Fashion Frugality How To

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This whole outift, head to toe, is under $50.

Believe it?

You should.

Shirt: Burlington Coat Factory, on clearance for $6.98 last Friday

Jeans: Goodwill (NY&Co.) $7.99

Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory, $9.99

Earrings: Family Dollar, $1

Shoes: Payless Shoe Source, Half off in a BOGO sale, 17.50

As you all know, I am a Goodwill aficionado, and find absolutely great deals there.  However, it is by far from the only place I find good deals.  I impress myself all the time with my fashion frugality.

So I would like to start impressing you and share with you great finds in addition to the ones I discover at Goodwill.  Hopefully you will be inspired and will believe that you DO NOT need to pay full price or break the bank (how does one break a bank anyway?) to look FABULOUS.

You can read about when I bought the jeans here.

I still love them.  In case you are of the lazy type and don’t want to click on that link and go to a WHOLE ‘nother web page, I got them for $7.99 and they are NY&Co Jeggings, although they do still have a zipper and button and are very substantial jeans.  Basically, I don’t agree with the jegging label, but that is what it says on the tag.

One may argue (as I do sometimes with myself) that if you are getting a good deal, it is because someone else doesn’t want it and it’s just an ugly piece of clothing that no one should own.

Not so.

I do pay, on the rare occasion, full price for items that I really truly feel in my heart are worth it.  Items that I won’t have nights of sleepless regret over.  And I get wonderful compliments on said items, and I accept said compliments graciously like a Lady.

HOWEVER.

I get many compliments on my bargains as well.  Just as many.

Case in point.

When trying on the lovely white shirt a lady actually walked up to me and told me it looked so good that I needed to buy one in every color.  Of course this just upset me because it was on clearance and I knew in my heart there were no other colors.

This did not stop me from looking.

I didn’t find anything.

But, my point is, I got a compliment not only while trying the shirt on, but once again last night while wearing it at an industry party at Bar 308 (awesome place if you ever get the chance to check it out).  Two compliments and it only cost me $6.98.  I am growing to refrain myself from responding to a compliment with the place and price I got it for and instead simply saying “Thank you.”

I was so excited to find a shirt of this style that fit well.  I have been wanting one since February when I first saw this style in a Target ad.  And now I own a wonderfully hobo sheik one that can be embellished with one of my many statement necklaces.

Lastly, as if the Universe knew I was going to write this post today,  this happened.  The lady sitting next to me at California Pizza Kitchen where I had lunch with my new friend, asked me where I got the earrings in this outfit from because she ABSOLUTELY LOVED them.

Family Dollar.

I was almost embarrassed to tell her.  Not because of myself but because she may be embarrassed that she liked jewelry from such a place.  Luckily, she seemed okay after the information was shared.  She didn’t immediately melt into a pile of shame on the floor of CPK.

Incidentally, I have since failed to see any more jewelry at Family Dollar.  Maybe it was a fluke that they were selling it there that day, but it just proves, you should always be on the lookout for a fashion deal.  You never know where they are going to pop up.

Happy shopping, and always, thrifting.

-Jaime

Jackpot…decisions need to be made

This past Saturday I finally had time to make a stop into my local Goodwill in East Nashville, and spent a good hour perusing and was happily happily rewarded.

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Look at that cart full of lovely patterns and color combinations galore.  Old Navy and Forever 21 and Target among them.

And I thought I had found a lot/done well at this point.

Little did I know.

Cut to a half hour later.

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And this is what my cart looked like.  Just a few more items 😉

Full of stripes and flowers and colors even more galore.

I think I set a personal record for most items of clothing tried on in one visit.  Possibly.  It’s hard to tell.  There are several other very close seconds I know.

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‘Yes’s’ to the left, ‘No’s’ to the right.

I said this in the dressing room to myself and the Bob Dylan song “clowns to the left of me, joker’s to the right…” popped into my head.    Now you can all sing “Stuck in the middle with you” for the rest of the day.  You’re welcome.

Luckily, most of the dressing room ‘no’s’ were easy decisions to make due to fit, etc.  I only had to turn a few down because of grownup things like cost and and just maybe not really completely needing another shirt.. dress.. shoe..what have you…. 😦

Now for some closeups…

This is one of the yes’s… turned a no…

the decision had to be made.

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One too many ruffles was the deciding factor.

Although I was very excited to find a lovely blue form fitting dress for $7.99 because I am trying to stear away from always wearing loose hippy type clothing, and MAYBE show off the figure I work so hard to keep for once…

But the ruffles were a bit excessive.  And I had to leave it behind.  To the right of the dressing room it went.

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Yes, yes, yes all over this outfit.

top by a.n.n.a. for $4.49.  Flowy.  Wow, what a surprise.  Who cares.  Love.

NY&Co. dark leggins jeans, with a zipper and button so they’re not completely jeggings I don’t think, my size, my style, $7.99.  To my house they go.

A girl needs to keep her skinny jeans in stock if she insists on keeping her tops as big and flowy as possible.  It’s all about balance.

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Keeping it casual in a loose fitting striped tee.

I can’t remember the brand, but it was also 4.49.  I wore it to the dog park that day.

I like it better with white shorts, but I’d have to be crazy to wear white shorts to a dog park.  Crazy.

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Flowery short sleeve peasant blouse by Converse for Target, $4.49.  With a tie in the back to cinch the waist.

I wore it to an outdoor movie night in East Nashville the following night.

The movie pick was Raising Arizona with Nicolas Cage and John Goodman amongh others.  I wasn’t excited about it but wanted to go anyway.

