Shop Talk: Why You Should Never Dry Your Hair With a Towel

Woman with towel

The terry towel rough dry might be damaging your hair. | Shutterstock.

  • Ready to have your showering routine turned upside down? Turns out, drying wet hair with a regular towel can lead to dry and frizzy hair. According to a celeb hairstylist, wringing out soaking strands with a cotton or terry towel can weaken the hair shaft and lead to breakage. Instead, she recommends using a t-shirt or microfiber towel to absorb moisture. [Huffington Post]
  • The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show takes place tomorrow (though it doesn’t air until December 8th). Here’s what goes on behind the scenes of the fittings. [Vogue]

Next: How to turn an IKEA changing table into a gorgeous bar cart.

How to (Once and For All!) Get Rid of Static Cling

Static Cling

Skirting issues. | Glynnis Jones /

A few things rank up there on my list of embarrassing fashion fouls: accidental visible bra (also known as AVB; this happened once during a meeting with my boss and I’m still wishing the earth would swallow me whole); tripping in heels you can’t really walk in; going about your day with your skirt clinging awkwardly to your bum without realizing it.

Static cling generally rears its ugly head when you’re not fully equipped to deal with it: at work, at a party, walking down a very crowded Market Street. It’s as if silken fabric falls perfectly while you’re at home, only to cling desperately to your upper thighs the second you hit the street. So, for the start of what’s most likely going to be a clingy winter, here are five tried-and-true ways to combat static, no matter where you are. (For AVB, well, you’re on your own.) Read more »

There’s a Semi-Secret Vintage Furniture Warehouse Sale Happening Today


A glimpse at the warehouse. | Photos via Maggpie.

Over here at Shoppist, we’re total fangirls of Maggie and Jason, the duo behind Maggpie Vintage Rentals, a Port Richmond-based company that rents incredible vintage furniture and decor for events and photoshoots. Their colossal warehouse is the stuff of vintage lovers’ dreams: one whole floor of chairs in all shapes and sizes, fantastically weathered tapestries, weird-but-wonderful wicker pieces, and everything else you’d ever want to put in your home.

A while back, they started selling some of their stuff, a one-off piece here and there on Instagram. And then they launched an e-store, where you can find everything from china and flatware to dining tables and upholstered chairs. And now, today until 5pm, they’re hosting a huge warehouse sale. Which means this: Sneak out of work early and goRead more »

Shop Talk: The Mall Store You Should Start Reconsidering

Ann Taylor Spring

Yes, this is Ann Taylor. | Images via Ann Taylor.

  • Remember when Banana Republic got a new creative director and suddenly turned from mecca of Job Interview Outfits to OMG-I’d-actually-wear-this-out? Well, another mall stalwart is following suit. Meet the new (and shockingly cool) Ann Taylor. [The Zoe Report]
  • Kate Spade is launching a new company called Frances Valentine, a shoe and handbag line that’ll launch in the spring. It’s described as having a “wholesome but quirky, colorful Americana to the look, though everything is produced in Spain and Italy … putting the price points slightly higher than the Kate Spade of yore.” [WWD]

Next: Let Gwyneth Paltrow sell you a $200 bobby pin!

There’s Something About Bela Shehu

Bela Shehu in her Rittenhouse studio. Photograph by Matt Zugale

Bela Shehu in her Rittenhouse studio. | Photograph by Matt Zugale.

“Oh my God, A6! Why don’t I have A6 in my life?” says the girl in the crop top as she stares, transfixed, at her iPhone. Her name is Jean, and she’s a fresh-faced 30-something copywriter for Urban Outfitters.

“Yes, the whites are very white, you see? The F2 filter, the whites get a little blue, cold,” the woman sitting next to her says in a lolling, almost singsong purr. This is Bela Shehu, a striking brunette fashion designer who is presiding over an impromptu Instagram class in her Rittenhouse atelier. There are three of us here, crammed knee-to-knee on a low-slung chaise that’s not even particularly comfortable (Bela painted it white a few weeks ago in a sudden fit of inspiration; it crackles faintly when you move), sipping wine as we listen to Bela explain how she uses VSCOcam, a photo-editing app, to transform grainy selfies into pictures worthy of a place in her carefully curated Instagram feed. Read more »

A Terrifying Look at the Craziness That Went Down Yesterday at H&M Stores All Over the World

That was quick.

The furor started immediately after H&M announced back in May that it would be launching a designer collaboration with Balmain. Bit by bit, nuggets of information would leak out—a campaign video here, a Balmain-clad red carpet army there—and people freaked out. But that was nothing compared to the madness that took place worldwide yesterdayRead more »

Store Madness: People Are Already in Line for Tomorrow’s H&M x Balmain Collection Launch

Balmain H&M

The fashion version of a tailgate. | Photo by Eva Arce.

It’s just as I predicted: As early as 5am this morning, loyal (crazy?) shoppers started lining up in front of the H&M store at 15th and Chestnut so that they might be among the lucky ones to nab a piece or two (or 10) from the brand’s heavily touted Balmain collaboration, which launches at 8am tomorrow morning.

As of about 3pm this afternoon, there are about 15 chairs snaking around the corner of the building. (Interesting side note: Most of the people waiting in line are men! Slow clap.) Not exactly total madness — yet. But there’s still plenty of time to go before the collection launch – countdown is now T minus 16 hours– and you can bet that line will reach far down 15th Street as the hours pass. Read more »

The Sale You Need to Shop Right Now

Toggery Sale

Prime finds: knit tweed joggers and boyfriend blazer, and a soft scarf. | Images via Toggery.

I get it: Basics aren’t particularly fun to buy. It’s why I have two pairs of blue fur shoes and only one black long-sleeved tee. (This conveniently has a hole in it.) But these wardrobe workhorses, as I call them, are necessary – the perfectly slouchy white tee, the simple turtleneck, the scoop tank. And, if you buy the right ones, they can also be incredibly stylish. Case in point: Toggery’s luxe staples, all designed right here in Philly and now, all 50 percent off.  Read more »

Tomorrow: Major Vintage Home Decor Warehouse Sale


That loveseat. THAT. LOVESEAT. | Image via Trove Decor Facebook.

The best-kept secret of vintage home decor is tucked away in a barn in Newtown. It’s called Trove Decor, and well, just look at that picture above. There’s not a brick-and-mortar shop, so those in the know (which is now you!) have either book an appointment to shop or wait for the company’s every-so-often warehouse sales which, in true Bucks County fashion, take place inside a cozy barn. And guess what? There’s one this weekend!  Read more »

Shop Talk: How Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Skin

iPhone Bad for Skin

Even if it’s in a really cute case, your iPhone can wreak havoc on your skin. |andersphoto /

  • It’s not shocking that all the time you spend with an iPhone pressed against your cheek isn’t great for your skin. After all, everyone knows that dirty, oily screens can lead to pimples. But what is surprising is that cell phones can also lead to saggy “tech neck” (basically turkey neck caused from craning your head) and crow’s feet. [StyleCaster]
  • In the latest crazy shakeup in the global fashion world, Raf Simons is stepping down from his post as creative director of Dior’s women’s collections. (Cue major freakouts.) One likely successor: Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy.  [WWD]

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