Leather Satchel, $7.99- Sunday Trip

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This purse really speaks for itself.  I almost didn’t get it because of a dark little scuff on the front, but caught a glimpse of it while waiting in line to purchase a frame, and its strength and beauty took me away once more, so I snatched it up for good.

It is clearly real leather, great detailing and just quality work, you can tell.  For $7.99 I feel its a great price. It will also fit in well with the laid back, muted style of Nashville.  Understated, but still expensive looking.  Its about quality and functionality.

The leather also seems an appropriate choice for the coming colder winter month, although I hate to think about them.  Fall forever, please?  Thanks.

I got this trip on my first trip with my new boyfriend, I told him it was a step in our relationship, coming to Goodwill with me.  I don’t go with just anyone:)  Well, that’s not true, I would go with any and everyone who wanted to go to Goodwill, but its still a special time for me no matter what.  I saw something that caught my eye as soon as we walked in (a scarf…but they priced it at 8.99- are you kidding?? Is it Armani??  Not everything Goodwill does pleases or makes sense to me), so I said, bye, see you in a few, smiled and walked to the woman’s department.

He came back in a short bit, not long enough, but I’ll oblige, with a ‘new’ science fiction book for 1.99.  He is trying to get back into reading after the excitement I had over my last book, Henry and Clara, and our subsequent trip to Mary Lincoln’s house in Lexington, KY.  He’s a science fiction more than historical fiction type, I’ll allow it.

Altogether a successful tip, bonding and shopping combinado.

I’ll include a few other pictures of what we did that day…  I had a Sunday off of work for once and so we were able to spend pretty much the entire day together, doing mostly a bunch of nothing…and it was nice.

We started with a trip to the quite local <two walking blocks away> coffee shop so I could do a homework assignment, and was immediately greeted by a string quartet when I walked in: (have I mentioned I love heart adore Nashville?)

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I was worried it may be too distracting, but it turned out just fine.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see they have QUITE the brunch menu items on Sunday from 10-2 (I was in luck- it was right around 12:00)

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We got the eggs benedict casserole, smoked gouda grits, and the vegetarian biscuits with mushroom gravy ( I am a sucker for mushrooms).  It was all delicious.

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as you can see.  I love Nashville and my neighborhood.  Which is why I pay what I do to live in a basement apartment with minimal windows, but maximal area enjoyment 🙂

Sunday funday indeed.

Thanks for stopping by, happy thrifting and living!

❤ Jaime

Some History in Lexington, KY at the Mary Todd Lincoln House, Thanks to Goodwill

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DKNY Skinny jeans- $7.49, representin’ at the Mary Todd Lincoln house in Lexington, KY, Goodwill

Unpictured- “Henry and Clara”, a novel, .99, Goodwill in CT.

Who’s that sexy tourist in DKNY skinny blue jeans?  (hey, if you can’t pay yourself compliments, then who can?  I’m aware that question doesn’t make much sense)

It’s me.

I’m so excited about this picture and everything about it for one main reason- the reason I am where I am in this picture as well as the clothing in it are BOTH owed to Goodwill.  This picture is of me visiting the home of the late Mary Todd Lincoln, an experience I am so thankful to have had, but would never have happened if it hadn’t been for a novel called “Henry and Clara” that I picked up and couldn’t put back down at Goodwill last August.

Not only was the book amazing, but it thankfully broke my 1-2 year reading dry spell that I had sadly been on.  It was about Henry and Clara Rathbone, the two people sitting in the booth with Abraham Lincoln when he was assassinated by one John Wilkes Booth.  It is a gripping, tragic, controversial love story as well as informative historical recounting of those turbulent times in our country’s history that will have anyone who reads it gripped.  Who knew how interesting their stories were?  Well I am glad one person did and decided to write this amazing and informative novel, allowing me to look like a huge dork being excited about historical dead people when talking to friends about my life… So If you love History, Abraham Lincoln, or just looking at words on paper at all, you’ve GOT to give this one a try.

While the story is about Henry and Clara Rathbone, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary were not surprisingly large parts of the story as well, as there would be no book without them.  I always grow very close to the characters (er in this case…real people….?) in the books that I read.  So when I found out that Mary Todd Lincoln’s house, where she spent ages 14-22 of her life and visited later on with Abe, was in the very town of Lexington, KY that I happened to be visiting for a couple days, I was quite ecstatic.  I couldn’t wait to get there and stand on the very same ground that she had.

If she was alive, this may be considered stalking.  Lucky for me, she isn’t, so I’m safe for the moment.

I stood on the ground, and you can now view the excitement of that happening at your leisure in the picture I have posted above.

