June 25, 2012

Goodwill Outfit #1

Just a simple summer outfit. 
Gap tank: Goodwill $3.49
Shorts: Goodwill $3.49
Necklace: Goodwill $2.99
Ring: Flea Market $7.00
I love the pattern on these shorts!

IN LOVE with this necklace. Just found it last week!

This is one of my absolute favorite rings! I got it last year, and I have definitely gotten it's $7 worth since!

June 24, 2012

Thrifting Tips

Sunday I spent the day being totally lazy. I played on Pinterest and looked at some blogs. I stumbled upon this website :http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/. She had some awesome tips on thrifting that I totally agree with so, I thought I'd share them with you.

Tips for Thrifting Like a Pro

Thou shall admit some things are better new: Even if a bin full of dollar lingerie and undies are on sale for 99 percent off, it’s one deal you don’t want to partake in. We’re Budget Fashionistas and love a bargain, but we gotta draw the line somewhere. We’ll pay the extra bucks for clean underwear. Trust Loreal. You’re worth it.

Thou shall go to a road less traveled: We’ve written about the importance of location before. Shop rich zip codes, college towns, etc. Here’s another insider tip: Think outside the popular neighborhoods. Sure, that hipster thrift store The Art of Thrifting by NYU may have tons of great gems, but you’re also competing with thousands of youngsters with never-ending student loans hungry for that unique fashion find. When it’s survival of the (fashion) fittest, it may be best to go to a less-populated town. Think suburbia and retirement communities.

Thou shall not forget the tailor: Ah, our good friend the tailor, the behind-the-scenes craftsman (or woman) who magically makes that ill-fitting blazer fit like a glove! Bottom line: Don’t forget the tailor. Sure, that DKNY dress may cost you a mere subway ticket, but if it’s three sizes too big, factor in how much alterations will cost and ask yourself if it’s still worth it.

Thou shall DIY: Maybe your name is Jenni Radosevich, or you’re Edward Scissorhands’ long-lost twin sister in the sewing room. Either way, view the thrift store The Art of Thrifting as a cheaper alternative to a fabric shop, and view each item not for what it is, but for what it could be. That oversized dress with an awesome print? Snip away to make an awesome blouse, or a mini cocktail dress.

Thou shall haggle: It may or may not work, but it’s worth a try because you know what’s better than an amazing Theory blazer for $10? An amazing Theory blazer that’s $10 and 30 percent off because it’s missing a button.

Thou shall search for new tags: We normally perceive thrift stores as a used Target of unwanted, abandoned and yes, in some cases, unusable stuff. Yet, hold on there, Batman. Not so fast. Keep in mind that tons of people buy clothes they will never wear. (Yeah, target-weight skinny jeans, we’re talking to YOU!) Or retailers often donate unsold merchandise to local thrift stores, so keep an eye open for those extra-special goodies.

Thou shall not be afraid to go home empty-handed: When you’re in a wonderland of dollar goodies, it’s extremely tempting to want to snatch what you perceive as deals. Yet, even if that DVF vintage blouse is only $5, if it’s four sizes too big with yellowish pit stains, it’s not a deal. In fact, it’s a waste of five bucks. This rule applies to any sort of shopping, but especially when it comes to thrifting. Don’t be afraid of leaving the store empty-handed.

Hope her tips help! Happy thrifting!

June 23, 2012

Momma Goodwillista

My mom is the one who taught all I know about bargain shopping. She's actually got the Goodwill addiction bug even worse than I do. She's spent up to $100 in one trip to the Goodwill before! Here she is, Momma Goodwillista herself:
I found her this dress at the Goodwill in Hammond for $4.99. It's super cute and even has some embellishments on it.
The wedges we found together at the Walker Goodwill. They were $3.49 and they're B.O.C. a pretty expensive brand.

June 21, 2012

My Shabby Chic Room

A few months ago, my best friend, Adele, and I moved in together into a cute little townhouse.  Slowly but surely my shabby chic bedroom is finally coming together.  I didn't want to buy stuff for my room right away because I wanted to make sure that I was getting the best deal on the things I knew I really wanted.  Thanks to Pinterest I was able to update some of the furniture I already owned.  And, not only do I like to dress myself in Goodwill clothing, I've dressed my room in it too.
This is the white dresser I had in my room growing up. All we (my wonderful mother and I) did was add an antique glaze to it.  The curtains are from the Goodwill in Walker, La. Only $7.99!
I got the first (left to right) picture frame at the Goodwill in Hammond for just $1.99. The third picture frame was on clearance at Big Lots for $5.
I can't say I technically made this necklace holder because I didn't drill the holes in the wood. Thanks to Kevin (my lovely stepdaddy), I just told him where to put everything, and he did the hard work. I found the idea off of Pinterest. I bought door handles at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, so like $2 each. The picture above it (which is my favorite Cinderella saying) was also 50% off so I got it for 5 bucks!
I call this my cloud bed because it is all white and fluffy! I got my headboard at the Goodwill on Coursey in Baton Rouge for just $15. It was such a steal and it came with the exact look I wanted! My mom found the window for just $5 from someone on Craig's List.
Please excuse the fact that I don't have a picture in this frame yet, but I got it at the Goodwill for $0.99! The little owl, which I use to hold my chapstick, also came from the Goodwill for $0.99. This lamp is on it's third look. It was first in my sister's room years ago, and then in my dorm room, and now I have transformed the look of it for the third time. I spray painted the bottom goldish brown, and I hot glued coffee filters on the lamp shade. I absolutely love it! The night stand was given to me for free from a cousin. I painted it teal and added an antique glaze to it.
This is my other dresser that I grew up with. It was white and had a mirror connected to it. We sanded it, painted it teal, and added an antique glaze to it. We also disconnected the mirror. This mirror is another one of my mom's Craig's List finds. Got it for $45.
I got this green dish to hold my bracelets for $10 at an antique shop in Sorrento, La. The smaller dish I got for $0.99 at a thrift store in Gonzales,  La. My mom got me the cat ring holder at the Goodwill.
I made this headband holder out of an oatmeal container. I covered it with a piece of scrapbook paper with mod podge. The little ballerina piggy bank was a gift from my paran when I was a baby. I spray painted this frame gold. It was light teal to match my dorm room.
This is hanging on the outside of my door. I covered this wooden letter from Hobby Lobby with twine and hung it with burlap. The flower is made from a few cupcake liners.

My room still isn't quite done, but I am happy with how it looks so far! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my shabby chic styled room!

June 19, 2012

Past Goodwill Finds

I plan on posting my weekly Goodwill finds and some outfits I put together to show you how you can shop at the Goodwill and still look fashionable. This is just a preview of my past Goodwill finds to show you what's in store for this blog!

Reversible vest: $3.49
Guess white shorts: $3.49
Necklace: $0.99

Forever xxi top (still had the tag on it): $3.49
Limited Jeans: $4.99
Designer Dress (still had tag): $4.99
Awesome fringe heels! $3.49
BCBG Dress: $4.999
My sister's dress (peach): $4.99
My sister's necklace: $0.99