Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Risky Business

Hello Readers! Welcome to a Special Edition, night time post on B's Goodwill Hunting!
I wanted to share my costume with you. I borrowed the shirt and socks from my brother, owned white shorts and purchased the wayfarer sunglasses from a Five Below for $4.
A thrifty costume indeed!
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Bobby Soxer



Peach V-neck sweater- Ralph Lauren (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Dark was skinny jeans- Papaya (via Consignment) ~$4.50
Lady bug earrings- JEWELIQ (complementary gift with purchase)
Blue and white floral scarf- No tag (via Goodwill) ~$1
Pink shoes- Keds (old)
TOTAL COST: $10

            Here is a “costume-inspired” outfit for Halloween. I paired my RL vintage sweater with slim leg jeans for a classic retro look. I accessorized with fun ladybug earrings, a neck scarf and simple Ked sneakers. I thrifted this sweater quite awhile ago and although I like it (and the brand quality), this is it’s final wearing. Goodbye sweater! You’re on to bigger and better things.
            Is it weird that I wore this outfit a while ago (i.e. not on Halloween)? I figured it would be more appropriate for Halloween than any other outfit I have on stand-by.
Tell me readers, Is an outfit like this too costume-y for everyday wear? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Carolina Herrera



White button up- Express (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Black cardigan- Old Navy (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Red iris print maxi skirt- No tag (via Goodwill) ~$4
Pearl necklace (gift)
Black gladiator sandal- Ruff Hewn ~$13
TOTAL COST: $24

            Another random warm day here in the North East. For this outfit, I was inspired by Carolina Herrera. She often pairs a full length skirt with a simple white button up shirt. I added my buttonless cardigan for warmth. I wore this skirt this summer with a simple black tee shirt and couldn’t wait until enough time had passed to wear it again. This time around, I paired it with my white button up. I don’t own much red, but that’s another natural choice for top colors for future wears. I also HAD to break out these sandals again- they’re so comfortable!
Tell me readers, How would you style this loud, statement skirt for fall and winter? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Fall Short



Purple striped top- Gap Outlet ~$20
White leatherette jacket- Boscov’s ~$25
Black wool shorts- Charlotte Russe ~$10
Patterned tights- Target ~$7
Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3
Bubble necklace- JEWELIQ (gift)
Grey socks- UO (gift)
Cognac boots- Rack Room Shoes ~$20 (on sale)
TOTAL COST: $85

            I have long loved the fall/winter short. As a kid I had this great red tweed suit from Hartstrings that was shorts and a blazer. All you need is a pair of great tights. These are not my summer shorts- the shorts I wear in fall and winter are heavier material, generally wool. They are too hot for summer. In this outfit, I styled them in a very casual, funky way. I would easily pair them with a more opaque pair of tights and a black blazer for a more professional look. I have a brown pair I thrifted that I plan on styling with my new navy blazer- keep your eyes peeled!
Tell me readers, Do you rock shorts in fall? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Weekend Wishes: Part I


In lieu of Weekend Watch, I am beginning a 2 week post on my Wish List for fall and winter. Many of the pieces I’m looking for are general concepts and the photos I use to do not necessarily represent the exact piece or brand that I am looking for. Some of these pieces are trends for the season whereas others are classics that will last for years.
This weekend, I’ll be sharing a few styles of button up shirts I’m on the hunt for as well as a must have on many ladies lists- the School Boy Blazer. 

1. The Gingham Oxford: This print is seasonless. For fall and winter, I want to use the pops of patterns under sweaters or a blazer. I’d love to end up with the Gingham Oxford in a few colors.
2. The Scarf Print Blouse: Ralph Lauren has been putting out these silky scarf print blouses for years. A number of bloggers I read daily have shown off their vintage RL blouses. They can be loud and tacky if not styled correctly, but I love a fashion challenge. 

3. The Plaid Button Up: Plaid for fall is sort of a no brainer. I have only one plaid flannel, so I’m looking to add another, either green or red. Great for layering once it gets cold. 

