5 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping with Goodwill

May 2, 2017

Filed Under : Style

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I believe that good style, both in fashion and in the home, can be found at affordable prices. You don’t have to break the bank to look, and feel, good! That’s why I am so excited to partner with Goodwill today to talk about thrifty fashion, and shopping it good!

Not only does Goodwill provide jobs for many in need, but shopping at Goodwill also helps cut back on waste. For years I have been donating the clothes in my closet that no longer speak to me to Goodwill, extending their shelf life and hopefully bringing someone else joy! Because let’s face it, there is nothing like an amazing thrift store find. This dress is one of those for me – when I spotted it at Goodwill, it was love at first sight!

Many people I’ve talked to seem to be intimidated by thrift store shopping, which I totally understand! It may take a little extra energy, but when you consider the benefit on your budget and others around you, it’s completely worth it in my book. So, I’m sharing a few tips below to help you get the most out of your shopping experience…

5 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping | lovelolablog.com1. Location, Location, Location. If there is a goodwill on the nicer side of town, that’s the one to shop! Typically, the nicer the area of town, the nicer the items that are donated.Goodwill love lola22. Keep an open mind. Sometimes when you an item surrounded by the chaos of a store full of items, it can be hard to visualize it in your house or your wardrobe. If it’s a picture think about what it could look like in a new frame, or if it’s a piece of furniture how it would look recovered. Even one of my favorite interior designers, Emily Henderson, finds and works with pieces from thrift stores.5 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping | lovelolablog.com3. Grab that sewing kit. Sadly I have zero sewing skills, but for all you talented ladies out there, don’t be afraid to remake an item into something you love. That might mean turning a set of curtains into a skirt or adjusting a dress to fit your shape perfectly.5 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping | lovelolablog.com4. Accessorize. When I visit Goodwill, I always think about how I can incorporate pieces with items I already have. I paired this red dress, (that I just adore!), with a jean jacket, my favorite wedges, a straw hat, and a brown bag.5 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping | lovelolablog.com5. Make a list. With so many items, thrift store shopping can be overwhelming, and certainly takes time to look through the inventory. Go into the store with an idea of what you are looking for already in your mind to cut back on time and give you some direction.5 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping | lovelolablog.comGoodwill edit

It’s true what they say …. one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Head over to Goodwill’s sight to learn more about shopping it good, and be sure to visit your local Goodwill to spread the love!

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Getaway to Holden Beach

April 28, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Travel

Holden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaWe had the most fabulous little stay at Holden Beach, NC recently, and I thought I would share a few snapshots. I’m so sad I didn’t take more pictures, but we really did just disconnect from the world and connect with our friends. So maybe I’m not so sad after all ;)

It was our first time leaving Piper for almost a full week, and it was way harder than I expected, but also much needed. I definitely feel like little getaways with your spouse to focus on each other help you to be a better wife and mom. So thankful to have family nearby than can love on her while we’re away.

One evening during our trip we decided to head out for some mini golf and ice cream. We found a cute little spot, that turns out had a super fun story behind it! After playing golf we heard all about ‘Putter’ the squirrel, who apparently is big news! You can see more about their little squirrel here. Who woulda guessed!

We’re back in the swing of our regular routine, but already planning next year’s trip ;)

Happy Friday!

One Room Challenge Week Four: Couch Dreams Coming True

April 27, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

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Last week I shared with you our design board for the living room, featuring a blue couch I was very hopeful of finding. This week I’m sharing with you the couch of my freaking dreams.

If you saw my instagram stories, you know getting this couch was no simple feat. I saw online that this couch was at Final Cut, and it was exactly what I had been envisioning in my head. I was determined to make it mine, and began scheming how to get myself, a truck, trailer, and baby all down to Augusta, GA to bring this bad boy home. Since I am home a few days a week, I wanted to utilize my time so I was ready to pack up and go.

The problem was that neither of our cars have a hitch, so I had to hunt down a car to borrow. I’d also have to rent a trailer, which I had never driven before. But I’ve always been convinced, when there’s a will there’s a way.

Well, there wasn’t a way… Scofield (and my mom, and his mom, and my dad, and his dad) felt very poorly about me loading up such precious cargo (the baby, not the couch ;) by myself with a trailer and windy roads. I couldn’t blame them. So we were able to work it out to where Scofield and I would drive down on his day off and we crossed our fingers the couch would still be available.

When we got to Final Cut the couch had a piece of paper on it that said, “Reserved. Customer still shopping.” Nooooo. I was heartbroken. But not ready to give up yet. We looked around for other similar minty blue couches, and found a couple, but I felt like I would be settling. The store was closing in less than an hour, so Scofield had the bright idea of waiting it out. We hadn’t seen anyone hanging out around the couch, so we thought maybe they wouldn’t show to pick it up. And BINGO! Closing time rolled around and said couch claimers were nowhere to be found. The couch was ours!! So we loaded her up and brought her to her forever home.

She is everything I had dreamed of and more, and adds so much to our living room. I keep finding myself thinking, “what was life before you.” I love her.

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Hayden and I have a lot on the to do list this week, including installing a light fixture, picking out lamps, attempting a DIY project, and giving our fireplace a little refresh. Be sure to check back next Thursday to see more of our progress, and follow along with the other ORC participants, here!

Embroidered Dress for Summer

April 24, 2017

Filed Under : Style

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Dress: Mint Julep Boutique (on sale!) | Bag: Mywalit | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Ring: Larimar | Glasse: UO

One word: OBSESSED. I am so in love with this dress and know I will be living in it this summer. It would also be the perfect maternity top for all you pregnant mamas as well! This dress is currently on sale, so hurry over to the Mint Julep Boutique and snag one for yourself! (note: it looks like the large is the only one in stock, but I am actually in a large here, even though I’m usually a small, and love the more flowy fit).

When you sign up for their email list, you can also get $10 off your first order, making clothing that’s already at great prices, even better!! Also (not done yet, you guys) I’m giving away a $25 gift card to the Mint Julep Boutique over on instagram. Deals galore, am I right!? So be sure to pop over to instagram and enter! The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

I styled this dress with my favorite wedges, a classic brown bag, and a pop of blue with this Larimar ring. Let’s also talk about this bag for a second. Also obsessed. You guys … it’s so comfortable, holds oodles of stuff, and so well made. It will certainly also be a summer staple.

Okay, done blabbing. I hope you had a great weekend!!

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