UK Shopping

Flea Market Shopping: The Ultimate Guide

Vicky Dean | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Dean

Don't ignore the items that look a little unloved. If an item is very cheap and needs a little work, upcycling an old piece will give you a completely unique piece of furniture that doesn't cost too much.

Shopping Is Our Search For Love

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

When we get something we want badly, the wanting diminishes, which is great news until the next want comes along. This puts us into a constant state of want, need, lust, greed and most of the seven deadly sins... The other problem is because we never really feel like we get what we want because there's always someone who has more, we live in a constant state of wanting. This need for success is embedded in our culture. If we don't reach these self- imposed goals, we may experience a sense of worthlessness. In my opinion this is why so many people over-shop.

Interior Trends SS14 - Rich Pickings

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The sun has arrived, and a new light is cast into our homes, calling for a fresh look at our interiors. Similar to fashion, it's unlikely that many of us can get a whole new wardrobe each season, so it is all about ways of updating our spaces with small accessories - and perhaps a few big splurges along the way!

Animal Rights Activists Object To Bunny Underwear Advert

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK

A poster campaign that photoshopped a red g-string onto a rabbit has been criticised by animal rights activists for "sexualising" animals. The adve...

Roof Gardens And Retail: John Lewis Reveals 150th Anniversary Plans

PA | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK

John Lewis is to mark its 150th anniversary with a celebration of the company's growth from a humble draper's shop to a £4 billion international busi...

eBay Truths

Sarah Kwong | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Sarah Kwong

I used to be an eBay addict. It sounds laughable, but when you're receiving poorly-packaged parcel after parcel at your office, and you don't have a clue what it's going to be, it's troubling (and kind of like Christmas! Mystery gifts to unwrap! But back to being sinister...)

Shopping: I Cannot Think of a Bigger Waste of Time

Xavier Toby | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Notice how I haven't made this into a men versus women argument? Because it's not. I know plenty of men that adore shopping. The weirdoes.

The Realities of Retail: 'This Is My Proper Job!'

Nola Chesworth | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nola Chesworth

Working in retail doesn't make you uneducated or unambitious. Just because someone spends their day in a shop rather than an office, a classroom, a courtroom, a hospital, a museum, a library, or a lecture theatre doesn't mean they are incapable of working in any of these places, they have just chosen not to.

Why Google Needs to Employ More Women

Nathalie Gaveau | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Nathalie Gaveau

There are notable differences between men's and women's behaviours and advertising needs to adapt in order to capitalise.

A Weekend in South Beach, Miami

Vogue.fr | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

By Isabelle Granger South Beach is the place to be in Miami right now, with on-trend hotels, restaurants with unforgettable views and edgy art galler...

Why I Love Cash and Hate Contactless

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

As someone who regularly calls for innovation and necessary disruption in the financial sector it might seem strange, what I am about to say. I don't like contactless cards.

New App Lets You Shop With Google Maps: Pocket High Street

Thomas Church | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

There's something missing on Google Maps: the ability to search by product. If I want to find the nearest shop where I can buy WD-40, or a 27" inner-tube, or a pair of  pink socks, how do I do that? I can't... not easily anyway. That is, until I download Pocket High Street.

To Give or Not to Give... Directions

Xavier Toby | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Are you a person who will offer someone directions if they're looking lost? What about if they ask? Or are you the type to shrug, say you don't know, and if they persist just point anywhere, in order to get the person asking to go away as quickly as possible?

Are You a Bulimic Spender?

Mike Shaw | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Mike Shaw

'Bulimic' spenders -purchase only to rush back to the shops, guilt-stricken to return what they've bought, once they realise they can't afford it or that it's not actually going to give them the lifestyle they want. Although their 'reverse shopping' habit keeps their finances under control they expose themselves to high stress levels and feelings of self-loathing.

New Research Shows Why Retailers Must Harness Digital to Turn Off Shopper 'Auto-pilot'

Mark Artus | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Artus

This new era means that the customer is in total control and will treat standard operating procedures with disdain. Catalina's research shows retailers and brands alike must embrace this new dawn, innovate around these new digital enablers and create enjoyable, meaningful shopping experiences.

February in New York: The Vogue Paris To-Do List

Vogue.fr | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

We've been celebrating all things made in Manhattan with our ultimate NYC to-do list. From the best boutiques, to the ultimate dining destinations, we've turned to Vogue Paris girl Emily Didonato and the Vogue Paris editors, to line up the ultimate New York itinerary. Get your passports ready!

Total Abyss of the Heart

Caragh Little | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Valentine's Day shopping cannot be the only means for making love become a transitive, active verb.

Are Small Retailers Leading the High Street Recovery?

Shingo Murakami | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Shingo Murakami

Today's shoppers are seeking a unique experience and by combining their local high street with popular shopping channels like mobile, we can continue to build support for independent retailers. That way they can not only lead the high street recovery, but succeed so that their retail sales are completely unquestionable.

Inconspicuous Branded Consumption Is the New Business Buzzword in Retail

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Previously, economists have coined the term the 'lipstick effect' to describe consumers' desire to increase their purchase of goods, like lipstick and chocolate, when faced with an economic or social crisis.

Finding the Right Student House

Danielle Lowe | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Time at university flies by for most students. Days blend in with the next as we stay up late reading for tomorrows class, getting that essay written, preparing for that exam next week or having a good time with friends.

You Know You're An Adult When...

Danielle Lowe | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

As we grow up many of us dream of that day when we're all grown up. Hoping for a successful career, a huge house, loads of friends and everything being perfect like it always is in those films (at least, in the end). The reality is being an adult is tough. You know you're an adult when...

Online Privacy: Integrating Integrity

Louise Orpin | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Tech
Louise Orpin

Our social networks have become part of all walks of our life. LinkedIn was once your 'go-to' site for connecting with colleagues, but now the paths of our digital personas cross over, making Instagram and Facebook as important as WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter.

Disability and Shopping

Martyn Sibley | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Being in a wheelchair means I'm lower down and people tend not to see me. Therefore it's a matter of waiting ages for people to move, or me turning into the Terminator. Whilst most shops are more accessible on entry, it's like a Monaco race track inside. I'm breathing in through every clothes stand, hoping it avoids a wheel from knocking naked mannequins on my head.

Exploring the East End: The BoxPark, TEA Building, RichMix, and London's Tech City

Jesse Seaver | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jesse Seaver

London has the reputation of being extremely expensive, and fair enough, in some parts it really is. However, there are plenty of deals to be found, and plenty of locals who demand to have a good time without spending all their wages.

There's More to Shops Than Shopping

Jonathan Schifferes | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Jonathan Schifferes

In 2013 national retailers faced public and political scrutiny over supply chain practices, pay conditions and tax payments. In 2014, High Streets will continue to adapt, and new retail businesses will show us products and producers in new ways...