Saturday, September 29, 2012

Weekend Watch III

Welcome to another edition of Weekend Watch where I do the shopping FOR you and show you great deals from all over the internets.
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This color is so great for fall. Need I remind you- Free shipping? BUY NOW!
Here’s another one of those “pencil case” clutches from Target. I love the fun retro print and the bright color is a head turner.
I love a skinny accessory belt! These also come in “Lemonbar” (includes yellow and mint green) and “Saucy Red” (includes red and black).
What a beautiful piece! It’s on sale so this piece and price might not last for long! Also comes in Mustard and Teal (both of which are slightly pricier)

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I’ve been stalking this blazer for months. Perfect with the sleeve cuffed (showing off the awesome striped lining!) and some layered bracelets.
2. H&M Floral Cropped Pant $35 (these also come in leggings, which are only $10!)
These abstract floral slim leg crop pants are absolutely beautiful. The colors are fall appropriate. I will definitely be visiting H&M to see these in person!
Shorts for winter? Yes. A trend I love- I’m so glad to see it back again this year. Pair with opaque tights and some boots and you’re good to go!
Loving stripes for fall- throw in a ruffle and I am sold! I’ll be checking these out in-store soon!

There you have it! Find anything great that I missed? Tell me about it! Comment or email be at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cute Clutch

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White polka dot sweater- Old Navy ~$25
Black capris- Old Navy ~$7 (Old)
Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3
Yellow Flower- H&M ~$6 (for two)
Mustache clutch- Target (gift)
Black gladiator sandal- Ruff Hewn ~$13
TOTAL: $54

            You already know how much I love this sweater so I’ll skip it and go right to this moustache clutch. Target calls it a “pencil case”- who knows. Regardless, it is absolutely excellent. They’ve been making them in different prints and colors for over a year now. They retail for about $20. I’ve used it as a wallet and a clutch. Are all women pouch lovers or just me? It’s such a selling point. This clutch has so many different compartments it’s great. It also has card holders inside. Just go buy one. Or two.
Tell me readers, Would you buy this clutch? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Classy Girls Wear Pearls

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Plaid Dress- American Living (via Salvation Army) ~$4
Dark Fuchsia Cardi- Merona (at Target) ~From mom
Oversized Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3
Pearl Necklace- Gift
Teal Barrel Bag- Merona (for Target) ~$30
Tan Sandal- Target ~$20
TOTAL: $57

            Today is my homage to the blog run by the glamorous Sarah Vickers, Classy Girls Wear Pearls. If you have not seen her blog, please check it out! I am a lover of plaid and finding a plaid dress was a great excitement. The length is appropriate on me, which is tricky in a sundress, and this one far exceeds my fingertips! Hooray! Naturally, I paired it with a cardigan and my new bag. Sadly, the seasons are changing and this dress is getting packed up after this wear until next spring.
Tell me readers, What blogs inspire your outfit choices? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thirftfully Yours,
B

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Complementary



Yellow Oxford- J Crew (via Salvation Army) ~$ .50
Purple Chino Shorts- Land N Sea (via TJ Maxx) ~$15
Oversized sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3.00
Faux-Tortoise Link Necklace- JEWELIQ (gift, retails for $20)
Teal Barrel Bag- Merona (at Target) ~$30
White and Leather belt- Vintage (from mom)
Silver Gladiator Sandals- Bongo (via Marshall’s) ~$5
TOTAL COST: $53.50

            When I buy a new piece I love, regardless of present season or the seasonality of the piece, I always want to wear it as soon as possible. When I snagged this J Crew Oxford on my last trip to 50% off Wednesday at SalVal, I swear the .50 price tag motivated me all the more to style it immediately. So right after washing, drying and ironing, I built an outfit around it. I usually stay away from wearing complementary color, which seems weird because by definition, they are complementary- they go well together. In my opinion, sometimes these colors can look a bit childish together, especially when the colors are worn in their most primary, crayon-like shade. Luckily, the shade of this J Crew top is a bit more pastel and the shorts are more vibrant, allowing for color contrast.
            Can I mention again how much I love this necklace? I wish they were still selling it because now you all can’t buy one (SAD FACE). It’s so light weight and goes well with so many colors and styles. I’ve been loving necklaces styled over collars lately and the length on this is just perfect for that!
Tell me readers, Which complementary color pairing is your favorite? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours, B

