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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11 Affordable Cosmetic Bags That’ll Make Your Life WAY Easier

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Are you a makeup junkie? If you are, your bathroom is likely covered in cosmetics. Some you use daily, some you use often, and some you use so rarely you don’t know why you haven’t chucked the lot.

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No matter your makeup habits, organization is key. I keep my daily favorites in a cosmetic bag that rarely leaves the bathroom, a smaller cosmetic bag for my gym bag that contains the basics: BB cream, eyeliner, lip gloss, mascara and highlighter, and a large case for all the cosmetics that don’t get used often. My morning routine is so much less stressful now.

If you’d like to organize your makeup collection, consider purchasing a cosmetic bag or two! Below are 11 cosmetic bags/cases that are cute, stylish and practical for your obsessive makeup habit:

 

What’s your favorite cosmetic bag? Let us know in the comments below!

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Runway Beauty Trends: 5 Things to Try This Spring

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Bored with your current beauty routine? Now that Spring is finally here, it’s time to update your look. Below are our five favorite looks from New York Fashion Week that you just HAVE to try this season!

Purple Eyeliner

Take advantage of The Color of the Year while you can by trading in your classic black for a pretty purple!

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 Backstage: Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan

Grecian Goddess Eyes

Love wearing gold eyeshadow during the Spring and Summer? Change it up this year by adding some glitter!

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Backstage: Lela Rose

Ultra High Ponytail

Add some swing to your step by adding an ultra high ponytail. For a sporty look, add a thick headband.

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Backstage: Meskita

Big Hair

Forget about spending an hour flat ironing your locks. Simply add some sea salt spray after applying a serum to your wet hair. Then blow dry as usual or let it air dry.

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Messy Up-do

Who says an up-do has to be done by a skilled professional? Embrace the imperfections and do it yourself! This look works well for a fancy night out, or a casual night in.

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Backstage: Lela Rose

What runway beauty trend would you like to try this season? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Totally Awesome Prom Trends You Need to Know about

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It’s that time of year again! Teens everywhere are on the hunt for the perfect dress that will turn heads for their high school prom.

To keep you ahead of the game, we teamed up with David’s Bridal to bring you the latest trends when it comes to prom gowns.

Whether your dream dress is simple and sophisticated, or fit for a princess, all the gowns below will bring every girl closer to that prom queen crown!

1. Just Bead It

From exaggerated stones and beadwork to oversized crystals and mirrored glass, this top trend is incorporated into almost every dress this prom season!

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$309.00

2. High-Low Hemline

Stuck between long or short? Teens can have the best of both worlds with the popular hemline, featuring tiered cascades and sheer overlays.

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$129.00

3. The Soft Side

It’s all about soft chiffon and matte jersey fabrics, allowing every prom girl to feel like royalty and dance comfortably all night long.

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$99.50

4. Fit-and-Flare Frenzy

Flattering and glamorous, this dramatic mermaid-like silhouette is taking over this prom season!

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$129.50

What’s your favorite prom trend this season? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Things We’re Coveting from Bow & Drape

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Bow & Drape is a young, US manufactured fashion brand that allows you to customize your items. You can change the neckline or color of a dress, add appliqués, or an inside joke to a sweatshirt or even your name to the back of a bikini. Pretty rad, huh?!

Their “design studio” even lets you see what your garment will look like before you commit to purchasing.

Everything has a preppy meets vintage feel that has a minimalist touch. Zooey Deschanel + Jackie O = Bow & Drape!

Below are five things from Bow & Drape we customized that we want in our closets. Right. Now.

Billie Sweatshirt

Perfect for a casual Saturday, these sweatshirts can say whatever you want them too. Here’s a few ideas:

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$78.00

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$78.00

Serena Mixed Media Dress

This is our variation of the Serena mixed media dress. Wear it to the office or a casual spring wedding! You can even make it sleeveless and shorter for summer events.

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$398

Basic Tee

How cute is this? We chose two flower appliqués but there’s over a dozen different options: flamingos, lady bugs, swans, lipstick… Your tee can also be black, grey or white. We’re fancy so we went with stripes!

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$38.00

The Perfect Clutch

Ours says Broke. What would yours say?

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$68.00

Resort Hepburn A-line Skirt

Below are two variations we made, one more casual than the other. Which one do you like better?

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$98.00

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Which creation of ours is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Craigslist Post & Garage Sale

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‘Tis the season for spring cleaning and garage sales! It’s time to part with what’s getting in the way (i.e. your unused snowboard or record collection) so you can buy what you really want (i.e. a pair of Warby Parker’s or a Marc Jacobs bag).

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Here’s how to get the most out of your Craigslist post and your weekend garage sale:

1. Write a clear headline

Most people on Craigslist are looking for something specific. Write a detailed headline for what you’re offering, and don’t YELL AT YOUR AUDIENCE or use annoying characters (*#$$+@&*&*).

2. Balance creativity with clarity in your post

Write a clear, descriptive post about what you are selling. Include all item details and dimensions.

3. Use lists

When posting a garage sale, list all of the items for sale in the post. Lists are also good for including details about one particular item for sale.

4. Include images

Use your own pictures instead of linking to similar items on websites. People prefer seeing photos of the exact item for sale.

5. Price your item(s) right

Do a bit of research to see what the market rate is for each item you are selling, and be open to negotiation and bartering.

6. Have your garage sale outdoors with family & friends

Don’t invite strangers over when you’re alone, or invite anyone into your home. Keep your doors locked as you will likely be distracted during the sale.

7. Accept cash only

Don’t use a cash box; keep the cash on you.

8. Be open to meeting new friends.

We have heard countless stories about people meeting friends and significant others while buying/selling items via craigslist. Be friendly!

