Laurens Goodwill Gems: Summer Chic

It’s hard to look good when it’s this hot.  No matter how much effort you put in before you leave the house, the humidity makes your hair crazy (or completely flat) in minutes, and your makeup melts right off your face about five minutes after you apply it.

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Need some fresh new footwear to get you through these sweltering summer months. Look no further—these cute cutout booties, spotted recently at a local Goodwill store—are the perfect way to give your worn-out summer wardrobe a serious style facelift.

In this weather, it makes sense to keep your beauty routine as simple and fresh-faced as possible. So, the only real room to play is with your wardrobe. Which is why I was so crazy-excited to find these fabulous, perfect-for-summer heels at my local Goodwill thrift shop this past week. The cool, laser-cut design and classic peep toe makes these adorable booties ideal for summer, spring, or early fall weather, and the distinctive detailing means they’re sure to catch a passerby’s eye. That fun, funky style, balanced by the traditional black leather material, means these stunning shoes are still easy to wear with just about any outfit, too.

Give sweet summer dresses some edge. Everyone loves a pretty summer sundress, but paired with equally girly, ladylike accessories, the overall look can become a bit too saccharine. So spruce up feminine florals and flowing dresses with a still-pretty but slightly edgier accessory, like this week’s find. These heels are definitely still feminine, so they won’t look out of place when paired with a super girly dress, but they’re not too over-the-top sugary-sweet. The black leather and chic cutout pattern give these shoes a funkier feel that will give your favorite hot-weather ensemble just the right amount of cool contrast.

Complement all of your fave, ultra-feminine summer dresses with this slightly funky, edgy pair of black leather heels with super-cool cutout detailing.
Complement all of your fave, ultra-feminine summer dresses with this slightly funky, edgy pair of black leather heels with super-cool cutout detailing.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Goodwill Gems – High-Fashion Summer Footwear

It’s somehow almost July. It still feels like summer has just started—and also like we’re barreling toward the end of it (and sunshine and vacation) way too quickly. So now is the time to really make the most of the season. When you have a beautiful day off but, for whatever crazy reason, aren’t headed to the beach, then it’s time to dress in fun, funky, comfy, and colorful clothes that just scream summer.

But how do you dress your feet when you’ve got on a light, airy, lovely summer ensemble that’s neither super dressy nor totally casual, but falls somewhere in between? Do yourself a favor and skip the flip-flops. Instead, go for some gorgeous grown-up shoes that will make any semi-casual and cute summer outfit look instantly classier. This week’s amazing Goodwill find is a pair of pretty peep toes that’s great for dressing up absolutely any summer outfit—and also perfect for transition from summer into fall (but let’s not think about that too much now). The simple chic styling, classic leather upper, and black-and-grey two-tone color combo is so chic, I can guarantee you’ll get compliments on them as soon as you step out the door. The thick heel is comfier than a stiletto—so you can actually walk around and enjoy your nice summer day in them—and the very practical ankle strap will keep them firmly in place

Just can’t decide what shoes to wear with all your favorite summer wardrobe pieces? Ditch the cheap sandals and pop on these stunning peep-toed heels instead!

No wrong options. These classic, classy heels are full of style, but they’re also in a pretty neutral color palette, so they’re easy to pair with all of summer’s bright colors—whether you like loud, in-your-face neon tones or softer, subtler pastels, these shoes will absolutely stunning alongside your favorite pieces. Here, I’ve chosen a top with some of those really vibrant neon colors, but paired them with a loose black pant, so the whole ensemble doesn’t come off looking brash.  These shoes—with their touch of black underneath but slightly lighter top leather layer—will stand out a bit from the black pant, but won’t fight with the lively neon hues in the top.

There’s no better finishing touch for a fantastically light, loose, fun summer outfit than a stunning pair of high-heeled shoes that show off just enough skin.
There’s no better-finishing touch for a fantastically light, loose, fun summer outfit than a stunning pair of high-heeled shoes that show off just enough skin.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Bold, Crazy Color

It’s time to wake up your wardrobe.

