Pride Do’s and Don’ts

June is Pride Month! It’s 2018 and being proud of who you are isn’t something you should be ashamed. Get out there and embrace who you are by celebrating all month long (and always). One of the biggest celebrations is Pride Parade; many cities around the world host their own parade. Pride Parade is not just a colorful parade, it’s more than that. It’s a celebration of human rights, a civilized protest about the LGBTQ+ community and their everyday struggles, a remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting to love who they want to love. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Pride Parade:

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DO’S

  1. Sunscreen

Sunburns suck and Pride Parade is in the middle of June, so that means it’s summer! So please don’t forget to apply SPF.

  1. Water

Forgetting to drink water any other day is acceptable but not when you’re in the middle of thousands of people. Especially if you’re under the sun staying hydrated is essential. Plus you wouldn’t want to lose your front row spot by going out to buy water.

  1. Sunglasses/ Hat

Not only do you need SPF to protect you from the sun but wearing a hat and/or sunglasses will come in handy (thank me later).

  1. Comfortable Shoes

Unless you want to end up with blisters, please wear comfy shoes, preferably close toe shoes, we wouldn’t want anyone to step on our feet.

  1. A backpack

You need something to carry all your things right? So do me a favor and please leave your LV at home and bring a mini backpack/crossbody bag or if you want to be trendy a fanipack.

  1. Pride Accessories

bring them all! Bring all your colorful accessories and dress for the occasion.

  1. Go with friends

Everything is better with friends, so grab your closest pals and hit the parade.

  1. Go Early!

Ensure a right spot and leave your house early. You wouldn’t want to get stuck standing behind a 6′ ft tall person when you know your only 5’4″ and risk a chance of completely missing out on parade.

DON’T’s

  1. If you have nothing nice to say, then please stay quite

I don’t even need to say this, but if you’re not there to celebrate and/or support the LBGTQ+ community, then you shouldn’t be there at all. So for one day (or forever), please keep your opinions to yourself.

  1. Moment of Silence

It’s a moment of silence for a reason. Please be respectful and for one minute avoid using your phone and talking to others. Just remember the many lives that were lost to celebrate this moment.

  1. No Side Eyes

Everyone is unique, and at the pride parade, you will see many amazing and diverse souls, so if someone looks different from you, please smile, no need, side-eyeing, its a day of love, not hatred.


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Top 10 Types at Every Festival

We’ve all seen pictures on Instagram or watched a YouTube video of everyone and their mom at Coachella, Governors Ball, or Lollapalooza. Whatever music festival it is we always see the same type of person. Whether you’re the fashion blogger, the selfie addict or just merely there for the music here are 10 people you’ll see at every festival this summer:

  1. The Fashion Blogger

We’ve all seen pictures of fashion bloggers on Instagram. Some of those pictures include them at music festivals posing in their fantastic festival style outfits. While everyone goes for the music, most bloggers go simply for the great artsy backgrounds and excellent photography for their blogs.

  1. YouTube

Youtubers are everywhere! And this includes them documenting every minute at music festivals. If you’re like me and can’t afford tickets to go to a music festival then having these Youtubers filmed their experience is a plus because that means you get to binge watch many videos and still have the festival experience.

  1. Brands

They want your money! That’s why you’ll find so many brands at festivals. From fashion to beauty brands, they want to throw a party and get you to spend. Many of these brands include Revolve, contemporary fashion retailer, throwing the best parties and gathering the high profile bloggers/influencers.

  1. Celebrities

Forget about waiting in line to meet your favorite celebrity. Yes! They are real people and enjoy music as much as us everyday folks so seeing them at a music festival isn’t that rare. You will probably come across them and their entourages while they are not hanging at the VIP lounge.

  1. The “I’m only here for the music” guy

The one person that knows all the lyrics to every song. Yes, you will see many people like this at music festivals, dancing (even if it’s by themselves) and enjoying the festival to its full potential.

6.    The Flower Crown Girl

The ultimate festival accessory. The flower crown is a staple at any music festival, and you will always see a girl who is unapologetic about leaving this trend behind while being mildly culturally inappropriate- but whose judging?!

  1. Hipsters

You can have a conversion about music or the culture of the music festival, they’ll have the answers, but they aren’t that talkative most of the time.

  1. The Selfie Addict

This person’s phone battery is always in 5% person. They love to take a picture everywhere with anyone. I mean it’s all for the “memory.”

  1. The Group in Crazy Costumes

Oh, you’ll notice them at any and every music festival. With the barbarous costumes, they’re dressed for the occasion. And it screams fun!

