Live from Pittsburgh Part 2

Brandee goes Andy WarholThanks for coming back for Part 2, as I write to you from my hometown, The Steel City, Pittsburgh, PA!

Last week I capped-off my black and gold adventure with a trek through some gorgeous boutiques featuring fresh designs and diverse apparel. This week, I’ll highlight some delicious Pittsburgh eateries and not only the fun local denizens, but some wonderful burgh’ folks who transplanted to live right here in New York City doing yunzer’s everywhere proud!

Primanti Bros

Kickoff: Primanti Bros
YES. Those are French fries on a SALAD. And your burger. And anything else they can get their hands on! Primanti Bros is a Pittsburgh tradition and an absolute MUST eat while in town. Kick back some tasty hometown micro-brews and enjoy a HUGE sandwich, (seriously, the size of your head), for a price tag much more wallet-friendly than a Manhattan brunch. East Village, are you listening?

eatnpark

Second and down: Eat N’ Park
Anyone who has lived in Pittsburgh knows its Christmas when that wonderful old tree and star commercial plays on TV. It’s nostalgic things like this that keep Eat N’ Park the place for smiles! A family-orientated quaint restaurant chain, serving up burgers and diner food, this is a staple for visiting, and especially on cold days when warm honey glazed sticky buns are on the table. Bring the kids as there are always little events for them here.

Dani Barbe

Third and down: Dani Barbe, The Vagabond Queen
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dani Barbe ever since we met up at Rockwood Music Hall here in New York City. We both spent time in Donora, PA, and it’s a bind not easily broken. This stunning black and gold fashion maven is also a singer, designer and all around DIY spirit, a girl after my own heart! Not only beautiful, but talented, she creates handmade luxury geode and natural inspired cocktail rings and jewelry right in Pittsburgh and while on tour. One look at these stunning photos and you know this lovely lady’s ideas are headed places!

Vagabond Queen

And speaking of people headed places; did I mention New York City is home to a LOT of dynamic performers, artists and talented folk who all hail from Pittsburgh? I have a little list of the top of heap right here in my pocket; let’s take a look at the cream of the crop!

Jerielle Morwitz

Jerielle Morowitz:
Jerielle is a beautiful, blazing talented actor who not only has a fantastic jazzy singing voice, but acting chops to boot. Her work has been featured most recently in Spandex: The Musical Off Broadway. She performs at many music venues with the wonderful Tara Lynne Band. This is one flame haired performer making Pittsburgh proud!

Dave Droxler/Chelsey Shannon:
Dave and Chelsey both hail from da’ burgh’ and are a dynamite duo fostering creative arts and live theatre right here in Manhattan with the NY Children’s Musical Theatre Festival. Every year there portfolio of performance projects grows, from spots on TV and film to live stage, it’s no wonder when you see their resumes that they’re absolutely brilliant at what they do.

And if that’s not impressive enough, check out this mind blowing roster of all the performers who have hailed from this gritty city of the arts.

As you can see, Pittsburgh is an amazing place to visit, great eats, dynamic creative scenes and even better, wonderful people who not only live there, but go on to take the Pittsburgh way out into the world and make a difference.

As I pack up my luggage and say goodbye to family and friends, there’s that same familiar pang in my chest, leaving home is never easy, no matter how good my going back to NYC game face is, it hurts, especially as I get older. It’s a strange nostalgia. I take a long look at the skyline as move on, PPG glimmering like a solemn fortress, the mustard yellow bridges being consumed by evening’s shadow and I know I’ll be back here soon again.

Pittsburgh is home, and always will be, so LIVE from Pittsburgh; this black and gold girl is signing off and headed on to my next trek abroad!

Till then, GO STEELERS and see you at the counter!

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in   Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day and Weekend Window Sales!

25% off red items and tags January 31
Goodwill wishes you a happy Chinese New Year! On Friday, January 31 receive 25% off all red items and tags.

