Killing at .99 Sunday

Killing at .99 Sunday

Coat- Goodwill (forever 21)- .99
Scarf- Buffalo exchange, San Francisco
Trouser Jeans- Savers (The Gap)- 9.99
Headband- Walgreens- 4.99

Ok, not an actual killing, but headlines sell right?:) I mean a killing the likes of “High prices were murdered because I got 6 GREAT things for 5.96.”

I mean GREAT.

Pictured above is a cropped, burnt yellow (if you have read this blog for any period of time, you should know I love any color with the work ‘burnt’ before it- mostly yellow and orange) puff sleeve blazer/jacket from…Forever 21 for the win! I can’t believe this made it to the .99 rack.

For those of you who don’t know how the Goodwill pricing and sale system works, .99 day isn’t just a random day where they sell randomly chosen items for cheap, they are the items that have been there the longest that NO ONE has taken for theirs, just yet. So when something this good, along with the other 5 items I purchased, are still available on .99 day, it amazes, and excites me.

This cropped yellow coat is just perfect, other than the fact that it doesn’t really button…details, but throw a scarf and some jewelry over that (something I may have more than enough of) and you can barely notice it. For .99, I’ll take it.

As I mentioned, I got a few other items, that I’m sure will be shared in the near future, and that I have already worn, just since Sunday.

Happy thrifting, and make sure to make it to the sale days in your area for extra special deals!

-Jaime

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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!

You see a tie…

I see a headband!

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(you all should know, while taking this picture I had my camera turned towards me and got accosted by a salesperson because my phone was facing outward and she thought I was taking a picture of the general store.  something that apparently is not allowed, and upset her very much.  i hide the trauma well, I know)

You’re welcome ladies.

Now I have given you something to do with a whole new section of the thrift store that was, until now, as relevant as a landline telephone to you.

Put ’em in your hair.

And tie ’em in a bow.

And be pretty.

Just make sure it’s a somewhat girly pattern.

Or not.

Whatever floats that boat.

So it is somewhat noticeable that it is a tie…and not a scarf or actual headband dear me…

but trust me this is good, because then you can get people who will come up to you and say,

“Is that I tie?  That’s so cool!!  What a good idea!”

It’s already happened.  Once.

So I like compliments and attention.

Why do you think I started a blog??

Tips:

Pick one that is

a) not very stiff so that it ties easily and

b) is somewhat skinny so it is also more tie-able and it won’t awkwardly peek out to say hello from behind your head quite as much as wider one will.

We get the attention.  Not the tie.  It must reck’nize.  (too far?)

At the register, I had to choose just one of these lovely patterns as she sadly informed me only clothing was half off.  Apparently a tie is not clothing, its an accessory.  I couldn’t bring myself to pay the full $2.99 for both, when expecting to happily pay half that.  So of course after making sure she really thought a tie wasn’t clothing…I requested the her opinion and we settled on blue.  I love the brown one, but the blue does bring out my eyes.

But so does brown.

Ahhh, I had to make a decision or leave with neither.

I’m gonna leave you with some action/outfit shots of the burnt orange life in progress shorts I recently purchased and shared with you two posts ago:

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Do ya like my color pop necklace?

Tank, Old Navy, Beaded Necklace, 2nd Chance Shop in Glastonbury, CT

I wore this outfit when my friend stopped over for some heated up Trader Joes homemade dinner the other night and I decided to throw something on other than gray cotton shorts and a tee, and be a proper host.

Also, I like to look good.

So go out and find your own tie headband and show me what you come up with!  We gotta find a use for all these old Father’s Day presents that none of them really needed.  Who really needs another tie??

Well, your head does:)

Peace and Happy thrifting,

Jaime

Follow me on instagram @jaimen84 for pictures of thrifting treasures and other fun things!  And of course, food.  And my dog.

Keeps me looking good…

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I found this awesome burnt yellow tuxedo shirt from Forever 21 for $3.99 this past Saturday at my local Goodwill.  My friend had friend’s in town and they came to my side of town because she likes my Goodwill better, and I met them there and walked away with this.

Couldn’t be happier.

I paired it with a necklace from Goodwill from years back:

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I love this necklace as well.  I think it was around $2.99, and looks pretty vintage to me.  It is a long necklace and can be worn as I have it, or just hung around the neck once.

On second thought, a pop of color may have been nice to have in my necklace instead of staying with the same color palate, but overall I still think it is a very nice look.  You can wear with this shirt with heels to dress it up, or boots for a casual Sunday evening drink with a friend.

Number two.

The week before I left for my not so mini week long spontaneous vacation to Nashville I found this great scarf and sweater combination (found separately, combined by yours truly):

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The sweater is Mossimo, and new from Target and bought by Goodwill for $4.99.

The scarf is Calvin Klein and was the standard scarf price of $3.00.  I love all the colors in this scarf and how they work together so well.  All my scarves are pretty ‘heavy’ cotton and a lot of material, so it is nice to have a lighter feeling one that is more for looks.

For my last look of this post, I give you what I will call my “day in the studio” outfit.  I wore this to go record my newest song (up on www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson) called “Before You”

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A nice light cotton tank top from the Gap for $3.99,

paired with a Forever 21 (purchased at the store) coral cardigan.

That’s how hot I look with headphones on when taking the picture myself from a bad angle.  You’re welcome.

