Beauty & Fashion

The Trend Report: Splashy Swimwear

Ladies, we have a confession to make: Normally, we HATE swimwear shopping. Your run-of-the-mill body issues aside, we just can't help but wonder: How many variations on a few strips of lycra can there be?

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Get Fit for Free: 7 Websites to Stream Free Workouts

One of the many reasons I chose to live in my current apartment was the fact that I had free use of the small gym in the community building. It has two treadmills, two elliptical machines, a stationary bike, and a weight machine. All a girl could ask for, right? Wrong. I didn't realize how absolutely boring it would be to run on a treadmill every single day. The thought of joining a gym crossed my mind because I knew I could take classes and switch up my routine. But then I thought about the fact that I have this free gym and should utilize it to its full potential. So what was I to do? To be honest, I sat around doing nothing until I read an article in a magazine about free online streaming workout classes. You heard me correctly! You can stream workout classes for free (or close to it) to do in your personal gym or even in the comfort of your own home!

Free Online Fitness Videos

Photo: Jessica Smith TV

Here is a list of my favorite free streaming workouts:

Jessica Smith TV

Definitely my favorite of all of these free streaming sites, Jessica Smith TV organizes each of her routines into categories like 10 minutes or less workouts, chair workouts, equipment free workouts and more. Her blog is also a great resource for fitness news or ideas on how to get motivated.

BeFit YouTube Channel

This YouTube channel features videos ranging from 30-second tip videos to full 35-minute workouts from top trainers like Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin and more. Like Jessica Smith TV, the videos on this YouTube channel are placed into categories like ab workouts, mobile workouts, pilates and more. They also offer the Be Fit in 90 workout channel on YouTube which is a compilation of 90 total body circuit and cross-training daily workouts.
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Trend Report: Stunning Shades

With warm weather finally upon us, there's one fashion essential you simply can't afford to do without: stunning shades. Unfortunately, not all frames are universally flattering. It can be said that what looks chic on one woman can turn another into a walking bug. And, not all frames are created equal. On the one hand, you have the designer pair that won't leave your head for the remainder of the season, and on the other, the throwaways you can spare to accidentally leave behind after a long day at the beach. No matter what type you're in the market for, Brad's Deals has got you covered--or, we've got your peepers covered, that is!. Check out this week's trend report for plenty of shapes/styles you can snag for a steal!

Heart Shaped (Best on Diamond or Triangle Faces)

Chesap Heart Shaped SunglassesGet these With Love from CA Rubberized Heart Sunglasses, normally $14.95, for $8.39 at PacSun. Shipping adds $2.99. We couldn't find these glasses anywhere else for less. They feature dark blue lenses. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Aviators (Suits Most Face Types)

Cheap Aviator SunglassesFor a limited time, save 56% on these BCBG Two-Tone Aviator Sunglasses at BCBG, where they drop from $89 to $62.30 to to $56.07 in your cart with coupon code BCBG10 at checkout. We couldn't find them anywhere else for less. They have a plastic frame and contrast color lens. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Cheap Kate Spade Sunglasses Cat-Eye (Best on Heart-Shaped, Oval or Square Faces)

Get these Kate Spade Franca Sunglasses, listed at $138 and on sale for $89, for $66.75 in your cart at checkout at Solstice Sunglasses as part of the store's extra 25% off select designer sunglasses. Plus, shipping is free. The best price we could find on these glasses from a reputable source anywhere else was $82. They also come in purple. Sales tax is charged in most states.

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5 Ways to Save on the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

At Brad's Deals, we don't believe in paying full price for anything--not even your wedding dress. With recent studies putting the average cost of a wedding at around $30,000 (the highest its been since 2007), we're all for saving wherever you can. But that doesn't mean you have to cut corners or settle for a dress that's a nightmare instead of a dream. Read on for our foolproof ways to save on that gorgeous gown you'll remember for years to come.

Ralph Lauren Check for Coupons

Since many mass retailers offer bridal gowns, you may be entitled to a discount even if your chosen garment isn't on the sale rack. Check Brad's Deals, as well as store promotion pages for special coupon codes and specials. Many stores offer discounts with credit card or email signup even if no other discount is available. Neiman Marcus, for example, where we found this pictured Ralph Lauren Collection Chantel Beaded Evening Gown ($8,000), has a credit card with a point system and also offers 10% off with email signup.

