Tinder for Shopping: This App Is Our New Favorite Way to Waste Time
Posted 4 days ago by Amanda Raye
If you’re a frequent online shopper, then you’re going to love Strut. It’s essentially Tinder for shopping.
When you sign-up, you share your age and gender. From there, you need to pick the styles that fit your personality/lifestyle best. Styles include classic, glamour, urban, chic, sporty, executive and boho. I think there’s one or two more, but my short-term memory sucks. Sorry!
You’re then shown 50 different articles of clothing — swipe right for yes and left for no. Like Tinder, it’s extremely addicting, so don’t be surprised if you spend hours on this app.
You can share outfits with friends via social, or you can make an in-app purchase. Since it’s easy to use and filled with a wide variety of different retailers (including budget faves like Nasty Gal and ASOS), it’s easy to find clothes at great prices.
Below are six reasons why you should download this app, stat!
1. Strut gives you style categories and lets you choose the best clothes for your personal taste. The more you swipe, the more it learns what you like and integrates those styles into your pool of options. Swipe right for clothes you love and left for ones you don’t and when you’re all done, access your selections by visiting your profile.
2. Don’t just choose items, make outfits and post about them across all your social channels! There’s no guessing how great you’ll look when you have the option for friends to weigh in on your decision.
3. You can style and shop for others. Because swiping with Strut is so easy and natural, there’s nothing stopping you from swiping for all of the people in your life who may need a thing or two in their closet.
4. No need to only shop for the women in your life; Strut features men’s clothes as well! Grab something for a loved one and you’re all set for their next birthday or holiday!
5. Check out other people’s curations for some style inspiration. You’ll always have your finger on the pulse and know what current trends are with the ability to see what your friends are liking and sharing!
6. Swipe up to create a full outfit! Match your fave top with cute pants and an awesome pair of shoes to piece together the killer outfit you’re going to wear next Saturday.
Want to join me on Strut? Follow me by searching username: theamandaraye. Do you have a favorite shopping app? Let us know in the comments below!
9 Boot Trends You Need to Try This Fall
Posted 7 days ago by Amanda Raye
It’s finally boot time! Boots are a necessity for every fall and winter outfit, but what style fits your personality? Below are nine boot trends that have already emerged on the streets of NYC and what to wear them with:
1. Pointy-Toe Stiletto Boots
There’s no way of denying it, these are by far the sexiest boots out there! These boots will glamorize your simple weekend outfit and will give your 9 to 5 look some edge.
2. Chelsea Boots
These horse riding boots from the Victorian era became a fashion staple during the mod scene back in the 1960’s. They are more on the chill side and look best in relaxed outfits. Due to their elastic siding, these boots are easy to put on and are super comfortable.
3. Lace-Up Boots
These are a more classy version of the Chelsea boot. Also originally used for horseback riding, these boots look great paired with tights and a cute dress. They’d also look great paired with your favorite pair of high-waisted skinny jeans.
4. Moto Boots
There’s so many different looks when it comes to these boots; buckles, studs, zippers…the options are endless. They’ll also make any outfit look tough!
5. Cut-Out Boots
If you want to look extremely trendy, these boots are for you. There also isn’t just one style — you can go modern, feminine, western and everything in between! To learn more about cut-out boots, click here.
If you don’t think you’re ready for this bold look, try a peep-toe-boot instead.
6. Over-the-Knee Boots
These boots are extremely easy to pull off and look good on everyone. Just make sure you stay simple and sophisticated with the rest of your outfit. Try pairing them with jeans and a flannel or striped shirt.
7. Riding Boots
These are a classic and also look good on everyone. Pair a brown pair with black leggings and a comfy white sweater for a stylish yet comfy look.
8. Statement Boots
Statements shoes are fun to wear, but they’re definitely not for the faint of heart. In the fall and winter, your main outfit is likely hidden by a heavy jacket — to still look fashion-forward, consider wearing a white, blush or peach pair that’s covered in gold details!
9. Combat Boots
The 90’s revival we’ve seen this year have brought these boots back. Although they have a “tough” feel, these are staples everyone should have in their closet. They’re also the perfect cold-weather boot.
