My Mini Me

A short and sweet post just like this beauty we call Bentlie!

I love that she loves little mature outfits. She doesn’t always have to be dressed in Disney princesses, and My Little Pony pieces to laugh, play, and be a joyful child. This outfit is probably one of my favs! I’m not wishing her to grow up, not at all but I cherish every moment I have with her and we have a blast picking out clothes (mini me outfits and princesses)!

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ABOUT THE OUTFIT:

Top: Old Navy: Dirt Cheap- $1.60 (I still need to explain this store!!)

Lace vest: RMLA: Goodwill- $1.99

Leggings: No brand: Goodwill- $1.00

Shoes: No brand listed on shoes: Walmart- $3.00

Headband: Made by BowPosh

 

The lace vest is a size 2T. I cant stress enough to size up! Bentlie now wears 18mo but she fits in some 24mo and will be able to wear them for the rest of the year which will save me a lot with her rapid growth!!

 

But shit it was 99 cents

I just love Macklemore so this was very fitting even with the “s” word, lol.

We started our “thrifting” in Florida. With living expenses the most we had ever encountered, we began saving in places we never thought we would. I was always embarrassed to go to Goodwill or thrift stores as a kid when my mom would take me. It wasn’t until after I had kids that I understood exactly why. You know, the DUH moments when your parents were right but you never wanted to admit it. That was one. Now, I’m grateful she introduced me to that because they have turned to fun memories.

I got an outfit at a store called “Rainbow Repeats” one day and I wore it to school thinking everyone in the world would know as soon as they looked at me. I had already been picked on a lot because my parents were older and more old fashioned. I also didn’t have the new FILA shoes until I could buy them myself. By then, I don’t think they were that popular anymore, haha. Anyway, a girl in the lunch line told me she liked my outfit and asked where I had bought it. I didn’t want to lie and I really didn’t know what to say so I told her, Rainbow Repeats. When I told my mom later that day she said, “Laura, you never have to tell someone where you got your clothes.” That was it. Simple.

Today, the clothes we have with us now, I’d say 99.5% of them came from a thrift store, discount store, or clearance, but I can guarantee no one would know unless I told them. I’m actually proud of our savings so I gladly tell people, hence the blogs and posts! I’m sure it comes with age and not having the time to worry about what anyone thinks because none of that ever matters!!

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Disclaimer: This is only to help those who want help in areas to save or those who want to save on clothing for themselves or children.

Enough chatter tonight, here is a find that when I wore it this second time, I kinda figured out what it really was!! It was only .99 cents so why not!!!

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I have found some pretty neat things on the .99 colors and half off days. I usually get kicked out quickly by my husband so when I go in, I GO, GO, GO, GO like Guys grocery games, haha!!!

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I found this blue dress at a local Goodwill, the only one in this small town. This day was a specific color tag for clothes to be .99 cents. Now, the stores will pull most of those colored tags and hang them on the center racks for easy finds, and this one was there. I tried it on and it was comfy and much like one I found in a previous blog while I was pregnant. Yup, I believe this is a maternity dress but I’m no longer pregnant. That’s totally fine, lol. I like this softer fabric for hotter days especially since its loose and doesn’t stick or feel restricting. It is a bit casual, but pair this with a hot pair of heels or wedges, and accessories and you’re good for date…or work. However you look at it it’s good!! Maybe ill do one with it all jazzed up and see how it looks.

Bentlie’s little ensemble is the cutest on her. I always adore her little clothes and have so much fun finding them for her. With kids clothes its much easier since they don’t wear them but a few times making them still look pretty new. Most of the time I do find new kids clothes with tags because mommy loved it, bought it, and baby never wore it. Guilty, right here.

About the outfits:

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Blue dress: Xhilaration: Goodwill- .99

Pink tank: No boundaries: Walmart- 1.68

Shoes: Sperrys: Rack Room BOGO years ago- listed in a previous blog

Sunglasses: Dollar Tree- 1.00

 

Bentlie Bug:

Green flower top: Carter’s: Gift from Great Grandma (came with matching green/white striped capris)- 0.00

Flower skirt: Garanimals: Goodwill NWT- 1.00

Shoes: Brand on tag not on shoes: Walmart- 5.00 (rounded up)

 

This was a super HOT day in Tennessee but fun. We took a walk around Sycamore Lake to scope out good fishing areas for the boys!!

