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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.)

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

Comfy Pump That You have Been Looking

Wearing heels usually involves a tradeoff—you’ll look more polished, but after a couple of hours, your feet will be blistered, sore mess. It’s a situation women have long accepted (or just opted for ballet flats instead), but online clothing brand Everlane is now looking to bridge the gap between style and comfort with a dreamy new pair of heels that won’t have you reapplying Band-Aids all day long.

The brand’s ballet-inspired pumps have a rounded toe and a two-inch block heel with an elasticized back that allows the shoe to stretch as your foot moves. With five different colors—black, natural suede, rose tan, bright red, and navy—these Italian leather heels are designed to feel comfy all day long. And despite the high quality material, they’ll run you just $145 a pair.
“Our focus was on creating the most comfortable heel you’ll have in your closet while also maintaining a polished look,” Everlane footwear designer Louise Sigvardt told Refinery29. “We found a family-owned factory right outside of Florence that specializes in this attention to detail, and we worked very closely with them for months to perfect the comfort and details of the shoe.”

The Day Heel has a lot of day-to-night versatility, Sigvardt explained. “Because the heel is so comfortable, it’s easy to wear with a tee on the weekend or dress it up with a silk for drinks and dinner,” she said.

Good luck getting your hands on a pair anytime soon, though. All five colors currently have a waitlist, and according to StyleCaster, nearly 15,000 people were on that waitlist after just five days on the e-tailer’s site. However, a restock is expected at the beginning of May, so if you’re interested in these comfy pumps, now’s the time to get yourself on that waitlist. Everlane is also launching two more styles on April 13: the Day Mule, a slip-on mule, and the Day Ballet, a simple, round-toe flat, both of which already have waitlists as well. Check out all of the colors below and sign up for the Day Heel waitlist here.

How To Tell If A Plant Is Healthy

Plants are expensive and the last thing you want is for your beautiful new plant to keel over and die shortly after you bring it home. Even lush, full plants can develop problems fairly quickly, but knowing how to tell if a plant is healthy may prevent trouble down the road. Healthy Plant Selection Learning the signs of a healthy plant is the first step in ensuring its overall success. Choosing healthy plants involves looking closely at all parts of the plant, beginning with the most obvious part – the leaves.

Foliage growth – A healthy plant should have plenty of healthy new growth. With the exception of plants with bi-colored or variegated leaves, most plants should display green leaves with bright, even color. Don’t buy a plant if the leaves are pale. Avoid plants with yellowing or brown leaves, or if the leaves look brown and dry along the edges. Signs of a healthy plant include a full, bushy growth habit. Avoid long, leggy plants and, instead, choose compact, sturdy plants. Watch out for plants that look like they have been pruned; this may indicate that diseased or damaged stems have been removed to make the plant look healthier. Pests and disease – Look closely for signs of pests and disease. Check the undersides of the leaves and the joints where the stem attach to the leaves, as this is where common pests are often found such as: Aphids Spider mites Scale Mealybugs Roots – Healthy roots are signs of a healthy plant. Roots are difficult to see when a plant is in a pot, but you can definitely tell if the plant is rootbound. For example, pick up the plant and look at the drainage hole. If you notice roots growing through the hole, the plant has been in that pot too long. Another big sign that a plant is rootbound is roots growing on top of the potting mix. A rootbound plant isn’t always a bad thing if the plant is otherwise healthy because it demonstrates that the plant is actively growing. However, keep in mind that if you buy a rootbound plant, you will have to repot it soon.

Rules You Should Resolve to Break

Grandmas: They’re known for their baking skills, money-saving secrets, and their innate ability to keep us happy and healthy, but stylish shoes? Not always. Until now, that is.

Merrell Hambleton, a writer for The Strategist, New York magazine’s destination for online shopping expertise, swears she’s found the perfect pair of comfortable yet completely fashionable sandals and—get this—she calls them “grandma” shoes.

Hambleton spent years searching for sandals that would both support and flatter her flat feet. After failed attempts with Birkenstocks, Worishofer’s, and Salt-Water sandals, which she claims made her feet “spread out like small, undercooked pancakes,” she spotted a “particularly stylish friend” sporting the summer footwear of her dreams. Made of rubber and elastic, the wide-strap sandals had a short heel and “chunky, toothy soles” that gave them an “athletic edge.”

The company’s founder, Neely Woodson Powell, first met the fourth-generation cobbler she collaborated with to bring the shoes to the U.S. when she was a student visiting Mexico in 1996. According to nymag.com, San Miguel de Allende is the “shoe capital” of Mexico; Powell quickly realized that the cobbler’s simple design had become a favorite among locals.

Here’s why, in Hambleton’s words, every woman needs a pair of grandma sandals for summer:

The broad, elastic straps cover just enough of your feet to make them look trim and minimize any “side squish.” Four of your five toes and just a hint of “toe cleavage” (this is a terrible term, but trust me, it’s desirable) peek out at the front. Walk in them. Run in them. Never take a cab again in them — they really do feel like sneakers.