Plan Ahead

As some of the best shoppers out there will tell you, getting a great deal isn't always an act of serendipity. Scoring a steal can take several months of careful planning and research. If you've got your eye on a particular gown, it pays to know the sale cycles of the store you're planning to purchase from. What type of store are you shopping at? If it's a mass retailer, do they ever have storewide events, such as a Friends and Family sale? What month(s) does it usually fall in? Is it an independent bridal store? It might pay to wait until December/January, when bridal experts say many shops are marking down their remaining inventory to make way for the new year's latest styles.

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Prom on a Dime: A Frugal Fashionista's Guide to a Fabulous Prom

Bust out the cameras, parents— prom season is nearly upon us. They're growing up before your very eyes and inevitably, your son or daughter will soon be headed off to have the time of their lives, making memories they'll never want to forget. But creating those magical memories doesn't always come cheap.

Budget Prom Guide and Tips

Visa Inc. reports that in 2013, families spent a national average of $1,139 on the big night, covering expenses such as formal wear, shoes, hair, makeup, dinner and flowers, up 5% from the $1,028 average in 2012. If those figures are hitting you with some serious sticker shock, you've come to the right place. With a little savvy shopping, we've managed to cut those costs down to a budget of roughly $175-500 for a head to toe look! With dresses as low as $41 and jewelry starting at $8 shipped, they'll be  cutting a rug in style without breaking the piggy bank. See some of our favorites below, then head over to the Brad's Deal's Prom Guide to check out the full list of prom deals. Now that's a reason to smile— say cheese!

Hailey Prom Dress Hailey Logan Chiffon Prom Gown $99 + FS

Save 50% on this Hailey Logan Embellished Strap Chiffon Gown at Nordstrom just in time for prom, where it falls from $198 to $98.98. Shipping and returns are both free, so there's no extra charge. This is the best price we could find on this dress. It features a cage strap back and a beaded embellished V-Neckline. This dress runs small and Nordstrom recommends sizing up. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Teleflora: 25% Off Corsages+Boutonniere

Take 25% off your Corsage + Boutonniere Purchase at Teleflora with coupon code EMCS25 at checkout. This pictured blue and white Elegance corsage, in example, falls from $22.95 to $17.21 with the code. Next-day delivery adds $15.99 but may vary with location. Sales tax is charged in most states.

SwarovskiSwarovski & Sterling Silver Earrings $24

Exclusively for our readers, these Drop Earrings with Swarovski Zirconia in Sterling Silver drop from $129 to $39 to 424 at Jewelry.com with the code BRADS, plus they ship free. This is the best price we could find on something similar. They measure 7/8 by 1/4 of an inch and are set in sterling silver. Even better, buy 2 or more items and save an additional 10% on your total order, which would drop the price to $21.60. There is no sales tax (except NY).

Rhinestone Heart Tiara $18

Get this Rhinestone Heart Tiara, normally $24.50, for $18.38 in your cart at checkout at Claire's with coupon code SEVENTEEN, which takes 25% off all Full-Priced Items. Shipping adds $6. We couldn't find this exact tiara anywhere else for less. It has two hair combs and is 2" tall. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Aldo ShoesAldo: 20% Off Sitewide

For a limited time, Aldo takes 20% off it's entire Stock. These pictured Creason Sandals, for example, fall from $70 to $56 in the pictured silver color. We couldn't find them anywhere else for less than list price. They have both an ankle and a top strap and feature a 4" heel. Accessories, like this Leuze Clutch are also discounted, falling from $40 to $15.98. We couldn't find it anywhere else for less, but you can get it on Amazon for the same price if you prefer. It has a flap closure with a magnetic strap. Shipping adds $5 and sales tax is charged in states with Aldo retail locations.

Do you want $100 to spend at Nordstrom for this year's prom? Enter our Prom on a Dime Facebook Contest for your chance to win!

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The Trend Report: Ships Ahoy!

