Just when I think we’ve reached the end of everything we could possibly do to our bodies—dimple implants, cankle lipo, abdominal etching—The New York Times came out with an article about women getting “Cinderella” foot surgeries so that they can fit more comfortably into their designer shoes:
”Dr. Neal Blitz, a podiatrist who specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures (including a Bunionplasty) at his private practice in Manhattan, and operates at Mount Sinai Hospital, calls this body part “the final frontier” for those who have had work done on their faces. “My practice has exploded because of Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Nicholas Kirkwood,” he said in a recent phone interview. “There’s nothing like opening a shoe closet that’s been closed to somebody for years.”
Foot surgery to alleviate discomfort from wearing high heels is nothing new—people have been getting treatments for bunions, corns and plantar fasciitis for ages (welcome to the party, NYT!)—but the article’s mention of toe liposuction and toe shortening caught my attention. Toe shortening? Toe lipo? Is this really a thing now? Are women in Philly asking for doctors to suck the fat … out of their toes? We have officially lost our minds. We are basically one tiny step away from going back to full-fledged foot binding. I immediately set aside my very important copy deadlines to investigate. How hard could it really be to get my toes shortened and a little bit of toe lipo in Philly?
Turns out, it’s pretty hard.
Photo, Beyond My Ken, via Wikipedia.
[UPDATE 1:45pm] A group of a dozen or so people gathered outside of City Hall this afternoon to hear the mayor and PREIT CEO Joseph Coradino announce—officially—the plans for the retail development at the historic Strawbridge & Clothier building. The deal was signed two days ago, and Century 21 is slated for an October opening. It will be 16,000 square feet, located on the ground level and second floor of the building.
[Original 10:38am] We got word this morning that daily newspaper employees would have to stop using the lobby at 801 Market Street as their primary entrance to the building because a retailer is (finally) moving on in. The Inquirer claims it’s Century 21, which is awesome. (I’ve gotten some great designer finds at the massive flagship store in NYC.)
Mayor Nutter is making an official announcement at noon today. Stay tuned for more.
- The fashion world is moving past mere bracelets now, and straight into handcuffs. And, no, it’s not what you think. [Elle]
- And here is how you deodorize your spring wardrobe—which might just still smell like last spring’s sweat. Ew. [The Cut]
- The awesome news: Beloved UK retailer Primark is coming to America! The not-so-awesome news: It’s coming to Boston only. [Huffington Post]
More style headlines here.
Terrain’s post-Easter sale isn’t all eggs and bunnies (though aren’t these gorg?). Photo via Terrain.
My shopping secret: Hit up post-holiday sales. Hanukkah, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, you name it. It seems a tad overkill at the time—who really wants make a Target run on December 27th, just days after dealing with the lunatic pre-Christmas crowds?—but, trust me, it’s worth it.
You see, this is when you can scoop up steeply discounted stuff like wrapping paper, candles, greeting cards, gifts, etc. And Easter, which in shopping terms is pretty much Christmas’s sad little step-cousin, is actually pretty stellar in terms of post-holiday sales. Case in point: Terrain’s post-Easter sale, going on right now.
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- To wake you up this morning, here’s a look at the 40 craziest, WTF things we’ve done to classic shoes. Warning: There are knee-high basketball sneakers in this mix. [Refinery29]
- People‘s annual Most Beautiful list is out, blah blah. BUT OH MY GOD LUPITA’S OUTFIT IS SO GOOD I WANT IT. [People]
More fun things if you click here.
Okay, Suitsupply. Let me level with you. I love your store. I’m beyond happy you guys came to Philly. Really. I don’t even really mind your crazy dressing rooms, which are generally splashed with images like this. If that’s what you think it takes to get guys to realize the power of a well-tailored suit—of your well-tailored suits—well, then that’s your own problem (though I think a self-help book or Dr. Phil would chalk this up to a lack of self-confidence). Hey, your suits worked for our formerly polyester-shirted A&E editor Victor Fiorillo, who now—I swear!—stands taller and looks thinner. But you really missed the mark with your latest spring/summer 2014 ad campaign, which was evidently dreamed up by a pack of drooling frat boys.
Read more here.
Photo courtesy of Hand in Hand.
Happy Earth Day, Shoppists! Since we’ve not exactly of the green-thumbed variety over here, we’re celebrating Mother Earth by making smart, socially responsible shopping decisions. First up, Hand in Hand, the Philly-based company of husband-and-wife duo Courtney Apple and Bill Glaab. Together, they make the sweetest-smelling soaps (orange blossom, wildflower and fern, lavender, rose water, white tea, sea salt), bath salts and candles with an even sweeter mission.
Click here for sale details.
- Want to score younger-looking skin? Swap Botox for yeast and algae. (Yes, really.) [Refinery29]
- How to successfully grow out a pixie cut without any awkward in-between stage, as illustrated by Jennifer Lawrence. [Glamour]
- This is so cool: Two Canadian designers are aiming to make prosthetic limbs fashionable. [Fashionista]
More fashionable reads straight ahead.
How to dress for the office this spring and still be ready for post-work cocktails: a blend of loose, airy white pants, a structured denim jacket (a collarless neckline, three-quarter-length sleeves and bolero fit keep it from feeling too casual), a mixed-media necklace, and a pair of strappy sandals (they look sleek beneath a pant cuff, but give just a hint of sexiness when your legs are crossed). Here’s where to get the look: Citizens of Humanity Thalia jacket, $468 at Third Street Habit, Old City. Lizzie Fortunato ‘Fast Lane’ necklace, $495 at Peter Kate, Greenville. 10 Crosby Derek Lam white trousers, $395 at Intermix, Rittenhouse. Stuart Weitzman ‘Ria’ pumps, $498 at Stuart Weitzman, Rittenhouse.
Pieces from Concrete Polish’s latest collection.
When I think of my jewelry collection, I think of it in tiers. Tier 1: Jewelry that I love (my vintage bangles). Tier 2: Jewelry that I love so much I wear it nearly every day (my Lee Hale rose thorn stud earrings from Egan Day). Tier 3: My wedding band stack—an engagement ring sandwiched between two thin diamond bands. To make it to the first two tiers isn’t too hard, but to break into that third tier, well, that’s pretty much impossible. Enter Concrete Polish, Angela Monaco’s line of sculptural jewelry, which secured a prime spot right smack-dab in the middle of my diamond stack.
Really? It’s that cool?