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How to Dress For the Job You Want Without Going Broke

You CAN Improve Your Professional Clothing Collection Without a Big Budget

Every year, there are a staggering 1,240,000,000 pairs of denim jeans sold worldwide. But while Americans tend to favor casual clothing, those garments aren’t always appropriate for the workplace. That said, having a separate work wardrobe may not always seem feasible, especially for those who are looking to move up in the professional world but don’t have the financial means to do so. However, not all is lost. There are ways to obtain a workwear collection without breaking the bank. Here’s how to dress for the job you want without going broke.

Colorful clothes on racks in a fashion boutique

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends $1,800 on clothes every year. But workwear pieces tend to be of higher quality than casual apparel, which typically comes with a higher price tag. One good thing is that more businesses are opting for a less dressy approach to the office. Approximately 57% of organizations view employee retention as a problem; this is prompting many employers to embrace a more casual work environment in the hopes of attracting more applicants and enticing them to stay. And while brands are starting to offer pieces that find a balance between casual and formal for women who work in less stuffy workplaces, that doesn’t always mean these pieces are overwhelmingly affordable.

woman looking at clothes from bestlifeonline.com

Today, the average American woman owns 30 outfits. Those costs add up, especially when the clothes are trendy or poorly made, requiring frequent replacement. Don’t assume that expensive equals quality, either; higher-end brands may still use synthetic fabrics or have poor quality stitching, which can cause the pieces to wear out more quickly. Investing in a few well-made basics over a longer period of time allows you to obtain pieces that will last for years — without spending a lot of money all at once. Opting for versatile essentials, rather than special statement pieces, will allow you to mix and match with pieces that already exist in your wardrobe and increase the longevity of your clothing in general. Neutrals may sound boring, but they can still provide a pop of color or a subtle pattern. It allows you to be even more creative with the way you put outfits together to dress for the job.

These tips will help you buy fewer pieces overall, but what about finding quality items at lower prices? You may have Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus tastes, but you might want to steer clear if you’re trying to save. Opt for outlet stores or discount shops, second-hand stores, eBay, ThredUp, and Poshmark to score some deals on clothes without paying full price. You can also sell some of your clothes on these platforms to make room in your closet and give yourself a little extra spending money. And if you’re shopping online, never check out without finding a promo code first. Refrain from impulse shopping as well, since this can quickly derail your budget. If you set aside a specific amount to spend on clothes each month, you’ll have a harder time justifying that sudden splurge — especially if you give yourself time to really consider which pieces you need to dress for the job, and which you can live without.

Sticking to a strict workwear budget isn’t always easy. It often comes down to taking your time and doing the proper research. As long as you don’t rush into any purchases, have a clear idea of what you can really spend, and weigh your options carefully, you can add some amazing pieces into your wardrobe that will last for a long time — and without spending an arm and a leg.

23 Random Things From Amazon For $36.00 or Less

We all know that Amazon is a wealth of products. Filled with things you need and things you didn’t know you needed. The best part, Amazon offers options in price and sellers. Don’t like that particular item but want something similar? Want that item but the price is too high, you can probably get it for less from another seller. Add in the wonderful Prime membership and those random things can be yours with same day delivery. As it is the holiday season, we thought this would be the perfect time to highlight some of the random things we’ve gotten from Amazon through Prime. All of which retail for $36.00 or less. Whether you’re looking for something special like jewelry or something as basic as socks, you WILL find it on Amazon.

You can’t imagine the thousands of things available on Amazon for $36.00 or less. The 23 items we’re highlighting doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you can purchase from Amazon, so let’s dive right in and see if these random items may be useful in your lives.

fitpolo Fitness Tracker, $23.99 – remember when fitness trackers were expensive? Not if you buy it on Amazon.

HVS HP Sprocket and Polaroid Zip Instant Printer Accessories Bundle, $23.91 – all the accessories you need for your printed photos. A perfect gift for DIY lovers.

NEXGADGET Waterproof Case Compatible for AirPods, $8.99 – why not opt for a sleek, waterproof black case instead of the white everyone has.

Langsdom F9 Headphones, $14.99 – if you love pink and rose gold, like we do, you’ll love these earbuds.

DYAFIN Natural False Eyelashes, $7.99 – you can spend $20 getting your lashes done at a salon, or you could save yourself some money and try these.

