Monday Obsession: Sophia Webster’s Winged Superhero Shoes

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I buy expensive shoes in entirely the wrong way. Instead of investing in proper, wear-forever classics like black Louboutin pumps or ever-chic Chanel flats, I throw caution to the wind and splurge on shoes with poofs of fur, or hearts all over them, or impossibly high gilded wedge heels. When it comes to buying high-end shoes, for me, the more impractical and fantastical, the better. (I repeat: This is not the smartest way to go about stocking your shoe closet.)

I suppose this is why I’m so drawn to Sophia Webster‘s offbeat collection. The London-based  designer dreams up shoes with crazy color combinations, pom-poms, tassels, dizzying patterns—and, now, wings.

It’s like Roman gladiator gone glam.

Market Report: 11 Pairs of Tights That Won’t Give You a Muffin-Top

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  • This morning officially ushered in the season of the tights. Here are 11 pairs that won’t roll down or give you the dreaded Hosiery Muffin-Top. (Cue cheering.) [Fashionista]
  • Scary fact: Thieves can easily steal your credit card information just by walking past you with a special scanner. Freaked out? A design team has created a line of purses and wallets that prevents this identity theft.  [Styleite]
  • The trend I’m digging most for fall: Fringe! Here’s how to do it without veering into Pocahontas territory. [Wall Street Journal]

Next: Blake Lively is rocking the whole maternity thing, and the most popular pair of black work pants ever.

Horsham Man Sentenced to Prison For Posting Bomb Threat To Willow Grove Mall

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Willow Grove Park Mall.

A 24-year-old man, David Barnhouse of Horsham, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for posting a bomb threat on the Willow Grove Park Mall’s website on June 20, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced. According to its indictment, Barnhouse hacked into his neighbor’s wireless router to post the threat, which read:

“We have planted an explosive device somewhere in the mall, and will detonate it unless all members of the Islamic faith imprisoned in the United States are freed by 7pm on June 23.  Even if you search the mall for 72 consecutive hours, you will NEVER find it. Do not attempt to defuse the bomb, find the bomb, or interact with authorities on this matter, except those capable of freeing our brothers.”

Read more.

Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Roundup

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It’s the weekend! Let’s get our shop on.

Let’s end this marathon week (hasn’t it seemed long?) with some sales, free cocktails, and shopping events. Here’s where you should be shopping this weekend.

First up, Frey Boutique, which—as we reported yesterday—is closing their Exton store after business hours tomorrow and opening in Newtown Square on October 24th. This means you’ve got one last day to scoop up major deals on summer and fall merch at the Exton location. Nothing is over $100, and they’ve got $5, $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100 sale racks. The store is open until 6pm tonight, and from 10am to 6pm tomorrow. Freyboutique.com.

More sales ahead!

10 Unexpected Ways To Style a Turtleneck

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Turtlenecks get a bad rap. But, really, a thin black turtleneck is the equivalent of a basic white tee; it’s chic perfection with a simple pencil skirt or jeans. And with a little bit of layering know-how and sartorial bravado, you can make it work with just about anything—even your favorite strapless cocktail dress. Here are 26 looks to steal now, broken down into 10 main styling tricks. Have fun!

See ‘em all here!

About That Taxidermy Lamb Purse At DesignPhiladelphia’s Opening Party

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Three women and a lamb. | Photo by HughE Dillon.

You might have seen the photo: a trio of women huddled together for HughE Dillon’s camera at last week’s DesignPhiladelphia opening party. One of these women wore a sunny yellow-and-white striped cardigan, another wore a magenta infinity scarf, and the third, well, she attached a strap to a dead baby lamb and carried it around as a purse.

Her name is Beth Beverly and, yes, that lamb is very real. It’s also very dead. And there’s plenty more where that came from.

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Market Report: The Makeup Products You Need To Throw Away

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  • We all have those beauty products that we keep around for sentimental purposes (cough, shimmer lotion). Here’s what people hang on to for way too long, and what you really need to toss already. [Into The Gloss]
  • I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Chanel’s tiny purse shaped like a bagel and cream cheese is sort of—okay, really—cute. [Lucky]

Up next: Tyra has a new makeup line, and you’re gonna love it.

A Day In The Life With DesignPhiladelphia’s Co-Founder Hilary Jay

If anyone knows all about the coolest stuff in the city, it’s Hilary Jay. Ten years ago, Jay brought DesignPhiladelphia to life, and the weeklong design festival remains one of the most inspiring events of the season. (It goes through Friday, so if you haven’t yet been to one of DP’s many workshops, pop-ups, studio tours or lectures, click here to find one to attend. You won’t be sorry.)  Jay is one of my favorite people to have coffee with, partly because she’s got the wickedest sense of humor—it’s dry as toast—and because, more often than not, she’s uncovered some fantastic gem in the city, be it a new studio, store, designer or craftsperson. Here are the people, places and things that inspire her, from a magical secret garden/outdoor kitchen to her pitbull, Daisy.

 

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Photography by Courtney Apple.

Read more here.

Monday Obsession: Ted Muehling’s Black Porcelain Objects

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Objets d’art perfection. | Photo by Courtney Apple.

Well, somebody’s got a brand-new look: pint-size jewelry box Egan Day has unveiled a new and gorgeous website. And it’s just not an aesthetic rehab; the site is now—drumroll, please, and then freeze your credit cards in ice—shoppable.

While most people think of Egan Day as a jewelry store first, its collection of objets d’art are just as lust-worthy. Take, for instance, these pieces, most of which were designed by Ted Muehling. The assortment of gothic black bisque porcelain votives and sculptures and gold-splashed Biedermeier candlesticks are all appropriately moody accessories for the season. (That moth votive reminds me of Valentino’s butterfly-bedecked spring/summer 2015 couture collection. Egan Day owner Kate Egan promises the votive looks even more incredible when lit up.)

So how do I get them?

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