DIY Fall Decor

 

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An excellent way to update your home this fall season is by merely adding a few glassware around the house. Goodwill carries a variety of glass in the home decor section. You can find from new and modern pieces to unique and vintage pieces. To make the glassware more appealing add your favorite fall theme candle, go outside and add some leaves or a few baby pumpkins.

Fall Decor- Table Setup

An excellent way to impress your guest this fall season is by having a topnotch table set for Thanksgiving. Though table setups and fine china can be pricey, I can assure you that you can find something affordable and with good quality at Goodwill.

Fall Decor- Picture Frames

Adding a few picture frames around the house brings back old memories. And a great way to update the basic picture frame is by adding a couple of artificial flowers, bows, leaves. You can find a wide selection of pre-owned and vintage picture frames at your local Goodwill and recreate one of these picture frames.

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Pillows are a great way to add some color to your old and slouchy couch. This fall season be creative and do it yourself. I’ve done this in the past and have easily added some twine, iron-on patches and have refurbished my old pillows. These go great on your living room sofa or bed.

A little imagination and little craft skills are all it takes to redecorate this autumn season. Any other craft ideas? Leave them in the comments below.

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Group Halloween Costumes On A Budget

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Finding the right Halloween costume for yourself is already difficult enough, imagine trying to find an outfit for you and your family or coordinating with your best friends. Lucky for you Goodwill has all the right group costumes while sticking to your budget. Here are some group costumes you can buy at Goodwill this Halloween.

The Adams Family

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If you were already thinking of dressing up as Wednesday Adams, then you’re going to love the idea of having the rest of your family dress like the Adams family. Dressing up like this dark and unapologetic movie characters is a fun idea you can do with all your loved ones this Halloween.

Grease

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Are you a fan of the film ‘Grease’ and musicals? You answered yes? then you will like the idea of convincing your group of friends to go out as the characters of the movie. Who will you dress like, Sandy or Danny?

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Who didn’t love watching  Scooby-Doo growing up? Take your closes pals and recreate the Scooby-Doo gang this Halloween. I’m leaning towards going as Velma. Who is your favorite character?

Mean Girls

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On Wednesdays we wear pink! And it just so happen that this year Halloween falls on a Wednesday so please dress accordingly.

The Breakfast Club 

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You may or maybe not be too young to remember this movie but either way, this is a classic. This is a fun, effortless and creative way to go trick or treating with your buddies.

Strangers Things

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You have been binge watching this show since season one, and it’s somewhat appropriate to dress the like the show characters this Halloween. I think I might be going as 11 this year, how about you?

13 Essential Autumn Accessories To Fall For

As the summer winds down and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes begins to penetrate the air, we are more than ready to say goodbye to this sweltering heat and begin transitioning our wardrobes.

From layers to hats to boots and everything in between, revamping your autumn closet can feel a little overwhelming. You may ask yourself, what do I really need? But fear not! Goodwill is here to help! Here are 13 basic fall essentials to mix and match throughout the season:

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The most important thing to remember when the seasons are changing is to keep warm. When it’s too cold for a T-shirt but too warm for a coat, a cozy wrap can go a long way.

  1. THE PONCHO:

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The poncho is a comfortable and comforting piece that looks great on everyone and tends to cover all the right areas. A sleeveless poncho is also easy to whip on and off as the temperature demands, making it the ultimate autumn essential.

2. THE CAPE

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The cape is great both in terms of warmth and versatility, and if you’re a fan of layers this piece is perfect for you. Capes are back big time for autumn 2018, as spotted on fashion week runways and are the perfect addition to your autumn wardrobe.

3. THE OVERSIZED SHAWL/SCARF

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The oversized shawl/scarf is the perfect solution for unpredictable and changing weather. Easy to put on and to take off, it also fits perfectly in your bag and around your neck, making it a particularly versatile piece.

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Autumn means having to navigate a lot of temperamental weather. From winds to rain, you need to make sure that you’ve got something to cover your head and protect that fresh ‘do. Here are our recommendations:

4. THE FEDORA

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The fedora hat truly is an autumn staple. Slick and stylish, the fedora completes any outfit and works great both during the day and at night. The best thing about the fedora hat is that it goes with just about anything, from a party to picnic and anything in between, ensuring that you stay warm, dry and fashionable.