ASENKU Pet Grooming Gloves, $9.99Jeselry Extra Bass Stereo Earbuds, $6.99 – Of course these are not related but we received them in the same package. Keep your pet’s fur looking silky everytime you pet them with these grooming gloves; and give your music that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom bass with these extra base earbuds.

Karrong Bike Mount Universal Cell Phone Holder, $8.49 – perfect for bike riders. Stay in touch while enjoying a spin around town.

Assorted Color Balloons with Double Action Hand Air Pump, $13.99 – there’s always an occasion for balloons and with the inclusion of a hand pump, you can literally save your breath.

Karrong Bike Chain Lock, $12.99 and Aggly Metal Locking Clip, $4.98 – if you own a bike, you’re definitely going to need a lock; and these locking clips give extra comfort to the wearers in strollers and cars.

AOKE Wireless Single Bluetooth Earbud, $19.99 – available in five colors, this single earbud will help keep family and friends close by.

ALT Lighting E1 H13/9008 LED Headlight Bulbs, $35.99 – totally random we know, but you car owners know the importance of working headlights.

Levsox Compression Socks for Women, $15.99 – not only are these adorable, they are wonderful for relieving leg sweeling and fatigue.

GYS Cap Sleeve V Neck Pajama Pants Set, $21.99 – so soft and comfy, it’s like sleeping in the softest t-shirt.

BamTyo Ultrasonic Pest Repeller, $23.99 – if you’re looking for a non-poisoning way to keep pests out of your apartment, this set of four devices’ sonic pulses will help.

THEHORAE CZ Pendant Square Necklace, $21.99 – you can’t go wrong with jewelry as gifts and this pretty pendant would make a great gift this holiday season.

NUBWO Gaming Headset for PC, $19.99 – got a gamer in your life? Give them a better gaming experience with this very affordable gaming headphones.

VAVOFO Flame Effect Table Lamp, $20.99 – add a bit of a decorative touch to your home with this no-burn table lamp.

AMIR Wireless Indoor Outdoor Digital Freezer Thermometer, $17.99 – know the temperatre inside and outside of your home witht he touch of a button.

Hyrixdirect Wax Warmer Hair Removal Heater Pot, $10.99 – how about your own personl wax system for smooth, touchably soft bare legs, underarms, etc.

JJRC H98 RC Quadcopter Drone with Camera,  $29.99 –  fun for adults and kids, take amazing arieal photos and videos with this very affordable drone.

Geburun Remote Control Car, $32.99 – last but certainly not least, this tough remote control truck which would light up any kid’s heart (probably a few that are kids at heart as well).

Well that’s our list of 23 random things from Amazon for $36.00 or less.  As we said Amazon is a wealth of products. Any of these products catches your eye?

#TheSelectsPopUp

#TheSelectsPopUp NYC: Shop Emerging K-Beauty and Fashion at The Selects

We have been obsessed with K-beauty brands every since we were first introduced to the Korean Beauty industry by Sephora in 2015. And in those three years, the K-Beauty industry in the US has exploded and it’s showing no signs of stopping. You already know we love emerging and indie brands, both in fashion and beauty; so of course,  we had to preview and shop the curated selection of the most anticipated Korean fashion and beauty brands at The Selects. Noted as NYC’s premier destination for emerging K-Beauty and Fashion, you will find all things K-Beauty and fashion at The Selects. Today, we’ll be concentrating on the amazing K-Beauty brands we saw at the #TheSelectsPopUp NYC.

The Selects, a collaborative project promotes Korean fashion designers and beauty brands. The goal of the pop-up is to help assist these innovative brands break into the US market. This will be the first time most of the designers will have retail exposure to US consumers. On the fashion side, ten of the most promising designers evolving in the Korean fashion industry are represented at the  #TheSelectsPopUp. They include Bmuet(te), Beyond Closet, The Centaur, Heohwan Simulation, Hidden Forest Market, KYE, LIE, Nohant, SWBD, and Wnderkammer.  On the beauty side, The Selects have partnered with ten K-beauty brands.

