Summer fashion trends - the maxi!

Have you notices in Michiana Goodwill stores trend boards that look something like this?  We are Goodwill are dedicated to make sure you are shopping for on-trend clothing for you and your family.

Our fashion guru Kathy Friend has provided these trend boards for us each season to help you know exactly what is trendy!  In the upcoming days / weeks, we will be sharing the 4 big trends of the season with and of course in all of our Goodwill stores!

Kathy's Summer Trend Tip:

 The maxi is all the rage this season.  Maxi simply means long.  LONG AND LEAN!

This can be a tricky look to pull off if you are petite.  Simple fabrics in a monochromatic hue will be best and easiest to wear.

In my messy Inventory - 79

Skin/Piel: [MyDear]Group Gift Beach Skin&Shape
Hair/Pelo: LollipopZ Julie/ July 2012 Group Gift
Bracelets/Pulseras: ::: B@R ::: Free Silver Necklace and Bangles
top: ::HH:: Hucci Ramara Top  Stripes - SUSCRIBO GIFT
Pants/Pantalones: :[P]:-Aeda Slacks-Cobalt-{Skinnies}
Bag/Bolso: Salon de GLOW feat. R.A.Crystal -Bag-01- GROUP GIFT
Earrings and necklace: Moonshadow Cancun set(earrings and necklace)
Glasses/Gafas: Salon de GLOW .Sunglasses 02 - say bar -(CL) - LUCKY BOARD
Nails/Uñas: MDL - Beauty Nails - Serie LBug - (Blue)
Hat/Sombrero: Moonshadow Sunhat light blue - NEW in THINGS FOR WOMAN

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Time to "let it go"....

that is "letting' go of all the summer treasures at the store, in order to get ready for the Fall ones!  So, that means EVERYTHING in the store has been marked down (and you already know how low I can go with my sales)! 

If you are on my mailing list and already get my newsletter---then you will also get an additional savings coupon to use.  (If you haven't already signed up, then just run over to my website at and join up.)

The sale will end at the end of hope to see  you soon!

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Today, I am starting to blog about the Summer Parade 2012 - Bali Fashion Week. Summer Parade 2012 consist of 16 designers.  It is happening from 7th July 2012 to 29th July 2012. Lots of new release has been featured during the Bali Fashion Week. 

Come and join us and have fun. 

Landmark : - Summer Parade 2012 - BALI Fashion Week

Summer Parade 2012- Bali Fashion Week

Hat @ ::GB:: Straw hat
Necklaces @ . S H I - Merry Christmas (Group Gift)
Bikinis @  *MonCheri* String Bikini - Gypsy (SP201-BFW)


Hair @ -<E'H> Ekaterina Mesh Hair - new collection 
Sunglasses @ AZOURY - Les Lunettes ANYA Blanche new collection 
Bangle @ FZaPP Bracelet Basico Color By FZaPP new collection 
Top @  AZOURY - Le Debardeur OXALIDE Rouge new collection 
Pants @AZOURY - Le Pantalon OXALIDE Bleu Pastel new collection 
Bags @AZOURY - Le sac ANYA Cuir Rouge new collection 
Shoes @ AZOURY - Les Sabots  TAMARA Rouge new collection 


Hair @<E'H> Ekaterina Mesh Hair Black Pack
Bangle @ FZaPP Bracelet Basico Color By FZaPP
Necklaces @ bis[k]uit Cross Necklace  (Black) new collection 
Bag @ bis[k]uit Bag Caramel new collection 
Romper @ bis[k]uit - Watercolor Wash MESH Strapless Romper new collection 
Sandal @ bis[k]uit Flat Caramel new collection 


Outfit @ Chichi of London... 'Viva' Cocktail Dress Set 
Pipe @ Chichi Victorian Cigarette holder w smoking cigarette


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Shape- Jstyle- Cindy
Eyes  Poetic Color- eyes - pearl - m/r - caramel- Free gift
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Necklace- Epure Faith Necklace- $1L
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Shoes- Kennedy's "Strutters" Designer Circle

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Corset & Pants: Barely Legal - Picnic with my boyfriend - Designer Circle 32th
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Summer Fashion Showcases Your Confidence by Anya Sarre

This is a guest post by Anya Sarre, a celebrity Stylist from

Anyone can feel beautiful this summer by updating just a few simple things in their
wardrobe. Finding the hottest fashion trends for this summer is like a treasure hunt,
and the prize at the end is a girl feeling confident and powerful in her new style. A
few fun and easy tips will keep her fresh and cool all summer long. She can be
trendy, accented and confident without breaking a sweat. From sassy accessories to
sizzling shoes, summer is the time to play up the look!

