Posts tagged "shopping"

How Often Do You Buy New Jeans? And How Long Until You Chuck Them?

It goes without saying—the one item in your closet that's older than the latest "High School Musical" star? Probably your favorite pair of jeans. A new survey from the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex, England finds that Brits hang on to their jeans longer than any other piece of clothing, and that nearly…
By: Leonora Epstein / October 6, 2009

Cheapskate: Forever 21

Any fashionista worth her wardrobe knows that she can buy trendy stuff from Forever 21, but who really has the patience to wade through all the crap and mess that plagues the actual store? We don't, that's for sure. So we'll just surf the website to find all the trendy and classic (bet you…
By: Annika Harris / October 1, 2009

Cobbler Vs. New Shoes: Which Is The Better Value?

Thinking I was being smart with my money, I recently took three pairs of black high heels to my local shoe repair man to get them gussied up. All of them were in pretty sad condition—the heels worn down to the metal screw, soles thin, and scuffs all around. (FYI, these shoes weren't anything…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 1, 2009

What Are Your Biggest Fashion Money Wasters?

I have a closet stuffed with clothes. Yet I have I-have-nothing-to-wear syndrome coupled with the sad realization that I wear only 25 percent of my wardrobe. However, that doesn't seem to stop me from adding a half-dozen things every few months that usually end up with the other 75 percent of my collection. Apparently, I'm…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 12, 2009

E-Boutique Of The Week: Rewind

Cheap is clearly the new chic! Revolve clothing, the hip online store, has joined the growing number of e-tailers with sites that sell discounted designer duds. They've launched Rewind, an invitation-only site, which allows members to cherry pick from a laundry list of labels, including Cheap Monday, Diesel, Paige Premium Denim and Jame…
By: Zandile Blay / August 8, 2009

Wear Today, Gone Tomorrow Lets You Borrow Or Buy

Celebs get to borrow whatever designer goods they want, whenever they want. We'll still have to pay for the privilege, but at least the fashion gods have thrown us a bone with this amazing online boutique: Wear Today, Gone Tomorrow. This brand new e-commerce site works just like Bag, Borrow or…
By: Zandile Blay / August 3, 2009

Anna Wintour: Public Enemy #1 Of Discount Shoppers?

There's no denying the rush of joy (and feeling like you're getting away with theft) when you find an incredible designer piece at Loehmann's or Nordstrom Rack that you can actually afford. Of course, on the flip side, there's no more annoying feeling in life than when you've just spent your entire paycheck on a…
By: Leonora Epstein / July 30, 2009

Net-A-Porter Launches iPhone App, Your Bank Account Sighs

The economy might still be in the crapper, but that hasn't stopped luxury retailers from trying to lure shoppers through less traditional means. Recently, Christie's launched an app to let users browse million-dollar works of art for sale. And now the latest to join the mobile shopping world is Net-a-porter.com, the site…
By: Leonora Epstein / July 21, 2009

Summer Sale Madness: How To Buy Clothes Online

For those of us who get our kicks shopping online, we look forward to this special time all year long: Right now, retailers are rolling out the fall merch, and that means they're desperate to clear out all the spring and summer leftovers (and especially so considering extra sluggish sales over the past few months).
By: Erin Flaherty / July 20, 2009

Let’s Go Shopping And Talk Nonsense With Kelly Bensimon!

So basically, Kelly Bensimon went on a shopping trip with The Daily Beast for stuff she already owns. (Gold $370 Gryphon shorts? Wore them to a Kim Kardashian party! "Sexy rocker chick" miniskirt from Intermix? It's already packed for this weekend's trip to Miami! An "Alaia meets Pocahontas" belt? Just…
By: Nina Carbone / July 17, 2009

Do “Deals” At Outlet Malls Just Screw Shoppers Over?

Hold that credit card! Double X excerpted a section from the forthcoming book, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, by Ellen Ruppell Shell, which reveals the scams at outlet malls are lamer than the kids who hang out in the food court all day. The author visited at an outlet mall i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2009

Layaway Plans: Not Just For The Citizens Of 1992

I remember shopping in Kids 'R Us (well, not exactly shopping, it was more trailing behind Mom while she picked out clothes and held them up to my and my sister's little bodies for an instant size comparison) and wondering what those signs were for their "Layaway Plan." Once upon another desperate time, layaway program…
By: Nina Carbone / June 14, 2009

Note To Relationships Authors: Dating Is Nothing Like Shopping

We're sick of shopping metaphors being used to explain dating. Maybe it's because we watched way too much "Sex and the City" back in the day and grew tired of the comparisons, but we don't see how men are anything like purses, shoes, jewelry, or little black dresses. Author Janice Lieberman does just this i…
By: Catherine Strawn / May 27, 2009

Shopping Guide: The Best Places To Blow Your Paycheck In LaLa Land

There's no denying that in Hollywood, you are what you wear. In fact, everyone is so well styled that it's often hard to tell the normals from the celebs (okay, that size two girl being followed by paparazzi? Yeah, she's famous). Yet, we gotta love LaLa land for its diverse and plentiful shopping areas. Hit…
By: Leonora Epstein / May 26, 2009

Saudi Arabia: Where The Recession Is A Real Slap in The Face

Have you ever spent so much money you wanted slap yourself? Well, now you don’t have to! Thanks to a Saudi Arabian court, if a wife spends too much of her man’s dough, he can put her in her place for her. What a savings! Many of the local men, and now the courts, have…
By: Simcha / May 11, 2009

America’s Malls In Crisis: Our Fave Mall Moments

Oh no! The country’s second-biggest mall operator is totally bankrupt! General Growth Properties, which manages more than 1,500 malls across the country, is $25 billion in debt. With vacancies at a 10-year high, many malls are being converted into offices or going dark. Is this the end of the mall as we know it? […
By: Deborah Stein / April 19, 2009

When Not To Shop When You’re Trying To Spend Less

If you're trying to be good about keeping a budget, the week before you get your period you might want to stay away from Madewell, or J.Crew, or Gilt Groupe, or whatever store makes you want to pull out your credit card. According to a study by professor Karen Pine of the University of Hertfordshire…
By: Catherine Strawn / March 30, 2009

QVC And HSN Are Awesome!

People often laugh at me when I tell them I shop on QVC and HSN, but little do they know, both of these shopping networks have awesome fashions, handbags, jewelry and makeup. Plus, you can pay in installments for some items, and they'll ship the item before you're even finished paying.
By: Annika Harris / February 22, 2009

Last, Last-Minute Gifts That Don’t Seem So

It’s Christmas Eve. Dinner is ready, the house is decorated, and the lights are aglow with holiday magic. You are about to relax in the recliner with some eggnog and watch "A Christmas Story" when you get a call from your brother. He has decided to bring his new girlfriend and he forgot to get…
By: DivineCaroline.com / December 23, 2008

What A Craigslist Ad Teaches Us About Relationships

Forget self-help books and magazine columns. For dating and relationship advice, I recommend Craigslist. Don’t believe me? Yesterday, I was perusing the New York City section of the site, hoping someone might be unloading a pair of Veronica slouch Frye boots in a size 7, preferably barely used, and hopefully well under the $328 they…
By: Wendy Atterberry / December 15, 2008
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