Posts Tagged ‘economy’

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Everything’s on sale including luxury

April 7, 2009

 I recently saw a commercial that sent shock waves through my body: Macy’s was advertising their great prices! Excuse me?! Did I miss something? Now, don’t get me wrong: I love Macy’s. It’s actually my favorite store. I used to shop there extensively BR (before the recession). I loved their shoe selection (that’s a duh!), their lingerie and their petite collections. Macy’s loves and understands me, I would say to myself as I wondered the I.N.C. aisles. But, I never, ever, ever considered Macy’s a place where I went for good prices. Granted, they have sales ALL THE TIME, but the land of Dooney & Bourke, Calvin Klein and BCBGMaxAzria is no Walmart. Or at least, they weren’t last time I checked. I can’t say I’ve been in the shopping mood lately. And window shopping has never been my thing. I mean, what’s the point? When I visit the stores, it’s because I want to buy something — sometimes, everything, especially at Macy’s. I can’t imagine just looking and not taking anything home. Doesn’t that cause physical damage to, say, your left prefrontal cortex? I know I would be one angry little woman (I’m aware that there are other names out there for this condition, but I prefer to keep a clean blog), if all I could do is look and not buy. Talk about self-denial!

The fact that this mega mid- to high-end chain has to advertise low prices is truly a sign of the times. This crappy economy is not just affecting the little people (and I don’t necessarily mean petites here), but everyone in general. I guess Maddoff did more damage than I thought. He not only brought down some of the country’s wealthiest families, baseball and football team owners, even small countries, but he seems to have done a number on our retail establishment as well. I wonder, when all is said and done, what our shopping options will be. Maybe Nordstrom will partner with Target or Bloomingdales will buy TJ Maxx. These are fascinating times. Nothing, it seems, will ever be the same. And, yes, it is scary, but at least, it’s not boring. And maybe, just maybe, Dun & Bradstreet will have its own handbag collection. And their prices will fluctuate according to customer demand.

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All I want is all there is and then some!

March 30, 2009

earthakittAs I was listening to Eartha Kitt’s “All I want is all there is and then some” for the umpteenth time, it finally hit me. (Ok, I admit it: sometimes I’m slow.) It’s not about having “40 men who want to date each night or a mansion on a million acre lot” (although that’s not too shabby, either), but it’s about allowing ourselves to wish and desire without bounds. Like she says “Why not? If I’m gonna want, I’m gonna want a lot!”, and why not indeed? Why settle? Why put a cap on what we can be or what we can achieve? It’s akin to when a few years ago people were applying for mortgage loans. (Remember those days?) Some went in thinking they could afford a $150K home. But why think small, the bank countered? We’ll give you a $600K mortgage! Go get yourself a MacMansion on the hill. (Ok, so maybe this isn’t the best example…). But, you know what I’m talking about. I’m sure you do because, like me, some of you have sold yourselves short for no other reason than we believe we don’t deserve any better. And … may I ask who told us that? It’s not like when you’re in the reincarnation line ready to dive down and invade a sperm, a higher being hands you a number: 43. That’s your aspirational quotient. Jump, but remember on Earth you cannot aspire to anything above 43. Talk about mediocrity! Why, that’s not even 50%. Forget it! I’m not going in. I’ll stay here until I can get a better number. But being in the hands of a higher power, you’re pushed off the heavens and you land head first into you know where. Nine months later, a perfect 43 is born. Wouldn’t make a bad screenplay, actually: people walking around with their aspirational quotients on their sleeves. But, wait! We already do this. I told you I was slow.

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Unemployment – Day 2

March 14, 2009

Okay, so it’s been a while since my first and last post. Hey, I was trying to sort things out. Let’s start all over.

Day 2. Now what? Well, if you really think about it, only one thing has happened. You’ve been let go. You no longer have an office, a restaurant, a store, or a music studio to go to. So, you stay home, save on gas, clothes and lunch. Watch your language! I’m not making light of the situation. Hell no! (I don’t have to watch my language since I’m the one writing this.) Here’s what I’m saying: You can choose to despair. Or you can choose not to. Now, a little despairing may be a good thing at the beginning. Get it out of the way: picture losing your home, your car being towed, or your children going without food or medicine. Cry, scream or break something (not too valuable as you may not be able to replace it just yet). You owe it to yourself. Life sucks right now! Done? Now, get it together and let’s go. There’s a lot to do, especially during these times.

Not only is the economy in the outhouse, but the whole business structure has changed and is continuing to change as we speak. Things are not the way they used to be. And in order to find yourself in this new and changing world, you have to be a little creative. Reinvent yourself, as they say.

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