Top 4 Winter Shoe Trends: from Wedge Sneakers to Two-tone Oxfords

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Our good friends over at Shoegasm launched their e-commerce site last week and the orders have already started to roll in. Upon hearing this, we at Broke & Chic teamed up with Shoegasm to bring you the top 4 shoes trending this Winter.

Dive into the list below and tell us your favorites in the comments!

1. Wedge Sneakers

This one is no surprise. The wedge sneaker trend got its start last winter, and it’s still going strong. We can’t decide if we love it or hate it. What’s your take?

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$69.95 at Shoegasm

2. Floral Prints

From heels to combat boots, floral prints are a pretty trend; we hope it sticks around for a bit!

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 Go edgy with this studded pair.

3. Tribal Print Boots

These puppies have been everywhere lately…and we love it!

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 Try these boots by Irregular Choice. Too pricey? Try these.

4. Two-tone Oxfords

Two-tone oxfords will make even the simplest outfit more interesting.

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Try out this classy pair from Miz Mooz…they’re super comfortable!

What’s your favorite shoe from the list above?

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Budget Decor: Paul and Evi’s Modern Amsterdam Apartment

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Meet Paul Veugen, the founder and CEO of Usabilla, a startup located in the heart of Amsterdam, and his fashionable girlfriend, Evi van Splunder, a corporate young talent recruiter.

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Their beautiful Amsterdam apartment radiates modern minimalist Dutch design. From the unique white wood floors to their stunning kitchen with rustic wood cabinets. Every room follows an avante-garde black and white theme with dashes of color, namely from tulips, fruit, plants and lamp shades.

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Kitchens are always the most important room in a Dutch home. As a culture, we very rarely go out to eat.

-Paul

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Love the look? According to Evi, “almost everything is from Ikea.”

Many people believe modern design to be very expensive, but great design can be very affordable if you know where to look! What’s your favorite part of Paul and Evi’s home? Broke & Chic loved all the tulips!

Read More:

Broke & Chic hits up Amsterdam

Trend Alert: High Top Sneakers

Budget Decor: Katie’s Eclectic Bedroom

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Broke & Chic Hits Up Amsterdam

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Broke & Chic had the wonderful opportunity to attend The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam this past April. It was filled with amazing speakers including Alexis Ohanian of Reddit, Mark Randall of Adobe, Chad Hurley of Youtube and Brian Wong of Kiip. If given the opportunity, I highly recommend attending one of TNW’s conferences — especially if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or self proclaimed techie!

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It was personally my first time in The Netherlands and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the city, people, fashion and canals! Below are a few things I learned and observed during my stay:

  • they love to keep the windows open.
  • Tulips are everywhere!
  • The air is so fresh.
  • They hate it when people talk on the phone on the tram.
  • The food tastes amazing!
  • They are very nice to tourists. The complete opposite of us New Yorkers!
  • This isn’t a walking city, you either ride your bike or take the tram.
  • Ladies ride their bikes with ease in heels.
  • Business men will ride their bikes to work in a fancy suit.
  • All the men seem to have slicked back medium length hair.
  • I’ve seen a lot of high top sneakers.
  • They love their mint tea!
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Above: Peppermint tea became a part of my morning routine!
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Amsterdam Street Style

The fashion of this city was not what I was expecting. New York city is very diverse when it comes to fashion. On one corner you’ll can see a thirty-something woman in an all black Prada suit and mile high Louboutin heels, and a twenty-something rockin’ skin tight high-waisted black jeans, a white v-neck, hot pink hair and studded Lita’s.

In Amsterdam, on the other hand, I found everyone stuck with neutral colors. If they played with color, it was usually red or orange (for Queensday.) One thing I admired about Amsterdam was the people, everyone was friendly, and they all seemed happy and carefree — just like their fashion sense!

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 How can you not love this adorable and stylish couple?!

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What are your thoughts on Dutch fashion? Let us know in the comments below!

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Trend Alert: High-Top Sneakers

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Isabel Marant has officially started a trend with her Willow shoe. Aka, the high-top sneaker wedge! Not a fan of heels? Regular high-tops are just as trendy.

This trend has taken Europe by storm, and has just recently made its debut on the New York City streets. Get the lift you desire while sporting a casual look, or opt for the regular flat version. Either way, you’ll be stylin’. The more bright and loud the colors are, the better.

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Unfortunatly, the Isabel Marant pair start at a whopping $760. Luckily for us broke fashionistas, ASOS has saved the day. Find a pair of wedge high-tops for only $82 on their website.

Other options for a wallet friendly wedge sneaker:

Nike’s ‘Dunk Sky Hi Liberty’ Hidden Wedge Sneaker: $130

Modcloth’s Heigh and Seek Wedge: $90

ASOS DENY Wedge High Top Trainers With Suede Detail: $82

If you’re not a fan of the wedge, check out Aldo for a funky pair that won’t hurt your feet. If you want to avoid the funk factor, stick with the traditional Converse. Try a pair in white, they’ll go with everything you own…even that LBD!

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What are your thoughts on this up and coming trend? Think you could pull it off? Let us know in the comments below!

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Us Weekly’s So Called “Splurge Vs. Save” & The Right Way to Get a Deal

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A recent Splurge Vs. Save in Us Weekly left the Broke & Chic team mad and discouraged. The splurge items started at $590, and yet all the save items were expensive as well — the most expensive being a whopping $138!

I’m sorry, but spending $138 on a simple summer dress is a splurge to me, and, in this day and age, is likely for you as well.

Fashion and style don’t have to equal credit card debt. You often pay more for an item simply based on the name printed on the inside and not quality. So, despite what Us Weekly says, there are quality items out there that won’t break the bank. Broke & Chic is here to show you how to get all these items for far less than these so called steals.

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Instead of spending $134 on the Elise Pink and Black Scallop dress, just stop into your local h&m to purchase this beautiful pastel pink dress for only $49.95. That’s $84 less than Us Weekly’s so called steal!

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If you love the color blocking on Victoria Beckham’s dress,  just add a black peter pan collar like this one from Etsy for only $25!

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Both the Kenneth Jay Lane and C. Wonder bamboo bangles are beautiful. However, to get the desired look you’re going to have to buy at least five bangles. That multiplied by the $24 steal is $120! That’s way too much for something that isn’t going to be a part of your everyday wardrobe. Try either one of these bangle sets from your local Forever 21 instead. Three bracelets only cost $6.80.

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Us Weekly is right, bright bags are in this season and you should totally jump on board; just not for $78, let alone $590. Try this adorable yellow satchel from Yes Style for only $35 instead.

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The Navajo inspired skinny jeans have a fun look. Just not fun enough to spend $660 or $138. You’re better off wearing your favorite pair of white jeans and pairing them with a Navajo inspired shirt or sweater instead. That way you’re not spending too much on something you can only wear once in a while. If you just have to have a pair, try these ones from River Island for $80.

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What do you personally think of Us Weekly’s definition of a save item? Let us know in the comments below! Also, do you have any steals to share?

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