15 Lovely Fall Dresses — All under $50
Posted 5 days ago by Amanda Raye
Fall is my all time favorite season: the weather is beautiful, good conversations are constantly happening over hot drinks, and people start dressing in the most adorable and stylish outfits. This F. Scott Fitzgerald quote defines fall perfectly:
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
You can’t help but smile when you’re holding a hot apple cider while wearing black tights with your favorite dress. Am I right? If you’re in the mood to throw on a pair of black tights on this blustery day, then you need to check out these 15 lovely fall dresses — all under $50!
Which dress was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
The Broke Girl’s Guide to Getting in Shape
Posted 6 days ago by Amanda Raye
We unfortunately live in a world where $150 gym memberships, designer workout gear, and $30 yoga classes are the norm. But don’t let those big price-tags scare you away from healthy living.
Learn how to get in shape and change your life for the better sans bankruptcy with our budget friendly fitness guide.
1. Start Running
Whether you live in a big city or a small town, running is free. If that doesn’t inspire you to run, consider signing yourself up for a 5k. For even more motivation, get a few friends to sign-up as well. The Color Run is always a great choice for new runners — it’s fun and their training program is excellent (and free)!
2. Workout at Home
Join a virtual gym or find a fitness guru who offers free classes via Youtube. Crunch Gym recently launched Crunch Live, which is an affordable alternative to a pricey gym membership. For just $9.99 per month, you’ll get access to great fitness classes from your computer. Classes include Yoga Body Sculpt, Stiletto Strength, Barre Assets, Pilates, and Kickboxing.
If free is what you’re looking for, we highly recommend Cassey Ho on Youtube. Her videos are great for those looking to tone-up and get the heart rate up in as little as 15 minutes a day.
3. Download an App
Can’t afford a nutritionist? Download MyFitnessPal. Want to track your runs? Download RunKeeper. Want to track your daily activity? Download Human. Want to not get bored on the treadmill? Download Spring. All of these fitness apps are free!
4. Buy Resistance Bands
Having a wide selection of weights in your home is unrealistic. They take up a lot of room and they aren’t cheap. Instead, get a variety of resistance bands. They take up little to no space, they’re affordable, and they’re a great way to tone-up at home.
5. Take Pictures
Take pictures of everything you consume for a few days. Those photos will tell you if you’re a healthy eater or not. Sometimes we think we eat well, but in reality, you might eat more junk than you realize.
So there’s the proof. You do not need to be a member of the Rich and Famous Club to stay healthy and fit.
6 Radder-Than-Rad Fall Nail Color Trends
Posted 2 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Fall is finally here! Now’s the time to indulge in pumpkin spice everything, darker hair, burgundy lips, and stunning new nail hues. Don’t know what will be trending in the land of nail polish this season? Don’t worry. We teamed up with Hin Li Chan, a PRIV agent based in New York City.
PRIV is the must-have app for city dwellers — you can book manis, pedis, blowouts, haircuts, and even a personal trainer with this app. Within an hour, someone will be at your home or office to give you the ultimate service. It’s affordable and the tip is included in the price. It’s a must-try if you consider NYC or LA your home. Craving a last-minute mani at work? PRIV it! Need a blowout before lunch? PRIV it!
Below, Hin Li Chan shared with us the hottest nail polish trends for Fall 2014.
1. Olive Green
This deep olive color is super beautiful! If you have been wearing a lot of bright colors, this will be a nice change.
Mysterious by Chanel: $27.00
2. Cornflower Blue
Magic by Chanel is a rich dark blue color, which is very beautiful for fall and winter. This color is actually a fall/winter 2014 limited edition color, so enjoy it while you can.
Magic by Chanel: $27.00
Taupe is the perfect summer to fall transition. It’s dark, but not too dark.
Particuliere by Chanel: $27.00
4. Blue-Toned Red
Red is always a trendy fall color since it’s classic and timeless. This rich red is just the right color, and it looks great on every skin tone!