4. The RL Classic Oxford: Here is the exception to my “brand” statement above. I am looking for these oxfords in all 4 colors done by POLO by Ralph Lauren. I’m hoping to hit the RL outlet soon to scoop up a few.

5. The School Boy Blazer: I have long appreciated other people wearing blazers without wearing it with a suit. I was never sure I could do that. A few years ago, I purchased (thrifted) an Express brand classic black blazer. I knew it was a great deal and I hopped I would find ways to wear it. It’s taken a while, but the blazer bug has bitten me. I recently added a navy blue blazer and two collarless jackets to my collection. I’m still looking for two more: Tweed and Plaid. 

Tell me readers, What items are on your wish list for fall and winter? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thrifty Threads: A Goodwill Shopping Review


My most recent trip to the GW was VERY fruitful! I snagged 6 pieces and two accessories. I almost stayed seasonal! Just one little slip- Oops?
(Starting top L and moving clockwise)

1. American Eagle Coral Chunk Knit sweater $4
I LOVED the over-sized buttons and the shawl collar!
2. Heart on my Sleeve tie cardigan $4
Not a quality brand, but good over jeans.
3. Merona chevron vest $3.50
Slowly building my vest collection! Still looking for navy and white.
4. Banana Republic patterned top $3.50
Great quality- great print! 

5. Talbots polka dot oxford $3.50
I’ve seen so many great versions of the polka dot blouse, so I was very excited to find this one, especially from a great brand like Talbots!
6. Ship N Shore vintage purple oxford $3.50
When I saw this top, I thought “Challenge Accepted!” I LOVED the color and knew I could find a way to style it to look chic- keep your eyes open for this one! I won’t be able to wait too long to wear it.
7. Blue and white scarf  $1
I don’t know who made this scarf, or what it’s made of but for a buck, I snagged it!
8. Silver Chrysanthemum Broach $5
Such a classic broach- I plan on pinning it on my winter coat!
TOTAL COST for 6 pieces of clothing and 2 accessories: $28
Tell me readers, What are you most recent shopping snags? Thrifted or not! Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Thursday, October 25, 2012

LBD

Collarless tweed jacket- Focus 2000 (via Salvation Army) ~$6
LBD- Ann Taylor LOFT (via Goodwill) ~$5
Gold strand necklaces- Consignment ~$6 (for 2)
Paisley tights (gift)
Purple mary-jane shoe- Delias (gift)
TOTAL: $17

            This outfit is a great example of how tiny modification to “good” thrifted/consigned/vintage items can make them classics. I already blogged about the haircut I gave the fringe on this collarless jacket after buying it, but I’m not sure that I mentioned this dress. It is one of my first pieces from the LOFT (thrifted of course) and it fit SO PERFECTLY (and an appropriate length!) that I overlooked the fluted sleeve.
 It wasn’t terrible in its original state, but its seasonal versatility was low. I couldn’t put a jacket or cardigan over it because of the sleeve volume, so I decided to do some 101 level alternations. I used a tiny pair of scissors to cut the thread holding the fluted sleeve to the regular sleeve. I then hand sewed the sleeve. It is now a very classic LBD! It was the perfect basic dress so I could feature my new jacket.
Tell me readers, Do you ever do basic alternations to your clothes? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Color of the Season



Teal long sleeve top- Ann Taylor (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Velvet paisley pants- Lee (via Goodwill) ~$5
Gold bead necklace- Old Navy ~$5
Brown leather belt- Vintage (from mom)
Red suede shoe- Riekers Shoes (gift)
TOTAL COST: $13.50

