Monday, September 26, 2016

Models Wanted for Little Black Dress Fashion Show!

I can't believe it is that time of year again!  I'm gearing up to head out on the road searching for the next amazing group of ladies that will grace the runway at the 2016 Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Merrillville, IN!

I know many of you have been anxious to know when the open calls will be held, so without further adieu - here is the info!

Hope to see YOU there!



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique Warsaw...behind the scenes


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Hi Everyone! 

Maxin and I have been busy pulling outfits and styling looks for the 20 models you'll see on the runway at the Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Warsaw on Thursday, September 22.

We thought we'd give you a sneak peek into the behind the scenes of the show. We like to call this our 'managed chaos'!  We've pulled together 60 looks for this year's event. On the runway, be sure to look for that 70's-80's influence in the trends. Also take note of the "pumpkin spice" and "bodacious" colors in the outfits.



This is going to be an amazing event that not only supports Goodwill Industries of Michiana, but also the arts through Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts.  Can't wait to see YOU at the show, and show you how all this chaos becomes an amazingly styled event!

See you soon!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ambush Style Makeover - Sally

There seems to be a lot of buzz these days about this thing called a 'Capsule Wardrobe'. Apparently it is supposed to make your life infinitely easier. For those of you who have tried to implement this tactic into your wardrobe, you'll agree it can cause more stress than ease!  

What is a Capsule Wardrobe? This is simply a method of building a wardrobe. Using the right color palate (where everything goes together), a specific number of pieces are added to create limitless looks. Ideally, a 'Capsule Wardrobe" will have fewer number of clothes, with great number of outfits. 
When our fashion team met Sally, this was her dilemma. She wondered how to create a Capsule Wardrobe and never again worry about what to wear.  Check out this month's winner of the Goodwill Ambush Style Makeover!

 

Our Head Fashion Guru, Kathy Friend has written several blog posts on this topic you might find helpful.  



And HERE she talks about 10 pieces you need for a week long vacation. 





Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique - Warsaw, IN

Join us on September 22 in Warsaw, IN
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Goodwill Industries of Michiana has once again partnered with the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts to bring the Warsaw community a one-of-a-kind event.

Enjoy sips, snacks and a fashion show featuring some of your favorite community leaders. And, of course, don't miss the amazing finds in the LBD Boutique!


Can't wait to see YOU at the Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Warsaw!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Goodwill Success Story

For as long as we all can remember we’ve dreamed about what we would do “when we grew up”. This month’s Goodwill Success Story Spotlight has also been dreaming about this notion since she was a young girl. Her dreams were a little different than most of ours. She didn’t dream about being a nurse, teacher or actress; her dream seemed simple, to make the world a better place. This kind of a dream can lead someone down a very interesting path, as it did for Katie.


As unconventional as Katie’s path was, at 19 she decided to join the military. She left the South side of Chicago, her family and all she knew to be familiar. Her military career took her all over the world, and gave her experiences most only hear about in news reports. After an 8-year career, Katie’s dreams took another jog along her career path. She became an English teacher, and eventually a Disease Intervention Specialist for the state of Indiana.

Although these “jobs” were contributing to her dream of making the world a better place, she was feeling she hadn’t yet found that place where she belongs. Through her pursuits of finding that place she belongs - the proverbial path she was on took a dark turn.

In Katie’s words, “Perhaps my longing for fulfillment made me susceptible to suggestion. I was lost in the dark. I stumbled through the next few years suffering a greater loss with each tumble. I lost my spirit, my independence, my sanity, my family and, ultimately, my freedom.“ 

After a few short months of meeting a man who was disguised as a knight in shining armor, he convinced Katie her life was meaningless; that her family, children and society would be a better place if she was not a part of it. An unsuccessful suicide attempt took her back to a pseudo-life with this man that eventually ended with Katie outside of herself, looking in and seeing herself as someone with an addiction to meth.

Her addiction led to incarceration and again to questioning her life, her purpose and her dreams. In April of 2014, she was given a referral to Goodwill. She thought it was a referral for a job at a Goodwill store. She was unaware of the many programs Goodwill Industries of Michiana has to offer individuals just like her. Katie entered the 2nd Chance @ Work Program in September of 2014, and began working at the Mishawaka Community Career Center. A few months later, she became a facilitator for the Workforce Development Skills Training Program.

Katie’s Goodwill Case Manager, Omeria, was able to really listen to Katie’s story. She saw in her potential, her heart for wanting to make a difference, and her passion for bettering her life. According to Katie, “Sometimes you have to lose everything to find out what is really important. I feel I am where I belong right now. I am happy, and I have the good-will of Goodwill to thank for helping me get back on track.”

We are so proud of you, Katie...
you are fulfilling your dreams!
You are making an amazing difference in the world!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Find Your Style with FREE download!



Last week, you saw how Joni was able to figure out what her style was with her Ambush Style Makeover. We helped her think about what details in clothing and outfits she likes and matched that theme with her personality.

This is 'THE' thing that troubles so many women, and seems to be at the crux of the "I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear" syndrome. How do you match what you LIKE in outfits, with clothing that really shows who you are? So many times our closet is filled with pieces we really don't like, or pieces that don't reflect who we are.

Why does this happen?  Well, I believe it is because as life goes on and changes, our shopping habits don't change...but our taste in things does (and dare I say our personality changes as we mature). If we always seem to buy black pants and white tops, it's hard for us to see (let alone try-on) anything but black pants and white tops. Defining WHAT you like is a good step in the right direction in helping you to notice all of the other options when you shop.

Seems easy enough, doesn't it?  Well to help make it even easier for you, I'm offering a FREE download quiz that will help you FIND YOUR STYLE! Just click HERE to download your printable Style Quiz.

Let us know what YOUR style is!

p.s. Remember to take those things out of your closet that aren't your style and donate them to your local Goodwill Store!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ambush Style Makeover Winner - Joni!

Personal style is a funny thing. Once we think we have it all figured out, it changes. Why?

According to our Fashion Guru, Kathy Friend - wardrobe stylist and image consultant, it is because we (as women) are always changing! Our personal style is simply an outward look at who we are as individuals. Our clothes tell the story of who we are. As our lives change, our story changes. For so many of us, our story and the image of our story (our clothes) don't always match.

This is that fork-in-the road our first winner of the Goodwill Ambush Style Makeover found herself. See Joni's story below, and her amazing style transformation!