  1. The Bandwagoners

Everyone goes to music festivals nowadays! I mean everyone even those who have no idea who is who on the lineup.

DIY: Denim DIY Vest w/ @thefabjunkie

What’s a better way to upcycle an old denim jacket you ask? Oh, I will tell you! Turn that bad boy into a denim vest you can rock all year round!  I feel like everyone owns a denim jacket and if I’m wrong… lucky for YOU Goodwill has you covered. I picked up this 90’s Anne Klein jacket a couple of years ago from Goodwill. As you can see, I’ve already shredded it and put my touch on it. It has been sitting in the back of my closet (because this year I thrifted another denim jacket. I know, I have a denim problem) so I decided I would revamp it a bit. What I like about this jacket is that it has a boxy shape. Check out this easy peasy Denim DIY!

 

Step 1: Find a denim jacket that is a bit oversized on you.

 

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Step 2: You’re going to use the seam line as your guide to cut. AND don’t forget your scissors.

 

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Step 3: START CUTTING! I started RIGHT where the seam meets which can be a little hard to cut through. You can start anywhere on the sleeve using the seam to guide you.

 

Step 4: Once you get your initial cut through, you’re going to want to separate the fabric and continue to cut. When you hold the fabric together you tend to get an uneven cut. It’s fixable BUT why waste time?

 

Step 5: You can flip the jacket over on its front side to do the back part of the sleeve. Once again, I do this because I want the cleanest cut possible in one shot.

 

Step 6: Repeat on the opposite side!

 

VIOLA!

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Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in your finds + DIY’s

xo Suma

Spring Closet Cure

By Goodwill NYNJ

Well, we’ve waited through a long, cold winter and are finally on the other side of the snow! I invite you to join me in celebrating the season with a spring closet cure. What’s that, you ask? It’s a quick wardrobe refresh in which you pull out (and donate!) anything drab then add in a selection of new-to-you pieces that highlight one fashion trend for the upcoming season.

 

To start mine, I did a little research to find out what was hot on the runway and for street style then chose one trend from those that worked best for me (Don’t worry—I compiled a list to share with the best up-and-coming styles!). Bonus points to you if you can work in a few current trends, but today I’ll just be focusing on one: ice cream hues! That’s right, I scouted out a combination of twelve tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes in dusty pastel colors that will get you in the mood for a trip to your corner ice cream parlor now that spring has arrived.

 

I chose this particular trend for several reasons. One, because pastels work well for my coloring. But also because a broad trend, like a color scheme, allows me to put together a small collection of pieces that each fit together so I can make the most of my money by mixing and matching. Of these twelve pieces, every top works with every bottom so the combinations feel almost limitless (especially when you start adding in accessories). Plus, they’re all bright and cheerful so they feel right for the next few months where flowers begin to bloom and we need some light colors to brighten rainy days. That makes this trend, at least in my book, a triple scoop of gelato perfection. It’s not just me, though—runways from New York to London are color blocking pastels, too.

 

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If you’re going for this sweet trend, make sure you include a purple! Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet and while that is a darker shade of purple, designers like Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors are including soft lavenders in their current lines so any shade will do. Especially stylish, according to British Vogue, are looks made monochromatic by stacking one particular pastel on top of itself head-to-toe. I went for this mood with a milky strawberry sweater dress, tights, and flats in my last outfit, but then couldn’t resist the urge to top it with a blue jacket à la Eleven from Stranger Things. It is the rainy season after all! I don’t want to be caught unprepared.

 

One thing that was super helpful to guarantee versatility with these outfits was finding shoes that were super neutral. The heels I chose are a faint brown reminiscent of my favorite ice cream flavor: mocha chip! This pale color can match just about anything and the kitten height means I can wear it frequently without tripping myself up too much. Finding some vanilla tones that are anything but bland accomplishes that same goal: The cream-colored lace top in picture three and the floral dress in five add some texture and variation to this little capsule wardrobe. The vanilla bean handbag in four is also from Goodwill, by the way!

 

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These deep raspberry pants reminded me of strawberry sauce drizzled over a sundae and sort of function as the cherry on top of my pastel pieces since they will carry well through every season. One outfit that won’t necessarily translate to colder seasons is number four, but since everything else will, that’s fine by me. Some people may consider millennial pink the flavor-of-the-week, but it’s still well represented on the runways so I’m sticking with it at least through the summer!

