The Best Shops for Furniture and Home Accessories

Material-Culture

Worldly eclecticism reigns at Material Culture’s enormous store.

Our furniture and decor scene is as varied as the homes lining our streets. There’s a bit of mid-century modern, some industrial, lots of antiques, and enough retro/reclaimed/gilt/wood/you-name-it goods to fill tiny trinities and vast manses alike. Here, some of the best (and our favorite) haunts for home furnishings from this year’s Best of Philly list.  Read more »

7 Editor-Approved Sales and Shopping Events to Hit This Weekend

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This weekend’s shopping standouts: Shoes from Bus Stop, dresses from Jade’s Closet, and cheeky cross-stitch on East Passyunk.

There are so many great sales happening now, so it was a tad hard to whittle them down to the best. But I’ve done it, and they’re all right here in one handy list. Whether you’re looking for furniture, shoes, letterpress or apparel, I’ve got you covered. Happy shopping, friends.  Read more »

Field Guide: 5 Best Places to Get a Bikini Wax in Philly

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In the grand list of things we do in the name of beauty and self-maintenance, bikini waxes are down at the very bottom of the list. They’re painful and, even worse, inexplicably awkward. But if you’ve gotta get it done, you’re best getting it done at one of these spots. I can’t promise that it won’t be painful, but it’ll be thorough, quick, and as comfortable as possible (read: less small talk, more expert efficiency).  Read more »

‘Who Are You Wearing?’ A Guide to Embracing Fashion’s Trickiest Question

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Many years ago, I went to a party to do my editor-mingling duties, which include lots of small talk and tiny hors d’oeuvres. That night, I chose to do my mingling in a mustard-yellow, vaguely cocoon-shaped shift from H&M. Halfway through the evening, a woman stopped me very dramatically, apparently unaware that we were on the Main Line and not on a red carpet in Cannes:

Who are you wearing?”

I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I do know that I lied. Back then, I subscribed to the Fake It ‘Til You Make It school of thought: When someone asks you in a pretentious fancy way which fancy designer crafted your fancy dress, it’s social suicide to admit that it was $69.49 and came in ten different colorways.  Read more »

Market Report: 10 Lies Your Hairstylist Is Telling You

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  • Here are 10 myths you’ve probably heard on the salon floor that aren’t totally true. For example: Drugstore products really aren’t the worst things on earth, you probably don’t actually need to get a trim every six weeks, and you definitely don’t have to have an arsenal of fifteen different styling products. [Refinery29]
  • It’s the end of an era: Louis Vuitton is officially discontinuing the candy-colored Murakami monogram bags. They’ll be completely gone by the end of this month. #neverforget. [StyleCaster]
  • Analysts are predicting that by 2017, the number one clothing retailer in the country will be … Amazon. [Business of Fashion]

Next: Limited Too is coming back from the dead!

Everything at Rittenhouse Jewelry Boutique TownHome Is On Sale This Week

TownHome

TownHome’s small but airy Rittenhouse location. | Images via Facebook.

If you find yourself wandering Rittenhouse — specifically, the 1600 block of Walnut Street — this week, here’s a tip: Pop into TownHome. The jewelry store is very tiny, very lovely, and very air-conditioned. It’s also very much in summer sale mode.

This week, every single piece is up to 50 percent off. While they can’t name-drop, I can tell you this: The sale is storewide, and they carry brands like Dana Rebecca, Me+Ro, Jamie Kole and Jennifer Zeuner. So you do the math.

The Details: TownHome, 1616 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse, 215-972-5100.

I Tried It: One Stressed-Out, Overly Caffeinated Editor’s Acupuncture Journey

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Fluttery.

That’s the best way to describe it. Like a troop of misguided butterflies has taken up residence in the center of my chest, just beneath the breastbone, making me jumpy, anxious, like I’m about to take the stage in a school play, or like I’m hiding from a serial killer.

I’m not sure why I’m so nervous, only that I’ve always been this way. Photos of me as a little girl show my index finger poised at the side of my thumb, ready to pick at the skin around my nail (something I do to this day; it’s a wonder I still have thumbs). Lately, though, with work and house-hunting and general Life Stuff, the butterflies have turned into more of a softball-size lump, a heavy gelatinous mush of nerves I can’t quite shake. Which is how I found myself lying on my stomach with a bunch of needles sticking out of my back a few weeks ago.  Read more »

Market Report: What Happens When You Buy Super-Cheap Jeans

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  • Shelling out more money for a pair of jeans is actually worth it. Not only does ultra-cheap denim (I’m talking pairs in the $20 to $50 range) tear more easily and gets saggy in the knees, but the synthetic dyes from factories are poured directly into rivers, workers aren’t paid living wages, and buttons and rivets might be toxic. Scary stuff. [Refinery29]
  • Pretty soon, you’ll be able to shop on Facebook. The social networking giant is creating mini e-shopping sites within Facebook pages in an attempt to nab a piece of the massive e-commerce revenue pie (which is projected to be around $350 billion this year). The project is still in the testing phase. [Buzzfeed]
  • Ease back into the workweek grind with some online shopping. Your first stop should be Nordstrom’s mega anniversary sale, which is in full swing right now. Here are some of the best buys. [InStyle]

Next: The secret to walking confidently in high heels.

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