Should You Subscribe To Mavens By Julep, Stitchfix, LeTote Or Not?

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I’m continuing my foray into some of the more interesting internet subscription service options and whether or not they’re actually worth that monthly fee.

Mavens by Julep
The Premise: Nail polish brand Julep provides a monthly themed box of high-end nail polish and cosmetics for a fee of $24.99. Users pick from a style profile, with names like “It Girl” or “Boho Glam,” and are sent selections for that month’s theme. While you’re given a box that matches your style profile by default, you can opt to choose a box from a different style profile.

The Experience: I spoke with Meredith, a User Experience Expert in Southern California who is a big fan of the service. A self-described nail polish addict, Meredith finds that the subscription service has really helped her curb her spending without sacrificing her nails. “Last year my New Years resolution was to stop impulse buying nail polish, so I got the [Mavens subscription]. It keeps me on budget and they have enough different “packages” each month that I never feel like there’s nothing I don’t want.”

Why Did I Buy This? With Grant Pardee: Girlfriend Body Pillow & Other Useless Amazon Items

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One of the things I love most about shopping on Amazon is they have everything I need. But they also have lots of things that nobody needs. I decided to investigate further and bought the 3 most useless or obnoxious items I could find on Amazon – the Girlfriend Body Pillow, BIC For Her Pens, and a Banana Slicer.

Were any of them worthwhile in any way or was it just a pit of despair? Find out in the video:

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Three Tech Deals You Should Avoid At All Costs

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Deals are everywhere on these Interwebs of ours, but you know the old saying: If it looks too good to be true, Google it.

Better still, read this. Below I’ve spotlighted three common tech deals that aren’t worth your time–and definitely not your money. Got a difference of opinion? Tough luck! Er, I mean, share your thoughts in the comments below.

1st-generation iPads
iPads are crazy-expensive, so when you see one selling for as little as $120 (which you can, today only, at 1Sale.com), there’s considerable temptation to grab the deal. Sure, it’s a first-generation model, but so what? That just means it’s a little thicker and heavier than newer iPads, right?

Turn Any Tablet Into The Perfect PC For Seniors

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As a child I learned to respect my elders, but it’s awfully hard to do that when they can’t grasp a concept as simple as cut and paste!

Seriously, at the risk of sounding like a jerk, most of the people I know over the age of 60 have trouble with computers. It’s not their fault; they didn’t have the luxury of growing up with them. And even in 2014, PCs remain annoyingly unintuitive. Shutting down Windows 8 is a four-step process, for crying out loud.

So here’s my dilemma: My parents (who are in their late 70s and early 80s) have had it with their current laptops, which take forever to boot and often end up infested with malware. And I’ve about had it with troubleshooting these and other problems.

Fortunately, there’s a terrific solution, one I’m increasingly recommending to older users: switch to a tablet.

5 Ways to Have an A-List Hollywood Trip on a D-List Budget

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So you got the Facebook message from your home-town pal that we all dread – ‘I’m coming to LA! Can’t wait to hang out with you! HOLLYWOOD BABY!’, and you immediately begin to rig up an elaborate lie about how you are ‘so happy they’re coming out but you will probably be super busy that weekend’ because you don’t have the heart to show them your glamorous lifestyle involves attaching a pink mustache to your car to make money before you go home to your sad studio apartment in Glendale above an Armenian bakery. Fear not, we’re here to give you some insider tips into tricking your friends into thinking you are way cooler than you actually are while they’re here on their trip.

1. Lay Out Poolside As You Overlook The City

The Standard downtown is one of LA’s hottest hotels and night spots, and is also home to a rooftop pool which, for some inexplicable reason, is open to the public. That’s right, for no money at all you too can feel self conscious about your Midwest body type while some of the cities most attractive and unemployed people lay out and drink cocktails nearby. Get there early to snag a bodega, which will not only shield you from the sun’s harsh rays, but give you a chance to lay on a waterbed just like weekends at your old Uncle Jack’s place. Bring along your own picnic and make a day of it, or splurge on the delicious brats in their Biergarden.

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