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Shopping Recap: Salvation Army

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 Hi Readers!
Here’s the haul from my most recent trip to Salvation Army. I snagged eight pieces that I can’t wait to share with you and mix into my wardrobe.
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American Living Plaid dress ($4) It’s not a fall item but a great piece. I love sundresses for summer and don’t have anything in this style.
Red Hawaiian Faux Wrap skirt ($2.50) I bought this for one purpose- my Hawaiian vacation. Next summer the family is flying all the way to the lovely islands and I am planning a vibrant and fun wardrobe! Where else can I respectably wear this skirt besides on vacation?
Pink Striped, French Cuff Ralph Lauren Oxford ($2.50) Hands down, the BEST purchase of the day. Perfect quality and such amazing details. I already own a pink oxford (my Le Tigre) but the materials are different and this one has such a more formal vibe. I think I’ll try to work it with jeans or a pencil skirt!
Yellow J Crew Haberdashery Oxford (.50) This tag HAD to have been an error. It was marked for $.99 and it was a 50% off Wednesday so that means I thrifted this beauty for just FIFTY CENTS. It’s got ¾ sleeves which make it good across multiple seasons and the color is different for my wardrobe.

Green V-Neck Liz & Co Polka Dot Sweater ($2.50) I’m still not done buying polka dot items for the upcoming season. While I know nothing of this brand, I loved the color and pattern on this sweater. It fits very well and will be great with jeans on cool days. I’ll have to do a little brand scouting to learn more.
Green V-Neck GAP Sweater ($2.50) This is a mix between a thermal top and a sweater. Great texture, soft and long sleeves. Green is my new favorite color (Can ya tell?!)
Vintage Navy Secretary Blouse ($2.50) I did it. I bought another blouse. It’s hard to see the print from this distance, but I couldn’t pass it up and for $2.50, why fret over adding another to my collection?
Black Chunky Knit Sweater Vest by NY &Co ($2.00) Not the vest I’ve been looking for (navy and a pull over) but I still liked this enough to purchase. I’ll add it over top of long sleeves for extra warmth in the winter when my reptile like body is sad and cold.
Readers, I’m so glad to see I have readers, but I want to get to know you! Please comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com and tell me how you found the blog and your thoughts. It will be greatly appreciated!
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Monday, September 24, 2012

The End of Summer



Black and white stripped dress- Old Navy ~$20
Gold link necklace- Thrifted (Salvation Army) ~$9
Red braided belt- H&M ~$5
Teal barrel bag- Merona (at Target) ~$30
Black gladiator sandals- Ruff Hewn ~$13
TOTAL COST: $77

            I have been waiting to wear this dress since I got it! It’s a dress I want to wear through multiple seasons, so I hurried to style it for one of the last warm days in September. I rolled up the long sleeves and belted it- still rocking bare legs, my friends! Once it’s colder, the sleeves will come down and I’ll be wearing leggings and a great pair of boots.
What do you all think of my new bag? A friend recently mistook it for a Coach bag! Precious, my dear, but I’d be afraid to own one of those! This is a $30 leatherette bag from Target that I featured in my Weekend Watch post. Of course, I styled this look using my beloved black gladiator sandals. Summer is now officially over, so I only have a little bit more time with these lovely sandals.
Tell me readers, What are your thoughts on my new bag? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weekend Watch II

Welcome to the second installment of Weekend Watch! Enjoy-



Forever 21 Necklace ($8)
LOVE this necklace & what a great piece for the price! That pave detail link is such an excellent touch. I haven’t checked my local store yet, but I know that in store selection at Forever 21 jewelry is generally much greater online than it is in the store. I have a necklace VERY similar to this already, but it was thrifted, so here is a great dupe if you liked mine!
I DID try these on at my last trip to target and I can tell you, I am seriously considering purchasing. They are comfortable and fashionable. I may use these as replacements for my truly beat-up moccasins- I’ll be thinking about them, maybe I’ll visit them again…
This online store sells some really beautiful jewelry for reasonable prices. These are so preppy and nautical- I LOVE them. I wish I knew how large they were… They also come with anchors
I purchased this bag during a special Target was running- buy one Merona purse, get one 50% off. Well, I had been spying on this one for a while and easily found a second so I could get the deal. It has little metal feet, which I love and the color is perfect for fall. I wish the material was a little more rigid and stood tall when empty but it doesn’t totally fall flat either. 

