CUTE Teen Style ~ Back to School outfit found @ San Antonio Goodwill

 

CUTE Teen Style ~ Back to School outfit found @ San Antonio Goodwill

This time of year is expensive if you have children in school!  School supplies, new shoes, new clothes, backpack, doctor visits, medical exams for sports, money in the lunch account, extra school supplies for the classroom, lab fees, book fees, and everything else.  Looking for ways to save here and there, shopping at Goodwill sure does help the budget!

We found a GAP cotton crew sweater and HOLLISTER skirt … both in perfect condition!

Drum roll please …. this entire outfit for under $10!

 

Back to School outfit found for under $10

Back to School outfit found for under $10

 

shhhh ... do not tell her that I actually got a picture of her smiling :)

shhhh … do not tell her that I actually got a picture of her smiling 🙂

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So Preppy so Pink! Polo and JCREW ~ Thrift Store Style

 

So Preppy so Pink! Polo and JCREW ~ Thrift Store Style

Now maybe it is my age but I grew up being enthralled with “preppy”.  My grandma would get the Lillian Vernon catalog and that was my Preppy Bible!  Remember we did not have the internet, the TV shows were more like “Bewitched” or “I Dream of Jeannie”.   One of the hottest movies was “The Breakfast Club” and James Spader was ALL THAT!

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Unfortunately it wasn’t in my budget and you couldn’t really find these items in a thrift store … if I would have only known about “recreating” an outfit from a magazine or catalog.

I was so excited when I found this pair of JCREW chino shorts for my daughter @ San Antonio Goodwill for only $2.99 (retail $45) and to complete the outfit, I found this pink, sleeveless POLO shirt for $3.99.  (retails $89.50) … let me say that I almost fell over when she said “Yes, I will wear pink!”.  A grand total of $6.98 from GOODWILL .. how awesome is that!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hold on ... she even had her nails done in PINK!!!!!!!!

Hold on … she even had her nails done in PINK!!!!!!!!

I KNOW I am dreaming when my daughter decides to wear PINK after 3rd grade.

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I can’t even tell you how happy I was she wore a pink shirt. and it is a complete DREAM that she would ever wear a Lilly Pulitzer dress, but I can dream … it is my blog right!

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I love my husband … but

 

I love my husband … but

I need to start this article with that statement in case you get the wrong impression with everything else I am going to say.

There are so many super awesome fashion blogs out there that brag about their husbands being their photographer.

(you know where this is going …)

Unfortunately, I have erased all of the pictures of my feet.  Yes, my feet …. I wish I would have kept all of these pictures so I could prove that I am not making this up!   I had so many bad pictures to share with you it hard to pick one.

On vacation, in Charleston, SC, we happened to find this amazing backdrop on some random street.  WOW … it matches my necklace, my purse … this is just going to be perfect.   This is going to be my moment, maybe this picture will look like it could be on Atlantic-Pacific or Pink Peonies blogs.

ugggghhh!

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really … PLEASE … NO I don’t want the fence to show.

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I don’t want it shot from beneath me, it makes my face look huge.

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oh my goodness I wish a stranger would walk by to take this damn picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are now into this with about 50 photo’s and not ONE is worthy of putting on the blog.   NOT ONE SINGLE PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Want to see my mad face …

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Plus we need to take this FAST, I am sitting on the doorstep of a brownstone that someone lives in.

Never mind ….   Lets just go!

Now we are at the park …

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please just take the picture.

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OK, now … the wind died down.

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Now.

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Now I am just tired, I didn’t realize this would be so difficult!

I will tell you about my outfit was because I CAN NOT show you with a decent picture.

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Michael Kors Down Jacket:  $  1.00
  • Cashmere Sweater:     $5.99
  • Pleather Skirt:     $6.99
  • TOTAL:    $13.98

This is one of my favorite cold weather outfits … it is soooo warm!

I will probably no longer be in pictures.  I am the official photographer, he is not.

Did I mention that I love my husband!

He is not a great photographer but he is my biggest fan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conroe Assistance League Style Show

 

I was recently invited to take pictures of a Fashion/Style Show @ Conroe Assistance League.  Of course I love to promote charities in my community that have helped over 4000 children in Montgomery County this past year (with Operation School Bell) but this show had a special place in my heart … my Mother-in-law was a model!

