Thursday, September 30, 2010

When magazine headlines shout "steal this look!"

Some take it literally!!!!  I would love to say that I have never taken any thing but I doubt there is any one of us out there that can say that at all.  For instance, we have all at some point taken something as a child from somewhere or someone.  OR we have taken a pen (or other office supply) from work, the bank or restaurant...whether consciously or subconsciously.  Perhaps it was something so minor that we never even thought of it as stealing.

Stealing beauty: Cosmetics top list of swiped goods

Oil of Olay skin creams a favorite of sticky fingers

By Melissa Dahl
updated 9/30/2010 8:27:02 AM ET

Image: A display at Sephora Lexington Ave.
National surveys show that beauty products top the list of the most shoplifted items in the country.

When magazine headlines shout "steal this look!" — some women are taking that literally.

Turns out, cosmetics top the nation's list of shoplifted items.

"Health and beauty care items" accounted for 20 percent of all items stolen from supermarkets in 2008, according to the most recent survey from the Food Marketing Institute.
Are vain people more likely to be criminals? Or do criminals just want to look hot in their mug shots?

More likely, it's that slipping beauty products into a purse is more doable — and worthwhile —than, say, ripping off a 12-pack of toilet paper.

Just last month, Caroline Giuliani — the 21-year-old daughter of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani — was caught swiping $100 worth of beauty products from a Manhattan Sephora . The Harvard senior must complete one day of community service to pay for her beauty-stealing binge. And although we don't know what Giuliani stole from the high-end beauty shop, experts say shoplifters are just as discerning as consumers when it comes to what they take.

"Consumers gravitate toward certain items, and so do the criminals," says Joseph LaRocca, a senior advisor for the National Retail Federation. Among the top shoplifted items are pricey hair care brands like Pureology and Bumble and Bumble, according to the group.

Also among the most stolen items: Oil of Olay's Regenerist line of anti-aging products, LaRocca says. "We hear that over and over again; it's one of the top targeted items," LaRocca says.

That's surely in part because of the attention the Regenerist line received after an American Consumer Union review of the drugstore line found that it outperformed much more expensive brands such as La Prairie Cellular, which sells a 1.7-oz. anti-aging cream for nearly $580.

Highly shoplifted items like the Oil of Olay skin care line are increasingly being stashed under locked display cases — an annoyance for the customer who must track down an employee to unlock the $24 wrinkle serum.

"Unfortunately, many of these theft deterrent tools are inconsistent with good customer service and a good shopping experience," says Lisa LaBruno, the vice president of loss prevention and legal affairs for the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The padlocks may be making a dent, however. Bucking the economic downturn, overall shoplifting rates dipped in 2009; still, retailers still lost $11.7 billion from shoplifting last year.

Rhett Asher, the vice president of industry relations for the Food Marketing Institute, says the group is working on a report looking into why amateur shoplifters swipe what they do. In terms of beauty products — why pocket a $15 lip gloss and risk serious legal consequences?

"You have to look at it as a specifically self-destructive kind of behavior, a statement of rebellion — it's more about that kind of statement than it is about mascara," says Dr. Gail Saltz, a New York City psychiatrist and regular TODAY contributor. "I think that if you’re stealing stuff, than probably you aren’t happy and you may feel it’s about the way you look."

But for teen girls, pocketing nail polish from a drugstore can almost be a rite of passage — even actress Megan Fox went through a sticky-fingers phase as a teenager, and was reportedly banned from a Florida Wal-Mart after stealing a $7 tube of lip gloss. (Keep in mind that's according to tabloid reports, and Fox's reps have refused to comment on the claim.)

"For young girls, it often is these makeup items they're taking, because ... it's not about beauty — it's about doing something wrong," Saltz says.

Another theory: Maybe some petty thefts steal the stuff they're too embarrassed to bring to the register. Among the top shoplifted items according to the NRF are Alli weight loss drugs, pregnancy tests, Nicorette products — and Rogaine.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let's Talk About What Isn't In Season or Fashionable

Let's talk breast cancer. 