Bring energy back into old clothes and beloved vintage pieces with a brilliant accessory choice, like these attention-grabbing shoes spotted this week at my local Goodwill thrift shop.

These striped wedges are a little on the loud side, but in the best possible way. The graphic print contains a whole multitude of deep, flattering hues and a few strips of classic black to balance out all the brightness and provide much-needed contrast. The soft cloth upper and closed, rounded toe make these shoes suitable for just about any season – they’ll keep your feet warm in fall and early spring, when there’s still an icy chill in the air, but they’re also breathable enough to wear in the heart of summer.

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Brilliant, graphic, and bold, these striking wedges are accessories worth grabbing to pair with all of your favorite spring and summer pieces.

With heels this daring, keeping the rest of your outfit simple is key.

For the rest of my ensemble here, I’ve chosen deep, more subdued hues, like the rich emerald green of this classic sweater. Long but slightly fitted, this sweater hugs curves in all the right places and manages to be flattering without being revealing or brash in any way. Simple gray pants – also form fitting, but not too terribly tight – make a solid base on which to build my surprisingly bold look. This outfit really is all about the shoes – the soft, solid colors and classic shapes make the perfect backdrop for this pair of brilliant, totally eye-catching shoes, which if paired with another print or super loud color choice, would probably feel a bit overwhelming rather than cool, fun, and carefree.

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These shoes are the perfect thing to liven up an otherwise tired or basic winter ensemble, like this one, and give it a real burst of personality and fun flair.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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New Year, Newly Stylish You

Party time is over.  

I know – womp, womp. But while going back to the daily grind is inevitable, going back to the same ho-hum daily outfits is not. You may have spent most of your holiday cash (if you had any to begin with) on presents and party clothes, but that doesn’t mean you have to go back to your regular routine with this week without a fresh new look.

This is where your favorite neighborhood thrift store, Goodwill, comes to the rescue.  With a minimum of cash in your pocket, you can still walk away from your local shop with an absolutely fabulous new find guaranteed to help you start the new year off on the right foot. This week’s gem is just that kind of lucky Goodwill grab – these gorgeous tan leather shoes are all-around gorgeous accessories fit for powering any gal-about-town around through busy January days. The sleek styling and comfortable stacked heel make these darling shoes perfect for wearing day or night, with everything from casual wear to beautifully polished party ensembles.

IMG_4143Effortlessly elegant and ideal for any occasion, these stunning leather shoes are basically everything you need right now.

Mix dressy and casual pieces for a perfectly cool ensemble.  

We often separate our fancy wardrobe pieces from our more laid-back, weekend-appropriate wear, but there’s no fashion rule that says you have to do so (certainly no rule you should actually follow). Mix high-end and low-end items from your closet with these beautiful steppers for a truly phenomenal outfit that looks insanely classy, but not at all overdone. Here, I’ve thrown on a pair of well-worn, grayish jeans in a snug, slim fit, and a loose, flowing, cream-colored blouse that skims and floats over all the right places. With a pair of cognac-colored, leather mules, this simple (but seriously chic) look comes together with almost no effort at all.

IMG_4823Easy, understated elegance in an oh-so-comfortable package, this simple but sophisticated look is one that will never go out of style.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Brilliantly Easy, Bold Looks

Dark colors and denim can make a serious statement. I know I often preach about how important it is to include a little color in your wardrobe (and it is!), but as any city girl can tell you, black is, and always will be, the ultimate in wear-anywhere practicality.

So when you just can’t help but reach for those dark black staples lurking in (or possibly taking over?) your closet, how do you still ensure your ensemble stands out? That’s where accessories – like this week’s gorgeous Goodwill-found gems – come in. These plush purple high heels have a rich, beautiful color and retro style that’s sure to grab attention, even when you pair them with other dark pieces. The royally rad hue of these shoes is also lovely because it goes just as well with any other neutral hue as it does with black – put these pretty pumps on with beige, navy, white, brown – the options are endless, and whatever you choose, they’re sure to look absolutely darling.

purple pumpsA girl can never have enough shoes – especially when the latest thrifty find in Goodwill’s shoe department is a wonderfully polished pair of purple suede pumps like these, sure to catch every passerby’s eye.