Lotus Rouge by Chanel: $27.00
You see nude everywhere: from red carpets, to Fashion Week, to photo shoots. The one below has a little bit of shimmer, so your nails will look great in the sun!
Emprise by Chanel: $27.00
6. Purple-Toned Grey
You can never go wrong with grey during the fall season. This purple-ly grey color is a great fit for fall and it’ll pair well with everything.
Kelly by Zoya: $9.00
What nail polish color will you be wearing the fall? Let us know in the comments below!
9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs
Posted 2 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Can you believe it’s fall? I’m still in complete shock! I felt the first chill in the air over the weekend and thought it was finally time to have my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. Thanks Starbucks! I also felt it was time to start thinking about fall fashion. Adios tank tops!
Below are the nine items everyone should consider wearing this fall — all from ShopBop. ShopBop is having an awesome three-day sale from now until the 16th; everything on the site is 25% off! Just use the code FAMILY25 at checkout. The sale also applies to East Dane.
1. Moto Pants
Moto pants are hot, hot, hot! We were all about moto boots and jackets for quite a few seasons, so now it’s all about the pants.
The easiest way to appear like you know what you’re doing when it comes to fashion is to add detail to your look. The most affordable way to add detail is by accessorizing with jewelry, but another way is to wear clothing with a laser-cut trim.
3. Slip-On Sneakers
Slip-on sneakers are both convenient and stylish. They’re especially great when you’re in a rush!
4. Frye Boots
You will never regret investing in a pair of black or brown Frye boots. They last forever, they’re comfortable, and their customer service is top-notch if something goes wrong with your shoes.
5. Warm Parka
Snow, sleet and hail is only weeks away. Be prepared this year by invesing in a quality parka that’s extremely warm. If you stay simple, that parka will be on-trend for years to come.
6. 90’s Inspired Skirt
Fall and plaid go together like tea and cookies. Get your 90’s on by wearing a pleated plaid skirt with black tights and penny loafer pumps.
Are you loving the sporty-chic trend? If so, mesh will be your new bestie this season.
8. Statement Sweatshirts
Who says sweatshirts have to be boring? Adding a detailed sweatshirt will add an element of cool to your weekend look.
9. Turban Headband
The colder it gets outside, the more likely you’ll want to stay in bed longer. If you want to get out of the house in under ten minutes, consider sacrificing your 30 minute hair routine by adding a turban headband. They’re ultra stylish and will hide all of your bad hair days.
What are your favorite fall trends so far? Let us know in the comments below!
Handmade Hair Care — It Can Be Done!
Posted 3 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
I’m not a huge fan of DIY projects. Yes, it would be cool if I could make my own wallpaper or sew a yoga bag, but it ain’t gonna happen! I just don’t have the time.
But what about beauty products?
As a kid, my parents had a small business where they made soap, lip balms, perfumes, and lotions. Our home always smelled like roses and peppermint, and all of their products had minimal ingredients. But since they made it all in bulk, it was a ton of work. But what if I were to make a few products for my use only?
Let’s start with hair. Hair is extremely fragile and we’re constantly putting it through the wringer with chemical treatments and heated styling tools. Instead of giving up the highlights and blowouts, consider changing your cleansing regime. While chemical laden products cleanse the hair, they also strip away the shine and natural bounce.
Below are four DIY hair cocktails using my favorite essential oil — tea tree!
1. Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
Tea tree oil is a great ingredient for your DIY hair products because it absorbs oil and it leaves hair looking glossy — not dry.
What You Need:
Mix It: Pour all ingredients into a flip cap bottle and shake well to blend. Store bottle in the shower for up to 2 months.
Apply It: Tilt the bottle over your head until a quarter sized amount appears and work into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
2. Creamy Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
This shampoo is great for the girl who often has frizzy hair.