25% off outwear

Just in case Punxsutawney Phil does see his shadow we want you to stay warm! Receive 25% off outerwear Sunday, February 2 in New York & New Jersey and Tuesday, February 4 in Paramus.

windowsaleheaderGeneral Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules


New York City

72nd Street Store: Saturday 2/1 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 1/31 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 2/1 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am;  sale 9 am

Massapequa Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford: Saturday 2/1 sale 10 am

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Soft, Soothing Colors for Cold Weather

A soft color palette for harsh winter days. On cruel, wet, windy winter days, nothing is easier than instantly gravitating toward cozy pieces in soft fabrics. This week’s fabulous Goodwill find is a finely textured scarf that comes in a simple white-and-gray pattern that will easily add a little extra something to any cute but casual look. The soothing neutral colors not only pair well with almost any item of clothing in almost any color or print, but it’s a color combination that has a calming effect on any mind feeling slightly overwhelmed by this season’s absolutely icy temperatures. This scarf is snuggly enough to layer over heavy winter sweaters and keep you nice and warm during the last few months of frigid winter weather, but light enough to keep layering over perfect-for-spring pieces like jean jackets, blazers, and worn-in tees.

textured gray and white scarfThis lovely little scarf is the perfect addition to any girl’s wardrobe, and is versatile enough to keep out through all seasons.

Use your outerwear to add oomph to your outfits. A scarf is a very practical piece of outerwear that can keep you warm and toasty even in the midst of a windy wintry chill. But practical doesn’t have to mean boring, and even the use of a very necessary cold-weather accessory can still become an opportunity to add an injection of serious style to your everyday wardrobe. Here, I’ve paired it with an ensemble that’s also mainly in soft grays, creams and whites, with the exception of one piece in a vivid, brilliant green. Using a similar color palette for most of the items in an outfit makes it easier to mix patterns – like the geometric print on the scarf with a funky pair of patterned tights. One pop of bright color livens up the whole look and keeps the outfit from looking to drab or dreary. But a scarf like this one would look just as cute come spring with a loosely fitting t-shirt, jeans, classically cut blazer, and vividly colored pumps.

vivid green skirt mixed with grays, creams and whitesThis pretty scarf in soft, neutral hues and a classic geometric pattern is just the thing to jazz up all your comfy and casual outfits, from now through spring.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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5 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues

5 Tips for Battling the Winter BluesIt’s not uncommon for people to catch a case of the “winter blues” with days being shorter and more time being spent cooped up inside. All you probably want to do is stay in, cozy up in your pjs, and eat. However, just because its winter it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time. These tips will help brighten up your cold winter days!

1. Get Some Sun
Lack of sunlight can cause people to feel depressed and not even know why! Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little more time outdoors. You can also try changing the light bulbs in your house to “full spectrum” bulbs, which mimic natural light.

2. Get a workout in!
Exercise will not only get you fit, but it will also help you to feel good! When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins known as “feel good chemicals” that help improve your mood. It’s a win-win!

3. Be bold!
Put on a bright colored sweater or lipstick and watch your mood and the mood of those around you cheer up a bit!

4. Treat Yourself.
Plan something that is exciting to you that you can look forward to. It can be anything like a weekend trip, a basketball game, a spa visit, or a party.

5. Be Okay with the Winter Season
The winter season can seem like more of a pain than an enjoyment, but it’s important to appreciate the good things that this time of year does bring. We have the holiday season, snowmen, hot chocolate, warm fireplaces, sledding and skating, the Super bowl and so much more. Try out activities that can really be enjoyed during the winter months. Keep a positive attitude and have some fun!

How do you like to enjoy the winter season?

If you or someone you know is suffering from more than just a bad winter day it could be seasonal affective disorder (SAD). More Info about SAD click here.

xo
Nicole

Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com

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Live from Pittsburgh Part 1

Live from Pittsburgh part 1Today I’m very excited to be writing to you from my hometown, The Steel City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

It is the home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Andy Warhol Museum, the beloved Mr. Rodgers and a host of colorful characters and places. My city has so much to show us and I’m thrilled to share it with you. Let’s get started!

Kickoff: Mt. Washington
Named one of the 10 most beautiful places in America by USA Today, this is the premiere place to get a bird’s eye view of Pittsburgh before we head to its streets. From here you can see all of Pittsburgh: scenic Point State Park, busy Station Square and the entire Pittsburgh skyline, including the iconic PPG Place. Looks familiar? It’s not a trick of the eye. The glass six-building complex has been seen in many films shot on location here, most recently, in the Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

Crazy Mocha CafeSecond and down: Getting pumped up with local coffee!
My all time favorite haunt prior to hitting the local thrifting run is Crazy Mocha! This local Pittsburgh business never fails to give this writer a much needed boost before hitting the streets in search of some fabulous new pieces to curate.

