What It’s Really like to Be a Model in New York City

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Earlier this year, we got together with talented fashion photographer Marcus Cooper for a shoot with Jeanne de Kroon, a model from Holland who lived in New York City, but has recently moved back to Europe. Below is Jeanne modeling for French Magazine, Sciences Occultes.

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Jeanne was discovered by accident while performing as a street musician in Paris — that’s when her life changed in a New York minute. In a matter of weeks, she was whisked away to Manhattan to live in a model house on the Upper West Side.

Many amazing opportunities came her way: she walked during Fashion Week, was in the March issue of Nylon, and worked with big names such as DKNY and Cake Mag.

Read our interview with Jeanne below where she shares what she REALLY thinks of the modeling industry in the United States.

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How did you get into modeling?

Jeanne: I was in France during the summer of 2012 with a good friend of mine; we wanted to cross off being street musicians in Paris from our bucket list.

While performing, a random French lady stopped and stared at me and started texting. After about 5 minuets, the whole camera crew from TV2 France was standing in front of me asking if I had always dreamed of being a model.

Then I thought, I might as well try it. Modeling wasn’t on my bucket list, but it always intrigued me that you could earn money by doing a semi duck-face.

Once I got back home, I looked up a few Dutch agencies and did one test shoot in Holland. A few days later, they flew me to New York City.

Have you always been interested in fashion?

I love the idea of fashion as a way to express yourself and explore your creativity. I actually made my  graduation dress out of an old Ikea curtain — not because I couldn’t go to the store and buy one, but because I really love creating stuff.

Whether it’s creating music, art, literature or conversation, I love it. But now that I’m actually part of the fashion industry, I really don’t care for it too much. It’s a bullshit world driven by money — every trend on the catwalk is capitalized to death before you see it.

It’s not like the head designer of Kenzo randomly woke up with a vision of a cool tiger sweater. Hours and hours of work by trend watchers are behind it. These watchers only have one purpose, to ask “what is the next market gap and how can we play on it to earn money.” So forget the real fashion world. I made two rules for myself when it comes to fashion:

1. Make it yourself

2. Don’t over spend. Go to thrift shops, or eBay that shit.

What are your favorite budget friendly places to shop in the United States?

I loved the super run down thrift shops in Queens and Brooklyn.

Do you think living in NYC has changed you at all?

Yes, most definitely.

Try working for an agency that sells you big bullshit with a lovely smile and wants you to work without a proper visa (they can since most models are either too eager to work as a model or just a bit stupid).

Try going on crash diets before fashion week, because you have “chubby cheeks” although you still fit a size 2.  Try going to fashion shoots for magazines — while you’re having a nice bagel and making idle chit-chat with the hair stylist, they’ll look you in the eyes and say: “honey, you’re not here to talk or eat carbs, so please do neither.”

I can go on and on about fucked up things in the model world…

So yes, New York probably took the last naive bone out of me. New York model life is not for me. Maybe if I were a bit more insecure, I would have lasted longer.

When you’re in a hurry, what’s one thing you can’t leave your house without?

My cigarettes and rosebud lip balm.

What’s your least favorite trend at the moment?

Trying too hard.

Besides modeling, what else could you see yourself doing in the future?

No clue yet. After I fled New York, I went back to Paris where I had my own apartment. Now I’m preparing for my double bachelor from Berlin University in Germany: law and philosophy.

Who knows what will happen after that? Maybe i’ll become a street musician, a bartender, a lawyer or maybe i’ll just change the world.

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Even though there were some downs, Jeanne is honored she was able to experience it. She met a lot of awesome people and learned a lot of valuable life lessons!

“It ended up being an interesting color on my personality palette.”

What’s your opinion of modeling now that you’ve read this article? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Photography by Marcus Cooper
  • Makeup by Kyle Harder
  • Styling by Broke & Chic

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Lights, Camera, Broke Fashion: Get That ‘High’ Fashion Look Without The Expense

Posted 7 months ago by

Typically, my favorite part of a magazine involves the last few pages, when there’s a beautiful editorial spread. All the models have their hair and makeup done in a unique way, and outfits are almost always stunning.

