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Designer Spotlight: Melanie Auld (On Sale!)

Designer Spotlight: The Melanie Auld Sale

My name is Sophie Leon and I am addicted to online window shopping, which I guess is better than being addicted to just online shopping. I can’t help but open every “New Items!” email and click through every lookbook of the latest fashion porn. Every once in a while, a designer collection catches my eye, but my inner accountant sternly reminds me that my favorite item is out of my price range. I return daily to gaze upon my favorite piece and imagine what it would look like with my current outfit. Months later, if the item goes on sale and I am still obsessing over it, I consider it a sign from the gods. Today, my friends, is one of those days. Keep reading »

Shopping Strategy: How To Shop A Major Sale Without Losing It

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is happening right now and, like many major sales, the good stuff goes fast. In particular, anything that says limited edition, exclusive, or free gift with purchase.  The first area to be ransacked is the beauty department. Ever wonder how some women have 20 free makeup pouches and a never-ending supply of brand name makeup remover? It’s because they know what they want and how to get it. Keep reading »

True Story: The Nightmare Consumers Who Inspired Me To Pare Down

True Story: The Nightmare Consumers Who Inspired Me To Pare Down
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Every few days, they would come home with hundreds of dollars worth of brand-name groceries and struggle to fit them into their bursting cabinets. They had two freezers and two refrigerators to hold food for three adults and one child. The food would spoil in the fridge or go stale on the shelf and just stay there for weeks. They ate out almost every night, spending $60 at a time at KFC, wrapping up the leftovers, and then never eating them.

On Christmas, the child would get fifty presents, and not tiny presents but whole playsets, Lego sets, motorized cars, animals. Birthdays were the same, and Easter, the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving were all treated as further opportunities to give the child presents. If the kid wanted something, they’d hound the parents for weeks, throwing tantrums, guilting, pleading for hours at a time, until the parents’ patience would wear thin and they’d buy it, even between the holiday milestones. Keep reading »

Packing Light: 6 Summer Getaway Essentials

Ever notice how when men and women go away for a long weekend, most women arrive with a full-size suitcase and most men a simple backpack? What are we doing wrong? Some women over plan and pack for every possible social event and natural disaster. Others can’t decide what they need and pack their entire closet. Although I love to be prepared, I have learned a few tricks to minimize the size of my bag without forfeiting my options. Keep reading »

Must Haves: 12 Simple Yet Sexy Shirtdresses

I have always found shirtdresses to be unexpectedly sexy, reminiscent of how a woman looks when she wears her man’s button-down to bed. There is something to be said for a full-coverage dress that could rip right open.  Plus, shirtdresses are super versatile — wear them now with strappy sandals and later with tights and booties.

Compassionate Fashion: Della X Urban Outfitters

Compassionate Fashion: Della At Urban Outfitters

I often hear complaints that compassionate fashion is difficult to identify and access. Los Angeles-based fashion line Della is attempting to bring handcrafted clothes made in Ghana to the masses. This week, Della launched its new eight-piece capsule collection (items start at $50) in Urban Outfitters in hopes of infusing social consciousness and initiating sustainable change. Designer Tina Tangalakis works directly with a community in Hohoe, Ghana, employing over 55 employees and impacting the lives of over 250 with fair wages, education and job skills training. I don’t know about you, but I have my eye on that romper!

Must Haves: 7 Hot Summer Shorts

We all have a pair of trusty denim cutoffs that may or may not get washed regularly, but what about a semi-formal pair of shorts for date nights and birthday parties? I’ve rounded up seven pairs of summer shorts that make a stylish statement.

Must Haves: A Wedding Dress For A Wedding Guest For $100 Or Less

This weekend, Amelia and I are both attending weddings. As a frequent wedding guest, this particular wedding season has been a challenge. I have worn and re-worn every single dress in my closet. Last weekend, I offered Katie three dresses from my collection to borrow for a wedding she was attending, because she too, has more weddings than dinner plans this summer. At this point, I am on a mission to donate all of my old dresses and stock up on new ones at summer sales — here’s what I’ve found so far!

8 Craft Stores To Shop At Instead Of Hobby Lobby

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I learned about sweatshops towards the end of junior high and I remember being deeply troubled. A burgeoning activist, I decided to boycott all clothing stores that sold products made in sweatshops. A quick AOL internet search (#old) revealed that my boycott would actually be incredibly difficult — if not impossible — given that I did not have my own money, transportation or sewing skills. The boycott was abandoned. With the exception of the fair trade purchasing when I do when it’s convenient, it hasn’t reared its head since.

Boycotting Hobby Lobby, however, is easy. The first reason is that I’ve never actually laid eyes on one. Frankly, I didn’t know it existed before they took it upon themselves to save all the unborn fetuses of crafty shift-workers of America. There is only one Hobby Lobby in my hometown San Diego, and it’s about an hour’s drive from my family home. The same is true in Boston, the other American city in which I’ve dwelled. In my current home of Melbourne, Australia, there is literally not a Hobby Lobby in the hemisphere. So you see, my boycott is a bit ridiculous but also VERY MEANINGFUL, you know?

I say this because I know that a boycott can be inconvenient. As the tidal wave of shit that is the recent Supreme Court decision drifts further into the past, it will seem less important to drive an extra 10 minutes to buy your yarn. Keep reading »

Must Haves: 7 No-Show Panties

We have all been there. You put on a pair of white shorts, stretchy leggings, a jersey skirt or a chiffon dress and proudly strut out the door only to realize that in the light of day, your outfit is straight up see-through. Your ass walks down the street saying “GOOD DAY!” to everyone it passes. And it happens more often than any of us want to admit. But the thing is, this is totally avoidable. There are several types of full coverage “nude” or skin-colored seamless panty options out there — here’s where to find them.

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