A peek into Malena’s Vintage. Photo via Instagram.
Time to let you on one of my vintage secrets: Malena Martinez’s smallish, eponymous shop in West Chester. It’s amaaaazing. (Side note: It’s also the place where I found that insane Alaïa jacket, which, by the way, I still think about.) So mark your calendars: Malena’s is having a major storewide sale today until 9pm, during which everything is 20 percent off.
I got Malena to spill some details about what vintage gems you’ll find: fur shawls; colorful vintage slips, all regularly priced between $28 and $48 (“They’re good for layering underneath your spring dresses, so you can start wearing them now without being too chilly,” says Malena. “Let them peek out from beneath!”); sweater clips; “bug chunky, colorful necklaces”; cocktail dresses, and a smattering of designer pieces. Oh, and lots of bright candy colors. “We’re all so sick of winter here,” she says.
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- Don’t even pretend that you don’t want Jared Leto‘s perfectly ombre, model-off-duty locks. It’s divine. [Fashionista]
- Would you wear sweaters made out of your dog’s hair? These people do. [The Dodo]
- Wait, are some of our favorite discontinued beauty brands coming back from the dead?? [xoJane]
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The “Break Up” gift box. Photo via Swoonfull.
My new obsession: Swoonfull, a brand-new Main Line-based company that puts together thoughtful, themed gift boxes and sends ‘em out for you. They’re basically the elves of the northeast (they call themselves “giftologists”) and they make it ridiculously easy to actually be the kind of friend you always try to be, you know, before life gets in the way. (I can’t tell you how many break-up/new baby/new house/get well gifts I have at home that I’ve never actually gotten around to mailing out. It’s rather embarrassing.)
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Forget boho or Gatsby references. Fringe can actually be totally chic and not at all costume-y when it’s employed in luxe ways. A fine lacing of it on a necklace, for instance (I love the dip-dyed one above), or a poof of it on a leather sandal. It adds movement and texture to an all-black look—see the amazeballs dress up there—and it’s way cooler than a bare cutout on the back of a shirt. When wearing it, keep the rest of your look restrained, and stay away from DIY tassel earrings. They always, always look like this. And curtain tie-backs are not a good look.
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- Matthew McConaughey released a t-shirt to commemorate his Oscar win. The slogan: “Alright, alright, alright.” The shirts are part of McConaughey’s JKL menswear line (did you know he had one of those?), but looks like they’re all sold out already at Dillards. Sigh. [E! Online]
- Forget Birchbox’s beauty samples. There’s now the Cocksman Club, a startup that’s a subscription-based condom delivery service. Hm. [Betabeat]
- The latest in nail art? Cuticle tattoos. (And they’re actually pretty awesome.) [Style]
More fashion crazy coming right up.
Go on. Be the MacGyver of fashion.
At least once a week, a panicked co-worker comes into my office with some sort of fashion-related crisis. I’ve seen a jacket with belt loops … that was missing the belt (I used a pair of scissors to veeery carefully remove the loops after determining that this wouldn’t leave any holes), a small scuff in a black shoe (a swipe of black permanent marker did the trick), and a sweater that sheds everywhere (stick it in the freezer!).
But some problems are stumpers—and tough to deal with when you’re not at home. Take, for instance, those horrible shoulder bumps that appear on sweaters that have been hanging in closets for too long. Or realizing that the the tips of your heels are completely worn down, leaving you quite literally walking on nails. If you’re armed with a steamer, a sewing machine or another pair of shoes, fixing fashion mishaps is a cinch. When you’re stuck in an office, though, it can be trickier. Here, five easy tricks for solving sudden sartorial dilemmas using things you can find in your office. May you never have hanger bumps again.
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My cat-eye weapon: Stila’s Say All Day Liquid Eyeliner.
I’m fiercely loyal to the items in my makeup bag (which, in case you’re wondering, is this Rebecca Minkoff monogram pouch). Try as I might to love Diorshow and Maybelline’s Great Lash, I always come back to L’Oreal’s Voluminous mascara (the one with the curved wand). And with the exception of a few dalliances with MAC, Benefit and Laura Mercier foundations, I’ve never strayed too far from Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup. But the ultimate weapon in my beauty arsenal is my eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Seriously, guys, you need to try this.
I know, waterproof liquid eyeliner sounds scary. But it’s not! Keep reading.
- And the award for the best black tights ever—based on editorial recs, sales data and product review—goes to … Wolford Matte Opaque 80 Tights. [Refinery29]
- Everyone was hating on Kristin Cavallari‘s red carpet coverage at the Oscars. Shoulda stayed in Laguna, K. [Huffington Post]
- OMG, THE APOCALYPSE IS HERE. Anna Wintour sat in the second row at the Valentino show! WHAT DOES THIS MEAN. [Fashionista]
Up next: You’ll never believe who bought Pharrell’s Grammys hat.