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Everyone Catches the Shoppies in Spring

I’ve had the insatiable “shoppies” for the past two weeks. The term, coined (at least in my universe) by a friend of mine, refers to the compulsive need to buy something. Or, more accurately, several things. It’s different from the spendies, which is just the impulse to spend money. You can have the spendies and scratch that itch by getting a coffee when you don’t really need it, or adding an impromptu $5 sheet mask to your Sephora shopping cart.

The shoppies is about stuff. And not just any stuff: really good stuff.

Having the shoppies is similar to being hungry — starving, even! — but all you want is a really decadent meal. A handful of snacks just won’t do; you won’t feel satisfied until you feel truly full. For me, that meal would be spaghetti carbonara with extra egg and cheese and three-fourths of a bottle of red wine with no judgment from whomever is sitting across the table. Actually, ideally I’m eating this meal alone so that I can really savor every single bite and audibly moan to myself. The shoppies are like that, but instead of pasta covered in eggs, it’s a cable knit sweater or a pair of pants.

My shoppies kicked in last month when I was feeling pretty down and when the weather in New York was similarly crappy. I attributed the first telltale sign of the shoppies to these factors. But while I can usually satisfy them with one purchase, so far I’ve bought a bag and shoes and a body scrub because the package said “Redemption” on it, and my shoppies are showing no signs of slowing down. (And before you get any ideas, please note that I do not have this kind of money. My profession is writing on the internet.)

I was beginning to feel pretty reckless and embarrassed about this until an insightful co-worker of mine assured me that this is naturally the time of year for this kind of behavior. May is a shoulder month where you’re making a lot of plans but, at least in my experience, not actually doing all that much. Or, as my co-worker said, “when you're shaking off winter and really revving up to something but it's not quite summer and you're always tense but also hopeful??”

This makes me feel better about the text from Capital One I got on Friday about a “large transaction” at the Maryam Nassir Zadeh sample sale. And it feels pretty spot on, too. Right now I’m in the May of my life, approaching a big birthday and struggling with the (internal) implications of leaving things behind (my 20s) and moving into the next season (my 30s). And much like switching my closet over so that the boots and sweaters are in the back and the sandals and shorts are in the front, I’m taking my own mental inventory of the things I need to let go of to make room for other things. So while the shoppies aren’t great for my wallet, at least they’re helping me transition out of winter. —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director 

Deal of the Day

Barneys typically doesn’t start seasonal markdowns until closer to Memorial Day, but the department store is getting a jump on its competitors with a lot of spring stuff up to 50% off in the sale section right now. Sorting “price low to high” gets you a lot of socks and baby clothes to start, but keep going to find on-trend J Brand jeans (now $139), Aquazzura lace-up block heels (now $419) and booties (now $339), this romantic A.L.C. mini skirt (now $289), and a millennial pink Want Les Essential purse (now $349).

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The Unsolved Mystery of the Kardashians and Monica Rose
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As those who “keep up” with the Kardashians are already aware, the famous family recently parted ways with their stylist of almost a decade, Monica Rose. News of the split broke late last month, with People reporting that Khloé, Kim, and Kourtney had all left Rose “to collaborate with other stylists.”

To be sure, celebrity/stylist switch-ups happen constantly in Hollywood; since image is everything in the entertainment industry, stars will often turn to a new stylist to help them rebrand (or even when they’re simply bored with their current look). But for a stylist of Rose’s ilk to lose five of her most high-profile clients (all three Kardashian sisters plus Kendall Jenner and, allegedly, Gigi Hadid) in the span of one month raises questions.

As if the shocking schism weren’t already dramatic enough, the entire Kardashian/Jenner family also unfollowed Rose on Instagram, the 2017 equivalent of flipping the bird. And last week, Page Six reported that Khloé Kardashian is “furious” with her former stylist and is considering suing Rose, for reasons unknown — and that the situation “is causing heartache” for all involved.

So how did we get here? The first thing to note is that the KarJenner crew’s split with Rose hasn’t been quite as sudden as all those headlines might lead you to believe.

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Mall Brands Are Dead. Long Live Mall Brands.

Just because a brand shutters its stores or declares bankruptcy doesn’t mean shoppers have totally given up, particularly when it comes to the resale market. According to data from resale site Thredup, people are currently flocking to it for BCBG, Bebe, and Wet Seal.

These brands — once thriving mall staples that have since succumbed to declining foot traffic and fast fashion competition — are selling an impressive volume on the site. Wet Seal is even selling twice as much as any other brand right now.

“This data shows that many of these mall brands still appear to be very much in demand and on trend,” says Thredup CEO James Reinhart. “Our theory is that consumers still want these brands but are shifting some of their spending away from branded stores, which aren't as fun.”

It also helps that items on resale sites are heavily discounted, and that many of these sites offer a sophisticated e-commerce experience. —Chavie Lieber, senior reporter

Are you one of these shoppers hunting for (or selling!) once-beloved mall brands on resale sites? Email chavie@racked.com and tell us all about it.

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