**BORDEAUX by Anthropologie!** Wearing it right.

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BORDEAUX at Anthropologie striped oversized shirt, Goodwill, $4.49.  Retail….heavens more than that. 1/5 my paycheck.  We’ll just stop there.

(Being represented on my left shoulder is also the great leather satchel purse I got on very recent trip as well for $7.99, and was also in my last post)

So I have really good taste in clothes.  Even when I’m not trying.  I’m sorry I just do!

Haha.  Kidding aside, I am constantly sometimes impressed when I pick up a shirt that is seemingly a no namer (a brand I, Jaime Nelson, do not recognize) to me, but I still notice something special about it, and it ends up being a great label like Anthropologie.  And this happened not once, but TWICE, on my trip last week.  I also sometimes try and play a fun game and of trying to guess the label before I look at it.  This can be harder than just recognizing whether its a quality brand or not.  In this post I am sharing one of those picks with you:)

At first, this shirt seemed to me just like a simple over sized, heavy weight, striped shirt, with cheap frills and lace at the bottom.  But on closer inspection, I was like, you know what, this is actually kind of cool.  And then I turned it over!

Small lace train to help cover and simultaneously prettify my booty?!  Sold!

I was right.  I looked up BORDEAUX, the lettering on the tag, and wouldn’t you know its a brand that is sold at the glorious incomparable bank account draining Anthropologie.  (Sorry, Anthro, y’all are a LEETLE pricey)

I wore this shirt the next night, and also to work the following Friday.  Possible to bed in between that.  I like it.

Reviews have been mixed.

When I told my boyfriend, “I got this shirt at Goodwill the other night!” he said “Yeah, it looks like something you would wear.  Interesting.’

Hmm.

Not exactly a compliment, more just stating a fact…as I WAS in fact wearing it at the time of said comment, but since I’m so in love with myself, I take it like one 🙂

It’s a great shirt, and my fashionable self WOULD wear it, he is correct.

At work on Friday I also got no, “That is a great shirt!” “Where did you get that top?” “HOW are you so cool and stylish and lovely all around?”

Ok, the last one maybe is a stretch, but the first two while possible, did not occur either.  Still doesn’t mean it isn’t great.

Half the key to fashion is choosing and being confident in what you love because it shows, and people admire that confidence when they see it.

One of the best fashion accessories is confidence.  And jewelry.  Of any kind.

I also documented, for my thousands hundreds of followers on Instagram (@findbeautyinallthings) how I felt while I was wearing it.  And now I will share that with you.

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Turn your eyes to the left half.

Yes.  Death.

The right is what I really wanted to represent, so I posted both.  Compromise.

I may have had a laterthannecessarymoremanhattansthannecessary night the evening before.  And my 30 year old self felt it the next day.  But it was worth it.  My roommate had just gotten back the night before after being away for 3 weeks after breaking her leg, and I she needed a night out.

We went to Eastland Café, a GREAT restaurant near me that has one of the best rated happy hours in town, and the sister restaurant of where she works.  This was followed by going to her restaurant to see on of the hostesses perform some music that night.

Nashville!  She was good.

Coulda stopped at the happy hour…but didn’t, and then proceeded to take a well deserved nap during my break the next day.

And that is the story of that shirt thus far…I’m sure it has many more adventures ahead.

Don’t you love finding awesome expensive brands for less and then wearing them no matter what people may think??

I do.

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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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<Grant’s hand making an appearance in the upper left corner>

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

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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Best Khaki Blazer!! Bookkeeper Wear Color Pop

Best Khaki Blazer!!  Bookkeeper Wear Color Pop

I know, it’s as exciting as it sounds- bookkeeping. Except! Except I get to do it at a music venue in Nashville so I get to deal with and hear some pretty cool people and subjects while working away at numbers. It helps.

Now, I don’t want to lead you into believing I actually put a nice outfit on like this everyday…I’d actually been getting pretty sloppy since I don’t really see anyone but my two main coworkers when I go in. But I was having a little meeting with both my bosses so I thought I’d at least put some effort into my ensemble (and then document the Goodwill goodness for you of course).

