Just like Old Navy, Kmart has been impressing us with their clothing this past year. For years, Kmart has been my go-to for basics such as workout gear, makeup and underwear — Jaclyn Smith makes thongs that are actually comfortable! But now, I find myself heading there for cute shoes, work attire and jeans. You know, things that are actually stylish!
Below are a few favorites from Kmart’s Fall 2014 collections:
Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez
This line is perfect for the ultra girly fashionista. Think flirty florals, fit & flare skirts and trendy prints.
You’ll love this line if you’re into the sporty chic trend. Add a white tee and a pair of heels to the sweatpants below for an ultra stylish look!
This line was very heritage. We loved these crochet boots!
Sofia by Sofia Vergara
Depending on the season, this line is either hit or miss, but for Fall 2014, it’s definitely a hit. Expect to see work appropriate blouses and blazers. We’re obsessed with the black and white one below!
The shoes, omg, the shoes. The coats are great too!
Compared to Kmart’s other lines, this one is definitely for an older crowd. We did find some cool prints though! Totally in love with the fox.
These clothes will be available online and at your local Kmart starting early August.
There are two types of people when it comes to long weekends: Those who stay in the area (#staycation), and those who go (#vacation). Although it’s always fun to have a short getaway, it isn’t always necessary to have a good time.
Below are five things you should do this Memorial Day weekend if you consider the 212 your home.
1. Go Roller-skating
Oh you heard right! Eating mediocre pizza and skating around a roller rink isn’t just a pastime from the 90′s. Although skating rinks aren’t as popular as they once were, they’re still around.
Roller Jam USA is the only true roller rink left in the city and it’s on Staten Island. They have an adult night every Saturday from 9pm-2am that’s 21+ and includes a full bar, but they have great options for those under 21 as well.
You’ll have to take the free ferry that’s available downtown and then hop on the subway, so give yourself about 2-hours to get there.
2. Wine & Cheese in the Park
Grab a large blanket, buy some cheap paper cups, stick a small cutting board and cheese cutter in your bag, and call up your friends.
Chat, play a board game and tan while chowing down on yummy wine and cheese!
3. Go On a Boat
Want to make this weekend more romantic? Consider going on a boat with your significant other. Head to the Boathouse in Central Park and rent a row-boat, head to the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse for some free kayaking on the East River, or go on a night cruise in the New York Harbor. Check out Affairs Afloat and CBS for prices.
4. Explore a Neighborhood
NYC is huge! Go to a neighborhood that you don’t frequent very often and explore. You can go to a highly rated restaurant, try a drink at a unique bar, shop at a few boutiques, or simply go to the local park and chill.
5. Go Thrifting
There are always amazing Memorial Day sales going on, but those stores will be packed and are likely to be just as stressful as Black Friday. If you’re trying to avoid crowds, go thrifting instead. We recently made a guide on where to thrift in Bushwick, Brooklyn!
What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Let us know in the comments below!
When you’re on a budget, going out to dinner with a big group can be a huge pain. If you’re splitting the check between more than two people, there’s always a stressful credit card pile at the end. And there’s always that one friend who skimps out and doesn’t pay their fair share — it’s usually the friend that gets the most expensive things too! #betchmove
Anyways, you could always ditch your cheap skate friend, or you could take advantage of this new app called Cover. This app launched in New York City a few months ago and it makes going out to dinner with a group so much easier! You can dine without waiting for the check and split the bill with ease.
It’s currently available at over 80 restaurants in The Big Apple and it just launched in San Francisco today.
After downloading the app, you’ll be asked to make a profile which will include your email, phone number, photo, default tip (I usually do 20%), and your credit card.
The next time you go out to eat at a restaurant that accepts Cover, ask your friends to make an account as well, “check-in” to the restaurant together under one table, and notify your server that you’ll be paying with Cover. That’s it! Once you’re done eating you can leave and each of your cards will be charged the fair amount. You won’t have to worry about waiting for the check, tipping, and dealing with the “who pays what” drama that usually comes with going out to eat with a group.
