On Our Radar: LuV Designs

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I fell in love with LuV Designs early on in the summer. Their clothes are not only quality, they’re affordable too! They specialize in sexy one piece rompers, comfortable sexy jersey dresses, and a few separates like crop jackets, casual knit tops and leggings.

My favorite line they have is their 60’s collection, the oversized Mod dress is the best piece. It’s stylish, colorful and comfortable…perfect for the office and a night out on the town! Melissa Murphy of office style looks awesome in it!

Just pair this dress with pretty gold jewelry and a sexy pair of nude pumps! Would you wear this cute outfit to the office? Let us know in the comments below!

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Office Style: Midtown Chic

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PR is all about people, and I have to say – I get to hang out with some really great people at SocialChorus . Today was no exception! While working with Toyota to promote their newest addition, the Prius c, I had the opportunity to invite some of my blogger friends to drive around town in the super cute ride for a few days.

Fresh from her fab weekend in the Hampton’s

 

Amy from MidtownGirl.com stopped by the Social Chorus office to show off the car and her fab outfit, of course!  For those of you that don’t know, Amy Chandra is Editor-In-Chief of MidtownGirl.com, a NYC fashion & lifestyle blog based in Midtown Manhattan.

In 2008, Amy started Midtown Girl as a way to share her dating stories and love of fashion with a like-minded audience. Featured on ABC World News, Midtown Girl is often referred to as “Sex & The City 2.0,″ for its authentic content about life, love & fashion in NYC.

She describes her style as ‘Midtown Chic’ a fabulush combination of uptown preppy pieces with downtown edgy accessories.

I was freshly tanned myself and looking forward to celebrating the upcoming 4th of July weekend. I paired a classic navy blue and white striped blazer with a navy dress.  Later that day, when it was time for rooftop cocktails at Salon de Ning I just took off the blazer and was ready to go.

What did you think of my office outfit this week? Let us know in the comments below!

* All photography is by Marcus Cooper

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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.

 

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!

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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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Out and About: How to Take Control of Your Finances, featuring LearnVest & Marie Claire

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Just recently, Melissa Murphy of Office Style and I had the opportunity to attend “Women in Business,” the Marie Claire event showcasing Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire and Alexa Von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest, in honor of Ruth Fertel, the founder of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It was so great spending the evening celebrating the achievements of female leaders.

The event started off with Joanna Coles, telling us a funny story about a salon mishap and eventually it was turned over to Alexa von Tobel, who stole the show!

While looking for ways to better manage her own finances, Alexa saw a need for reliable financial guidance for women. And so, she launched LearnVest in 2008. Today, the personal finance and lifestyle website has helped over one million women gain control of their finances!

What an accomplishment on Alexa’s part! If you’re a lady who’s found herself not truly understanding her finances, LearnVest is for you. Don’t hesitate to check it out. Remember, Broke & Chic is here to teach you how to be fashionable and fabulous on a budget; LearnVest teaches you how to take control of that budget!

On an entrepreneurial note, if you have a dream, turn it into a reality. Women have more of a voice than they give themselves credit for. If you have an idea, don’t hesitate to act on it. Who knows…you could even be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey!

Melissa (left)

  • Dress: $30 NY & Co.
  • Nude Pumps: $69 Nine West

Amanda-Raye (right)

What we learned:

Here’s a few things Melissa and I learned at this event that blew our minds. Needless to say, we both were eager to head home and organize our finances!

1. Only 40 years ago, women weren’t allowed to have a credit card in their own name.

2. Take control of your finances. Get organized and consolidate accounts. Treat your money like your social life!

3. Think about your life based on what you take home, not your salary. You might make 60,000/yr  but in reality, you only make 42,000/yr after taxes. Treat the later as your salary.

4. Your rent should only be 30%of your monthly income.

5. 20% of your income should go to essentials. Utilities, food, gas….

6. Your credit score is the only grade that matters when you’re out of school.

7.  According to Alexa Von Tobel, everyone should have an emergency fund of nine months of living expenses.

8. Should you buy or rent? It depends. If you don’t think you can live in a home for at least 16 years…don’t buy it.

9. All women should have their own bank accounts. Don’t let a man ever control your finances. Don’t rely on someone else to support you forever. Always have your own income. You never know. The only person you can really depend on to be there for you, is yourself!

10. Want a raise? Set up a meeting with your employer a month in advance to talk about your career. Be prepared to negotiate. According to Alexa, women have a hard time with this. Go for it ladies!

11. Don’t be to aggresive in your negotiation. Educate yourself on what others in your position all over the country are making.

12. 25% of the USA consists of single moms!

13. We make 6-10 money decisions everyday!

Helpful Articles from LearnVest

9 Ways to Raise Your Credit Score Immediately 

9 Secret Ways Stores Seduce Us Into Buying

4 Things To Do if You Don’t Get the Job

Is Your Spending Normal? 

Alexa von Tobel and I after the event.

Here’s a question for you. Why do men negotiate their salary tooth and nail and women don’t? Let us know you personal thoughts in the comments below.

