I Tried It: The Hairspray That Promises to Cover My Grey Hair

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Can a spray really get rid of grey?

Blondes seem to think that they have it the hardest when it comes to color upkeep, and for much of my life as a low-maintenance brunette, this actually seemed true. I was always grateful that my natural dark brown color required basically nothing aside from the occasional highlight to look its best. And then I turned 30. Suddenly, the easy, breezy days of doing nothing stopped working: Now if I go more than a few months without a little help from a professional, the grey (or as I like to call it, silver) shoots through my hair, as glaringly obvious as lightning bolts slashing through the night sky. Alas, as a working mom, the chances of getting to that professional every couple of months to address said lightning bolts are basically nil. Sigh.

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Market Report: 8 Surprising Reasons Your Nail Polish Chips So Darn Quickly

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  • Because chipped manicures are annoying: eight surprising reasons your nail polish comes off, including sneaky mani-busters like hairspray and sunscreen. Who knew? [StyleList]
  • Are skinny jeans on their way out? Fashion companies say yes; women everywhere say no. [Jezebel]
  • Here are 14 interesting styling tricks for fall. Your task: Try at least one (even if it’s not wearing shorts over pants). [Refinery29]

Up next: How to find (and buy!) high-end fashion on eBay.

Studio 882′s Ridiculously Fun New Way to Shop for Furniture

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Want to get this look? It’s easier than you think. | Image courtesy of Studio 882.

I bought a sofa at a vintage shop once. It was very long and very low-slung, with mid-century modern lines and awesome upholstery. The price was something ridiculous, like $15, and by doing very scientific measurements (i.e. counting the number of hand-widths across it and squinting my eyes) I decided that it’d be a perfect fit for our bedroom, placed at the end of the bed so that we could toss our clothes and bags on it at the end of the day. It would be like a bench-couch, and I would lounge across it in a dressing gown and read my books with a martini like a very glamorous Rita Hayworth.

The only problem was that when I took the sofa out of the cavernous shop and put it in our less-than-cavernous bedroom, I realized the thing was actually huge. Like nine-feet-long huge. I ended up having to move all of our bedroom furniture around to fit it, and five years later, the whole couch issue is still a bit of a sore subject with my husband, who was perfectly comfortable without the giant-person couch in the bedroom at all and who didn’t appreciate coming home to find the bed in a completely different spot.

Here’s how to avoid poor sofa purchases like this.

The Edit: 11 Fall Flats You Can Wear Now

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Being bombarded with news about just-released fall collections can be a tad annoying when it’s still 80 degrees out. Ease into the new season slowly — I suggest leaving the sweaters for next month and starting to sub in some of these closed-toe picks for your strappy sandals. Here, 11 comfy fall flats that you can snag right now, and wear through winter.

Keep reading for store and price deets.

Market Report: 8 Ways to Make Your Eyes Look Larger With Makeup

  • Everyone knows the old white eyeliner trick for making your peepers look bigger. Here, 7 more ways to get Twiggy-esque eyes in a flash. [Huffington Post]
  • Another season, another fab designer collab at Target. In anticipation of Altuzarra’s September 14 release, here’s a slideshow of all 72 pieces from the collection. [Lucky]
  • It looks like Gap is getting fed up with crazy fashion trends. The brand is bucking the system with its fall marketing campaign in which it tells customers to “Dress normal.” [Buzzfeed]

Keep reading for next season’s nail polish trends.

Retail Report: A Guide to All the Store Openings In the Philly Area This Fall

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For many people, fall is just as much of a fresh start as January 1st. This is especially true for the retailers, who clamor to get new shops up and running in time for the holiday shopping frenzy. For Philly, which is poised to make some giant leaps in terms of its retail landscape, this means a happy onslaught of store openings. Fifteen, to be exact (if you count Uniqlo’s trio of soon-to-open area stores). Here is what’s on the horizon for the fall—who’s coming, what they’ll be selling, where they’re opening and when you can get in. Trust me: It’s enough to soften the blow of summer’s ever-encroaching end.

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6 Questions For: Briar Vintage’s David Lochner

Whether you know him from Old City’s men’s vintage shop Briar Vintage, where he’s the managing partner, or from the Philly swing-dancing scene, David Lochner’s style is pretty recognizable. It’s equal parts Jazz Age dandy and dapper grandpa, made all the more interesting by generous swaths of tattoos.

We chatted with Lochner at his shop to get the scoop on his sartorial tastes, the vintage goods he won’t touch, and his inspirations. Cue nostalgia,  and a whole lot of style envy.

Dreamy merchandise pics ahead.

Psst: NINObrand Is Having a Secret Sample Sale This Week

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Photos via NINObrand.com.

If you’re not already familiar with Bela Shehu’s Philly-based clothing line, NINObrand, head here right now to get acquainted with her spare, modern, androgynous collection. In love? Better act fast. This week, from Thursday to Saturday, the studio is having a private, by-appointment-only sample sale, during which you can start (or broaden) your collection of Shehu’s artful pieces.

Here’s how.

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