It worked. One of my bosses even said, “You look nice, all bookeeper-y.” Yes, yes I do. To which the other guy said, “What are you talking about?” To which I gave the first guy a knowing nod. We get it. Blazer. Necklace. Music venue bookkeeper-y.

Not polka dot pants and old burnt orange t-shirt (outfit prior day) no makeup and no jewelry. Not so bookkeeper-y.

Hey, I watched my fair share of What Not to Wear (more than my fair share to be honest- I love me some Stacey and Clinton), and I know the difference an outfit can make. In your confidence, in how others perceive you, the list goes on. So when in doubt, dress it up, appropriately. Cleavage is generally never appropriate. That does not equal dressing it up, to be clear.

Underneath this great mossimo blazer, which I got at Goodwill for $5.99, is one of my other absolute favorite fashion deal finds,, my peplum top tank, that I got for around $5 last year at Burlington coat factory. The necklace was 4.99 at platos closet, and the jeans were $22.99 (splurge:) also at Burlington. Quilted tan flats are wal-mart. Gasp. Yes I do occasionally shop there :/

All in all, a GREAT outfit, for cheap, and for bookkeeping.

Hey, after all, does it surprise you I like to work with numbers and bottom lines? I am a fashionista on a budget.

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’20’s swag purse from Forever 21, whole outfit $31.

'20's swag purse from Forever 21, whole outfit $31.

Small Forever 21 purse- Goodwill, $3.99
NY&Co jeggings- Goodwill, $7.99
Blowfish Booties- Goodwill, $2.99 at a half off Saturday
Non-Goodwill:
Maroon shirt- Burlington coat factory, $9.98
Black Sheer Cardigan- $5.99

Altogether that is under $31 for everything I’m wearing.

This post is about my newest item, the cute little purse, that I got yesterday just on a random stop in, not looking for anything in particular, that I can remember.

The night before however, after going to a friends show in East Nashville, and people watching, or style watching I should call it, everyone there, I decided I needed a new small purse for ‘going out’. Just big enough for the essentials- ID, card, phone, lip gloss and chap stick. all fit perfectly. I have a decent small purse I got at a yard sale for $5, that I of course have gotten multiple compliments on ;), but wanted something a little fancier. For not fancy money.

Enter this thin gold chained small quilted pleather circle purse, from Forever 21, for $3.99. In my cart, in my bag, in my house, out to dinner at Mere Bulles.

My friend is moving to fairer temperatures south, and he worked at a nice restaurant and he had a free dinner for two there that he had never used. Lucky me I got to be the plus one. Nothing better than a free filet mignon topped with bleu cheese butter. Accompanied by a nice cabernet blend by Trione. Yup, I just checked, there’s nothing better. It was the perfect place to debut my new sidekick. Although not big enough to stick some free bread in.

I kid I kid :).

The bread wasn’t that impressive.

I also got a bigger purse I’m pretty excited about that I will share in another post soon I’m sure. Not as pretty, but definitely more practical. Hard to be both it seems.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy thrifting and living!:)

-Jaime ❤

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Beckoning Spring, and Goodwill’s Wonderful Mission

Beckoning Spring, and Goodwill's Wonderful Mission

Teal Dress- Pins and Needles/Urban Outfitters, at Goodwill for 7.99

Spring is taking its sweet time to arrive in Nashville this year. Sweet sweet time and I am not appreciating it. I am reveling in the few days we have had so far this march that it’s been warm enough to sit and enjoy my back patio. My other three years’ experience in this city, doing that activity, or lack thereof, is a regular occurrence by now.

As I am sitting here, the lady on the corner selling the newspaper written by the homeless, is shouting, “are you enjoying the good weather?! Enjoy the good weather!’ I think she’s liking it.

Anyway, they’re predicting flurries this weekend. :(.

I’m sure it will end soon. It has to at some point right?

But I am going to welcome this nice day with open arms, and hopefully make it comfortable to stay longer, with this lovely teal eyelet and flowered covered dress I got from Goodwill yesterday for 7.99, originally by Pins and Needles sold at Urban Outfitters, for around $58-$68. No one that sees me needs to know the price difference.

It’s a perfect size 8. Well, perfect for me to wear. Had it not been my size I would have bought it anyway and sold it on eBay.

