Monthly Archives: June 2017

Footwear Could Eliminate the Need for Sandals

The biggest trend in footwear this summer isn’t actually a shoe at all.

Introducing NakeFit, a hypoallergenic adhesive pad that’s designed to stick to the bottoms of your bare feet—and make your summer so much better.

“Imagine a world where you could just jump and run around without worrying about being barefoot,” it states in the product’s promotional video. “NakeFit is the ultimate way of protecting your feet in every circumstance.”

The sticky shoe replacement promises to save your feet from every warm-weather woe, including sharp rocks, hot concrete and sand, slippery surfaces, and dirty floors. When you’re done wearing them, you just peel them off and throw them out.

The product’s Kickstarter project earned more than 12 times its original goal of $22,696, so people seem eager to try it. Just remember: Podiatrists don’t recommend wearing flip-flops, so it’s unlikely they’d suggest going nearly barefoot all the time.

Watch the video below to get all the details on NakeFit, and decide for yourself if these things are worth the $35 price tag.

Get to Wear These Gorgeous Wedding Dresses

These gowns are stunning, but, sadly, they’ll never walk down the aisle. Why? Well, they’re made out of toilet paper.

Yep, you read that right.

Every year, Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com holds a contest to see who among their readers can make the most fabulous wedding dress out of that most common of common household items, toilet paper. The winner receives a prize of $10,000 cash, provided by Charmin, with the first and second runners up receiving prizes of $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.

This year’s entries were amazing. I’m talking Kleinfeld-Say-Yes-to-the-Dress amazing.

In third place was Donna Vincler of Brentwood, Tennessee.

25-year-old Van is a part-time designer and restaurant hostess who operates her own online store and teaches sewing classes on the side. At least, for now. Who knows what the future could hold for her? She’s obviously extremely talented and inventive. If she can do all that with toilet paper, imagine what she can do with actual fabric!

We’ve all been there, standing in front of the closet, with literally no idea what to wear, cursing all your clothes yet knowing full well that you have way too many clothes. Apparently, women spend an average of 17 minutes per day deciding what to wear—it sounds small, but adds up quick.

In fact, in just a year, that quarter of an hour each day amounts to four days of time spent on figuring out which shirt will work with the weather, if those pants match that top and if the day will call for proper walking shoes or painful yet glamorous heels. Yikes! We empathize, don’t worry. These are the 17 thoughts that we’ve all had while staring into the wardrobe abyss.

Should Never Wear With White Pants

Now that summer is officially here, you can break out your white pants, shorts, and dresses. The only problem: what to wear underneath. Obviously, wearing black or brightly colored underwear under a pair of white shorts is a surefire way to show off your taste in delicates. But white isn’t a good choice either.

It seems rational that if you want your underwear to not show through your pants, you should make them the same color. But as you can see on TV personality Sam Faiers (above left), white underwear worn under white clothing just looks more opaque and therefore more visible.

So, what should you wear instead? The answer is simple: nude underwear. Instead of standing out, nude underwear blends into your skin tone, effectively making it invisible. Next time you’re at the department store, snag a few seamless pairs in your color. In no time, you’ll be rocking white as well as Irina Shayk (right).

25-year-old Van is a part-time designer and restaurant hostess who operates her own online store and teaches sewing classes on the side. At least, for now. Who knows what the future could hold for her? She’s obviously extremely talented and inventive. If she can do all that with toilet paper, imagine what she can do with actual fabric!

We’ve all been there, standing in front of the closet, with literally no idea what to wear, cursing all your clothes yet knowing full well that you have way too many clothes. Apparently, women spend an average of 17 minutes per day deciding what to wear—it sounds small, but adds up quick.

In fact, in just a year, that quarter of an hour each day amounts to four days of time spent on figuring out which shirt will work with the weather, if those pants match that top and if the day will call for proper walking shoes or painful yet glamorous heels. Yikes! We empathize, don’t worry. These are the 17 thoughts that we’ve all had while staring into the wardrobe abyss.

Retailers You Should Never Order From

Even those of us who consider ourselves savvy when it comes to online shopping may be susceptible to the latest round of compelling e-commerce scams flooding the Internet.

That’s because an array of online retailers based abroad (frequently in China) are tempting our budget-minded style consciousness with deals that appear eye-poppingly good, on clothes that are right on trend and apparently super cute… according to the photos used to market them.

But it turns out — as many recent examples have shown — that those deals can simply be too good to be true, and those persuasive photos are merely ripoffs from legit retailers.

Burned shoppers report a range of problems like receiving items way off scale from the size they ordered, waiting months for items to arrive (when the event for which they’d wanted the wardrobe had long past), to discovering the item was unsatisfactory — but finding the return process expensive or impossible. Some even report having their credit card information stolen and used abroad after the purchase.

Even the pros aren’t immune to the pull of these sites: Consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch says she too fell victim: “I ordered a necklace that took almost three weeks before it arrived at my house and the cost to return ship these items made the return process nearly pointless!”

Justin Lavelle, the communications director for online background check platform BeenVerified, says buyers must beware. “There are many overseas clothing companies today offering [what they advertise as] gorgeous and trendy clothes for next to nothing,” he says. “They show images of the clothes on models that look amazing. But what you see on their site and what you get are usually two different things — cheap fabrics, unrealistic sizing, and impossible returns and refunds.”

Lavelle advises shoppers protect themselves by sticking to well-known U.S. companies — and companies with positive reviews. Then, he suggests, familiarize yourself with your chosen company’s sizing chart, as well as its return policies, to make sure the window is adequately long to complete a transaction.

Jeremy Gin, who is the co-founder and CEO of the review tool SiteJabber, adds that consumers should use caution when entering credit card info. “We always recommend that if you do decide to buy from an online merchant, use a major credit card with strong fraud protection,” he says. “Your credit card company can be an ally if something goes wrong. You can ask for a charge back and they can protect you from other unscrupulous charges.”

Gin also suggests following your gut when small details seem off. “Check all unfamiliar sites for professionalism: Typos, bad grammar and poor design can all be indicators of an online business that will not offer its customers a good experience.”

Overall, every one of the experts we interviewed echoed the same refrains: “You usually get what you pay for,” and “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

With that being said, here are some companies to steer clear of no matter what. (Of note, several are owned by the same shady and shape-shifting company Shenzhen Globalegrow E-Commerce Co. Ltd., also known as Global Egrow.)