 

Conroe Assistance League Fashion / Style show

Conroe Assistance League Fashion / Style show

 

 

Assistance League does an incredible job of putting on a fashion/style show for organizations in our community.   This particular one was for MCABW, Montgomery County Association of Business Women.  Link HERE

Conroe Assistance League Fashion Show for mcabw

Conroe Assistance League Fashion Show for mcabw

 

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Assistance League in Conroe Voted “Best Place to Buy Clothing in Montgomery County TX 2012″ and “2013”

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“During the chapter’s last fiscal year, the volunteers of Assistance League gave over 45,500 hours of their time to benefit more than 48,250 residents and nearly $360,000 was spent to assist children, seniors, and others in need in Montgomery County.   Since its inception in 1985, Assistance League has raised and spent over $3 million dollars to meet the needs of the community.”

Assistance League

Assistance League

Oh yes, I absolutely do my part in BUYING/DONATING to help contribute to Operation School Bell in Montgomery County!   This is also why I share with you what I think is fabulous … I can’t buy it all 🙂

 

Location

126 North San Jacinto Street Conroe, Texas 77301

Phone Numbers

Phone:  936-760-1151 Fax:  936-760-1191

Hours

Hours:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday

The Woodlands Waterway Village Retirement Living and Conroe Montgomery County Assistance League Fashion Style Show

The Woodlands Waterway Village Retirement Living and Conroe Montgomery County Assistance League

work together to bring you an AMAZING Fall Fashion Style Show!

(everything that was modeled here was also sold after the show)

Imagine a Fashion Show coming to your doorstep!

Lets make it even better … a THRIFT STORE style show … Most people would LOVE to sit in on a runway event like this!!!

Jen and I work very hard every week to show you thrift store deals, recently featured on ABC “Stretch your Dollar”, FOX 26 Houston News and “Mirror/Mirror” and we seem to always get comments “we never find those kind of deals in a thrift store”

(sshhhhhhh, we will keep it our secret that this is all brought to you! or we might end up with 1000’s of people from all over Houston coming to find these deals!)

 

Margi is modeling a casual fun look with items priced from $5-$12

Margi is modeling a casual fun look with items priced from $5-$12

 

Betty is wearing a sassy little  "animal print" dress that is priced at only $15!  Animal print is quite on trend with Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom this fall!

Betty is wearing a sassy little “animal print” dress that is priced at only $15! Animal print is quite on trend with Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom this fall!

 

Black and White is always on trend ... every single season!   This classic look paired with ruffles and lace creates a feminine look women love to wear!

Black and White is always on trend … every single season! This classic look paired with ruffles and lace creates a feminine look women love to wear!

 

Quilted jacket of gold & black, black slacks and jewelry ... all appropriate for Houston events such as the Hobby Center!  Priced from $3-16 each item

Quilted jacket of gold & black, black slacks and jewelry … all appropriate for Houston events such as the Hobby Center! Priced from $3-16 each item

 

From the look on every woman in this picture, it doesn't matter the age, we all love a twirly feminine dress!  (thrifted is even better!)

From the look on every woman in this picture, it doesn’t matter the age, we all love a twirly feminine dress! (thrifted is even better!)

Patty is wearing a darling strapless dress for only $15, the shoes are $14

Patty is wearing a darling strapless dress for only $15, the shoes are $14

 

Combining classic pieces and a hint of color makes Carolyn's outfit of chocolate and turquoise so on trend!  Every item she is wearing is priced from $2 - $14 each

Combining classic pieces and a hint of color makes Carolyn’s outfit of chocolate and turquoise so on trend! Every item she is wearing is priced anywhere from $2 – $14 each

 

 

Ooooh ... aaagh ... I think every woman loves a beaded handbag!  Plus a ST JOHN beaded tank?

Ooooh … aaagh … I think every woman loves a beaded handbag! Plus a ST JOHN beaded tank!

Look at this AMAZING hand embroidered animal print silk jacket!!!!

Look at this AMAZING hand embroidered animal print silk jacket!!!!

Holiday Parties are right around the corner ... find items in advance!

Holiday Parties are right around the corner … shop for items in advance!

 

More amazing fall trend fashions for pennies on the dollar!

More amazing fall trend fashions for pennies on the dollar!

Animal Print ... always in style (includes a matching shawl)

Animal Print … always in style (includes a matching shawl)

Cardigan sets are always classic, Animal print ... right on trend ... Tory Burch flats!!!!

Cardigan sets are always classic, Animal print … right on trend … Tory Burch flats!!!!

 

Thank you Patty for modeling this stunning Banana Republic Wool skirt  and cardigan sweater set!

