@PlanetBrandee Summer Floral Redux

@PlanetBrandee Summer Floral Redux

Listen, after a whirlwind of travel for my special series on the millennial outlook, I’ve finally landed back in NYC and It’s time we have a heart-to-heart here my fashion-forward friends. The DOG DAYS of 90+ summer nights are here so why are you STILL wearing black right now? Stop, collaborate and listen thrifters. Today, we want to throwback to an old but beloved subject: FLORAL. Specifically Floral Prints and those Coachella inspired headbands!

So pull up an icy beverage as I guide you through this once again summery trend!

I’ll keep it short and sweet here. Anyone can wear floral: Plus size, petite, hourglasses, pear shape. Listen: You CAN do this. In small doses, it can sweeten up a tough look and in big ones, it will bring in you the sultry siren call of Italian bombshells like Sofia Loren.

Here’s some eye candy and tips for owning the divine:

Step #1: Grab some scissors, a Brooklyn bodega bouquet and a hot glue gun to make your own Lana inspired headband here

Step #2: Curate that gait! When you’ve got your garland game on pair it feminine floral with tough, and since dressing like Blossom is a no-no, pair Biker boots and put it under that floral sundress for instant tomboy beauty. Don’t be afraid to wear it as a belt, or adorable We Can Do It! Inspired head scarf.

Don’t fear the floral! Grab an old school kimono from your local Goodwill’s sleepwear section, add some fringe, maybe a vintage silk scarf, some wide sunglasses and hit the hot street! Even a little peek can be fun PLUS, It’s not just for girls, did you see that dandy’s swagger sock game 5th Avenue, if not, you got another thing coming!

Step #3: So in closing, keep your floral game FRESH, don’t be afraid of juicy, fun prints and allow yourself to have a little fun pairing light pieces during the sweltering weather.

Till next time, cuddle up to your nearest AC unit and stay chill!

Score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Know of an awesome window sale you’re going to be at? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

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

STUDENTS ENJOY 25% OFF APPAREL AT BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALE

backtoschool2015

Back-to-School Sale – Next Monday-Thursday, August 3-6

Goodwill offers 25% off back-to-school clothing 8/3-6. No ID is required for kids’ clothing. Teens and college students must show ID. Available while supplies last at all stores except East Northport on Long Island, which is closed for renovations, and the Van Dam outlet in Queens.

For store locations, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all.

Eleven Stores Hold Window Sales This Week

Wednesday, July 29

* Harrison, NJ – tickets 7 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.

Friday, July 31

  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, August 1

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • New Rochelle – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

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
  • For store locations, visit our website at here.

 

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

Goodwill Gems: Add Some Sparkle To Your Step

Sequins are only for late nights out and formal wear, right? Wrong.

While that may once have been the rule, those guidelines have become more than a little outdated in 2015. Sequins and glitter can be worn at pretty much any time of day, any day of the week, as long as you do it right.

This week’s completely fabulous find is one of those sparkling accessories that you can easily take from day to night.  These sweet sneakers are casual enough to still seem appropriate for daytime, but fun and funky enough to look cool alongside your favorite weekend looks and going out attire. Flat and easy on your feet, these are shoes you’ll soon want to wear absolutely everywhere. And the slate gray color is classy and will work well with any number of other colors, so you can pair these pretty shoes with your already-existing wardrobe more easily than you might think!

A fresh new pair of fancy, sparkling shoes can give any outfit a much-needed style boost. And these glittering sneakers are both fun and fresh, and casual enough to pair with easy, everyday looks.
A fresh new pair of fancy, sparkling shoes can give any outfit a much-needed style boost. And these glittering sneakers are both fun and fresh, and casual enough to pair with easy, everyday looks.

Jazz up a classic look—with sparkles! You can never go wrong with a classy, timeless, black-and-white ensemble—whether it’s summer, winter, or fall, if you’re choosing pieces in that classic color combo, you’re always going to look perfectly polished and ready for anything. But black and white, as beautiful as it is, can still sometimes use a funky, modern boost to really take it to the next level. This week’s gorgeous Goodwill find—a pair of seriously sparkly gray sneakers—is the perfect accessory to add a modern twist to a more traditional look, like the one I’ve chosen here. A basic, sleeveless white tee is (or should be) every girl’s go-to summer top, and I’ve paired one here with some cute, trendy black trousers in a loose, jogger cut. The use of black and white is timeless, but the cut of the pants and the addition of the sparkly sneakers give this outfit a cutting-edge twist.

