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.

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!

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DIY Halloween Costume: Rosie the Riveter


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


 

Rosie the Riveter is the coolest girl power icon there is! Just about everyone knows the famous We Can Do it! Poster. The Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume happens to be one of the easiest DIY costumes ever. You can use items that you already have in your closet or you can easily thrift what you need. You’ll surely use and wear them again. Here’s what you need for your DIY Rosie the Riveter costume:

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Outfit

The outfit is the easiest part for this costume. Any jean on jean look can work – a jean jumpsuit, jeans worn with a jean shirt, jean overalls. I wore a pair of jeans with a jean shirt tied at the waist.

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Accessories

The red bandana really makes this costume. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a red bandana but I used a pink one that I had in my stash of scarves instead. You can use a bandana of any size as a head wrap or even wear as a head turban style that covers the entire head. For shoes you can do boots, converse or any flat shoes.

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Make Up & Hair

You can wear your hair up in a ponytail and create a retro look with a tiny bump at the front of the hair or rolled bangs. After researching this Halloween costume, I found that wearing your hair out is totally fine also.

I’m so into retro make up and wore cat eyeliner and red lipstick to capture the look from the famous We Can Do It! Poster.

 

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.

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!

 

3 Fall Must Haves


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


 

Can you believe that summer is pretty much gone? Temperatures in New York City have already dropped and we’re already starting to grab our fall fashion essentials. But who doesn’t love fall fashion? Fall is magical in New York and dressing for it can be too! Here are three fall must haves that every fashionista needs to have in her closet for this fall:

 

Jean Jacket

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There’s nothing more versatile and easier to wear than a jean jacket. It should be illegal to not own at least one. I have about five in my closet in different washes and styles. I love throwing them on with dress pants and over date night dresses when the temperature starts to dip down in the fall.

 

Scarf

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Scarves of all sizes and in all prints and colors are a must-have for throwing over your shoulders or tying around your neck to create the perfect fall look. Pair your favorite scarf with a long sleeve t-shirt for the most adorable fall look.

 

Backpack

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Nothing says fall like a backpack. I have a million of them and get nostalgic when getting a new one for the fall season. There are so many super adorable ones around these days in a variety of colors, styles, and materials. Try trading in your over-sized purse for a backpack and turn heads while you head stylishly into 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.

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!

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.

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!

Top 5 Thrift Hacks

 


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JasmineSkyy Forcer, jasmineskyy.com

A Good Look Staff

 


 

Get ready thrift friends because I’m about to divulge some of my best thrift hacks. Check out some of my ultimate thrift hacks below:

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DIY Crop Top Tee w/ @TheFabJunkie


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

A Good Look Contributor


 

Crop tops can be winter friendly but at this point who’s thinking of winter? I think we’re all ready for SPRING! Here’s an easy DIY for turning an old or thrift tee into a crop top. Check out the step by step directions after the cut:

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Sporting Your Goodwill Finds


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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!

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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.

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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!

Goodwill: Your Summer Music Festival Stylist

With warmer weather comes…MUSIC FESTIVALS! Whether you are heading out to Governors Ball, Electric Zoo or Mad Decent Block Party one thing is sure – you are going to see some awesome fashion. Of course, designers are now catching onto this and are creating $11,190 crocheted mini dresses. SAY WHAT?! My wedding dress doesn’t even cost that much! Let’s take a look at some popular festival fashion:

Mens-Quick-Guide-to-Coachella-Style-Music-Festivals-7 Coachella-Style-Guide1ASOS_MW_DD_ARTICLE_wireless-festival-4 mosaic6c00fd94e573ee683b191b83e69a36c335ff7fd7Guess what? You can find pieces just like these at any of our 40+ Goodwill stores. Since it won’t cost you a fortune, feel free to cut those shorts higher, bedazzle your hat or paint a message to the band on your shirt. This is a time for you to let loose and embrace your individuality! We constantly have a huge selections of tanks, jeans, shorts, dresses and more in an array of colors and fabrics. And those must have accessories? Yep, we have them too! Sunglasses, cross body bags, bandanas and maybe even angel wings. Guys, girls, come one, come all and hey, buy some more festival tickets with all the money you’ll save.

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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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5 Goodwill Thrifting Hacks

Do you want to make the best use of your time and money when shopping at your local Goodwill? You can look like a million-dollars without breaking the bank. Here are five secrets to make your Goodwill shopping more enjoyable!

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1. Sample Removal
So you’re shopping and checking out all the goodies in the racks and BEHOLD you find the most gorgeous dress from a top name designer. You run to the dressing room and it fits like a glove. Twirling around you feel radiant. Then you spot the dreaded SAMPLE stamp on the back. Never fear! All you need is some cotton balls soaked in rubbing alcohol and dab the stamp away. For stronger inks try a non-acetone nail polish remover. Then, wash the item as you normally would and make sure the stamp is completely removed before throwing it in the dryer. Heat sets stains so repeat the cotton/alcohol dabbing if necessary before drying.

 

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2. Attend Store Openings
For store openings usually the best of the best is on display and for sale. Not just clothing, you can score brand new appliances, furniture, luggage and more. At our Elmwood Park opening we had KitchenAid mixers, Swiss Gear luggage, Dyson vacuums and Keurig brewers just to name a few. How can you find out when there is a store opening? We always announce the opening date ahead of time on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. So, if you’re reading this right now you are one step ahead!

 

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3. Google Goggles
For the smartphone totting thrifters who want to know exactly how much of a deal they are getting, the app Google Goggles is gold. All you have to do is take a picture with your smartphone of the item or tag and the app does a Google image search. Within the results you can find out the original price and more info on the item. This also works great if you happen to see a painting and have a suspicious feeling it may be worth 1,000 times its sale price. Download the app for iPhone here and Android here.

 

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4. Dress for the Part
Sometimes people prefer to do huge thrifting “hauls” and purchase tons of clothing during one shopping trip. It can get super annoying getting dressed and undressed every time you find a few items you want to try on. Save yourself the hassle (and time) by wearing an outfit that you can easily put clothes on over – such as leggings and a tank top.

 

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5. Thrift Online
Skip the lines and head on over to ShopGoodwill. This is Goodwill’s online auction house. What’s great about this site is not only can you buy from your local Goodwill but there are items for sale from Goodwill’s around the country. Items range from art, clothing, tools, bikes, computers, instruments and more. Thrifting in your pajamas – now that is the dream!

Do you have any suggestions to make the best out of your thrift shopping?

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