Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ramshackle San Francisco home sells for $1.2 million

This San Francisco fixer-upper proves the old real estate adage, “Location, location, location.” The tale of this otherwise humble two-story home selling for more than $1.2 million has gone viral and has much of the real-estate chattering class talking.
The 1,832-square-foot house, listed on Redfin.com as a “contractor’s special” in a “deteriorative state” that “needs everything,” just sold, on March 24, for a whopping $1.21 million in cash (or $660 a square foot) after being listed in February for $799,000 (a premium of $411,000). At that per-square-foot price, this house, on San Francisco’s often-chilly western fringe, was more expensive than the going rates in Boston, Washington and New York.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Charity stores are seeing brisk business in the UK

“I’M STUNTIN’ and flossin’ and savin’ my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain, bitch,” raps Macklemore, an American musician, in his 2012 song “Thrift Shop”, extolling the virtues of second-hand shops. A number one hit the world over, the song’s music video, in which Macklemore swaggers around wearing a fox fur coat, has been viewed more than 560m times on YouTube. It may well be the most widely-seen advert for charity shops ever.
“Thrift Shop” nicely captures the growing popularity of such stores, particularly in the English-speaking world. Britain, for instance, now has more than 10,000 of them, up 10% since 2011, according to the country’s Charity Retail Association.
The number of charity shops has increased in spite of low footfall across the wider retail sector—and because of a high level of high-street vacancy rates in Britain. Figures collated in July 2014 by analysts at the Local Data Company show that one in eight premises in central shopping areas is empty. Charity shops are filling buildings for-profit stores will not partly because of an 80% business-tax relief they receive from the British government.
The British Heart Foundation, the largest charity retailer in Britain by revenue and number of shops, is expanding its portfolio, mostly on city-centre high streets. It hopes to open its 750th store soon. Net profit from the charity's £161m ($271m) in retail income was £31.1m ($52.3m) in 2013, up 8% from the year before, and more than double the value of takings when the recession hit in 2007.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Does endorsement work for brands? Depends..

Ever wondered if brand endorsements work for the brands or designers being promoted? A yes and no answer doesn't feel right but the truth is that, if you happen to get people like the First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama  to wear your clothes, then your sales soar.

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But a stunner like Carla Bruni Sarkozy, who only wears Dior, does not have the same impact. She doesn't wear too many other designers, and not everyone can afford Dior. Michelle Obama, on the other hand, wears clothes from department stores too, which can be bought by anyone. Sort of what Kate Middleton does. And both look good doing it!

I, anyway, believe that dressing well is about having personal style and being able to carry off clothes well. This means having a fit, toned body and poise. It's never really about the brand.

Graphic source: Harvard Business Review

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Get to know your dazzling diamonds & save cash

                                                                Source: CaratLane

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Get yourself some recycled newsy nails!

Want to get some really cool, gab-worthy set of nails? Then try this form of nail art. I never thought newsprint could be used for a cosmetic purpose but that's just what this lady has done. Take a look. And I must say, even the Maps, Floral Tattoo and the City Skyline ones look hot.


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

James Bond car to be 'modified' to be able to swim!


Billionaire Elon Musk may be adopting the Navy Seals’ motto as he looks to complete the trifecta with his latest purchase: a prop-car from a James Bond movie that he intends to turn into a real-life submersible vehicle.

Musk, whose electric car company Tesla and rocket company Space X have captured the popular imagination in recent years, has confirmed he purchased the car used in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me.
“It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater,” he told USA Today. “I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform. What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real.”


James Bond's car coming out of the sea in Sardinia

Like something from the reality show Storage Wars, the car was first purchased for $100 inside a storage container, according to the car website Jalopnik, which first broke the news. It had been lost in storage. After it was discovered to be the actual car from the movie, Musk bought it for $866,000.
Musk, who is reportedly the inspiration for Jon Favreau’s depiction of eccentric billionaire Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies, didn’t divulge exactly how he’ll turn the car into a truly amphibious vehicle.
See the expensive seconds you can buy and have fun with if you have the money to spare!
Source: USA Today