Don’t feel you have to go black: combat boots look great in metallic and pastel too!
If you’re loving these nine boot trends, shop the looks below:
What’s your boot personality?
Get Perfect Skin This Holiday Season with the Silk’n ReVit
Posted 1 week ago by Amanda Raye
Sun damage, acne scars, and uneven skin are a few skin woes that many of us face daily. Instead of trying to cover it up with makeup, why not actually fix the problem?
At this point in time, you’ve probably heard of microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion treatments use a combination of a fine abrasive tip or crystals and a suction to polish and vacuum away the skin’s uppermost layer. The end results include diminished hyper-pigmentation such as brown spots, as well as diminished fine lines, acne, and shallow acne scars.
If you suffer from any of the above skin woes above, then you’ll love microdermabrasion. But here’s the deal. It’s expensive! You’re looking at about $50-$200 per treatment, and you’ll definitely need multiple treatments before you start seeing those results. Yikes! Poor wallet.
But I’ve recently been introduced to something amazing — the Silk’n ReVit. This device brings the luxury of microdermabrasion to your home. Just like getting a treatment done with a dermatologist or at a spa, the Silk’n ReVit combines gentle exfoliation with vacuum stimulation to reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and acne scars.
You’re able to get those professional results without the appointment! Now you’re probably thinking this device is extremely expensive, but it’s not. It’s only $129! Yes, that is definitely an investment, but you can use it for years and it costs the same amount as one treatment at a fancy spa.
This handheld device that promises the same kinds of results as an in-office treatment comes with three different diamond shaped attachments: precision, fine and coarse. With each attachment designed to treat specific parts of the face, neck, and hand. Yes, it can be used on your hands too!
For more info on the Silk’n ReVit, read my review:
I’ve been using the device for over a week now and I’m loving how my skin looks and feels! At first, I was worried it would irritate my skin and cause redness. I was also a bit worried it would hurt. But neither happened.
It kind of feels like a cat is licking your face — which was weird — but it didn’t hurt. I followed the directions and started using the fine attachment first and used the lowest suction setting. I spent about three minutes on each section of my face (forehead, eye area, nose, cheeks and chin) and then spent five minutes on each hand.
Immediately after treatment, I rinsed my face with cold water and applied a moisturizer. For the next hour, I felt like I had a slight sunburn, but that feeling was gone my the time I woke up in the morning. My hands felt the same.
After using it a few times, I’ve noticed smoother skin on my face. But the big difference has been with my hands. They’re so much softer and smoother!
The device comes with a filter that needs to be replaced. This filter collects all the dead skin that is being sucked up and omg, it’s so gross! The filter is black to start, but after one use it was pure white. I wanted to share that photo with you, but it’s pretty yucky.
Anyways, I can definitely tell it’s doing something and I’m excited to see the results after a full month of using it twice a week.
So if you want to get a perfect complexion in 2015, consider asking for the Silk’n ReVit this holiday season. Too impatient to wait? Consider ordering the device and hosting a Spa Day with your friends! Everyone deserves a Girls Night In every now and then.
Paint each others nails, curl each others hair, and take turns using the ReVit or another Silk’n product such as the Flash&Go — which is a painless laser hair removing device. All while drinking some bubbly or hot apple ciders and eating yummy treats.
If you’re interested in hosting a Girls Night In, or giving the gift of beautiful skin this holiday season, use the code GIRLSNIGHT to get 15% off storewide (excludes Flash & Go) until November 20th.
Have you ever had microdermabrasion done? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: This post was Sponsored by Silk’n
Guess What! Instant Coffee Isn’t as Bad as You Thought
Posted 1 week ago by Amanda Raye
New York turned me into a hardcore coffee snob. I stick my nose up when I walk by places like Starbucks (I still like their skinny lattes though…shhh), and I’m willing to go out of my way to go to the best coffee shops the city has to offer. Unfortunately, those fancy pour overs can get pricey, so I usually just make my own with fresh beans, a burr grinder, a Chemex, and a goose neck kettle. Fancy, right?
