I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. This may sound dramatic, but a part of my youth here is dying. When my scene days had reached a bougie level, that’s when I started shopping at American Apparel. It was almost like I became an upscale hipster – if that was even possible. I knew the retailer was sinking. We’ve been reading about this for what feels like years, but I didn’t think it would actually die. And now, we must prepare for the worst and figure out how to move on. And by move on, I mean all 110 stores are closing and everything is 40% off so looks like we’ll all be at American Apparel this weekend so that we can stock up on those classic hoodies.
The news of this comes just days after it was announced that Gilden Activewear had purchased American Apparel in an auction for $88 million. To be clear, they are just acquiring American Apparel’s intellectual property and some of the manufacturing equipment. Not included in this acquisition were it’s 110 stores (which will all close by April) and their LA headquarters.
I had to scroll through pages of Google images because I forgot how inappropriate their advertisements use to be and my parents wouldn’t approve of me having one of those to accompany this post.
RIP to my favorite pieces that you can still buy… for now.
So Disney officially took the axe to Girl Meets World this week and it was heartbreaking. Rumors have been swirling for about a month now on whether or not the show would continue. I’m actually really disappointed to hear the news. I’ve been watching the show since the first season and always made Kevin watch with me when I was living in Seattle. It’s different to view the world from Cory Matthews’ daughter’s point of view, but she was a pretty extraordinary character. Riley was dynamic and even as a twenty-something, I still felt like I resonated with her feelings as well as the other characters on the show. I wish Disney would give them a second chance or that another network would pick them up because they deserve to still be on air. I’m going to miss this cast.
Ugly cries all around. Michelle Obama is such an amazing human being. I could not have imagined a better person to be our First Lady for the last 8 years.
By now, you may have heard that Mariah Carey flopped last night during her New Year’s Eve Performance. If you haven’t heard it, you can watch the video above for all you need to know, but do it now before it gets taken down or something. What I want to know though is… what person believed that Mariah Carey was ACTUALLY going to sing during this performance? It’s 2017 and I can’t remember the last time Mariah actually sang at a performance, but at least she’s owning it like the bad B that she is.
When Veronica and I grabbed lunch together the other day, we started to think about how much a difference four years can make. We graduated in 2012 and in 2016, so much in our lives have changed. I’m now living in California while she is in Seattle and hello! Married! However, in the larger scheme of things not only has our world changed – but the country’s and how we do things in our day to day lives. We were talking about the different tech companies in the Bay Area and all of a sudden we are both like, “How did we function without Uber in our lives?!” “What did we do while we were in college?” For one thing, I was still using a Blackberry! Those things are practically extinct now. It’s fitting that this report was published above about the top apps being used on smartphones. Google and Facebook continue to dominate as always.
It’s official! The Sex and the City cast has signed on for a third movie in the series and the four women will return. At this point, the script has been approved by the women and filming will begin this summer in order for the film to be released in 2018.
Readers, I haven’t even seen the 2nd one yet! Is it worth watching? Also, how do we feel about there being a 3rd installment? Are we ready for another one or was it time to close the book on this one entirely?
We’re just a little bit late on this, but starting today, Starbucks is giving out free tall espresso drinks to customers that show up to randomly selected Starbucks stores between the 1-2PM. Every day, 100 stores will be selected as part of this holiday cheer program! To participate in all the fun, make sure you visit this page every day up until January 2nd when the holiday cheer ends. This is a cute idea by Starbucks and being that I come from Seattle and drink Starbucks almost every day, this is something that we can get behind. :) Enjoy!
Airbnb made a major announcement today at the company’s annual conference, Airbnb Open, in Los Angeles. In addition to already allowing their users to book rooms and homes from other hosts, Airbnb is highlighting a new feature that lets guests plan their trip as an entire experience. It’s interesting because the way in which they described it really resonated with me. I don’t often plan many trips unless they have a purpose – party, event, visiting, etc. and when I begin to think about a trip that I could take for myself that is fun, it sort of stresses me out! Where would I go? What would I do that allows me to have the entire experience and isn’t completely touristy and you know, *basic?* Their new feature was designed exactly for people that have the same travel anxieties as I do. With Airbnb trips, which will launch in 50+ cities next year, you can filter through activities that you want to include on your trip either as a one-time thing or several activities that can last a few days – also called “immersions.” Basically, you’d be allowed to pick and choose from different experiences to create a travel schedule for yourself.
“If you want to have an amazing trip, you end up basically on a research project,” says CEO Brian Chesky, who announced the news onstage today at the company’s annual Airbnb Open conference in Los Angeles. Still, he adds, “you’re in line, you’re lonely, you’re outside, and you’re doing things locals never do.” Airbnb Trips is a way around that, Chesky says. “if you have a passion, an interest, or a hobby, you can share your community with other sin the world.” Airbnb is starting with 12 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Paris. The goal is to launch Trips in more than 50 cities by next year.
That was my first thought when I read a headline today that Teen Vogue would be scaling back that issues from monthly to quarterly. Granted, it’s Teen Vogue so it’s not like adult Vogue which would be an even bigger deal, but usually when this happens, it means that it might be on its way to being phased out. I’m not a collector of magazines these days, however, my coworker next to me somehow started receiving a subscription to Teen Vogue in the last year and started passing them over to me. I didn’t know where to put them where I was cleaning my place this weekend so they are in a stack on my bathroom counter for now.
I don’t think I would be surprised if Condé Nast announced that they would be going purely digital within the next year. Should we start taking bets now?
According to a statement from the company, “the new frequency is designed to capture key audience moments relevant to young readers lives,” and the new print edition will debut in spring 2017 as a larger book with a collectible, “keepsake” feel.
Also the reason why I believe Teen Vogue might be folding is because Lucky saw the same death as well back in 2015 when they scaled back to quarterly and then…well we know what happened after.
Teen Vogue, let’s just do a thank you now – thank you for being the high end print magazine that helped me shape my teenage years and taught me how to use better makeup and to look up to amazing style icons before anyone else during my youth years.
This is so weird to me. Pringles is coming out with a new line for the holidays that includes “cookie flavored” chips. But, why can’t we just eat cookies without it having to be in chip form? The flavors we have to choose from include: Pecan Pie, Sugar Cookie, and Salted Caramel. I think I am… not rushing to try any one of those! However, I am a fan of the packaging; nice move on coating it with Christmas sweater print. You’ll be able to buy these in your local grocery store soon, but like maybe you’ll just want to buy regular cookies and regular chips instead.
We’re a little bit sad to have to share that J. Crew had decided to shut down its bridal collection for good. Full disclosure – I have never had an experience with their bridal collection the way that we talked about BHLDN or the way we had our visit with the Nordstrom Wedding Suite, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t know about it. One of my coworkers actually purchased her gown from J. Crew and altered it into one beautiful piece. J. Crew represented the classic kind of bride so we’re very sad to see it go. It’s no secret that sales at J. Crew have been declining, but it sounds that the shutdown for their bridal collection has also almost been a long time coming with prices for wedding gowns being slashed up to 70%.