Oh Joe Fresh- Why do you not yet have online shopping? If you haven’t heard of this brand yet, go to their website RIGHT AWAY! They have great pieces at really affordable prices. Sadly, they don’t yet have many stores in the US (but they do have some in NY and Canada), however, this summer they signed a deal with JC Penny to sell their clothing in Penny’s starting next year. I picked this sweater because I love the print and it comes in 6 colors.
I cannot wait to see this cardigan in person. It’s buttonless, so it looks quite a bit more like a collarless blazer than a cardigan, but it’s knit material. It’s preppy and timeless. I may need to order this online just to ensure I get to check it out.
This color block dress is like an LBD with a twist. I LOVE Kelly green, so naturally I’m excited to see that color featured here. I’m not sure what the fabric feels like, and that’s a huge part of my decision to purchase (alone with fit and price of course).
I look over Target’s website on the regular and never saw these. On a recent store visit, I spotted them and only then was able to find them on the website. It comes in another stripped color and a few solids, but these two are the best, most chic options. I think they’re quite J Crew-esque and you’ll never see this price at THAT store.
 So readers, see something great this week that I missed? Tell me about it! Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours, 
B

Friday, September 21, 2012

Skinny & Spotted



Green polka dot sweater- Old Navy ~$25
White sleeveless button up- Ann Taylor (via Salvation Army) ~$3
Dark wash skinny jeans- Papaya (via Consignment) ~$4.50
Faux tortoise link necklace- JEWELIQ (gift)
Red loafers- Talbots (via Goodwill) ~$6
TOTAL COST: $38.50

            Dark denim skinnies, loafers, and a polka dot sweater- this is one of my favorite outfits yet. This Old Navy sweater is an EXCELLENT piece, if you don’t own one yet, seriously check into it! I loved it so much after just a few wears that I went back and bought a second one in white with black polka dots. I could seriously sing it’s praises for 6 more paragraphs, but I’ll spare you. Just go to ON and try it on.
            You know how with some trends, you think they’re terrible and you can’t wait for them to end or you liked it at the start, but you tire of it? I hope I NEVER feel that way about skinny jeans. Skinny jeans salvaged my relationship with denim! I barely wore jeans in HS. Just around my senior year, skinny jeans began their popularity reign. I hopped on board and never looked back. I dress them up or down and wear them with every color and print imaginable. Thrifting for jeans is tedious but no more than it is at a regular retail store. In fact, remember that thrifted jeans have already been washed and worn, making the fit when you try them on the fit you are going to have once you take them home and wash them. No shrinking. It also gives you exposure to a very wide array of brands. I’ve never heard of Papaya but it turns out the brand suits my body type and I’d never have found it had it not been for thrifting! Okay, end preach.
Tell me readers, What trend do you LOVE? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Flexing my Fashion Muscles



Pink polo- Jimmyz ~$20
Khaki skirt- GAP (via Salvation Army) ~$3
Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$4
Gold chain link necklace- Thrifted (Salvation Army) ~$9
Brown leatherette skinny belt- H&M ~$5
Red loafers- Talbots (via Goodwill) ~$6
TOTAL COST: $47

            Does anyone remember Jimmyz? It was some sub-company of Aeropastale… (Trying to compete with A&F?) Anyway, I’ve been holding onto this polo since HIGH SCHOOL. I wish it didn’t have that “factory distressing” that was so popular during that time, but eh- it’s survived this long. This khaki skirt is a staple piece and I can’t wait to mix, and remix it through all seasons. As you can see, it was quite warm on this day (despite wearing a sweater dress just the day before). This crazy fall weather is certainly flexing the muscles of my wardrobe. Maybe I’ll be wearing my snow suit tomorrow- Who knows!
Tell me readers, Has the weather where you live been doing crazy things? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall for UGGs



Tan sweater dress- Chadwicks (Salvation Army) ~$3
Navy Leggings- via Gabriel Brothers ~$4
Red and white scarf- Vintage (from mom)
Chestnut boots- UGG (gift, retails for $155)
TOTAL COST: $7

