recession

Money

“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… READ MORE »


Style

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… READ MORE »


News

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… READ MORE »


News

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 PlayboyREAD MORE »


Style

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… READ MORE »


Style

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,… READ MORE »


Money

Once upon a time, weblogs were weird websites written by a few nerdy types. Now, blogs are everywhere. They’ve gone mainstream. People actually get paid to blog for a living. There are pros and cons to blogging-for-dollars. On the up side, you get to do something you love, in many cases you get to work… READ MORE »


Style

When it comes to saving money during a recession, there are always home remedies like creating your own face masks and purchasing groceries instead of eating out every night. Another way to save money? Don’t head to the cleaner every time your handbag needs a little bath. Read on for tips on how to clean… READ MORE »


Style

Some people can profit from an economic depression if they figure out how to cater to a desperate clientele. Clearly, the fashion industry isn’t among those folks because they’ve been in the crapper all year thanks to curbed recessionary spending. Maybe the answer is to confront the problem and tell it like it is. At… READ MORE »


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The retail industry is getting pretty desperate these days—how many more special events and functions will we see that scream “Oooo! Please, please come shop in our store!” According to the Wall Street Journal, the latest tactic in trying to woo the recessionary customer is to assuage shoppers’ guilt.

In some cases, this… READ MORE »


Style

We’re still in a recession, people. This Halloween, costumes certainly don’t need to be purchased from those expensive pop-up stores. Besides, the most creative and innovative Halloween get-ups aren’t those that come from a box but rather from the imagination. And for everyone who’s not so skilled in thinking up their own DIYs, here are… READ MORE »


News

Kerry Coryell wanted a nice wedding, but she and fiancé Kurt VanDerLinde couldn’t afford the costly photographer, limo, DJ, and all the other expenses that are part of a fancy ceremony and reception. But it was her dream! So, Coryell put an ad on Craigslist offering to barter for goods and services she… READ MORE »


Style

This economy, it’s kind of like a bad boyfriend. It used to be sweet. It bought you dresses and took you out for cocktails, but then it changed. Now it isn’t returning your calls and maybe you are running out of shopping therapy cash. But don’t load up those credit cards! Here are 10 things… READ MORE »


Style

The recession called, and it apparently took away your iPhone case along with your portfolio. Now you’ll have to settle for Shantytown-chic by housing your mobile in a recycled cardboard box. It even comes with some ghetto personalization from a classic Sharpie marker. Since you probably have a lot of questions about this complicated device,… READ MORE »


Entertainment

Chick lit just got a whole lot less expensive. No, the price of the sometimes throwaway-quality books hasn’t gone down, but many recently published and upcoming books in this genre take the recession into account. Storylines in recession chick-lit books include dealing with a husband being investigated for embezzlement, scrimping on extravagant expenses after going… READ MORE »


News

It used to be that the newest and youngest workers were the first to go when times got tough. But that’s not how it’s been in this recession. A lot of old white dudes are being shown the door, and joblessness rates for peeps age 55 and older are the highest they’ve been since the… READ MORE »


News

While the recession has wreaked havoc on relationships here, in Japan it’s given a better name to what used to be a naughty profession: hostessing. Hostess clubs are akin to gentlemen’s clubs, only they’re all about non-sexual attention—beautiful women are paid to tend to men’s drinks, light their cigarettes, and laugh at their lame jokes. READ MORE »


Love & Sex

Compared with the rest of the Western World, American relationships and marriages are suffering the most during the recession, according to a recent international poll. Almost 30 percent of Americans said the recession has caused stress and strain in their relationships — or completely ruined them. However, only 23 percent of Canadians, 24 percent of… READ MORE »


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