It's the first day of December and the perfect month to wear all the red plaid that you can find.  Skip the sweatshirts with Christmas trees and ditch the jingle bells tied to your shoe laces.  Believe it or not, a lady at a former place of employment wore bells on her shoes and I'd be willing to bet that she's walking the halls right now while her co-workers laugh and call her names like Rudolph.
Holiday styles are easy to achieve; like this black fitted turtleneck paired with a red plaid skirt with a front pleat. Both items are thrifted.  Just add loads of pearl necklaces, black ballerina flats, tall boots, or ankle booties and start a new trend at your workplace!

Sometimes these designer duds can be a deal breaker.  I gathered 31 pieces to bargain with the dry cleaner owner to see if I could get a better deal than the current $4.00 each.  He told me to bring the items in so he could see what I had.  The first piece he removed was a silk dress by Thakoon, then pieces by Ralph Lauren, so his price went up to $5.00 each instead.  No more cleaning for $4.00.  
Thanks Ralph!  
But...there's a place in Vestavia Hills called Dry Clean City that gets great reviews with items cleaned for $2.99 each.
Let's Go!

First class business looks for the office with all thrifted items.  Check it out!
Talbots blazer
Long sleeve tee
Hermes scarf
Michael Kors pants
Ralph Lauren pumps
Furla tote
The Goodwill knows how to slash prices even lower with Black Friday specials.  Everything in the store was half-price!  Check out these jaw dropping deals on brands such as Ann Taylor, Kate Spade, Tahari, and more.  

Ann Taylor sheath:  $2.90
Kate Spade dress:  $2.90
Tahari pant suit:  $3.75
Express coat:  $5.00
Long sleeve tee:  $2.00
NY & Co blazer:  $2.00
Nappy Models, BeBe and Loris, met with the principal and assistant principal of Talladega County Central High School and four students at the Goodwill in Ashville, Al for part one of a thrifting challenge.  We chose the Goodwill because of their fixed pricing on most clothing items and no taxes.  The competition guidelines stated that each student had to create a complete outfit (minus shoes) of their choice with pieces not to exceed $20.00.  

I was very impressed with the young ladies.  Once they understood the layout of the store and the pricing, they were on their own and had selected pieces in a matter of minutes with money to spare.  The guys, on the other hand, had a theme in mind, but had a little difficulty pulling it all together because of the shortage of jeans in their sizes.  The administrators were just as excited as the students and definitely not strangers to the thrifting experience.

Back in Pell City, the guys stopped at America's Thrift Store and were able to purchase a pair of jeans to complete their looks.  I can hardly wait to see them pull it all together.  On December 1st, the students will be judged by their classmates to see who has the best ensemble!

It's all a part of the learning experience of how to be creative on a budget, a combination of fashion and finance!
Many college students are excited about fall graduation which usually takes place around the second week of December.  Before you decide to purchase that thigh grazing black mini that hardly anyone will see, why not invest in an outfit that is appropriate for both graduation night and your upcoming interviews?  Dillards has exactly what you need for those winter interviews with blazers, pants, skirts, and dresses from designers Antonio Melani, Gianni Bini, Calvin Klein, and more.  Make a wise investment with "winter-view" business attire from Dillards!
She's home for the holidays and taking full advantage of the opportunity to shop my closet!  She chose her thrifted Hue leggings, Jessica Simpson leather boots, and an oversized Tommy Bahama sweater and fringed scarf borrowed from my closet.  It fit her figure perfectly for a casual cold weather look!
There are sweaters, blankets, and shawls to help keep us toasty throughout the fall/winter winter and here's a sweater with the features of all three.  The cowl neck adds an extra layer of warmth around the neck without the choking feel of a tight turtleneck!  The one size fits all has all the comfort of your favorite blanket plus stylish fringes.
It's perfect for pairing with your favorite long sleeve tee, skinny jeans (no patterned leggings please), and tall leather boots for a cute, casual look for the weekends or Casual Fridays. 

My red plaid shirt has been getting a lot of action over the past couple of weeks.  That should come as no surprise as plaid has to be the hottest print of fall.  I've worn it underneath an oversized poncho and leggings, underneath a maxi cardigan with leggings, and today I wore the same combo as yesterday minus the faux leather front leggings. I added a sequin stretch mini, tights, and MK pumps.  All thrifted...again!
Dress for Success Event

At Dillard’s

November 20, 2015

Starting at 1:00 PM

Meet Specialist BeBe Benjamin

For ideas to have that professional looking outfit for job interviews

For more Information Contact Becky at Dillard’s in Oxford 256 835 2819