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Must Haves: 10 Petite Summer Purses

In the summer it’s all about keeping things light and carefree, so there’s nothing more annoying than lugging around a huge bag. Of course, a tiny clutch is equally annoying, if not more so — if something is not physically bound to me with a strap or handle, I will lose it. I promise. There’s also the question of what you need to fit into it: my list is pretty minimal, but it’s still more than I can squeeze into a tiny shoulder bag. The right bag must have enough room for my phone, my keys, sunglasses, a pack of Wet Wipes (yep), a compact, the obligatory 3-5 beauty products and, well, anything else I might want to throw in it. It’s a bit of a conundrum — small enough to not be annoying, yet big enough for all of my necessities. I know I’m not alone; this is a plight that all women must face come summertime. Fortunately for the rest of you, I’ve done all the dirty work and found 10 petite, perfectly-sized purses at a range of prices.

Must Haves: 10 White Dresses For Summer

When the weather takes a turn for the hot, hot, hot (fingers crossed it actually happens, I mean, does anybody remember winter?), societal requirements mandate you should be wearing clothes, but I’d rather be… not, not, not. Seriously, I love the warm weather, but the idea of sticky shorts and tank tops has me sweating already. It may not be so bad when you’re lounging poolside, but think New York City in the summer time, and by New York City I mean the subway. Ah, public transportation — for the low price of $2.25, you, too can have your perspiring thighs stuck to a metal bench or, even better, an equally swampy stranger. Fun! (No, terrible.) I don’t consider myself over-the-top girly, but dresses suddenly become a whole lot more attractive when the thought of putting my legs through pants makes me want to hop into the Hudson. I’m foreseeing loose, easy (/lazy), short, diaphanous, versatile, and white as the characteristics I’ll be desperately seeking in frocks this summer, and now’s the time to stock up before everyone beats you to it. After the jump, ten white dresses I can’t wait to get my (train-hopping, A/C-craving) hands on.

The Millennial Generation Is Spending More Money Than Ever On Luxury Goods

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We’re broke, we’re unemployed, we owe student loans, we’re living off our parents, we have degrees in things like English and Philosophy, we’re unprecedentedly narcissistic, and as if we couldn’t get any more charming, all the money we do have we spend on luxury goods: welcome to Generation Y, bitches! The millennial epoch, composed of those born between 1980 and 2000, is the fastest-growing demographic of those who purchase luxury goods. Consumers of this generation increased spending on premium fashion and services by 33 percent in 2011, and while boomers remain the foremost buyers of luxury items at 50 percent, millennials have altered their habits drastically in the past year alone. Keep reading »

Makeup Bag: 10 Product Picks For A Summer-Proof Face

I’m convinced that I am one of melting makeup’s worst victims. I have serious issues keeping my face on the other nine months of the year, let alone summer, when it’s prime time for super sexy sweaty skin. As such, I’ve been forced to develop some pretty hardcore techniques for keeping my makeup on as long as possible. The best strategy I can stand behind is to keep it minimal, especially as far as foundation goes — and by that, I mean no foundation at all. It may sound scary, but a little bit of tinted moisturizer and a whole lot of a good concealer can carry you through the day (and oh, those summer nights) without the spotty disintegrating effect a thicker formula tends to cause when things get heated. Thankfully, I’m not alone in this fight — some of my favorite brands have stepped up to give me a hand in my battle against the heat. Here are ten of my product picks for makeup that stays fresh, even when you feel anything but.

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 »

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