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5 Spring Handbags We Adore

I admit it — I am a handbag hoarder. The handbag department is my first stop in any store, and usually where I make my largest purchase at the beginning of any season.

Why this undying devotion? Handbags always fit, many styles stay fashionable for years and I prefer to keep my wardrobe simple and my accessories beyond fabulous.

Here’s a look at a few of my favorite spring handbags, and the best ways to wear them.

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My 5 Favorite Spring Handbags

Anne Klein Perfect Tote

Print mixing? No problem! Accentuate your dotted (or striped) look with this whimsical yet sophisticated handbag. The black and white color scheme with a hint of red nicely pops this black and white dress, and coordinates these sleek red sandals. It’s the epitome of pattern perfection.

Anne Klein Perfect Tote
Dooney & Bourke Dover Tote

Pretty in pink is no problem with this springtime must-have carryall bag. Toss in your laptop and pair it with a crisp white suit for office perfection, or go brunch posh with a white peasant top and floral pants. Want to add even more fashionable flair? Tie a floral scarf on the strap for extra panache. No matter how you style it, you’ll be living in (beautiful) color.

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Why We Love the Goodwill Sale: Joette’s Story

03_12_hp_long_1slide1_goodwillsaleThe Goodwill® Sale is on! We love the savings on new spring arrivals, but we also can’t get enough of the positive impact this sale has. Your donations go to help people in need right in your community. Check out the good your donations do and read on to learn how Goodwill Industries helps people succeed.

Joette’s Story

Back in 2011, Joette Estep of Huntington, WV was looking for a change of pace. Her retail job was stressing her physically and financially, and she knew it was time to make a switch. Joette saw an ad for Goodwill Industries’ medical office skills training program in her local paper, and she knew that was exactly what she needed to improve her career. Joette contacted Goodwill’s Career Center and enrolled in the program in March 2011.

The training program helped give Joette the confidence to start on a new career path and provided her with clerical and computer skills. With this training, Goodwill helped Joette find an internship with Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital. She began working one day a week, but steadily she gained shifts until she gained full employment in September. Joette now works in the hospital’s human resources department. She’s found success there, and says, “finding a full-time job with great benefits has alleviated a lot of my stress, and I am enjoying myself more than I ever have before.” Continue reading →

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Manic Monday: “Generosity” by Diane Von Furstenberg

Happy Manic Monday, ladies. I hope you all enjoyed your weekends and maybe a little shopping during our Goodwill® Sale. It’s definitely my favorite sale of the season: fresh spring trends, great deals – what’s not to love? But what makes the Goodwill Sale so fabulous is just that: good will and the spirit of generosity it inspires –Diane Von Furstenberg thinks that’s the best investment of all. So when your shopping this fabulous event, be as generous as you can and keep in mind all the good your donations do for your community!

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Smoothie Saturday: Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Yesterday was the first official day of spring and I have the perfect smoothie to celebrate with. This Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie screams spring. Not only was it super easy to whip up, but it’s packed with antioxidants and fiber!

I was looking forward to something healthy and refreshing after pigging out while watching the March Madness games last night. This Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie did just the trick.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Insider Tip! This is the second weekend of the Goodwill Sale. It’s my favorite time to shop. Just pack up your gently used clothes and get a coupon for each item you donate. You can also donate online to earn coupons. For every $1 you donate, you’ll receive one coupon. You can use your coupons for an extra 15% of home store merchandise.

 

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Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Nutribullet Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Cutting Banana

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March Madness: Team Pride Favorites

We are into day 2 of March Madness & we love what this year’s tournament has to offer! Every game has provided enough conversation and excitement to last until next year here in our corporate offices. We didn’t see that close of a game between Notre Dame & Northeastern coming! Will Kentucky, the biggest favorite in over 20 years, live up to their expectations?? Or will an underdog swoop in and surprise us all?

Our corporate offices are located in Wisconsin, home to the #1 seed in the West, The University of Wisconsin, so many of our associates have Badger pride. We took a walk around the offices to see how our very own are participating in the NCAA tournament & saw loads of red and white, along with pride for many other teams!

March Madness 2015 Wisconsin Badgers Chip and Dip PlateMarch Madness 2015 University of North Caroline SlanketMarch Madness 2015 Michigan Spartans Hat March Madness 2015 Wisconsin Badgers Dog Collar Continue reading →

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Ask Florida: Goodwill Sale Beauty

Dear Florida -

 

I know the Goodwill Sale is a great time for me to stock up on my favorite beauty products. What products are at the top of your wishlist right now? Are there any great deals I should know about?

 

Thanks!

Clare

florida_EndPostClare,

I’m like a little girl in a candy store when The Goodwill Sale is in full swing! It’s the perfect time of year for beauty and fragrance steals and deals, and there’s a simple method to giving and receiving.

Inside Tip: The Goodwill Sale is the only time of year when you can use coupons on beauty and fragrance items!

On this beautiful Spring morning I grabbed a skinny latte, my beauty wish list and I’m ready to replenish my cosmetic staples, skincare must-haves and fragrance favorites. The 15% discount itself is worth the investment.

On top of that, there are a number of free gifts—ranging from makeup bags, totes, full-size fragrances and travel-size samples—with qualifying purchases! But hurry, these gifts are only available while supplies last. They tend to fly off the shelves quickly. Here are a few gifts with purchase on my wishlist and the items I plan to get to qualify for the gift.

