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

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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!

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To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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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.
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Say Goodbye to Sunny Summer Days with Style

It’s happening. Cooler fall temps have hit us, and hit us hard. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still ways to work in your favorite summer pieces for a few more weeks before saying goodbye for good – with the right styling and lovely layers, of course.

This week’s find is an adorable little bag that just screams summer, but still has the right color scheme to transition you seamlessly into fall. The neutral color combo of black, browns, and tans will go with absolutely any item of clothing you might want to wear. But the textured, woven materials, bold stripes, and chunky wooden handle have a much funkier, more relaxed look that’s perfect for pairing with late-summer ensembles.

fabric bag with woven patternsIn go-to neutral hues and funky woven patterns, this pretty little pocketbook is just the thing to jazz up any of your summertime or more relaxed autumn outfits.

Play up your playful side. Since we do, really, have to say goodbye to summer here in the Tri-State area, at least do it in style. And just because it’s already cooler outside, that doesn’t mean you have to immediately button up and put on the same old boring things you wore last winter. There’s still time to have fun with what you’re wearing and play up your wilder side, with an outfit in bold, daring colors and bright white, like the one pictured here. A basic white tank is all that’s needed on top – the light white contrasts beautifully with the brighter color on the bottom, without fighting it. Underneath, I’ve chosen a loose, flowing pant in a lovely, vibrant coral hue, but I think a similar ensemble would work just as well with any other bright, tropically inspired colors – blues, greens, yellows, oranges – any of them would look equally gorgeous with a simple white top and my new neutrally colored (but still fun and funky) bag to bring it all together. To fight off any real evening chill, all that’s needed is a light cardi or classic denim jacket over top, and you’re really ready for any weather.

bright coral maxi skirtDon’t be afraid to play! Summer might be ending, but your sense of fun in your fashion doesn’t have to. Bring bright colors truly to life with contrasting pieces in classic white and neutral but fun accessories, like this week’s gorgeous Goodwill gem of a bag.

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 Will You Wear In Spring 2015?

I know spring 2015 sounds so far into the future, here in New York we still have to go through the holidays, the cold winter, and then voila! Spring. But as you know, in fashion, you need to plan ahead. And Goodwill stores give you the opportunity to revive old into new!

Great fashion is the perfect mixture of whimsical and practical. Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week ended just a few days ago but the excitement of new prints and designs are still lingering in the air. Below are some of the most popular trends to emerge out of the weeklong event.

Put on some black sunglasses and practice your best Anna Wintour face. Which ones do you love? Hate? Looks like something you already own?

Fringe

Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler
Tory Burch
Tory Burch

Bold Florals

Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera
Michael Kors
Michael Kors

Stripes

Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham
DKNY
DKNY

Suede

Altuzarra
Altuzarra
Derek Lam
Derek Lam

Scalloped Edges

Oscar De La Renta
Oscar De La Renta
Honor
Honor

Think your fashion is up to par with these designers or even better?! Enter our Good Look contest and win a $25 Goodwill gift card. Click here for details.

Photos via Refinery29 | MCV/Firstview

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How Goodwill Got Me Going

Fashionable Writers

JFEDERICO_HEADSHOTMy name is Joseph Federico, and I used to work for Goodwill of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey. I am a writer by trade, but for over a year, I worked as a donation associate, sorter, and up at the register, where all the action took place. Goodwill was my home. Not only was it a defining experience for me, as I learned tolerance and acceptance, but something else happened. I realized that shopping on a budget was possible!

Most of you may know that when you start off as a writer, it’s seen more as a hobby than a way of life, and earning money from this trade could be a bit trying. Countless donations came in to Goodwill on a daily basis. Some of the men’s clothing donations included brands such as Izod, Brook’s Brothers, and Old Navy. When working on the sales floor, I would organize the clothing, then go through the garments that I wanted to own, oh so badly! “Jackpot,” I thought. My wardrobe would be forever changed. But of course I had to observe the strict Goodwill employee purchase rule: No items may be bought by staff until they have been on the store floor for 24 hours.

When Christmastime came around, and we received gift cards for in-shopping experiences, I went hog wild! My fashionable radar directed me to the men’s section. I picked out dress pants of different pleats and colors, button down shirts, and vests.

One of the vests I purchased was an Alexander Julian piece; it was made of 100% wool. The colors were grey with a navy blue stripe outlining its shape. I had originally worn this piece to interviews with a pair of slacks or dark denim jeans, a solid color shirt, a funky tie, brown or black dress shoes. I still wear the vest to this day when I’m meeting with clients or heading to a book signing. The funny thing is, this timeless piece only cost me $11.99!

Wool Vest from Goodwill NYNJ
Alexander Julian Vest

 

The button-down, 100% cotton String Theory shirts I bought for $7.99 and a Structure piece at $9.99. That was over 3 years ago, and they still look great! Seeing that they do have a pattern on them, I usually pair them with a solid, cream-colored tie, khaki pants, funky socks, and brown shoes.

Some other things I purchased were accessories and jewelry. One of my favorite pieces, that I still wear today, is a silver-plated ring. It’s masculine looking, almost like a piece of medieval armor. You know Writers, even our hands have to look good!

silver plated ring from Goodwill
silver plated ring from Goodwill

As you can see, I didn’t break the bank, even when I was on a tight budget. The time came for me to leave the great working environment that Goodwill provided, and pursue my dreams of becoming a full-time writer.

Now I own a small vanity publishing company; we help first time authors create a name for themselves. I may shop at other clothing companies, but I’ll never forget my humble beginnings, and the creative outfits that came off the racks at Goodwill.

Joseph Federico has 10+ years experience in the editorial and writing field, and extensive background in marketing. He is a published author (IMAGES OF AMERICA: GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP) and owner of Anchors to Dusk Publishing, LLC (anchorstoduskpublishling.com.) He is currently working on several book projects, including a project spotlighting the American shopping village of Historic Smithville (release early 2015.) Instagram: Anchors4Authors and Twitter: Anchors2DuskPub

For any style questions or to say hello, email Joseph Federico at joseph@anchorstoduskpublishing.com.

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