What You Need:
- Empty Shampoo bottle
- 15 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
- 5 drops essential rose oil
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ½ tsp. almond oil (for dry hair)
- 3 vitamin E oil capsules
- 1/3 cup liquid castile soap
Mix It: Combine all ingredients in a shampoo bottle or a foaming pump dispenser and shake well. Store in the bathroom for up to 1 month.
Apply It: Shake bottle well before squeezing about 1-1 ½ teaspoons per shampoo onto your hand. Massage gently into scalp and hair and leave on for 2 minutes then rinse. Repeat if necessary.
3. Replenishing Hair Mask
If your dry hair needs a little pick-me-up, this mask will be your best friend.
What You Need:
- 8-10 drops of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
- 1 medium avocado, pitted and chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
Mix It: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with your fingers or a blender to smooth.
Apply It: Scoop mask up and rub into hair from root to tip, then twist hair on top of your head. Leave it on 15 to 45 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
4. Homemade Detangler
After my shower, I have to apply detangler to my hair before putting a comb or brush through it. Otherwise it’ll hurt! Unfortunately, many detanglers out there weight my hair down, but the one below won’t.
What You Need:
- 10 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- Clean spray bottle
- 1 cup distilled water
Mix It: Add all ingredients to the clean spray bottle and shake well to blend.
Apply It: After shampooing, spritz enough detangling spray to coat hair and then comb through.
Tip: Add rose, lemon or peppermint essential oil for added fragrance.
Many essential oils on the market today are diluted to cut costs, so there’s only a handful of tea tree oils out there that are 100% pure. I really like the tea tree oil from Apothecary Extracts. It’s only $25!
Tea tree oil isn’t just useful when it comes to hair care. Since it’s a natural disinfectant, it can be used in homemade skincare, first aid, and cleaning products. A free e-book containing an array of tea tree oil recipes comes with every order from Apothecary Extracts.
Have you ever made your own beauty products? Let us know in the comments below!
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5 Minutes with the Owners of NYC Hotspot — YGallery Salon
Posted 4 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
I’m not going to lie, I have some serious tress game. My hair is long, shiny, and extremely healthy. Since my hair is the apple of my eye, I only let about five different people touch it, and Yoni Kreger at YGallery Salon is one of them.
I went to see him on a muggy summer day a few months ago after hearing good things. I told him I didn’t want to lose much length, and I wanted the cut to look good if I had to let it air dry. He did just that!
Since I enjoyed my experience so much, I had to go back to learn more about Yoni and co-creator, Yaniv Levy:
After learning in salons from Beverly Hills to Tel Aviv, and getting certified by the top companies such as Vidal Sassoon, Redken and Wella, Yoni and Yaniv were most recently managers of different branches in the biggest chain of hair salons in New York City. Their global experiences not only broadened their design aesthetic, but sharpened their business acumen, promising YGallery Salon to be one of the most successful salons in the city.
Below, Yoni Kreger shares his insights on top hair products and treatments to support luxurious long hair.
What hair products do you think are worth the splurge?
New York Streets Dry Shampoo: It gives your hair a freshen-up. It’s perfect at the end of the day, between the office and an outing, or if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wash your hair. Plus, it smells nice – really helpful if you have been around smoke or food.
New York Streets Hair Repair: This leave-in strengthener helps protect and maintain manageability. Easy to spray-on and go.
ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream: This amazing product is applied to your hair to protect and keep it soft, use after shampoo and conditioner while hair is damp, before styling. In some cases, there is no need for extra products depending on your cut. This is especially good to help repair the hair if it’s over-processed.
Does sulfate-free really matter?
Yes, we recommend sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, especially after a chemical treatment such as keratin or a Brazilian blowout. Additionally, it can keep hair color from fading. There are mixed reviews on the topic, but if you can shampoo and condition with less chemicals, why not?
What are the most popular haircuts so far this year?
We like short haircuts with asymmetric details. Fresh hair colors are very exciting too.
What styles do you think are on their way out?
We’re over the “graduated bob.”
What are your tips for maintaining long hair?
