Blogmas Day 4: Gift Ideas for the Feminist on Your List

In light of recent news, it’s time we all band together to uplift and reignite the feminist and girl power movements.

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Whether you identify as a woman or an ally, here are some must-buys for all the feminists and nasty women on your Christmas lists. Happy Blogmas, ya’ll.


boohoo Regan Girl Boss Slogan Hoops

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Werk, girl. Let everyone in the club know exactly what kind of girl they’re dealing with.


Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant Art Print

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Girls are amazing– but sometimes we need to be reminded of that fact. Perfect for decorating an office or bedroom.


Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace By Jessica Bennett

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“Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club is a hilarious guide to navigating subtle sexism at work providing real-life career advice for a new generation of professional women. Named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, Refinery 29, Forbes, Bust + CEO Reads, Bennett blends personal stories with research and statistics, providing a new vocabulary for sexist workplace archetypes and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world.”

Flamingo Candles Flamingo Glow Getter Rose Velvet & Precious Oud Candle

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Get that glow, crush your goals, and fill your work area with a beautiful scent and cozy vibe while you’re at it.

2018 Fiercely Female 12-Month Wall Calendar

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12 whole months of girl power– which, while I’m thinking of it, sounds like a great start.


Skinnydip Holographic Pencil + Eraser Set

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Writing a test? YASSS QUEEN. Filling out reports? KILLIN’ IT. Fighting for basic human rights? IT’S LIT.


Feminist Sticky Notepad

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The sticky note is white with colored edges so only you will know you’re spreading girl power like wild fire. You know, in case your hastily scribbled messages threaten someone’s masculinity.


Slay Bath Mat

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Think of this as a daily reminder when you are doing that sad post-shower look in the mirror at your naked body. YOU ARE A QUEEN. SLAAAAY.


Feminist Throw Pillow

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We all need a feminist throw pillow. Very useful when smothering the haters and throwing feminism around everywhere.


Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud By Anne Helen Petersen

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“You know the type: the woman who “won’t shut up,” who’s “too brazen,” “too opinionated” – “too much.” She’s the “unruly woman,” and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In her book, Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj + Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures.”


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own Feminist Gift Ideas?

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I Tried Brow Razors– And Here’s What YOU Need to Know

Anyone who has ever peeked at one of my selfies knows one thing: despite my blonde hair, I was blessed with incredibly thick and dark hued brows.

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I’ve been running almost daily maintenance on my brows since about the age of 9, when school kid’s teasing led me to confidently and painfully pluck them to shit. Since then I like to think I’ve gotten a little smarter, tweezing nightly and only where necessary.

Although it’s a pretty low maintenance ritual already– I’m a firm believer in the bushy brow trend– I have to admit: it’s a little tiring. Sometimes a girl just wants to come home and crawl into bed without spending 10 minutes on her brows.

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So when I heard about the Brow Razor trend I was both intrigued and skeptical. My mother was always very firm on keeping razors and blades away from my eyes (you know, basic parenting) but I also was down for sleek results with none of the tedious and painful plucking. It also helped, when I was perusing my local Shoppers Drug Mart while exhausted and slightly delirious after work, that a full pack of brow blades cost less than $10.00.

 

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I’ve been using Brow Razors for about a month now, and I love it. They’ve literally changed my whole nightly routine, cutting down on time and cutting down on pain.

Before you give it a go, there are a few things you need to know…


DO: Know your tool.

Most Brow Razors are a single blade attached to a dainty handle, ideal for small strokes in delicate places, ie– brows, upper lip, chin, jaw line, and bikini line. The beauty of Brows Razors is that they aren’t overly sharp– you have to be pressing deliberately too-hard into your skin to cut yourself. In short, Brows Razors only have an interest in exfoliating and removing hair and dead skin, not drawing blood.

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DON’T: Get ahead of yourself.

