More Dresses for Jaime :) Oh, and the greatest coffee table EVER

 

 A girl can never have too many dresses, right?  Well, if you look at my closet you will know that the answer is No.  Capital N.

I got this one at Goodwill a couple weeks ago:

7.99, Origially Old Navy, animal inspired print navy blue shirt dress.

Necklace: Plato’s Closet.   Strappy Wedges: Target.

And then you can put this great khaki fitted blazer over for a different, more put together, maybe a little warmer? look.

Oh, yeah, the blazer is also from Goodwill, 6.99.  Does that surprise you?  Origially from Target for I think over $20.  My sister was’t happy when she saw mine.  Yeah, she got it at Target in black for the regular price.  I still love her though.

And also this one:

Ann Taylor Loft, also, 7.99. 

Boots: Nashville Flea Market, 5.00

From some grown up store Ann Taylor Loft.  But I can still sass it up with red cowboy boots and my chunky yellow necklace from Plato’s closet, Ann Taylor Loft or not.  I will admit, I am guilty of loving a purse, seeing it is Liz Claiborne or some similar other ‘old lady’ brand (sorry Liz), in my opinion at least, and immediately putting it down:/  No questions asked, not further inspection of the product.  Not for me.  I am not ashamed to admit that.  I am glad I didn’t do that with this dress.  Although it is harder to do this at Goodwill when most things are under $8.  If I like it, it could say Dress Barn for all I care, and I’d still buy it.  Well, that may be going a little too far. 

I like the waist pleats on this dress, and the cap sleeves.  So cute. 

Oh, you want to see the greatest coffee table ever?  Or the top three… as my boyfriend says.  He may be right, but I’ve never seen the other two.  Remains to be proved.  Like most of our arguments:)

Here goes…

No idea where this is originally from, Heaven?  🙂 But it was $35.  I would’ve paid twice that, for the look, the storage, the stylish legs, the rustic look….oh, let me count the ways.  

Oh, I almost forgot, the top flips up to reveal more storage inside, in addition to the droor on the front:

Clearly, I am already making use of it:)  This is a great way to just put everything you would throw on TOP of your coffee table, inside it, and creat the illusion that you are perfectly neat, clean, put together person:)  Everybody will be jealous.  Everyone you get to come to your house at least.  Which by that point, they’re already pretty impressed with you anyway, right?  Okay, now you see how my rambling mind works, and what I live with everyday. 

And it came with this great vintage Reader’s digest condensed book inside the front droor:

Not to be unclear, it is the book on top.  I may have seen that this was in the droor before I purchased it, but I just thought I’d assume it was a package deal, and not tell the Goodwill folks.  I knew it would look perfect on top of my new table:)  The other two are books that are currently on my reading radar, All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (I’m pretty sure I have mentioned how much I love her several times by this point) and a book that I think was supposed to make it to my grandfather for christmas, along with several others, The Birth of Modern Politics, but I think it looks pretty interesting, so I’ll just hand it over next time I catch up with him:)  (If you’re reading this Bubs, now ya know!)

I think that is enough to leave you with today, I wouldn’t want you to burst with impressed-ness.  That should be a word.  Goodwill has me for at lesat another month, in which I’m sure it will amaze me once again, and hook me for another month…and so on and so forth. 

In case you forgot, Goodwill is known for helping and hiring people with disabilities, so they do really good work!  Your money not only gets you great finds, but goes to a great cause!

So go out and see what you can find!  And show me!  Until next time, live life, and love life:)

-Jaime!

 

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Straw Bags and Horse Farms

I haven’t had much time to make it to a local Goodwill lately to make some finds of my own, although I am in need of a new dresser, so that may be happening sooner rather than later.  But for today, I am stealing my coworker’s find to share with you- don’t worry, she approved it.  

As I was leaving school today,  Ms. Helen showed me her latest treasure that she got at the Goodwill OUTLET store here in Nashville. 

Kill me.

Straw and leather weaved tote, $ 0.80.   Goodwill Outlet Store, Berry Hill, Nashville, TN

Ms. Helen modeling her Goodwill find.  Or just Helen after 3:00.  I think she has a future in modeling, whaddya think? 

Closeup of the straw and leather weaving. 

One of Helen’s passions is working with horses on her family’s farm, and what she spends a lot of her free time doing.  I may be minorly jealous of this.  But I cope.  Lots of ice cream.  And running (to burn off said cream of ice), and playing music, and listening to music, and writing music…well, you get the idea.  Anyway, she says she’ll be able to use this to bring to the farm, as it is sturdy enough to take the wear and tear.  As you can see, it does carry those cowboy boots quite handily.  It definitely looks like it can stand up to the job, and also look good while doing it.  Which is what we really all want, isn’t it?  (Other than life being sugar rimmed…of course)

On a side note, we are lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet store in Nashville where all the other stores’ rejects end up.  Everything at the outlet store is sold by weight my friends, by weight.  Have you ever heard of anything so spectacular?  Hence this purse being only 0.80 cents!  Dont know if you’ve noticed, but that is a little less than my normal prices of my finds.  My first, and only, purchase at the outlet store so far was a Wine Encyclopedia book for like 1.06.  Thinking back… an encyclopedia MAY not have been the best thing to buy by weight….oh well.  A dollar for knowledge is still pretty good. 

I know that find left you pining for some wine knowledge, let me fill that void for you; here’s one fact I learned from this book: Chardonnay is one of the easiest grapes to grow in all different types of regions, and adapts to change very well, the Lady Gaga of grapes if you will.  (I do my best with analogies, don’t expect much)  The merlot grape, not so much as adaptable.  Soooo, practical tip: if you are going to buy a cheap(er) wine at a restaurant, opt for Chardonnay over Merlot.  Because, well, it’s easier to make a cheap and more palatable Chardonnay than a cheap, palatable Merlot.  Also, if you really don’t know much about wine, the ‘t’ in Merlot is silent.  I just helped you out ALOT, you may not know it, but I did.  You’re welcome.

Hope this inspires you to get out there and make some finds of your own.  Take that money you save and go on a nice vacation!!  Maybe on a tour of the Goodwill’s of America?  Or the Caribbean….Either/Or. 🙂

Happy Spring and Daylight savings time week ( I just made that up, I think its gonna catch on…).  Wake up!

Have you ever been to a Goodwill outlet store?

Yup.

Do you enjoy learning about wine?

Yup.

Do you like horses?

Love.