ThinkstockAs children, many of us wrote Christmas lists of all the things we hoped to find under the tree. Some of maybe even told Santa as we sat on his lap or mailed our wish lists to the North Pole. As adults we can't our fingers crossed for a sleigh full of our desired presents, but there's no reason we can't get the things we want and need from our loved ones. Trying to avoid unwrapping a box full of sock or an ugly holiday sweater? Here are six tips to getting exactly what you want.
1. Go shopping together. Browse stores or look for gifts for other people and point out an item you like. You can even mention the size you need i.e. "I love this dark green cardigan, it really would bring out my eyes! Oh they only have a few mediums left, but I can't be buying myself presents right now..." If your loved one is perceptive they'll go back to the store later on and scoop up the item for you.
2. Browse the internet in a common area. Ooh and ahh when you see something you like, and get up to go to
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ThinkstockAs children, many of us wrote Christmas lists of all the things we hoped to find under the tree. Some of maybe even told Santa as we sat on his lap or mailed our wish lists to the North Pole. As adults we can't our fingers crossed for a sleigh full of our desired presents, but there's no reason we can't get the things we want and need from our loved ones. Trying to avoid unwrapping a box full of sock or an ugly holiday sweater? Here are six tips to getting exactly what you want.Read More »from 6 ways to get what you want for Christmas
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 19, 2010 7:38 PM EST
Last year the Black Friday sale line wrapped around the whole building at Best Buy. Photo via NowPublic.comAnd the award for most horrifying display of consumerism goes to... the Davenport family of St. Petersburg, Florida. They've been camping outside of the Best Buy at Tyrone Square since 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, making them the first family in the country to line up for Black Friday sales. They have ten family members taking turns waiting and two tents set up in front of the opening doors.Read More »from Family camps out for Black Friday sale nine days early
"We're here really early this year because we've always been second, third and fourth and down the line," Lorie Davenport told WTSP news. "We're tired of not being first and we figured we've put in six years, we want to be first." The family has been camping out for six straight years to land the best deals. Last year they saved $1,000 on a TV and this year they have their eyes on another TV and some laptop computers.
The manager of the Tyrone Square Best Buy plans to join the Davenports on Friday to present them with an award and give them a special gift for being the "First Family of Black
A good perfume commercial should convey the aesthetic, the emotions, and yes, the scent to viewers. Beyoncé's ad for Heat certainly gets all those things across, but the British Advertising Standards Authority have ordered that it not be shown before 7:30 pm. Apparently they think it's really steamy, and duh, of course it is! It's for a sexy fragrance called Heat and Beyoncé is singing "Fever"! What do you expect?Read More »from BeyoncÃ©â€™s perfume ad banned from daytime TV
Here's what the ASA told the Guardian in a statement: "Beyoncé's body movements and the camera's prolonged focus on shots of her dress slipping away to partially expose her breasts created a sexually provocative ad that was unsuitable to be seen by young children."
Well screw TV. Beyoncé doesn't need those extra early ads anyways since she sold more perfume in one month than most celebs do in a year. But really, we've seen equally provocative imagery on daytime soaps not to mention extremely racy topics covered on talk shows. Is Beyoncé's ad really worse than everything
The signs of the zodiac each correspond to different symbols, traits, and characteristics, and this month British Vogue has attempted to express astrological signs though a stunning fashion editorial. The creative sets were designed by Shona Heath and the models were styled by Kate Phelan. Thanks to Models.com for scanning in the pages so we all could enjoy them.
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14-year-old style blogger Tavi Gevinson is considered a style icon. She is launching a teen magazine with Sassy founder Jane Pratt. Photo via Getty ImagesSurely there are more stylish teens and tweens out there than ever before. With infinite fashion blogs, online shopping, increased fast-fashion stores, and affordable digital cameras, young ladies have more access to discovering and playing with their own sense of style than in past decades. But recently, the fashion industry has taken notice. 14-year-old style blogger Tavi Gevinson was invited to attend Fashion Week (she sat front row at coveted shows like Marc Jacobs and Chanel) and is frequently gifted designer garments. Yes, she's just started her freshman year of high school, but it was confirmed this week that she's starting a teen magazine with the founding editor of both Sassy and Jane, Jane Pratt. A teen magazine helmed by an actual teen? This is like when Tom Hanks is morphed from child to adult in "Big" and works for a toy company! It's kind of an interesting concept, but how will it actually work?Read More »from Why are we listening to kids for fashion advice?