Just because these tools can reach every nook and cranny doesn’t mean you should shave everything off the bat. I can’t stress this enough– START SLOW. That means getting comfortable with your tool by shaving less contoured places (such as the baby hairs that extend into your jaw line or forehead, or your upper lip) before diving into the harder places (between the brows and the bikini line.)

Personally, I started with my upper lip. Using delicate downward strokes (like applying mascara to your bottom lashes) I started there, stopping before the hair was completely removed to see how my skin would react. As I built up confidence handling the Brow Razor itself I worked into trickier areas, like the underside of my brows.

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As for another tip: Don’t use your Brow Razor every day. In my experience it takes about 3 days before I start noticing regrowth (and even then, that’s only between my brows.) I usually give my skin at least one day off between shaves to avoid irritation.

REMEMBER: Always shave with the skin (ie, downward) and not against it. Your pores will thank you.


DO: Prep your skin.

Never, and I repeat never, use a Brow Razor while wearing make up. Remember that time in the 9th grade when you dry-shaved before that pool party? It’s like that but worse, because in addition to razor burn you will be punished for your dumb ass-ery with acne.

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I like to use my Brow Razor post-shower, when my skin is at its cleanest and my pores are the most open. After a shower, I make sure my make up is fully removed and my skin is cleansed before swiping toner over my entire face and shaving as usual.

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Another thing: Make sure you are always using a fairly fresh blade. I usually pitch my Brow Razors after 3-4 uses.


DON’T: Shave over acne.

This is basic but important. Running a razor over pimples only accomplishes two things: first, you ensure the bacteria from the pimple gets caught in the edge of the razor and spreads to the rest of your face. Second, on the off chance you break open the pimple, you run the risk of infection and scarring.

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(Also, it hurts like a motherf*cker. Just don’t do it, okay?)


DO: Step up your after-care.

You skin is very vulnerable after shaving (which anyone who has ever shaved their pubes will tell you) which is why it’s important to really give it some love when you’re finished.

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After I use my Brow Razor, I tone my skin again to make sure any dead skin or lingering hair has been removed. Sometimes (depending on how sharp my razor was) I need to do a little clean up with my tweezers between and below my brows. Then I’ll apply some Vitamin C serum, moisturize, and apply night cream if I’m getting ready for bed. As a last step, I usually apply tea tree oil to any pimples (not to my whole face– this will dry skin the f*ck out!)

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Here’s one last secret: if your skin is irritated from the shave, apply any good diaper rash cream to the area in light dabs. My favourite is Penaten Cream, which my mother will tell you kept my ass lovely and soft as an infant.


DON’T: Shave your face if you have sensitive skin.

This last tip is a little tricky in that it’s up to your own discretion. I’m going to be honest with you: the first few times you use a Brow Razor will be awkward as f*ck. It takes a while to get used to the small strokes the tool requires, and you might inadvertently irritate your skin.

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BUT– If you’ve been using the tool for a while and notice your skin is red, rashy, and sore (or if you notice your acne has been getting worse in the areas you shave) stop using a Brow Razor. Tweezers are without a doubt a safer option for your skin– and let’s get real, it’s a lot harder to f*ck up your face when you’re literally removing one hair at a time.


TL;DR…

Honestly, making the decision to shave any part of your body should be something you make on your own, without the influence of a blogger.

HOWEVER… Using a Brow Razor is definitely something I’d recommend to a friend. While shaving your whole face isn’t something I’d necessarily tell you to go for, I will say that when it comes to things like my brows and my upper lip– I adore it. I find it way less time consuming than daily plucking, although unlike tweezing you do run a few more risks– like, you know, accidentally shaving off a brow.

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The bottom line: Brow Razors have officially become a part of my routine.


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have some thoughts you want to share?

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Life Update: May 2017

By now my inbox is full of questions: “Where have you been?” “When are you going to post this month’s Book Clubbin’?” “Is this the end of Bankrupt Beauty?”

Okay, okay. I owe you all an explanation.

