Retail News: Banana Republic Factory Store Set To Open Tomorrow


It’s (almost) here! | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Seemingly overnight, the Banana Republic Factory Store on 1911 Chestnut Street is stocked and ready to open. A quick trip to the storefront today confirmed that it will, in fact, be opening tomorrow, December 17th. We suggest taking advantage of the convenient opening date to score last-minute holiday outfits.

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What To Wear: How To Rock Maxi Skirts Right Now



Maxi skirts need not be limited to warm weather and sandal pairings when there are so many festive sequined, ribbed knit, and silk organza varieties to don during the holiday party season. Go formal—and even black tie!—with a bell-style skirt and a collared crop top (that doesn’t reveal too much), or dress a slinky sequin number down with a slouchy cashmere turtleneck. Plus, if you pair the look with a stiletto, your legs will look mile-long. Either way, winter’s maxi skirt is a toasty alternative for a holiday look.

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Market Report: 15 Chic Pairs of Gloves That Are Actually Warm

  • Market ReportIt’s a rare find when your dainty, bow-bedecked gloves also keep your hands toasty. Here, 15 pairs that do just that. [Lucky]
  • These are the all-time favorite gifts of style setters like Jenna Lyons, Eva Chen, and even Nick Jonas. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you. [Huffington Post]
  • Apparently, ‘how to wear a scarf’ was the most frequently asked fashion question on Google this year. [The Cut]

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Shoppist Gift List, Day 15: Anthropologie Kid’s Classics Box Set


Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

For the miniature Rory Gilmores unswayed by the prospect of dolls or little nail polishes, gift them this collection of children’s classics from Anthropologie. The set includes eight hardcover books: Peter Pan, The Call of the Wild, The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Anne of Green Gables and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The fact that it comes in an impossibly charming illustrated set—that will look swoon-worthy on your shelf—is just icing on the cake.

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The Geisha House’s Holiday Lookbook Is Absolutely Stunning

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Photo by Cheyenne Gil

Behold: The most Pin-able, Tumblr-worthy holiday lookbook has just arrived and it belongs to The Geisha House. The Old City boutique joined forces with photographer Cheyenne Gil and Maggpie Vintage (you might remember them from Philly Mag Shops) for a totally lust-worthy, 86-page lookbook that packs in tons of styling tips and inspiration. Don’t blame us if you find yourself yearning for teal hair streaks or a vampy lip once you’ve seen it.

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Market Report: A Comprehensive Guide To Buying Tights

  • With the dismal quality of some hosiery, it’s easy to forget that they’re not intended to be disposable. Log these tips from the pros in this definitive guide to buying tights. [The Coveteur]
  • Take note for the holidays: Turns out, it is possible to wear heels all night without wreaking havoc on your feet. [Harpers Bazaar]
  • Comme des Garçons has officially collaborated with Disney’s Frozen. Whaaat? [Bustle]

Up Next: A peel-off lip stain and the newest beauty looks to try.

Shoppist Gift List, Day 14: Geography 541 Bangles


Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Long past the age of toys and too young for investment purchases,  teenagers rank high on the list of trickiest giftees. To earn major street cred amongst the teen set, wrap her up one of these stunning brass bangles. Each piece is locally crafted and made to order, so she can brag about it to all of her friends and you’ll look like a hip old person. Psst: If you order by December 15, there’s guaranteed holiday delivery. So put in that order—stat.

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Noooo, Snooki Just Opened An Etsy Store

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Just a sampling of the shop’s offerings | Image via Etsy

Let me preface this post by stating that I *gulp* like Snooki. Sure, she wears furry animals on her feet and owns enough leopard print to clothe a small country, but really, who am I to judge? Her babies are super-cute and I think her friendship with Jwoww is a testament to sisterhood, so wear that (inexplicably high) poof proud, I say.

However, when I received word today that the Jersey Shore‘s most prominent alum launched an Etsy shop, aptly titled NicolesCraftRoom (shedding the ‘guidette’ image, I see), I cringed at the possibilities. What could Nicole’s craft room possibly house? Bedazzled baby onesies? Those can’t be safe.

But, nope, it was worse. Or better. (I’m still deciding.)

Puff paint ahead, friends.

Shoppist Gift List, Day 12: La Colombe Coffee Gift Box

Packaged and ready to go.

Packaged and ready to go.

Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

In a city home to some of the best coffee shops around, it’s no wonder that a coffee-centric gift is usually a safe bet. For your favorite caffeine fiend, we suggest gifting this assortment of La Colombe founder Todd Carmichael’s three favorite coffees: Guatemalan beans from Ferrigno Estate and Tomastepec, and a Nicaraguan from El Diamante Auction Lot. Gift it with a Chemex coffeemaker for the ultimate pairing, or present it on its own in its seasonally appropriate red box.

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Market Report: 34 Cool Ways to Style Your Wedding Band With Other Rings

  • MR15Wedding bands need not be limited to the traditional engagement ring combo. Instead, try out one of these 34 awesome wedding band styling tricks. (Psst: Shoppist editor Emily wears hers in the Coolest. Stack. Ever.) [Pop Sugar]
  • Why decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments when you can decorate your, uh, beard. Yeah, these guys did just that. [Buzzfeed]

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