Office Style: Fresh Style
Posted 2 years ago by Melissa Murphy
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.
Out and About: How to Take Control of Your Finances, featuring LearnVest & Marie Claire
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
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!
- Dress: $30 NY & Co.
- Nude Pumps: $69 Nine West
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.
Office Style: Effortless Chic
Posted 3 years ago by Melissa Murphy
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!
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
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
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