Thank you Patty for modeling this stunning Banana Republic Wool skirt and cardigan sweater set!

 

 

These fashions shows are ALOT of fun!  Bringing you great deals and also benefiting the community!

These fashions shows are ALOT of fun! Bringing you great deals and also benefiting the community!

Programs offered by Conroe / Montgomery County Assistance League

Programs offered by Conroe / Montgomery County Assistance League

 

A hint of animal plaint takes this outfit right into 2013 fall trends!

A hint of animal plaint takes this outfit right into 2013 fall trends!

Shopping after the style show ... YES PLEASE!!!!

Shopping after the style show …

High end items

High end items

 

Racks and racks of gorgeous clothing for pennies on the dollar!

Racks and racks of gorgeous clothing for pennies on the dollar!

My find of the day .... I saw one of the models wear these Tory Burch flats on the runway and I couldn't wait get to the back fast enough to buy these!

My find of the day …. I saw one of the models wear these Tory Burch flats on the runway and I couldn’t wait get to the portable boutique fast enough to buy these!

 

Montgomery County Conroe Assistance League was voted #1 Thrift Store in Conroe!

126 North San Jacinto Street

Conroe, Texas

The BEST part about shopping at Conroe Assistance League is that From June 2012 through May 2013, Operation School Bell provided clothing and shoe vouchers to 4,244 students in the six Montgomery County independent school districts and Met Head Start programs.

First Day of School … College, Highschool and Jr High! Anthropologie style

Every year i MUST take a first day of school picture of my kids!  This year, it was a little difficult with Maddy @ Texas State!   She did text me the first day of school pic ...

Every year i have to take a first day of school picture of my kids! This year, it was a little difficult with Maddy @ Texas State! She did text me the first day of school outfit …

 

We bought a ton of Brand New w/ Tags for her to wear to school ... WOW ... she chose an Anthropologie top for $5.99 (retails for $98).  Wore this top with her own American Eagle, full price, Jean.

We bought a ton of Brand New clothes from the mall for her to wear to school … WOW … she chose a thrifted Anthropologie top for $5.99 (retails for $98) with a pair of new white jean.s

 

First day of college in Anthropologie Lace Tank Top for $4.99, leather belt $2.99, short $4.99

First day of college in Anthropologie Lace Tank Top for $4.99, leather belt $2.99, short $4.99

First Day of School … College, Highschool and Jr High!

This is always such an exciting day!   New clothes, new school supplies, see your friends, make new friends and meet your teachers.

Both the girls chose to wear a thrifted Anthropologie top, even though they had new clothes from the mall.

Remember to always Thrift with Style!

PIPPA thrift with style

New York City ~ Day 5 , Morning Walk, Metropolitan Art Museum, thats it … we are DONE!

New York City ~ Day 5 , Morning Walk, Metropolitan Art Museum, thats it … we are DONE!

5 Full, Wonderful, Glorious days in New York City!

Walking through New York City in a thrifted denim blouse for $5.99

Walking through New York City in a thrifted denim blouse (beaded pockets) for $5.99

We started the morning out with breakfast and one last walk around Times Square.

Finding cool New York architecture in our "thrift" store style!

Finding cool New York architecture in our “thrift” store style!

 

Then we headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art!  This was my first trip to the museum and I have no idea why I have not been there before!   It requires a visit every year (for years) to take it all in.

Maddy taking a "Vine" video out front of the Met art Museum!

Maddy taking a “Vine” video out front of the Met art Museum!

 

 

New York Art Museum!

New York Art Museum!

New York Modern Art!

New York Modern Art!

 

Monet ...

Monet …

 

More art ...

More art …

 

Punk Style Exhibit (ooops... I honestly did not see the sign that said NO pics!)

Punk Style Exhibit
(ooops… I honestly did not see the sign that said NO pics!)

 

 

Ok ... I am totally in Love with the Valentino shoes on the right and thought they were so current BUT look at the Givenchy on the left, this gold, square stud look was from 2007!

Ok … I am totally in Love with the Valentino shoes on the right and thought they were so current BUT look at the Givenchy on the left, this gold, square stud look was from 2007!

 

Maddy had her first New York Pretzel, she was a tad bit disappointed, it wasn’t as soft as she thought it would be!

