Trend Alert: Rucksacks

I have to be completely honest. When I first heard the term rucksacks I was like “eh?” Then, when I saw a picture I thought “Oh, Bookbags!” However, this spring/summer 2014 trend is the more grown-up and sassy version of what you would have wore in high school.

I don’t know about you but I hate using purses. I always joke around that I have no shoulders because my purses without a doubt slip down to my arms. This is why I adore rucksacks. Now I can have both hands free to do whatever I need to do instead of having one hand basically unusable since it is constantly holding my purse up in place. Now I can hold my Venti iced café mocha and text until my hearts content!

Rucksacks are also beneficial to your health. If you are a person who needs to carry around an exponential amount of items everyday, it could potentially harm you. The constant weight on your arms and neck causes you to also shift your weight around. This can lead to not just pulling a muscle but to much more serious health issues such as nerve trauma and degenerative joint disease. Rucksacks distribute the weight of the bag evenly on both sides of your body.

Rucksacks are both practical and super duper stylish. Designers like Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and more are all releasing gorgeous modern designs. Whether it is leather, canvas, nylon or a sparkly rainbow bejeweled masterpiece, you can most likely find rucksacks at your local Goodwill store for a fraction of the price.

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End of May Weekend 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

To see previews of what some stores are offering this weekend, check out our Instagram page.

New York City
72nd Street Store: Saturday 5/31 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 5/30 sale 10 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 5/30 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 5/31 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 5/31 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 5/31 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 5/30 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 5/30 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 5/31 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 5/30 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 5/30 tickets 6:45 pm; sale 7 pm

Massapequa Store: Friday 5/30 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 5/31 sale 8 am

Capital Region
Vestal Store: Saturday 5/31 sale 10 am

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Haute Summer Headgear

Sunshine! Beach weather! Beautiful blue skies! Though the holiday weekend started off a little rocky (or rather, rainy) in the Tri-State area, Memorial Day was a gorgeous holiday full of the beautiful weather we’ve all been waiting to enjoy for months.

But to keep yourself protected – as well as looking totally chic – all summer long, having a few ladylike hats on hand is crucial for any smart and style-conscious girl. This week’s Goodwill gem both shades your face from the sometimes-harsh summer sun, and ensures you look absolutely fantastic while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. The classic straw styling will look great with your entire summer wardrobe – from cute cropped pants and colorful blouses to airy patterned sundresses – and even your favorite swimsuit. It’s an all-purpose, wear-everywhere accessory that will get you through the season, and years of summers to come.

wide-brimmed straw hat You can’t ever go wrong with a classic, wide-brimmed straw hat like this stunner, found recently at one of my favorite Goodwill thrift shops.

Style any outfit for summer in an instant. No matter what you feel like wearing, any ensemble looks immediately summer-ready when topped off with a big, glamorous wide-brimmed hat like this one. For a more feminine look that is still totally relaxed and appropriate for the summer season, try pairing this pretty headpiece with a flowing, silky maxi dress in a stunning floral print or bright neon shade. For a super casual weekend look that works for shopping around town or heading out to the beach, try putting it on with something like what I’ve chosen here – cute, tailored shorts in a brilliant sky blue hue and a loose, comfy t-shirt.

pair of shorts and well-worn teeLovely, large, ladylike hats like this one never go out of style, and the classic shape adds an instant touch of class and femininity to any look – even one as simple as a pair of shorts and your favorite, well-worn tee.

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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Thank you Jackie O

Jackie O

No one will ever question the effortless style of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Before Mrs. Obama, Jackie was the stylish First Lady that every woman of the 1960s wanted to be. Even after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, she still went on to live a life of unabashed luxury as the wife of Aristotle Onassis as a jet-setter with influence of the gypset era of Europe. From pillbox hats to suede bell-bottoms, Jackie O. gave great street-style some forty plus years before we could name it.

As an adolescent I had a very vivid obsession with Jackie. I can’t recall when and where it started but I know that any and every article she was in, I would ravish. That obsession carried over into my own personal style. Whether it was the large sunglasses, the well-tailored trench coats, Pucci scarves or Jack Rogers sandals, I was always trying to give a little Jackie in my outfits. Even while thrifting, I’ll zero into a piece that resembles Jackie’s style at some point of her life. Sometimes it is a shift dress from her days as a Senator’s wife on Martha’s Vineyard. Then there are times I look at suits from the Camelot era that echo her time in the White House. Or maybe I will be drawn to a jersey dress from her years as widow the second time around or it’s a printed scarf when she became a working mother in the 1980s. From the 1960s to her death from cancer in 1994, Jackie made clothing look like jewels and she made it look easy.

