Everyday Pieces w/ @StylingStingy

By Al Green, stylingstingy.com

For my online brand Styling Stingy, I decided to go on a mini shopping spree for my spring inventory, just to see what I could find. The Goodwill within the city of Lumberton was a major hit. I found everything from straw hats, to silk robes, denim shorts, denim vests, and even body suits.

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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!

 

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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!

@PlanetBrandee – NEW Millennials and Thrifting Part 2

Special Report Series – Julie Ann Earls

JAEWelcome back to part 2 of @PlanetBrandee 4-part series on the millennial mindset and thrifting! With this continuing series, I’ll be looking at the changing face of an entire generation, from fashion and thrifting to eco-living and no trace left behind cultural mindset. Join me now as I chat with Goodwill loving millennials who have embraced the up-cycling lifestyle. I’ll interview performers, fashion designers and women in tech who love vintage. We’ll be diving into what attracts so many people to the NEW millennial mindset and shopping secondhand.

My second interview is with Julie Ann Earls, a New York City-based millennial actress and singer who performs in video, TV and stage. Like Jeremy from Part 1 of my series, she’s also a creative person who frequents Goodwill and other secondhand sources, so let’s chat with her now about her experiences.

@PlanetBrandee: Julie, first, thank you for taking some time today to chat with me about the millennial mindset, and the importance of it to you! Let’s start off with: What does it mean to you to be a millennial?

@JulieAnnEarls: Thank you for having me Brandee! Well, I think being a millennial means that I am part of a generation of young people whose entrance into “adult life” is somewhat extraordinary compared to that of past generations. With the boom of the Internet, social media, and intelligent technology, it feels like there are more opportunities and possibilities for young people like me than ever before. I can learn how to julienne a carrot by pulling up a video on YouTube (I don’t know how I’d learn to cook if it wasn’t for YouTube!). I connect with someone across the world by the click of a button on Facebook. I track my fitness through a device I wear like a wristwatch. Past generations did not have this kind of access. On the flipside, I think we are still figuring out how to handle this deluge of information. Should 1st graders have iPhones? How can we decrease our carbon footprint? I also think that with great power comes great responsibility.Those in my generation sometimes use these advances for the better, but unfortunately, sometimes for the worst too. I feel a great responsibility to use these advances for good.

@PB: Very insightful. It’s a double-edged sword in many ways in accessibility vs. availability. Given that, what about up-cycling and thrifting appeal to you?

@JAE: I am one of those people who hates to waste things. I hate throwing out food and I try to print double-sided whenever I can. Upcycling and thrifting is great because products and clothes are reused or made into something else that is useful. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think of all the landfills that have items that are in perfectly fine condition to be reused or recycled into something else. Also, I mean … if I find a fashionable vintage piece in a thrift store, my cool factor goes up like 100 points.

@PB: Yes! Tiny little things are often easier to implement with regularity than big steps, each action helps though, and waste is a huge problem, as is conspicuous consumption. Moving forward, what would you say you’re passionate about?

@JAE: I am passionate about connecting with people. I feel best when I am able to express myself and, in turn, listen to others with my whole heart. I am a singer and actor, and I love to connect with audiences through song and/or through embodying a human experience. I also teach group fitness classes and I enjoy so much giving students the personal attention and care they deserve.

@PB: Music is the universal language, and I love hearing people who dive into that sort of expression. Speaking of expression, if there was one thing about your generation you wish people could know, what would it be?

@JAE: In many ways, I think we are more compassionate than people think, though it may seem that millennials are a group of people who are socially more isolated and distant than ever. We are able to take part in local, national and even global conversations through the Internet. We share our life experiences and learn about life experiences different from our own more than ever before. That can build great compassion for others. It is with that awareness that we can make more informed choices.