            I thrifted these pants a few years ago, long before my major obsession with thrifting began.
They’re a hair short, but I just ignore it! It’s so hard to see in this photo, but the print is just great. I’d really love to have them taken to a tailor and made into skinny pants- then I could wear them with boots! I love prints, so when I happen across a plain piece that I like, I try to snag it. Otherwise, I only have prints to wear with prints and that gets difficult. This top is a beautiful color and the details make it special (the shawl collar and the skinny cuff).
            I am definitely feeling this color this fall! When I look at all the tops I’ve thrifted recently, MANY of them are in this color family. It’s so fabulous and goes well with many other colors and prints.  
Tell me readers, What is your go-to color this season? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Comfy Sweater


Maroon sweater- St. John’s Bay (via Goodwill) ~$4
Long sleeve grey top- Old Navy ~$7
Black leggings- Walmart ~$7
Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3
Gold link necklace- Thrifted (via Salvation Army) ~$8
Ugg boots (gift)
TOTAL COST: $29

            A few weeks ago, the most chic blogger of all my daily reads, Atlantic Pacific, posted herself wearing a “fisherman sweater.” At my next GW shopping trip, I came across this chunky knit piece and snapped it up immediately. It’s so comfy, I have worn it a handful of times in the last month, which is rare for me- I like to give even time to all my pieces. This was a relaxing weekend look, so I paired the thick sweater with leggings to balance it out. I’ll definitely be rocking this sweater again soon with skinny jeans.
            The minute I reviewed the pictures for this post, I realized how silly my UGGs look with my toothpick legs- Oops. Perhaps the “tall” variety wouldn’t be so strange? Regardless, they are the most comfortable shoes I own, so on a day when comfort was important, I wasn’t super concerned with what my feet looked like.
Tell me readers, Are you partaking in the Fisherman Sweater trend? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Monday, October 22, 2012

LOUD Prints



Blue floral dress- Vintage (no tag) (Goodwill) ~$4
Pink leggings- Given to me
Grey knee highs- OU (gift)
Cognac boot- Rack Room Shoes ~$20 (on sale)
Pink rose earrings- Forever 21 ~$6 (for a pack of 3)
Silver necklace- Vintage (Flea Market) ~$1
TOTAL COST: $31

            This dress is another one of those “so bad it’s good” pieces. When I saw it at GW, I hoped it would fit and I got lucky. I think it might actually be home sewn, so I’m not sure how old it is. The print is Asian inspired, with geishas and cherry blossoms. While  I love dresses with long sleeves and a shorter hemline- I often wonder how to style them… Since the fall weather has (mostly) taken over here in the North, I’ll be wearing this style of dresses with tights and leggings.
            The print is so loud and so memorable that this dress is a piece I wear sparingly. It’s always bittersweet when I acquire pieces this like. I love loud pieces, stand out pieces. Of course I know that I impose these “fashion rules” upon myself, but quite frankly, I have so many other pieces I love to wear that wearing this dress on repeat isn’t smart regardless of print.
Tell me readers, What are your loudest pieces and how long to you wait between wears? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Friday, October 19, 2012

Perfect Fit



Maroon long sleeve top- J Jill (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Fair Isle Cardigan- St. John’s Bay ~$7 (on sale)
Wide leg jeans- Gap (via Goodwill) ~$6
Deer antler necklace- gift (similar items available on ebay and etsy)
Chestnut boots- UGGs (gift)
TOTAL COST: $16.50

            I love to be warm and as a result, I own many cardigans. This one I snagged on mega clearance last season. It’s large enough that I can easily wear it over long sleeves which is great as the weather here goes form cool to cold. I generally don’t like hoods on things other than hooded sweatshirts or a coat, but I made an exception for this one because it was such a great deal.
            As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really a big jeans wearer. I have a few pairs of skinny jeans that I really like, and I tend to stick with those. This pair, while not my favorite silhouette, is a high quality pair in a great wash that I snagged for a fraction of the retail cost. Additionally, I, like many women, struggle with an appropriate fit in pants, especially jeans. Something I love about shopping second hand is that because most clothes have been preowned, they are prewashed. These jeans are not going to shrink- the size they were when I bought them is the size they are now, years later. Which is more than I can say for jeans you buy new in store!
Tell me readers, Have you ever bought something new only to bring it home, wash it, and have it shrink or change drastically in appearance? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Still Chic

