By Suma Kaul, thefabjunkie.com
Valentine’s Day is approaching. What to wear? That’s the question -isn’t it?
Whether you plan on heading out to a bar, dinner or club looking your best will definitely elevate the evening. We want to see what you plan on wearing! Tie? Vest? Sneakers? Share the look and you could win a $25 Goodwill gift card! Don’t forget your female counterparts, they are eligible to enter also. Who knows – maybe some sparks will be made on our contest page! Below are some easy to put together suggestions.
Sounds good? This is how to enter:
Enter via our Facebook Contest Page
Twitter and Instagram:
Post your picture with #GoodwillGoodLook and you will be automatically entered.
Entry with the most likes on our Facebook contest page wins (so if you post on Twitter or Instagram urge your buddies to vote on the contest page). Winner will be announced 2/2715.
May the best selfie win.
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Have you lost count of how many inches of snow we’ve had here in Binghamton this winter? So have I! But I’m not going to let the frigid weather dampen my very special day. You shouldn’t either. Here are a few suggestions:
Where can you find a warm and inviting place to hangout in the cold and snowy Binghamton, NY area? Well, the Cyber Café West, a live music joint, has one of the finest beer selections available. This is just the beginning … there is also bottled beer, wine, coffee and tea. On top of that, the food here is on par with the taste of Binghamton residents, and that is to say, it’s awesome! My mouth waters just thinking of the hot & cold wraps, grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers, salads, snacks and sides. Don’t fret if you follow a vegan diet though. The café serves hummus wraps, veggie wraps, Greek salad wraps, gourmet Portobello wraps and more. Especially tonight, Valentine’s Day, let’s not forget dessert!
The live music here is off the hook. Groups like Milkweed, Monkeys Typing and others will keep you moving all night. Check out their karaoke, team trivia and open mic nights. On Valentines Day, The Jeff Love Band, an 11-piece funk/soul band, will play 60s, 70s and 80s music.
So spend an awesome night out with that special someone who has stolen your heart. Dress the part and remember stay bundled up and warm. Look the part but be frugal. Remember that you may find your favorite brand names at Goodwill without breaking the bank. And don’t forget that box of chocolates either.
Cyber Café West: 176 Main Street, Binghamton, NY
Claudia Miller works as the Assistant Manager of the Binghamton Goodwill store in New York’s Broome County since September 2013. She has written for financial blogs and loves helping customers choose the clothing that will look best on them.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to cost a lot either. Here are three romantic and affordable date night ideas that you can create in the privacy of your own home.
1. Indoor Picnic
Bring an outdoor activity inside by putting together a romantic dinner and serve it up picnic style! Make sure the meal is something that can be enjoyed while sitting on the floor and holding the plate in your hand. Don’t forget to have candles and some nice music playing in the background to set the mood.
2. Enjoy A Comedy Show
Netflix has a great selection of stand up comedy shows from a wide variety of comedians available that you can stream right on your laptop or TV. If you don’t have a Netflix account you can sign up for their Free 7 Day Trial. You and your date can enjoy all the laughs without the hefty price tag and mandatory drink minimums.
3. Painting And Wine Date
This is a great way to spark some creativity and have a lot of fun too! Your local arts and crafts store should offer affordable paints and brushes so you can stock up on supplies without breaking the bank. Get snacks like pretzels, crackers, cheese or fruit to enjoy with your wine and have newspaper to lay out and cover your table in case of paint spills. At the end of the night you could both gift each other your finished paintings!
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com
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A black pashmina. The woman had it in her hands along with some trinkets from housewares, but her hands were running through the frilled ends of the black pashmina. She remarked how lovely it was and what a wonderful gift it would be for her young daughter.
I recognized it instantly, because it was mine.
I had just donated to the Goodwill store myself, only an hour ago. You see, there’s a story here. This specific black pashmina, an unwanted Christmas gift rebuffed by a too picky “that’s not what I want” friend, had been with me for 2 and half years. I had taken it back, after swearing to only give gift cards to her from then on. I kept it neatly folded on a shelf in my room. Christmas came and went, along with New Years, then Valentine’s Day, then spring with its decidedly un-pashmina weather. And each time I had glanced to look up to my shelf, perhaps relaxing with a cup of coffee in hand, I’d feel the ping of a guilty pang. It was still there, unused, waiting for its turn to be worn, like some kind of sad and forgotten fashion orphan.
Then this morning, before I came to work at Goodwill, I found myself rummaging through the closet thinking “WHY do I had so much STUFF?” I rescued the black pashmina off my shelf, in one of those “this room will be clean!” caffeine fueled a.m. moments we all have on occasion. Then it hit me: donate. I threw the black pashmina into a plastic bag, alongside vintage dresses that no longer fit. Hey! don’t judge me, have you ever eaten a cronut? I rest my case. I also got rid of some of the ugliest Holiday Sweaters you’ve ever seen in hopes someone would make use of them.
The black pashmina sat with me on the rush hour subway, hustled through Port Authority in my jumbled plastic bag, sandwiched with me between sleepy eyed commuters. It narrowly dodged a spilled coffee, walked down the street with me, and finally, through the door, and into a blue bin marked “donations.” And now, a woman with a wide smile was taking it away.
For many, donating is an act – no matter how small – of letting go. Maybe for you it was the dress you wore on your first date or those jeans you wore through high school and you swore you’d hold on to, thinking “maybe size 2 in my 30’s IS possible.” In my case, it was a black pashmina from a disappointing Holiday from long ago. But, as this woman’s eyes sparkled, there was a sense of being thankful. Thankful I had let go of something. In less than an hour’s time, another person had taken it to a new home to a daughter, who no doubt would wear it with love.
This end of holiday season, instead of a tutorial on place settings or how to wear layers, I encourage you to do the same. Be grateful for the things you have and share that spirit of giving, either by donating your stuff to Goodwill or volunteering locally. Or be the lucky lady who snagged my New Kids on the Block Christmas sweater. Listen: the sweater needs batteries, but it still lights up. So trust me, you scored big time!
Get that holiday spirit kicked into high gear with a closet clean out, and while you’re at it, stop by Goodwill’s blog this Friday when I tackle the fun stuff in a “Post New Years Eve Closet bootcamp!” Till then, see you at the counter!
photo credit: http://www.worldmarket.com
Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.
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UPDATE: Due to expected inclement weather this Friday and Saturday, we have decided to postpone our Valentines DIY with Robin Wallace until Tuesday.
That’s right – instead of holding the event this Friday, February 8th, we will be holding the event this Tuesday, February 12th. Please join us then at the East Harlem Goodwill from 6-8pm – we’ll have plenty of materials on hand and the Thrifty Vintage Chic expert to show you how to turn everyday Goodwill finds into one-of-a-kind sweetheart tokens.
In the meantime, we’ve got a ton of sales coming up for you enjoyment. Take a look:
Friday, February 8th:
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To add even more fun to your February, we’ve got a few great holiday event in the works for next week: