Music Festival Fashion Part 4 With @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Part 4: Musical Festivals 101

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Coachella. Burningman. Lightning in a Bottle.

Oh yeah. THIS is the END! It’s happening! The FESTIVALS are coming! Over the past few weeks we chatted on the top tips for festival season, and we’ve seen some fabulous video inspirations, and last week — LIVE from the MOJAVE desert — we shared how to dress for the COLOR you need in your life! So, grab your RayBans, that flower garland (when WILL they go away?!) and make a raver time beeline to the FINAL Part 4 of my 4-Part Travel Series on Music Festivals 101!

 

Part 4: Capture that MOMENT!

Question: “Are you “cell-fish?” ie: when something or someone meaningful is communicating with you, are you glued to your phone? Do you suffer from FOMO? Do you have an innate ability to not “see” what’s going on because you live in your egotistical selfie obsessive zone?

Answer: Well hey, you! Put that ISH’ DOWN son! This is 2016! Try to realllllly reconnect! Isn’t that why you bought the ticket in the first place?! Let’s raise our arms and our eyes to each other at these fantastic events!

LISTEN: Everyone wants to capture everything lately, and music festivals are NO exception! In fact, many attendees suffer from what we non cell-fish humans call the terrible FOMO! Here’s the deal on what this terrible FOMO is:

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And in case you’re still confused about the reality of FOMO, here’s a little breakdown on that self-obsessed temperament that affects many a festival-goer obsessed with never just “enjoying” a moment:

 

So, ERMAGERD, don’t be “that guy”, (or girl!) and put down the phone! Dance! Celebrate being alive! Get OFF those dating APPS! Meet REAL people! Put down the camera and join the land of the LIVING! For some serious inspiration and a big final wrap up, I highly recommend these videos — they capture the vibes of Coachella, Burningman, Lightning in a Bottle and a thousand other opportunities you can go to this summer! Get inclusive! Reach out and connect! No trace (and ALL douchey selfies) left behind!

Make new friends and above all, have FUN! There truly is only ONE life, so why not spend it with those who share the same vibrant, colorful and joyous spirit as you? Get out there and make it happen!

 

SO, who’s going!? Wave your golden ticket Charlie, flap your fringe, and clap slap yo’ boho hands in the air and let’s hear it! So do you live for feathers and thrifted boho? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured here next week when my new adventure begins! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure in May which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL secret for now!

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

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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Goodwill Gems: Stylish Spring Shoes

Hello, fashion-forward friends!

I’m back with another week of Goodwill Gems and cannot WAIT to share what I’ve found this week! While thrifting at GoodwillNYNJ’s Chelsea location in Manhattan, I was lucky enough to stumble across row after row (after row!) of completely fabulous shoes.

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There were tons of cute heels, in all colors of the rainbow, and most in pretty mint condition, so it was really hard for me to select just one pair.

But of course, I had to pick one to post about (at least for this week’s blog update). And as much I love all that vibrant, happy color you see in the photo above, in true Goodwill Gem fashion, I went for something pretty but also practical, that I knew I would wear again and again and again!

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These Kenneth Cole Reaction heels have slight platform for comfort and a super chic look, thanks to the skinny heels and understated linen upper. The neutral fabric that makes up most of this shoe isn’t as bright or wonderfully loud as the other colorful heels I spotted during my thrifting trip, but this is the kind of shoe that will go with absolutely everything in your spring and summer wardrobes! Plus, it was in almost perfect condition and looked like it had hardly been worn at all — serious Gem alert!

 

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So, how to style this too-cute shoe? EASY. You could pair these babies with everything from fancy cocktail dresses to casual summer sundresses to a classic jeans-and-white-tee-shirt look. They’re incredibly versatile, which is what makes them such an insane bargain and lucky find! But here, I’ve chosen to pair these pretty heels with a bright yellow, breezy summer skirt (also found at Goodwill!) and a couple of layered gray and white tanks. Easy, cool, comfy and still totally cute, and adding my newly found heels will take this otherwise casual look up to a slightly more polished level.

