5 Fashion Tips for My Younger Self

It’s become quite trendy to write letters to your younger self that reassure young, insecure you that it gets better in the future.

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Discovering Day & Dusk: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

A few days ago, I started experimenting with painting rocks that I found outside. It’s just a little color blocking with acrylic paint and painter’s tape, but I love the results. Though an incredibly simple concept, there’s a poem in the process somewhere – in Mother Nature being dipped in black. I don’t have the words just yet. Maybe they’ll come later. Or maybe they’ll be given to someone else. Maybe to you?

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Leopard & Cheetah & Zebra, Oh My!

You know what’s rad? Prints! From leopard to stripes to floral to paisley. Prints, though repetitive in nature, can be very bold. With bold visual power comes the feeling to default to pairing a print with a basic. But I say, if you’re going to run, you might as well run for gold! Go all out with your prints. Mix and match to your heart’s content.

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In Hiding: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

If you had to go into hiding for a while and could only bring five things with you, what would you bring? Assuming that my very basic necessities (food, water etc) were taken care of, there are a few things that I wouldn’t want to live without:

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Get in the habit of Color

Just because it’s August doesn’t mean Summer is over just yet! I’ve still got the urge to sport my summer brights and nothing will stop me. Not the  back-to-school ads or the presence of Fall leaves as decor in the shops. There is one Fall color that I am happy make nice with– yellow.

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Goodwill Industries Week Sale & Uber Update

Goodwill Industries Week Sale

Today starts Goodwill Industries Week

Every year during the first full week of May, all 165 Goodwill’s across the world come together to celebrate Goodwill Industries Week. Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May 1951 to mark the birth of Edgar J. Helms, the founder of the Goodwill philosophy and to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about the mission of “helping people with disabilities help themselves.” This year, Goodwill NY-NJ will celebrate with a week long sale!

From Monday 5/5 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New York stores.

From Tuesday 5/6 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New Jersey stores.


#UberSpringCleaning Update

A huge thank you goes out to Uber and to all of you who participated in #UberSpringCleaning. The Uber drivers were kept busy on Saturday; there were over 750 pick-ups between 10am and 6pm. Pickups were extended for two extra hours due to demand. We are so grateful to the Uber drivers and of course to you our donors for cleaning up your closets and donating to Goodwill! In total we received over 2,200 bags of donations – that is almost 300 bags every hour!

Since 2012, Goodwill has been able to divert more than six billion bounds of goods from landfills nationally thanks to donors like you. Locally, Goodwill NY-NJ helped resident’s keep more than 87 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills last year. Not only are you making an impact in your closet, you are making an impact on the planet.

To thank you for your participation, Uber offers promo code GoodwillNYNJ to receive $25 off your first trip with them.

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Wearable Technology from Social Media Week

For those who didn’t know last week was Social Media Week here in New York City. Social Media Week happens in 8 different cities each year – Bangalore, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lagos, Milan, Tokyo and right here in NYC. It is a time for social media professionals to gather and talk about statistics, how to connect with audiences, content creation, and much more. It may sound boring but it is actually lots of fun!

The Wearable Technology Fashion Show, hosted by Tech in Motion, was one of many cool events among all the seminars. Set up as a traditional fashion show – a runway with rows of seats facing the catwalk– the only difference was a huge screen showing live tweets of those who used the hashtags #smwtechinmotion. C’mon, it was Social Media Week of course!

Asher Levine grenade bagThe show started off with Asher Levine presenting pieces for his 2014 line. Levine is a complete scientist/fashion designer. Here is his “grenade bag” (seriously, grenade). It is made of neoprene compound (rubber for us simple folk) and uses PhoneHalo TrackR technology. Ever forget where you put your bag down? With this tech, you can locate your bag with an app on your smartphone.

SensoreeForget wearing your heart on your sleeve. Imagine wearing your emotions on your collar! That is what Sensoree is all about. You can choose from a knitted headpiece or collar that is 3D printed. It uses Electroencephalography (EEG, the recording of electrical activity along the scalp) brain sensors that maps and exhibits the color of your mood. If it senses your brain is in a deep sleep it will show red, meditation as orange, consciousness as yellow/green and multi sensory brain state will show up blue, purple and red.

3D printed nailsSally Hansen, move over. TheLaserGirls showed us some crazy cool acrylic nail designs that were made on a 3D printer. Texture and shape galore!

EverpurseThis was my favorite piece of the night – a rechargeable clutch presented by Everpurse. Inside there is a charging pocket which houses a wireless charging mat. Now when you are out and about you can truly Instagram to your heart’s content.

These were just some of the goodies that were shown during the fashion show. If wearable tech sounds like something you would be into also check out:

Atlas Wearables – fitness trackers
Augmate – competitor to Google Glasses
Continuum Fashion – 3D printed shoes
Ministry of Supply – high tech performance business wear

Do you think you could use any of these items even if you are not a social media professional? And if so, which and how would you use them? We’d love to hear your comments below!

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