Breast Cancer isn't fashionable, it isn't even in season but it is a part of our every day lives - like the handbag we carry, the shoes we wear on our feet.  It's one of those things we don't want to talk about, don't want to think about yet it affects our lives either directly or indirectly.

I have been affected by cancer as my dad's father died from it, my dad died from it and my mother is a survivor.  My son's father's grandmother died of recurring breast cancer that moved into her stomach.  One of my dear friends (an ex-boyfriend) mother died of recurring breast cancer.  Hell, I have a few online internet friends with whom I've gotten to know over the last 7 plus years from eBay that have been struck with breast cancer and are now in remission and/or going through treatments.

Did you know that this year over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer?  It is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States and most women do not know they have it until they feel a lump.  Did you know that the average size lump found is the size of a silver dollar?  How big is that?  That is approximately 1.043 inches wide! 

Did you know that approximately 5% of breast cancer victims are under 40? 

Did you know that roughly 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone?

Breast cancer has no target audience.  It doesn't care if you're young or old, male or female.  It doesn't care if you're single or married; or a single mother raising kids.  It doesn't care if you're rich or poor.  It does not care about anything but spreading it's vicious ugly cycle.  But I care and you should too.

I am doing the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure on October 9, 2010.  I will be there whether running or walking.

In case you wanted a "fashionable" twist ... here is a run down of some famous women who have survived breast cancer:

Christina Applegate - age 36 "Sometimes, you know, I cry," she told "Good Morning America." "And sometimes I scream. And I get really angry. And I get really upset, you, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. And I think that's all part of the healing."

Dame Maggie Smith - age 73
 When the 73-year-old actress Maggie Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, it was reported that she insisted on filming her sixth appearance as Professor McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" even while undergoing radiation therapy.
Betsey Johnson
 After her diagnosis in 2002, designer Betsey Johnson tried to deal with the realities of the disease matter-of-factly, instead of obsessively. "I'm not the type of person who dwells too much on bad things," Johnson told USA Today. "I guess the only thing I've done differently is loosened up the reigns on my company and now I'm enjoying life more."

Cynthia Nixon

 "(T)he only thing to really be afraid of is if you don't go get your mammograms, because there's some part of you that doesn't want to know, and that's the thing that's going to trip you up," the actress, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2002, told "Good Morning America." "That's the thing that could have a really bad endgame."

Kylie Minogue
 Doctors initially misdiagnosed the breast cancer of Kylie Minogue, the Australian pop singer has said. Her condition was finally correctly identified in 2005. She had surgery to remove the lump, followed by chemotherapy. The 40-year-old singer is currently in remission and is preparing for her first U.S. tour for the fall of 2009. "It's amazing how many people are affected by cancer and it's definitely something that stays with you and you have a lot to think about and your life changes," she told the Associated Press. "I feel very fortunate."

Edie Falco
  Actress Edie Falco found the best way to handle her battle with breast cancer was to play it close to the chest -- she even kept her 2003 diagnosis a secret from her "Sopranos" castmates. "I kept my diagnosis under the radar, even from the cast and crew, because well-meaning people would have driven me crazy asking, 'How are you feeling?'" Falco told Health magazine. "I would have wanted to say, 'I'm scared, I don't feel so good, and my hair is falling out!' "I bucked up, put on my Carmela fingernails, and was ready to work."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Milan fashion houses to raise accessories offer

Shoes, bags are "entry point" of luxury, Versace CEO says
Accessories to remain key sales drivers for fashion brands

By Antonella Ciancio  (link to story)

MILAN, September, 24, 2010 (Reuters Life!) - Leather handbags and high heeled shoes will continue to gain room in women's wardrobes as luxury groups plan to increase their offer to spice up sales, Italian fashion houses said at Milan's shows this week.

Sales of high-end accessories, which are easier to wear and offer higher sales margins than clothes, have boomed during the downturn, helping fashion houses offset the falling demand for more costly luxury goods.

Fashion names such as Roberto Cavalli and Versace have said they aim to boost production of handbags and shoes next year.

