Inexperienced copywriters are reportedly responsible for the bulk of the site's authentication, sometimes processing over 120 items in one day.
Amanda Mullbeen wondering about this for years. There is virtually no one qualified to do the authentication that the massive pre-owned luxury fashion business requires in order to stave off fraud. I can't do it and I know more about luxury bags than almost anyone.
I investigated the origins of my face wash and stumbled into the peculiar world of private-label products.
Amanda MullThis is a perfect explanation of the differences (such as they are) between name-brand personal care products like face wash and lotion and the similar-looking store-brand ripoffs you find in drugstores, big-box retailers, and now on Amazon. From @jpinsk
There’s a reason the return of retro trends bothers so many people.
Amanda MullTo most people, fashion trends seem like they come from nowhere, but they all have an origin. I was in the room when the scrunchie’s return became inevitable, and it’s a case study in how trends form.
I spent $1,279 of The Atlantic’s money on creams, crystals, and a vibrator from Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire. Things got weird.
Amanda MullMuch has been written about Goop’s founder and the pseudoscience on its website, but most media accounts of it are missing something big: Goop is a luxury fashion company using health anxiety to attract aspirational customers like Chanel uses lipgloss.
Amanda MullI spent several months of my life and over $1,000 on Goop products to find out what the rapidly expanding consumer wellness market is really selling to women. This is my story.
Can straight men and women really be best friends? Their partners are wondering, too.
Amanda Mulli find it annoying and retrograde that people assume david and i must have dated or secretly want to date AND i also admit i wouldn't love it if i started dating a man with a very close straight female friend. i contain multitudes
Weight Watchers has set its sights on a new customer base: kids as young as 8.
Amanda MullLast week, Weight Watchers released a dieting app aimed at kids as young as 8. I dug into how the app works and found few safety features and an emphasis on the personal responsibility of children to solve an issue of public health.
Amanda MullThere's no evidence that any diet plan at all consistently yields sustainable, long-term weight loss. In that context, Weight Watchers extending its services to children looks a lot more like lifetime customer acquisition than a concern for kids' health.
As the 2019 Pen Spinning World Tournament draws near, read about the celebrities, feuds, strategies and internet history that define the sport
Amanda MullI learned to spin pens at debate tournaments (I know) in high school and imo the coolest part was people occasionally asking me if I played the drums bc one of the tricks was the same as spinning a drumstick
Amanda MullEverything about Victoria’s Secret’s vision of female beauty and sexuality is bad for women and always has been, and if you ever doubted that, you need only look at the people who created and steered it