Gap and Ann Taylor Warm Weather Wear

I for some reason have been forgetting to dig to the bottom of my sweater drawer and just keep taking from the top of the pile and reusing the same 5 over and over again, forgetting the treasures buried underneath.  Maybe this is because it has been arctically cold, a major cold front just finishing passing through, and I am so desperate for warmth that I grab the closest thing.  Could be it.  Either way, the front is thawing out slightly, and I once again had time to go to the bottom of my pile, and in doing so I found this warm gem:

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Purchased pre any crazy cold weather, when I first moved back to CT, in October.
 
 I got it for $5.99 and it is Ann Taylor. I love nice big chunky sweaters, and especially the white to match all the beautiful snow covered grounds.  I wore it this afternoon with my brand new jeans, purchased just this afternoon.  
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Gap skinny flare, for $5.32, including tax. 
 
Sometimes when I go to Goodwill everything that I pick up just happens to be the color of the week, i.e. half off, without me even consciously looking for the color, other times, nothing I pick up is, and it’s all full price.  And then other times, like today, it’s about half and half color of the week and not, and I pass on the ones that aren’t.  Somehow these almost perfect condition Gap jeans have been looked over for three whole weeks at the store and made it to be half off and in my arms. 
 
They had a boutique price on them of $9.99, instead of the regular general pants price of $5.99.  And then after half off, they were a mere $4.99 plus tax.  $5.32 big American ones.  
 That makes my whole warm cozy winter wearer outfit $11.  Can’t beat it.  
 
 

Two-Trip Day

Katie at Thriftyourheartout (www.thriftyourheartout.wordpress.com) was talking about how she needed to make a list of things she needed to look for when she went thrifting.

Well, the only thing I need right now is socks…or to do more laundry:), and I draw the line at buying certian things at Goodwill, and under-under garments make the cut.

So I will continue my aimless perusing, and find great things like these…

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an authentic from Ireland purple and pink houndstooth wool coat for $24.99!!!  I could’ve never known beforehand how badly I needed just that!

If you asked me the one place I would want to go anywhere in the world, my answer will and has always been Ireland.  One of these days I need to bite the bullet (or the airplane) and just go!

But until then, I get to wear this great coat.

(Don’t mind the mismatched colors in the top pic…I’ll remember to wear more neutral colors on future trips)

I also got this great blouse

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$4.99, originally from Target by Mossimo.

Being the country singing fashion gal that I am (you can check me and some of my originals out at www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson:), I couldn’t pass this up.

I actually had it once, the exact same shirt, but it was a little big.  This one fits like a glove, so I bought it up!

those were on my first trip….

on my second, I picked up…

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a $3 scarf from the Gap that I had found on my first trip and decided I needed to go back for,

and a $3.99 flowery top from Forever 21 to add to my growing collection that I found as a result.

I am very happy with my two trip day to Goodwill and my finds.

I hope you have all had success lately in your trips!

Until next time, peace and love,

Jaime

Happy Feet and Happy Birthday to Me!

For the first half of my Saturday, I sported these Goodwill finds…

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You may remember me getting these sweet little things a week or two back, but I got to finally wear them for the first time yesterday.  The frigid temperatures in CT climbed up into the 40’s on Saturday for a pleasant yet short reprieve.  So I was able to slip my feet into these bright spots.

When I wear a bright piece such as those shoes, I like to try and keep the rest of my outfit prety neutral, yet still fun.  So I paired it with dark blue jeans and an off white lacy loose sweater.  It really let the shoes shine.  And it worked.  When I met with my future roommate that morning to look at an apt, I got a quick “I like your shoes!”  Mission accomplished.

I didn’t tell her just yet that they are Goodwill…she’ll find out about my obsession…soon enough.  I don’t think she shares it, but she is still a pretty cool girl.  Actually more than a cool girl, we get along pretty well.

For the second half of the day I have this Goodwill gem for you…

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Awesome wine markers for $1.00.  Each strip wraps snuggly around the stem of the glass and has descriptive terms on each that can be used both for wine…and people.  Always makes for some fun while drinking and gathering.

How would you describe your friends in wine terms??:)  And for just $1.00

What was the reason to celebrate you ask?  My birthday!  29th:)  It was actually on Thursday, but I celebrated it last night by having a little gathering at my house where I made the best flat breads (no pictures, sorry! :-/) ever.  One was gorgonzola cheese with spinach and  cremini mushrooms, and the other was good ol fashioned fresh mozzarella and pepperoni!  Then we went to a local comedy club, Brew Haha, that is attached to a brewery- two of my favorite things!  Laughs and microbrewed beer!  It was a great night.  The comics were absolutely hilarious and yet still respectful in their jokes, for the most part.  The main guy was Rodney Laney, you should definitely check him out if you want a laugh.

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No flashes allowed!  Hence, picture by candlelight.  My friend may have told them I was turning 30 instead of 29 to get them to do something for me or she just wanted me to be embarrassed on stage…and I don’t know if that’s why I got this cake or not, but it was amazing.  I would say the best ice cream cake ever, if my Mom hadn’t just made an equally amazing one the night before with strawberry cake crust and oreo ice cream and hot fudge on top.