Other stylish kids have also come to the forefront of the fashion world.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Nov 17, 2010 8:52 PM EST
Every January Vogue dedicates their January issue to the best dressed women in the world, but apparently they had a tough time deciding this year, and thus made an entire special edition issue filled to the brim with stylish ladies. Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Obama, Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung, Kate Moss... all the usual suspects are in there. Oh, and Lady Gaga, who many wouldn't refer to as "best dressed," but she definitely deserves props for taking her outfits to such a heightened level of extravagance. But one selection has us REALLY confused. "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively is on the issue's cover, leading the pack of best dressed women. Really?! Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has become quite chummy with the actress, even sitting front row with her at Fashion Week. But that doesn't change the fact that Lively, who makes a statement nearly once a week about she doesn't want or need a stylist, frequently shows up on worst dressed lists and is slammed by theRead More »from 12 reasons why Blake Lively is not the best dressed woman
ThinkstockMany of us spend more than we should on clothing but 6% of the population suffers from Omniomania, aka shopping addiction. Sure, being a shopoholic may not sound like a serious condition but for those who truly cannot control their buying habits, life is no picnic. According to its clinical definition, shopping addiction is often triggered by a traumatic event and occurs when a person attempts to fill a void. To an addict, what they buy is the only thing they feel they can control, and when they purchase something they feel a major sense of accomplishment. We have all experienced a shopping high after buying something special, but the intensity and lifestyle of a true shopping addict is both frightening and depressing. A new article in Newsweek chronicles several experiences with shopping addiction and her struggle to overcome it. Hearing her story and learning about the warning signs has made us want to revamp our spending habits and become more conscious of our purchases.Read More »from Are you a shopaholic?
Eight-year-old Bailey Berman received braces to correct a crooked front tooth. Photo courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.In today's image conscious society, more and more children under 17 are getting braces, with a 46% increase over the past decade. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 3.8 million kids had the treatment in 2008. But what these numbers don't say is just how young these kids are. Lee W. Graber, the Association's president, told the Wall Street Journal 15% to 20% of his 7- to 10-year-old patients are getting braces, often on their baby teeth.Read More »from Freaky new trend: baby braces
This new trend in youngsters getting braces does seem to be society driven. Parents want their kids to look perfect, even if that means fixing that charming youthful gap between their baby teeth. Some adults recall their traumatic experiences with braces, and hope their kids can avoid teasing from buck teeth or being called "brace face" by getting their orthodontic work out of the way at a young age. Janice Slonecker Berman, got braces for her eight-year-old daughter, Bailey, to correct a crooked front tooth. Six braces across her
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Nov 12, 2010 10:37 PM EST
We've never really understood why the Kardashians are famous. Sure they had a famous father, they have a famous step-father, they're incredibly wealthy, and the girls are attractive. Then of course there was the Kim Kardashian sex tape, the family reality show, and Kourtney and Khloe's spinoff. They became famous for being famous! So in an attempt to legitimize themselves, Kim and her sisters started putting their names on perfume bottles, clothing lines, and even their own clothing stores. But what do these girls really know about the fashion industry, other than the fact that they wear expensive clothing? Not much. And after their latest stunt, we'd like kick their butts out of it.
Last week, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe opened their new Dash boutique in the Soho area of New York City with much fanfare. And it wasn't because people wanted to buy their clothing. They publicly Tweeted exactly when they would be there and created a mob scene-turned-riot that resulted in multiple arrests!Read More »from 9 reasons why the Kardashians should stay out of fashion
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Nov 12, 2010 7:35 PM EST
ThinkstockMost women wear some sort of makeup every day, but very few pay any attention to the ingredients and expiration dates. Perhaps your blush has started to crack or change colors, or your mascara has a bit of a funny odor, but you have barely used it-so...you'll just keep on applying? No harm, no foul, right?Read More »from Holy rotted lipstick! Sixty-six percent of women knowingly use expired makeup
Well, actually, a little harm and quite a bit of foul. Makeup can be a full of potentially dangerous bacteria and, if stored improperly, it can go bad within just a few months. Yet, according to a new UK survey, 49 percent of women do not look at expiration dates and 66 percent admit to using expired products because they're npot worried about health concerns. (This could be because 15 percent don't even realize cosmetics can go bad!) Here's a quick refresher on when to toss your favorite items:
Foundation: three to six months
Mascara: three to six months
Eye shadow, blush, and bronzer: one to two years
Lipstick and lip gloss: one to two years
Eye and lip liner: one to two years