 

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In just this one Goodwill trip, I was able to find some pieces that are perfect for me from places like Banana Republic and Target because the pale pastel trend just happens to feature colors that I’m already comfortable in. I’d say that’s the key to finding fashions that make you feel your best: knowing what feels right to you. Before you head out shopping, identify what styles—whether that means the shape of pieces, their fabrics, or their colors—that you can feel like yourself in. Do this by sifting through your closet and looking for similarities between your current favorites. Florals always feel right to me, too, so I made sure to include this fluttery garden-inspired dress which matches my other finds. I love that it brings a sweet lemon sorbet yellow into the mix.

 

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Now it’s your turn to seek out a spring closet cure! One trick that can help you build outfits you love is to simply think piece-by-piece. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to visualize a whole outfit at once. Start by just choosing a top or bottom and adding the rest of the look one piece at a time. If you’re feeling stuck, think about contrast. Pair a loose top with hip-hugging pants, dark bottoms with a pale top, or Converse sneakers with a tulle skirt. Contrast creates a sense of balance that leads to great looks. Since you’re thrifting everything, you won’t be spending a fortune for this refresh and you’re keeping your closet sustainable at the same time!

 

By shopping at your local Goodwill this spring, you can give someone in your community and your wardrobe a fresh start. And remember, if dusty pastels aren’t quite your thing, make sure you check back in for a full fashion forecast that can help you find a different trend to try!

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

 

Earth Day, Zero Waste

By Good Will NYNJ

Earth day is this week, but you can celebrate every day! One way you can do your part to reduce waste is by embracing reusable alternatives when you’re eating at a restaurant or anywhere on the go. Here are a few simple items you can thrift at your local Goodwill to help you be prepared!

 

Reusable Bag:

 

The perfect way to keep your kit together, great for runs to the store, useful for transporting food – skip the flimsy plastic!

 

Cloth Napkin:

 

Pass on the paper and go for a cloth option. Practical, washable, durable – just throw a few in your kit!

 

Metal Straws:

 

Make plastic straws a thing of the past by keeping a few of these on hand, plus you’ll never have to contend with the occasional dreaded punctured straw…

 

Reusable Drink ware/Travel Mug:

 

Keep your drinks warmer/colder longer and avoid disposable drinkware.

 

Divided Container:

 

Great for bringing lunches or taking leftovers home. Skip the Styrofoam and plastic to-go boxes!

 

Silverware:

 

Handy for avoiding disposable plastic alternatives, easy to clean – keep a few sets on hand so you can wash and rotate.

 

Glass Jar:

 

A great small container option for snacks or drinks.

 

Small Containers:

 

Have a few for dry snacks or smaller to-go items – flexible, convenient, a must in any kit.

 

 

Preparing your own zero waste kit is a fun challenge that will help you avoid unnecessary trash and single use items in your daily routine. Create your own, and share any new ideas you discover by tagging us on social media @goodwillnynj

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

Boowill 2017: Easy DIY Amulet for Halloween


 

By Goodwill NYNJ


 

 

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“…By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!” It’s almost October which means that ghouls and goblins are stirring about, plotting their approach. How will you protect yourself? If you’re ready to jump into the Halloween spirit, an amulet can summon sanctuary to protect you against ill will. Whether the costume you’re planning needs a little extra protection or you just love that witchy look, we’re here today to inspire a little creativity in the form of an alluring charm.

 

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Because an amulet is simply an ornament that will protect its wearer, its style can really look however you’d like. Wear it on a bracelet, a brooch, or even tuck it into your pocket. For a truly bewitching vibe, I chose to make mine a long, draping necklace. I sought rose quartz in my thrift store search because many people believe it has beneficial powers which create a sense of calm and promote love. I also knew I wanted my amulet to incorporate circles because they are a symbol of unity and protection.

 

But why bother with thrift stores? Why not just buy all of the elements at the craft store if you have to go there anyway? Well, I love anything with a little history. Pieces that have been well-loved before I take them home always pique my curiosity and add a little meaning for me. I also feel great about supporting Goodwill because their programs that move people to employment can reduce reliance on over-stretched public assistance programs. That helps my local community and our nation as a whole. In that way, it feels like my amulet would not just be protecting me, but the futures of those Goodwill helps, too!

 

So, here’s how I made it: first, I scouted my local Goodwill for some foundation pieces (a long chain and a shorter necklace with a rose quartz stone) then grabbed some copper wire and a circle charm from the craft store to round the piece out. Depending on what you find under your thrift store’s display case, you could add more layers or embellishment and maybe skip the craft store altogether! My instructions will be a bit vague because the materials you find will vary from mine and your taste may, too, but hopefully it will give you a little guidance.

