A 15-minute Home Workout That Truly Kicks Butt

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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:

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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!

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Give Your Wardrobe Some UES Flair with the Redesigned Metaphor Line from Sears

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Shop Our November 2014 Wish List — Great Buys under $60!

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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!

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Get Vanessa’s Hair — A No-Commitment Way to Go Red

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cons

– 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.

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Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup comes in array of colors. So don’t want red? Try pink or purple instead!

*Backed by BrandBacker.

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5 Minutes with Sharee Samuels — the Blogger Behind Funeral for my Fat

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I’ve admired Sharee Samuels for almost two full years. I found her by accident while looking for fitness blogs on Tumblr and she instantly became my main motivator for eating right and exercising. Sharee’s blog is called Funeral for my Fat and her motto is “I wear black when I work out, It’s a FUNERAL FOR MY FAT!”

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Over the course of five years, Sharee has lost over 118 pounds by changing her eating habits and sweating it up. Her highest weight was 256 and she has kept it off by maintaining her vegan diet and doing an array of different exercises including Zumba and Insanity. According to Sharee:

Losing weight is a science, not magic. You have to eat right and work hard to see results.

Since her inspiring weight loss, Sharee has gotten a tummy tuck (to get rid of excess skin) and has been a People Magazine cover girl. Pretty impressive!

Here’s the main reason why I love Sharee — she lost the weight and got fit on a budget. She didn’t have a fancy personal trainer working with her, and even though the vegan lifestyle is known for being pricey, Sharee found a way to do it on the cheap. sharee samuels weight loss

Did I mention she’s the sweetest girl ever?! Be sure to read my five minute interview with Sharee to see for yourself. Below we discuss fitness, fashion and beauty!

What are the three things you can’t leave the house without?

1. My cell phone. With all my social media accounts, I feel really lost without my phone!

2. An extra hair tie since I often get annoyed with my long hair.

3. Snacks! My husband can tell you how I can turn from a ray-of-sunshine to a rain cloud in 2.5 seconds when hunger strikes. So I always make sure to pack some apple slices or a cliff bar when I’m on the go.

What are a few of your favorite workout gear brands?

I love Old Navy and Under Armor!

Have you noticed a dramatic difference between budget workout clothes and the more high-end gear such as Lululemon?

No. To me what matters more is the style, cut, and waist band size. I have a pair of $15 Old Navy crop leggings that I’ve had for over three years that I love! I find they work just as well as my more expensive Under Armor leggings.

Shoes are what is most important to pay extra for — your feet are important!

What do you do if you only have 20 minutes to workout?

Workouts are ingrained in my schedule, but that doesn’t mean I always want to do one…but very rarely do I have the excuse “I don’t have enough time.” But if I was in a crunch for time and didn’t feel like taking a rest day, I would do some sprints with push-ups.

I would sprint for 30 seconds, drop down and do 5-10 push-ups, and repeat. Sprints are a great way to get your heart pumping quickly!

What’s your beauty secret weapon?

I love the tanning products from Jergens since they provide a great streak-free tan. I always feel my best when I have a nice glow!

You have amazing hair! What products do you use?

I don’t use anything super fancy. I use the volume enhancing shampoo and conditioner from TRESemmé as well as their volume mousse. I keep it simple and I think that’s how my hair stays healthy.

What fashion trends are you obsessed with at the moment?

Skinny trousers, blazers, peplum shirts, and pencil skirts. I love the smart office look!

What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?

I like IG accounts that post before and after photos. Train to Amaze is a great account! I also like Bender Fitness. Melissa Bender posts amazing workouts and she’s very inspiring.

Has your weight-loss journey helped you in other aspects of your life such as your career?

My career is just beginning! I am entering the final year of my masters program which consists of a year-long school psychology internship position. Weight-loss did not aid me in the school psych field, but it did help me find a second passion — teaching fitness classes!

I would love to own a gym to help other people transform their lives and I believe my psych background will come in handy with that. Once my masters is complete, I can figure out my plans.

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Who are your favorite fitness bloggers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Love Saving Money? Then You’ll Love This New Website!

