Monthly Archives: May 2017

Get You Pour a Glass Anywhere

Bridal showers, PTA meetings, those hellish hours spent in doctors’ office waiting rooms — basically, any time you’ve secretly wished for a stiff drink — will never be the same. One company’s designed a line of handbags with a secret pouch for storing (and serving) wine, and a whole lot of it at that.

Each of Bella Vita’s PortoVino totes can hold up to two bottles of wine, which you can pour into a refillable pouch and store in a zippered, insulated pocket within the bag. No one will know it’s there — until you unbutton a flap on the side of the bag, pull out the spout and pour yourself a glass.

Though the bags, which retail for $75 apiece, can technically hold any drink, they’re designed specifically for vino, allowing you to “take the party with you” wherever you go. (Just make sure you’re not breaking any open container laws, okay?)

The best part, though? The tote’s roomy enough to hold your essentials: keys, wallet, phone, selection of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, bottle opener, four-pack of glasses. You know, the absolute can’t-get-through-an-afternoon-withouts.

When one of 27-year-old Deena Shoemaker’s friends posted to Facebook about a neighbor who had lost her home in a fire and was in need of donations, Shoemaker took to her closet to see if she had anything she could donate. Unfortunately, her good intentions led to an extremely upsetting discovery.

Despite the fact that she’s been the same size for years, Shoemaker realized she had pants that ranged in size from 5 to 12. And yet they all fit her the exact. same. way.

Frustrated by the way these fluctuating sizes affect women and girls’ self-esteem, Shoemaker took to Facebook, where she posted a collage of six photos of herself in different pairs of pants, each labeled with the size. “No I’m not selling my pants,” she wrote at the start of her post. “I’ve just got a bone to pick.”

You Should Always Wear on Job Interviews

You’ve prepared your answers for tough questions, updated your resume, and made of list of references. The only interview prep left to do is to select an outfit. So as you stare at your closet, scanning an overwhelming number of options, you probably can’t help but wonder what to wear. And now, there’s a definitive answer.

While we believe you should wear whatever makes you feel your professional best, there’s one particular hue that will aid you in the interview process, according to research. Black will help you be perceived as confident, according to a recent study conducted by the British retailer BuyTShirtsOnline, SheFinds.com reports.

The company surveyed 1,000 people, and according to 48% of women and 64% of men, black inspires confidence, making it the perfect option for both first dates and interviews.

What colors should one avoid for an interview? According to the study: orange and brown. Only 2% of women and 8% of men said the hues evoke confidence. On that note, you might also want to avoid red. The study revealed that most associated this color with arrogance, which isn’t a great trait to portray during an interview.

Despite the fact that she’s been the same size for years, Shoemaker realized she had pants that ranged in size from 5 to 12. And yet they all fit her the exact. same. way.

Frustrated by the way these fluctuating sizes affect women and girls’ self-esteem, Shoemaker took to Facebook, where she posted a collage of six photos of herself in different pairs of pants, each labeled with the size. “No I’m not selling my pants,” she wrote at the start of her post. “I’ve just got a bone to pick.”

In the post, Shoemaker explains that she’s worked as a “leader and counselor” to pre-teen and teen girls for the past six years, and during that time she’s seen young girls obsess over their bodies in worrisome ways. Some she’s heard blame their weight for failed relationships; others she’s watched struggle with eating disorders. Shoemaker can talk to these girls about Photoshop and the unrealistic expectations that ads and magazines can set for them, she wrote — but what can she do to help them see past the ever-changing sizes of their own clothing?

Things Brides Have Been Told

In movies, wedding shopping is one of those experiences that involves lots of pretty gowns, a few loved ones and a helpful consultant, all culminating in a teary moment where the bride finds her perfect dress. In real life, there’s a big gap between walking into a bridal store and that final selection. There are a delightful assortment of awkward (and sometimes enraging) moments in between, most of which occur when onlookers can’t seem to keep their mouths shut.

We asked folks about the worst things they’ve heard people say to brides, whether it was their own experience or one in which they were a bystander. Their stories are beyond ridiculous.

1. “You need to wear Spanx with this dress.”

“I was told I ‘needed’ to purchase what was essentially super strength Spanx in order to ‘smooth everything out.'” —Brittany

2. “Wow, that will look so amazing once you lose 10 pounds!”

This one comes from a reader named Katie. If this person really wanted the bride to feel good in her dress, they probably should’ve stopped after “wow.”

3. “Would your fiancee like this?”

“While gown shopping, I was constantly being asked, ‘Would he like this?’ or told, ‘He will love this!’ This is about me loving it. I ended up buying a dress online.” —Eugenia

4. “You’ll be losing weight anyway, right?”

“Everyone assumed that I would be losing weight to fit into a too-small dress rather than wanting to find one that already fit!” —Emma

5. “You can’t wear that with your butt.”

“My mother-in-law told the woman who worked at the bridal boutique not to let me try on any mermaid dresses, because my Kim Kardashian butt would take attention away from everything else she ‘worked so hard on.'” —Holley

6. “That dress isn’t your style.”

“I used to work at a bridal salon and heard some really awful things like, ‘I just never pictured you in lace … it doesn’t really seem like your style, you know?’ As if women shouldn’t dress however they want on their wedding day!” —Katie

7. “Good, that makes your arms look smaller!”

“The aunt said, ‘The slight off-the-shoulder silhouette really slims down your arms.’ Oh, cool, thanks for ruining the most amazing high of my life so far! I’d also like to note that my husband is 6-foot-6-inches tall and 350 pounds, and no one cared what his upper arms looked like in his tux.” —Cassy