03/11/14 2:04pm
H&M wedding dress

It’s only $99, so you could feel good about never wearing it again. Courtesy Washington Post, via H&M

Weddings are expensive. Or so said my recently married best friend, who as a bride-to-be had to stress about things like dress alterations and plus-ones and cake tastings and optional vegan dinners. While I was busy trying to figure out how I would pay my rent and feed myself post-college graduation, she was trying to figure out how to feed hundreds of distant relatives, and look good doing it. Not that I’m getting married anytime soon, but I know as a twenty-something New Yorker, a wedding is totally out of my budget.

However, the new $99 wedding dress from H&M brings a totally new budget-friendly gown to the bridal game. (more…)

01/17/14 1:51pm
Alexander Wang is bringing this look to BK via annexmagazine.com

Alexander Wang is bringing this look to BK. via annexmagazine.com

Now when people decry our flannel and home-cut bangs and holes in our stockings, calling us hipsters for the 11242324346 time, not that we suffer fools, we can say, “Oh yeah, well Alexander Wang didn’t seem to think Brooklyn was too below him to stage his Fashion Week show here!” That’s right, February 8, 8:30 p.m., Wang is trading in his usual spot at Midtown’s Pier 94 for the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to unveil his 2014 collection, making Brooklyn’s debut Fashion Week Fashion Show. (more…)

01/15/14 3:55pm
When you're this bundled up, who cares what you look like?

When you’re this bundled up, who cares what you look like? via popsugar.com

Although it’s been fairly balmy this week, the polar vortex is far from a distant memory and we’ve got plenty of winter ahead. On those brutal days, you don’t even want to get out of bed, much less get dressed and present yourself to the world. But part of being a socially-acceptable adult is practicing good decent hygiene and achieving some semblance of style, you know, for your own self-worth and so as not to gross out others, unless that’s your goal. Winter upkeep is like Chinatown: Forget it, Jake. Wait, wrong quote, I mean this one: Do as little as possible. But rock it. The Brokelyn girls traded tips on how to get as much bang for your I-Don’t-Give-a-Fuck.

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The site of the original Loehmann's on Bedford Ave. and Sterling Place in Crown Heights

The site of the original Loehmann’s, opened in 1921 on Bedford Ave. and Sterling Place in Crown Heights, via Brownstoner.com

Legendary NYC designer discount store Loehmannn’s filed for bankruptcy last month, another augur of changing New York, though really we see it as part of the trend of off-price retailers like Filene’s and Daffy’s going out of business. Whether you feel sentimental about the shuttering of an old-school institution or you’re a clothes horse always on the look-out for a steal, Loehmann’s is having liquidation sales at all 39 of its nationwide locations (two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, in Sheepshead Bay) from now until it closes in March. (more…)

07/30/13 9:24am
We're back for more. via Flickr user emily geoff

We’re back for more. via Flickr user emily geoff

As we’ve all learned, I’m a Fulton Mall junkie. I just can’t stop, won’t stop this affordable and stylish lifestyle. I hopped on over to my preferred shopping strip to hopefully find some threads that won’t make me want to jump into the dreaded East River the second I leave my A.C., and while I was there, I decided to take tips from the street by checking out what the ladies were wearing right now. Take a look at what I found. (more…)

05/15/13 9:06am
Mermaid Parade ready eyeshadow from the dollar store? Methinks so. All photos by Cat Agonis

Mermaid Parade ready eyeshadow from the dollar store? Methinks so. All photos by Cat Agonis

As much as we adore all those summer moments on rooftops and in hydrant pools, it takes a little extra care to stay fly and fresh to death in the heat. That’s already hard enough when you’re hustling in this city, and time and money is always something you’re running short on. So you need to learn to take advantage of beauty product deals at your local dollar store, mine being Flushing 99 Cent Plus, on Flushing Avenue. Unfortunately since many things at the dollar store aren’t actually a dollar anymore, prices here cross the .99 cent threshold. But they’re still way cheaper than anything at Sephora or even Duane Reade where you have to spend upwards of $8 just for a flippin eye pencil. WACK. Anyway are we ready? Let’s do this! (more…)

05/13/13 10:37am
Our girl Caroline shows off some of the wonders you can find at Dusty Rose. via Facebook

Our girl Caroline shows off some of the wonders you can find at Dusty Rose. via Facebook

If this yo-yo weather has got you befuddled, try a new kind of spring cleaning to get you in the groove. At the end of the month, Greenpoint’s own Dusty Rose Vintage will be hosting their first ever “This for That” annual spring clothing swap. So if you’re super bored with what you have now, why not just trade it in? People do that in summertime with relationships too, so why not clothing? (more…)

04/05/13 1:56pm
Now you too can have your life's work insulted by celebrity puppets. Via Lovelyish.

Now you too can have your life’s work insulted by celebrity puppets. Via Lovelyish.

