Crazy for Color

I love a bright and colorful ensemble. Despite my oft-professed love of the ever-versatile neutral, brights can be just as multi-functional in a girl’s wardrobe, as long as they’re being used in the right way.

Which is why I was so happy to stumble across a whole rack of vividly colored, patterned, and beautifully bright scarves recently at my local Goodwill shop. A scarf is a great and easy way to add an instant pop of vibrant color to any outfit, without a lot of effort or time spent agonizing in front of the mirror.

And with an amazing and constantly rotating selection of pretty pieces like the one at my go-to thrifting spot, it’s unbelievably easy to find the perfect scarf to go with nearly any outfit. If you’re looking for something you can pair effortlessly with a wide range of looks, go for a scarf with an eye-catching pattern that’s sure to get you noticed, like a dazzling strip, zigzag, or chevron print. Or, for a seriously sophisticated alternative that’s sure to pair well with your work wardrobe, try a bold floral or pretty paisley, like the gray, white, and peach pick at the far left of the photo.

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Whether you’re drawn to elegant paisleys or daring and dramatic graphic prints, you’re sure to find a scarf (or several) that works well with your wardrobe, and which you can easily throw on and go when you need to add a little extra oomph to your most tried-and-true ensembles.

Pattern and color aren’t as tricky as they seem. Really! Whether you pair a pretty scarf with an entirely neutral set of items or clothing in equally bright shades, the key is to keep your outfit relatively simple. For a fuss-free but still polished look, stick to solids when choosing your ensemble. Here, I’ve chosen a basic but still pretty summer look consisting of a solid tee in a vibrant blue that I picked off the rack at my local Goodwill, and tailored gray shorts. Perfect for wearing while running around town on the weekends or even to work (in a more casual environment) with a snazzy pair of heels, this look is simple but still put together. But the perfect finishing touch for the end of summer? A light, breezy, and brightly colored scarf that would truly takes any easy look up a notch.

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Tambien hablamos en tu idioma.

We speak Spanish too! In this video shot for Telemundo, our own Jose Medellin is interviewed about how shopping at our Goodwill stores benefits our programs and contributes to the work we do:  to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.

En este video , Telemundo entrevista a nuestro propio Jose Medillin, quien describe como cuando usted compra en nuestras Tiendas Goodwill, usted ayuda a sostener nuestros programas y contribuye a nuestro trabajo para beneficiar a la comunidad: A apoyar a individuals descapacitadas y con otras barreras para encontrar empleo para que alcancen independencia atraves del poder del trabajo.

Beyoncé and Goodwill® Team Up to Support Jobs and Transform Lives

GOOD news! Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ is excited to announce that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is lending her voice to help Goodwill® transform lives for GOOD. As she kicked off her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Los Angeles on Friday, June 28, Beyoncé announced she was joining Goodwill to help change lives by putting people back to work.

“Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement,” Beyoncé said. “I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives.”

The unemployment rate for Americans ages 16-24 currently stands at 16.2 percent, more than double the national unemployment rate, which means young people stand to lose a staggering $20 billion in earnings over the next decade. At Goodwill, we know that a job offers so much more than a paycheck. It offers security, dignity and purpose. Goodwill provides training, education, on-the-job experience, career opportunities and a host of additional support services through the revenue earned from the sale of donated goods in stores and online. Goodwill helps build strong families and communities by empowering people to work toward achieving the maximum level of productivity in their personal and professional lives.

Beyoncé knows the power of hard work and will encourage her fans to support Goodwill’s efforts by promoting donation drives during her North American concerts. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center onsite at 28 tour stops in 23 North American cities, collecting clothing, electronics and small household goods. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit Goodwill’s mission to provide training and career services for people with disadvantages, such as homelessness, and a lack of education or work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Fans who want to join Beyoncé in supporting Goodwill can donate at her concerts in the NYC area: July 31, IZOD Center in E. Rutherford, NJ, and July, 3-5 at the BarclayCenter in Brooklyn, NY.