But what’s a girl to do when she decides to give up her apartment, live out of Airbnb’s and then go to Africa for six weeks? She misses her fancy coffee. That’s exactly what happened to me.
I like coffee for two reasons: the taste and the caffeine. I could have easily switched over to tea, but I just couldn’t do it. I just love coffee too much! So I did something bad…I tried instant coffee. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad! It was actually better than an American favorite — Dunkin Donuts.
So if you’re on a tight budget, or you’re going on a hotel-less vacation, you’ll be okay in the caffeine department!
Below are my tips for making your instant coffee taste super duper rad:
1. Don’t add too much powder
A teaspoon is all you need. The more you add, the worse it’ll begin to taste.
2. Drink it hot
Hot instant coffee tastes pretty okay. Instant coffee that’s luke warm or cold? Not so much.
3. Store it in the fridge
Don’t keep your instant coffee in the pantry. Storing it in the fridge will prevent it from getting stale.
No two instant coffees are the same. I highly recommend the instant coffee from Maxwell House or the instant coffee singles from Folgers. But do your own experimentation.
Have you ever tried instant coffee? What were your thoughts?
Shop Our November 2014 Beauty Favorites with Tagspire
Posted 1 week ago by Amanda Raye
I love playing around with fashion, but I think I love playing around with beauty products more. I could easily spend a whole day in a store like Sephora or Ulta without a second thought. I’d also spend an hour doing my makeup every morning if I could, but sadly that’s not practical.
Out of all the beauty trends that arise every year, the ones that come out during the holiday season are my favorite. I’m just obsessed with the plums, reds, and golds!
Below I’m using Tagspire to show you my favorite holiday friendly beauty products. If you love fashion and beauty just as much as I do, then you’ll love Tagspire too. Here’s why: $$$
With social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram, it’s become second nature to just post a picture of your outfit for all to see. Clearly #OOTD isn’t just for personal style bloggers! With Tagspire, you’re able to monetize those photos you love.
Add a review to a photo, add your favorite tutorial video to a photo, or even add a link for people to purchase items in your photo. If someone buys something due to your photo, you’ll get a commission! Just take a look below:
Tagspire isn’t just for outfits and beauty products either. You can also monetize photos that feature consumer electronics, home goods, and travel. Still not sold? How many times have you bought something because a friend posted about it on Instagram or Facebook? I’m definitely guilty. Social shopping and word-of-mouth are definitely way more effective than traditional magazine ads and celebrity endorsements.
Once you have made $50 or more, Tagspire sends you your money. To learn more about social commerce and Tagspire, watch the short video below:
Need some more Tagspire inspiration? Shop this look below as well!
So sign-up for Tagspire to make some extra money and follow us while you’re at it!
*Sponsored by Tagspire.
4 Simple Ways to up Your Style Game This November
Posted 1 week ago by Amanda Raye
A few days ago we posted a few ways to reinvent yourself without spending a ton of money (if any). We suggested changing your hair, changing your makeup, and playing around with your current accessories. But if you want some more ideas on how to up your style game this November, you’ll love our fall fashion tips below!
1. Get New Glasses
If you need to wear glasses, consider getting a new pair for Fall. They can really change your look! We’re currently crushing on Coastal.com. All of their frames are extremely affordable, and they have great deals for first timers — like $40 off all orders over $99 with code FIRST40. Not too shabby!
Since they don’t have a brick and mortar shop, their frames (even the designer ones) are way cheaper than if you got them at your eye doctor. Worried about finding a pair that suits you before trying them on? Don’t be! Just read our face shape guide.
Brown Ombre Glasses: $89.00 via Coastal
2. Add Some Plaid
Plaid will always be a fall and winter must-have, so if it’s not already in your wardrobe, get it in there! Adding a plaid scarf or a plaid bag to your look would be a safe bet, but if you’re more daring, consider wearing a pleated high-waisted plaid skirt.
To look more sophisticated and less early 2000’s Britney, wear a cropped sweater and a pretty statement necklace with it.
3. Wear All Black
Give this popular New York style a try this season by ditching the color. To glam it up a bit, add a statement collar!