The next week I found this same dress in yellow, NWT, at the same Goodwill. I didn’t purchase it because it was too see through for my liking. It would have been a nice beach cover up though!! Well, while I am here I should say lake!

 

How to Dress for Pregnancy

I’m not saying I know everything there is to know about clothes or fashion because I don’t. Is it a dream of mine? Um, yuh, since I was in 1st grade, and won art contests and design contests throughout my school years.

Does it stink that I can’t fill my closet with the top designer names spending thousands and thousands…..and thousands for them? I guess I would have to say a little bit because it does sound magnificent, but it just isn’t practical right now. Maybe one day, but even then, after going through what my family has gone through, it is hard to imagine spending so much on one item even if I wouldn’t miss the money.

Then I wondered, if I do become the fashion designer that I’ve always dreamed of and have been told I would be, would I become one of those designers that for some reason charges over $1000 for a pair of shoes????

NOTE: On the app, Poshmark, you are able to find the TOP designer names at discounted prices because they are being sold by individuals cleaning out their personal closets from home!! Many items are gently used and many are new with tags including, Jimmy Choo, Prada to Abercrombie & Fitch just as an example of the variety. It is such a fun place to browse! Be SURE to check out the link below that explains these awesome places to go to.

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Beyonce spent a cool $400k on these diamond encrusted heels. Hmmm….

I don’t know at this point. It is business, but then again, here I am trying to show people that they can look good without spending that kind of money…or even $25 dollars kind of money, HAHA. So, gosh, It’s pretty complicated.

Anyway, today’s “On the Body” is an outfit worn out yesterday to get rid of kids clothes that are too small for my kids. I’ll say it has been freezing in Florida these past couple of weeks. 60 degrees is no joke and then 39 today. Mmmmm, no. Ridiculous, hence the jacket. Try to guess the price of the entire outfit while scrolling through the photos and tell me what you guessed in the comments :).

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I picked these jeans up in a “bundle” sale on Poshmark. Since I had credits and funds available from sales, I was able to checkout for no money out of pocket. I got two pairs for $10 plus discounted shipping, but spent $0.

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My daughter isn’t too shabby at photos, huh? Thanks, Alexis!! I will be posting one of her outfits soon so you will get more ideas for kids :).

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My husband took the dogs out while we were doing our little at home blog photos shoot, lol, so Saiban, our male Pomeranian decided to say hi. Then he took a long time to leave!!

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There is nothing wrong with using a Claire’s clutch for your ID, chapstick, cards, cash or other small items you may carry on a quick errand! And at this price, psh, no shame.

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These statement necklaces are similar to those more pricey ones found at Loft, J Crew, and other designer stores, but I bet you I didn’t pay near those prices.

I have to say, my hubby makes me feel so small and beautiful, especially during times I think I look like a cow!! Love him and his awesome dimples!

Okay! So, ready for the price tags?! I do think J (my husband) is silently impressed that I have been able to dress our entire family for such amazing prices ;).

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Jacket: Joujou- Goodwill- 2.99 (It was ticketed for a child size, but hey, score!)

Shoes: Mossimo- Goodwill- 4.99 (NWOT)

Top: gnw- Schoola (6.21)- $0 (NWOT- not maternity)

Tank: Kirkland- Goodwill- 1.99

Jeans: liz lange maternity ($8)- $0 Poshmark APP

Necklace: No brand- Walmart- 3.00 (clearance)

Clutch: No brand- Claire’s- $1.50 (outlet store clearance sale)

Don’t forget to visit my previous blog titled “FREE CLOTHES” to find out how you can get your own free orders on gently used clothes and brand new clothes 😀.

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That is quite a bit of pieces for one outfit under $20 bucks, or even $15 (I didn’t count the sunglasses which were from Goodwill (NWT) for 2.00!!!!!

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Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

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Maternity Fashion 2

I have been so lazy when it comes to dressing up to leave the house during this pregnancy. I have received some really cute things that I just can’t wait to share with you, yet I really don’t leave the house except for my side job which is at 4am!!

Today, everyone got ready just to do a quick library and post office errand so we were extremely casual. Well, we all also forgot that today is a holiday, MLK day!!! We stopped to tour some apartment complexes while we were out so it wasn’t a complete waste of gas, and then I had my lovely daughter snap a few photos of a super casual outfit to show you before going inside. Ummm, you can’t see it, but it was freezing today in SWFL! Brrr.

