Shining Shining Shining: Back to School Metallics

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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor 


Individuality is important. As you go through your years in school, you’ll find yourself shying away from fitting in and suddenly find yourself embracing being the center of attention. One way to start that transition is with fashion!

Fashion is all about having fun! And what’s more fun than metallics and shimmer. One of the hottest fashion trends right now is metallics. Most people think of wearing shimmery dresses and shine only during the holiday season. I’ve always loved seeing touches of glitter, metallic and lurex during the day. How stunning and refreshing is a cute metallic skirt with a blazer or dresses down with a jean jacket? It is definitely a unique look that is both eye-catching and appropriate for school. The versatility of the look is perfect because it can be dressed down for school and dressed up for after school activities like a chic hangout with friends.

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Lately, we’ve seen metallic and the shimmery look in so many new ways and colors. The sky is truly the limit with how you can wear and style this look. If the idea of wearing shimmer during the day or even in the evening seems like too much, here are two ways to easily jump into the trend for look to wear to class.



Jean Jacket to help Dress Down

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Metallics and shimmer pieces can be a bit loud. Dress them down with a jean jacket for a fun look that still let’s your shine and sparkle shine through. Have fun mixing different jean washes with your fun glittery and sparkly pieces.



Cute Sweater

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I love the look of a long sweater over a long dress or skirt. I found a number of amazing metallic and shimmery dresses on a recent shopping trip to a nearby Goodwill. All of these super adorable dresses could be worn with either cropped or long sweaters in solids or prints.

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Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at She’s a true shopaholic that loves the thrill of discovering the perfect thrifted and vintage finds while sharing them with the world.

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


Sporting Your Goodwill Finds

Christina Shanker

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


It’s summer! School’s out, the sun’s out, and everyone wants to go out… to the ball game. It is prime sports season and whether it’s your own freewill or not, you will most likely find yourself watching a game. For fans, sporting events can be a joyous occasion. The suspense of the game and the rigor of the crowd are what you wait for all year. You’re in your element. However, if you’re anything but a sports fan, you’re in your worst nightmare. The suspense of the game is like watching paint dry and the rigor of the crowd scares you. Whether you love or despise the game, you still want to look your best. That can be hard to do when you’re trying to dress for the sporting occasion. Over-sized t-shirts and unisex jerseys are tricky to feel your absolute best in. If you’re a sports fan, you won’t be able to enjoy the game as much as you would if you don’t feel confident in your attire. If you’re anything but a sports fan, sometimes your outfit (and the food) are the only thing you’ll be looking forward to on the big game day. Either way, we’ve provided two different ways you can style your sporting goods. Checkout the lineup!

Sport 1

This outfit is perfect for one of two people: the avid sports game goer or the completely clueless about sports but still goes-er. The signed ESPN shirt is perfect for these very different people. You can turn up to any sporting event and still be on par, considering that ESPN is a sports network that covers a wide variety of sports. The t-shirt is over-sized, but that can work in your favor if you roll up the sleeves and tuck it into whatever bottoms you decide to wear. We’ve decided to create a feminine look, playing with the indicative red ESPN logo. We’ve complemented the tee with a short red skirt and matching heels. You might even want to wear red lipstick. The cased baseball is optional. This outfit is perfect for any sporting occasion, ranging from baseball games to football viewing’s at your parents’ house.


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This is for anyone that is a team player, but doesn’t want to look like one. At a game, you’ll probably see many people wearing your favorite player’s jersey. Make yourself stand out by incorporating your own style, or at least our style. We’ve combined this Laker’s jersey with high waisted flair jeans. You may also want to include a funky belt like this chained one. Whether or not you want to BYOB (bring your own basketball) is up to you.


All items in the photos can or could’ve been found at ShopGoodwill. Sports is all about bringing people together and routing to win. Shopping at goodwill is a win-win situation. Your purchases help the community, which is an ultimate score.

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

What do Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada All Have in Common? Goodwill.

By Christina,

Shop Goodwill Online is like a box of chocolates…

…you never know what you’re gonna get.

Shop Goodwill allows you to scroll through an immense selection of vintage pieces. Your eyes may widen when you come across a designer item and then shortly scrunch up when you glance at the surprisingly low starting price. A recent trip to Goodwill NYNJ’s warehouse in Astoria proved that we have the tools to help you assemble a good look for a great deal. All you have to do is find them.

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@PlanetBrandee SUMMER POP QUIZ!

“Hint: This piece of clothing will keep you cool and comfortable this summer”

I’m back in New York City, the humidity is high, and somehow weather went from Octoberesque Spring chill to full on hail Mary HOT August temps! Is there even a remote chance of normal weather in New York City anymore?

With my AC on blast, I decided it’s time we have another POP QUIZ!

What do the author Nicole Richie, Actors Mary Kate, Rihanna and Angelina Jolie ALL have in common? Hint: It’s a universally flattering and all natural solution to riding the subway and being sweaty gross sad. Give up? It’s easy and breezy sundresses!

But before we rally a cry of “I don’t look good in floral, my arms are too fat for that” or the well known excuse “I lost my razor in the snowpacalypse of 2015.” Let’s take a quick look at the icons and inspirations leading women into their own blowy, gauzy realm of summertime fashion:

pic 2 sundressIcon #1 Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie may very well be the mother of all sundresses, particularly the gauzy maxi sect. She’s sported these straight through the Paris Hilton TV show days, all the way into motherhood and looked effortlessly comfy the whole time. It helps she’s incredibly petite, but as you’ll see, it’s not just the waif look that love the sundress aesthetic!

