Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday the Thrift Edition...

I thought that I would show you my tribute to Mr. Goodwill Hunting in my GDub outfit. Notice my bow tie belt? It is just a regular tie from the men's department at Goodwill. I tied it into a bow and there you have it... Thrifted bowtie belt! So Mr. Goodwill Hunting don't you think?

Looks like I leaned onto the counter when I was chopping strawberries this afternoon....dang it.
Oh, I love these menswear inspired loafers tooo! They are Franco Sarto from the Goodwill Collection.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Commision Project

Paul Ferney has brought back the commission project! Get details HERE!
He is the amazingly talented husband of Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!

This is the beautiful portrait he did of my darling Great Aunt Ruth posing in her garden. I love this painting and gave it to my mom for Mother's Day. (in full disclosure I kept it at home for a few months before I could give it up.) I LOVE MINE!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

What does laundry and vodka have in common?

No there is no punchline.....I just like to add a little vodka to my laundry. Don't worry this isn't becoming a laundry blog. But lets face it, laundry is a never ending battle, you might as well learn to at least get along. I love to thrift, and sometimes I feel like I am "rescuing" a piece from the thrift store. The least I could do is clean him up and make him presentable.

Deelicious Laundry

Whether you share my love of laundry, or you find it a chore, these delicious smelling laundry products might just change your mind!

Mrs. Meyers lured me in when the Lemon Verbena scent was offered at Target for about a day and a half a few years ago. They no longer carry that scent, so now I have to buy it online. If you friend them on Facebook they will let you know when they have sales or have Free Shipping! Oh, let me mention that they offered Free Shipping! one day after I had mine shipped....dang it!

Mrs. Meyers also carries a line of cleaning products in the same scent. Your entire house can smell clean and lemony. *Here is a little tip. The dryer sheets smell so good you can use them around the house to freshen things up. I even put them under the seats of my car so keep thing smelling nice.
The Lavender is nice, but Lemon Verbena is my favorite! I have the most sensitive nose on the planet, and sometimes just walking down the detergent aisle can give me a migraine. All of Mrs. Meyers products are lightly scented and smell delicious.
Here is a little sneak peak of a recent Goodwill Haul ready for the laundry!

Mrs. Meyers is not paying me to say these lovely things. I am available however if she changes her mind. just saying.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Laundry Tips and Recipes!

I am obsessed with The Laundress Blog. It started with two girls in NY who started a line of high end laundry products. They have all sorts of fabulous laundry paraphernalia for sale. What fun! I am not kidding when I say I love to do laundry and to iron! I know that might sound crazy to some of you but it seems that my closest friends love to laundry too! Candis, Lisa, Mary, Sandy...all ironers. All Rowenta lovers. Birds of a feather laundry together!So I was reading the Laundress blog and they were talking about scented vinegar to remove odors and help with hard water. It seemed a little crazy to spend $12.00 on a tiny bottle of vinegar, so I used Mr. Google to show me how to make my own.
First you start with White Distilled Vinegar...

add you favorite essential oils...I chose lemon, orange, and cedar. You can pick up essential oils at Whole Foods, Sunflower Market, Vitamin know....crunchy-granola-type places. For this size vinegar bottle I used 20 drops of lemon...5 of each orange and cedar.

Why yes that is lemon vodka you see there on the left. Lemon vodka can be sprayed into shoes and clothing to clean and disinfect them. (yes, be careful) You can also spray lemon vodka as you would Febreze. Air fresheners gives me headaches, and I think they smell disgusting!! OK vodka can give you headaches too, but we're spraying it not drinking it!
So then I had to make a cute label because I didn't want the ugly vinegar label feeling bad next to my cute Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. Yes I do have a little time on my hands...why do you ask?
I labeled mine "for laundry". As if I have to worry about anyone else in my house doing laundry or cooking for that matter...yes I know Lisa, I made my own bed...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Behind the Scenes

We are in the book section of the S. Broadway Goodwill. It is really beautiful, if you are ever in Denver go check it out!
Our models were all interns for Goodwill. They are all an amazing group of kids!

Thanks WB!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WB News Story on Back to School Fashions

Think about Goodwill when you are shopping for Back to School clothes! We shot a piece for a local news station. Adorable Students in Amazing Frugal Fashions!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Never a Dull Moment (the revised edition)

Any questions?

OK since you asked: Here is She Said/ He Said

Me: Don't use the blender because the glass has a slight crack in it...

Him: Ok, will you pick up a new blender...(not at the GDub)

Me: Sure.
Fast Forward.....(I forgot to pick up blender.....go to the gym....)

