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La Di Da It’s Fashions Night Out!

Pssst … Have you heard? It’s Fashions Night Out–the third annual retail explosion-a-thon where mega-retailers and indie designers alike stay open late as a sort of a commercial nuit blanche, aimed at encouraging customers to engage with their stores, check out new items and buy, buy, buy. Started by Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, FNO was meant to help boost the economy after the economic downturn of 2008. Personally, Fashions Night Out makes me want to crawl in a hole and die, but if you’re into it–check out what’s going on in your town simply by Googling. You can also see what’s going on in NYC–the de facto home of FNO on the FNO website. And let us know if you got any great steals or deals in the comments! Keep reading »

Soapbox: Let’s Talk About Forever 21 — And Every Other Effed Up Retailer

For the past week or so, there’s been comments going back in forth in our “What Are We Wearing Today” posts about the shady nature of Forever 21. Not only has Forever 21 been cited for its poor ethics in terms of stealing independent designers’ work, but it’s also been called out for its conservative values as a corporation. Yesterday, Kate addressed her personal perspective on how she feels about wearing Forever 21. As she noted, she wasn’t aware of the company’s reputation, and now that she is, she says, “I’m less inclined to give them my business in the future. But you will still see lots of F21 items in this column because, even though I’ll shop there less from now on, I’m not about to get rid of the things that are already in my closet.”

The ethics of fashion are a murky business. And Forever 21 is hardly the only company that’s guilty. Now that we’ve opened the Pandora’s Box… Keep reading »

Confession: I Don’t Wash New Underwear Before I Wear It

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The other day there was a little incident where I was informed at, oh, 4 p.m. that I’d been walking around all day wearing hot pink boy shorts underneath a see-through dress. Ruh roh. I hustled over to the nearest Victoria’s Secret to deal with this situation. There I found a bunch of cute cotton pairs on one of their sale tables, so I scooped ‘em up. (Us ladies are constantly replenishing our panties-supply anyway, right?) Back in the office I slipped on a pair to salvage my reputation as completely oblivious/the office tramp. But it wasn’t until I was ripping those tiny pink VS tags off my new pairs of “cheekies” and tossing them in my underwear drawer that I thought to myself, I guess some people wash these first? I’ve never been a person who washes anything before wearing it, especially since I have a habit of dashing into Forever 21 or H&M the same day I’m going someplace and buying an outfit for right then. I realize, though, this is a thing people do. Sweaty, gross people try on clothes in stores or just fondle them with their Cheez Doodle dust-ed fingers. As totally neurotic as I am about other germ situations — like washing my hands any time I touch anything inside a fridge — I will wear panties that have been sitting on a display table in a VS for God knows how long and being touched by God knows who. Am I totally gross? Or do other people do this too? Keep reading »

What Are Your Shopping Dealbreakers?

We talk a lot about dating dealbreakers here at the Frisky — things like neckbeards and global warming denial that can instantly end a date or even a relationship. But what about shopping dealbreakers? Example: for me, a tag that says “hand wash only” is the equivalent of a guy who wears spotless white sneakers. No matter how much I’m attracted to it or how strong it looks, I know it is actually fragile and high maintenance and things will never work out between us. My friend Rachel will walk away from even the most beautiful dress if it contains one percent polyester. My brother won’t buy clothes that are made in China. Is there anything that would cause you to put an otherwise awesome piece of clothing back on the rack? Keep reading »

Our Picks: Top 5 Flea Markets In The Country

Those of us with a soft spot for nostalgia or a pirate’s-level enthusiasm for buried treasures know there are few greater joys than whiling away a Sunday at an overstuffed flea market. If it weren’t for these indoor and outdoor bazaars brimming with vintage finds, my sister and I would have a lot less to brag about. (Her most recent gem: a collection of 50s-era table lighters found at the Long Beach Antique and Collectibles Market. Mine: A faux-Victorian nightstand made in the 70s, scored at New York City’s Chelsea Flea Market.)

From the coast of California to the borough of Brooklyn, these are the best places to find your new favorite things. Read more… Keep reading »

7 Shopping Pet Peeves

A couple weeks ago, Amelia wrote about five of her random pet peeves, from elevator button abusers to people who groan in yoga class. Today, I’d like to focus on my shopping pet peeves — the little things that can turn a routine shopping trip into an exercise in exasperation. I’d love to hear yours too, so please share them in the comments! Keep reading »

Do You Save For Big Items Or Blow Your Cash On Tons Of Tinier Things?

I shop like it’s my job (maybe it kind of is?) and this weekend I found myself at two very different shopportunities (I’m the worst). On Friday, some friends and I hit up the Opening Ceremony sample sale, which promised a warehouse full of designer items for up to 90 percent off. This meant that items that were usually prohibitively, outrageously expensive, would now be only annoyingly expensive and/or almost reasonable (virtually nothing sold at Opening Ceremony is ever affordable in the slightest). My roommate scored, on my insistence, a slightly damaged Alexandre Herchcovitch dress for $200 (she’s enviously tall and I weep for that dress), and my other friend bought a scarf. I went nuts when I found not only an insane Rosa Cha goth-ycakes blazer (totally not necessary), but also a gorge Charles Anastase safari trench coat (pictured). The only problem? The trench coat cost $400. Did I buy it? Yes. I. Did. And here’s why. Keep reading »

6 Times I’ve Cried In The Dressing Room And Why

I’m not big on crying in public, I swear, but dressing rooms are a different story. Maybe it’s the sting of the harsh lighting. Maybe being surrounded by mirrors makes me feel raw and introspective. Maybe I take the phrase “retail therapy” a little too seriously. Whatever the reason, I have something of a history of tearing up on shopping trips. Here are some of my most memorable fitting room cryfests… Keep reading »

Have You Ever Fought With Friends Over Clothes?

I was at a flea market this weekend with a friend, relishing in my new discovery that yes, despite the fact that I am only five-feet tall, I can actually wear three-quarter-length skirts as long as I wear heels, when I happened upon the perfect new skirt. The only trouble? My friend Sarah thought it was the perfect new skirt, too — for her. At first, her praise of the brightly-colored button-down vintage skirt (priced at a reasonable $20) was neutral. Until she tried the skirt on, too, and realized it fit her (at a good eight inches taller than me) just as well as me. “Wellllll, you know, that skirt is exactly what I’ve been looking for…” she said, her voice trailing off. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Confessions Of A (Maybe) Shopaholic

A year ago, my then-boyfriend and I argued about something. I can’t remember anymore what it was about. But I know it made me upset the night we argued and lasted until the next morning, all the way from my commute from New Jersey into New York City. Pent-up with frustration, I needed to do something to make myself feel better. So instead of walking straight to my office, I ducked into an H&M, grabbed skirts, dresses and blouses off the racks without even trying them on, and spent something like $200 or $300 on clothes in less than half an hour. Keep reading »

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