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The last few weeks have been incredibly exciting for me– I wrapped up my final exams, finished school, and am now only weeks away from cross the stage and finally becoming a certified University Graduate. It’s probably not surprising that I’ve been a little MIA.

 

BUT– I have some amazing news. This summer I’ve accepted a position maintaining camp facilities deep within the Kananaskis countryside. While this means a full summer of hiking, lounging on the beach, and partying…. This also means no internet or cell service.

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Which means– you guessed it– a temporary break from Bankrupt Beauty.

This was a really hard decision to make, but I’ve decided that spending June through October completely unplugged is something that I need to do. Being a blogger and remaining constantly online is mentally and emotional exhausting, and even the few months I’ve been doing it have taken its toll. I’m really looking forward to engaging in the real world, making awesome connections with other people, and furthering my career somewhere outside of Edmonton.

On the odd chance I get an internet connection down there I’m going to try to keep you guys updated on my life– and whatever nutsy antics I get up to while maintaining camp styled beauty bargains up in the mountains.

So wish me luck, Broke Babes! And try not to miss me too much while I’m gone!

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Pretty in Pink: 15 Pieces That Have Me Totally Blushing

If you’ve been past any boutique windows in the past few weeks, you’ll notice that spring has sprung– and with it, brought an onslaught of all things pink.

If you read my earlier post about my predictions for the biggest trends of 2017, you’ll know I was dead on with predicting the rise of blush; the pretty pink hue has been dubbed the color of the season. But it doesn’t stop there– already trend analysts are predicting pink’s staying power, starting with a soft blush and eventually bursting into a hot pink for the Summer and fading into a beautiful jewelled magenta come Autumn.

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I love to live in the now, so I figured I’d start what I’m calling the Period of Pink with my favorite blush picks of the season.


Women’s Leith Plisse Pleated Skirt

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You all know me. I’m a sucker for a ballet-style tulle skirt. Pair this with a crop top and heels and you’re set.


Deux Lux Blossoms Pouch

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This pouch is basically hand-held spring time.


Express Slim Fit Convertible Sleeve Portofino Shirt

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“But Lisa,” you will sigh, pausing in your scrolling to roll your eyes. “It’s just a button down.”

Every button down is a just button down. This is adorable, leave me alone.


AE Bomber Jacket

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Cute, comfortable, and practical. Who doesn’t love a bomber?


AE Button Front Maxi Skirt

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Okay, okay, so the skirt isn’t technically blush. But this is a great way to incorporate the color into your wardrobe if you’re hesitant, or if you suspect head-to-toe pink isn’t your style.


Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor Dainty Casual Sneakers

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Odds are you already own these in some form or another, but if you’ve yet to pick up a pair I highly recommend grabbing these in blush this season. They’re an awesome alternative to the white converse that’s been so trendy the last few summers.


Topshop Faux Leather Pencil Skirt

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I’m obsessed with this piece. The pink makes it fun and girly, while the leather gives an undeniable edge of badassery.


Women’s Nordstrom Wildflower Spray Scarf

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Another piece for the timid. This scarf is also awesome because it’s color combination can be worn from Spring into Autumn.


Lush Blouson Chiffon Skater Dress

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I wish I could put emojis here because ~*heart eyes*~


Michael Antonio Jaxine Heel

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50’s inspired footwear is very in, and you really can’t beat the subtle funk of the snakeskin pattern printed here.


Express High Waisted Tulle Midi Skirt

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I can sense you judging me for including another tulle skirt on this list but I’m choosing to ignore it.


MANGO Flap Tote Bag

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This blush is so subtle it’s almost a neutral, which is beautiful in its own right. Paired with the rose gold finishes, how can you not love it?


Bb Dakota Halden A-Line Dress

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Although this dress may look a little tricky, the A-line silhouette is actually flattering on almost every body type. Plus, the off the shoulder look is perfect for anyone who possesses collar bones.


