The More I Shop, The More Miserable I Feel. Retail Therapy Analyzed.

original article published in The Huffington Post.

Forget meditation and yoga: For many stressed-out Americans, the best remedy for a stressful day at work or the sting of a painful breakup is the smell of brand-new clothing, the feel of a silk dress and the sound of a credit card being swiped. If you turn to retail therapy in times of anxiety, you’re not alone — according to a recent survey, nearly one in three recently stressed Americans (which accounts for 91 percentof the general population) shops to deal with stress.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey — an online poll of over 1,000 U.S. adults commissioned by the Huffington Post — found that women were twice as likely as men to use retail therapy as a way to cope with stress (40 percent vs. 19 percent). And in turn, men were more than twice as likely as women (34 percent vs. 16 percent) to say that they had never shopped out of stress and would never consider doing so in the future.

But gender aside, there is one trait many “stress-shoppers” have in common: They tend to seek distracting, temporary fixes to alleviate their stress. HuffPost’s survey found that those who shop to deal with anxiety (versus those who do not) were also…

  • 46 percent more likely to exercise to cope with stress
  • 86 percent more likely to eat to cope with stress
  • 76 percent more likely to worry about their weight

In other words, the stress-shoppers are also “stress-eaters” and “stress-exercisers.” Those who used retail therapy tend toward the “flight” side of fight vs. flight, distancing themselves from the stress with an unrelated activity rather than facing it head-on. In contrast, the respondents who said they never shop to deal with stress were more likely to cope by finding the root of their anxiety and confronting it.

And yet stress-shopping is still an appealing coping mechanism — and it helps that it’s super convenient. Many of us shop online using our iPads, laptops and even cell phones. “It was so easy to lose track of how much I was spending,” Darleen Meier, a self-described “Gilt addict,” told HuffPost Women in 2011. “At the high point, I was getting boxes delivered to my doorstep every single day of the week. It was time to stage an intervention.”

As temporarily uplifting as an afternoon of store-hopping may be, excessive consumption can leave a lingering toll on your credit card statement that may ultimately lead to higher stress levels due to financial concerns. Unsurprisingly, those who turned to retail therapy were more likely to feel stressed out by unexpected expenses (55 percent vs. 44 percent) and to be concerned about how they’ll pay their monthly bills (59 percent vs. 34 percent).

To curb a stress-spending habit and avoid accumulating debt on impulse purchases, try to avoid shopping altogether when you know you’re feeling upset or anxious. If you do need to shop, go with a list of items that you actually need to buy — and stick to it. Women’s personal finance resource Learvest also recommends leaving credit cards at home and carrying cash instead, unsubscribing from email newsletters from your favorite retailers and avoiding shopping with wealthy friends as ways to tame an impulse-buying habit.

Of course, that’s all easier said than done. Do you ever shop to deal with stress? How to you try to curb your stress-shopping habits?

London’s Selfridges To Launch Drive-Thru Service.

Original article published in Time Magazine.

Fashion might be many things, but one thing it’s typically not is convenient.

Shopping for fashion, however, is about to get a lot easier for Londoners. The British luxury retail giant Selfridges has announced that they’re developing a new drive-thru service for their flagship store. Known as click and collect, the service will allow customers to order products online and pick them up at their convenience. The company is outfitting their famous Oxford Street location with a drive-thru lane at the back of the shop where customers will be able to pull in and have their pre-selected Prada or Pucci handed to them without ever having to leave the car.

While the new service isn’t up and running yet – Simon Forster, Selfridges’ multi-channel director tells the London Evening Standard that they’re hoping to launch early next year – customers can pre-order their items and collect them in-store in the meantime. Of course, the company already offers home delivery for items purchased at selridges.com and online shopping has gone a long way in upping the ease factor of filling your closet. Yet even the savviest e-shopper knows that there are times when home delivery just won’t do. Think waiting around for the delivery person or paying extra for express shipping.

The buy and collect option aims to streamline the process, allowing customers to peruse products at their leisure online and pick-up their selections when it fits their schedule. And according to Forster, customers can expect the same level of service they’re already accustomed to inside Selfridges’ walls. “It will not just be the first drive-through service, it will be the best.”

Your move, Barneys.

 

Currently Craving: Graduation Present Edition.

Ladies and Gentlement, Boys and Girls I did it. I am officially done with my undergrad.

As of Sunday May 12th I will be an Emerson Alumni. I have to say I have never had so many feelings happening at once, so in order to distract myself from them I have compiled a little list of gifts I would love to receive.

For my coffee table:

bookTaschen’s book Trespass. A history of uncommissioned urban art. Because my love of street art just continues.

beatsA pair of white beats with white details.

chanel legoA lego-inspired Chanel night purse.

louboutinAnd of course a pair of clear Louboutin’s to go with that fabulous purse.

