Fall Fashion: Uptown Vs. Downtown

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

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:

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

  • 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:

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

  • White Tank: $175 via Robb & Hugo
  • Kim Top: $209 via Robb & Hugo
  • Skinny Jeans: $165 via Robb & Hugo

  • 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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Actress-turned-musician Logan Tracey Dishes on NYC, Music and Her Style Icons

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Broke & Chic recently teamed up with actress-turned-musician Logan Tracey for a budget friendly photo shoot. Logan moved to New York City after graduating from college with her heart set on being an actress. She’s since had quite a few amazing gigs over the years, but recently realized her true passion is music.

Last year she began recording her debut album For Sale with producer Michelangelo Sosnowitz. According to Logan:

I find more joy recording in the studio than I ever imagined. When you’re recording an album it’s almost like a contant rehearsal — meaning you get to be adventurous and have fun and only keep the best takes

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Read our interview with Logan below where she tells us her debut album For Sale, how she saves money, what she wished she knew when she first moved to New York and what it’s like changing careers.

Broke & Chic: What was your goal with this album?

Logan: To make some fun music with my producer (and friend) Michelangelo Sosnowitz! But the main goal is to get it placed in television, film and commercials; and we’ll play some live shows in NYC this summer.

B&C: What was it like realizing your passion was no longer acting?

Logan: I’d say I found something else that is as exciting as being an actress. And don’t get me wrong, I love acting and working on projects, but for me the best part of any creative endeavor is to play and have fun with your team/crew/friends — and this was all that!

I think what I like about working with Michelangelo and working on this album is that I had more creative control than one often does as an actor. We worked together to mix and listen and remix all of the tracks and I am really proud of them all in their own way.

B&C: What’s your favorite song on your album For Sale?

Logan: All of the tracks are really different and my thoughts on this change but I love Way From Here – that’s the first track on the album and the first track Mike and I recorded. I also really love Say Goodbye and Belong. I think lyrically they have some twists in them and the melodies are just lovely.

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B&C: What advice would you give the guy or girl who’s interested in becoming an actor?

Logan: Be patient, be committed, do your very best every day, and don’t get crazy.

B&C: New York is expensive. What are some tricks you’ve learned since you’ve been here in order to save money?

Logan: I never buy bottled water anymore, and try really hard not to buy coffee and I make sure to get great deals and shop sales always! I usually just think, “Do I actually need this?” and basically the answer is usually no.

B&C: Who’s your music and style icon?

Logan: Music is kind of all over the place, Simon & Garfunkel, Florence and the Machine, Eva Cassidy is amazing, Ella, but I also love Taylor Swift (I’m so sorry, guys!). Style-wise I die for Blake Lively. I think she’s gorg and always looks flawless.

B&C: What are your go to stores when it comes clothes?

Logan: I love JCrew, Splendid, and Banana Rebublic for work/put together looks. And Forever21 can’t be beat. But my secrect for events and fancy occasions is Rent the Runway. I love it.

B&C: What’s one thing you wish you knew the day you graduated from college?

Logan: It’s not a race — you have plenty of time.

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B&C: What’s your least favorite trend at the moment?

Logan: PASTELS! They so don’t work on me.

B&C: What’s your favorite trend?

Logan: I’m loving the all white head-to-toe look and florals. So cute.

B& C: What was your most memorable experience recording this album?

Logan: The whole thing has been incredibly exciting, but I think the best part is how excited my friends and family have been about it. I have been singing forever and it’s really fu nto share it with them. To give them something tangible that they can hold in their hands and listen to.

B&C: What was it like seeing your songs on Spotify and iTunes for the first time? 

Logan: It’s pretty badass.

B&C: What do you think your next step is? 

Logan: To get the album into the hands of people who make tv, film commercials. To get it out there for people to listen to. We really just want to share it with everyone. People tend to like different tracks and are drawn to differnet things about the music, which is so cool.