Wayf Sweet Symphony V-Neck Blouse

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Cute, simple. Just trendy enough. Love it.


Topshop Killer Studded Chelsea Boot

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These are just so extra, you can’t help but love them. Pair with ripped skinny jeans and you’re golden.


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Digging the blush trend?

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~Bankrupt Beauty

Book Clubbin’: Made by Hand

Alright Broke Babes, it’s time for another reading assignment…

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Lena Corwin’s “Made by Hand”


I’m a big fan of DIY. If done correctly, I think you can save a ton of money and create something truly unique to you. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems with Do It Yourself is that you are, unsurprisingly, doing it yourself– which means that unless you really know what you’re doing, you’re likely to blow a lot of cash on wasted or unused materials and end up with something you don’t really like.

And come on. This is Bankrupt Beauty. Blowing cash is never an option.

Which is why Corwin’s book is awesome– inspired by the DIY classes taught by herself and her close friends, “Made by Hand” can teach you how to dye, weave, crochet, sew, and craft pretty much anything you can think of, along with step-by-step instructions and helpful pictures that allow you to make what you want without reproducing a carbon copy of what’s in the book. I’m pretty much the least crafty person I know and I managed to turn a pile of yarn into a beautiful (if somewhat knobby) crochet blanket, so if that’s not proof that Corwin knows what she’s talking about, I don’t know what is.

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Between baby showers, garden parties, and anything else that gets me out of winter’s hibernation, I find that spring always gets me itching to try new things. And if you’re anxious for a fresh start (or even just jittery for a new hobby or obsession) “Made by Hand” makes for excellent Sunday morning reading– even if you never end up making any of the projects, Corwin’s writing is easy to read and offers plenty of inspiration for your home and wardrobe.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? New to the DIY game?

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~Bankrupt Beauty

International Women’s Day: 5 Simple Pleasures of Identifying as a Woman

It’s 2017. International Women’s Day is more than just a day to celebrate conventional femininity.

Now more than ever is the time to celebrate womanhood in all its forms and to look at feminism beyond its classic cookie-cutter white washed portrayal– it’s time to look at and appreciate all women, regardless of race, religion, able-bodiedness, weight, sexuality, and whatever other dividers the world tries to put between us.

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If you identify as a woman, then I invite you to celebrate with me today. In the face of those who would want to separate us it’s important to gather strength and build each other up. Rather than look at our differences, I want to spend this International Women’s Day celebrating 5 Simple Pleasures of Identifying as a Woman.

     1. Beyoncé’s “Who Run the World (Girls)”

One thing we can all agree on is that this song is amazing.

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There is no better feeling than seeing a relatively empty dance floor become immediately crowded the second this song comes on, suddenly filled a hoard of diverse and universally pumped women shaking it as hard as they can in some sort of ritual to honor Queen Bey. I swear half the plot of Mean Girls could have been resolved in a second if Beyoncé had just released this song a few years earlier.

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No matter what kind of feminism or womanhood you prescribe to, we can all agree that women run the world. No matter your privilege, no matter your sexuality, no matter if you are Black, Asian, Muslim, Latinx, Disabled, Trans, Fat, or Poor– this song is a reminder that we are all important. The world needs women.

2. #WCW

Okay, I’ll be honest. #MCM is super lame. More often than not the only men featured in the Man Candy Monday Instagram hashtag are celebrities who are idealistic media portrayals of men or your friend’s idiot boyfriend who is being praised for not drinking directly out of the milk carton. Not worthy of a hashtag.

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#WCW on the other hand is a whole other game. Any given Women Crush Wednesday you can scroll through the #WCW tag and consistently be slapped by gorgeous woman after gorgeous woman. Even better, a large percentage of the posts not only honor the women for being beautiful (because, duh. we’re all hot) but also for their kindness, intelligence, caring, and success. It’s like a weekly little International Women’s Day.

3. Donald Trump Doesn’t Identify as a Woman

So congrats! You’re already distancing yourself from American’s Biggest Loser.

