12 Months of Thrifting Essentials for 2018


Welcome 2018! Triad Goodwill and I are welcoming the New Year with a 12 Months of  Thrifting Essentials Guide. This quick guide is a sure way to help you refresh your wardrobe for the new year.

Many of us take on the new year, new me approach and to help you put that plan into action, this guide gives you specific pieces to shop for each month. Thrifting can be overwhelming to newbies and I have heard from many of my fellow thrifters that having a guide when shopping, would be a major help for starters. So your request has been granted and I am thankful to Triad Goodwill for the opportunity to share this information with their current and future shoppers as well. We hope this will become something to look forward to every year to help you refresh and build your current wardrobe.

12 Months of Thrifting Essentials

JAN. WINTER COAT

FEB.  VALENTINE’S GIFT (picture frame, red sweater, nice baskets, etc.)

MAR.  RAIN JACKET/RAIN BOOTS

APR.  ACCESSORIES

MAY.  BLAZER

JUN.  COCKTAIL DRESS/SUIT

JUL.  SKIRT/SLACKS

AUG. DENIM JEANS

SEP.  BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

OCT.  LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATER

NOV.  SCARVES

DEC.  BOOTS/BOOTIES

This list really is as simple as it looks! I have attempted to narrow down the items in each month by my thrifting experiences. Here are some tips to help you as well.

TIPS:

  • Be patient with yourself. If you have never thrifted before, these items may not catch your eye as quickly as in a retail store. Sizes are not easily visible, so take a cup full of patience and control in with you when you shop.  It may take you a few visits to get it right and you may be able to wipe out more than one month at a time if you get really good at it.

 

  • Protect yourself.  Yes, others have worn or not worn donated clothes but either way still be prepared. I usually carry sanitizing spray and wipes with me. If you think you will be trying on clothes I normally wear close fitted tops and leggings as a barrier without being bulky. If you feel comfortable enough to purchase to wait until after you wash or have the items cleaned then go for it.

 

  • Share with us. If you are successful in your search by all means feel free to snap a selfie and share with us. I will be shopping right along with you and sharing my finds in each month. Make sure to follow us and tag us on Instagram @onthe_eve_style_  and @triadgoodwill. Use the tag #Thrifty18.  Your accounts must be public in order for us to see your fabulous finds.

Good luck and Happy Thrifting!

Eve

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The Little Eve That Could…..

The Little Eve That Could

So here we are. Ending the year of 2017. What a year! 2017 gave me lots of laughs and tears. It built me up and broke me down. It brought new friendships into my life and took some others. It basically was a year of ultimate growth as a woman, mother, person, and entrepreneur! We definitely had a love/hate relationship. As I sat down to compose this end of the year post, I was griped with so much anxiety. I have never felt like that before in regards to a blog post. So I prayed and came to the realization that this post would require realness. Sometimes we like to keep all the not so good things wrapped up tight when those are the very things that need to be released to help someone else. So here we go,

One of my favorite books as a child was the Little Engine That Could. I would read this book over and over again because I loved the part of the story in which the smaller engine repeated I think I can, I think I can until she did. I feel like that has been my entire mindset throughout 2017. When things were on the brink of going downhill, I repeated that to myself many, many times over this year. Boy were there sometimes in which I just wanted to jump track and be like forget this, I quit. But you don’t just quit life when you have daughters who are watching you and people who are needing you to survive when you are struggling to survive yourself. If I could choose one word for 2017 it would be, PUSH. This acronym is used often to represent the cliché statement Pray Until Something Happens. Boy did I push. My mommy pushed, my friends pushed, my kids pushed, everybody was pushing with and for me. No matter how low life got, I wasn’t in that valley experience long and my little engine kept pushing along.

