Jennifer Panchi| Goodwill NYNJ Staff An excellent way to update your home this fall season is by merely adding a few glassware around the house. Goodwill carries a variety of glass in the home… More
With winter drawing in at an ever increasing pace, it’s easy for us to move towards the darker tones in our wardrobe on grey and dreary days. However, throw back pieces like this watercolor inspired duster coat are the perfect way to brighten up a winter look, with its warm autumnal tones of orange and golden yellow this piece bring a pop of color to any look.
Perfectly paired with a velveteen camisole as seen below or over a lite knit sweater.
Ideal for the serial “all black” shopper, making the introduction of color an easy adage.
This year we have seen a phenomenal surge in animal print, from high fashion to the high street.
Animal prints are an easy way to lift your wardrobe and look, they can be worn subtly or mixed and matched for the more daring shopper.
For those who aren’t quite ready to commit to full blown animal print, an easy way to start is by pairing with darker tones. For this look we have a beautiful crew neck sweater in black wool and leopard print tapered jeans.
This is an ideal combination for a casual winter office day or a funked up chill evening out. We have also paired some easy going sunnies to pick up on the warm chocolate tones in the pants, the perfect accessory for those sunny but frosty winter afternoons.
It can be hard to find good basics in the age of too much choice. When shopping for winter I always try and pick a few good quality pieces that will not only go with the majority of my wardrobe but will stand the test of time, usually that means investing a good few dollars, good news however! Reliable winter staples can also be found at Goodwill and in plentiful supply.
The two sweaters featured below stole my heart, both from well established old school sporting brands and made from good quality cotton, there’s nothing else I’d rather wrap up in this season. Perfect for grabbing coffee on a lazy Sunday afternoon or making your sports attire a little more luxe. I would traditionally pair with drain pipe skinny jeans or put on over a pleated mini or midi skirt, bringing back those early 90’s vibes we all adore so much at present.
Bringing it back to our theme of color and print we have a leaf print pastel sweater and retro leather mini.
I’ve had a long love affair with leather mini skirts, they have held court in my closet in many variations over the years and are fast becoming a timeless staple of many a shopper. I’m delighted to see pieces like this available at Goodwill and I often find the best quality and variations of the leather mini in thrift stores rather than on the high street.
Paired with a sweater like we see below. This look can translate from the office to after work drinks with ease. The pastel tones in the sweater soften the brashness that can often come with wearing leather pieces and make it less intimidating for those of us looking to branch out in terms of the choice of our material.
Great for winter and also wearable in the early summer months before that crazy humidity sets in.
Continuing with our “pop of color” for this post, we have lollipop red jeans off setting a jacket that is a welcomed throwback to a fantastic era of fashion the 1970’s. This Charlie’s Angels inspired look brings the fun back to wrapping up for the colder months.
As a former devotee to the “all black only” wardrobe, I find pieces like this jacket in particular an easy way to inject some color and warmth into your look. The Ox blood faux fur trim on the jacket off sets the orange-red appliqué on the arms wonderfully and for those feeling like going the extra mile the lollipop pants are the perfect pairing.
For those who are starting their foray into wearing color, small accents of it on the top half of your look can be an easy introduction.
This look is ideal for a casual fall or winter evening out.
This is a very special find and definitely a statement piece that will diversify any closet. It’s finding gems like this that always remind me why I love thrift store shopping. Japanese kimono inspired, with a cherry blossom print, some of the best pieces are old staples someone else has loved for years and I’m so glad someone decided to part ways with it, so it could find a new closet to call home.
This piece can instantly switch up an LBD or give life to a casual day time look.
The LBD featured below is a timeless piece and it’s easy to get into the swing of wearing them daily, however in order to avoid feeling like Bart Simpson *same outfit every day* we sometimes need to mix things up and a jacket like this one makes that so easy.
What are some of your favorite ways to add a pop of color to your outfit? Sound off in the comments below!
As the summer winds down and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes begins to penetrate the air, we are more than ready to say goodbye to this sweltering heat and begin transitioning our wardrobes.
From layers to hats to boots and everything in between, revamping your autumn closet can feel a little overwhelming. You may ask yourself, what do I really need? But fear not! Goodwill is here to help! Here are 13 basic fall essentials to mix and match throughout the season:
The most important thing to remember when the seasons are changing is to keep warm. When it’s too cold for a T-shirt but too warm for a coat, a cozy wrap can go a long way.
