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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]

Alberta Ferretti Will Design A Capsule Collection For Macy’s

Doo-Ri Chung for Macy's
The Doo.Ri designer unveils her collection this month. Read More »
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Alberta Ferretti Will Design A Capsule Collection For Macy's

Just last week, I told you about Doo-Ri Chung’s upcoming collection for Macy’s, but this week, I heard about the next designer up for an Impulse capsule and I can say with all honesty that this is the one I’d wait in line for in a heartbeat. In two months, Alberta Ferretti will join the ranks of other Macy’s collaborators like Karl Lagerfeld and Giambattista Valli, and I have faith that she’ll blow them all out of the water. I’ve been a fan of her eponymous line and Philosophy since my worship of fashion first burgeoned, and my favorite thing to see on the runway season after season is expertly draped, ethereal dresses, blouses, and skirting that just ooze craftsmanship and devotion to creating a work of wearable art — this describes Alberta’s designs to a T. Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: 10 Divine Pieces Of Druzy Jewelry

What’s a druzy, you ask? Strange name, yes, but it makes it easier to put a label on what I previously referred to as “the inside-geode sparkles.” Druzies, or drusies, are the tiny quartz crystals that form within or on the surface of other previously deposited stones and minerals. They’re beautifully eye-catching and they capture and reflect light in a way that makes me want to buy them all and adorn my body with them forever. I mean, what? Druzies are so pretty, and while designer takes on them can be pricy for sure, there’s plenty of stunning druzy jewelry out there that looks like magic and won’t make your wallet cry. What could be better than that?

Guns Were The Hottest Black Friday Purchase

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Gather round children, you’re about to hear a depressing tale. Guns — yes, guns — were a real hot ticket item this past Black Friday. Apparently, gun sellers recorded the highest day ever of gun sales, smashing the previous one-day record by a whopping 32 percent. Firearms rights people think this is awesome. “I think there is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns,” said Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. And, said Keane, more and more first-time buyers are women.

As someone deathly afraid of guns, I have no desire to ever be in the presence of one — much less own one. But it does seem like a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular with women. Would you — or do you — own a gun? [USA  Today]

Sometimes Shopgirls Are The Worst

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This writer banned herself from buying -- and it backfired. Read More »
Wear Stupid Shoes
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Alexa Chung has some advice for your feet. Read More »
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How often has this happened to you: You’re stoked to buy something at a cute little boutique, but then the girl working there totally freezes you out? It’s like, commmmme onnnnnn, you work retail! We’re all in this together! You’re not cooler than me! Stop it! The girl in this video knows exactly what I’m talking about. [NY Mag]

What Did You Buy For Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

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How to survive Black Friday, the most insane shopping day of the year. Read More »
Shopping Ban
This writer banned herself from buying -- and it backfired. Read More »
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When God was handing out common sense, she skipped over me entirely (but gave me a little extra junk in the trunk to compensate!). I’ve been buying gifts for my nieces all year; I bought my mom’s Christmas present months ago; and two weekends ago I hit up Bloomie’s to buy a little something-something for my dude. Alas, that sound you hear is my debit card whimpering. Sorry, little guy. Keep reading »

Do You Live In A Shopaholic City?

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Quick! Do you live in Bakersfield, California? Do you spend an inordinate amount of money on shopping each month? That’s no surprise — you’re just doing your part to keep up with your friends and neighbors, because Bakersfield happens to be one of the most shopping addicted cities in the country. According to a new study from Bundle, Bakersfield residents spend an average of $201.50 a month on clothes, shoes and accessories. But that’s nothing compared to what Washington D.C. spends. D.C.’s residents are top shoppers on the list, spending an average of $263 a month on fashion. Geez, you guys! Surprisingly, fashion capitals New York City and Los Angeles didn’t even crack the top ten 10. Click onward to find out who did. And tell us: about how much do you spend on clothes per month? Answer in our poll, after the jump! [Bundle]

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