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Office Style: Henna, Curls and Classics

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The night before I had attended one of my favorite Mommy blogger networks, Mommys Links Glam Me event.  It was a really fun time with a great group of girls. There were women empowerment speakers, fun vendors, and swag.  At the party, I got my first henna tattoo and my hair curled. So when I got home, I put my hair in a loose bun, and secured it with a few bobby pins – a tip my regular stylist at BlowNY gave me.

The next day my hair and henna looked fab. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a professional with a curling iron;those curls lasted for days. So getting ready for work the next day was pretty easy.  I think subconsciously the ornate orange design on my hand lead me to pick that bold orange pencil skirt that I paired with a simple white button down shirt.

You can never have too many crisp dry cleaned, fitted, collared shirts.  They are a classic item that will always come in handy, and never go out of style. I recommend investing in a few.

Meet Natalie Yvonne Henry

Natalie is currently a social media moderator intern at SocialChorus. She got interested in fashion in high school and it just grew from there. Natalie blogs at fashionbystander.com, sharing the latest in fashion news with others; she hopes to expand it to showcase Caribbean fashion designers. She explains her style by saying,

“I dress how I feel. I love to look different, so I never focus on fitting into a particular genre or era of fashion. I just love to collect various pieces and make them my own. However, I love color! I prefer bright colors; the more than better!”

Her outfit today consists of a Forever 21 Chambray shirt, H&M floral print leggings,and a vintage bag and suede vest, which are both from a relative. The bow is a scrap piece of material that she had sitting around.

  • Chambray Shirt: $22.90 Forever 21
  • Floral Leggings: $14.00 H&M
  • Vintage Bag: Gift from relative.
  • Vest: Gift from relative.
  • Bow: Homemade

What do you think of Melissa and Natalie’s outfit choices in this week’s office style? Let us know in the comments below!

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Office Style: Spring Edition

Office Style: Make a Statement

Office Style: Black is Back

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Trend Alert: Nude Pumps

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Have you always dreamed of a shoe that went with everything? From your sexy red dress, to your denim cut-offs and white v-neck? No more dreaming, the nude pump is here. Secret: the patent leather variety will turn heads!

This heel goes with everything — and I mean everything. They’re sexy and will help save time in the morning. We all know finding the perfect shoe is the hardest part during our morning “dress up” routine. Take Melissa: She rocked a pair of $40 Nine West nude pumps with her Calvin Klein dress in last week’s Office Style post!

Another great thing about these shoes is that they work year-round. They aren’t season sensitive like some of those other shoe trends out there. Think about those neon flats you just bought; they’re a hot addition to your wardrobe, but probably wont fly this winter.

The past few events I’ve gone too, I couldn’t help but notice those patent leather nude pumps on everyone. It’s almost as if I never got the memo. Well, now Broke & Chic has given you the memo! Check out Necessary Clothing, Chinese Laundry, Type-Z and Jessica Simpson for a fabulous pair that won’t damage your bank account.

These are only $29.99 at Necessary Clothing

P.S.: Prom season is here. If you haven’t found the perfect heel yet, this might be the answer to your search!

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Win Emily Giffin’s New Book “Where We Belong” Before It’s Available in Stores

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Emily Giffin, author of the famed Something Borrowed and Something Blue has a new book coming out on July 24th called Where We Belong.

Thanks to a chance encounter by Office Style writer Melissa Murphy, one of our readers can add the book to their collection before anyone else!

Here’s How

It’s totally simple. Head over to Broke & Chic’s Facebook page, LIKE it and tell us in the comments why you’re excited about the book!

Want another chance to win? Click here to tweet about it.

You have until 5/5/12 to win, hurry!

Synopsis:

 

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

 

For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Good Luck!

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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.

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.

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

  • 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

  • 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
  •  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)

Meet 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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Office Style: Make a Statement

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Make A Statement

Style is always about making a statement.  For the office it’s best to keep it more subdued and make a statement with one standout piece.  I usually pair a simple outfit with an over the top necklace, statement earrings or bright lipstick.

On this day, I choose to make a statement with those leopard booties.  They are so fun and attention grabbing I try to keep everything else pretty simple.  Pencil skirts are always a great look for work, they are simply stylish and always classy.

Meet Michael Nguyen

Nguyen buys into the whole “new corporate nerd” worldview as espoused by the likes of Thom Browne, Brooks Brothers, and Pee Wee Herman. He’s big into the idea of uniforms and building your look around specific elements. His philosophy is that since we’re in a culture that is doing away with old institutions, it’s up to individuals to create appropriate looks from the pieces these institutions left behind.

About Michael

Nguyen works as a Strategist and writer at McCann Social Central. He also maintain his own blog (www.postmoderngentleman.com) and freelance writes/consults on the side.

