Coffee Date & Pendant Necklace

Coffee Date & Pendant Necklace

Wore this oldie but goodie from Goodwill that I got for $2.99 a few years ago to grab coffee with a new friend and get some music advice and good steps to take.

Oh, and I curled my hair. And that’s always exciting ūüėČ

Gonna add some advice in here. Pursuing a career in music is no small thing, and can be, trust me very overwhelming when you (I) think of all I have to and should do. So on the way to coffee, this nugget of wisdom dawned on me-

“When there are many things to do, do one.”

Seems obvious right? But at least tomorrow, that one thing, or that 1/10 of one thing will be done. And in a couple weeks, it may be completely done. And we’ve got a lot of couple weeks in our lifetime. So think of all that can be done.

Oh the possibilities. :). Especially when you’re wearing an awesome thrifted necklace, from Goodwill or elsewhere.


Weekend Wisdom 1: Only Look Back to See How Far You’ve Come


I decided I am going to start my first¬†weekly topic post called ‘Weekend Wisdom’, and I reserve the right to change that title and/or time of week at any point.¬† I will notify you if this occurs.¬† The subject of the post will be some time of wisdom (surprising right??)¬†dealt out on the weekends (again- did you see that coming???) giving me two possible days to post it¬†instead of one.¬† See I thought this through.

It is very late, but we will consider it still Sunday, and this will be the first one.

Get ready to be wiser.

One of my many passions in life is running and fitness, and on my 2 miler the other day, on that particular path, I end on an uphill climb.  Always fun.  Always a good time.  And when I say uphill, I mean uphill.  Its a doozie.  Usually I allow myself to stop at some point on this hill.

But today.

Today, I thought. I need to finish it.

I’m never going to get better if I don’t be better.

Makes sense, right?

So I ran to the top, forcing myself most of the way.¬†¬†At a point very close, I thought,¬†I wonder how big the hill behind me looks from here.¬† Immediately, I remembered how people say that it’s not good to look to the past or behind you, but always to the future.¬†¬†And I agree with not letting the past hold you back and dwelling on what you can. not. change.¬† Not that I ever do such things.¬† Not someone wise like me:) ¬†But in this case, I thought,¬†well I only want to see what I have accomplished.

I want to see how far I have come.


“Only look back, to see how far you’ve come.”¬†

Mindblowing, huh?¬†¬†Looking backwards I have found is usually counterproductive and generally discouraging because you can’t possibly change it.¬† Unless you are simply admiring how far away you have come and how much you have developed since whatever event it is you are looking at.

It also, like climbing a mountain, inspires you to do just that- go far.¬† You can’t see how far you’ve come, and admire that view, unless you actually go somewhere and be a better you.¬† So be better, and then enjoy admiring the path.

I found it personally very inspiring, and wanted to share it with you, along with this wonderful photo taken from said run.

Be inspired.

Be you.

Be better.

Be forward moving, but also never forgetting what you have strongly come through.


Liberte, Outfit of the Day

Liberte, Outfit of the Day

I’m gonna go ahead and do a throwback Friday. So what it’s not Thursday. I love this shirt I got last year for .99 at Goodwill.

And I love that it allows me to walk around with the message of ‘liberte’. Which I take to not only mean political freedom and liberty, but freedom in your own life. Do what you want and be who you want, no matter what anyone else thinks. Liberte.

This is originally from Urban outfitters by Truly Madly Deeply. The shorts are Express but from TJ Maxx for $15.99, and the shoes were $14 from a boutique called Crush in Nashville. I purchased them with a groupon, so I got $15 off the sale price of $29.


How to Fashion a Square Scarf


My friend Ashley Moore, rest her beautiful soul, revealed to me about 3 years the mystery that is the square scarf. ¬†I was ever so thankful.¬†¬†Until then, I was forced out of ignorance to immediately say no to a lovely pattern because it was square and I had not the faintest idea how¬†to wrap it around my neck in a fashionable manner. ¬†Couldn’t figure it out.

So a few months later I proudly bought my first square scarf at a boutique called Pangea in Hillsboro village in Nashville when my sister came to visit.

And when I brought it home to wear in CT, my mother, being cut from the same cloth as me (or is it the other way around?) asked me with the same “please reveal this mystery to me” and angst in her voice how to wear a square scarf.¬†¬†I proudly passed on my lesson.

And now I will share it with you.  Hopefully helping some of you feel just the much more smarter and free in your fashion.

I recently purchased  my second ever square scarf at Goodwill, and thought it would be the perfect time to share with you the scarf, along with a little how to.

You start with a nice square loveliness like this:


I do think this will do.  Goodwill, $1.99

Then, you fold it into a triangle.  I.e in half, little geometry lesson for you there.


Now, lay the triangle across your chest, pointing down to the ground, and drape the excess points one over each shoulder blade.


What it will look like in the back:


Then you cross each hanging piece behind your neck, and bring the side resting on your right shoulder blade to drape over your left shoulder, and vice versa.

What it should look like in the front after doing this:


(that would be me documenting the fact that it is ‘step 3’ with my right hand)

and back:


Now with the two little pieces sticking out you just tuck ’em under the triangle part to end up with a nice full bunchy triangle on your chest.


