Shop Our Coachella Inspired Boutique — Great Buys under $60!

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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.

Happy shopping!

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Give Your Hair Some TLC with These Deep Conditioners

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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.

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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!

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Give Yourself a French Makeover for Spring with Promod

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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.

Pretty Florals

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.

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Bold Brights

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.

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Delicate Pastels

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!

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Promod is currently available in New York and Massachusetts. Happy shopping!

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10 Great Ways To Spend Your Tax Return

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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.

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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.

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3. Experiences

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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9. Car Repairs

I know, another bummer, but now’s the time to give your car some TLC.

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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.

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What are you going to spend your tax return on? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Go-To Hues for Prom 2014

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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.

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Pastel Palettes

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.

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 Coral Craze

David’s Bridal predicts that every prom fashionista will be clamoring for a coral-colored stunner!

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Nuts About Pistachio

Shades of green, from light honey dew to radiant lime, are making their way onto the dance floor this year.

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Out of the Blue

Blue hues, including aqua and turquoise, make a statement this school season.

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Natural Beauty

Prom-goers are beginning to opt for combinations of ivory and champagne to complete their prom queen-worthy look!

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Orange Crush

Shades of orange are everywhere this year, from tangerine and mango to neon orange and apricot!

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What color will your prom gown be? Let us know in the comments below!

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Drugstore Cheat Sheet: Generic Vs. Name Brand

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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.

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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.

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Polka Dots as an Adult? Yes-sir-eee!

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Were polka dots your go-to print as a 3rd grader? If so, you might be a bit fearful of them as an adult, since polka dots can make you look young if not done right. If you’re trying to look more like Blake Lively than Suri Cruise, keep reading.

We searched the internet for hours (seriously) to show you that polka dots aren’t just a fond memory from your past. Below are eight fashion bloggers wearing polka dots right!

Layer It

Audrey Williams, the blogger behind Lulu Linden paired her polka dot blouse with a blush pink skater dress. This look has a sophisticated British vibe that works for multiple occasions — from Sunday brunch, all the way to the office.

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For a more casual look, layer a polka dot blouse with a vest like Jecky of Dressvise.

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Mix Prints

Heather Epstein of Fashionista NY Girl is über stylish, and this look is no different. If you have a polka dot top, consider pairing it with your favorite plaid trousers. If you’re worried about clashing, don’t worry. According to Heather:

 Doing two different prints that don’t necessarily go together is all about sticking to the tone of the colors, it’s one way to keeping the look from clashing. So if you have a dark top stick with a dark bottom.

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For more mix print inspiration, definitely check out Madeline from Veloria in Velvet. Her look is fun and professional!

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Wear Polka Dot Denim

Wear your favorite polka dot denim with a neutral shirt for a sassy weekend look. We love how Jo of Fabulously Average wore her American Eagle polka dot jeans!

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If you want something a little more colorful, consider polka dot denim in a bright color. We love how Lorna Burford, the voice behind Raindrops of Sapphire wore her coral pair.

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Stick to Chambray

Chambray goes with EVERYTHING! And we mean everything. We love how Kendi, the fashionista behind Kendi Everyday wore her polka dot J.Crew skirt. So if you have a polka dot skirt collecting dust in your closet, whip it out and pair it with some chambray!

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Wear with Stripes

When it comes to mixing prints, pairing stripes with polka dot is waaay less scary than plaid or houndstooth. We’re loving this ultra chic look from Alicia, the voice behind River City Chic.

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How do you wear polk dot? Let us know in the comments below!

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Festival Fashion: What to Wear to Coachella

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Every year, thousands of people flock to the desert of California for Coachella — one of the largest music festivals in the United States. As usual, the headliners this year are INSANE! We have Lorde, CHVRCHES, Ellie Goulding, Haim, Lana Del Rey, Kate Nash, MGMT, Muse, Pharrell and The Knife just to name a few.

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Music isn’t the only reason people attend  Coachella though, the fashion scene at this festival rivals both New York and London Fashion Week. If you want to fit in at this boho-chic festival, you must dress to impress. Below are eight must-have pieces for Coachella and beyond.

1. Kimono

Desert weather is tricky. During the day it’s extremely hot, but the evening cools down quite a bit. Elevate your simple cami and denim combo by adding a kimono in a colorful print when it gets a bit chilly.

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$15.80 via Forever 21

2. Overalls

Wear a pair of overalls with a colorful crop-top or oversized striped tee. We’re loving this look from Necessary Clothing!