Go bold or go home.  But going bold doesn’t have to mean super glammed up, over-the-top outfits or huge pieces of sparkling jewelry. Bold can actually be incredibly simple – and honestly, a perfectly picked ensemble, all in stark black, is an easy way to go bold while keeping things low-key and classy, too. Here, I’ve chosen a fitted pair of figure-flattering black pants and topped it off with a simply cut black tank. To ward off the chilly October winds, I’ve added a tailored denim blazer – the cut of this jean jacket makes it look a little more professional, but any other classic denim cover-up would look just as cute here. The purple pumps will add the only spot of color (much-needed, I might add), but since they’re also on the darker side of the color spectrum, they still manage to give the look that burst of color in a subtle, sophisticated kind of way. One long, statement necklace or pretty printed scarf would add a lovely finishing touch to this ensemble (but is totally optional – the look still looks totally put together and polished without anything else).

all-black and denim ensemble Effortlessly give all your basic looks – like this all-black and denim ensemble – a touch of refined glamor and a bit of  fun with a cool, colorful pair of shoes.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Fresh, Funky Fashion Twists

Practical doesn’t mean boring. I might say this almost every week, but it’s still just as true today as it was this past summer, last spring, or the previous winter.

This week’s fabulously fun gem will truly put some extra pep in your step and add some seriously jewel-like sparkle to any outfit. These brilliant sequined pink sneakers are the perfect way to put a fresh spin on your usual choices in casual wear.  The sequins might seem flashy, but if you’re in need of a bit of fun and still want to wear something comfy and suited for your more relaxed ensembles, then a pair of sneakers like these are exactly what you’re looking for.

pink sequin shoesThese pretty pink sequined shoes are anything but fancy – but they’re a great way to add a bit of flair and a playful sense of fun to an otherwise basic outfit.

Class up your casual wear.  Sequins could seem like a bit much (especially for daytime), but they’re actually a super chic and modern way to dress up your everyday looks. As long as you put this loud-ish pair of shoes on with some more demure or classic wardrobe pieces, they actually make a perfect match. Here, I’ve paired them in a simple, slim-cut pair of navy trousers in a soft, brushed cotton fabric that’s fabulously cozy and just right for fall. A loose but lacy blouse in a soothing shade of cream contrasts beautifully with the dark navy on the bottom, but is still nice and neutral and won’t clash with my vibrant pink footwear. A classically cut denim blazer will keep me warm in the midst of the early October chill, but again, is a neutral fabric that won’t fight with the oh-so-fabulous sequined shoes – which will instantly jazz up this otherwise unassuming outfit.

lacy shirt dark pants comboAdd a touch of girly glam to absolutely any outfit, no matter how plain or practical, with these spiffed up pink sequined sneakers.

 

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Fall Into Fresh Fashions

Lighten up your cold-weather layers. Once an autumn chill starts working its way into the air on a regular basis, it’s easy to suddenly feel weighed down by all the layers you have to wear and carry with you on a daily basis.

This week’s pretty find is truly a gem – these high-heeled booties are classy, classic, and ideal for that transitional period between the end of summer and full-on cold weather. The structured style and smooth, soft ivory leather upper will never, ever go out of style, and the thick, chunky heel looks wonderfully clean and well-designed, but also happens to be amazingly comfortable, too (at least when compared to a skinny stiletto heel).

light beige bootiesIn lovely soft, light beige color hue and totally timeless style, these booties are the perfect fall purchase. They’ll add a fashionable touch to your favorite outfits for years to come!