Have you ever used Cover? Let us know in the comments below!
*Go here for a full list of restaurants that use Cover.
This past Sunday was an extremely significant day. Not only was it Mother’s Day, but it was also the first day of 2014 that I wore sandals. O-M-G, time to praise the warm weather Gods!
I don’t know about you, but the Mid-West and East Coast had a rough winter. Rain, snow, sleet, slush, wind and ice on repeat from December to April.
It has warmed up this May, but nothing to call home about. But these past three days? sandals, sandals, sandals! Below are the 9 sandals every girl needs to own this summer, from simple and casual to ultra-fancy:
If you don’t have a colorful pair of sandals in your wardrobe, it’s time to change that. Colorful footwear can take any outfit from blah to exciting in seconds. Mint, red, orange, purple…any color will do.
Add some edge to any outfit by wearing a printed pair of heeled sandals, neon yellow gladiators, or even flat sandals with gold studs!
90′s revival is still in full swing, so take advantage of it while you still can! We recommend adding a pair of jellies to your favorite sundress.
Everyone needs a pair of sexy heeled sandals for nights out!
If you plan on spending anytime at the beach this summer, flip flops are a must.
We tend to spend most of our summers wearing shoes that are extremely bad for our feet. Flat shoes offer zero support! So, if you’re going to spend your summer doing a lot of walking (we’re talking to you city girls), consider investing in a pair of Birkenstocks. They’re back in style and extremely good for your feet!
Simple black and brown sandals are extremely comfortable and perfect for everyday wear. Go for a pair with soft leather straps for extra comfort!
These bad boys have had a few seasons off, but they’re back! Stay away from the dramatic gladiators that go up to your knee and stick with a pair that end at your ankle. They’re very boho chic and look great with jeans!
When it comes to heels, wedges are the most comfortable. Wear them with denim shorts, jeans or a 70′s inspired sundress to amp up a relaxed look.
What kind of sandals do you wear all summer? Let us know in the comments below!
Bushwick is an extremely trendy neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. It’s filled with great bars, restaurants, street art, and of course, thrift shops.
Thrift shopping is a great way to stay on trend without spending heaps of dough, but not all thrift shops are created equal. The Broke & Chic team decided to get off the Morgan L train last Friday afternoon to give you the ins and outs of thrifting in this über chic neighborhood.
While there are countless thrift shops in this neighborhood, here are our top three picks. Watch our video, and for more detailed information on each shop, read on. You won’t regret it!
1. Vice Versa
We loved Vice Versa and it’s definitely on the top of this list for a reason. First, it’s huge. It’s in a giant warehouse that takes up a whole block . You could spend all day in there if you wanted to. Second, it’s extremely clean and organized.
Nothing in this shop exceeded $25, but most things were $10 and under.
Women: Go here for t-shirts, denim cut-offs, button-ups, purses, jean jackets, leather coats, camouflage and cowboy boots.
Men: Go here for dress shoes, boat shoes, sneakers, bomber jackets, shirts, t-shirts, coats, shorts, flannel, vintage cardigans and blazers.
What We Got: Maddie left with a short-sleeved plaid button-up ($5), a simple black tank ($5), and a cute floral jumper ($15). I left with a Members Only Jacket ($10), and a pair of Cole Haan boat shoes ($15) for my boyfriend.
2. Mary Meyer + Friends Vintage
This shop is right across the street from the Moran L train exit and is a great mix of old and new. Owned by talented fashion designer, Mary Meyer, you’ll find a mix of her designs, work from other designers, and affordable vintage/thrift clothing. Technically it’s two shops in one (a collaboration between Mary Meyer and a friend), but you would never even know it.
The staff here makes this place great as well — they’re extremely friendly!
Women: Go here for $15 sunglasses, adorable shoes, jewelry, printed wide-leg pants, body-con skirts, and home decor items. Expect to spend $15 or more for each item.
Men: The men’s selection is extremely small, but worth a look. We found printed dress shirts, western style button-ups and Doc Martens. Expect to spend $25 or more for each item.