In 2001, I was able to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years and some thirteen years later, I’m still riding on a fashion high. The exhibit showcased over 80 pieces of the former first Lady’s wardrobe on the fortieth anniversary of the Kennedy inauguration. The outfits ranged from maternity wear on the campaign trail, to her inauguration gown, and items that were culturally inspired from the numerous state dinners. If clothing could tell a story, that exhibit did everything Google and Wikipedia could never do.

Twenty years after her death, the style of Jaqueline Kennedy is still present. Every first lady gets compared to her with Mrs. Obama making the closest call but not only here in the good old USA but in every country including France for Carla Bruni Sazorsky to the days of Princess Diana. So as I step outside right before the summer breaks, I’ll make one more Jackie like style moment whether it’s my scarf, my huge sunglasses or maybe the Jack Rogers Navajo sandals on my feet. Most days, I’m always wearing a touch of Jackie.

 

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NYU Holds 7th Successful Drive for Goodwill

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New York University’s seventh annual “Green Apple Move Out” (GAMO) collection project for NYU Residence Halls has been a huge success so far. Students moving out this spring are able to drop off their unwanted and gently used items at designated bins for collection and donation to Goodwill NY-NJ up until May 29th. This year we have placed bins in 17 dorms throughout the campus.

Since 2008, we have collected nearly 400,000 pounds of reusable goods. This equals roughly $920,000 and with that we are able to provide Robotics workshops for elementary children, adaptive technology to train individuals who are visually impaired, art supplies for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, social and safety skills training for individuals with autism, interview clothing for job-seekers and more.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to NYU and students both past and present. Not only are you improving your future and environment, through your donations you are helping to improve the present for so many in our community.

For more information on NYU-GAMO, come visit www.nyu.edu/recycling

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Memorial Weekend 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

To see previews of what some stores are offering this weekend, check out our Instagram page.

New York City
23rd Street Store: Friday 5/23 sale 9 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 5/24 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 5/23 sale 10 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 5/24 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 5/24 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 5/24 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 5/23 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 5/23 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 5/23 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Friday 5/23 tickets 8:30 am; 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 5/23 tickets 6:45 pm; sale 7 pm

Massapequa Store: Friday 5/23 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 5/24 sale 9 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 5/24 sale 9:30 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 5/24 sale 10 am

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Slowly Stepping Into Spring

It seems like spring is still a bit hesitant about making her way here fully. While we’ve finally had a few gorgeous sunny days (thank goodness!), we’ve still had plenty more where a serious chill and gray, cloudy sky has made us question whether we can really already be halfway through the month of May.

But to put some pep into your step and brighten up your layered, in-between-season looks, it’s absolutely crucial to have a fabulous, fail-safe pair of flats on hand that will instantly add a bit of warm-weather cheer to all of your favorite pieces. The closed, just slightly pointed toe and soft suede fabric could easily be worn in spring or in fall, and will keep your feet from freezing when that unexpectedly cold breeze sweeps in. But the fun, bright yellow ankle strap really livens up these fab flats, and gives them just a pop of much-needed vibrancy and color – though their otherwise neutral tones of tan and brown ensure they will easily pair with any outfit.

two-tone suede flats

Perfect for that uncertain spring weather, these darling, two-tone suede flats are made for stepping out in all season long.

The perfect complement to sweet, ladylike looks. These are definitely the kind of flats that a girl can wear day in and day out, whether you’re heading to work in a business casual ensemble or strolling about on the weekends in basics like jeans and a t-shirt. But because of their dainty, delicate styling, these sweet suede flats work especially well to finish off any pretty, polished, feminine look you might be itching to try out. They’d look especially darling with floral sundresses in an array of fun summer colors, and these shoes would look equally cute with any otherwise unexciting work wear that needs a little lift. Here, I’ve decided to pair them with a brilliant Kelly green skirt, a polka dotted blouse in slightly more faded blues and greens, to keep the whole look from getting too loud, and to keep it relatively relaxed and casual, I’ve topped the whole outfit of with trimly cut and tailored denim blazer – though if your work environment is a little more formal, you could easily finish it off with a slightly dressier jacket in a light summery linen that’s still idea for warmer weather. Whatever kind of look you choose, you’re sure to make it feel fully pulled together and oh-so-chic by anchoring it with these adorable, ladylike flats.

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Wherever you go this spring and summer, go looking good – a prim, pretty pair of flats like these will make all your looks feel instantly pulled together and polished.

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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