Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why We Love Entrepreneur Barbie





Nurse Barbie
Doctor Barbie
Firefighter Barbie.

Entrepreneur Barbie.

According to Entrepreneur41 percent of women are now their family’s primary breadwinners. Which only makes it fitting that Barbie makes a new addition to her over 150 fantasy careers with Entrepreneur Barbie!

You've probably seen on our social media outlets our recent love for the newly launched Entrepreneur Barbie. As young girls, we played with dolls and we were especially fond of the Barbie collection. Barbie has definitely expanded over these last couple of years to include more racial diversity and now career diversity and we couldn't be more happy. As young business women and entrepreneurs we recognize how much of a positive influence we have on society in reshaping the way women are seen in the business world. "We are BOSSES" as Co Founder Karen likes to put it and we are forces to be reckoned with.   For Co Founder Ali, being an Entrepreneur was a "childhood dream" and to have her very own Entrepreneur Barbie sitting on her office desk is a really humbling experience since Barbie has been such an influential figure. It's cool to call the shots in the business world while rocking your highest heels and cutest dress. Entrepreneur Barbie is a figure that's saying, "Women have a place in the business world". The great thing about Entrepreneur Barbie is they come in many different ethnic backgrounds and you can order them straight off of Amazon! Click below for some of our favorites!

Barbie Entrepreneur Doll

Barbie Entrepreneur Asian Doll

Barbie Entrepreneur African-American Doll

Barbie Entrepreneur Hispanic Doll

Also, don't forget: Who run the world? GIRLS.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Eyelash Extensions - Pros & Cons


Every girl loves long, thick, luscious lashes, but some people are just not blessed with them!  Glue-on strips may work on a girls night out to hit the town, but who has the time to put them on everyday?!  The lash serums are great, but there's obviously side effects to it, and once you stop using them they'll go back to your natural length.  Eyelash extensions have been around for several years and they're now popular than ever, but like any other lash lengthening solution, they have their downsides.  Some people love them, and some people couldn't handle them!

If you're considering getting lash extensions, you're gonna want to read this!

Pros
1. You never have to wear mascara again!
2. You can go shower and even swim with them on and still have beautiful long lashes.
3. You never have to curl (and ruin!) your lashes ever again!
4. You don't have to worry about them coming off- they'll last you a good 3/4 weeks!
5. Say goodbye to raccoon eyes.
6. Have long, thick lashes semi-permanently!
7. You get to relax and snooze at your lash appointment for about an 1-1.5 hours.
8. You can wear mascara if you want a dramatic look for a night out!
9. They look so natural!
10. They come in different length, color, and type (mink or silk fibers).

Cons
1. It's just another thing that you need to keep up with.  They're just like getting your nails done!
2. You can't use oil-based products- especially makeup removers.
3. Depending on where you get them done, they can get pretty pricey!
4. Make sure to do some research on a technician before you go with them, they can ruin your lashes if it isn't done right!
5. Can't rub your eyes.  If you have allergies, eyelash extensions may not be a good decision for you.
6. Once you get your lashes wet, you have to brush them out.
7. If you go too long without getting a fill, your lashes will grow out and all the lashes can get twisted.
8. Your lashes won't necessarily get ruined, but if you don't take care of them, they can wear down your real lashes.

Helpful Tips

  • Average lash length is size 12.  They look natural, but long and pretty!
  • Salons are going to be more expensive than independent technicians.
  • Going to get them filled every 3 weeks is the perfect amount of time.
  • Take a break from your lashes every now and then. 
  • Full set appoints last about 2 hours, and fills usually last about an hour.
  • Some people are allergic to certain glues, so make sure to ask your technicians about the glue that they use and previous experiences with other clients.
  • Make sure your technician doesn't put anymore than 3 lashes per lash!  
  • FYI, they're addicting.  Once you start, you can't stop!
Again, eyelash extensions aren't for everyone so try them out and see how you like them!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chic For Cheap: Fashion On A Budget



Shopping for quality pieces doesn't mean you need to break the bank.  Often times, it's all about knowing where to look-- and what little details to look for-- that make all the difference.  We're all for finding fabulous pieces at a great price!  Just because something was cheap, doesn't mean you look cheap.  Below, we've compiled our favorite tips for fashion on a budget!


