Summer Calls for Shopping Outdoors

stalls of antique and vintage market

Thinking about summer it is all about al fresco dining, outdoor concerts and enjoying the beach. What you don’t hear people talking about is outdoor shopping. Whether it’s a street fair, a stoop sale or a flea market, scoring great bargain with the sun shining down has always been the highlight of my summer.

I was introduced to flea markets by my grandmother. The first one we ever visited is still going strong at the border of Brooklyn and Queens. I remember it like it was yesterday. She bought me a hot dog and a pair of Jellies. I can still recall all the vendors peddling food, socks, furniture and knick-knacks. At that point, most of my shopping was done in malls or major strips in New York. I was used to merchandise perfectly organized on shelves and salespeople pinching my cheeks. But this vast concrete bazaar left me wanting more.

In my adolescent and teen years, I discovered street fairs. At these fairs, I became open to multiethnic culinary delights. Now, I did not have to venture into ethnic enclaves of each borough to get my feast on. Instead, I had the opportunity to improve my palate within a 4-block distance. Along with ethnic food, I also learned about additional ethnic products. From the South East Asian jewelry, to the knits from Ecuador, and the oils from Africa, I was becoming a global customer. And I was right in my hometown! Street Fairs are still going strong, and when I get a chance, I stroll through one to recapture my early years.

Flea markets have come into my life, as both a customer and as a vendor. During the summer of 2012, I held down the fort at DeKalb Market (which no longer exists) with my vintage collection. It was fun, but not the most profitable. In Brooklyn you can make a full experience out of attending a flea market especially with the highly curated BK Flea. The hipster area is full of high-end meets lowbrow food, vintage clothing and furniture dealers. There are also flea markets in the Upper West Side and all throughout Long Island filled with Bargain Hunters.

The next time you are wondering what to do on a Saturday or Sunday, forgo your brunch plans and head to your closest outdoor shopping adventure! You will enjoy it more than your usual plans.

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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A GoodLooking Intern

Although I can’t spend my summers hanging by the pool anymore, being an intern definitely has its perks. At Goodwill I’ve already had the chance to publish my own blog posts, spend some more time in New York City, and work with a great staff. But when it comes to fashion, the intern-life can be a rough adjustment for a college student. (Especially if you’re used to wearing sweats to class!)

As a girl who usually wears casual maxi skirts and little dresses I was a little worried about the whole “business casual” thing. But after surfing through some Pinterest boards and looking through my closet, I realized that all it takes is a few good pieces to rock your internship style!

If you find the right pieces, you’ll be able to mix them in with clothes you already have so you keep the style you love (and keep the money you need).

Here are three of my picks for “business casual” internship-style staple items every young intern should have this summer!

1. Comfortable Blazer or Cardigan

Kim K blazer style

Most offices are ALWAYS freezing. I’ll take the icy tundra vibe over a summer office with no AC any day, but I always need to be prepared for the chill. Having a classic (and comfortable!) cardigan is key for the office-life. You’ll survive the chill and cover up any inappropriate straps or sleeveless pieces. If your office is a little more professional, try going for a blazer to dress up your look. Once you find a great neutral blazer or cardigan you can wear it over any outfit you have for a practical and stylish look. Or, try a bight blazer like this one that Kim Kardashian is rocking for a pop-of-color look!

2. Conservative Dress

lupitadress

If you’re more of a skirt and dresses kind of person like me, work-appropriate dresses are the way to go for intern-style. Try to find a dress that does not show any cleavage and falls at your knees or slightly above them. Meeting a boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents, going to a family party, attending a religious service, or working at a future company are all great excuses you may find to wear this dress again. Try to find 2-3 of these dresses that work great for you. Then, you can mix and match them with statement necklaces, belts, or cardigans you already have for a different look each time you wear them! Try a statement pattern dress like this one Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Pre-Golden Globes party for DuJour Magazine!

3. Work Pants

Blake Lively pants

Slacks, trousers, or whatever you call them, these pants are made for workin’! Having a comfortable, yet professional pair of pants is essential for building your intern-wardrobe. Find a basic black or other neutral pair that you can wear over and over again. Don’t worry though, pants aren’t all work and no fun! There are also some more more fun “work pants” like these adorable color-block ones that Blake Lively is sporting. This way, you can still express your personal style while you look great in the office.