It’s time for us to change the conversation about these economic downtimes and focus on things we can do to help our neighbors. Join Beyoncé and Goodwill today, and make a difference for someone tomorrow. You don’t have to wait until The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour touches down in NYC to get started. When you donate to Goodwill — whether it is the contents of your whole closet, a pair of shoes or $10 — you’re helping someone in your community get back to work. Visit http://www.goodwill.org/give or text BEYONCE to 85944 to get started. If there isn’t a concert in your area, you can also donate at your closest donation center:  locator.goodwill.org.

Everyone deserves the chance to reach self-sustainability through the power of work. Let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know you support Beyoncé and Goodwill’s mission to transform lives through the power of work by using the hashtag #beygood.

 

Wild About Wood

Wooden accessories never go out of style. They’re classic pieces with a rustic kind of charm that can add a real funky flair to almost any look, without making it appear too stuffy or overdone. And in the summer months especially, that’s exactly the kind of accessory a girl needs to take any casual hot-weather look from ordinary to absolutely fabulous.

This week’s gem – snagged at one of my favorite Manhattan Goodwill shops, of course – is a big, chunky wooden bangle that’s sure to grab attention for all the right reasons. It’s certainly a large piece, so you could easily wear it without any other jewelry and still look polished and put together. But somehow, despite its size, it’s still sophisticated, meaning it won’t overtake the rest of the outfit you choose to wear it with. The small coral and gold gems dotted around its perimeter add a pretty, feminine touch to this otherwise bulky piece, but subtly so, without being gaudy or over-the-top – exactly what is needed to complement a cool, casual summertime look.

ImageThe natural beauty of wood is so on-point for summer, and this playful piece highlights that natural gorgeousness with small, subtle gold and coral studs that will easily upgrade any effortless summer ensemble.

Wear this everywhere. Really. Wear it with a pretty, flowing cocktail dress in a contrasting hue to a summer wedding (a bright green or yellow would be lovely). Or, wear it with your comfy-est, most casual pair of cutoff shorts and a loose, patterned tee. You really can use this bracelet to dress a look up or down in an instant. And while it works beautifully with the entire gamut of a girl’s summer wardrobe, one of my favorite ways to wear a chic but natural wooden accessory like this one is with a classic sundress.

The neutral color scheme of the pictured dress is a lovely complement to the rustic wood, but the bold floral pattern keeps all those neutrals from seeming too blah or boring, and the bright coral gems on the bangle are the perfect tiny pop of color to stand out against them.

ImageA chic, natural accessory like this bold wooden bangle is the perfect statement piece for summer. You can choose to wear it with almost any warm-weather outfit and feel sure it will look fantastic, but one of the easiest and loveliest ways to really show it off is with a classic floral sundress.

Happy shopping!

 

Summer Camp in Full Swing

An excited group of seventy campers from the Goodwill Summer Program at the New Mountain Academy Summer Camp went on a field trip last week to the Statue of Liberty!

The campers traveled down to Battery Park, where they were picked up by a cruise liner that took them on a tour around the harbor and up the river. The campers were thrilled to get this world-class view of the beautiful Manhattan skyline that tourists from all over the world come to see.

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After the river tour, the campers sailed over to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. Campers were given a tour by National Park Service staff, and learned about the history of the Statue.

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After visiting Liberty Island, the campers returned to Battery Park, and headed home after a long, exciting, fun-filled fruitful day.

The Goodwill Summer Program at the Astoria Family Learning Center serves up to 80 children that range from the age of 5-13. During the fun filled 7 weeks our children attend many educationally focused trips such as The Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Natural History and the Noguchi Museum, the Liberty Science Center and the New York Hall of Science.   Nature is explored with live animal shows, trips to the Bronx Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium and more.   During on-site days our children do various recreational activities, nature walks and once a week they experience swimming at an Olympic sized pool on Roosevelt Island.   There is some emphasis on education with local college tours. The children receive a rich taste of the arts by receiving instruction in the areas of dance, drama and arts and crafts.  These skills are put on display as the children perform an end of camp play that will incorporate what they have learned.

