How to Dress In a Blizzard

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Yesterday, I watched as a girl walked very precariously down an icy street in pointed-toe heels, no socks. I walked behind her for a block before I realized that I was holding my breath, the same way I do when a performer walks down stairs on stage or does some crazy dance move: Don’t. Fall.

We’re in the midst of a winter that will not loosen up its chokehold. As I write this, the snow has just started to fall in Center City. Soon, if you listen to all those reports, it will change to a “snow and sleet sandwich”, which will surely be fun for all.

It can be confusing, dressing for a blizzard (or an ice storm). There is nothing cute about being pinged incessantly with tiny ice pellets as you walk down the street. No, winter storm dressing is not fun. Winter storm dressing is about survival. Here is how to do it right.

1: Leave the heels at home. (Or, better yet, in a shoe bag tucked in your purse.)
This is not the time to show off your fancy footwear. Keep it simple: Wear snow boots, rain boots or riding boots (look for a rugged rubber sole in each of these). Here’s a great video on how to style your winter boots.

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Images via Elle, The Times.

2. Wear the biggest scarf you can find.
I swear by a thick black infinity scarf (knitted for me by my very domestic assistant editor Marina). My other standbys: a wool blanket scarf that I wrap around my neck a few times, and a thick vintage fur stole that threatens to swallow up my head.

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3. Wear a hat.
Okay, so the old wives’ tale about losing most of your heat through your head might not be totally true, but wearing a hat does keep you warmer. And why turn down an extra accessory? Use winter as an excuse to play with headgear, from fedoras to floppy brims.

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Center photo by Bridget Fleming.

4. Layer, layer, layer.
Lots of people get hung up on this one. It’s easy, really: Start with the layer that’s the most form-fitting and thin. This might be a simple henley or a basic turtleneck. From there, add a button-down. Next, add a sweater. From here, you can continue to add — a fur vest, perhaps? Then toss on a coat, a scarf, a hat and you’re set.

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PICS: Inside the Blue Octagon, the Main Line’s Brand New Home and Gift Shop

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The Blue Octagon’s splashy, pattern-happy interior.

The latest addition to the Main Line shopping scene is The Blue Octagon, a home and gift shop at 335 East King Street in Malvern. The boutique, which officially opened on February 25th, is sensory overload, piled with patterns, bright colors and flashes of crystal and gold.

It’s all the work of interior decorater Krissa Wichser, who stocks her new shop with furniture, home accessories and gift items from lines including Jonathan Adler, Bungalow 5 and Society Social. It’s a whimsical mix of Palm Beach prep (bright chevron vases), part mid-century (Lucite tables), part glam (tufted velvet ottomans) and part culturally eclectic (Moroccan poufs, Chinese Foo dogs). But good news for those easily overwhelmed by an abundance of inspiration: Wichser also offers flat-rate and hourly design consultations.

See more photos here.

Uniqlo Is Launching a Designer Collaboration With Former Hermès Creative Director

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Uniqlo.

Uniqlo, the Japanese fast-fashion retailer that basically took over the tri-state area in the past year, has just announced a designer collaboration with French fashion designer Christophe Lemaire, who recently left his lofty position as creative director for Hermès.

This isn’t Uniqlo’s first foray into designer collabs. The company has partnered with Helmut Lang and Jil Sander, as well as celebs (Pharrell Williams) and fashion notables (Inès de la Fressange).  Read more »

Here’s How to Join Our Thursday Shopping Party King of Prussia

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Think spring! | Images via Ted Baker.

Hey, Shoppists! We’re throwing a mini-bash at Ted Baker this Thursday evening to celebrate the store’s gorgeous new spring collection. Here’s the deal: From 6pm to 9pm this Thursday, you’ll get the chance to shop the brand-new spring pieces before anyone else, and you’ll get to hang with me and Sabir Peele, founder of Men’s Style Pro and one of the coolest men’s style experts I know.

Wanna shop with us? (We’ve also got live music, drinks, food and 20 percent off everything all night to sweeten the deal.) RSVP here. Hope to see you there!  Read more »

Monday Obsession: Mara Hoffman Dashiki

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Image via Third Street Habit.