            I may have jumped the gun a little bit on wearing a sweater dress but it was cool in the morning and my church is notoriously chilly (to me). Also, this is the first time of the season that I’m wearing my UGG boots. I hated UGGs for a long time in high school, and I realized it was because I had never tried them and didn’t own a pair. “FUGGs” are NOT equivalent, regardless of the price. If you are interested in a boot of this style, go for the UGG. I have had mine for at least 4-5 years and they are in great condition. I treat them every year with water proofing spray and avoid wearing them when it’s raining (if possible). They are still fluffy inside and so cozy. As a person who is notoriously cold, they are perfect for me. I realize that for a blog that emphasizes good deals, UGGs seem like a bag choice. However, this is simply an item your are not going to come across in a thrift store. I have NEVER seen a pair in any color or size. I HAVE seen them in stores like Marshall’s or TJ Maxx at reduced prices. Another piece of fall weather wear that I love are leggings. Leggings in all colors and styles. I cannot wait to break out the rest of my leggings and boots.
Tell me readers, UGG fan? Yes or no? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Regret Purchase



Black tank top- Old Navy ~$7 (on sale)
Black cropped cardigan- Old Navy (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Polka dot swing shorts- Forever 21 ~$18
Gold bead necklace- Old Navy ~$5
Black gladiator sandal- Ruff Hewn ~$13
TOTAL COST: $46.50

            I really see outfits differently in photos than I do in real life, or even looking in a mirror. The pictures of this outfit made me realize that these shorts would look great with a blousy mid or long sleeved top. Also, this cardigan looks more like a cropped jacket than a sweater. It has no buttons and the cut is excellent, especially considering it was manufactured by Old Navy. While I am pleased with the look of this outfit, I must admit these shorts are a regret purchase but only because I paid nearly $20 for an item I’ll wear a few times a year only. I totally talked myself into them. If they were longer, or sat a bit lower on the hip, I think I’d be happier. I’m preppy sure they shrunk (slightly) and also faded a little after 1-2 washes. ANNOYING. Had I spent the $4 Goodwill or Salvation Army price, I can guarantee I wouldn’t be whining right now. Lessons learned!
Tell me readers, What was your last regret purchase? Comment or email me at BsGoodwilHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Monday, September 17, 2012

Yo-Yo Weather


Purple sleeveless button up- Eddie Bauer (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Off white cardigan- Vera Wang for Kohls ~$5 (on sale)
Blue printed capris- LOFT (via Goodwill) ~$4
Tan sandals- Target ~$20
TOTAL COST: $32.50

            With the weather yo-yoing like crazy, I am forced to bounce back and forth between summer and fall-ish outfits. These capris are a recent purchase, even though I vowed to switch my focus to fall clothes, I couldn’t resist these great LOFT capris. I paired them with the purple top in an effort to bring out the periwinkle detailing in the print a bit more. My go-to style with summer clothes is generally preppy. However, my style becomes a bit more diverse in fall and winter when I can do a bit more layering- which switches it up a bit. Stay tuned to see all my fall and winter clothes that have been hiding!
Tell me readers, Do you keep out of season clothes stored away? or leave everything out year round? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekend Watch

Hello Readers! Welcome to my new blog "segment"- Weekend Watch. I have not been posting on weekends (mostly due to scheduling and lack of profound outfits) but I still wanted to post. Rather than just blab on about my life, I decided to do something fashion related, and this idea was born.
This week, I'm pulling my most recent fashion pins from Pinterest and making a full post about it. Of course, in line with the whole thrifty theme of my blog, I am selecting items that will (usually) be under $30 an item. My general rule is under $20 for new pieces, but I'm making an exception so I can cover a slightly larger price range. Enjoy!
This is a Lauren Conrad for Kohl's polka dot blazer. The polka dot craze is still going strong and I LOVE this piece. It's presently on sale for $35 (Oops, already broke my rule, sorry!). What a great deal (originally $70, wowza)

 This Old Navy plaid shirt is an excellent (cheaper) alternative to this PiperLime version worn by Sarah Vickers of Classy Girls Wear Pearls. I love the green color on both shirts and I think it looks great with denim. This piece is on sale for $16.50. Haven't checked the fit or quality in person. Old Navy is hit or miss in that department, so I NEVER recommend online buying, only online looking.
 These dresses by Mossimo (at Target) are $25 (on sale right now!) and come in this bright pink and more subdued grey. Love both! I have to try it on for length, but this is one of my favorite's from this week's Watch. I wish there were more color options.