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As a broke fashionista living in New York City, I jump for joy whenever I can save a buck or two. It all adds up! But being a bargain hunter does have its downfalls.

For one, I might have to go to multiple stores before I’m able to find what I’m looking for at an affordable price. Who has the time for that? In this day and age, not many. That’s why when I was introduced to Trendslove, I jumped for joy!

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Trendslove helps you shop and save on the latest fashion, beauty and home decor trends. Everyday, Trendslove curators scan new arrivals and feature a selection of products from popular brands following the latest trends. Trendslove features the best from over a hundred brands like Nasty gal, ASOS, Heels.com, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Anthropologie, Sephora, etc…

Each added product is defined by a set of hashtags which help you navigate the site easily, for example #dress will show you all the latest dresses added, #boho or #fall will let you shop by style. You can also search for brand hashtags (#asos, #sephora) to see all products from a specific brand.

In addition to the curation of products, Trendslove also offers cash back savings and/or dsicounts on all of its brands. For instance, you will earn 10% cash-back on any product purchased from Sephora. The savings become noticeably significant when looking at higher value items like Steve Madden boots or products from Nordstrom.

Finally, the cash-back savings are always combined with on-going coupons, codes or sales from each brand’s website.

How to Use Trendslove

To get the Trendslove savings, all you have to do is click through on a product, bringing you to the brand’s website, and make your purchases! Then 24 to 48 hours later, you will receive an email notifying you that you have cash-back pending in your Trendslove account. 60 days later, the cash-back becomes available for you to claim via Paypal.

You don’t get your cash-back right away to prevent getting numerous checks of small amounts. A lump sum is always better if you’re a frequent online shopper!

So sign-up for Trendslove and follow the trends on social media via Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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How do you save money? Let us know in the comments below!

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Meet Selfie, the App That’s Re-inventing the Selfie (and How to Use It)

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Us Millennial’s are quite the interesting bunch. We’re all in debt (thanks college!), we’re less likely to get married in our twenties, and we’re totally okay with taking pictures of our food for Instagram. But here’s the biggest thing that makes us interesting — we created the selfie.

The first time I saw someone take a selfie was during my freshman year of college in 2007. My boyfriend’s little sister came over and I caught her in the other room taking a picture of herself with a flip phone. I thought it was extremely odd.

Fast-forward seven years, and everyone’s doing it. Some taking multiple selfies a day. And we’re totally okay with it!  Myself included. But here’s the problem with selfies, they’re usually too over-the-top and fake. But Selfie, a newly launched app wants to change that.

With Selfie, it’s less about the angles and filters and more about letting your personality shine through. Selfie is the app where you can talk face-to-face, publicly and privately through 24-second-or-less videos.

Since this app is all about the moving image, it has to be used differently than what you’re used to. Below are a few tips on how to use this awesome new app. Enjoy!

1. Be Yourself

Though you can re-take selfies, usually the first one has your genuine and natural thoughts and emotions; don’t think about it too much and just say what’s on your mind.

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2. There’s No Need for Makeup

Selfie isn’t about filters or looking polished all the time — many people selfie from their beds first thing in the morning or in the evening sans makeup.

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3. Ask Questions

Since Selfie is about the conversations just as much as the individual, don’t let your feed be a one-way street. Be curious and engaging by asking questions! Get to know people behind their image. Consider asking your followers what their favorite restaurant is, or where they wish they could vacation.

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4. Show your Environment

The background of a selfie can speak volumes to your life. People on Selfie get to know what other people’s apartments/offices/neighborhoods look like. Natural lighting helps too!

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If you want to learn more about Selfie, check out this article.

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15 Lovely Fall Dresses — All under $50

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Fall is my all time favorite season: the weather is beautiful, good conversations are constantly happening over hot drinks, and people start dressing in the most adorable and stylish outfits. This F. Scott Fitzgerald quote defines fall perfectly:

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

You can’t help but smile when you’re holding a hot apple cider while wearing black tights with your favorite dress. Am I right? If you’re in the mood to throw on a pair of black tights on this blustery day, then you need to check out these 15 lovely fall dresses — all under $50!

