Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fashion and Technology: Plurro


The only thing better than getting a discount, is getting an even bigger discount. Whenever I shop online or in stores I'm constantly checking to see if I can somehow get an additional percentage off with a discount code or group affiliation discount. If you're anything like me then Plurro was basically made for you. Plurro helps fancy frugal people like me create their own "cash mob". Cash mobs are basically group rate discounts given
to groups when they band together with friends, family, and even strangers to get a group rate discount. With a cash mob, you can increase the discount you get at stores by increasing the size of the group.

How it Works:
People download the Plurro app, then find Cash Mobs to join with friends, family, colleagues and other shoppers to increase the discounts they receive.

If the idea of this sounds good to you (and why would it not) you can download the app at and start "mobbin" now. If you live in the NYC area you can also check out the cash mob happening this week at Second Time Around, details below.

Where: Second Time Around, 238 West 72nd Street, New York, NY
When: Thursday, August 1, 2013; 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Who: Anyone can join the Cash Mob using Plurro’s app, available on the Web at and for iPhone in the App Store.
The current discount is guaranteed at 20% off; but if between 25 and 50 people sign on to come to the Cash Mob, the discount will increase to 25%; if 50 or more people sign up, the discount will climb to 30% off.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How to Adjust to Life After College


Transitioning from one life stage to the next can be tough, in particular the adjustment to life after college. Here are a few tips to make this adjustment easier.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Five Easy Summer Nail Art Designs

Summer Nail Art

Nail art really took off last summer and saw perfectly manicured hands covered in flowers, dots, and animals. As soon as I got my hands on a Model’s Own white nail art pen, I couldn’t stop. Despite some very intricate and detailed designs storming the likes of Instagram and Pinterest, doodling on your nails can actually be easier than you might expect. I’ve tried out numerous designs over the past couple of years including seasonal themes and multicolour rainbows. However, I’ve narrowed down my favourites and they are easy enough to follow even for a nail varnish virgin.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Best Drugstore Makeup for Summer

Beautysets - Fancy Francy * Summer Drugstore Makeup Picks

Summer is in full force and for many of us that means: sun, beaches, and a new summer beauty routine. If you haven't already had to re-think your makeup routine, trust us, you will. Heavy foundations and hot summer rays are long time nemesis and with summer tanning often comes the need for new summer shades. If you want to update your makeup for summer (and still have enough money left over to go out and enjoy the weather), CVS pharmacy is a go to for the newest beauty products at affordable prices.

Here's my top drugstore makeup picks for summer:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Motivational Monday: "It always seems impossible until it's done".


Living legend Nelson Mandela once said "it always seems impossible until it's done". Although he was referring to incredibly difficult situations, such as the apartheid in South Africa, this same valuable principle can be applied to every difficulty in life.

Below are three steps on how to make the "impossible" possible.

Friday, July 19, 2013

5 Jewelry Trends For Summer 2013


Summer 2013 is in full swing, and that might mean you've got your warm weather wardrobe all figured out. After all, you've probably been bombarded with news about the latest trends for the last several months - you know that neon colors are in, striped tops are all the rage, and oversized sunglasses are, once again, as trendy as can be. But if you're looking for a couple of fun finishing touches for your summer wardrobe, you can still get the job done with a simple piece of jewelry here or there. So here are 5 summer jewelry tips to help round out your outfits!

1. Neon Highlights
Just as neon is trendy in tops and other summer garments, casual jewelry with neon highlights can really pull your look together. Whether it's a few artificial beads colored brightly and vibrantly, or a neon band around part of a bracelet or earring, the lightest touch of bright color can make a bold fashion statement.

2. Pendants
A pendant can mean just about anything, but the general trend of dangling a decorative object at the end of a necklace seems to be red hot this summer. Whether that means something rustic like an old key hanging from a threat, or something fancier like a necklace featuring a white gold chain and diamond pendant is up to you. But either piece can be perfect for the right environment. Use this trend to express yourself through a pendant with some personal meaning!

3. Geometric Pieces
This is another trend that's essentially wide open to interpretation, but you know the general idea: plated necklaces of interlocking geometric shapes, necklaces with dangling metallic shapes, etc. Stark, clear geometric patterns are everywhere you look in jewelry trends this summer though, so be sure to stock up on a piece or two in this category.

4. Gems, Raw Stones & Beads
The bottom line is, colored stones are hot this summer. Your interpretation of that is totally up to you! Whether you opt for colored gemstones for a fancier look, raw stones for an elegant beach appearance, or cheap beads for a casual look around town, you can always have fun with color.

5. Animal Themes
Finally, for the quirkiest in summer jewelry trends, animal themes are very popular. This can mean a lot of different things, from a gemstone bird hanging from an earring, to a bracelet designed as a snake consuming itself. This is more of a niche trend, so it's best to just get out and see what you find, rather than plan a shopping trip in advance.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer essentials

Summer essentials


Now that summer is in full swing, it's important to make sure we've covered all the essentials. Here is our list of 8 summer must haves we can't wait to use this summer.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fancy Eats: Three Simple Ways to Lose Weight


As with everything in my life, once I get focused on it, it's pretty hard for me to stop talking about it to any and everyone. Recently, in the hopes of being able to fit back into my "skinny shorts" I've gotten very into watching what I eat, and trying to eat foods that are better for me. After doing this diligently for the past two weeks, I've lost 7vanity pounds mainly through making the following easy substitutions.