May 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
How does that saying go—one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? HipSwap is a newish (started last year), marketplace that connect buyers and sellers locally and across the country. Think of it as an eBay/Craigslist/Gilt-like site for fashion and home goods. Hipswap’s goal is to de-creep the online selling and buying experience by creating communities. In some cities they even have a delivery service. It’s also a very visually pleasing and user-friendly way to sell some items that you aren’t wearing or using any more and make some cash. (It’s also a perfect site to spend that cash!)
Hipswap also features some fashionable closets you can shop from, like Kyle Richards from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and other fashion “experts.” You might just recognize a familiar face (yep, that’s me).
April 24, 2012 at 11:35 am , by jbrown
* Our friends at Fitness show you how to burn 160 calories in 15 minutes using only a jump rope. Fast and cheap—that’s our kind of workout! (Fitness)
* If you get a really persistent junk food craving today, you can annihilate it in seconds by watching this video of a Russian caviar-eating contest. (Eater)
* One of the secrets of great abs? Changing up your tummy-toning routine regularly. With these seven options, you’ll be set for months. (FitSugar)
* Is your workout wardrobe a little too thin? Stock up at Puma’s big up-to-50-percent-off spring sale. (Deal News)
* Burger King’s new menu items seem healthy(ish)—until you see how the nutrition facts stack up. In terms of fat and calories, the salads aren’t much better than the burgers and fried chicken sandwiches! (HuffPo)
Image via Shutterstock
February 8, 2012 at 8:59 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Gab, I am so tired of my wardrobe. Any advice on pieces I can buy to brighten up by wardrobe—and that I can wear now and throughout the spring? — Olivia
I am with you! I am sick of standing in front of my closet staring, hoping something marvelous will just appear. If you want to buy something new, here are my top 5 suggestions for things you can buy now.
1. Tops. Generally tops are always a good item to buy since you can wear them all year round, especially silk ones. This striped tank with a navy cardigan or blazer is perfect for now, and you can wear it with shorts (like the model) when the weather heats up.
3. Colored jeans. This is another trend that started last fall and will continue through to the summer. There are jeans literally in every hue and in all shapes and sizes. No matter what you are looking for — a skinny, a flare, neon or something a bit safer — you will have no trouble finding it.
4. Loose-knit sweaters. Light, spring sweaters have already replaced heavy winter ones in stores. A loose knit one, like this striped sweater from Rachel Rachel Roy, has a perfect casual vibe for all seasons.
And don’t worry too much, only 42 days left until Spring…
February 6, 2012 at 10:47 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
Guys have it easy. A pretty piece of jewelry, a bouquet of flowers or even just recognizing the holiday is enough to make us swoon on February 14th. Finding a Valentine’s Day gift for him is another story. Here are ten fun and affordable gift suggestions that will show your special someone just how much you love him (without all the mushy, gushy stuff).
Dean & DeLuca Conversation Heart Cookies, $55
January 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm , by Sue Erneta
With less than 48 hours until I leave for vacation, I’ve got beach on the brain. And traveling with me will be a few of my favorite items — my scarves from Lemlem.
For the uninitiated, I’ll give you the brief story. Lemlem was created by the gorgeous supermodel Liya Kebede in 2007. The line consists of handwoven dresses, tops, skirts, scarves and shoes for women and girls. I’m not gonna lie, it ain’t cheap. But when something is special and you can wear it over and over, then maybe $150 for a scarf isn’t so bad.
Her scarves are my favorite because they always have this beautiful color mix — some amazing pop of super bright against pure white — and they are so easy to wear. I love them around my neck on a plane to keep the chill away and then as a sarong on the beach. I even wrap them around my kids as little beach dresses.
The dresses and tunics are adorable too – and even come in kids sizes – though they do run upwards of $200+. They’re carried at one of my favorite place to shop – jcrew.com — so I’m always on the lookout to see some pop up on sale. Oh look: there are a couple right now!
Another reason to love Lemlem is that by purchasing the product, not only are you keeping alive the ancient art of hand weaving but you are giving a job to someone who may not have had one before. Check out these pictures of the weaving process. It makes it look totally worth $150 to me.
Photos from Lemlem.
November 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm , by Sue Erneta
Yes, I know we’re supposed to be doing holiday gift shopping at this time of year but you need something too, right?
For the uninitiated, Piperlime is an online retailer owned by Gap, Inc. that started out by selling shoes just a few years back. Little by little, they’ve added more accessory categories — like bags and jewelry — and several apparel brands too. It seems as though suddenly they have this amazingly curated group of super cool fashion brands — all under one convenient e-commerce roof. (And with free shipping and returns, it’s cheaper than driving to the mall.) Of course, there are the brands you know like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Rag & Bone but there are lots of other cool lines that are probably new to you. (They are to me!) Ever heard of Zoa? Siwy jeans? Lush? I didn’t think so. And it’s really no surprise. With guest editors like Rachel Zoe and Olivia Palermo, would you expect anything less?
Personally, I’m dying over this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent dress that’s from an exclusive line designed especially for Piperlime. (Did I mention it’s on sale for $49.97?)
October 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm , by jbrown
* Ah, coffee—is there anything it can’t do? New research suggests that drinking more than three cups of caffeinated java daily may help reduce your risk of basal cell carcinoma (the world’s most common cancer) by 20 percent. (HuffPo)
* The healthy recipe we can’t wait to try: black bean and butternut squash burritos. (Oh She Glows)