Teal v-neck sweater- ODCC (via Junior League) ~$ .25
White sleeveless button up- Ann Taylor (via Salvation Army) ~$3
Grey herringbone trousers- H&M ~$30
Pearl necklace- gift
Purple skimmer- Delias (gift)
TOTAL COST: $33.25

            Some pieces in my wardrobe have managed to stick around for years, despite not focusing on quality. These wide leg trousers from H&M were purchased as far back as 9th grade! That’s right, I’ve had this pair of pants for just about 10 years. Not only do they still fit, but they’re still chic. There are classic pieces all women should own, and if you purchase smartly, they’ll be with your for years to come. I paired this wardrobe staple with one of newest (and most thrifty) finds, this super soft vintage sweater from the Junior League- snagged for just a quarter. The preppy result is professional without being unapproachable.
Tell me readers, What staple pieces have been in your wardrobe forever? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Black & White



Printed short sleeve tie blouse- Ship N’ Shore (via Goodwill) ~$3.50
Black pencil skirt- Target ~$20
Pearl necklace- gift
White skinny belt- no tag (via Goodwill) ~$2
Black gladiator sandal- Ruff Hewn ~$13 (on sale)
TOTAL COST: $38.50

            A warm day amidst some chilly ones! I used this brief weather reprieve to wear this blouse that I thrifted a while ago. Wearing black in the summer is something I shy away from because it doesn’t seem seasonally appropriate, so when I bought this blouse, I had to put it away for a while. Fall seemed to be a great time to pull it out and this day really allowed the blouse to be on full display (i.e. no cardigan needed). I stayed with the black and white theme when selecting the rest of the outfit. Looking back, the belt was a misstep- there are no belt loops on the skirt, so it was moving all over- annoying.
            I think this may be the final wearing of my new favorite sandals of all time- but don’t worry, just for the fall and winter seasons. Packing up and swapping out my out of season clothes has been a semi annual tradition for YEARS. I love taking out the bins and rediscovering all those pieces. I also get to put away my summery stuff. It’s refreshing- but I am going to miss those sandals for the next 6 months (or so).
Tell me readers, What items are you sort of sad to put away for fall and winter? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sassy Tights

 Blue Oxford- Lands’ End (via Salvation Army) ~$3
Grey skirt- LOFT (via Goodwill) ~$4
Gold strand necklace- Consignment $3
Fancy tights- Target ~$7 (on sale)
Maroon velvet loafers- (via Salvation Army) $3
TOTAL COST: $20

         It cracks me up that the most pricy piece of this outfit were the tights! How hilarious! It’s because they were the only thing purchased new (and they were a sale item). These tights, I think they’re Merona brand, last FOREVER. I don’t even hand wash them- I pop them into the machine and they come out with no problems! It’s a miracle. I own around 6 pairs of different patterns of this style of stocking. Highly recommended.
            In other news, I finally found the blue oxford I was looking for. However, it’s ¾ sleeve, so I might want to continue hunting for the Ralph Lauren long sleeve top I’d been originally searching for. This skirt was cute when I bought it, but it needed an upgrade. I replaced all 8 buttons by hand with these beautiful brushed nickel ones with crest design. So worth it- it’s made it look much more expensive, in my opinion.
Tell me readers, Have you ever swapped out buttons or other features of a garment to change the look? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Polka-Dot Sweater

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Green polka dot sweater- Liz & Co (via Salvation Army) ~$2.50
Black skinny corduroys- OP (via Goodwill) ~$4
Gold and pearl strand necklace- (via consignment) ~$3
White and leather belt- Vintage (from mom)
Boots- Rack Room Shoes ~$20 (on sale, they are still selling them new!)
TOTAL: $29.50

