Broke & Chic Hits Up Amsterdam
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
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!
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!
Above: Peppermint tea became a part of my morning routine!
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!
How can you not love this adorable and stylish couple?!
The hidden wedge high top was very prevalent all over the city!
There are those high tops again! Oh, and a pop of orange for Queensday!
Want to Dutch-ify your outfit? Rock a pair of high tops!
What are your thoughts on Dutch fashion? Let us know in the comments below!
The Best Gadget Gifts for Christmas 2011
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
By: Nisha Sharma
Gadget lovers will have a merry time ripping into their presents this Christmas, whether it’s buying expensive presents or looking for freebies. The following is a collection of this year’s top-rated gadgets from $10 to $199.
1. Capacitive Gloves: $10
Most smartphone users complain that they have to remove their winter gloves to use the touchscreen. These capacitive gloves have conductive fibers in the fingertips that activate the touchscreen. The gloves work on any smartphone, tablet computer and digital audio player. When deciding on a glove size, remember that a snug fit is needed to ensure contact with the touchscreen.
2. Exomount Universal Car Mount: $15
GPS service is a popular smartphone app, but drivers must hold the device while trying to navigate in unfamiliar territory. This adjustable car mount adapts to any smartphone and secures the unit firmly onto the dashboard where it can be easily seen.
3. X-Mini II Capsule Speaker: $25
Travelers will love this palm-sized, collapsible speaker that pumps out a powerful sound. It comes with a standard 3.5 mm jack and attaches to MP3 players, iPods, smartphones and almost any electronic device. For an even bigger sound, several X-Minis can be daisy-chained together. It comes in black, red and white.
4. TK 421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard: $30
This gadget ends the frustration of trying to type on a smooth touchscreen. The case has a swivel-out keyboard with tactile keys, putting an end to touchscreen typos. When closed, the keyboard is sandwiched inside the case, so keys won’t accidentally get pushed. The TK421 fits any iPhone.
5. Roku LT Streaming Player: $50
The Roku LT is a cute little purple box that allows viewers to stream videos to their television without hooking it to a computer. Movie lovers can stream videos from Netflix or Amazon Video on Demand. Music lovers can listen to Pandora or access the playlist from their MP3 player. TV lovers can stream shows from Hulu and more. It has a built-in WiFi, so every TV in the house can access Roku.
6. Western Digital My Passport Essential SE Ultra Portable Hard Drive: $119 -$174
This tiny storage device is like having an entire digital library or office files to go. The wallet-sized hard drive now comes in 750 GB and 1 TB capacities, plus many colors.
7. Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor: $185
Someone on Santa’s list may prefer working out and hiking to computer devices. This training tool helps athletes measure their speed and distance in real time, plus see if they are training at their target heart rate. With its GPS capability, it’s an essential tool for hikers and bicyclers. The watch comes in grey with a choice of pink or red stripe.
8. Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise-Canceling Headphones: $199
These lightweight headphones give listeners the sensation that they’re right in the recording studio with their favorite musician. They cancel 98.2% of ambient noise, so music lovers hear nothing but Sony-quality sound. One AAA battery supplies 22 hours of power to the headphones.
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