9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

Posted 6 days ago by

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.

shopbop moto pants 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs$185.00

2. Laser-Cut

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.

laser cut dress shopbop 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$88.00

3. Slip-On Sneakers

Slip-on sneakers are both convenient and stylish. They’re especially great when you’re in a rush!

DKNY sneakers 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$95.00

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.

frye boot shopbop 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$368.00

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.

parka cheap monday shopbop 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$260.00

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.

plaid shirt shopbop 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$75.00

7. Mesh

Are you loving the sporty-chic trend? If so, mesh will be your new bestie this season.

mesh backpack1 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$30.00

8. Statement Sweatshirts

Who says sweatshirts have to be boring? Adding a detailed sweatshirt will add an element of cool to your weekend look.

statement sweatshirt 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$58.00

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.

turban headband 9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

$40.00

 What are your favorite fall trends so far? Let us know in the comments below!

Comment

Handmade Hair Care — It Can Be Done!

Posted 2 weeks ago by

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!

tea tree oil recipes Handmade Hair Care    It Can Be Done!

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.

perfectshampoo02 Handmade Hair Care    It Can Be Done!

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.

shampoo hair1 Handmade Hair Care    It Can Be Done!

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.

diy hair mask Handmade Hair Care    It Can Be Done!

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.

comb through wet hair Handmade Hair Care    It Can Be Done!

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!

*Powered by BrandBacker. 

 Handmade Hair Care    It Can Be Done!

Comment

5 Minutes with the Owners of NYC Hotspot — YGallery Salon

Posted 3 weeks ago by

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.

y gallery salon soho 5 Minutes with the Owners of NYC Hotspot    YGallery Salon

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.

Comment

We Finally Found the Perfect Night Cream for You 20-somethings

Posted 4 weeks ago by

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.

treatment cream stages of beauty We Finally Found the Perfect Night Cream for You 20 somethings

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.

stages of beauty1 We Finally Found the Perfect Night Cream for You 20 somethings

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!

stages of beauty treatment cream We Finally Found the Perfect Night Cream for You 20 somethings

What’s your favorite night cream? Let us know in the comments below!

*Powered by BrandBacker.

 We Finally Found the Perfect Night Cream for You 20 somethings

Comment

This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

Posted 4 weeks ago by

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.

IMG 7289 This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

Oval

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!

faceshapesoval This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

clark glasses This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

$39.00

Square

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.

faceshapessquare This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

1024602 BLACK This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

$59.00

Heart

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.

faceshapesheart This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

3016 Gold This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

$39.00

Long

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.

faceshapesoblong This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

40061 BLACK This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

$39.00

Diamond

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.

faceshapesdiamond This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

3780 Black This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

$44.00

Round

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.

faceshapesround This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

4205 BLACK This Face Shape Guide Will Make Shopping for Glasses Way Easier!

$39.00

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

Photo Credit

Comment

7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

Posted 1 month ago by

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.

grey diamond ring 7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

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?

sapphire ring 7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

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!

 7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

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.

unique engagement ring 7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

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!

raw diamond ring 7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

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 of a kind 7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

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.

green diamond ring 7 Unique Engagement Rings For The Offbeat Bride

Aura Ring: $3,170 via Fragments

What ring was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

*We partnered with Fragments for this post. 

Comment

Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

Posted 1 month ago by

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).

Enjoy!

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.

moody florals1 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

moody florals2 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

moody florals3 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

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.

black outfit3 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

black outfit2 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

black outfit1 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

3. Metallic

Metallic shoes and prints are up-and-coming and should be taken advantage of this fall.

nyfw streetstyle1 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

nyfw streetstyle2 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

4. Black and White

This combo will never go out of style. Never!

black and white3 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

black and white2 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

black and white1 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

5. Tulle

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.

tulle 5 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

tulle skirt 4 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

tulle skirt 3 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

Tulle skirt1 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

6. Plaid

How can you say no to plaid? It’s classy and perfect for the upcoming fall season.

