Style Evolutions: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

The Uniform

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My style has gone through a few evolutions in the past, but none as drastic as this year’s change. Maybe it was because I took a leap of faith in January, leaving a full-time job to start life as a freelance entrepreneur. Maybe it was because I was going to the gym regularly, and my old clothes fit me differently. Or maybe it was a combination of both.

Regardless of the reason, earlier this year I donated a large portion of my wardrobe to various thrift stores and primarily opted for three basic pieces, instead: white T-shirts, jeans and boots. It’s classic, it’s simple, it’s utilitarian — everything about this uniform fits where I am right now.

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Up until this point, I was obsessed with color and patterns. My closet was one eclectic gumbo, which fit the creative nature of my life. But things change, sometimes suddenly. I’m still wildly creative, but more streamlined, pointed, minimal. Creative entrepreneurship requires a focus that I’m still grasping. And that focus isn’t just limited to office hours — everything in my life needs to speak to it.

But I’ve always been one to unabashedly wear my genuine personality on my sleeves. I’m still doing that, and could never give that up. It just so happens that right now, thrift store shopping trips often end up with a few T-shirts and vintage jeans. Tomorrow, it could be different. Who knows? That’s the great thing about fashion: It’s as fluid as you let it.

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072115_SelfieDavid Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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! 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!

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! 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!

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! 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!

Playing Dress-Up: This Week From Inside the Prop Closet with David

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For a few years now, I’ve been on a journey to drastically reduce the amount of clothes I own. I actually dream of wearing a simple “uniform” most days: a white T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots. It’s my interpretation of the Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg style of dressing, which is an extremely smart way to make life just a little less complicated.

Still, in spite of my uniform goals, there are a few things that I don’t want to part with just yet. One of those things are my brown farmer overalls.

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I purchased them in a Maryland thrift store a while ago. They were originally pants, but now, after years of use, they’re paint-splattered shorts. They’ve got a very simple design — no buckles or snaps or buttons, just simple ties to keep them up — but they stand out amid the hard concrete, brick and steel of the New York City streets.

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My retirement dream is to own a sheep farm — far, far away from bustling city life. I’ll be able to make my own yarn! These overalls remind me of that dream, and affirm the beauty of thrift stores.

Thrift store shopping allows you to find pieces that speak to past, present and future lives. Who says that adults can’t play dress-up? Until I hear otherwise, I’ll stay in my own magical, imaginative little worlds, and continue dreaming of future ones.

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Photos by Alan Escoto; photo edits by David Leon Morgan.

 

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!

 

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David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com 

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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Photo via Popsugar

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! 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!

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! 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!