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Which dress was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Broke Girl’s Guide to Getting in Shape

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We unfortunately live in a world where $150 gym memberships, designer workout gear, and $30 yoga classes are the norm. But don’t let those big price-tags scare you away from healthy living.

Learn how to get in shape and change your life for the better sans bankruptcy with our budget friendly fitness guide.

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1. Start Running

Whether you live in a big city or a small town, running is free. If that doesn’t inspire you to run, consider signing yourself up for a 5k. For even more motivation, get a few friends to sign-up as well. The Color Run is always a great choice for new runners — it’s fun and their training program is excellent (and free)!

2. Workout at Home

Join a virtual gym or find a fitness guru who offers free classes via Youtube. Crunch Gym recently launched Crunch Live, which is an affordable alternative to a pricey gym membership. For just $9.99 per month, you’ll get access to great fitness classes from your computer. Classes include Yoga Body Sculpt, Stiletto Strength, Barre Assets, Pilates, and Kickboxing.

If free is what you’re looking for, we highly recommend Cassey Ho on Youtube. Her videos are great for those looking to tone-up and get the heart rate up in as little as 15 minutes a day.

3. Download an App

Can’t afford a nutritionist? Download MyFitnessPal. Want to track your runs? Download RunKeeper. Want to track your daily activity? Download Human. Want to not get bored on the treadmill? Download Spring. All of these fitness apps are free!

4. Buy Resistance Bands

Having a wide selection of weights in your home is unrealistic. They take up a lot of room and they aren’t cheap. Instead, get a variety of resistance bands. They take up little to no space, they’re affordable, and they’re a great way to tone-up at home.

5. Take Pictures

Take pictures of everything you consume for a few days. Those photos will tell you if you’re a healthy eater or not. Sometimes we think we eat well, but in reality, you might eat more junk than you realize.

So there’s the proof. You do not need to be a member of the Rich and Famous Club to stay healthy and fit.

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6 Radder-Than-Rad Fall Nail Color Trends

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Fall is finally here! Now’s the time to indulge in pumpkin spice everything, darker hair, burgundy lips, and stunning new nail hues. Don’t know what will be trending in the land of nail polish this season? Don’t worry. We teamed up with Hin Li Chan, a PRIV agent based in New York City.

PRIV is the must-have app for city dwellers — you can book manis, pedis, blowouts, haircuts, and even a personal trainer with this app. Within an hour, someone will be at your home or office to give you the ultimate service. It’s affordable and the tip is included in the price. It’s a must-try if you consider NYC or LA your home. Craving a last-minute mani at work? PRIV it! Need a blowout before lunch? PRIV it!

Below, Hin Li Chan shared with us the hottest nail polish trends for Fall 2014.

Enjoy!

1. Olive Green

This deep olive color is super beautiful! If you have been wearing a lot of bright colors, this will be a nice change.

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Mysterious by Chanel: $27.00

2. Cornflower Blue

Magic by Chanel is a rich dark blue color, which is very beautiful for fall and winter. This color is actually a fall/winter 2014 limited edition color, so enjoy it while you can.

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Magic by Chanel: $27.00 

3. Taupe

Taupe is the perfect summer to fall transition. It’s dark, but not too dark.

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Particuliere by Chanel: $27.00

4. Blue-Toned Red

Red is always a trendy fall color since it’s classic and timeless. This rich red is just the right color, and it looks great on every skin tone!

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Lotus Rouge by Chanel: $27.00

5. Nude

You see nude everywhere: from red carpets, to Fashion Week, to photo shoots. The one below has a little bit of shimmer, so your nails will look great in the sun!

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Emprise by Chanel: $27.00

6. Purple-Toned Grey

You can never go wrong with grey during the fall season. This purple-ly grey color is a great fit for fall and it’ll pair well with everything.

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Kelly by Zoya: $9.00

What nail polish color will you be wearing the fall? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 Badass Things Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

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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.

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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.

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3. Slip-On Sneakers

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

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$75.00

7. Mesh

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

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$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.

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$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.

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$40.00

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

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