Outfit under 10…and ain’t it great?

Outfit under 10...and ain't it great?

Top- Banana Republic at Goodwill- 4.49
Shorts- J. crew at Goodwill- 4.49
Total outfit- priceless:)

Ok well maybe not…more like 8.98 to be exact.

Look at me being all preppy with the J. Crew and Banana Republic. I have my moments.

These shorts are awesome. What with turning 30 this past year, I feel it’s time to lengthen my short length, mom or not (except to my dog Baker) and I’m ok with that. These will be great for running around and looking green in. In fact I wore them grocery shopping the very day I got them. Groceries bought and eaten very successfully.

The shirt. The shirt. What can I say. How cute?? And white…this makes me a little nervous. But again, turning 30, I should be able to handle a white shirt here and there, but maybe not to the dog park, as I almost did for it’s first adventure. That is something a 25 year old Jaime would do. Not a mature smart responsible 30 year old Jaime. So it still sits, white and ready, waiting to be adventured and told about to you.

It is so pretty though.

And a perfectly fitting size 8. I love seeing that number at Goodwill. As well as a 7. My shoe size.

Do you go back and forth between styles too? Or strictly stay trendy/hipster/preppy/hippy/what have you? I’ve decided I like to change it up myself. Life is too short to live once. Get it?:) Change it up!!

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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Safety First, Cuteness Always

Safety First, Cuteness Always

.99 shirt by Mossimo from Goodwill
Heart shaped sunglasses- 12.99 from a boutique in New Orleans

I’ve decided the best kind of souvenir you can get is one that you can wear. Surprising, huh?:). I still love my burnt orange earrings I got from a boutique in the Mission district in San Francisco, and I get to think about that wonderful trip every time I wear them. And I get to talk about it when people compliment the earrings. It’s a win win.

This cute shirt was a steal at a .99 Wednesday at Goodwill a couple months ago. And it was Froommate (that is a word I made up for a friend that is a roommate) approved as well when she saw me wearing it while getting ready in the bathroom this am. Morning is simply too long to type out.

Side note- we have a two sinked bathroom. How cool is that. Kind of weird since we are just two girls- but instead of his and hers, it’s hers and hers, and I love it:). That’s really all I have to say about that, but I think it’s cool we each get our own sink. I’ve never had my own whole sink before. Now if that doesn’t make you feel accomplished I don’t know what will.

Well actually, I can think of quite a few things…your own Lamborghini…your own house…your own dresser set…I guess I’ll start with a sink for now 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the special sale days at your local thrift store! My friend got a Lauren Conrad dress for .99 at a .99 Goodwill day recently!! You never know!!

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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If this is what cheating gets me…

If this is what cheating gets me...

…then I’m sorry, I’m not gonna stop.

Oh, also, I cut all my hair off 🙂

And what more does a pixie cut need than a ponies are pretty shirt. So many p’s in there.

This shirt set me back $3.59. And put me forward a whole lot more.

So cute.

Happy thrifting AND living,

Jaime ❤

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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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Statement Necklace Week- Plato’s Closet Find

Statement Necklace Week- Plato's Closet Find

Coral/pink beaded and cloth string statement necklace- Plato’s Closet, $4.99

By statement necklace ‘week’, I clearly mean that I wore one on Tuesday (see best khaki blazer post), and one on Wednesday (FYI- I did just say wed-nes-day in my head), this qualifies as week.

Anyway, that is a great price for a statement necklace. I love finding these deals, because I LOVE statement necklaces, but do not love their statement prices. My favorite part of this necklace is the cloth string it is strung on. I love that style.

Great places I have found ststement necklaces at reasonable prices are Platos Closet (a second hand clothing consignment store) and Burlingon Coat Factory, a very large well known department store that I do not need to add an explanation for, but still did.

At Burlington, the necklaces generally come with matching earrings, which at first I tuned by nose up at.

What am I, 90? Or a Stepford housewife? Matching earring and necklace? No.

And then…each time I went to wear my statement necklace from Burlington, and choose earrings to ‘match’…well, funny, I guess those designers knew what they were doing, cause I chose the ‘matching’ earrings. Each time.

Eat my words.

I think it worked because the coordinated earrings were always decently small, to balance out with the necklace.

The specific earrings I am referring to I am actually wearing in this picture, (not with their matching necklace, to be clear). I quite like them. Simple but pretty. Just enough to say, “I took the time to hang something pretty from my ears today, just for you.”

That’s the kind of statement I like to make with my ears, when wearing a statement necklace, I guess.

Have I said statement enough?

Hope you liked this necklace picture, enough to follow me and tell all your friends to as well. Maybe?

Well, sleep on it.

Thanks for stopping by, more great finds and stories to come!

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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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.

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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 ❤

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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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