Shopgirl: Ring will alert wearer to phone calls, reminders

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Historically, the technology industry has catered mainly to men. That has been their loss and they’re learning, because the few technology companies now gearing toward women’s needs and wants have been met with great response. Ringly is the wearable technology that I think is most likely to take the world by storm, and it’s being released this fall. Hurry up and pre-order, because the perks are rapidly expanding. Ringly is basically a notification center in an 18k and gemstone ring, with a small light on the side that changes colors depending on the notification. The list of apps that interact with Ringly is quickly growing: Gilt, AirBnB, Skype, eBay, all of the main social media apps and even Tindr. Pre-order at Ringly.com starting at $145.

WHAT’S TRENDY

Resort runway collections are showcasing an interesting common thread – tie dye, but not quite the Jerry Garcia variety. Michael Kors, Burberry, Gucci, and others have been working dye patterns into resort wear that is not quite rainbow pinwheels but a step above watercolors.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

If you’re getting married soon or are part of an upcoming wedding party, you might want to check out VowToBeChic.com. This new Web company wants to keep you from paying too much for a dress you’ll never wear, while allowing brides to still have designer-clothes bridesmaids standing up front with them. Wedding designers such as Jim Hjelm and Nicole Miller are featured on VowToBeChic, and dresses are organized according to color. Once the dress is decided, you just send in your measurements, and they ship you two sizes of the dress to try on and choose which size you want. Send back the two try-on dresses, and a week before the wedding you get the dress you’ll wear. It comes with a handy return envelope, and dry cleaning is included.

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