 The next two options are both from Forever21. The striped top is SUCH a J Crew rip off but hey, that's my favorite kind of rip off. Nautical stripes and shoulder button detailing? YAY!
The stripped dress is SO Megan Draper (of Mad Men) singing in a Parisian night club, no? I'd NEVER have anywhere to wear it, but I HAD to share it!
 Finally, these Target skirts come in at least 8 colors and are less than $20! Great deal. Will be trying these on soon. It's all about the fit and the length- again, no online ordering for me!

There you have it, readers, my first ever Weekend Watch! I hope you enjoyed my selections for the week.
Spot something great that I missed? Tell me about it! Email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet to me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jump Back



Periwinkle top- Banana Republic (via Junior League) ~$ .10
Navy and white pin stripe shorts- Gap ~$20
Gold strand necklaces- Consignment ~$6 (for 2)
White and leather belt- Vintage (from mom)
Black gladiator sandals- Ruff Hewn ~$13 (on sale)
TOTAL COST: $39.10

            It’s September. That means that warm or even hot days should be appreciated. I always have to remind myself not to rush into my fall wardrobe too soon because by November, I’ll be a little tired of it. Today was hot, so I jumped back into shorts and a tank. This top was purchased at my Dollar Dash jaunt at the local Junior League- Banana Republic? for around TEN CENTS? Yeah, I was pleased. It’s a great color that refused to photograph accurately, so I apologize. I always struggle to style these shorts (they are a very thin navy and white pin stripe), so I end up ignoring them most of the summer. They’re great quality- produced by Gap, so I know they’ll last me. I normally don’t to blues with blacks, but I love these sandals so much I’m wearing them as much as possible. In the fall, I try to stay away from sandals because my toes get cold easily (and I miss my UGG boots).
Tell me readers, Are you having a hot or cool fall so far? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Thursday, September 13, 2012

To Donate or Not to Donate- That is the Question



Pink ruffle top- Target (via Salvation Army) ~$2
Tan skirt with embroidery- Ann Taylor LOFT (via Goodwill) ~$4
Bauble necklace- JEWELIQ (gift, retails for $25)
Tan sandals- Target ~$20
TOTAL COST: $26

            This top is just the cutest, right? Though it’s season is just about over so I hurried to wear it before fall takes over. It’s light weight but not too sheer. It’s a Target brand (maybe Mossimo?) which I generally do not buy at a thrift store, but I made an exception (it was 50% off Wednesday). I loved how it pulled the pink details out of this tan LOFT skirt that I’ve had for a while now. I always get compliments when I wear it, but I never immediately pull it out of my closet with joy, feeling “I must wear this skirt today!” It just doesn’t happen. I figured I’ll wear it a few times in fall and decide if it’s time to re-donate it or not. Finally, I topped off the outfit with my JEWELIQ bauble necklace (in Crème Brulee) because I thought the v-neck on this top made the perfect frame for a necklace this shape.
Tell me readers, What items to do hold on to even when they’re not your favorites? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Glitzy Gala



Black dress with gold sequins- Department store (BonTon or Boscovs) ~$20 (on sale)
Black lace shrug- Express ~$20 (on sale, OLD)
Gold pointy toe heels- Nine West (via BonTon) ~$20
TOTAL COST: $60

            Recently, I was invited to attend a gala at The Googleworks in Reading, PA. The Goggleworks is a museum but also serves as a site for artists to rent studio space and to teach a variety of classes. A dear friend of mine, James Maria, was recently honored by being accepted as an artist in residence at the Googleworks. Each year since it’s opening, the Goggleworks hosts a Black Tie Optional Gala. This year, Jimmy invited me and we had an absolute blast. This is what I wore. I wanted to be fun, because it’s an artistic event, but still classic.  For such a posh event, I managed a relatively inexpensive outfit! I rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in Berks County who have donated funds to many local institutions, including a college I attended. It was fabulous. I am going to post some of the pictures from the evening, enjoy!

