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Overpriced Shirts, Ripped Jeans, And … Bed Bugs?

If the pumping music, masses of teenage girls, and half-dressed male models didn’t already deter you from shopping at Hollister, here’s something that will. On Wednesday afternoon, tourists in New York City’s Soho flagship store — which Amelia previously described as “hell on earth” — were greeted by a sign informing them that the overpriced store was closed for the day, due to an infestation of bed bugs! It seems those gross creepy crawling biting bugs are taking over certain parts of the store, and employees have even suffered bites. Since bed bugs thrive in wood and dark places, both of which accurately describe Hollister’s “ambiance,” the store is like a breeding ground for the pests. Obviously, Hollister is currently undergoing extermination, but if you’ve purchased anything from that particular Hollister, our suggestion is get to cleaning … your entire apartment. [WSJ] Keep reading »

Joanna Coles Shows Her Haul Vlogger Love

Just as inexplicable as the recent obsession over Silly Bandz is the love for YouTube haul vlogs. Intrepid young “reporters” spend hours creating their own videos, where they simply show off their latest purchases, detailing the reasons they love or hate the new products, thanks to the magic of web cams and the vast world of the internet. Thrilling, we know. Joanna Coles, the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, decided to put her own little jokey spin on the internet fad and methodically dumped the contents of her Celine bag to create her own haul vlog. She, quite seriously, discusses the fears she experienced while buying the purse, why she favors certain makeup brands, her excitement for the DVD she found at the bottom of her bag and proudly shows off the bookmark made by her son. It’s refreshing to see an editor of a magazine embrace the internet’s habits, while feeling free to appear just a little bit silly. We promise you’ll be amused, as well as shocked by just how many lipsticks she carries around on a daily basis. Keep reading »

Sweat The Kelly Killoren Bensimon Way

Thanks to “The Real Housewives of New York City,” everyone has become privy to Kelly Killoren Bensimon‘s workout habits, which include skimpy exercise gear, running in the middle of traffic, and just the perfect amount of elliptical-ing so that it looks like she’s working out, but her hair remains styled just so. Clearly, given Kelly’s toned abs and sculpted arms, this is a routine everyone should adopt. Some brilliant entrepreneur decided the world was lacking in yet another workout video, and figured that with Kelly’s Playboy-approved physique and exercise appreciation, she’d be the perfect candidate to serve as fitness trainer to the masses. Yesterday, she Tweeted the good news, saying, “Get ready for my workout video to come. Who likes squats and headstands?” But will Kelly be as bats**t crazy and unstable as she is on “Housewives” — can’t wait to find out! [Twitter] Keep reading »

Don’t Skimp On Those Beauty Treatments

Everyone loves a great deal: a pair of shoes half off, a sample sale, or accessories that are buy one, get one free. But here’s a great reason why beauty shouldn’t always be about the price — or the deal. Jane Ubell-Meyer received what should have been a normal gel manicure, but after her experience with an inexperienced technician, she’s had to visit orthopedists, dermatologists, and chiropractors due to major pain through her thumb. It seems during her beauty treatment, the manicurist working on her nails slipped and cut Jane’s finger, then exposed the inside of her skin to chemicals, which later affected her nerves. Though everyone always thinks these situations can never happen to them, this is certainly a wake-up call to realize that when it comes to beauty and your own body, skimping to save a few dollars isn’t the answer. If you’re planning to get a gel manicure, watch out for these signs and make sure your technician is fully educated on how to perform the treatment … Keep reading »

White T-Shirts Are Not OK In Philly

Philadelphia Senator Anthony Williams has decided that there’s an interesting juxtaposition between crime and style, and is cracking down on the city’s issues by addressing the fashion choices of a few residents. This morning, during an announcement from the Mayor, Williams mentioned that extra funds from the city’s budget are going to be devoted to stopping the “white-T culture” in Philadelphia. Essentially, he feels that by eliminating the ability to derive power from their common look, the Senator believes he’ll effectively decrease the power of street gangs who hang around on the city’s corners in huge white T-shirts. “We’re penetrating the veil of silence,” he said of the decision. “During these tough economic times, we have to set our priorities and be a role model for the country. These children are looking for us to stand up for them, and we have to turn this ‘white-T culture’ in a different direction.” I hate to say it, but, uh, I don’t think the solution to ending gang violence is as easy as banning white T-shirts. What do you think? Could nixing the white T-shirt culture really help change the crime problems of the city? And what about people who aren’t in gangs who want to wear white T-shirts? [Styleite] Keep reading »

We Dare You To Shop With 99,999 Other People At Forever 21

Much has been written about the new Forever 21 in New York City’s Times Square, but here are the deets one more time: four floors, 90,000 sq. ft., 151 dressing rooms, and more cheap fashion than most teen girls can fit in their closets. Clearly, it goes without saying that this is a store that’s not safe to visit if you’re a person who hates crowds or desires a calm shopping experience, as Forever 21 will be overrun with tourists, ransacked clothing displays, and lines that never end. But that’s not all. The real shocking news comes thanks to the visitor statistics, which attest to the fact that this Forever 21 is going to be a claustrophobic’s hell. While the Statue of Liberty welcomed 14,000 people on a daily basis last July, Forever 21 is expecting to see 100,000 shoppers walk through their doors. Every. Single. Day. Talk about terrifying. The only saving grace is that the store is open until 2 a.m., so if you’re desperate to shop the wares when you’re in town, we’d suggest becoming a night owl. Good luck. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

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