Posts tagged "economy"

Neiman Marcus Scales Down Fantasy Gift Catalogue, Leaves You Hobos With Private Plane

Luxury department store Neiman Marcus is really feeling the economic downturn. So much so that they’ve totally scaled back their annual “fantasy gift” catalogue to exclude seven- and eight-figure products. In the past, reports the Wall Street Journal, offerings included $10 million Zeppelins and an even more expensive submarine. This year, the recession has forced…

Leonora Epstein / October 7, 2009

How Unemployment Can Improve Your Style

There’s no doubt about it. Getting laid off sucks. What happens next is the stereotypical lifestyle of depression, daytime television and sweatpants. This may be fine for a week or two, but after a while you will start to go crazy and feel disgusting.

We would never say, “Hey! Awesome! You lost your…

Leonora Epstein / October 2, 2009

Women: The Best Stimulus Package

If you want a job done right, hire more women. According to data from Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Columbia University, and Pepperdine University, having more women in senior management positions means higher profits for a company. So could turning up the estrogen level in big corporations be a lasting fix to the financial crisi…

Daniela Guernica / July 14, 2009

If Teens Can’t Afford Marc Jacobs’ New Pop-y “Budget-Friendly” Line, Will We Buy It Instead?

Teen Vogue got the scoop on the latest from Marc Jacobs: Everybody’s favorite desginer is launching a moderately priced bridge collection in August called “Don’t Miss The Marc.” The small line includes some solid pieces like pleated denim skirts, three-button blazers, and some loud (but ’80s-trendy) t-shirts. The rest of the goods look to be…

Leonora Epstein / July 8, 2009

Good News For Students

Millions of college students cringe at the word “FAFSA”—-fun to say, not so fun to fill out. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid helps a large number of students pay for college…after they’ve spent hours answering questions, nagging their parents for tax info, and enduring an experience close to torture. But it looks like…

Daniela Guernica / June 24, 2009

Getting Hired In A Sea Of Unemployment

Employment rates reached 9.4% this month—the highest they’ve been in the past 26 years. Great, so nearly a tenth of the U.S. is unemployed, and I’m graduating college in a semester––yikes! While I’d totally love to embrace “funemployment” come December, I just don’t think my Dad will approve of that. So in the spirit of…

Justine Fields / June 7, 2009

When Men Aren’t Buying Undies, The Economy Is In The Tank

If your bedroom buddy has been sporting the same skivvies over and over, it may be a sign that the recession is still in full throttle. According to economist Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chief, underwear sales are a great indicator of the economy’s status. Over the course of 2008, male underwear sales declined…

Carrie Wasterlain / May 29, 2009

Women Give Their Babymakers A Rest While The Economy Gets Back On Track

The recession is effecting more than just our wallets. As money gets tighter, a lot of women are putting their baby-making plans on hold. Women’s clinics across California are getting record numbers of calls, and many of the callers are wanting abortions. And not just single women—a lot of them have families already, but are…

Nikki Dowling / May 21, 2009

How Same-Sex Marriage Could Save The Economy

Besides making a lot of gay and lesbian couples very happy, extending marriage to same-sex couples would help the economy, according to a report from the Williams Institute School of Law at UCLA. The report only covered the state of Maine, but in that state alone it is estimated that there would be $60 millio…

Catherine Strawn / February 25, 2009

Spiraling Economy Spawns Freelance Dominatrixes

As the economy goes soft, some women are seeking to earn extra cash as freelance sex workers. As it turns out, there’s a market for powerful career gals who can dominate a man’s world — literally. According to Tracy Quan’s “Kinkonomics,” recently laid off ladies are freelancing as professional dominatrixes. Although sex workers generally consider…

Simcha / February 5, 2009

Have You Given Up Champagne Toasts Because Of The Recession?

The Times reports that champagne sales are down this holiday season and not necessarily because people can’t afford the bubbly. Amid layoffs, foreclosures and other economic losses, as well as a shortage of the usual celebratory occasions like “mergers, closings, bonuses and office parties,” “People just don’t want to look extravagant today,” said Paul Grieco,…

Wendy Atterberry / December 26, 2008

Eight Songs To Make You Spend (Without Saint Nick)

I can’t stand Christmas music. After a weeks worth of shopping I’m already up to my eyeballs in “Silver Bells” and “Feliz Navidad.” Don’t get me wrong, I love buying gifts, but if I hear one more light jazz rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock,” I’m going to lose it. There are plenty of non-Christmas celebrating…

Simcha / December 9, 2008

You Could Spend $75 On A Psychic, Or You Could Buy Something For Yourself

Because the stock market and the economy are so volatile right now, people are looking for any kind of guidance they can get — even if that means turning to the supernatural. According to a New York Times article, psychics and astrologers are doing big business these days, with clients paying anywhere from $75 to…

Catherine Strawn / November 24, 2008

Lipstick and Playboy Economics

If history is any indication, you may want to stock up on your favorite lipstick before every tube is sold out, and go ahead, splurge on that cupcake — curves are coming back in vogue. Since our recent economic crisis, people are once again talking about the Leading Lipstick Indicator, a surprisingly reliable theory that…

Wendy Atterberry / November 18, 2008

Tips From A Recessionista: The First 30 Days

Unless you’re living in a cave somewhere in, I don’t know, rural Alaska, far, far from civilization, you’ve probably noticed that our economy is in the crapper. And despite last week’s presidential election of Barack Obama and his message of change and hope, it will take some time before things stabilize and we’re back o…

Wendy Atterberry / November 12, 2008

It’s A Recession, And I’ll Buy What I Want To

With the state of the economy as it is (sad, very sad), U.S. retailers are cutting orders an average of 10 to 15 percent and expecting reduced spending in the coming months. You might think that when shoppers do make a purchase, they’ll stick to buying basics that can be be worn more than once…

Catherine Strawn / November 10, 2008

Dominatrixes: Hit Hard, Hit Back

What could torture a dominatrix? Only a bad economy! It’s been a world of pain for the sex workers who have been complaining about the recession. While prostitutes are reporting record business and lay people are doing it like bunnies, the niche market has been beaten down.

Simcha / October 24, 2008

The Frisky’s Five Sexy Freebies

Sure, you may be broke as a joke since Wall Street has gone AWOL, but don’t worry, the best things in life are free! Just look at those Lehman Brothers posting on Craigslist for free love — they’re not even paying for online dating. So while your taste may be caviar and champagne, remember, there…

Simcha / September 30, 2008

As The Stock Market Tumbles, Call Girls Reap The Rewards

Six months after a sex scandal ousted Eliot Spitzer from office, the New York governor turned “lov gov” is working in real estate, still with his wife Silda, and wondering how it all went so wrong. Meanwhile, call girls are back in the spotlight — and working harder than ever as Wall Street takes another…

Susannah Breslin / September 29, 2008

Eight Ways To Get A Shopping High Without Shopping (Much)

Our poll earlier today is showing that along with cutting back on restaurant dinners, the state of the economy is forcing you to cease your late-night visits to JCrew.com. But if you love, love, love clothes and are feeling the itch for a new fall wardrobe, try one of these seven shopping alternatives, instead. Your…

Catherine Strawn / September 25, 2008