“We’ve restructured your job and structured you out of it,” Louis said quickly, as though this thought were all one word.
Immediately, I felt the floor drop and ceiling soar, while I, not tethered to either, floated between. I was surprised, though I’d foreseen this bad news; I‘d brought an empty brown duffel bag to work that Friday rather than my usual Louis Vuitton purse. I had been telling my mother and coworkers for weeks, as I snooped while sorting Louis’ emails, that I was going to be let go. Keep reading »
An Hermès Birkin bag is the ultimate in purse luxury. While crazy Lady Gaga decided to “accentuate” her own white bag with a Sharpie, there are very few people in the world who actually score this astronomically expensive purse for two reasons: the price tag and the prohibitive wait list. So, along with the recession that’s taken hold of our world in the past few years, comes just a tiny bit of exciting news. It seems the legendary wait list for a Birkin bag is officially no more! So, in case you’ve been holding on to a spare $6,500, then now is the time to get a little shopping-crazy. Luxury retailer Portero’s is already boasting their wait list-free inventory of Birkin bags, including a violet suede number that I’m currently having major fashion pangs over. [SheFinds] Keep reading »
While there’s no doubt that the recession hit all of us hard, there is one group that seems to be making lemonade out of lemons. A recent U.K. business report found that self-made, female millionaires are up 40 percent in the last five years. Woo-hoo! The number of millionairesses has skyrocketed because while most men invested their money in stocks, which suffered greatly, women invested heavily in the property and businesses to hit it big. Specifically, stay-at-home women who had innovative business ideas—like making sexy lingerie for large-busted ladies or gluten-free sandwiches for Starbucks—made more money than women trying to shatter the glass ceiling in the workplace. A great argument for working smarter, not harder. Now all I need is a genius idea. Maybe a robotic boyfriend or something? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Get ready to eat, drink, and age naturally because two new studies show that old and fat are in vogue during times of economic hardship. Well, not exactly “old” but “mature” and not exactly fat but “taller and heavier.” The two studies, one using American movie actresses from 1932 to 1995, the other surveying Playboy Playmates from 1960 to 2000, found that beauty icons tend to be slightly taller, heavier, and more mature-looking with larger waists and less babyish facial features when money is tight. Why? Biologically baby-faced features are associated with neediness and small waists and big hips with fertility, while women with smaller eyes, larger chins and bigger bodies tend to be more independent and stronger emotionally. The theory is that when times get tough, it might be better to shack up with a woman who is a survivor rather than someone who looks hungry. Keep reading »
Could this be a sign that the recession is over? After closing shop a few years ago, fancy jeans company Paper, Denim & Cloth is officially back in business! They launched in 1999 and found success with their designer denim, but with the money woes of America, left the industry for a bit. However, now the brand is promoting a new collection for the spring 2010 season, which means that the jeans are making their way back into stores, and into the closets of PDC fans. Along with their return to the world of fashion comes not only their newest creations, but also new price points. Where once they sold $200 jeans, you’ll now find denim at half the price and skirts at around $60. A comeback and lower prices? What’s not to love? [Second City Style] Keep reading »
The Oscars are a no-expense-spared event, from the bottles of champagne to those adorable little gold trophies. Actors and actresses dress up in designer clothes (though each piece is likely borrowed), primp with hair and makeup gurus and stylists, not to mention all those limos. But this year, the recession took hold in not one, but two different ways. While many starlets choose Christian Louboutin or Manolo heels to pair with their red carpet dresses, Natalie Portman went a very different route, and actually wore shoes that everyone can afford… a pair of black satin open-toe Segura platforms from Aldo! Just imagine little Natalie strolling into her nearest Aldo store, with a picture of her dress in hand. Refreshing, isn’t it? And in a bold move, Diane Kruger decided to forgo the makeup artist cost and mastered the impressive feat of applying her very own beauty look. We have to say bravo to Diane — she looked flawless. [Stylelist and Lucky] Keep reading »