But once we look in the corner to find out where the clothes are from — and see the price — we quickly get depressed and shut the magazine.

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In the past, I would go to these pages to get inspiration before a shopping trip, being well aware I could never afford what the models were actually wearing. Well, we at Broke & Chic teamed up with fashion photographer Marcus Cooper, makeup artist Kyle Harder and Redlight PR to show you that you don’t have to wear head-to-toe designer to look like a million bucks.

Just watch our NYC-based model, Ulla in action!

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What was your favorite look? Let us know in the comments below!

*All styling by Amanda Raye of Broke & Chic

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Fall Fashion: Uptown Vs. Downtown

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No matter your style preference, show the street who’s boss!

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Are you the classy uptown girl who hates to swear, takes her coffee with milk and sugar, won’t leave the house without a 6 inch pair of heels and only dates gentlemen?

Or…

Are you that badass downtown girl who takes her coffee black, won’t leave the house without a tube of red lipstick and loves to date rockstars?

Uptown Lookbook:

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  •  Darling Dress: $68.99 on ModCloth
  • Paris Hilton Pumps: $95 on Heels.com
  • Suitcase: Vintage

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  • Darling Dress: $91
  • Bag: Vintage

If your style is more uptown, add some vintage flair; soft floral prints, pearls and maybe even a vintage bag! Darling is the perfect company to rely on for this classy look.

Downtown Lookbook:

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  • Kim Top: $209 via Robb & Hugo
  • Skinny Jeans: $165 via Robb & Hugo

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  • White Tank: $175 via Robb & Hugo
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  • Kim Top: $209 via Robb & Hugo
  • Skinny Jeans: $165 via Robb & Hugo
  • Shoes: $99 via 80%20 
  • Hat: $5 via Forever 21

If you’ve decided you’re more of a downtown girl, don’t forget your unique pieces that everyone will envy such as rockin’ wedges or an asymmetrical top. Robb & Hugo is the perfect designer to rely on due to the one-of-a-kind pieces they offer, which are not only stylish but comfortable as well.

Either way, be fierce! Show the street who’s boss. Remember, simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. Are you more of an uptown or downtown girl? Let us know in the comments below!

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Coffee Runs: Not Just For Sweatpants Anymore

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Broke & Chic recently teamed up with Marcus Cooper and Shelby Beamon, two talented NYC based photographers, to prove that the best time to test the waters with fashion is when you’re running errands.

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Most people aren’t overly adventurous with their personal style, but we all wish we could mimic the awesome styles and fashions we see in our favorite magazines and street style blogs.

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So seriously, why don’t we just suck it up, and build the fashion confidence Lady Gaga has? You probably have many reasons: what will your boss say? What if your friends hate it? What if you scare guys away?

Obviously you shouldn’t be too daring with your style at work, and maybe you shouldn’t even wear a bold outfit all day. So when can you experiment? We here at Broke & Chic have the perfect plan for you.

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Test out those dream outfits you’ve always been too scared to try when you’re walking to your local coffee shop in the morning, when you’re spending your Sunday afternoon at the laundromat, and if you’re still not brave enough, in the comfort of your own home when you’re scrolling through Facebook or Tumblr.

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That’s right, wear your short sequined shorts, spiked Lita’s, orange lipstick and grandma’s vintage fur coat the next time you have a load of dirty laundry to deal with. Once you get back home, you can switch back to your usual look…but only if you want to.

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Note: Bold and daring makeup is another thing to have fun with the next time you run down the street to grab your latte.

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Are you thinking about being daring on your next errand? Snap a photo and email it to hey@brokeandchic.com for a possible feature.

A big thanks to Redlight PR for supplying the clothes, Kensie for supplying the jewelry, Kyle Harder for makeup and of course, Gasoline Alley for the coffee! To stay Broke & Chic, everything but the leather coat was under $80.00! 

