Sunday, August 15, 2010

Popping Up With Some Pop Culture

Even though this blog is primarily about reality television, there are some other pop culture topics that are worth talking about.

I love that military jackets are in this season. Gina, a fantastic fashion blogger, brought this up in one of her recent posts. Fortunately, there are lots of soldier and military jackets at reasonable prices these days, so there's no reason not to pick one up. The advice I have for military styles it to wear the longer versions if you have hips - the short versions cut at the waist and can cause you to lose your curves.

Juicy Couture is taken steps outside of their traditional territory. Bird by Juicy Couture is a new, higher-end line of Juicy Couture products. These seem to be simpler and more mature than their traditional Juicy counterparts. Do I love this stuff? Yes. Would I ever pay the outrageous prices? No way.

Juicy is also bringing in Erin Fetherston to design a line, with clothing making its debut for the 2010 holidays. Apparently, Juicy Couture clothing is being dropped from Nordstrom due to style and fit issues. Step it up, Juicy Couture! We love Erin Fetherston, so let's see how this works out.

The debut of the Jimmy Choo & Uggs collaboration is getting closer! (For the record, all Jimmy Choo fans should really read The Towering World of Jimmy Choo - it's fantastic!) The Jimmy Choo / Uggs collaboration will begin with a $595 price tag, so I'm sure I won't buy these shoes, but I want to see what they'll look like!

I've been talking to lots of people about the Forever 21 maternity line controversy. Most people are in favor of the affordable maternity clothing, and agree that cute maternity clothes do not encourage teens to have babies.

Designer sale sites have been amazing lately, probably due in part to lowered sales due to the economy. On these sites, I've gotten amazing designer dresses for $30 or less. I've also gotten shoes, tableware, and wall art. I got a Juicy Couture bathing suit for less than $50 and an Oleg Cassini dress for about $30. I'm stocking up my fall wardrobe for next to nothing. It's amazing!

After winning a contest, Gabi Gregg was selected to tweet on MTV's behalf, at a ridiculous salary of $100K. While the job is still new, it doesn't seem as if Gabi's doing such a great job. We'll see if she improves or MTV cans this Twitter madness going forward.

MSN brought us a list of television shows that seemingly ripped each other off. It's pretty interesting. Of course, we all know about "Wife Swap" and "Trading Spouses", but did you know there are two shows, one named "Flip This House" and the other named "Flip That House?"

In reality TV news, I tried watching "Big Brother" today and enjoyed it! I never really watched it, but today's episode was pretty good. Now, I'm giving "Undercover Boss" a try. I've never seen it before, but I like it so far. It's interesting to see a high level executive come down and work with the staff. It makes sense, but is still surprising, how far removed the executive staff members of an organization are from the everyday people on the floor. I liked learning how the show explained the camera crew following the new potential employee - they claimed that he's an out of work painter filming a reality show about out-of-work individuals.

This week on "Undercover Boss", we saw an executive at 1-800-Flowers visit a local store in South Plainfield, NJ. We saw a floral designer unknowingly tell the company executive that the company designs were stale and no longer relevant. It was funny to watch because the executives are a bit older, so it makes sense that the creations match their generational expertise, but it was still cringe-worthy to see the young designer say those things! I felt bad for the designer - she knew she could do better, she knew what was happening in the flower industry, and she was going to floral training by spending her own money. It's strange to look into that side of the industry, because when we order flowers from companies like 1-800-Flowers, we don't think about the people making the arrangements or the executives planning the business. We just want our flowers to be pretty and available when we want them.

After the flower shop, the executive, Chris McCann, visited a chocolate shop. He was appalled to find out that the management team at the shop is not talking to the floor staff and rewarding them for good work. He commended the management skills of an employee, but was not thrilled to know that her boss was not doing the same.

At his third stop as the undercover boss, Mr. McCann ran into a person he knew. Fortunately, he was able to pull the person aside and tell him not to blow his cover.

"Undercover Boss" really is a must watch show, and teaches us a lesson about what really happens - and what should be happening - in corporate America.

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