My Sanctuary- with $4.49 Tiled Garden Table

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tiled garden table, Half-off for $4.49

This is my front porch.

Lovely place, wouldn’t you say?

I agree.

However, I haven’t hung out here much since I moved here July 1.  I don’t know why.

But I was at Goodwill this past Saturday- I stopped in for half-off day (which takes place the first Saturday of every month in my area- make sure you check your local Goodwill specials as everywhere is different!!)  It’s usually pretty crazy, but they staff it well so that it doesn’t take too long once you get in line, and I found this awesome tiled garden table.

It was priced at $8.99, so I got it for half at $4.49.  Not bad at all.

I love the bright, fun tile pattern.

As soon as I got home, I put it on my porch, and immediately sat out there with a glass of wine and a homemade harvest salad (bleu cheese, apples, almonds and mushrooms and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing)  It was as good as it sounds, yes.

And I sat out there again yesterday.

I guess all my porch needed was a table.

And I am loving it.  Somehow theres just enought shade, that even in 90+ degree hotness, I still feel okay out there for a little bit.  Maybe the table is a little magical too.  Maybe.

That’s Goodwill for ya.  Showing ya things you never knew you always needed.  For less.

-Jaime

Live the life you’ve always dreamed.  Go ahead

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”

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?