DIY Halloween Costume: Office Cat


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


 

I don’t know about you, but I live for wearing my Halloween costume on the actual holiday. Did you know that Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year? I think there’s nothing more fun than wearing a Halloween costume to work. Here’s a cute and super easy cat costume that can be worn to the office or any party where you might not have too much time to put together an over the top Halloween costume. Here’s how I achieved it:

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Cat Ears

I attempted to make cat ears, but they didn’t quite turn out so great. Sigh. But my plan B was to wear two little mini hair buns where my cat ears would have been. I simply twisted two sections of my hair and twisted them to make these buns. I think it would be so cute to add a little glitter or hair paint to these as well.

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Eye Make Up

I rarely leave the house without cat eye eyeliner. I will admit that it took me a while to learn how to apply. The good thing is that you can draw a cat eye in several different styles. Pick the one that’s easiest for you. You can also skip the eye liner and achieve the cat eye look with eye shadow.

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Nose & Whiskers

These really make the costume. I used a black eye liner pencil to draw in the dot on my nose and the fun whiskers. It took just a few minutes and I felt totally transformed into a kitty cat!

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

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3 Super Cool St. Patrick’s Day Outfits

By Suma Kaul, thefabjunkie.com

March is here and that means St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of wearing the classic tees like “Kiss Me, I’m Drunk” or “Today I’m Irish” one can wear so many cooler outfits.

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Seasons Greetings from Goodwill!

Goodwill Gems is on holiday break this week but will be back next Wednesday.

Here at Goodwill, we are all one big family and all of our followers, readers, shoppers, volunteers and donors are part of our family as well. We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. Check out our video card below, dedicated to you all.

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Store Holiday Hours and New 2015 Hours

Holiday Hours

HOLIDAY HOURS

Wednesday, December 24: 10am – 6pm
Thursday, December 25: CLOSED
Wednesday, December 31: 10am – 6pm
Thursday, January 1: 11am – 6pm

*Above hours include the Van Dam Outlet in Queens*

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NEW 2015 HOURS

Monday through Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
Thursday through Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm

*Elmwood Park & Paramus will remain closed on Sundays*

Van Dam Outlet
Monday through Saturday: 8am – 6:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

ADC (Attended Donation Centers)
Monday through Sunday: 9am – 6pm

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Melt Your Valentine’s Heart Tonight

Have you lost count of how many inches of snow we’ve had here in Binghamton this winter? So have I! But I’m not going to let the frigid weather dampen my very special day. You shouldn’t either. Here are a few suggestions:

Cyber Cafe

Where can you find a warm and inviting place to hangout in the cold and snowy Binghamton, NY area? Well, the Cyber Café West, a live music joint, has one of the finest beer selections available. This is just the beginning … there is also bottled beer, wine, coffee and tea. On top of that, the food here is on par with the taste of Binghamton residents, and that is to say, it’s awesome! My mouth waters just thinking of the hot & cold wraps, grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers, salads, snacks and sides. Don’t fret if you follow a vegan diet though. The café serves hummus wraps, veggie wraps, Greek salad wraps, gourmet Portobello wraps and more. Especially tonight, Valentine’s Day, let’s not forget dessert!

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The live music here is off the hook. Groups like Milkweed, Monkeys Typing and others will keep you moving all night. Check out their karaoke, team trivia and open mic nights. On Valentines Day, The Jeff Love Band, an 11-piece funk/soul band, will play 60s, 70s and 80s music.

So spend an awesome night out with that special someone who has stolen your heart. Dress the part and remember stay bundled up and warm. Look the part but be frugal. Remember that you may find your favorite brand names at Goodwill without breaking the bank. And don’t forget that box of chocolates either.

Cyber Café West: 176 Main Street, Binghamton, NY

Claudia Miller works as the Assistant Manager of the Binghamton Goodwill store in New York’s Broome County since September 2013. She has written for financial blogs and loves helping customers choose the clothing that will look best on them.

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3 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date Ideas You Can Do At Home

Valentine Date Night

Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to cost a lot either. Here are three romantic and affordable date night ideas that you can create in the privacy of your own home.

1. Indoor Picnic

indoor picnicBring an outdoor activity inside by putting together a romantic dinner and serve it up picnic style! Make sure the meal is something that can be enjoyed while sitting on the floor and holding the plate in your hand. Don’t forget to have candles and some nice music playing in the background to set the mood.

2. Enjoy A Comedy Show

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Netflix has a great selection of stand up comedy shows from a wide variety of comedians available that you can stream right on your laptop or TV. If you don’t have a Netflix account you can sign up for their Free 7 Day Trial. You and your date can enjoy all the laughs without the hefty price tag and mandatory drink minimums.

