Floral Flair

Bring spring in! There may still be a serious chill in the air most days, but the spring season is slowing creeping in, and as we ease into May, the weather is sure to (finally!) get truly warm. As I wait in great (seriously, GREAT) anticipation for that day to arrive, I’m still mixing in my favorite spring things with some warmer staples to get me through the cool, breezy spring days and nights.

That’s why this week’s gorgeous gem – a pretty floral scarf, spotted at my local Goodwill shop – is so totally perfect for right now. The soft cotton fabric is certainly cozy, but the lovely floral print, a mix of teals, peaches, yellows, and other fresh spring hues, looks adorable and appropriate for the season. It’s also a combination of colors that will look absolutely divine with almost any other colors in your wardrobe, especially because they’re layered on top of soft, muted taupe background.

cotton floral print scarf

 A lovely, ladylike scarf is an easy way to add a bit of sparkle to an everyday look.

Dress up your casual work wear. For a simple, but completely chic weekend look, pair a few comfy, neutral basics with a pretty, eye-catching accessory, like this sassy scarf. You could go as basic as jeans and a tee, with a pair of pretty ballet flats or espadrilles for a totally relaxed, but still put together, look. Here, I’ve chosen pieces that just a tad less laid-back, and that could work well for work or play. A soft chino pant in navy blue is neutral, but a step away from the black and gray that I (and I think, most of you) have been sporting all winter. A fluttery, lacy top is loose and comfortable, but still very feminine, and balances out the darker bottoms. A classic beige cardi (or a blazer, if you prefer a more structured ensemble for the office), effortlessly finishes this elegantly casual look, and the newly found scarf will bring it all together.

lacy top work attire

Don’t discount a simple, classic watch when accessorizing, especially when choosing items to add some oomph to a professional look.

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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What Women Can Learn From Men While Shopping

man and woman shopping

When it comes to dating, you know how they say “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.” Well, the same rule applies to shopping. Most men don’t get the same excitement and rush from shopping as many women do. There is no story behind each purchase, no odyssey like trips to snag the item of your dreams. Sorry, ladies, the guys are not equipped to the art of power retail as our gender is.

Don’t be confused though. A guy who isn’t into shopping doesn’t mean he doesn’t care to look good. Most of my guy friends, male family members and styling clients, enjoy looking dapper. But for them, looking good and shopping are two separate things. They don’t aspire to collect things. Filling up their closets with items never worn is a weird concept. Purchasing something in the hopes that it will fit, is one of the most economically un-savvy things they have ever heard. A well-dressed man is really a well invested and strategic visual creature. Most men shop for the items they need, not what they want. Most men shop for the life they live, not for what they aspire to have. Few guys say “I’m going to buy that jacket for that event” (which may or may not ever happen.) Men also shop with a clear head. They reserve emotional shopping for big ticket items that come with a mid-life crisis.

Women can come out of a fitting room wearing the ugliest thing, receive a compliment and purchase, all to get home and say “What was I thinking?” Men will step out of a fitting room and tell you their likes and dislikes and take notes on what works and doesn’t work.

Men and women shop in ways that may never be fully understood. Women take notes from men while shopping. The first is: Buy what fits on that day and time. Also, buy for the life you live, not your dreams of being a Vegas showgirl. Make a list and stick to your list. Don’t go shopping for swimwear and head over to the fur section. Last, but not least, know thyself. Don’t let a sales person create your wardrobe. Only you know what you’ll really wear in real life. That animal print sequin gown that was placed in the fitting room looked great, but if the last party you went to was for a toddler, it may not be for you. No matter how stunning you look.

 

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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What’s Your Clothing Personality?

Have you ever been called a shopaholic?

Do you consider yourself a fashionista?

Do you refuse to get rid of a scarf because it happened to be in your purse that one time when you thought you saw someone who perhaps looked exactly like Aaron Paul?

Do you have such extreme team pride that you have a separate Jersey to rep them every day of the week?

If you are reading these questions and thinking: “Man, all of these sound like me!”

Well, if you answered yes, it sounds like it is time for you to take the “What’s Your Clothing Personality” quiz!

Each season, we fill our closets with new clothing rather than taking the time to really think about what we should keep and what we should donate. Take this quiz to assess your clothing personality and learn how best to declutter your closet this spring and make a difference in your community!

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Final Weekend of April Window Sales

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Window Sale 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 4/25 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 4/25 sale 10 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 4/25 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 4/26 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 4/26 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 4/26 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 4/26 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 4/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 4/25 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 4/26 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 4/26 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Friday 4/25 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
East Northport Store: Friday 4/25 tickets 6:45 pm; sale 7 pm

Massapequa Store: Friday 4/25 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Rockaway Store: Saturday 4/26 sale 9:30 am
Springfield Store:
Saturday 4/26 sale 9:30 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 4/26 sale 8 am

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Time to Turn on the Charm

We often neglect watches in favor of prettier, more feminine jewelry. But the perfect timepiece can truly add a bit of professional polish, as well as ladylike appeal, to all of your favorite ensembles. This week’s glamorous Goodwill find, for example, is the ideal mix between pretty, feminine style and put-together, career-worthy accessorizing. The classic styling will always look good and on point – even for years to come – and the rose gold hue of the linking metal band and face are decidedly girly (and totally in for this season, I might add). The circle of gorgeous, sparkling rhinestones around the watch’s face just add to its ladylike and sophisticated feel, ensuring it will add a fashionable, as well as functional, touch to any of your favorite outfits.

rose gold and silver feminine watch

A pretty watch with feminine details and otherwise classic styling is the ideal timepiece for any professional lady on the go.

