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Any parent of a teenager will tell you that teens have very specific things they like and don’t like, and often that depends on what all the other teens in the neighborhood prefer. So, what are the most popular things amongst teens these days? Well, a new survey by Piper Jaffray Companies asked over 8,500 teens with an average age of 16 about their discretionary spending habits and brand preferences and some definite leaders emerged.

For example, when it comes to fast food, Chick-Fil-A is teens' favorite, and that holds true for upper income teens as well as average income teens. Coming in second for both categories of teen is Starbucks, with Chipotle coming in third for wealthier teens, and McDonald’s coming in third for average income teens.

When it comes to daily video consumption, Netflix is the most popular platform for viewing content (38%), followed by YouTube (33%), while Snapchat is by far the most popular social media platform (46%), followed by Instagram (36%), with Facebook only popular with 5% of teens.

Other results from the survey include:

  • Nike is the top clothing brand (22%), followed by American Eagle (9%)
  • Nike is also the top footwear brand (41%), followed by Vans (19%)
  • Amazon is the top shopping website (47%)
  • Sephora is the top beauty destination (34%)
  • Food is teens’ number one spending priority
  • 45% of teens say “brand” is the most important thing when making a purchase
  • 86% of Gen Z say they plan to buy an iPhone next

Source: Business Wire


The official holiday shopping season will be here before you know it and it sounds like folks are getting ready to spend a bundle this year, which is good news for retailers.

Deliotte’s 33rd annual “Holiday Survey” finds that folks plan to spend about $1,536 over the holidays this year, with shoppers expected to buy an average of 16 gifts, at a cost of $525, which is an increase of 20% from last year. What’s more, they also plan on spending 40% of their money, or $611, on holiday experiences like entertaining at home and socializing with others, with money also going to holiday décor, clothes and more.

When it comes to what folks will be buying, gift cards and certificates are the most popular item for shoppers (54%), followed clothing (53%), games and toys (46%), boos (43%) and liquor/food (43%). Folks also plan to buy for themselves, with 51% of people saying they’ll pick up something for themselves while shopping, an increase of 15%. Interestingly, food and liquor is the top item they’ll buy as a treat for themselves (42%), followed by clothing.

  • As for where everyone will be doing their shopping, 57% will buy their gifts online, while 36% will do their purchasing in stores, which is a 10% drop. Overall, online retailers are the biggest shopping destination for holiday shoppers this year (60%), followed by mass merchant stores (52%), department stores (32%) and off-price retailers (28%).
  • And while you may not be ready to start your shopping, there are plenty of people who have already gotten a head start on their holiday purchases. In fact, 60% of people begin their shopping before Thanksgiving, spending 28% more than those who start later. The busiest time for shopping will be between November 16th to 30th, with 72% of shoppers making purchases during that time.

Source: Deloitte


While some people can fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow there are plenty of people who toss and turn each night and rarely get the sleep they need to be productive the next day. So, what are people to do if they just can't seem to fall aslee?

Well, plenty of people have advice for how to get a good night’s sleep but there may be some easy things you are not trying that could do the trick.

 Some sleeping tips you may not have tried include:

Chill Out – Experts say sleeping in a cold room preferably between 60 and 67 degrees is the best for sleep. If you’re cold in your room, doctors recommend blankets, rather than heat, to warm you up.

Time your supplements – Plenty of people use melatonin to help them sleep but when you take it is important. If you have problems falling asleep you should take it three hours before bed, but if you have problems staying asleep take it right before you call it a night. Plus,  don’t take more than one or two miligrams.

Block blue light – Light that comes from your phone, computer and other things will keep ou awake so stay away from them, as well as TV, for at least 30 minutes before bed.

Tune out Fido – Pets can make a lot of noise so if you want better sleep, take off their collars at night and hide their toys so you don’t hear them.

Quiet the mind – If you’re stressed about falling asleep you won’t, so experts recommend meditating during the day as a way to help you quite your mind, and mindfulness apps can also work towards that.

Source: New York Post


Working women in America are still coming up short. According to a new report released by the American Association of University Women, a nonprofit that advocates for women, full-time working women in the U.S. still only make 80% of what men do.

This research also shows that there’s only one occupation out of the 114 analyzed for the report where women are paid more than men in America: wholesale and retail buyers. So what makes this job so special? With a median salary of about $53,000, it’s a lower-paying position, and those tend to pay men and women more equally in general because with minimum wage laws, there’s a limit on how low pay can go.

There are a few other jobs that are close to paying men and women equally:

Food preparation and serving workers (99% pay ratio), writers and authors (98% pay ratio), and pharmacists (98% pay ratio). But plenty of other professions where the pay gap is overwhelming, a lot of which are in STEM fields. Female financial managers, for example, only make 65% of what men in that profession are paid. Higher paying fields have more of a gender pay gap, in general.

And the pay gap is worse for some groups than others. Aside from occupation, these factors can impact women’s pay too:

  • Age - The older a woman gets, the bigger the pay gap, according to this research.
  • Education - Believe it or not, the more education women get, the larger the pay gap.
  • Disability - Both men and women with disabilities are paid less than those who don’t have them, but women with disabilities are paid just 72% of what men with disabilities are and less than half as much as a man without a disability, the report finds.
  • State - Where you live matters. California, Washington D.C., and New York have more pay equality than most states and on the flip side, Mississippi and Alabama have much less.
  • Race - Asian women make 89% of what white men do, and white women make only 78% of what white men do, but other races have it worse. African American women earn just 62% of what white men do and Hispanic women only earn 54%.

Source: Moneyish


We understand that driver’s licenses are important IDs that help law enforcement officials identify us, but they’re stick with us for a decade, so we like to look our best in the photos. Most of us have had a horrible experience of an ID picture gone wrong, but it doesn’t have to be that way. So here are some tricks and tips from beauty experts that can help get the best driver’s license photo possible.

  • Find your angle - It can be tough to “find your good side” in a straight-on, close-up shot, but celebrity hairstylist Danilosuggests doing a selfie session before your DMV photo to find the best angle for your face.
  • Pull back your hair - Don’t pile your hair in front of one shoulder in what Danilo calls a “hair corsage” because it hides your neck and shoulders. Instead go for a ponytail, low side bun, or yoga knot, use a spritz of spray shine and you’re good to go.
  • No red-carpet makeup - You want to look like you, so celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal advises skipping the smoky-eye and red lip combo and going for natural with browns, pinks, and peaches instead, so you don’t look too overdone or trendy.
  • Embrace your texture - Don’t try to radically change your hair, instead celebrity stylist Tommy Buckett suggests working with what you have. “You know when your hair looks at its worst,” he says, “so avoid those pitfalls.”
  • Skip the shimmer - Using luminizer and reflecting pigments to try to balance out the harsh lighting could backfire, Roncal warns. She says it’s better to focus on adding color back to your face with blush and bronzers.

And another bonus tip Danilo says has worked for him in the past - Get your photo taken at a DMV in a more remote location than a big city. He says they’re a little more lenient and you can sometimes talk them into another shot if the first one was bad. And we’ll take all the help we can get.

Source: Refinery29

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