New York Fashion Week is for Everyone

I (heart) FashionNew York Fashion Week is a bi annual pilgrimage of lovers of fashion and creators.

Before I knew where my career would lead me, I attended a show and refer to it as my ‘come to Jesus’ moment. I crashed, but I did it in the most professional way a sixteen year old could do. Sorry, I am not going to disclose how I was able to get into the show but, I will save that amazing story for another post or possibly my memoirs. What I can tell you is that the connection I had in those brief fifteen minutes of my life and how I am still moved by the fourth dimension more than a decade later, shows what a good fashion show can do to you.

I’m jaded; I’ve been working in this industry for over ten years. As I tell my colleagues, we are not curing a disease; we are using clothing as a medium nothing more nothing less. However, a fashion show can be an experience that even the anti-fashion person can appreciate at its most primal form.

Maybe it’s the catwalk that is a little shorter than a football field. Or the theatrical lights perfectly timed with the pulsating rhythm and heavy music that provides the right beat for the models to sashay into the pool of photographers wearing the trends dictated for the next season. Who wouldn’t be moved by the silence and visual artistry of a designer’s blood sweat and tears as they present their best work to be both critically and commercially successful?

You don’t have to be rich to embrace Fashion Week, being in tune to trends and what’s next is not only for those with deep pockets. The trends you see on the runway from high end designers are quickly copied by more affordable brands as part of the democratization of fashion. So whether a Kardashian can wear the exact designer, you can get your version at a major chain and if you are even more fashion savvy you would have the vintage version which would out you ahead of the fashion pack.

With the digital age, the ability to catch a designer show is easily accessible to all. Before the last model walks out, you can catch stills online and many designers actually provide live streaming of their shows. Fashion Week is for everyone and if you stay tuned to next week’s post, find out how to truly incorporate fashion week into your own life.

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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Meet our September Good Look Winner

Congratulations to our September Good Look contest winner, Pamela Guerra!

Pamela Guerra
With a whopping 128 likes on her photo, Pamela walks away the winner with a $25 Goodwill gift card! Can wait to hear how Pamela will use her prize.

Want to be our October winner?

All you need to do is take a selfie of you wearing your favorite thrifted look – you do it anyways, why not get something for it?!

Then enter one of the following ways:

Facebook:
Enter via our Facebook Contest Page

Twitter and Instagram:
Post your picture with the hashtag #GoodwillGoodLook and you will be automatically entered.

Isn’t that easy? To sweeten up the deal a bit, any time your Facebook friends join the contest, you gain bonus likes.

The photo with the most likes on our contest page wins a $25 Goodwill gift card at the end of the month.

Please note: duck faces and high angles are completely optional.

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Last Chance To Win + Window Sales This Weekend

Good Look ContestThere is still time to enter! Tomorrow we will announce our September winner of a $25 Goodwill gift card. All you need to do is take a selfie of you wearing your favorite thrifted look then enter one of the following ways:

Facebook:
Enter via our Facebook Contest Page

Twitter and Instagram:
Post your picture with the hashtag #GoodwillGoodLook and you will be automatically entered.

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 9/26 sale 9 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 9/27 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 9/26 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 9/26 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 9/27 tickets 8:15; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 9/27 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 9/27 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 9/27 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 9/26 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 9/26 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 9/27 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 9/26 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Saturday 9/27 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am
East Northport Store: Friday 9/26 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 9/27 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 9/27 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am
Paramus Store: Saturday 9/27 sale 9 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 9/27 sale 10 am
Vestal Store: Saturday 9/27 sale 10 am

Hudson Valley
Wappinger’s Falls Store: Saturday 9/27 sale 8 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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The Best Way to Hang Onto Summer Styles

Lighter colors work well for fall, too. Believe it or not, just because the temperatures have dropped, it’s not a mandate to immediately start wearing black all day, every day (though it might be hard to tell that there’s any other color when you’re walking through the city these days).

This week’s darling gem – a pair of pretty wedge platforms – has a free-spirited feeling to it that easily recalls those summer months full of sunshine and trips to the beach, but because they’re totally close-toed, they’re still way appropriate for fall’s cooler weather. The neutral linen fabric on top – so much like washed-out sand along a coastline – and the woven wedge heel will actually pair beautifully with loads of warm autumn colors, like rich reds and burgundies, beautiful vibrant oranges, and soft, soothing browns and grays.

textured wedge heelsIn a pretty neutral hue with a fun textured heel, these delightful wedges will easily carry you from late summer to fall.

Experiment with a go-to ensemble. Sometimes, we really want to play with what we wear; it can be a fantastic form of creative expression. But sometimes, you just need to get out the door, ASAP, looking reasonably sane and put together, and without a lot of fuss. For those mornings, dear friends, I have the perfect fall getup that will keep you looking classy and feeling comfortable. Enter the foolproof jeans + blazer + uber-pretty printed scarf combo. You can wear favorite pair of jeans, whatever those might be (though I will add a caveat here and note that, for anything resembling a professional or slightly dressed up but still casual affair, please at least consider going with a darker wash and a straight cut – it just looks more grown-up). Top with any basic tee (the shirt really isn’t the focal point here), your most tailored blazer in a neutral hue (I’ve chosen a nice beige to sort of echo the linen in my darling new shoes), and use another accessory – a gorgeous printed scarf – to really add a bit of color, a bold print, and some serious flair to an otherwise simple look. Swap shoes and scarves as you see fit, but this no-fail ensemble (like most of my favorites) relies entirely on the accessories to give it a punch of personality, rather than the main pieces, which are actually quite basic.

fall outfitPunch up your go-to fall basics with bright, beautiful accessories and a fabulous pair of wedges, like this week’s incredible Goodwill find, for an amazingly effortless outfit that will have you looking polished and pulled together in no time.

