Rescue Spa turns 10 today! And that means a lot of celebrating, in the way the poshest of spas do: Champagne, complimentary trials and consultations, goody bags and VIP discounts.
Well, this is the sort of event that makes you feel like you live in a charming Rob Reiner rom-com: a Friday evening in a cozy local soap shop, clinking beer glasses with the quick-witted, friendly owner as he bustles about and shows you how to make soap.
If you went to Philly Mag Shops last year—and if you’ve checked out our jam-packed list of shops coming this year—then you know we pack clothing, shoes, bags and accessories in spades. But this year, we’re changing it up just a bit. We’ve sprinkled in a few gift-y shops to round out the mix, because we know that it’s just as much fun to shop for candles, stationery, vases, gift-y goods and small home decor as it is to buy coats and dresses and shoes.
But a prepared shopper is a smart shopper, so let’s dive into what some of the shops will be bringing, shall we?
Free People, the brand known for its breezy ’60s and ’70s styles—all fringe and gauzy tunics and feathers—has gotten considerably more high-tech with its latest collection, RUN. The line of workout gear (the brand’s fourth addition to its other “movement” collections, for things like dance, yoga and surf) features stretchy performance fabrics, moisture-wicking power mesh, hi-vis flyweight nylon, all in simple, strong colors: black, cobalt, heather gray, bright melon).
The 25-piece running collection spans sneakers (six options), track leggings and pants, sports bras, hoodies, tees (short- and long-sleeved), tanks and gear like a water bottle, sport armband, and bluetooth headphones. I, for one, am a fan of it all. It’s stylish enough to make me want to get out there and pound the pavement, but low-key enough so people won’t realize that the last time I ran was, oh, much longer than I’d like to admit.
Well, they got what they wanted.
We’re talking about them, just as we talked, over and over and over again, about American Apparel, which filled store windows with mannequins sprouting giant clouds of pubic hair; about Zara, which sold a children’s shirt that eerily remsembled those worn by concentration camp prisoners; about MAC, which once tried to name a nail polish collection after a town in Mexico known for the countless number of women raped and murdered there, without police response.
Drop what you’re doing right now and take a peek at this lookbook. It’s by Eaves in Wayne, which, if you ask me, is one of the top shops in our area. You should visit if you haven’t already (and you should also make a point to stop by their mini-boutique at Philly Mag Shops; last year they brought an amazing selection).
I like to think I have a pretty good eye for determining what’s attainable with my minimal hairstyling skill level (milkmaid braids, yes; faux-bobs, heck no), but no amount of hair intuition can replace step-by-step directions. Even better if these directions come from a total hair master. Enter: Edmondo Blando, owner of Salon Vanity at 1701 Walnut Street. He gave us the low-down on how to create some of his most-requested styles—and guys, they actually seem do-able, even easy. Grasshoppers, time to learn from the master.
Right now, I can’t get enough of boots. And not ankle-grazers, or even knee-highs. I’m talking boots that stretch over the knee and creep up your thigh. The idea of them sounds overtly sexy—black leather thigh-high boots!—something my mother would deign appropriate only for a “streetwalker.” But it’s precisely their full coverage that makes them so easy to wear. Throw them on with a long tunic and they’ll act almost like leggings; pair with them with a miniskirt to keep your look just sexy enough (in fact, some of our style experts say that boots allow you to wear minis into your forties and fifties!); or wear them with a midi skirt for warmth come winter. Thighs, all eyes on you.