I don’t know about you, but I am truly enjoying this time of the year, what is normally called Indian Summer. Friday was an absolutely gorgeous day once the fog lifted so short sleeves were definitely the call for the day.
Autumn attire with it’s vibrant colors, patterns and prints should always include a little Animal Print which is why I love these Jessica Simpson Peep Toe pumps. They are by far one of the best Consignment Shop finds that I have ever purchased.
Would you believe that the rest of the outfit, excluding the earrings and bracelets was also thrifted from Goodwill…yes, the purse…the skirt…and the top #totallythrifted – gotta love it!
Saturday it rained, so I took a few bags and boxes of clothing and household items to be donated to Goodwill then picked up a few sweaters. Stay tuned for a mini-haul vlog, #DonateStuffCreateJobs
Oh and speaking of Indian Summer, have you started preparing your harvest menu for the holidays? Early Friday morning, hubby and I stopped in at Dutch Country Farmer’s Market in Middletown. I saw some of thefreshest and most colorful fruits and veggies of the season on display at Snyder’s Produce, my mouth was watering!
I cannot wait to make a few batches of “good ole homemade” soup with some of these beauties and as soon as the oxtails arrive, there will be a big ole pot of Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew for a weekend meal.
What do you like most about this time of the year?
Harvest fruits and veggies
Slow cooked soups and chowders
Family holiday meals
Leave a comment below then get outside and enjoy more of this beautiful Indian Summer weather!
Hello friends, yesterday’s Goodwill thrifting haul was very successful and I can’t wait to show you what I got, but here is a picture of a pair of cute, yet too small shoes that I didn’t get!
Do you remember my YouTube video in which I talked about disinfecting accessories, well in that video I failed to include a tip on how to remove odors from clothing.
As much as I try to avoid thrifting clothes that have an odor, sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially if it’s a must-have vintage piece. So today’s guest post from Edna Thomson gives us a few tips for removing odors from clothing whether they come from thrifting or from natural body fluids.
Having smelly clothes? You are not alone. We all experience this problem from time to time during hot summer days and sometimes all year long. Whether you like doing physical activity in the gym or you just sweat more than normal, your clothes can still be fresh using a couple of methods. Have a look.
Method 1: The Vinegar Solution
Start by putting the drain stopper on your sink. Fill the sink with clean water. Add two cups of vinegar and soak your clothes inside. Let sit for half an hour or so. When the time is up, toss the clothes into the washing machine and run a full cycle. Hopefully, your clothes will come out fresh and odor-free.
Another way to do this is to add vinegar directly to your laundry. Ideally, you will add ½ cup or ¼ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle and let the machine do the trick. Make it two cups if you want to deal with a heavy stink.
As you know, vinegar is a natural odor remover and there is no need to explain how effective it is.
Mind you that the vinegar should not be mixed with the detergent, mainly because it will neutralize its effect. Put simply, you should add the detergent separately of the vinegar. Note that the laundry won’t come out fresh as limes, no matter how hard you’re hoping it will. However, as it dries, the bad smell will go away eventually.
Method 2: The Baking Soda Solution
Prepare a solution of water and baking soda. Just add one cup of soda and fill the rest of the sink/container with water. Then soak your clothes for about half an hour. When the time has elapsed, do as in the previous method – put your laundry in the washing machine and wash as usual, adding the detergent you usually use.
The ingredients in the baking soda will help deal with bad odors. If you need more evidence about its efficiency, let me point out one thing. Baking soda is the main ingredient in many homemade deodorants, mainly because of its ability to absorb bad smells.
Both methods work well for smelly clothing. Whether you want to freshen your gear or your work clothes, it’s strictly a matter of personal preferences. Determine for you which of the two methods works better for you. This means that you may have to experiment before you can tell which is the most convenient.
But what if none of the methods works? Well, there are other options as well. Check this out:
There are a variety of specialty detergents which, added to the wash cycle, either along with the detergent or used separately, will make sure your clothes smell just fine when they dry. Search the stores for appropriate products and feel free to experiment. Just to name a few that may work for you, you can use Scent-A-Way, Tide Pus Febreze Sport, WIN, OdorKlenz, etc. Most of these cleaners not only remove bad odors, but also retain the color of the clothing and are used by many companies like TenancyCleaners W4.
Who knew that good old freezer can help you eliminate bad odors. It may sound crazy but putting your clothes in the freezer will actually deal with the bad smells. Of course, make sure you put them in a plastic bag to keep them from direct contact with the cold.
A natural method for dealing with the problem is to hang your clothes in the sunshine. Just make sure they are inside out. This is the greatest odor neutralizer that Mother Nature provides for us.
In addition to the regular detergent you use, you may want to add another solution to boost the former’s effect. For example, you can use Charlie’s Soap or borax.
Finally, make sure you use less detergent when washing your smelly clothes. Even though it seems illogical, it’s the best way to ensure that your stinky wash comes out odor-free. Using lots of detergent will cause build up in the fabric, which will prevent the product to work its magic.
Disclaimer: This Guest Post was written by someone other than the author of DeDivahDeals. The author of this post, has submitted their article to DeDivahDeals for the purpose of being published on this blog as a Guest Writer.
Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world. I was just going through the videos on my YouTube channel only to realize that Episode 2 of Goodwill Goodies was never published, so I wanted to pop in to let you know that is now up and live. I thrifted some great belts, shoes and jewelry and gave a tip on disinfecting shoes. I also wanted to announce that starting in April, I will be writing a monthly Guest Post for the Goodwillde blog so make sure to follow it, that way you can keep up with my “5 for under $25” Goodwill hauls.
Thank you all for supporting me and my blog as well as subscribing to my YouTube channel – I now have 100 subbies – woohoo!! Enjoy the weekend and have fun, see ya on Sunday for Brunch with Blake!
Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world. Ole’ Man Winter made an appearance earlier this month and dumped a few inches of snow across the Mid-Atlantic area. I used to love watching the snow fall, but now I hate it, driving in it is the worse…it took me over 3 hours to get to work! I was exhausted by the time I got there and I envy folks who can telecommute…unfortunately I’m not one of them.
Most of you know that I really don’t like wearing pants to work, so in order to keep warm on extremely cold and snowy days, I’ll wear tights and a pair of my suede boots. However, not getting them wet is nearly impossible so each season I make sure to spray them with a leather and suede protector.
This brand was purchased at Payless and it does have a strong odor, so make sure to use it in the garage or outdoors weather permitting. Now I can step deep into the snow or pose on the deck without worrying about messing up my boots.
Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday. Thank you all who voted in last week’s “You Choose The Shoes” contest. Although both pairs were great for that outfit, there was one clear winner, the well worn Glo Wedges from Kmart!
This week’s contenders are also well worn closet staples, I don’t even remember from where I purchased the SRO Red Mule Sandals.
SRO Venice Red Mules Sandals
Black Mossimo Black Sandals from Target
This comfy geometric gauze dress was thrifted from Goodwill and is perfect to wear to work or running errands on the weekend.
These Red Mules matches the patio furniture cushions but the nail polishes are definitely clashing – what do you think?
Hello Friends, I trust you all had a happy and safe holiday weekend! I am back to work after being off since Thursday and needless to say it is tough getting back into the routine. This outfit is what I wore last Tuesday and with the exception of the jewelry it is Totally Thrifted.
You might remember when I purchased this embroidered skirt and sleeveless tank last winter at Goodwill. It was during one of the many shopping trips I made looking for outfits for the 2014 Goodwill Runway Show. One of the things I like most about thrifting is you can oftentimes find items that are out of season knowing that they are right for when the weather changes. It was the dead of winter cold but I knew this skirt and tank would be perfect for work once the weather warmed.
In selecting the accessories, I decided to mix plastic bracelets with pearl necklaces and earrings. The goldtone watch is from Avon.
The floral embroidery on the skirt matches the patio cushions and umbrella from Home Depot. Speaking of which, did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? What did you do? On Saturday, we had a graduation party for Malik and it was a blast, I’ll post more on about it on Thankful Thursday.
You all know that as much as I love shoes, I find it very difficult if not impossible to spend a lot of money on them, which is why I love to thrift or pay less!
So without further adieu here are this week’s choices:
Avon Black & White Forever Pumps
Enzo Angiolini Black Pumps
The black and white dress was purchased last summer on clearance for only $8.00 at JCPenney. Another way to save is to wait until the end of a retail season to buy clothes, which is usually a month or so before the end of the actual season so you’ll have plenty of time to wear them.
I added pops of color to the classic black and white combination with an orange necklace thrifted new from Goodwill, orange watch from Avon and a multi-color bracelet.
These black patent leather Enzo Angiolini pumps which I had once seen online for $59.99 at Nordstrom were thrifted from The Salvation Army for only $14.99,so they definitely were a Save vs a Splurge purchase!
I don’t know about you, but I am having such a blast with this new feature, “You Choose The Shoes“. It’s like having a bunch of friends hang out in my closet helping to chose just the right shoes for an outfit – thank you all!
This week’s choices are either Coconut wedges from Marshall’s or Nine West wedges thrifted from Goodwill.
You Choose the Shoes!
The outfit is a thrifted top from GW Boutique and a cream color ShapeFX skirt from Spiegel Outlet
I think these Nine West shoes are a perfect match in their color and patent leather material for this top. What do you think?
Necklace and Earrings are from the product review that I did for Majestical Jewelry (click here).
These cutout wedges were purchased several seasons ago from Marshall’s and were quite popular. I remember seeing them posted by several fashion bloggers.
Are you ready to choose the shoes?
Which pair did you choose? Personally, I would prefer neither because the feeling of fresh cut grass between my toes feels much better!
I love the Spring and Summer seasons, not only because of the warmer weather but because of the shoes! Sandals and open-toes are my favorites, but wedges, platforms, kitten heels, high heels, pumps, flats, it doesn’t matter, I wear them all.
I know that I’m not alone when I say, “I LOVE Shoes“. I’ve been known to purchase 3 different pairs all at the same time…all on the same day… AND all at the same store ~ I LOVE Shoes! Unfortunately, having only one pair of feet can cause a dilemma, the decision on which pair to wear for a particular outfit can be frustrating.
This new blog feature, “You Choose the Shoes” is helping me by giving you an opportunity to choose the pair of shoes that I’ll wear with a particular outfit of the day.
Okay, for this outfit which pair should I wear?
The Polka Dot sleeveless tank was thrifted from Goodwill and red Capri pants were on clearance at JC Penney?