"Accessories are the entry point to the world of luxury fashion for many people, and they have performed this role for many years," Versace's Chief Executive Gian Giacomo Ferraris told Reuter in an emailed interview.

"It stands to reason that during an economic crisis they would do better than other sectors of the market, and I am confident that they will continue to perform well in the future."

Ferraris, who is repositionin Versace's brand after the company was hit hard by the downturn, has said he expects retail sales to rise around 9 percent to 130 million euros ($173.5 million) in 2010.

Italian fashion house Cavalli, best known for its animal print clothes, has said it aims to incrase its handbags and shoes businesses in the next two to three years, after retail sales grew double-digit in the first quarter.

"Versace is no exception here - we benefit from our great accessories product range and our know-how in this crucial area, " Ferraris said.


At their spring-summer 2011 womenswear shows this week, Prada presented the thick-soled multicolor sneakers seen at the men's show in June, while D&G bet on wedge shoes.

"People will buy more high heeled shoes. Shoes are an integral part of wardrobes," trend-setter Elio Fiorucci, founder of the namesake fashion brand, told Reuters at Gucci's show.

Gucci's designer Frida Giannini chose mini shoulder bags and booties with python details and metallic heels for her sensual collection, which also featured oversized gold bracelets.

"There is a huge demand for accessories. We will see a growing interest in hats, necklaces and big bracelets," Italian designer Paola Frani told Reuters after her show, where minimalist and clean-cut dresses were twinned with belts in light gold and floral necklaces.

The Milan fashion week runs until Sept. 28, with Armani showing at the end in an effort to balance the longer calendar. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

3 Give Aways & Sweepstakes for today 09/22/2010

I haven't quite made it to 10 followers yet but am quite happy with my fabulous distinquished 6.

Since I've not reached that magic number 10 to start my own give aways as of yet, I am going to post some give aways and sweeps that are just fantastic.

1.  The official site of Splendid - enter to win one of TWO (2) totes filled with up to $500 worth of Splendid goodies (apparel).  Ends 10/31/10

In Style Contest


2.  Win a bottle of Maybelline Latina Nailpolish -  Click HERE to Enter - Ends 09/28/10 

3.  Redbook give aways - some are one entry and some are daily!  Enter to win $50 in children's clothing from Crazy 8 (owned by Gymboree) to make-up to $1,000 gift card to fashionphile.  Click here to ENTER

Not Your Ordinary Laptop Case!

Sumo Women's Laptop Purse - 13" - 15.4" Mobile Edge

When you hear the word sumo, the first thing that comes to mind is the Japanese wrestlers and/or the restaurant. But in this case, it's about FASHION - Laptop fashion that is!

I love coolmomtech and today they were discussing the most fashionable laptop bag created to date.  I love the fact that my laptop (an Acer Aspire 5315) will just fit into this beauty.  I totally agree with their insite on this bag.

Comes in two (2) great colors - Red and Black:

from coolmomtech:

Cool Mom Tech | Plug In

Sumo means style. (Not big fat guy in diaper.)

sumo laptop purseHey Apple Store, I've got a bone to pick with you. I was browsing through your laptop cases at your 14th Street store and let's just say I, and the two other women staring blankly at the unimpressive display, left empty-handed. If you wouldn't mind stocking a few that look like I'm not borrowing my husband's case I'd be much obliged.

[don't miss a chance to win it after the jump!]

Until then, I've got my eye firmly planted on this women's laptop/netbook purse from Sumo. Yes, laptop purse.

I love the curvy sillhouette--because who says laptop cases have to be rectangular, yo?--and the quilted faux leather at top which makes this satchel look more like something from Marc Jacobs than from Dell. It's smartly designed with pockets galore, and one of the few things that betrays the computer inside is the sneaky headphone hole on the front. Nice touch.

If you've got a 13" apple MacBook, or a 15.4" Netbook or smaller, you're in luck. You've got your choice of red or black with a subtle pink topstitching, but I say red all the way. Match it with your lipstick and your Bugaboo, and be the chic-est mom at playgroup. -Liz
Find the women's laptop/netbook purse from Sumo online at Mobile Edge.

