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Do You Ever Go On A “Fashion Diet”?

The other day a friend sent me a link to an item on the Madewell site. “Weren’t these the shorts you wanted? They went on sale and are only $11!” Tempting, but I told her I was abstaining from all fashion purchases at the moment. “I’m on a fashion diet,” I said. While the term “fashion diet” might sound like some god-awful liquid food plan to be able to fit into a dress, it’s what we like to call taking a break from style-related shopping (well, except the necessities, like if you run out of shampoo). Keep reading »

Nordstrom’s New Boutique Puts Charity Centerstage

Blackbook informs us that shopping giant Nordstrom will be setting up a non-profit shop in New York City’s Soho neighborhood. The high-design charity boutique is an already-existing concept, and a successful one at that. Merci, a concept store in Paris, was founded by the past owners of Bonpoint, a fancy children’s clothing line. After selling Bonpoint, the owners created their own children’s charity and a boutique whose entire proceeds benefit it (after paying all costs). Merci has become one of the most-respected style spots in Paris. Now Nordstrom is doing something similar, opening a boutique to benefit non-profit organizations. Keep reading »

Do Knock-Offs And Designer Collabs Give You The “Must Have It” Syndrome?

We all know the feeling of fashion obsession. And often, it comes in the form of something very, very expensive. But has the retail industry succeeded in driving our obsessions to lower-priced goods? With the wave of decent knock-off chains supplying our closets (thank you, Zara and Forever 21), and exclusive designer collaborations, are we now falling prey to a different kind of must-have mentality? This week, one shopping-crazed woman wrote in The New York Times that she’s what you might call a chaser — and a fierce one at that. Keep reading »

Frisky Staffers Shop Gilt Groupe On CNN


This shouldn’t come as a shock, but the majority of us at The Frisky are a little obsessed with online shopping. Personally, I way prefer shopping from the comfort of my desk or couch to fighting the crowds at department stores or New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, which has come to basically be an outdoor mall. In particular, we’ve sung the praises of online sample sale sites like Gilt Groupe because they sell mid-to-high-priced designers’ labels at discount prices that you can’t find in stores. When Gilt Groupe has one of its final sales, work at The Frisky comes to a screeching halt for about 15 minutes, as a bunch of us go apes**t, trying to get the items we want — in the correct sizes! — in our basket as quickly as possible. CNN recently came by The Frisky’s offices to film this “shopping frenzy” in a segment that aired on “American Morning.” Check it out above! [CNN] Keep reading »

WTF: QVC Is Already Celebrating Christmas

Seriously, people? It’s not even September, but QVC has already started pushing Christmas merchandise and has decked out its homepage with seasonal cheer. Can we please put the holiday shopping craze on hold until, like October? At least? Help us, Santa! Help! [QVC] Keep reading »

Hop On This Groupon Gap Offer (Please!)

The Gap is usually a go-to for our fall shopping, so we were pleasantly surprised to see this Groupon offer land in our inbox this morning: Sign up for the deal and you’ll only pay $25 for $50 worth of merchandise in stores. For those not familiar with Groupon, it’s a sort of local coupon service where retailers and business owners can offer you a deal, but only if enough people participate (or sign up) for the deal. If the offer goes through, you pay online and print out your certificate. So, if you already know you’re going to spend $50 at the Gap (um, today), might as well get in on the coupon now to capture the savings opportunity. [Groupon] Keep reading »

Discounts At Gap, Steve Madden—Is Foursquare On The Verge Of A Consumer Breakthrough?

Some of us here at The Frisky have yet to get on board with Foursquare, the mobile “check-in” app that lets others see where you are. If you’re not into using the service to virtually navigate your social life, the company may still appeal to you yet: Foursquare recently announced a discount deal with the Gap. Users who check into Gap locations through August 22 will get 25 percent off their purchase. (If you’ve tried these mobile discount things by waving your iPhone in a clerk’s face and seen their “huh?” reaction, not to worry—the check-in gives you a discount code just in case.) Another place you might shop that’s now offering a Foursquare discount? Certain Steve Madden stores are offering 20 percent off purchases of $50 or more from now through September 30. Keep reading »

Women Choose Sexier Outfits When They Ovulate

Ladies, we now have one more thing we can blame on hormones emitted during our menstrual cycle — slutty sexy clothing choices. A new study from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management finds that during ovulation, women “dress to impress” and buy sexier clothing. Apparently, it’s an unconscious choice, but we are trying to look sexier than other nearby women so that men will notice us. Finally, an explanation for why I bought that embarrassingly tight, skanky jersey dress from American Apparel and why it seems like a good idea to wear it about once a month.

How did the researchers discover this? Keep reading »

Oak & Co. Gives Young Designers Exposure

The hardest thing about being a new designer is not so much the creativity — if you’re good, you’re good — it’s getting exposure for the awesome clothes you’re creating. Some designers with amazing wares actually struggle for years just to get their clothes in front of the right eyes. New website Oak & Co. aims to change that by offering sustainable up-and-coming designers a hub for selling their wares. Some of the pieces are a little more hippie than chic, but a fair few of the choices are pretty great-looking pieces that you won’t find elsewhere. Plus, buying a dress from Oak & Co. means you’re being environmentally friendly and supporting developing designers. [ApparelNews.net] Keep reading »

What Kind Of Shopper Are You?

It goes without saying that every single person shops for clothes differently. While I loathe purchasing anything online and would rather pick up one or two pieces every week, I have friends who order by seasons, other friends who shop on a monthly basis, and a boyfriend who needs to seriously be in the mood to buy. WSL Strategic Retail did a little survey in order to come up with the different shopping styles, and came to the conclusion that the entire world fits into only five different categories. Read on to find out what kind of shopper you are. Keep reading »

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