Still have that pretty dress that doesn’t fit you right? Did you finally lose those five pounds and now all your pants are a tad too big? Then you should consider throwing a clothing swap party!
Just because you no longer want it, doesn’t mean your besties don’t. Clothing swap parties are also a great way to get a new wardrobe without spending a dime. Below are 8 tips on how to throw a successful one:
Only invite friends who have a style you actually admire. If most of your friends are preppy, and like to wear colorful clothing, your friend who wears all black and leather isn’t going to have that much fun.
Also, one size doesn’t fit all — make sure you invite people who are similar in size and height. To insure no one’s feelings get hurt, require everyone to bring accessories too. Bags and jewelry look good on everyone!
2. Don’t invite too many people
Don’t invite all 50 of your friends. Definitely keep the number under 10.
3. Set it up right
Make it look as much like a store as you can. Have mirrors out and the clothes neatly folded or hung up on a clothing rack. You can get one for $9 at Ikea here.
4. Have rules
It can’t be a free for all, it’ll just turn into a mad house. When your friends arrive, have them neatly put their items away on the rack or folded on a table. When everyone is ready to start swapping, have them pull a number from a hat. The number they get dictates the order in which they get to pick clothes. Obviously, the host should go first.
Below are some more rules that need to be strictly enforced.
- Have everyone bring a specific amount of items.
Just pick a number, say 12. That way everyone leaves with the same amount of stuff they showed up with.
- One at a time
When it’s time to start the swap, the host should go and pick out one item they like and sit back down. The second in line then gets to do the same thing, picking just one item. Once everyone has an item, you repeat the cycle again until everything is gone. If there’s still stuff left, donate it to charity or have the owner take it back with them.
- Quality items only
Make sure everyone is bringing things that are clean, still trendy and not falling apart.
5. Try things on
Once everyone has the items they “think” they want, have everyone try things on!
6. Have a theme
You might assume everyone is going to bring Spring clothes, but you’re going to have that one friend who brings only Winter appropriate clothing. To prevent this mishap just say Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer when you send out the invite.
7. Have treats
Cupcakes and cake pops would be the perfect addition to a clothing swap party! If your guests are of age, get a bottle of cheap champagne, pour it into wine glasses and put some rock candy in each one. It’ll dissolve and make the drinks a fun color.
If your guests aren’t of age, try one of these delicious and healthy mocktails!
8. Have fun!
Everyone is hanging out, getting a new wardrobe, eating yummy treats….just relax and have fun. That’s what a clothing swap party is all about!
Have you ever been to a clothing swap party? Let us know in the comments below!
How you choose to decorate your home and surroundings can really determine your mindset and well-being. Decor has the power to inspire you, energize you, calm you, and even make you happy or sad.
Putting a bright pillow or throw on your couch can give you great energy, while a pillow or throw in a more muted color can relax and soothe you. If you’re trying to revamp your home in order to create a more positive environment, don’t feel you have to spend a ton of money!
Below are five super rad decor items from BRIKA, an curated online shopping site that celebrates American makers, artisans, and designers. These items will make you look like a design connoisseur without the snoot or price tag.
1. Tribal Cross Pillow
A fun throw pillow like this one is the perfect home accessory to brighten up any room. Each shape is hand-painted, traced and cut by Caitlin Parker, the Maker behind Bright July.
Bonita, which means pretty or nice in Spanish and Portuguese, is the perfect name for this pattern. Not only is it feminine and fun, it also has a retro feel that reminds us of that unforgettable wallpaper in our Grandma’s kitchen circa 1978.
Put it on your coffee table or couch side table and display your knick knacks in style!
We can’t decide whether this Wind & Willow bowl is more household item or work of modern art! Use it as a fruit bowl in your kitchen to add some color to your counter tops, or use it as a phone holder in your bedroom.
Fresh cut flowers are tops when it comes to instantly brightening up a room, but this Exclusive Carriage Oak Cottage + BRIKA Pink Ombre Vase is a (very) close second. Imagine how beautiful a space would look if they were combined together?