Never stop wishing!

The Foreign Girl.

Currently Craving

Ladies and Gentlemen this is NO JOKE. Polaroid recently announced that it will be launching an “Instagram Camera” by 2014. What this camera will do is that it will take pictures, let you select your filter (as you already do through the app on your smartphone) and then it develops your picture instantly with the selected filter. Its a modern twist to your old-school polaroid camera.

instagram cameraToo bad it’s not coming out this year because this would absolutely be the graduation present I would want.

And on that note, as of today I am officially 30 days away from being an Emerson Alumni. But I mean who’s counting?

WANTED- Je Voudrais.

brooklynLately I have been going through a really REALLY big obsession with men’s sweaters. I think I have bought about four in the past two months but then I came across this BWGH one which stole my hear, yet it is absolutely sold-out EVERYWHERE. If anyone finds it I am willing to offer huge rewards for it. You know where to find me!

 

New Published Article

Original article published in The Elite Daily

Gucci Horsebit Loafer Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

gucci-loafers-485x263

It’s hard to believe that our classic moccasins of choice are turning 60 this year. Yep you heard right, Gucci’s iconic Horsebit loafers with the beautiful double ring and bar motif have been around since the time our grandmothers were our age.

Not only that, but they have remained cool for that long and are still part of every fashionista’s shoe-of-desire list due to its high quality craftsmanship and design. This shoe also marks the anniversary of Gucci incorporating shoes into their brand. Yes, there once was a time where Gucci did not make this accessory.

Now an occasion like this cannot go unnoticed which is why Gucci has launched a global campaign in order to celebrate the shoe’s birthday. The campaign will consist of a full makeover of the brand’s stores and Facebook page.

The stores will now be decorated in all pink and display retro videos of the evolution of the shoe, with the same pink backdrop as the store.This video of the different models that have emerged throughout the shoe’s history, will also be present in all of Gucci’s social media outlets.

o_Gucci_Loafer_web_stripe-485x338

There will also be a few limited-edition anniversary models of the shoe which will come in different colors and materials ranging from crocodile to patent leather to suede. This collection will be available both online and in the store.

But that’s not all, the same day of the brand’s global transformation and the launch date of the video, the brand also opened an exhibit in Florence’s Gucci Museo where they retell the story of the shoe and the impact it had on Gucci’s image and success.

It’s a good place to go and see pictures of celebrities like Madonna, Brad Pitt and Jodie Foster wearing this gem. The pictures were retrieved from the Metropolitan Museum’s costume institute archives and in these images one can see that design-wise the shoe has not changed at all, yet has remained stylish throughout its existence.

With such a big celebration of such a beautiful utilitarian shoe, I wouldn’t blame you if you felt tempted to buy a pair (or five) for yourself.

When Art and Fashion Intersect

I have always believed that Art and Fashion go hand in hand. However my beliefs were proven to be true this past week, when I discovered what has become my favorite boutique in Manhattan: Dagny and Barstow (264 Bowery). Located in the trendy neighborhood Nolita, Dagny and Barstow is a hybrid between clothing boutique and art gallery. What is even more awesome about this store is that they promote up-and-coming artists from around the globe, combined with a number of clothing lines that can’t be found in you conventional high-end stores.

dagny

Jessica Hodin, from the Windsor Art group, curates the store’s Art collection. Dagny and Barstow also features collaborations with Artstar.com. Among the sartorial choices you can find in this store is everything from accessories by Theirry Lasry to Outerwear by Swash London and even beauty products by Etat Libre D’Orange. It also has a carefully curated vintage selection of scarves, handbags and other accessories. After visiting this store, seeing all it’s beautiful art and clothing and declaring it my favorite in Manhattan, I couldn’t help but wonder: why didn’t I come up with this idea?

barstow

 

The latest Scoop

November 2nd was an extremely significant day in the lives of Boston’s Fashionistas. It wasn’t the Halloween blizzard that caused this commotion but rather the arrival of the store Scoop NYC to our very own Newbury Street. Located in one of Newbury’s elegant brownstones, the store consists of a men’s department in the lower level with the woman’s wear on the upper level. This store carries a selection of high end contemporary designer brands as well as some lesser known, but equally desirable labels. The selection includes Alice + Olivia, Citizens of Humanity, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gryphon, Haute Hippie, Helmut Lang, Joie, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Theory, Zac Posen and many more.

The store has an excellent selection of products that are aimed towards a younger crowd, such as Boston’s enormous college student population. One could consider this store the hybrid of a boutique and a department store since you can find a wide variety of brands. But rest assured, the pieces available are carefully selected so only the best of the best makes it into the store.

It has locations all across the country, including their newest addition in Boston. Located at 177 Newbury Street, this store will surely become a must stop for Bean town’s shoppers.