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 Everybody Else’s Weddings

PlanetBrandee LIVE From Everybody Elses WeddingSorry for the delay in posting, but I’m writing from you under the cookie table of my friend’s wedding. YES, under the table, as there’s barely any WiFi here, but apparently it’s THE only safe place to hide from crazy relations and ugly bridesmaids dresses. But I have advice my savvy readers and it’s urgent I share it with you.

Even the most avid thrifter knows, most weddings are a challenge to pay for. Finding the best or most affordable venue, avoiding terrible color choices, dealing with family, picking the tastiest food and cake the COST! But if you strap on your thrift store boots, you’ll successfully navigate a wedding on a shoestring…DIY low budget.

Below we found out the top four challenges we face and the best way to overcome them.

Cookie Table

Challenge #1 – DIY/BRING DOWN THAT COST

Surprise! Does $25K terrify you as being the AVERAGE price tag for a traditional wedding? Well, it makes me weak, as in excuse me while I eat this biscotti that I found under this table. Because WHAT does that PRICE HAT TAG pays for? I encourage the readers to take a moment to search under the keyword “DIY Wedding” to review the many useful tips and tricks, as well as excellent advice offered on finding what you want and ways to get it at a DIY target price that works for you. And like I tell all of my couple clients, never be afraid to be HONEST and up front about what you’re comfortable paying for and the price for that comfort. Be transparent with your partner and know, for most people it’s not about the money; it’s about creating that moment you’ll never forget.

Wedding Favors? – DIY
Invites? ONLINE
Catered? POTLUCK

Challenge #2 – LOCATION/VENUE

Finding a place that works for you can be a challenge, I’d say shoe aisle at Goodwill Steinway, but that’s just ME! To find a location is a pain, especially if like most savvy thrifters your budget is small, but it’s not impossible.  If you can’t find a local option that caters to your DIY aesthetic, considering a get-away or a location wedding may make the day even more magical, just be open to places, friends houses, parks, farms, B&B’s and the right place will come.

Challenge #3 – ATTIRE

So many fun and cool couples are EMBRACING the thrift look and saving thousands on attire. STOP going to high end boutiques and save that dough for your honeymoon to the Amazon. This is strictly eye candy territory, but dig this image bank. DIY couples from all walks of life, looking fab in thrifted and second hand/vintage ensembles. If they can, so can you! Vintage and second hand suits ALL body types, so get in on the action.

Challenge #4 – BEING READY

This is easy to understand. Many couples face the big day with fear and trepidation. Will this venue work? Will it be perfect? Is this it? How do I look? Are we READY? And the truth is, yes, yes you are. Enjoy and embrace your day, it’s a reflection of YOU and no one else. It’s not about Vera Wang and 10K diamonds, it’s about LOVE, so be it Neiman Marcus or Goodwill, make it special and make it REAL.

Join me next blog as my secret travel journeys from runway to highway continue to fuel 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! #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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What’s Your GoodLook This Week?

10551088_572716646187684_2836262508351674466_n[1] Victor Lopez, one of our visual merchandisers put together this 1960’s-inspired outfit at our Elmwood Park, NJ Goodwill store. Can you guess how much this whole look costs? Less than $100! Here are the items our lovely mannequin, let’s call her Mandy, is wearing.

1970386_572716342854381_2192213515180689822_n[1]·      Ann Taylor Dress – $9.99
·      Cowhide handbag made in Italy – $24.99
·      Gold DKNY bracelet – $7.99
·      Grey glasses – $5.99
·      Michael Kors nude pumps – $24.99

When asked why he chose this as this week’s GoodLook, Victor said” The sixties was a decade that broke many fashion traditions: The contrast of colors, wearing pantyhose with tiny dresses and short hair styles.” Fashion always reinvents itself. Many of the trends from the 60’s were present at this year’s New York Fashion Week for designer’s 2015 collections.

Is there a certain decade of fashion you love and channel when putting together outfits? Show us and you could win a $25 Goodwill gift card! There is only one week left to enter our Good Look contest. What better time than this weekend to embark in this project and score a $25 gift card from Goodwill? Here is how:

Take a selfie of you wearing your decade inspired duds and then enter one of the following ways:

Facebook:
Enter via our Facebook Contest Page

Twitter and Instagram:
Post your picture with the hashtag #GoodwillGoodLook and you will be automatically entered.

Good luck!

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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You’re Invited To 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
79th Street Store: Friday 9/19 sale 10 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 9/19 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 9/20 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 9/20 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 9/19 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Friday 9/19 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 9/20 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 9/19 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Rockaway Store: Saturday 9/20 sale 9:30 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 9/20 sale 9:30 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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