I. Loved. It.

So quirky and weird and awesome (exactly how I described it to my bf when he asked how it was).  Don’t know how I went so long without it in my life.

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Me and my girlfriend’s dog, Lady.  Sorry about the blur.  It happens.

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My friend Christina and I completely engrossed in the picture.  (No, my eyes are not closed- it was the flash 🙂

Such a fun night.  Perfect weather.  Food trucks, local beer (Jackalope), movie outside while lying on blankets with friends and dogs.  Bliss!

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Can’t forget the homegoods section.

Glass beaded candle, $1.99.

I’m moving in with my friend this weekend, and I think this will match her (our) decor very well.

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All my finds together.  $34 total.  Not horrible at all.

Not included in a close-up:

Striped gray tee v-neck by Vintage, $4.49.

Pink Pashmina scarf, $1.99.

And square baking pan, $1.99.  Gotta keep those baked goods on hand to help me fill out those skinny jeans!:)  Don’t think that just comes natural! Haha.

I made butterscotch brownies in them that very day…and then remade them the next day as I failed the first time.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again!

And I did.

And I will.

That’s what life is about!

Thanks for stopping by, please come again, and leave a comment or two or three!

-Jaime

Floweraholics Anonymous

Hi.  My name is Jaime.  And I am addicted to flowers.

The first step is ackowledgement they say.

But how am I supposed to kick it if Goodwill keeps providing me with such lovely flowered cover things??

For so cheap??

I don’t know, but its best just not to fight it, I think.

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Small hanging canvas, .99.  Priced on the spot.  Reasonably:)

Is it not the cutest thing ever??? I ’bout had a heart attack when I picked it up.

This is known as a GBISHA- the ‘Goodwill bargain induced shock heart attack’.

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Standing Photo album/frame, $2.99.

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Hanging Jewelry Organizer, $.99!! The cheapest I have seen them is $9.99.  Anywhere.

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Little blue flowery journal, for my songwriting ways, $.99.

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Three mason jars, $.49 each,

used to make tealight on water candle holders like this:

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So pretty!?

Tealights were $2 for 20 at Family Dollar, one of my other favorite places to shop.

They have candles like this on the bar top where I work, and I loved it so much I wanted to copy it at my house.  I knew Goodwill has mason jars a lot, so I popped over to get these, and found them along with all my other great items as well.

Pretty simple:

Just fill the mason jar with water.  Place the tealight on top.

Immediate pretty and romantic ambience.

What I DIDN’T take home:

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This awesome Mossimo from Target (donated, not purchased from Target by Goodwill) striped boatneck pocket shirt for $4.49.

Why you ask?

This:
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Normally, I would buy the shirt/item, get home, and notice the indiscretion.  Somehow I noticed it before I purchased it this time and couldn’t bring myself to buy it.  For the best I guess.  $4.49 more in my pocket.

A GREAT day at Goodwill, I’d say.  I love all my items so much, and do not care how flowery or feminine they are.  I am flowery and feminine and am proud of it.  I may have to change my decor ways someday when I get married…but we’ll see.

Until then….

Thanks for stopping by!

Go out and support your local Goodwills and thrift stores!  They do great work!  (For both our closets, homes, and society 😉

-Jaime

Vacation and it feels so good!

I am writing you from….vacation!!!

Ahh, so nice, so relaxing.

I work at a school, and it is currently February break, one week of glorious nothingness.  I was going to stay in my home state and relax and ‘get stuff done’ there…

but the second day in, decided a 16 hour drive to TN, Nashville, to visit friends where I used to live, and Knoxville where a friend moved, sounded MUCH better.

Indeed.  I impressively made the first 13 hour stretch in one piece, driving through the night- a FIRST for me, I usually give up after about 4 hours of driving and hand the wheel to someone else.  But the adrenaline really kicked in, and I made it til 3 am from 2:45 p.m. with no problem, and then had to take a few hourly stops to finish out the trip.

But I  made it to my first stop, Knoxville, in one piece where my friend Matt lives.

I crashed for a few hours and then we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine on his back patio, in a dress I found at Goodwill last Fall, wearing it here for the first time:

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I may not be in Florida or the Caribbean, but if I can enjoy a glass of wine on a back patio outside, it’s vacation.  Gotta have my iced coffee too.

Here’s some more pictures for ya:

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A Target dress by Mossimo, new from the store, for $5.99.  Oh look at those eyelets.

Gotta have a nice shot by the bird bath.

I also made it to Goodwill this past Saturday and did very well.

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My loot.

Two of those are gifts for other people.  So generous I am 🙂

A shirt for one of my nieces, whichever one it fits, an adorable little flowery peasant top from Italy half off for $2.00

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It says for a six year old, but it looks a teensy small so it may go to the fiver, Anna.

And also a shirt from a spa in Norwich for my Mom, half off for $2.00.  I know she’s never been there, but it has a pretty design I knew she would love, and I have distinct memories of her workout sweater when I was child being from a college I’m sure she never attended, so I knew she wouldn’t mind.

Sure enough when she saw it, she said, “Now I can pretend I’ve been there.”  Ha.  What did I say?  Or think….

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Ain’t it purty?

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about  myself…

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American Eagle jeans for $9.99 in pretty good condition- and they’re long enough!!!! It’s a miracle.

To go with a burnt orange Calvin Klein 3/4 tee with rouching beneath the chest and button classps on the bottom of the sleeves, also $9.99

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There’s a few more goodies in there that will have to wait for next time…:)  I’m planning on wearing at least one this week…weather permitting.

I’ve got to go enjoy my wine and company!

Enjoy your presidents week wherever you are :0)

Peace and Happy thrifting,

Jaime

“It’s your path… not theirs”