Summer Sequin Spectacular! with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee: Get SEQUIN SPECTACULAR!

So last time we learned how to mix and match like a pattern master! And this week, we’re going to have fun with those post-July 4th sparkles we ALL LIVE FOR! Sequins!!!

‘Tis the season, and we don’t mean ho ho ho! It’s shining under festival lights, or sporting daytime sequins has you work it like a BOSS! And while we’re at, it I’m making sequins our new GW bestie! They’re always on the rack!

First up, the super chilled Sina.Matilda shows us how to casualize (yup, we’re capitalizing casually, and that should SO already be a thing!) on the sequins and make them work for everyday attire, and not just gala awards! PS: we can NOT stop listening to her soundtrack!

 

Second up – we go PRO level with the “Dressed to Kill” Glam team showing us how to style sequins for the workday and under-the-clock rush fun! Watch these pros slay the racks in record time, layer for their lives and deliver sequins fierceness!

Look at that body language ladies, these pros came to own it!

 

And lastly, with a touch of Southern charm (and the cutest accent we’ve heard in years), TipsByChrissy, we get schooled on the love of sequins and celebrity style from this belle!

 

SO! How do you get your GLITTER and sequins ON? Snap a pic of yourself looking extra extra SEQUINY, and share it on social media with us for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure, 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!

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Rock a Fun, Fearless Print with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee: Fun Prints go Viral!

So last week we learned how to freestyle our hot summer days! And this week, we’re going to have fun with SO: Who can show us THE best ways to combine, rework and upgrade our fabulously thrifted Goodwill gear? As always, we turn the hottest faces on YT for that Pinterest-inspired fashion remix!

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First up, the super cute, talking in sync Nik and Gabi who spin that fierce wheeeeee of fashion and mix those patterns like a boss!

 

 

Second up, we get the insanely gorgeous and down-to-earth Chriselle Lim!

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She guides us through color as key, and pairing bold on bold with taste without getting too “busy”. We sourced a boxy jacket that was super busy (like Lims!) and layered over a light floral dress for a fun look!

 

 

And lastly, the funky Meredith (aka Stilababe09) shows us how to NOT be a hot mess and pull off the best of mixing patterns!

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SO! How do you mix your patterns? Bright? Bold? Totally Simpsons cat lady?! Snap a pic of yourself looking cute and share it with us for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure, 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!

Fashionable Freestylin’ with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Hello Summertime Fashion Freestyle!

So last week we learned how to pack for summer vacations like a boss, and this week we’re going to line up our top hot-hot-heaters outfits straight from the best of YT! So grab those breezy cover ups, denim overalls and flips, because it’s 90 degrees and we’re ready to rock!

SO: Who can show us THE best ways to combine, rework and upgrade our fabulously thrifted Goodwill gear? Naturally, the top mavens of YouTube!

 

First up, the Valentine we all #love, coming in at over 141K views she’s giving us the best of the best ways to style DIY! And if you’re a #GWFAN like we are, there’s no end to how much you love DIY!

 

Second up – we go on a Clothes Encounter of the 3rd Kind with ClothesEncounters (come on, who can resist THAT play on words lol?!), who clicks in at over 1 MILLION followers and who shows us a breezy, fun, Cali-inspired ways to style those 100-degree weather outfits!

 

And lastly, the fiercest Coachella-inspired hot HOT days collection of outfit inspo from our favorite gal at MyLifeAsEva! What, like we can talk summer time outfits and NOT talk festivals?!

 

SO! How do you DIY your summer? Layering linens? Cut-offs and cowboy boots? Secondhand sundress? Or mix and match high-low combinations where Chanel meets the streets? Snap a pic of yourself looking cute and share it with us for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure, 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!

Packing for Summer Vacay with @PlanetBrandee

@PlanetBrandee HELLO VACATION! TIPS TO PACK YOUR THRIFTS LIKE A PRO!

Question: Is it TIME FOR A VACATION YET?!

Answer: a resounding Uh, YES, yes it IS!

Hand me the iced mocha people, because @PlanetBrandee is back again, sharing with you some fabulous “How to” videos and fun vacay-inspired thrifting packing tips! Grab your hottest summer outfit styling + those flirty sundresses, your glossy sunnies, flip flops and let’s get beach ready in one fell packing swoop!

SO: Last week we talked about fun summer looks and street styling lessons from the YouTube thrifting PROS! And this week we circle back to the web’s fiercest fashionistas for a beachy, airport-running, luggage-toting inspirational wanderlust packing tour!

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Let’s take it from the TOP! First at bat, at over 638K YoutTube views, we learn from AnnLee on how to get 8 thrifty outfits into ONE carry-on! Skills level: Master of folding, which if you were taking notes in my organizational blog you’d be an ace on!