I sold two Anthropologie dresses I got for 7.99 each last week, for about $20 more than that each. I will forego that profit to look and feel this good ;). And hopefully get spring to come and STAY in the process.

Sidenote- here is my little venting session. I went to platos closet yesterday (a store where you can sell your clothes and buy other people’s) and I overheard a lady have the AUDACITY to say (in my presence, no less), “you see, I like y’all better, because Goodwill just gets all the profit. 100% profit.”

Oh no she didn’t. (My ghetto side came out)

I said, “excuse me ma’am, but Goodwill is a non-profit organization that helps support disabled people finding work. They don’t just keep that profit.” Idiot. I kept that last part inside my head and mouth.

She turned to her friend and said, “was I talking to her?”

No, no, you weren’t talking to me. But I was talking to you. You’re welcome, and now maybe you won’t make such ignorant comments.

SO- just in case anyone out there DOESN’T know, Goodwill is a non-profit organization, with their main goal being helping people, disabled, and just those having trouble finding work, to gain a job and fulfillment in their life. This would touch me regardless, but it means more being the sister of a differently abled younger brother, I am very pleased with their work. So no, they don’t just ‘keep all that profit’. As they say, every dollar spent there helps someone find work. Which is why it’s even easier for me to explain away a bad purchase there.

Those pants didn’t quite work out? That’s fine, despite my large butt, I still helped someone gain employment and self sufficiency, so it will be ok.

So shop and thrift happy! Even if its not Goodwill, most thrift stores support a great cause, so find out what it is and know what you’re fashion-aholicism is supporting.

Til next time,

Jaime

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Playing music out in American Rag…brought to you by Goodwill

Playing music out in American Rag...brought to you by Goodwill

If you are new to this blog (well first, welcome:-) and second, I am by trade an aspiring singer songwriter (more so writer than singer, although I would say I’m pretty darn good at both or at least getting there). It is the reason I moved to Nashville from CT four blissful years ago, and have never looked back.

Well that is actually quite untrue.

I did look back.

Even more than that, I MOVED back:). For last winter. (Wrong season much???)

Missed my adorable awesome beautiful large family 17 hours away too much I couldn’t stand it and went home. Then 6 short months later I realized I still belonged in Music City where my heart beats, and moved back. For good. And since THEN, well, I haven’t looked back.

Hey, at least I got it right the second time.

Anyway, I play out at a Nashville phenomenon called ‘writers nights’ quite often. A writers night is when writers play strictly and solely their material, and play it in a round where 2-4 songwriters take turns playing their songs, in a type of round. Nashville is home to more than 20,000 songwriters so these nights are prevalent across town.

My last one was at the Millenium maxwell hotel, quite fun, and I wore this Goodwill top by American Rag that I had purchased a few days earlier. I feel like I got it at half off, but can’t be certain because I know I would have been willing to pay the full price of 4.29 for a great American Rag top like this. It was missing one half of the attached fabric belt/string, but I got home and said ‘no problem’. A little snippy snippy and the remaining half was off and I used my own little braided belt to create some cinching instead. Worked like a charm and people were happily seeing my waistline all night long:) Although when you’re sitting in a chair playing guitar I can’t say that it matters much.

Anywho, the night was a success, I played my best yet, and the people I invited to play had a blast, and I think it’s safe to say we can attribute at least 70% of that success to this shirt. At least. 30% to the long hours practicing and writing the material.

Til next time, happy thrifting and living ❤

-Jaime

Ps if you'd like to hear my music it is at http://www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson. You can download songs for free!

Also, if you want to help further my career, you can vote for my song that is a finalist in a national competition (go me!!!:) at http://www.NSAI.cmt.com, and hear some other great writers as well.

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I realize it’s been a bit…

…since I last posted.  The thing is, it’s a catch 22, the longer I go without posting, the harder it is to post because I have so much  more to choose from to post about!

Post, post, post.

That and my computer is acting up.

The first reason sounds so much cooler.

But either way, whenever I go an amount of time without posting, it DOES NOT mean I am not Goodwill shopping. Rest assured.  I’m not sure that will ever be the state of my life.  I find way too much good stuff there.  (get that pun…?:)  I know y’all missed my cleverness.