5. THE BEANIE

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When in doubt, wear a beanie hat! Ideal for windy weather, this timeless classic is guaranteed t keep you (and you ears!) nice and warm. This is also a classically stylish look that’s perfect for casual outings and even your commute to work.

6. THE HEAD SCARF

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Favored by the likes of Queen Elisabeth II and the renowned designer Richard Quinn, the simple scarf is another iconic staple that belongs with the rest of your must-have autumn accessories, perfect for keeping you dry, warm and always stylish.

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Oversized bags are your best friend, especially during autumn, when you’re constantly taking things on and off. Here are three fun options for you to play around with, perfect for every occasion.

7. THE TOTE

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The oversized metallic tote is ideal for walking around the city or going to college or work. Simple and stylish, you can fit quite a lot in a tote. Whether it’s your poncho or your subway read, it’s the simple and comfortable bag is there for you when you need it most.

8. THE BACKPACK

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As autumn approaches, so does rain season, which means that you’ve got to figure out a way to keep your things dry. You can swap out your work tote for a work ready backpack, which will save you the hassle of the juggling too many things at once and keeping all of your valuables nice and dry.

9. THE CROSSBODY BAG

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A cute crossbody bag is the perfect autumn accessory ideal for a night out. Something big enough to fit all of your basics (phone, keys, cash etc.) but small enough to not get in your way.

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10. THE STATEMENT NECKLACE

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Gold is the color of the season and nothing perks up a plain T or a simple sweater like a classic piece of statement jewelry. You can opt for either gold or copper to dress up any outfit, whether you’re going to work or to party.

11. LAYERED PIECES

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One of the best things about autumn is all the accessories! Have fun and dress up your new layered wardrobe with an assortment of fun, funky ornaments to further dress up up your outfit.

12. DANGLY EARRINGS

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When it’s cold and windy out and you’ve got no choice but to throw that hat on or put your hair up in a bun, throw on a cool pair of dangly earrings to spice up your look!

13. RINGS

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It’s not gloves season yet! And until it is, you can catch us sporting a cool and casual assortment of rings to keep our look funky and fresh.

What’s are some of your go-to autumn pieces to shop at goodwill? Let us know in the comments below!

The Thrifty Bride Guide: Goodwill Kingston Bridal Sale

Weddings can be a costly affair. From the flowers to the cake to the venue and the photographer, a whole wedding production can set you back quite a few bucks. That’s why it’s great to thrift your way through the process wherever you can.

Everyone knows that one of the most expensive elements of wedding shopping is the dress, but why fork out thousands of dollars for a dress you’re only going to wear once? Fear not, though. Goodwill NYNJ has got you covered!

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A local bridal shop closed down recently and donated some of their floor sample bridal dresses (about 20) and accessories to the Kingston Goodwill! 

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Prices for wedding dresses are running from $69.99-$299.99, whereas the original prices were up to $3999, so you’re in for a true bargain! 

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We have bridesmaid/prom dresses as well as some shawls, slips and veils.

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Also,  some ring bearer pillows and flower girl baskets.

Stop in and get ready to say “Yes to the dress”!

We’re located at 1306 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401 👰

NYFW Trends you can get at Goodwill

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It’s technically still 1,000 degrees outside but New York Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night with designer Tom Ford showcasing his Spring/Summer19  collection. Like Tom Ford, many other designers will be debuting the upcoming trends. But let’s be honest, not all of us have the money to purchase these trends right when they hit the clothing racks. Trends come and go, and why spend $1,000 on something so temporary. But lucky for us fashionistas, Goodwill already has all these trends, and for way less, you can get them here. Here are 15 Fall /Winter fashion trends spotted during NYFW.

  1. Animal Print 

Animal PrintThis is not your traditional leopard print top. Animal print is more functional than ever!  From fun colored pants to shoes everyone can try this trend without fear of failure.

2. The Western Boots

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3. Yellow

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4. Suits

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5. Tweed 

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6. Red

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7. Sherling Coats

Sherling CoatsOnce known as the “dad jacket” is now the most significant trend.

8. Plaid 

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9. Puff Jackets

Puffer JacketFrom the runway to the streets, this jacket will be the ultimate fashion statement while still keeping warm.

