Growing up, when you have several siblings there was a thing called hand-me-downs. If you were the oldest child you were happy because you got new things. Wasn't all the same for everyone that came after. Your childhood included clothes past down from your oldest siblings. I remember watching sitcoms that talked about this, even friends that told me how much it annoyed them. It's crazy to think now that we are older, having second hand clothing is a thing. Not just a thing but a way of life especially in New York City.
What I love though is how it has helped create companies like GoodWill Industries who purpose is to provide jobs and give back to the community all through the donation of people old clothing, jewelry, furniture, etc. It was more than an honor when I was invited to GoodWillNYNJ pre-store opening of their new location on 61st and 1st ave. I was overwhelm with joy to be apart of something so special.
A little background on GoodWill Industries and where they have gone. GoodWill vision is to "empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work."
GoodWill vision is to see people in their communities reach their highest potential. Having them achieve a life filled with productivity. The core values of GoodWill are to first and foremost care for the people, because it is the people that their mission is center around. Respecting the people and their right to choice, abiding to a high ethical standard, and responsibility. Embrace a workplace where differences are valued and respected. While empowering people through innovative and quality services.
"Goodwill stores encourage efficient use of resources. By recovering usable items, in 2015 Goodwill diverted 117 million pounds from local landfills, up from 112 million pounds in 2014, 87 million pounds in 2013! Our focus on re-purposing and recycling promotes environmental sustainability and provides green jobs." - GoodWill Industries
Structure coats are my absolute favorite. I love the gold detailing of the zipper and the option to wear collars up to cover your neck. If you know me you know I love big cowl and collars.
It's nothing but a curl thang baby. Its amazing when you get to share this time with people that are fabulous and loving. I love that Goodwill brings people from all walks of life together. What i love even more is the fact that when we meet it's like we have known each other forever.
When the top is too cute, you just have to stop and take a snap of it and post it on snapchat.
Meeting new friends is always great, especially when their your visions align. Got to meet this wonderful young man, blogger and stylist with a beautiful vision to share his creativity with the world.
Now let's take a moment to appreciate this fly coat, wth fur, hunty!
So about that skirt size, yeah not a size 2 but I appreciate that you have sizes for all.
In the whirlwind of life is good to stop and be silly. Love my blogger bestie Chinaza @beautybetweenthelines for coming out with me to this event. Can't go anywhere without her. Together we are a rainbow of candy waiting to explode all over the world and share our goodness with everyone. Positivity and Light is all we speak.
Oh, let's not forget, we have to take a selfie! Be sure when you purchase anything from GoodWill, to snap and pic and #GoodWillNYNJ, they love showcasing people and their unique style.
Thank you so much for inviting me! You guys are amazing!
Photos by Anthony @mortimervisuals
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