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 ❤



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.


Family Dollar Fashion

Family Dollar Fashion

Black and Khaki Graphic Maxi-Skirt- $10, Family Dollar

Yes, those three words can go together. I was just as surprised myself when I found out.

Being the fashionable (addicted) shopper that I am, I never pass up an opportunity to just glance and see what’s available when I see racks of clothing or jewelry goods near by.

So that is what I did several years ago while at my local Family Dollarpucking up something very exciting like toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

And, oh, I also got a cute wrap t-shirt with an attached belt. I was so excited about my Family Dollar finds that day, and that I had a new place to support my addiction, I told everyone at work that night that Family Dollar, who knew, had some cute clothes.

So ever since, I try and stop through the clothing section and give it a decentlok over.

Now they’re regular prices are decently cheap- but they also have CLEARANCE!!

One of my favorite finds is a half sleeve length gray shirt with the loose fitting armpits and lace cutouts on each shoulder, for $3. Clearance. Family Dollar.

This skirt is my latest purchase there for $10 or $12 I can’t remember. I had bought a graphic maxi skirt similar to this in blue at targe for probably 22.99, and wasn’t comfortable with the price. And the next day I found this for $12. Much better, and still looks great.

They even have color variety and everything. Everything from children’s to plus size, and shoes!

But the most important thing, is this skirt looks like it cost me much more than the $10, and means I feel like a million bucks (or at least more than $10) while wearing it.



Look I Match the Outside

Look I Match the Outside

Lilac Mossimo Skinny Jeans for Spring (it says that on the label- FOR SPRING)- $7.49

Not surprising when the outside I am referring to is covered in pretty purple flowers, come on, we know me.

But how fun is it to match??

The flower picture is outside my friend’s old place, when I dropped him off after we hung out to…well, to move. Away from Nashville. Away from me.

As I told him when I found out he was moving- friends don’t leave friends.

Well apparently they do.

At least I had these great happy colored jeans, perfectly matching my flowery spring top, to skip away in after to make me feel better. We all know the power of a great outfit.

I got these GREAT spring toned lilac colored jeans last week on my quick aimless stop in (along with the purse from my last post) for their full Goodwill price (still a steal price) of $7.49.

Once again- just like my tecent teal pins and needles dress find (Spring clothes galore)- it was my perfect size 8. And it fit. Lets be honest, sometimes our size doesn’t fit. Even when it’s your absolute favorite thing, and that is a sad day. But this is a happy day, because they were a size 8, and they fit. I mean look at them, I’m not lying. They’re great.

P.S. can I tell you a secret?

Maybe it’s that I’m paranoid of embarrassing myself in front of all you fashionable smart people, or maybe it’s because I apparently failed the learn your colors outside of ROY G BIV spectrum in elementary school- but I had to ask someone if that teal dress I memtioned was in fact teal, and I actually just wikipedia’d (that is a verb) the color lilac to make sure these jeans were in fact lilac.

I’m not sure where this color insecurity has come from, but oh, it is there. And now you know.

It was a high of 70 something today, highest yet this year, and I think I had the perfect outfit to not only enjoy it in, but to match it,thanks, to Goodwil!:)

Happy thrifting and living,

-Jaime ❤



’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
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 ❤



The dress did not work…

The dress did not work...

Oversized sweater- $3, old navy at Goodwill

In keeping spring here. And as you can see I’m not completely happy about it. It’s a high of 45 here today, and it was lightly flurrying when I walked outside this am. Not too worried here though, because now I don’t have to wait until next winter to be comfortable in this great oversized sweater, originally Old navy, that I got at Goodwill just last week for 2.99. It was the color of the week, and so it was half off its 5.99 price tag. That is a STEAL.

2.99 for a big sweater like that. And as I have mentioned before, this is the ‘style’ in Nashville, which I love and support- oversized, kind of grungy hippy loose yet pretty clothing. So this with some skinny jeans (you have to balance out the large sweater with something!) and these casual wallabee shoes make for a great Nashville outfit, I think. Or at least it’s great for me, on a cold ‘winter’ day…four days after the official start of Spring. I’ll never understand weather.

Sweaters like this that I have wanted go for $48-68 at Urban Outfitters. While it may not be exactly the same sweater, it’s comfy and big and a nice red, and it will more than do the job, so I’ll take any other small differences at a price tag of $3!!!

Happy thrifting, hope your weather is a little better where you are than mine is:)

-Jaime ❤



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,




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