Him: Decides to use the blender anyway...(well I forgot to get a new one I will give him that)...puts ALL the fixins in the blender to make a smoothie...Blender glass explodes, he's not sure of the details, but perhaps he tried to "catch" the glass.......blood and smoothie all over the kitchen.....younger son (15) cleans the wound, patches him up, mops up the blood and gore with three beach towels.......then calls my cell phone which is sitting on our kitchen counter. oopsie

Me: I'm at the gym doing some serious Zumba moves working up a glistening glow....(and by glow I mean sweat running down my nose and onto my shirt)...Oh and I have naturally curly (and by curly I mean frizzy) hair......come home with a very frizzy, home perm, looking scenario on my head.....wait, did I mention I was wearing gym shorts and a super-hero t-shirt of my sons?.........Take my husband to the ER.......they stitch him up.....I fret over my jacked up hair/ outfit being seen in public......

Him: Let's stop by Costco on the way home to buy a blender so I can make another smoothie.

Way to get back on the horse!!

The End.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WIWW "I finally got dressed" Edition

I haven't been participating in WIWW this summer because basically I've been wearing gym clothes or forgetting to take pictures if I actually got dressed!
I went to lunch with some girlfriends and then took one on a thrift tour....look at the cute boots I picked up! She found a pair of RED Ariat boots!
T (Tarjay)
Boyfriend Jeans (Old Navy)
Sante Fe Lace up boots (Goodwill)

Changed it up a little bit here...
Vest: Banana Republic (Goodwill)
White T (Target)
Boyfriend Jeans (Old Navy)
Platform Sandals (?)

I went shopping with Goodwill PR to get ready for a news segment we are doing about
Thrifting and Back to School Shopping Goodwill Style!
Merona Shirt (Goodwill)
Leopard Skirt (Goodwill)
Brand New Madelyn Stuart pumps (Goodwill)

Women's Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Banana Republic dress (Goodwill)
Dexter Pumps (Goodwill)

pleated poppy

Buy American!

Remember back in 2007 when the US recalled pet foods that were made in China? The food was tainted with melamine (a chemical used to make plastic). Some US companies were importing rice that had been laced with this chemical to increase the appearance of protein levels. After that eye-opener I decided to buy American made products. I had no idea how difficult, ok nearly impossible, that would be. Every product label I read said "Made in Somewhere Else!". The dollar spot at Tar-jay? Forget it. Every single thing is "Made in Somewhere Else". Food?! You guessed it. "Not Made Here!" . I'm not going to get into the huge political fight right now that this seems to create. I grew up in the Central Valley of California where 90% of American produce was grown. Not any longer....remember the housing boom? Farmland was turned into they are vacant sad. When you have a choice buy US produce. (the farmers will rejoice)

Rambling? Perhaps? So what does this have to do with
thrifting and Buying American? Oh I am so glad that you asked. Each item donated to thrift stores that help communities, churches, food banks, charitable organizations...creates American dollars. Those dollars are put back into your community. (Be careful when you donate...some thrift store chains are "for profit".) "Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential". I know that other thrift stores help with other specific needs in your community. Shop where your dollars count.

I'm so thankful for individuals and families that donate their previously loved items to "charity". I can't imagine someone throwing out clothing or household items can you? Our great grandparents would have been shocked at what we throw away or deem "unusable". Keep donating, bring you children to drop off items so that they learn the importance of giving back.

Just a little something to think about! Do you feel like your hands are tied right about now with the political fighting? Do what you can, donate and Buy American, buy thrift!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hey mom thanks for the donation! It is very sweet that my parents take my job seriously...
(and are willing to take photos)

I love that guy's want to take my picture?

*I should've asked my mom if it was okay to put her photo on my blog....too late!

Friday, August 5, 2011

When Decor meets Fashion

I wish I knew where the image on the right is from but I don't. So sorry! As I was browsing the internet I came across the picture of the staircase and I instantly thought...what does that remind me of? It was driving me crazy, and then I realized that it reminded me of a skirt that I bought at Goodwill a few months before. So I took a picture and thought I would show you! Verrry intersting. Some fashion experts say to look around your home to see what colors inspire you and then add them into your wardrobe. Apparently that is what they meant!
I was reading a blogger's post on What I Wore Wednesday and she had that exact same JCrew skirt that she thrifted also! It kind of made me wonder if clothing has a certain "expiration date" before we donate it. I come across brand new clothing, last season's fashions, and then all the way back to 1970's polyester shirts and pants. Who would have guessed that a trip to Goodwill would make me want to do a research project on the psychology of clothing donations!

Monday, August 1, 2011

My weekend in photos

My older son (17) had his tonsils removed this past week. The recovery as an adult is MUCH harder than it is for children. It has been pretty rough.

I am the giver of pain meds...
and popsicles...
He watched the ENTIRE Wonder Years series from beginning to end....I defy anyone to watch ONE EPISODE without crying....that Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper get me every time....

FYI: My husband was "recognized" by an older couple as in "Hey aren't you that boy from the Wonder Years?" when we lived in Seattle. (he is not Fred Savage...but he does look a lot like him!)

On Sunday my bestie Lisa went to see Sarah's is an amazing, heartbreaking movie and I would recommend it, but read the book at some point.....
One needs a lot of iced lattes to make it through the 4 am medicine alarm.
How was your weekend?