K-beauty is highly focused on health and hydration, and the ingredients are innovative and inspired by nature. The beauty brands highlighted and sold at the #TheSelectsPopUp include Agerin, IPKN, Jinsoon, Knours, Meg, Moart, SKINRx Lab, Too Cool for School, Vika and Whal Myung. They represent some of the best Korean skincare and makeup on the market, some of which are featured below:

We had the pleasure of attending a beauty demonstration by Seong Hee Park using some of these skincare and cosmetics k-beauty products. Check out our K-Beauty at The Selects IGTV story to see the video of this demonstration and below for photos of Seong Hee Park in action.

Throughout the time the pop-up will be open, there will be two raffles held each week, one will be a classic raffle and the other an Instagram contest for the best Instagram picture of the week tagged of The Selects pop-up. Winners will receive a basket of amazing K-beauty products.

The Korean beauty haven opened on October 26th and will remain open until November 14th. The #TheSelectsPopUp, located at 62 Greene Street, will be open Sunday-Thursday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

sts blue Fall 2018 Collection: Cure Your Closet Woes w/ Jean Therapy

One of our favorite things about the cooler seasons is it’s the perfect time to wear denim jackets. And what’s better than a great denim jacket paired with some must-have jeans. For the fall season, it’s all about adding great denim pieces to your wardrobe and this fall’s denim trends are easy to pull off with the pieces from the sts blue Fall 2018 Collection. This season, it pays to be a little denim obsessed.

From straight ankle-length jeans to high-rise jeans, a return of button fly jeans, and frayed hem skinny jeans are just a few of the hot denim styles seen in the sts blue Fall 2018 Collection. sts blue offers a variety of jeans and jean jackets in several washes. From the lightest Jenson (blue) and Lamont (black) washes to the darkest Ranlett (blue) and Black washes, and so much in between.

New standouts from the sts blue Fall 2018 collection we’re obsessed with include the Cara Vintage-inspired Slim Straight Ankle Jeans; the Emma Ankle Skinny with Cut Off Stepped Hem and a “give me what I want” side stripe (or go bright with a neon stripe); and the Ashley High Rise Slim Fit Skinny with Exposed Button fly.

When it comes to their denim jackets, we’re very much obsessed with the Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jackets. With very cool details such as color blocking, ruffles, and fraying, this iconic item is instantly modernized. Our favorite thing about sts blue’s denim jackets is the option for free custom embroidery to make it your own. We tried sts blue’s free custom embroidery on our Oversize Boyfriend Denim Jacket, which we got in Mandarin Wash. We are so in love with the result of our customization (we even decorated it with some pins we got at the Denim Days festival). Yes, you read that correctly, sts blue offers free custom embroidery on their denim jackets. That is an amazing gift idea, because who wouldn’t want something special and customized to their style! Check out our custom jacket below:

Every pair of jeans tells a story; what will your story be in these denim pieces from the sts blue Fall 2018 collection?

Yandy Unveils Hauntingly Sexy Costumes for Halloween 2018

Yandy, the number one online retailer for Halloween costumes, unveils its highly anticipated hauntingly sexy costumes for Halloween 2018 with a flash mob and fashion presentation. When one wants a sexy costume, Yandy is the online destination for showstopping traditional and trending pop culture specialty looks.

Yandy Halloween Costumes

Yandy recently held an event for their hauntingly sexy costumes for Halloween. Kicked off, in true trick-or-treat fashion, started with a parade-like flash mob which stopped at various locations in New York.

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Bystanders were treated to a first look at the newest must-have Halloween costumes from Yandy’s 2018 “Hauntingly Sexy” Costume Collection. The #YandyFlash mob was followed by an evening Halloween fashion presentation in the Highline Room at the Standard Hotel. Costumes for Halloween featured in the fashion presentation included (in order of appearance above): Little Red Costume, Egyptian Goddess Costume, Dragon Ninja Costume, Wicked Wicked Witch Costume, Yandy Statue Of Liberty Costume, Yandy Sexy Dragon Warrior Costume, Under The Sea Mermaid Costume, Oasis Princess Costume, Glamazonian Costume, Sparkle Sweet Angel Costume. Other costumes for Halloween 2018 included Bad Habit Nun Costume, Sexy SWAT Commander Costume, King Of Egypt Costume (men), and Dark Northern King Costume (men).


Yandy also announced two new costumes for Halloween inspired by today’s political climate, the Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous Costume for those who love getting the scoop on the latest breaking news, and Cloudy Affair Costume, perfect for those who love a political scandal.

