Double Duty Dress

Next to New Year’s one of the biggest party nights is the day before Thanksgiving. Bars, clubs and lounges will be jam packed pretty much from Happy Hour until 4am with people living it up before they are in a 3 day long turkey induced bloated coma. That means time to look fabulous.

Gold sequin dressAll pieces in this look come from our Elmwood Park Goodwill store. The slightly above the knee gold sequined dress runs for $80 and is paired with a leather/metal choker that is a steal at $9.99. With this $99.99 mink coat you will finally be happy for the cold weather. This dress screams glam so much that you could rock it again for New Year’s if you wish. There is nothing like ringing in the New Year looking like a golden goddess.

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Wedding Decoration and Gifts DIY

Save the Date for Goodwill’s One of a Kind Bride sale. Wedding gowns starting at $69.99. Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride gowns also available. Join us: Saturday June 3rd, doors open at 9am and close at 9pm. RSVP: here *While supplies last.


The good news first: I got engaged last month! Then the sticker shock came when I began planning my wedding. I had no clue of the cost of certain things: Decorations, gifts, the dress, and the list goes on and on. It seems never ending! However, some simple “Do-It-Yourself”ing will not only alleviate some pain from your bank account, but it will add a truly personalized touch to your wedding!

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Jars

Centerpieces are a basic staple in most weddings. They liven up each table and dress up the room. And let’s be realistic: Your aunt will want to take it home. So what’s the point of spending lots in what will be a “party favor”? Whether you decide to fill it up with flowers, floating candles or water beads, this DIY glitter tutorial will add some sparkle and shine to your big day. Take this as an opportunity to call in your bridal party and have a fun and bonding experience.

 What You’ll Need

  • At most Goodwill stores you can find an array of jars, vases and glassware. This is where you stock up and purchase a bunch in different shapes and sizes.
  • Buy at your local craft store glitter that matches your wedding theme colors, a foam brush, painter’s tape and some ModPodge.


  1. Decide if you want the glitter to be on the inside or outside and paint that area in a thin and even layer with ModPodge. *If you only want a section covered in glitter use the painter’s tape to mask off that area.
  2. Cover that sucker in glitter!
  3. Ta-da! Now isn’t that gorgeous? If you are concerned about glitter falling off you can easily set it with a Krylon finish spray or your handy dandy hairspray.

For step-by-step photo instructions click here

DIY Wedding Tank Tops

Have you seen all those photos of the bridal party getting ready? They are all rocking tanks that say “Bride,” “Maid of Honor,” “Bridesmaid,” “Flower Girl,” etc. Here is how to bring out your inner Picasso and personalize those tanks to thank everyone who helped you with the glitter project above.

What You’ll Need

  • Go to any drug store, Target or Walmart and purchase a bleach pen, and wax paper. You will also need any piece of cardboard that is lying around the house.
  • Goodwill always, always, ALWAYS (did I mention always?) has a huge selection of tank tops in all sorts of colors. Having a winter wedding? You can also do this project with hoodies.


    1. Cover a small piece of cardboard with a sheet of wax paper.
    2. Slide the cardboard with wax side up in the shirt under the area where you will print.
    3. This is where you make magic and draw or write whatever you want. If any of the lines got broken up just retrace over.
    4. Now you wait. Let the bleach sit for ten minutes on tanks and 20 minutes for hoodies.
    5. Carefully remove the cardboard and wash the bleach off of the material. DO NOT RUB! The bleach can start to spread to other areas of the shirt so just let a steady stream of water wash away the bleach.
    6. Once the layer of bleach is rinsed off, now use soap and wash the bleached part of the shirt.
    7. Wash and dry as you would your regular laundry.

For step-by-step photo instructions click here

Here is a bonus tip for all you lovely brides to be out there. Did you know Goodwill sells wedding dresses? Some are used and some are brand spanking new. So before you think of purchasing a pre-owned wedding dress online – why not visit your local Goodwill and see what they have to offer?

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Goodwill Gems: On-Point Holiday Season Style

We all gravitate toward sparkle and sequins during the holiday season. At least, I’m positive I’m not the only one. But as easy as it is to run right to all that bling and snatch it up, all those shining and shimmering pieces can be a bit harder to pull off during the rest of the year. So, instead of only going for the glitter, grab a few accessories this season that will look beautiful with your favorite winter party pieces, but which you can continue to enjoy all year long.

This week’s gem, a gorgeous pair of peep-toed heels scored recently at my local Goodwill store, is just that kind of essential item to get you through the holidays and the rest of the year, too. The soft taupe leather these lovely heels are made of is buttery smooth, and though not covered in crystals or rhinestones, the delicate heel, cute cutouts, and front zipper detail make these shoes look seriously sophisticated, without a lot of effort or extra flash.

Neutral peep-toe leather heelsThese super smooth, neutral leather shoes are perfect for stepping out in all during the holiday season, and will still look adorable well after the festivities end.

Classy holiday party options. If you’re looking forward to celebrating with friends and loved during the next few weeks, no doubt you’ve already started planning your festive party attire, as well. These shoes are ideal for any type of party whether on the more casual side or super formal. For a more relaxed family affair, consider putting this pretty pair on with a dressy pair of slacks in a beautiful jewel tone, like a ruby red, or in a fabric with a bit of shimmer, or something in an elegant and colorful pattern, like a damask or a paisley. Top it off with a white or cream sweater for a warm, cozy, but still party-appropriate ensemble. For a holiday work event, try putting these attractive little heels on with some simple opaque tights and flowing dress in pretty pattern, like the one pictured here. For a work-appropriate event, think classic colors and shapes with just a bit of fun detail, like the diamond cutouts around the décolletage.

Sheer blue/white dress with cutoutsThese stunning shoes will easily class up any look. Try pairing them with any of your favorite holiday season pieces for a fresh, chic take on festive apparel.

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: Glitter Flair

Spring is the perfect season for the fashion flirt. On a gorgeous day, New York and Northern New Jersey are filled with beautiful people showing off their style. Refusing to be an average bird in this city coop, our Lauren set out to her Goodwill on a peacock-worthy hunt for fun. This week’s eye-catching Goodwill Gem: Glitter Flair.

Cerulean blue is one of the bright “it” colors of the 2012 spring season – and with sparkles, to boot? These shoes couldn’t be cuter.

A little glitter does a girl good. It adds a much-needed lightness and element of fun to any outfit, and wearing something fun can instantly bring up your mood. Usually a little goes a long way with the shimmery stuff. But if you play it just right, you can add a serious amount of sparkle to an everyday ensemble without looking like a discount party store just exploded all over your carefully created look.

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Goodwill Gems: The Eye-Catching Clutch

We know we should be searching for Giants gear (after all, Steve Smith might’ve donated a jersey back in the day), but somehow our Super Bowl outfits are still second draft pick to our Valentines’ thrifting. If you’ve got a great game day outfit ready, but all means, post & spark some inspiration. But in the meantime, well, we’re in the mood for love… and so is our correspondent Lauren. With the help of her local Goodwill, she found her crush – this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Eye-Catching Clutch.

Simple, but completely covered in eye-catching glitter, this divine little purse is the perfect tote to carry everything you need for a night out on the town.

Girls love bling. There’s no girl I know who doesn’t love adding a little sparkle to her favorite look on occasion. And with a shimmering silver clutch like the one I found at my local Goodwill this week, it’s easy to add that bit of glitz and glamour to your day in an instant!

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