Tip #1: No Labels.
You don't need designer items to look cool.  If something is trendy, buy it for cheap (it's not worth the investment, trust us).  If you're a label lover, save your splurge for something timeless that you will use for years to come.  There are plenty of stylish finds at a great price, and there's no need to overspend on a single item.

When shopping in budget-friendly stores, go with the "no label" rule of thumb.  Look for items without visible branding or labels on the outside.  Same goes for jeans... the less labels on pockets or by the belt loops, the better.  There are plenty of inexpensive jeans out there with no labels on them, that look a whole lot like their designer counterparts.  When it comes to a tee or tank, you can never go wrong with plain & simple.

A Big Don't: knockoff handbags.  Instead of faux, look for a beautiful no-name bag within your budget.  Go for real leather, clean lines, and you guessed it... as little branding on it as possible.  For vegan leather, it should look & feel like the real deal.  Nothing beats quality, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a quality knockoff.  A pretty mystery brand piece is much more stylish, and you'll have people asking "where did you get that?!"  You're creating your own trend!  We love the envelope clutch pictured above.

A Big Do: faux diamond stud earrings.  Go for a sparkly & modestly-sized pair; it's hard for the untrained eye to tell the difference.


Tip #2: The Details.
Ever notice a striped tee, and the stripes don't match up at the seam on the side?  It's those little details that make something either look "cheap" or luxurious.  Not all budget finds pay attention to these details, while many higher-end items do.

If you're buying something with a pattern on it, make sure that everything is in check.  Stripes & plaids should match up at the seams.  Floral patterns shouldn't have big gaps in the pattern in obvious areas (i.e. stomach or chest).  Also with floral patterns, make sure that the flowers are placed in flattering areas.  For example, two big flowers placed symmetrically on either side of your chest looks like, well... awkward!

The solution to this?  Look at what you're buying.  Inspect the side seams, notice the patterns.  Let's say you found a cute striped shirt, and you know that you want a size medium.  Look through all of the mediums on the clothing rack, and find one that looks like it's made the best!  We find many great patterned items at fast-fashion stores like Forever 21... and all it takes is a little careful inspection.

Speaking of seams, make sure they lay flat.  Seams and hemlines should not be bumpy, uneven, or poorly stitched.  Fabrics should feel substantial; not easily torn or snagged.  If the fabric looks like it will 'ball up' in the wash, chances are you're right.  Clothing should have longevity, and not be disposable.

Helpful hint: patterned items are best to be bought in person, and not online, so you can check for these details.


Tip #3: Where To Go.
Fear no store.  You can shop in any-- and we mean any-- store, and usually find something great.  You just need to know where to look, and how to stay true to your personal style.  That cheesy-feeling accessory store in the mall for example; it just might have a fabulous piece of costume jewelry!

We love everything from the sale rack at department stores, to haunts like T.J. Maxx and Marshall's.  Places like Forever 21 can't be beat for trendy items on the cheap.  There are also several stores that offer great coupons, such as Kohl's and Express.  Keep an eye out for pieces you need, and steer clear of anything that doesn't feel like "you".  Just because it's a good price, doesn't mean you need it.

A Big Don't: don't buy something just because it's on sale.  Buy something because you love it.  Even if it's on sale, you love it, but it doesn't fit... don't buy it.  You won't wear it, and you won't feel your best in it if you do.  You may find a name-brand pair of heels for 50% off.  But, they hurt and pinch your toes.  You'll feel (and look) much better by wearing those trusty ankle booties that you already have in your closet instead.

A Big Do: wait for the sale.  Drooling over a full-priced item?  Find out when it's going on sale, and check back later.


Tip #4: Make It Yours.
Often times it's not just about the pieces we buy; it's how we style them once we're wearing them that makes the difference.  Take a blouse from "cute" to "amazing" by adding some layered necklaces & tucking it in to great-fitting jeans.  Find little touches of your personal style to add into your outfits.