Reminiscent of a fun Halloween night out on the town, the décor set the tone for a sexy, spooky soirée. The exclusive view of the new Halloween collection featured a wide selection of sizes of all the season’s best sellers, popular trending themes, classic characters, and figures throughout history. The showcase also included highlights of two new pop-culture influenced costumes – Run the World Festival Diva and Shining Bright Pope; inspired by Beyonce at Coachella (Beychella) and Rihanna’s striking Met Gala look.

What costume are you rocking this Halloween? Whatever you decide, you should definitely check out Yandy’s collection of Hauntingly Sexy costumes for Halloween.

Kut from the Kloth Launches Their TRY5 Denim-on-Demand Service

We don’t know about you guys but we hate trying on clothes when we’re out shopping.  Yes, even in the era of dressing room selfies, we’d much rather try clothes at home. Call it laziness, undressing under bad lighting and mirrors, or the fear of being a victim of hidden cameras. Whatever the reason we much prefer to try on our purchases at home. Of course with retail stores, you have to have time and patience to return any unwanted and unflattering items. One of our most exasperating experiences is shopping for jeans. First, trying to find your size, a great fit, color and/or treatment you want, then there’s the process of trying those on. It’s quite rare that we leave the store with more than one pair of jeans we like, which is why we’re excited about Nordstrom brand, Kut from the Kloth’s TRY5 Denim-on-Demand service.

With the TRY5 Denim-on-Demand service, trying on and buying your favorite denim has never been easier. The genius service allows you to select any five jeans from the Kut from the Kloth website for free to try in the comfort of your own home.  No more dealing with fitting rooms, bad lighting, or other issues that arise from trying on jeans in stores. Select your five favorite jeans, try them on, keep your must-haves and send back the pairs you don’t love within seven days with the included return label. You will only get charged for the jeans you keep. The best part, Kut from the Kloth sends you a reminder when your seven days are up; just in case you get busy and forget.

For our Kut from the Kloth TRY5 Denim-on-Demand experience, we tried the following styles: Diana Relaxed Fit Skinny, Catherine Boyfriend, Diana Fab Ab Skinny, Diana Kurvy Relaxed Fit Skinny, and Stevie Straight Leg.

Diana Relaxed Fit Skinny

Catherine Boyfriend

Diana Fab Ab Skinny

Diana Kurvy Relaxed Fit Skinny

Stevie Straight Leg

With Kut from the Kloth’s TRY5 Denim-on-Demand Service, there is no subscription or fees. It’s just an easy, private shopping experience to find and buy your perfect denim fits. Out of the five we initially tried, we fell in love with three styles with our favorite fit and wash being the Diana Relaxed Fit Skinny. We love how it felt and how it looked and look forward to getting more of that fit in other washes.

Kut from the Kloth has also partnered with non-profit Peace 4 Animals; a wonderful organization that boasts on-going efforts to save Africa’s “big five”; lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo from extinction in the wild.

“We are proud to support Peace 4 Animals by helping bring awareness to the harm these animals face, and support Katie Cleary in all her efforts. Katie brings much-needed attention to this important cause.  She loves the Kut from the Kloth style and fit so for us, it’s a perfect match,” states Jonathan Greenberg, President of Kut from the Kloth.

Take advantage of the new TRY5 service only at www.kutfromthekloth.com/try_5.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

I’m lovin’ it: The McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

It seems McDonald’s is making moves, not just in the retail beverage aisle, but in fashion as well. In celebration of the Big Mac’s 50th birthday, the fast food giant teamed up with a remarkable South African Fashion Designer. Teaming up with Gert-­Johan Coetzee, the fast food brand and designer launched a playful streetwear collection which debuted at South African Fashion Week. Of course, the McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection isn’t the first time the Golden Arches has appeared in fashion. Back in 2014, Jeremy Scott incorporated a number of McDonald’s inspired garments in his first collection for Moschino.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

However, the Big Mac Collection marks the first time McDonald’s has officially authorized the use of its iconography in fashion. The streetwear collection includes sequinned T-shirts with the signature golden arches, sweatpants and cropped sweat tops, cute slogan T-­shirts, and a spectacular gold Tinsel jacket we’d kill for. It’s no surprise that this collection has received rave reviews for Coetzee…..just look at the stunning pieces!

