Friday, September 30, 2011

[a few TIPS on negotiating]

a wrote a brief article on negotiating at thrift stores for hgtv dot com. click the image below to read more. 
do you have any tips on negotiating?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

[purging my closet...you might want these]

i was talking with tam of get it girl style earlier in the summer and we both agree that not being in a traditional job has caused us not to wear most of the clothes in our closet. its true. i was laid off in december and since then, the activity in my closet has really been dormant. so last week i started purging my closet. someone asked to see my closet on a few posts back. well here is a sneak peek.
first up. my closet is small. very small. however, it is very efficient. so dont expect this big walk in oprah type deal when i show u more next week. 

i noticed i had about 7 pairs of redish pants, 4 of the same bow tie, a number of cufflinks i havent worn in years and a few jackets that i wore only once. so i am letting them go. i will be posting quite a few items in the days to come but today
pair of vintage Saks Fifth Avenue red pants. made of cotton and are flat front. 
size approximately 34 x 34 ($30 plus shipping and handling)
corduroy jacket with 3 front pockets. two deep side vents. approximate fit is 40-42
(SOLD)
vintage pair of carriage cufflinks ($20 plus shipping and handling)


as i continue to clean expect more vintage cufflinks, jackets, vintage pocket squares perhaps a few pairs of pants and certainly some bowties.

please email rashon@rashoncarraway.com for more information or available.


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if you need assistance with choosing or sourcing pieces for your wardrobe or a special person's wardrobe you can always contact me via email at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

if you would like your home to be a special place for you and your family you can email me at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

i am a full service lifestyle coach...at your service. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[that credenza from the makeover on nate]

the last makeover i revealed during a segment of the nate berkus show received so many great reviews. i am very thankful to all of you that watch me when i am on. i am appreciative of the support that you give back here on the blog as well as facebook and twitter.

the most talked about element of the last makeover was the credenza. if you watched the field piece here, you will clearly note that she wasnt feeling the credenza at all. mj's response wasnt for the cameras...she really didnt like it.

however, as the designer, i had to think about form and function when completing the space. i cant remember exactly how much the sideboard cost (maybe $99?). however, it provided a ton of storage which she needed. 

when people pop into a thrift or second hand stores they see this.
an old, dated, brown piece of furniture. 

however, when i see something like this i get quite gitty. look at the quality and the craftsmanship. you dont really find solid wood furniture like this much more. i immediately knew a solid color would really enhance all of the details. 

i picked a few pieces of fabrics seen HERE as inspiration.
i knew a wanted a coral color for this piece. however, when they brought me the paint, it was very pink. so i stayed behind after the camera crew left to get the exact color i wanted. i am serious about the work i do. whether it be a $300 room makeover or a $3,000 room makeover, the end result is most important. 
if you watched the show you will note i stated, "every room needs a hint of black." well that is part of my design philosophy. for this room, the black is only visible when you open the credenza. this will be a treat and a surprise for mj every time she opens it. adding any color to the inside of a piece like this gives the room a bit of unexpectedness.
*all photos are courtesy of www.thenateshow.com*


Need a makeover of your own see details below on how you can hire me to help you bring a little life to your space. 


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

[Lillie's Craft Corner: Happy 50th Birthday!!]

this is another installment of "Lillie's craft corner"

mom turned 50th this past friday. i have been talking about having her a big birthday bash since her last birthday. so i did. it wasnt as big as i wanted it to be, but it was spiritual with family and friends. that was the MOST important thing.

i am excited to tell you that she made her dress. nope it isnt chanel, gucci or a house of whoever, but it is a dress made with seasoned hands under 30+ years of sewing out of love and enjoyment.
mom looked AMAZING. didnt she? GO MOMMA! (she says that all the time).
if you cant tell, she is a true southern church lady.

that's my dad back there. he is mean mugging. but he is not mean at all.
my sister and nieces wanted special outfits, so my sister picked her own fabric and a pattern and mom put it together.

mom wanted me to let you all know that my nephew's suit was a thrift store find for only $3. a lil snug but for that price it was just right.
a big thank you to my sister, pinky snapshots, who captured the entire event for me. there are nearly 600 pictures but i wanted to share a few with you.

f you need a custom garment for any occasion, Momma Goodwill Hunting is definitely the person you need to speak with.

happy 50th Momma Goodwill Hunting!

Monday, September 26, 2011

[join me for my upcoming CHARITY event!]


this CHARITY event is geared towards raising money to help outfit young men in our area for job interviews, social events, college meetings and much more. i understand that a huge part of being successful is presentation. i also understand that not all young men have the financial resources to purchase the appropriate attire to wear.

this event will help as many young men as well can, giving them that next push towards success. 


1. SPONSORS are very important to help make this event possible please email rashon@rashoncarraway.com to learn how you can get nationwide exposure by being a sponsor.

2.. SIGN your team up and learn how to pledge money for this cause. Team of 6 are $50. Email rashon@rashoncarraway.com to register

2. VENDORS: if you are a bow tie maker and or distributor and want to have your bow ties present at this event, please email rashon@rashoncarraway.com



If you are an organization that would like to be a recipient of this event please email rashon@rashoncarraway.com and tell us about your organization.


