave you with this close-up of the dress pattern:

P.S.  I would like to include in each post from now on a count of how many compliments I get on my turquoise emille m. purse I recently got at Goodwill for 14.99.  There have been two since the LAST two that I mentioned.  Although one of the compliments was from a grocery store clerk who was wearing a turquoise sweatshirt, so I’m thinking she may have been biased.  HOWEVER, this is balanced out, as the other compliment (and may I say this one used the word FIERCE, thank you very much) was from a gay man.  Doesn’t get much more official than that.

P.P.S. The fact that I started using a new purse may put a halt on these compliments, just a hunch.  But when you get a brand new island bloom Vera Bradley hipster for $25, you don’t let it sit in your room.  Sorry emille.

Life Should be Sugar-Rimmed

Mmmmm lemon drop martini. 

Me and a friend got tickets to go see Chris Kattan at Zanies comedy club in Nashville last Friday night.  One would assume that means you are going to see Chris Kattan do some standup, correct?  Well he never did!!!  He was the MC, and not even a very funny one at that, for two OTHER comics, who weren’t bad, but they were not Chris Kattan.  I should have assumed $20 was a little cheap for such a ‘big’ name, but it made me feel bad for the two other comics, its like setting them up for failure.   They could be great, but when everyone is just waiting for someone else to come on, and they never do, they’re gonna be disappointed no matter what.  If I were them, I would write a letter, or two. 

So my friend came over and I made some lemon drop martinis before the show, using my lovely martini shaker that I got at Goodwill for $0.99. 

Don’t you love the criss cross pattern?

It however, is missing the top that encloses for when you shake shake shake it, so I use this cup:

Works just fine. 

And in case you want to make some of your own, here’s how:

Use about 2 oz. citrus vodka (can use plain, but I feel like the citron just makes it that much better since lemons are citrusy:), and about 1/2 oz. each of the mixers- triple sec and lemon sour.  The lemon sour is make with half fresh squeezed lemon juice and half sour mix.   Add all ingredients to the mixer with ice and shake shake shake like a polaroid picture!!! Got it? Good. 

Its especially good garnished with a sugar rim (I mean, what in life isn’t better when garnished with a sugar rim?  They should make sugar rimmed tires….and sugar rimmed shirts, sugar rimmed wallets…and many other things…) and also a lemon twist.  I did neither of these things.  We were short on time and got right down to business- and by business I mean talking.  We’re girls. 

I should say, the reason I wanted to make these was because I bartended lunch that day at the restaurant I work at.  My first table was a mother and a daughter, and her daughter.  One got a cosmo, and one got a ….. lemon drop martini!  A little strange with her 1 year old sitting right there, but hey, who am I to judge…  Actually, it was a rasberry lemon drop martini, which was delicious.  I just used one more mixer, chambord, to make it.  I would have loved to have made them, but I wasn’t about to spring for the chambord, its a little ‘spensive.  I’ll wait for my first hit song for that:)

In case the shaker wasn’t enough Goodwill goodness, its was unfortunately raining on Friday night.  Sad, but it gave me a chance to wear my new hooded coat I got last week at Goodwill- here’s some shots of me in the jacket WITH the martini, its almost too much Goodwill for one picture:

 

I’m only upset I didn’t get a my shoes in the picture:(  Not Goodwill, but still cute fake suede booties I got from Old Navy before Christmas for like $15.  My bargain hunting is clearly not limited to Goodwill.  It knows no bounds.  I bargain shopped for ice cream at an amusement park once.  No joke.  I looked at like 3 stands before I bought one.  My then boyfriend said he had never seen anything like that.  I’m a rare breed, what can I say. 

That is also funny, because it proves one of the comics’ bits that night right.  It was about girls and their shoes, He made it seem like no matter what was happening, they would eventually just say “Look at my shoes”…and he imitated a girl walking cutely around and made a clicking noise.  It was pretty funny.  Darn Chris Kattan for ruining it for him. 😉

Martini’s finished and off we went to the comedy club, laughs ensued and a good time was had by all. 

Courtney and I.  Ain’t she a cutie?  Well, normally anyway.  She doesn’t usually smile like that…not sure what that’s about.  But she has two kids, and is a great mom, and when she gets out, she likes to let loose. 

Do you like to go to comedy clubs?

What is your favorite martini/drink of choice?

Do you think its ok for parents to have a drink, or two, when out at a restaurant with a little one?

