Morning stroll on Lakeshore in Oakland

Morning stroll on Lakeshore in Oakland

Scarf- Buffalo Exchange, San Francisco, $8

Shirt- Goodwill, (Old Navy), Nashville, TN, $2.15

As I have mentioned, I am on vacation right now in the lovely Oakland, CA. My friend and I are staying with her sister here, but we are spending most of our days traveling into or around San Francisco, which is a quick trip across the bay.

Yesterday evening we drove into the Haight and Ashbury district (these are also two actual streets that intersect) for dinner and walking around. This is a very progressive/hippy kind of area of town and I loved it. Plenty of consignment and second hand shops and 3 piece bands playing on corners or outside music stores. And then obviously beautiful architecture and apartments, like everywhere else in San Francisco.

My friend in TN had told me about a store called Buffalo Exchange, and so when we walked by one here I had to check it out. Despite the cashier saying they were closed :/ I pleaded like any good (or bad?) shopper would do, to just look at the jewelry and scarves real quick! I picked this one out in under two minutes and paid. Or maybe it was under 5 min. I really was quick I swear! ūüôā Wish I’d had more time to check out the statement necklaces cause they had some good ones!

This scarf will do, for sure.

I wore it at dinner immediately after I bought it, with a shirt I also bought last night at a vintage store. And I put it on again this morning to walk down lakeshore blvd.

I don’t live in an area where I can walk outside my house to a street of shops, restaurants and coffee shops, so when I am somewhere that is like that I like to take advantage. Three other mornings I have gone for a run, also amazing:) but today I decided to take a stroll for coffee and donuts to bring back.

Sweets are my WEAKNESS!!

Anyway, I threw my scarf on with this bright green short puff sleeve old navy blouse I recently got at goodwill for $2.15, and off I went.

Nice and bright colors for the morning walk. Why not. Wake people up as they pass by:). I’ll consider it my civic duty for the day. You’re welcome people.

Do you enjoy a good donut as much as me?

Why are they soo good???



staycation and Goodwill to the rescue

I had a little staycation/vacation or what have you this past weekend, it was so nice.

I have to agree with the joy of baking that there is something so nice about just being away.¬†¬†even if it isn’t that far.¬† even if it is just 25 minutes.

Ben was house and dog sitting for his friend only 25 minutes outside of Nashville in a suburb called hermitage, and I went and stayed there saturday night after work through to Sunday.

either of us could have very easily gone home early in the day Sunday as his friends would be home that night, and the dog would be fine.  but we decided to stay.  my dog was there.  they could have some quality dog play time.  and we could have some quality ben jaime time.

we started our staycation (that word just really never gets old) by¬†shopping at the local grocery store (something you totally do on vacation) for stuff for our¬†pancake breakfast extravaganza.¬† strawberries, blueberries, snickers, peaches, bananas….i know, we’re pretty impressive eaters.



peaches n’¬†cream with blueberries and strawberries baked in.

(don’t worry….you can follow me on instagram @jaimen84! do it!)

our inspiration for this pancake breakfast was this restaurant we love called the Pfunky Griddle in the Berry Hill area of Nashville.  there is a griddle in the middle. of the table.  kind of like a do it yourself breakfast hibachi, and you get to pick your own toppings and make your own pancakes!  They entrust you with a big spatula of your own and everything!

they shouldn’t entrust Ben.¬† he flops it everytime.¬† luckily he has me to come to the rescue.¬† he and i have found i am a great flopper.

I have pictures!


my spatula, his spatula.¬† our griddle.¬† now we don’t have to fight.


Ben finding out this is a ‘make your own food’ restaurant.¬† give him a second to let it sink in.¬† apparently when i said its a ‘make your own pancake’ place, he thought i meant ‘its a restaurant just like any other, don’t be excited about this.’


me, fresh out of bed and ready to play.  oh look at that, that little number i have on is one of my favorite floor length maxi dresses from goodwill.  those stripes all the way down.  go ahead and picture it.  $7.99 last year on charlotte pike.


one of our yummy concoctions.  banana m&m.  we are never going to be the same.


and that, my friends, is the Pfunky Griddle.

i know.

¬†¬†after we finished our version of Pfunky Griddle, i happily remembered that I have my friend’s key for her hotel room and outdoor poooooool (vacation!!!) about ten minutes away.¬† perfect next move as it¬†was¬†sunny and beautiful out.

problem- I had no bathing suit with me on this unplanned staycation ūüė¶

Luckily, this is the same house I mentioned in my last post that happens to be just 5 glorious minutes away from a huge area Goodwill.

problem solved.

any excuse, right?  Ben knows.

So I said I’d be right back and hopped in the car to go find a bathing suit for CHEAP!

I knew on Sundays they had the prior color of the week on sale¬†for just¬†.99, as well as the new color of the week at half off.¬† Between the two colors I should be able to get out wtih a crazy cheap suit in hand.¬† On Sunday that was green and orange, so¬†I kept my eyes glued for those hues and those hues only, and steered clear of any impostors. I wasn’t out to make a fashion statement, just not to spend a lot of money and to not be wearing a bra and underwear at a hotel pool.