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Her album For Sale can be found on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, so make sure you check it out! If you want to learn more about Logan, be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

*A very big thanks to our photographer, Laura Gallant and our makeup artist, Jackie Risotto

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Broke Fashion: Meet Cathryn – A Girl With A Retro Fresh Style

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Meet Cathryn! She’s a 22-year-old Illustration student based in Richmond, Virginia with a retro fresh style. She dreams of big city life and her hobbies include knitting, drawing, sewing and cooking.

Q & A

B&C: How would you describe your style?

My style is mainly basics with retro splashes. I like clothing that accentuates my hourglass figure, so vintage silhouettes usually attract me. I usually prefer darker colors and neutrals, but recently I’m really loving nudes and pale pinks. I ALSO LOVE GLITTER. All the time.

B&C: You live down south, how do you stay fashionable when it’s 100° outside?

When it’s super hot, and the only real options are shorts and tank tops, a cute pair of shoes and a long chain are what I spring for just to spruce up the basics I use.

B&C: What’s your all time favorite item in your closet?

My favorite thing in my closet is a pair of white Steve Madden oxfords I bought at a Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan for about $25. They’re pretty dirty and jacked up, but they’re super cute and comfy!

B&C: What are your favorite stores to shop at?

I find a lot of cute things at H&M, thrift stores, and Target, actually.

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

 Trend I can’t stand? Cut off jean shorts where your pockets are hanging out from under the shorts! It looks straight STUPID.

Cathryn’s style impresses me so much because it’s all her own. The dress she’s wearing above…SHE MADE IT HERSELF! She found a dress at a local thrift store with a great pattern that happened to be too long and way too big; so, she cut the dress in half and used the fabric!

you really have to appreciate people that go the extra mile with their wardrobes. Her shoes happen to be from an Urban Outfitters sale a few seasons back. Get a similar pair here.

This photo was taken on a day that reached a high of 104°! It was sweltering! She made herself look cute, despite the heat by wearing a romper she found at Rumors Boutique for $15! She wore a red bandana to add some extra flair. Oh, and SPF 70!

What do you think of Cathryn’s great style? Let us know in the comments below! Want to see more? Follow her on Twitter and Tumblr!

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Office Style: Henna, Curls and Classics

Posted 3 years ago by

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!

Want More Office Style?

Office Style: Spring Edition

Office Style: Make a Statement

Office Style: Black is Back

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Allie’s Downtown Cool Style

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Not only does Allie have an awesome bedroom, she has an awesome wardrobe too! If you don’t remember her, Allie is a student living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

She moved to New York City over a year ago with her mom from a small southern town, and her hobbies include reading, photography, music, independent movies and knitting!

This won’t be the last you’ll see of Allie. We liked her so much that she is now Broke & Chic’s very own Social Media Manager! Give her a twitter follow.

  • Leopard Sweater: $10 Old Navy (sale)
  • Leggings: $10 Uniqlo
  • Moto Boots: $30 Prima Donna
  • Levi’s Jacket: Mom’s old high school jacket!

Q & A

B&C: What was your favorite winter trend?

Allie: Moto boots, moccasins and large knit head bands!

B&C: What is one trend you can’t stand?

Allie: Leggings with uggs. I like leggings, but paired with Uggs…no!

What do you think of Allie’s downtown style? Tell us in the comments below! PS: We’re digging the shatter polish!

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Broke Fashion: Lu’s Retro Meets Trendy Look

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Lu is a fashion forward musician and hairstylist based in Manhattan! She loves red lipstick and anything leather!

  • Jacket: $200 H&M’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo collection
  • Skirt: $7.80 Forever 21
  • Boots: $30 Urban Outfitters sale
  • Tights: $9.95 H&M
  • Scarf: $19 Express
  • Glasses: $70 (vintage)

See More of Lu’s Style Here: Broke Fashion #37

What do you think of Lu’s rockin’ style?