Thriftfully Yours,
B


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Shopping Haul: Old Navy


A while ago, I got some Old Navy “cash” and had to wait until it was good to use. I’ve been stalking the Old Navy website to figure out how I can best spend $50 and then get the $20 off. Here are some of the options I was looking at. I tried on (or visually examined) all these pieces and more.

The first item I tried on were these blouses. I was so excited for this item. So many expensive retails are putting out similar blouses and so I’m hunting for my bargain version. Unfortunately, the fit was BAD. I tried a variety of sizes and nothing worked. While they looked fine, they totally restricted my arm movement. Also, I under anticipated how ridiculous the large breast pockets would look. This was a pass- I am still hunting.
The second item were these corduroy skirts. I didn’t even bother picking one up to try on. They were not an item I was dying for and they just looked so cheap in person. Another pass.
The third item, more skirts, were these striped pencil skirts. A little too tight for me. Pass.
Next, the dresses- I was so excited to see these striped bracelet sleeve shifts with color block top on the web site. 

Prior to the release of these dresses, ON had posted these full sleeve dresses in four color combinations. 

Now, here is where I get confused. The full sleeve dress have better construction, thicker material and slightly more conservative hem lines and retail for $19.95. The bracelet sleeved dresses are thinner material, shorter hems, shoddier construction and are $24.95. My biggest question is why were they released in that order? The dress with the thinner material, and shorter hem and sleeve should have been released in SUMMER. But WHATEVER Old Navy, I liked your cheaper dress better and saved $5. In fact, I bought two. The navy dress with red stripes and the black dress with white stripes. Can’t wait to try it belted, with boots, with leggings, a cardigan, etc. (Hurry up fall).
Finally, I bought a 2nd light weight polka dot sweater. I already own the green one and I love it so much (and fear them selling out before hitting sale) that I got it in the white with black polka dots.
My total for 3 pieces (2 dresses and the polka dot sweater) was $64 but with my ON cash, I paid $44!
I'm fairly pleased. Still have my $5 off of $25 from their FB page, so I'm not sure what to get with that (if anything).
Tell me readers, Where do you like to shop? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours, 
B

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pretty Paisley



Blue paisley tube dress- Target (via Goodwill) ~$4
Crème Brulee Baubles & matching earrings- JEWELIQ (gift, retails for $25)
Stretchy gold belt- Goodwill (no tag) ~$2
Silver gladiator sandals- Bongo (via Marshalls) ~$5
TOTAL COST: $11

            I  bought this dress a few summers ago because I was doing a photos shoot and the photog suggested wearing a dress while shooting in the water. Knowing the water source we were shooting in wasn’t the most clean, I naturally did not want to use something I already owned because it could have been ruined. 


Luckily, I didn’t end up getting the dress wet and I kept it! Sometimes I fold it over and wear it as a maxi skirt. It’s wonderful. It was also a great opportunity to showcase the BABULE NECKLACE I reviewed in my last post.
Tell me readers, Have you ever bought something for one purpose and ended up using it for something else? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Saturday, September 8, 2012

An Open (Love) Letter to JEWELIQ


Dear JEWELIQ,

            Hello and thank you for coming into my life. I’ve been stalking looking at your webpage for a while now, so I’m not entirely sure how it began. The most probable explanation is that I found your lovely business while reading one of the countless fashion blogs I read on a daily basis. Whoever that was, I offer you a cosmic thanks.
            You see readers (and JEWELIQ), I am not a “jewelry person.” I fear expensive jewelry. I don’t want to lose it or break it, or worst of all, tire of an expensive piece and feel guilty for not wearing it more often. The pieces I DO have are mostly costume jewelry- inexpensive pieces that make a big statement. So, when I came across this website, my jewelry concerns dissipated- I mean, all pieces under $25 with free shipping? And then I saw it. The bubble necklace. Sure, a lot of people are making similar versions, but not for a better price (Did I mention FREE shipping? Yes. Free.)
            With my birthday approaching, I quickly put the Crème Brulee Bauble Necklace and the Tortoise Link Necklace on my wish list. Unfortunately, my mother didn’t see the Baubles on the website (I think they were on page 2) and ordered something else, which I then had to return. Returning something is always a headache, but not this time, readers. I emailed Anna over at JEWELIQ and the exchange went effortlessly. I also got these beautiful ladybug earrings as part of a special promotion they were running to say “Thanks” to their customers. HOW LOVELY! They are a little heavy, but I wear them with those larger supportive backs and they’re great. 