It’s easy to play with basic pieces to create an innovative new ensemble. If you’re going to try a cut or style that’s new to you, choosing a classic hue, like black or white, will help ensure it’s still flattering—and easy to liven up with some fresh new accessories, like these cute, sparkling sneakers in a modern slate gray.

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.

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

@PlanetBrandee – NEW Millennials and Thrifting Part 6 (Final)

collagegrandSpecial Report Series – GrandMaFun

It’s here, THE END! Welcome to the final post of my 6-part @PlanetBrandee series on the millennial mindset and Thrifting. In this series, we looked at the changing face of an entire generation, from fashion, thrifting, to eco-living and no trace left behind cultural mindset. Join me now as I wrap up the series with a final interview with GrandMaFun, an NYC expat now living in the heart of romantic NOLA. She is a multitalented dancer, artist and very gifted up-cycling/seamstress/designer.

PlanetBrandee: Grand, firstly, thank you for taking some time today to chat with me about the millennial mindset, and the importance of it to you. So let’s get started with the simple question: What does it mean to be millennial to you?

GrandMaFun: I don’t really think of myself as a millennial – I’m just like everyone else, trying to get a piece of the pie. Is that real millennial to say?

PB: Kind of (laughter) So, what about upcycling and thrifting appeals to you?

GM: Up-cycling and thrifting has appealed to me since a very young age. I was born and raised in the Philippines with a very large family so we shared everything and made do with the resources we had available. While my parents sent me new stuff from the U.S. I still had a love for second hand. I guess the influence of my grandmother being a seamstress in the neighborhood showed me insight on how to take one piece of material and turn it into something beautiful. Once I came to the U.S. and saw the excess of materials, I saw value in them whereas others saw trash just through sheer force of my upbringing and living in a 3rd world country. It wasn’t until I started working in NYC’s most prominent thrift shop, Housing Works where I discovered my love ran deep for discarded items. From clothing, housewares, books, and furniture I was able to sort through things that I found were special and unique. I feel that these items don’t just end right here because the owner no longer sees the value in it anymore. The history of the piece is what is of value to me.

PB: “I love the way you can take discarded piece and breathe new life into it. It’s a gift! So what’s your passion?

GM: EVERYTHING! I am passionate about making/creating/being a part of beautiful things in this world. I care about community, our environment, and our responsibilities as a society. I advocate for arts education, freedom to express our individuality, and accountability ofwhat we put out into the world.

PB: Expression is beyond valuable! On that note, what was the most amazing thing you’ve ever thrifted or DIYed?

GM: That question is tough; I have so many. I think the most amazing thing I have ever thrifted was a beautiful Christian Dior Champagne Polka Dot swing house robe that I regret giving away. It was pure heaven to prance around in it in my tiny New York City apartment at the time. I felt like Holly Golightly.

PB: YES! Best night mask ever. Who doesn’t love Audrey in that film?! So in closing, what would you say is the #1 thing you’d like to say for your generation? Something you’d like the world to know about Millennials?

GM: That we are not duds, not hardworking, and not all whiny. We care.

PB: Indeed. Thank you so much for sharing your outlook and experiences and keep a door open for me in NOLA, I’d love to see you again soon!

GM: Thank you, and have fun traveling with your blog, it was great to see you!

Love the buzzword of #millennial? Have feedback? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

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

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 7/24-25

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 7/24-25

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 15 window sales planned at our stores this weekend

Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.

Friday, July 24

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 25

  • Binghamton – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Vestal – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

 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

GUEST BLOGGER SHAUNYA: Are you in a summer style rut?

At the beginning of Summer I get all excited about my maxi dresses, the gingham, eyelet and linen, and my shorts; oh I love a good pair of shorts. Summer is shorter than a pair of daisy dukes and winter is long, brutal, and never ending in New York. So enjoying warm weather fashion can conjure nostalgia of previous warm and steamy nights. I’m not being provocative, due to humidity and conservation of energy, my apartment is usually warm and steamy.

Every year, right around Memorial Day, I open up my vaults and purge my spring and summer fashions and start to create lovable outfits and reminisce of stylish summer nights.  All goes well and I let those long days take over. Then right around mid-July, I get hit with a summer style rut.

It hits you suddenly, but you knew it was inevitable. You’ve done laundry weekly, you realized some things were either too casual or to dressy. Then the humidity hits and no matter what you wear, by end of day you come off as a sweaty drenched walking towel.  You walk down the street and see all the cute outfits, and start to feel like your striped maxi from three seasons ago just isn’t cutting it.  It’s not that you are flawed or that your clothes suck, it’s more that you are seeing more than you want.