Start with a healthy cut — trim every two months. Shampoo three times a week, make sure your hair is moisturized. If it’s dry, use a moisture mask.
How should you take care of dry/over-processed hair?
If hair is over-processed, add protein to the hair, such as the ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream. We also highly recommend Keratin treatments and offer them at the salon.
Are expensive blow-dryers worth it?
First of all, a more expensive dryer has a better “motor” inside and can last longer. Additionally an Ionic Ceramic dryer doesn’t burn the hair, where as a low-cost dryer can.
What’s your favorite blow-dryer to use on clients? Why?
We use a variety at the salon, but a new favorite we recommend for our busy clients is the ECRU New York Travel Hair Dryer.
We Finally Found the Perfect Night Cream for You 20-somethings
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
I’m 26, and finding the perfect night cream is extremely difficult. Most night creams on the market make my skin extremely oily in the morning, while others are just “too old” for me. I’m not trying to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and I don’t need to lighten brown spots.
But I really care about taking care of my skin, and finishing my nightly routine off with toner just seems wrong. So what do us 20-somethings do about the lack of night creams on the market for our age group? Nothing! Even though it took me six years, I finally found the solution.
I was recently introduced to a company called Stages of Beauty — the first and only skincare brand to be formulated specifically by age.
They have four different lines, with each line catering to a different age group. I tried Radiance, which is for women in their twenties. According to Stages of Beauty:
Biological changes happen like clockwork; however, most skincare brands fail to consider age in their formulations. As a result, our skin falls short of its absolute best. Stages of Beauty understands that we’re fighting against more than wrinkles! Many other changes are occurring, like increased sun sensitivity (triggering sun spots and spider veins), dulling complexion, and thinning and thirsty skin—just to name a few. At Stages of Beauty we believe that there is beauty in every stage of life.
I tested out the Radiance Treatment Cream and I was beyond impressed. It can be used both day and night, but since I already wear a lotion with SPF during the day, it has become my nighttime go-to.
The cream is extremely lightweight and goes on smooth. The bottle says to use 3-4 pumps, but two was more than enough for both my face and neck.
It applies almost like a gel, which I love! By the time I wake up, my skin looks refreshed — not oily. According to the website:
With continued use it is proven to help repair the skin and prevent the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Did I mention Stages of Beauty is all-natural? It’s not tested on animals and it’s free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, phthalates, and GMOs! On the ingredient list you’ll see things like honeysuckle and radish root, so it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin.
This night cream isn’t budget-friendly (it costs $50 for 30ml), but it’s definitely worth the splurge. If you’re interested in giving it a try, they’re offering a free sample on their website!
What’s your favorite night cream? Let us know in the comments below!
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This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
Just like car shopping, eyeglass shopping isn’t that much fun. You walk into a large room filled with hundreds of frames, you then have to try on almost every pair to find something that only looks “okay.” Did we mention the price? Frames cost so much money!
But the spec game has changed in just a short period of time. Now you can purchase stunning and on-trend frames for under $100 online. With no overhead charges, such as rent for a brick-and-mortar store or licensing fees for designer frames, online glasses websites are able to provide affordable, high-quality eyewear options.
But isn’t shopping for something that can make or break your look hard to buy online? It doesn’t have to be!
We teamed up with an optometrist from 39DollarGlasses.com. An online optical store that offers prescription eyewear at an affordable price (prices range from $39 – $150). Below she shared what types of frames you should consider based on your face shape.
Lucky you! If you’re fortunate enough to have a highly coveted oval face shape, framing your eyes should be easy. People with oval faces can indulge in practically any style. So whether you’re partial to bold cat eye looks or wide and wild oversized frames, you’re likely in the clear!
If you’re looking for eyewear to flatter your square face, go for a style that is slightly rounded. By sporting frames with curved edges, you will be balancing out your angular features in a stylish way.