Me tucking in action.



One of the best ways to dress up a t-shirt and jeans.  Add a pretty scarf of to show some style and flair.

Another option is the simple knot tie:

First, you roll it up like you do a bandana after you have folded it into a triangle like this:


And then drape that over your neck and tie it in a knot:

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Ending like this:


I like it with the knot part pushed to the side slightly for a little assymetrical action.

Lastly, I don’t have a picture, but a scarf like this would look lovely just tied around the handle of oh say, and off white purse like this:


that I got on the same trip as my scarf at Goodwill a couple weeks ago.

So many options, but I’ve been too busy wearing the scarf to adorn my purse with it just yet.

The outfit I first wore my scarf with:

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The blue khaki capris are also from the Goodwill.  Originally Gap, I got them for $7.99 last Fall.  size 8.  Perfect.  Love them to death, and they work great with the vintage feel of this scarf.

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I’m in love with the pastelly flower pattern on this scarf, offset with some muted brown edging.¬† Such soft and¬†pretty colors.

Goodwill strikes again.  I hope this helped someone out like my friend did me!

Til next time,


Are there any fashion trends out there you are particularly confused about or in the dark on how to do or wear like I was?  Not fun!

You see a tie…

I see a headband!

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(you all should know, while taking this picture I had my camera turned towards me and got accosted by a salesperson because my phone was facing outward and she thought I was taking a picture of the general store.  something that apparently is not allowed, and upset her very much.  i hide the trauma well, I know)

You’re welcome ladies.

Now I have given you something to do with a whole new section of the thrift store that was, until now, as relevant as a landline telephone to you.

Put ’em in your hair.

And tie ’em in a bow.

And be pretty.

Just make sure it’s a somewhat girly pattern.

Or not.

Whatever floats that boat.

So it is somewhat noticeable that it is a tie…and not a scarf or actual headband dear me…

but trust me this is good, because then you can get people who will come up to you and say,

“Is that I tie?¬† That’s so cool!!¬† What a good idea!”

It’s already happened.¬† Once.

So I like compliments and attention.

Why do you think I started a blog??


Pick one that is

a) not very stiff so that it ties easily and

b) is somewhat skinny so it is also more tie-able and it won’t awkwardly¬†peek out to say hello¬†from behind your head quite as much as wider one will.

We get the attention.¬† Not the tie.¬† It must reck’nize.¬† (too far?)

At the register, I had to choose just one of these lovely patterns as she sadly informed me only clothing was half off.¬† Apparently a tie is not clothing, its an accessory.¬† I couldn’t bring myself to pay the full $2.99 for both, when expecting to happily pay half that.¬† So of course after making sure she really thought a tie wasn’t clothing…I requested the her opinion and we settled on blue.¬† I love the brown one, but the blue does bring out my eyes.

But so does brown.

Ahhh, I had to make a decision or leave with neither.

I’m gonna leave you with some action/outfit shots of the burnt orange life in progress shorts¬†I¬†recently purchased and¬†shared with you two posts ago:

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Do ya like my color pop necklace?

Tank, Old Navy, Beaded Necklace, 2nd Chance Shop in Glastonbury, CT

I wore this outfit when my friend stopped over for some heated up Trader Joes homemade dinner the other night and I decided to throw something on other than gray cotton shorts and a tee, and be a proper host.

Also, I like to look good.

So go out and find your own tie headband and¬†show me what you come up with!¬† We gotta find a use for all these old Father’s Day presents that none of them really needed.¬† Who really needs another tie??

Well, your head does:)

Peace and Happy thrifting,


Follow me on instagram @jaimen84 for pictures of thrifting treasures and other fun things!  And of course, food.  And my dog.

Excuses excuses…another use for a placemat!

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Sometimes one Goodwill purchase begets another.

Am I right?

Not that I ever ever ever need an excuse to go to a Goodwill and look around, but I had an excuse the other day when I decided that I am actually not going to be painting the armoire I found just yet (soon, I swear), and so am in need of a cloth type thing to cover the top with.

So I walked in the store, not sure where I would look for said cloth type thing first, but smartly walked back to the linen section.

sometimes that thing taking up space in my head comes up with some pretty good ideas.


Some cool patterns…but may be kinda weird.

Place mat?

Yes!  Ding ding!


 A place mat would be the perfect size for the center of the top of the bureau.  And look at these place mats galore!  All ready to beautify my somewhat in need of love armoire at home.

I narrowed it to a few patterns, and then I thought about gathering a crowd and maybe turning it into an American Idol vote type situation on which would be the winner.¬† People could pick favorites and each week we could narrow it down by one.¬† And some of the placemats would get to visit¬†Hollywood….fun,

But then I just decided to pick one, and this made the final cut:

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0.99 each

It’s like two for the price of one.¬† The front and back have different patterns.¬† So my ADD self can switch it up when I get bored.¬† Soon.¬† .

