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!

 

What’s In My Backpack?


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor 


 

Are you a backpack lover like me? Backpacks are pretty awesome and they are totally having a moment in fashion right now. Lately I’ve found some super cute and stylish ones. I love carrying backpacks because they are super functional and help me carry everything I need without weighing down my shoulder like with a large purse. Also, do you struggle finding things inside a large purse like me? I can’t tell you how many times it’s taken me, what felt like an eternity, to find my keys in my large purses. Lol!

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Shining Shining Shining: Back to School Metallics


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor 


 

Individuality is important. As you go through your years in school, you’ll find yourself shying away from fitting in and suddenly find yourself embracing being the center of attention. One way to start that transition is with fashion!

Fashion is all about having fun! And what’s more fun than metallics and shimmer. One of the hottest fashion trends right now is metallics. Most people think of wearing shimmery dresses and shine only during the holiday season. I’ve always loved seeing touches of glitter, metallic and lurex during the day. How stunning and refreshing is a cute metallic skirt with a blazer or dresses down with a jean jacket? It is definitely a unique look that is both eye-catching and appropriate for school. The versatility of the look is perfect because it can be dressed down for school and dressed up for after school activities like a chic hangout with friends.

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Lately, we’ve seen metallic and the shimmery look in so many new ways and colors. The sky is truly the limit with how you can wear and style this look. If the idea of wearing shimmer during the day or even in the evening seems like too much, here are two ways to easily jump into the trend for look to wear to class.

 

 

Jean Jacket to help Dress Down

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Metallics and shimmer pieces can be a bit loud. Dress them down with a jean jacket for a fun look that still let’s your shine and sparkle shine through. Have fun mixing different jean washes with your fun glittery and sparkly pieces.

 

 

Cute Sweater

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I love the look of a long sweater over a long dress or skirt. I found a number of amazing metallic and shimmery dresses on a recent shopping trip to a nearby Goodwill. All of these super adorable dresses could be worn with either cropped or long sweaters in solids or prints.

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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!

DIY Off The Shoulder Button Down w/ @thefabjunkie


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

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Off The Shoulder (or better known as OTS) has been taking over the fashion world for a few seasons now. We saw it last summer and now it’s back… to stay! With celebs like RiRi rocking the look, you know we all have to try it. My favorite is the OTS Button Down. It takes the classic button down (which never goes out of style) and makes it sexy.

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Instagram Fashion Inspiration of the Week

This past week you all have been giving us super thrift envy. From classic fall vibes to recycled 90s minimalist, let’s explore some of our favorite looks from Instagram this week.

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Can You Shop Out of the Corner of Your Eye?

Last week, I took my Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) students to the Chelsea Goodwill Boutique. The field trip was a study in comparison and contrast as well as an opportunity to teach them the beautiful things you find when thrifting. As I spoke to my students about identifiable marks of vintage and determining thrift from vintage, I saw a very pretty print out of the corner of my eye. That’s the thing, I sort of have radar-like vision when I’m shopping and nothing beautiful gets away from me. I wasn’t even in the mood to buy, I was really in educator mode and well, I honestly can’t do both at the same time. Or so I thought.

Betsey Johnson silk dressThis Betsey Johnson silk multi-print number is what we thrifters like to call a Gold Mine. It is a very one-of-a-kind, made by a well-known designer, it is in pristine condition and is composed of great print and fabric – jackpot! Although, it wasn’t vintage, I give it no more than four years max since it hit retail, the dress was still a great purchase.

“You can find a great buy anywhere, just open the corner of your eye and watch all the amazing pieces that come to you,” I explained to my students.  

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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Fulfilling Your Wardrobe With Fashion Week

BlousesNo matter what your budget or your level of style comprehension, Fashion Week will influence you. And if you are open to it, you will be able to use it to revitalize your wardrobe.

Your favorite fast fashion store designers sketch as they see pieces come down the runway. Before the end of the week, clothes are in stores available and priced for mass market. So yes, Fashion Week influences you. The windows of your local Goodwill are merchandised to draw in customers. The themes are relative to what’s seen on celebrities, runways and in magazines and what use to take over a year to trickle down from runway to mall now takes less than a day.