 

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Our second lady up, keeping it mega colorful, and mad editorial PLUS, teaching you how to:

1.) Pack for a vacation

2.) Have that Tumblr gig you’ve always pined for

3.) Plus ranking in at over a staggering 3 Million views the MyLifeAsEva rules the thrifted packing lifestyle like a BOSS!

 

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And lastly, the bubbly AlishaMarie shows us how to pack like a pro, (which, given how many Goodwills you visit when out and about, is a novel idea we all probably need to embrace!)

 

SO! How do you pack your special summer finds? Stuffed in a backpack? Slung into vintage Gucci or organic up cycled totes? Share your pics for a chance to be featured! ‘Till next time be sure to follow my #food, fun and #travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee 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!

Layering Like a Boss Part 2 With @PlanetBrandee!

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@PlanetBrandee Special Edition: How to Layer Clothes in this Whack NYC Weather!

 

Part 2: the magic of your all weather scarf!

 

So, as we went over LAST week as well in Layering #LikeABoss Part 1, and the week before (!), it’s fairly clear the weather is being not so cool lately here on the East Coast! NYC this “Spring” = not so fun 30 degree shifts in ONE day, so @PlanetBrandee is back again, sharing with you some fabulous “How to” videos and fun thrifting at Goodwill, shifting into full gear with all your FAVE scarfs and must-have tips for how to layer #LikeaBOSS! So grab those gorgeous silk scarfs, the thin and fluffy flanneled pieces and above all: the versatile infinity loops you thrifted at Goodwill (found mine for $7.99 — TAGS ON said $19.99!!) and let’s get GOING!

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SO: we’ve all been experiencing the super ridic weather, (IN MAY?!), and so the question this week is: “We’ve mastered layering last week so now what? This outfit needs something, anything to make it fresh again!” So I bring you: the scarf!

Now wait: before you go all scary cray and assume it’s the “Brady Bunch” mom redux scarf crowd in here, think again! We’ve got silk, flannel and even McQueen inspired looks here from the best of the best! So hit up the GW for your fresh finds, give em’ a wash over and get ready — because there are literally *hundreds* of way to work this simple, but versatile item!

First up, the YouTube ICON Wendy’s Lookbook! At over 35 million views she’s giving us the best of the best ways to style in a funky fresh vid — P.S.: so there is a LITTLE Brady Bunch here lol!

 

Second up – the fab and also well know Michelle Phan guiding us with bubbly tunes and fun ways to style!

 

And lastly, this adorbs inspo from Glams!

 

SO! How do you do your scarf?

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Topknot or waist wrap? Add a belt of throw it around and just go? Tell us your scarf secrets! Better yet, snap a pic of yourself looking cute and share it with me for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, 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!

Rainy Day Fashion with @PlanetBrandee!

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@PlanetBrandee — NYC Rainy Day Fashion #OOTD!

So it’s fairly clear the weather is being not so cool lately here on the East Coast! NYC this Spring feels more like FALL, so GW is stepping back from our usual @PlanetBrandee travel adventure for another rain delay and bringing you some fabulous video celebrating way cooler ways to battle the drops than worn out galoshes and your usual wear! So grab a killer colorful umbrella and let’s get singing in the rain with our special rainy day post!

Gene Kelly nails that classic man in the rainy day old school swagger!

Who’s your favorite rainy day inspiration? Being an ex-Musical Theatre and Dance major 5-6-7-8ing through Broadway streets, naturally, Gene is mine! But, there are SO many fun and fashionable ways to battle the bluster — let’s get our video inso ON!

First up, the wicked fab Bethany Mota! Coming in a millions of followers on YouTube her rainy day outfit ideas are spot on!

 

Second up — the sharply stylish TheLineup ladies! Watch those turns on the staircase catwalk, because their effortlessly on point outfits are a *perfect* solution to these rainy Manhattan days!

 

And lastly, the fabulously adorbs blonde gal Shelby! Watch her spin out some super fresh rainy day gear that’ll have you jumping out of bed!

 

SO: What’s your solution for a rainy day #OOTD? Tell us your rain shower secrets! Better yet, snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, 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!

@PlanetBrandee Goes Vintage!

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@PlanetBrandee Goes Vintage!

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Hey, girl, hey! Full Circle Skirts. Corsets. High Heels for Grown Ups.

We’ve chatted in the past about our mutual love for thrifted vintage, from tweeds, to disco to floral and back, so this week, as a special departure from my usual travel series, I’m bringing you a sweet and romantic glance at vintage! We all know wedding season is coming (tell me you aren’t buried in invites = not going to believe it!). So grab that waist cincher, a classy shade of red lipstick and let’s get vintaged!