I do have this great little photo shoot my friend Rion was nice enough to help out with about a month ago…:/, so I will share that for now.

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(my photo:)

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location- The Stone Fox, restaurant/bar/music venue/awesomeness- Nashville, TN

Skirt: Goodwill, .99

Belt: T.J. Maxx, 12.99

Tee: T.J. Maxx, 5.99

Purse: Yard Sale, $5

Bracelet: Salvation Army, Tampa, $4

As you can see, I find bargains everywhere.  People’s yards… t.j. maxx… other thrift stores.  Always on the lookout, and ALWAYS benefiting.

I love it.

When buying the bracelet, I wasn’t positive it was ‘me’ because it is a little larger and overstated and flashy than I thought I liked.

I wore it out of the store, and I don’t think I took it off for three days:)  It has definitely come in handy since as well.

Thank you Salvation Army, Tampa Bay.  Thank you.  $4 well spent.

This was my first time wearing the skirt out, and I simply wore it running errands to prepare for my road trip from Nashville to Charleston for one of my good girlfriend’s weddings.  Happy day.  Happy weekend.

Lastly, I must mention the belt.  One of my favorite purchases from Marshall’s about two years ago, ever.  $12.99 also very well spent.  It is more versatile than I ever could have predicted, and definitely works with this outfit, in addition to many others.

I haven’t actualy been inside this Stone Fox yet, but I have friends that have, and can’t wait to go see a show or grab a drink there myself.  I now live half a mile away from this, on the same street, so I can’t imagine it will be very long before it happens.  yay.

Well, I am glad to be back, I will do my absolutely, positively best to not go so long again next time.

BUT, in the name of more excuses, I was on one vacation…and I moved sine we last spoke.

K, that’s all.

Happy thrifting and living,

keep it real,

-Jaime

Ninety-nine cent dress for a Saturday in Germantown

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Dress: Old Navy, for .99 at Goodwill

Sandals: Kelly & Kate, for 2.99 Goodwill

Bracelet: gifted from Cape Cod from a lovely friend.

In case you can’t tell, I love this dress AND Germantown, where I took it out for the first time.

On Wednesday and Sunday in my area, all Goodwills sell their color of the week for just .99, instead of half off as they do for the rest of the week.  So I make sure to hit up Goodwill on a Wednesday or Sunday as often as I can.  I can not believe this dress, along with some other great tops, made it to the .99 rack, but I was happy it did.

The Sandals I got last October in CT while I lived there for a brief stint.  Although it was October when I got them, I knew they were timeless enough that for $2.99 I would still be able to wear them come Summer.

I got to go to brunch last Saturday with my good girlfriend Rion at this new crepes restaurant in town called The Red Bicycle.  It is located in a lovely and quaint area of town called Germantown.  I love Germantown.  This street in particular has some of my favorite Nashville restaurants on it, including City House, and SILO which is a farm to table restaurant.  And The Red Bicycle did not disappoint.  It can keep its location on 5th Ave. North in Nashville, TN.

It was adorable, quirky and fun…three of my favorite attributes in a restaurant.

Oh and the food was good too:)

We each got two specialty crepes and shared them ALL!  I like how after we each ordered our first one the cashier thought we were done..no no.  These look too delicious to stop at one.  Thanks,  And were very full after, but not too full to walk around in 100+ degree heat for a LITTLE bit and stage a mini photo shoot.  (Results above;)

Some shots of the restaurant:

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Ordering counter.  They have wonderful coffee drinks as well.

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colorful chairs and tables galore.

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Our first two crepes have arrived.  Nutella, and the Highlander, which was my FAVORITE!!! Chicken, gorgonzola, apples and tarragon aoili.

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We fit a little talking in there too.

They also had a local photographer’s artwork on the walls, which I feel is always a very nice touch.  Each piece was from a different city around the country, so I felt like I got a little traveling in while eating my crepes.

It was a lovely Saturday and I’m glad I got to share it with y’all:)  Look forward to some more finds coming your way soon… I may just be wearing one as I write this blog…

Happy Thrifting.

-Jaime

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