4. Add a Graphic Tee
Graphic tees have become popular again! They’re extremely casual, but you can easily make a graphic tee focused outfit more polished by wearing it with colored pants, heeled boots, and a blazer.
We’re loving the Jack & Coke tee from Altru (below). It’s really soft and you can bring your favorite weekend drink with you all week long!
- Michael Kors Glasses: $128.00 via Coastal
- Graphic Tee: $27.00 via Altru
- Black Blazer: $24.95 via H&M
- Maroon Pants: $30.00 via Old Navy
- Heeled Boots: $34.95 via H&M
What are you going to add to your wardrobe this November? Let us know in the comments below!
Get Perfect Skin This Holiday Season with Jergens BB Body Cream
Posted 1 week ago by Amanda Raye
Everyone wants to make sure the skin on their face is flawless and perfect every morning, but what about the rest of our skin? Sure, we use self-tanning products, but glowing skin isn’t for everyone. But perfect skin definitely is.
At this point in time, everyone knows about BB, CC and DD Cream (for the face), but what about for the body? Our bare arms, legs, and shoulders are visible in photos too! If you want your skin to look flawless, smooth, and illuminated, let me introduce you to something really cool — BB Cream for the body.
Jergens recently came out with a BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. This cream isn’t makeup, so don’t be worried about staining your clothes with color. Instead, this cream instantly hydrates and illuminates, and over the course of five days (with daily use) it’ll even, firm, and correct. It goes on sheer, dries quickly, and is applied like a lotion. Here’s how it works:
The all-in-one moisturizer contains an exclusive blend of natural Shea Butter, skin-smoothing emollients, and Firm Perfecting Complex to enhance texture and luminosity. It also contains patent-pending Self Adjusting Tone Technology to give skin a perfectly even tone.
If you’re fair, it’ll even redness. If you have a medium or deep skin tone, it’ll even discoloration. The guide below will help you figure out if you should get the fair or medium/deep:
Now that the holiday’s are right around the corner, the likelihood of you being in a lot of pictures is pretty high. So if you want to have beautiful skin all over like a celebrity about to walk the red carpet, consider adding the new BB Body Cream from Jergens to your daily routine. You can find it under $13 at your local Target or CVS.
I’ve been using the cream in medium/deep for well over a week, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference. My skin feels softer, and I’ve noticed less imperfections — especially on my legs.
Want some holiday beauty tips? Watch the short video below! You’ll learn how celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff uses the BB Body Cream on her clients and why.
To stay up-to-date on all things Jergens, make sure to follow them on Facebook
*This post was presented by Jergens.
A 15-minute Home Workout That Truly Kicks Butt
Posted 2 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Gyms are expensive, like really expensive. So if you’re beyond tired of dropping a ton of money each month, consider ditching the gym and taking your workouts home with you for the winter. Who wants to go to the gym in freezing temps anyway?
That’s why we’ve created this gym-less workout that you can complete at home in 15 minutes or less.
This workout will get your heart pumping and your core nice and strong. You’ll also start to notice nice arm definition if you do the workout every other day. Plus, it’ll keep that muffin top away during the treat filled holiday season. Extra perk? You just need your body. No weights, no resistance bands, no nothing.
Just see for yourself:
Just do two reps of each exercise and you’ll get in shape in no time! What’s your favorite fall/winter workout?
Let us know in the comments below!
Give Your Wardrobe Some UES Flair with the Redesigned Metaphor Line from Sears
Posted 2 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Gossip Girl has been done with since 2012, but people still idolize Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen for their on-point wardrobes. How can you not? Their looks were always sophisticated, modern, and chic. (Okay, the bows were a bit much. But lets look past that…)
Fast-forward two years and us twenty-somethings are still wishing for a wardrobe that would rival theirs. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford head-to-toe designer — but we have some great news! Sears just redesigned their Metaphor line and it’s fantastic. It’s perfect for the girl who wants to add some Upper East Side sophistication into her wardrobe.
In the big city, you want a wardrobe that can take you from weekday to weekend, and everything in-between. With Metaphor, you’re able to look professional and sophisticated during a long day at the office, and ultra stylish at night by doing very little. Add a faux-leather jacket to your sheath dress, or add some fun accessories to your otherwise simple look before heading out at 5pm.
