Do you ever think about how and why you shop? Is it out of necessity? As therapy? To problem-solve? Earlier this week a friend asked me to participate in a survey about shopping habits. For an hour, I laid it all bare, telling a room full of random strangers about the things I purchased, why I bought stuff, and my retail shopping experiences. And let me tell you, it was not pretty.
Well, that was depressing, I thought, as I gathered my things and left the small conference room where I’d confessed all my wicked shopping sins. I might just have a problem. In the spirit of spilling the dirt and getting it off my chest, I suppose I should share my shopping truths with you. After the jump, some of the not-very-smart choices I’ve made when it comes to shopping and spending money.
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Diets, man! What a bitch. As a human with a particular fondness for bread, cheese, and meat and a diminutive frame that, presented with the opportunity, will take all of those calories, thank you very much, and keep them forever and ever, I am almost always on some sort of depressing leafy-greens-and-lean-protein restriction. For health, you know? I do it all for health. I’m cautiously assuming that Health is also the reason why Valentino Garavani, the Italian fashion designer formerly responsible for his eponymous house of Valentino and person maybe made of leather, has what strikes me as the saddest eating regimen of all time. Quoth a profile in Harper’s Bazaar:
I try to eat a simple diet: no sugar, no milk, no dairy except goat cheese, no gluten pasta, Bio Rice, no meat, some fish (not the ones with mercury), vegetables, no potatoes, no bread except rice crackers or grissini, one glass of red wine, sugarless sherbet, all sweets made with almond milk and xylitol sweetener, and one coffee a day.
I realize that some people really get off on exclusively consuming food items that are Good For You, and I aspire to one day have the good sense and self-control to be one of these people. I really do! But man, oh man, do I have the secondhand sads for Valentino right now. All that’s left for me to do is to have an extra meat and cheese sandwich today in his honor. [The Gloss]
Hey, not everything is about getting a date. Sometimes you just want to hang with your best lady friends. My best friends and I are terrible at scheduling hang time — we’ll spend an entire huge email chain trying to pick a night that everyone’s free, and then somebody will suddenly remember that they promised to go to their uncle’s best friend’s wedding (looking at you Erin!). So if you’re lucky enough to have some non-flaky friends and can get together, you don’t want to have to worry about your outfit. Thankfully, we’ve chosen for girls’ night looks that’ll keep you looking cute — no matter whether you and your friends are the sip-wine-quietly-at-home types or the up-til-the-wee-hours-raging kind. Keep reading »
“I’ve had my own moments in front of designers when I’ve actually said, ‘You know, there’s a market here for expanding your work, and here it is,’” Gunn told us. “And frankly, there are two markets: The women who are larger than the 12, and then there are women who are petite. And most designers that I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those populations, which I find repugnant.”
– “Project Runway” judge Tim Gunn on the dearth of options for plus-size and petite-size women. Gunn is also frustrated by the lack of thought and care that goes into so much of the plus-size clothing out there. “Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, I think it’s the eighth floor, and it’s just a department called ‘Woman,’” he said. “It’s rather devastating. You’ve never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it’s simply appalling. Thank God there are no windows on that floor, because if I were a size 18, I’d throw myself right out the window [after seeing those clothes]. It’s insulting what these designers do to these women.” He’s got a point. What’s your favorite plus-size brand? Share with us in the comments. [Huffington Post]
I’m very intrigued by the new wave of accessories that has cropped up specifically to cater to teenage hipsters attending music festivals (I’m looking at you, giant floral crowns and crocheted bikini tops). Fanciful garters and other thigh decorations meant to be paired with super short shorts are another trend in this category. Pretty sure this pentagram garter, for example, was created to cater to the mysterious, slightly goth breed of festival girl. I’m not sure if I should be more concerned about the fact that a pentagram is a meaningful religious symbol that should probably not just be wrapped around your thigh “because it looks cool,” or because the tan lines from this thing would be pretty horrific. I think I’m gonna go with the tan lines. [$22, Karmaloop]
This is Totally Coveted, our new whenever series documenting all the super ridiculous crap we want but (probably, most certainly) are too sensible to buy. Hey, a girl can dream — about $1,200 shoes — can’t she? Take a peek at what we’re coveting, and then tell us what you’re lusting after in the comments! Keep reading »
Will we ever live to see the day in which Hermès exhausts the world’s vast supply of mundane items to hand-stitch and mark up to the tune of one million dollars? At this rate, it is quite possible. The French heritage brand beloved for their fiiiiiine leather goods is now responsible for the fanciest, most ‘spensive blue balls you ever did see. If you’re sick and tired of looking at boring old basketball-colored basketballs, Hermès’s bright blue version crafted from bull calfskin may just be worth its $12,900 price tag. The color, explained the high-fashion house’s U.S. CEO Robert Chavez, “represents the sky, the ocean, and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California.” Ah, yes, all those beautiful, beautiful pools. [THR via The Cut]
If you’re anything like us, you find it nearly impossible to leave work, come home and go back out again. Once we get in the vicinity of our couches, the idea of leaving the house to do anything — even the most fun thing — seems unlikely. Which is why it’s imperative that we find outfits that can seamlessly take us from day to evening — without requiring a stop off at home (the social life kiss of death). Check out three day-to-night outfit ideas, after the jump! Keep reading »
We’ve got skirts for you — no matter the budget. Whether polka dots are your passion, or stripes are always right, we’ve found affordable versions of some of our favorite high fashion skirts currently on trend. Take a look!