Bathing Suit: From Beach to Brunch w/@thefabjunkie


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

A Good Look Contributor

 

 


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Ok, I have to be honest…. I’m not a beachy type of person, but I do love the water. Well, small bodies of water. Being that I don’t spend my summer days lounging out on the beach, owning bathing suits really wasn’t a thing for me. BUT when I heard Goodwill is carrying NWT suits- I HAD TO GET ONE (especially being that they were only $7.99). Ok, I bought two……

I live a pretty minimal lifestyle, so even my bathing suit has to do double duty work for me. I want to be able to take my pool/lakeside look and go out to brunch with my friends or even run some errands. If I can do that, then I don’t have to run home and change. Which simplifies my life.

 

Here are 5 Tips to Transition your Suit from BEACH to BRUNCH!

 

Find a suit you love (Duh). I like to wear one piece because I feel that they fit my body type the best but two-piece suits work also. Think crop top + high waisted mom jeans.

• You want to style it with something you are comfortable in. I’m my most comfortable in a flowing material- I paired my suit with a pair of culottes. Easy transition; they slide right over my suit and didn’t take up much room in my bag.

• Shoes complete your look and pull it together. Stay away from flip-flops. The point is to move away from the “I was just at the beach look.” Pair your look with a sandal or strappy heel. I picked my chunky heels because they’re so comfortable and I had A LOT of walking to do.

• FINALLY: add some cute accessories or a structured bag. It will add a chic summer feel.

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Stop by your local Goodwill to check out their line of Bathing Suits that they’re carrying while supplies last! All bathing suits are NEW with TAGS attached. Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in all your finds + looks!

Xo Suma

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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10 Instagrammable Murals around NYC


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In a city like NYC, there are all forms of art everywhere you look. Taking a picture that is #instagramworthy can be so complicated. And finding an aesthetically pleasing background to keep up with your Instagram feed it’s even more complicated. If you take a closer look there’s beauty everywhere, with thousands of murals around NYC there are so many to choose from. That’s why we curated a list for you to visit this summer and take your Instagram from 0 to 10:

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1.“ What Lifts you up” By Kelsey Montague

Address: 23rd Street & 3rd Avenue, New York, New York

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2.“Don’t call me baby” by Baron Von Fancy

Address: 132 Allen Street, New York, New York 10013

Pop Art Crying Girl Mural

3.“Pop Art Crying Girl” by D* Face

Address: 421 Broom Street, New York, New York 10013

Love is Love Mural

4. “Love is Love” by James Goldcrown

Address: 390 Broome Street, New York, New York 10013

Audrey Hepburn Mural

5. “Audrey Hepburn”  by Tristan Eaton

Address: 176 Mulberry Street, New York, New York 10013

Emojis Mural

6. “Emojis Mural” by Tom Bob

Address: 12 Prince Street, New York, New York 10012

How to work better mural

7. “How to work better” by Peter Fischil and David Weiss

Address: Houston Street, New York, New York 11002

Notorious BIG Mural

8. “The King of NY” by Unknown Artist

Address:  1091 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11216

The Bushwick Collective

9. The Bushwick Collective

Address: Flushing Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York

Welling Court Mural Project

10. Welling Court Mural Project

Address: 11-98 Welling Ct, Astoria, New York 11102

Pride Do’s and Don’ts


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June is Pride Month! It’s 2018 and being proud of who you are isn’t something you should be ashamed. Get out there and embrace who you are by celebrating all month long (and always). One of the biggest celebrations is Pride Parade; many cities around the world host their own parade. Pride Parade is not just a colorful parade, it’s more than that. It’s a celebration of human rights, a civilized protest about the LGBTQ+ community and their everyday struggles, a remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting to love who they want to love. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Pride Parade:

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DO’S

  1. Sunscreen

Sunburns suck and Pride Parade is in the middle of June, so that means it’s summer! So please don’t forget to apply SPF.

  1. Water

Forgetting to drink water any other day is acceptable but not when you’re in the middle of thousands of people. Especially if you’re under the sun staying hydrated is essential. Plus you wouldn’t want to lose your front row spot by going out to buy water.