 

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Materials

 

  • Long necklace chain
  • Thrifted jewelry with a large stone
  • Wire (I used copper-colored 22-gauge) that’s thin enough to thread through your stone, chain, and charms
  • Any additional charms (optional)
  • Wire cutters
  • Jewelry pliers

 

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Step 1: Find the center link of the chain (the one that falls the lowest in front when the clasp rests centrally at the back of your neck) and lay it out. Use the pliers to open up the jump ring (the little connecting circle) on your first charm then hook that through the center link and use the pliers to close it again.

 

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Step 2: Remove the stone from its original necklace chain (if you have to switch chains) and cut a length of wire to fit through it.

 

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Step 3: Bend the wire up the sides of the stone until they meet in the top center of the stone. Twist the two sides together at least once. The more you twist, the further the stone will rest from the chain link.

 

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Step 4: Position the stone wherever you think it looks good behind the charm and twist the wire again, but this time around the jump ring. Trim the excess wire and use the pliers to squeeze the ends in toward the center of the circle and away from the wearer. If these ends are resting on the side of the necklace that will hit your body, you risk getting scratched or pulling the fabric of your clothing, so again, make sure they’re tucked inside the ring.

 

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Step 5: Cut another length of wire that is quite a bit bigger than the stone. Put the wire through the jump ring with the stone and charm. Bend it into a circle (it may already be circular if it’s stored that way in the package), and overlap both ends. Tighten the size of the circle until the wire is doubled all the way around. Twist both pieces gently together to create a loosely interwoven circle. Wrap and bend the ends a little tighter than the rest of the circle so they’ll stay in place. Squeeze the top of the hoop gently into a slight tear-drop shape with the top being where the ends meet so that part stays within the jump ring during wear.

 

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And that’s it! Enjoy your new amulet necklace and the feeling of protection it, hopefully, brings your way. Before you start you could do a little research on different crystal types and charm shapes then scout your stores with your favorites in mind. Wishing you all the best as you head out into the night on All Hallows’ Eve!

 

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When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Pop of Color for Fall & Winter


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


 

Are you as excited as I am for the Indian Summer we’re having? I’m rejoicing over the idea of wearing some of my bright and colorful summer wardrobe well into October. But I have a feeling that the cold is going to suddenly hit us and I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up wearing bright colors just yet.

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I’ve been known to stand out in a crowd of people in New York City because of my bright coats. I plan on doing the same this fall and winter and so can you! Here’s my tips for wearing color in the colder months:

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Embrace a pop of color

 

A pop of color is always the easiest way to incorporate into your look. If you’re into wearing mostly black like most New Yorkers, try adding a bright accessory like a purse, scarf of gloves or coat with your wardrobe. I always grab this thrifted green coat at the beginning of fall and wear it well into the winter with a fun, chunky scarf and winter accessories.

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Darker colors and hues count too

 

If bright colors aren’t quite your thing, why not try darker colors like mustard yellow, hunter green, burgundy or dark orange. These colors actually go together really well and tend to make the perfect fall outfit and look that you can incorporate into winter time.

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Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at www.PinkVintageHeart.com. She’s a true shopaholic that loves the thrill of discovering the perfect thrifted and vintage finds while sharing them with the world.

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Boowill 2017: Tips for Building a Halloween Potion Station


 

By Goodwill NYNJ


 

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I love this time of year! It’s so fun to create a haunting mood in my home with eerie decor, spooky tunes, and so. many. candles. Goodwill has the best stuff for decorating during this season because there’s so much variety that, with a few little updates, can feel completely magical. The potion station I’m building today could serve as the perfect spot to put out candy for trick-or-treaters or to set a mood in the entry way of your home during a Halloween party. You could also look for larger jars and bowls that you use to serve real food. Here are some tips for making an authentic looking apothecary!

 

First, check Goodwill for some materials. I like to look through the glassware, kitchen, and book sections because I find items there that look like actual props from the set of Hocus Pocus (and that’s basically my gauge for good Halloween decor). Jars and bottles, especially if they have cork stoppers, are really great finds. They’re ideal for Halloween haunting, but can transition well during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year.  Even if they don’t have a cork in the store, you can save one from a bottle of wine and use that to complete the look.