10. Fringe/Tassels

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11. 80’s

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12. Brand Logos

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13. Gloss

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14. Dad Sneakers

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15. Oversize Clutch

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Make sure to run to your local Goodwill store to purchase any of these styles. What trend will you rock this season? Let us know in the comments below!

Adaptive Fashion- How important is inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry?

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New York Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. While Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kai Gerber make their way down the runway, something is missing in those garments, Inclusivity. Although the world of fashion is full of glamour and charm, there is indeed not a lot of representation for all. For as long history can remember disabled individuals had been restricted from fashion.

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In recent years many fashion brands have taken on the responsibility of providing style for those with physical disabilities because who says individuals with physical disabilities can’t be stylish? And big name brands that have taken on the leadership include Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Target and many more because if you think not fitting into your vintage Levis is a struggle imagine not being able to wear any jeans out on the market. This is the case for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Prosthetics, Down syndrome, and much more. For this reason and more Tommy Hilfiger created “Tommy Adaptive” with these individuals in mind. Adaptive clothing means using Velcro, magnetic buttons, and elastic bands for jeans instead of the traditional zippers and bottoms which are difficult for many people with Cerebral Palsy.

Other brands include Nike with the creation of the Nike Fly Ease sneaker. A sneaker that makes it easy to put on, by just sliding your foot from the back of the shoe and shutting the zipper as opposed to shoving your foot in and then tying the shoelaces.

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Another brand designing for individuals with physical disabilities in mind is Billy Footwear. This footwear company specializes in providing high quality and high comfort for kids with special physical needs, with cool and edgy designs no kid has to ever has to pass out on a trend.

If clothing can boost someone’s confidence imagine what adaptive clothing can do for an individual with a physical disability. This is why adaptive fashion is highly important in the fashion industry. And one that is making sure everyone feels empowered is Bezgraniz Couture creating garments that are gender non-conforming and accessible to everyone regardless of size and ability. From the selection of the fabric to the styling, everything is thought out to fit anyone.

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Other brands specializing in adaptive apparel include

  • -Silverts
  • -Able2Wear
  • -Care+wear
  • -NBZ Clothing
  • -Etsy
  • -Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing
  • -Plae
  • -and much more

Fashion has no rules; therefore, fashion should not restrict anyone no matter age, gender, size, ability or financial status and these brands are making sure that no one misses out.

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10 Halloween Costumes you didn’t know you had

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Halloween is an exhilarating and fun holiday. Many wait all year for this one day to dress up in crazy costumes, but sometimes these costumes can hurt your wallet some going up to $100+. Here are some cool and affordable Halloween costumes.

  1. Rosie the Riveter

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In recent years this costume has gained massive popularity. Rosie the Riveter was a pioneer during WWII as she represented the millions of women who work in factories during the time. A bandana and a denim top and bottom combination and call it a day.

2. Marilyn Monroe

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A fashion icon, Marilyn Monroe became a global film actress through her “blonde bombshell” characters. A mid-length halter dress and are lip is all you need to pull this look together.

3. Holly Golightly

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This character became a fashion icon with the LBD. All you need is a little black dress and some pearls to complete the look.

4. Frida Kahlo

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With her unapologetic personality, this artist became well known not only for her art but her unique look. All you need is a maxi skirt of your choice, an off-the-shoulder floral top to recreate this iconic look.

5. Carmen Miranda

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Recreate the Carmen Miranda look by pairing a maxi skirt, a floral top, and a headpiece.

6. Wednesday Adams

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Dark and unapologetic, who doesn’t love the iconic look of Wednesday Adams? All you need is a white bottom down top and an LBD. Tie everything together by putting your hair in some braids.

7. Cher from Clueless

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This 90’s teenage movie queen gave us all the iconic looks we wished we rocked. All you need is a fun checkered print skirt and blazer combo.

8. Spice Girls

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This 90’s pop groups were known for their crazy styles! Grab your closest girlfriends and recreate your favorite spice girl look.

9. Elle Woods

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All things pink! Elle Woods was not your typical law student. For all, you girly girls this costume is perfect for you. Anything pink will work!

10. Serena and Blair from Gossip Girl

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These two stylish bff’s had some iconic looks all throughout the series.

