How to Fashion a Square Scarf

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My friend Ashley Moore, rest her beautiful soul, revealed to me about 3 years the mystery that is the square scarf.  I was ever so thankful.  Until then, I was forced out of ignorance to immediately say no to a lovely pattern because it was square and I had not the faintest idea how to wrap it around my neck in a fashionable manner.  Couldn’t figure it out.

So a few months later I proudly bought my first square scarf at a boutique called Pangea in Hillsboro village in Nashville when my sister came to visit.

And when I brought it home to wear in CT, my mother, being cut from the same cloth as me (or is it the other way around?) asked me with the same “please reveal this mystery to me” and angst in her voice how to wear a square scarf.  I proudly passed on my lesson.

And now I will share it with you.  Hopefully helping some of you feel just the much more smarter and free in your fashion.

I recently purchased  my second ever square scarf at Goodwill, and thought it would be the perfect time to share with you the scarf, along with a little how to.

You start with a nice square loveliness like this:

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I do think this will do.  Goodwill, $1.99

Then, you fold it into a triangle.  I.e in half, little geometry lesson for you there.

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Now, lay the triangle across your chest, pointing down to the ground, and drape the excess points one over each shoulder blade.

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What it will look like in the back:

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Then you cross each hanging piece behind your neck, and bring the side resting on your right shoulder blade to drape over your left shoulder, and vice versa.

What it should look like in the front after doing this:

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(that would be me documenting the fact that it is ‘step 3’ with my right hand)

and back:

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Now with the two little pieces sticking out you just tuck ’em under the triangle part to end up with a nice full bunchy triangle on your chest.

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Me tucking in action.

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 Voila!

One of the best ways to dress up a t-shirt and jeans.  Add a pretty scarf of to show some style and flair.

Another option is the simple knot tie:

First, you roll it up like you do a bandana after you have folded it into a triangle like this:

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And then drape that over your neck and tie it in a knot:

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Ending like this:

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I like it with the knot part pushed to the side slightly for a little assymetrical action.

Lastly, I don’t have a picture, but a scarf like this would look lovely just tied around the handle of oh say, and off white purse like this:

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that I got on the same trip as my scarf at Goodwill a couple weeks ago.

So many options, but I’ve been too busy wearing the scarf to adorn my purse with it just yet.

The outfit I first wore my scarf with:

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The blue khaki capris are also from the Goodwill.  Originally Gap, I got them for $7.99 last Fall.  size 8.  Perfect.  Love them to death, and they work great with the vintage feel of this scarf.

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I’m in love with the pastelly flower pattern on this scarf, offset with some muted brown edging.  Such soft and pretty colors.

Goodwill strikes again.  I hope this helped someone out like my friend did me!

Til next time,

Jaime

Are there any fashion trends out there you are particularly confused about or in the dark on how to do or wear like I was?  Not fun!

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Who Kidnapped Me?

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And replaced her with a lady who says “I”m not actually going to get any of this.”

When ‘any of this’ is $4.29 a piece.

In the words of Jack McFarland, “Ex-squeeeeeze me?!!”

(Love him)

I don’t know who did it, but I want him or her to return me to me, after they learn to buy a good deal when they find one.

Because I would have loved to have had this green top and purple skirt.

Alas, neither of these items went home with me, but here is there info:

Gap Purple Skirt, just my size 8, $4.29

Lauren Conrad Ruffle Olive Green T-shirt, $4.29

To be honest, I couldn’t think off of the top of my head what I would pair the purple skirt with, out of clothing I owned or didn’t own and would then search for on my next trip… This made it a tad easier to turn down as I didn’t have some magical outfit pictured in my head that would never happen without that purple piece of heaven in my life.

I would pair these two colors together… but not their styles.  Each piece of clothing, both the shirt and the skirt, would require the piece worn with it to be simpler and more form fitting.   The shirt is too loose to wear with the skirt and vice versa, or else if not, I”m pretty sure the pair of  ’em would’ve ended up in my closet.

I was excited on this trip (I mean I”m always excited on a Goodwill trip, but anyway….) because I got to go to a Goodwill 20 minutes outside of Nashville that I never get to/choose to go to.  But I got the chance last week because my boyfriend is house sitting for a friend 5 minutes down the road.  Cut to me arriving there early one Thursday morning ‘ready to shop’.  Or apparently ready to find great things and then say no.  Either/or.

Are you every now and then a responsible shopper, or always, or never???

Do you like the color block trend/fashion style?

-Jaime

Aside

Concert Shirt for Jaime

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a few weeks ago, I ‘needed’ a new fun t-shirt type shirt to wear to a alternative rock concert I was going to that night.  The band was Awolnation, and due to unfortunate circumstances, my friend and I were unable to end up attending, but I still got a cool shirt out of it.

So I traipsed into Goodwill on the lookout, and very soon into my trip I found this (along with a coffee table and two matching IKEA end tables, which I was also looking for and that I promise to share next time:) awesome shirt.  it was a mere $4.49 for this geometric gem.  Perfect for a concert, wouldn’t you say?  I couldn’t have designed it better myself.  And I wouldn’t have designed one, so its good they did it anyway.

The hoodie that is in a couple of the pictures is also, of course, an oldie but a goodie from Goodwill.  It is a Gap sweatshirt zip up hoodie, and I love it.  Mostly because it is yellow and bright and comfortable.

And it matches this tee perfectly.

You can also see a hint of my green Goodwill purse that I use everyday in the top picture.