I love to read, but let’s be honest: I’m a sucker for romance novels and anything that tells me what I should (or shouldn’t) wear this Spring. But I also like reading intelligent things — articles that make me think and ponder about life a bit. I try to do this at least once a day, as I spend most mornings writing about beauty and fashion. If I’m not writing about it, I’m taking pictures of it.
Below are four articles I recently read that seriously MADE ME THINK! I hope they make you think too.
1. The Truth about Basic Bitches: They Will Ruin Your Life
This article by Alden Wicker, the founder of Eco Cult will teach you all about the basic bitch, and why you should purge them from your life. We all have had a basic bitch in our lives at some point. You might even be a basic bitch. Read her article to find out…seriously!
The Basic Bitch doesn’t suck because she likes boring things. That’s just a byproduct. Symptoms of the larger problem, if you will. She sucks because she likes boring things, and she is on a campaign to tear down anyone that has the audacity to like interesting, new, different, intelligent, serious things. The Basic Bitch can be most easily identified by her attitude, which is “Ew, what is that?”
2. What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Lady Gaga’s Career
This article is by Elliot Tomaeno, the founder of Astrsk PR. It’s no secret that Lady Gaga’s career is plummeting. Her album release date came and went, and no one really cared. After reading a great article on Noisey, Elliot compared Gaga’s failures to entrepreneurs.
I found myself reading this article aloud to a few friends, fascinated by the points the author made about why she thought Gaga’s career was ‘drowning’. Half-way through the piece I realized that there were some important takeaways here–not only for the pop music world but also for the tech/entrepreneurial community.
This great (and eye-opening) article was published by Anne-Marie Maginnis on Verily. A stay-at-home mother who disputes an article by Kelly Goff of the U.K. Guardian, entitled “Female Ivy League Graduates Have a Duty to Stay in the Workforce.”
If a woman at home doesn’t need an elite degree, as Goff argues, one wonders, does she need a college degree? A high-school degree? At what point is a woman not worth educating at all?
This article was published on Damon & Jo on a Dime last month, and in a way, it’s similar to Alden’s article about Basic Bitches. Your life ultimately depends on your surroundings. If you hang around people who don’t support your goals and dreams, you most likely won’t achieve them. In this article, Damon and Jo talk about detoxing the haters from your life so you can live the interesting life you’ve always wanted.
Your mom won’t let you #31 Go Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica because you could get hurt and your friends laugh at you when you want to #8 Go Vegan for a Month. Your attempts to #22 Learn Another Language are thwarted because your conservative family believes they shouldn’t have to press 1 for English. You’ve always wanted to #57 Start a Rock Band, but someone told you “there’s so much competition” and that “it’s not realistic,” so you settled for something more realistic like #58 Dance on a Bar, but even that is hard to cross off without your friends thinking you’re a lil’ slutty slut.
You begin to realize that the life you want to live is not happening due to the people around you.
April showers bring May flowers. True dat! We’re a little bit more than half way through April, which can only mean one thing: Summer is that much closer!
Below you’ll find our favorite budget-friendly fashion bloggers wearing the hottest trends of Spring 2014.
1. Blush Pink
Have you always been a bit afraid of wearing pink? If so, it’s time to overcome your fear! Ease into it by wearing blush pink. Blush is extremely subtle and very sophisticated. We love how Genie, the blogger behind Brunette Braid, wore it in a recent post.
She amped up a simple black and white look by wearing a blush blazer that she found at a thrift store!
Floral prints are a necessity every Spring and Summer! They look good on everyone, and there are hundreds of different ways to wear them. Floral prints can work in a business casual office, on a date, and even to a rock concert or music festival.
Now that it’s music festival season, pair a 90′s inspired floral dress with a wide-brimmed hat and a cardigan like Alice from The Mow Way.
Pleats have been a part of fashion for centuries, but pleated skirts haven’t been popular since the late 60′s. Well…pleats are back and we’re not complaining! We love how Lulu from Simply Lulu Style wore her pleated maxi.
