A Good Look Is Moving…

Loyal Followers and Friends,

We’d like to make an announcement. Your favorite thrifty fashion blog – A Good Look – is moving from its current location over to our organization’s main website: www.goodwillnynj.org.

From now on, you can find the latest updates on great finds from local Goodwill shops, store sales announcements, and fashion and styling tips under the News & Events section of our website. Check back on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for fresh content from Goodwill NYNJ’s A Good Look.

In today’s A Good Look, we talk about an awesome phenomenon sweeping the country — the #GoodwillDate ! Find the full post here in the News & Events section www.goodwillnynj.org.

Part 4: LIVE! from Hollywood with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Part 4: LIVE from Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA! A 4-Part Travel SeriesHollywood – Los Angeles, CA! A 4 Part Travel Series

Palm trees, a beach breeze and the sun on your skin, no Toto we’re not in NYC anymore, in fact, I’m LIVE from Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA for the final Part FOUR of this fabulous and fun series! For you new readers, that means I’m on location in L.A. and traveling the Pacific Coast Highway to find the best fashion, food, and fun the Golden Coast has to offer! Let’s GO!

Over the past few weeks we’ve had shopping adventure with the Goodwill staff in sunny Beverly Hills, and even a fantastic trip down the Pacific Coast Highway and adventures in the hills, so and this week we’re headed down the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Part 4 – A Star Studded Walk through Tinsel Town!

As a professional actress and filmmaker of many years, (both in NYC and here in LA, a story that requires an ENTIRELY separate blog post, lol!), one of my favorite things to do when visiting is to stroll the Walk of Fame. So grab a Spanish Latte with me and let’s learn a little as we go! According to sources, “The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that runs diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; and 0.4 miles north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard.”

So it’s a jaunt, but we’re game! Also, according to a 2003 report by the market research firm NPO Plog Research, the Walk attracts about “10 million visitors annually — more than Sunset Strip, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Queen Mary, AND the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — and has played an important role in making tourism the largest industry in Los Angeles County.” With over 2,570 stars, it’s easy to see why! Glorious and glittering, these monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass (not bronze, an oft-repeated inaccuracy) inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background.

 

Knowing that the stars, filmmakers, and performers of yesteryear walked these same grounds is always a surreal moment — so many dedicated professionals all sharing the same vision of storytelling is a reminder that what we do and share can last more than just the span of our own lives.

But it’s not all glitter here in the city of lights, plenty of gritty street corner antics, flashy tourism and “Maps to the Stars Houses” types of trek still exist. We won’t be going on any of those day trips this round, but I’ll keep it on the cheeseball to-do list for my next journey out here!

 

The crew and I know it’s our last night shooting here so we pop into Santa Monica for a quick brunch and a chat about our respective careers in film, travel, hosting, journalism, and multimedia both here in LA and back in New York City.

 

Exploring and finding the open road always makes us reflective and as we capture the sunset flashing off the Strip, we’re reminded to be grateful, not only for the experiences, but our work and community which grows with every new trip we make. It’s hard to believe, but the day has escaped us already, and as the sun starts going down, I jet to the airport feeling like I can already hear the engines revving up for my departure over the gridded and glittering West Coast. It was an amazing trip, and even as my engines point East again home, I have no doubt I’ll be back again soon.

Did you dig the star studded #travel we took through Hollywood and the Pacific Coast Highway? Do you thrift in L.A.? Where are your hot spots! Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s a secret for now!

Till then, follow my food, fun, and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

Don’t Miss Out on This Week’s Sales!

SALES, SALES, SALES!

There’s Still Time to Replenish Your Winter Wardrobe at 50% Off!

Goodwill Winter Blowout Continues – Wednesday-Thursday, February 24-25

If you missed the start of this spectacular sale yesterday, don’t worry! Enjoy 50% off winter apparel, including coats, sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, fleece and corduroy clothing, from 2/24-25 at all Goodwill stores except the Van Dam outlet in Queens. Available while supplies last. Window sale items are not included.

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

 

Window Sales This Week

Please stop by one of our participating locations below to take part in our window sales this week! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales from Thursday, 2/25-Monday 2/29.