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3. Crochet Dress

Short or long, you’re going to need a 70′s inspired white dress that’s detailed with crochet. Pair it with a kimono and you’ll be on-point for sure!

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4. Teller Pants

These gypsy-esq pants are oversized, light, and breezy. Pair with a fitted white cami or a crop-top. We’re obsessed with the teller pants at RVCA.

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$38.00 via RVCA

5. Wide-Brimmed Hat

Since you’ll be outside for hours on end, you’re going to need as much protection from the sun as you can get. That includes sunscreen, sun glasses, and a wide-brimmed hat.

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$39.00 via Urban Outfitters

6. Flower Headpiece

No music festival is complete without a headpiece adorned with flowers! The floral headbands from GlitterBuzzStyle are only $10.00.

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7. Cut-out Boots

These boots are extremely comfortable and the cut-out makes them breathable. Perfect for hi-temps and lots of walking.

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$59.80 via Forever 21

8. Unique Sunnies

Skip your basic sunnies and go for something unique: fun shapes, mirrored lenses…whatever floats your boat.

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$16.00 via Urban Outfitters

For more Coachella fashion and trends, shop the Broke & Chic Coachella Boutique below!

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5 Affordable Bags That Look Expensive

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The secret to looking stylish and affluent on a budget isn’t necessarily about your clothes — it’s about your accessories. And your bag’s the most important accessory of all.

If you’re carrying around an expensive looking bag, you’ll look sophisticated, stylish, and a bit fancy. The key word in that sentence was “expensive looking.” Below are five bags under $50 that look expensive, as modeled by our lovely friend, Madeline.

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This top handle bag from ShoeDazzle is the perfect mix of edgy and feminine! Pair it with your favorite Spring outfit for a model-off-duty look.

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Everyone thinks the gem below is a Céline bag. The look on their faces when they’re told it’s from Aldo is always priceless. If you’re hunting for a chic bag that’ll go with everything, check out Aldo. They do a really good job with imitation leather. You can barely tell the difference!

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  • Bag: $50.00 via Aldo
  • Vest: $24.95 via H&M
  • Pants: $65.00 via Topshop

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This perennial satchel from ShoeDazzle is finished with an oversized hardware adornment for true charm. Keep it ladylike with an angora sweater and sparkling baubles. For a Downtown cool look, pair it with chambray and your favorite black skinnies.

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Don’t let the size of this Old Navy bucket bag deceive you. It can hold a bunch of stuff!

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This over-sized bag from Promod is extremely stylish! It’s also large enough to hold anything and everything — from your yoga clothes all the way to your laptop and charger.

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If you’re looking for a bag under $50 that looks more expensive than it is, check out Old Navy, ShoeDazzle, Promod and Aldo. All four companies do an amazing job at creating on-trend bags with imitation leather that look like the real thing. Another store to check out is H&M — their bags are looking better every season!

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Cute as a Button Dresses That Are Perfect for Easter

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Easter is right around the corner — meaning a day filled with family, good food, gifts, jelly beans, rainbow eggs and of course…cute dresses! Below are a few dresses we think are perfect for Easter dinner.

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Not only are these dresses perfect for Easter…they’re perfect for any beautiful spring day! Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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At-Home Manicure Advice — These Tips Will Change Your Life!

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Getting your nails done is always a relaxing treat, but those weekly manicures can add up fast. If you’re running low on funds, but hate doing your nails at home, then read on.

We asked Pam Kalmus, the founder of popular nail community app, Mani Diaries to share her never fail tips for at-home manicures and pedicures. These tips and industry secrets will make doing your nails at home more enjoyable and stress free!

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1. You must start with a clean nail. If you have hard to remove polish (i.e. glitter), then soak a cotton ball in nail polish, put it on your nail, and cover it with tin foil. Leave on for 5 minutes.

2. If your nail polish is bubbling, it’s possible you are storing it at temperatures that are too high. Store your polishes in the fridge to persevere them and avoid bubbling.

3. At-home manis can be tough if you were never one to draw in the lines. Apply Vaseline around the edge of nail before you polish. This will ensure that the nail polish only gets on your nails and not your skin.

4. To keep chipping to a minimum, make sure you apply top coat to the edge of the nail, to lock in the polish.

5. Antsy to get moving after a mani? Wait a few minutes for your polish to air dry and then dip them in ice cold water to speed up the drying process!

Do you have any at-home mani tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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