Workout Wear and Dresses for Spring!


I apologize, I have been to Goodwill a couple times since I last posted, but haven’t shared the wealth!  I would like to change that.

Today, I found this lovely workout top by Champion, I am assuming from Target, for $4.29:

Price at the store, probably just under $20.  Do I really need to point out the average 75% discount anymore I get off of retail?  I didn’t think so. 

Do I think people were judging me because I was taking a picture of myself in the mirror instead of working out?  Maybe, but they were also probably admiring my cute top.  So, it’s a win really.  I also may bank on this fact for any weird thing that I do….you can do whatever you want as long as you look cute doing it, right?  Right.  That’s what I thought.

Here is a view of the back:

And now you know I have a super flowery and girly quilt.  I love it. 

Pre-sprint workout pic.  Not sure about the sly little grin, I guess I felt pretty good about how this workout was gonna go.  I was right.

Post-sprints.  Not as attractive, slightly redder, definitely happier:)  And if you can’t tell, the shirt held up just fine.  Score one….million for Goodwill finds!

I also have to share some pics of the wonderful downtown Nashville YMCA that I go to.  I love it because it has huge windows on each side so you get great views of downtown while you work out.  There is also a rooftop pool in the summer and rooftop track open year round.  It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.

View from downstairs.

View from the upstairs indoor track that I sometimes run on.  It has wall to wall windows on two sides.  So its almost like you’re outside, kinda, but with controlled air conditioned weather and no rain.   

So that is where I workout.  Now ya know.  You’re welcome. 

Not done yet!  I still have to show you my wonderful dresses that I found a couple weeks ago for Spring.  There are three to be exact.

Number One:

Ya Los Angeles green military inspired zipper dress, $7.99. 

I have already gotten at least two compliments on this dress, while wearing it.  I felt the need to point that out for some reason, as if I regularly have people trolling my closets and complimenting my clothes.  Not the case, not the case.

Warning: Do not hang out around friends who like to unzip this dress when you are not looking.  It can end badly.  I’m not saying this did or did not happen to me, but it did.  And it ended somewhat badly. 

Number Two:

Navy Blue Forever XXI Wrap Dress with frilly chest, $7.99

I mean, really?  $7.99.  You don’t dresses like this for $7.99.  Doesn’t it just knock your socks off?  It did mine.  Literally, I kicked them off so that I could see what this dress looked like without them:)  And it is Forever 21.  Show me a girl who doesn’t shop at Forever 21…No, really, and then I can take her there and rock her world.  She may be overwhelmed at first, but then she will find something for under $20 that she will use ALL the time and just love, and she too will understand. 

Warning:  Do not walk over blowing air vents downtown for the high probability of having a non-desired Marylin Monroe induced dress incident where your dress blows up to showcase areas not meant to be showcased to those around you.  I’m not saying this did or did not happen to me, but it also did.  And thanks to my amazingly quick reflexes, it didn’t end too badly.  The family that was walking behind me MAY disagree.   :-/

You live, you learn.  My favorite motto.

Number Three:

Green flowy dress.  No label.  $7.99

It looks a little shapeless on the hanger, but very nice on.  And the waist can be worn at your natural waist, or around your hips, which gives a couple options, and I love options!!  And I’m sure the light weightedness of this will come in handy on those 100 degree humid Tennessee summer days….just a hunch. 

I have no warning yet for this one, but I do foresee the tie straps across the shoulders being a problem.  Let’s hope I am not right.  I clearly did not think the riskiness of these dress purchases through!  🙂

That’s it for now. 

What finds have you found lately? 

Are you ready for spring with some new spring wardrobe purchases?

Do you love your gym as much as me? 

I hope so!

Straw Bags and Horse Farms

I haven’t had much time to make it to a local Goodwill lately to make some finds of my own, although I am in need of a new dresser, so that may be happening sooner rather than later.  But for today, I am stealing my coworker’s find to share with you- don’t worry, she approved it.  

As I was leaving school today,  Ms. Helen showed me her latest treasure that she got at the Goodwill OUTLET store here in Nashville. 

Kill me.

Straw and leather weaved tote, $ 0.80.   Goodwill Outlet Store, Berry Hill, Nashville, TN

Ms. Helen modeling her Goodwill find.  Or just Helen after 3:00.  I think she has a future in modeling, whaddya think? 

Closeup of the straw and leather weaving. 

One of Helen’s passions is working with horses on her family’s farm, and what she spends a lot of her free time doing.  I may be minorly jealous of this.  But I cope.  Lots of ice cream.  And running (to burn off said cream of ice), and playing music, and listening to music, and writing music…well, you get the idea.  Anyway, she says she’ll be able to use this to bring to the farm, as it is sturdy enough to take the wear and tear.  As you can see, it does carry those cowboy boots quite handily.  It definitely looks like it can stand up to the job, and also look good while doing it.  Which is what we really all want, isn’t it?  (Other than life being sugar rimmed…of course)

On a side note, we are lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet store in Nashville where all the other stores’ rejects end up.  Everything at the outlet store is sold by weight my friends, by weight.  Have you ever heard of anything so spectacular?  Hence this purse being only 0.80 cents!  Dont know if you’ve noticed, but that is a little less than my normal prices of my finds.  My first, and only, purchase at the outlet store so far was a Wine Encyclopedia book for like 1.06.  Thinking back… an encyclopedia MAY not have been the best thing to buy by weight….oh well.  A dollar for knowledge is still pretty good. 

I know that find left you pining for some wine knowledge, let me fill that void for you; here’s one fact I learned from this book: Chardonnay is one of the easiest grapes to grow in all different types of regions, and adapts to change very well, the Lady Gaga of grapes if you will.  (I do my best with analogies, don’t expect much)  The merlot grape, not so much as adaptable.  Soooo, practical tip: if you are going to buy a cheap(er) wine at a restaurant, opt for Chardonnay over Merlot.  Because, well, it’s easier to make a cheap and more palatable Chardonnay than a cheap, palatable Merlot.  Also, if you really don’t know much about wine, the ‘t’ in Merlot is silent.  I just helped you out ALOT, you may not know it, but I did.  You’re welcome.

Hope this inspires you to get out there and make some finds of your own.  Take that money you save and go on a nice vacation!!  Maybe on a tour of the Goodwill’s of America?  Or the Caribbean….Either/Or. 🙂

Happy Spring and Daylight savings time week ( I just made that up, I think its gonna catch on…).  Wake up!

Have you ever been to a Goodwill outlet store?


Do you enjoy learning about wine?


Do you like horses?