            I have been waiting to wear some of the new-to-me fall/winter clothes I’ve thrifted in the past few months and the weather is finally cooperating. This sweater has been on stand-by for a chilly day for a while. Polka dot sweaters have been EVERY WHERE this year- J Crew, Old Navy, Gap and Brooks Brothers have all manufactured similar polka dot sweaters (but not for a better price). If you’ll remember, I purchased 2 other polka dot sweaters, new, from Old Navy. Why a third polka sweater, you ask? This was not only a great deal, it is also a much thicker sweater than the other two and is roomy enough for layering during the more harsh winter months.
Tell me readers, How have you been expressing the polka dot trend? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekend Watch: V

Welcome to the 5th edition of Weekend Watch! This week I cover novelty sweaters, fun spins on basic bottoms, and leatherette.

Both of these sweaters are from Forever 21 and retail for around $23 each. I love prints and this blue elephant sweater is so sweet. I love that they styled it this way- over a collared shirt.
The second I saw this “Pardon my French” sweater, I knew I had to check it out in person. Sadly, when I visited, they were out! Seems like everyone had the same idea. Kate Spade had a shirt in the latest collection with the same phrase (which, I’m sure, is why F21 is manufacturing it).



These playful bottoms are both from JC Penny. Both pieces retail for $25. I LOVE the print on this skirt- great with many different color tops. I own so many printed tops that I would probably pass on this for my own collection, but it’s definitely a statement piece!
The tuxedo pants, on the other hand, are a piece I would use in my wardrobe. I have been a fan of skinny jeans for years, and just now I am beginning a search slim leg work appropriate pants- starting with black ones. I want to go visit these soon


 
Leatherette (aka pleather) has really been improving since it’s arrival on the market as an alternative to authentic leather. Both of these pieces are from Target. I spotted this bias-zip deep teal leatherette jacket with faux-fur collar on the last visit to Target. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a black or cognac colored moto jacket- but it has to be warm. This one is definitely on the lighter side- more appropriate for fall or early spring. Target has a number of different leatherette pieces and a few of them are truly amazing leather substitutes- so buttery and real feeling. This coat retails for around $40.
This cute Fox coin purse is only $7 and comes with a few other animal faces (like owls!). I don’t presently have a use for it- but I had to share it with all of you! Someone buy this cutie thing, people!
Tell me readers, Did you come across something cute that I missed this week? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wearing White: Post-Conventional



Mint green v-neck t-shirt- Target ~$5
Pink circle print cardigan- Target (via Goodwill) ~$4
White jeans- Ralph Lauren (via Marshall’s) ~$25
Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3
Tortoise link necklace- JEWELIQ (gift, retails for $20)
Brown leather braided belt- Vintage (from mom)
Gold slip ons- TOMs (gift, retail for $54)

            Certain followers of rules do so without examining the effectiveness of the rule in their own life. However, I am in Kohlberg’s Moral Development stage titled “Post-Convention” and I evaluate each rule by my own standards. “No White After Labor Day” is a rule I simply cannot get behind. It was warm on this day, so white pants didn’t feel weird. I wouldn’t wear them in the dead of winter, but it’s not because of some arbitrary rule- but because I more “wintery” looking items I’d like to style. I wear white in other ways (sometimes called “winter white”) during cooler months, specifically in sweaters.
Tell me readers, What do you think about white during cooler months? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Back to the Mid-Atlantic

Well, Readers, I am back form vacation- and can I say "BURRRR!" I totally did not plan to come back to cold weather (it was warm when we left!) so my return outfit was totally laughable- I can't even talk about how BAD it was.
Now that I'm back to fall weather, I can post this lovely outfit from before my trip! Enjoy.




Red and navy rugby shirt- Chaps (via Junior League) ~$3
Dark wash skinny jeans- Forever21 (via Consignment) ~$6
Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3
White and leather belt- Vintage (mom’s)
Pearls- gift
Lace-up boots- Target ~$20
TOTAL: $32

            I wore this to a large outdoor fair for dogs. I knew I’d need to help wrangle my big furry puppy, so I wanted something that was simple and not fussy. My recently purchased (children’s) rugby top seemed to be a great choice. Paired with skinny jeans and my adventure boots (or granny boots if you ask Mom), I was concerned it would look to masculine. I decided to add pearls and keep my hair down. Do you think I accomplished that? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com  or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Weekend Watch...Sort of?