Now that you have a grasp on it, how will you use Fashion Week to fuel your wardrobe next spring or even now? We know you won’t look up said designer, go into the store and ruin your credit. Instead, you will consider your budget and use creative license and resourcefulness to get that dream wardrobe. First you are going to view the sites and take notes of your favorite looks. Next step, think why you like these looks – Do they move you? Will they create a life you think you may live? Or would you wear it? Follow that with, clipping those images, pinning them on a board and keep an account of those favorite looks. Next, take a look at your wardrobe, will they fit in with your lifestyle. You loved that disco ball dress but will you wear it this lifetime?

Disco ball or a well-tailored dress, what are you missing to look runway ready? Use Fashion Week as your first account guide to fulfill your stylish wardrobe.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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New York Fashion Week is for Everyone

I (heart) FashionNew York Fashion Week is a bi annual pilgrimage of lovers of fashion and creators.

Before I knew where my career would lead me, I attended a show and refer to it as my ‘come to Jesus’ moment. I crashed, but I did it in the most professional way a sixteen year old could do. Sorry, I am not going to disclose how I was able to get into the show but, I will save that amazing story for another post or possibly my memoirs. What I can tell you is that the connection I had in those brief fifteen minutes of my life and how I am still moved by the fourth dimension more than a decade later, shows what a good fashion show can do to you.

I’m jaded; I’ve been working in this industry for over ten years. As I tell my colleagues, we are not curing a disease; we are using clothing as a medium nothing more nothing less. However, a fashion show can be an experience that even the anti-fashion person can appreciate at its most primal form.

Maybe it’s the catwalk that is a little shorter than a football field. Or the theatrical lights perfectly timed with the pulsating rhythm and heavy music that provides the right beat for the models to sashay into the pool of photographers wearing the trends dictated for the next season. Who wouldn’t be moved by the silence and visual artistry of a designer’s blood sweat and tears as they present their best work to be both critically and commercially successful?

You don’t have to be rich to embrace Fashion Week, being in tune to trends and what’s next is not only for those with deep pockets. The trends you see on the runway from high end designers are quickly copied by more affordable brands as part of the democratization of fashion. So whether a Kardashian can wear the exact designer, you can get your version at a major chain and if you are even more fashion savvy you would have the vintage version which would out you ahead of the fashion pack.

With the digital age, the ability to catch a designer show is easily accessible to all. Before the last model walks out, you can catch stills online and many designers actually provide live streaming of their shows. Fashion Week is for everyone and if you stay tuned to next week’s post, find out how to truly incorporate fashion week into your own life.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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What Inspires Your Fashion Look?

Greetings my favorite thrift-centric readers, @PlanetBrandee here! We all know that inspiration for what you wear can come from anywhere, your neighbors, the girls on the subway, and given the new world of YouTube, a million and one video users who love Goodwill. With that being said, this week’s blog is a departure from my usual voyages and an absolutely fierce shout out to Goodwill fans LIVE from the internet. We’ll be looking at some of the best Goodwill Hauls we could find and encouraging you to share your own! So buckle up, get your thrift inspiration fired up and view on!

Take a quick stroll through the fabulousness and share your thoughts and comments below! What’s your favorite Goodwill Haul piece?

Adorable Goodwill Haul #1

Shopping for a husband? Hecks yes!

Random Fun Finds #2

Absolutely FAB hair and a sense of style? Let’s do this!

Spunky GW Saturday Hauler #3

And lastly, a fanatic at heart sharing her fabulous, long overdue finds! Excuse me in that fabulous red suit? Yes! And also: Fierce!

Join me next blog as my travel journeys from runway to highway continue in my search for the best food, fun and thrifting the world can offer! Till then, see you on the streets! Follow the adventures on Twitter and Instagram! #planetbrandee #fashion #NYC

Brandee Sanders is a writer, creative lifestyle and thrift enthusiast. Brandee’s work has been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, AOL and Time Out NY. Follow her runway meets the highway adventures and travels @PlanetBrandee 

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