- THE PONCHO:
The poncho is a comfortable and comforting piece that looks great on everyone and tends to cover all the right areas. A sleeveless poncho is also easy to whip on and off as the temperature demands, making it the ultimate autumn essential.
2. THE CAPE
The cape is great both in terms of warmth and versatility, and if you’re a fan of layers this piece is perfect for you. Capes are back big time for autumn 2018, as spotted on fashion week runways and are the perfect addition to your autumn wardrobe.
3. THE OVERSIZED SHAWL/SCARF
The oversized shawl/scarf is the perfect solution for unpredictable and changing weather. Easy to put on and to take off, it also fits perfectly in your bag and around your neck, making it a particularly versatile piece.
Autumn means having to navigate a lot of temperamental weather. From winds to rain, you need to make sure that you’ve got something to cover your head and protect that fresh ‘do. Here are our recommendations:
4. THE FEDORA
The fedora hat truly is an autumn staple. Slick and stylish, the fedora completes any outfit and works great both during the day and at night. The best thing about the fedora hat is that it goes with just about anything, from a party to picnic and anything in between, ensuring that you stay warm, dry and fashionable.
5. THE BEANIE
When in doubt, wear a beanie hat! Ideal for windy weather, this timeless classic is guaranteed t keep you (and you ears!) nice and warm. This is also a classically stylish look that’s perfect for casual outings and even your commute to work.
6. THE HEAD SCARF
Favored by the likes of Queen Elisabeth II and the renowned designer Richard Quinn, the simple scarf is another iconic staple that belongs with the rest of your must-have autumn accessories, perfect for keeping you dry, warm and always stylish.
Oversized bags are your best friend, especially during autumn, when you’re constantly taking things on and off. Here are three fun options for you to play around with, perfect for every occasion.
7. THE TOTE
The oversized metallic tote is ideal for walking around the city or going to college or work. Simple and stylish, you can fit quite a lot in a tote. Whether it’s your poncho or your subway read, it’s the simple and comfortable bag is there for you when you need it most.
8. THE BACKPACK
As autumn approaches, so does rain season, which means that you’ve got to figure out a way to keep your things dry. You can swap out your work tote for a work ready backpack, which will save you the hassle of the juggling too many things at once and keeping all of your valuables nice and dry.
9. THE CROSSBODY BAG
A cute crossbody bag is the perfect autumn accessory ideal for a night out. Something big enough to fit all of your basics (phone, keys, cash etc.) but small enough to not get in your way.
10. THE STATEMENT NECKLACE
Gold is the color of the season and nothing perks up a plain T or a simple sweater like a classic piece of statement jewelry. You can opt for either gold or copper to dress up any outfit, whether you’re going to work or to party.
11. LAYERED PIECES
One of the best things about autumn is all the accessories! Have fun and dress up your new layered wardrobe with an assortment of fun, funky ornaments to further dress up up your outfit.
12. DANGLY EARRINGS
When it’s cold and windy out and you’ve got no choice but to throw that hat on or put your hair up in a bun, throw on a cool pair of dangly earrings to spice up your look!
It’s not gloves season yet! And until it is, you can catch us sporting a cool and casual assortment of rings to keep our look funky and fresh.
What’s are some of your go-to autumn pieces to shop at goodwill? Let us know in the comments below!
Weddings can be a costly affair. From the flowers to the cake to the venue and the photographer, a whole wedding production can set you back quite a few bucks. That’s why it’s great to thrift your way through the process wherever you can.
Everyone knows that one of the most expensive elements of wedding shopping is the dress, but why fork out thousands of dollars for a dress you’re only going to wear once? Fear not, though. Goodwill NYNJ has got you covered!
A local bridal shop closed down recently and donated some of their floor sample bridal dresses (about 20) and accessories to the Kingston Goodwill!
Prices for wedding dresses are running from $69.99-$299.99, whereas the original prices were up to $3999, so you’re in for a true bargain!
We have bridesmaid/prom dresses as well as some shawls, slips and veils.
Also, some ring bearer pillows and flower girl baskets.
Stop in and get ready to say “Yes to the dress”!
