Zara are making major changes to their stores and it will change the way you shop

​High street brand Zara are updating their stores in a very exciting way…

Zara is pretty much the nation’s favourite high street store – where else can you get such good designer dupes at affordable prices? And soon the Spanish retailer will be upping the ante in its stores no doubt in a bid to make it even harder for us to shake that obsession we’re harbouring.

We’ve all been pronouncing ‘Zara’ wrong this whole time
If affordable, trend-led clothing and accessories are what you’re looking for, Zara should be your first stop – but if you want a nice, tidy, stress-free shopping experience it’s probably not your go-to. Let’s face it, shopping in Zara can sometimes be a nightmare thanks to queues (and queues) at the changing rooms and the tills.

But that’s all about to change.

According to Refinery29, who were lucky enough to be taken on a tour of the Zara head office in Spain, there are super exciting things afoot for the brand and its stores.

Specifically, a logistics department exists entirely for the production and testing of high-tech in-store innovations. Among the products to be rolled out are huge LCD displays for the shops as well as touch-screens in changing rooms so you can find your items in different sizes without having to find a free store assistant (or do it yourself).

Perhaps the most exciting bit is the self checkout stations that should enable you to skip the queues and purchase your items before you can even start to change your mind.

Zara, we can hardly wait.

Source: Cosmopolitan UK

Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Armantine Fitted Tailored T-Blouse

cotton white tailored shirt

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

If you always wear white blouses, at a certain point you want to look for interesting ones that stay true to your style but still go beyond the classic crisp button front blouse or silky blouse. Enter Anne Fontaine, who’s made absolutely gorgeous white and black blouses (just those colors, I believe) for years now. I had a chance to visit her shop in Paris many years ago and swooned over pretty much everything. This pictured blouse is an interesting mix of jersey cotton (i.e., t-shirt fabric) and crisp Pima cotton on the cuffs and collar — I like the fitted, sleek look. The blouse is $495 at Anne Fontaine Armantine Fitted Tailored T-Blouse

Here’s a lower-priced option (XXS-XL) and a plus-size alternative.

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Virtual Reality Is A Bargain When You See How Much Blu-ray, VHS Cost At Launch

The HTC Vive is without doubt, one of the best virtual reality experiences we’ve ever tried.

HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset allows the user to actually walk around.

Soon it’ll be available to the public for the eye-watering price of £689.

What’s important though is that HTC’s virtual reality headset isn’t the only one. There’s Samsung’s Gear VR, a £80 headset that when paired with a Samsung smartphone becomes a portable virtual reality headset. Price for the Gear VR and a compatible Samsung phone? Around £700-800.

Unsurprisingly these high costs have not gone down so well with the general public. As technology becomes smaller, cheaper and more advanced the assumption is that a groundbreaking new product should cost less?

So are gadgets like virtual reality really that expensive?

Well we looked at some of the recent technology launches including Blu-ray, VHS and Plasma and worked out how much they would have cost (with inflation adjusted) if they launched today.


'Smart Wallpaper' Could Power Your House And Internet-Of-Things

Houses could one day be lined with ‘smart wallpaper’ that automatically generates electricity thanks to new technology using ultra-thin graphene sheets.

Scientists from the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (AIT) have found a way to manipulate these sheets so that they can turn wasted light and heat into electricity.

Traditionally, graphene, which is one atom thick, is inefficient at capturing light. In order to improve this, scientists used a technique known as nano-patterning to focus light into narrow spaces in textured surfaces.

A solar cell works by absorbing light and converting it into electricity

According to research published in Science Advances, scientists took their inspiration from nature, looking at how moths’ eyes work.

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“Nature has evolved simple yet powerful adaptations, from which we have taken inspiration in order to answer challenges of future technologies,” explained Professor Ravi Silva, Head of AIT

“Moths’ eyes have microscopic patterning that allows them to see in the dimmest conditions.

“These work by channelling light towards the middle of the eye, with the added benefit of eliminating reflections, which would otherwise alert predators of their location.

“We have used the same technique to make an amazingly thin, efficient, light-absorbent material by patterning graphene in a similar fashion.”

The material is still a long way from coming to our shop floors as “wallpaper.”

Lead author of the paper, Dr José Anguita, explained “graphene is only able to absorb a small percentage of the light that falls on it” because of its thinness.

However, Silva does have a bigger vision for how the material could shape all our lives in the future.

“The next step is to incorporate this material in a variety of existing and emerging technologies,” he said.

“We are very excited about the potential to exploit this material in existing optical devices for performance enhancement, whilst looking towards new applications.”