After the comedy club we stopped by one of my new favorite restaurants in downtown Hartford, Max Downtown, to have some of the best calamari ever and a rosemary lemontini.  I’d been dreaming about that lemontini since my friend had one a few weeks earlier.  She made the better choice getting that drink that night, and I couldn’t wait to make it as well!

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These are most of the participants that night, fresh from laughing our faces off.

Oh look at that, those earrings I am wearing are from Goodwill!  Phew, I was afraid that nothing in my outfit was from Goodwill.  Its rare, but that does happen.  They were $2.00.  From Target.  Silver hoops with light orange small balls hanging from the bottom.

The lady on the right is my thrifting friend Rachel.  Her beautiful blazer is from the Goodwill as well.  I can’t remember how much she said it was though.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy thrifting!

-Jaime

Do you get scared by birthdays or accept them happily, thankful you made it another year?

Do you enjoy a good comedy club as much as I do?

Purses, Khakis and Home Decor for the soul…

Purses, khakis and home decor for the soul….

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Awesome wooden purse with top metal clasp, $6.99

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 New from Target Mossimo fun pinkish red khakis with belt and tags, $4.99

(that light follows me around…you’ll notice)

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J. Crew wide leg flat front khakis, perfect condition, $7.99

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Large framed flower Wall Art, $20

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Retro diner statement wall art, $9.99

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Mint Condition Vera Bradley quilted purse, $17.99

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Find of the year…Computer table (slash excess of jewelry and hat table in my house….), $12.99.

I did not purchase either one of the purses, but thought I should still share with you what amazing stuff you can find there.  The wood purse is truly one of a kind being all solid wood, and such a nice pattern engraved all over the outside, for only $6.99.  The Vera Bradley is a steal as well, as her purses start at $50 and up.   I already have this same exact purse (thanks Mom) in another pattern, so didn’t really feel spending $18 on another was completely necessary.

I love my new pink khakis.  There is really not much more I can say about that.  I’ve worn them two days in a row, the first two days that I owned them, and they are now in the wash.  I would like to point out that the lovely J.Crew blue striped blouse I am wearing with them I purchased, not at Goodwill, but at Savers, another thrift store (I do shop elsewhere) for $4.99.  The whole outfit was under $10.00.

Speaking of ‘ol J.Crew, I also love my J.Crew khakis.  When will you ever find J.Crew khakis for $7.99??  Such a good deal.  I especially loved when I found these because I had just gotten a job at a school and felt I needed more than just jeans to wear, so I went to Goodwill looking specifically for khakis and slacks, rather than perusing the aisles for whatever treasures I can find.  And I found these that could not have been more perfect for what I was looking for.  Goodwill wins again.

Need to redecorate or decorate for the first time?  Goodwill has ya!  These two pieces, both very different, are awesome!  Just like the purses, I did not get either one because I am about to get a roommate and I am not sure exactly what her tastes are yet or what kind of art she even needs.  But I would have gone for the retro diner shot if I had because…A) It’s the cheaper one B) It’s the more fun one:)

I DID, however, buy. this. desk. $12.99!!! Are you joking??  Goodwill sometimes doesn’t quite hit the mark in it’s pricing.  Sometimes it is in your favor and sometimes not.  This price, $12.99 for a dark mahogany computer desk with a working sliding drawer, was definitely a price miss, and in my favor.  If there hadn’t been three of the same price tag on it, I would have assumed a stray price tag had landed on it.  But it didn’t, and now I am super organized and productive now that I have it…I mean, I will be:)  It’s only been two days.  And it is very nice that my computer (and hats and bracelets) now has a place to call home, in addition to my bed and the floor.  It is no longer in danger of being sleepily stepped on in the morning.  Happy day for him.  My computer is a male apparently….

So happy with all my finds lately!! I hope you enjoyed looking at them!

Are you a treasure hunter, or do you go thrifting on a mission looking for something specific each time?  I am very impressed if you do!

Happy thrifting,

-Jaime

Vintage wonderfulness and Plaid

$16.73 for all of the following finds…

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I got this awesome flowery, short sleeve vintage top by Frejani with puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, and a thick black elastic band around the waist and the outer half of the sleeves.  So cute.  I’m not sure what decade this hails from, but I love it.  Here is a close up of the tag and the pattern:

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I also got this great eye glasses pin, $3, I am in love with it, it even has the little fake string to hold eye glasses around your neck!

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I should have taken a picture of me wearing it to show the full size, but it is no more than 2″ across.  Not too large.  And now my bosom will be able to see oh so well:)  20/20 I hope.

H&M plaid shirt, $4.99:

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I thought you might want a few different angles.  Dizzy yet? 🙂

I love the blue color, it really makes my eyes POP.  And you can’t beat the price, as always.

My last purchase was a great faux leather brown purse, with a gold placard on the outside pocket:

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And me modeling it very well.  I think I missed my calling as a purse model…

I only got this purse to get myself up to a $20 total.  This is because I have a 25% off discount off of one purchase over $20 because it is my birthday month (yay!).  Now because I find such great deals, I don’t go over $20 a lot in one purchase, so since I was already buying everything else for $15, I knew that (being the math prodigy I am) 25% off of 20 was the same as $15.  So whatever else I picked out I would basically be getting for free (if it was around $5).  This purse was $6, so it seemed as good as any, if not better!

