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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 »

Favorite Store Not Stocking Your Size? Give Them This.

Anyone who wears a hard-to-find, frequently sold-out, or generally ignored size knows that shopping can be an extremely frustrating experience. The next time you’ve scoured the racks and your size is nowhere to be found, channel that frustration into one of these polite-but-productive clothes calling cards, and leave it with the manager. You can print out the cards for free or purchase them on Etsy, with proceeds benefiting Dress For Success. [Clothes Calling Card via Already Pretty]

J.Crew Hints At Lower Prices, Follows Up With “LOL JK”

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Do you guys remember when J.Crew was, well, not exactly affordable, but, like, normal people could shop there? I spend a ridiculous amount of time reminiscing about the days when I could save up a few extra bucks from my freshman work study job and pop into J.Crew for a nicely made cardigan. Sigh. But wait! Is a more accessible J.Crew poised to make a comeback? Based on a statement from CEO Mickey Drexler, it seemed possible: “For spring, you’ll see our prices much more friendly this year,” he said during a speech at Parsons this week. Exciting, right?

Unfortunately, a J.Crew spokesperson swooped in to release the following party-pooping statement right after Drexler’s words hit the internet: Keep reading »

10 Geeky Leggings To Ogle

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Let’s pretend it isn’t ridiculously cold out. Or maybe the reason it’s not quite leggings weather is that you live in Australia, where it’s hot as Satan’s armpit right now and the thought of fabric clinging to your legs makes you want to break out in hives. Either way, it’s not the time for a thin layer of stretchy fabric to be the only thing separating any part of your gams from Mother Nature. But I can covet these geeky leggings from the safety of my desk. Check all 10 pairs out on The Mary Sue…

Style Inspiration: Happy 40th Birthday, Kate Moss!

Kate Moss style inspiration

Average people idolize celebrities for a plethora of reasons, some more valid than others. Outside of the realm of style, Kate Moss isn’t exactly the first star who comes to mind as far as inspirational lives are concerned, so maybe (probably) I am touched in the head for thinking she’s an overall positive role model. Despite drug scandals and disastrous relationship choices, Kate has always handled fallout with grace and an impressive ability to bounce back to a place even better than where she started. There are a lot of things I’ve learned from Kate being Kate, and how to dress is just one of them. Never complain, never explain. On her 40th birthday, a style inspiration board doesn’t even begin to cover it (maybe this French documentary will?), but it’s a decent place to start! Keep reading »

Materialistic Year In Review: The Best Things I Bought In 2013

Best Things I Bought This Year

I’ve already done quite a bit of serious reflecting on the life lessons I learned this year. Now it’s time to reflect on a much shallower topic: the cool stuff I bought. After selling most of my belongings in the spring, I tried to be a bit more careful with my purchases this year, although I’ll admit to more than a few impulse buys and giddy-if-not-entirely-logical purchases made for the sole purpose of decorating/filling up our new place (antique “hot pretzel” sign, I’m looking at you). Here are the 10 products I’m most excited about, in no particular order… Keep reading »

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