 

 

Bargains Galore at Metro Area Goodwill Weekend Window Sales

Steinway Store – Fridays, July 19 & 26
32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 | 718.932.0418

Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. to all customers, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per customer. Once their window transaction is complete, customers are free to shop the store. Offered every Friday.

Massapequa Store – Fridays, July 19 & 26
814 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 | 516.795.0237

Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual window item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. At 9:30, the store opens to the general public.

Jersey City Store – Saturdays, July 20 & 27
2815 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07306 | 201.946.6735

Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m., and the doors open at 8. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person.  At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders on line. Once they’ve made their purchases, any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs.

Rockaway Store – Saturday, July 20
226 Highway 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866 | 973.983.5693

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m.

Bellmore Store – Sunday, July 21
2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 | 516.409.5951

Tickets are distributed at 9:15 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens to the general public at 10.

Thank you for your support. Your purchases help fund Goodwill programs! 

 

Too Hot to Handle

The heat wave has hit. And after a slow start to the summer, boy has it hit hard. There’s only so much you can do to keep yourself looking and feeling good when the intense July heat and humidity starts to feel overwhelming and oppressive, and it’s set to do so this week. So carry a mini fan and water spritzer with you at all times, and forget the makeup altogether, ladies, because really, what’s the point?  It’s going to melt right off – all you can do is to wear you lightest, most breathable clothing, and stack on a few well-chosen but simple accessories to keep yourself looking put together, no matter how hot it gets.

That’s why I absolutely adore a fabulous pair of earrings like the pair I found recently at my local Goodwill shop. Their brilliantly painted floral motif is perfect for accessorizing a plethora of summer looks. But the light, thin metal discs have no heavy beads or other pieces dangling , so these earrings won’t weigh you down, or graze your already overheated neck. The lovely rich black of the bottom half of these gems contrasts beautifully with the gold metallic outline and bright orange, pink, and green of the flower etched onto its surface. And since these earrings contain so many different colors – including the city girl’s go-to  black – they’ll easily complement just about anything you’ve got in your closet.

ImageThe key to dressing for a scorcher of a summer heat wave? Minimize your items of clothing and maximize your use of accessories!

To best complement these jewels, keep it simple and straightforward. Here, I’ve chosen a breezy, strapless cotton dress in a vivid shade of green – an ideal color to let the contrasting pinks, oranges, inky black of the earrings really stand out. It’s best not to clutter up your look with too many items in such strong heat. Let the dress and your one perfect choice of accessory grab all the attention, and truly minimize the amount of things you have on to keep yourself feeling as comfortable and stylish as possible.

I also can’t help but adore an accessory that easily goes with everything.

ImageWhether you’re wearing these gorgeously painted earrings with cut-off shorts and a tee or an airy summer dress, these beauties are the perfect standout accessory for pairing with every kind of outfit in your summer wardrobe, even during the most oppressive of hot summer days.

Newly Designed Stuyvesant Square Store Re-opens

We’re very excited to announce the re-opening of one of our flagship Manhattan storefronts, the Stuyvesant Square Goodwill store at 1704 Second Avenue, at 88th Street. Located in a very large, bright storefront right on Second Avenue, the shop has been thoroughly re-designed and re-organized to make your shopping experience easy and delightful, and our large selection accessible.

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All of the racks are now color blocked, a design innovation that makes browsing the store efficient and a pleasure, too. The selection is large, and filled with beautiful blouses, skirts, pants, suits, and accessories to complement every outfit.  The store’s number is 212-831-1830. Come visit!