The shoes above were only $16!
What We Got: We didn’t end up purchasing anything this time around, but we’ll definitely be back for a pair of $15 sunnies and a pair of Swedish Hasbeens!
3. Urban Jungle
This shop is located right across the street from one of our favorite Bushwick coffee shops, so definitely re-fuel with a cold brew from Kávé before heading to the last place on our list, Urban Jungle.
This thrift shop is amazing for guys, but for us gals, it was a bit more difficult. Almost all the racks featured men’s clothing! The women’s section was extremely small and most items we came across were extremely retro, but if you’re a wiz with the sewing machine, or you’re obsessed with vintage fits, this could be your heaven.
We did have luck at this shop, but we had to search more than a guy would have to. BTW: This store is massive! Not as big as Vice Versa, but still giant.
Women: Go here for $5 sunglasses, vintage dresses, shorts, military jackets, light-wash denim, and cute bags.
Men: Go here for dress shoes, flannel, military jackets, short sleeved button-ups, overalls, light-wash denim, sneakers, jean jackets, and old sports jerseys.
What We Got: Maddie found a cute pair of printed wide-leg pants ($5), and a pair of black denim cut-offs ($10). I found a pair of Nine West sunglasses for $5!
Do you have any favorite East Williamsburg thrift shops? Let us know in the comments below!
*To get a better idea of our thrifting adventure, be sure to watch our video!
We’re always excited about new products and new brands. Now that it’s finally May, we’re replacing our winter favorites with products that are more appropriate for warm(er) weather. After all, we do have to get our skin and hair in tip-top shape for bathing suit season!
Below are the 10 products we’re currently obsessed with that will amp up your look for spring, summer and beyond.
1. Eva-NYC Texture Spray
Love sporting beach waves? Then this product will be your new bestie! Spray it between your layers for volume and texture, or use it as a primer before you curl your hair.
Just learning how to highlight and contour your face? Let this product be your guide! It’s extremely easy to use, and will work well with most light and medium skin tones. This duo is on the pricey side, but well worth the expense since it will last you for well over a year.
Not a fan of highlighters? You can get a bronzer + blush duo instead!
Worn under foundation, this pearl tinted primer creates a smooth, flawless canvas. It’ll also give your skin a soft focus effect to minimize imperfections. It’s also a great addition to your morning routine if you’re trying to achieve a dewy look.
Why has it taken me so long to try this? It’s so easy to apply (way easier than BB cream if you ask me) and it’s extremely easy to travel with. Since it’s shine free, you don’t even need powder to set it.
This retractable gel liner is so good that it’s actually difficult to remove at the end of the day. Even with waterproof eye makeup remover! Since it lasts all day and then some, it’s totally worth the price.
Do most alcohol-based toners irritate your sensitive skin? If so, consider trying out an alcohol-free toner. This one from Merlot is my favorite! It smells great and it’s extremely gentle. Saturate a cotton pad and apply to your face after cleansing.
Do you have fine hair that tends to get frizzy when the weather warms up? If so, you’ll love this shea spray. It’s extremely light so it won’t weigh your hair down. Spray onto clean, wet hair, and blow-dry to eliminate frizz, or spray onto dry hair for a quick fix and extra shine.
Over 70 percent of women are affected by cellulite, mainly on the upper legs, butt and stomach. It can also sneak on to the arms and torso too. If you have it, but hate it, this anti-cellulite cream will really help!
It may not seem like it, but Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Instead of waiting last minute to purchase a not so awesome gift, order her something online that even you wouldn’t mind owning. Yep, that means skipping the flowers.
Below are 10 awesome gifts under $50 that your Mother Dearest will love.
It’s officially graduation season! For all you almost grads, congratulations, it’s a big accomplishment. But what are you going to wear? If you’re about to graduate from college, your big day is literally right around the corner. If you’re about to graduate from high school, you still have a solid month and half to think about it.