Blogging has been therapeutic for me this year. It has allowed me to meet some pretty amazing blogger boos both near and far. We have shared thrift finds, makeup looks, outfits, recipes, home decor tips, everything under the sun. They have also prayed and cried with me. I have shared with you all that I went through some pretty difficult situations this year but I am still trusting the process. Life happens, love happens and then loss happens. You take the Ls with the Ws right? Well at least that’s what I tell myself. Not all loses are punishment. Some are for our protection. So whether you lost friendships or even had a business to flop, you learned a lesson. Sometimes things will continue to happen until God feels that we have learned the lesson he was trying to show us all along. My 7-year-old daughter made me a Christmas card at school this year and in it she wrote, I love how you never give up! I was moved to tears. She actually notices.  I didn’t know what she had seen in order for her to even draw that conclusion but I also didn’t need to know the specifics. I just knew that she saw something that made her see that mommy never gives up and that quitting is not an option for me, her or her sisters. Life has a funny way of reminding us of who is in control and it is NOT us!

After PUSHing all year-long in health, relationships, careers, family, and finances, I think it’s time I start to PULL myself together and move into the New Year with my head held high. As I am writing this finale blog, my mind is all over the place because so much has happened this year yet so much hasn’t happened. I think if we always focus on what did happen, we lose sight of the things that didn’t happen. So if you have had a crappy year, think about it this way, there  are some things that didn’t happen. So count it a blessing and also look forward to making those positive things that didn’t happen, make its way into the New Year. I don’t think you can, I know you can!!!

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s make 2018 the most memorable year ever!! I can’t wait to PULL through it with you! Thank you so much for taking this journey with me this year!!

~Eve

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Thrift Challenge-Couple’s Edition

The holidays are here and I am honored to partner with Triad Goodwill  to bring to you the Holiday Thrift Challenge-Couple’s Edition. Yes, you can find pretty amazing everyday and social wear at Goodwill. No more ugly sweaters and a race to see who can find the most hideous looks to throw together. Goodwill and I are here to show you that you and your partner can find looks for all your holiday party and social needs. Whether it’s for work or play, Goodwill has you covered.

How The Challenge Works

You and your partner will need to take a trip to one of the 22 Triad Goodwill stores and one outlet store. Click store locations to find your nearest Goodwill.  Between December 4 and December 10, you will need to visit any of the 22 locations to create your couple’s outfits. You and your partner will need to be styled from head to toe in your secondhand outfits. Each couple that participates will need to send me a full length photo of the complete looks and a copy of their receipts for valid entry.  Submission will also grant us your permission to share your looks on OntheEve Style/Triad Goodwill social media pages. If you would like to post to your own social media accounts, please use the hashtag #coupleseditionthriftchallenge17 and tag us!

Each valid entry will be voted on by social media. The prizes are pretty good if I must say so myself.

$20 Triad Goodwill Giftcard/$40 Restaurant Gift Card

All submissions must be received by Monday, December 11, 2017 at 10am. All submissions will be posted on Triad Goodwill’s Facebook page for voting. Voting will take place December 12-December 16, 2017 and winner announced on Sunday, December 17, 2017!

Even if you have never thrifted before this is the time for you to dive in and join the fun! My blog covers many tips to help you with this thrifting challenge. All it takes is patience and a good eye for fashion and I am confident you can find an amazing look at a fabulous price.

So that’s it. Get to thrift shopping. When you are ready to submit your picture and receipt, send a clear photo to onthevestyle@gmail.com

I am so excited about this challenge and I can’t wait to see what fabulously, thrifted looks you put together! As always, thank you for stopping bye!

~Eve

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Shopping deals-OntheEve Style

 

Good morning after! Thanksgiving is behind us and now it’s on to Christmas. Is it me or are things just moving wayyyyy too fast?! 2017 is about to come to an end and it seems like it just started!

So let’s get to the purpose of this post. Many of you know that I have my hands in many entrepreneurial ventures. So I want to share a little of what’s available for your shopping pleasure this money spending season. Definitely keeping in line with my brand and saving you money.

For starters let’s take care of our skin! I have partnered with AppleRoseBeauty  to bring you products that serve multiple purposes. Helping  you keep your glow while helping the fight against human trafficking. This Vitamin C serum is amazing. I’ve been using it for a about a week and I can already tell a difference in my skin! My mom has been an avid user of Vitamin C on her face for years! Now the rest of the world has caught up! Use my CODE: EVE at check out to save 10% on full size product orders!