If your job allows it, be ultra trendy all day. Wear a statement top with an elegant pair of dress pants or wear red. Red is definitely the new black!
Our model Madison (below) works in the fashion industry here in New York City and even though she resides in Brooklyn, she loves adding some Upper East Side flair to all her outfits.
To take her outfit from day to night, she decided to add a faux-fur vest. It’s always convenient to wear an outfit that is suitable for the office, yet stylish enough for a fun evening with the girls.
Faux-Fur Vest: $47.00
If you want to emulate Blair and Serena as well, consider adding a few items from the redesigned Metaphor collection from Sears. Don’t need any more clothes? They have shoes, accessories, and handbags as well!
*This post was presented by Sears.
Shop Our November 2014 Wish List — Great Buys under $60!
Posted 3 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
It’s November folks! Meaning it’s finally time to kiss our sandals and shorts goodbye until spring. So sad! Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but November has not been very kind so far. October was filled with beautiful days that barely needed a sweater, but November has been nothing but cold, rainy, and down right yucky.
The rain is temporary, but the cold is not. Below are the items we’re hoping to stock up on this November in order to keep our tails warm and our outfits stylish — all under $60!
What items from our November 2014 Wish List were your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Get Vanessa’s Hair — A No-Commitment Way to Go Red
Posted 3 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Bold hair colors such as hot pink and purple have been trending for quite a few years, but I decided not to jump the gun on the trend since I spent most of my college career with blue, green, and pink highlights. I looked awesome! But the constant bleaching did cause some damage over the years, and I finally have healthy hair again.
But earlier this season, Vanessa Hudgens decided to change up her look. She went from a blonde, back to her natural brunette. But she didn’t stop there — instead, she did red ombré.
I instantly fell in love with her look, but wasn’t sure I wanted to make the commitment to go red for the whole season. Of course, bold colors like red don’t stay in the hair for long, but you definitely need to bleach your locks for it to show up if your hair is dark.
If you want to sport some red ombré this fall without the commitment, consider using the new Color Rebel Hair Makeup from Redken. That’s what I did!
It’ll only last for two shampoos, it’ll show up on even the darkest hair (yay to no bleach), and it won’t get all over everything.
Here’s how it works: Color Rebel deposits a very fine colored micro-coating on the surface of the hair, making it resistant against water and mechanical aggressors, such as brushing, blow-drying or flat-ironing.
How to Use
1. Prime the product by shaking well and twisting the cap in the direction of the arrows until the sponge is saturated.
2. Apply Color Rebel to clean or day-after hair by gently pulling sections taut and applying in a smooth sweeping motion. Start with a light layer – you can always add more to build color intensity.
3. Simply let hair air dry or blow-dry for faster results. Keep combing or brushing to a minimum after applying as this will break up the color pigments.
How to Remove
Color Rebel washes out after two shampoos, but if you want to remove instantly, you can do so in two easy ways. Simply wash hair with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream or apply a drop of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine or All Soft Argan-6 Multicare Oil to the area where you would like to remove the color and rub the hair between your fingers until the color pigment dissolves.
I really love this hair makeup! I was able to re-create Vanessa’s look without damaging my hair, and the color didn’t rub off on my clothes or pillow. It also lasts way longer than hair chalk — which will barely get you through a day.
– As expected, this product was extremely messy. So make sure you cover your bathroom counter with some old newspaper or a garbage bag for easy clean up. If you do get it on your tile, don’t freak out. Unlike Manic Panic, it can be scraped off.
– It’s difficult to brush your hair after the hair makeup is applied. They recommend you don’t comb your hair too much, but I have long hair and brushing is a must.
– The box says it lasts for only two shampoos, but it’s more like four shampoos. Maybe even five. I was okay with it, but if you have a job that doesn’t allow vibrant color, you may want to plan ahead a bit.
Below is my hair after one shampoo. Not as vibrant, but still a pretty color.
Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup comes in array of colors. So don’t want red? Try pink or purple instead!
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