Here you go! Please excuse my exhausted, no make up looking face. It was a very lazy day.

I am about 30 weeks here so time is almost up. Woooow!

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This is Zoey, our Parti Pom!

I absolutely love pink. For a long time I’d say I didn’t because of the typical stereotypes on girls, but I love it. I do. This dress was even better in person when I got it and gosh, I was so excited about this piece!

It is extremely comfortable made with a soft and stretch cotton blend which is perfect for before, during and after pregnancy. It is a size M and I am surprised at how some of the mediums that came in seem a bit larger than I remember. I am hoping that I can pull it off after the fact!

I received this dress from Schoola, a site that I previously blogged about. The sweater and the flats have also been featured on previous blogs, but I will list the info again at the bottom.

The best part about this dress………is the fact that I got it for free. Yup, free. It is an Old Navy dress and was NWOT (new without tags) so wow, what a deal!

Here is the blog link that explains HOW!!!!

In the order that this dress was included in, this is what I got :). When you visit these sites, you are going to love it!

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I will show these other pieces later when I am not being lazy, HAHA.

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Sweater: Loft- Goodwill- 2.00 (half off color tag)

Shoes: Calvin Klein- Goodwill- 4.99 (NWOT)

Dress: Old Navy- Schoola (9.09)- $0 (NWOT)

Don’t forget to visit my previous blog titled “FREE CLOTHES” to find out how you can get your own free orders on gently used clothes and brand new clothes :D.

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

Don’t sweat the sporty prices

I have been intrigued by the fitness world for a very, very, very long time. As a kid I watched American Gladiators religiously! Please, OH PLEASE tell me you know what American Gladiators was!! Here ya go….

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Contestants would compete against these athletes in various obstacle courses, and events such as The Joust, Assault, The wall, and many more. At the end there was a final course and at that time was just so exciting, and they even had a JR one for kids!! Man, I wanted to be on that show so badly. They also had nick names like Ice, Dallas, and Jazz. Im rotfl (rolling on the floor laughing) right now. Looooved iiiiiit!

I was a very active kid and played many sports including softball and soccer, but in high school I started working out every day along with that. Maybe it didn’t show all that much, but I was in my room or the guest room doing some type of workout whether it be from DVDs my aunt had left or sets I had put together myself. I did hundreds of squats in the bathroom, but I never talked about it. It was fun for me and growing up as an only child, I had to find something to do once I got bored.

Last year I decided that I was going to get back into it full time. I was close to entering a fitness bikini competition before some unfortunate events happened so I had to postpone. The delay ended up being about 6 months. A lot can change in 6 months and it’s a lot harder to get back into it, especially when you’re discouraged with the negative body changes. I’m back and that is all that matters. I am super excited to go on with my fitness journey and when my full story comes out, I hope that I can in some way inspire someone or many who may be going through the same things.

Now, we all know that when it comes to working out, we have to have the clothes to work out in. Before I got my job at the gym, I didn’t have any workout clothes. I had some cheer shorts that I had purchased years ago at a Sports Authority to sleep in, but that was it. Oh, and some T-shirts so when I landed the ever so wonderful gym job, I had to act fast.

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Where do you think I went? That’s right! Good ‘ol Goodwill. Most of my workout tanks and tops have come from there, but not so much my pants, maybe one pair. Most of the pants in their “active wear” section are lounge pants or the wide legged yoga pants, and I don’t do those. The tops, however, are not bad at all. I even found a Lululemon, but it didn’t fit me!

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My pants came from Ross (many are not shown in this blog- maybe I will do one later). Here, I will show a few  shots of some things I have found!! Enjoy!!

Bold words are my recent thrift finds.

I will update brands later.

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Shirt: Goodwill- 3.99 (mesh back)

Tank: Ross- 4.99

Leggings: Ross- 5.99

Shoes: Nike- Rack Room Shoes (BOGO)

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Shirt: Nike- Goodwill- 3.99 (brand new- retails for over 50)

Tank: Goodwill- 1.50 (half off color tag)

Leggings: Ross- 5.99

Shoes: Nike- Rack Room Shoes (BOGO)

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Shirt: Goodwill- 3.99

Tank: Goodwill- 2.00 (half off color tag)

Pants: Goodwill- 6.99 (I don’t remember if they were half off. Found in Sanibel)

Shoes: Nike- The Sports Authority (received a coupon from a baseball game)

The last photo we were joking around because it was beautiful and breezy out with the sun setting behind me. J said to do the Superman stance and this is mine, lol.

