“Laguna Beach” Sparked A Crime Wave

So, apparently, Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari and crew didn’t just waste countless hours of our time when we watched them on “Laguna Beach.” They also sparked a crime wave in their hometown. Two assistant professors at Occidental College were interested in the question of whether reality TV attracted delinquency to an area, and decided to use Laguna Beach as a test case. When they analyzed crime data from the town, they found that between the years of 2004 and 2006, when the show was on the air, that crime did indeed increase. There was an average of 50 more non-residential burglaries a month and about one more rape every three months. Meanwhile, in a nearby almost identical town, there was no spike in crime over this time. Also interesting—that it’s non-residential robberies which increased in Laguna rather than break-ins. Their theory? Because the homes shown on TV were generally gated. [Newser, AOL News]

We wonder what this means for Coto de Caza and Franklin Lakes, home of the Orange County and New Jersey “Real Housewives,” respectively. Keep reading »

Oak & Co. Gives Young Designers Exposure

The hardest thing about being a new designer is not so much the creativity — if you’re good, you’re good — it’s getting exposure for the awesome clothes you’re creating. Some designers with amazing wares actually struggle for years just to get their clothes in front of the right eyes. New website Oak & Co. aims to change that by offering sustainable up-and-coming designers a hub for selling their wares. Some of the pieces are a little more hippie than chic, but a fair few of the choices are pretty great-looking pieces that you won’t find elsewhere. Plus, buying a dress from Oak & Co. means you’re being environmentally friendly and supporting developing designers. [ApparelNews.net] Keep reading »

What Are “Carrot Pants”?

When we came across the term “carrot pants” on a Kansas-based website, we thought maybe it was just what they call harem pants out there. But no, turns out Kansas is quite up on their fashion knowledge. We didn’t know about carrot pants before. Although now that we do, we kind of wish we didn’t. According to KansasCity.com, they’re “shaped like a carrot, wide at the top and tapered toward the bottom – rather like harem pants, but not as baggy.” So, basically, they’re kind of like tapered mom pants? You may be seeing more and more of this style come fall … think it could be made cute? (Even we have to admit, there are a lot of things we once said we would never wear, and here we are now with a closet full of crop tops and clogs.) [KansasCity] Keep reading »

What Kind Of Shopper Are You?

It goes without saying that every single person shops for clothes differently. While I loathe purchasing anything online and would rather pick up one or two pieces every week, I have friends who order by seasons, other friends who shop on a monthly basis, and a boyfriend who needs to seriously be in the mood to buy. WSL Strategic Retail did a little survey in order to come up with the different shopping styles, and came to the conclusion that the entire world fits into only five different categories. Read on to find out what kind of shopper you are. Keep reading »

The 10 Television Guest Stars We Can’t Wait For This Fall

The end of summer is a very sad thing that I don’t even want to talk about because I can’t stand the thought of having to wait nine months before tank tops and beach naps again. But there is one silver lining: fall television. It’s when new shows launch and our faves return for another round. And this year, I can’t help but notice that a lot of shows have some very, very exciting guest stars lined up. After the jump, the ones I’m looking forward to the most.
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Dancing Swedish Cop Busts A Move

I don’t know that there’s a better argument for moving to Sweden than this. The country is so awesome that its police officers, even while on duty, feel free to bust a move in public in front of onlookers, one of whom at least was recording the show. Go, Swedish cop, go! Is he drunk — or just drunk on the music? It’s hard to say. We like to think that everybody, no matter what their occupation is, should be able to express themselves through bodily movement without shame, even po-pos. I like the booty work at the end, myself. [Urlesque] Keep reading »

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