2007

Grab Bag R’ Us

From Victoria's Secret undies to UGG boots, products in American stores are being snapped up by foreign travelers visiting the United States. Some of this season's markdowns aren't even enticing enoug... read more..

Everyone in the pool!

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon in Miami, Fla., TAG Heuer and its brand ambassador Maria Sharapova proved sporty and glamorous can gracefully co-exist as they presented the brand's latest timepie... read more..

Bagless in Manhattan

This Saturday, I made a last-minute decision to finish my Christmas shopping. Metered parking was scarce in Midtown Manhattan and stop-and-go car traffic suggested that a cab ride would be extremely l... read more..

Star sighting: Hilary Swank

Last week, I was on a mission: find the perfect holiday dress to wear to both office functions and friends' late-night gatherings. After gingerly testing the waters of sequined options (too showgirl),... read more..

Buy a necklace, save an elephant

With the help of a New York-based organization, Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO), a project that turns weapons into jewelry has raised $300,000 to support rural Zambian communities and pres... read more..

The calculus of color

If you follow the auction market, you know that fancy-colored diamonds are the stones of the moment. Only one in every 10,000 gem-quality diamonds is colored, but the stream of press releases that hav... read more..

Revving up holiday revenue

Retailers trying to maximize their holiday sales can take a few tips from small-business Web site Business Know-How. These ideas, along with suggestions I added to make the site's strategies relevant ... read more..

Adam and Eve go to the mall

When it comes to shopping with the opposite sex, bear in mind that techniques and priorities vary. Women glide into stores and peruse the aisles, while their men trudge in, take a quick survey, estima... read more..

Geek turned tech fashionista

What happened to the taped-up-glasses wearing, pocket-protector-donning geeks everyone knew, loved and occasionally teased? They jumped on the latest technology wave, rode it to the shores of success ... read more..

The perils of credit

It's that time of year again when retailers get ready for the big holiday rush. The orders have been placed. The new merchandise is coming in. The holiday wrapping paper and bows are set, and you're r... read more..

Pearls: A girl president's best friend?

At a recent Democratic presidential debate, University of Las Vegas-Nevada student Maria Luisa Parra-Sandoval asked Sen. Hillary Clinton if she preferred diamonds or pearls. Posing a fashion-related q... read more..

My Black Friday retail tour

On Black Friday, we arrived at Target just as smiley-faced employees were passing out Target Shopping Survival Kits, cute environmentally correct red bags filled with a breakfast bar, flavored coffee ... read more..

Guys rejoice: Gift guide a click away

Do men need help in the shopping department? A few new Web sites seem to suggest as much. Groomgroove.com, an engagement and wedding Web site for men, tells a groom-to-be how to buy an engagement ring... read more..

Ready for the ‘70s in ‘07

Recently, I attended and assisted with the planning of a 70s-themed surprise birthday party. It was hard to contain my laughter as I perused the aisles of Ricky's, Spencer's and other novelty shops kn... read more..

The year of the rat

One of the most popular Chinese zodiac legends describes how Buddha invited animals to participate in a race in which the first 12 to cross the river would win a coveted position on the Chinese zodiac... read more..

Star sighting: Sarah Michelle Gellar

Since retiring from her run as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and tying the knot with Freddie Prinze Junior, Sarah Michelle Gellar has kept it relatively quiet on the Hollywood scene. So when this photo of ... read more..

Among Christie's 'Magnificent' crowd

It was a warm, autumn morning in New York City when I got out of the taxi in front of Christie's auction house at Rockefeller Center. Gil, who has been opening the Christie's doors for the past 30 yea... read more..

Can jewelry curb addictions?

Forget the patch. Jewelry just might be the newest way to combat addictions—at least visually—as more and more designers are creating pieces based on various chemical substances and alcohol. Dopamine ... read more..

Why men bling

While listening to my uncle relay the story of an artist whose painting he had recently purchased, I was reminded of an article I read about men and jewelry. The artwork my uncle and I were discussing... read more..

Top 5 frighteningly fine finds

Centuries ago, at the entrances to Spanish cemeteries, flags of French pirates and containers with poisonous substances all displayed skulls and crossbones, which later led to the symbol's association... read more..

Not your average designer

I immerse myself in the unusual, be it golfing in Malibu, Calif., without knowing how, paragliding despite a fear of heights or joining a parade in Amsterdam to preserve old homes. (Of course, I usual... read more..

Mid-scale retail on the analyst's couch

Do mid-scale department store shoppers on the West Coast have a love for Macy's that East Coasters don't seem to share? According to the recently released J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Department Sto... read more..

Star sighting: Kate Hudson

Since rocketing to fame as groupie-with-a-heart-of-gold Penny Lane in the film Almost Famous, Kate Hudson and her bohemian-California-girl style has become weekly play in the pages of the celebrity go... read more..

Rocks that rock

On a sunny afternoon in New York City's Greenwich Village, a penthouse photography studio on Bethune Street displayed hundreds of gemstones. I'm not Blackbeard, but this certainly felt like finding a ... read more..

No heir heads here

Just as we've grown accustomed to celebrities slapping their names on everything from clothing to perfume, a new trend has emerged among their daughters. Offspring from Mick Jagger, Donald Trump and t... read more..

Girl for pearls

When it comes to jewelry designs that draw my eye—and my checkbook—I tend to have a penchant for bold '20s designs that evoke the Art Deco era. My prized possession is a Florida flea market find: a go... read more..

Manfredi, a refuge in Manhattan

Coming from California, I'm used to even the fanciest stores maintaining a laid-back feel, and now that I live in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, I find the stores have a similar quality. But w... read more..

Star sighting: Sharon Stone

At 25, I can't help but feel just slightly offended when someone I encounter learns of my age and responds, "What? But you look like you're about 18!" I figure someday I'll thank my parents for passin... read more..

Star sighting: Maggie Grace

Actress Maggie Grace, best known for her turn as Shannon on the ABC show Lost, hits Swiss watch brand Parmigiani's after-party for the Los Angeles premiere of The Jane Austen Book Club. In the film, G... read more..

Search engines on Favorite 50

Based on the results of a survey conducted by Big Research, Stores Magazine created the Favorite 50, a list of the most frequently used online retailers. Of course, the study tells us who's on top in ... read more..
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