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Shirt: Ross- 4.99 (old)

Tank: Goodwill- 2.99

Pants: Ross- 5.99

Shoes: Nike- The Sports Authority (received coupon from a baseball game)

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Now these had me a bit upset. I grabbed these thinking they were regular leggings. What was I thinking?! They are actually footless panty hose!!! Haha. I died because they have the control top so I can’t even kinda pretend they aren’t see through. Oh well, I’ll figure out some place to wear these!!!

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For the love of shoes

I don’t know too many girls and women who do not love shoe shopping. If you’re like me, your shoes tell the world who you are. Shoes are a way I express myself. I’m pretty bold in some of the things I wear (not shown here), but shoes allow me to just go even crazier. It’s either the outfit or the shoes, but there has to be a nice balance so you don’t get a Lady Gaga reputation, and if you do but don’t care…then my hats off to you x50.

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My love of shoes is probably out of hand or so some would say (of course I wouldn’t say that or even dream that- I dream of even more), and I used to want to have the largest shoe collection in the world. The competition is pretty stiff, but hey, anything is possible.

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The only problem I see getting in my way at the current time would be the cost of some of these gorgeous, pieces of art. I’m in a time where there are actually more important things to worry about like saving for a house, paying off debt and student loans, but more importantly, keeping my kids comfortable with everything they need for school.

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Even with everything going on, I manage to get some things here and there without thinking about how many hours or days I had to work to pay for one item. Have you guys ever done that?

Doing this really helps me decide on what I should or shouldn’t buy and when. If I break down my pay with my business and my side job or whatever income we have coming in to where I have an amount per hour for an eight hour day, I look at the price of the item and think about how many hours I would have to work to pay for that item. This may sound pretty silly, but depending on what your situation is, you’d be surprised at how your mind can quickly change. If there is a higher priced item that would take me 2 or 3 days of work (according to this system) then I have to think about if it’s really worth it or can I find the same thing or something similar somewhere else for less. Sometimes its worth it and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s not and willpower didn’t feel like working that day so I give in. Lol. Rarely though.

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Anyway, shoes. I love shoes, but I have found that I don’t like paying the high prices that come with some of these shoes anymore. Even if dropping $150 or $650+ on some shoes was no problem, having gone through some of the things we have recently, I probably wouldn’t do it. Idk. It’s easy to say that now, but if things changed, who knows to be honest.

And as you all already know, I love a good thrift find now days, and here I will show you some shoes that I found in a few Goodwills and thrift shops.  Most of these were snapped in ONE Goodwill in the SAME visit. It was like the shoe thrift jackpot, but none of them were my size. It’s a good thing too. I don’t necessarily like all of them, but I am showing how there are some decent shoes that pass by these stores, and some are even brand new with tags on. I also threw in some that I DO have, but many I have not taken photos of yet (craaaazy).

Enjoy (because it took me a long time to take these, crop them, save them, email them, save them again, upload them here, and then insert them, LOL)!!

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goodwillshoes7 White House | Black Market

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goodwillshoes10 Pierre Dumas (lol. Get it??? Comment if you do)

goodwillshoes11 Mossimo Supply Co.

goodwillshoes12 Nine West

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goodwillshoes14 Steve Madden

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goodwillshoes22 Carlos Santana

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goodwillshoes24 A. Marinelli

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goodwillshoes26 Bandolino (I don’t think shoes should be written on!!!)

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goodwillshoes33 Nine West

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These were found in a few Goodwill stores within a couple of days and some private thrift shops. While they aren’t crazy, crazy shoes, they are shoes in great condition, but don’t have the great big prices. The most any of these shoes are are 9.99. Most are 4.99 and the kids shoes are always 2.99 (at Goodwill here, and sometimes you can find an adult pair for 2.99 because they made a mistake- this happens with shirts too). When you get a half off color tag…even betterrrr!!

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Some I forgot to jot down the brands (because in my mind, I thought I could remember them all- bwahahaha).

So, not too bad and I used to be a shoe snob. Snob isn’t even the best word to describe it, but I’d rather not say the others.

