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Brandy looked stunning yesterday morning as she left the Good Morning America Studios and greeted fans in New York’s Times Square. She made sure to show off her new Celine bag as she walked out the door as well as her Christian Louboutin No. 299 Trash pumps from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
Earlier this year, Rocsi was spotted celebrating Estelle’s birthday in a pair of the pumps which she paired with a grey and black outfit.
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What brand names fill your closest? Old Navy, Baby Phat and Forever 21? Or Marc Jacobs, Prada and Gucci? If it’s brand names such as the latter, when you get tired of your old clothes, there’s a new site that allows you to cash them in for equally chic styles. According to Fast Company, Refashioner is the online sharing site for those with an expensive, high class taste in fashion.
QVC notes that the average woman has 22 items of clothing sitting in her closet unworn, with an estimated value of over $2 billion. While the less-expensive brands will most likely end up in clothing donations across the US or yard sales, Refashioner allows the chic clothes to gain new life and attention with a new owner, while the former owner proudly struts her new purchases. This is the site that would allow the fashion-conscious and somewhat spending-conscious woman to wear something new at any given time.
The peer-to-peer exchange site exclusively for luxury clothing, allows users to post photos of their unwanted clothing in an online customizable closet. Refashioner then prices the clothes. Once a piece of clothing sells, the site keeps $8 of the total purchase and the user receives money than can only be spent on the site. Users can also link their closets to other users with similar taste or tell the story behind an item of clothing.
Before you get too excited about Refashioner, the site comes with a haughty warning: “We have no patience nor mercy for knock-offs.”
Users with impeccable taste and an extraordinary clothing selection join on an invitation only basis. The creators hope the limitations will inspire an appealing sense of intimacy. With fewer customers, users will be given more attention.
The site is capitalizing on a wave of luxury online sharing sites, such as HiGear, an online luxury car sharing site and Exclusive Exchanges, which allows users to trade homes.
By Charlotte Young
You thought you were being health-conscious when you bought that granola bar and drank that soy milk, didn’t you? Turns out, you may have been wrong. In a perfect example of how you can’t trust marketing claims that this product is good for you or that product has less fat, Forbes examines some of the top healthy alternatives we think we’re making every day.
Soy milk may brag that it’s the healthy alternative to regular fat-free and reduced fat milk, but its hiding some scary details. According to New York dietitian Robin Barrie Kaiden, “half the time it’s flavored and it has added sugar.” Soy milk is also genetically modified and no one yet knows what damage that may cause later in life. So for about $90 more a year, soy milk buyers are getting a product with higher calories and with more risk factors.
Another outrageously priced product is organic peanut butter. No matter how you spread it, peanut butter is still peanut butter and it’s high in fat. It’s best to stick with the cheaper version or if you’d like to be healthier, experiment with fat-free cream cheese. You might find that a cream cheese and jelly sandwich taste just as good.
Perhaps the highest price product on the list is skin cream. People believe that all the fancy ingredients on the bottle equal a well formulated product worth the $400-$1000 price tag. Dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Tony Nakhla tells Forbes that “there is no ingredient so amazing that’s worth spending hundreds on a skin cream.” He reveals that often times a good product can be found right at your local drug store. A good product should range from $30-50. Try to look for a plant-based brand or one with retinol. It may be a good idea before embarking on a product search to start with a licensed dermatologist who will be able to guide you in the right direction for skin care.
The list wouldn’t be complete with the last two items: bottled water and diet soda. Americans have become obsessed with the convenience of what they believe is purified water in a bottle making it a $4 billion a year industry. But medical experts are growing increasingly concerned about the risks of bottled water, researching whether or not the plastic container holding the bottle is leaking toxins into it when the bottle is left in the heat. They recommend that if you’re still not convinced to go with tap water, try using a basic faucet filter instead. The change could save you an estimated $150 a year.
As for diet soda, turns out that neither diet soda nor regular soda is good for you. Diet sodas have been linked to increased waist sizes. It’s best just to take this craving out of your life. While it may be hard at first, the additional $300 a year it’ll save you is a good incentive.