Pillowcase Gifts…and other fun things

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Gap navy blue skinny capri khakis, stitching down the front leg, just my size (and taste)! $5.99

Vintage Couture wall art, just my taste! $gifted from my Mom, the original goodwill-aholic {and role model}.

New from Target black Champion fleece jacket, $12

Purple and orange Avia workout pullover hoodie, $3

New from Target brown faux leather boots, just my size, $15

I wore the top outfit to work today, and thought I’d share it with y’all!  The pants and boots were purchased within the past two months at my local Goodwill boutique.

The wall art was sitting on my bed waiting for me when I got home as a gift from my dear Mom.  She knows of my love for all things Vintage and Couture, and so found it hard not to snap these up for me.  Not much better than coming home to gifts sitting on your pillowcase, am I right?

The black fleece has served me very well in my homecoming in September to CT and to a very harsh winter.  I came home from warm TN with not much winter wear to speak of, and Goodwill (plus some great Christmas sales at Old Navy) have helped stock me back up.

Lastly, the Avia workout top was another of my purchases I bought with the grouping I blogged about last night, in “A Smattering of Things”.  I knew there was something missing in that post!  The morning I found and purchased this top, I said to  myself, “I need a workout pullover for when I go to the gym or want to run outside with my dog…”


(I just happen to have an adorable picture of him.  Baker Jones.  Black lab/Shepherd extraordinairre.  Look, I can spell extraordinairre:)

and in true Goodwill fashion, I found one.  I love when that happens.

Lastly, I will share with you some action shots of my new Forever XXI cropped knitted sweater:


(You see?  Way in the corner….:)  Watching my adorable and crazy nephew Luke,


and after a wonderful last minute potluck dinner with friends in the second.  It’s versatile enough for both events.  The mark of a great sweater.

The gal on the left is my thrifting compatriot:)  Her pants (which you can’t see…because I smartly deleted the picture in which you could…) are White House Black Market from Goodwill, for less than $10.  You’ll have to take my word that they look great.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please share with me your finds and thoughts and go out and support shopping second hand, good causes, and saving money!  Experience the thrill of the hunt:)


Workout Wear and Dresses for Spring!


I apologize, I have been to Goodwill a couple times since I last posted, but haven’t shared the wealth!  I would like to change that.

Today, I found this lovely workout top by Champion, I am assuming from Target, for $4.29:

Price at the store, probably just under $20.  Do I really need to point out the average 75% discount anymore I get off of retail?  I didn’t think so. 

Do I think people were judging me because I was taking a picture of myself in the mirror instead of working out?  Maybe, but they were also probably admiring my cute top.  So, it’s a win really.  I also may bank on this fact for any weird thing that I do….you can do whatever you want as long as you look cute doing it, right?  Right.  That’s what I thought.

Here is a view of the back:

And now you know I have a super flowery and girly quilt.  I love it. 

Pre-sprint workout pic.  Not sure about the sly little grin, I guess I felt pretty good about how this workout was gonna go.  I was right.

Post-sprints.  Not as attractive, slightly redder, definitely happier:)  And if you can’t tell, the shirt held up just fine.  Score one….million for Goodwill finds!

I also have to share some pics of the wonderful downtown Nashville YMCA that I go to.  I love it because it has huge windows on each side so you get great views of downtown while you work out.  There is also a rooftop pool in the summer and rooftop track open year round.  It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.

View from downstairs.

View from the upstairs indoor track that I sometimes run on.  It has wall to wall windows on two sides.  So its almost like you’re outside, kinda, but with controlled air conditioned weather and no rain.   

So that is where I workout.  Now ya know.  You’re welcome. 

Not done yet!  I still have to show you my wonderful dresses that I found a couple weeks ago for Spring.  There are three to be exact.

Number One:

Ya Los Angeles green military inspired zipper dress, $7.99. 

I have already gotten at least two compliments on this dress, while wearing it.  I felt the need to point that out for some reason, as if I regularly have people trolling my closets and complimenting my clothes.  Not the case, not the case.

Warning: Do not hang out around friends who like to unzip this dress when you are not looking.  It can end badly.  I’m not saying this did or did not happen to me, but it did.  And it ended somewhat badly. 

Number Two:

Navy Blue Forever XXI Wrap Dress with frilly chest, $7.99

I mean, really?  $7.99.  You don’t dresses like this for $7.99.  Doesn’t it just knock your socks off?  It did mine.  Literally, I kicked them off so that I could see what this dress looked like without them:)  And it is Forever 21.  Show me a girl who doesn’t shop at Forever 21…No, really, and then I can take her there and rock her world.  She may be overwhelmed at first, but then she will find something for under $20 that she will use ALL the time and just love, and she too will understand. 

Warning:  Do not walk over blowing air vents downtown for the high probability of having a non-desired Marylin Monroe induced dress incident where your dress blows up to showcase areas not meant to be showcased to those around you.  I’m not saying this did or did not happen to me, but it also did.  And thanks to my amazingly quick reflexes, it didn’t end too badly.  The family that was walking behind me MAY disagree.   :-/

You live, you learn.  My favorite motto.

Number Three:

Green flowy dress.  No label.  $7.99

It looks a little shapeless on the hanger, but very nice on.  And the waist can be worn at your natural waist, or around your hips, which gives a couple options, and I love options!!  And I’m sure the light weightedness of this will come in handy on those 100 degree humid Tennessee summer days….just a hunch. 

I have no warning yet for this one, but I do foresee the tie straps across the shoulders being a problem.  Let’s hope I am not right.  I clearly did not think the riskiness of these dress purchases through!  🙂

That’s it for now. 

What finds have you found lately? 

Are you ready for spring with some new spring wardrobe purchases?

Do you love your gym as much as me? 

I hope so!