If you read the New York Times' damning May investigation of NYC nail salons — where many workers are paid below minimum wage or nothing at all, among other health problems and humiliating circumstances — you may find yourself worrying, like me last week, whether your favorite nail salon treats its employees fairly....
Welcome to October. It's been waiting for us!
Yes, I have a birthday-month bias, and yes, it's rainy today, but you have to admit that it feels plain awesome.
With the weather turning crisp, I'm turning down summer's bright hues (yellow Target purse excepted) in favor of toned-down, moodier wardrobe choices that match my midnight pedicure.
That doesn't mean the fun's over. With mixed patterns, the fun never stops. ...
Don't be like me, coffee fiends. I made the awful, unforgivable mistake this morning of bringing my own coffee into work from home.
ON FREE COFFEE DAY.
I should have consulted the Times' helpful guide on where to get free coffee today. Check it out. There are deals at Kahwa, Wawa, Whole Foods, Dunkin' Donuts, Nature's Food Patch and Krispy Kreme (+ a free donut, whaaaaaaat)....
As Deal Diva Lisa pointed out, we write for Deal Divas on the side of our usual beats at the Times. I work for PunditFact, which fact-checks pundits like PolitiFact does politicians, and today I'm reporting about Ronald Reagan's record of tax increases and cuts in the '80s.
Today I'm also taking a moment to point out something not so serious, because what's life, and politics, without some whimsy?...
Kudos to Kate Spade New York for making it so easy to stomach a three-minute video campaign for clothes I cannot afford.
All it took was hiring one of my favorite women in Hollywood as a brand ambassador, Anna Kendrick, and giving her an all-too relatable script with gems like:
- "Hashtag DatingMyPurse ... is that funny, or kind of worrying?"
- "What was that business venture I told you about? And I told you to remind me to write it down? Oh, you weren't listening, that's fine." (To her dog in a bag.)...
Let's kick off the weekend with a super fun game: Ratchet or Resourceful?
All you have to do is tell me if I pulled off a real thing that happened a couple weeks ago.
I was traipsing to happy hour, see, at the end of a Thursday that promised to be rainier than it delivered. I was traipsing in my Walmart rain boots and a red rain jacket when a "friend" who "blogs" here named "Stephanie" pointed out that I looked like a desperate TV reporter covering a hurricane....
I tend to use samples with the most obvious purpose and payoff from my Ipsy beauty bags first — the bold lipsticks, fun eye shadows and liners, etc. Their use is straightforward and don't make me feel a million years behind my most glamorous friends.
The remnant Ipsy and Birchbox samples fall into an "IDK/W/E" catch-all pile of neglect, irritation and plain misunderstanding — packets of masks, exfoliants, foot creams, "HD powder" (no really, what is that), as well as samples of primer for every part of the face, including lips and eyes....
As fact-checkers of pundits and media, we try to stay on top of where people are getting their information, constantly mining the usual places — TV and radio shows, columns, and Sunday shows, Facebook and Twitter — for ideas. Every so often, we scope out a source that isn't as intuitive but is just as valid: an editorial cartoon.
Take this fact-check of a cartoon by Matt Wuerker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for Politico. Wuerker's cartoon shows a confused Uncle Sam standing on top of a pipeline of aid to Afghanistan riven with cracks that spell the word "corruption" and spew resources to drunken contractors and military officials....
Deal Diva Lisa and I turned our lunch break into a spin through The Shop's big tent sale Wednesday.
This is the sale where normally pricey boutique clothes are marked down to $5, $10, $15 or $20 — what we in the biz refer to as "deals."
How'd we do? Let's just say we'll be making pasta at my house for a few more days (or weeks) to make up for the number of deals we unlocked. I scored a couple $15 dresses and a maxi skirt for an upcoming ~*~ CRUISE ~*~....
From the department of ermagersh: St. Pete's Strands of Sunshine boutique is throwing a birthday fundraiser for its shop dog, Oscar.
Oscar is turning 10 this moth. Happy birthday, cutie!
To celebrate, 10 percent of all sales today through Aug. 29 will benefit Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue, a nonprofit rescue group that looks out for small, older dogs saved from kill shelters. ...
In honor of National Thrift Store Day, my outfit today aims to show how you can stretch budget buys with fun accessories.
Now in truth, my shirt and skirt are not from a thrift store.
They did cost me next to nothing, though.
The navy pencil skirt is a perfect fit in my wardrobe and a parting gift from Diva alumna Kameel. I got it Wednesday, and I've already worn it twice. ...
Count your dollars. We're going shopping.
Monday, Aug. 17, is National Thrift Store Day, an unofficial recognition of all cheap, secondhand wonders that go toward a good cause.
Just like the July 23 combo of National Hot Dog Day and National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, the Deal Divas intend to celebrate. ...
But Rent the Runway's annual annual clearance sale, the one where you can purchase (used) designer gear in two-figure territory instead of just renting it, is still going on....
Today, accessories dangerland BaubleBar reached out to let me know that I should really be open to trying out tassel jewelry. BB says tassels are great in a jewel tone, will carry into the winter months (what are those?) and also work as a bracelet if I'm scared about too much tasslin', too fast with a necklace. ...
Hot tip on a sweet local sale: Save 15 percent all day on Ashe Couture — in store and online — with the code HappyBirthday15.
We never need an excuse for a sale, but since you asked, it's store owner Amanda Henderson's birthday. (We hope she's not working.)