I was accused of looking like a J.Crew model/mom later that evening when sitting at a bar next to a very alternative young man.  Mostly because I was wearing a cardigan.

I’ve been called worse.

I may have been away from Nashville too long.

So those are all my finds, and now you see how Goodwill keeps me looking good!!

I am still amazed at the stuff I find there and for how cheap I get it.  All the time.

Happy thrifting!

Peace,

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

A Smattering of Things…

There will really be no theme to this post…because I have found so much good stuff in the past couple months of working part time (less work = more time to thrift, albeit less money to thrift with…:(, so I will post the stuff I have already taken pictures of, with no rhyme or reason to a theme between the items.

I will start however, with showing you wonderful people, the books.  Good book finds at Goodwill are few and far between, but when they happen, they happen.  These two books are making it to the top of my all time favorites list, and I recommend them to anyone looking for a good read.  And I am also very excited because I have a cool story (at least I think its cool, you can be the judge for yourself 🙂 to go with one of the finds.  I found these two books

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a couple months ago.  (Sidenote- do you love my new bed spread in the background??:)  And as much as I love to read, I haven’t seemed to find the time in the last 6 months or so.  So two plane trips to Nashville and back provided the perfect amount of time to finish both books, almost. The second flight landed a few pages shy of me finishing “How to be Good” 😦 The pilot clearly did not get the memo about the book I was trying to finish and did not circle the runway a few more times for me.  And I have yet to complete it…  But still, both books provided the perfect distraction from small seats and sitting all too close to people I have never met before and generally have no desire to meet again.

I know you are waiting in anticipation of the ‘cool’ story.  Well, here it is.  On the first flight, I had “The Glass Castle” in my purse and ready to read.  Being the nosy person I am, I noticed the gal sitting directly in front of me was engrossed in a book of her own.  Inconspicuously peering over her shoulder to see what book she is reading, I saw it was none other than the Glass Castle!!  This excites me more than you could know.  I love a good coincidence.  And I have found out since that it is a somewhat popular book, but up until that point, all I knew of it was I picked it up at Goodwill for a $1 because it said something along the lines of “NY Times Bestseller” on the front…a little known qualifier of good writing, you may have heard of it:).  So to see a random girl reading it in front of me was very exciting to me, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you fine people, as I am now.  Of course, being the social person I am, I proceeded to tell her I was about to begin that exact book, and she prompted me that it was a very good book, sad, but good.  I found after reading it that I disagreed.  In my opinion, the Author did not write it in a sad way.  More factual, but with a general feeling of the author overcoming unbeatable odds, ‘horrible parenting’, and with a happy ending if you ask me.  All’s well that ends well, right?  She is a current contributor to CNN and MSNBC, so I can’t say her life ended all that badly.

The second book, I was more than pleasantly surprised with as well.  I read “How to be Good” for the duration of both my flights to Nashville and back, and I have all intentions of finishing it soon.  It is a great look into human nature, and the very subject of “how to be good” as the title says.  It is a funny perspective of a doctor struggling with the fact that she may not be a very good person, compared to her newly spiritually transformed husband, despite having to ‘look at people’s boils’ and such day in and day out.  And she uses the fact that she has to do such things as a leveling ground for any bad thoughts or actions she may have.  It is very interesting, and I reccommend it highly.

Now we are done with the book section of this post, I can move on to the fun stuff…clothes:)  That’s what it’s really all about in the end, right?

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I got this beautiful lime green Ann Taylor Loft sweater for $5.99 in perfect condition at my local Goodwill boutique.  And I have gotten good use out of it so far at work in my sweet little classroom where I work each day:)

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I got this scarf as well for $2 on another trip to the same Goodwill.  Cynthia Rowley from Target.

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Lastly, I got this bracelet along with two other ones of the same style but different color beads that you can wear as a set of 3 for $2 total.  That’s right, $2 total.  The other bracelets not pictured are a coral orange color, and a light purple.  Love.

And all together now…

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Oh, and that’s my sweet dog admiring my thriftiness and fashion sense.  He wants to be like me.  Someday.

During my last Nashville trip, I had to make sure I visited the Goodwill that kept me well dressed for the last couple of years I was there, and it once again did not dissappoint.  I found three lovely items in one trip.

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A sparkly, warm, brown oversized short sleeve sweater from Express, $5.99.  And the original tag was still on it when I bought it, so it has never been worn before.  Brand new.  I wore it with skinny jeans and brown boots and a long sleeve shirt underneath for a comfy and fashionable look for less!

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A Bar III dress for $5.99.   Can’t wait to put this one to use.

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And a Forver XXI green and white babydoll business casual top, $4.29.  I have worn it to work with a white cardigan and tan slacks with the off-white patent leather Talbots flats I purchased at Goodwill in October for $8. (see Alex’s 6th Birthday Trip Post in October)  Wearing two items in one outfit from Goodwill is always a good day!

Lastly, everyone needs a good Cinderella shoe to put atop their dresser correct?  Correct.  I have yet to figure what I am going to store inside it, although judging by the look of the top of my dresser, I’m sure I could just start there.  I’ll take other suggestions though:)  I got this shoe at a steal for $2.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at and hearing about these finds as I did finding them and using them!  Go out and see what you can find for much, much less!  And tell me about it!