But without Goodwill, I wouldn’t know of Mary Todd, or be excited about her house in Lexington, KY, where I happened to be visiting.  And it would have been just another historical landmark on the side of the road I would have driven right by.

Assuming I was on that road for some other reason.  If not, I would have not even driven by it, but I didn’t know what else to say so I said “I would have just driven by.”

I also wouldn’t have had any pants on.

Well, that may be false.  I’m sure I would have put something on, but they wouldn’t have been these great DKNY skinny died blue jeans.

THE POINT IS- the reach of Goodwill knows no bounds in my life.  🙂  And I am so thankful for that.

I’m also sure the late First Lady would have appreciated my frugality at her residence.

Actually- I know that’s not true- the book talked of her great opulence in what she spent on her clothing and fashions, sometimes ridiculous amounts.

Look at me!  Look what I know about Abraham Lincoln’s wife’s dressing habits!  I’m so impressed.

(There I go again with the compliments.) I’ve gotten used to it.

They had tours at the house, but they were an hour long and we were on a time crunch, so we left sans tour and some history learning that may have happened, but most likely with a happier boyfriend.  He did not read the book, so I’m SURE did not share my excitement for this old wood structure on the side of the road that housed some people at some point.  I did read it, and so did share in my own excitement quite a bit.

Here are a few more pictures of the grounds, and the lovely sign saying, “this building is of importance- take note” outside.  Pictures are not allowed inside, so I obliged the rules and kept my finger clicking to the exterior.  The gardens were at least quite pretty though.

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And there ya have it.  Thanks to Goodwill, I read this great book and found out about Mary Todd Lincoln, the controversial love story and lives of Henry and Clara Rathbone who were in the booth with Abe that night, and so much more.

Next on my list…Natchitoches, LA, the setting for Cane River, one of my favorite historical fiction novels about four generations of slavery and then early emancipation.  Its only just over 10 hours away…somehow I just haven’t gathered the courage or time to make that visit yet.  I’ll keep you posted….

….as I’m sure I’ll be wearing or using something Goodwill when the time arrives.

Happy thrifting and living,

❤ Jaime

 

Teal Statement Vase and Vintage Plate as Butter Dish

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The first time I came upon this lovely large vase, I passed on it.  9.99, despite being much lower than the 40ish I’d pay at a first hand store, seemed too high.  The second time apparently it struck me as just right and it went in my shopping cart, then my car, and then home to sit here forever.  Or until I move.  Which will probably be in about 6 months.

Pre-vase, we had these twigs sitting in an empty St. Germain carafe (St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur used in lots of craft cocktails these days).  This was appropriate and very cool in the absence of a nice vase like this, being the bartender that I am, but that now sits empty at the moment on the windowsill and this vase gets center stage.  Deservedly so.

It’s in perfect teal condition, with no marks or scratches.

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I also got this lovely ‘butter dish’, for my purposes at least, for .49.  Can’t beat that!  I was having trouble finding an ACTUAL butter dish, you know- in the shape of a stick of butter with a lid to keep those butter eating pests out, preferably from the 1940’s or before.  So I thought what better excuse to look for a cute vintage small plate to use on my counter.  Turns out there aren’t very many fly eating pests, and my butter has been quite safe, and very stylish I might add, sans lid, on my counter.  I haven’t gotten sick yet.  But I have gotten happy.  Every time I catch a glimpse of this dish in my kitchen activities.

Its always fun to think of alternate uses for pretty things in your house.  I am pleased with this one.

Happy thrifting and living,

❤ Jaime

Healthy Eating Makes Me Happy

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Not exactly gourmet food photography…I’ll admit…but it is my lunch and that counts for something right?  I thought so.  So clearly it has been awhile since this blog has seen a post…my apologies.  And the longer it goes without one, the more amazing I feel the next post needs to be, and then anxiety gets the best of me and nothing proceeds to be posted.  For awhile.  Then I decided, you know what, every post is amazing, so I will proceed with sharing this most amazing lunch container that has changed my life in every way possible.

Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it has made bringing dipping and spreading sauces, such as peanut butter, hummus, guacamole, you name it, along with me to work for lunch/snacks much easier.  All for .99.  Goodwill is amazing.

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As you can see here, I have a lovely assortment of homemade albacore tuna (so worth the extra .30-.50 over just regular non albacore tuna- who knows what albacore even means anyway?? I don’t at all, but it does taste good), moving on, which I mixed with about a T. of olive oil mayonnaise (much less fat and calories for those health food eaters), a little Dijon mustard, and some pepper.  Does the trick.  The trick being feeding me.  I also made some guacamole- a little extra ripe avocado, garlic salt and lime juice mashed up together in a happy conglomeration, and then filled the rest with these amazing pretzel chip things to use for dipping.  How cute and healthy and fun.  I like to be able to describe my food and myself using the same words- I think I succeeded here.