Dress up a basic but beautifully polished getup. There’s really no ensemble these boots wouldn’t look absolutely amazing with – go casual with a loose, comfy pair of jeans (even a pair with some strategically placed rips or fading, for an edgier feel) and a favorite tee, and add a blazer on top for a casually chic look. For a much dressier outfit you could easily wear to a corporate event or networking drinks session, put on this perfectly put together pair with a favorite, flattering cocktail dress in basically any color – whether you’re the kind of city girl who always favors black or loves a shockingly vibrant color, these booties will complement your choice beautifully. But here, I haven’t gone completely casual or dramatically dressy here – in my chosen look, I’ve gone for an outfit that’s totally refined tasteful everyday look that is comfortable enough for fun day out but polished enough for the office. A pleated knee-length skirt in an oh-so-professional navy linen is another classic piece that every girl could use in her wardrobe – the neutral navy hue looks lovely next to this week’s Goodwill gem, but would look equally nice next to just about anything else. A simple white blouse allows the flirty skirt and fun shoes to shine, and topped with a go-to cardi or tailored blazer, this look is complete is no time.

monochromatic outfitAdd a classic touch to any look in your fall closet with minimal effort – this week’s fabulous Goodwill gem is the kind of sophisticated wardrobe staple that will make any outfit – from the super casual to the professional to the posh – feel completely gorgeous and chic.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Goodwill Gems: Awesome Ombre Sandals

Happy Summer bonus time! Instead of just one Goodwill Gems this week, we’re giving you two – and we’re head over heels about both of them. From Monday’s piece on neon sneaks to today’s great find on sandals, we hope you enjoy our Lauren’s fancy footwork thrifting her favs at her local Goodwill. So, without any further walk-about, here’s this week’s second (!) Goodwill Gem: Awesome Ombre Sandals.

Though you may be more used to seeing it in the latest celeb hairdos, ombre is in, and the varying shades of the straps on these lovely sandals is a subtle and stylish way to work it into your wardrobe rather than (or maybe in addition to) your hairstyle.
Though you may be more used to seeing it in the latest celeb hairdos, ombre is in, and the varying shades of the straps on these lovely sandals is a subtle and stylish way to work it into your wardrobe rather than (or maybe in addition to) your hairstyle.

Footwear is practically a fetish with me. I love a good pair of shoes, especially a fabulous pair of open-toed summer sandals. Sadly, wonderfully wearable, comfortable, and still-stylish shoes are not so easy for a lady to find, so I’ll never hesitate to pick up a pair I adore when I’m lucky enough to find one.

And that’s why I really felt like I hit the jackpot this weekend when scouring my local Goodwill for some spotlight-worthy new gems.

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Goodwill Gems: Stylin’ Summer Sneakers

We’re in the thick of NY/NJ summer and our style is going strong! Don’t let the sultry weather get you down – thick city heat has nothing on fashion, as long as you know how to accessorize. Without missing a beat, our Lauren dipped into the fashion (and air-conditioning) of her local Goodwill for this week’s heat-ready Goodwill Gem: Styling Summer Sneakers.

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Comfy and classic, but with a twist, these sweet sneakers are just what you need for walking around the city during the steamy summer months.

Style doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It just needs to be authentic to you.

Summer especially calls for relaxed, casual, but still cool style. In the humid, steamy, city summer heat, it becomes necessary during the warm weather months to make your beauty routine as simple and minimal as possible, and that includes your wardrobe. A basic pair of sandals is essential, but there’s one other item or footwear no city girl can get through a sticky summer without, and that’s a pair of classic, comfy sneakers.

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Goodwill Gem: Cozy Winter-Ready Boots

Time marches on – and so does a great pair of winter boots! Our correspondent Lauren is going places this New Year, and to help her handle the journey, she headed right to her local store afor this week’s Goodwill Gem: Cozy Winter-Ready Boots.

Easy to wear and easy to love, a cozy, comfy pair of boots like this black suede pair with its darling little wedge will soon become your favorite go-to winter shoe.
Easy to wear and easy to love, a cozy, comfy pair of boots like this black suede pair with its darling little wedge will soon become your favorite go-to winter shoe.

Boots are a winter staple. Every woman knows this, especially every woman living in the big city. But no matter what year it is or what part of the country you’re in, a pair of boots like these – found this week at my neighborhood Goodwill store – are the perfect fit.

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