Let an Artist Custom-Paint a Pair of Chucks For You Tonight at Ubiq

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Andy Warhol’s works of art. | Converse.

A pair of Chucks will arguably never go out of style, especially when they’re works of art. Kick off your holiday weekend by taking a spin over to Ubiq for its final custom Converse event.

Here’s the deal: From 6pm to 10pm tonight, the sneaker boutique is hosting four local artists — Martha Rich, Thom Lessner, Hawk Krall and Andrew Jeffrey Wright — who will create custom designs for shoppers who purchase a new pair of Chucks. Along with music, food and drinks, there’s also a heat press machine on hand, so you can stamp and sign the tongue of your old pairs of Converse. And while you’re there, enjoy 50 percent off select styles (the sale lasts through Monday).  Read more »

Your Ultimate Memorial Day Weekend Sale Guide

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Let’s go shopping. | Shutterstock.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Whether you’re spending it Shore-side or in the city, we’ve got all the sales you need to check out, from Erdon to Anthro, Alexander Wang to Lilly Pulitzer, and Equipment to Third Street Habit. (Oh, and if you’d rather do your shopping from the comfort of your deck/patio/pool, we’ve also got some online sales worth shopping.) Happy shopping!

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Target Is Launching a Collaboration With Jewelry Designer Eddie Borgo

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A sneak peek of the collection. | David X Prutting and Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com)

Recovered yet from the H&M x Balmain news? We’ve got another designer collaboration to tide you over until that collection hits stores (not ’til November 5th): Target announced that it’s partnering with jewelry designer Eddie Borgo on a collection of jewelry, accessories and wall art.

Borgo, known for his stud-heavy jewelry, has created 100 pieces for Target, most priced below $30. The collection — much of which is customizable via charms and cool add-ons — will launch in select Target stores and online July 12th. And while the collaboration might not provoke the same rabid furor as Lilly Pultizer’s line for Target (from which most of us are still recovering), those with more punkish, less Palm Beach-y style predilections — including me — will certainly be shopping.

Market Report: The Gross Reasons You Need to Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

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Wash before wearing. | Shutterstock.

  • There are two types of people: Those who wash new clothes before wearing them, and those who dive right in. Turns out the latter should think seriously about pre-washing. Some seriously gross stuff lives on new clothes, and dozens of hands have touched them, from manufacturers to other shoppers. Ew. [Today]
  • Ignore those bikini-storage hacks (stay away from plastic bags!) and follow this handy guide to the right way to organize your swimsuits so that they stay fresh, mildew-free and maintain their shape. [SheFinds]
  •  Here are 18 gorgeous buns, from chic-and-sleek to perfectly tousled, for major hair inspiration. [Damsel In Dior]

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Monday Obsession: Fornasetti Candles (Or: The Case For Buying a $175 Candle)

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It took most people a while to wrap their heads around the $60 candle (Diptyque, preferably the Baies scent). Sixty dollars? For a candle?! But then we smelled it — or, at least, we saw it in the dreamy Instagram accounts of every single fashion person ever, usually placed just-so next to a mountain of Chanel and, hell, if we can’t afford to own a Chanel mountain (or hill), maybe we can at least own that damn candle! — and we caved.

Now the bar (wick?) has been raised yet again, this time by a grouping of Fornasetti candles with scents of Mediterranean herbs, Lily of the Valley, sandalwood. But let’s be real: You don’t buy these candles for the wax or wicks — you buy them for the ceramic vessels, each an objet d’art in its own right. They feature the work of Italian surrealist artist Piero Fornasetti, whose artwork is now the basis of an entire design house (in fact, the luxury decorative objects have a cult following among in-the-know luxury collectors). So think of these less as mere candles and more as small works of art. The fact that they smell delicious, then, is just a bonus.  Read more »

Start Lining Up Now: H&M’s Next Designer Collaboration Is With Balmain

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Balmain’s army teams up with H&M. | H&M.

One of the best things to come out of last night’s Billboard Music Awards was a little announcement by Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing. The 29-year-old Rousteing walked the red carpet with models-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn,  all wearing pieces from Balmain’s collaboration with H&M. (At the same time, Balmain tweeted this.)

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Market Report: These Are the Best Facials to Get at Every Age

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Make your facial work for you. | Shutterstock.

  • Want to make the most out of your facial? Here’s how to choose the best facial for you, depending on your age. (Think oxygen facials in your ’20s and firming facials in your ’30s.) [The Zoe Report]
  • Here are the 10 best denim jackets, according to user reviews and editor’s picks. (Spoiler: Paige, Rag & Bone, J.Crew and Madewell all made the cut.) [Rank & Style]
  • Following investigative reports by the New York Times that found the working conditions of many nail salons to be unsafe and sometimes illegal, Governor Cuomo announced a new task force to investigate and improve salons. [Fashionista]

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Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Guide

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From left: Ninobrand at Knit Wit; Clover Market (photo by Carrie Hill Photography) and Makers Mart featuring Arden & James.

Another weekend, another bevy of sales, outdoor markets and shopping events to add to your calendar. Here’s what’s coming up, and what’s worth shopping. We’ll see you out there!

Swarthmore Makers MartThe first-ever installment of this outdoor market takes place on Saturday, May 16th (rain date: Sunday, May 17th), in Swarthmore. You’ll find local and regional makers and artisans (like Three Potato Four and Arden & James) selling a mix of handmade items, vintage goods and art/photography. 10am-4pm in the Swarthmore town municipal parking lot, 432 Dartmouth Avenue, Swarthmore.

NINObrand Trunk Show at Knit Wit: A three-day NINObrand trunk show kicks off today at Knit Wit’s Bryn Mawr store. Go there to shop one of my favorite Philly designers (really, I’m obsessed!) and check out the new spring collection all weekend. Head there tonight for cocktails and a meet-and-greet with designer Bela Shehu. 905 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr.  Read more »

8 Ways to Wear Snakeskin and Not Look Like a Kardashian

This spring, the luxe texture—in versions both real and faux—edges out splashier leopard and zebra prints. It’s more muted and generally rendered in softer, spring-perfect shades. Consider the print a neutral, which means it’s a wardrobe workhorse. But be mindful of fit. For instance, a snake-print dress with a second-skin fit can skew cheap. Look instead for a shift; the boxier shape keeps the look modern and chic. Here’s how to wear the reptilian look without looking cheesy, like, er, well, this.

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Manayunk Gets a New Vintage Store This Weekend

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The store’s exterior, and a peek of the interior. | Facebook.

While vintage shopping online and via Instagram is fun, it can also be a bit of a gamble. (You can’t tell that that 1940s dress smells musty, or that the tulle underlayer of that 1950s skirt is disintegrating.) So while we’ve been content to shop Philly-based Millay Vintage online — and via the shop’s dreamy Instagram account — we’re over the moon that the store is setting up brick-and-mortar roots.

Owner Mary Spears is opening her cult-loved vintage shop in the old Meadowsweet Mercantile space at 4390 Main Street in Manayunk. The grand opening is this Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Stop by to shop her carefully curated collection of vintage clothing, furniture and home decor, along with a smattering of small-batch goods. Look for a floral pop-up out front and the ultimate treat: Each purchase on opening day comes with free flowers. See you there! Read more »

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