The other day, I saw a great shirt with nautically-themed rope detail on it, and almost purchased it, but balked at the last minute. I’m kicking myself now, because the rope detailing gave the blouse an added kick that elevated it from typical to totally outstanding. To ensure that you and I don’t make that mistake again, I’ve sleuthed out 10 great shirts, dresses and accessories with cool rope detailing to give you a little added pull. Check ‘em out after the jump!
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You think composing pithy Facebook status updates and slyly stalking your exes via the social networking site isn’t bothering anybody, right? Well, you’re wrong. Your Facebook usage is ruining the economy. Just ask Michael Fitzpatrick, an analyst at ConnectSolutions who discovered the huge toll Facebook has taken on our productivity and general will to live (am I right, guys?). According to Mr. Fitzpatrick, the average worker spends around seven minutes a day on Facebook (this number seems astronomically low to us). And if you multiply that times the roughly 48 million Internet-connected working people in the U.S., that’s around 336,000,000 wasted minutes per day, around the country. In the course of the day, that’s costing businesses $140 million, and annually, it adds up to $280 billion dollars in lost productivity. That’s a lot of widgets we’re not making while checking our status updates instead.
What do you do when an engagement goes sour? If you’re one anonymous guy in Iowa, you put the ring up for sale on Craigslist, for a dollar. According to the post, which has since been removed by the author (most likely due to the high volume of interest):
“A jeweler and I designed the ring in 2009 for an amazing woman. She wore it during our engagement, an engagement that we ended a bit ago with great regret. A grad student, I know I should be selling it so as to buy groceries and fill the laundromat washing machine with quarters. Like most students I’m living pretty hand-to-mouth. Yet there’s something about treating this token of deep love like a used car that feels wrong, feels like a violation of everything beautiful about the world that drew this woman and I together in the first place. I joyfully put my pennies away for months so she could wear this. Knowing that a lot of us are struggling to pay the bills right now, I’m hoping that the gift of this ring might make it easier for another couple to begin a life together.”
There is nothing at all creepy about trading yourself like so much chattel in exchange for a pretty pair of new shoes, right? Right. Good, because that’s exactly the big idea behind Chocolate Sole Lounge’s new “Get a Man and Get a Gorgeous Shoe” program.” Chocolate Sole Lounge is a direct marketer that offers women the chance to buy shoes during “shoe parties” thrown by their friends (Chocolate Sole Lounge direct sellers). The company’s cheeky tagline reads “Where Your Shoe Fetish Fits,” but it’s doubtful that they’d necessarily want their fetish to be confused with trading sexual favors for new pairs of shoes. Yes, how else can their “get a man” program be understood? As explained via press release: “Men will ditch their usual tactics of “flowers, dinner or drinks” and woo women by indulging in their shoe fetish instead. Men agree to personally select and buy a pair of shoes for the woman he connects with. And the special lady agrees to a meet up again, within 48 hours, wearing the shoes he bought her.”
So in this case, the implied monetary exchange for company thing that happens in traditional dating will be replaced by an explicit monetary exchange for company mandate. Sounds a little bit like shoe prostitution to us. [Chocolate Soul Lounge] Keep reading »
Most tourists that visit New York know that if you want a Coach bag, but don’t want to pay Coach prices, you can head down to Chinatown and buy a Coach knockoff for a fraction of the designer price. The counterfeit business is a multimillion dollar illegal industry, and you’d be surprised how many fashionistas are carrying fake Fendis. So, that’s one kind of counterfeiting; but there’s a whole other style of knockoffs — homemade knockoffs.
Not long ago, artist Luis Gispert became obsessed with logo counterfeiters — people who ripped off designer logos and made custom designs with them for their clothing, cars and in some extreme cases, houses. Gispert’s new solo show at New York’s Mary Boone Gallery, titled “Decepcion,” chronicles those logo obsessives, who see their work as more of an homage to the aspirational lifestyle of luxury brands than a desire to pass off their wares as genuine. Keep reading »
I’m not a huge sci-fi or fantasy fan, but almost every time I watch one of these films or look at illustrations lifted from graphic novels from the genre, I get crazy peeved by the stupid costumes they put their female characters in. How are these lady warriors supposed to fight anybody in such skimpy, sexy garb? It just goes to show how much of this stuff is created around the male fantasy . And that’s why the website Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor is so awesome. It specifically collects images of female characters dressed in actual fighting garb. Check it out–and then think about the way you typically see female heroines portrayed, and how much fabric and armor they get to wear. [Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor] Keep reading »
Around 300 workers fell sick at an H&M factory in Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia, last week, reportedly while making shirts for the Swedish retailer. Workers allegedly smelled something bad coming from the shirts, and began fainting. After the incident, the plant sent its 4,000 workers home to rest and closed for the remainder of the week. But that hasn’t stopped local authorities from blaming the incident on the “weak” workers, though fair labor advocates believe that it’s more likely the cause of poor ventilation, exposure to chemicals and exhaustion.
This isn’t the first sweatshop-related fainting incident. Labor organizations say there have been more than a thousand reported occurrences of fainting in the past year. Even when chemicals aren’t the root cause, long hours, exhaustion and malnutrition are often to blame. H&M says they are investigating the incident with help from the U.N. International Labor Organization, but had “not found any plausible causes so far.” [Reuters] Keep reading »
Over the weekend Sofia Coppola married longtime boyfriend and baby daddy Thomas Mars, frontman of the band Phoenix. But rather than go for the traditional white wedding thing, Coppola said “I do” in a lavender Azzedine Alaïa gown, custom-made by the designer. What do you think of her non-traditional look? Would you — or did you — get married in a colorful dress? [People] Keep reading »