 

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Silver, copper, and pewter dishware are perfect for this theme, too. When they’re thrifted, you don’t have to choose between real metal or a manageable price tag—you can have both! Plus, when you find what you need at Goodwill you’re helping their organizations provide support services — including child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and other services — that enable people from all backgrounds to obtain and maintain economic independence and an increased quality of life.

 

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Do you feel like you’ve seen that candlestick holder before? You probably have. I bought it from a Goodwill store in Maine about five years ago and we still use it for everything from Halloween decor to Christmas mood lighting and when the power goes out in snowstorms! The mug and tiny tray are nice additions, too, because they balance out the metallic look of the candlestick holder and corral the smaller jars. Don’t forget to look for old books (or age some not-so-old thrifted books) when you’re there. Stacking tomes brings height to your display and with carefully chosen titles they can mimic spell books. I also added a little burlap under my tray to match the jar labels, cork, and book pages. This could be any cloth that looks like it might have a little history, though.

 

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To take my display to the next level, I decided to add a couple of labels. I wanted a bit of a mismatched look so I didn’t label everything, but you certainly could if you were using these containers to serve food and drinks at a party. The labels were so easy, too! Here’s what I needed:

 

Materials

 

  • Cardstock paper
  • 2 tea bags (Not herbal tea. I used Earl Grey.)
  • Cooling rack
  • Drip pan
  • Glue (Elmer’s or ModPodge would be perfect.)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Fountain or rolling ball pen

 

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Step 1: Cut the cardstock to the size you’ll need for labels. Don’t worry about the cuts being perfectly level. You want them to look worn so you can even snip some little Vs out of the edges.

 

Step 2: Boil ½ a cup of water then let the two tea bags steep in it for at least five minutes.

 

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Step 3: Place the cooling rack over the drip pan and put the labels on top. Brush on a generous amount of tea on the whole piece of paper. Let it pool a little in places to create a darker splotch that brings a lot of character.

 

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Step 4: Put that set-up (drip tray, rack, and paper) into the oven and turn it on its lowest setting. Leave it in for only a few minutes, keeping a close eye on its drying progress. Take it out the moment it appears dry. Do not let it burn.

 

Step 5: Remove the paper from the oven and draw on your label.

 

Step 6: Brush a thin coat of glue on the back of the label then stick it to the jar. You’re done!

 

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Now that you’ve got some props to work with, it’s time to add potion ingredients! I channeled my inner herbalist when I put together my display because witches would also need to do a lot of foraging before they could begin their work. Don’t worry about filling every container to the brim. If it’s a frequently used apothecary some ingredients will be running low.

 

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The two places I looked for ingredients were in my kitchen and my yard. Inside I found spices, iced tea, and a candle (the white corked jar) that passed as ingredients ready to be added to a concoction. Outside, I picked goldenrod (the yellow flowers and “witch hazel boughs”) then separated it into the two different jars. Don’t forget about dried flowers–the lavender and “night shade petals” were dried from the garden earlier in the summer and they’re perfect. Don’t you always imagine a lot of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling of a witch’s lair?

 

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If I needed anything else to round out my display I’d love to try grape juice or wine in a decanter, ginger root in a dish, or a jar of toadstools. Don’t forget to illuminate the area with candlelight for a magical glow! Have so much fun putting together your apothecary and mix up a little Felix Felicis for me, would ya?

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

#Boowill2017 : How to Age Books with Tea and Tights  


 

By Goodwill NYNJ


 

Goodwill NYNJ How to Age Books for Halloween BoowillYes, you read that title right! It turns out that it’s really easy to make thrifted tights into spooky spider webs and for tea to stain the pages of a secondhand book creating the perfect antique appearance. These two projects partnered with our tips for aging the outside of Goodwill books will give your library a complete facelift just in time for Halloween. One thing that I love about creating custom decor from Goodwill finds is that they look more authentic than the plastic props you’ll find in chain stores. The other benefit to updating thrifted purchases is that since Goodwill donations are the beginning of job creation, when you support our stores you’re helping people within your community find employment. So, without further ado, let’s jump into these projects, shall we?

 

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Project 1: Turning White Tights into a Spider Web

 

Materials

White tights or nylons

Scissors

A microplane or food grater (optional)

 

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This project is so incredibly easy that I don’t even think I need to write out the steps! All you need to do is use scissors and/or a microplane/kitchen grater to put runs into the tights. Then with your fingers, stretch the runs so the fabric separates into web-like threads. Keep snipping, grating, and pulling until you like the way your web looks. I found it helpful to have the books I was decorating right nearby as I made the web so I could stretch it into place as I went. Since there’s so much elasticity in tights, it’s really easy to stretch them around items so they stay in place without tape or tacks.

