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Parents, beware. The ecommerce evil shopping geniuses have found another way for your tweens and teens to beg for money to assuage their clothing habits. Now, instead of asking for the credit card or dragging mom to the mall, websites are adding a “Bill to Parents” option. Your kids can shop away, add their desired treasures to a virtual shopping cart, and then send the lot over to the rents for approval and purchase. Whether mom and dad choose to plop down their credit card for their children’s choices is up to them, so all control’s not lost, but there is a small surcharge for the service. Already sites like PacSun and Amazon have added the option to their site, meaning Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle aren’t too far behind. On one hand, it’s a safe way for kids to shop online, but on the other hand, it’s certainly adding to the consumerism and entitled-ness of today’s youth. Whatever, I wonder how I can convince my parents … [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
Over the past few days, NYC residents were forced to deal with an overwhelming heat wave of record temperatures. City dwellers searched for any way to escape the heat, and for once, sitting in the office for a few extra hours just to take advantage of the blasting AC was actually enjoyable rather than aggravating! Of the many creative ways residents found to survive the heat wave, one surprising result of the 100+ degree heat was an actual increase in shopping and sales. Retailers found that during the heatpocalypse, businesses saw double-digit increases in sales on seasonal items — meaning consumers forgot about the recession, got confused about the season, and whipped out those credit cards to buy items for FALL! Personally, I can’t imagine trying anything on in a dressing room except for mini dresses and bathing suits when I’m this hot, so I can hardly imagine even contemplating buying boots and sweaters. Are you spending more cash and shopping to escape the heat? And if so, what exactly are you buying? [WWD] Keep reading »
Screw you, internetz, for providing so many opportunities to spend all of our money on shoes. First you give us online shopping, then come online sample sales, now Lustr’s new iPhone app, which sends notifications of nearby New York sales to your phone. Yes, it’s super useful, but it also makes it hard to concentrate on what you’re doing when, after stepping off the train in the East Village and finding that Alexander Wang is marked down 40% a mere five blocks away. We are not strong enough to handle the temptation. New Yorkers, download the new app here and count down until you’re broke. [Racked] Keep reading »
When I moved a couple weeks ago from Manhattan to Brooklyn, I was reminded once again that there are certain things in life that are simply worth shelling out money for, no matter how tight your budget is. Anyone who has hired professional movers after experiencing the pain of moving without them knows exactly what I’m talking about. After the jump, 20 more things that are worth spending a little extra on. Keep reading »
French men are very well dressed. (Take it from me, someone who lives in Paris and often feels like she’s walking in a living version of Sartorialist heaven.) They also just know things about fashion in the way that American guys just know things about football or Mila Kunis. A new study further proves that dudes in France are style-inclined: they have a lot of clothes. Research conducted by the French Fashion Institute shows that these males, “aged between 15 and 29 spend as much on clothes as women of their age” and that “young French men fussed as much over appearances as women their age yet spent less time and energy picking and choosing clothes.” Great, so basically the French manage to be into how they look, but never have fashion freak-outs. Where did we go wrong?
We have to imagine that a man with a huge closet might affect dating dynamics. Have you ever been with a guy who owns a crap load of clothes? Is a male clotheshorse a good or a bad thing? [AFP] Keep reading »
I’ve never known how to properly fold a shirt. My dressers have always been an orgy of unorganized clothes—sweaters and socks spilling out of drawers—because my approach has always been to ball everything up, which is not really a great way to organize or prevent wrinkles. That all changed after my first day working in retail, a job, I have found, that revolves around a perfectly folded shirt. See, along with interning at The Frisky, I also have one of those typical college student I-need-to-make-rent jobs. For the past two weeks, I have been a sales associate at my university’s bookstore, which features a surprising amount of apparel. Already, I’ve gained enough knowledge from this job to endorse the idea that everyone should take a turn working in retail. Keep reading »
The way we shop now: via virtual window browsing, electronic payments, and clicks of a button. Which is great for making things easier, but it also means you may become less discerning about your purchases. Avoid settling for the quick fix when you’re spending online—with a bit of research, you might find yourself saving more than you thought possible. Of course, half the struggle of attempting to be frugal online is being overwhelmed by discount search engines or slightly sketch third-party websites. Lucky for you, we’ve done the work for you, and have rounded up the best websites and online tools to keep you money smart.
A word of warning: just because a site offers great discounts, it doesn’t mean you have to cash in on it. When you find amazing things for cheap, it’s often tempting to purchase them simply because of the deal. Before you spend, think about whether you’d actually be buying the item in the first place. The rule of the game is to sub in these options for times you’d ordinarily spend full price. So without further ado … The Frisky’s favorite web spots for shopping, planning a vacations, redecorating, and even partying. Check them out after the jump! Keep reading »
I, Simcha Whitehill, am a recovering shopaholic. It all started back in the day, when I was a suburban mall rat. My BFF in middle school lived a block from the indoor bonanza. (Coincidence? I think not!) By high school, I had to get an after-school job at a real estate office just to support my Contempo Casuals habit. And although I no longer crave pleated minis, knee socks, and Mary Janes, my taste for choice fashion has just grown up with me. However, despite what I thought back when I was a kid, I didn’t turn out to be a millionaire. But that doesn’t mean I don’t always try to look like a million bucks. I’ve just developed tactics to trick my inner shopaholic from charging me into Chapter 11. Here’s how I’ve managed to stay outta debt, but still kept my belly and my closet full. Keep reading »