Pride Do’s and Don’ts

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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Festival Style: DIY Fringe Skirt w/ @thefabjunkie

 

 

It’s HERE! Festival Season. This time of year is always so much fun. The weather gets warmer, the skin starts to show and the music gets louder. I love attending summer concerts. I always have a few lined up to attend with my bestie. Being that you can always play it up when you’re attending outdoor shows, I have the perfect DIY for you! Fringe is always in and I love showing it off in the hot weather months. Check out this easy peasy DIY!

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First, you want to find a skirt with as much stretch in it. Something that’s made mostly of cotton because cotton stretches nicely and it’s a breathable fabric. I found this black skirt at Goodwill for about $7.

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Next, find a skirt in YOUR closet with a length you like.

 

Then, start your first cut. I used my thumb as a guide for the width of the strips.

 

NOW CUT!

 

DO NOT rush the cuts. If you rush, the strips WILL be crooked (trust me).

 

After you complete the cuts, you can hang it on a hanger and make sure your length is accurate. I fixed mine a bit because it was super crooked (because I rushed).

 

 

Now go rock your new ON TREND Fringy Goodness!

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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

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!

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

A Good Look Contributor


 

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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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