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.

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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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!

Goodwill, Thrift & Vintage Finds: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things


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David Morgan, Yes, David is Here

A Good Look Contributor

 


 

Good news, crafty readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: those classic, comfy, all-time favorites. Enjoy!

 

My favorite sweater!

 

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Winter Friendly Crop Tops

I know, you’re reading the title and thinking to yourself “what the heck is a winter friendly crop top?”- SWEATERS, duh!

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@PlanetBrandee LIVE from a NYC Rain Delay! 

Look Stylish Even on a Rainy Day

So this blog was supposed to be about fun in the sun, cheerful tribal prints on harem pants and fantastic mock tails off in the sand off Coney Island. But sadly, we have a BIG RAIN DELAY! See how I feel about that here. In the meantime, I’ve decided to swaddle up in my waders and give you some advice on staying both stylish AND dry on days like today.

Get those BOOTS going on!
Whether it’s Hunters like the ones Liv Tyler sports here, or a pair of Crocs, galoshes are key. Yes, I know, I KNOW. The old men’s rubber shoes, oh what a faux pas, we can’t! But believe me, when you’re trekking Madison Avenue in your coveted Frye boots and take a tumble down a 2 foot pothole, that tune changes pretty quick! So search through the racks at Goodwill and see what you can find. I spotted a pair of kid’s Hunter Boots in my size at the Chelsea Goodwill and they were more than 70% cheaper than buying new. Do the math, it’s solid!

Pack yourself a light coat/sweater and layer
Nobody wants to be sweaty when huffing it to work, but nobody wants to freeze on a subway car that for some insane reason STILL has AC on when it’s 50 degrees outside! (Are you listening to me MTA? Conserve energy!). So be sure to pack in your bag, a light cardigan, preferably breathable cashmere or linen. Both are great travel pieces that let you breathe while navigating a city downpour without the weight of the almost mandatory NYC trench coat. Bonus points if it has a strong pop of cheerful color!

Lastly, Hatter UP!
Whether it’s knit or knot, grab a cap on your way out the door. Rain means humidity, humidity means insane hair. Especially if you’re curly like I am. So do NOT forget, grab that cap! I found some sweet and soft old school caps at the 72nd Street Goodwill store months ago and swear by them now, even when it’s “summer”.

So get your umbrella and head outside, this time warm and cozy! Drenched in a selfie? Rained out of yoga? Wringing out a look we haven’t seen yet? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, get those umbrellas pointed skyward and see you on the streets!!

 

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@PlanetBrandee SUMMER POP QUIZ!

“Hint: This piece of clothing will keep you cool and comfortable this summer”

I’m back in New York City, the humidity is high, and somehow weather went from Octoberesque Spring chill to full on hail Mary HOT August temps! Is there even a remote chance of normal weather in New York City anymore?

With my AC on blast, I decided it’s time we have another POP QUIZ!

What do the author Nicole Richie, Actors Mary Kate, Rihanna and Angelina Jolie ALL have in common? Hint: It’s a universally flattering and all natural solution to riding the subway and being sweaty gross sad. Give up? It’s easy and breezy sundresses!

But before we rally a cry of “I don’t look good in floral, my arms are too fat for that” or the well known excuse “I lost my razor in the snowpacalypse of 2015.” Let’s take a quick look at the icons and inspirations leading women into their own blowy, gauzy realm of summertime fashion:

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Nicole Richie may very well be the mother of all sundresses, particularly the gauzy maxi sect. She’s sported these straight through the Paris Hilton TV show days, all the way into motherhood and looked effortlessly comfy the whole time. It helps she’s incredibly petite, but as you’ll see, it’s not just the waif look that love the sundress aesthetic!

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Oh yeah, you thought this was a boring, traditional recap? Not so my fashion loving friends. Another contender who rocks tribal prints on blousy sundresses with a new twist is the incredibly talented Miss Jill Scott! Headwraps make this look pop, and there are some fabulous ones to be found at the women empowering Fanm Djanm, someone I religiously follow on Instagram for colorful, strong inspiration. Expect to be DAZZLED by the crossover fashion eye candy.

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Ok, so I take it back, we WILL stay a little on the tradish’ side, but frankly, this girl lives in cowboy boots and sundresses, so it’s one of those things you HAVE to nod at when it comes to the norm. Rocking floral prints, cowboy hats and boots is a given when you’re ol’ school blonde ambition type. If you can’t hack the female warrior Turk gear, play it safe with leather lace ups and wavy, beach winded hair.

I’m off to a new adventure this weekend, and hope to see you rocking your own look, in a unique style too! So the next time you’re perusing the racks at Goodwill, take a minute and head to the dress section, you may very well find your inner Coachella or Mad Max summer babe waiting for you! Think you look better than Jessica? Rocking floral and combat boots in public? Stomping out a look we haven’t seen yet? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!! 

@PlanetBrandee, LIVE from Florida! (Part 3)

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Reconnecting with friends, riding motorbikes, and Thrift shopping at Daytona!

The waves are crashing, the salty air is refreshing, and the heat of the sun is beaming down on my shoulders like the embrace of an old friend. I’m nestled in a grove of palm trees overlooking the ocean and am enjoying my final days here under the blue skies of Florida. Yes, it’s hard to believe this fantastic trip is already winding down, but after such a freewheeling wanderlust adventure, it’s time to head back to New York City.

Today though, I’ll have a motorcycle ride along the shores of Daytona and another jaunt through local shops searching for some kitschy finds and souvenirs to take home to friends and family.