Everyone needs to have a printed kimono on-hand this Spring and Summer! It’ll add some pizzaz and style to your overall boring jeans and a t-shirt look. Jessie from Velvet Daisy decided to wear her paisley kimono with a white sundress.
Last, but not least, metallic. If you don’t already own something that’s metallic, now’s the time to consider it. Wear a pair of metallic oxfords with an all-black look or a colorful sundress. Either way, you’ll definitely be noticed! Let Liz from Hashtag Liz be your inspiration:
Hair chalking is still super trendy these days, and so the Broke & Chic team decided to make a short and sweet tutorial on how to chalk your hair in pretty pastel colors for Spring!
Of course, you can chalk your hair in any colors you’d like, but pastel hair will make you stand out — every girl wants it. The best part: hair chalking isn’t permanent and it works on all types of hair: from straight to curly, and blonde to black.
Weekend two of Coachella is days away! If you’re not going to be there, you may be wishing you could be. If so, embrace the boho vibe of music festivals around the world and shop our Coachella inspired boutique. Everything is under $60!
You’ll find chic kimonos, unique sunnies, crop-tops, cut-out booties, and of course, floral crowns.
Do you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair everyday? If so, your locks may be dry and frizzy. If your hair is chemically treated, your strands may even feel a bit crunchy. Not a good look.
For smooth locks that even Blake Lively and Kim K would be jealous of, turn to these nine affordable deep conditioners. These conditioners can be found at your local drug store, and if used on a regular basis, can reverse damage, moisturize and prevent split ends.
Do you have a favorite deep conditioner? Let us know in the comments below!
French retailer Promod has FINALLY opened shop in the United States. It’s about time! Promod reminds me of a smaller, and more intimate Zara. Think office friendly attire, European denim, and extremely stylish accessories. Like Zara, most items are under $100.
If you’re bored with your current look, consider giving yourself a French infused makeover! We reached out to our pals over at Promod to give you the three most popular spring trends that you should consider trying this April.
After a fierce winter, any sign of subtle warmer temperatures has us thinking of spring. And what better way to identify that than with wearing floral prints? As just seen on the runways, Promod has floral prints that come in a variety of arrangements—find pretty pastels hues to chic dark tones.
Tip: Go from desk to dawn–Pair a great floral dress with a cardigan or jacket for day, then transition to evening with fabulous accessories.
Be decisive and brave! This spring is all about bold hues and prints, so if you really want to POP, add some brightness to your wardrobe.
Tip: If you’re intimidated by loud splashes of color, try putting together one of Promod’s bold statement dresses with neutral accessories and a cardigan.
Now in tradition, light hues are what spring is all about. Despite the brights, there were plenty of pale pastels on the runway; a little different from the typical Easter egg shades. If you like pretty pinks and minty greens, those are right on par for spring 2014 fashion too.
Tip: Look for pastels with a bit of sheerness and pair with a neutral pant or skirt to avoid being overdone. Add some bold or sparkly jewelry and voila!
Promod is currently available in New York and Massachusetts. Happy shopping!
Taxes are due today! Meaning you’ve probably gathered all of your W-2′s from 2013 and filed already. Unfortunately, filing your taxes is a tedious task, but for most of us…there’s an award…a HUGE tax return!
Now what to do with it? Of course, putting it into your savings account and leaving it there is obviously the wisest decision. But, if you’re eager to spend it, follow our guide below!
1. A Gym Membership
Have you wanted to join a gym for the past few months but found you never had the extra funds? Well, now’s your chance! Remember, clothes are nice, but your health and well-being should be the first thing on your mind.
2. A Personal Trainer
Already have a gym membership? Hire a personal trainer for a session or two. You’ll get the most bang for your buck when you actually know how to use the machines. They’ll also teach you the best way to achieve your fitness goals.
Take a good look around your room. Do you really need more stuff? You probably don’t. Go sky diving, go to Europe, go to the Bahamas. These experiences are definitely costly, but you’ll mentally and emotionally get so much out of them. Don’t forget to to check out travel deals on Groupon!