Hello Readers from the Most Magical Place on Earth!
I am vacationing in Disney World with my lovely brother, A. I have a High/Low clothing item to share with you and a few great shoes for fall. Sorry my list isn't comprehensive, but my focus is on spending time with the favorite brother and enjoying all the Magic here.
Left: I found these pants in Ralph Lauren's latest collection. While this isn't a brand I ever buy new, I do like to get inspired by looking at their new pieces. These equestrian themed skinny pants definitely caught me attention! At $120, they're totally unpractical!
Right: These look-a-likes from Forever 21 are around $13! Yes- they are leggings, not pants. I'd like to see them in person, but they're a well priced alternative to the RL version.
I LOVE this $60 leatherette skirt by NY&Co. Yes- it's beyond the range I usually look at, but a leather or leather alternative skirt has been on my list since fall began! I'm still looking around, but I like knowing that the trend is strong enough that multiple stores should carry similar, lower priced options.

These two faux-croc pumps are from DSW and retail for around $40. I think skins like croc are very fall and winter weater appropriate. The red mary-jane shoes are a bit more sassy, whereas the black ones are more standard.

Nothing says autumn quite like a riding boot. This pair from DSW are real leather and retail for around $70. I might have to order these..
This pair of deep tan ballet flats also work as a great mock-loafer, with their beautiful metallic link detail and tassels. They retail for just around $26 and come in 4 other colors.

Thanks for tuning in! See anything I missed? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwilHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B




Friday, October 5, 2012

Pretty Patriotic



Polka dot secretary blouse- James Kenrob (vintage, from Goodwill) ~$3.50
White and gold pencil skirt- Worthington (via JC Penny) ~$7
Skinny light blue belt- Vintage (via Goodwill) ~$1
Navy blue leggings- via Gabriel Brothers ~$4
Brown boots- Xappeal (via Rack Room Shoes) ~$20 (on sale)
TOTAL: $35.50

            Riding boots! It’s something I actually love about fall. My boots are sort of beat. I bought them on clearance 3+ years ago at Rack Room Shoes in what has turned out to be a snag at $20. These boots have been put out, NEW, every year for just around $50 and they’re not real leather! Not worth $50, maybe $20. Regardless, mine are starting to peel and are scuffed at the toe. It may be time to start scouting for a new, leather pair. Perhaps Christmas list…
            In other news, it is cold enough to wear my secretary blouses! We’re starting with this one and working through my entire collection. My outfit sort of ended up looking quite patriotic, especially after I added red coat.
Tell me readers, Any tips for finding a great pair of leather riding boots? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Kindred Spirits



Teal sweater- Ann Taylor (via Junior League) ~$7
Snow leopard skinny pant- City Streets (JC Penny) ~$20
Brown leather braided belt- Vintage (from mom)
Tan moccasin- Lamb (The Shoe Department) ~$20
TOTAL: $47

            I love this sweater. I bought it over the summer when the Junior League was selling this 100% silk piece for just $7. It really doesn’t look like anything special but I have some strange special connection to it. I wonder who owned it before me? Perhaps we’re kindred spirits. Anyway, I finally got to wear it as it’s been a bit cooler. I love the pairing of textures in this outfit. Mixing prints is an art, but mixing textures is also a skill. I love these printed pants, but rarely wear them! They are so memorable that I feel the need to wait long periods of time between wears. Am I giving too much observational credit to my classmates?
            If you read this blog on the regular, you may notice that I RARELY wear my hair up. I think I look funny (read: bald) and it also hurts my head to wear it up for extended periods of time. On this day, I was headed to class after a bridal photo shoot and left my hair and make up from the shoot on all day. I’ll include a few behind the scenes pictures at the bottom.
Tell me readers, Do you think there should be a waiting period between wears for really loud or memorable pieces? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully yours,
B
PS Does this outfit sort of remind you of this J Crew ensemble? Unintentional, but I guess not subconsciously!