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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Lauren (aka Lo) has been a devoted thrifter and deal-finder since moving to NYC in 2009, and loves to write about all things fashion and food. Follow Lauren’s stylish and delicious adventures on Twitter @lauren_haslett and on Instagram @molassesandmayhem.

Music Festival Fashion PART 3 with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Part 3: Musical Festivals 101

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Coachella. Burningman. Lightning in a Bottle.

Oh yeah. It’s happening! The FESTIVALS are coming! Over the past few weeks we chatted on the top tips for festival season, as well as seen some fabulous video inspirations, and this week, LIVE from the MOJAVE desert we’ll share how to dress for the COLOR you need in your life! So grab your coat of many colors, that old bottle of manic panic and made a rainbow scarf or to, and let’s GO prep in Part 3 of my 4-Part Series on Music Festivals 101!

Part 3: Living COLORFULLY!

Question: “Is eggshell a real color? Is beige where the heart lies? Is “PUTTY” a real thing?”

Answer: We’re in the desert at a music festival, put those safe neutrals down and let’s howl at the rainbow moon like the vibrant fashion creatures we are!

Listen: color isn’t ONLY for festivals! In a lot of ways, color is thrifted, fabulous magic you can inject into your mundane everyday existence and make it come alive! Like a song your body wears, colors can transform a wardrobe and your mindset. I learned this when I met Jessi Arrington, a talented and incredibly spirited person who I had the chance to befriend years go at an MFTA auction here in New York City. Just seeing her was a lesson in joy! Head-to-toe color and thrilling, infectious energy! Here’s us celebrating our mutual love for Bea Arthur and sequins!

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Does it get any better? Yes it does, check her TED talk here on wearing nothing new:

 

And if you’re creative, (and if you’re reading this blog, let’s be honestttt, you ARE!), be sure to voyage into another of her TEDx appearances here:

 

So get into Goodwill and grab all the color you can! I would love to find a gorgeous striped orange ensem like she rocked in Orlando, but instead I found some pretty stellar color-infused items, including a tie-dyed shirt that was thrifted into a capelet and some rainbow leggings for day? What’s your favorite from the pics?!

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SO who’s going! Wave your golden ticket Charlie, flap your fringe, and clap-slap yo’ boho hands in the air and let’s hear it! Do you live for feathers and thrifted boho?

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Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured here next week when the series ends! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure in May which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL secret for now!

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Container Store Weekend Donations Drive!

Don’t live near a Goodwill location, but DO live near a Container Store?

 

BRING YOUR GOODWILL DONATIONS FOR PRIZE DRAWINGS & A COMPLIMENTARY TOTE BAG!

 

Special Goodwill-Container Store Weekend Donations Drive April 22-May 1

 

SCHEDULE & PARTICIPATING STORES

Friday-Saturday, April 22-23 & April 29-30 – 12 pm-4 pm
 
NEW JERSEY
Paramus Container Store
370 Route 17
Paramus, NJ 07652

 

Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 & April 30-May 1 – 12 pm-6 pm

 

MANHATTAN
6th Avenue Container Store
629 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

 

Lexington Avenue Container Store
725 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

 

NASSAU COUNTY
Westbury Plaza Container Store
The Gallery at Westbury Plaza
902 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY 11530

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY
White Plains Container Store
145 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

 

Yonkers Container Store
48 Market Street
Yonkers, NY 10710

 

Goodwill and The Container Store have teamed up nationally during Earth Month to make it easy for customers to donate clothing. There are special branded containers in every participating store, and Goodwill staff will be present to provide receipts at six Container Stores in our region during the last two weekends in April. The Container Store is giving away co-branded tote bags you can use next time to make donations, and there may be other special events.

 

Email us to win a $25 gift card from The Container Store
Goodwill has received four $25 Container Store gift cards. Send us your name, email address and the number on your tax receipt to be eligible for the prize drawing. Email to mgotwals@goodwillnynj.org under the subject line Container Store Drawing.