Lastly, I forgot to take a picture, but I got a large hard cover book about photography for $3.  It is old enough that it doesn’t even have tips for digital cameras in it, but I still thought I could garner some basic photography information from it.

So the grand total for all of the above items….was, drumroll……

$16.73!!! (after 25% birthday discount).

Not bad for two shirts (one authentic vintage), an awesome pin, a great bag, and a photography book.

If last week was half off week (everything I bought was the half off color of the week and therefore super super cheap), this week was the EXACT opposite.  Everything I got had a blue tag on it, which is the color of all the NEW stuff arriving at that Goodwill this week.  Meaning, it has two more weeks after this one before it is the half off color of the week.  Too long to wait for such cool stuff.  Too long.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy thrifting!  Please go out and support shopping second hand, your fashion addictions, and all the good causes that Goodwill and thrift stores in general support in so many ways.

Love, Jaime

Great Jeans!!! (if I do say so myself…)

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Disclaimer:  I did not get all items pictured above.

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One World maroon tuxedo long sleeve shirt, half off for $3.00

J. Crew grey tuxedo ruffled 3/4 shirt, gift for Mom, half off for $4.49

Flowery/Green see through hippy shirt, $3.99 (did not purchase)

Amazing awesome but heaviest dresser I have ever met, $35 (surprise- also did not purchase, as it would take 5 men to lift it from the store)

Ann Taylor Dark Wash Boot cut/Flare Jeans, $5.99

The shirted listed as ‘for my mom’, I must admit, I wore it for a full half hour, AFTER buying it, before deciding I would actually still give it to her as a gift.  Parting is such sweet sorrow:(  But when it goes to such a lovely lady, its not that hard.  The shirt is a size small, and no one has ever accused me of being a size small at J. Crew, but like Eve, couldn’t resist just one bite…or one try on, just to see, and I kind of loved it.   I originally did pick it off the rack with my mother in mind, whom people have accused of being an xs, and eventually gave in to my origianl desire.  But not without a fight.  God forbid I actually be a good person:)

The jeans I am particularly excited about because they are long enough for me to wear a couple inch heels with and not look like I’m waiting for a flood.  This is a hard thing to find for me at 5’7″.  Everyone has their trouble with jeans shopping, but I am just tall enough that regular length just hits the ground, but if I try to get size Tall to wear with heels, I am swimming in extra fabric.  These are perfect, and looked like brand new, but didn’t have a tag still attached to prove it.  Also, I am kind of an Ann Taylor fanatic and even applied to work there while I was in college.  Denied nonetheless.

I passed on the green ‘hippy’ shirt because it was a little worn, and well, it wasn’t half off.  I’m becoming quite a half off snob.  And if I keep finding such good stuff that is the color of the week, then I’m afraid it just might continue!!

Lastly, the piles of clothes sitting on my bedroom floor will tell anyone I am in need of a second dresser (in addition to my closet:-)…  This one was LOVE at first sight!

Until I tried to quickly lift up ONE end, and my herculean strength didn’t even budge it!  I had to give up on that dresser owning dream pretty quickly thereafter.  The search continues.  And I’m sure you will be notified when it ends:)

Happy thrifting everyone!  Come again soon!

-Jaime

Two different era’s…Downton Abbey meets present day

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Vintage green dress, $6.99

White Anne Klein heels, $8

Vintage knit sweater, $Can’t remember! $5?

Target Mossimo plaid shirt, $4.99

“One Love” Dark Trouser jeans, $6.99

Green Purse, no brand, $8

I have a love for all things vintage (mostly circa 1920-60’s more or less) and scoop up vintage finds whenever I can at the right price!  I finally got a chance to put one to real use at the advanced season premiere I attended at a theater last night of Downton Abbey, a Masterpiece classics production on CPTV in CT.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you must check it out!  It takes place on a beautiful estate, Downton Abbey in England, and showcases the different lives of the upstairs family of the house, and the downstairs servants, and shows how their lives intertwine and are a part of each others.  The show has great character development and story line and has been a huge hit.  Season 3 starts tonight 1/6/13 on CPTV at 9:00 ET.  You can find season 1 and 2 on Hulu/Netflix like I did and get yourself caught up!  Anyway, it said on the website for the premiere I went to that period dressing was encouraged…I was one of about 3 people to actually heed that note :/  But I didn’t care!  I may have been much more comfortable in boots and jeans, but it is a great dress and needs to be seen:)  And what better of an occasion?!

The first and second outfits are entirely Goodwill- the purse, pants and shirt in the second.  I love it when that happens, and wanted to share it with you even though the shirt was already in a post.

I hope you all had a great first weekend of the new year!  Mine was pretty good and full of relaxation and fun!  Go out and support your local Goodwill/thrift stores, and if you have just one New Years resolution, let more thrifting be it!

Peace and Love…

-Jaime

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