By Michelle Fox, CNBC.com
For those who love to shop, the search for that must-have item can be as fun as owning the actual product. And some cities offer shoppers a bounty of options. So, where are the top shopping destinations around the globe?
To find out, CNBC spoke with a team of editors at Tobe Report, a trend forecasting firm that has been analyzing the retail industry for more than 80 years. To choose the world's best cities for shopping, the analysts at Tobe compared a variety of city characteristics, as well as what the location had to offer in terms of the ultimate shopping experience. Also included is expert insight on where to find the latest fashions and bargains, along with a listing of their favorite neighborhood shops.
The end result - a diverse list that provides consumers with some unique shopping choices. Read ahead to see the top 10 ultimate shopping paradises.
When people think couture, Paris is the city that usually comes to mind. In this European
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By Katie Little, CNBC.comRead More »from Power Dressing for Success
Dress for Success
"Dress for the job you want" goes the old adage. Today's power dresser knows that clothes are an important part of projecting an image of success and confidence in the corporate jungle.
"Power dressing is about learning to present yourself in the most dramatic way," said Alan Flusser, owner of a New York-based custom shop for men. "It's about dressing in a manner that projects importance or success."
The road to haberdashery success is not as clear-cut as in years past, since employees have much more flexibility in today's corporate dressing landscape. While the rigid business suit is merely a relic in most office cultures, at least it provided a guideline for office wear. Navigating these new clothing options requires some skill and thought.
To aid the aspiring power dresser, we've asked Flusser and other experts - an executive recruiter and department store fashion and stylist directors - for their latest tips.
Read ahead for their
By Lisa Flam, CNBC.comRead More »from Wedding Dresses for Less
Every bride wants to walk down the aisle in the perfect dress. These days, that gown could cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
Celebrity brides certainly make a splash with their opulent designer dresses. And at Kleinfeld, the New York bridal emporium, the most expensive gown ever sold was a custom design for $60,000, though most gowns are $3,500 and up.
But in reality, most of us aren't spending close to that much.
American brides spent less than $1,200 on their dress last year, according to two reports. The Wedding Report found that women spent an average of $1,166, while a study by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com estimated the amount at $1,121.
The good news for budget-conscious brides is that the selection of stylish gowns below that level has grown in recent years, says Anja Winikka, TheKnot.com's site editor. Wedding gowns are turning up in department stores and at chain retailers like Ann Taylor and J.Crew,
By Nicole Frehsee, CNBC.comRead More »from The World's Most Remote Resorts
Getting away from it all gets harder and harder, as cell phones and 4G devices keep us tapped into our lives. These 10 getaways take up that challenge, spiriting you away from worldly cares. And we promise you won't miss civilization one bit.
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The 9-acre island of Motu Teta rises out of the ocean like a South Pacific day-dreamMotu Teta, Rangiroa, Tahiti
Don't feel like sharing? The 9-acre island of Motu Teta rises out of the ocean like a South Pacific day-dream: swaying palm trees, powdery beaches, aqua waters lapping at the shore. Once you get there, it's just you and the staff.
Cost: Two people each pay $1,707 a night, but the bigger the group, the more the rate dips. Includes transport from Rangiroa plus food, liquor and unlimited use of sporting equipment.
Getting there: The most arduous part of a Motu Teta vacation is arriving, which requires two flights - one to Papeete, Tahiti's capital, and another to the atoll of Rangiroa - then a 90-minute boat ride to the resort.
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from The Hot Beauty Product You Never Heard Of
If you don't know what a "beauty balm" or "blemish balm" is yet, chances are you will soon.
If you don't know what a Sales of the products, which are also known as BB creams, have grown significantly in the past several months, according to a new report from market researcher NPD Group. And it's no wonder, as the creams blend together the benefits of several beauty products all in one - a plus for time-pressed women. Most combine the functionality of primers, sunscreen and moisturizers, along with the anti-aging benefits of skin serums.
The relatively new product is catching on quickly among a small segment of U.S. women, NPD said. About 2 percent of women who buy beauty products are purchasing them. But the growth has been quick. In the 12 months ending March 2012, BB creams sold in U.S. department stores generated close to $9 million in sales, NPD said.
