How to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor 


 

Can you believe that summer is coming to an end? I’m a summer lover, but the idea of fall has me a bit excited. I adore everything about fall; the leaves changing, pumpkin spice, the crisp, cooler weather and most of all, fall fashion! But I’m a firm believer that there’s no need to rush into fall fashion. I’m all for wearing summer pieces for as long as possible and slowly introducing fall pieces into the mix. Here’s how I transition my summer style into fall:

Layer Up

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Layer sweaters, jackets, vests or over-sized shirts over summer dresses. It’s such a fun look to have your summer floral dress peeking underneath your fall leather jacket or over-sized, boyfriend jean jacket like I did with my newly thrifted red floral dress.

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The Right Colors

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I just brought out my fall pieces to start working them into my transitioning wardrobe. I love the idea of pastels and light colors worn with dark colors. But, I personally love my summer clothes in darker prints and colors mixed in with my fall colors. It just feels more fall especially since I have some pretty bright and obvious summer dresses. I just can’t wait to wear all my summer dresses in darker hues this fall!

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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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DIY Off The Shoulder Button Down w/ @thefabjunkie


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

A Good Look Contributor


 

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Off The Shoulder (or better known as OTS) has been taking over the fashion world for a few seasons now. We saw it last summer and now it’s back… to stay! With celebs like RiRi rocking the look, you know we all have to try it. My favorite is the OTS Button Down. It takes the classic button down (which never goes out of style) and makes it sexy.

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Don’t Throw Out the Old; Rehab It!

4 Fantastic Ways to Rehab an Old Dresser

Old dressers seem to be a staple of the thrifting world, probably because of how many shapes and sizes there are available. If you’re all set with your clothes storage, though, don’t discount that dresser you’ve found at Goodwill, as there may be a way to repurpose it into something totally new! Check out these four fabulous ways to makeover an old dresser:

 

1. Turn it into a bookcase.

 

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TV consoles and bookcases are incredibly easy ways to repurpose old dressers, especially if you’re trying to save money, as those pieces can be incredibly expensive! The Domestic Heart shows us how it’s done with a dresser she thrifted for only $10

 

2. Turn it into a dollhouse.

 

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I actually stumbled on this idea while researching this article, and I was blown away at how clever this is! Using a few methods borrowed from the DIY bookcase, you too can create a dollhouse for your child (or yourself, no judgement!).

 

3. Repaint it and replace the knobs.

 

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If you’re not willing to part with the original function of your dresser, give it a quick and easy revamp using paint and new knobs. Or if you want to get really fancy, dress it up with spray paint and lace like Uniquely Chic Furniture did.

 

4. Use the drawers as shelves.

 

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Don’t throw those old drawers out after your makeover! I’ve seen the drawers used for wall shelves, craft show displays, and even this jaw-dropping cubby organizer (which, yes, I am definitely doing soon!)
Rehabbing a piece as large as a dresser doesn’t have to be difficult — there are a ton of different ways to reuse this one piece. Give one of these four ideas a shot and if you do, leave a comment below to share your results!

 

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megan face 2016Megan Brame is an award-winning entrepreneur, writer, and DIY nerd. Follow her on Twitter @meganpluscoffee or check out her different DIY adventures at The Beige House.

What’s Your Clothing Personality?

Have you ever been called a shopaholic?

Do you consider yourself a fashionista?

Do you refuse to get rid of a scarf because it happened to be in your purse that one time when you thought you saw someone who perhaps looked exactly like Aaron Paul?

Do you have such extreme team pride that you have a separate Jersey to rep them every day of the week?

If you are reading these questions and thinking: “Man, all of these sound like me!”

Well, if you answered yes, it sounds like it is time for you to take the “What’s Your Clothing Personality” quiz!

Each season, we fill our closets with new clothing rather than taking the time to really think about what we should keep and what we should donate. Take this quiz to assess your clothing personality and learn how best to declutter your closet this spring and make a difference in your community!

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Spring Cleaning: A Step-by-Step Guide

Time for Spring Cleaning
You’ve finally decided to take the leap. You are nervous, hesitant and keep second-guessing yourself. It’s not as easy as they make it look on T.V. you think to yourself.

Never fear we are here to help.

More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. To get this year’s spring cleaning season off to a fresh start, we’ve compiled the Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide, making it easier than ever to clean out your home and make a difference in your community by donating used goods. The beauty of this guide is that you can customize it to your needs. Don’t have the time to do these seven days in a row? Spread it out across seven weekends!

Day 1: The biggest spot that tends to need cleaning is the closets. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!

Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. Goodwill accepts used kitchenware items and household goods.

Day 3: Go through your seasonal holiday décor and donate what you no longer use. That Halloween ghost statue you haven’t displayed since the late 90’s? It’s time to let it go. While you’re going through seasonal items, don’t forget to look through your family’s old Halloween costumes too.