We’re located at 1306 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401 👰
Jennifer Panchi| Goodwill NYNJ Staff
It’s technically still 1,000 degrees outside but New York Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night with designer Tom Ford showcasing his Spring/Summer19 collection. Like Tom Ford, many other designers will be debuting the upcoming trends. But let’s be honest, not all of us have the money to purchase these trends right when they hit the clothing racks. Trends come and go, and why spend $1,000 on something so temporary. But lucky for us fashionistas, Goodwill already has all these trends, and for way less, you can get them here. Here are 15 Fall /Winter fashion trends spotted during NYFW.
- Animal Print
This is not your traditional leopard print top. Animal print is more functional than ever! From fun colored pants to shoes everyone can try this trend without fear of failure.
2. The Western Boots
Forget about your high knee black boots this season and make a bold move by working this trend.
Yellow, this color is all about being bold and establishing a presence.
The power suit is an essential clothing item for every #girlboss
As the chilly weather approaches warm up with a hot red duster to make a statement.
7. Sherling Coats
Once known as the “dad jacket” is now the most significant trend.
Plaid immediately gives me Gossip Girl vibes. Take this preppy print and make it fashion!
9. Puff Jackets
From the runway to the streets, this jacket will be the ultimate fashion statement while still keeping warm.
Add some fun and flair to your fall wore drove with fringe and tassels.
This is basically what Madonna was rocking back in her starting years.
12. Brand Logos
Brand logos on clothing have been around for quite a few seasons, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Continue to rock this trend with any brand of your choice.
If a fashion statement is what you are trying to make then dare to try this trend to create a presence anywhere you go.
14. Dad Sneakers
You’ve seen this trend all over your Instagram feed! At first glance, this seems a little bit over the top, but with models like Bella Hadid rocking it you’re whiling to try it yourself.
15. Oversize Clutch
For quite some time now it’s been all about the small bags/purses but this season we are making room for the oversize bags.
Make sure to run to your local Goodwill store to purchase any of these styles. What trend will you rock this season? Let us know in the comments below!
Jennifer Panchi| Goodwill NYNJ
New York Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. While Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kai Gerber make their way down the runway, something is missing in those garments, Inclusivity. Although the world of fashion is full of glamour and charm, there is indeed not a lot of representation for all. For as long history can remember disabled individuals had been restricted from fashion.
In recent years many fashion brands have taken on the responsibility of providing style for those with physical disabilities because who says individuals with physical disabilities can’t be stylish? And big name brands that have taken on the leadership include Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Target and many more because if you think not fitting into your vintage Levis is a struggle imagine not being able to wear any jeans out on the market. This is the case for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Prosthetics, Down syndrome, and much more. For this reason and more Tommy Hilfiger created “Tommy Adaptive” with these individuals in mind. Adaptive clothing means using Velcro, magnetic buttons, and elastic bands for jeans instead of the traditional zippers and bottoms which are difficult for many people with Cerebral Palsy.
Other brands include Nike with the creation of the Nike Fly Ease sneaker. A sneaker that makes it easy to put on, by just sliding your foot from the back of the shoe and shutting the zipper as opposed to shoving your foot in and then tying the shoelaces.
Another brand designing for individuals with physical disabilities in mind is Billy Footwear. This footwear company specializes in providing high quality and high comfort for kids with special physical needs, with cool and edgy designs no kid has to ever has to pass out on a trend.
If clothing can boost someone’s confidence imagine what adaptive clothing can do for an individual with a physical disability. This is why adaptive fashion is highly important in the fashion industry. And one that is making sure everyone feels empowered is Bezgraniz Couture creating garments that are gender non-conforming and accessible to everyone regardless of size and ability. From the selection of the fabric to the styling, everything is thought out to fit anyone.
Other brands specializing in adaptive apparel include
- -NBZ Clothing
- -Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing
- -and much more
Fashion has no rules; therefore, fashion should not restrict anyone no matter age, gender, size, ability or financial status and these brands are making sure that no one misses out.
Jennifer Panchi| Goodwill NYNJ Staff
Halloween is an exhilarating and fun holiday. Many wait all year for this one day to dress up in crazy costumes, but sometimes these costumes can hurt your wallet some going up to $100+. Here are some cool and affordable Halloween costumes.