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Fashion Advice: How to Appear More Fashionable

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Style isn’t for everyone. Many girls like playing it safe with the usual “jeans and t-shirt look,” especially during the college years. It’s quick, easy and…lacks style. If you’re that girl but want to start entering the world of fashion, style and trends, then read this guide on how to appear more fashionable.

The Three Don’ts

1. Flip Flops

They are lame, sorry just lame. They work when you are in need of a pedicure in the winter, are lounging at the pool or beach all day in the summer and if you have to shower in a communal bathroom…aka “dorm life.” Other than those three things, stay away from them. Why wear something that’s unfashionable AND bad for your feet?

Opt for a pair of sandals instead! They’re a much better alternative, and are just as easy to put on as flip flops.

Gladiators will still be hot for Summer 2012!

Try out a sexy pair of T-strap or Thong sandals.

If you must wear flip flops, get a pair like these ($14.80 at F21). They still have style & appeal to them!

2. Uggs

Yes, they are comfortable, but so are lots of other boots. In the fashion world, Ugg stands for Ugly. Unless you live in Greenland, don’t wear them. Opt for a cute pair of lace up or moto boots instead!

Motorcycle boots have a tough yet classy look to them.

Unlike Uggs, moto and lace-up boots work in the summer too!

Rachel’s lace-up boots would look adorable with a dress.

3.  Denim Skirts

Let’s put it this way: if you wore it when you were in middle school, don’t wear it now. Instead, try a cute maxi or bodycon skirt! They are trendy, fashionable and just as easy to put on as your 12 season old denim skirt from Old Navy.

The Three Do’s

1. Accessorize

Accessories are such an easy way to make any outfit more trendy. Rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces…they all work. Just stay away from the bling.

2. Red Lipstick

It’s a quick way to look fashionable and sophisticated. Red will never go out of style. Go to your local e.l.f. retailer and get a striking red for only $3!

3. Vintage

Worried about what’s in this season? Not sure if your outfit will work for the event you’re going to? When in doubt, wear vintage! Not all vintage has to be expensive, and sometimes you can even find a vintage treasure at a thrift store for under $10!

Read More: How to Vintage Clothing + Accessories at a Thrift Store & Off Season Shopping

What’s an outfit that would deem somebody “unfashionable?” Leave your comments below. We would love to hear from you!

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Broke Fashion: Chic Winter Style in Manhattan

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Winter can be a tough season for style. With slushy snow filled streets, below freezing temperatures and a gloomy overcast of grey, getting out of bed and putting effort into our outfits isn’t always first on our list’s.

Another factor to consider is that we’re all hidden by big warm coats! These things aside, Broke & Chic found a few girls who know how to look stylish — no matter what the weather is!

  • Top: $3.50 Forever 21
  • Cardigan: Vintage from her mom’s closet
  • Belt: $1 Thrift
  • Bag: $10 Thrift (in Los Angeles)
  • Pants: Free from American Apparel (employee)
  • Boots: $115 Dr. Martens

  • Zebra Top: $14.50 Strawberry
  • Skirt: $22.80 Forever 21
  • Leggings: $6.50 Forever 21
  • Boots: $40 Journey’s

  • Top: $30 H&M
  • Shorts: $19.95 H&M
  • Tights: $9.95 H&M
  • Belt: $20 Gap
  • Vince Camuto Boots: $150 Bloomingdale’s

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Sneak Peek: Marni for H&M

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This season, H&M has teamed up with Italian label Marni to give us some tasteful high street fashion at an affordable price. Marni is famed for their vintage-inspired prints, shapes and fabrics mixed with European bohemianism. This collaboration will surly be H&M’s most sought after designer collection yet!

This collection features sexy wooden pumps, classy polka dots, oversized necklaces and loud silk prints — it just radiates 1960’s mod.

Who wouldn’t want classic Marni designs with an H&M price tag in their wardrobe?! Item’s start at only $19.95 and end at $129. Get your paws on this collection March 8th at select H&M stores and online.

