Bargain Hunting

Freebie Effect

A close colleague worked for an expensive watch company and complained of their common freebie practice. Give a celebrity a ridiculously expensive timepiece, make sure they wear it around the papa-paparazzi, watch the watch sales climb sky high.... More »

T Time

Fashion doesn’t do coincidence, and it’s far from serendipitous that the revival of the t-shirt coincides with the revival of our economy. During the recession, people felt powerless and lacking control. Fashion responded by creating... More »

Skipping Stones

Life is about routine. We get up, we get, dressed, we go to work or walk our dog or pluck our eyebrows, and blah, blah, blah. Like life, relationships are about routine. It might sound boring, but we like to know what to expect. You call Sally when... More »

Consumer Confidence Crashes

For the past couple months, retail has been riding the Armani coat tails of the market’s continued high. Reports of Forever 21’s 90,000 department store space in Times Square, Uniqlo’s successful expansion in Asia, Hermes taking... More »

The Case Against Settling

A year ago, my friend Kate sent me an article in The Atlantic written by Lisa Gottlieb entitled “Marry Him!” and urging readers on the cusp of thirty to marry someone while they are young, fertile, and most attractive to the opposite... More »

Cleopatra to Van Cleef

Investing statement pieces might seem like a move reminiscent of youthful naivety, but statement pieces do have lasting power in both their inherent value and their ability to elevate the wearer’s mood and self-esteem. From Cleopatra to Van... More »

Fashion Evolution

For most city women, runway shows and buttery bags in Bergdorf are special treats, but Monday afternoon Oscar de la Renta streamed his resort runway show live on his website. Traditionally, runway shows have been first for buyers and next for... More »

Making Crochet Cool

There is a fine line between retro antique and fully outdated. City women usually aren’t fans of anything that resembles anything found in a rural double-wide, but apparently designers draw inspiration anywhere. Leave it to Chanel, Dolce &... More »

The First Move

Late Thursday night I stubbornly entered into a heated debate over when, if ever, it’s appropriate for a woman to make the first move. Advocates for the girl’s first move claim that as 21st century women indebted to pioneers of feminism,... More »

Weekly Retail Report

Apparently the Savannah College of Art and Design now doles out “Lifetime Achievement Awards”…because Andre Leon Talley said so. The North Carolina Central alumni apparently hearts SCAD even though he claimed to stow away to RISD... More »

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