Variety is the Spice of Life

Its been a few days, and I have so much to update:)  Last Friday I finally made it to donate my two little piles to Goodwill, and of course couldn’t leave without a few new items of my own. 

There they are.  It was a coat day!

Today was the day I ventured in to the self timer photo shoot thing….Let me know how ya think I did:)  I had fun!

Numero Uno:

Khaki Medium Weight Trench Coat by Mossimo for Target, 15.99. 

I was not so excited about this price tag, since the other two coats I had picked up before this one were 5.99 each, I kind of assumed this would follow suit….but I liked it so much I laid down the extra ten and brought it home, and since then many other places, with me:)

Here’s a shot of this jacket in action:

That’s me and Ben Franklin.  Hanging out in Lieper’s Fork.  We like to sit and chat sometimes.  He liked the coat and was proud of me for not spending too much on it.  I said “I try, Ben, I try”

Side note, if you ever visit Nashville, make a trip South to Lieper’s Fork, one of the cutest, truest little Southern towns you could visit, with art galleries, shops, motorcyclists, a deli and little diner, and more.  

I was very excited to discover the self portrait setting on my camera where it takes 3 separate pictures one after the other about a second apart each.  If this doesn’t make you feel like a super model, I don’t know what will.  I only wish there was a setting where you could take twenty pictures back to back.  Heck, I wouldn’t get anything else done!

A lovely Houndstooth cropped coat, by Senso, 5.99. 

Yes, winter is coming to an end, but when will a classic houndstooth coat ever really go out of style?  I’ll wear it next year, thank you.  And I think it really complements my new red lipstick nicely:)

Blue track jacket with flower design, 5.99.  Old Navy. 

So cute, and it matches my eyes, how could I say no? 

That’s me giving a thumbs up to the flower, if you couldn’t tell. 

Just proving it really is my first day with the whole self timer camera thing…this was my ONLY mishap…I swear….

That was the end of that day’s finds.  I have been looking for a nice trench coat, and was glad to have find it at Goodwill. 

And then yesterday….

I went to Nashville’s all but forgotten to me, third Goodwill location in East Nasvhille. 

Now, if you were from Nashville, this East Nashville location alone would be enough reason to why it was all but forgotten to me.   

But for those who do not hail from these parts…let me esplain.  (said like ricardo from I love Lucy)  I live in West Nashville.  West and East Nashville rarely meet.  Ok, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but it is quite a divide.  In my opinion, people from East Nashville tend to have a very high opinion of themselves, and I think it is a requirement to grow a beard and wear skinny jeans, guy or girl (the jeans, not the beard) if you live over there.  They are their own breed, and are almost too cool to exist in this world.  Quite frankly, when I see an East Nashvillian, I wonder how they can even stand to be in their own presence sometimes, they exert so much coolness!  Anyway, I think you get the point:

I’m from West Nashville, and I don’t think to go over there often, EVEN to visit the Goodwill. 

It may also be because I have never had much luck at that particular Goodwill in the past, and I, like most people, stick with what works.  But that is just too simple of an explanation.  I like to KICS, not KISS.  “keep it complicated, stupid”.   Don’t ask why. 

But yesterday, I happened to be in the area, because I needed to pick up my car.  Yes, this girl is actually friends with one East Nashvillian I happened to be celebrating the National Holiday of Superbowl the day before (what, it’s not a national holiday?  Well, as full as I was, after eating most of this:

 

that would be death by chocolate, Oreo version, black bean and avocado salad, and buffalo chicken dip that I made.  Mouth watering yet?

it might as well have been either Christmas or Thanksgiving)

However, all that food still did not keep me from getting a little too tipsy to drive, and I left my car there over night.

After my friend dropped me off to pick it up the next day, I thought, as one often does, what to do next?  I had a couple of hours to kill. 

And that is when I realized that if I turned my steering wheel right instead of left… I would find less than just a mile down the road that oft forgotten East Nashville Goodwill.  So I said, why not? 

There I picked up this lovely find:

 

Jacket by NuLu, 12.99. 

I think I’m set on jackets for a while:)  It’s like when it rains it pours!  Which will be fine for me in this jacket, because it has a zip off hood.  Something I lost about a year ago on my actual rain jacket. 

Another thing I love about this jacket is the randomness:

 

This pocket has one snap and one button.  This made me very happy So absolutely random! 

