United by Blue Celebrates First Store-in-Store Concept at State & Union Tonight

Image via United by Blue

Image via United by Blue.

Good news: Environmentally conscious local clothier United By Blue is expanding — sort of. The lifestyle brand is known for its weather-ready waxed canvas bags, comfy tees and classic accessories (it seems like everyone was rocking this beanie this winter). And currently, they have two Philly locations: a flagship in Old City and a recently opened spot in University City.

But now, shoppers will also be able to get their hands on UBB merch at Kennett Square’s hip heritage lifestyle shop State & Union. State & Union has carved out a section of its shop to stock the entire line of United By Blue apparel, bags and accessories. State & Union owner Doug Harris tells us it will differ from a pop-up shop in that it’s intended to become a permanent addition to State & Union.

And though the new section has been up and running for the last few weeks, they’re celebrating the new concept tonight with foods, drinks and live music.  Keep reading to get in on the action.

Market Report: 5 Fashion Fixes You Can Keep in Your Purse

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  • Remedy all your fashion dilemmas on the fly with five handy tools that you can keep in your purse (think: portable lint sheets). [The Zoe Report]
  • Soon, you’ll be able to shop Jonathan Adler and Betsey Johnson at your drugstore. Well, sort of. [PopSugar]
  • Er, a boob bag just premiered at Paris Fashion Week. [Elle]

Next: How to do your hair like a Lanvin model.

5 Incredibly Cool DIY Home Projects to Try Right Now

Images via Design*Sponge, Honestly Yum, And Christina and A Beautiful Mess

Now that it’s March, it’s time to start spring cleaning. And because we can’t bring ourselves to start purging our junk drawers, we’ve decided a fun home-refreshing DIY is the way to go. We combed through the cheesy, button-emblazoned crafts to find you the chicest, boutique-worthy DIYs around. Craft away, friends.  Read more »

How to Weatherproof Your Shoes

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Image via Shutterstock

We made it close — nearly an entire winter without soggy, stained shoes. So close. But if you’ve been outside this past week, then you’ve seen the ice piles at nearly every intersection, puddles galore and a liberal dousing of rock salt. Even worse? Meteorologists are predicting rain all day today and sleet/snow tomorrow.

But there’s hope! You can still weatherproof your shoes before tonight’s impending flurries. And if you make the preemptive strike today, your shoes will be prepped and waterproofed before spring’s inevitable showers. Here, three super-easy methods to keep your shoes in tiptop shape after a deluge of ice and rain. It might just be more important than buying non-perishables and water.  Read more »

The Edit: 5 Pairs of Wide Leg Jeans to Make Your Legs Look Mile-Long

For the last five years or so, it’s been skinny jeans every day, everywhere. And while no one can dispute their slimming, leg-lengthening qualities, we’re starved for new proportions. Enter: Wide leg jeans. The throwback denim is experiencing a major comeback and we’re already stocking up for spring. However, as stylish as they may be, there are a few styling tricks to keep in mind:

1. Keep the wash light. Save the ultra-inky washes for your raw denim. Wide legs are meant to skew retro.

2. Wear heels. Wide leg jeans are already equipped to make your legs look crazy-long. Maximize the illusion by wearing your jeans with booties or a platform sandal.

3. Call your tailor. Most wide legs jeans have super-long inseams—usually 32 inches and up. If you’re not leggy and don’t plan on wearing 6-inch heels (see #2), then be sure to call a tailor to take up the seam. Raggedy hems will look more grungy surfer than hippie goddess. Psst: While shopping, account for any fading or whiskering that might look wonky post-hem.  Read more »

Market Report: IKEA to Release Phone-Charging Furniture

Image via Ikea

Image via Ikea

  • Cue cheers: IKEA is set to release a line of bedside tables, lamps, and desks that will wirelessly charge your smartphone. [Refinery29]
  • Will statement denim be spring’s biggest trend? [Vogue]
  • We love a celebrity who goes sans stylist on the red carpet. Here are 16 styling tips from stars without stylists. [WhoWhatWear]

Next: Repair you hair while you sleep.

The Best New Spring Arrivals in Philly Stores Now

At last! Spring arrivals are here. I’ve been happily raking in emails from local retailers announcing their new merch and decided to call out the pieces worth clicking ‘add to cart’. Even better? Most of the pieces are transitional, which means you can start integrating them into your wardrobe now. Eat it, winter.  Read more »

How to Shop Philly Vintage Stores on Instagram

Images via @briarvintage and @msmalena

Images via @briarvintage and @msmalena.

I follow a lot of Philly shops on Instagram. It helps me keep my finger on the pulse of the retail scene, and quite often it’s the go-to place for boutiques to release breaking news and post new arrivals. But they’re not just posting sneak peeks on their Instagram feeds; stores are also fielding purchase requests and sometimes updating their feeds up to 50 times a week.

It’s the new merchandising trend: vintage stores are posting their new buys to Instagram to provide the most up-to-date stock information without shoppers needing to constantly call or visit the stores. If shoppers find something they like, they need only call the shop to purchase the item or put it on hold and the item will be available for pick-up. If you’re someone who gets overwhelmed poring over mounds of merch, then this hyper-selective shopping method is just for you. Here, five Philly vintage shops that post their wares to Insta. We’ll be over here clicking the refresh button.  Read more »

Market Report: 7 DIY Alterations You Can Do for Perfect-Fitting Clothes

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  • Hem your pants or taper a pair of jeans with these 7 easy alternation tutorials found on YouTube. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Justice! Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl-covered Oscars dress has been recovered. [Elle]
  • This is a mani game-changer. Here are 5 scented nail polish removers to make refreshing your polish a breeze. (Psst: One even smells like chocolate!) [InSyle]

Next: The shoes you need to order before spring officially begins.

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