Want to get this look? It’s easier than you think. | Image courtesy of Studio 882.
I bought a sofa at a vintage shop once. It was very long and very low-slung, with mid-century modern lines and awesome upholstery. The price was something ridiculous, like $15, and by doing very scientific measurements (i.e. counting the number of hand-widths across it and squinting my eyes) I decided that it’d be a perfect fit for our bedroom, placed at the end of the bed so that we could toss our clothes and bags on it at the end of the day. It would be like a bench-couch, and I would lounge across it in a dressing gown and read my books with a martini like a very glamorous Rita Hayworth.
The only problem was that when I took the sofa out of the cavernous shop and put it in our less-than-cavernous bedroom, I realized the thing was actually huge. Like nine-feet-long huge. I ended up having to move all of our bedroom furniture around to fit it, and five years later, the whole couch issue is still a bit of a sore subject with my husband, who was perfectly comfortable without the giant-person couch in the bedroom at all and who didn’t appreciate coming home to find the bed in a completely different spot.
Here’s how to avoid poor sofa purchases like this.
This week, from Thursday through Sunday, Queen Village’s beloved shoe boutique Bus Stop is having a “mini” warehouse sale, which, if we’re being honest, doesn’t actually feel quite so mini.
Here are the details: An entire wall is filled with last-chance pairs for men and women, discounted at up to 75 percent off.
More details here.
For many people, fall is just as much of a fresh start as January 1st. This is especially true for the retailers, who clamor to get new shops up and running in time for the holiday shopping frenzy. For Philly, which is poised to make some giant leaps in terms of its retail landscape, this means a happy onslaught of store openings. Fifteen, to be exact (if you count Uniqlo’s trio of soon-to-open area stores). Here is what’s on the horizon for the fall—who’s coming, what they’ll be selling, where they’re opening and when you can get in. Trust me: It’s enough to soften the blow of summer’s ever-encroaching end.
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If you’re not already familiar with Bela Shehu’s Philly-based clothing line, NINObrand, head here right now to get acquainted with her spare, modern, androgynous collection. In love? Better act fast. This week, from Thursday to Saturday, the studio is having a private, by-appointment-only sample sale, during which you can start (or broaden) your collection of Shehu’s artful pieces.
- Do you purge your closet too frequently or not enough? (For me, it’s the former, and I’ve definitely donated things that I now regret.) Here’s how four Vogue editors keep their closets in tip-top shape—and the mistakes they’ve made along the way. [Vogue]
- This just made my entire day: a bunch of kids weighing in on fall’s fashion ads. One of the best quotes: “It looks like their feet fell off. They’re like, “Oh no, our feet are gone and somebody stole our candy and our gold!” [The Fashion Spot]
- Here’s a handy rundown of the five boot styles you should totally invest in now, if you haven’t already. [WhoWhatWear]
The most amazing brow chart is straight ahead.
The great length debate.
Last week, I went to a wedding. One of the guests was a politician, there with his wife who looked to be in her mid- to late-forties. Halfway through the ceremony, a friend leaned over and whispered to me:
“He won’t ever be president. Look at his wife. She doesn’t have that First Lady look.”
I rolled my eyes, because talking politics — or anything remotely political — with this particular friend is sort of like running a marathon: You begin not knowing why you ever started, you’re dazed, confused and hating life halfway through, and deliriously exhausted at the end. But I stole a peek at the woman a few pews up, and had to agree: It wasn’t a good look.
Let’s get this out of the way: Unless you’re a celebrity, I don’t really care what you wear. If it makes you feel great, go for it. Still, there are certain sartorial offenses that drive me crazy, and they generally fall into the Too Tight/Too Short category. This was the latter. The woman’s body was incredible; her arms had the Gwyneth Paltrow Ripple, that subtle cut in the arm just beneath the shoulder. (Side note: GOOP got it by doing bizarro dance moves like this.) The non-First Lady also had a flat stomach and Jessica Simpson’s new legs. And she was showing it all off in the world’s shortest dress.
Last Thursday, we kicked off our new Shoppist After Hours series, a semi-secret, underground shopping event that will pop up every so often at Philly’s best boutiques. We started off celebrating the guys at Ps & Qs on South Street. They dished out huge sales on new merch, Hennessy was there pouring its latest limited-edition collaboration with Shepard Fairey, and style whisperer Sabir Peele talked men’s trends for fall (Hawaiian prints, the “shacket,” backpacks and joggers).
See the pics here!
- Happy Monday, Shoppists! Let’s kick things off with six awesome style tricks that you need to steal from grandmom. Here’s proof that a jogging suit can look awesome on the under-70 set, too. [Refinery29]
- Kelly Osborne is launching her first fashion line with HSN. It’s called Stories … By Kelly Osborne (ellipsis for added drama, I suppose?), and it launches on September 25th. Let’s take a look at it now, shall we? [WWD]
Up next: Barbie clothes for adults.
J.Crew’s first fragrances come in gorgeous packaging.
In what appears to be J.Crew’s quest to take over the world (or at the very least our entire closet and makeup drawer), the brand is now dipping its toes into the perfume arena. On Monday, J.Crew is launching its first fragrances, created in collaboration with perfumer Arquiste and inspired by a gallery show by Peggy Guggenheim.
See the details here.
When you’re at a spa or salon, the last things you want to think about are scary chemicals. But you should: The gals over at Be Well Philly uncovered a study about harmful chemicals that are found in everything from antibacterial products to, get this, toothpaste. When you think about the lotions, serums, sprays and oils slathered on your body during a pampering sesh and the possibility that any or all of these might contain tons of bad-for-you chemicals, well, that’s enough to make anyone leap out of the pedi chair.