I will release additional details as the time moves forward.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

[want to find the best thrift stores?]

...well hop on over to
on hgtv dot com and get 3 quick tips to finding the best thrift stores in your area. if you have any good ones, leave them in the comment section!

happy thrifting!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

[the MAKEOVER in photos...]

i hope everyone enjoyed my brand new makeover on THE NATE SHOW for season 2. i am so honored to be part of season 2.

many of you may not have had a chance to see the show. i know show times have changed in several cities and some cities no longer air the nate berkus show.

if you missed it or you just want a refresher here are the photos and the online videos are HERE and HERE.

did you pick up on the sneak peek i gave you HERE?

this one iCalled preppy chic.
*all photos are from www.nateberkus.com*

i hope you enjoyed the segment. i will be adding these photos to the FACEBOOK PAGE as well as PINTEREST so that you can use them for inspiration.

ahem

i welcome ALL OPPORTUNITIES to create a space for you. dont assume because you see me on tv that iAm not affordable or unavailable. lets have a discussion first.

no i cant do a room for FREE, but i can certainly give you quality service, at a great rate.

so tell me what was you favorite part of the makeover?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

[LIVE chat about my makeover on NATE...on FB]

i hope you get a chance to see my LATEST makeover on the NATE BERKUS SHOW today. i am really excited about the makeover. so i want to chat with you to see what your favorite parts were and if you had any questions you would like to ask.

meet me on FACEBOOK 
@ 10pm EST and I will be ready to CHAT LIVE.

are you coming over?

Monday, September 19, 2011

[do U want 2 B inspired? take a look!]

tomorrow is such a fantastic day. i will be making my fourth appearance on the NATE BERKUS SHOW  and revealing another living room makeover for under $300. as always these makeovers are full of tips, inspirations and amazing thrift store transformations. 

if you are at work or unavailable when it airs in your city please take a moment to set your dvr/tivo to record it and watch at your leisure. 

on tomorrow at 10pm east coast time, i will host a FACEBOOK chat where you can ask me questions and or leave your thoughts about the design segment. i will try to answer as many as i can for about 30 minutes...maybe more. 

if you just cant wait to see the makeover and want to see some of my previous work with nate, you can visit the VIDEO VAULT and watch as many times as your heart desires.

tweet the flier. share it with all of your friends. blog it if you want. but make sure you WATCH IT.

let's meet on FACEBOOK tomorrow and talk about all of the surprises during my segments and some of the straight awesome pieces i found.

to nate and all of your staff, thanks for the warm hospitality and the opportunity to share one of my gifts in your world. 




Thursday, September 15, 2011

[my newest gig...details inside]

as you can see, i am the newest blogger for hgtv.com. i am very excited to join their team and give even more thrifting goodness to everyone. 

i  have a few posts already scheduled and i will update everyone when my they go live. expect some very good tips, a few stories and some wonderful images.

i will see you here and at hgtv.com!

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if you need assistance with choosing or sourcing pieces for your wardrobe or a special person's wardrobe you can always contact me via email at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

if you would like your home to be a special place for you and your family you can email me at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

i am a full service lifestyle coach...at your service. 




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

[the $30,000 loft]

as you know i am good at spotting a deal. a really good deal.

during the summer, i went to look at a loft that was very well priced. a few weeks later i got an update that another listing in the same building was for sale. so i went to look at it also.

the listed price for this loft was $40,000. ummm yea. i wanted it. i wanted it so badly that i was already conjuring up design schemes in my head. i was flipping through magazines getting inspiration. you know how it is when you meet that one person and you stay up all night wondering if they are staying up all night wondering about you too. no? me either. just thought i'd throw that out there in case someone had the feeling. lol
there is a great and perhaps sad story behind this loft. when the building was first converted in 2006, i believe, the units were bought up like...well, hot cakes. as the story goes a new yoker came down, bought a unit took an entire year to renovate it, new york style.
the specs on the unit read it as 3 bedroom 1 bath loft. however, this guy tore down walls and turned it into an open concept loft. u can imagine how i felt when i walked in. i was sold immediately.
there are 5 HUGE windows about this 1000 square foot plus or minus loft. it had a few issues tho. it wasnt in a great neighborhood, not a bad one either. it was in the cut, as many of us would say (meaning in a location no one would think to look).

i didnt exactly determine which way the loft was facing, but all these windows could be a good or a bad thing. good in that there were hardly no light fixtures in the unit, so the natural sunlight would be a major plus. the baad could be that if the sun is directly pounding my face on a saturday morning i would either have to get up or get some very expensive window treatments for thees 12 foot windows. 

i would be worth it.
the guy who previously bought the loft meant business. as you can see he made a few openings for a bar area. the new dining room is that room to the left of the picture. 

i know there are a few a lot holes that need to be patched. but this kind of blank canvas doesnt happen all the time. 
this area here is where the kitchen WAS. uh yea. the story continues in that after he renovated the unit he brought his wife down and she scrapped the whole deal. i dont know if he got married AFTER buying the loft or she just didnt like the area. 