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The perfect elixir for youthful skin. This Vitamin C serum is super concentrated and super moisturizing. It has the highest form of active, bio-available Vitamin C. This stable, highly effective Vitamin C is packed with Vitamin E. It combines the superior moisturizing power of natural jojoba oil and the tightening and moisture retention power of Witch Hazel, along with the collagen production boosting properties of the amino acid Arginine. This serum works wonders to repair the effects of sun damage, lighten sun and age spots, smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and brighten for more beautiful skin. It works exceptionally well on sensitive skin too!

Beautiful skin is always complimented with beautiful jewelry! I’m also an Independent Paparazzi Consultant. That means I have access to tons of beautiful jewelry and I get to share all of it with you! Awesome right?! Even better, most of our jewelry only costs $5 with some luxury pieces that are $25. We share new jewelry releases everyday Monday-Friday. New releases are released and usually sell out within minutes so that means add to cart and check out quickly! Some of our pieces that are usually always in stock are called Blockbusters. And yep, they are only $5 too! You can find what’s available at http://paparazziaccessories.com/evesblingglam

If  you’re interested in joining the business! Please message me or bit.ly/joinblingglam

Hypnotized Necklace Gold $5
Classically Chic Gold hoops $5
Hammer Away Cuff Gold $5

Ok so hang in there, one more venture to go! Days are long gone of the old biddy Avon lady! The new Avon Fashionistas are taking over. We offer a more modern and fresh look on Avon and its products. From lip sticks to hand lotions, Avon has you covered!

Visit my site at http://youravon.com/ontheeve

Avon Glazewear in Creamy Nude
Avon Glazewear in Clear

So I think that has you covered lol! OntheEve Style’s goal is to bring you services to style you from head to toe! You can check out my other blog posts on thrifting and fashion. You don’t have to spend a lot to look amazing this holiday season. I promise you!

Again, Happy Belated Thanksgiving and enjoy your family and friends!

~Eve

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Fall in Love

So it has been a while I know. I have been quite the micro-blogger lately on Instagram. I didn’t quite know what that was until @blogwithkim shared that concept one day. Anyway, I wanted to take the time to brag on my newest Goodwill find. A cozy, wrap cardigan that is sure to be in heavy rotation this season. When the weather people hinted that cooler weather was coming, I headed right to my happy place, my local Triad Goodwill. When I tell you that they have an abundance of sweaters, jackets and everything you need to stay warm, I am not over exaggerating. This lovely cardigan caught my eye because of the price, color, style and the thickness of it.

I paired this “3.59 BCBSGeneration cardigan with jeans, a tank and some booties. I am a girly, girl so I added a pearl brooch to the shawl neckline just to have some bling.

Plus I think I am slightly addicted to cardigans. For various reasons but I will name just a few:

*They can be worn in every season.

*They protect you for the sub-artic cold of your work air conditioner, that comes on when it’s cold instead of when it is hot.

*They are versatile and universally flattering if worn correctly.

*They are super comfy.

*They keep you looking “put together” (I hate when people say that) But basically gives you a more polished and complete look (like a blazer, but that is for another post).

Find sweaters and cardigans in colors  that enhance your beautiful skin and that will be easy to pair with other things in your closet.  I was going to link some retail cardigans for you all to chase down but then I said nah, I am challenging them to go thrifting. Save some of those coins for travel or to pay back student loans (I have a slew of them, HELP). Many people share with me that it’s hard for them to have a successful thrifting adventure. That is probably because you are trying to focus on the entire store on your first visit. That can be quite overwhelming. So head straight to the sweaters. Most places have them sorted by color and some even by size. Whether for work, casual wear, or date night, I am convinced that you will find something. Every piece will be unique which is what I absolutely love.

Fall is the time in which couples get all cute and cozy and take lubby dubby pics and stuff. Fireplaces start burning and people start confessing their love for one another. I think it is awesome. I love, love. Even when the kind of love that you desire isn’t quite there yet, it still feels amazing to know that you have friends and family who love and adore you. That unconditional love that no matter what you have done, they still love you despite all that. This Fall season, fall in love with yourself. That is the best love that you can have. When you have that kind of love, it is easy for others around you to love you. Even when they don’t you’re OK because you have that self love that can’t be taken away.

Thanks for stopping by. Share your sweater/cardigan thrift find with me on IG. I can’t wait to see what you find.

xo, Eve

 

 

 

 

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