The Latest Retail Gossip

Kohl’s Department Store and Facebook

Could Facebook be selling its data on millennials to Kohl’s? The department store struck up a deal with Facebook to begin in 2020 to help it sell clothing and home accessories. With the help of Facebook it will be able to identify what a particular market segment is looking for.  The project is called Curated by Kohl’s collection and will introduce new and emerging brands.

Chanel Has A Moment

Amongst all the protests and uncertainty in Hong Kong this past week, Chanel is rethinking its appearance of its cruise show. The show is set to be rescheduled for November 6th 2020 in the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.  A final decision is yet to be made, so stay tuned if you plan on traveling to Hong Kong.

Avenue Plus Size Clothing

Bye-Bye to Avenue stores. They are planning on closing 222 stores are after filing for Bankruptcy. The reason for the liquidation is decreasing mall traffic, online competition, and other apparel that is heavily discounted at outlet stores.  Avenue will be selling off its e-commerce divisions, Avenue.com and Loralette.com. Avenue was originally a spinoff of The Limited Brand. Plus size ladies will have no problem finding plus size clothing at Nordstroms Rack, Marshall’s and T.J. Max online and offline.

Shopping Apps and Your Data Security

A recent study shows only 12% of shoppers are using apps to buy retail merchandise according  to the findings of the PYMNTS and LISNR report entitled “Which Apps Do They Want?” One of the reasons the percentage comes in so low is data security.  Eight out of ten retail consumers have either Amazon, Target or Walmart on their phones.

Revlon No More?

 The largest shareholder, holding company MacAndrews & Forbes, is open to selling the iconic brand and is looking into a sale. Competition is heating up for the Revlon brand as drugstores such as CVS, Rite Aid. and Walgreens that sell Revlon are expanding into new and upcoming brands for beauty to attract more customers to the stores. Competition is fierce and Revlon has not done to much to enhance its brand identity.

Donna Karan And Kenneth Cole

Legendary Donna Karan New York based designer is teaming up with Kenneth Cole to design shoes. She will be working with craftsmen form Haiti. Many of you know that Kenneth Cole closed all of their retail stores but still thrives online at www. https://www.kennethcole.com/

Desperate Retailers?

Mall space vacancy is up. Stores are liquidating and filing bankruptcy. Many brands are reinventing the wheel to stay afloat. Heck, Macy’s and J.C Penny is even forging head on selling used merchandise to customers in its partnership with ThredUp, the largest second hand clothing store. Consumers can purchase these items in the brick- and -mortar stores. After all, Ebay is still a great success and consumers swoop up hot deals on used designer clothing. We all love a great bargain and now you can touch and feel the hunt at these department stores offering used merchandise.

Banana Republic is launching a subscription service called “Style Passport”. The monthly subscription fee is $85   The services includes the purchase of three garments, and free priority shipping.  You can make as many exchanges and returns as you want. Free laundering services are also a perk.

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Women love their gel manicures but are they safe?

Any type of UVA rays can be harmful to the skin causing cancer. Repeated use of UVA light that is required to set the gel manicures could be dangerous. Gel manicures require extra doses of UV light in order to set the gel.

The lamps used to set the gel are LED lamps. UVA rays penetrate the skin more than UVB rays. These types of lamps used to cure the gel are a lot more intense then a regular UV lamp. They are also more intense than rays from the Sun. LED lights still emit UVA rays that could be damaging to your health. Exposure to the UVA light over time can be harmful.

Things To Watch Out For

Every Salon is different as far as how long your nails will be exposed to the LED light box when setting your nails in to dry and seal the gel.

Prior to your hands entering the light box you should cover your hands with a good dose sunscreen with a spectrum of 50 plus. Consider buying fingerless sun protective gloves that have a UPF of 50.

Women that are super sensitive to UV light and have brittle nails should stay away from gel manicure. Since the gel is deeply hardened on the nails, when it comes time for removal there is a possibility that the nail can be detached from the nailbed. It’s imperative that a licensed manicurist remove the gel manicure safely as not to cause harm to the nail bed.

We all know that tanning beds are really bad for your skin and can cause skin cancer. Getting a gel manicure that uses the LED lightbox to set your gel is like a tanning bed for your hands.

