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.

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3 Fall Must Haves


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


 

Can you believe that summer is pretty much gone? Temperatures in New York City have already dropped and we’re already starting to grab our fall fashion essentials. But who doesn’t love fall fashion? Fall is magical in New York and dressing for it can be too! Here are three fall must haves that every fashionista needs to have in her closet for this fall:

 

Jean Jacket

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There’s nothing more versatile and easier to wear than a jean jacket. It should be illegal to not own at least one. I have about five in my closet in different washes and styles. I love throwing them on with dress pants and over date night dresses when the temperature starts to dip down in the fall.

 

Scarf

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Scarves of all sizes and in all prints and colors are a must-have for throwing over your shoulders or tying around your neck to create the perfect fall look. Pair your favorite scarf with a long sleeve t-shirt for the most adorable fall look.

 

Backpack

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Nothing says fall like a backpack. I have a million of them and get nostalgic when getting a new one for the fall season. There are so many super adorable ones around these days in a variety of colors, styles, and materials. Try trading in your over-sized purse for a backpack and turn heads while you head stylishly into fall.

 

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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.

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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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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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@PlanetBrandee LIVE! From the 72nd Street Goodwill Boutique

@PlanetBrandee LIVE from NYCThrifting is all about the thrill of the hunt, and for me, even though I travel far and wide across the country for the best designer, unique vintage and stunning one of a kind finds, nothing tops the hunt at home in New York City!

This week I’m recapping the great 72nd Street boutique on the Upper West Side of NYC. This flagship store boasts everything! From burnished leather Frye boots to swinging floral dresses, there’s always something fabulous on the racks here!

72nd Street Goodwill Boutique clothingThe incredible fashion wizard at this location, Miss Tatiana has a fabulous eye for energetic visual merchandising so the store always looks great! AND not only does my favorite ex-staff style great, but they work hard and with heart to promote recycling. See how we did with this video spot produced by the New York City Department of Sanitation! From cross body leather satchels and arm length opera gloves the goodies are sure to pop up. Grab a coffee at Grandaisy Bakery and get to kicking! This location also has a wonderful tie in to Ann Taylor, so you can occasionally find exquisite A-line work appropriate pieces that easily translate from runway to board room.

Housewares and books are another token favorite at this lovely locale, so stack up on old school hardcovers and vintage dishware, but bring a double lined bag, because it’s easy to get some much-fun stuff, you literally need a second pair of hands to haul the treasure home. Tea party for two or champagne flute brunches anyone?

72nd Street Boutique tie rackAnd I’m not one to shamelessly plug, but be sure to sign up for your Goodwill Rewards card as well and reap the killer points you kickback everytime you make a purchase. It’s super easy to find yourself with an armful of goodies dancing the whole way home AND all while saving a chunk of change in the process.

72nd Street Boutique shoe rackWhether “nuevo” Ann Taylor or old school polyester jumpsuits, Goodwill’s 72nd Street Boutique has something for everyone. For this edition of “LIVE! from”, I’m off to Central Park to Imagine my upcoming summer escape! Join me next blog as my secret travel journeys from runway to highway continue to fuel my search for the best food, fun and fashion the world can offer! Till then, see you on the streets! Follow the adventures on Twitter! #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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PlanetBrandee LIVE! from the Jazz Age Lawn Party!

Dreamland Follies

Welcome back again my dedicated flapper fashion mavens and bow tied dandies! In this week’s “LIVE! from” edition, I’m swinging and dancing in sweet Gatsby style to one of my ALL time favorite summer destinations, the Jazz Age Lawn Party! This premiere event, attended by the likes of Bill Cunningham and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, is one of THE must-go-to parties of the summer! Hosted on the lush and vibrant Governor’s Island, bedazzled patrons are invited to drink the bubbly spirits of St Germaine, dance to the live music of the sweeping Michael Arranella Dreamland Orchestra and take part in the spectacular spectacle of fashion, feather and fringed showgirl follies!

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Having worked behind the scenes with the creative powerhouses that fuel this festive frenzy, I’m taking a year off now to just attend as a reveler on the other side of the velvet curtain, and I am SO excited to share my fresh new take on Jazz Age fashion!

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As my past can attest to, I’m usually a big fan of classy feminine for JALP. The pink ostrich feather fascinator pictured here was one of my favorite things to DIY, and that gem of a soft pink dress was found on the half off rack at the Chelsea Goodwill! But this year, I’m blending NEW and OLD in a fun way!

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I’ve found a fabulous pair of vintage tweed shorts that I’m going to partner with a fresh, NYC inspired tee from Street People Atelier. Although I love the thrill of the thrift, it’s good to add current pops of designer or modern apparel too, and this unlikely duo of model off duty look + tomboy chic is perfect to mix for a vintage inspired day on the island! A pair of suspenders, my favorite fedora and my trusty copper oxfords from Cri De Couer, and I’m dancing into new world meets old school Jazz Age!

For men, the fallback of white shirt, straw boater hat and breezy linen suit never fails. Feel free to bring along that picnic basket you have had forever, but never use! Pack some delicious snacks, your cutest gingham blanket to sit on and ride the ferry across the scenic waters to this romantic hide away! Stroll the grounds and travel back in time with hundreds of dancers as we take in the showgirls, clap to the bathing suit fashion show and drink in the sights and sounds of this thrilling day!