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Now that you know what to pieces to include in your intern wardrobe, the question is where to buy all these pieces. Instead of spending all your money in the professional sections of some major department stores, try visiting thrift stores like your local Goodwill where you can find professional pieces at great prices! Our stores have a large selection of blazers and other professional pieces to chose from so you can look vintage and chic when you’re at work!

What will you wear to rock your internship style this summer?

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Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.

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Last Window Sales for June!

window sale headerWindow 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 6/27 sale 9 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 6/28 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 6/27 sale 10 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 6/27 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 6/28 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 6/28 tickets 8:30 am; 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 6/28 tickets 8:50 am; 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 6/28 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 6/27 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 6/27 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 6/28 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 6/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Friday 6/27 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 6/27 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 6/27 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Capital Region
Vestal Store: Saturday 6/28 sale 10 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 6/28 sale 8 am

Northern New Jersey
Rockaway Store: Saturday 6/28 sale 9:30 am

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Sparkle Like the Sun

The full summer sun calls for a bit of stylish sparkle to match. The rest of the year, it can seem like overkill to cover yourself in sequins and glitter, but whether you’re dressing up or down, during the summer months, a bit of bling is always appropriate.

This week, I happened to come across a coolly casual, but still slightly glamorous, pair of sandals that’s perfect for any lady’s summer wardrobe. They have just enough bling to really brighten up any warm weather look, no matter how laid-back, but look relaxed enough for summer’s chilled out, easygoing vibe. The simple, flat faux-leather bottom is comfortable and practical, and its soft tan color can be easily paired with any of summer’s go-to brilliant hues, like vibrant reds, corals, and oranges or cooler blues and greens. The pretty diamond-shaped top, in a stunning, shimmering metallic gold, also complements any color the fashion rainbow, and the less-than-standard shape adds some darling detail and visual interest to these otherwise basic sandals.

diamond shapped gold shimmering flat sandals

Simple can sometimes be totally fabulous. These pretty, delicate flats have just enough sparkle and shine to look really fun, feminine, and summery, but can still be worn with even everyday looks.

These sandals add flair to any and every fashion-forward combination. These summery shoes are the rare kind of accessory that can literally be worn with absolutely anything. In the summer, you could totally get away with wearing these with a cocktail dress to a fancier affair, and still look completely chic and pulled together. However, I think they’re particularly perfect for wearing with a less swanky – but still fun and flirty – ensemble, like the one pictured here. A short, brightly colored skirt is a great way to stay cool in the midst of the summer heat while still looking smart, and this skirt’s bubble hem adds a bit of movement and life to the outfit, as well. On top, a basic black fitted halter keeps this get-up sophisticated, and ensures it doesn’t take the turn from looking playful to looking entirely juvenile. This outfit is adorable and totally appropriate for hot, humid summer weather as it is, but the addition of this week’s gorgeous Goodwill find – my fabulous gold sandals – gives this ensemble the bit of extra oomph it so clearly needs to pull it all together.

black tanktop with purple skirt

Sometimes, all you need to bring a few basic wardrobe staples together – like this fun, flirty skirt and classic black top – is a little bit if summery, golden shimmer.

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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Max Out your Summer Dress

Drew Barrymore arriving at the premiere of HBO Films' "Grey Gardens" wearing a white halter maxi dressSummer fashion means two things for me: staying cool and staying comfortable. Winter is for layers, but summer is for lightweight and breezy clothing. The perfect, or should I say the essential “stay cool, comfortable and chic” summer wardrobe piece is definitely the maxi dress.

The maxi dress dates back to the late 1960s during the hippie and flower child counterculture movement. The flowy shape was a reaction to the more structured shapes of the earlier decade. With a romantic inspired, long sheath, the dress was more of a reformation against the politics and ideologies regarding women, race and war. The maxi dress was also a way to move away from the strong lines and restrictive shape of the silhouette that had dominated womenswear since the 1930’s.

Flattering to all body shapes and easy to care for, the maxi dress is actually all things minimalist. Whether it’s solid, printed, cotton or silk, a maxi dress makes summer fashion stress-free. Maxis have been seen on everyone from brides on the beach to celebs doing errands.

Maxis come in a variety of shapes such as haltered or long sleeved. They can also be changed to alter your own shape. Belted maxis create more shape while empire-waist maxis are more forgiving.

