How to Put Together An Awesome Work Wardrobe on the Cheap

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The key to building a work wardrobe is to make sure you have basic, classic pieces that you can mix and match with more unique, standout pieces. If you’re trying to create work looks that can last you for many seasons, it can be pretty pricey – if you don’t know where to look.

Read on for our list of classic pieces that won’t have you crying as you hand your card to the cashier.

What you need first is a few classic pencil skirts in neutral colors, like this one from The Limited.  Black, grey, navy, or camel should do nicely.

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If your office has a strict environment, go for the matching blazer as well.

Next, you should get a few pairs of flattering work pants. Depending on your height and shape, this could be a wide leg pant, a straight leg pant, a cropped pant (NOT for uptight offices), a tapered pant, or any combination of the above.

Check out Gap’s Premium Pant collection to explore your options. They’re bottomless! (HA). No really, check it out. Cropped pants are our fav right now.

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Next, go crazy on as many blouses as you can afford. Of course buy a classic button down – what wardrobe would be complete without one? We like this one, from Express. It comes in about a million colors.

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With your tops is where you have the most flexibility to really showcase your personal style.

We love this.

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And this.

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And this one!

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THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

The Busy Gal’s Guide: Meditation and Mindfulness

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Busy, Busy, Busy. We gals have a lot on our plates. Work, work outs, brunch, booze… I like alliteration so I’m stopping there – but you get the picture. All this socializing and getting stuff done can take its toll on anyone.

Enter our solution to handling it all with grace and composure – say it with me –

MEDITATION

Yes, meditation. Not that much of it and not for that long, and yet, it really, really helps. Here’s what you need.

You need your commitment. 

This commitment is to yourself and to your practice. Meditation, like most good things, is something that you can’t just reap the benefits of without putting in the necessary work.

Tell yourself you’re going to dedicate five minutes to meditation every day, and then do it. Write it on your calendar if you need to, but take back just 5 minutes of all of the seconds, minutes, and hours of every day that you give to others. You need those 5 minutes for yourself. Set a timer, turn it on, and let’s go.

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5 Travel Instagram Accounts to Follow Immediately

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Oh, the places we would go….

If we didn’t have to pay bills, go to class, work a double this Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday, get to bed a decent hour …

Since the money and time to travel the world is the stuff most of our dreams are made of, here are 5 travel Instagram accounts you should follow to keep your wanderlust in check.

1) Conde Nast Traveler: this is travel the way you’d always dreamed it would be – luxurious, well planned, and perfectly captured in one of the oldest and most renowned travel publications around.  Follow @CNTraveler for endless goodies.

Beautiful Vieques

Beautiful Vieques

2. Travel + Leisure: Travel should be leisurely, we think. Their website is filled with great photos and tips for great vacations all over the globe. Follow them at @Travelandleisure for the good pics.

Ion Hotel, Iceland

Ion Hotel, Iceland

3. Thuglifeforevs: Freelance photographer Emily Blincoe travels all around the Lone Star State taking quirky shots in abandoned buildings and photographing found objects along the way. Follow her at @thuglifforevs, you won’t be disappointed.

Photo Credit: Emily Blincoe

4. Jethro Mullen: By day, Jethro is a journalist for CNN. By night, superhero? Who knows. But his Instagram is full of interesting, whimsical photos. If you have a thing for symmetry you’ll like this account. @jethromullen.

Photo credit: Jethro Mullen

Photo credit: Jethro Mullen

5. Tyson Wheatley: He works in the communications department for Instagram, but that’s not why we chose him. His account is full of fun, colorful photos, so check it out @TWheat

Photo Credit: Tyson Wheatley

Photo Credit: Tyson Wheatley

Dark Lipstick for every skin tone

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bb.katgraham-290x290So, dark lipstick is pretty popular, right? People like, love love love it. It’s all over every magazine and runway… but those people have personal stylists. They spend hours having their makeup done by a professional.

We have Sephora. We have 20 minutes to get out the door so we can make it to work on time.

What we don’t have is time to experiment and end up looking cray.

So what’s a girl to do?

The secret is actually pretty simple – If you have to pick just one lipstick, pick a dark, purplish color. It seriously looks good NO MATTER WHAT.

The trick is in the undertones. If you’re fair skinned, pick one with lighter undertones, like a purple with a pink undertone. We’re not talking lavender here. It still needs to be dark, just have a hint of a lighter color mixed in.

If you have dark skin, pick a purple with a dark undertone, like brown or even a dark red.

If you have medium skin, lucky you – you get to toe the line and pick one with light or dark undertones and you’ll look great in either.

Be sure not to go crazy with the eye makeup, and remember – a little goes a long way!

Click through the gallery to indulge your dark lipstick fantasy.

The Dummy’s Guide to Looking Cute for March Madnesses

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March is heating up and that means one thing: college basketball tournaments! Better known as March Madness. For some, this is the greatest time of the year- filled with the back-to-back, non stop mayhem of basketball. For others it is a good excuse to drink beer and get together with friends. Whatever your reasoning, repping your team in style is key. Here is a guide on how to look the part this March for every game – whether it’s at your favorite sports bar or a friend’s house.

We’ve picked our choices based off of the AP poll top 25 this week:

Florida

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Wichita State

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Villanova

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Arizona

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Louisville

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Virginia

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Duke

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Michigan

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San Diego State

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Kansas

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Syracuse

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Wisconsin

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Cincinnati

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Creighton

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North Carolina

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Iowa State

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Oklahoma

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Saint Louis

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Memphis

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New Mexico

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Connecticut

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Michigan State

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VCU

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Ohio State

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SMU

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(women apparel to the left men to the right)

What is The Popcrowd?

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What if we could give you a place to discover the most amazing products – a place to see the products that you want to see and tell your friends about. Then, what if we told you that you can earn every time you share the things you love with your friends around you?

Meet The Popcrowd, a whole new way to shop online based on your interests. Sign up now for more information: thepopcrowd.com 

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Doing Boyfriend Jeans the Right Way

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What if we said we had the answer to all of your relationship woes?

I bet you’re thinking we are crazy, but hear us out — everyone knows a girl’s best companion is fashion. This spring and summer,  boyfriend jeans (ripped or not) will keep you company and have you looking your best. Whether you pair them with pumps, wedge sneakers, sandals, or flats you’re guaranteed to look great. Who needs a boyfriend when you have the boyfriend jean?

This versatile jean looks great with almost anything, so read on for some ways to do the boyfriend jean right…

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This is a super fun night look! All that glitters is gold, and with this look you’ll be sure to steal the show.

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This wedge sneaker combo with a loose tank is perfect for a day to night at a bar transition.

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The tight crop top and high top converse look is flawless.

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This is an incredible night out look, and can transition into a clubbing look after without the blazer.

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Dress this look up or down and kill the town.

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The addition of sparkly loafers and an oversized bag make this a great spring day look.

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Oversized tee, hat and booties, this is a great shopping outfit.

Crop top, blazer, tight shirt, or baggie, these looks will help you achieve the boyfriend jean look in just the right way. Mix and match them or do it just as you see above – it you really can’t go wrong.