  1. Sunglasses/ Hat

Not only do you need SPF to protect you from the sun but wearing a hat and/or sunglasses will come in handy (thank me later).

  1. Comfortable Shoes

Unless you want to end up with blisters, please wear comfy shoes, preferably close toe shoes, we wouldn’t want anyone to step on our feet.

  1. A backpack

You need something to carry all your things right? So do me a favor and please leave your LV at home and bring a mini backpack/crossbody bag or if you want to be trendy a fanipack.

  1. Pride Accessories

bring them all! Bring all your colorful accessories and dress for the occasion.

  1. Go with friends

Everything is better with friends, so grab your closest pals and hit the parade.

  1. Go Early!

Ensure a right spot and leave your house early. You wouldn’t want to get stuck standing behind a 6′ ft tall person when you know your only 5’4″ and risk a chance of completely missing out on parade.

DON’T’s

  1. If you have nothing nice to say, then please stay quite

I don’t even need to say this, but if you’re not there to celebrate and/or support the LBGTQ+ community, then you shouldn’t be there at all. So for one day (or forever), please keep your opinions to yourself.

  1. Moment of Silence

It’s a moment of silence for a reason. Please be respectful and for one minute avoid using your phone and talking to others. Just remember the many lives that were lost to celebrate this moment.

  1. No Side Eyes

Everyone is unique, and at the pride parade, you will see many amazing and diverse souls, so if someone looks different from you, please smile, no need, side-eyeing, its a day of love, not hatred.


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Top 10 Types at Every Festival


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We’ve all seen pictures on Instagram or watched a YouTube video of everyone and their mom at Coachella, Governors Ball, or Lollapalooza. Whatever music festival it is we always see the same type of person. Whether you’re the fashion blogger, the selfie addict or just merely there for the music here are 10 people you’ll see at every festival this summer:

  1. The Fashion Blogger

We’ve all seen pictures of fashion bloggers on Instagram. Some of those pictures include them at music festivals posing in their fantastic festival style outfits. While everyone goes for the music, most bloggers go simply for the great artsy backgrounds and excellent photography for their blogs.

  1. YouTube

Youtubers are everywhere! And this includes them documenting every minute at music festivals. If you’re like me and can’t afford tickets to go to a music festival then having these Youtubers filmed their experience is a plus because that means you get to binge watch many videos and still have the festival experience.

  1. Brands

They want your money! That’s why you’ll find so many brands at festivals. From fashion to beauty brands, they want to throw a party and get you to spend. Many of these brands include Revolve, contemporary fashion retailer, throwing the best parties and gathering the high profile bloggers/influencers.

  1. Celebrities

Forget about waiting in line to meet your favorite celebrity. Yes! They are real people and enjoy music as much as us everyday folks so seeing them at a music festival isn’t that rare. You will probably come across them and their entourages while they are not hanging at the VIP lounge.

  1. The “I’m only here for the music” guy

The one person that knows all the lyrics to every song. Yes, you will see many people like this at music festivals, dancing (even if it’s by themselves) and enjoying the festival to its full potential.

6.    The Flower Crown Girl

The ultimate festival accessory. The flower crown is a staple at any music festival, and you will always see a girl who is unapologetic about leaving this trend behind while being mildly culturally inappropriate- but whose judging?!

  1. Hipsters

You can have a conversion about music or the culture of the music festival, they’ll have the answers, but they aren’t that talkative most of the time.

  1. The Selfie Addict

This person’s phone battery is always in 5% person. They love to take a picture everywhere with anyone. I mean it’s all for the “memory.”

  1. The Group in Crazy Costumes

Oh, you’ll notice them at any and every music festival. With the barbarous costumes, they’re dressed for the occasion. And it screams fun!

  1. The Bandwagoners

Everyone goes to music festivals nowadays! I mean everyone even those who have no idea who is who on the lineup.