Maxi dresses can be found anywhere from high-end designer boutiques to your favorite Goodwill Thrift store.

The best part about maxi dresses? Their versatility. If you have a smaller frames and fear a maxi will make you look even more vertically challenged, just go for a maxi with a little more shape, and head to your tailor. With a tweak, and a cut, the maxi dress can be any woman’s summer style staple.

Do you own any maxis?
If yes, what is your favorite occasion to wear it?

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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A GoodStart

Alyssa Raiola Communication Intern

Hi there! My name is Alyssa Raiola and I’ll be blogging and interning at Goodwill over the next two months!

I just finished up my sophomore year at Northwestern University where I’m studying Journalism and Cognitive Science. Writing has always been a passion of mine. I love telling the stories of the people I meet and the places I go. More importantly, I love to tell the stories of the world around me, which is why I’m pursuing a career in journalism.

This summer, in my internship with Goodwill, I hope to tell some of these stories. I hope to tell the stories of the people Goodwill helps through their job training programs, or the people that love to shop at the Goodwill stores.

Speaking of shopping at the Goodwill stores, I love fashion. At Northwestern, I write for a college women’s lifestyle website called Her Campus where I write about fashion, campus life, food, dating, and all other things college. Some of my favorite posts are my “style guides” where I suggest outfits to wear to a specific occasion.

This summer, I’ll be sure to include some of my “style guides” on this blog with items you can get from the Goodwill stores. As a college student I understand that our bank accounts are constantly dwindling. So, I’ll be giving you some tips and tricks to find fashionable clothes at the low Goodwill price! Thrifting is pretty trendy these days, I promise.

In addition to my fashion guides, I’ll be telling the stories of the people that Goodwill serves on the “Where the Goodwill Goes” blog. Plus, you’ll be hearing a little about my experience as an intern with Goodwill and how I’m navigating the nonprofit world as a college student.

After this summer, I’ll be heading to Seville, Spain, where I’m going to study abroad for 3 months! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to live with a host family and take classes in Spanish while I am there to really immerse myself in a new culture. I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous, but I know I’ll have an amazing time (even if I do use some Spanglish along the way).

I hope that you’ll enjoy my blogs over the next 2 months as I start my journey with Goodwill!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

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Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice at our Window Sales this Weekend

window sale headerWindow 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 6/20 sale 9 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 6/21 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 6/20 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 6/20 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 6/21 tickets 8:30 am; 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 6/21 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 6/20 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 6/20 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 6/21 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 6/21 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 6/20 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 6/21 sale 10 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford Store: Sunday 6/22 sale 10 am

Northern New Jersey
Harrison Store: Friday 6/20 sale 9:30 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 6/21 sale 9:30 am
Paramus Store: Saturday 6/21 sale 9 am

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Red, White, and Black

Whether you love the French or hate them, you have to admit they’ve got style. There’s something so utterly effortless – and yet so absolutely beautiful – about the relaxed, thrown-together glamour of French style. The messy buns, chic striped tops, and minimal makeup somehow look entirely fantastic. But don’t fret! No matter what your usual fashion personality, it’s a cinch to work some fabulously French, totally timeless pieces into your own wardrobe.

This week’s fantastic find, spotted at my favorite local thrift shop, is so divine simply because it is so completely timeless. Espadrilles are really the summer shoe across the water, and for good reason – they look darling on just about everyone, they’re unbelievably comfy, and the basic fabric upper and woven rope bottom has the kind of rustic charm that it’s hard to imagine any European town (or woman) without. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to snag a pair like this one on the cheap – and in a stellar bright red hue, no less – these classic, always-chic shoes really will complement absolutely any look in your summer wardrobe.

bright red espadrilles

Mais oui! Even you can easily pull off some chic, French-inspired footwear, like these classic espadrille wedges in a vibrant, life-affirming rouge.