Eating healthy makes me very happy.  And anything that makes it easier for me to eat healthy, like this container, does the very same.

I got this container several months ago, and have never looked back.  Except to praise the Goodwill gods responsible that day for bringing us together and it into my lunch eating sauce dipping life.

Goodwill is so much more than great clothes and accessories!  Make sure to check out the kitchen ware on your next visit!

Happy thrifting and living,

❤ Jaime

Home. Warmed. Ahhhhhh

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 What would I do without Goodwill? 

My house would be cold, oh so cold.  Now it is warm, oh so warm.  

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1 sturdy, solid real wood end table.  7.99.  (whaaat?) That spot was just waiting for it, and it fills it out so nicely, kind of like I fill out a spaghetti strap tank top 🙂

2 corner table, with bottom ledge.  6.99.  says ‘come on in, put something down on me and stay awhile’ ok, I will. 

3 hanging frame, filled with my adventures out West while staying with my Grandparents in Utah the summer after my Freshman year of University.  ( I said ‘University’ instead of college because secretly I want to be British).  The middle picture is of the Delicate Arch, one of my favorite attractions out at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah ( I recommend anyone and everyone go if you ever, or if you don’t ever, get the chance- make the chance:) Worth it.

4 what can I say about this picture frame(s).  nothing that would do it justice. love. flowery, sparkly pink, pretty and also somewhat rustic metal.  fun fact: each picture showcased here is from a different state.  Completely not on purpose, but so fun when I realized that!  I’ll give you a “you’re not a complete moron” if you can tell me where the top left is from.  :)….San Francisco! ding ding!  Not many ridiculously huge red bridges, yet called Golden, hanging out out there.  The second is in Charleston, SC for my friend’s nuptials, the third is in Tampa, FL where I had a run in with my mama last August! what fun that was…and lastly, bottom right is from here in Nashville lake-ing it last Labor Day with some friendly folks, and a couple dogs, at Percy Priest Lake/Dam

My home is a happy home and so warm now.  All from one trip to the will of good.  Well, at least partly. 

I’ll leave you with a couple more snapshots

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I got some other great finds that day that I can’t wait to share with you!!  Think leather…….or not.  But if you do, you’ll be that much closer to guessing what one of the items are…

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

 

Outfit under 10…and ain’t it great?

Outfit under 10...and ain't it great?

Top- Banana Republic at Goodwill- 4.49
Shorts- J. crew at Goodwill- 4.49
Total outfit- priceless:)

Ok well maybe not…more like 8.98 to be exact.

Look at me being all preppy with the J. Crew and Banana Republic. I have my moments.

These shorts are awesome. What with turning 30 this past year, I feel it’s time to lengthen my short length, mom or not (except to my dog Baker) and I’m ok with that. These will be great for running around and looking green in. In fact I wore them grocery shopping the very day I got them. Groceries bought and eaten very successfully.

The shirt. The shirt. What can I say. How cute?? And white…this makes me a little nervous. But again, turning 30, I should be able to handle a white shirt here and there, but maybe not to the dog park, as I almost did for it’s first adventure. That is something a 25 year old Jaime would do. Not a mature smart responsible 30 year old Jaime. So it still sits, white and ready, waiting to be adventured and told about to you.

It is so pretty though.

And a perfectly fitting size 8. I love seeing that number at Goodwill. As well as a 7. My shoe size.

Do you go back and forth between styles too? Or strictly stay trendy/hipster/preppy/hippy/what have you? I’ve decided I like to change it up myself. Life is too short to live once. Get it?:) Change it up!!

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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Safety First, Cuteness Always

Safety First, Cuteness Always

.99 shirt by Mossimo from Goodwill
Heart shaped sunglasses- 12.99 from a boutique in New Orleans

I’ve decided the best kind of souvenir you can get is one that you can wear. Surprising, huh?:). I still love my burnt orange earrings I got from a boutique in the Mission district in San Francisco, and I get to think about that wonderful trip every time I wear them. And I get to talk about it when people compliment the earrings. It’s a win win.

This cute shirt was a steal at a .99 Wednesday at Goodwill a couple months ago. And it was Froommate (that is a word I made up for a friend that is a roommate) approved as well when she saw me wearing it while getting ready in the bathroom this am. Morning is simply too long to type out.

Side note- we have a two sinked bathroom. How cool is that. Kind of weird since we are just two girls- but instead of his and hers, it’s hers and hers, and I love it:). That’s really all I have to say about that, but I think it’s cool we each get our own sink. I’ve never had my own whole sink before. Now if that doesn’t make you feel accomplished I don’t know what will.

