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Once again, we're knocked out by the way science columnist John Tierney introduces us to...ourselves. We've been thinking about his latest all week, especially when pondering our choices of what to make for dinner, when to work out and how to spend the last days of summer. In an article about decision-making fatigue in last weekend's New York Times Magazine, Tierney explained that constantly having to choose between options can have a debilitating effect on our willpower, mood and energy levels. "Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car," Tierney wrote. "No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make decision after decision without paying a biological price." (By the way, can you guess what common ritual is "the decision-fatigue equivalent of Hell Week"?).
Still, sooner or later, we're going to over-stretch our favorite pair of Spanx or shrink our bed sheets, and when that happens, we'll have to hit the mall. As a health precaution, we're taking these bits of advice with us, extrapolated from the research Tierney presented:
1. Go to the gym first, before resisting sales and deciding between colors and prices has a chance to weaken your resolve.
2. Limit options by parking in front of the store with the items you need. The article explains that the multitude of choices available to Americans overwhelms people. By not walking past endless shops, you avoid having to decide whether to go into them.
3. If you're shopping for more than one item, start with the most expensive. The mental depletion that follows multiple decisions makes us more likely to go with the easiest choice, which isn't always the best or most affordable choice. (But changing the order of choices in the process of buying a car ended up costing some study participants $2,000 of their own money.)
4. Bring trail mix to snack on. Recent experiments have shown that the simple sugar glucose (which is found in raisins) can counteract the negative brain changes wrought by decision fatigue, and keep your impulse control in check. (Learn why just the expectation of having to make a decision makes people crave sweets.)
5. Make plans to meet friends or family for dinner so that you won't be tempted by the food court. "When you shop till you drop, your willpower drops, too," he concluded. But people with strong self-control have developed strategies to fend off decision fatigue. Find out the habits of successful deciders.
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A Python-Print purse in versatile dove gray is a smart look for every day.
From the designer of Oprah's finale-show dress, this luxurious calfskin style has an iPad compartment.
L'Wren Scott, $2,700, Barneys New York, 888-822-7639.
Gold-Plated hardware and a deep Bordeaux shade give this roomy bag a Grace Kelly feel.
Mark Cross, $695, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 877-612-7257.
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Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen are collaborators behind a sharp, new retro-inspired line.
A cheetah-print scarf or leopard-print clutch gives basics instant drama. And yes, you can mix them with florals and geometrics.
For a surprisingly dressy effect, nip the waist of a classic trenchcoat with a wide leather belt, and finish it with a jeweled brooch. Multi-Strand Pearls
A chunky, collar-grazing necklace is great for framing the face.
Dress, Mad Men Collection, $150, bananarepublic.com.
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Alexander McQueen has been on everyone's mind since the wedding dress of the year (designed by his successor, Sarah Burton) made its way down the aisle on Catherine Middleton. In addition to the dress, however, McQueen has long been known for his theatrical runway shows and signature, teetering armadillo shoes that made an appearance in Lady Gaga's music video—all of which are celebrated in the recent exhibit (Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty) dedicated to the late designer's work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Met even stayed open until midnight for the first time in its history during the exhibition's last weekend so that the overwhelming number of visitors could get a last look.
While I waited in the two-hour long line that snaked around the museum to see his extraordinary creations up close and personal, you can take a private virtual tour—led by none other than the Costume Institute's curator, Andrew Bolton. You won't even have to weave around other patrons to see McQueen's dress made of razor clam shells or headpiece comprised of butterflies—this video makes you feel as if you're spending the night in the museum alone. (Although seeing as the designer dubbed himself the Edgar Allen Poe of fashion, it may feel more as if you're having a sleepover in a haunted house—complete with a ghost-like hologram of Kate Moss).
Go ahead, skip to the head of the line—then let us know what you think.
There have been many similar-looking Matilda cats since the original made her debut, but last week the hotel celebrated its latest "Algonqueen," Matilda III [left] with a cat fashion show.
To see some of the best looks from the runway alongside witticisms from the hotel's cattiest human guests, keep reading.
Thursdays Are From Mars: The Barber Who Gives Us Another Reason to Fall in Love with Complete Strangers
Men! What are they thinking? We can't always answer that, but we'll be posting our favorite glimpses into their world in this space every Thursday.
* Put this On, a web fashion series for men, visits the corduroy appreciation club and checks in with Gay Talese, one of the few dandies so dandy he has his own style of lapel. (Put this On)
* Relive the crushes of your youth in this slideshow of '80s athletes with their girlfriends and wives. For every Mike Tyson and Robin Givens, there's a couple that reminds us true love can span several decades—and survive the worst of mullets. (Sports Illustrated)
* Male superheroes get Wonder Woman-ized. (Bleeding Cool)
* "Fear only has as much power as we give it space."—Bright's Passage author Josh Ritter tells us what he knows for sure. (Oprah.com)
Fresco Towels, Originally $96, now $77 with code "OPRAH," frescotowels.com
A: This neutral fedora looks sophisticated whether you're on the beach or walking to work. It offers UPF 50+ sun protection; crushable organic cotton and raffia means it travels well; and its hidden drawstring provides the perfect fit.
As for sunglasses: This glamorous pair flatters all different faces (our entire fashion department tried them) and will never go out of style. The squared-oval shape softens angular features and gives definition to rounder ones; tortoiseshell frames complement any outfit, skin tone, and haircolor.
We recently reminisced about friendship bracelets and how this simple accessory can link us to those we love most in our now grown-up worlds. So when we spotted O's fashion department wearing nOir's Shaka Lanyard Bracelets ($25) we couldn't wait to share yet another fashion throwback find with you. While we recall rainbow piles of plastic string and hours spent making keychains with our bunk mates, the gold toggle clasp and sleek design of this bracelet take this arts and crafts activity to a new level. Brighten up a friend's day with one of these colorful bangles—all without having to re-learn the lanyard box stitch. Bonus: These bracelets are water-friendly, meaning the recipient won't have to worry about getting them wet while she's washing dishes or enjoying the remaining days of summer at the beach.
Would you wear this bracelet? Give it to a friend? What's your favorite summer camp memory?
Keep reading for more stylish ideas:
7 turquoise accessories to rock this summer
Get a necklace that supports your favorite charity
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As a child, I used to collect all my mom's old catalogs (my favorite: Spiegel) and leaf through the photographs, decorating my dream grown-up house and dressing my dream grown-up self. Today, not much has changed. I pour over the pages of J.Crew, Crate & Barrel and Sephora, imagining myself with glamorous new shoes, chairs and lipsticks—and then proceed to the Internet with my credit card in hand.
The problem (besides a painful monthly balance): The catalogs clog up my mailbox and pile up in my already-crowded living room. Plus, I'm not a fan of chopping down trees for a few minutes of at-home "window shopping."
Luckily, there's now an app for that. If you have a tablet, like an iPad or Android, you can download Catalogue by TheFind and say farewell to piles of paper. (Or check it out on your regular computer via Facebook.) The app keeps your favorite catalogs (like those mentioned above, plus over 200 more) in one organized location, archives your favorite items in a personal album (so much more convenient than flagging or tearing out pages) and allows you to search for the products you want (time saver). Bonus: You can click to buy everything you see instantly.
The upside? You'll eliminate clutter, earn brownie points from Mother Earth and your tired mail carrier...and do all this without spending one penny—the app is free!—which you could save for those new perfect-for-fall fuchsia wool pants.