Posts tagged "recession"

Girl Talk: Losing My Job Was Good For Me

“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…

Jennifer Giglio / August 13, 2010

Desperate For A Birkin? Now’s The Time To Buy!

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 recessio…

Bianca Posterli / April 26, 2010

Way More Women Becoming Millionaires

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 me…

Ami Angelowicz / April 12, 2010

Old And Fat Are In During Recessions

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

Ami Angelowicz / April 12, 2010

Remember Paper, Denim & Cloth? They’re Back!

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…

Bianca Posterli / March 26, 2010

The Oscars, Recession-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,…

Bianca Posterli / March 9, 2010

How To Get A Job Blogging For A Living

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…

The Frisky / March 5, 2010

How To Extend The Life Of Your Handbag

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 clea…

Bianca Posterli / February 7, 2010

Crash Jewelry Wears It Like It Is

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…

Leonora Epstein / December 29, 2009

Does Shopping Make You Feel Guilty?

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, thi…

Leonora Epstein / October 26, 2009

3 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

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…

Bianca Posterli / October 19, 2009

Bride Barters Her Way To Her Dream Wedding

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…

Catherine Strawn / October 14, 2009

10 Ways To Occupy Yourself During A Recession

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 thing…

Erica Maxwell / October 1, 2009

“Recession Case” Will Give Your iPhone Hooverville 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,…

Leonora Epstein / September 23, 2009

Will Chick Lit Survive The Recession?

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…

Catherine Strawn / August 13, 2009

Old, White Men Are Getting Fired First. Feels Good To Be A Woman?

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…

Nikki Dowling / July 30, 2009

Japanese Women Turn To Hostess Clubs For Jobs

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.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 29, 2009

The Recession Is Wreaking Havoc On American Relationships

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…

Annika Harris / July 28, 2009

Would You Date A Dude Who Lived With His Parents?

According to a new study, a third of men ages 20 to 40 still live with their ‘rents. One in four of those who have moved out still keep a fully furnished bedroom at their parents’ house just in case they are forced to find their way back to the nest. As for women, only…

The Frisky / July 26, 2009

Christian Lacroix’s Failing Label May Be Saved!

Christian Lacroix has been so badly in the red as of late that he was given until the end of this month to find an investor to save his company or else he’d face liquidation. With a few days to go until August, it looks like Lacroix may be saved yet. Bernard Krief Consulting, a…

Lily Q / July 21, 2009
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