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.

The Broke & Chic Way

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!

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!

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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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Trend Alert: Hair Chalking

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Rainbow and pastel hair was one of the hottest trends for 2011, and it’s still going strong. From top designers to our favorite celebs!

Thakoon Spring 2012 Collection

 Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 Collection

Peter Som Spring 2012 Collection

See more hair inspiration on Fashion Launderette 

If you love all these looks but are afraid of the commitment and possible damage, then chalking is for you!

Chalking is a technique that can give you this unique hair without bleaching. Best of all…it works on dark hair too! It’s something fun you can do when you’re in the mood for a temporary change that can make a big impact.

What You’ll Need

  • Soft Pastel Chalk (no oil)
  • Water Filled Spray Bottle
  • Gloves
  • Blow Dryer
  • Flat Iron
  • An old t-shirt you don’t mind ruining.

1. Take a 1-inch strand of hair and wet it with a spray bottle (skip this step if you have blonde hair)

2. Apply gloves and take a pastel of your choice. Rub it on your hair strand until it’s at your desired vibrancy.

3. Blow dry the hair strand until completly dry.

4. Go over the strand with your flat iron. This will help set it in. Make sure it’s on its lowest setting.

5. Brush and style as usual!

This will wash out during your next shampoo, so do as many strands as you’d like!

*Warning* It might stay in your hair for a few shampoos if you have natural blonde hair.

Check out this video tutorial from the wonderful Kandee Johnson as well!

Beautiful Hair Chalking Results

What do you think of this rainbow hair trend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Broke Fashion: Madison’s Casual Spring Outfit

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Madison is a 19 year old journalism student based in Virginia with a casual yet trendy style. She love to pair solids with simple patterns while following the season’s hottest trends.

I wouldn’t really call my style anything specific. I like mixing retro sophistication with the trends of today.

  • Shirt: $9.95 h&m
  • Skirt: $5.95 h&m
  • Cardigan: $40 Urban Outfitters
  • Wristlet: $9.99 Target
  • Flats: $10 Burlington Coat Factory
  • Sunglasses: Stole from boyfriend!

Q&A

B&C: Who are your style icons?

Madison: The classics, Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel.

B&C: What’s your favorite 2012 trend?

Madison: Color blocking!

B&C: What’s a popular trend you can’t stand?

Madison: I’m not liking the fact that flares and bell bottoms are coming back. I cringe every time I see them.

What do you think of Madison’s style? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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