Marni for H&M Lookbook

What items are first on your list? We’re loving the metallic wooden heels!

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How to Find Vintage Clothing + Accessories at a Thrift Store

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Hi ladies, Natalie here from The Closet de Natalie. Vintage is a hot thing right now, but can get pretty pricey at those fancy vintage stores. People donate beautiful vintage clothing to thrift stores daily, not knowing it’s actually worth a pretty penny. I’m here to teach you how to find those treasures!

There are some really easy ways to determine if what you’ve picked up is vintage or not. Here are some of my tried-and-true tips:

#1. The first indicator is the tag. There are certain types of tags that can help you determine if the clothing item is truly vintage.

Many clothing companies began outsourcing their production internationally during the 80’s, so if the tag says made in the USA, it’s likely that your piece was made 30+ years ago.

A union label indicates that an item was made by a union, such as the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which existed before companies began mass-producing overseas.

It’s rare to see fancy tags on clothing these days, but vintage clothing often features brand names stitched in a pretty font on the tag (above).

A lot number (below) was a common way for companies to keep track of clothing before computers. The lot number refers to a group of the same items from a particular store.

#2. The fabric of an item is also a very good indicator of what decade it’s from. Polyester was all the rage in the 70’s and 80’s, but is a rare sight today.

Rayon, another synthetic material, surged in the 90’s, and was often the chosen material for dresses and rompers.

#3. There are certain details that can help you determine if an item is vintage. If you find a polyester dress with a big butterfly collar, I can almost guarantee it’s from the 70’s.

Elastic on dresses, skirts, and blouses became very popular in the 80’s when clothing companies began using spandex. Bold, abstract patterns, such as tribal and animal prints, floral patterns, and colorful art-deco prints were all the rage on clothing in the 90’s.

#4. Clothing sizes have changed dramatically since the 70’s. Vintage clothing, especially from the 50’s and 60’s, usually run 4-6 sizes smaller than modern clothing. If you find a dress that looks about your size and fits great, but the size on the tag is bigger than what you’d normally wear, it’s probably vintage.

Clothing from the 80’s and 90’s aren’t as drastic in size differences, but they still run about 1-2 sizes smaller than today’s clothing. I normally wear a size 8 in modern clothing, but I wear a size 14-16 in vintage clothing. This vintage skirt (below) is a size 14 and it fits like a glove.

There are many other ways to tell if something is vintage, but this list is your best bet when first starting out. We’d love to hear any tips you might have for identifying vintage in a thrift store. Let us know in the comments below!

About the author: Natalie Garza is Broke & Chic’s resident thrift & vintage expert, and the voice behind The Closet de Natalie. She loves to mix thrifted treasures with classic wardrobe staples to create a unique style that’s all her own. Click here for more of her articles.

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Thrifting 101: Accessories

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I know firsthand that shopping at a thrift store can be a scary experience, especially if it’s not something you normally do. If you’re a little wary about trying it for the first time, start out by shopping for accessories before you attempt clothing. In fact, belts, purses, jewelry, and shoes are some of my favorite things to shop for at thrift stores. It’s easier because you don’t need a dressing room and accessories usually cost less than clothing.

Belts

Thrift stores have a surprising amount of belts, only costing between $1 and $3. The deals are so good that I almost never buy new belts anymore unless it’s an awesome deal — I can’t justify it when I know Goodwill has an identical belt for a quarter of the price.

Purses

Purses are really fun to thrift for, especially if you can get your hands on something vintage. Most purses at thrift stores are usually well-priced, but you need to make sure all the zippers and closures work and that there aren’t any stains on the inside.

Jewelry

You’d be amazed by the jewelry you can find at thrift stores. Among the cheap plastic bracelets, beaded necklaces and rhinestone earrings, there are bound to be great pieces (sometimes vintage!) hiding underneath all the crap. You just have to dig. Once you get your hands on that amazing vintage cocktail ring, you’ll know what I mean.

