Goodwill Fashion Expert - Rachel O. Beauty

Rachel O. Beauty - Goodwill Fashion ExpertRACHEL O. Beauty is  a Chicago-based beauty & fashion expert. Rachel O. Beauty partners with some of the world’s leading brands to empower women to express their inner and outer beauty. In addition to her work with beauty brands, Rachel is a wife and MomPreneur of three daughters. As the creator of Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup, Chicago’s largest natural hair meetup group, she also provides natural hair, makeup artistry, skincare and other educational beauty resources for women in the Windy City. Follow Rachel on all social media @RachelOBeauty visit www.RachelOBeauty.com for more information.


Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Aug 15, 2017 12:17:02 PM

Best Thrifting Style Look Book - Summer 2017

As we say goodbye to summer, I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favorite looks that I found at my local Goodwill. Although I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to colder temps, at least I can look back and say I sure did look great during the summer 2017 with the help of Goodwill. :) I hope you can see how truly versatile the wardrobe options are, and the best thing is you don't have spend a ton of money to be fashionable and cute!

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Aug 10, 2017 12:11:39 PM

Treasure Hunting at Goodwill

Whenever I shop at Goodwill it feels like a good ol’ thrifting treasure hunt because I never know whats in store for me! The thrill of a treasure hunt is also somewhat relaxing and it helps to take my mind off the stressful summer days. With the kids being out of school, there's been a quite a few of those stressful days lately. This week I visited the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Orland Park location to continue my back-to-school shopping. Take a look at some of the items I found: 

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Jul 26, 2017 3:39:30 PM

Ready Set Go! Back to School

It's my favorite time of the year :-) … ready, set, go! It's time to for back to school! As a child, the back to school season is how I was introduced to thrift shopping. Growing up in a family with six kids, Mom always had to look for ways to stretch the family budget. I wasn't always happy with shopping at the thrift store because I wanted brand new items like my classmates. Now that I have a family of my own, I always keep this in mind. Kids like to arrive to the first day of school with new trendy items and that is totally fair. I pick up a few popular brand new items and then I take a trip to Goodwill to see what school year staples are available. Check out what I found on my last shopping trip...

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Jul 19, 2017 3:25:27 PM

My Fave Goodwill Thrift Store

Come along with Goodwill Fashion Expert, Rachel O. Beauty as she shops her favorite Goodwill Store & Donation Center on Washington Boulevard in Chicago!

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Jul 12, 2017 7:30:58 PM

Plus-Size Style Tips

Did you know the average dress size of an American woman is size 16? This means, contrary to what is most often seen in the mainstream fashion industry, women are wearing larger clothing. If you're anything like me you may struggle with your weight and wonder how to dress in figure-flattering clothing. Sometimes you may also find larger clothing to be more expensive! Not to worry, Goodwill is here, and yes, you can find plus size clothing.

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Jun 26, 2017 3:36:59 PM

My Fave Beauty Organizers - Storage Essentials from Goodwill & Boxy Girl

Watch as Goodwill Fashion Expert, Rachel O. Beauty shares her favorite makeup organizing tips (and other items) she found at Goodwill!

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Jun 15, 2017 4:36:05 PM

The Perfect Dress

Shopping for the perfect dress can sometimes be stressful because, if you’re like most women, you worry about your arms being exposed or the muffin top being on display. I've recently put on a few pounds, and for this reason I am now more body conscious than ever. I guess I should go ahead and consider myself plus size as I now wear a size 10-12. When I shop for the perfect dress, I first consider the occasion, then the structure of the dress, and color. Did I mention how much I hate wearing black? I know most consider black to be "the" slimming color (I don't disagree on this), but vibrant colors are so much more fun and tend to make you stand out more. Take a look at a few cute summer dresses I found at Goodwill.

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Jun 7, 2017 1:27:47 PM

What to Wear This Summer

Summer is officially here, and if you live in a city with weather like Chicago trust me; this is the one season we all look forward to annually!

I love family bike rides, evening strolls with my husband and trips to the waterpark. Suddenly the whole family is in need of sandals, shorts, swimsuits and more! With all of my new summer plans, I've got to have something to wear right?! The perfect outfit is always just a shopping trip away at my local Goodwill. So far, here is what I am wearing this summer ...

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on May 30, 2017 10:19:26 AM

Thrifting Is a Family Sport

This weekend my family and I took a trip to California for my sister's wedding. Erica was truly a beautiful bride, and I was so happy to spend time with all of my relatives and friends to celebrate with the bride and groom. As I looked back at all of the beautiful photos from the weekend, I realized thrift shopping is really in my blood. :) Most of the clothing we wore during our vacation was purchased at Goodwill. 

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on May 25, 2017 10:26:04 AM

My Boho Summer Style

If I had to describe my fashion sense in one phrase it would be bohemian chic. I especially love the bohemian look in the summer because of the bright colors and emphasis on free and flowy fabric. Like most thriftanistas the summer season means out with the old and in the new. I went through my closet and donated to Goodwill, and browsed the store for some new boho threads. Take a look at what I found! 

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on May 18, 2017 11:22:34 AM

Celebrating Mother's Day in Style

See how Goodwill Fashion Expert, Rachel O. Beauty gets ready for a Mother's Day celebration with her family ... and see which of the three outfits (purchased at Goodwill) she decided to wear!

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on May 11, 2017 12:16:58 PM

The Black & White Fashion Trend (On a Budget)

One of the reasons I love to thrift shop is the thrill of finding a really great bargain at an unbelievable price. As a matter of fact, I love to window shop at major retailers and then try to duplicate similar outfits when shopping at Goodwill. This past weekend, I visited a major retailer and checked out the "What's Trending” section. I saw a super cute black-and-white clothing display and instantly thought I could recreate the same look for a fraction of the price. Here are some of my favorite black-and-white outfits from Goodwill.