Day 4: Technology changes fast and many people have tech toys, used computers and computer accessories lying around the house. Goodwill accepts working e-readers, tablets and other electronic items as donations, and our Reconnect partnership with Dell gives you a way to recycle of non-working computers.

Day 5: If you have a home office, see if you have any office supplies that you don’t need. Clear your desk of unneeded backpacks, notebooks or binders.

Day 6: Take a deep breath; the seven days are almost done! But before you congratulate your decluttering efforts, take a minute to investigate the rest and relaxation or entertainment area in your home. How many DVDs do you own that you’ll probably never watch again? There are many CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs and video games probably just sitting there collecting dust.

Day 7: Finally, take one last look at your bookshelf. If your paperbacks have gone the way of the printing press time to say bye bye.

See…that wasn’t so bad, was it? When we take the right approach, spring cleaning can actually be fun. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all that stuff. At Goodwill NY-NJ, we collect used or new items and put the revenues from their sales toward job training programs and community-based services that can lead to fresh starts for people who are unemployed or underemployed. But more importantly, know that by donating your used items, you’re helping your neighbors set out on a path toward employment.

Also, don’t forget to request your tax receipt when you donate to Goodwill.

So, what did we miss? Shout back in the comments and tell us what you’re donating this spring!

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3 Chic & Easy Ways to Upcycle Your Clothes

Earth Day is April 22nd and to honor this day I want to share with you three easy and fun ways you can take your old, unused or unwanted clothing and upcycle or turn it into something new!

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1. Tee shirt tote bags
You probably have a ton of old tee shirts sitting in your drawers. You may be holding on to some of them for sentimental value or in hopes to one day wear again, but if its been a few years already it may be time to find other uses for your favorite tees. A tote bag is an easy and fun way to turn your old concert tee into a shopping, gym, grocery or beach bag! Here are easy to follow step by step instructions and if you want a no sewing required option then you can watch this easy video tutorial
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2. Recover a lampshade
Giving your home a makeover doesn’t have to be costly and sometimes all you need is a few small changes to spruce things up. You can change the look of your lampshade by recovering it with a new fabric that can be found right in your own closet! You can use a dress, top or skirt in whatever print you would like to easily give your lampshade a new look. Here are the step-by-step instructions.

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3. Turn a top that’s too small into a cardigan
If you’re like me you probably hold onto pieces of clothing hoping to one day wear it again and then before you know it, it doesn’t fit you anymore! Now you can take those old tops and turn them into long or short sleeved cardigans with no sewing required!  This idea is also great for kids since they outgrow their clothing so quickly. You can find the instructions here.

If DIY (do it yourself) projects aren’t your thing then you can always donate your clothing to your local Goodwill. You are not only making a charitable contribution, but by donating your old garments you are helping to eliminate waste. Goodwill will offload clothes or shoes that are not suitable for sale at Goodwill stores to textile recyclers. Goodwill knows that its customers expect a certain level of quality clothing. In an effort to keep usable goods out of local landfills, these vendors either ship them to Third World countries where they are given a second life or sort and resell them to textile “de-manufacturers” who turn them into other usable materials such as insulation or industrial carpeting. At the end, all donations fund Goodwill programs to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. No waste is equal to financial support for Goodwill services – all contribute to help the community.

Forty-five percent of recycled clothes are sold to other countries, 30% are turned into cleaning rags and 25% are turned into fibers for stuffing insulation, according to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textile Association. So think twice before you decide what to do with your old clothing!

Find the nearest Goodwill Store to you here.

xoxo
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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Why Should You do Spring Cleaning?

Spring Cleaning & Donating to Goodwill

The countdown to the official first day of Spring is on, and it’s never too soon to start cleaning!

Cleaning out your home may be a bit of a hassle, but figuring out where to donate the items you no longer need is easy! Your local Goodwill store is graciously awaiting your donations. And you know the best part of it? When you “clean your home or office” you help the mission of Goodwill to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work. Also, don’t forget that because Goodwill is a nonprofit organization, every donation you make is tax deductible.

What to Donate:

• Winter Clothing Items you did not use at all this past season.
• Clothing, Shoes, Accessories you haven’t worn in over a year.
• Small household appliances in working condition that you no longer use.
• Unopened Beauty and Cosmetic products that are not past the expiration date.
• Dishware, silverware, linens and seasonal decor.
• Photo Frames, DVD’s and Books
• Cell phones, TVs, computer equipment you want to recycle

Learn More about Donating to Goodwill HERE.