The outfit you see me sporting here is what I wore to work at the preschool today.  Comfortable yet sheik is what I try and aim for when working with the younguns.  I think I acheived it.

Thanks for stopping by and looking and reading, please leave some comments and love for me below!

-Jaime

OMG these shorts are so great

Is what I said leaving the dressing room after trying these .99 shorts on!

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It was Wednesday, and in my area that means the glorious color of the week is only .99, (as well as on Sunday) whatever the item, and these shorts were indeed the color of the week, red.

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And I scooped em up,

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and wore ’em hiking

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and sitting on rocks by the river,

and loved it.

I also found this great blouse by for $4.49.  What a price.  I love flowers.  I love blouses.  This shirt has both.  Or is both…one of the two.  Or both of the two.  I’m done now.

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Lastly, that day I purchased a comfortable cotton long sleeve purple heavy tee, new from Target, also for $4.49.

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Can’t wait to lounge around in this.

Other items I ‘found’ but did not scoop up for fiscal responsibility and grown up reasons (maybe I could give the governement a hand or advice in this area…?) are these two items:

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At $8 this purse by Mossimo isn’t outrageously priced, but I don’t need one, and am really looking to down size my purse wearing anyway, and this doesn’t really support that goal, as pretty as it is.  I do love the scoop pocket style.

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This clutch/wallet would support the smaller theme, but I am looking for one with straps.  No one needs to be walking around holding something, that/s just annoying.

For now I will just stare and pine…and be fine with the lovely purse I currently have from Goodwill that I get oh so many compliments on.  It will do for now.  This is what I mean by grown up reasons.  That is such a responsible grown up thing to say, wouldn’t you agree?

On a previous trip, I snagged this top for .99 as well

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This is a Gap XS…go figure that one.  I have never been accused of being an XS, even when I was like 10 years old..:)  I understand it’s not supposed to be a tight fitting shirt…but its not tight on me, fits perfectly loose, and the shoulders should not fit on me if it was a true XS.  But I’m not complaining or aguing, it fits and I like it.  And I’ll wear it to have Mexican and $3 Margaritas any day of the week.

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This is all I have for now…stay tuned for a furniture post!  I have recently moved, and found several great finds for my new place at two area Goodwills!  Couldn’t be happier with them, and I will share them next!

Until then, happy thrifting, Goodwilling, and living,

-Jaime

Two-Trip Day

Katie at Thriftyourheartout (www.thriftyourheartout.wordpress.com) was talking about how she needed to make a list of things she needed to look for when she went thrifting.

Well, the only thing I need right now is socks…or to do more laundry:), and I draw the line at buying certian things at Goodwill, and under-under garments make the cut.

So I will continue my aimless perusing, and find great things like these…

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an authentic from Ireland purple and pink houndstooth wool coat for $24.99!!!  I could’ve never known beforehand how badly I needed just that!

If you asked me the one place I would want to go anywhere in the world, my answer will and has always been Ireland.  One of these days I need to bite the bullet (or the airplane) and just go!

But until then, I get to wear this great coat.

(Don’t mind the mismatched colors in the top pic…I’ll remember to wear more neutral colors on future trips)

I also got this great blouse

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$4.99, originally from Target by Mossimo.

Being the country singing fashion gal that I am (you can check me and some of my originals out at www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson:), I couldn’t pass this up.

I actually had it once, the exact same shirt, but it was a little big.  This one fits like a glove, so I bought it up!

those were on my first trip….

on my second, I picked up…

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a $3 scarf from the Gap that I had found on my first trip and decided I needed to go back for,

and a $3.99 flowery top from Forever 21 to add to my growing collection that I found as a result.

I am very happy with my two trip day to Goodwill and my finds.

I hope you have all had success lately in your trips!

Until next time, peace and love,

Jaime

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…”

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(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:

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

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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:)

-Jaime

Goodwill gets Baptized

My boyfriend does me proud.  Every now and then…you know, he buys me things, treats me right….and, he shops at Goodwill and makes a great find like this:
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A great fitted suit vest than can be worn as part of a three piece suit, or just over a nice button down, as he has done here.  Or, as I would like it, over a quality and nice t-shirt and jeans for a dressed up yet casual look.  He says he’ll never do this.  It’s the style I tell him.  He doesn’t care.  He will not wear this suit vest unless it is over a nice button down, or under a jacket, with or without a tie.  But hey, he can do what he wants when it turns out looking like that:).  How coukd I argue with that face?  Turns out, pretty easily, haha. But that’s just because I am always right, and he refuses to accept that.  :)-  But that is besides the point, back to Goodwill fashion.
Ben picked up this steal at my Goodwil in CT when he came to visit my hometown with me last month.  And he sported it yesterday morning at his first nephew’s and Godson’s baptism in Troy, MI.   A ‘fitting’ occasion.  He wore it over a nice white button down, with his favorite blue tie.
I am somewhat ashamed to admit that nothing I am wearing in this picture is Goodwill, not to say that I still didn’t get everything for a pretty good deal.  The dress alone was free; a gift from my mom for my last birthday in January.  I paired it with a $13 Steve madden brown belt that I have gotten way more than $13 worth use out of, I LOVE it, and gold strappy NY&Co.  Sandals, that I have also gotten more than the under $15 worth that I paid for them.
More goodwill finds to come!  Until then, keep shopping and keep spreading the love, however and wherever you can.
-Jaime