If that wasn’t enough, the other pocket has two buttons, but they are both different!

And it has a zipper across the top!  When will the excitement end??

 Who said pocket enclosures all had to be the same?  Not these jacket makers, that’s for sure!:) 

Variety is the spice of life, right?  Right.

 Another of my favorite parts is the cinching in the back with a cute little tie. 

All in all, a good Goodwill trip.  I still don’t think I will make it a point to go over there, unless I already happen to be.

Well, I am jacketed out for now.  Let’s hope for chilly spring so I can represent and wear these finds out and about as much as I can, and make that Goodwill dollar go far.  At least I won’t have to worry about being cold for a little bit:) 

In other news, I got two compliments this morning on my emille m. teal purse I got about two weeks ago that I have been using lately.  ( See picture above of me and Ben Franklin)  Both compliments were from ladies who I will be working with at a nursery school.  Good to know they have good taste.  It would be hard to make it work otherwise.  Just kidding.  It’s what’s on the inside that really counts!  I remember!

Happy Goodwilling.  Show me some of your favorite finds and leave me some love!  And go support your local Goodwill/thrift stores.  They do good work!

Are you good at self portraits?

I’m gonna be!

Do you love to be in front of a camera?  Or do anything possible to stay away from being in front of a lens?

I think we know the answer to this…I dont mind a shot here and there….or anywhere.

Have you ever bought a jacket at Goodwill? 

 Um….yes!

Did you get super stuffed on Superbowl, if so, what did you eat? 

Giving back is good too

It may seem like all I do is deplete Goodwill of their wonerfully amazing finds, but I do my fair share of contributing as well.  With as much as I buy there, I’ve got to rid myself of some detritus, for fear of being the next ‘contestant’ on TLC’s hoarders….great show, great entertainment….not something that I aspire to be. 

My lovely little pile, a common view in the back seat of my Civic.  There is another bag on the floor as well, out of sight.  And my closet is happy with a little more room to stretch.   

That green item peeking out is a project failed.  Fuller view:

Its clearly trying to run away from my seamstress attempts. 

What?  It’s not the 1980’s?  I know. 

I bought this with intentions of turnng into a shorts romper, and cutting the sleeves off to make it sleeveless, cause I fell in love with the pattern!  BUT, I have no sewing maching, and have yet to do anything about my sewing aspirations since I have bought this.  So this is gonna have to go back to G-dub, and I’m not buying any new clothing projects (this lovely green jumper wasn’t the first to go by the wayside…) until I have mastered  “being seamstress-y” 101. 

Any tips?? A local clothing exchange store had offered classes where you could bring a project, and they would help you with it, but they stopped offering them after I bought that item:(  Just my luck.  MY advice to myself is jump right in!!  But I’m willing to take some more!  Kinda the best way to do everything in my opinion…and what I did with this blog- so far enjoying it!

I started this post a couple days ago, and sadly, the bags are still in my back seat.  Its on my list of things to do…which I am slowly working on today… 

Now I will share with you a few pictures of the past couple days:

Some great mussels I had the other night at Rumba in Nashville.  They were served in a curry sauce with pita bread.  The head chef Joe is a friend of mine, and I think he has created the most amazing menu at that establishment.  But all this running for training for the (half?) marathon has made me QUITE hungry, so I fattied it up and ordered these AND my favorite item there- an Ahi Tuna sandwich with avocado relish, and edamame salad on the side.  Mmmmmm delicious!

And yesterday, it was a balmy 65 degrees out, so me and this boy:

what can I say, it was a candid picture. 

went to the park for some goose watching and such:

Look at that little bugger.  He’s really going for that seaweed.  Maybe he would’ve enjoyed some of my mussels of sandwich.  Or are they vegetarians?….hmm.

hanging out on the stone wall.  I am glad to report my new Iphone 4S did not meet the water that day.  Stuck with taking pictures of it.

And we walked the loop around this….

Yes, that is a true to life remake of the Parthenon.  In Nashville, TN. 

I love it, dont get me wrong, but I have no idea why it is here, and not in Athens, Greece.  Just one of those things I guess.

It’s been soo nice here!  This winter has been insane, and I’m crossing my fingers that it doesn’t mean a just as equally hot summer, the summer’s here are already unbearable, in my CT opinion. 

Have you bought many projects that never ended up happening? 

Does it take you a long time to make it to the donation place with your donations?

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