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Be it boyish or burlesquer, Jazz Age Lawn Party has something for everyone. For this edition of “LIVE! from”, I hope to see you here. Join me next blog as my travel journeys from runway to highway continue in my search for the best food, fun and fashion 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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PlanetBrandee Live from Seattle

PlanetBrandee LIVE from Seattle

Greetings my Goodwill readers! I’m so excited to write to you live this week from the hip and highly caffeinated streets of Seattle, Washington. My cross-country journey from highway to runway continues as I come to Seattle in search of the best food, lifestyle adventures, design and thrifting finds that 3 cups of coffee from Kaldi Bros can offer!

Cascina Spinasse

First stop: Fuel up for the fun at Cascina Spinasse. Listed as one of “Seattle’s Top 7 Restaurants” among other features by the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats,” I knew my insider track laid me on the right seat that evening. Given primo access at the reclaimed wooden bar setting, we dined on a delicious meal in classical Italian fashion. Fourteen-month-aged prosciutto de parma, lightly toasted mustard seeds, fig vinegar and divine glazed ambrosia apples. If the handmade artisanal bread doesn’t do you in, the friendly faces coming from the open-kitchen atmosphere will. It’s a “must-see” when in Seattle. But get reservations, you will need them.

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Second stop: Shopping OF COURSE! And where else to start but the motherload that is Seattle vintage. According to every fashion-forward person I questioned, the one, the only Goodwill. I was not disappointed after scouring every rack at the Seattle Goodwill: A glorious pair of vintage python cowboy boots? CHECK! A Vera Wang original dress for $24.99? Oh, hi there! I’m down here on the floor. I fainted in the dress department. Clean up on Aisle 9! There are designer labels everywhere. Thrifter ZEN. So maybe after hitting Goodwill I had to go back and get another bag checked with the concierge, I’m willing to pay the price of a carry on baggage for FASHION!

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Rounding out my time in Seattle was a hit-and-run assortment of fantastic shops, ranging from the “Do-It-Yourself” vintage crowds at Lifelong Thrift Store to the YSL and Dior crowd at Sell Your Sole Consignment. It’s easy to get lost in labels when you shop in New York City. It was refreshing to see how locals mix highbrow pieces like Chanel with low brow donated Gap cutoffs. The eclectic, rainy-day wear was an inspiration!

Golden Dumpster Awards sparkle thrift dress

Time was running out, so I grabbed another cup of coffee, enjoyed a breezy drive through the surrounding area, high fived the Space Needle and hit the tarmac jettisoning back to NYC. But I had good reason to kiss and run on Seattle. I had a very special night waiting for me back in Manhattan: The Sustainability and Green Eco awards for local filmmakers and participating prop houses, which in Los Angeles are called “The Golden Dumpster Awards.” Hosted annually by Film Biz Recycling, and rolling in with a great group of ladies I’d had the pleasure of working with before, this event was held at the swanky Windfall and was a great chance to show off my other thrift find, a dress by designer NakiMuli. A golden, flashy glittery front, and a sweet zebra turquoise in the back to anchor it made this night celebrating the greening efforts of prestigious filmmakers Darren Aronofsky, the crew from NBC’s Smash and a laundry list of hundreds of other amazing people keeping film green a fabulous adventure worth the red eye flight back!

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Sure my arm hurts from the extra luggage, but the pain is eased with some local macarons and my new Ghana tribal print shoes I smuggled in from Apries Seattle, but one look at the weather here in NYC and it’s good to be home!

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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Spring: A Season of Change and Renewal

Spring is a season of change, when the cold, grey cast of winter gets shook off in a colorful flurry of cherry blossom pinks, vivid violets and daffodil yellows. And like any good New Yorker accustomed to the shift, I must embrace the change too. It’s with a bitter sweet heart I’ve move onto a new, exciting role and say goodbye to the beautiful 72nd Street boutique. Although I am no longer a certifiable “Goodwill Insider”, fear not! I’m still here to keep you plugged into THE best in thrift, fashion and NYC lifestyle.

I’ll use this blog to take a retrospective look back at the fun fashion, events and journeys I’ve had supporting the amazing work Goodwill does each and everyday. Most recently, I was a part of a video segment which was shot on location at our Upper West Side 72nd Street boutique store in partnership with ReUseNYC and NY State. As you can see from the photos, having the chance to speak on camera in support of continuing sustainable education was wonderful, as was the crew who came to shoot. They met with all of our staff and took a great interest in how recycling and re-purposing the items we have donated to us allows us to keep the mission and programs at Goodwill going strong.

Each and everyday through staff, friends and those who participate and donate to Goodwill, I’ve had a chance to interact, learn and grow through the Goodwill mission. Whether spearheading the painting of a youth group mural, fun with Film Biz Recycling, local charities or the NYRR Marathon, it’s easy to get busy and forget that. But for that opportunity given, being grateful is an understatement. The memories and friendships will stay with me for a long long time, but even more so, so will this blog! Because now that my evenings and weekends are jostling for the lead, I hope you know this means MAJOR thrifting episode REVIVAL. On the 3rd Monday of each month I’ll be bringing you the best finds, killer digi lookbooks and absolutely mind blowing thrifting expeditions. Goodwill Shopping so good, you’ll need a full day to recover! 

From the runway to the highway I’ll be interviewing designers and people who love not only Goodwill, but the joy of sustainable fashion and the thrill of the thrift. So join me next month when I interview one of the finest vintage thrifters you may recognize from the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, one of the loveliest vintage lovers in all of Manhattan, but shhh, for now, we’ll keep it our secret! So get excited to shop and enjoy the photos of all of those who made my journey at Goodwill so incredible.

Till next time, join me as I go from runway to highway in my adventurous quest all for the thrill of the thrift!

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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