First New York Pretzel (not as soft as she thought it would be)

First New York Pretzel (not as soft as she thought it would be)

 

As I was standing in the shade (melting) from the summer heat you would not believe who came running right in front of me …

Pippa standing in New York City MELTING in the heat when Mark Consuelos runs right in front of her!!!!!!  :)

Pippa standing in New York City MELTING in the heat when Mark Consuelos runs right in front of her!!!!!! 🙂

 

Mark Consuelos! (Kelly Ripa’s husband) in a white sleeveless t-shirt.    RUNNING!  Right in front of us ….

Wow …. Maddy, did you NOT see him?  sheeesh, I guess he isn’t that hot for an 18 year old girl????

 

I don’t think we could have squeezed one more minute of fun out of New York City …. We were so DONE and ready to sleep for a few days!

 

Wow ... we are so ready to go to sleep!!!!  Love ya New York ... can't wait to visit again!!!!

Wow … we are so ready to go to sleep!!!! Love ya New York … can’t wait to visit again!!!!

Here is a recap of day 1-5:

(If you only have TIME to check out one day, look at day 4 … that crepe that Maddy did NOT share with me is the Highlight of the entire trip!!!!)

As always, thrift with style!

 

 

Shopping in New York City!

Goodwill and your Dorm Room ~ Thrift Store Style!

Planning her college dorm room has been so much fun the past few months!  Both Maddy and I have spent hours on Pinterest looking for ideas.  Of course while thrifting we would pick up things here and there.   She decided to go with an eclectic mix of bright, yet subdued mix of colors.

If I would have EVEN tried to buy her a perfect “matching” room I think she would have died … that is soooo NOT COOL in college!

You would not believe how many people stopped by her room to “ooooh and aaahhhh” … they had not really planned on decorating but to do everything for way under a $100 is awesome!

(she just sent me a message, her friends want me to take them shopping to show them how to thrift!)

Dorm Room ~ Goodwill Thrift Store Style

Dorm Room ~ Goodwill Thrift Store Style

 

We found this HUGE corkboard at San Antonio Goodwill!   Score for $5.99

(we recovered it with fabric & a staple gun for $8.99)

 

Huge corkboard @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

Huge corkboard @ San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

 

Call me a dumpster diver … but I found the black table,  under the fridge, on the side of the road on garbage day.  FREE!

The white dresser was from a builder/model home throwing stuff away … I just happened to be there on the right day!

The pink tulle from local crafting store was only $1.29 a yard .. a HUGE statement for a little bit of money!

Tulle @ $1.29 yard makes a big statement!

Tulle @ $1.29 yard makes a big statement!

 

Next we found this Brand NEW still in package duvet cover from Bombay Kids, original price $99.99 .. Goodwill price $9.99

Brand NEW Bombay Kids duvet cover for $9.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Brand NEW Bombay Kids duvet cover for $9.99 @ San Antonio Goodwill

Goodwill thrift store shopping for dorm room!

Goodwill thrift store shopping for dorm room!

 

 

We had a quilt that we cut to fit perfectly in the NEW duvet cover!  I tacked it into place so it wouldn't slide around!

We had a quilt that we cut to fit perfectly in the NEW duvet cover! I tacked it into place so it wouldn’t slide around!

 

This was $9.99 @ Goodwill, we painted and added hooks inside!

This was $9.99 @ Goodwill, we painted and added hooks inside!

We added hooks inside to make this a jewelry cabinet!

We added hooks inside to make this a jewelry cabinet!

Maddy's idea to hot glue gun flowers, pearls and twine to the outside of this jewelry cabinet!

Maddy’s idea to hot glue gun flowers, pearls and twine to the outside of this jewelry cabinet!

Her little "kitchen" with ceramic "Pottery Barn" basket weave bowl to hold fruit and the large rectangle basket to hold dishes and food!  (both items from Goodwill)

Her little “kitchen” with ceramic “Pottery Barn” basket weave bowl to hold fruit and the large rectangle basket to hold dishes and food! (both items from Goodwill)

LOOK at these awesome “Pottery Barn” lights, brand new still in package we got for $2.99 each @ Goodwill!

Pottery Barn lights brand NEW for $2.99 each box!

Pottery Barn lights brand NEW for $2.99 each box!

Maddy repainted this old sign into something personal for her room!

Repaint something old into new!

Repaint something old into new!

We got this calendar, really nice and sturdy, in the frame for $3.99!  and a glass tumbler to hold markers for .49

Calendar framed eraser board for $3.99 and glass tumbler for markers .49

Calendar framed eraser board for $3.99 and glass tumbler for markers .49

 

I just found this cool Chinese lantern and lamp to take to her next time I visit!

