Posts tagged "recession"

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,…

By: Wendy Atterberry / December 26, 2008

Will Recessionistas Budget For Botox?

The New York Times has an interesting story in today's Style section about how the recession and tanking economy will affect the cosmetic surgery and beauty industries. Will people, specifically women, start scrimping on beauty products and cut spending on Botox, boob jobs, pricey gym memberships, and fad diets? Indeed, a few indicators suggest that…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 18, 2008

Carrie Bradshaw Is Dead

Once upon a time, Carrie Bradshaw was a role model for women across America, and "Sex and the City" promised a Manolos and men-filled life. Even after the show was canceled, it lived on in reruns, and the movie version brought lady viewers back in droves. Now, though, the recession promises to finally put to…

By: Susannah Breslin / December 18, 2008

Girl Auctions Off Hot Older Brothers For Christmas Money

We've all come up with little creative ways to cut back on spending and raise money for those holiday gifts, from taking on a second job to selling clothes on eBay. But a 14-year old Austin girl had a much better way to raise some holiday cash. She decided to pimp out her brothers. Kristi…

By: Persia Ali / December 16, 2008

Tips From A Recessionista: Five Ways To Stay Fabulous On A Budget

I admit, I’m pretty much a walking gender stereotype — I like shopping, getting pedicures, grabbing drinks with the girls after work, obsessing about my hair, and lusting over other woman’s awesome boots. I also hate when models brag about how they can eat anything without gaining an ounce, and I have an unhealthy addictio…

By: Wendy Atterberry / December 14, 2008

A Trophy Wife? You May Be SOL

You thought you had it all figured out. Marry a rich guy, you'll never have to work, and you can spend the rest of your life shopping. Unfortunately, the global recession has thrown a wrench into your well-crafted plans. Now that sugar daddy bank accounts are shrinking, trophy wives are discovering they may be s***

By: Susannah Breslin / December 11, 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…

By: Catherine Strawn / November 24, 2008

Necessary Luxuries: What We Won’t Give Up, Recession Be Damned

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a Grade A snob, despite what some may think. I may carry an expensive bag or be sporting expensive shoes, but chances are that I’m wearing Forever 21 everywhere else. I prefer a diner sandwich to a fancy meal, have cut myself off from mani/pedis and learned to polish…

By: Leigh Raines / November 23, 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…

By: 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…

By: Catherine Strawn / November 10, 2008

Hot Outta The Oven: Food For A Week…Cheap!

We're hoping that with this week's election, the financial situation will straighten itself out -- but it's not going to happen overnight, so we're gonna need to be a little more frugal. No more eating out every night! No more buying expensive salads for lunch! If you missed Teri Tsang Barrett's "Hot Out Of The…

By: Catherine Strawn / November 8, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Brothel Business, A Risque Running Outfit, And A Bachelorette Breakup

Even brothels are seeing a decrease in business due to the economic recession. [LA Times] A 27-year-old man from Great Britain ran the New York Marathon on Sunday wearing a Borat-style neon green bathing suit. We bet he had some serious rubbing thanks to the thong banana hammock. [Gothamist]…

By: Catherine Strawn / November 4, 2008

Create A Recession Email Filter To Combat Your Internet Shopping Habit

All of us at The Frisky are pretty addicted to websites like Gilt and Shop It To Me that email us about designer deals. It's hard to resist dresses that are half price, even if we are in tough economic times. The blog Stilettos on Cobblestone had a genius idea that is totally going to…

By: Catherine Strawn / November 1, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Moschino Hotel, Recession Beauty, & Brad Pitt On Marriage

Fashion label Moschino will open a hotel in Milan in 2009. The interior is being overseen by Moschino's creative director and her design team. How fancy. [MarieClaire.co.uk] You may be too poor right now to go to a spa, but you can totally give yourself a facial with the oatmeal you have in your cupboard…

By: Catherine Strawn / October 29, 2008

Hot Outta The Oven: Cumin-Roasted Cauliflower Pasta On A Recessionista’s Budget

Hot foodie Teri Tsang Barrett knows her way around a kitchen—a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, she works as a Food Editor at Everyday With Rachael Ray in constant search of the perfect thin crust pizza. Here she unveils her favorite frisky recipes—good food that every ravenous gal can make in a pinch.

By: TTB / October 28, 2008

Will Confessions Of A Shopaholic Bomb In This Economy?

Just six months ago, the "Sex and the City" movie and its crazy-expensive clothes hit theaters. And we ate it up -- even the $800+ pair of Manolo Blahnik heels. Oh, how times have changed. Another movie about conspicuous consumption, "Confessions of a Shopaholic," will come to a theater near you on February 14. I…

By: Catherine Strawn / October 27, 2008

Recession Sex Is Good For Women

These days, America can't get enough when it comes to recession sex. For women, former Us Weekly and Star editor Bonnie Fuller finds, the upside to the stock market downslide is "more sex." To explore where the economy meets the libido, Fuller toured sex shops, talked to sexperts, and found the business of recession sex…

By: Susannah Breslin / October 23, 2008

The Recession Is Good For Business At Sex Shops

Bonnie Fuller wrote yesterday on The Moment blog about how the recession is affecting people's sex lives, a topic we have explored before. So, are hard economic times helping people's sex lives? Fuller did some research among New York retailers, and made an interesting discovery: Business is actually up at specialty sex shops. Erotic toy…

By: Catherine Strawn / October 17, 2008

Quickies!: Janet Jackson And Jermaine Dupri Are Ooover

DON'T FORGET to come to The Frisky TONIGHT starting at 9pm EST -- Amelia will be liveblogging the "Project Runway" finale, postponing less important activities like debate watching. Live blogging is no fun if there is no audience. Don't humiliate her! Janet Jackson dumped Jermaine Dupri. Well, actually, her management dumped him for her. [Mediatakeout]…

By: Annika Harris / October 15, 2008

Cheapskate: Trendy Clothes From Kohl’s

Yesterday we showed you some styles from Wal-Mart that are super-cheap ($15 for a navy blazer!) and they don't look too shabby, either. Today the spotlight is on Kohl's, where we found tie-neck blouses galore, the lovely Simply Vera Vera Wang line, and fun heels. If you're planning on ordering online, place your order today…

By: Catherine Strawn / October 8, 2008