To enhance your look, heart face shapes should go for frames that will compliment their features and balance out their facial proportions. Aviator frames do an excellent job enhancing heart face shapes because they help to balance out the narrower lower half of the face.
Balancing out the features of a person with a long face shape often requires shortening the length of the face, thus giving it a more oval appearance. A pair of thicker rectangle frames does an excellent job of drawing attention away from the length of the face. Try to find a style that has more depth than width; an important feature to shorten the look of longer faces.
Just like a diamond, this face shape is unique. To best show off a diamond shaped face, go for a pair of glasses that accentuates your already impressive cheekbones. Draw attention to your eyes and the top portion of your face with top-heavy frames. Diamond face shapes have their choice of frames with thicker top halves or semi-rimless styles.
The most flattering look for round face shapes is a style that can minimize the roundness of the face. To do so, avoid round or oval frames and instead opt for a more angular design. The straight lines on these frames help to soften the look of round faces.
So don’t be scared of purchasing frames online. As long as you put your face shape into consideration when shopping, you’ll love your frames. Below is more advice if you’re still not too sure.
- Oval – any style: oversized, rectangular, etc.
- Square – slightly rounded/curved shapes
- Heart – aviators
- Long – thicker and rectangular
- Diamond – thicker top halved or rimless
- Round – angular designs
7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
Wedding Season is pretty much over, but Engagement Season is just beginning! If you love looking at the engagement bling, you’ll have to check Instagram and Facebook on the reg. If you hate it, then you’ll have to avoid all forms of social media until late February.
If you’re more of a hater when it comes to engagement rings on social media, is it because you hate anything and everything wedding? Or are you just tired of seeing the same princess-cut white diamonds?
I’ll admit it myself, I definitely give some serious side-eye when girls show off their “one-of-a-kind” white diamond solitaires. Boring!
When I get married, I want my ring to be unique and stunning — truly one-of-a-kind. No white diamonds for this girl!
Below are seven beautiful engagement rings that will truly make you stand out.
1. Go Grey
Black diamonds are starting to become acceptable in the land of engagement rings. But grey? My eyes lit up with excitement when I saw this grey stunner on Fragments.
Sethi Couture Ring: $4,240 via Fragments
2. Go Royal
If it’s okay for Kate Middleton, then it’s okay for me. How can you not swoon over this sapphire ring?
Blue Sapphire Bea: $3,500 via Anna Sheffield
3. Black Diamond Love
Still love solitaires? This black diamond ring from Steven Alan is gorgeous and it won’t break the bank!
Black Diamond Solitaire: $1,995 via Steven Alan
4. Consider a Mineral
Want to avoid precious gems altogether? Tourmaline is considered a semi-precious stone, and the one below may be the most unique of the bunch.
Ambro Ring: $1,420 via D & I
5. Go Raw
Diamonds aren’t found all sparkly and shiny. So why not sport an engagement ring in its true form? We’re loving the raw diamonds available at Fragments. The one below is actually nine carats!
Vibe’s Persephone Ring: $9,740 via Fragments
6. Go Minimal
Who says you even need something sparkly? If sparkle and bling just isn’t your thing, consider wearing a simple band with some added flair instead.
Crown Band: $1,100 via Of a Kind
7. Go Green
Here’s another minimalistic ring that has a small amount of bling — just in case you can’t live without it. Green bling to be exact.
Aura Ring: $3,170 via Fragments
What ring was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
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Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
Yesterday marked the last day of Fashion Week in New York City. We’re definitely sad, but we’re excited to see what London Fashion Week has in store for the fashion industry.
Of course seeing the new collections from our favorite designers is enjoyable, but nothing beats street style. NYC’s most fashionable residents attend NYFW every season, and believe me when I say this — they’re the real taste makers. Below are our favorite trends we spotted outside of Lincoln Center (where the magic happens).
1. Moody Florals
We’re loving the resurgence of moody floral prints from the 90’s! Proof that not all floral prints have to be ultra girly.