Music Festival Fashion PART 2 With Your Friday Fave @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Part 2: Musical Festivals #101

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Coachella. Burning Man. Lightning in a Bottle.

Oh yeah. It’s happening! The FESTIVALS are coming! Last week we chatted on the top tips for festival season, and this week, LIVE from the MOJAVE desert we’ll share how to live and layer for your life! So grab your cutest thrifted daisy dukes and worn-in leather boots, because the floral prints are surfacing, the neon bracelets are being spotted and there’s a bass pounding in the desert distance. Let’s GO prep in Part 2 of my 4-Part Series on Music Festivals #101!

Part 2: Bring me your floral, distressed, denim music stomping souls!

Question: When it comes to festivals, what is considered “too much?”

Answer: There is no such thing! 🙂

SO: Unpacking here in the desert for one of the more private events leading into festival season, and hot little ticket in hand, that same question comes again: what to wear?

Well, let’s talk about unbridled creativity. You can wear anything! You can do everything! Feel like neon on paid with a dash of el wire? Oh yeah. Maybe vintage deconstructed dresses with a headdress to knock even a thrifted Liberace vision board off the wall? Easy son, we got this. And how about mirrored full bodysuits? Um, yes and also YES! Let’s look at this inspo!

april15-post-photo-2Firstly, Burning Man is massive! No longer underground, (since 2011’s record breaking sell out year), this event is the top notch example of runway vs nature vs DIY and self-reliant aesthetic!

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This video sums up the vibes, and hit the heart so much, that my husband and I even walked down the aisle to this song alongside our Burning Man friends this past October when getting married! Home is truly where you make it, among the really genuine and heartfelt ethos and this rag-tag and eclectic group is anything but boring!

 

In our GW world, be sure to get inspired by grabbing ALL the neon and black light-reactive cloth you can find! Shred that pile up ($14.99 YASSS! Score!) and have an armful of fabulous tie-on ribbonry!  Rock it in the sun or hit it with some glow paint for nighttime reactive awesomeness! In fact, here’s a few videos to help you get ready to be your best on the Playa desert ground!

Up first, a great collection of costume inspiration, from full on Marie Antoinette to played down desert boho, it’s all here, and it’s totally accessorized for dust storms, lol!

 

Lastly, lay your eyes on these five fast facts about Burning Man! Colorful, fun and absolutely mind blowing concepts here:

 

SO who’s going! Wave your golden ticket Charlie, flap your fringe, and clap slap yo’ boho hands in the air and let’s hear it! So do you live for feathers and thrifted boho? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured here next week! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure in May which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL secret for now!

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

 

When you #shopgoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Goodwill Gems: A Classic and Classy Bag

Digging for Goodwill Gold

It’s Monday once again, dear friends (sigh …). But luckily, that means it’s time for me to share my latest and greatest #GoodwillGems with you all!

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This week’s incredible find came from our Van Dam outlet location in Long Island City, Queens. It’s a bit different than many of the other Goodwill stores around the city — you have to do some digging through the almost daunting number of large bins full of clothing and accessories, but that little bit of extra work to find great pieces is SO worth it! Because all those goodies here are sold not as individual items but BY THE POUND! It’s possibly the best deal you can get on great clothes and cute accessories, and if you’ve never made the trip out to LIC to check it out, now is the time!

My latest fantastic find is a chic carryall bag that’s super versatile and easy to style — and you all know that is just about my FAVE kind of accessory in existence! It’s pretty impossible not to love a piece like this one, with incredibly classic, clean lines, and very glam (but subtle) gold detailing, like the zipper on the front. This purse is a real-deal Christian Siriano (and who didn’t absolutely adore him on Project Runway way back in the day?!). I got super excited when I spotted it at the outlet store, because not only could I get an insanely good deal on it, but this designer handbag was in GREAT condition and I know will last me for years (and years … and years) to come!