First stop: Nova Street Goodwill

Naturally, THE place for vintage and kitsch has been, and always will be for me, Goodwill. With the help of friendly employees, (thanks Elizabeth M!), I found a wedding platter perfect for repurposing and a silver tray set for the tea table I’ll have at an upcoming event. The housewares section here was off the wall amazing. It was a treasure trove with tons of kitsch, from velvetesque Elvis-inspired memorabilia to a shag throw that I WISH I had enough room to tow through TSA. BIG thanks to the sweet staff who made Nova Street Goodwill one of my fave shopping experiences to date!

Second Stop: The shores of Daytona

I’m taking another motorcycle ride with friends along the shoreline and enjoying the exhilarating feeling of wind whipping my hair, a bookbag full of thrifted goodies and the joy of spending time with great people. High-fives, spirited conversations about life, and long bear hugs wrap-up what could be the sweetest trip I’ve taken in a long time. Although travel is an adventure, and new places are fun, staying connected with friends, old and new, is really what makes my treks so incredible. For me, it’s not just about the things we acquire or the new things we instagram, it’s about re-connecting and finding value in small, truthful and simple things in life.

Final destination: Flying back to NYC

As I board my plane, that all too familiar sense of nostalgia for a place I’ve come back to after so many years sets in. Having lived in Florida many moons ago, it was a bitter sweet hello and goodbye and it makes me reflect. I don’t know if there’s a name for this emotion, but it’s like saying goodbye to someone you know you’ll see again, even if it takes a long while. I do know that I have a massive takeaway though. From diving into blue ocean waters to dining on delicious seafood and shopping like a madman, this has been SUCH an excellent adventure!

After we taxi, my plane begins ascending. Below me, I see strips of sand and I know, maybe sooner than later, I’ll be back to the Seminole state for another dance under its sun.

There’s much waiting for me back in Manhattan, a new video series, a website launch and even an colorful and utterly mind blowing rooftop engagement party, (shhhh-that’s STILL for another blog!), so get ready because in June it’s all systems go and you don’t want to miss it! Stay tuned for my next blog where we discover some seriously fun adventures! Follow my treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

@PlanetBrandee LIVE from Florida Part 2

 

The fun continues in Florida – more delicious eats, shopping and beach!

I’m writing part 2 of my Florida adventure live from the rocking and rolling deck of a beautiful wooden sailboat off the coast of Miami. The wind is whipping my hair and a cool drink is in hand. With only one week in on this month long voyage, I couldn’t be happier!

Last week we visited the sun-drenched beaches of Daytona and the family fun city of Orlando, ate incredible meals out on the water, and met some really great people. This week, we’ll be trekking to the neon light riddled Miami Beach area in search of some new food, fun and thrifting excitement.

Founded on July 28, 1896, Miami was officially incorporated as a city with a population of just over 300 by Henry Flagler, a renowned railroad tycoon with a vested interest in its location. Now, modern day Miami boasts a population of over 400,000 people, and is the largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern United States. From the re-appearance of iconic Cuban cigars, to festive Caribbean music and fresh art adorning the streets and hotels, it’s easy to see this culturally diverse city has lots to offer.

First stop, fuel up: Loading up on delicious caffeine delirium at Panther Coffee

Panther is a Miami-based coffee roaster, specializing in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans, i.e.: a cup strong enough to get this New Yorker’s adventure started. It’s also well known for its colorful yellow and diamond exterior, which boasts some pretty hip artwork. After chatting about the days plans to scope out the other Southern Goodwills and vintage stores, we packed up and headed out. Of course tipping generously because that mural and the staff were both well worth the trek.

Second stop, load up: The designer storefronts of Miami Beach

With Hispanics making up over 60% of Miami’s population, you can see that strong cultural influence everywhere in fashion. From floral Spanish style day dresses, to caftans and hot pant capris, Miami’s fashion scene runs the gamut. Last week, we chose some vintage inspiration, this time we’re going 80’s re-run and funky. After walking the entire strip we came away with some fresh gear, including a body con sequin dress.

Third stop, score BIG: Goodwill of Miami

When you think Miami, it’s most likely Crockett and Tubbs on a speedboat. The shoulder padded 80’s or even Robin William’s turn in The Birdcage chanting Madonna, Madonna, but there’s so much more here! From historic Spanish missions to local music and the arts, it’s a beautiful mix. Not to mention, you’d be surprised at how frequently you see thrift stores here. As a consummate shopper, I am here to tell you the NYC stores need to watch out because Miami’s art direction and window styling is ON POINT! From haute inspired mannequins to colorful motifs and excellent organized housewares, we came around with WAY too many bags to count. I found a stunning Fenton milk knob cake plate; perfect for the fall event I’m planning, as well as a set of vintage books and a neon set of bangles, all for under $22. SCORE is an understatement here! It feels something like this.

Last stop: Back to the beach, naturally!

The sun is going down and it’s hard to believe another day has gone by. We’ve wandered back to the boat, Goodwill bags in hand. Although we debated on a sunset strip trek into the noise and mayhem of neon-lit Miami nightlife, we opted to stay in, float on the water and sip chilled cucumber water under the stars.

Oh, but I recline in my sequin dress. After all, it IS Miami, and a girl can Birdcage-dream, can’t she?

There’s SO much to soak in here, so get ready because over the next month I’ll be highlighting some great eats, numerous Goodwill spots all over Florida where you can find THE best thrifting to take home. We’ll also be seeing the gorgeousness of this Seminole state, from the majestic Everglades, to red hot Miami and historic Cape Canaveral, it’s all happening right here! Stay tuned for my next blog where we discover some seriously fun adventures! Follow my treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the beach!

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 5/15-16

695_zpsc11abf6bWe invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 11 window sales planned at our stores this weekend.

Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.

Window Sale General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules

SALE HOURS AND DATES

Friday, May 15

  • 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 16

  • 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Fulton, Brooklyn – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Wappingers Falls – starts 8 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 a.m.