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by Raegan Thurlow, Part-Time Fashionista… A girl’s prom: strapless bras, glittery eye shadow, unmet expectations, and cheesy photographs. My prom: I think there was some dancing, and I’m sure there was some Mudslide mix (tastes like candy, makes boys more approachable). Prom dresses should never be: sheer, covered in sequins, purchased at Walmart. Guns: an accessory for Republican women with large handbags, the pride and joy of Charlton Heston, and the answer to “____ and Ammo”. Guns should never be: accessible to children, kept in your grandmother’s nightstand (long storyRead More
Best Buy
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Likes Tools (The Non-Human Kind)… My father ran a plant nursery up in Oregon, and for years he enjoyed a steady business with few disruptions beyond the weather. Then one day Walmart lumbered into town, and like a scene from a Godzilla flick, they began crushing everything, including mom-and-pop shops that had served the community for decades. Some store owners heard the best way to beat the low-price leader was customer service — after all, : “It’s all aboutRead More
Your Single So Am I
by Raegan Thurlow, Part-Time Fashionista… Teenagers have a reputation for a lot of LOL but not a whole lot of IQ. But what if it’s all a conspiracy? What if the world of fashion is setting up the youth to take the fall? Fashion Real investigates… Exhibit A: Wet Seal Illiteracy For some ungodly reason that “Your Single So Am I” top completely eludes me, the general population doesn’t seem to know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. While embarrassing in Facebook posts, this faux pas is completely unacceptable whenRead More
Fab.com
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Buys Too Much Stuff for His Cats… They had me at “meow.” They lost me at “sign up.” I was flipping through Facebook when it caught my eye — an ad featuring a cat lounging in some Jetsons-age contraption: Since I’m addicted to furry creatures with pointy ears and tuna breath, I was hooked. Since I also dig on futuristic design, particularly anything with the word “pod” in it, I clicked…Read More
Banana Republic Mad Men
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Mad Men Fan… Don Draper would not be pleased. Don’t get me wrong — basing a fashion line on the TV series Mad Men is brilliant (albeit, about three years overdue). Since I dig the show and midcentury-modern design, I looked forward to it, and a free cocktail launch party sounded like savvy marketing. Draper would have approved, but… The execution. Oh, the execution…Read More
by Raegan Thurlow, Fashion Blogger… My Top 4 problems with online shopping…Read More
Pizza Hut is now The Hut
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Pizza Addict… What’s wrong with pizza? I love pizza! Yet fast food giant Pizza Hut is dropping the “pizza” from some of its store names and packaging. While still officially called Pizza Hut, the chain will refer to itself as “The Hut” to make it a more appealing place for teens to hang out. Hey, we’re not a fast food joint, we’re a clubhouse!Read More
Saks Fifth Avenue Blacker Friday
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Professor… It’s like an episode from the HBO series Sex And The City (or any romantic comedy of your choice): the lead character pines for a fantasy ideal — a millionaire, supermodel, quarterback, cheerleader, prince or princess — but our hopeless romantic ultimately finds true love with a best friend, worst enemy, nerd, prostitute, maid, or bodyguard. Delusions dispelled, the true lovers lock lips and live happily ever after. Or until Hollywood makes a sequel. Today, many retailers are undergoingRead More
Meryvns' "Declare Your Style" Campaign
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Marketing Forensics Practitioner… As an L.A. interactive-media guy, I’m expected to blog about sexy new developments online or in Hollywood, but today I’m writing about Mervyns department store. And, yes, that’s the only time you’ll ever see the words “sexy” and “Mervyns” in the same sentence. Ah, I see I just lost 98% of this article’s readers, which reflects the same percentage of consumers who couldn’t care less about the fashion retailer. And that explains why Mervyns recently declared bankruptcy.Read More
sharper image gift card
by Freddy Tran Nager + Guy Who’s Always Seeking A Competitive Advantage… One company’s tumble is another’s primo opportunity — if that opportunity is approached creatively…Read More