DIY: Denim DIY Vest w/ @thefabjunkie

What’s a better way to upcycle an old denim jacket you ask? Oh, I will tell you! Turn that bad boy into a denim vest you can rock all year round!  I feel like everyone owns a denim jacket and if I’m wrong… lucky for YOU Goodwill has you covered. I picked up this 90’s Anne Klein jacket a couple of years ago from Goodwill. As you can see, I’ve already shredded it and put my touch on it. It has been sitting in the back of my closet (because this year I thrifted another denim jacket. I know, I have a denim problem) so I decided I would revamp it a bit. What I like about this jacket is that it has a boxy shape. Check out this easy peasy Denim DIY!

 

Step 1: Find a denim jacket that is a bit oversized on you.

 

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Step 2: You’re going to use the seam line as your guide to cut. AND don’t forget your scissors.

 

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Step 3: START CUTTING! I started RIGHT where the seam meets which can be a little hard to cut through. You can start anywhere on the sleeve using the seam to guide you.

 

Step 4: Once you get your initial cut through, you’re going to want to separate the fabric and continue to cut. When you hold the fabric together you tend to get an uneven cut. It’s fixable BUT why waste time?

 

Step 5: You can flip the jacket over on its front side to do the back part of the sleeve. Once again, I do this because I want the cleanest cut possible in one shot.

 

Step 6: Repeat on the opposite side!

 

VIOLA!

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Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in your finds + DIY’s

xo Suma

Boowill 2017: Easy DIY Amulet for Halloween


 

By Goodwill NYNJ


 

 

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“…By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!” It’s almost October which means that ghouls and goblins are stirring about, plotting their approach. How will you protect yourself? If you’re ready to jump into the Halloween spirit, an amulet can summon sanctuary to protect you against ill will. Whether the costume you’re planning needs a little extra protection or you just love that witchy look, we’re here today to inspire a little creativity in the form of an alluring charm.

 

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Because an amulet is simply an ornament that will protect its wearer, its style can really look however you’d like. Wear it on a bracelet, a brooch, or even tuck it into your pocket. For a truly bewitching vibe, I chose to make mine a long, draping necklace. I sought rose quartz in my thrift store search because many people believe it has beneficial powers which create a sense of calm and promote love. I also knew I wanted my amulet to incorporate circles because they are a symbol of unity and protection.

 

But why bother with thrift stores? Why not just buy all of the elements at the craft store if you have to go there anyway? Well, I love anything with a little history. Pieces that have been well-loved before I take them home always pique my curiosity and add a little meaning for me. I also feel great about supporting Goodwill because their programs that move people to employment can reduce reliance on over-stretched public assistance programs. That helps my local community and our nation as a whole. In that way, it feels like my amulet would not just be protecting me, but the futures of those Goodwill helps, too!

 

So, here’s how I made it: first, I scouted my local Goodwill for some foundation pieces (a long chain and a shorter necklace with a rose quartz stone) then grabbed some copper wire and a circle charm from the craft store to round the piece out. Depending on what you find under your thrift store’s display case, you could add more layers or embellishment and maybe skip the craft store altogether! My instructions will be a bit vague because the materials you find will vary from mine and your taste may, too, but hopefully it will give you a little guidance.

 

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Materials

 

  • Long necklace chain
  • Thrifted jewelry with a large stone
  • Wire (I used copper-colored 22-gauge) that’s thin enough to thread through your stone, chain, and charms
  • Any additional charms (optional)
  • Wire cutters
  • Jewelry pliers

 

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Step 1: Find the center link of the chain (the one that falls the lowest in front when the clasp rests centrally at the back of your neck) and lay it out. Use the pliers to open up the jump ring (the little connecting circle) on your first charm then hook that through the center link and use the pliers to close it again.

 

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Step 2: Remove the stone from its original necklace chain (if you have to switch chains) and cut a length of wire to fit through it.

 

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Step 3: Bend the wire up the sides of the stone until they meet in the top center of the stone. Twist the two sides together at least once. The more you twist, the further the stone will rest from the chain link.