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Even better– so many other amazing, talented, intelligent, and successful people identify as women. There’s Beyoncé (obviously,) Tina Fey, Malala Yousafzai, Helen Keller, Melissa McCarthy, Christy Brown, Michele Obama, Oprah, Carolyn Walker, Amber Riley, Hillary Clinton, Sofia Vergara, Gabourey Sidibe, JK Rowling, Dalia Mogahed, Laverne Cox, Angelina Jolie, Judge Judy, Rihanna, Jazz Jennings, Adele…

And that’s just to name a few. We’re in good company, ladies.

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4. We Turn Our Characters Into Icons

Although there’s still a huge shortage of well-rounded and well-written female characters appearing in the world’s media, on the rare occasion we are given one we turn them into feminist icons.

When I was growing up, every little girl wanted to be Hermione Granger. And before that, it was Princess Leia. Now, it’s Katniss Everdeen. Anytime writers give us strong, purposeful, well-written women with agency they turn into symbols of the power women possess. Even less complex characters (like the Sex and the City gang, or the Pretty Little Liars) become signifiers of reclaimed control of one’s body and sexuality, and rebellion against imposing authority– and in 2017, we need characters like this more than ever.

Give us more female characters. Make them minorities. Make them trans, make them LGBTQA. Make them disabled. Make them reflective of every different side of womanhood and femininity. But never stop making them powerful.

5. There Has Never Been a Better Time to be a Woman

Let me rephrase this: being a woman is still difficult, and in many ways dangerous. We are still largely oppressed. We are still not equal to men. We are still not treated as we should be.

But for the first time women everywhere are beginning to set aside their differences to stand together and fight for each other. Every time one of us uses our privilege or agency to defend one another, that is powerful. That leads to change.

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We are only a few months into 2017 and already I have seen so many instances of women extending a hand to one another to fight against oppressive forces both in and outside of their government. Movements like the Women’s March are just the beginning of larger change that will eventually lead to more equality and to more understanding.

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To those who identify as women and girls, wherever you are reading this: we are more similar than we are different. We are stronger together than apart. We are all women in our own right, and that alone is worth celebrating.

Happy International Women’s Day.

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~Bankrupt Beauty

 

 

Book Clubbin’: Why Not Me?

March is here, Broke Babes. Which means it’s time for another book…

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March’s Book: “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling

In the sequel to her first memoir, Why Not Me? explores Mindy Kaling’s attempts to find happiness, love, and contentment in the world of Hollywood– a place that seems to be dead-set on reminding her that women like her don’t belong on television. Through short essays revealing cheeky beauty tips (“In Hollywood, a dark-skinned woman’s natural hair color is honey-blonde,”) to stories recalling being dumped by friends, first jobs, and whirlwind romances with President Obama’s security team, Kaling’s Why Not Me? is both comedic and demanding when it comes to answering one question– why is Hollywood so sh*tty to women of color? And plus-sized women?

What’s so wrong with being different?

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Although second to her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Kaling’s Why Not Me? is a mature but hilarious take on femininity and the experience of womanhood in contemporary American media culture. While some essays will leave you breathless with laughter, there’s an intense sort of vulnerability exposed when she discusses the distance between friendships and the loss of “prime best friend years;” and, if you’ve ever had any questions about her relationship with BJ Novak (or are like me, and just like being nosy) you’ll be touched (and a little heartbroken) when you read the chapter entitled “Soup Snakes.”

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Okay, I know– you’re probably annoyed at me. I get it! This book has been out forever. But even though it’s older and a sequel (to another amazing book) when I re-read it I still caught myself laughing out loud; at one point I even called my mom to read out a few paragraphs. And if a book like that can’t be recommended to your girlfriends, what kind of book can?

What do you think Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have some books you’d recommend to a friend?

Hit like, leave me a comment, and hey– don’t forget to pass along any book you think I’d like!