When you pound the pavement in this concrete jungle, you see so many stylish people. Naturally, you get street style envy. Suddenly, that floral print shirt you hugged in May looks like a rather sad bouquet that hasn’t been watered. Your dark denim doesn’t compare to the cool ripped jeans that girl wears on the L train.

So what’s a person in a style rut to do? Do you run and get every trend you see? That will leave you bankrupt and style corrupt, YES, style corrupt. Just because you like a trend so much, it doesn’t mean it is for you. I appreciate the independent style some people sport. Do we have to jump on every stylish trend we see? No.

There is a solution for those stuck in a style rut: Thrift for your trend. It will make your pockets happy and your insatiable style you quest.

My now favorite Goodwill located on the Upper East Side takes care of all of my style spazz outs. I will pop in on a quest for leather culottes because my favorite magazine told me to get them. Gingham print dresses that channel my inner picnic table, I may run across but deep down, I know I’ll locate something, fun and frugal and will help my style drought and keep my wallet not on empty.

Styleruts hit us in January and July, that’s when the stores start putting new merchandise on the floor, retailers know what they are doing. Don’t fall fully prey to the surge of Christmas in July fashion traps, stay calm, go thrift or reinvent your already overflowing wardrobe. Styleruts are normal for stylish people.

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

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

@PlanetBrandee – NEW Millennials and Thrifting Part 5

part 5 image GW NY NJ @PlanetBrandeeSpecial Report Series –Joe Dinoto

Welcome to part 5 of the 6 part @PlanetBrandee series on the millennial mindset and thrifting! With my new series, we’ll be looking at the changing face of an entire generation, from fashion, thrifting, to eco-living and no trace left behind cultural mindset. Join me now through next week as I wrap up the final interviews with members of this growing group and chat with Goodwill loving millennials who have embraced the up-cycling lifestyle. From performers, fashion designers and women in tech who love vintage, we’ll be diving into what attracts so many people to the NEW millennial mindset and shopping secondhand.

My next to last interview is with Joe Dinoto, a Baltimore based dancer, academic instructor and very talented juggler.

PlanetBrandee: Joe, thank you for taking some time today to chat with me about the millennial mindset, and the importance of it to you. So let’s get started with the simple question: What does it mean to be part of this generation to you?

Joe Dinoto: Thanks Brandee for having me, and to answer you, Webster defines “millennial” as “A person born in the 1980s or 1990s —usually plural” and Google defines “Millennial” as “A person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.” The way I see it, if you have owned and frequently have used a cell phone to text messages since being 12-15 onwards, you are a millennial. I don’t consider myself a millennial for this reason.

PB: Agreed, and it’s very interesting you say that because for many, millennial is rapidly becoming a marketable mindset and not a definitive age mark. Moving on, what about upcycling and thrifting appeals to you?

JD: It’s bringing back the “reuse” portion of “reduce, reuse and recycle” which seems to have been cut back to “recycle” these days. I can find good, useful, interesting stuff for extremely low prices, or free. What is not to like about that?

PB: So true! When I go to Goodwill, I am constantly finding secondhand items that are nearly unused. It boggles my mind that if it were not for an educated consumer donating it, it’d be in a landfill, which is so interesting to trackback. Speaking of interesting, what are you passionate about and what has meaning for you as a millennial?

JD: Juggling, hiking, and recently – lindy hop dancing and dancing in general. Keeping physically fit. Making sure more people are scientifically literate.

PB: Dancing is a great way to stay fit and also network with new friends, so it’s exciting to hear that’s a new love for you! And you get to wear some pretty fabulous gear too! On that note, what was the most amazing thing you’ve ever thrifted or DIYed?

JD: Hmm, I like to make DIY juggling balls out of play pit balls, sand, and some hot glue. Super cheap and easy. Great work for workshops, I can just give them away and hope that at least one in a hundred kids ends up picking up juggling as a hobby.

PB: Giving back never gets old. That’s why I love Goodwill lol! So, in closing, if there was one thing about your generation you wish people could know, what would it be?

JD: I don’t know honestly. I don’t really identify with any given generation. I don’t say that in any hipster sense. I identify with jugglers – people who are always looking to learn something new and interesting, people who are open minded and caring about the world around them and are generally nice to people around them. But jugglers come in all shapes and sizes and ages.

PB: Diversity is key, that much is true. Thank you so much for sharing your outlook and experiences!

JD: Thank you, and have fun traveling with your blog, it was great to see you!

Join me next week as I wrap up this 6 part series on the millennial mindset! I’ll be interviewing one last fantastic character down in the heart of New Orleans! Love the buzzword of #millennial? Have feedback? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

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