About the Author:

Melissa Murphy connects brands with influencers as Senior Manager of Influencer Activation and Collaboration at SocialChorus. Her campaigns with Fortune 500 companies like Tropicana, Intel and Toyota are awesome – she’s the ultimate PR turned social media maven. Murphy attended The Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Marketing Communications, and was previously the Director of Communications for The Trump Grande Resort and Pop Artist Romero Britto. She loves meeting influencers (IRL), rocking a killer pair of heels, and a great party!  Follow her on twitter @MelMurphytweets

What do you think of Melissa and Michael’s office style? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Office Style: Black is Back

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Office Style is going to be a new weekly series on Broke & Chic (check out last week’s post.) Learn how to be fashionable in the office. Melissa, who spends eight hours a day at SocialChorus, will be your style coach!

Black is Back

Working at a startup has its perks. Unlimited granola bars for one, but being able to dress to meet a CMO one day and platform developers the next is super cool!  It gives me a chance to switch up my look, while still maintaining my personal style.

The easiest way to look sharp is Black. The LBD, black blazer, black bag, and black tights are all necessities. (Just don’t wear them all together!)

And remember to always have a black blazer in the office closet, because you never know when one of those casual days can get serious.

About the Author:

Melissa Murphy connects brands with influencers as Senior Manager of Influencer Activation and Collaboration at SocialChorus. Her campaigns with Fortune 500 companies like Tropicana, Intel and Toyota are awesome – she’s the ultimate PR turned social media maven. Murphy attended The Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Marketing Communications, and was previously the Director of Communications for The Trump Grande Resort and Pop Artist Romero Britto. She loves meeting influencers (IRL), rocking a killer pair of heels, and a great party!  Follow her on twitter @MelMurphytweets

Meet Hillary:

My personal style includes a lot of basics, and I have a serious weakness for ankle boots and a great jacket. I’m willing to splurge on staples that can go with everything, and am a pro at finding designer goods at consignment shops. I’m a die hard classic rock fan, so I love clothes that can give a bit of a rocker edge, and have a collection of vintage band tees I wouldn’t trade for anything. My best style tip: when in doubt, I always wear all black, you never have to worry about being under or over dressed for any occasion!

  • Double Zip Denim Jacket: $800 Rick Owens drkshdw//

About Hillary:

Hillary Frazier (also known as Waffles Girl, Hillary Bankz), is a social media moderator at SocialChorus.She is also a blogger, and has served as an editor and content creator for Fashion Indie and Joonbug, and columnist at Cliche Magazine, Styleite, and theCelebrityCafe. She has also created select pieces for the Waffles Girls, most recently in a collaboration for Vitamin Water Canada.

When she isn’t blogging or searching for funny videos on YouTube, she designs jewelry under the name Findings.NewYork, that is sold at AlwaysNeverNY (and currently is purchasable by request via email!).

What do you think of Melissa and Hillary’s great style? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Photographer:

Marcus Cooper is a Moderation and Implementation Coordinator at Social Chorus. He’s the man behind the computer, assuring social media success for some big name brands. He’s a recent graduate from University of Tampa where he studied Advertising, Marketing and Digital Production.

His true passion, though, is photography, which he began in recent years after a life changing trek across Europe. His photos display his raw and understated talent and fine tuned eye for all things beautiful in life. Aside from social media and photography, Marcus loves traversing the city and discovering all it has to offer and he’s always looking for new and interesting people to meet.

Check out his website and give him a Facebook like!

 

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Office Style: Effortless Chic

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Office Style is going to be a new weekly series on Broke & Chic. Learn how to be fashionable in the office. Melissa, who spends eight hours a day at SocialChorus, will be your style coach!

Effortless Chic

Today was a great day. I was still coming off my high from a really successful influencer event the night before.  I had tons of fun hanging with yours truly Amanda from Broke & Chic, Haute Cocktail, Little Pink Blog, Kenton Magazine, Big Girls Small Kitchen, UInterview, Amanda from B5 and Poptimal. And I can’t leave out Josh from NYCFoodie who dazzled us all with his magic tricks over cocktails at Magia.  I was out late and threw together this outfit quick.  The cape is an effortless way to make me feel put together and you can never go wrong with jeans, paired with a nice blazer and heels.

About the Author:

Melissa Murphy connects brands with influencers as Senior Manager of Influencer Activation and Collaboration at SocialChorus. Her campaigns with Fortune 500 companies like Tropicana, Intel and Toyota are awesome – she’s the ultimate PR turned social media maven. Murphy attended The Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Marketing Communications, and was previously the Director of Communications for The Trump Grande Resort and Pop Artist Romero Britto. She loves meeting influencers (IRL), rocking a killer pair of heels, and a great party!  Follow her on twitter @MelMurphytweets

 About Laura:

Laura E. Marcus is a writer and editor. She joined SocialChorus in October 2011, and helms the company’s quality control as lead copy editor. Her writing has been published in various magazines including Spin, Gotham, Trace and Impose. Although her writing centers around lifestyle and entertainment themes, most recently she worked as a due diligence investigator. Her heart beats for West Coast jazz, good food and New York City. http://www.lauraemarcus.com

What’s your favorite office outfit? Let us know in the comments!

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