Nautical inspired fashion is a timeless trend that never goes out of style. Just ask Zooey Deschanel. Next month, the actress/singer/now fashion designer will introduce her first collection with classic American designer Tommy Hilfiger (aptly titled "To Tommy, From Zooey,") and nautical shapes and prints reportedly played a huge role in the creation of the line. Calling their efforts "modical," (nautical fashion with a '60s mod twist),  the duo is set to debut its pieces in 200 Macy's stores on April 14,  but if you simply can't wait that long, don't fret: Brad's Deals has plenty of nautical styles available for purchase now to help get your feet wet on the seafaring trend. Ahoy, mateys!

NauticalTommy Hilfiger Dot Print Top $24

Get this Tommy Hilfiger Dot Print Top, originally $75 and on sale for $39.99 for $27.99 in your cart at checkout at Tommy Hilfiger as part of the store's 30% off all Shirts sale, plus, use coupon code THILMARCH20 to drop it to $23.79. Shipping adds $7.95, but is free on orders of $150 or more. We couldn't find this shirt anywhere else for less. It has a boxy fit and is machine washable. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Stripe Cascade Sweater $15

Get this Stripe Cascade Cardigan, once $34.90, for $15 right now at dELiAs. Shipping adds $6, but is free on orders of $25 or more with coupon code DHCBR3 at checkout. We couldn't find it anywhere else for less. It is a cotton/acrylic blend. Sales tax is charged in most states.

BraceletsASOS Bracelet Pk W/Nautical Detail $11+FS

Get this ASOS Bracelet Pack w/Nautical Detail, once $15.06 for $11.29 right now at ASOS, plus, shipping is free on all orders. This is the best price we could find on this set. It has four bracelets and includes a nautical pendant attachment. It is one size fits all. Sales tax is charged in most states.

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5 Designer Deals that Beat eBay Prices

Are you impressed with our good deals but not convinced there isn't a lower price out there somewhere? Resell sites are appealing options when shopping for higher-priced merchandise. While we consider reputable retailers who sell through eBay in our best-of-web price comparisons, we don't give any regards to Jane Doe and her second-hand purse. But even if you're willing to buy from an individual seller, you might not get the best price. Case in point: Here are five sought-after designer items from retailers we trust that beat the lowest buy-it-now price on eBay.

5 Deals that Beat eBay

Clockwise from top: Wildfox Couture Starstruck Sunglasses, Kate Spade Beacon Court Garland Handbag, Superga Cotu Classic, Juicy Couture Sophia Perforated Leather Large Tote, Marc by Marc Jacobs Rue iPad Case

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The Trend Report: Chic Chevron

This ancient V-shaped pattern (used in Greek pottery designs as early as 1800 BC) has been making the transition from home items, such as ottomans and chairs, to runways for quite some time now, with high-end brands like Missoni leading the charge. And, as fashions tend to do, this one is finally trickling its way down to the masses in a big way in the form of  bold and attention-grabbing accessories and apparel. But take heed: This isn't a pattern for the faint of heart. Those brave enough to stand out from the crowd can get plucky in a chevron covered dress or skirt or add a little flair in the form of a scarf, necklace or bag--Brad's Deals has it all!

Chevron Dress

Karen Kane Chevron Shift Dress $76

Save 41% on this Karen Kane Chevron Shift Dress at Bloomingdale's, where it drops from $128 to $76.80 The best price we could find on this dress anywhere else was $96, so even with an $11 shipping charge, this is still the best deal by $9. This dress is dry clean only and is available in sizes M-XL. It features a pullover style with no closures. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Rose Pierre La Goyard Necklace $23

Take 20% off your Entire Order at GLAMboutique with coupon code BEMINE at checkout. This pictured Rose Pierre La Goyard Necklace, normally $58 and on sale for $29, drops to $23.20 with the code. Shipping adds $8, but is free on orders of $75 or more. We couldn't find it anywhere else for less than $29. It comes in velvet (shown) or on a chain and features a chevron pattern in gold and silver. It is final sale. Sales tax is charged in CA.