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5 Stress Relievers That Are Virtually Free

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We all experience stress. It can come with change, insecurity, a long to-do-list, or sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. Here are some helpful tips to manage and get rid of your stress, no matter where you are or how tight your budget is:

1. Relish good music and good memories. 

A study was performed at a nursing home that found that when individuals listened to music from their favorite era, (say, the 1950s), their seratonin levels increased and their symptoms of depression decreased.

I think this tells us that forcing ourselves to take a break in the day and listen to an old favorite song, looking at photos of happy memories, or talking to a long-time friend for a few minutes really makes a difference in our mood and state of mind. It doesn’t take long, and it has profound effects on your overall well-being!

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2. Try breathing exercises and meditation.

Focusing on taking full, deep, cleansing breaths is one of the most effective and quickest ways to relieve stress. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your nose, feeling the breath fill you and then exit. Watch your breath move throughout you with your mind’s eye, bringing your attention to your internal self, and feel your body relax.

Bringing your conscious attention to your breath automatically calms your mind and brings you to a state of meditation. A technique for beginner mediators is to count your breath, on the exhale, up to ten and then begin back at one.  If you lose track, simply go back to one. To learn more about mediation, please read here.

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3. Use nature to find inner peace.

Find a place to sit for at least 15 minutes where you won’t be too distracted by cars or other people. Just sit there.

By actively watching your surroundings, you will see that the trees, grass, and plants must adapt to survive. Change should be embraced with trust that it is necessary in order for something better to enter your life.

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Focus on one tree for a minute and notice how it adapted to its surroundings in order to grow. Maybe you notice that there is a fence obstructing where branches could grow, and see that the tree gracefully re-directed itself in order to survive and flourish. The tree doesn’t give up just because there are obstacles. Obstacles are just a reason to find a new path. Don’t stress about the obstacles in your life. Trust in yourself and in the Universe that a new path will appear for you to flourish in.

4. Think about the Universe, and put it in perspective.

Put your worries into perspective. Although you may have a few things on your plate that you could do without, is that “thing” that’s stressing you out so much really going to matter in 5 days, 5 years, or 50 years from now?

Maybe yes.

But honestly, nothing is so important that you sacrifice your health, your state of mind, and your interactions with others. Being in a state of stress is not only destructive to your immune system and overall health, but it doesn’t feel good, either.

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Your stressor is going to exist regardless of how you respond to it…you might as well have a positive attitude about it. It is what it is, why make things worse by your reaction to it?

Isn’t it relieving to know that you are responsible for how you react to events in life? Once you stop giving control to things outside yourself, (i.e.: the “stressful event” that occurred), you stop victimizing yourself and take back the control of your emotional response and the world is yours.

And… I like to think that a positive attitude not only makes the feeling of being overwhelmed disappear, but it makes you feel better, too.

5. Write down an action plan.

Action plans are always a go-to to alleviate stress. Jotting down a few quick bullet points immediately allows your mind to let go of that stressful thought. A list lets you focus on relaxing but still know that you have a plan to conquer the to do list, or whatever the stress is.

If all else fails, take a nap!

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How do you relieve stress? Let us know in the comments below!

All photos by Marcus Cooper.

About the Author:

Jessica Cooper is in her mid-twenties and currently resides in Boston. Her main focus  is to live a life full of meaning and happiness. Read more of her wonderful articles on The Holistic Hippy!

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15 Things To Give Up Today

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Life is already difficult, complicated, confusing and stressful. Don’t make it worse for yourself. Give up these 15 things for a happier and healthier you!

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1. Give up your need to always be right

There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong — wanting to always be right — even at the risk of ending great relationships and causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it.

Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. Give up your need for control

Be willing to give up your need to control everything that happens to you and around you — situations, events, people, etc. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will feel so much better! This applies to everyone, whether they are loved ones, co-workers, or just strangers you meet on the street.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” - Lao Tzu

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3. Give up on blame

Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your negative self-talk

 Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” - Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs

…About what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” - Elly Roselle

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6. Give up complaining

Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things; people, situations and events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy and no situation can make you sad or miserable, unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it.

Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others

Stop trying so hard to be something you’re not, in hopes that others will like you. It doesn’t work this way.