Third and down: Shopping, Pittsburgh style!
Here’s where my inner black and gold fashionista was born! Although I lived and worked in New York City for over a decade, Pittsburgh will always be my hometown. My love of curating secondhand and designer clothing was born here. From the Nirvana inspired flannels rocked in 9th grade to Bloch dance leotards under overalls in college. Not forgetting that I got my first tube of Chanel lipstick from Lord and Taylor senior year at Point Park College. Pittsburgh style runs the gauntlet from punky Andy Warhol street style, indie boutique, to preppy suburban soccer moms, all the way to mall rats. So let’s take a look at some hot spots to hit up while you’re in town!

Pavement BoutiqueFor the cool kids in newly hip Lawrenceville, there’s a fresh bundle of indie and designer shops popping up featuring some amazing pieces. Top of the pile is upscale Pavement, followed by Common Thread and Junior League, all of which bring gorgeous apparel and unique accessories to the fashion-forward denizens of Pittsburgh.

Goodwill of SWPAAnd it wouldn’t be “Goodwill Insider” without a plug for the underdog home team when talking about shopping. So the BIG touchdown goes to Goodwill of Southwestern PA/Lawrenceville, PA/North Hills Goodwill Stores!

All of these Goodwill’s are treasure troves waiting to be unearthed. In one location I found fine bone china in a delicate rose pattern. At another a cashmere VINCE dress, and still yet at the last one, a pair of oxblood leather Vince Camuto wedge heels! If you’ve got the patience to go through the racks at these busy locations, there are MANY beautiful items waiting to be in your closet! You can team up high-end and secondhand and make it work, not only for your style, but your wallet too!

There’s so much to see for yunz’ guyz’ to do here in da’ burgh’ that it’s impossible to fit it all into one blog! So join me next week as I continue in my Part 2 trek through Pittsburgh’s thrift shopping, museum, fine arts and best of all, its people!

Until then, GO STEELERS and see you at the counter!

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in   Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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Goodwill Hunting Scavenger Hunt and Window Sales!

Goodwill Hunting Scavenger HuntYou still have 11 more days to enter our first ever Goodwill Hunting Scavenger Hunt! How many items can you find? Click here for details on how to enter, prizes and rules. Good luck and happy thrifting!

windowsaleheader

General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules


New York City

23rd Street Store: Friday 1/24 sale 9 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 1/25 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 1/24 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 1/24 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 1/25 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 1/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 1/25 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 1/25 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 1/24 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 1/24 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 1/25 sale 9:30 am
Washington Heights Store: Saturday 1/25 sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 1/25 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 1/24 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: 
Saturday 1/25 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 1/25 sale 9:30 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 1/25
sale 8 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 1/25 sale 10 am

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Easy, Eclectic Charm

Give your winter wardrobe a breath of fresh air. No matter how basic your clothing selection, a few carefully curated accessories are all you need to give your wardrobe new life. My chosen gem this week is a darling little purse in black cloth and leather, with a bold, graphic print in vivid primary colors. The red, yellow and blue print is certainly eye-catching, and clearly reminiscent of some of the patterns we’ve come to recognize as iconic of certain Native American tribes, like the Navajo (though this is obviously much less intricate than those traditional prints). This bag is big enough to easily tote everyday basics, like a wallet, sunglasses, and key makeup items, but not so large that you’ll end up stuffing it with an entire extra closet worth of stuff and bogging yourself down in the process. The long strap means it’s easy to wear as a cross-body bag, making it a safe and conscientious choice for the city, as well as a stylish one.

black bag with colorful geometric patternsThis fantastic black bag comes in a classic shape, but is instantly livened up with a colorful geometric pattern, making it an ideal piece to add a little pizzazz to a plain outfit.

With one well-chosen accessory, you can make simple pieces feel like something special. This week’s fabulous Goodwill find is just that kind of fun, funky accessory that can make even a plain white tee-shirt suddenly feel like a put-together outfit. Here, I’ve paired this adorable purse with a slightly more sophisticated take on the classic jeans and tee – in place of plain denim, I’ve opted for a pair of bright blue, stretchy, skinny jeans on bottom, which nicely echoes the vivid shade of blue found in the bag’s pattern. On top, I’ve gone with a loose, flowing, sleeveless blouse in a crisp white. This top is idea on its own for summer, but too chilly in the midst of winter, so I’ve topped off the look with one more layer – a cleanly cut, classic black blazer, which does a fabulous job of pulling the whole simple, but surprisingly chic look together.

flowing white blouse, fitted black blazer and bright blue pantsThis darling purse makes a bold fashion statement when paired with simple, classic pieces every woman should already have in her wardrobe, like a go-with-everything white blouse and perfectly fitted black blazer.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
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