A 2014 study in Jama Dermatology concluded the level of UV exposure when getting a gel manicure approximately every two weeks isn’t going to increase the risk of skin cancer significantly. Women should be cognizant of the issues of potential skin cancer risks.

Beware of Home Manicure Gel Kits

One should also caution to the use of home kits for gel manicures. This type of manicure should be performed only by a licensed manicurist.

A good salon will use nail polish that specifically works with the proper tools to remove the gel from the nail.

It is best to get a gel manicure at the salon. The manicurist will know how long you should stay under the UV light in order to get the gel to set properly. Using a home UV light box is risky if not used by a trained and certified esthetician. The risk of staying under the light too long in a home can harm your health.

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Home Improvement Tips- Small Closet Space Tips For The Working Woman

Organizing your closet is the best place to start when it’s time to think about spring cleaning. Save time with these helpful tips to clear clutter.

A few days ago you knew you had an early morning meeting at the office with some clients and the boss to close a big deal. You usually plan your outfits in advance to know what you will wear.

You jump in the shower, get out, reach for your hair dryer and it breaks. You frantically run next door to borrow one from a neighbor. You’re already stressed for running off schedule.

 You walk into your closet and say- “Where the hell is that dress I wanted to wear?

There’s nothing worse than not finding the outfit in your closet for a special occasion, especially in the morning when you’re pressed for time.

You have so many clothes scrunched together on those skinny wire hangers you got from the cleaners. You get confused and stressed every time you look in your closet.

Organizing all the clothes in your closet according to their colors, you’ll easily find the items you’re looking for.

What’s the easy way to organize my closet space to find things easier?

Organize the closet rack with color-coded hangers. You’ll be able to distinguish between work clothes, weekend, and evening clothes.



Invest in white wood hangers.

For example, if you have that favorite black dress that you know you going to need to pull out next week place it on a hanger that is the opposite color of the actual item. To make the item easily viewable, place a black dress on a white hanger within the row of other black dresses using black hangers. A red satin hanger is also a standout color among other black hangers.

Be creative and block sections with different color hangers.

If you have a lot of space but everything looks like a disaster, purchase larger, thick hangers to organize your space. The clothes will be more separated and will be easier to find.

If you don’t have a lot of space, slimmer but sturdy hangers are recommended. Purchase a double hanging rod to maximize hanging space.

Bulky sweaters on hangers are a no-no. They take us too much space. Folding thick sweaters over the hanger takes is a space saver no- no. You can’t see the sweater at the top of the hanger for easy retrieval.

Buy a shoe organizer stackable bin and use it to store sweaters. What’s so great about this idea? You prevent stretching your sweaters. Hanging sweaters on hangers stretches them and makes them look old.

Purses take up a ton of space on a shelf-even when hanging. For purses you don’t use often consider under the bed storage in airtight sealed storage boxes. If you don’t have under the bed storage, consider buying a small three drawer night stand. Purses will be kept out of the dust. You can even make the nightstand into a makeup table with a mirror.

If you must store purses in your closet, think vertical instead of wide. Slim stacking bins can be labeled for each brand, style, and color.

Now that you have cleared up the top shelf space, buy clear plastic shoe bins and place on the top shelves. It’s a good idea to keep a small foldable step up ladder for hard to reach areas.The one below folds up thin and stores easily. Door hanging shoe organizers are also a space saver.

Behind the door organizers are great for scarves, jewelry, lingerie and socks. Door hanging shoe organizers are also a space saver.

If you have a walk in closet, place your favorites in season items towards the front to prevent digging on the back.

Conclusion- If you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye. Donate it,or sell it on Poshmark and Ebay.

Victoria Secret to Close 53 Stores

Will angel wings take a step back on the runway? L Brands which owns the struggling Victoria’s Secret brand will be closing about 53 stores in 2019.

Women don’t want to be marketed to as sex objects anymore.

Women want to be respected for who they are, and not to be viewed as some type of persona for some man’s fantasy.

Sexy lingerie will always be a nice addition to any woman’s wardrobe, but women today are looking more for comfort that has an affordable price point.

Victoria’s Secret does not emphasize the large and plus size market for women. The advertising they portray is that of underweight, skinny models with almost unattainable looks for the average woman.

