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So Now There’s Vending Machine For Weaves

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So Now There's Vending Machine For Weaves

Vending machines are the new home for anything and everything. You never know when you might find yourself on the go and suddenly in immediate need of cupcakeschampagne, pizza or even a new weave.

The Mane Vendor, a weave vending machine, was created by Marcella Ellis, owner of Marcella Ellis Hair Studios and School of Cosmetic Arts in Fairfax, Virginia. She wanted to give more convenience for shoppers but to also keep hair revenue within the Black community. Ellis also aims to provide franchise opportunities for those who want to start their own business. She told Clutch Magazine: Keep reading »

Whoa: The Average Woman Has $550 Worth Of Unworn Clothing In Her Closet

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We’ve all done it. Bought a party dress that we just HAD to have only to realize that we have nowhere to wear it. Splurged on a pair of trousers that looked amazing in the dressing room and hideous as soon as we got them home. Done a little retail therapy, came home with a few bags of cheap t-shirts from Forever 21, and absolutely no interest in ever wearing them. But can you estimate just how much all those unworn clothes hanging in your closet and crammed into the nether regions of your dresser drawers might be worth? According to a recent survey, for most women the value is around $550. For clothes that are never worn. Keep reading »

7 Tips For Clothes Shopping During A Weight Loss Transition

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I’m currently in the process of losing some weight. While the experience has been less life-changing than I expected, I’m proud of myself for eating healthier and exercising more often. I feel good. The one downside so far? I’m at the stage of weight loss where my clothes mostly still fit, but they all look kind of…weird. My jeans are now saggy in weird places. My blouses billow in the most unflattering way possible. My bras straps slip and provide no support. Every time I get dressed, I feel awkward and unattractive, and it has nothing to do with my body, just the way my current wardrobe fits my changing body. It’s clearly time for me to update my closet to reflect the new number on the scale. Here are a few tips for anyone else who’s struggling with shopping for clothes during a period of weight loss: Keep reading »

Compassionate Fashion: 5 Ways To Curb Your Fast Fashion Addiction

Compassionate Fashion: 5 Ways To Curb Your Fast Fashion Addiction

It’s been about 6 months since I vowed to overhaul my shopping habits and become a more conscious consumer.  One of my main goals was to cut back on fast fashion, AKA super cheap, trendy clothes from stores like Forever 21, Zara, H&M, and Topshop that refresh their inventory almost daily and rely heavily on sweat shop labor. Honestly, I didn’t realize how addicted I was to fast fashion until I tried to break my habit. It’s been a bumpy road (and I still haven’t phased it out completely), but the rewards are worth it: my closet is less crowded, my clothes are better quality, and I feel better about where my money’s going. If you’ve been thinking of cutting down on your fast fashion consumption (woohoo! you go girl!), here are 5 tips I learned the hard way:

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You Aren’t Imagining It: Study Finds That Seeing Happy Couples In Ads Makes You Depressed

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New research from the University of Southern California found that, shocker, looking at images of happy couples when you’re single makes you feel crappy. Advertisers love to rely on the “lovey dovey” trope to sell things, assuming that people who aren’t in a happy relationship will see the product as the key to attaining kind of life they want (“aspirational”).

Instead, just the opposite happens: consumers think they aren’t worthy of the brand. What researchers refer to as single consumers’ perceived deservingness drops with each ad they see of a relationship they don’t have. The popular stereotype is that when people feel bad about themselves, they turn to retail therapy. Instead, they actually stay away from nice stuff. If they do indulge while in their funk, the things they buy usually are lower-end or, in the case of food, low-calorie. Keep reading »

The Dos & Don’ts Of Shopping With Your Girlfriend

At my boutique job, I see a lot of guys shopping with their wives and girlfriends. Some of them are amazing shopping partners, helping their ladies pick out cute dresses and offering helpful feedback in the dressing room. Some of them are completely disengaged, plopping down on a chair immediately upon entering the store and grunting one-syllable responses when prompted, never looking up from their iPhones. And the rest are … less than pleasant: sighing dramatically, making snide comments, complaining constantly. Listen, you don’t have to love going shopping (lord knows we hate it half the time), but if you do agree to accompany your lady to the mall, you might as well try to make the best of it. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help you be the best shopping partner you can be… Keep reading »

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