Make This Your Spring Hostess Gift: Skeem Soaps

Photo via Skeem Soaps.

Photo via Skeem.

Going out of town for Easter weekend or making any weekend trips this spring? Assuming you are, you need to come equipped with a hostess gift. Plus, the way get-togethers crop up in the spring, it’s not always possible to dash out to the store to pick something up. We have your stock-up solution: Philly-based Skeem soaps. (Yes, this is the same company that makes those gorgeous glass-encased candles!) The soaps come in sumptuous spring-appropriate fragrances like grapefruit zest, blood orange, and lilac dandelion, so they’re kind of irresistible. Our tip: Buy a few at a time and keep them tucked away for unexpected occasions. And if you decide to keep one or two for yourself, we won’t tell.

Is the Philadelphia Airport the New Mall? Pilot & Captain Seems to Think So

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To be honest, when we got word that wanderlust-inspired brand Pilot & Captain was opening a brick-and-mortar location in Philadelphia Airport’s Terminal C on May 1st, we were a little confused. How would we get to it? Would we have to book a flight to shop there? And why, of all places, would they choose to open their first retail location in … an airport?

To get the scoop on their surprising move, we chatted with Pilot & Captain brand manager Chelsea Solitrin.

Click here to read the interview!

Skirt Boutique Launches New Shopping Box Service

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Part of Skirt’s Style Box questionnaire.

We at Shoppist love local boutiques probably more than anyone else, but we have to admit, online shopping is really freakin’ convenient sometimes. Still, when you need a new outfit stat and the only option is to tack on $20.95 for overnight delivery, sometimes even that isn’t fast enough. That’s where Skirt comes in.

And they’re even faster than Amazon.

The Edit: 11 Spring Sunglasses Under $150

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Sunglasses can be an accessory staple if you want them to be. They can also be the perfect way to test out shapes and color in moderation. We’re proponents of the latter, so we rounded up the best spring shades under $150. Because really, what’s better than actually being able to wear sunglasses? Being able to to buy them on a budget. Here, 11 ways to do just that.

Click here to find out where to get ‘em.

5 Stores That Started as Franklin Flea Pop-Up Vendors

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

Shoppists, there’s a trend in our midst and it’s not of the clothing variety. It was brought to our attention by Franklin Flea founder Mark Vevle that more and more Franklin Flea vendors are making the jump to brick-and-mortar locations. He described sending an email to last year’s vendors to gauge interest and was met with five replies informing him the respective vendors were opening their own shops or expanding within Philly. If he harbors any resentment, you certainly can’t tell. “It’s not a bad problem to have,” he says.

So, what gives? Why are vendors making the jump? And is Franklin Flea really the key to retail success?

Click here to find out!

This Just In: Vince is Opening on Walnut Street

Photo via Vince.

Photo via Vince.

The folks over at Racked Philly just confirmed those pesky rumors that’s we’ve been hearing for some times now: Vince is coming to Walnut Street. Slated for a summer 2014 opening, the brand will be moving into the corner lot at 1701 Walnut Street currently occupied by Juicy Couture.

What to expect: updated classics in timeless shades (their spring collection has a ton of beige and navy). Their pieces transition seamlessly from work to play with shift dresses and silky minimalist blouses (read: perfect for summer). As one co-worker puts it, it’s all the classics—but better.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Vince. Now about that buttery soft leather moto jacket you’ve got out for spring….

Shopping Roundup: Where to Shop in Philly This Weekend

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I feel like I reference the weather every time I do a shopping roundup, BUT YOU GUYS, IT’S FINALLY WARM. And with warm weather, comes markets (we have two on tap) and sweet outdoor shopping events that have us especially excited for those 70-degree temps. Here’s all the must-see, must-shop events going on Philly this weekend. Now, get shopping!

Click here for more.

You Can Now Adopt a Dog Through Free People

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He’s more prepared for Coachella than I am.

You read that title correctly: Bohemian brand Free People has collaborated with local no-kill shelter PAWS to launch its new FP Pet Project collection. So all those cute pups that will be modeling pet apparel, accessories (like this tipi), and toys will be available for adoption. Just click on the product page to find some info about the dog including its name and a link to PAWS to adopt it.

So, it looks like Blue the two-year-old beagle might be coming home with me. We’ll take the leash, too.

Your Shopping Game Plan for Sunday’s Clover Market

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Attention: Clover Market is back in Chestnut Hill, Shoppists. This Sunday, April 13th, from 10am to 5pm,  the much-loved flea market will be setting up shop all along Highland Avenue (at Germantown Avenue) and in the large parking lot at 25 West Highland Avenue with their usual array of more than 100 vendors selling vintage/salvage furniture, new and vintage accessories, jewelry, clothes and handmade goods. It’s basically a treasure trove of the coolest stuff you can find—at much lower prices than if you were to find them at a brick-and-mortar.

Like all flea markets, though, it can be a tad overwhelming. To help you find the best stuff, we’ve compiled a Clover Market game-plan. Because smart shoppers are prepared shoppers.  Click here for our tips on maneuvering the market!

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