Well actually, I can think of quite a few things…your own Lamborghini…your own house…your own dresser set…I guess I’ll start with a sink for now 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the special sale days at your local thrift store! My friend got a Lauren Conrad dress for .99 at a .99 Goodwill day recently!! You never know!!

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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If this is what cheating gets me…

If this is what cheating gets me...

…then I’m sorry, I’m not gonna stop.

Oh, also, I cut all my hair off 🙂

And what more does a pixie cut need than a ponies are pretty shirt. So many p’s in there.

This shirt set me back $3.59. And put me forward a whole lot more.

So cute.

Happy thrifting AND living,

Jaime ❤

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Wide leg trouser button front jeans- $6.59.

Wide leg trouser button front jeans- $6.59.

I’m not gonna lie- I cheated on Goodwill the last couple days with a not so little thrift store down here called ‘The Southern Thrift’. I’m not ashamed, I got some good stuff.

Including these button front (I am and always have been obsessed with this classic button front high, or semi high, waist style) wide leg trousers by Ann Taylor Loft for…$6.59.

I paired these trousers with one of my favorite imitation vintage graphic tees I got for right around 3.48 at Tar-jay clearance a couple years ago. I got another pattern in the same style shirt, pink with a big graphic butterfly, at the same time, but sadly am afraid I got rid of it in one of those silly times I ACTUALLY cleaned out my closet. I won’t let that happen again.

These both were paired with my trusty open toed flats by blowfish that I got for around $20 at DSW probably more than 2 years ago. And I kid you not, I get compliments on EVERY time I wear them. I really don’t get it, but clearly they’re something special. I hope they NEVER DIE, knock on wood, because I wear them year round, get compliments on them, and am not sure what will happen to me if they do. So we just won’t think about it.

Blowfish. Please keep on keepin’ on. Mama’s got ya.

Side side note- clearly I love this blowfish brand- Goodwill blessed me with a pair of perfect little grey booties by blowfish this last year for $3. Love them as well. But my flats always come first. I’m a grounded girl and I like it that way.

I also got a great oversized quilted ‘purse’ that I will use as a brief case of sorts for notebooks and a laptop (my friend’s, mine is still…broken).

The rest of the list includes size appropriate (smaller than a quarter) clip on (fun!) earrings for work, and a shirt that rivals my imitation graphic tee, and that I may make a separate post to share, a tee from AE that says, “Ponies are pretty,” done. Done. Boatneck shortsleeve pink perfection. $3.59. I will share.

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Festival (Block Party) Wear

Festival (Block Party) Wear

Well it was more of a block party than a festival, but if more than a couple bands are on the bill I’m gonna call it a festival and feel fine about it. And maybe because I don’t have any festivals on the books to go to this year, it makes me feel like I made it to one. So just let me have this one 🙂

Anyway, yesterday I went to a ‘block party’ put on by a couple organizations, the collaborations of which resulted in a local bill of 5 successful Nashville bands, local food trucks and art/craft vendors, taking place at an old car factory turned music venue downtown. All for only $10 with the radio station’s discount code (y’all know I used it). Great deal.

And I wore another, probably one of my most versatile, statement necklaces. I paired it with a very exciting purchase of a dress that I made last Fall at Target for $7.48.

I looooove Target clearance, sometimes.

Honestly the prices can be better than Goodwill if you happen to be there at the right time. (Sorry, Goodwill, I called ya out a little).

The first time I wore this dress, and the only other time, was to my friend’s bridal shower in Charleston, SC, last October and the lady I was staying with (through airbnb.com- a great way to travel cheaply if anyone is interested out there) couldn’t believe the price I paid and where I got it. She said it looked boutique and much more expensive.

Well, duh.

I don’t pay the prices, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like, and have…the look 😉 Can I get an amen???

And pairing the dress with this statement necklace from Burlington really adds, and completes the look.

I did quite a bit of people, I mean Fashion, watching at the block festival party and got quite jealous of some looks I saw. But hopefully there were one or two liking what they saw on me too, and returning the jealousy favor. I mean, us girls dress for other girls when it really comes down to it, right?

Anyway, the night and music was awesome. The band I was really excited to see, The Wild Feathers, definitely showed up and delivered, and dancing ensued.

2500 other people agreed, it was sold out, and I was so proud of Nashville for supporting this all local event. What with everyone, almost, being artists and musicians in this town, it can be quite hard to draw a crowd or impress, but the performers last night clearly did, and it was touching to see all the local love.

Shop, eat, live, love- local.

Well, love…ok, you can do that globally, as long as the local is included 😉

And keep thrifting buying second hand always…

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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