The moment you stop trying so hard, the moment you take off your mask, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you’ll find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

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9. Give up your resistance to change

Change is good. Change helps you move from A to B. Change allows you make improvements in your life, and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change — don’t resist it.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” - Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels

Stop labeling things, people and events you don’t understand as “weird” or “different.” Minds only work when open.

“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” - Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears

Fear is just an illusion. It doesn’t exist until you create it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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 12. Give up your excuses

Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them.

A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses — excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even legitimate.

13. Give up the past

I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present, and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have (and all you will ever have).

The past you are longing for — the past that you are now dreaming about — was ignored by you when it was the present. So stop deluding yourself, and be present in everything you do. After all, life is a journey, and not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment

The moment you detach yourself from all things (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them — because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another. Attachment comes from a place of fear, while love is pure, kind and self-less. They can’t coexist) you’ll become so peaceful, tolerant, kind and so serene, that you’ll arrive at a place where you understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

This is a concept that, for most of us, is difficult to grasp. It was for me too (it still is), but it’s not impossible. You get better and better at this with time and practice.

15. Give up living your life for other people

Too many people are living a life that is not their own. Instead, they live their lives according to what others (their parents, their friends, their teachers, their government, their enemies and the media) believe is best for them.

They ignore their inner voice and inner calling. They are too busy pleasing everyone else, living up to other people’s expectations, and so they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget themselves.

You have one life, this one right now, and you must live it, own it, and never let other’s opinions distract you from your path.

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I hope my tips guide you down the path to happiness.

All photos by Marcus Cooper

Meet the Author: Jessica Cooper

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I am in my mid-twenties, blogging from Boston, and focusing on living a life full of meaning and happiness.

You can find me on Holistic Hippy. My blog’s purpose is to bring the mind, body, spirit, and environmental awareness to one place. There, you will find helpful tips on how to live in a clearer mind, obtain excellent physical health, find meaning in your life, and do so with an awareness for our environment, making conscious choices.

Every single thing is interconnected, so I find that a holistic approach to finding meaning and happiness works best.

Love & light to you,

Jessica

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No White After Labor Day? Not On Our Watch!

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“Don’t wear white after Labor Day.” You’ve surely heard that before, maybe even from your own mother or favorite style icon.

But should we really put an entire color in time-out for two whole seasons? Not on our watch! Below are four fashionable items we think are okay to wear after Labor Day.

White Boots

White boots aren’t that common and since most of us live in boots during fall and winter, why not be a little daring?  These Cheap Monday booties popped out at me while I was browsing their website. They’re a bit pricy but so worth it.

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  • Cheap Monday Booties: $145.00 Shopbob

Go even cheaper with one of these selections:

A Classy White Dress

Our model Genesis wore a beautiful white Lavender Brown dress during our Fall photo shoot with Marcus Cooper a few weeks ago. It looks like she’s ready to star in Sex and the City 3! It’s just so classy and elegant.

If you’re in high school, you’d be the talk of the school for weeks if you showed up to homecoming in this number. If you’re a 9-5 fashionista, you’re sure to be an all day distraction. To make it not look too sexy, pair it with a fitted black blazer and sexy red pumps. Think Melissa of Office Style would approve?

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White Dress Pants

During a Fashion Week event yesterday I noticed someone wearing perfectly fitted white dress pants. It was after Labor Day, but she looked great. It’s nice to break the rules sometimes!

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Shop an affordable pair here:

A White Trench Coat

You really can’t wear coats in warmer weather, so does that mean you can only wear your elegant white trench for two months? Absolutely not! Pair it with a black bag and bright lipstick, and you’re bound to stand out this fall and winter.

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Don’t have one? Get one!

What do you think of the no white after Labor Day rule? Is it time to move on?

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Three Clothing Companies You Need To Know About Now

Posted 2 years ago by

Bella Dahl, 80%20 and Level 99 are three clothing companies I was introduced to earlier this summer. I have since fallen in love with all three of them, which led us to include them in our summer shoot with B&C’s amazing photographer, Marcus Cooper!

