Fur now, fur WOW

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By Guest Blogger Lisa Gherardini
Whether you’re just trying to stay warm or loving the luxe feel of fur, Second Début has the selection to fit your every flight of fancy. As both their best customer and a seasoned employee, I’ve gotten a sneak peek at more than 175 genuine and faux fur coats, garments and accessories. It’s a selection so large, we plan to convert our bridal/formal salon section into a fuzzy, warm blanket of fabulosity. From vests to Continue reading

5 hats you need this fall / winter

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By Guest Blogger Zhenya Hutson
Hats are fun and can be great accessories that go with the outfit. There are plenty of cheap, funky styles at local thrift stores like Goodwill. But hats can be tricky at the same time. How do I style my hair when I wear a hat? How do I make sure the hat looks good? What do I wear it with? It’s no surprise that to a lot of us, especially living in Minnesota, hats come as a necessity first and an accessory second. We tend to be practical and warm Continue reading

Find upscale, resale gifts at Second Début

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By Guest Blogger Lindsey Herzog
It’s the holiday season, which means twinkling lights, hot cocoa by the fire and a whole lot of Christmas shopping. And, let’s face it, as much as we love our friends and family and as generous as we really do want to be with our shopping, the whole thing can get a little on the expensive side. So why not cut our shopping bill in half without having to forfeit quality gifts? That’s what’s so great about thrift-gifting Continue reading

Join Minnesota’s great giving party

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By Michael Wirth- Davis, President & CEO of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Think back to your first job. What steps did you take to find the job? Did a parent or a teacher help with your résumé? Introduce you to the hiring manager? Who drove you to the interview? What if you or your family didn’t own a car? What if you didn’t read English? What if you also had a disability? Now consider the thousands who are struggling to find their way into the workforce, the people for whom finding a job is even tougher. Continue reading

Building dreams one house, one job at a time

By Chris Flippo, Director of Mission Marketing at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

On Oct. 21, 2014, I attended an open house for a new home in Frogtown on a previously abandoned lot purchased from the City of St. Paul by Urban Homeworks, Inc., and built by men and women from Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota’s construction training course. More than $200,000 to train St. Paul residents in the construction field was provided by the City of Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) Department. Here’s a video of the event with a tour of the home provided courtesy of the City of Saint Paul’s Office of Technology and Communications. Continue reading

Fashion Fix client challenge: A color story

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By Guest Blogger Lindsey Kuhn
One of the most asked questions I get as a stylist is how to wear color.  Clients and readers are always looking for new ways incorporate color with their apparel and accessories.  I love to show them new and unique ways to mix, match and think outside the box with it comes to this styling technique. I took my client Erin to the Goodwill in Minneapolis and showed her how to play with color and pattern.  We had a blast, Continue reading