EXTRA-COOL: WIN IT! We're giving away this very laptop purse courtesy of Mobile Edge. How great is that? To enter, email by midnight PT tonight (09/22/2010) with LAPTOP PURSE in the header, check their site and tell us what fabric the padded computer compartment is made of. We'll draw one US winner at random, and announce it here. Good luck!
If you're not familiar with our full
contest rules, click here. And good luck!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

House of Dereon

In case you've just started keeping up with fashion and aren't sure who or what the House of Dereon is, let me give you a little 411 on the line.

The House of Dereon is Beyonce & Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles' clothing line. It embraces 3 generates of women in the family - Beyonce, Tina and Agnez Dereon (Tina's mother). The name Dereon is a tribute to Agnez. When Beyonce was with Destiny's child, the band was just starting out so funds and access to clothing were extremely limited to non-existent. It was Tina who came to the girlss' rescue - she created and made all the outfits for the girls. It was those early years of Tina's one-of-a-kind fashions that helped set Destiny's Child apart from the mainstream.

In 2004, Beyonce and Tina announced the expansion of their creative into a clothing line to bring it to the masses. The line was introduced to the world on the Oprah Wynfrey show and then on Tyra Bank's Show. The style of the House of Dereon is a mixture of all 3 women's generations - Agnez' 40s, Tina's 70s and Beyonce's hip-hop.

In 2006, Dereon - the junior line was introduced by Beyonce and her sister, Solange Knowles. It is geared towards a much younger audience at a more affordable price.

Click here to see the latest from House of Dereon

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Best Bargains You’ve Never Heard Of | Real Simple

Who doesn't love a bargain - whether it's clothing, shoes and accessories to movies, dinners, or grocery store bargains/sales.  Big or small, it doesn't matter what the savings - bargains are bargains and we hate to miss out.

Sad to say that we have been missing out on a lot because believe it or not, there are a ton out there that just escapes our wandering searching eyes/ears.  Just today, I learned about 62  hidden bargains and discounts!!  That's right 62!!

Just simply read the link because you just may be surprised at what you've been missing out on - from birthday discounts to reusable mugs/containers discounts to rewards for recycling.

The Best Bargains You’ve Never Heard Of Real Simple

Plus 50+ Ways to save on things like groceries to repairs

Thursday, September 16, 2010

When "Fashion" Isn't For Real Life or Is It?

Have you ever looked at something and wonder WTH?!!  You pick it up, you turn it this way and that way and wonder who would wear it.  Or better yet, you see it in a magazine or on the runway and wonder, where would someone wear that?  That's where today's blog comes in.  I was reviewing some of the designers unveilings at Fashion Week and came upon Betsey Johnson.  Reason I am talking about Betsey today is because I recently sold one of her beautiful black battenburg dresses.

As I fumble my way through the many photo galleries of the recent events at Fashion Week, I see a ton of beautiful clothing, lots of celebrities and lots of parties.  These are all the glamourous upsides of Fashion Week.  I never did get an invite to attend any fashion shows when I was in traveling here and there modeling.  I was a lowly commercial model.  A mere unknown crumb in the big world of fashion and photography.

Regardless of who you are, what walk of life you hail from, everyone can appreciate (or scrutinize) fashion and all the accoutroments that follows.  Here is where I come full circle and get back on track of my initial thought processes - the scrutiny of it really for real life (every day life) or is it just to exhaust the turmoil within a designer's head?  To release the junk/bunk to let the really beautiful stuff find it's way out of the choas? 

We all know that Fashion Week is to show off the newest collections.  The latest trends that will hit the stores (and streets) in the upcoming season.  As well as showcase some of the designers' more "nutty/creative" side...those WTH were they thinking stuff. 

Unfortunately, some people believe that the "nutty/creative" side is really to be worn in every day life.  Don't believe me?  Just check out the POW (people of walmart) website... every city, every state has a true believer wearing a "nutty/creative/WTF were they thinking" fashion.  LOL.

