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 for more information.

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.

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on May 3, 2017 5:16:25 PM

Looking Rich While Staying on a Budget

It's no secret that wealthy individuals maintain their fortune because they often live frugal lifestyles. The wealthy save money and are very selective on how they spend their income. To be honest, I don't know a lot of rich people, but I'd bet many of them shop at thrift stores like Goodwill. The warmer weather brings many great holidays, weddings and parties to attend, and sometimes you just want to go dressed like a rich chick! I have a few special occasions coming up, so I did what I think rich people sometimes do—you guessed it, I went to Goodwill to find the perfect outfit!

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Apr 19, 2017 4:55:56 PM

Vacation Essentials at Goodwill

This past weekend I took a trip to New Orleans for my sister’s bachelorette party and before I left, I visited my local Goodwill to shop for vacation essentials. One of the reasons I highly recommend shopping at your local thrift store for vacation essentials is because, for most people, the cost of going on vacation can quickly add up. Once you’ve booked your flight and hotel, plus added in food and vacation activities, you may start to feel a little stressed out. I save money by picking up the basics at Goodwill. This way I can look cute on a budget!!!

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Apr 12, 2017 1:29:08 PM

Spring Fashion Haul

Finally the warmer weather looks as if it’s here to stay in Chicago and I am so happy! Higher temps mean I can listen to my favorite music with the sunroof open, enjoy family bike rides, and a pleasant breeze of fresh air coming through the windows at home. I am so excited! (I just really hope, wish and pray it’s here to stay.) The warmer weather brings the spring season, which means the Easter holiday is upon us. Recently I took a trip to my local Goodwill to see if I could find the perfect Easter service dresses for my daughters.

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Apr 5, 2017 11:35:25 AM

Remix Your Wardrobe with Accessories

Nothing makes an outfit stand out more than awesome accessories. Accessories can literally disguise the outfit you wore only yesterday, and hide the fact that you just shook off the dust and decided to wear it again today! Simply put, accessories create a completely brand new look.

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Mar 28, 2017 4:14:23 PM

Something Borrowed Something New - Goodwill Haul

Watch Goodwill fashion expert, Rachel O. Beauty share some of her latest Goodwill finds!

Posted by Rachel O. Beauty on Mar 21, 2017 4:29:46 PM

Goodwill Fashion Guide

Not everyone loves to thrift shop, I get it! Some hate the idea of wearing clothing once owned by a stranger. Others say it takes too much time to sort through clothing and they just don’t get the thrill of thrift stores. Believe me, I understand all of this as I wasn’t always a fan of thrifting either. Now that I’ve been shopping at Goodwill for years, I’ve developed some guidelines that have greatly helped me plan my shopping trips, save money and have the cutest wardrobe ever (if I do say so myself) I’m just sayin…