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A real leather, designer handbag at next to nothing?! Yup, I spotted it recently at our Van Dam outlet location, where incredible deals abound!

SO … what to wear with such an amazing bag? The answer is simple, really: EVERYTHING! There’s really nothing you can NOT pair with this near-perfect accessory — and to prove it, I’m going to put together what is just about the simplest outfit of all time to pair with it.

Why, you ask?

It’s an excellent question, but one I think, my thrifty and forward-thinking fashionistas, you probably already know the answer to. Basic doesn’t have to be boring — in fact, if you look at fabulous and famous designers, like Christian Siriano or any of your other faves, you’ll probably notice that they often wear a lot of clean lines, simple but flattering shapes, and lots and lots of black. These people have incredible talent, can design anything they would ever want to wear, and have the money to purchase beautiful, brand new clothes all the time, but they often still stick to what’s classic and always looks good on them. Basic but beautiful, polished and figure-flattering never goes out of style, NEVER, and that’s what I’ve gone for here with my form-fitting black pants and easy, neutral tee with a low scoop neck that accentuates my girlish curves. It’s an ensemble that can easily be worn anywhere and everywhere and doesn’t look like I’m trying too hard at all, but it’s also an outfit that highlights what I’ve got, hides what I don’t, and makes me feel fabulous and confident — which is exactly what a great outfit SHOULD do!

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This easy, effortless weekend look is the ideal ensemble to pair with my classic, clean, beautiful new brown leather handbag!

 

When you #shopgoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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Lauren (aka Lo) has been a devoted thrifter and deal-finder since moving to NYC in 2009, and loves to write about all things fashion and food. Follow Lauren’s stylish and delicious adventures on Twitter @lauren_haslett and on Instagram @molassesandmayhem.

Music Festival Fashion with Your Friday Fave @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Part 1: Music Festivals 101

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Coachella. Burning Man. Lightning in a Bottle.

Oh yeah. It’s happening! The FESTIVALS are coming! Grab your cutest thrifted daisy dukes and worn-in leather boots, because the floral prints are surfacing, the neon bracelets are being spotted and there’s a bass pounding in the desert distance! So, let’s GO prep in Part 1 of my 4-Part Series on Music Festivals 101!

 

Part 1: The ethos of trying not to try too hard? AKA: that whole boho cute thing!

Question: How many ways can a women in her 20s or 30s style a floral headpiece?

Answer: Apparently, more than you could possible understand!

 

SO: While I pack to jettison off to the desert, hot little ticket in hand, the obvious question comes: what to wear? Some of these events are in the desert or elsewhere in the Southwest, (more on my personal Mojave journey and Joshua Tree adventure later!), so it’s hot during the day and chilly at night — what’s a boho goddess to wear? Well I’ve collected some of the cutest, most stylish and most adorable dames in the YouTubeverse to give you a virtual #fashion show so you can see the flowing fringe, killer kimonos and well distressed boho visions right at your fingertips!

#1 on our list is the fabulously trendy video featuring Amanda Steele, who curates like a boho pro! With over 1,783,156 views it’s no wonder! Breaking out festival fanny packs (as only the gorgeous can rock with chic!) and the tip of: Fringe is EVERYTHING! Which outfit was your favorite?

 

#2: YES to the super fun intro! Bubbles! Outtakes? TWIN sandwich fun? Um, yup! Let’s do it!

Coming in at over 168K views, nothing says giggling teens and bubbly spirit like these lovely ladies! Thrifting a frock? Looking for a new do and/or way to step up your Fleetwood Mac accessories game? Pairing eyeliner and Nasty Gal belts (found at GW for $12.99 BTW!!), these ladies are you gals! Check it out:

 

And lastly, #3, the more grown-up, but super infectiously joyous dame (and coming in at UM over 2 MILLION subscribers!) the gorgeous Meghan Rienks!

