Girly-girls of Rittenhouse (actually, anyone with nails), rejoice! Luxury nail salon Lacquer Lounge is opening its doors on Tuesday, April 8. We love them for their Katy Perry-esque nail art (they polished digits at Philly Mag Shops), and for their super-high hygienic standards (think disposable liners and no whirlpool jets) to negate infections. So news of a second location has us thrilled.
Most of us are familiar with how clothing sample sales go down: wear minimal layers, battle it out over a blouse, and leave with bags bursting with newfound treasures. Did we mention this only over a span of 10 minutes? Furniture sample sales are a little different, Shoppists. They’re prime spots for finding deals on sought-after samples, with less of the aggression you’d find at their clothing sale counterparts. That’s why you need to check out Chadds Ford Studio 882; they’re hosting a sample sale right now. There are tons of deeply discounted furniture items to be had (check online, here) including this Athens Lounge Chair marked down to $2,875.50 from $7,668 (Pair it with a funky throw pillow).
Supplies are limited, so get shopping. And remember, no hair-pulling over that lust-inducing settee.
Backpacks are back, people (and we’re not talking Jansports). What this means: handy exterior (and interior!) pockets to store all your purse necessities, leaving both hands free while still wielding all your belongings, and a spring bag that’s fresher than the boring totes of yesteryear. With these picks, you’ll look more like Miroslava and less like Michelle Tanner a la Full House.
It’s official: Ted Baker London is slated to open the doors at its first Pennsylvania location at King of Prussia Mall on May 2. The 1,817-square foot store will be inspired by Philly’s revered Liberty Bell; the shape of the store as well as a cash till, armed with bells and whistles, will mimic the monument. Maintaining their British roots, the walls will be emblazoned with the lyrics from an English nursery rhyme (charming, right?).
On opening day, the store will be stocked with spring/summer ’14 womenswear, menswear and accessory collections (think bold colors and sporty-chic neoprene).
Shoppers present during opening weekend will be treated to a special gift with purchase as well as giveaways. Fever-Tree premium sparkling beverages will be on tap along with gourmet kettle corn for shoppers throughout the weekend. Can’t make it during opening weekend? There will be an enter-to-win competition running all month. The winner will score a $1,000 shopping spree at the store. We’ll assume that’s incentive enough.
If you haven’t heard of furniture store Cella Luxuria yet, you need to make a point to visit. Aside from their killer interiors (seriously, we included them in our list of amazing spaces in our April issue), the Philly-based store packs a major design wallop with reclaimed materials, recycled steel and bamboo integrated into sustainable and stands-the-test-of-time furniture. It’s the kind of effortlessly cool home decor we lust after.
Have we gotten your attention? Good. Now here are the sale details: Select floor samples are 20 percent off the lowest marked price on orange dot-labeled items while supplies last.
Orange gets a bad rap in the color family. “It makes me look like a pumpkin” is a comment we’ve heard more than a few times. (Really.) But let’s be honest: You can make that type of statement about any color, and it certainly hasn’t stopped us at Shoppist (hello, highlighter yellow). So in order to celebrate this new incarnation of orange, we’ve chosen four different ways to look decidedly un-pumpkin: Stella McCartney Clara Whispering lingerie set, $65 and $125 at Net-a-Porter; Alice & Olivia Gianna strappy sandals, $345 at Shopbop; lock clutch, $295 at Loeffler Randall; Valentino macaramé dress, $5,599.88 at Far Fetch.
Another reason why Old City is one of our favorite shopping destinations: Erdon opened a second location at 162 North Third Street over the weekend. The street is already home to heavy-hitters like The Geisha House, Sugarcube, Third Street Habit and Vagabond, so the addition of high-fashion boutique Erdon is basically just the cherry on top of a very indulgent cake.
Here are the details: The space is smaller than its Marlton counterpart, but owner Donna Sandoz admits there are more items in this store and that they’re “tweaking here and there as [they] work in the space.” All of the same lines from original boutique (think: Acne and Ivan Grundahl) will be stocked but in a slightly more curated fashion; most lines won’t have every item stocked, except French brand Maison Kitsuné—Sandoz says every item they bought will be available. She also alluded to new brands coming to both stores next season, as well as the potential to expand the new spot. (There’s a vacant basement below…)
The boutique is open until 7pm tonight; take advantage of the weather and make a trip—now.
Let’s get the obligatory acknowledgement of the weather out of the way: It’s freezing cold and ridiculously windy. Now let’s move on—specifically, to these tropics-inspired pieces that have us thinking gentle island breeze rather than crazy-harsh city wind tunnel. Embrace texture (fringe, raffia) and patterns (palms, flowers) and let’s spring forward, my friends.
If you watched TLC’s What Not to Wear, you know Carmindy. The bubbly makeup artist has a way of creating quick, natural looks that look polished and fresh. (That’s not an easy thing to nail.) Now that you can’t score a sesh with her on the show (the last episode aired this past August, sigh), you’ve got even more reason to scope out her new beauty line, which she’s launching exclusively at Soft Surroundings on Thursday.
If you haven’t started switching out your winter wardrobe in lieu of spring garb, you will soon. And with that comes garbage bags filled with old clothes. Rather than toss ‘em, consider recycling the goods by selling them to Greene Street, a consignment shop that stocks everything from Gap to Gucci. And it’s not just for adults anymore. The ten Greene Street boutiques have expanded to include a children’s store in Chestnut Hill. They’ve also launched an online store.