Shoes

Shoes are a little more difficult to shop for, but totally worth it. Like most things at thrift stores, I usually find the best shoes when I least expect it. Every time I thrift, I skim over the shoes just in case something catches my eye. If you find a pair, don’t forget to try on both the left and right shoe and walk around in them a bit before you buy.

These are some of the shoes I’ve thrifted recently:

Above, the brown Italian leather oxfords were $5, the black leather boots were $12 and the red suede Sam Edelman heels were $3. If you’re still on the fence about thrifting, give accessories a chance first. Then, after you get the feel for thrift stores, move on to clothes!

Be sure to tell us what other tips and advice you’d like to know in preparation for your first trip to the thrift store! Share your questions in the comments below!

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Back to School: 2011

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These items are hot right now, and need to be on your back to school list no matter if you’re entering your sophomore year of high school, your senior year of college, or your second year of grad school! They’re great for all ages — so get shopping!

By: Amanda Raye and Van Crawford

1. Prairie/Lace-Up Boots

Why: They go with both pants and dresses and are perfect for all seasons. Definitely a Class-A upgrade from Uggs!

Blaise of http://blaiseruby.blogspot.com/

Try: Forever 21, Steve Madden, Western/Equestrian stores, Urban Outfitter, thrift stores, and flea markets.

2. Satchels

Why: They’re classy, unisex and perfect for lugging both computers and books.

Sara of http://thelittlestoryteller.blogg.se/

Carolina Engman of Fashion Squad

Try: The Cambridge Satchel Company (about $70). You could also try Topshop, Urban Outfitters, flea markets and thrift stores.

3. Red Pants

Why: Like their blue cousin, they go with everything!

Try: Zara, H&M, Old Navy, Forever 21 and Macy’s for a pair under $40. If you live in/near NYC try Necessary Clothing in Soho.

4. Maxi Skirts

Why: They’re casual yet elegant and perfect for dressing up and dressing down.

Try: H&M and American Apparel.

5. Navajo-Print Shirts

Why: It’s a fun new trend that’ll go with past trends. Dust off your cowboy boots and moccasins!

Try: Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Necessary Clothing and Mandee.

6. Barbie Pink Lipstick

Why: You’ll be everyones favorite fashionista. This color just oozes confidence!

Try: Sally’s Mini Lipsticks ($1), Wet n’ Wild ($1), Forever 21 ($4) and New York Color ($2) — Target, Walmart and CVS.

7. Blazer

Why: It’s great for those in-between days; when it’s not cold enough to wear a jacket but you’re still kind of chilly. An instant it-girl piece. Loose the hoodie ladies!

Try: Zara, Forever 21, Topshop, H&M, Uniqlo and thrift stores.

8. Oxfords

Why: They go with everything! I always hoped they would come back in style. I used to have the hardest time finding shoes to pair with my vintage dresses. An amazing upgrade to the childish looking ballerina flat!

Try: Forever 21, Aldo, thrift stores, Steve Madden and Macy’s

9. Tom’s

Why: They’re for a good cause, and so much cuter than the everyday walking sneaker.

Try: www.toms.com ($54)

10. Leggings

Why: They’re back for yet another season! Need a change? Try nylon leggings!

Try: Mandee, American Apparel, Rainbow, H&M, Wet Seal, Macy’s, and perhaps Forever 21.

11. Penny Loafers and Boat Shoes

Why: They’re great for both men and women! Loafer heels aren’t half bad either!

Try: thrift stores, Macy’s, Nordstroms, Target, Walmart, Call It Spring and Urban Outfitters.

12. A New Hairstyle

Why: It’s always great to start the school year with a new look. Add a silver blonde highlight, go red, add bangs, cut it all off…have fun! Just make sure you go to a professional.

Try: Salonapprentice.com

What’s on your back to school list this year?

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