If you’re anything like us, you know that sinking feeling of forgetting to pack a crucial item for a trip all too well. And, come summer time, the most commonly forgotten item is a swimsuit. Whether you grabbed two tops and no bottoms, forgot one altogether or belatedly realized that maybe you should have tried on your new suit rather than assuming it would fit, it’s all bad news bears. Luckily, The Standard Hotel in New York and Quicksilver have you covered. For the second year, the hotel is collaborating with the swim/surf brand to offer poolside swimsuit vending machines. This season, however, you’ll also have the option of buying sunglasses and sunscreen from the uber-convenient, laziness-inducing machines. It almost makes us want to leave those swimsuits behind. Is this something you’d like to see replicated at hotels around the country? [Transworld Business] Keep reading »
Time for today’s episode of “Crap You Definitely Don’t Need!” And what, you ask, is today’s over-the-top item awaiting ridicule? It’s none other than Joya Perfume, the scent that comes in a hand-crafted porcelain bottle with — wait for it — a 22 karat gold-dipped applicator. Because sometimes expensive perfume isn’t classy enough if you aren’t applying it with solid gold, right? And in case you try out Joya only to find that you can’t quite bear going back to the peasant-ready glass bottles of yore, fear not, there are two scents to choose from. We’re not sure how much they cost, but mortgage your house and we’re sure you’ll be able to buy them both! [Advertising Is Good For You] Keep reading »
Before his death last month, designer Alexander McQueen was working on a line of men’s underwear or, as we’ll refer to them, manties. We feel the creations deserve a name of their own, not just because their creator was an awesome man, but also because they’re a bit too snazzy to just be referred to as boxers or briefs. If you can’t imagine your boyfriend disrobing to reveal Hanes ever again, fear not. You can scoop up these super-tight beauties for the paltry price of about $53 each! McQueen manties not enough for your man? You’re also mere weeks away from complementary $555 silk pajamas, too. We’ll assume the PJs come with a Vespa. [The Cut] Keep reading »
Fuel prices are affecting bank accounts, that’s for sure, but did you know high prices might be influencing relationships, as well? An article in The Washington Post discusses the effects of increased plane ticket prices on long-distance relationships. It seems that as a result of the current state of the economy, many going the distance are either seeing each other less often or reducing their spending on other extras. I never quite understood how people in LDRs did it in the first place — they seem so taxing.
Greg Guldner, the director of the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships says it’s too soon to tell whether the economic downturn will truly affect LDRs, but high prices do seem to make couples more stressed. However, his research shows that people doing the long-distance thing don’t need to see each other a certain amount of times — like every month — to make their relationship work. “People who buy into those myths who now can’t afford to [travel] are now facing quite the dilemma,” Guildner said. “Because if they believe that the relationship won’t work if they don’t see each other once a month, they may be making decisions about either ending the relationship or ending whatever it is that’s keeping them apart.” [Washington Post via Tango] Keep reading »