 

In our GW world, be sure to get inspired by cutting off the bottoms to vintage thrifted jeans to hit up those Daisy Dukes girl scout points ($8.99 YASSS!), and a few #vintage dresses that can be draped within an inch of their life for easy, breezy, day-to-night transitions while dancing your heart OUT!!! Don’t be afraid to GO BIG! Prints! Layers! ROMPERS! Deep V-necks!

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SO, who’s going? Wave your golden ticket, Charlie, flap your fringe, and clap-slap yo’ boho hands in the air and let’s hear it! Do you live for feathers and thrifted boho? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure in May which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL secret for now!

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

 

When you #shopgoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Mondays with Mrs. T: A Spring Renewal

Renewed, Refreshed and Revived

Blooming flowers, budding trees, singing birds and crawling caterpillars softly remind me that it’s time to renew, refresh and revive my 2016 New Year Resolutions. Yes; I’ve gotten off track already, especially with my exercising routine. However, what’s more important is that each day presents a new beginning. I can renew, refresh and revive my 2016 resolutions at any time, no matter how off track I might have gotten.

I’m ready to be strong again – to reinvigorate and stimulate the wonderful seeds that were planted in my heart earlier in the year. I’m inspired and ready to make my life healthier and better for the rest of 2016.  Here’s me wearing one of my favorite workout outfits:

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What’s interesting is that before going to Goodwill, I tried going to other stores to purchase what I thought were good workout outfits. I did find some things, but my budget does not allow me to continue paying $25 to $50 (and sometimes more!) for new pieces of activewear. Thank goodness for thrifting! Just as I’m committed to my health and fitness this year, I’m also committed to spending less for the best. The active wear I’m wearing in the picture above cost no more than $8.00 for each piece. The weekly sales could save you even more – discounts for a healthier and better life!

Spring forth and find your nearest Goodwill to build your activewear collection.  You may be amazed at all the wonderful finds just waiting to be discovered!

Happy Springtime, Goodwill shoppers!

Mrs. T

 

When you #shopgoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

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Tina Morgan, “Mrs. T.”, an avid thrifter for over thirty years, shares her shopping experiences to create the best looks for less. She is a wife, mother of three amazing sons, grandmother, and caregiver who is retired but not tired!”

The Future of Fashion with Your Friday Fave @PlanetBrandee

@PlanetBrandee: THE Future of FASHION!

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It is, in one mere word: SHOEPANTS. Yes, shoepants! One piece of incredible, mind-blowing couture connecting shady Converse wearers with their inner fashion goddess! And who can wear this breathtaking ensem you say? Anyone! Grandma! Aunt whatshername! The guy from the laundromat! No one is safe from the SHOEPANTS craze that’s on track to pass harem pants as the IT fashion trend of 2016! In fact, feast your eyes on THESE gems! Watch out Beastie Boys wannabes, these denim duds are headed straight for you closet! Along with track suits, which are all over the runways here in Milan and Paris! Who can say no to those mullets? SO chic, so party in the back!

 

Obviously, it’s APRIL FOOLS’! So no worries! That dreadful douche wearing Oakley wrap around glasses and a windbreaker trend IS GONE! So is (we’re hoping) the real life shoepants that actually, contrary to belief, DO exist! (The joke is over.) Even the people at ManRepeller wrote about that craziness!

In fact, all the big fashion brands are in on the jokesies! Including Bonobos, American Eagle and more! Naturally, we encourage the secondhand lifestyle at GoodwillNYNJ, but it’s great to get a smile and a chuckle from the fashion set not taking themselves that seriously, right?

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So glitter beards aside, (oh yea, that WAS a “thing” lol), just be glad and feel very lucky that you aren’t an icon of bad fashion history, which always makes it way around on April 1st. In fact, feel free to peruse the annuals of time with the “Top 10 Worst Fashion Trends In ALL of History!” for an extra snicker or two at the watercooler this a.m.

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Do you have an April Fools #fashion faux pas to share? Maybe an old outfit you wish had never seen the light of day? Tell us your secrets! Better yet, 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!

 

When you #shopgoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!