Window Sale General Rules:

o    Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve

o    Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public

o    Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details

o    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

o    Check for specific store rules

SALE HOURS AND DATES

New York City
Bronx, 149th Street Store: Friday 2/26 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
West 72nd Street Store: Saturday 2/27 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave Store: Saturday 2/27 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Central Harlem, 5th Ave Store: Saturday 2/27 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
East Harlem, 3rd Ave Store: Saturday 2/27 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Washington Heights, 181st Street Store: Saturday 2/27; sale 8 am
East 23rd Street Store: Sunday 2/28 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Livingston, Brooklyn Store: Sunday 2/28 tickets 9 am; sale 9:15 am
West 72nd Street Store — Leap Year Window Sale: Monday 2/29 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am


Long Island
East Northport Store:  Saturday 2/27 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 2/27 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am

Northern New Jersey
Rockaway, NJ Store: Saturday 2/27 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Springfield Store:
Saturday 2/27 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am

Westchester
Elmsford Store: Saturday 2/27 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Vails Gate, New Windsor Store: Saturday 2/27; sale 8 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

All-Weather Adorable Looks

It’s time to think about transitioning. With the recent spout of unseasonably warm weather we’ve had on and off over the past week or so, it’s pretty impossible not to start thinking about spring. SPRING!

Even though we’ve had a comparatively mild winter, I’m way more than ready to start thinking about warmer temps, sunshine, and lighter layers. And that’s why I was so pleasantly surprised to stumble across gorgeous leather booties this weekend at an NYC-area Goodwill store!

These little boots are everything you need to move between your heavy, woolen winter wardrobe and lighter spring pieces with ease. The shorter, ankle-boot style means they’re easy to wear with both pants and skirts or dresses, so you can pair these pretty shoes with whatever kind of layers you’re in the mood to wear– or whatever feels seasonable appropriate at that particular moment in time, be it a big, bulky sweater or airy, flowery dress. The substantial leather material and short, practical heel make these the kind of boots you can walk all over town in, whether the sun is shining or the wind and rain are coming at you hard.

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These gorgeous grayish-blue booties are the perfect shoes for in-between season weather and will carry you through the transition to spring in style!

But boots like these should be an essential piece in every girl’s fall/spring wardrobe. For those times of year when the weather is totally unpredictable and could change at any moment, these booties are absolutely perfect.

And what better way to wear these versatile ankle boots than with an equally versatile ensemble like the one I’ve got on here? These are items from my winter wardrobe, but since the sweater is a little lighter in weight and texture than some of my more heavy-duty options, it’s a sweater I can easily wear into the start of the spring season, when chilly winds and rain keep it from feeling too wonderfully warm and nice outside. Some soft gray pants will also protect me from an early spring chill, but looks lovely against the stone-colored booties and complement the vibrant purple of the top.

It’s a practical look that will keep me comfortable in the ever-changing weather at this time of year, but still look cute and polished when finished off with my pretty new booties!

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Super versatile booties, like the ones spotted this week at a local Goodwill thrift shop, are a great way to help you stretch your seasonal wardrobes! Pair them with heavier winter pieces or lighter spring layers for a variety of looks to take you through all seasons.

@PlanetBrandee Part 3

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@PlanetBrandee Part 3: LIVE from Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA! A 4 Part Travel Series

Palm trees, a beach breeze and the sun on your skin … no Toto we’re not in NYC anymore. In fact, I’m LIVE from Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA for Part THREE of this fabulous and fun series! For you, new readers, that means I’m on location in L.A. and traveling the Pacific Coast Highway to find the best fashion, food, and fun the Golden Coast has to offer! Let’s GO!

So, last week we had a fun shopping adventure with the Goodwill staff in sunny Beverly Hills, and this week, we’re headed down the scenic Pacific Highway and into the Canyons! But before we get our resting “The Hills” face on, let’s find out more about this beautiful location.

Hurray for Hollywood: Part 3 – Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip!

brandee-photo-2_feb19The Pacific Coast Highway has long been on my bucket list and this past week I had a chance to scratch it off as I drove its incredible length! A bit of background on this amazing place: The Pacific Coast Highway, also known as State Route 1 (SR 1), is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. According to our bestie friend Wik, “Highway 1 has several portions designated as either Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Cabrillo Highway, Shoreline Highway, or Coast Highway. Its southern terminus is at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and its northern terminus is at U.S. Highway 101 (US 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County.” It’s worth noting too that Highway 1 also at times runs concurrently with US 101, most notably through a 54-mile (87 km) stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and across the Golden Gate Bridge — all amazing sites to see!

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It’s easy to see why this location has inspired so many adventures! The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an “All-American Road.” In addition to providing a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast, the route also serves as a major thoroughfare in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, and several other coastal urban areas.

Now that we’ve brushed up on our travel stats, let’s drop the convertible top and ride!