When a plus-size woman walks into a Victoria’s Secret store she does not have a lot of choices size wise. And, while she may want to attain a healthier weight at one point in her life, it can take many years or months to lose weight. The plus-size woman goes in and window shops, but would not bring any items to the register because nothing would fit.

Plus size clothing is an extremely popular segment in the clothing industry.

Brands need to step up and take notice. The plus size women niche is seriously undervalued within the under- garment industry.

One such company, Thirdlove is doing just that. They are paving the way how women want to be marketed to. Thirdlove offers 34 items among their product line, and has 74 sizes to choose from. The website offers bra sizing tips and educates their audience on how to choose the right fit.

Women want customization and it’s proving to be a great success.

They feature real life women of all ages and all body types in their advertising. Thirdlove has been successful in offering customers what Victoria Secret was not. They launched a return policy like no other. Customers were able to take the tags off the item, where it for 30 days, and return it – even if it didn’t work out for them. It’s lowered the return rate on items in the low double-digits.

Can Victoria Secret repair itself for the next wave of the online shopping experience? What do you want to see change in the way women are marketed to to buy clothing and accessories?

Best Tips for Local Travel

The best travel experiences happen you take the road less traveled.

Local residents can offer insights about places to visit for tourists. Locals usually frequent places you normally may not find with a traditional expensive travel tour group. You can make new friends, which will make your trip more memorable.

When heading out to see the sights, head down to the local coffee shop and strike up a conversation with someone. Ask about places of interest for tourists they can recommend within the local community.

Instead of staying in a big hotel, book your accommodations with companies like Airbnb and Home Away for those desiring an authentic travel experience by staying off the beat and path in a local neighborhood. If you’re traveling with a small group, renting a house makes accommodations more affordable.

Twitter and Instagram can be helpful to network with others who have travelled to your destination locally. Instagram’s enticing photos may give you secret destinations you never knew existed. Twitter, Yelp and Facebook lets you see reviews of other traveler’s experiences.

Remember to think about safety when traveling to new areas by asking your hotel’s concierge, or Embassy the places that are safe for tourists to visit. Keep your valuables in view, be aware of your surroundings, and stay alert. It’s a good idea to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the Embassy if you are traveling from the USA.  Let your friends and loved ones know where you are at all times during your trip.

Stay safe and have a wonderful trip.

Bangs Are Back in Style – Hairstyles 2019

Bangs are back.It’s time to update your look for 2018. Layers framed around the face. We are not talking about thick heavy blunt bangs. Soft face-framing whispy layers at eye-level and beyond.

Yes, bangs can make you look younger. If your over 40 and you’re still supporting long hair past that underwire bra- and have no layers, your face is going to drag down.

Look below for the hottest bangs and layered styles for 2019.

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Capture that Bridgett Bardot timeless look with defined eyes and light lips.

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This style is perfect for heavy thicker hair that is straight.

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The forehead is not visible. The layers above the eye add sophistication and drama. Looks great with the shimmery silver eyeshadow on lids.

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This transformation to longer whispy bangs brightens up the face and gives hair more movement.

Do you have any tips on how to get these cuts? Comment below.

How To Look Better in Five Minutes

How to Get Full Hair in the Morning

Dry shampoo should be a key staple in your bathroom. If you have dark hair most dry shampoos will leave a bit of white dust on the hair. Make sure to use one that has color like a tinted version, Yeah! It helps mask gray hair super quick.

Morning routines are time stressed when hauling off to work. Make is easy with a hair wash the night before. After blow dry use the dry shampoo, go to sleep and you get extra fullness on the morning sans a blow dry.

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Celebrity Beauty Trick

Thinning hair at the forehead line and want to wear a ponytail? Use powder eyes shadow along the hairline in the same hair color as your own- brush in and voila!! Instant thickness look- Oh yeah- we love it.

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Wake Up My Skin

Wake up with your favorite color blush. Light pink for pale skins, peachy shades for warm skins and rose color. Dark skins brighten up with red tones. Peach tones are a safe bet for all. Powder is the choice for a soft natural effect.

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Use a fork to contour your nose. Take a fork and place on the nose. Brush in the center a light concealer. On the other two sides brush in a contouring darker crème. When you remove the fork you will see three perfect lines. Blend with a brush and dust over with some setting powder.