You know what they say: if you can’t make it in the real world, make it on reality TV. Well, we’re not sure if anyone actually says that, but it sure seems to be true. And that’s great for all you designers out there, because Project Runway is casting for their next season. A reality show gig could get your name and your work out there, whether or not that’s a good thing is up to you. Either way, it’s all about shooting for the stars right? Right.  (more…)

04/01/13 2:00pm
Get fresh for spring, dawg, with Lookmatic

Get fresh for spring, dawg, with Lookmatic

Sponsored By Lookmatic.

Lookmatic provides great looking eyewear fully loaded with your prescription lenses for only $95.

Lok outisde! Spring has sprung, just like the prophecy foretold! This, of course, means it’s finally time to buy some damn sunglasses.Why not take this opportunity to celebrate and pick up a pair of shades from our friends at Lookmatic?

Unless you’re a Blues Brother, it’s still not cool to wear sunglasses at night. But the weather is warming up (finally!) and Brooklyn will soon turn into a freefest of summertime debauchery, and you’re probably going to find yourself spending a lot of your days outside. It’s important to keep your style in check when you’re squinting at the sun, and and a good pair of shades is the perfect complement to that tank top-and-summer-hat thing you’ve been thinking about all winter.

But we don’t have to tell you that you need a new pair of sunglasses – you already know that. It’s where to get them that’s the problem. A pair of polarized designer shades can put you back up to $200, and you run the risk of losing them in the summer shuffle. On the other end of the sunglass scale, you can find those brightly colored plastic wayfarers for free pretty much anywhere, but they tend to have the effect of making you look like you’ve spent hours getting sunburned at a Dave Matthews concert. Lucky for you and me and everyone else, there’s a middleground.

Lookmatic, our favorite online boutique,  is rolling out their shades for the spring, and they’ve got a ton of options to take you far beyond your wildest dreams. In addition to having variations on classic wayfarers and aviators, they also have dozens of other styles that you can sort by color, size, and frame material. Clear frames like the Ricky and deep blues like the Bel Air are expected to be popular this spring, but not so popular that you won’t still stand out in a sea of standard looks.

Any of Lookmatic’s available $95 Rx frames can be tinted at no extra cost. If your vision doesn’t need any improving (and we think you’re perfect just the way you are), you can get a pair of non-Rx shades for $65. Oh yeah, and shipping is free.

Of course, there’s a secret third option: you could win ‘em for free right here. Lookmatic is raffling off two pairs of sunglasses for the days when the sun breaks through those April showers. To join the contest, check out the form below, and get ready for a bright, bright future.

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03/20/13 12:00pm
Be a summer fashion icon. Via Lookmatic on Facebook.

Be a summer fashion icon. Via Lookmatic on Facebook.

Sponsored By Lookmatic.

Lookmatic provides great looking eyewear fully loaded with your prescription lenses for only $95.

Hello everybody, and welcome to spring! Today is the Vernal Equinox, which means 1) something about astronomy, and 2) that it’s now officially acceptable to wear sunglasses outside. This, of course, is ridiculous, as the sun gets in your eyes all year round, but hey, why not take this opportunity to celebrate and pick up a pair of shades from our friends at Lookmatic?

Unless you’re a Blues Brother, it’s still not cool to wear sunglasses at night. But as the weather warms up and Brooklyn turns into a freefest of summertime debauchery, you’re probably going to find yourself spending a lot of your days outside. It’s important to keep your style in check when you’re squinting at the sun, and and a good pair of shades is the perfect complement to that tank top-and-summer-hat thing you’ve been thinking about all winter.

But we don’t have to tell you that you need a new pair of sunglasses – you already know that. It’s where to get them that’s the problem. A pair of polarized designer shades can put you back up to $200, and you run the risk of losing them in the summer shuffle. On the other end of the sunglass scale, you can find those brightly colored plastic wayfarers for free pretty much anywhere, but they tend to have the effect of making you look like you’ve spent hours getting sunburned at a Dave Matthews concert. Lucky for you and me and everyone else, there’s a middleground.

Lookmatic, our favorite online boutique,  is rolling out their shades for the spring, and they’ve got a ton of options to take you far beyond your wildest dreams. In addition to having variations on classic wayfarers and aviators, they also have dozens of other styles that you can sort by color, size, and frame material. Clear frames like the Ricky and deep blues like the Bel Air are expected to be popular this spring, but not so popular that you won’t still stand out in a sea of standard looks.

Any of Lookmatic’s available $95 Rx frames can be tinted at no extra cost. If your vision doesn’t need any improving (and we think you’re perfect just the way you are), you can get a pair of non-Rx shades for $65. Oh yeah, and shipping is free.

Of course, there’s a secret third option: you could win ‘em for free right here. Lookmatic is raffling off two pairs of sunglasses for the days when the sun breaks through those April showers. To join the contest, check out the form below, and get ready for a bright, bright future.

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