            JEWELIQ, you just keep coming out with these beautiful pieces. Most recently, the Bauble Necklace in Bordeaux. Swoon. Also on the list: The Sailor necklaces and the Chocolate Disco bracelet- I’m sure by next week, the list will grow…) Also, recently I saw a fan on Twitter ask about rings, and you said, they will be added eventually. I, for one, am very excited. Please, keep up the excellent work!
            Readers, PLEASE check out JEWELIQ. All styles are represented. FREE SHIPPING. Do it. Also, they write you notes and ship everything in these velvet-y bags. I am obviously hoarding them all and plan to use them when I travel. 


I will continue to check your site weekly (if not more often) and pin all my favorite to Pinterest. Thank you for helping me become a jewelry lover! You did it! I’m a convert.

Thriftfully Yours,
B



Friday, September 7, 2012

Preppy Pineapple



Striped Pineapple tank- J Crew (via a store in OBX) ~$15 (old)
Khaki chinos- J Crew (via Salvation Army) $3
Red braided belt- H&M ~$5
Tan sandals- Target ~$20
TOTAL COST: $43

            Oh J. Crew- how I love thee, but NOT your in store pricing! AH! Of course the J Crew outlet exists, but did you know that the merchandise is not “leftovers” but a totally different line that is made of lower quality material? Yeah. Sad days. I love outlets because I love deals, but I do not love this system. I would much rather pour over rack after rack at Goodwill or Salvation Army to find the great deal. It’s so rewarding. Like these shorts, for example. I found these on a 50% off Wednesday at SalVal and hoped they’d fit. They’re a bit longer than I usually wear, but still shorter than a Bermuda cut, so I don’t consider them too “mature” for me. This tank top is a favorite of mine, but how often can one wear a sequined striped pineapple top? Not very often. Wish I had it in watermelon… But pineapple is such a great looking fruit.
Tell me readers, What do you think is the most interesting looking fruit? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours, B

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Chic Shift



Tan shift dress- NY & Co (via Salvation Army) $3
Pink flower- Handmade (a gift J )
Green velvet skinny belt- Target (via Goodwill) ~$1
Black gladiator sandals- Ruff Hewn ~$13

TOTAL COST: $17

            It’s been very hot recently, so I’ve been making an attempt to wear some summer clothes before it’s time to pack them up. I recently picked up this dress at Salvation Army and I love it.
 I will wear it belted or unbelted. Casual or dressy. I wish it were a bit longer because as is, I can only wear this in certain settings.
          Let's briefly talk about hem lines. I know I've mentioned before that I have quite lanky arms and often shorts don't meet the "finger tip" rule of appropriateness and modesty. However, now that I am a University student, I am less concerned about these rules (somewhat) but only when it comes to shorts. You see, if I were wearing shorts the same length as this dress, I could bend over, squat down, sit cross-legged, etc but I certainly cannot do this in this dress. I am quite particular about the hem lines of dresses and skirts because with long legs, trust me, they are going to appear even shorter. In store, I would never buy this dress, but for around $3 at SalVal, it's kinda like- why not?
   
           The previous owner had it altered to make it slimmer under the arms and it wouldn’t fit me this well if it hadn’t been taken in. Another point for thrift shopping! These shoes are an excellent match styleistically with the dress.

Tell me readers, What pieces are you rushing to wear before the season changes? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Art of Letting Go



Brown and white striped tank- Banana Republic (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Pink cargo Capri- Express (via Goodwill) ~$4.00
Gold strand necklace- Consignment ~$6 (for 2)
Gold slip ons- TOMS shoes (gift, retails for $54)
TOTAL COST: $13.50

            I purchased these capris YEARS ago at Goodwill and have been holding onto them. I wear them a few times a year, and I love the color, but I’m thinking I’m over the cargo trend. I got rid of two other cargo carpis this summer, but was hesitant with these. I thought, maybe one more goodbye wearing…I’ve thrifted two pairs of capris this season that are excellent replacements for this pair. As soon as I can find capris in this color, I think I will be ready to let them go.
Tell me readers, Do you have pieces in your wardrobe you have trouble letting go of? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B