so, when he left he took EVERYTHING with him. including the kitchen sink. as you can see this loft was down the the walls. BUT, that was selling point for me. i mean seriously i could quite possibly install my dream kitchen.

and then it was reduced to $35,000.
you see that window. i could most certainly whip up some scrambled eggs standing right there. 
i would have personally invested in removing these steps to the loft area. to me to take up some much inside real estate. maybe a pull down ladder or something. right there at the window would have been a pool table or dining table.

then it was reduced AGAIN to $32,000. i was ready to buy. just one tinsy winsy problem. i didnt have $30,000 lying around.
i called a realtor to find out how much it actually sold for. a whopping $29,500!

yes i still think about the day i first laid eyes on this place. i was smitten. again, i didnt buy this place. BUT at the right time, in the right place and at the right moment, i will get the perfect place. but ohhhh this one had me going..

am i the ONLY one who thinks this was just an awesome deal despite having no appliances, lighting fixtures and a few cosmetic issues?


if you are the lucky owner of this loft and need help designing the interior please contact me.

Monday, September 12, 2011

NOW AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDER


many of you have asked about my bowtie. many of you wanted them for your weddings, husbands and even lil ones. well, i am finally able to offer them. because each bowtie is cut from a different portion of the fabric, no two bow ties will be exactly alike. 

these 100% linen, three inch width bowties can be customized with a number of available and appropriate contrasting fabrics. these self-tie bowties are available for $55 each and pre-tied smaller ones can be purchased at a reduced cost. 

bow ties are ONLY available through the pre-order program.  email rashon@rashoncarraway.com, for additional information and further inquiry. 

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if you need assistance with choosing or sourcing pieces for your wardrobe or a special person's wardrobe you can always contact me via email at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

if you would like your home to be a special place for you and your family you can email me at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

i am a full service lifestyle coach...at your service. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

[NEW FEATURE: Lillie's Craft Corner]

every now and then i talk about my mother on my blog. she is my biggest supporter in every way. i would certainly attribute about 90% of my creative spirit to her. while growing up she made our clothing, she cross stitched and made all kinds of arts and crafts.

so from here on in, if you would indulge me, i will be featuring
lillie's craft corner will showcase projects mom has completed. she has a lot of great projects in the works so hopefully some of them will inspire you. some, may even be available for custom orders.
on yesterday i showed you guys this $10 suit i thrifted from the salvation army. while i was out, i also went to a few fabric stores. i pulled a few items. left them. brought mom back to see them. now mom couldnt quite see my thought process as i was pulling stuff, and had to take a second look to realize how great the trio looked. ahem.

i can certainly see a few more items made with these 100% cotton fabric. perhaps we will brainstorm a few more ideas and get back to you guys.
when we got home, mom and i came up with a little template...
measured it, cut it out...
and away she went on her sewing machine and this is what happened...
take a look at yesterday's post to relive the full $10 fit this bowtie accompanied. now i like my bowties to be 3 inches in width. no smaller than 2.5 inches. having a mother than can sew a bowtie in any fabric is choose is truly a blessing.

there will be a collection of bowties very soon, so stay close so that you can be the first to hear about it.

what you think?


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if you need assistance with choosing or sourcing pieces for your wardrobe or a special person's wardrobe you can always contact me via email at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

if you would like your home to be a special place for you and your family you can email me at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

i am a full service lifestyle coach...at your service. 



Thursday, September 8, 2011

[$10 thrifty thursday]

ahhh dont you just love an amazing serendipitous find at a thrift store.

this past weekend i went home to a two-day appreciation service for a mentor of mine. while i was home i visited one of my favorite thrift stores. i find some of the most amazing pieces in this store and mix them in with some of my more expensive pieces.
all the way in the back was this $10 brand named cotton seersucker suit. with some light tailoring, this suit rivals some of my most trusted pieces. in the south seersucker is a staple in a gentleman's wardrobe.  i have several pieces already. 

technically one isnt supposed to wear white or seersucker after labor day weekend. technically i may or may not pay that rule any attention. id be happy to confront the fashion police...lol.
do you like the bowtie i am wearing? 

i'll talk about it tomorrow. 

so what have you bought for $10?
do you like my $10 find?


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if you need assistance with choosing or sourcing pieces for your wardrobe or a special person's wardrobe you can always contact me via email at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

if you would like your home to be a special place for you and your family you can email me at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.


i am a full service lifestyle coach...at your service. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

[thank you...]

i always support those who support me. so today i want to say thank you to the blogs and businesses that have supported the blog, Mr. Goodwill Hunting, with a post about my new chiang mai bowties, a thoughtful feature or simply shared my blog to your friends.



thank you!
if by chance i have omitted a featured you did on me or any of my work, please let me know by sending me an email.


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if you need assistance with choosing or sourcing pieces for your wardrobe or a special person's wardrobe you can always contact me via email at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.

if you would like your home to be a special place for you and your family you can email me at rashon@rashoncarraway.com for rates and availability.


i am a full service lifestyle coach...at your service.