I felt a little bad buying just ONE that I needed, as they were ALL neatly put together in groups of 4.¬† I didn’t want to tear a family apart…some family of four is going to come along and love this pattern and think, who’s not gonna have a place for their¬†crumbs every night?¬† Not Jimmy.¬† He’s too messy.¬† Can’t be katie, she’s scared of bare tables…guess we’ll¬†just have to leave these placemats here.

Sad story.

¬†But they¬†were priced individually, so I was technically allowed to buy just one if I wanted…

so I settled on two.¬† At least I didn’t split the children up.

 The armoire has a big top, so I could easily use a second if I needed.  And for .99 a piece, why not?

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Already in use.  I conveniently have two other Goodwill pieces of decor in the picture as well.  You may recognize them.

Not like it was that hard.  Pretty much all of the decor I have is Goodwill.

I ended up using the second placemat to put on one of my other dressers that also needed some love.¬† I’ll¬†let them visit each other every now and then, don’t worry.

It was Sunday when I went dresser topping shopping; the day that the color of the previous week is going on last chance sale for .99  an item, before they go meet their fate at the Outlet store.

So I couldn’t help but look around.

And on one of the .99 racks in the center aisle of the store was this:


Black Beauty.  Cotton stretch dress by Charming Charlies, size M, for 0.99.

i had thought of charming charlies as only a jewelry store.¬† but then again i have never actually walked inside.¬†¬†quite clearly, they sell clothes.¬† and now i own one of them.¬† for much cheaper than they would like I’m sure.

And it fits!


hugging my curves in all the right places! 

On the way from the dressing room to the register I happened upon this discarded item in the children’s section-

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This low waisted flower covered black flowy skirt with pockets.  By No Strings Attached for $4.49. 

did you notice it has all my favorite adjectives?¬† Flowy.¬† Flower.¬† Low Waisted.¬† except one of course…black. <:/

Remember, black is only OK because it is COVERED IN FLOWERS.¬† ūüôā¬† Only time I will allow it.

All in all an hour well spent at Goodwill.  My armoire and my body will now be better dressed.

Thanks for stopping by and happy thrifting trails to you!!


Do you find you need an excuse to go thrifting or is the thrill of the hunt enough of an excuse for ya?

For $55 small ones I got…

At the retail store:


A handmade bureau/tv armoire, $15.99.

This looks handmade and kind of rough.  It needs a paint job for sure.  Which I am happy to do.  Eventually.  I have always loved refinishing dressers and furniture, so this will be a fun project for me, and a very cheap armoire for my clothes.

Which I have in abundance because of a beyond addiction to all things Goodwill.


Xhilaration lacy, flowery, flowy tank top, full price at $4.49.

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Life In Progress burnt orange corduroy pleated trouser shorts, $4.49.




Somewhat oversized H&M off-white fake leather purse, $5.99.  Perfect condition.



Xhilaration branch cropped short sleeve loose fitting t-shirt, $4.49

And at the outlet:


A-line double layered cotton embellished skirt by apostrophe, gift for Mom, ~0.60 at the Goodwill outlet.  Purchased by weight at $1.69/lb.

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Great Pajama capris by Secret from the mart of Wals…about 0.60 by weight


This beautiful quilt.  by Target, $3.99 by weight. 

Technically, it was over the 5 lb mark, so when something gets that heavy, they will just give you a reasonable price.

Reasonable?  I think, yes.

This quilt is not perfect, its got a few small spots and a few small tears, but nothing I wouldn’t do sooner or later myself, and nothing a guest staying over would reject a night’s sleep for:)¬† Oh the wonderful host am I.¬† Goodwill makes it easy to have extra stuff on hand for the unexpected guest.¬† However, I quickly decided this would not be a guest blanket, but my personal bed covering for at least a little bit:)

I also got, but do not have pictured,

a lovely new square scarf for $1.99

a pair of khaki capris for a friend for 0.60

a pair of white wide leg pants and a matching blue and white tee for $1 each for a friend,

and a heather blue pocket cardigan from Old Navy for another friend.

Didja get all that?

And it only set me back $55.

Goodwill never ceases to amaze me.

I have used a few of these items already, and here they are in action:

The branch patterned loose tee from Target was the perfect wear for my sips n’ strokes class with a few girlfriends the very next night.¬† I do know how to put my clothes to use RIGHT away, that’s for sure.


She’s sipping.¬† I’m stroking.¬† We are so getting this.


Whatcha think?¬† It’s called Walk in the Rain, Part II.

Or maybe I’ll rename mine walk in the asteroids, I don’t know…

I’ll be honest, I did strip to just my lovely under tank top for the whole painting part.I know me.¬† I spill.¬† At least I arrived and left in style¬†with this on and my new purse on my shoulder.

As I said, I am already using my new purse.¬† It didn’t take me long to make the switchover.¬† You ladies know what that means.¬† It can be an emotional event.

And I wore the burgundy covered loveliness tank top for happy hour drinking on Saturday, and afterwards to walk my dog.

Commence walk photo shoot:


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bracelet shot (I’m sure its from Goodwill, but honestly can’t rememberūüôā


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I hope you are inspired to make some finds of your own!

Til next time,


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