IMG 0339 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

IMG 0212 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

7. Pattern-Mixing

Pattern mixing can be difficult, but these ladies pulled it off perfectly!

mixed prints nyfw1 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

mixed prints nyfw2 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

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.

IMG 0359 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

IMG 0401 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

IMG 0193 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

9. Hats

We love hats since they automatically make outfits more interesting. They’re also great for hiding bad hair days!

IMG 0292 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

IMG 0321 Our 9 Favorite Street Style Trends from New York Fashion Week

What trend from NYFW are you going to try this September? Let us know in the comments below!

Comment

10 Minutes with Petite Entrepreneur Carolina Alvo (Q&A)

Posted 2 months ago by

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.

carolina alvo1 10 Minutes with Petite Entrepreneur Carolina Alvo (Q&A)

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

carolina misan alvo 10 Minutes with Petite Entrepreneur Carolina Alvo (Q&A)

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!

carolina alvo2 10 Minutes with Petite Entrepreneur Carolina Alvo (Q&A)

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!

Comment

Jillian Michaels Approved Fitness Gear? Okay!

Posted 2 months ago by

Department stores all across the globe have been teaming up with big time celebrities for years, so it’s never a big surprise when a collaboration happens. But how many fitness collaborations have happened over the years? The answer is very few.

I’m not going to lie, I have a huge crush on Lauren Conrad’s style, so when she partnered with Kohl’s, you better believe I bought a few things from her line.

And the Sofia Vergara collab with Kmart? Guilty! So I got extremely excited last week when I received an email that Jillian teamed up with Kmart as well, but for fitness gear.

My first intro to hardcore fitness was in high school; I played field hockey, lacrosse, and I did a season of indoor track. That was about nine years ago when fitness gear consisted of ugly running sneakers, really boring shorts that didn’t fit right, and an old t-shirt. Can you say blah?

Today I’m so inspired to workout. Not only because I want to get fit, but workout gear these days is so gosh darn cute and stylish! And this new collection from Jillian that’s available at Kmart is no different.

Just see for yourself!

kmart jillian michaels Jillian Michaels Approved Fitness Gear? Okay!

kmtLB jillian fall2014 06 Jillian Michaels Approved Fitness Gear? Okay!

kmtLB jillian fall2014 01 Jillian Michaels Approved Fitness Gear? Okay!

kmtLB jillian fall2014 02 Jillian Michaels Approved Fitness Gear? Okay!

kmtLB jillian fall2014 03 Jillian Michaels Approved Fitness Gear? Okay!

I’m crushin’ on this collaboration for two reasons. One, Jillian is extremely motivating — she has changed so many peoples lives over the years for the better. And two, her collection is affordable. Take that Lululemon!

What do you think of the Impact by Jillian Michaels collection?

Comment

4 Outfits You Totally Need to Wear This Weekend

Posted 2 months ago by

Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday we were all still bundled up in our favorite winter coats. Although the heat has been extra brutal these past few days, the weekend forecast is looking beyond perfect. Blue skies, cool nights, no rain, and bearable day temps.

Take advantage of this upcoming August weekend by hanging out with friends and going to fun events or places in your town/city. Go vintage shopping, try a new restaurant, or even indulge in a brunch filled with Southern comfort food.

If this seems like your kind of weekend, check out these outfits styled by Marlen, the voice behind Messages on a Napkin. She knows what’s what in the fashion department!

1. Ramen Soup Shop

It’s odd, but drinking hot things on hot days can cool the body down. It’s a weird fact, but we’re just going to go with it. We vote for ramen!

weekend outfit1 4 Outfits You Totally Need to Wear This Weekend

2. Vintage Pop-up Shop

Pop-up shops are getting extremely trendy in even the smallest of towns. So keep an eye out for pop-up shops in your area.

weekend outfit2 4 Outfits You Totally Need to Wear This Weekend

3. Southern Brunch

Brunch is a weekend must! And how can you say no to fried chicken and waffles?

southern brunch3 4 Outfits You Totally Need to Wear This Weekend

4. Drive-in Theater

These retro venus still exist, so look up the closest one to you and bring a few friends.

weekend outfit4 4 Outfits You Totally Need to Wear This Weekend

The outfits above are even fall friendly! Just add a pair of tights and you’re set. Which look was your favorite?