Many different brands are selling products in this category, including Estee Lauder, L'Oreal's Garnier, Stila, Boscia,
By Cindy Perman, CNBC.comRead More »from Stop the Mutiny! Keep Employees from Quitting
With the crush of layoffs during the recession, it was easy to play the old "you're lucky to have a job" card. Now, as the economy starts to sputter back, you're going to have to come up with some new material - or you're going to have a mutiny on your hands.
No boss wants to see this flying in front of company headquarters when they drive into work in the morning, amiright? The employees left standing have been overworked for several years now, carrying the weight of both their job and the employees that were laid off, leaving the current workforce with a serious case of fatigue.
When times are tough or companies are going through big changes, they rely the most on their top employees. These "recession work-horses" are some of the employees that are most fatigued right now, said Mark Vaughn, a senior partner at Navint Partners, a management-consulting firm that works with a lot of financial firms.
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"Every company relies on their top 20 percent," Vaughn said. "And the best [employees] are always at the most risk of leaving - certainly in good
By Jessica Naziri, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Tips to Avoid a Costly Divorce
Divorce. Your world is falling apart emotionally and financially. Even if you saw it coming, you were unaware of the financial ramifications.
Lawyers' fees vary widely, based on location and reputation. Circumstances - duration of the marriage, income and earning capacity - can all determine the outcome.
What's more, laws vary widely from state to state, affecting alimony and child-care judgments. In some states - Florida, for example - alimony can be lifelong, if the marriage lasted at least 20 years. In Texas, alimony is limited to three years and a maximum of $5,000 a month, regardless of the length of the union.
With so much at stake, it's important to be prepared. Treat divorce "like a business deal," says Jeff Landers, a divorce financial strategist and founder of Bedrock Divorce Advisors . "It can easily be one of the most important in your life."
Here are 10 tips from Landers for avoiding hardship during divorce.
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By Jane Wells, CNBC.comRead More »from How Far Some Parents Will Go to Get a Job - for Their Kids
Dude, did your mother write that sign?Remember when we were young, a million years ago, and we couldn't wait to leave home and strike out on our own?
Two things have changed.
Our children can't find jobs.
Our children can find jobs, but they don't like them.
My daughter is about to graduate college and is in the midst of applying for full-time work. I'm not worried. She's worked since high school, and she actually juggled two jobs plus internships and a full class load this final year. The idea of living at home repulses her because of my cooking and her father's rules, both great incentives to finding her own way in the world.
The good news is that more than half of recent college graduates say they have full-time jobs, according to Adecco's 2012 Graduation Survey.
Still, about that same number claims parents are covering some of their living expenses, things like cell phone bills, internet access, food, and health coverage. Two percent of these college grads say their parents are footing
- CNBC | Work + Money – Mon, May 7, 2012 3:10 PM EDT
By Shelly K. Schwartz, CNBC.comRead More »from The Inflation of Life — Cost of Raising a Child Has Soared
The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 has surged 25 percent over the last 10 years. Your little bundle of joy is going to require a wad of cash.
The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 has surged 25 percent over the last 10 years, due largely to the rising cost of groceries and medical care, according to the Department of Agriculture, which tracks annual expenditures on children by families.
The government's most recent annual report reveals a middle-income family with a child born in 2010 can expect to spend roughly $227,000 for food, shelter and other expenses necessary to raise that child - $287,000 when you factor in projected inflation.
And, no, the bill does not include the cost of college or anything related to the pregnancy and delivery.
"If you sat down to tally up the total cost of having children, you'd never have them," says Timothy Knotts, a father of four and a certified financial planner with The Hogan-Knotts Financial Group in Red Bank N.J. "It's a very expensive adventure."
Talk about a life-changing
By Elizabeth Alterman, CNBC.comRead More »from Should You Say 'I Do' to a Wedding Planner?
19 percent of 18,000 newly married couples surveyed employed a wedding planner. When it comes to planning a wedding, no bride wants to run up additional expenses, but what if the single add-on of a wedding planner could point you in the right direction for everything from florists to photographers?
Planners can also run interference between the couple and opinionated relatives while simultaneously averting potential disasters on the big day.
According to TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com 2011 Real Weddings Study, 19 percent of 18,000 newly married couples surveyed employed a wedding planner.
That number has held steady since 2008, says Anja Winikka, editor of The Knot.com, who points out that hiring a planner doesn't need to be an "all-or-nothing" experience.
While some planners can supply a bride with everything but the groom, many also offer partial-planning services as well as day-of coordination. Fees, depending on location and level of involvement, can range from $250 to more than $15,000, industry experts say.