 

Intro: STAY CLASSY.

Question: When will this Kardashed damnation of hyper-countoured terrifyingly cake faced nonsense of the makeup world ever end?

Answer: Technically, anytime the real ladies are ready to give it a go!

SO: let’s keep it classy okay? Put down that cliched selfie stick and learn to line those lips with something other than matte eggshell #135! Grab a crimson classic red, go deep and bright, and top it with rosy cheeks and a classically shaped Monroe inspired brow.

 

Question: What is considered a “classic” vintage shape?

Answer: EVERY shape is classic if you groom it right! Vintage knows no shape!

 

Although iconic Monroe hourglass is always a good way to go, there’s SO many ways to style a figure! Play it one-style-fits-all and stick to classic pencil skirts, or flouncy bow tops. Kick it up a Gal Friday notch with some heels and make yourself a wedding guest night to remember!

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SO who’s ready to be the next Audrey or Marilyn? Are you a #vintage maven? 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 which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL, (yes STILL!), a secret for now!

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Till then, follow my #food #fashion 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!

 

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!

Mystic March with Your Friday Fave @PlanetBrandee – PT. 4

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@PlanetBrandee Part 4: Your Guide to Mystic March

(or how I school you in the ways of building your own wanderlust gypsy witch wardrobe!)

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Welcome to the FINAL FRIDAY, my faithful readers! The past few weeks we’ve burnt some sage, danced to witchy women tunes, winked at some fabulous Morticia GIF-filled inspiration, leapt on our brooms into Parts 2 and 3 of the series talking about RINGS and VELVET inspiration, and now we bring it all together 90’s redux style with Part 4: Craftiness!

 

Part 4: Get your CRAFT on!

Seriously – we’ve gone on quite a magical journey the past 30 days, with tons of outfits worthy of any sorceress, but Part 4 is when we bring it ALL together! Grab the velvet, grab the rings and the perfectly curated craft outfits, cause we’re going full Morgana here!

But first why are we so obsessed with this ultra grunge-meets-Hot Topic flick? A lil’ bit of history: “The Craft was actually a 1996 American supernatural horror film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film’s plot centers on a group of four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and use sorcery for their own gain. The film was released on May 3, 1996, by Columbia Pictures and it was a box office success at the time with earnings of $55 million against a budget of $15 million.”

In short, it brought a whole generation girls out of Lisa Frank town and into the world of black fishnets and dark leggings, plus mini skirts (pre-Britney!) and eyeliner to die for. So, let’s look at some ladies who have gone above and beyond in nailing the look. Grab your gal and guy pals, head to your local Goodwill thrift to find fantastic pieces to pull this look together for next to nothing, and get your grunge on! Here we have a group kicking the plaid with a tasty Nine Inch Nails groove! Leather skirts? White as white shirts? Layering like a flannel Nirvana champ? YES!

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If you’ve got the pale skin thing nailed down, go full Fairuza Balk, layer some deep reds, a strong brow game and a nose ring — you can even repurpose and older earring into one!

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More Cali than Cult? Go gold skin and Neve it up! Keep it simple with a cap sleeve white tank and simple silver chain! We found one ultra 90s, post-Madonna style at Goodwill for only $7.99! SCORE!

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So the spell has been cast! Blessed be the fashion! Did you love like Morticia? Dig the amulet zen? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure in April 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! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Mystic March with Your Friday Fave @PlanetBrandee – Pt. 3

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@PlanetBrandee Part 3: Your Guide to Mystic March

(or how I school you in the ways of building your own wanderlust gypsy witch wardrobe!)

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Welcome to FRIDAY my faithful readers! The past few weeks we’ve danced to fabulous Morticia GIF-filled inspiration, leapt into Part 2 of the series talking about RINGS and now are ready for Part 3 of VELVET inspiration!

 

Part 3: Velvet for your LIFE!

Let’s bring it forward: VELVET is KING!

But first, before we go all underground on this post, let’s glance back at where this imperial fabric came from. Wiki shares this tibit on the sumptuous textile: “Because of its unusual softness and appearance as well as its high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the worlds largest producer of velvet.

Hold on! Nobility? ROYALTY? YES! We always knew we were Queens. So let’s find a way to burn this hot trendy fabric into thrifted awesomeness.

Want to be modern and magical? Add a velvet throw into your closet! Source yourself some sweet blue velvet shoes and other plush pieces at a local GoodwillNYNJ store! Think of new and innovative ways to work this fab material into your wardrobe! Check out these dames for inspo!

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SO: Do you love like Morticia? Walk four abreast like the Craft? Dig the amulet zen? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for the final PART 4, as well as my next #travel #adventure in April 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!