Comment

Life Lessons from Young Playwright Brandon Monokian (Q&A)

Posted 2 months ago by

Brandon Monokian is a writer, actor, director, entrepreneur, and overall, an outrageous human being. He’s hilarious, talented, and extremely hard-working, and at the ripe age of 27, he’s accomplished more than many do in a lifetime.

Brandon1 Life Lessons from Young Playwright Brandon Monokian (Q&A)

He recently closed the fourth production of his darkly comedic play, Grimm Women; a gritty, modern adaptation of the Brother’s Grimm Fairy tales that starred reality TV celeb Briella Calafiore. Even though Monokian is still considered up-and-coming, he’s worked with the likes of How Stella Got Her Groove Back’s Suzzanne Douglas and Harry Potter star Christian Coulson.

We sat down for an interview with Brandon at his beach house on the Jersey Shore to discuss all things theater, wine, and NYC:

Let’s start easy. What are your plans for the remainder of 2014? 

Next up, a new play I wrote, Peter Pan is Dead. We’re bringing it to the Philly Fringe Festival, and artist Sara Sciabbarrasi and I are going to release it as a comic book.

I also have a few acting gigs sprinkled in there, writing some film and stage scripts, and will be continuing to expand my Cork & Wood product line.

*Peter Pan is Dead will play September 6 – 21 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. For tickets to the show and to purchase the comic book, visit his website.

That seems like a lot! What does a normal day look like for you? 

There’s never really a “normal” for me. I’m working on so many different types of projects, that the structure of my day (and location of my work) changes constantly.

My only daily rituals are that I start my day with a cup of black coffee while reading the news, go for a long walk at some point, and end the day with a glass of red wine.

brandon3 Life Lessons from Young Playwright Brandon Monokian (Q&A)

What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in a career in drama?

Have other interests besides drama. Pay attention in your classes that don’t have to do with theatre. Nobody wants to work with an idiot actor who can only talk about how much they love Frozen and Judy Garland YouTube videos.

Don’t be a douche. There are a billion and a half other people who can do what you do, and do it better, so be nice. Not fake nice, just be a genuinely nice person, because otherwise you are going to have a lot more problems in life than just succeeding in your career. You poop too, so don’t act like you don’t.

Believe in yourself more than anyone else believes in you. If you don’t think you have something special to contribute to the world of the arts, then why the hell would anyone else? Don’t be a cocky ass about it, just trust in what you have to deliver.

And finally, never sing Wicked, Rent, or “Memory” from CATS at an audition. Unless you’re Jennifer Hudson. Then sing whatever the fuck you want.

What challenges have you faced since moving to NYC?

I spend more on Juice Generation than I do on rent. It’s an addiction. They even have a smoothie you can drink straight out of a coconut. Because nothing says “this is the douchiest thing I’ve done all week” quite like walking down Broadway drinking out of a coconut. I love it.

What do you wish you could tell your 18-year-old self?

If a giant ass handle of vodka costs $12, do not take 11 shots of it. In addition to $12, it will cost you your dignity and your ability to ever drink vodka again.

What’s your favorite restaurant in New York?

Automatic Slims in the West Village has the best asparagus in the world. I know that’s a weird thing to be the best at, but they are. They have a pretty sick happy hour, too.

I’m also a huge sucker for Le Pain Quotidien. If I ever murdered someone and was put on death row, I’d definitely request their hummus for my last meal.

IMG 9338 2 Life Lessons from Young Playwright Brandon Monokian (Q&A)

Who should we interview next for Broke & Chic’s new career section? Let us know in the comments below!

Comment
Previous
7ads6x98y