Meet the newest addition to team Broke & Chic, Sindy Nanclares. Sindy is in charge of writing about all things fashion and lifestyle — from Fashion Week and Grammy coverage, all the way to offering tips on how to survive the single life in style.
Sindy originally hails from Colombia and she’s currently a senior at Brooklyn College. Below you’ll learn about her favorite drugstore beauty products, her favorite budget-friendly places to shop in NYC, and why she wants to be a journalist:
Tell us about yourself
I’m extremely interested in people and sociology. Instead of listening to music on the subway, I would rather watch how we as people behave. My main goal is to travel the world, discover new realities, and then tell them to people like you. Oh, I also like dogs and coffee!
What does ‘Broke & Chic’ mean to you?
Broke and Chic reflects the realities of the current financial situation of many young adults like me. We are ready to take on the world, but we feel constricted by the lack of money. I believe Broke and Chic is there to tell you and me that we can do whatever we want, as long as we are smart (and organized) with our finances.
I love being part of this project and hope that the readers can learn how to get the best out of themselves, even with an empty wallet.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job would be working as a reporter at a news organization like Vice or Al-Jazeera.
I have this crazy idea that journalism is not just writing or shooting with cameras. To me, it is about people, telling their stories, and passing them down.
What’s your favorite dessert?
My favorite dessert is Brownie Bites with vanilla ice cream and dulce de leche. I know there must be at least 1,000 calories in this sweet treat, but everything goes together so well. My Latino friends would understand the need for dulce de leche. So yummy!
What are your favorite budget-friendly shops in NYC?
The sale sections at H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Zara. There’s nothing smarter than getting cute things for less!
What’s one thing in your closet you regret buying? Why?
There is an elegant, long dress I bought on sale at least a year ago. It was suppose to be my to-go black dress, but it still has the tag on it. The dress is beautiful, I just haven’t found the ‘right place’ to wear it.
I like to see everything I buy as an investment, and I always ask myself questions like “How many times will I actually wear this?” and “Will this go with other outfits?” In this situation, I unfortunately let the price take over my judgement, but I know I’ll find the day to rock the dress.
What’s one current trend you can’t stand? Why?
Do yourself a favor and do not shave half of your head. This is one of those beauty trends that does not fit everyone’s style, and it is definitely not flattering on most people.
I get it, Demi Lovato looks very cool with her side shaved, but unless you are a rock star with a kick-ass attitude, please refrain. Also, I think your hairstyle can say a lot about your personality. So, think of your style accordingly.
What are your favorite drugstore beauty products?
Skincare: I religiously use Clean and Clear’s Deep Action Cream Cleanser for sensitive skin. I have been using it for YEARS, and it keeps my skin blemish free.
BB Cream: I’m currently using the Argan Wear BB cream from Physicians Formula. I’m very impressed by how it moisturizes my dry skin. It’s also very lightweight and it blends fast.
Mascara: My favorite mascara is Cover Girl’s Lash Blast Fusion in very black. My eyes are rather small and my eyelashes are a lot shorter than I would like them to be, but this mascara gives length and volume without the annoying clumps.
What’s your favorite book?
One of my all-time favs is The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho. It is a very short book, around 100 pages, but it can definitely change your perception of life and your journey as an individual. It talks about the importance of listening to the heart, which is the essence of who you really are, and doing what you are meant to do in your life journey.
What’s your daily motto?
Wake up. Kick Ass. Repeat.
Each day is an opportunity to accomplish something new, and the only way of doing so is by trying your best. No matter how bad the day before was, you have to find a way to beat your own records.
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