Unfortunately, these companies aren’t exactly budget friendly, but as you’d expect, the quality is amazing. Here’s why there worth a look for the fashionista on a budget: all three companies sell simple staple pieces, so these items will last for seasons to come.

Take a peek at the photos below, and if you’re smitten, you know what to do.

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  • Jeans: Level 99
  • Wedges: 80%20
  • Jewelry: Pier 1 Imports

Level 99: The colored jean trend will still be going strong for fall 2012. Instead of yellow, pink and mint jeans that took over the spring and summer, go for a darker pair. A pair of plum or emerald skinny jeans paired with a fitted chambray top from Bella Dahl, and some killer black wedges from 80%20 works perfectly.

Typically we try and avoid color when it gets cooler out, but this will be one of the first years in a long time where that rule is void. Rock the color ladies! Find these jeans at Anthropologie and Couture Candy for about $98.00.

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Bella Dahl: This company is known for their flowy tops and simple patterns. You can find Bella Dahl at your local Nordstrom and Anthropologie for ~$128 a top.

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80%20 Shoes: I’m a huge shoe fan and love anything with height. If you can’t help prancing around in heels, but have a grudge against stilettos, this company is for you. They specialize in wedges and platforms, which in my opinion are the most comfortable way to get sexy height!

Find these at Piperlime, Urban Outfitters, Solestruck, ASOS,  Heels.com  and their main website from $60-$200.

What do you think of these three companies? Let us know in the comments below!

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On Our Radar: Nectar Sunglasses

Posted 2 years ago by

This company is sassy, sexy and affordable: Nectar offers customizable sunnies at a price that won’t hurt your bank account.

Mix and match, rep your school, rock ‘em at night, wear them on the slopes, at a concert or while surfing.  Whatever your heart desires!  The best part is, they allow you to exchange for ANY reason.  Break ‘em?  No worries.  Send them back and they’ll send you a brand spankin’ new pair.

Wearing sunglasses in the summer is a must, but I personally tend to loose them like no tomorrow. I like that Nectar offers quality pairs of sunnies that are in my price range. They start at only $13 and go up to $25.

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All Photos By: Marcus Cooper

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On Our Radar: MiX – The Interchangeable Bikini

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Summer is in full swing, and with this heat wave affecting most of the country, pool and beach time can’t be avoided. That said, finding the perfect bathing suit isn’t as fun as lounging around on the beach — but MiX Bikini changes that!

With MiX Bikini you can design your bikini from start to finish. From the color all the way to the cut. Want a leopard bikini top with a gold string and a black bottom? You got it!

My favorite part: you don’t have to just get one size. Most girls aren’t the same size top and bottom. You might need a large bikini top, but a medium bottom. MiX Bikini makes it possible!

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Mix & match left & right triangle & halter-tops with classic & scrunchie bottoms & connect them with rings & strings to create thousands of bikinis. The more bikini parts you collect, the more bikinis you create. Reassemble MiX Bikini as much as you want.

Broke & Chic was given the opportunity to create two of our own MiX Bikinis. We tested them out on the beaches of Newport, Rhode Island over 4th of July weekend with Marcus Cooper as our photographer. Our models got tons of compliments on their MiX Bikinis during the shoot. What do you think?

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If you you love what you see, head on over to Mixbikini.com to design and purchase your own! The best part about it? You won’t be spending any more than $50. It could even be less, it all depends on your design.

Will you be purchasing a Mix bikini this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Office Style: Fresh Style

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Dominique is the Marketing and PR Manager for Karen Millen USA. She’s been a New York City resident for 2 years now and is originally from San Francisco, where she found her love for fashion. She spends a lot of her free time traveling, exploring NYC and occasionally dancing her butt off at downtown parties. Follow her on Twitter @missdominique.

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Her style is edgy and chic mixed with the laid back, Cali style. She tends to gear towards black and dark colors, but likes to add a little pop with an animal print or rich color.

She has an amazing aura about her, and a pretty cool job to boot.  I don’t know many people that can rock this look in general- especially to the office!