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The acclaimed designer is already known for his stunning red carpet couture. His gowns have already been worn by celebrities such as Kelly Rowland and many others. Coetzee is the mentor on South Africa’s version of Project Runway and has always been active in doing good. He also has his own scholarship program for aspiring fashion designers, consequently and wonderfully impacting the future of fashion.

“Having the opportunity to play with the iconography of such a huge global brand with the end goal of doing good, is such an honour, and it is a bonus that it is helping put South African fashion on the map globally,” says Coetzee.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The Big Mac Collection collection also includes a kid’s version, aptly named the Big Mac Kids Collection. This mini-me collection allows parents and their kids to enjoy the twinning fashion trend. All the proceeds of the sale of the streetwear collection go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. The McDonald’s Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection is only available in limited quantities on www.shopgert.com. For more information on fashion designer Gert-­Johan Coetzee, visit www.gertjohancoetzee.com.

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BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box: Shop these BCA Products Year’ Round

Did you know you don’t have to wait until October to purchase products that support the fight against Breast Cancer? Thanks to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, we were introduced to several products that are helping to fund breast cancer research. No longer do you have to wait until October to show your support. With lots to shop for in the beauty, fashion, home, lifestyle, travel, health, fitness, and more categories, these pink BCA products help you do good 365 days a year. So join us in supporting BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box products.

A few weeks ago, the US observed National Cancer Survivors Day, a day that highlights and celebrates the fact that many are enjoying life after cancer. As anyone who lives with cancer will tell you, it is a 365-day issue, so we thought, why not highlight products you can purchase 365 days a year that helps the cause. While you can donate at any time during the year (and we encourage you to do so), there are many Pink Outside the Box products, many we use daily, that will help further the cause. Plus, for those who can’t donate, purchasing these everyday items pink BCA products ensures you are helping.

Cuisinart Kitchen Appliances

Need a new kitchen appliance? Why not try one of these from Cuisinart who donates $32,500 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales. Your purchase of a food processor, mixer, or blender will help continue to fund research and achieve a cure.

Apollo Precision Tools

Let’s face, we all need tools. Home repair is a continuous need and they will always need fixing. Apollo Tools offers a wide variety of tools and toolkits where a portion of sales are donated to BCRF. For every cordless drill sold, $2.00 is donated; for every 18 piece garden tool set, $3.00 is donated, and so on. Your home repair could save a life.

Conair Hair and Beauty Tools

Beauty tools have become essential in making sure your routine runs smoothly and quickly and these just happen to also help those in need. Whether you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, facial cleansing tool, curling iron or spa treatment device, Conair donates $110,000 annually, regardless of sales.

Everlast Training Gloves

What better way to help fight Breast Cancer than with boxing gloves! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at sparring, heavy bag workouts and mitt work, purchasing these Everlast pink BCA products help them continue to donate $75,000 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Streamlight LED Lights

Streamlight offers keychain lights, patio/camp lights and far-reaching flashlights in pink including the Pink Strion LED, Pink ProTac HL, Pink Siege AA, and Pink Nano Light. $1.00- $5.00 of every purchase of Streamlight pink BCA products are donated to BCRF.

Teleflora Pink Grace Bouquet

As the saying goes, “Say it with flowers.” So why not share how much you love them with this lovely mixed bouquet featuring pink roses arranged in a perky pink cube. With 15% of its $54.95 price going to BCRF, it’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to those who need it.

Aveda, Clinique, and Estee Lauder BCA Products

Aveda’s limited-edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme comes with pink cap and band featuring an invigorating rosemary mint aroma of certified organic rosemary and peppermint. $4 U.S. from the purchase price of this pink BCA product goes to BCRF, with a maximum donation of $331,000.

Each year, Clinique offers a special, limited-edition bottle of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, which combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer. $10 from the purchase price, with a maximum donation of $475,000.

Estée Lauder’s #1 repair serum, the Advanced Night Repair, not only comes packaged with a 3-charm pink ribbon keychain that empowers you to show their support for breast cancer awareness, it also contains a touch of blue in the design to represent the less than 1% of men who are also diagnosed with breast cancer, and 20% of its $95.00 retail price is donated.

There are hundreds other pink BCA products available for purchase year’ round that helps support the cause including fashion from Lane Bryant, office supplies from Officemate, jewelry from Alex and Ani, and much, much more. To shop all of BCRF’s pink BCA product categories, visit www.bcrf.org/shop-pink.