Hey, here is news to nobody: The holidays make us have complicated, overwhelming, and sometimes not-so-much-fun emotions. From feeling broke to over-indulging to worrying how we will be able to get it all done, ’tis the season for anxiety. Yet, despite all this overflow of emotion, we partake in the art of gifting, year after year. So much so, that a good majority of our readers classify themselves as a more skilled gift giver than receiver.
We quizzed our readers on all of Christmastime’s complexities, including the aforementioned battle of givers and receivers. While we’re sure everyone loves opening up a few goodies throughout the holidays, it turns out, a solid 77% of those quizzed prefer being the proud gift-givers of their family. The thing is…doesn’t everyone want to be seen as a thoughtful little Santa Claus?
There are only 29 shopping days left ’til the best holiday of the year: Halloween. 29! If you’re anything like us, you’ve only just begun to think about your award-winning costume. But, you’re in luck because we’ve got our hands on a major dose of inspiration. Dark Shadows, the cult-television-show-turned-film (starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Chloë Grace Moretz), comes out today on DVD and it’s chock-full of a groovy, goth-y aesthetic we can’t get enough of.
Before we plop in front of the flat screen and devour a cauldron full of popcorn, it’s your turn to get in on the action. Comment below and tell us the coolest, spookiest Halloween costume you’ve ever donned. We’ll pick a winner at random, and they’ll receive the ultimate inspiration for this year’s costume: a Blu-ray copy of Dark Shadows, plus a little funding to make this the coolest Halloween ever — a $ 200 American Express gift card. Just be sure to mention us when you’re accepting your award for best costume at this year’s bash. Now, to the comments!
The dreaded finals week — nail biting, hair pulling, break-out inducing finals week — is upon us. It’s pretty much hell on Earth, right? Not to mention, the added pressure on top of papers and exams, if you’ve also got graduation coming up. Sucks. We know.
But we’ve got some relief in sight. First and foremost, you must find a muse. You’re definitely going to need an extra dose of inspiration to urge you on and make you think of the better days ahead. To help you push through, we picked out some mood-lifting items that will also work wonderfully as your own personal end-of-the-year presents — for your friends or, more likely, yourself.
Perk up and feel free to do a little online shopping. Call it a study break if you want. After all, you’ve earned it. Ahead, the best gifts for the studious test taker — and a special giveaway to help you survive finals week.
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Okay, pull out your maps for this one: Pitusa’s beachy basics come from the mind of a London-raised designer, are rendered in colorful, fair-trade fabrics from Peru, and claim residence here in Miami. This means, if you were counting, Pitusa can cite its origin in three continents, but designer Clara Lago has chosen the 305 for the main base of her line’s operations. With bright, warm weather-ready separates and maxi-dresses, the line possesses a bevy of influences, from London street-style to Peruvian-inspired “kimonos.”
The young ingenue (Clara is only 24) sent us over her most recent lookbook, which trades in Miami sun for a dramatically dark and foreboding sky. Against the gray and stormy backdrop, each of her colorful pieces get an extra pop (though, not like they needed it, with all the neon and DayGlo detailing, already). Click through to check out the emerging label!
Photos: Courtesy of Pitusa
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If following the pack has never been your forte, then there's zero reason that your spring break destination should be as packed with coeds as, say, your local college bar. It's a vacation, after all, and it has the potential to be your opportunity to really immerse yourself in something different… and no, a Papas & Beer with a different zipcode doesn't count. In the second half of our two-part series (for Part 1, click here), we rec some of our favorite spots you can get lost in, abroad — with the shopping list to match, of course.
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