Market Report: How a Fashion Editor Shops on a Budget

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Savvy style. | Shutterstock.

  • Yep, a former Condé Nast fashion editor shops the sale racks. Here are her secrets to scoring the best, affordable fashion finds. Tip 1: Ignore seasons and don’t be a complete fabric snob. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Jessica Simpson is planning to open freestanding boutiques for her billion-dollar eponymous fashion empire, which is now sold at stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s. [US Weekly]
  • Okay, this is amazing: Marilyn Manson took to a Reddit AMA on Friday to divulge his makeup routine. Shocker: He really knows his brands. [Styleite]

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9 Selfies of the Movers and Shakers of Philly’s Style Scene

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Some people have made a living taking selfies (cough, Kim Kardashian). Others have made a living doing far more interesting things (chefs, fashion designers, pro-surfers). For our August issue, we reached out to the latter, and persuaded them to give us their best Kim K. The result? Seventy-five selfies, each an intimate peek at the behind-the-scenes lives of Philly notables.

Some selfies were cute (Congressman Bob Brady with his tiny great-granddaughter); some were sexy (um, did you see the cover?); some were not sexy (the Geator in a Speedo); and some were hilarious (Fergie Carey in fur, lamé and sunglasses I actually think I own, too). Below are pics from Philly’s style and shopping scene; check out the entire roundup — including that Geator Speedo — here.

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The 6 Most Ridiculous Things in Free People’s Home Collection (Including a $68 Stick)

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These sticks are for sale. | Free People.

Every summer, my style veers off into bohemia, probably the last vestiges of my semi-hippie college self. It’s when I wear the two Free People items of clothing I own — a high-neck, sheer wisp of a dress and a lacy slip I layer with everything. But even though I can appreciate the store’s dreamy, summer-perfect clothes, I cannot forgive them their absolutely insane home collection, which seems like a huge joke they’re playing on us, laughing in their Navy Yard offices while we spend $28 on a bag of nails. Here are the six most ridiculous items in their decor lineup.  Read more »

Market Report: The Crazy Truth Behind Trying to Buy a Hermès Birkin Bag

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Well-loved It Bags. | Shutterstock.

  • Yes, trying to buy a Birkin is just as crazy as you think it is. (Think two-year waiting lists, sales associates determining whether or not you’re “deserving.”) [Racked]
  • Coming this fall: Project Runway for teens! Lifetime’s new spinoff of the design competition will focus on aspiring designers between the ages of 14 and 17. (Yep, Tim Gunn is still co-hosting.) [Fashionista]
  • Rebecca Minkoff is dipping her toe into the athleisure game with a collection of workout basics like sports bras, leggings, tanks and gym bags, set to launch in August. [Well + Good]

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10 Amazing Local Sales to Shop This Weekend

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It’s shaping up to be a rainy Saturday, so you might as well abandon beach plans for retail therapy. Here’s where to get your shop on this weekend, including sales at Third Street Habit, Terrain, Boyds and Joan Shepp. Happy shopping!

Third Street HabitThe Old City boutique just kicked off its bi-anual sale. Why to go: 40 to 60 percent off the spring 2015 collection, all past seasons, and accessories. 153 North 3rd Street, Old City.

Terrain: Get up to 75 percent off at the garden emporium’s annual sale. (Our pick: This vintage-looking garden bench, now $150 from $600.) 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills. More sales here.

Fried, Dried and Frizzy: 10 Pro Tips for Fixing Summer’s Worst Hair Woes

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Your best hair ever awaits. | Shutterstock.

As much as we talk about skin protection in the summer (are you wearing sunscreen now? Go put some on!), we rarely discuss the fact that our hair can take quite a beating in the sun. I chatted with Cassie LeMunyon, a colorist and stylist at Suede Salon and Spa in Marlton to get tips on keeping locks healthy and fresh. Read more »

Market Report: What It’s Like to Shop at Forever 21 As an Adult

  • Even if Forever 21 never ages, you do. So what’s it like to shop there in your thirties, when you’re past the point of needing to buy ‘going out’ tops every weekend? The answer: not always pretty. [Huffington Post]
  • Printed leggings are my favorite way to amp up my fitness wardrobe. Here are the 10 best, editor-approved pairs out there now, in wild colors and crazy patterns — all guaranteed to wick sweat and stay in place during the toughest workouts. [Rank & Style]
  • Career advice: After you’ve laid off a bunch of your team members, maybe don’t head straight to a bar and post gloating Hunger Games hashtagged Instagam pics, like this J.Crew exec did. [Fashion Week Daily]

Next: Check out the first Apple pocket watch.

Where I Shop: My Favorite New Place to Buy Leather Goods

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A rugged store display. | Emily Goulet.

Some of the most successful businesses have started in the backs of cars (see: Nike), so it isn’t particularly surprising to discover that Main Line-based leather goods brand Waltzing Matilda first got its start in a VW van. But now the year-old company has planted roots, opening a brick-and-mortar in Wayne. I finally got the chance to pay it a proper visit, and — though my magpie tastes veer more to gilt and glam — I’m obsessed.  Read more »

Market Report: You’re Probably Washing Your Clothes Way Too Often

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Think twice before ditching your clothes in here. | Shutterstock.

  • Stop loading up your laundry basket: You’re probably washing your clothing far too often. Follow these guidelines on when to wash your jeans, pajamas, bras and more. (Spoiler: It’s way less often than you think.) [StyleCaster]
  • These seven tips and tricks will help you wear your high heels all day long without having to hobble home. [PureWow]
  • Ready to move beyong the cat-eye? Brave beauty souls, meet calligraphy eye makeup. [Violet Grey]

Up next: Cher!

10 Sales You Must Shop This Weekend

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From left: Erdon goods and Third Street Habit finds.

Happy Friday! Let’s kick things off with a guide to all the sales going on this weekend. (Because it’s going to rain on Sunday, so you might as well get your shop on.)  Read more »

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