2. All Black
Want to look like a tough-as-nails fashionista? Consider wearing all black the next time you go out with your friends.
Metallic shoes and prints are up-and-coming and should be taken advantage of this fall.
4. Black and White
This combo will never go out of style. Never!
Have you always wanted to be a prima ballerina? We’re loving how these ladies wore the famous ballerina poof! You may not have the moves, but you can at least have the look.
How can you say no to plaid? It’s classy and perfect for the upcoming fall season.
Pattern mixing can be difficult, but these ladies pulled it off perfectly!
8. Rainbow Hair and Lips
We loved all the off-beat hair and lip colors! Consider giving it a try if you’re getting bored with your look.
We love hats since they automatically make outfits more interesting. They’re also great for hiding bad hair days!
What trend from NYFW are you going to try this September? Let us know in the comments below!
10 Minutes with Petite Entrepreneur Carolina Alvo (Q&A)
Posted 2 months ago by Amanda Raye
Psst, ladies. Did you know that half the population of women in the U.S. qualify as “petite” at 5’4” or under? Are you in disbelief? Is that because you’re thinking to yourself that if that were true, why do so many stores stock only “regular sizes” with petite departments being the afterthought, if there is one at all?
Petite entrepreneur and game-changer Carolina Alvo caught herself wondering the same thing, after time and time again spent purchasing items that weren’t made to fit her and having to trudge them to the tailor and pay for alterations. All 4’9” of her, along with hundreds of thousands of her fellow petites knew that petite is powerful, and that it was time to take some action.
So she founded her eponymous clothing line, Carolina Alvo, and started a “Petite is Powerful” movement. Her first move? The Kathleen Dress, a fit-and-flare beauty that’s perfect for day and night, is specifically designed to fit a petite frame perfectly.
Made in New York with the highest-quality fabrics and available in two lengths, the Kathleen Dress is going to revolutionize the petite retail world and bring awareness to this often neglected group of women, all of whom deserve to look and feel as beautiful as the other 50%.
Since we were so interested in Carolina’s mission, we decided we wanted to know more. If you interested in the “Petite is Powerful” movement, or what it’s like to work in fashion, read on.
*If you’re interested in a work-friendly clothing line that’s perfect for your petite frame, then support Carolina on Kickstarter!
Q&A with Carolina Alvo
All of your clothes are made in NYC! What made you want to do that? Was it hard to find a manufacturing company in the city?
The thought of going outside of New York, let alone overseas was too scary for a first-timer. It is my first time manufacturing anything so it was important for me to feel like I had as much control over the process as possible.
I worked with a production company in the Garment District to help develop the line and he has relationships with various factories in New York, so it was through him that we were able to find a factory that was right for us.
As a petite, clothes shopping has been difficult for most of your life. But has being petite affected you at work? At school?
When I was in school I was endlessly teased for my height. Most of the time it was harmless, but when you’re a young teenager you just want to be like everyone else, so it definitely becomes one more thing to be self-conscious about.
By the time I was in the workplace I wasn’t teased, but I was surrounded by mostly men and somehow I only ever had male bosses that were at least a foot taller than me. So being much smaller just exacerbated my feelings of insecurity early on in my career.
Your background isn’t originally in fashion. What/who gave you the confidence to enter this intense industry?
I just knew the opportunity was so big (half the female population is petite) and I knew no one was doing a good job solving it. Plus it was a very personal pain point, so I was passionate about getting it right – all together that gave me the confidence to look past the fact that I have no experience in fashion and just try to figure out how to solve this big problem!
What advice would you give to the girl who’s interested in a career in fashion?
Educate yourself on the industry, surround yourself with good mentors/advisors and go for it! If it’s your passion, you won’t regret it!
Also fantastic: Carolina Alvo will be donating 1% of all of their profits to Girl Rising, a global action campaign that helps young girls get into and stay in school.
Who else would you like us to interview for Broke & Chic’s newly launched career section? Let us know in the comments below!