Coat: Forever 21 via Goodwill (Similar Splurge//Save); Turtleneck: Banana Republic (Similar Here); Culottes: Zara, old (Similar Here); Belt: Anne Klein via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Purse: Vintage via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: White House Black Market via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save)

You know that pair of statement heels or little black dress that immediately makes you feel like the HBIC? That, my friends, is what I call a power piece, an instant confidence and mood boost. Some days you need a little shot of espresso to your wardrobe, and that is when I reach for a power piece. Don’t have any power pieces in your closet? Leopard print is your answer.

I stumbled upon this leopard print coat while shopping on Half Off Saturday at the Lexington, TN location. On-trend and only $4, I knew I had to snatch it up! It has quickly become my go-to. Leopard print makes a statement without being overpowering, a quiet confidence. Leopard print can be treated as a neutral and mixed with any color, textures, and mixed with other patterns. (Proceed with caution on print mixing…read my post here.)

I prefer the printed version versus a leopard print faux fur because the print has more versatility and can easily transition between seasons. Transition pieces are essential when you live in Nashville where the weather ranges from 10 degrees to 75 degrees during winter.

If you don’t stumble upon a leopard print coat at Goodwill, I have linked similar leopard print coats under $150 in the widget below! Now is a great time to snag a good deal on a leopard coat for next season.

Do you have any power pieces in your wardrobe? Leave me a comment below and tell what gives you a little pep in your step!

Birthdays have always been a big deal to me. My friends and family have always gone out of their way to make January 31st the most special day of the year!  Instead of a having a traditional birthday party, I invited some of my friends over to enjoy some treats and champs, with one rule. You had to bring a gift you purchased from Goodwill for a “dirty santa” style gift exchange. White Elephant/Dirty Santa is a popular game around Christmas, but I wanted to incorporate it into my second favorite holiday, my BIRTHDAY!

If you’ve never played before, the rules are fairly simple. Contribute a wrapped Goodwill gift (no dollar limit) to a common pool. Draw numbers to determine the order each may pick their gift. Each person opens the gift individually, and the next person may open a new gift or steal from someone a previous gift.

How can you not love a  Superbowl XXXIV Rams v. Titans mug?

Or a set of trust handcuffs?

 Luckily these handcuffs came with the most popular gift of the afternoon, a set of leather-bound books. Probably not the most appealing to a normal person,  but the struggle is real for us young lawyers trying to fill up our bookshelves. Who knew?!

Our gift exchange didn’t get too heated, but we had a great time! The gifts ranged from a bacon bowl to a wine chiller to a DIY stepping stone to a NWT Banana Republic blazer and many more in between. Some of the Goodwill finds really impressed me! I loved hearing everyone’s stories about their Goodwill trips and experiences. I also threw in a few Goodwill shopping tips for the less experienced Goodwill shoppers. All of my girlfriends will be finding Goodwill gold in no time!

There will definitely be another Goodwill gift exchange in my future!

Bolero: Gucci (YASSSS!) via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Turtleneck: Target via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Jeans: Levi’s via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Boots: Steve Madden (ON SALE!)

Catering: c/o Pollo Tropical; Cake: The Sweet Pastry Shop