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Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses: Gold and Champagne

The days of traditional, matching dresses for your bridal party are fleeting. Mismatching bridesmaid dresses are taking over the wedding world. And I’m here to say – Amen!

Let’s face it. The typical bridal party comes in all shapes, sizes, styles and personalities. Rarely does one dress match each bridesmaids’ taste. By allowing each bridesmaid to select a dress that fits her body type and style – you can ensure she’ll be comfortable and confident on your big day. (Read: There’s officially no excuse for her to not get out there on the dance floor!)

With wedding season on the horizon, we’re kicking off a new series that will feature mismatched bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories. You’d be amazed at the variety of dresses we carry. (As a recent bride, I can personally attest that the majority of my bridesmaids found their dresses at – you guessed it – Bergner’s. Keep reading, I’ll share details later.)

One of the hottest bridesmaid dress trends this season is a mix of gold and champagne bridesmaid dresses. We selected and styled six of our favorite dresses to show you how they could fit together to make the perfectly coordinated bridal party.

Champagne and Gold Mismatched Bridesmaid DressesScroll to bottom to shop all these looks!

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How My Bridesmaids Wore the Mismatched Dresses Trend

Mismatched Gold and Champagne Bridesmaid Dresses

On a gorgeous sunny day last July, I said “I do” to the man of my dreams. Everything about the day was perfect. I had my best friends by my side and every last detail went off without a hitch.

From the moment Spencer proposed, I knew that my bridesmaids, would play a major role in our big day. They have been my wing women, my cheerleaders and my partners in crime throughout all of life’s ups and downs – and on my wedding day I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Having been in several weddings myself, I know that bridesmaid dresses can be quite a big investment. It was important to me that my bridesmaids got their money’s worth. But more than anything, I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and confident in their dresses. Each of them has such a unique personality and style, I wanted their dresses to match their tastes. With these things in mind, I opted to have each bridesmaid select their own dress.

5 Tips for Coordinating Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

  1. Start with a color palette. (Some things to consider when putting together your color palette: The time of year, venue, dress, flowers, skin tone.) My color palette wasn’t exclusively champagne and gold. I also included hints of mint and sage. Champagne and Neutral Wedding Color Palette Continue reading →
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Why We Love The Goodwill Sale: Allissa’s Story

03_12_hp_long_1slide1_goodwillsaleEveryone’s favorite savings event, the Goodwill® Sale, has finally begun.

There are great savings to be had, and in a recent blog post we shared how your donations are used to create opportunities and jobs in your community.

Now, why don’t you check out an amazing success story and learn more about the positive change the Goodwill Sale creates.

Allissa’s Story

Allissa Anderson Goodwill Sale Success StoryStudent Allissa Anderson had a difficult time learning in a traditional high school. Knowing that that the typical school arrangement wasn’t a good fit, Allissa reached out and discovered YouthBuild, an alternative education program offered by Goodwill of the Great Plains in Sioux City, IA.

YouthBuild provides local young people ages 16-24 with the opportunity to earn their high school diploma or GED while also making a living. Program participants get on-the-job training by building housing for other families in need.

In addition to gaining solid occupational skills, students also participate in the Mental Toughness Program where they learn how to be respectful and work with others. Allissa cites this portion of YouthBuild as being a great help to her.

Allissa now enjoys school, saying, “I like the structure. [My instructors] make me want to get up and go to school.” She found YouthBuild to be such a positive influence on her that she recommended the program to her younger cousin.

See what good the Goodwill Sale can do!

 

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Hello, Spring Shoes!

Some people associate March madness with college basketball. I, on the other hand, believe it refers to the frenzy of spring shoe shopping. So many styles, so little time! From the oxford to the cork wedge, colorful pumps, versatile slides and sexy lace-ups, there’s a shoe for every need, every want and every personality.

Michael Kors “Kristen” Mid-Heel Sandals

These are my go-to shoes for everything from a daytime event to a dance-all-night girl’s outing. The mid-heel ensures comfort while the sleek detailing adds a hint of sex appeal. I love how they complement the easy nature of this exotic print shift dress. Perfection!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Kristen Mid Heel Sandals

Calvin Klein “Neola” Dress

Pumps

Looking for a neutral pump with a bit of flair? I’m all about these faux croc, crisscross pumps. The neutral nature is perfect for both night and day, and they are as well paired with a spring dress – especially those offering a pop of color, like this one! — as with distressed denim.

Calvin Klein "Neola" Dress Pumps

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Smoothie Saturday: Energy Smoothie Recipe

Energy Smoothie Recipe

There’s just something about sunshine and smoothies – they go together like peanut butter and jelly, Dooney and Burke, The Goodwill Sale and coupons. They’re just meant to be. This morning, in Milwaukee spring is in the air. It’s 60 degrees and sunny, and a smoothie sounds oh-so satisfying.

I’ve been eyeing up the “Energy Smoothie” from the Smoothie Bible. It’s a modern day twist on the classic strawberry + banana smoothie. Today’s the perfect day for my friend Danielle and I to test it out.

Insider Tip! This is the first weekend of the Goodwill Sale. It’s my favorite time to shop. Just pack up your gently used clothes and get a coupon for each item you donate. You can use your coupons for an extra 15% of home store merchandise – which would bring this handy dandy Nutribullet (originally priced at $335) down to a can’t-beat price of $169!

blog-divider8Grab your ingredients! Frozen strawberries, bananas, greek yogurt, powdered sugar, soy milk and vanilla extract.

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