3. Painting And Wine Date

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This is a great way to spark some creativity and have a lot of fun too! Your local arts and crafts store should offer affordable paints and brushes so you can stock up on supplies without breaking the bank. Get snacks like pretzels, crackers, cheese or fruit to enjoy with your wine and have newspaper to lay out and cover your table in case of paint spills. At the end of the night you could both gift each other your finished paintings!

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

xo
Nicole

Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com

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Goodwill Gems: Ring in the New Year (Stylishly, Of Course)

Note: This week only, we’ll publish the Gems column on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, to help out in those New Year’s Eve fashion emergencies. Lauren’s column returns to AGoodLook on Wednesday, January 8. And don’t forget to keep your New Year’s Eve style rocking through 2014!

Celebrate the season in Goodwill fashion. New Year’s Eve, the biggest –and some would say– the most overrated party of the year is upon us! But don’t let high expectations for the holiday end up getting you down. Have fun with your festive fashions on “the big night” by relaxing about the whole thing and keeping potentially crazy expenses in check.

Lack of funds at the end of the holiday season doesn’t mean you have to settle for less than stellar New Year’s Eve fashions. Your local thrift will probably have tons of great dress selections, but after you’ve chosen the perfect focal point, you can accessorize it with some beautiful gems right from Goodwill, too, like this glittering crystal necklace. The deep ruby-red colored crystal in the center of the teardrop at the end of the piece is dramatic, and the perfect hue to beautifully complement any festive holiday dress. The clear rhinestones surrounding it and covering the whole length of the chain add extra sparkle and glam factor to this luxurious-looking bauble.

rhinestones and colored crystal necklaceFeel like a million bucks on New Year’s Eve, without spending a fortune, by shopping for glamorous-looking accessories made of less pricey items, like rhinestones and colored crystal instead of real gems.

Instead of going all out, just look like you did. This shimmering, divine necklace would make any lucky lady feel sophisticated and is just right for a special occasion like New Year’s Eve. The longer chain and teardrop shape of the final cluster of crystals makes it ideal for pairing with any dress that shows off your décolletage (in a classy way, of course). The blue dress pictured here (also a thrift store find, of course!), has a lovely and slightly unusual neckline that’s perfect for showing off a gorgeous piece like this one. The straps on either side seem to frame the chest, exactly where the necklace would fall, drawing everyone’s eyes right to your gorgeous, shimmering statement accessory.

flowing bright blue dressFor an easy but elegant New Year’s Eve look, trying pairing a stunning and sophisticated necklace like this one with a simple flowing dress in a beautiful bright hue, with a flattering neckline just made to show it off.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Guest Blogger Nicole: How to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions

How to keep your new year's resolution

The New Year is hours away and with that comes reflection and hope for change. How many times have you actually followed through with your goals for the New Year? The problem with resolutions and goals is that they are based on a future outcome, making it hard to picture them as a tangible and real result here in the present. Therefore, I am no longer setting goals, but rather setting daily standards that will allow me to start achieving success TODAY.

Here are 6 tips to get you focused and ready to dominate your life in the New Year:

1. Set a (1) daily standard for all areas of your life: Physical, mental, emotional, financial and your relationships.

2. Be realistic yet optimistic! Don’t push yourself to an extreme. You want to stop eating fast food? Why not start off by eliminating one food chain from your diet. Your Standard: “I will not eat at (write here the name of the fast food chain of your choice).”

3. Write it down. Putting your standards down on paper makes them feel real and concrete.

4. Think positive. Your thoughts create your world. If you fill your mind with negativity expect nothing but negativity to be your reality. Take every negative thought that may hinder you and reverse it to a positive one.

5. Share. Tell your friends and family about your new standards so they are aware and can help support you.

6. Be consistent. Consistency kills competition and if you want to see success you need to stick to what you started. Those standards you have now implemented will lead to positive results for you.

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Here are also a few examples of common new year resolutions that can be made into daily standards.

New Year Resolution: I am going to get a better paying job.
Your Standard: Every week I am going to apply to at least 3 job listings that I qualify for.

New Year Resolution: I am going to lose 20 pounds this year.
Your Standard: I am going to work out 3 days a week and/or I am going to eliminate soda and other sugary drinks from diet.

New Year Resolution: Pay off my credit card debt.
Your Standard: I am going to save $50 a week toward my bills.

Stick to your standards and watch your life change for the better!

What do you hope to achieve this year?