Chevron WristletMaterial Girl Chevron iPhone5 Wristlet $8

Get this Material Girl iPhone5 Wristlet, normally $16, for half off at $7.99 right now at Macy's. Shipping adds $9.95, but we couldn't find this wristlet anywhere else for less. It features a faux leather detachable wrist strap and a frame snap closure. It has silver-tone hardware. Sales tax is charged in most states.

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The Trend Report: The Name Game

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and there's nothing better then a personal gift to remind your loved one of how much he/she means to you. Luckily, personalized styles have never been more in vogue, with monograms, initials and customized details all but taking over. Single? That's fine, too: You don't need a significant other to mark your territory with a stylish, personal piece. Brad's Deals "stamps" its official seal of approval on the trend with these custom, name-centric deals.

Rebecca MinkoffRebecca Minkoff Leather Pouch $17 Shipped

This Rebecca Minkoff Cory A-Z Leather Pouch drops from $50 to $16.97 at Nordstrom.com. With free shipping plus 65% discount, this is the lowest price we could find and it beats our last post by $8! The leather pouch features Rebecca Minkoff signature print lining, a top zip closure and monogram initial of your choice. It comes in black (pictured) and scarlet. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Leather Initial Belt $25

Through 2/2, get this Another Line Initial Belt, usually $36, for $25.20 at Bloomingdale's. Shipping adds $8, but is free on orders of $150 or more. We couldn't find this belt anywhere else for less. It is 1" wide and comes in letters A, C, D, E, K, L and S. It is highly rated by customers. Sales tax is charged in most states.

A NecklaceSonya Renee Initial Pendant Necklace $65

Get this Sonya Renee Jewelry Initial Pendant Necklace, normally $90, for $65 at Barneys Warehouse, plus, shipping is free. We couldn't find this piece anywhere else for less. It is 14K yellow-gold fill and hangs on an 18" chain with a spring ring clasp. It comes in letters A, B, C, D, E, H, J, K, G, L, M, N, S, (see the full selection here.) Sales tax is charged in most states.

 

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The Trend Report: Royal Velvet

Make like the royals this season in a fabric traditionally associated with nobility: velvet. The beloved textile has been around for some time, (Alannah Miles' '80s hit "Black Velvet," anyone?), but lately we're seeing a major resurgence of the cloth. You'll can find it everywhere from dresses and tops to shoes and bags this winter--it's even infiltrated our makeup bags in the form of velvety smooth lipstick and eyeshadows. This feel-good fabric can be made from silk, cotton, linen, mohair and other synthetic fabrics, so its price points vary, but there's plenty of affordable options available. As always, Brad's Deals knows just where to find it on the cheap, so although we may never be royals (at least according to Lorde), we can certainly do our best impressions.

ASOS Velvet Skater Dress $41 ShippedASOS Velvet Dress

Get this ASOS Velvet Skater Dress, originally $64.82, for $40.74 at ASOS. Shipping and returns are free with ever order, so there's no extra charge. This is the best price we could find on this dress. It comes in the pictured claret, navy or black. It has a square neckline and a cutout backwith a fit and flare shape. There is no sales tax.

White House Black Market Velvet Skinny Pants $30

Get these Velvet Skinny Pants, normally $88 and on sale for $33.99, for $29.99 with coupon code 17675 at checkout at White House Black Market. This is the best price we could find ont these pants. They have a stain bound waistband and feature hip darts with welt pockets. Shipping adds $4, but is free on orders of $125 or more, and sales tax is charged in most states.

Nordstrom: Free Topshop Lip Cream w/$25Topshop Velvet Lipstick

Spend $25 or more on Topshop Beauty Products at Nordstrom, and automatically receive this Topshop Lip Cream, $14, for free in your cart at checkout. Shipping is free on all orders. Pair items like this Topshop Velvet Lipstick, $16, with this Topshop Crackle Nail Polish, $10, together to get the discount. We couldn't find any of these items anywhere else for less. The lip cream is liquid and comes in Smart. The lipstick has a velvet finish and is said to moisturize and nourish. It comes in 27 shades. The nail polish crackles over clear or colored polish and comes in four shades. Sales tax is charged in most states.