Why I Stopped Wearing Bras and Embraced the Boob Turban

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My mortal enemies. | Shutterstock.

Several months ago, I gave up on bras. Real bras, with cups and underwires and fancy lace and skinny straps. I gave them up to preserve my sanity, really: I couldn’t take one more day of feeling my bra straps snake down my arms. No matter how well-fitted my bra was, or how tightly I adjusted the straps, I couldn’t make it out my front door without the straps making a run for my elbows.

So I figured I’d avoid the strap-thing entirely, and I accepted the bandeau as my fate. For those unfamiliar with the bandeau, it is basically a boob turban. Here is a picture.

Long live the boob turban.

Who Knew? Shoe Guru Stuart Weitzman Went To Penn

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First Penn, then shoes, then Gisele wearing your shoes. | Image via Stuart Weitzman.

Yesterday, the Daily Pennsylvanian, UPenn’s student newspaper, ran a piece about Stuart Weitzman, the shoe guru who turned a family shoe company into a $300 million business. The story mentioned things many fashion-savvy people know—Beyoncé wears his shoes on stage, Kate Middleton wears his wedges every other day. But there was one fact that stood out: Stuart Weitzman went to Penn?!

How did we not know this?

How To Get a Job At One Of Philly’s Coolest Boutiques—Now!

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Here’s a secret for the truly fashion-obsessed: In order to get the best deals at your favorite boutique, snag a job there. Even part-timers usually get to reap the employee-discount rewards. So, here’s your job tip of the day: The Geisha House in Old City is searching for part-time sales associates, and they’re having open interviews today from 12pm to 4pm.

Be sure to bring your resume, and leave the fancy pantsuit at home. The vibe here is trendy, girly, with a dash of boho and just enough edginess (think: Cameo).  This isn’t a seasonal gig—the shop is looking for a permanent part-time employee who can commit to 15 to 20 hours a week. During the holidays you can expect more hours, good news for those looking to rake in more money.

So about that discount.

Market Report: 30 Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give

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  • Pre-holiday-shopping PSA: Stay away from these 30 horrible gifts at all costs, especially the smoking mittens. WTF. [Refinery29]
  • Drexel students have just launched a Kickstarted campaign to create a new line of eco-friendly yogawear that’s made out of, get this, plastic bottles. And, guys, the pants are really, really cool-looking. [Be Well Philly]

Next: 25 party dresses under $150!

Kickstarter We Love: Graffiti Lamps, the Splashy Alternative to Boring Lights

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Light it up!

The latest Kickstarter campaign I’m digging is by a guy called Seth Manlove. (Yes, real name.) His lamps are completely handmade in his Lancaster County workshop and they’re a breath of fresh air in a home decor category that can take itself very seriously. (See: this. And this.)

While grand crystal concoctions have a place—Versailles—spunkier versions like Manlove’s feel cooler, fresher, a bit like your artwork jumped off the wall and splashed itself onto the nearest object. But it’s not all could-be-garish tagging—some of the designs are more polished than you’d expect.

Click here to see them all.

Monday Obsession: The Coolest Thanksgiving Table Ever

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Your butt, here. | Photo via Minam.

Some of the coolest people I know have these dining tables in their homes. (Exhibit A: Tracey and Rod Berkowitz, owners of Zinc Home in Lambertvile, who live here.) This particular table might look vintage, but it’s actually made by the talented craftspeople behind Lostine, a wholesale home furnishings company founded by Robert True Ogden.

Read more.

Joan Shepp Is Having a Huge Pre-Black-Friday Sale Because Why Wait?

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See all that black merchandise? It’s on sale now. | Photo via Joan Shepp.

This week is pretty much the Superbowl week of shopping. We’ve already given you your game plan for Black Friday shopping (we’re adding more sales and events to the list every day, so keep checking back!). But for the shoppers who can’t deal with Friday’s crowds, we have sale salvation in Joan Shepp.

Sale details ahead!

Market Report: Eek! You Are Doing a Smoky Eye All Wrong

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  • Beauty PSA: Stop following the smoky eye tutorials on YouTube. Everyone’s eye shape is different, so what looks great on one person can look like a raccoon-eyed mess on you. Here’s how to use an eyeshadow quad to get the most out of your peepers. [Into The Gloss]
  • Traveling for Thanksgiving? Steal the style of these 10 girls who have their travel-style game on. (Number 9 is my fave.) [PopSugar]
  • J.Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons wore this to Solange Knowles’s wedding. It is by far the best outfit anyone has ever worn to a wedding in the history of time. [WhoWhatWear]

Up next: 17 winter-perfect dark nail polishes that aren’t black.

65 Best Black Friday Sales in Philly and the ’Burbs

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Let’s do this. |Shutterstock.

After another whirlwind year, we’ve arrived once again at peak shopping season — and we’re here to guide you through it. We’ve rounded up over 40 of the best sales, promotions, free gifts, secret codes, shopping parties and more (oh, and we sprinkled in where you’ll also get free booze). But what’s better: For 99 percent of them, you don’t even have to step foot into a mall, so you can avoid rabid crowds and support our coolest local shops. Happy shopping — and saving. Let’s do this.
Well, what are you waiting for?

Beauty Secrets From a Philly Prison (Really!)

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Female inmates create “fakeup.” | Orange Is The New Black.

An interesting story popped up over on Refinery29 the other day. It was a piece that originally appeared on The Marshall Project, a newly launched nonprofit news site that focuses on the American criminal justice system, and it detailed the crazily resourceful ways female inmates create makeup products (or “fakeup”) behind bars.

According to The Marshall Project, federal jails offer products like liquid eyeliner, bronzer and lip gloss (who knew prisons were like mini Sephoras?), but most state and county prisons only dole out things like mascara and eyeliner. So women get crafty, melting down Jolly Ranchers to use as hair gel, crushing up colored pencils for eye shadow and even mixing coffee and face cream for foundation.

More tricks ahead.

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