Happy New Year!

xo
Nicole

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Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com

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Goodwill Gems: Have a Very Classy Holiday

Add an air of sophistication to your holiday. Christmas (if you’re celebrating) and the all-important New Year’s Eve are just around the corner, which means plenty of festive parties on the calendar during the week ahead. If you’ve not yet found the perfect party ensemble or are stressing about how to take some of your everyday staples and make them into something worthy of a celebration, then not to fear – Goodwill, as always, has got you covered.

As fun as it can be to get all fancy and dressed up for a spectacular holiday shindig, it does seem a bit over-the-top to shell out tons of money on a new party dress you’ll wear once, especially if you’ve also recently been buying lots of gifts for your friends and loved ones. So save some dough and still pull together an elegant look with some fabulous thrift store finds, like these darling heels recently spotted at my local Goodwill shop. They’re black, so they’ll easily go with absolutely dressed up look you have in mind, and the lacy, sparkly overlay is totally appropriate for a festive holiday gathering.

sparkle black peep-toe heelsStep out to all your holiday gatherings this season in  a pair of supremely sophisticated black sparkling heels, like this one, stumbled across at a Queens Goodwill store.

Charm them with something classic. Obviously, since these heels are black, lacy, and sparkly – a trifecta of festiveness, really – you could wear them with basically everything. Try a well-fitting pair of jeans, a tee, and a chic blazer for a more casual affair. Or, for a fancier party, consider a look like the one I’ve selected here – a classic, curve hugging little black dress never goes out of style, so you can easily deck this out with the sparkling heels, glam tights, and pretty jewels for a holiday party, or go with simpler accessories for a more everyday look, appropriate for dinner on the town or, with a jacket on top, even for the office.

sweetheart neckline black dressThis holiday season, choose economical accessories, like these dazzling shoes found at Goodwill, with a simple, classic, but chic black dress than can be worn again and again after the Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve fêtes have ended.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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The Goodwill Insider: Holidays – Donating and Being Grateful for What We’ve Got

black pashmina drapped on mannequinA black pashmina. The woman had it in her hands along with some trinkets from housewares, but her hands were running through the frilled ends of the black pashmina. She remarked how lovely it was and what a wonderful gift it would be for her young daughter.

I recognized it instantly, because it was mine.

I had just donated to the Goodwill store myself, only an hour ago. You see, there’s a story here. This specific black pashmina, an unwanted Christmas gift rebuffed by a too picky “that’s not what I want” friend, had been with me for 2 and half years. I had taken it back, after swearing to only give gift cards to her from then on. I kept it neatly folded on a shelf in my room. Christmas came and went, along with New Years, then Valentine’s Day, then spring with its decidedly un-pashmina weather. And each time I had glanced to look up to my shelf, perhaps relaxing with a cup of coffee in hand, I’d feel the ping of a guilty pang. It was still there, unused, waiting for its turn to be worn, like some kind of sad and forgotten fashion orphan.

Then this morning, before I came to work at Goodwill, I found myself rummaging through the closet thinking “WHY do I had so much STUFF?” I rescued the black pashmina off my shelf, in one of those “this room will be clean!” caffeine fueled a.m. moments we all have on occasion. Then it hit me: donate. I threw the black pashmina into a plastic bag, alongside vintage dresses that no longer fit. Hey! don’t judge me, have you ever eaten a cronut? I rest my case. I also got rid of some of the ugliest Holiday Sweaters you’ve ever seen in hopes someone would make use of them.

The black pashmina sat with me on the rush hour subway, hustled through Port Authority in my jumbled plastic bag, sandwiched with me between sleepy eyed commuters. It narrowly dodged a spilled coffee, walked down the street with me, and finally, through the door, and into a blue bin marked “donations.” And now, a woman with a wide smile was taking it away.

For many, donating is an act – no matter how small – of letting go. Maybe for you it was the dress you wore on your first date or those jeans you wore through high school and you swore you’d hold on to, thinking “maybe size 2 in my 30’s IS possible.” In my case, it was a black pashmina from a disappointing Holiday from long ago. But, as this woman’s eyes sparkled, there was a sense of being thankful. Thankful I had let go of something. In less than an hour’s time, another person had taken it to a new home to a daughter, who no doubt would wear it with love.

This end of holiday season, instead of a tutorial on place settings or how to wear layers, I encourage you to do the same. Be grateful for the things you have and share that spirit of giving, either by donating your stuff to Goodwill or volunteering locally. Or be the lucky lady who snagged my New Kids on the Block Christmas sweater. Listen: the sweater needs batteries, but it still lights up. So trust me, you scored big time!

Get that holiday spirit kicked into high gear with a closet clean out, and while you’re at it, stop by Goodwill’s blog this Friday when I tackle the fun stuff in a “Post New Years Eve Closet bootcamp!” Till then, see you at the counter!

photo credit: http://www.worldmarket.com

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in   Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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