Relentless Holiday Consumerism Slowly Turns People into Mannequins

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: A man shouts through a mega phone to entice people into a store on Regent Street on December 28, 2013 in London, England. Shoppers across the country are re-emerging to take advantage of the post Christmas sales which had been hit by the recent bad weather, with many shoppers turning to… » 12/28/13 3:00pm 12/28/13 3:00pm

History of Mannequins Tracks the Aesthetic Tyranny of Consumerism

Are mannequins just garment enhancers that let prospective consumers visualize what an outfit looks like on a human body, or are they creepy holdovers from the Egyptian aesthetes that first help shape the Western gaze? Both, of course — according to a recent overview of mannequin history in Collectors Weekly, the… » 12/08/13 2:00pm 12/08/13 2:00pm

Average Lady's Handbag Contains $2K Worth Of Crap, Says Dubious Survey

A British luxury retailer has surveyed its female customers and found that every day, women tote around almost $2,000 worth of junk on their arms. Yep — those big ass purses combined with all of the lady flotsam contained therein are worth more than most people's monthly rent. I guess I'm doing a shitty job at being a… » 10/31/13 4:30pm 10/31/13 4:30pm

What the Recession Has Wrought: A Tampon-Less Middle Class

The rapidly unravelling American middle class has been super hard on big corporations. Who is going to buy their middle-of-the-road household products now that Americans are either mega wealthy or living in penury [in a van] [down by the river]? Nobody, that’s who, which means that corporations need to come up with a… » 9/22/13 2:00pm 9/22/13 2:00pm

All the Single Ladies Are Buying Their Own Homes

While the media might lead you to believe that single ladies spend their time knitting scarves for their imaginary children, we're actually much too busy snatching (GET IT) up a huge slice of the American Dream to waste our time with all that*. According to the National Association of Realtors, since the mid-1990s,… » 7/09/13 10:00am 7/09/13 10:00am

Nordstrom Crosses the Pinterest Rubicon, Starts Pinning Stuff IRL

Looking to be known as something other than the store where you can return the crumpled, stained BCBG bridesmaid dress you wore ten years ago for a full refund, Nordstrom has launched a program where it attaches the Pinterest logo to the store's most pinned items. That's right: if it's being pinned on the addictive… » 6/27/13 9:30am 6/27/13 9:30am

Lisa Frank Enjoys a Rainbow-Colored Resurrection at Urban Outfitters…

If you were a girl in the 80s or 90s, odds are you carried some fresh-ass Lisa Frank insanity with pride. Whether it was a unicorn shitting sparkles on your binder or a cracked-out koala bear clinging to a rainbow tree for dear life on your jumbo pencil, this magical shit grabbed our imaginations and our parents'… » 10/23/12 11:25pm 10/23/12 11:25pm

Disney Will Be Taking Your Babies Now, Thank You

The Walt Disney Company, those white-glove-wearing cartoon animals who want to brand everything you touch or consume, is making a distinct push to become America's premiere baby outfitter, moving their brand's first impression on humans closer and closer to the moment of conception. Soon, we'll all be artificially… » 1/17/12 3:00pm 1/17/12 3:00pm

Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Used To Annoy Shoppers Into Spending Money At…


Just when you thought you'd finally exorcised Rebecca Black's musical aneurysm "Friday" from your ears, the most obnoxious store in the mall has decided to employ the most annoying song in history in trying to convince you to go shopping on the most stressful day of the year. Get it? Rebecca Black Friday. I'll take… » 11/21/11 1:25pm 11/21/11 1:25pm

We've Seen The Future Of Online Shopping, And It's Weird

Do you remember when online shopping first appeared and every company seemed to stress the wonderful opportunity of "shopping at home in your underwear"? If the company behind 3Live Shop has their way, you may want to think about covering up your nether-regions before logging on to make your next purchase. » 4/06/11 3:45pm 4/06/11 3:45pm