Who am I kidding? I’m always out to make a fashion statement:).

I think I did alright.

This is what I found for my day of fun in the sun:

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Tommy Hilfiger bikini top, $2.13 at half off.

Target bikini bottom, rouched sides, .99.

$3.14 total for my emergency swim wear for the day.¬† Who’s a Goodwill pro?¬† I’m a Goodwill pro.

I almost got this very first suit I picked up, for .99:


cute wrap enclosure on the side.

to make the quickest goodwill trip on record, but I couldn’t have that.

i couldn’t get the very first suit.¬† i needed to be gone and make ben wait for at least a little bit longer, and¬†it’s hard to go back to a one piece after all those years of tummy freedom in a bikini.¬† i felt so emprisioned.¬† i do love that pattern though… :/

This is me putting it to use with a Cayman Jack margarita drink of choice in hand.


the bottom half of my raft is covered in cup holders.¬† pretty cool.¬† i would love to see the day I put all twelve of them to use at once- one, maybe two is all I can really see needing, but i won’t rule it out.


i’ll agree with that.


token drink leg pool picture.  gotta love em.

hand crafted and delicious.¬† i know, i need a pedicure.¬† it’s on the list.¬† but with so much pool sitting to do…i don’t really see how it’s gonna get done.

When buying this drink on the way to the pool at the gas station, I had it in mind to get¬†a Bud Light Strawberrita.¬† but when I saw this can sporting a “no artificial ingredients, pure agave syrup, fresh lime juice and cane sugar” label on it, i had to change my story.¬† it may have as well have had an arrow pointing to it with a neon sign saying,

“Jaime, anything you could ever¬†want in a drink for sitting by the pool is right here———->”

Cayman Jack knows the way to my heart.

Then I looked at the Bud Light version and saw in the same spot on the can, “contains artificial ingredients.”¬† bud light, you really know how to say the wrong thing sometimes.

I’m pretty sure we both passed out in the sun for at least a little bit by the pool that day.¬† Me while in the pool and¬†on my raft island, him in his chaise lounge on the deck.¬† Success.¬†¬†Staycation.

Until next time!  Happy thrifting and living!

love you all,


Have you all had any succcesful staycations this year?¬† Aren’t they sometimes so much more relaxing than traveling far and wide?

Has Goodwill saved you in an emergency clothing or other situation and gotten you out for cheap?


Vacation and it feels so good!

I am writing you from….vacation!!!

Ahh, so nice, so relaxing.

I work at a school, and it is currently February break, one week of glorious nothingness.¬† I was going to stay in my home state and relax and ‘get stuff done’ there…

but the second day in, decided a 16 hour drive to TN, Nashville, to visit friends where I used to live, and Knoxville where a friend moved, sounded MUCH better.

Indeed.  I impressively made the first 13 hour stretch in one piece, driving through the night- a FIRST for me, I usually give up after about 4 hours of driving and hand the wheel to someone else.  But the adrenaline really kicked in, and I made it til 3 am from 2:45 p.m. with no problem, and then had to take a few hourly stops to finish out the trip.

But I  made it to my first stop, Knoxville, in one piece where my friend Matt lives.

I crashed for a few hours and then we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine on his back patio, in a dress I found at Goodwill last Fall, wearing it here for the first time:


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I may not be in Florida or the Caribbean, but if I can enjoy a glass of wine on a back patio outside,¬†it’s vacation.¬† Gotta have my iced coffee too.

Here’s some more pictures for ya:

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A Target dress by Mossimo, new from the store, for $5.99.  Oh look at those eyelets.

Gotta have a nice shot by the bird bath.

I also made it to Goodwill this past Saturday and did very well.


My loot.

Two of those are gifts for other people.¬† So generous I am ūüôā

A shirt for one of my nieces, whichever one it fits, an adorable little flowery peasant top from Italy half off for $2.00


It says for a six year old, but it looks a teensy small so it may go to the fiver, Anna.

And also a shirt from a spa in Norwich for my Mom, half off for $2.00.¬† I know she’s never been there, but it has a pretty design I knew she would love, and I have distinct memories of her workout sweater when I was child being from a college I’m sure she never attended, so I knew she wouldn’t mind.

Sure enough when she saw it, she said, “Now I can pretend I’ve been there.”¬† Ha.¬† What did I say?¬† Or think….

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Ain’t it purty?

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about¬† myself…

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American Eagle jeans for $9.99 in pretty good condition- and they’re long enough!!!! It’s a miracle.

To go with a burnt orange Calvin Klein 3/4 tee with rouching beneath the chest and button classps on the bottom of the sleeves, also $9.99

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There’s a few more goodies in there that will have to wait for next time…:)¬† I’m planning on wearing at least one this week…weather permitting.

I’ve got to go enjoy my wine and company!

Enjoy your presidents week wherever you are :0)

Peace and Happy thrifting,


“It’s your path… not theirs”