- Rosie the Riveter
In recent years this costume has gained massive popularity. Rosie the Riveter was a pioneer during WWII as she represented the millions of women who work in factories during the time. A bandana and a denim top and bottom combination and call it a day.
2. Marilyn Monroe
A fashion icon, Marilyn Monroe became a global film actress through her “blonde bombshell” characters. A mid-length halter dress and are lip is all you need to pull this look together.
3. Holly Golightly
This character became a fashion icon with the LBD. All you need is a little black dress and some pearls to complete the look.
4. Frida Kahlo
With her unapologetic personality, this artist became well known not only for her art but her unique look. All you need is a maxi skirt of your choice, an off-the-shoulder floral top to recreate this iconic look.
5. Carmen Miranda
Recreate the Carmen Miranda look by pairing a maxi skirt, a floral top, and a headpiece.
6. Wednesday Adams
Dark and unapologetic, who doesn’t love the iconic look of Wednesday Adams? All you need is a white bottom down top and an LBD. Tie everything together by putting your hair in some braids.
7. Cher from Clueless
This 90’s teenage movie queen gave us all the iconic looks we wished we rocked. All you need is a fun checkered print skirt and blazer combo.
8. Spice Girls
This 90’s pop groups were known for their crazy styles! Grab your closest girlfriends and recreate your favorite spice girl look.
9. Elle Woods
All things pink! Elle Woods was not your typical law student. For all, you girly girls this costume is perfect for you. Anything pink will work!
10. Serena and Blair from Gossip Girl
These two stylish bff’s had some iconic looks all throughout the series.
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Ok, I have to be honest…. I’m not a beachy type of person, but I do love the water. Well, small bodies of water. Being that I don’t spend my summer days lounging out on the beach, owning bathing suits really wasn’t a thing for me. BUT when I heard Goodwill is carrying NWT suits- I HAD TO GET ONE (especially being that they were only $7.99). Ok, I bought two……
I live a pretty minimal lifestyle, so even my bathing suit has to do double duty work for me. I want to be able to take my pool/lakeside look and go out to brunch with my friends or even run some errands. If I can do that, then I don’t have to run home and change. Which simplifies my life.
Here are 5 Tips to Transition your Suit from BEACH to BRUNCH!
• Find a suit you love (Duh). I like to wear one piece because I feel that they fit my body type the best but two-piece suits work also. Think crop top + high waisted mom jeans.
• You want to style it with something you are comfortable in. I’m my most comfortable in a flowing material- I paired my suit with a pair of culottes. Easy transition; they slide right over my suit and didn’t take up much room in my bag.
• Shoes complete your look and pull it together. Stay away from flip-flops. The point is to move away from the “I was just at the beach look.” Pair your look with a sandal or strappy heel. I picked my chunky heels because they’re so comfortable and I had A LOT of walking to do.
• FINALLY: add some cute accessories or a structured bag. It will add a chic summer feel.
Stop by your local Goodwill to check out their line of Bathing Suits that they’re carrying while supplies last! All bathing suits are NEW with TAGS attached. Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in all your finds + looks!
When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!
Quick quiz—what screams summer, makes organizing a cinch in any place at all (even on the go!), and is waiting for you at your local Goodwill? Thrifted baskets! From burly laundry baskets to breezy woven seagrass, these permanently picnic-ready decor pieces will feel right at home in every room of your home and even out on adventures! Today we’ll highlight three quick and easy ways you can customize thrifted baskets for looks and functionality.
To add trendy tassels you’ll need:
- A basket
- A small book or something else that makes just the right size tassels
- Tapestry needle (Optional—can be helpful if the basket’s weave is tight)
Step 1: Wrap the yarn around the book (or whatever you found) until it looks thick enough. I went around 18 times. Slide the loops off of the book and cut along one end.
Step 2: With the yarn still folded in half, place a new length of yarn through the center of it. Then, lay that on top of another horizontal string. Double knot the horizontal piece of yarn around the tassel. You can wrap this around as many times as you want before tucking the ends inside the tassel if you want to (I kept it simple with mine).
Step 3: Repeat steps one and two until you have enough tassels.
Step 4: With the knots you just made placed against the basket, thread the top strings of the tassels through the basket and double knot them in place around the weave. If your basket’s weave is too tight for you to do this with just your fingers, use a tapestry needle to get through the narrow nooks. Do this, evenly spaced, all the way across the top of the basket.