 

Bathing Suit: From Beach to Brunch w/@thefabjunkie


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

A Good Look Contributor

 

 


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Ok, I have to be honest…. I’m not a beachy type of person, but I do love the water. Well, small bodies of water. Being that I don’t spend my summer days lounging out on the beach, owning bathing suits really wasn’t a thing for me. BUT when I heard Goodwill is carrying NWT suits- I HAD TO GET ONE (especially being that they were only $7.99). Ok, I bought two……

I live a pretty minimal lifestyle, so even my bathing suit has to do double duty work for me. I want to be able to take my pool/lakeside look and go out to brunch with my friends or even run some errands. If I can do that, then I don’t have to run home and change. Which simplifies my life.

 

Here are 5 Tips to Transition your Suit from BEACH to BRUNCH!

 

Find a suit you love (Duh). I like to wear one piece because I feel that they fit my body type the best but two-piece suits work also. Think crop top + high waisted mom jeans.

• You want to style it with something you are comfortable in. I’m my most comfortable in a flowing material- I paired my suit with a pair of culottes. Easy transition; they slide right over my suit and didn’t take up much room in my bag.

• Shoes complete your look and pull it together. Stay away from flip-flops. The point is to move away from the “I was just at the beach look.” Pair your look with a sandal or strappy heel. I picked my chunky heels because they’re so comfortable and I had A LOT of walking to do.

• FINALLY: add some cute accessories or a structured bag. It will add a chic summer feel.

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Stop by your local Goodwill to check out their line of Bathing Suits that they’re carrying while supplies last! All bathing suits are NEW with TAGS attached. Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in all your finds + looks!

Xo Suma

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Festival Style: DIY Fringe Skirt w/ @thefabjunkie

 

 

It’s HERE! Festival Season. This time of year is always so much fun. The weather gets warmer, the skin starts to show and the music gets louder. I love attending summer concerts. I always have a few lined up to attend with my bestie. Being that you can always play it up when you’re attending outdoor shows, I have the perfect DIY for you! Fringe is always in and I love showing it off in the hot weather months. Check out this easy peasy DIY!

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First, you want to find a skirt with as much stretch in it. Something that’s made mostly of cotton because cotton stretches nicely and it’s a breathable fabric. I found this black skirt at Goodwill for about $7.

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Next, find a skirt in YOUR closet with a length you like.

 

Then, start your first cut. I used my thumb as a guide for the width of the strips.

 

NOW CUT!

 

DO NOT rush the cuts. If you rush, the strips WILL be crooked (trust me).

 

After you complete the cuts, you can hang it on a hanger and make sure your length is accurate. I fixed mine a bit because it was super crooked (because I rushed).

 

 

Now go rock your new ON TREND Fringy Goodness!

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DIY: Denim DIY Vest w/ @thefabjunkie

What’s a better way to upcycle an old denim jacket you ask? Oh, I will tell you! Turn that bad boy into a denim vest you can rock all year round!  I feel like everyone owns a denim jacket and if I’m wrong… lucky for YOU Goodwill has you covered. I picked up this 90’s Anne Klein jacket a couple of years ago from Goodwill. As you can see, I’ve already shredded it and put my touch on it. It has been sitting in the back of my closet (because this year I thrifted another denim jacket. I know, I have a denim problem) so I decided I would revamp it a bit. What I like about this jacket is that it has a boxy shape. Check out this easy peasy Denim DIY!

 

Step 1: Find a denim jacket that is a bit oversized on you.

 

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Step 2: You’re going to use the seam line as your guide to cut. AND don’t forget your scissors.

 

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Step 3: START CUTTING! I started RIGHT where the seam meets which can be a little hard to cut through. You can start anywhere on the sleeve using the seam to guide you.

 

Step 4: Once you get your initial cut through, you’re going to want to separate the fabric and continue to cut. When you hold the fabric together you tend to get an uneven cut. It’s fixable BUT why waste time?

 

Step 5: You can flip the jacket over on its front side to do the back part of the sleeve. Once again, I do this because I want the cleanest cut possible in one shot.

 

Step 6: Repeat on the opposite side!

 

VIOLA!

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Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in your finds + DIY’s

xo Suma