 

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Project 2: Tea-staining Book Pages

 

You may have tea-stained paper before, but the process of doing it for bound books is a little different because you can’t bake the pages to dry or completely cover them with tea (that would dampen the binding and make it hard to properly dry every page). Thankfully, the way that books age usually shows a darkening of the page edges while the inner portion stays lighter. This is easy to replicate with tea! Here’s how:

 

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Materials

A book to age

Two large stacks of books to stabilize the tea-stained book as it dries

A heat-safe dish that is longer than the height of the book

2 cups of boiling water

4 tea bags (not herbal—I used Earl Grey)

A fan

A paintbrush (optional)

A kettle

 

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Step 1: Put the kettle on to boil the water. While that heats, build two stacks of books with the dish between them. The stacks need to be tall enough that the book can hang from it to dry (scroll down to see the picture of drying if necessary). Set the fan up so it blows on the area between the two stacks.

 

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Step 2: Place the tea bags into your dish and pour the boiling water over it. Let that steep for ten minutes.

 

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Step 3: Carefully remove the tea bags and set aside. Open the book holding both covers in one hand so the pages hang down. Dip the long edge of the pages only (not the cover or binding) into the tea. You can dip it in several times or hold it in the tea for a few seconds. Then pull it out of the tea and hold it above the dish for a few moments to let the tea drip off.

 

Step 4: Turn the book upright over the container and use the paintbrush or a tea bag to brush tea onto the top edges of the pages. Start on the corner that is already tea-stained then brush softly in toward the binding so the tea stain will fade slightly as it gets closer to the spine. Avoid getting the binding and cover wet. Then turn the book again and do this same brushing technique on the bottom edges of the pages.

 

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Step 5: If your book is still dripping, set it up to dry by placing its front and back covers between the two stacks with the container still underneath. If it’s not dripping, feel free to move the container so the stacks can be moved closer together. Turn on the fan to help the book dry. As it dries, the tea stain will darken.

 

Step 6: Wait for an hour then turn the book around so the other short side of the pages is closer to the fan.

 

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Step 7: Wait for a half-hour while that side dries then you can remove your book from the piles and stand it upright with the pages fanned slightly to finish drying. At this point, the edges of every page should be perfectly browned just as an old book is! Each page will also gain a well-read crinkle/warp so they appear to have been leafed through again and again over the years.

 

How to Age Books for Halloween Boowill 2017

 

And that’s it! Your spell-binding aged books are ready for display this Halloween season. You could use these to decorate around your candy dish on All Hallows’ Eve or as a centerpiece on your October dining table. We’d love to see your creativity if you decide to try these projects yourself!

 

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2 Easy DIY Flower Child Looks w/ @pinkvintagehrt


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor

 


 

Is it me or does it feel like Halloween will be here in no time? Do you have your Halloween costume all picked out yet? I’m still undecided on what I’ll be for Halloween. But I am seriously considering going DIy flower child or something. Here are two DIY flower child Halloween costumes that are super easy and that I’m sure you can put together using what you already have in your closet or can thrift for with ease.

 

Look #1 with Flares

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This look can work with any thrift flared jeans or bell bottoms. Then pair them with a bohemian like a blouse or top that is flowy or oversized. I chose to tuck mine in which also works for this look.

This look is all about the accessories! You can use a long, narrow scarf or head wrap like I wore. A flower crown or braided cord could also work.

For shoes, you can opt for a chunky pair of high heeled boots or shoes. I wore a boho pair of lace-up sandals. If you don’t have any of these shoe options a pair of Converse sneakers would work as well. Round, heart or star-shaped sunglasses work so well with this look.

To take this Halloween costume to the next level, try adding some fringe of any kind. A jacket, vest, or belt with fringe would really compliment this costume. Also, try adding a peace sign necklace or some light face painting. I’ll try that next time!

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Look #2 – with a Flowy Dress

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I’m all about flowy dresses for any occasion. This look works well with a flowy dress in any length. You could also do a flowy top with a flowy skirt. A flower crown really makes this look. You can outfit #1 above, adding fringe works amazing with this costume. Also adding bangles and layers bracelets is cute for this look. The sky is the limit with shoes. A chunky heel or sandals would probably work best for this look.

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Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at www.PinkVintageHeart.com. She’s a true shopaholic that loves the thrill of discovering the perfect thrifted and vintage finds while sharing them with the world.

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