Shop long enough in this city and store owners will get a sense of what floats your style boat. To wit: an email I received from January, owner of Third Street Habit in Old City, which said, “This outfit reminded me of you.” I clicked and saw what has become my standby spring/summer look: a dress or tunic over a pair of flared jeans. (In my book, pretty much every dress looks cooler over pants.) I’ll wear it like this, or with a pair of wild platforms for true ’70s style. Who knows? Maybe shopping for spring can will the season to hurry on up and get here.  Click here for more details.

How Much Does Your Cleaning Lady Judge You?

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A colleague recently came to me for advice. Her “friend” had a Lewinsky-type stain on one of her favorite dresses and she was embarrassed to take it to her dry cleaner. It seems like a wave-off sort of dilemma — until you think about that scene in The Sweetest Thing, where Selma Blair takes a semen-stained garment to her family dry cleaner, only to run into her elementary school teacher, her priest and a class of little kids.

My thoughts flashed to my own dry-cleaner: sweet, sweet Helen, an elderly, stooped woman who works out of a cramped storefront at 16th and Sansom. There are little white silk baptism outfits hanging in the front window (signifying I’m not sure what – that she cleans very tiny clothes?). The thought of Helen’s face if I ever presented her with a stain of lust … I cringe just thinking about it.

But, we figured, dry cleaners have surely seen worse. “I mean, murderers take their stuff to dry cleaners,” my colleague said. Being a dry cleaner — or a housekeeper — must be like being a delivery nurse, or a homicide detective. In order to succeed, you have to eventually become immune to even the grossest stuff.
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Come Shop With Us — and Get Exclusive Discounts — at Ted Baker

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Image via Ted Baker.

Ready for your next Thursday night plans? We’re throwing an exclusive shopping party at Ted Baker in the King of Prussia Mall. Guests will join me, the Ted Baker styling team and men’s style expert Sabir Peele for an exclusive night of after-hours shopping, live music, food, drinks and major discounts, plus the chance to shop Ted Baker’s new spring 2015 collection before anyone else.

The evening is first-come, first-serve — we’re only allowing about 30 people to join us — so be sure to mark down the date (Thursday, March 5th, from 6pm to 9pm), and RSVP here. About those discounts …

10 Best Things to Buy in Philly Stores Right Now

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Toys, trunks, towels and more.

As a shopping editor here in Philly, I spend the bulk of my time scouring local stores, their social media pages and their web shops to find the best of what’s out there, right now. This means I see a lot of stuff — and that my shopping wish list is usually a mile long.

This week, I found some great standouts — for her, him, home and the kids. Here are the 10 things topping my shopping list right now, all from some of the coolest shops in Philly.  Read more »

Market Report: 14 Insane Nail Art Looks That Stole the Show at Fashion Week

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Images via CND Nails for Huffington Post.

  • These 14 nail art looks from New York Fashion Week are insane — and so, so much fun to look at. [Huffington Post]
  • Jessica Chastain wore H&M to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party. [WhoWhatWear]
  • And Rita Ora basically went naked. [Elle]

Next: The DIY project we’re dying over, and why you should be wary of trusting beauty vloggers.

We Found the Coolest Line of Baby Clothes in Philly

 

North West wears Balmain. Blue Ivy wears Dior. Toddlers have Instagram pages documenting their style. We’re looking at a whole new baby style game, and it’s getting dicey out there.

The baby-clothes landscape has changed a lot since we waddled around in onesies. It’s gotten progressively trendy with each decade (it’s come to this) and more and more extravagant (this little one has a mini Céline bag). Though I don’t recommend swaddling your kid in Chanel — or hot pink zebra stripes — there are plenty of great shops and designers, both online and local, that bridge the gaps between too-prim and too-trendy, and between ultra-cheap and crazy expensive.

To wit: Sweet Luka Mo, a Philly-based line of baby clothing that is helping style-starved parents find appropriately modern gear for their wee ones.  Read more »

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