Traditionally, graduation dresses are short, casual and light in color. That way it won’t be exposed under your cap and gown. Below are our top picks for your special day.
Broke & Chic teamed up with Bella Bag founder Cassandra Connors, to teach you how to authenticate a designer bag. Bella Bag is an online shop where you can buy, sell and trade pre-loved designer bags. Yes, even a broke fashionista such as yourself can rock the same bag as Victoria Beckham!
If you’re going to spend even a penny on a designer bag, make sure you’re not being taken advantage of. Back in the day (as in only a few years ago) it was easy to tell if a designer bag was fake, but now it’s getting harder and harder to tell if your piece is the real deal. Taking from her 13-Point Authenticity Inspection, Cassandra Connors provides some helpful tips on what to look for when authenticating a bag.
Counting stitches. While tedious and somewhat frustrating, counting stitches can really be a deal breaker when it comes to authenticating a bag. Keep in mind that the real deals often have a much more complex stitching design than most knock-offs.
Examine interior and exterior logo stamp. While knock-off logos might look like the real deal at a glance, a thorough examination is necessary to find the minor detail differences between the real logo and the knock-off logo.
Trace serial numbers. Serial numbers almost always seal the deal in authenticating a bag. The serial number assigns a specific number to one designer piece that involves the history of the bag. A knock-off serial number will not show up in a designer database as it was most likely made up.
Test hardware magnetism. This has a lot to do with the materials that are generally used with a specific brand. When the material used of the real deal is known, it’s easy to compare the differences.
Inspect zipper heads. Each brand uses a different zipper brand, and almost always uses the industrial ones. Also, zipper head designs are almost always altered, and because the zipper is such a small details, it can sometimes be hard to catch.
I’m also a proud owner of a pre-loved designer bag. A navy blue Marc Jacobs Stam bag has a permanent home on my shelf. Although still pricey, it was worth every penny. It has saved me at quite a few New York Fashion Week events.
Do you own a designer bag? As a broke fashionista, was it worth every penny? Or, is your credit score still suffering? Let us know in the comments below!
Exfoliating is extremely important when it comes to maintaining skin that’s healthy, clear, smooth, and glowing. The right exfoliator will rid you of dulling debris such as dry skin, and will help your skin better absorb moisture from lotions. You do have to be careful though; over doing it with an exfoliator can really irritate the skin.
In order to exfoliate right, do it about once a week or prior to applying a thick body butter or sunless tanner. If you suffer from extremely dry skin and feel the best if you exfoliate daily, just be sure you’re using an exfoliant that’s not too harsh.
Below you’ll find our favorite budget-friendly exfoliants that’ll make your skin happy for the up-coming season:
1. MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub
This vegan friendly exfoliator would make the perfect addition to your skincare regime — it’s extremely gentle and effective. Use it once a week to wash away the dry skin on your face and to soften the skin’s surface.
This exfoliator is a bit harsh on the face, but it’s perfect for the body! After shaving or prior to using body wash, apply this fragrant scrub in a circular motion to your legs, feet, arms, and chest area. Your skin will feel extremely smooth afterward!
Get the best bang for your buck with this exfoliator from Queen Helene! This gentle exfoliator unclogs pores, removes dead cells from the surface, and replenishes lost moisture with honey. Apply it once weekly or every other day.
Due to the honey, this exfoliant is perfect for dry hands as well! Simply wash your hands with this scrub whenever your hands start to feel dry or itchy.
Are you currently obsessed with the sporty-chic trend? We are! It’s our Spring favorite since it can be worn so many ways: wear a mesh tank with a faux-leather skater skirt, add a pair of heels to your favorite jogger pants, or even wear a high-pony paired with a headband.
Even ShoeDazzle is taking advantage of the sporty-chic trend that’s taking over the streets of Manhattan. Their most recent Lookbook is titled Homerun, and it features Angelina Nawojczyk of Hollywood Management. This lookbook showcases sporty-chic styling with a focus on bold colorblocking, minimalism and fluid tailoring.
Which pair of shoes are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!