7 February 2015

This Is Why Your Friends' Lives Are Not (Necessarily) Better Than Yours

Recently, the Refinery29 gals decided to conduct their own social media-based experiment on “relationship visibility,” or the way we flaunt — or hide — our relationships on Facebook. The term “relationship visibility” is actually based on a well-known concept from The Science of Relationships referred to as “impression management,” which says that, according to our individual goals, we fabricate a certain perception to align with those goals.

This particular study used Facebook as its primary platform and set out to ask what our social media behavior says about not just our relationships, but our individual selves.

The hypothesis was a simple one: Anxious individuals, or those who are insecure in themselves or their relationship, are more likely to show off their coupledom via status updates and pictures. In other words, all those happy pictures of couples rubbing noses — and all those status updates about how Sally or Sam is the best S.O. in the world — may be a reflection of a.) insecurity and/or b.) wishful thinking.

In the end, researchers found that their hypothesis was, for the most part, accurate. Of course, there are some disclaimers, but that’s to be expected. Read more about the study here.

By Wendy Rose Gould

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Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 08:30 AM
Opinions , Relationships |

21 November 2014

WHAT: Refinery29 Tinseltown Bazaar

WHY: In celebration of this year’s holiday season, Refinery29 will partner with design publication Site Unseen for their third annual Tinseltown Bazaar, a one-stop shopping destination for all of your holiday shopping needs.

Refinery29, the largest independent fashion and style website in the United States will host the brick and mortar pop-up at Openhouse with a ‘Home for the Holidays’ themed experience, featuring some of R29’s favorite vendors in the world of fashion, beauty, and home, as well as DIY opportunities, a beauty styling bar, and food.

WHEN: 12/13 – 12/14; Sat-Sun (noon-8)

WHERE: Openhouse
201 Mulberry Street
New York, NY

Refinery29 Tinseltown Bazaar

Posted by Bindra at 01:37 AM
Beauty , Handbags & Accessories , Jewelry & Watches , Pop-up Shops , Today's Sales , Women's Clothing , Women's Footwear |

4 September 2014

WHAT: Refinery29 and Simon Present: The Shopping Block

WHY: The Shopping Block, the first-ever collaboration between Refinery29 and Simon, is kicking off at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets on Saturday, September 13. The Shopping Block is a one-day pop-up that will bring Refinery29 into the physical world of retail and focus on fashion, discovery and community. The event will provide a variety of features that appeal to the millennial audience, including:

Indie Boutiques + National Brands: Shoppers will find indie boutiques with local reach and relevance along with the very best national retail brands like Anne Fontaine, Armani, BCBG, G-Star Raw, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Ted Baker London and Valentino. This creates a rich set of opportunities for millennials to pursue their own “indie-luxe” style in one convenient shopping extravaganza.

Stylist Concierge: The Shopping Block attendees will receive curated style guides that highlight fall’s biggest trends, and where to find them at Simon retailers.

Beauty Bars: Makeup artists will be on-hand at pop-up beauty bars to give shoppers mini makeovers, and share the latest beauty tips from the experts at Refinery29.

DIY Station: The Shopping Block guests will have an opportunity to personalize tote bags, taking inspiration from Fall 2014 runway trends.

GET SOCIAL: The Shopping Block attendees can contribute to the buzz and share their fashion experience with #TheShoppingBlock and celebrate great discoveries with #FoundAtSimon. Anyone who posts their style on Instagram or Twitter using #FoundAtSimon #Contest will be entered to win a $500 gift card from Simon. Refinery29 editors will select the best Shopping Block inspired entry in October.

WIN A CLOSET: Shoppers can enter to win a “virtual closet” made up of the hottest items from Simon retailers and curated by Refinery29 editors that will be on display during The Shopping Block event. The sweepstakes prize is a $1,500 Simon shopping spree.

WHEN: 9/13; Sat (noon-5)

WHERE: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY 10917

Refinery29 and Simon Present: The Shopping Block

Posted by Bindra at 02:06 AM
Handbags & Accessories , Pop-up Shops , Today's Sales , Women's Clothing , Women's Footwear |

12 December 2013

WHAT: Refinery29 Tinseltown Bazaar

WHY: Refinery29 Tinseltown Bazaar is back! Stuffed with gift-worthy goods from their favorite indie brands, hand-crafted one-of-a-kind finds, and snacks upon snacks, it’s a holographic holiday shopping experience like none other.

Featuring amazing, gift-worthy wares from Rebecca Minkoff and DANNIJO, exclusive Refinery29 collaborations, crazy-fun-and-free-services like a braid bar, Blue Bottle coffee and treats, plus meet and greets, styling advice, and even personal shopping with the editors.

WHEN: 12/13 – 12/15; F-Sat (11-8), Sun (11-7)

WHERE: Openhouse
201 Mulberry Street
between Spring & Kenmare Streets
New York, NY

Refinery29 Tinseltown Bazaar

Posted by Bindra at 03:42 AM
Events & Promotions , Handbags & Accessories , Home , Jewelry & Watches , Men's Clothing , Men's Footwear , Today's Sales , Women's Clothing , Women's Footwear |

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