Feet may scare you like they scare me, but a little can of lysol and cleaner becomes your best friend ;). Again, some of them are brand new and never worn out.

Here are a few that I did get and a few I picked up for some other people.

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goodwillshoes36 Aldo- brand new

goodwillshoes37 Bandolino- brand new

goodwillshoes39 goodwillshoes38 Metaphore- brand new

goodwillshoes40 East 5th- brand new

goodwillshoes41 Jessica Simpson- brand new

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goodwillshoes43 White House | Black Market- brand new

goodwillshoes44 Mossimo Supply Co.- brand new

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goodwillshoes46 Highlights

goodwillshoes47 Highland Creek

goodwillshoes49 Lela Rose- brand new (for someone)

goodwillshoes50 Dolce Vita- brand new (for someone)

goodwillshoes48 Calvin Klein- brand new (my most recent shoe find)

goodwillshoes51 Cynthia Rowley- brand new (for Alexis)

goodwillshoes52 Converse- brand new (for Alexis)

goodwillshoes53 Airwalk (for Alexis)

goodwillshoes56 Croft & Barrow wedges- brand new (for Alexis)

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goodwillshoes55 Aldo (just needs new inserts)

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So a few cuties to add to the collection. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I would never go to the shoe section because of my fear of feet (other peoples feet), until I glanced over and saw a new pair with tags. It was kind of exciting and I had been missing out on a lot of things. Now I will walk through first thing because they don’t last long.

The Vince Camuto, patent leather stilettos were regularly $150 retail, but I found them in perfect condition for 4.99 in a GW. Goodwill has started marking up the name brand items if the person tagging knows what they are. Prices have gone from 4.99 to 9.99 for “designer” (so they call them) brands that are in decent or new condition (and some arent even in great condition). Even if it is a Target or Walmart brand in good condition, they will be marked at 9.99. Luckily, whoever tagged the Vince Camuto pair did not know or didn’t care, idk. Same with the Antonio Milanis that run for $98 and the Dolce Vitas that run in the $90s. I did pay 9.99 for two or three of the pairs shown and a pair that is not shown here (navy blue suede stilletos by Fuss made in Italy).

SO, it is possible to get some decent shoes at a thrift store. It is rare that one has so many at the same time like the Cape location a while back, but they were different sizes. Sometimes there are some NWT (new with tag) pairs, but they aren’t my size. Those are like the most bummer faced moments ever, lol.

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Happy thrifting and show us what you find!!! Follow me on Instagram to see find updates there as well :). @LauraCharie.

Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

Sequins aren’t just for clubbing

Where do you wear your sequin clothing? I wear mine everywhere. I went with my husband to his job interview today (along with the kids, lol. We spend as much time together as we can. No, we did not go in, lol) knowing that we really had no other place to go, wearing my cream, sequin top. I believe it is how you wear the pieces, but if you’re like me, you couldn’t really care less for the most part, haha. I said for the most part because today I wanted to wear sequins, but I still wanted to be casual so I paired my top with some dusty, coral skinny jeans. I added flats and grabbed a light, 3/4 sleeve cardigan for indoors (I always get chilly in places). I could have worn my sequin top with some dress pants, but I felt that wasn’t really necessary for the type of day we were about to have. Sometimes I get into those moods though ;).

While my top isn’t really “fancy” because the back is cotton and it has a boxy cut, the front is still covered in things that shimmer when the light hits so I “dressed it down”.

I totally forgot to get a photo of the cardigan with the outfit so my lovely hubby snapped the one of me in the library wearing it because it was chilly :). Thanks!

The sequins are clear on a cream top so it can go with pretty much anything. They don’t reflect surrounding colors either.

Bold words are my recent thrift finds.

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Top: Express- Goodwill- 2.00 (half off color tag)

Cardigan: Old Navy- Goodwill- 3.99

Pants: Indigo Rein- Goodwill- 2.00 (half off color tag)

Shoes: White House | Black Market- Goodwill- 4.99 (like new- the tips are not scuffed it is a glare)

Sunglasses: Forgotten brand on tag- Goodwill- 2.99

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So an outfit like this gives you a classy look that isn’t too boring or too “done up” for errand running, lunch, interviews, and library runs. Another great find for less since we know how much Express and White House | Black Market run in retail.

Let us know about your sequin ventures! We would LOVE to read/ see them!!

Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.