Don’t let them know you work at it. From all accounts, French women take just as much pride in their appearance and feminine charms as American women do – they just like to look totally nonchalant and carefree while doing it. So what is the key to this totally laid-back, graceful, stress-free style? Good basics that will never steer you wrong. The focus is on playing up your natural assets – let your own radiant, natural, glowing self shine through, instead of covering it up with a lot of over-the-top or excessive clothing, accessories, or makeup. You can easily pull together an always-in-style French look by pairing these pretty shoes with a pair of cropped, ankle-length black pants (à la Audrey Hepburn) and a striped top with a 3-quarter-length sleeve, like those that have become so synonymous with classic French style. Here, I’ve played on that classic combination by using the same basic but always-flattering palate (black-and-white), but changing the pattern and pieces up a little to make it just a little more my own. The hounds-tooth pattern of the skirt is just as timeless as a stripe, but the larger size of the print makes this skirt feel just a bit more modern. A simple black tank with one tiny extra detail – a flirty, feminine ruffle at the neckline – keeps this look polished and ladylike, but still evokes that entirely European take on classy, elegant style for any era.

chic black and white summer outfit

Don’t think pulling off pretty, chic, continental looks isn’t for you! Even on a budget, with a few new, thrifty pieces – like these fabulous red espadrille wedges – you can instantly add a bit of ooh la la! to any basic pieces you already have in your wardrobe.

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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PlanetBrandee LIVE! from the Jazz Age Lawn Party!

Dreamland Follies

Welcome back again my dedicated flapper fashion mavens and bow tied dandies! In this week’s “LIVE! from” edition, I’m swinging and dancing in sweet Gatsby style to one of my ALL time favorite summer destinations, the Jazz Age Lawn Party! This premiere event, attended by the likes of Bill Cunningham and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, is one of THE must-go-to parties of the summer! Hosted on the lush and vibrant Governor’s Island, bedazzled patrons are invited to drink the bubbly spirits of St Germaine, dance to the live music of the sweeping Michael Arranella Dreamland Orchestra and take part in the spectacular spectacle of fashion, feather and fringed showgirl follies!

Bill Cunningham and PlanetBrandee

Having worked behind the scenes with the creative powerhouses that fuel this festive frenzy, I’m taking a year off now to just attend as a reveler on the other side of the velvet curtain, and I am SO excited to share my fresh new take on Jazz Age fashion!

Complete outfit for thirty-one dollars

As my past can attest to, I’m usually a big fan of classy feminine for JALP. The pink ostrich feather fascinator pictured here was one of my favorite things to DIY, and that gem of a soft pink dress was found on the half off rack at the Chelsea Goodwill! But this year, I’m blending NEW and OLD in a fun way!

Silver New York City typography mirror

I’ve found a fabulous pair of vintage tweed shorts that I’m going to partner with a fresh, NYC inspired tee from Street People Atelier. Although I love the thrill of the thrift, it’s good to add current pops of designer or modern apparel too, and this unlikely duo of model off duty look + tomboy chic is perfect to mix for a vintage inspired day on the island! A pair of suspenders, my favorite fedora and my trusty copper oxfords from Cri De Couer, and I’m dancing into new world meets old school Jazz Age!

For men, the fallback of white shirt, straw boater hat and breezy linen suit never fails. Feel free to bring along that picnic basket you have had forever, but never use! Pack some delicious snacks, your cutest gingham blanket to sit on and ride the ferry across the scenic waters to this romantic hide away! Stroll the grounds and travel back in time with hundreds of dancers as we take in the showgirls, clap to the bathing suit fashion show and drink in the sights and sounds of this thrilling day!

Layered pearls and fringe drape

Be it boyish or burlesquer, Jazz Age Lawn Party has something for everyone. For this edition of “LIVE! from”, I hope to see you here. Join me next blog as my travel journeys from runway to highway continue in my search for the best food, fun and fashion the world can offer! Till then, see you on the streets! Follow the adventures on Twitter and Instagram! #planetbrandee #fashion #NYC

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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Prepare for the Heat and Humidity

We all have been yearning for the warm summer sun after such a cold and snowy winter. Looks like we are going to get what we wished for! According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “the coming summer will be exceptionally hot across much of North America, with “oppressive” humidity throughout the eastern half of the United States.”

Farmer Almanac Summer Predictions

Oh my! Looks like it is time to stock up on summer essentials. Your local Goodwill is guaranteed to have a large selection of tanks, tee’s, shorts and skirts offered in an array of colors and sizes for the whole family. Don’t think it stops there. For days you want to venture out and frolic about Goodwill offers coolers, sun hats, sunglasses, books, radios and more to keep you entertained and cool whether at the park or beach. For days you rather stay in and veg, Goodwill offers board games, dvd’s, a variety of electronics and more.

Come to Goodwill, enjoy the air conditioning and let us be your one stop shop for all your summer needs.

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