Go with your style.  Are you more into a preppy, J. Crew look?  Take that same blouse & jeans-- add a colorful statement necklace, a vintage baseball cap, chic leather flats, and a monogrammed tote bag.  Keep your personal style in mind when on the hunt at budget friendly shops.  No matter the price of an item, you'll always look like a million bucks when you make it your own!

Another style tip that will always make you feel fabulous: confidence.  And by the way, it's free!  So go forth-- rock that t-shirt and jeans with your head held high and a smile on your face.  Dress for yourself, your lifestyle, and what you feel best in!


Where are your favorite places to shop for budget friendly fashion?  Share with us below!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vote For Us: Best Brand Blog [Bloglovin' Awards]


Nominations for the 2014 Bloglovin' Awards are well underway and we need your help voting for us! Vote for us as the 'Best Brand Blog' for the 2014 Bloglovin' Awards. You can only nominate one blog per category and submissions end July 31st, 2014. Here's how you vote:
  1. Visit this site: https://bloglovin.wufoo.com/forms/nominations-for-the-2014-bloglovin-awards/
  2. Scroll down to where is says "BEST BRAND BLOG"
  3. In the box where you put a url, put "www.thesororitysecrets.com"
  4. Down below in the boxes put your name and email address and you're all set!
  5. Share the Bloglovin' Awards Nomination link with your friends, sisters, and family and have them vote for us!
Easy enough, right?! The 2014 Bloglovin' Awards will be held on September 7, in NYC during Fashion Week. This is what it looked like last time. We would be so honored to be awarded this award so please vote for us!

xoxo!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Beach Towels!


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When you're out at the beach or just hanging out by the pool, your outfit is just so limited with your teeny bikini!  You might throw on a hat or maybe carry a good beach tote, but you can't forget about having a cute beach towel!  This season, we saw tons of stores carry their own line of beach towels and we love it!  Urban Outfitters carries some funny & sassy ones, J.Crew never disappoints us with their basic polkadots, and Kohls carries adorable vintage magazine cover towels! 

We compiled some of our favorite beach towels of this Summer just for you!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Know the Eight: 8 Signs That You're In An Abusive Relationship




1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Beauty Cares, a non-profit based in NYC that is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children, reached out to us to share the 8 signs to know when you're in an abusive relationship and we couldn't be more happy to have received this information to share with you all. Knowing this information and preventing abuse before it begins is vital. We encourage you to share these 8 signs: 'Pin It', print it, email it, speak about it so you and your friends and family can be educated.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#BestFitEver with Abercrombie & Fitch

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Abercrombie & Fitch for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% ours.

When it comes to jeans, we like to keep it simple- nothing crazy on the pockets, no studs, or crazy stitching!  Next to dark blue jeans, a pair of white skinnies are a must have in the closet, but shopping for jeans can be kinda tricky at times and really expensive!  That is until we found out about Abercrombie's amazing collection of jeans!

TSS Co-Founder, Sakura, found these amazing pair of white skinnies under the Super Skinny collection at Abercrombie & Fitch and fell in love.  They fit just right with a flattering waistband that lays flat and never cuts in!  It has a bit of a personality with the small distressed patches, but nothing over the top crazy and it goes with everything and anything.  Sakura styled her skinnies with a simple, black sleeveless button up with a pair of black pumps and a black purse.   Jeans can also last a really long time if it's a pair of good-quality jeans and these Super Skinnies will definitely be lasting a long time!  "I've had a few pair of white skinnies in the past, but for some reason, by the end of the day they loses their shape.  With the Super Skinnies from Abercrombie never loses it's shape because of the quality!" 

The great thing about keeping your jeans simple, is that you can get a whole new look just by throwing on a different top.  If you're looking for a more casual look, style your jeans with a cute graphic tee to add that boy-chic look!

Other than these Super Skinnies, they carry so many other amazing jeans like the Boyfriend Jeans, Jean Leggings, High Rise Super Skinnies, Natural Waist Jeggings, and even adorable Overalls!  The best part about all of these jeans are that they are super affordable at $35 for a pair of great quality jeans.  That's right, any jeans in store for $35.  They also carry so many adorable jumpsuits, dresses, and tops that you can wear with your new pair of jeans!  Now we know where to get jeans for the best value with the highest quality!




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