Dress up your casual work wear. For many of us, the promise of warmer weather also means the promise of breezier, more casual looks at the office. But starting to transition your wardrobe to spring and summer pieces doesn’t mean losing that professional edge entirely. To keep your workday outfits looking polished – whether you’re dressed up for an important meeting or dressed down for an average day at your desk – add a chic, classic piece, like the watch I happened across at my local Goodwill store this week, to just about any office-appropriate outfit. Though, with its rhinestones and pretty metallic hue, this timepiece could easily be worn with a lovely dress or other fancier ensemble, or could just as easily complement a totally casual look of jeans and a white tee, it’s ideal for dressing up your go-to business casual get-up. Here, I’ve decided to pair it with an always-flattering pair of slim black pants, a flowing, patterned blouse, and a simple black cardigan, to keep that early spring chill away.

professional attire

Don’t discount a simple, classic watch when accessorizing, especially when choosing items to add some oomph to a professional look.

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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Spring: A Season of Change and Renewal

Spring is a season of change, when the cold, grey cast of winter gets shook off in a colorful flurry of cherry blossom pinks, vivid violets and daffodil yellows. And like any good New Yorker accustomed to the shift, I must embrace the change too. It’s with a bitter sweet heart I’ve move onto a new, exciting role and say goodbye to the beautiful 72nd Street boutique. Although I am no longer a certifiable “Goodwill Insider”, fear not! I’m still here to keep you plugged into THE best in thrift, fashion and NYC lifestyle.

I’ll use this blog to take a retrospective look back at the fun fashion, events and journeys I’ve had supporting the amazing work Goodwill does each and everyday. Most recently, I was a part of a video segment which was shot on location at our Upper West Side 72nd Street boutique store in partnership with ReUseNYC and NY State. As you can see from the photos, having the chance to speak on camera in support of continuing sustainable education was wonderful, as was the crew who came to shoot. They met with all of our staff and took a great interest in how recycling and re-purposing the items we have donated to us allows us to keep the mission and programs at Goodwill going strong.

Each and everyday through staff, friends and those who participate and donate to Goodwill, I’ve had a chance to interact, learn and grow through the Goodwill mission. Whether spearheading the painting of a youth group mural, fun with Film Biz Recycling, local charities or the NYRR Marathon, it’s easy to get busy and forget that. But for that opportunity given, being grateful is an understatement. The memories and friendships will stay with me for a long long time, but even more so, so will this blog! Because now that my evenings and weekends are jostling for the lead, I hope you know this means MAJOR thrifting episode REVIVAL. On the 3rd Monday of each month I’ll be bringing you the best finds, killer digi lookbooks and absolutely mind blowing thrifting expeditions. Goodwill Shopping so good, you’ll need a full day to recover! 

From the runway to the highway I’ll be interviewing designers and people who love not only Goodwill, but the joy of sustainable fashion and the thrill of the thrift. So join me next month when I interview one of the finest vintage thrifters you may recognize from the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, one of the loveliest vintage lovers in all of Manhattan, but shhh, for now, we’ll keep it our secret! So get excited to shop and enjoy the photos of all of those who made my journey at Goodwill so incredible.

Till next time, join me as I go from runway to highway in my adventurous quest all for the thrill of the thrift!

Brandee Sanders is a writer, creative lifestyle and thrift enthusiast. Brandee’s work has been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, AOL and Time Out NY. Follow her runway meets the highway adventures and travels @PlanetBrandee 

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Spring Cleaning: A Step-by-Step Guide

Time for Spring Cleaning
You’ve finally decided to take the leap. You are nervous, hesitant and keep second-guessing yourself. It’s not as easy as they make it look on T.V. you think to yourself.

Never fear we are here to help.

More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. To get this year’s spring cleaning season off to a fresh start, we’ve compiled the Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide, making it easier than ever to clean out your home and make a difference in your community by donating used goods. The beauty of this guide is that you can customize it to your needs. Don’t have the time to do these seven days in a row? Spread it out across seven weekends!

Day 1: The biggest spot that tends to need cleaning is the closets. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!

Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. Goodwill accepts used kitchenware items and household goods.

Day 3: Go through your seasonal holiday décor and donate what you no longer use. That Halloween ghost statue you haven’t displayed since the late 90’s? It’s time to let it go. While you’re going through seasonal items, don’t forget to look through your family’s old Halloween costumes too.

Day 4: Technology changes fast and many people have tech toys, used computers and computer accessories lying around the house. Goodwill accepts working e-readers, tablets and other electronic items as donations, and our Reconnect partnership with Dell gives you a way to recycle of non-working computers.

Day 5: If you have a home office, see if you have any office supplies that you don’t need. Clear your desk of unneeded backpacks, notebooks or binders.

Day 6: Take a deep breath; the seven days are almost done! But before you congratulate your decluttering efforts, take a minute to investigate the rest and relaxation or entertainment area in your home. How many DVDs do you own that you’ll probably never watch again? There are many CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs and video games probably just sitting there collecting dust.

Day 7: Finally, take one last look at your bookshelf. If your paperbacks have gone the way of the printing press time to say bye bye.

See…that wasn’t so bad, was it? When we take the right approach, spring cleaning can actually be fun. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all that stuff. At Goodwill NY-NJ, we collect used or new items and put the revenues from their sales toward job training programs and community-based services that can lead to fresh starts for people who are unemployed or underemployed. But more importantly, know that by donating your used items, you’re helping your neighbors set out on a path toward employment.

Also, don’t forget to request your tax receipt when you donate to Goodwill.

So, what did we miss? Shout back in the comments and tell us what you’re donating this spring!

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