@PB: I have to say I feel the same way. The selfie generation is by far the most technically connected, but emotionally unavailable group so far, and on the same hand, at least from personal experience, they’re far more active givers/social listeners. It’s going to be a trek to getting that mingled given our audience reach and armchair activism. But the first steps starts with us! Julie, thank you so much for sharing your outlook and experiences!

@JAE: Thank you!

Join me next week as I continue this 4-part series on the millennial mindset! I’ll be interviewing some fantastic characters here across the country, and right here in New York City, all of whom use Goodwill and secondhand to infuse their sustainable and eco lifestyle. Love the buzzword of millennial? Have feedback? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

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2015 Is The Year Of Marsala

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015
Every year Pantone announces the color of the year. This decision influences the designs of clothes, accessories, furniture, nail polish and more. For 2015 the color is Marsala. For you design enthusiasts it is specifically Pantone 18-1438. The color is absolutely gorgeous. It is extremely easy to look glamorous and chic with such an earthy and rich color. Whether you are wearing it or have a coffee maker in this color you can’t go wrong. Here are a few ways you can incorporate Marsala into your life during 2015.

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marsala wide brim hat marsala kitchenware marsala cardiganphotos courtesy of zazzle, teen vogue, brit, design connection inc, lucky mag

Have you already embraced this color trend?
Let us know below!

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Trend Alert: Padlock Necklaces

One of the hottest emerging trends this season is the padlock necklace. Michael Kors kicked this trend off in the Spring but as we merge into Fall the padlock necklace is gaining momentum. We aren’t talking about your high school Masterlocks here. Designers like Chanel and Rodarte are embracing this trend and are creating a new meaning to “holding the key to your heart”. Take a look at some of our favorite examples:

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Michael Kors Rose Gold Padlock Pendant Necklace

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What makes this a great trend is its versatility. Layer them up to express your inner punk goddess or wear a thinner mm chain necklace for a sweeter romantic look.

 Let us know in the comments what you think of the padlock necklace.

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3 Ways to Give Back (and feel good) This Summer

3 Ways to Give Back This Summer

The weather is warmer, skies are brighter and you should be feeling good because its the summer time. Well-being affects every aspect of our lives so we should make an effort to participate in activities that will help to foster positive feel good vibes. Doing something to give back is always a good idea so here are three ways you can make a difference.

1. Organize a Party for Charity
What is summer without a good party? Throw a party or BBQ in honor of giving and spreading love for an organization of your choice. You could charge a small admission fee, host a raffle, a bake sale or even an auction to raise money all while having a good time with your friends and family. It’s a win-win!

2. Volunteer
While donating towards a charity is always a good thing it can feel even better to see the results of your efforts in person by giving of your time to volunteer. You will feel proud of yourself for doing something to help your community. Make sure that when volunteering that you’re putting your time towards something you are passionate about. It will help you to be more motivated and give you a greater sense of purpose from doing so.

3. Donate to Goodwill
Organizations like Goodwill need our donations to keep their efforts going strong. Your donation will help support programs and initiatives by Goodwill and keep unwanted items from piling up in landfills. It also feels really good to clean out and de-clutter your space plus your donations are tax deductible!

Learn more about donating to Goodwill here.

How do you give back?

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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A Goodfit for any Occasion: Harem Pants

Harem pants, slouch pants, dressy jogging pants, or “cool girl pants” (as my friend says) are a statement trend this summer. Our old friend MC Hammer first popularized these pants in the 90s. Thankfully, today’s take on the MC Hammer pants, “harem” pants, aren’t quite as crazy as the ones MC Hammer rocked in his famous “Can’t Touch This” music video.

When Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and many other big name designers included harem pants in their Spring/Summer 2009 collections, people began to think of this once ridiculous look as a new trend.

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Some harem pants in Ralph Lauren’s 2009 collection

 Today, harem pants are sleeker version of the slouchy Hammer pants style. The light-weight pants are perfect for the warm summer weather and are flattering on every all body types! Whether you’re going to work, on a date, or lounging at home these pants are perfect to throw on.