 

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Step 4: Position the stone wherever you think it looks good behind the charm and twist the wire again, but this time around the jump ring. Trim the excess wire and use the pliers to squeeze the ends in toward the center of the circle and away from the wearer. If these ends are resting on the side of the necklace that will hit your body, you risk getting scratched or pulling the fabric of your clothing, so again, make sure they’re tucked inside the ring.

 

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Step 5: Cut another length of wire that is quite a bit bigger than the stone. Put the wire through the jump ring with the stone and charm. Bend it into a circle (it may already be circular if it’s stored that way in the package), and overlap both ends. Tighten the size of the circle until the wire is doubled all the way around. Twist both pieces gently together to create a loosely interwoven circle. Wrap and bend the ends a little tighter than the rest of the circle so they’ll stay in place. Squeeze the top of the hoop gently into a slight tear-drop shape with the top being where the ends meet so that part stays within the jump ring during wear.

 

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And that’s it! Enjoy your new amulet necklace and the feeling of protection it, hopefully, brings your way. Before you start you could do a little research on different crystal types and charm shapes then scout your stores with your favorites in mind. Wishing you all the best as you head out into the night on All Hallows’ Eve!

 

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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!

Pop of Color for Fall & Winter


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


 

Are you as excited as I am for the Indian Summer we’re having? I’m rejoicing over the idea of wearing some of my bright and colorful summer wardrobe well into October. But I have a feeling that the cold is going to suddenly hit us and I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up wearing bright colors just yet.

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I’ve been known to stand out in a crowd of people in New York City because of my bright coats. I plan on doing the same this fall and winter and so can you! Here’s my tips for wearing color in the colder months:

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Embrace a pop of color

 

A pop of color is always the easiest way to incorporate into your look. If you’re into wearing mostly black like most New Yorkers, try adding a bright accessory like a purse, scarf of gloves or coat with your wardrobe. I always grab this thrifted green coat at the beginning of fall and wear it well into the winter with a fun, chunky scarf and winter accessories.

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Darker colors and hues count too

 

If bright colors aren’t quite your thing, why not try darker colors like mustard yellow, hunter green, burgundy or dark orange. These colors actually go together really well and tend to make the perfect fall outfit and look that you can incorporate into winter time.

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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!

Boowill 2017: Tips for Building a Halloween Potion Station


 

By Goodwill NYNJ


 

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I love this time of year! It’s so fun to create a haunting mood in my home with eerie decor, spooky tunes, and so. many. candles. Goodwill has the best stuff for decorating during this season because there’s so much variety that, with a few little updates, can feel completely magical. The potion station I’m building today could serve as the perfect spot to put out candy for trick-or-treaters or to set a mood in the entry way of your home during a Halloween party. You could also look for larger jars and bowls that you use to serve real food. Here are some tips for making an authentic looking apothecary!

 

First, check Goodwill for some materials. I like to look through the glassware, kitchen, and book sections because I find items there that look like actual props from the set of Hocus Pocus (and that’s basically my gauge for good Halloween decor). Jars and bottles, especially if they have cork stoppers, are really great finds. They’re ideal for Halloween haunting, but can transition well during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year.  Even if they don’t have a cork in the store, you can save one from a bottle of wine and use that to complete the look.

 

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Silver, copper, and pewter dishware are perfect for this theme, too. When they’re thrifted, you don’t have to choose between real metal or a manageable price tag—you can have both! Plus, when you find what you need at Goodwill you’re helping their organizations provide support services — including child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and other services — that enable people from all backgrounds to obtain and maintain economic independence and an increased quality of life.

 

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Do you feel like you’ve seen that candlestick holder before? You probably have. I bought it from a Goodwill store in Maine about five years ago and we still use it for everything from Halloween decor to Christmas mood lighting and when the power goes out in snowstorms! The mug and tiny tray are nice additions, too, because they balance out the metallic look of the candlestick holder and corral the smaller jars. Don’t forget to look for old books (or age some not-so-old thrifted books) when you’re there. Stacking tomes brings height to your display and with carefully chosen titles they can mimic spell books. I also added a little burlap under my tray to match the jar labels, cork, and book pages. This could be any cloth that looks like it might have a little history, though.

