Rent the Runway Adds Casual Clothing and More Brick-and-Mortar Stores

The recently-opened Chicago outpost of Rent the Runway. | Instagram.

The recently-opened Chicago outpost of Rent the Runway. | Instagram.

Fans of Rent the Runway’s affordable cocktail and formalwear rentals can now get their hands on slightly more casual work- and brunch-appropriate clothes. Last Thursday, Rent the Runway rolled out a selection of summer-y pieces like this Mara Hoffman romper ($50 rental; $242 retail) and this charming Elizabeth and James crop top ($45 rental; $225 retail) that veer from their typically formal offerings.  Read more »

We Found Your Perfect Planters for a Dreamy, Vintage-Inspired Floral Display

Pile your crate high with gorgeous florals. | Shutterstock; Three Potato Four

Pile your crate high with gorgeous florals. | Shutterstock; Three Potato Four.

Now that it’s May 12th and a balmy 85 degrees, we hope you’re well into your gardening phase (the “pollen tsunami” suggests you are) of spring. But for those of you who are less about sowing an eight-by-eight foot plot in your backyard and more inclined to simply observe your beauteous blooms from afar, lemonade in hand, we found the fuss-free planters you’ve been searching for. Read more »

A Day in the Life of Midtown Maven Valerie Safran

If there’s anyone whose goings-on we want to know, it’s entrepreneur and queen of Midtown Village Valerie Safran. As if co-owning nine businesses — Open House, Lolita, Verde, and Barbuzzo are among them — isn’t enough, she’s also in the throes of building a new business venture, American restaurant Bud & Marilyn’s. Here, she shares her favorite things, from vintage haunts to secret hideaways and everything in between.

Safran's favorite sips, spots and goods | All photos by Courtney Apple

Safran’s favorite sips, spots and goods | All photos by Courtney Apple.

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Market Report: How to Become the Online Shopper Who Never Has to Return Anything

End the return process once and for all. | Shutterstock

  • A luxury fashion buyer weighs in on the best tips and tricks for online shopping (like how to predict if an item will go on sale), so you never have to return anything again. [The Zoe Report]
  • A Tel Aviv-based winery just rolled out a new set of plates that make Instagramming your meal easier than ever. We’re still wavering on whether this is absurd or brilliant. [Fast Company]
  • Someone thought it would be a good idea to trademark “TransJenner” for a novelty line of clothing. According to TMZ, the creator “swears to [them] his intention is not to be salacious.” ’Kay. [TMZ]

Next: 32 pairs of summer-worthy shoes you can actually wear to the office.

Reese Witherspoon Launched a Southern-Inspired Clothing Line

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Image via Draper James.

I’m probably as skeptical as they make ’em when it comes to celebrity fashion lines and lifestyle brands. (I’m still disappointed by and slightly terrified of Blake Lively’s Preserve.) So when word got out that Reese Witherspoon was debuting a lifestyle brand, Draper James, I approached the prospect with the trepidation usually reserved for a wolverine. Or a snapping turtle.

But lo and behold, I’m back from the trenches and can report that a lot of the collection is actually quite cute. Read more »

Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Roundup

Image via Shutterstock

Image via Shutterstock

It’s Friday, everyone! And in order to celebrate the glorious impending weekend, we rounded up the best sales and shopping events going on in Philly and the ‘burbs. The best part? Some of them make killer Mother’s Day outings.  Read more »

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Drexel’s Upcoming Costume Exhibition

Dream closet status | Screenshot via Youtube

Dream closet status. | Screenshot via Youtube.

Ever wonder what goes into those insanely cool costume exhibitions Drexel hosts? Here’s your opportunity to find out. Drexel is hosting an event this Saturday with none other than Clare Sauro, the curator herself, to give guests a super-exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of a fashion exhibit as well as their not-yet-on-display retrospective exhibition, Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
(it doesn’t debut until October 2nd!). Read more »

Market Report: How to Clean Every Single Product and Tool in Your Makeup Bag

Get squeaky clean. | Image via Shutterstock

  • Soothe your inner clean freak with these 17 tutorials for cleaning every product and tool in your makeup bag. Buh-bye, grimy brushes! [Buzzfeed]
  • Taylor Swift wore 10 sparkly looks during her first 1989 concert. Plus, she may have nabbed a look from the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. [Yahoo]
  • This green lipstick — yes, green — transforms your lip color to a gorgeous berry hue. [Allure]

Up Next: Styling tricks for petite ladies.

How to Get $200 Off a Pair of Scarpe di Bianco Shoes at ToBox

Photo by Ian Watson

The trunk show will take place at the shop. | Photo by Ian Watson

Fans of Scarpe di Bianco (you know, the drool-worthy shoe brand ToBox likes to post on Instagram), you’re in for a treat. Men’s shoe boutique ToBox is hosting a trunk show with the brand this Friday and Saturday, and here’s the best part: they’re offering $200 off every pair of shoes purchased from Scarpe di Bianco during the event. We got word that it’s a one-time-only deal, so pencil in a midday trip during your lunch break tomorrow. You definitely won’t regret it. Read more »

Peter Kate Now Offers FaceTime Personal Shopping and Styling

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Shop this spot virtually. | Image via Peter Kate.

Everyone can empathize with being strapped for time, trekking out to a boutique only to either: A) not find what you’re looking for, or worse, B) learn they don’t have your size. To combat this all-too-common dilemma, Peter Kate recently introduced a fabulous new FaceTime personal shopping and styling service.

They’re not the first to embrace the ultra-personalized shopping method. Last month, Erdon announced private shopping appointments in its Old City location. This retail shift accommodates Philly’s busiest shoppers, allowing for fast, efficient service from folks that actually know what they’re talking about (no more asking the gal in the fitting room next to you).

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