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Now, Even Your Clothes Hangers Will Feature Facebook

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Facebook is everywhere, all the time — and now, it’ll be able to follow you into the mall, even if you don’t have a smart phone. That’s because new retail technology has created digitized hangers that are linked up to Facebook. Every time someone “likes” an article of clothing online, the hanger updates the number of likes the piece of clothing receives in real time. That way, if you’re shopping alone, you can still crowdsource your outfit. Choosing between two leather jackets, for example? The digital hanger will allow you to use one more metric in deciding. Maybe you’ll choose the one with more Facebook likes, figure retailers. So far, the system is being tested out in Brazil. But one possible glitch that’s already been discussed? When people put the right clothing back on the wrong hanger. For the fashionably insecure, that’s sure to spell disaster. [Mashable]

Awesomely Affordable: 10 Picks From Brandy Melville

I first discovered the Italian label Brandy Melville during a trip to Santa Monica last summer. I was strolling along the Third Street Promenade when I came across the store, and I had an instinctual reflex to go in. Immediately. From the aesthetics and quality of the trendy clothes, I thought they would have exorbitant price tags like that of a similarly styled shop, LF. Not so — think boutique looks at just above Forever 21 prices. All of the clothes, except denim, are one-size-fits-most, subscribing to a loose-fitting, laid-back philosophy that made me want to buy everything. When I came back to New York, I was thrilled to discover their Soho store, but to my chagrin their online retailing was little more than an intro page. Sometime in the last six months, they gave it a revamp to offer e-commerce, so now Brandy is available to everyone. The one-size mantra makes it beyond easy to shop tanks, tops, and dresses, and I couldn’t be happier. Here are my ten favorite summer-ready pieces available online right now.

8 Stores That Instantly Make Me Feel Old, Fat, And Grumpy

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I’m a little uneasy about getting older, but it’s definitely not something that’s on my mind 24/7. There is one place, however, that forces me to confront the harsh passage of time more than any other, and that’s the mall. Stores I once bounded into with youthful glee now turn me into a scowling curmudgeon. Here are 10 stores that my 27-year-old self can barely handle, and why … Keep reading »

Study: People Who Spend Their Money On Experiences Are Happier

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How you spend your money says a lot about you — and it says even more about whether or not you’re a happy person. A new study from San Francisco State University asked nearly 10,000 people to evaluate how happy they were. It found that people who spent their money on experiences were generally happier than people who spent their money on material goods. Experience-oriented spenders–people who’d rather spend their cash on a dinner with friends, a trip or a movie rather than a new shirt — also reported that they got along better with others and experienced less anxiety than their materialistic counterparts. 

That’s in part, said the study’s lead researcher Ryan Howell, an assistant professor at San Francisco State, because experiential spenders are bigger risk takers. “You are taking a bigger risk on a night at a new restaurant or play,” he said. “You can’t return a trip or a meal the way you can return something from a store.”

So what kind of spender are you? Experiential or material? [NY Times]

Alberta Ferretti And Macy’s Unveil Pieces For Impulse Collaboration

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Last month, Macy’s announced that their next Impulse capsule collection would be designed by Italian fashion entrepreneur Alberta Ferretti. All of the line’s pieces were presented online yesterday and (of course) I already know which ones I’ll be making a beeline for when they hit 185 Macy’s locations on April 17. Priced from $49 to $119, the collection of dresses, skirts, and tops was destined for some serious summer lovin’. Considering Ferretti’s runway looks generally sell for over $1,000, this Impulse feature is the perfect wallet-friendly way to incorporate the designer’s trademark romantic styles into your wardrobe. Even better, I think all of these breezy pieces will be easy to wear and flattering on a wide range of body types. Might I add that the promotional images have me seriously craving a vacation to the Amalfi Coast, ASAP? I’ve included my personal picks from the collection — which ones are you itching to get your hands on? [Fashionologie] Keep reading »

An Online Dating Offer You Can’t Refuse: Free Man With Every Shoe Purchase

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Today I read about a merger that makes sense, but in a sorta creepy way: shoe-shopping and online dating. A Malaysian shoe store called Shoes Shoes Shoes has teamed up with a dating website to “give away” a man with every shoe purchase in an ingenious marketing stunt they call “Shoe Dating.” Here’s the lowdown, after the jump… Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: 10 Cheap Pairs Of Sunglasses In Every Style!

As much as I love my sunglasses, I’m in a constant state of losing them. It’s usually my favorite pair that I “misplace,” given that I’m always carrying them with me, and it usually ends in tears. There’s just way too many places to casually leave them and then forget about them just as casually. They also happen to be ridiculously easy to break and scratch, what with the bending arms and fragile lenses. After losing three pairs of Ray-Bans in the past two years, the days of shelling out for a designer pair are over, and I’ve become a connoisseur on the quest for good-looking, decent quality sunglasses that I won’t have a panic attack over if I leave them somewhere. Here’s my round-up of 10 stylish shades that won’t break the bank, or your heart.

How To Shop At Warehouse Clubs

Sometimes, shopping at warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club can be overwhelming. With aisle upon aisle of bulk items and products, it’s easy to lose track of time and buy things you don’t necessarily need. Instead, make your shopping experience easier and more efficient with our tips.

Prior To Leaving
Organize your list. Know what you need and how much storage space you have.
Invite a friend. To take advantage of bulk prices and savings, bring someone along with whom you can split large purchases.
Bring plastic tubs. Since warehouse stores do not provide bags, bring a few plastic bins to contain loose items and transport purchases. Read more…

Would You Wear: Floral Pants?

As anyone who’s flipped through a fashion magazine in the past month will know, florals are really happening right now. The pattern formerly reserved for tapestries and the old pillows at your grandmother’s house has reclaimed its glory and is being worn in all its incarnations. One garment in particular became ubiquitous on the spring/summer runway, and now it’s popping up on fashion editors and celebrities alike. The unexpected rise of the floral pant is inescapable: they’re everywhere, so you may as well embrace it, even (and especially!) if they’re out of your usual comfort zone. Personally, I think they’re an awesome look, particularly when worn with an otherwise neutral, streamlined outfit. What do you think: would you wear them? If you’re looking to get your hands on a pair, check out my picks after the jump. Keep reading »

We’re Totally Watching This: “Thrift Wars,” A Show About Competitive Thrifting

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If you’ve ever gone thrift shopping with me and my lady friends, you know that it’s nothing less than an all out major event. We make a day of it, and plan out which shops to visit based on who’s got good shoes, housewares and little-boy blazers (my personal favorite). We thrift for fun — and for the occasional mind-blowing find — but there’s plenty of people who make a living out of it, reselling their best finds on eBay, or in upscale consigner and vintage shops. And that’s what the new Oxygen Network show “Thrift Work” hopes to cover. I can already feel this show making me jealous. [NYMag.com]

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