Chinese Lantern from Goodwill thrift store for $4.99

Chinese Lantern from Goodwill thrift store for $4.99

Cute lamp that will fit perfectly in her room for $4.99

Cute lamp that will fit perfectly in her room for $4.99

 

 

Keep watching …. I will take pictures of our college dorm shopping trip!

As always, thrift with style!

Its official .... Goodwill Blogger for 2013

Charleston Vacation ~ Thrift Store Shop Style

Charleston Vacation ~ Thrift Store Shop Style

Excited to visit Charleston, SC I knew my clothing had to be Casual, Classic and Simple … yet Southern Proper Style.

Plus I am “in-between” sizes, with my weight loss I’m not yet into my skinny clothes.

(nothing better than visiting my local thrift store to find some classic pieces to take on vacation)

 

My thrift store JCREW white ruffle blouse ... Love this!!!!   $5.99

My thrift store JCREW white ruffle blouse … Love this!!!! $5.99

 

Yes .. ALWAYS LOST ... even using my phone!

Yes .. ALWAYS LOST … even using my phone!

 

A few words I would use to describe Charleston, SC:

  • Historical
  • Succession
  • Tradition
  • Food
  • Seacoast
  • Maritime

 

Charleston

Charleston

Horse Carriage Tour in Charleston, SC

Horse Carriage Tour in Charleston, SC

 

Historical Church in Charleston

Historical Church in Charleston

 

Bicycle Tours in Charleston

Bicycle Tours in Charleston

 

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

 

Look at this park on the waterfront in Charleston!

Look at this park on the waterfront in Charleston!

 

Thrift Store: Talbots Silk Blouse $4.99 JCREW madras plaid skirt $6.99

Thrift Store:
Talbots Silk Blouse $4.99
JCREW madras plaid skirt $6.99

 

More Charleston Historical Scenery! (thrifted silk top $4.99, thrif store JCREW skirt $6.99)

More Charleston Historical Scenery!
(thrifted silk top $4.99, thrif store JCREW skirt $6.99)

 

 

More of Charleston!

More of Charleston!

 

Gorgeous Charleston Waterfront Park!

Gorgeous Charleston Waterfront Park!

 

Charleston Historical Pineapple!

Charleston Historical Pineapple!

 

Look at this painting .. VERY CLOSELY!!!  The entire thing is made of hats!!!!

Look at this painting .. VERY CLOSELY!!! The entire thing is made of hats!!!!

 

 

And would you believe but I HAD to go thrift store shopping while in Charleston!  I was curious what kind of stores they had and what the prices were!!!  

Amazing thrift store find in Charleston … that’s all I can say and it is going to be a 3 part series

(I found that much!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrift Shop Copycat Style of www.PinkPeonies.com Feminine Details Outfit

Thrift Shop Copycat Style of www.PinkPeonies.com Feminine Details Outfit

The first blog that I check everyday is www.PinkPeonies.com, Rachel is definitely one of favorite fashion bloggers!  When I saw this “feminine details” outfit I knew it was my “recipe for my next thrift store adventure!  

Here is our thrifted version of her outfit ….    (original posted HERE)

Thrift Shop Copy of Pink Peonies "Feminine Detail Outfit"

Thrift Shop Copy of Pink Peonies “Feminine Detail Outfit”

 

Preppy Thrifted Style $28.96 TOTAL (sweater, blouse, shorts & shoes!)

 

 

 

Thrift Tommy Hilfiger Seer-Sucker Shorts (lined) only $5.99!

 

 

Thrifted BRAND NEW Navy Patent Leather / Leather Soled Shoes only $9.99 … CUTE!!!

 

Thrift for Name Brand Clothes at a Fraction of the Original Price

 

  • Hot Pink Ann Taylor Summer Cardigan Sweater: Thrifted, $5.99
  • White Cotton GAP Blouse: Thrifted, $6.99
  • Tommy Hilfiger Striped Seer-Sucker Lined Shorts: Thrifted, $5.99
  • Navy Patent Leather Shoes / Leather Sole: Thrifted, $9.99

TOTAL: $ 28.96

Remember while thrifting, it is always better to go for a higher end name brand item. Here is an approximate list of what we would have paid retail for these same things ….. (click on the links to see the item in stores NOW!)

ESTIMATED TOTAL RETAIL PRICE ……………………… $206.94

We SAVED approximately $177.98