A critical part of Goodwill’s mission is to provide innovative support services that allow people to overcome barriers to full employment and achieve self-sufficiency.

Harnessing the power of work empowers independent productive citizens.  Offering a hand up allows the people we serve to maximize their individual potential. Profits from our stores support that mission.

 

Goodwill Gems: Awesome Ombre Sandals

Happy Summer bonus time! Instead of just one Goodwill Gems this week, we’re giving you two – and we’re head over heels about both of them. From Monday’s piece on neon sneaks to today’s great find on sandals, we hope you enjoy our Lauren’s fancy footwork thrifting her favs at her local Goodwill. So, without any further walk-about, here’s this week’s second (!) Goodwill Gem: Awesome Ombre Sandals.

Though you may be more used to seeing it in the latest celeb hairdos, ombre is in, and the varying shades of the straps on these lovely sandals is a subtle and stylish way to work it into your wardrobe rather than (or maybe in addition to) your hairstyle.
Though you may be more used to seeing it in the latest celeb hairdos, ombre is in, and the varying shades of the straps on these lovely sandals is a subtle and stylish way to work it into your wardrobe rather than (or maybe in addition to) your hairstyle.

Footwear is practically a fetish with me. I love a good pair of shoes, especially a fabulous pair of open-toed summer sandals. Sadly, wonderfully wearable, comfortable, and still-stylish shoes are not so easy for a lady to find, so I’ll never hesitate to pick up a pair I adore when I’m lucky enough to find one.

And that’s why I really felt like I hit the jackpot this weekend when scouring my local Goodwill for some spotlight-worthy new gems.

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GoodwillNyNj’s Weekend Window Sales, Grand Reopening & Customer Appreciation Days!

It’s getting hot, hot, hot – and our stores are FULL of fashion, fun and (wait for it…) air-conditioning!

Here’s the rundown for GoodwillNyNj Window Sales plus the Stuyvesant Goodwill Store’s Grand Reopening and a special NYC Customer Appreciation Day (other regions to come*) to end your workweek with thriftin’ flair!:

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THURSDAY, JULY 11th:

  • Stuyvesant Store Reopening: You are invited to stop by Goodwill’s Stuyvesant store, which will reopen on Thursday at 10am after renovations. The store is located at 1704 Second Avenue (88th Street), New York, NY 10128; 212-831-1830. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10-8:30 and Sunday 10-7.
  • NYC & Long Island Customer Appreciation Day: Goodwill celebrates our customers on Thursdays in July with Customer Appreciation Day in NYC (except Stuyvesant store & Van Dam outlet) and Long Island. Get 25% off storewide all day Thursday, July 11th. Enjoy and thank you for supporting Goodwill!

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FRIDAY, JULY 12th:

  • The Bronx Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 7:45 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8 a.m. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they’re through, any remaining window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the Bronx Store at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718-292-1083).

SATURDAY, JULY 13th:

  • The Goodwill Village Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:50 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. Store opens to the general public when the window sale is over, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Goodwill Village Boutique at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The Goodwill W. 72nd Street Uptown Boutique Window Sale: Treat yourself to the 72nd Street store’s window sale on Saturday, July 13. Tickets are distributed at 9 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Following distribution, the store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 10, the store opens to everyone. You’ll find the Goodwill 72nd Street Store & Donation Center at 157 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023 (212-799-2723).
  • The East Harlem Third Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The store admits three customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is available to all. You’ll find the Goodwill East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens at 9:30 unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they are done, window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the East Northport Goodwill at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first come-first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, the merchandise is available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Wappingers Falls Goodwill at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).
  • The Fairfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Fairfield Store at 423 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973-227-1842).

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*On the horizon: Customer Appreciation Days in the Hudson Valley, the Capitol District, Northern New Jersey and Broome County! Take 25% off storewide in the following regions on the following days:

  • July 18 – Hudson Valley & Capital District
  • July 25 – Northern New Jersey & Broome County, NY