High vs. Low: The Animal Print Flat

“THESE PRODUCTS ARE NO LONGER BEING SOLD” The Challenge: Animal printed ballerina flats are everywhere this season and is a great way to add a bit of flavor to your wardrobe without looking like the cat lady. Above are three different takes on the trend: One is VERY cheap, one pair is VERY expensive, and […]

High Vs. Low: The Little Plaid Jacket

The Challenge: Plaid jackets are a smart choice for fall, especially with fresh colors and current details. Either of these would be a great addition to the season’s wardrobe; one will leave you with money left over for lunch, the other will have you hocking your grandmother’s good silver. So, you tell us – which […]

In Stores Now: Lela Rose for Payless

What: Back in February, we reported that Lela Rose had a line on the way for Payless. Well, it’s here. The Lowdown: So pretty, and so affordable, that there’s not much else to say. The Finsbury Pump, with spectator detailing in either herringbone or faux suede, for $25, is darn near perfect. The line also […]

Goodwill Goes High End in Connecticut

What: Goodwill tests a 13,000 sq foot super store, featuring higher end goods, in the western Connecticut city of Brookfield. What the experts say: from Cool News of the Day: “That’s where he noticed that “thrifty and upscale” is not always a contradiction in terms. “People are really interested in finding treasures, whether it’s from […]

Paypal’s Back to School Survey

Paypal (read my full disclosure below) recently conducted a survey with Nielsen Media Research on the attitudes and thoughts of parents and kids regarding back to school shopping and fashion. It’s the first time that a non-merchant has conducted a comprehensive survey on back to school shopping trends and I found the findings to be […]

Team Buying Comes to the US

What: The collective buying trend moves stateside with the emergence of sites like eswarm and the no longer operable nethaggler. Still, the concept is not as developed as it is in China. What the experts say: Trendcentral: By giving users the option to name prices, nag merchants and band with others who want the same […]

Working at the Mall Can Lead to Bigger Things

What: Execs at your favorite retail establishments are raking in the big bucks. What the fashion heads say: From WWD: “Tougher disclosure rules on executive compensation required by the Securities and Exchange Commission haven’t exactly made things clearer for investors and shareholders…. One thing is clear, though: Executives at retailers that performed well in 2006 […]

Hairspray Jewelry Available at Kitson

What: Jewelry inspired by the movie Hairspray now available at Kitson (obviously) for $19.95. What the Fashion heads say: From The Bag Lady: However, the tacky, kitsch and slighty (sic) weird is kind of what Hairspray was all about, and I’m especially digging the idea of a ‘bouffant wig’ pendant necklace . What I say: […]