A mob of Target shoppers race towards Black Friday dealsBlack Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and not only can you land some unbelievable deals, you may also witness some truly shocking behavior. While many people line up hours-or even days-in advance, it has become evident that literally nothing will come between some shoppers and a Black Friday sale. We were too scared (and too lazy after eating all that turkey) to head out to stores, but many shoppers who did brave the stores encountered a scary scene. Below, some of the worst Black Friday behavior of 2010:
In Buffalo, New York, shoppers pounded through the doors at Target and some were injured in a stampede. "It went from controlled to a mob in less than five minutes," shopper Rich Mathewson told WIVB. "And then it just got nasty." Another shopper, Keith Krantz was pinned between the ground and the metal door. "At that moment I was thinking I don't want to die here on the ground." There's video footage.
In Boynton Beach, Florida, a man was arrested just after midnight
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A mob of Target shoppers race towards Black Friday dealsBlack Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and not only can you land some unbelievable deals, you may also witness some truly shocking behavior. While many people line up hours-or even days-in advance, it has become evident that literally nothing will come between some shoppers and a Black Friday sale. We were too scared (and too lazy after eating all that turkey) to head out to stores, but many shoppers who did brave the stores encountered a scary scene. Below, some of the worst Black Friday behavior of 2010:Read More »from The worst of Black Friday
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Nov 23, 2010 8:39 PM EST
Rocky Flats GearColorodo-based clothing company Rocky Flats Gear has created a line of underwear that will protect your private parts from potentially harmful radiation but also from the unwelcome eyes of inspectors. Take that, TSA!Read More »from New anti-scanner undies hide and protect your private parts
To be clear, the Transportation Security Administration says the rays emitted from scanners are safe and that you're actually exposed to the same amount of radiation in one scan that you get from flying for two minutes in an airplane at 30,000 feet, where radiation levels are higher. If you went through the scanners over 1,000 times in a year it would only be equivalent to one chest x-ray. So radiation-wise, we're probably all going to be fine, but that doesn't mean security screeners should have the right to check out our lady parts!
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Rocky Flats Gear ensures the airport full-body scanners won't pick up any images of your privates. The undergarments feature strategically placed lead-free radiation-shielding patches in the form of cheeky images. The Brief Blocker panty
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Holiday Guide – Mon, Nov 22, 2010 8:31 PM EST
ThinkstockUsually purchasing a push-up bra implies you're looking to give your boobs a lift, but retail analyst John Morris, who works at BMO Capital Markets, says you may be giving the economy a boost too. Specifically, he told USA Today that since the pricey "Miraculous" bras at Victoria's Secret are flying off the shelves, shoppers are once again willing to splurge and buy more items for themselves than in the past two holiday seasons. The bras, which launched last year, range from $49.50 to $250.Read More »from High sales of push-up bras means economy is rising
"The Bombshell bra has been selling out, and that's not because husbands are buying them for their wives," Morris told USA Today. "It's the wives buying for themselves."
Last holiday season, basic necessities like winter coats, coffee makers, and even diapers were hot sellers. This year we may see more frivolous, pricey items like perfume, cashmere sweaters, jewelry, TVs, and iPads selling out. Likewise, in recent years more customers stuck to shopping for others, but this season retailers have
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
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
- 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?