Tips for Spring Cleaning:

• Organizing your closet should be your first step so check out my previous post HERE.
• Start in one section of a room at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
• Have feel good music playing to keep you motivated!
• Create a different “mood” by easily switching out your curtains, bedding and towels.
• If you don’t already start a “No Shoes on the Carpet” rule.
• Club Soda helps to remove stains in area rugs and other fabric surfaces.
• When cleaning stains don’t rub the stain in, blot instead.
• Make the most out of your time and really clean your house; dust, wipe, sweep and clean those areas that get missed regularly.

Spring Cleaning is necessary to keep your organized, clutter free and feeling good so take your time and work room by room. Put all your donations in boxes or bags and drop them off at your nearest Goodwill donation center or clothing bins. You can find your nearest drop off location HERE.

Share your Spring cleaning tips in the comments section!

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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5 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues

5 Tips for Battling the Winter BluesIt’s not uncommon for people to catch a case of the “winter blues” with days being shorter and more time being spent cooped up inside. All you probably want to do is stay in, cozy up in your pjs, and eat. However, just because its winter it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time. These tips will help brighten up your cold winter days!

1. Get Some Sun
Lack of sunlight can cause people to feel depressed and not even know why! Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little more time outdoors. You can also try changing the light bulbs in your house to “full spectrum” bulbs, which mimic natural light.

2. Get a workout in!
Exercise will not only get you fit, but it will also help you to feel good! When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins known as “feel good chemicals” that help improve your mood. It’s a win-win!

3. Be bold!
Put on a bright colored sweater or lipstick and watch your mood and the mood of those around you cheer up a bit!

4. Treat Yourself.
Plan something that is exciting to you that you can look forward to. It can be anything like a weekend trip, a basketball game, a spa visit, or a party.

5. Be Okay with the Winter Season
The winter season can seem like more of a pain than an enjoyment, but it’s important to appreciate the good things that this time of year does bring. We have the holiday season, snowmen, hot chocolate, warm fireplaces, sledding and skating, the Super bowl and so much more. Try out activities that can really be enjoyed during the winter months. Keep a positive attitude and have some fun!

How do you like to enjoy the winter season?

If you or someone you know is suffering from more than just a bad winter day it could be seasonal affective disorder (SAD). More Info about SAD click here.

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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New Year, New Closet. Tips for Cleaning out Your Closet

tips for sorting, organizing and recycling what's in your closetWe can all benefit from a good closet purge every now and then. Here are a few of my favorite tips for sorting, organizing and recycling your closet to get rid of the old and make room for the new. 

Sorting Through Your Closet 

  • If you haven’t worn the item in over a year it’s time to toss it. 
  • If the item was available in stores today would you want to spend money on it? If yes, keep it. If no, donate it. 
  • To determine if something is a personal treasure, ask yourself: Is this the best reminder of that particular time in my life or person I knew? If not, then toss it.

Organizing Your Closet 

  • Group similar items together in your closet to make sure you find them and avoid missing out on wearing them. 
  • Purchase space saving items like Huggable hangers and hanging shoe racks. 
  • You’ll fit more shoes on your shelves if you store pairs with the right and left shoe facing opposite directions…one facing toe front and the other facing heel front.

Recycling What’s in Your Closet  

  • Host a clothing swap party with friends!
  • Donate your unwanted clothing and accessories to a charity, like your local Goodwill.
  • Have a yard sale.
  • Phone apps like Poshmark and Threadflip allow you to easily sell your items for cash right from your phone. 

How do you keep your closet organized? 

Happy New Year!

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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How To: Re-Make NY Fashion Week at Your Local Goodwill

With the New York Fashion Week cat-walking right into London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, this month is filled to the brim with style. One of our favorite bloggers (and past Goodwill Disability Mentoring Day Fashion Show stylist) Kimberlee Van Der Wall of IHaveADegreeInThis! breaks down the trends into a Goodwill-filled how-to. Enjoy!

The fantastic Kimberlee Van Der Wall takes on Fashion Week around the world, rocking the runway at her local Goodwill.

February marks fashion week season here in New York and all the great major fashion cities around the world. This season showed influences from ‘70s psychedelic, ‘60s mod and the Great Gatsby’s 1920s. Fashion works in a cycle so what’s old will eventually become new again, which is great news for all us thrifters out there.

Here are three runway looks that you could easily recreate with pieces from your local Goodwill store:

Houndstooth is a classic print that never goes out of style. Invest in a great jacket for the fall!

It’s all about layers for the fall – mix ‘n match colors and prints for a bold look.

Don’t be afraid to try wearing pieces in different ways. Case in point: This oversized sweater dress is layered with a long skirt and belted to maintain your shape.

If we learned anything from these looks it’s invest in some black leather/pleather gloves. Head to your local Goodwill store so you can be runway ready when these fashion trends hop the runway and take the town next season!