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Catherine Brock

Catherine Brock

As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

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For the Gorgeous Bride to Be on a Budget! 12 Things Your Wedding Can Do Without

Weddings are ridiculously expensive and have been for ages. Unfortunately, there’s a whole huge industry whispering in your ear from a young age, about what the perfect wedding entails. But this isn’t a post...
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Road Trip on the Calendar? What to Know: 6 Best Luggage Brands on a Budget

Maybe you’d rather spend every last dollar on a vacation you can’t afford and carry your things in a garbage bag, but that’s just not practical. Even for a road trip, which is about...
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Feeling Stress? Try Budget-Friendly Crystal Jewelry for Well Being and Style

You could easily argue for or against the healing powers of crystals. But you would have trouble arguing that crystals and crystal jewelry aren’t inherently beautiful. A piece of rose quartz, for example, can...
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When Pores Attack: How to Manage the Appearance of Large Pores During the Summer Heat Wave

I love summer, but a heatwave brings a new set of problems to manage. My plants are dying, my t-shirts are developing stains under the arms, and I’m wearing the unavoidable scent of bug...
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4 Bigtime Pitfalls of Buying Makeup Online & How to Avoid Them

This cosmetics marketing trends report says that 42% of women in the U.S. prefer buying makeup online. That number comes from a 2018 survey, though — long before anyone had heard of the coronavirus,...
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Over Your Regular Beauty Routine? Me too! Here’s What to Do Instead.

Given the state of the economy and the high likelihood that your job outlook might be shaky, now is not the time to drop big dollars on beauty products. You might even be tempted...
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Hayley Hughes Inspired! 4 Summer Handbag Picks to Bring out Your Inner Sexpot

Who says you need to bare it all to turn up the sex appeal? Sure, you could wear body-hugging fabrics and flash some skin when you’re feeling seductive — that’s guaranteed to turn heads....
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Eyelash Extensions Falling Out? Yikes! You Need this Guide to Cleaning Your Lash Extensions Now

Beauty salons are reopening — hooray! But there’s still a pandemic going on — boo. Whether you’re trying to stay home as much as possible or simply can’t on your stylist’s calendar, you’re likely...
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Ditching the City Trip for a Camping Excursion This Year? Survive an Outdoor Trip in Style with These 11 Creative Camping Accessories

Your vacation plans might be getting an overhaul this year. Sadly, the cosmopolitan trip involving city sightseeing and meals in chic restaurants could put your health at risk. But you don’t need to ditch...
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Daydreaming: 7 Splurge-y Fashion Buys to Make the Most of Your Next Cash Windfall

Splurge buys? At a time when unemployment is off the charts, and our nation is working through some major economic and social issues? Yes, I’m talking about fashion splurges — the stuff you daydream...
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Party On! How to Host a Memorable Socially Distanced Party This Summer

I’m going to step outside the budget fashion space for a minute and talk about parties. It’s not too much of a stretch, either. Hosting or attending a party could be an excuse to...
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Virtual Beauty! 4 Ways to Look Your Best During Video Meetings

Most of us make some attempt to look our put together when heading to the office. But alas, the world has changed due to the COVID-19. Many of us are going to the “office”...
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Healthy Skin for Summer! 6 Smart Sunscreens You Need Now

By now, we’ve all wised up enough to know everyday sunscreen is a beauty essential. Being healthy is the new being bronze and that doesn’t just mean in the summer. Protecting your skin year ’round...
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Off-Duty Look for Petites — $100

Specs: Body type: petite Occasion: off-duty Style: subtle and sophisticated Budget: $150 or less Pieces: Petite Cropped Sweater, $11, Missguided Caslon Knit Joggers, $27.97, Nordstrom Rack Steve Madden Women’s Sneaker, $60, Amazon
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Party Outfit for Petites — Under $75

Specs: Occasion: Party Body Type: Petite Budget: Under $75 Styling: Subtle and Sophisticated Pieces: Bobeau Cap Sleeve Wrap Dress, $30, Nordstrom Rack Truffle Collection Sandals, $15, ASOS Dolce Women’s Clutch, $14, Amazon
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Hanging at Home Outfit — Under $75

Specs: Body type: Plus Occasion: None! Just hanging at home, being socially distant. Budget: Under $75 Pieces: ASOS DESIGN Jogger, $29, ASOS Crewneck Cropped Sweater, $20.30, Target ChayChax House Slippers, $20.99, Amazon
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Walk the Park in Style — Under $100 with Shoes

Specs: Occasion: Light exercise Budget: Under $100 Body Type: Athletic Pieces: Midrise Capris, $15.39 (on sale), JCPenney Long-sleeve Top, $17.99, Amazon Sports Bra, $9.98, Amazon Nike Revolution 5, $40.97 (on sale), Nike
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Work from Home Outfit — Under $150

Specs: Occasion: Work from home Body type: Rectangle Budget: Under $150 Styling: Subtle, comfortable Pieces: Socialite Satin Jogger Pants, $33.75, Nordstrom Dearforms Mocassin Slippers, $24, Amazon Boden Ravello Top, $64, Boden
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Spring Outfits for Petites — Under $150

Specs: Body type: Petite Occasion: Easy, casual spring outfit Budget: Under $150 Styling: Simple, straightforward Pieces: Monteau Petite Sleeveless Jumpsuit, $49.50 (on sale), Macy’s Polly Sandal, $49.99, DSW Furtalk Hat, $21.99, Amazon
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Plus-Size Work Outfit — $150

Specs: Body type: Plus Occasion: Work Styling: Subtle and sophisticated Budget: $150 Pieces: Plus-size Utility Blazer, $71, Missguided Plus-size Cigarette Pants, $37, Missguided Laptop Bag, $40.99, Amazon Note: I know it’s not very original...
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5 Spring Trends to Love Now — & Luxurious Designer Pieces to Match

The urge to wear bright colors has been building -- to the point I might go on a crazy spring fashion trends shopping binge. Here's what I'd buy.
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