Check out some of our favorite ways to style these miracle-pants! I promise, buying a pair of these pants is one purchase you won’t regret!

1. Professional

Tired of wearing slacks to work everyday? Switch up your pants-game with a pair of harem pants! With a tucked in blouse and chic-blazer these make for the perfect fashionable look to rock your next presentation.

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I love this monochromatic blazer + harem pants look from on Pinterest! A cute way to put a spin on the boring business suit!

2. Comfortable

Tired of bumming it in your grungy old sweat pants? Try a pair of jersey harem pants for a fashionable alternative to the classic lounge outfit. This way, when you don’t feel like taking your sweats off to go to the store, you’ll still look cute.

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How comfy does this look Pinterest outfit look? And they barely look like sweats!

3. Casual

Summer weekends are filled with days exploring and spending time outside. For a fun look for your weekend adventures or your daily errands try a pair of patterned harem pants with a classic tee or tank. I promise, you’ll be racking in the compliments.

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This pin of tribal harem pants are perfect for any day’s adventure!

4. Glam

Looking for a way to stand out at a fun party or on a hot date? Trade your tight skirt for a pair of embellished harem pants with a crop top or solid tank. Your confidence level will be through the roof with this statement look!

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These sequined harem pants I found on Pinterest are sure to catch anyone’s eye you’re trying to impress!

The one problem with a trend as hot as harem pants? Many of them can get pricey. Instead of investing in one expensive pair, head to a thrift store like your local Goodwill for a versatile selection of low-cost pants so you can buy a pair to rock for every occasion!

How will you rock the harem pants trend this summer?

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Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.

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Three Dress Styles That Flatter All Body Types

Peplum Shift and Wrap Dresses

Though it has not officially arrived yet, it feels like the busy summer season is already here, with proms, graduations and weddings in full force. Dress shopping for all of these special occasions doesn’t have to be stressful. I’ve picked out three silhouettes that work well for pretty much all body types.

1. Peplum
The peplum dress accentuates your figure. It slims down your waist and highlights your hips. Depending on your body size you can go for a mini-pep that won’t distract or overwhelm your frame or a bigger peplum to accentuate your frame.

2. Shift
The shape of this dress works on almost all body shapes. The relaxed fit along with the body skimming silhouette highlight and hide all the ride spots. This is a very popular dress style that you can find with long, short, cap or tank sleeves for whichever compliment you best.

3. Wrap
2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the wrap dress known as the most figure-flattering dress created by designer Diane Von Furstenberg. This style looks good on all body types and does wonders to show off the female shape. You can’t go wrong with it!

What is your go-to special occasion dress style?

Don’t forget you can always visit your local Goodwill Store to shop for dresses!

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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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Spring Outerwear Trends You Can Find in Your Local Goodwill Store

Spring Outerwear Trends You Can Find in Your Local Goodwill Store

 

Spring is my favorite time of year for outerwear because there are so many options to choose from. My top 3 favorites for this season are trenches, denim jackets and colorful blazers. I have found all these three silhouettes in thrift shops like Goodwill. It’s definitely a hit or miss, but it’s always worth checking out because you never know what you will find! Plus, your purchase helps support Goodwill and its mission.

Trench Jackets
This is the quintessential spring jacket. Its perfect for work, play and the rain! You can purchase this in the classic khaki color or you can opt for it in a color like navy or brown. You may even find it in a fun color like red or yellow at your local Goodwill!

Denim Jackets
Denim jackets are another closet staple that really never go out of style and every time I visit a Goodwill store I stumble upon one or three! You can find vintage and newer styles too.

Color Blazers
Blazers are great for a sophisticated look that can take you from day to night. Skip the classic black and opt for a bright color like pink or coral this season. I love thrifting for vintage designer styles at Goodwill. It’s like finding a hidden gem! 

What are you wearing this spring?

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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