Photo via J.Crew
J.Crew needs your old denim! (Well, sort of.)
In conjunction with a crazy denim roll-out, J.Crew has launched an awesome initiative to benefit Blue Jeans Go Green, a denim recycling program. Bring an old pair of jeans to your local retailer by March 3rd and get 15 percent off when you buy a new pair. (We love these and these!) Blue Jeans Go Green will recycle your old pair into ultratouch denim insulation (environmentally safe, non-itch insulation without carcinogenic warnings) for homes in need. Bonus: If you liked our post about monogramming your jeans DIY-style, you can now get select pairs at J.Crew professionally stitched for $10.
I may be be fiercely loyal to my Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker (I swear by that tint of color), but when it’s 20 degrees out and there’s a crazy wind chill, my reptilian pout demands extra attention. Since this was kind of a beauty emergency (read: cracked and flaky), I decided to see what lip balms I could score locally–and, boy, the options did not disappoint. From balms boasting locally sourced ingredients to ultra-luxe cult favorites, I can safely say I plan to keep one at home, another in my purse, and one on my desk. Liberal usage is key, people (or at least, that’s what I’ll be telling myself).
See which balms made the cut and where to snag ‘em.
It’s official: The front window of DSW in Ardmore.
Shoppist got word that DSW‘s Ardmore location will be closing and making the move to Wynnewood come March. The relatively small Ardmore outpost (in comparison to other colossal DSW locations) is certainly in a less-than-idea spot: at the rear of a hard-to-find, underwhelming strip mall with limited parking off Lancaster Avenue. A sales associate at the Ardmore store confirms the new location will be housed in the second floor of the former Borders (80 East Wynnewood Road, seen below), with a Mad Mex on the first floor. Sorry, no closing sales to look forward to, but hey! Margs and shoes!
Click here to see the new location.
Forget slush and slippery ice. The worst part of winter is the static. Hair standing up on end, shocks each time you touch a stupid light switch and—the worst—your dress sticking to the butt of your tights. In an effort to alleviate potential embarrassment, I finally decided to figure out how to beat static. From Grandma’s remedy to the newest in beauty technology, here are five ways to rid the beast for good. May your skirt never stick to the back of your tights again.
It’s like Myth Busters: Shoppist Edition.
Mint is one of those colors that popped up a few seasons ago and never really left—and this year is no exception. If you’re looking for pieces to transition into spring, or simply want to lighten up your dreary winter duds, this pastel shade is the way to go. Plus, the color is super-adaptable to different skin tones, as it comes in a variety of shades. Pale chicks: Steer clear of green undertones, and opt for a mint with a tint of blue. Darker skin tones can don an avocado hue.
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We at Shoppist can always justify a sale (No, seriously, it’s nearly an art form). Thankfully the gang behind stadler-Kahn shares a similar sentiment. The self-proclaimed “elevated five-and-dime” is hosting an aptly titled “I Survived Winter” sale and we’re totally on board. The subterranean shop—one of our fave gems in the city—stocks textiles and designs by owner Alex Stadler, along with gifts, furniture, vintage objects and fine art (think: lots of fun, quirky colors). The sale starts on Tuesday and lasts through Friday, February 28.
Here’s the accessory roundup: 40 percent off stadler-Kahn scarves, 30 percent off new and vintage clothing and shoes, and 25 percent off jewelry. Plus, there will be 20 to 40 percent off vintage glass, ceramics and furniture, including newly minted collector’s editions (sounds like an excuse for a “We Survived Winter” party) and 20 percent off fine art. As you can see, it’s going to be pretty extensive; we suggest you get there quick to score the steals why they last. And hey, even if we don’t survive winter (which seems more and more probable), at least we’ll go down swinging. Swinging a shopping bag, that is.
My first encounter with sex toys was watching an episode of Sex and the City (Who can forget Charlotte’s “rabbit” intervention?). Sure, it was a pretty one-sided presentation and it may have perpetuated a few stereotypes, but at the time, having the WASP-iest member of the group singing her bubblegum-pink vibrator’s high praises felt mighty progressive. I’ve since learned that the realm of sex toys is crazy expansive and I know nary about it. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, I got the scoop on sex toys in Philly by chatting separately with our very own sex shop masterminds: Susan Mannino of Pleasure Chest and Khara Cartagena of The Velvet Lily (ed. note: our pick for Best of Philly!).
Click here for what to buy, how to buy it, and Philly’s favorite sex toys.
I think we’re all friends here, Shoppists, so let’s get real: Some ladies have a bit of facial hair. But it’s what you do with that facial hair that matters (i.e. wax, pluck, laser). With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, some of you may be anticipating a little lip action, so let’s take care of this. Rather than wax—which can leave you red and irritated—head to Anjuthreads. The airy salon, located at 1126 Walnut Street, is offering a special deal on upper-lip and lower-lip threading through February 15. Normally $12, you can score the combo for $7, which is a pretty great deal. Consider your ‘stache issue solved.
Valentine’s Day is a tricky gift-giving holiday. After all, it basically requires you to address relationship ambiguity (a big no-no if you’d prefer to stay in ignorant label-less bliss) to ensure adequate gift reciprocation (or reciprocation at all, for that matter). And then there are the established couples that have been-there, done-that. Seriously, how many times can one really gift cologne or socks? Not many. That’s why we compiled 10 fail-proof Valentine’s Day presents for the man in your life. Here, something for everyone from the barista who remembers you like extra foam to the long-standing beau. Bonus: Most of them are Philly finds, so you can make a quick trip before the 14th.
Keep reading to see the goods!
Purchasing perfume can be a very intimate experience. Each scent smells differently based on one’s body chemistry. That means that no matter how hard I try, lemon verbena is always going to make me smell like Pine-Sol and not like the citrusy goddess I envision, and I have to accept that.
These gross perfumes are not examples of that. When Be Well editor Emily Leaman tipped us off to Demeter’s pizza perfume, we had a good chuckle. Then we realized this wasn’t the first time someone dreamed up pizza perfume (that honor goes to Pizza Hut), and then we became concerned. What other weird perfumes were out there? How many? And more importantly, who buys them?
Apparently, the answer is a lot. We came across everything from bacon to earthworm fragrances. If you finish reading this blog post ready to detoxify your nostrils, we’ll understand.
Click here to see what weird perfumes are out there.