But back to my initial opening statement - of when fashion isn't for real life and back to Betsey.  She's creative to say the least.  She make some truly beautiful the battenburg dress I recently sold on eBay:

 ©Tel's Closet 2010

or this Betsey Johnson battenburg beauty on eBay (if I can find the extra $$ it will be mine):

But she can also create some of the most outlandish crazy costumes as well.  I call them costumes because seriously, where would one wear such items?  Come on.  Really? Seriously?   I don't think so...not for every day life.  But she needed a release from all the creative processes that fill up her head.   That's my story...because honestly, I would hate to think she's hit the wall and can't create any more.

Upon reviewing her new line, I had a feeling she was nostalgic for the 80s as her collection was definitely a mixture of Max Max (Thunderdome), Rocky Horror Picture Show (check out the hair styles), Fame, Best Little Whore House in Texas (with Dolly & Burt), Cat House (the HBO show & real life whore house in Nevada), Mardi Gras, a variety of 80s proms, Sailor Moon, any and all random stripper houses (check out the stripper shoes) and a bit of the Pussy Cat Dolls thrown in. 

Seriously, it was just a neon, glitter, paint  fest mess with the leotards, leg warmers, gold spandex bike shorts, "Ride Me" rhinestone necklaces, stripper shoes, chains with padlocks, skate boards and bicycles to name just a few of the items. 

Let's not overlook that some of the outfits seemed downright perfect for Halloween.  So in reality, there really was no better time to unveil her collection to the public than a month before the Trick-or-Treat date so you can run right out and grab yourself an authentic Betsey Johnson Halloween costume!!

If this doesn't scream Max Max meets Fame I don't know what will:

Your designer Halloween costume awaits (don't know what you'd be but these are great Halloween costumes)


As stated before, I really love Betsey Johnson's line but what you see in the runway slide show (below) belies some of the beauty that she creates!

Check out all the creative craziness in its entirety right here at Betsey Johnson.

All runway photos are the proporty of

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Blog Virgin

Well hello everyone.  Tel's Closet is a blog virgin no more as we step into the virtual world of "blogging" with uncertainty. Yep, intrepidation to say the least is giving us a little shake in our fashionable boots so to speak.

Oh my, where are my manners?!!!  Before I get side tracked any more, let me rewind and interject my southern hospitality and WELCOME you to Tel's Closet and our blog.  We have great plans here - and we hope you to make you feel right at home (or at least in a fashionable virtual home).  We hope to make Tel's Closet's blog a place where you can read up on anything and everything - a lot of it will be related to fashion, the fashion industry and some of our visual points of view. 

Now now now, stop rolling your eyes and take your finger off that back button.  We know there are literally thousands of "fashion" blogs out there.  So what makes our's unique?  So glad you asked.  Well to be honest, nothing at this moment.  That's right - NOTHING AT THE MOMENT.  But just stick around and you'll discover that there's more to us than meets the eye.

We’re still figuring out this blogging thing (in terms of content).  But our main goal is to use this space to inform everyone of when particular fabulous things come through our door.  After that we're here to just gab about trends, show you how to copy a certain look without breaking your wallet  and who’s wearing what, both celebrity wise and the regular gal/guy on the streets as well as great bargains on items (fashion, technology, etc.).  Oh oh oh oh and last but not least, to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening with US here at Tel's Closet - our growth from a small internet/e-commerce business to a real brick & mortar store, to hopefully one day fulfilling our dream of developing our own line.

We do take consignments - no matter where you live.  We are fair and we are honest.  So if you're needing to consignment some items, please do contact us and we'll see if we can do business.  If not, please do check out our items at Tel's Closet Bonanzle and Tel's Closet eBay

With the trying economic times, Tel's Closet strives it's best to offer everyone great deals on brand name and designer clothing, shoes and accessories.  We believe everyone deserves to feel good about themselves, and wearing something new (or at least new to us/you) makes us all feel good and a little better about life in general.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the view as we hope to (at least at some point) bedazzle you, wow you, amaze you and surprise you. 

hugs, kisses and fashionable attire