Next up, I loved the unique shape of this square basket that I spotted while out thrifting, but I knew that adding some handles would make it easier to carry while full. While I was at it, I figured I’d just slap on a chalkboard label, too, so I could stick it up high on a shelf if I wanted to and I’d still know what was inside.
To add handles and a label you’ll need:
- A basket
- Faux-leather belt
- Tough string
- Tapestry needle
- Paint mixing stick (or similarly thin wood)
- Saw to cut the paint mixing stick
- Power drill with a small bit (I used 1/8” bit)
- Small paint brush
- Chalkboard paint
- Scrap wood
- Chalk marker
Step 1: Cut your thin wood to the right size for your label. I used a saw to slice a 3.25” long section of the paint mixing stick. After that, drill two small holes toward either end of the label. Sand all sides well then wipe off the dust. Paint with chalkboard paint according to the container’s instructions and let dry.
Step 2: Measure two lengths of the belt to make the handles. Mine are each 6” long. Use the actual holes in the belt or add your own holes by hammering them in with scrap wood behind the belt.
Step 3: Thread a length of string through the needle, position the handles and label (after it’s completely dry) wherever you’d like them, and thread them through the basket’s weave to the be secured with a knot on the inside. Try to stitch the needle between the weave of the basket if possible so you aren’t poking holes into the straw/wood itself.
This last one is easy as pie and just as charming. I found this basket a couple of months ago and I love its size and shape so much. However, I noticed that since I keep it in a little nook in my bedroom, it tends to look pretty dark and shadowy over there. I was looking for a way to brighten this piece up and a fresh strip of white paint definitely helped!
To get that paint-dipped look you’ll need:
- A basket
- Paint (I used spray paint, but you don’t have to)
- Paint brush if necessary
- Painter’s tape
Step 1: Tape off the section you want to paint making sure to cover everything you don’t want to be painted. Remember that paint (especially spray paint) can seep through the basket’s weave so you may want to fill the basket with paper on the inside, too. Press the tape firmly into place so nothing can sneak through!
Step 2: In a well-ventilated area, paint the bottom with spray paint or by hand with a brush. Make sure you follow the directions on your paint to make sure you’re doing it safely.
Each of these is just a quick afternoon project that adds personality to one of the most versatile items on Goodwill shelves. Pile ‘em high with picnic supplies, replace your beach bag with something boho, or get a grip on your indoor organization. You could even use your thrifted basket to tote donations in on your next thrift store trip! Goodwill is where your stuff goes to work and any baskets you buy there are sure to carry more than their fair share of the workload.
Have fun making them your own!
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!
Jennifer Panchi | Goodwill NYNJ Staff
In a city like NYC, there are all forms of art everywhere you look. Taking a picture that is #instagramworthy can be so complicated. And finding an aesthetically pleasing background to keep up with your Instagram feed it’s even more complicated. If you take a closer look there’s beauty everywhere, with thousands of murals around NYC there are so many to choose from. That’s why we curated a list for you to visit this summer and take your Instagram from 0 to 10:
1.“ What Lifts you up” By Kelsey Montague
Address: 23rd Street & 3rd Avenue, New York, New York
2.“Don’t call me baby” by Baron Von Fancy
Address: 132 Allen Street, New York, New York 10013
3.“Pop Art Crying Girl” by D* Face
Address: 421 Broom Street, New York, New York 10013
4. “Love is Love” by James Goldcrown
Address: 390 Broome Street, New York, New York 10013
5. “Audrey Hepburn” by Tristan Eaton
Address: 176 Mulberry Street, New York, New York 10013
6. “Emojis Mural” by Tom Bob
Address: 12 Prince Street, New York, New York 10012
7. “How to work better” by Peter Fischil and David Weiss
Address: Houston Street, New York, New York 11002
8. “The King of NY” by Unknown Artist
Address: 1091 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11216
9. The Bushwick Collective
Address: Flushing Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
10. Welling Court Mural Project
Address: 11-98 Welling Ct, Astoria, New York 11102
Jennifer Panchi |Goodwill NYNJ Staff
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:
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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Pride Accessories
bring them all! Bring all your colorful accessories and dress for the occasion.
- Go with friends
Everything is better with friends, so grab your closest pals and hit the parade.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.