You should also check out a few budget-friendly travel bloggers. We love Damon & Jo!
4. Pay Off Debt
I know, this one’s a bummer. But you’ll thank yourself later on when you aren’t affected by interest too much.
5. Go To The Doctor
If you don’t have dental, medical or vision insurance, you might want to consider making a few appointments. Of course, only go if something’s bothering you. Perhaps signs in the distance are starting to look blurry?
Before making the appointment, ask the receptionist what they charge for patients paying out of pocket. That way you won’t be shocked at the bill when all is said and done. Definitely shop around too. One doctor might charge you $100 for an exam while another might charge $300.
6. Re-decorate Your Room
Decorating a room can get costly, and many of us don’t have the funds to just spend a few hundred dollars on something so “material” with one pay check.
7. Quality Shoes
As girls, we have a habit of buying multiple pairs of cheap shoes throughout the year. Budget retailers like Forever 21, H&M and Charlotte Russe just make it so tempting. Yes, the shoes are trendy and stylish, but they are extremely bad for your feet. Now’s your chance to purchase quality shoes that will last years to come!
First, buy only the essentials: running sneakers, oxfords, black heels, ankle boots and flats. These are the type of shoes you can wear everyday. Just make sure you pick colors that will go with everything. Once those are purchased, buy a funky pair you’ve been coveting if your wallet can handle it.
8. New Bras
Good bras are expensive. But lets be real, the cheap ones don’t really do much. It’s interesting that we wear bras daily, yet we only own two or three. Don’t you think?
Go to Victoria’s Secret and get a proper bra fitting (so many of us aren’t even wearing the right size). Once you know your true size, invest in a black, white, tan and strapless bra. Again, if you think your wallet can handle it, buy one or two pretty ones that’ll make you feel sexy.
9. Car Repairs
I know, another bummer, but now’s the time to give your car some TLC.
10. Plan Ahead For The Year
Do you know for a fact you’re going to need a black tie appropriate dress for your cousin’s September wedding? Moving this summer? Whatever it is, put that money aside now so you don’t get stressed and panic when the time actually arrives.
What are you going to spend your tax return on? Let us know in the comments below!
Have you found your prom dress yet? The color of your gown could be everything. Every year, the color trends for prom change slightly. To get in the know, we asked our friend’s at David’s Bridal what hues they think will be trending for prom 2014, from pretty pastels to the brightest brights.
Soft tones of blush pink and shades of mint green are the coolest color choices for prom girls when it comes to the dance of the year.
We’ve all been there – standing in the beauty aisle trying to decipher the difference between the name brand product and the less expensive generic brand. When two products have similar ingredient lists and product designs, it’s hard to tell the difference.
Today 800razors.com, the burn-free razor company, wants to share a cheat sheet for when to splurge versus when to save on seemingly similar beauty products.
1. SAVE your shave – Razors from the drug store have become increasingly expensive over the years, as Gillette has monopolized the market. There is no need to spend a fortune on “name brand” razors. 800razors.com makes American-made razors that compare to the Gillette Venus and Fusion Pro Glide, but cost about half the price!
2. SPLURGE on Moisturizers – Many skin care lines can be quite pricey, but if you opt for the generic versions, you could be cheating yourself out of hydrated skin.
Many generic brands will water down their ingredients in order to charge lower prices. When it comes to hydration, particularly for your face, go for the products with low water content and a quality ingredient list.
3. SAVE on Polishes – Some nail polish brands will charge almost twice as much as other companies, making people believe there is something better about the quality. The fact is, you shouldn’t need to pay more than about 5 dollars for a bottle of polish. Anything more than that, and you could be getting ripped off.
4. SPLURGE on hair coloring – Ok, we know the salon appointments can be pricey but in the end, it truly is money well spent. Box dyes and highlighting kits are not only harsh on your hair, but can end up looking far from the photo on the box.
In the end, you’ll likely end up back at the salon to fix the damage anyway. Look for online deals from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial for hair treatment discounts in your area! If you live in a city, check out Salon Apprentice.