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  • ‘Jezebel’ Pump: $150 Jeffrey Campbell

 

Lucky for me, while at the Karen Millen store in Soho chatting with Dominique I found this perfect summer dress.  I’m looking forward to wearing it at an upcoming summer event.  I like the way it fits and the little lace and ruffle detail make it a perfect party dress. I also plan to pair it with a bright color blazer for the office.

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  • Karen Millen Lace Dress: $350
  • Nine West Nude Pumps: $50 via Marshall’s

 

Besides my Karen Millen shopping spree, it was a really exciting week at the office!  I helped coordinate the SocialChorus sponsorship at BlogWorld - one of the largest conferences for content creators held at the Javits Center this year.  We hosted interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry including Jay Baer, Ted Rubin, and C.C. Chapman to Google+ pro Lynette Young and Katie Richman from ESPN.

I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek into what everyone was up to, plus share news about SocialChorus. (Yay, PR!)   Overall, it was a huge success for work!  But definitely exhausting, I haven’t stopped talking for 9 hours and these stilettos are really starting to hurt.

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  • Navy Blazer on Marcus: $59.95 h&m
  • Calvin Klein Dress: $150

Here’s Marcus (my favorite photographer) and I at the SocialChorus booth.

 

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Office Style: Spring Edition

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I love to shop, but I love finding great deals even more!  I fell for my first Calvin Klein dress sometime last year.  I scored it at Marshalls for around $50, it normally retails for over $150.   I now have more then I probably should admit, but they fit me perfectly and all have unique accents.  This bright blue one is amazing, the color is so bold and the cut is very chic.  It doesn’t require much styling at all.  I just threw on a pair of nude stocking and pumps and I was ready.

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Speaking of nude stockings.  After banishing them from my wardrobe sometime in middle school, I’ve recently started wearing them again.  The spring weather came upon us so quickly and I was not ready to reveal my un-spray tanned legs to NYC.  There is not a dress out there that could ever make white pasty legs look pretty.  So taking a cue from the style icon Kate Middleton I bought a pair and surveyed a few people.  The votes are in- they didn’t even realize I was wearing hose until I pointed it out.  I’m now a believer and totally recommend adding them back into your life.

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Check out the mother/ daughter duo below.  Both professionals with amazing taste and the eye for a great deal.

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  • Calvin Klein Coat: $29.99, Marshalls in North Kingston Rhode Island
  • Flower Pin: 25 cents, Thrift Shop
  • Alfani Clutch: $3.00,  Nearly New Shop in Ruskin Florida
  • Franco Sarto Boots: $24.99, T.J. Maxx

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  • Tommy Hilfiger Trench: $49.00 Macy’s
  • Earrings: $2.99 Christmas Tree Shops
  • Bracelet: Designed and Made by Jess Cooper (model)
  • Enzo Angiolini Shoes: $24.99 Marshalls
  • Yellow Purse: $24.99 T.J. Maxx
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  •  Polka Dot Trench: $49.00 Macy’s
  • Bag: $24.99 Marshalls
  • Sunglasses: $99.00 Calvin Klein
  • Earrings: $2.99 Christmas Tree Shops
  • Bracelets:  Designed and Made by Jess Cooper (model)

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Series 4 copy 640x373 Office Style: Spring EditionMeet Teresa Cooper

By day, Teresa is a promoter of education, self determination and goal setting. She spends her leisure time in search of all things beautiful, and she will most likely end her search in a local consignment shop. Teresa wears her passion for life by discovering new and eclectic styles of clothing, shoes and accessories for both herself and loves ones.

Meet Jessica Cooper

Jessica Cooper, a Sr. Management Consultant based in Boston, spends almost as much time packing and traveling as she does in the office. Her style is fashionable and sophisticated, and she is always on the hunt for versatile pieces that travel well and need little maintenance. To add some flare to her otherwise corporate look and show off her street style, Jessica will layer on her self-made bracelets, wear bright eye shadow, and accessorize with animal prints and vibrant colors. And of course, she’s always sporting her mother’s latest thrift store find!

What do you think of Melissa, Teresa and Jessica’s sophisticated yet colorful outfits? Let us know in the comments below!

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