First up: Eats, naturally. You can’t go shopping on an empty stomach! So we settle down in a spot with full view of the water and surfers and watch the spectacular show that is Mother Nature. Waves crash down below us and we raise sparkling fresh ginger mocktails to celebrate the open road!

Next up is a selection of mind-blowing seafood — and this seafood straight from the coast really can’t be topped! Swordfish — yes! Fresh ahi — absolutely! Crème brûlée and a Lavazza espresso for the road? Don’t mind if I do! Listening to the ocean tides and sipping a buzzy beverage always gets the spirits high! A quick filming segment down on the beach and now we’re off!

 

The crew and I all opt to visit the divine canyons that loom above the highway, specifically for some thrifted vintage finds! Although Goodwill Beverly Hills had a lot to offer last week, our first stop at Hidden Treasures is a dive right into fabulous!

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Time Out L.A. says “Once you get past the dinosaur and pirates guarding the entrance, youll be privy to what appears to be the contents of a kooky grandmothers attic—think: varsity jackets, military uniforms, 80s graphic tees, Nordic sweaters, antique sleepwear and Halloween costumes all year round.” Our personal search revealed Instagram-worthy kimonos, floor-length 1960s velvet frocks and blazing neon mini skirts. Bring your wallet and your creative unicorn soul, because the prices and the selection will have you here for hours!

Wait, wait a sec: Is it closing time? HOW! I can hardly believe the sun is going DOWN already?!

Our trunk is at max cap now with fun frocks and they’re kicking us out, LOL, but we’re still looking forward to next week’s final west coast Hollywood adventure!

Do you thrift in L.A.? Where are your hot spots! Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured in this 4-part travel series! And stay tuned for the final Part 4 of my @PlanetBrandee adventures, where I’ll be coming to you LIVE from HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles! Brace for sun, surf, starlets and tons of thrifting on the Golden Coast!

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

Drop by Our Window Sales This Week!

SALES, SALES, SALES!

Replenish Your Winter Wardrobe 2/23-2/25 at 50% Off!

Goodwill Winter Blowout – Tuesday-Thursday, February 23-25

Enjoy 50% off winter apparel, including coats, sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, fleece and corduroy clothing, from 2/23-25 at all Goodwill stores except the Van Dam outlet in Queens. Available while supplies last. Window sale items are not included.

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

Drop by Our Window Sales This Week!

Please stop by one of our participating locations below to take part in our window sales this week! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales from Thursday, 2/18-Wednesday 2/24.


Window Sale General Rules:

o    Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve

o    Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public

o    Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details

o    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

o    Check for specific store rules

 

SALE HOURS AND DATES

New York City
East Harlem Store: Thursday 2/18 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 2/19 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
West 79th Street Store: Friday 2/19 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 2/20 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Livingston, Brooklyn Store: Sunday 2/21 tickets 9 am; sale 9:15 am
Chelsea Store: Tuesday 2/23 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
West 14th Street Store: Wednesday 2/24 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am

Long Island
Lake Ronkonkoma Store:  Saturday 2/20 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
New Rochelle Store: Saturday2/20 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am

Northern New Jersey
Jersey City Store: Saturday 2/20 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Elmwood Park Store:
 Saturday 2/20 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Fairfield Store:
Saturday 2/20 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Harrison Store: 
Wednesday 2/24 tickets 7:30 am; sale 8 am

Westchester
Elmsford Store: Friday 2/19 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 2/20; sale 8 am

 

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

MRS. T’S CLOSET: Celebrating Black History Month

I am proud to be a part of the African-American culture. In honor of February, National Black History Month, I look forward to participating in the many celebrations that are planned in our area. African-American culture and history is rich and diverse, and often speaks through our food, music, dance, customs, hairstyles and clothing.

Thinking of the motherland, I included here two of my favorite casual, African-inspired outfits. I found them both while thrifting! I also found an amazing, handmade African carving. You can see it hanging on my wall in the pictures below.

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Thrifting is fun, however, here’s an important tip when encountering something that may have historical or cultural significance, like African clothing:

Be careful to appreciate the culture it comes from, and aim to respect the item’s true intent.

A lot of history is woven in African clothing. Many pieces, including the symbols and colors chosen for it, play a key part in the traditions and customs they originate from. When I find something with meaning that I love, I strive to better understand its value and history before wearing or decorating with it. Admittedly, I still have a lot to learn.

Unexpected treasures await you, so keep having fun while thrifting, but remember to appreciate the wealth of history you may discover too.