Trending Now

All over the runway, and available in her favorite
stores, are cool summer colors in mad prints and ocean tones. She can refresh a
current wardrobe by simply adding a cheerful pair of print pants or shorts that go
with any tank or tee. Add a funky necklace and just the right shoes and she is ready
to go. Easy, right? And anyone can have fun pulling off mixed textures. She can try
a lacy top with a pleated skirt and throw in a metallic shoe. This summer she can
love flat shoes, wedge heels, strappy metallic pumps or floral canvas sandals. It all

Accent the Positives

She knows what she loves about herself, and fashion is the way to accent these
assets. Light and airy strappy heels will make those legs look even longer. A pair of
women’s shoes with a heel naturally makes her stand taller, and when she stands
tall, there is power in her attitude. Or maybe she wants all the attention on her eyes.
A bit of bling around the neckline will focus the attention upward so she can look
people square in the eyes and let her confidence shine. She can also find that
natural waist and show it off with any style of belt.

Confidence is the Must-Have Accessory

Whatever her style or personality, it is true that every girl feels more confident when
she looks beautiful. So, she can work the trends and accent what she loves about
herself. Her head will be held high and her summer strut will radiate power. The
boldness of her print will be in the boldness of her walk. The sassy shoes she wears
will put a snap in her step. A summer makeover is just a few items and accessories
away. Feeling pretty will help her feel positive, and the world will be her playground
this summer.

-Anya from

Summer Fashion Trends - baroque

Have you notices in Michiana Goodwill stores trend boards that look something like this?  We are Goodwill are dedicated to make sure you are shopping for on-trend clothing for you and your family.

Our fashion guru Kathy Friend has provided these trend boards for us each season to help you know exactly what is trendy!  In the upcoming days / weeks, we will be sharing the 4 big trends of the season with and of course in all of our Goodwill stores!

Kathy's Summer Trend Tip: 

 One of the print trends this season is baroque. Baroque is hard to explain, but easy to see!  It is almost a damask, paisley, curley-q print.  

We are seeing this print in EVERYTHING from the smallest of details (like the sunglasses) to a very bold statement (like on the dress).  

The key to wearing this print in an outfit is to be mindful of where that print is.  Make sure that the bold contrast in color brings attention to an appropriate place on your silhouette.  Also, make sure that the weight of the print is in line with your stature.  In other words, if you are a petite lady, be sure the print you wear doesn't overwhelm your look.

What a wonderful life!

As my design line continues to grow at an exciting pace, the Yaya store is also growing by leaps and bounds! There are TONS of exciting events, shows, and parties (just to name a few) planned for the upcoming year  (from Houston to Austin to New Orleans, to both the east and west coast and beyond), so I hope that you join us as the "Yaya" begins to spread its wings and SOAR!!!

If you haven't come in lately....we would love to see you, so that you can see all the beautiful French Bohemian treasures we have found!


OPI NYC Ballet Mini Collection
Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box

END: August 24, 2012

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Summer fashion mistakes and solutions - part 3

Keeping on with some of the  biggest fashion is part 3 of this series.

Socks with sandals.  Although a few years ago, the kids were wearing socks with their Doc Martin’s, this didn’t give you permission to jump on this fashion bandwagon.  If you have to wear socks…wear a closed toe shoe.

Photo Credit:

Bathing suits are not clothing. Your really cute bikini top shouldn’t we worn as a layering piece with your favorite jacket. There is a distinct difference between 'bathing suits' and 'clothing'.  Please invest in a great cover up.  There are a lot of options, and I am sure Goodwill has a ton of things to spark some cover-up ideas for you!

I love this take on the cover up (pic to right).  It's long enough that it is appropriate for any errand you might have going to or from the beach.   

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The Mens Dept.

The Mens Dept has moved and went casual summerish with three different polo shirts (black, red, mint) and three chinos (brown, light blue and black). All of them are mesh in standard sizing. all at 85L$