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Oh yeah, you thought this was a boring, traditional recap? Not so my fashion loving friends. Another contender who rocks tribal prints on blousy sundresses with a new twist is the incredibly talented Miss Jill Scott! Headwraps make this look pop, and there are some fabulous ones to be found at the women empowering Fanm Djanm, someone I religiously follow on Instagram for colorful, strong inspiration. Expect to be DAZZLED by the crossover fashion eye candy.

pic 1 sundressIcon #3 Jessica Simpson

Ok, so I take it back, we WILL stay a little on the tradish’ side, but frankly, this girl lives in cowboy boots and sundresses, so it’s one of those things you HAVE to nod at when it comes to the norm. Rocking floral prints, cowboy hats and boots is a given when you’re ol’ school blonde ambition type. If you can’t hack the female warrior Turk gear, play it safe with leather lace ups and wavy, beach winded hair.

I’m off to a new adventure this weekend, and hope to see you rocking your own look, in a unique style too! So the next time you’re perusing the racks at Goodwill, take a minute and head to the dress section, you may very well find your inner Coachella or Mad Max summer babe waiting for you! Think you look better than Jessica? Rocking floral and combat boots in public? Stomping out a look we haven’t seen yet? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!! 

Goodwill Essentials: The Button-Down Shirt

Good news, thrifters: our Emme is back with another installment of Goodwill Essentials, showing you the items every woman should own in their wardrobe and how to get it for a song at your local Goodwill!

This week’s undervalued champion: the button-down shirt. After all, this single piece is fantastically versatile and can be worn in a myriad of ways! Doubtful? Then you’d better keep reading…

A J.Crew Perfect Fit Button-Down retails for $65. I found this one at Goodwill Chelsea for $7.99... and took it home right away!

Why Is It Essential?

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Goodwill Essentials: The Pencil Skirt

Today is the last full day of summer – are you ready for the new season? If not, no sweat; here’s a Goodwill Essentials by our fantastic Emme tailor-made for you, all about one of our favorite streamlined fall finds (available in spades at your local Goodwill): the pencil skirt!

Black on black oversized houndstooth is super chic while the more subtle geometric pattern in camel is a guaranteed classic!

Fall maybe mean back to school to some, but to mean it’s a call back to basics. If you’ve been following along, we’ve showcased the LBD, the perfect pair of jeans, and the trusty blazer. Today we’ll take a look at one of my favorite pieces, the pencil skirt. Get comfy, thrift fashion fans, cause here we go…

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Goodwill Essentials: The Blazer

Hear that? It’s the sweet sound of Fall Fashion. This week, our Emme gives in to the siren song of cooler breezes and colored leaves and sets her sights on a Goodwill Essential perfect for autumn (and tailor-made to guarantee a low cost per wear this season): the blazer.

Just a sampling of the whole rack of blazers at Goodwill!

Summer’s making its exit, but that’s no reason style has to do the same. The blazer is one of my favorite no-fail go-to’s when the weather cools down – so thank goodness that Goodwill is full of fantastic options to choose from!

Why is it essential?
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Goodwill Essentials: High Heels

Our Emme is walking tall – and she wants you to do the same! With last week’s Optimal Play flirty skirt, who can blame her? Whether you pair them with dresses or jeans, though, this week’s Goodwill Essentials post makes for a good time. So here it is, the essential of the week: high heels.

My favorite part of walking into any Goodwill store!

“Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world.” — Bette Midler

I am, unabashedly, a lover of shoes. I might not always go for a practical pair, but new shoes always bring a little spring to my step. And hey, we all need shoes, right? So instead of blowing my rent on shoes, I turn to Goodwill to satiate my shoe thirst.

Why Is it Essential?

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Goodwill Essentials: the Perfect Pair of Jeans

Our Emme must have denim on her mind! After last week’s Optimal Play post where she styled flared jeans not one but three flawless ways, it seems she’s felt inspired to continue the denim kick. Lucky us – and hopefully you’ll feel the same. In this Goodwill Essentials post, get ready to find out how to pick that ultimate wardrobe staple: the perfect pair of jeans.

For all shapes and sizes, Goodwill’s got your jean needs covered.

Ever since the 50s, blue jeans have been a key piece of the American wardrobe. They are the pinnacle of casual wear and what we gravitate to once the weekend is upon us. We wear them again and again and again and they get better with age, an ability few items can brag about. Lucky for you, there are tons of pre-loved denim jeans to pick from at your local Goodwill!

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Goodwill Essentials: the Little Black Dress

Some things are temporary: high-school crushes, museum memberships, parachute pants, heat waves (thank goodness) – but some are eternal. Like what? Like your essential style staples, of course! In the months ahead, along with her Trend Watch Thrifting column, our Emme Bonilla will take a look at the tried and true favorites easily found in your local Goodwill. This week: the Little Black Dress.

A plethora of black frocks waiting to be tried on at Goodwill Chelsea!

For me an essential item is versatile. It will look good in your 20s AND in your 50s. It is remixable with a lot of what you already own… In other words, it is a classic.

Essential #1: The LBD
Fashion’s most famous acronym and for good reason. The little black dress has been hailed as the ultimate wardrobe item since Coco Chanel debuted its design in the 1920s.

Why is it essential?
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