*It’s very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. Read all of the Craigslist safety tips and familiarize yourself with common online scams.

Happy selling!

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6 Ways to Get Healthy and Sexy for Summer

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Swimsuit season is right around the corner! Even though we’re sure you look perfect now, re-evaluating your current diet and making small changes won’t hurt you. Especially if you want to lose a few pounds, tone-up, or clear up your skin before your first beach outing.

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Below are a few things you should start doing now to ensure a you look  your best this Summer!

1. Commit to a Skincare Regime

Not 100% happy with your skin a the moment? Now’s a good time to commit to a skincare regime. Start each day with a light cleanser, a hydrating toner, and a moisturizer that contains at least SPF 15.  At night, consider adding a serum and a night cream that’s meant for your skin type.

If you’re suffering from acne or eczema, now’s a good time to make a dermatologist appointment.

2. Lose the Sugar

Sugar is literally the devil. It’s terrible for you! Stop drinking soda, avoid adding sugar to your coffee, and cut back on the candy. Whenever you start craving something sweet or unhealthy, have a piece of fruit or drink a cup of tea. We love the Extra Strength Slim Me tea from Zhena’s!

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This green tea is formulated with ingredients to help aid your weight loss.

- African Mango Seed and Green Coffee Extract provide energy for your workout, while simultaneously jump starting your metabolism.

- Senna Extract, Dandelion, Juniper, Burdock and Milk Thistle can help cleanse your system and reduce excess water weight.

- Garcinia and Raspberry Ketones are natural fat-burning and appetite suppressing ingredients that can give your diet that extra push.

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I love drinking the Cranberry Ginger right after breakfast and the Raspberry Mint right before a workout or as a dessert replacement.

3. Workout and Eat Right

If you want to lose weight or get fit, there’s no shortcut. You need to be honest with yourself about what you’re eating and start working out.

Do some kind of cardio three times a week for 30 minutes, lift weights, and eat clean. If you don’t know where to start, follow these six accounts on Instagram for inspiration:

4. Get into Yoga

Yoga has the ability to change your life if you give the right kind a chance. It can relieve stress, give you muscle definition, and make you lean. Try Vinyasa or Hot yoga at your local studio or gym!

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5. Drink Enough Water

Constantly being dehydrated could be the root of all your problems: dry skin, fine lines, bloating, headaches, weight gain, fatigue…

Drink two liters of H2o a day and you’ll be glowing by the time June hits!

6. Be Consistent

Eating right, drinking tea, working out, and drinking water won’t solve all your problems and transform your body over night. You must be consistent!

If you follow these six tips for the next three months you’ll not only get healthier, you’ll gain confidence too!

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5 Juice Recipes from Celebrity Nutritionist and Chef, Melissa Petitto

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Back in January, JCPenney introduced us to celebrity nutritionist and chef, Melissa Petitto at their New Year, New You event hosted by Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars.

Melissa was onsite creating delicious and healthy juices and smoothies using budget friendly juicers and blenders including Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer and the Magic Bullet Blender.

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Fresh juice has grown in popularity over the past two years, and it can easily turn into an expensive habit if you’re not doing it yourself. Below are Melissa’s favorite juice recipes that taste just as good as the bottles you can find at your grocery store:

Xersion Sweet Green Boost

The combination of ingredients in this juice is so packed with benefits, it’s hard to name just one. Blood sugar control, anti-inflammatory, digestion aid, vitamins and fiber all make this juice a wonderful way to rid the body of toxins and replenish it with amazing vitamins.

Ingredients:

  • 2 white swiss chard stalks with stem and leaves
  • 2 kale stalks with steam and leaves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 Fuji apple, cored

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Antioxidant Supreme Bullet Blast

The combination of the antioxidants in this juice help boost the potent phytochemicals that help fight the aging process. The recipe can be made in a blender or a juicer.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup blueberries, washed
  • 1 cup strawberries, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 cup mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of filtered water

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JCP Post-Workout Juice

This juice helps keep you hydrated, while providing essential nutrients to support exercise, muscle development, and helps reduce inflammation and oxidation.

Ingredients: 

  • 4 ounces red cabbage
  • 1/4 fennel bulb
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 small Fuji apple, cored
  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 2 ounces watermelon meat

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Karina’s Double D

Karina Smirnoff even got in on the fun and collaborated with Melissa to create Karina’s Double D, a refreshing mixture of carrots, ginger, fennel, apple, and mint.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 medium beet
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium apple, cored
  • 1/2 English Cucumber
  • 1/2 Fennel bulb
  • 1 handful of mint
  • 2 celery stalks

 City Streets Refreshing Juice

This detoxifying juice helps fire up digestive juices, improves the absorption of essential nutrients and rids the body of unwanted toxins.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 medium beet
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1 medium apple,cored

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Want to try one of these recipes? Definitely consider purchasing a juicer. Melissa recommends the Jack LaLanne Power JuiceJuice Bullet and the Bella High Power Juice Extractor. Each juicer costing less money than a 3-day cleanse from Blueprint.

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Pastel Power: Sweeten up with These Candy Hued Accessories

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Love pastels? Now that spring is about to roll in, it’s time to start rockin’ candy hued everything!

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A great way to indulge in the pastel trend this March and April is to wear accessories. Buying a few pieces of jewelry is way more budget friendly than buying a new wardrobe.

Pair a pastel statement necklace with your favorite chambray blouse to dress up a casual outfit, wear blush pink shades to prevent sunny day squinting, or wear lavender earrings on your next date! You really can’t go wrong since these pale colors look good on all skin tones. So what are you waiting for?

Below are 14 pastel accessories that remind us of cotton candy and strawberry ice cream.

Will you be wearing any pastel accessories this Spring? Let us know in the comments below!

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