Friday, September 19, 2014

City Spotlight: Taco Bajaa Fresh in Akron

Between the handmade neon food posters and the flattened cardboard box door mat, what Taco Bajaa Fresh lacks in ambiance makes up for in flavor. This hole-in-the-wall type restaurant located on Akron's west side is the most authentic Mexican eatery in the city, hands down.  The simple menu is complete with flavor-packed tacos, burritos, fajitas, guacamole, and more. The tortilla chips aren't your average Mexican restaurant chips, they are fried on the spot and arrive to your table hot, crispy, and perfectly golden. The barbacoa tacos are my favorite, and at $1.50 - $2 per taco you can afford to order one of everything on a 'hangry' day.

Taco Bajaa Fresh
1444 Copley Rd
Akron, OH 44231
No website available
Carry-out available, no deliveries
Parking is limited in front of the restaurant on Copley Rd so pull up around the corner on Valdes for additional parking.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Devil Wears Prada Halloween Costume

Whether you’re looking for a pre-made costume or hoping to piece one together using second-hand clothes, Goodwill is the place for all of your Halloween needs. Second-hand and vintage clothes make excellent Halloween costumes because the creative possibilities are endless! Vintage clothes are true to the time period so your costume will look more authentic and nobody will have the same costume as you.

I’m a huge fan of literal costumes. My ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ costume is one of my favorites because it was one of a kind and ridiculously easy to put together. I didn’t want to buy a typical devil outfit because that would have been boring, so I opted for a full-length, red vintage dress from Goodwill and ironed on the word ‘Prada’. I added a belt, the typical devil accessories (also from Goodwill), red vintage shoes, and voila! I was done.

Keep these items in mind while shopping at Goodwill for great costume ideas:

  • Prom dresses
  • Wedding dresses (consider dying one black for a zombie, Addams family or wife of Frankenstein look)
  • Vintage embellished dresses
  • Overalls
  • Lab coats
  • Men’s suits & blazers
  • Military and utility pieces
  • Trench coats
  • Hats
  • Uniforms
  • Sports apparel

A few great thrift store Halloween costume ideas:

  • Einstein: grab a gray sweater, white button-up shirt, and tease a gray wig
  • 1980s Aerobics Instructor: neon bodysuit, leggings, and sweat band
  • Billie Holiday: embellished dress, flower, microphone
  • Loofah: make a few DIY alterations to a full tulle dress or skirt in a bright color, add a white rope to the top.
  • Rosie the Riveter: chambray or utility uniform shirt and a scarf. Attach a yellow foam board with the words ‘we can do it’ to your back with rope.

These are just a few of dozens of ideas! What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

This post was originally featured on the Goodwill Akron blog. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thrift Store Fall Fashion

It took me an hour of reading on the treadmill and another half hour before bed to get through the September issue of InStyle magazine. This is the only issue I buy all year to get inspired for fall and to begin my thrift wish list. I was thrilled to see all the fall styles that can be replicated using second-hand clothes, so I pulled five fall must -have pieces featured in this month's issue that you can find at your local thrift store.

  1. Aubergine bag. This purple hue is huge this season. I always find deep purple bags and coats. 
  2. Chunky knits. My local thrift store carries hundreds of chunky knits in every print and color imaginable. 
  3. Plaid or houndstooth scarf. Another thrift store staple and fall must have. 
  4. Denim jacket. Perfect for layering. Readily available at second-hand stores. 
  5. Red coat. Make a statement without breaking the bank. A timeless piece that you can find at thrift stores. Look for boxy 1980s styles for an added statement. 

Let us know, what's on your fall thrift list? Be sure to share your thrifted finds on Facebook!

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Well friends, this will probably be the last of the summer outfits. Although I had a terrific summer, I'm not too thrilled about the change in seasons this year. Don't get me wrong, there are few things more beautiful than Ohio autumns, but it feels as though it snuck up on me and there are still many tube dresses and platform sandals to be worn. Soon my favorite weed bush  tropical inspired backdrop will turn brown and I will be back in the parking garage for photos. Oh, blogger problems.  

Remember this dress from my Garden Collection for Goodwill? I assumed it would never fit me considering the friend who modeled it in the fashion show is about half my size. This just may be the magical pink dress because I have no clue how I managed to pull it off. I love that the kimono trend made a comeback this summer; I borrowed this kimono from my sister seven years ago and never returned it. #sorrysis.

Kimono: Forever 21 (seven or eight years ago)
Dress: Express, thrifted $5
Clutch: thrifted, less than $5 because I'd never spend more than $5 on a clutch 
Shoes: Aldo nearly 10 years old

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thrift Challenge No.9: Autumn Plaid

August's thrift challenge was one of my favorites because Katie and I were able to incorporate items we already owned. I've had a tulle skirt for a long time and never really knew how to wear it until this challenge. For September, it's only fitting to do an autumn themed post. I've been obsessing over plaid shirts like it's a new fad lately, as if plaid isn't a reoccurring trend. So I'm really excited for this look inspired by makelifeeasier.  If you follow on Instagram and social media you will know I hit the jackpot this weekend while thrifting for plaid. Now I just have to find a shirt for this month's challenge. Let's head over to Something to be Found to see what I challenged her with for thrifty fall fashion!