PICS: How To Stack Rings Like a Pro



Inspiration! | Images via Honestly WTF, Catbird NYC.

For a very long time, everyone talked about the great arm stack: piles of clanking bangles, all shapes and sizes, lined up on wrists like a kid’s colorful ring-stacking toy. By now, we’ve all mastered this, and every woman I know wears some sort of bracelet stack (though most I’ve seen lack the thoughtful mix of a set curated over decades; a matching — or artfully mismatching — set from H&M or J.Crew does not a stack make).

In any case, with bare wrists making a comeback (even the Man Repeller herself—coiner of the now-tired term “arm party”—has left her wrists naked of late!), we now have a new appendage that we must make a living jewelry display of: Enter the Ring Stack.

Pics and inspiration ahead!

Caffeine for Your Skin: Why Coffee Grounds Make the Best Body Scrub

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Many of our days begin with a latte with an extra shot and two sugars (and no, the La Colombe baristas do not know me by name, cough). But today, we found something so bizarre that it just might be genius! Behold, coffee scrubs for your body.

So here’s the deal: Coffee is loaded with antioxidants that can help prevent the premature aging of your skin. On top of that, the caffeine in the coffee acts as an anti-inflammatory which can decrease dark circles and wrinkles. The caffeine also helps to even out the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. Talk about the superhero of morning beverages.

The best part of this? It’s super-easy to make at home (a snow day project, perhaps?).

Click here for a DIY how-to and the store-bought version.

Century 21 Is Opening a Designer Vintage Shop-In-Shop


Some of the goodies you’ll find at Century 21’s new LXR&Co shop-in-shop. | Photos via LXR&Co.

Now firmly settled in its Gallery location, Century 21 is introducing a new concept to its Philly outpost: an in-store designer vintage shop. The permanent addition is a LXR&Co shop, a luxury vintage company with five retail locations across the country.

Slated to open to the public on February 6th, the shop-in-shop will sell estate jewelry and vintage accessories (watches, bags, jewelry, scarves) from brands including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, Bulgari and Cartier, at 30 to 90 percent off retail prices.

Get a preview of standout items here.

The 10 Craziest Winter Fashion Looks Ever

So, we didn’t quite get the blizzard of the century last night. But, temperatures are still hovering around the freezing mark and without the buffer of a snow day, you might find yourself actually having to go outside.

To combat the winter chill, we’ve been gathering advice on strategic cold weather dressingdown coats, fur, tons of layers and a bevy of winter accessories are the usual suspects. However, it appears some people succumb to an acute form of winter dressing hysteria when the temps drop, and before you know it, faceless puffer coats, furry mittens that look like animal paws, and Yeti boots are on full display. Here, the 10 craziest winter fashion looks ever. All of a sudden a Northface coat and snow boots don’t seem so bad, right?

Click here for all 10 looks.

Market Report: 15 Texting-Friendly Gloves

  • Well, this is hardly one of Philly’s bigger snow storms, but it’s freezing nonetheless. Here, 15 texting-friendly gloves. [Harpers Bazaar]
  • Stay ahead of the fashion curve. These are the 10 style tips you can steal from the prefall collections (think: unexpected asymmetry and lots of turtlenecks). [Elle]
  • Remember Beyonce’s bangs? 2014 was the year for celebrity hair makeovers. [Refinery29]

Up next: Should you be adding donkey milk or horse oil to your skin routine?

Monday Obsession: You (and Your Dog) Will Love This Awesome Sled


Philly’s public and parochial schools have already closed for the day and it’s not looking promising for tomorrow. You know what that means? Sledding. Not tomorrow, of course, because that would be dangerous. But later, when snow is still abundant and the windchill isn’t -36654, we suggest hopping on your toboggan and working your way through The Ultimate Guide To Sledding in Philadelphia.

But if you find yourself sled-less and the prospect of scooting around on a dining hall tray sounds less than pleasing, then you need to scoop up this Colorado Kicksled available at Lancaster’s online design mecca Horne. The foldable sled is made of American white ash, is UV-resistant and can be left outside for extended periods if time without damage.  Plus, you can purchase a Mushing Package—yes, for Fido—in the event you try to act like an Alaskan and make urban dog mushing catch on. (Please don’t.)

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The Rumor Mill: Zara on Walnut Street Is Closing For a Very, Very Long Time


Zara on Walnut Street. | Photo via Google.


A tipster emailed to let me know of a startling change to the Walnut retail scene (and, no, it’s not just the Coach closure). Apparently, the Rittenhouse Zara (1715 Walnut Street) will be closing in March for eight months to undergo a serious renovation.

While the store manager insisted that those at the store level were unaware of this, my tipster—a former Zara employee—said that all employees have been offered severance packages for their March 1st departure.

Get more info here.

Retail News: Coach on Walnut Street Has Closed


The former Coach location. | Photo via Google.

Well, this is odd: The Coach location on Walnut Street has closed. I spoke with store manager Nicole this morning, who informed me that the store’s last day was Saturday. The staff is currently moving out inventory. I have a call out to the corporate press office for details. This closure comes on the heels of the brand’s seemingly last-ditch efforts at rebranding (think: less logo-mania, more classic, cool luxury).

The next store to close?

Even Olivia Palermo Couldn’t Save Piperlime: E-Tailer Closing


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In surprising retail news, Gap Inc. e-boutique Piperlime has announced plans to close its virtual doors by April. Marketed as a shinier, higher-end boutique addition to the Gap powerhouse (Old Navy, Athleta and Banana Republic), the site had been experiencing a noticeable decline in the past year (including a pared-down brand selection), eventually resulting in a brand relaunch this past August. According to Bustle, “annual sales were under $100 million, which equals out to less than one percent of the company’s revenues,” leading us to believe the tiny profits just didn’t cut it for the mega-brand.

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Market Report: How To Layer Without Looking Bulky

9 Reasons to Start Using Coal in Your Beauty Routine

  • Don’t let Snowpocalypse 2015 wreck your look. Here, simple layering tricks that you keep you warm, but not looking bulky. [The Zoe Report]
  • Could glasses be the new red carpet accessory? Lupita Nyong’o has worn ‘em twice (most recently at the SAG Awards) and they look pretty amazing. [People Style Watch]
  • This woman has vowed to never wear “thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings in public” again.  Her blog post “Why I Choose To No Longer Wear Leggings” has gone viral. [Racked]

Up next: Why the smell of Abercrombie & Fitch stores is as bad as you remember.

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