07/22/14 1:29pm
birchbox

A box like this, showing up at your apartment every month, for a year.

How many times have you passed Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman, and were unable to even afford a mascara? I mean Cover Girl is nice but there’s a time in every girl’s life when she wants to class things up a little bit. That’s why the Broketown ladies were happy to see that Birchbox, which is like Barkbox for human females, is on sale at Gilt City.

Birchbox members get a box of trial-size beauty products every month, including mascara, nail polish, fragrance and facial masks. A year’s subscription usually costs $135 but it’s $99 through Gilt City’s deal. Plus, it comes with a $25 credit to use at either Birchbox’s online store or at their SoHo location (433 West Broadway). The offer ends on August 6.

free dentist chair

“Yeah, just sit here on this nightmare chair and think about how much fun being at the dentist is.”

No one likes going to the dentist’s office, because even if your dentist is a perfectly nice man or woman, all the sharp tools and the obsession with perfection just makes people think dentists are a hair away from this at best and this at worst. Still, everyone obsessed with vintage stuff, so if you want yet another vintage thing, someone in Bay Ridge is giving away this vintage dentist chair. Just have the guest you like the least sit in it, and while the rest of your friends are having fun being at your apartment, that person will be trying to get comfortable while reliving nightmares of dentist trips past.

babeland sale

We usually take our life advice from a talking vulva, and so should you! via Facebook

FACT: Financial responsibility is sexy, and so is a room full of sex toys. Babeland (462 Bergen Street, Park Slope) can appreciate both of these things equally, which is why they’re combining the two this week for their Customer Appreciation Sale starting on Thursday. Finally, a way to prove both your seriousness in spicing things up in the bedroom while still being able to pay the rent! (more…)

07/09/14 3:27pm
lyft

If you see a car with a pink mustache, you aren’t hallucinating. This time. Probably. via Facebook

[Update: Lyft is delaying their New York launch]

Have you ever wanted to take a cab ride but also wanted to feel a little bit naughty while doing it? You could… well actually, there are thousands of ways you can do that already, but here’s one more to add to the list: Lyft, the Uber-competitor featuring a fleet of pink mustachioed cars, is coming to Brooklyn and Queens this Friday at 7pm, and it’s allowing early disrupters to enjoy rides for the low, low price of nothing (plus tip), just in time for the weekend. (more…)

07/09/14 10:46am
The New Yorker's new audiencer. Via Redditor busterbrown123

The New Yorker‘s new audiencer. Via Redditor busterbrown123

Four years ago I read an article that was one of the most well-researched, well-written pieces of journalism I had ever encountered. It was about bananas. Before that, I couldn’t name one difference between a manzano and a plantain. What could make a coarse cur like me care about cavendishes? The city’s famous martini-soaked weekly, The New Yorker. If you’re like me, though, you can’t just drop $70 on a subscription. But we’re in luck: according to The New York Times, The New Yorker is giving free online access to all of their content from 2007 to the present for three months beginning July 21. (more…)

07/07/14 1:52pm
subway tiles

You can make sure your kitchen always reminds you of your commute! via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

Are you redecorating your apartment? Or holding out the hope that one day you can own a place you can redecorate (more likely)? If you are, you’re probably nonplussed by the tile options you have for your bathroom or kitchen. Any idiot can get tiles from a catalog! You want something different, and if you act fast, you can get this Craiglister’s four or five kitchen drawers full of 1920s subway tiles for free. Let’s see the Joneses keep up with that! (more…)

Medusa Salon is one of six Slope spots where you can get a beauty deal through tomorrow

Medusa Salon is one of six Slope spots where you can get a beauty deal through tomorrow

Our Park Slope Summer Beauty promotion rounds out tomorrow, so it’s your last chance to mention Brokelyn and get 20% off or more on haircuts, waxes, facials and more from the six participating salons, if you haven’t already. Think of it as an Independence Day make-over, so you can bask among the beer and bbq and fireworks this weekend.

Here’s a rundown of what’s offered where:

Slope Suds Salon: 20% off cut or color
Elan Salon & Day Spa and Venelle Salon & Spa: 20% off facials and waxes
Medusa Salon: 20% off all hair services
Salon Bohemia: 20% off any service (hair, waxes, and facials) of at least $30; 25% off when you combine two or more services
Dhaga Aveda Salon: 20% off all services (hair, threading, waxing, ear piercing)

So get thee to the salon and looking good!

07/02/14 11:36am
tenacious d

These guys had rockstar dreams too, and look where that got them.

It’s summer music season and the perfect time to get your band out and rocking. Don’t have a band? Start one. Don’t know how to play an instrument? Well…

Learning how to play an instrument can be expensive and frustrating (especially if you go the DIY route). If you’re not up for teaching yourself the chords to “Whole Lotta Love,” though, there’s now another option: a donation-based music school that just opened in Williamsburg, Play it Forward, where you can learn how to play the instrument of your dreams for pennies in a fun, group environment. (more…)

the compound cowork

There are worse places to spend a summer Saturday. We think. via Facebook

Freelancers, small business owners lend us your ears! Working out of a cafe is merely a croissant and a small coffee away, but does the fear of having your laptop  stolen while you hit the can or order another large iced Americano ever go away?

If not, and you’re tired of your co-workers consisting of your cats when you work from home, then it might be time to check out a space where other freelancers just like you congregate to get work done. Brooklyn’s newest co-working space, The Compound Cowork (507 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens), is officially launching this Saturday, and to celebrate they’re offering a free day of co-working (that normally sets you back $30) from 1pm-8pm. (more…)

underground thrift store

You probably can’t fit the whole rack of clothes in a bag, but hey, if you get creative… via Facebook

Sometimes you pop in to a thrift store with just the idea of grabbing a new basketball jersey or sundress, when suddenly you find yourself overwhelmed with a bunch of things you love. The only problem is that you have to pay for them all and you don’t want to do that. Well, if you’re really good at managing space, your time for thrift store hoarding has come, because on Sunday, June 29, Brooklyn Heights’ Underground Thrift Store (65 Hicks Street, at the Plymouth Church) will sell you a sack for $25 and let you fill it with all the clothes you can fit. (more…)