 

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To take my display to the next level, I decided to add a couple of labels. I wanted a bit of a mismatched look so I didn’t label everything, but you certainly could if you were using these containers to serve food and drinks at a party. The labels were so easy, too! Here’s what I needed:

 

Materials

 

  • Cardstock paper
  • 2 tea bags (Not herbal tea. I used Earl Grey.)
  • Cooling rack
  • Drip pan
  • Glue (Elmer’s or ModPodge would be perfect.)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Fountain or rolling ball pen

 

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Step 1: Cut the cardstock to the size you’ll need for labels. Don’t worry about the cuts being perfectly level. You want them to look worn so you can even snip some little Vs out of the edges.

 

Step 2: Boil ½ a cup of water then let the two tea bags steep in it for at least five minutes.

 

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Step 3: Place the cooling rack over the drip pan and put the labels on top. Brush on a generous amount of tea on the whole piece of paper. Let it pool a little in places to create a darker splotch that brings a lot of character.

 

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Step 4: Put that set-up (drip tray, rack, and paper) into the oven and turn it on its lowest setting. Leave it in for only a few minutes, keeping a close eye on its drying progress. Take it out the moment it appears dry. Do not let it burn.

 

Step 5: Remove the paper from the oven and draw on your label.

 

Step 6: Brush a thin coat of glue on the back of the label then stick it to the jar. You’re done!

 

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Now that you’ve got some props to work with, it’s time to add potion ingredients! I channeled my inner herbalist when I put together my display because witches would also need to do a lot of foraging before they could begin their work. Don’t worry about filling every container to the brim. If it’s a frequently used apothecary some ingredients will be running low.

 

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The two places I looked for ingredients were in my kitchen and my yard. Inside I found spices, iced tea, and a candle (the white corked jar) that passed as ingredients ready to be added to a concoction. Outside, I picked goldenrod (the yellow flowers and “witch hazel boughs”) then separated it into the two different jars. Don’t forget about dried flowers–the lavender and “night shade petals” were dried from the garden earlier in the summer and they’re perfect. Don’t you always imagine a lot of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling of a witch’s lair?

 

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If I needed anything else to round out my display I’d love to try grape juice or wine in a decanter, ginger root in a dish, or a jar of toadstools. Don’t forget to illuminate the area with candlelight for a magical glow! Have so much fun putting together your apothecary and mix up a little Felix Felicis for me, would ya?

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!

2 Easy DIY Flower Child Looks w/ @pinkvintagehrt


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor

 


 

Is it me or does it feel like Halloween will be here in no time? Do you have your Halloween costume all picked out yet? I’m still undecided on what I’ll be for Halloween. But I am seriously considering going DIy flower child or something. Here are two DIY flower child Halloween costumes that are super easy and that I’m sure you can put together using what you already have in your closet or can thrift for with ease.

 

Look #1 with Flares

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This look can work with any thrift flared jeans or bell bottoms. Then pair them with a bohemian like a blouse or top that is flowy or oversized. I chose to tuck mine in which also works for this look.

This look is all about the accessories! You can use a long, narrow scarf or head wrap like I wore. A flower crown or braided cord could also work.

For shoes, you can opt for a chunky pair of high heeled boots or shoes. I wore a boho pair of lace-up sandals. If you don’t have any of these shoe options a pair of Converse sneakers would work as well. Round, heart or star-shaped sunglasses work so well with this look.

To take this Halloween costume to the next level, try adding some fringe of any kind. A jacket, vest, or belt with fringe would really compliment this costume. Also, try adding a peace sign necklace or some light face painting. I’ll try that next time!

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Look #2 – with a Flowy Dress

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I’m all about flowy dresses for any occasion. This look works well with a flowy dress in any length. You could also do a flowy top with a flowy skirt. A flower crown really makes this look. You can outfit #1 above, adding fringe works amazing with this costume. Also adding bangles and layers bracelets is cute for this look. The sky is the limit with shoes. A chunky heel or sandals would probably work best for this look.

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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!

Check out Goodwill for all your Halloween needs.

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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!