Black Friday? It’s on. And so is Small Business Saturday, for that matter. We’ve rounded up the 50 best sales (promotions, markets, free gifts, etc.) at the 50 best local boutiques and stores in the area, just for you. Happy shopping.
I’ve never been a huge camp-outside-Target-in-a-Snuggie-with-a-thermos-of-coffee person. The hot-ticket items every year (Furbies and Wiis come to mind) never left me lusting, and they most definitely did not warrant a 3am wake-up call post-tryptophan-coma.
Um, apparently I’m in the minority.
I guess I always found shoe clips a bit, well, dated (for some reason, 18th-century doll shoes come to mind). Then I saw these Lulu Frost for J.Crew beauties pop up in J.Crew’s new arrivals section last week. And, let me tell you, they are divine. Designer Lisa Salzer crafted the deco-inspired shoe clips as a nod to estate jewelry, so they’re just as luxe as you’d imagine. We envision them being the perfect add-on when you want to up your cocktail attire to “holiday festive” on the fly—or to simply transform a pair of shoes from basic to all sorts of spangly goodness. (our Shoppist editor clipped a pair of vintage ones to amp up her Stuart Weitzman wedding shoes!) Want the real, antique thing? Etsy has plenty of cool clips (check them out here) or, if you’re feeling crafty, round up some vintage rhinestone clip-on earrings and give this DIY version a go.
Your shoes will thank you.
We’ve all been there: somewhere to be and only equipped with an arsenal of … bobby pins. Though seemingly limited, bobby pins are actually a simple way to spruce up your look. Here, 14 totally inspirational ways to wear beauty’s best basic. (Tip: Spritz hairspray on your bobby pins—yes, the pins, not your hair—prior to using for optimal hold.)
In retail news, Shoppist has word that new menswear shop Armour will soft-open on November 16th on Fabric Row, right next to Famous Fourth Street. We chatted with the shop’s mastermind, David Grimes, to get all the details. And, trust us, you’ll want to add this place to your list of must-shops.
Pinterest is sort of like Etsy: so many pages that it can be overwhelming to figure out who’s worth following (see: WTF, Pinterest?). To make the whole inspiration-gathering thing a bit easier, Shoppist scoured countless boards to determine Philly’s top 10 pinners. Keep reading to see who to follow—and then be sure to head over to Shoppist’s Pinterest page for even more stuff to love.
For really ambitious Halloween-ers, letting someone else wield the makeup brush can take your costume to the next level. (Case in point: Would Natalie Portman’s Black Swan have been as striking without the wild makeup?) Here, four Philly makeup spots staffed with experts who can paint your face for maximum effect. (See that look to the left? We’ll tell you where to get it.)
Philly native and Moore College of Art & Design grad, Dom Streater, stole the show on October 17th with her Project Runway win. The 24-year-old former hostess was a competitor from the get-go, favoring retro-cum-feminine pieces that caught the eye of Heidi Klum—as well as her fellow contestants. Shoppist got a chance to talk to Streater today about what happened behind the scenes (think people warring over sewing machines), Tim Gunn’s god-like presence, and her fall/winter ’14 collection.
Oh, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Six of Philly’s top spas and salons are dishing out treatments with fall’s freshest, best ingredients: pumpkin, cranberry, cinnamon and autumnal spices. Post-treatment glowing skin is really just a bonus.