Photo Shoot Pictures
Photo from Tina Dolin

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thrifty Threads: A Salvation Army Shopping Review


Mom & I ventured to a neighboring town to see what 50% off Wednesday was like at another SalVal. It was PACKED! I snagged two items on my fashion wish list and another “bonus” piece. Here they are!

1. Pineapple khaki Capri- The brand on these isn’t great, but for a few bucks, I love an embroidered piece. J Crew makes similar pieces for around the $50 range.
2. A blue Oxford has been on my list since I first drafted it! This is a ¾ sleeve top by Lands’ End, making it a great quality piece. It needs a little tailoring. I’m still keeping my eyes open for a long sleeved one at a good price.
3. Finally, the Pièce de résistance, the collarless jacket. It didn’t look like this when I found it. It was scary and extra furry looking. I snagged it for $6 and gave it a haircut. 

I put together a little visual for collarless jackets just a few days before my trip and I think the fashion goddesses saw it!
(Photo credit: Top R- White House | Black Market, Sarah Vickers from Classy Girls Wear Pearls, and Forever21)

 They smiled down on me and planted a beautiful collarless jacket in the racks for me. It’s currently being dry cleaned, and I can’t wait to wear it once it’s back (and less smelly).
Tell me readers, Are you feeling the collarless jacket trend? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ina Inspiration



Pink and White striped Oxford- Ralph Lauren (via Salvation Army) ~$2
Black Leggings- Under Armor (gift, old)
Sunglasses- Wet Seal ~$3
Swavorski Mickey Earrings- Disney World (gift)
Pearl necklace (gift)
Black gladiator sandals- Ruff Hewn ~$13
TOTAL: $18

            Have you ever watched the “Barefoot Contessa” with Ina Garten? She is one of my favorite Food Network chefs. Her show is filmed in the Hamptons, full of New England style. In nearly every episode she cooks in an oversized Oxford with the collar popped and a pearl necklace. I’m just learning to style button-up shirts in a feminine way and I think I’m kind of loving them over leggings.
RED ALERT READERS: I wear leggings as pants. Judge away! I held off for a long while after the trend started, but then I realized that I am not ashamed of my body, so leggings as pants are okay! Of course, the styling is important when doing this, and I think the length and more full shape of the top helps balance the tight look on the leg.
Tell me readers, Do YOU wear leggings as pants? Why or why not? Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B

Monday, October 1, 2012

Thrifty Threads: A Junior League Shopping Review

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Here’s my shopping recap from my last trip to the Junior League.
(Starting top L, moving clockwise)
1. This super soft sweater is vintage and bears in insignia ODCC. There is a place, locally, called the Outdoor Country Club and I’m wondering if this wasn’t an old uniform or available for purchase in the past. I wouldn’t have been drawn to it if it weren’t on the 4 items for $1 rack. Oops?
2. Recently, I added a new item to my fashion wish list- a collarless jacket. I stumbled across this one in the cardigan section and loved it. It looks horrific on the hanger- so please trust that this piece is a good one. I’ll definitely wear it open with jeans most of the time, but am open to alternative stylings. It’s vintage AND machine washable.
3. This new rugby top has a secret- it is actually a children’s top. I never thought I would fit into children’s clothes, but apparently boys XL is the exception. I did buy a Rugby top earlier this season (Ralph Lauren, grey with maroon stripes) but still wanted one with wide stripes. I also secretly hoped I could find one in red and navy, so -how lucky am I?
There you have it, readers, my shopping trip all summed up! Keep your eyes open for how I work these new pieces into my wardrobe.
Tell me about your recent purchases! Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com or tweet me at BsGoodwillHunt
Thriftfully Yours,
B