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Need to wear a lot of foundation because you don’t have the best skin? Paint on some faux freckles and it will instantly give your foundation a more natural look.

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How to Get Brighter Eyes

More awake eyes will look better with curled lashes. To keep them staying up after mascara application, blow dry them up on medium heat with eyes partially closed and then cold shot blast them. This helps to set them in place without a damaging eye lash curler.

How to get full lips

Outline your lips with a white or light beige color along the lip line. Add lipstick and press over with your finger the remaining lip color on the lip line.  You’ll get softer, full lips instantly. Don’t like this trick? Place your normal lip liner and lipstick on, dab lip gloss only on the bow and the bottom center area of the lip. Gives the same illusion of bigger lips.

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How to Get Whiter Teeth Naturally

Cauliflower is a natural tooth whitener and stain remover. Eat or mash in a blender, add to toothpaste or brush on teeth. Whiter teeth make you look 5-10 years younger.

Have a beauty tip you want to share?  Comment below and we may feature it for our next post.

 

Inspirational Ideas to Block Light From Your Windows with Barn Doors

Whether you’re a city dweller, living in the suburbs, or in a rural area, installing a barn door in any area of your home will add character to any boring space.

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There are times we want to block light coming in to our windows. The barn door is the most creative way to accomplish just that.

You don’t have to purchase that old boring blackout curtain anymore. There are more ways to achieve an individual look for your home.

Barn doors are not just used for light blocking, they are the latest trend in window and entrance way design.

Want to add a little rustic design to your home?

One of the most beautiful ways replace curtains is with a barn door. Gone are the days of driving miles out to the countryside, to find an old country barn door. That’s usually the least expensive option, and you’re sure to find something that was cherished for many years, it’s not the most practical for many  of us that live in an urban environment.

Here is a perfect look for using a barn door for a modern home. Don’t you love rustic meets chic?

Notice how the grains of wood on the barn door against the hardwood flooring make an amazing impact.

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Newly built design doors that you can purchase on the web are a great alternative to getting something delivered quickly. Many of the designs available are replicas of everything  you’ve ever  dreamed about for  your windows or doors,

Yes, hardwood is available in the price ranges of $400- $1200 online.

Many barn doors come fully assembled, and they’re really easy to install. Make sure that you purchase one that is shorter than the area you want to cover if you are using it for a door.

When buying a barn door a barn door, make sure the door is wider than the door frame and no shorter than the door opening you intend to cover.

You can even use sliding barn doors on the outside of your home.

Tip: if you have a glass sliding glass door that looks like it was from the 70’s, why not place sliding barn doors on the outside of the window. If the window is facing out to the patio, this is the look that is going to update your home,  and increase its value. Here is the look we love for any outside entrance. You get the idea?

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Sliding barn doors don’t have to be all wood. They can also be mixed with glass. It’s a great way to give an updated look to an entrance from the living room into the dining room. The look still keeps both rooms open and airy. Barn doors mixed with glass and wood can be placed in a hallway that has an entrance to living room. It lets the light shine through.

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Barn style doors make great front doors.

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Using barn doors as sliders give an updated look  bedrooms and hallways. They compliment the look of hardwood floors.

These bathroom entrance are completely revitalized with a barn door remodel.

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Let’s not forget the laundry room.

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Barn doors are efficient and beautiful at the same time. If you have allergies, using barn doors as dividers or entries to your bedroom are great alternatives to curtains. While the trend in curtains are very long and drape loosely along the floor, they do collect a lot of dust.

And, no more vacuuming your curtains or sending them to the dry cleaners letting your windows go bare for a few days.

Evening fashion finds at Forever 21 for Fall

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Forever 21 has just released trendy evening wear and accessories that look more expensive than the price.

Black patent leather, shiny metallic and white footwear are standouts for fall and winter fashion. Browns, cognac, rust and gray are perfect for fall fashion.

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Michael Kors Buys Versace for $2 billion

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Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS)

is now the proud owner of Versace. The deal will close in the 4th fiscal quarter of 2019. Micheal Kors has long been looking to expand it’s brand presence in the fashion world. The new company  will be names Capri Holdings Limited and will trade under the ticker “CPRI”.

Michael Kors has made big moves in the past snapping up Jimmy Choo.

Donatella Versace will continue to run the helm of Versace, the iconic brand of luxury fashion.

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