Your Weekend Sale Roundup

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Gather round, friends, it’s time for another weekend sale roundup. Here, nine must-shop sales to kickstart your spring wardrobe or spruce up your digs. Happy shopping! Read more »

Shoppist Revisit: Is Rittenhouse’s New Banana Republic Factory Store Worth Visiting?

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Chestnut Street’s Banana outlet. | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Back in December, we announced to much fanfare that a Banana Republic Factory Store was opening at 1911 Chestnut Street. As suspected, the store was well-stocked and shiny, as are all brand-new stores. But it’s the day-to-day goings-on that really determine a store’s success and longevity. So, three months later, I went back, iPhone camera at the ready, to assess the store’s current sitch. And even though reviewing the chain sort of feels like that sweetly earnest food critic who reviewed Olive Garden, people have been asking whether it’s worth a trip. Our verdict? If you can get past the slight disorganization, it’s an affordable go-to for stylish — if not groundbreaking — workwear. Read more »

How to Get Kim Kardashian’s Platinum Blonde Hair in Philly

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Fifty shades of K. | Images via Shutterstock and InStyle

In this week’s Kardashian news, Kim K has gone blonde — cool, platinum, nearly-white blonde. And though reactions to the color swap are mixed (Miley Cyrus is not impressed), you have to admit: the colorist did a darn good job. There’s minimal breakage and the color is uniform and dimensional — not an easy feat when coloring the locks of someone known for her espresso-hued tresses. So, in case you’re digging the look and feel ready to channel your inner Scandinavian, we checked in with two of the best local colorists to get the scoop on going bleach-blonde in Philly. Trust us, this is something you want to leave to the professionals.  Read more »

The Edit: 14 Stunningly Cool Lamps for Every Home

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Thanks to Daylight Savings, you may have noticed that the sun is actually still out during your evening commute. (Cheer!) But that means that your mornings leave you in the dark. Brighten up with one of these 14 luminaries — we’ve got floor lamps, desk lamps and, yes, even a surprisingly chic nightlight. It’s not quite natural sunlight, but for now, we’ll take it.  Read more »

How to Make Cheap Shoes Look More Expensive (Tip: Get Them Painted!)

Images via @toboxshoes

Images via @toboxshoes.

Two weeks ago, I posted a guide to buying designer bags on the cheap. One of the tips was to buy designer bags in trendy colors because they often go on sale and could be scooped up at cheaper prices. Their suggestion? Have these bags dyed professionally to resemble more classic carryalls. (To wit: A tie-dyed/graffiti Chanel bag might be of-the-moment now, but will look dated next year; a basic black version will never go out of style.) We here at Shoppist HQ thought this was absolutely brilliant.

And then, only days later, local men’s shoe shop ToBox posted a video on Instagram of owner Tung To artfully painting a pair of men’s shoes, sharing photos of the “before” and “after.” (Obviously, this was destiny.) Apparently, though it began as a hobby, the shoe expert offers artisan hand-painting services for leather shoes, bags and accessories to keep your goods looking updated and in tiptop shape. Read more »

Monday Obsession: Anthropologie’s Spring-Worthy Floral Chair

After setting clocks forward yesterday and waking up to 50 degree temps today, it’s becoming apparent that we’re not stuck in an endless winter abyss. To keep our spirits high, we’ve got a vibrant, spring-worthy chair from Anthropologie. (It’s a part of their largest home rollout yet.) The hand-finished chair features sleek armrests, gold leg stoppers and a frame-worthy print. April showers, we’re ready for you. Read more »

Skirt Boutique to Launch One-Week ‘Support Your School’ Program

Image via Skirt

Image via Skirt.

Main Line parents, listen up: Bryn Mawr’s Skirt is set to debut an awesome new ‘support your school’ program for one week between March 13 and March 20. During this week only, Skirt will donate 20 percent of your purchase back to a local school of your choice. The school that raises the most money will have their donation doubled by the boutique. Bonus: Parents will receive $25 gift cards with their purchases. Hey, it’s not a spring break getaway to the beach, but any opportunity to shop and benefit a great cause is worth the retail therapy.  Click here to see eligible schools!

Market Report: 5 Reasons to Put Your Skin on a Makeup Diet

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Image via Shutterstock

  • The 5:2 skin diet — foregoing makeup twice a week — might be just the detox your face needs. [Glamour]
  • The best thing to come out of the blue-and-black dress vs. white-and-gold dress debate: The Southern African branch of the Salvation Army has created a powerful ad starring the dress to combat domestic violence. [Washington Post]
  • Bloomingdale’s just debuted a new dance called the B-Roll. Let’s just say we don’t think it’ll be replacing the Electric Slide. [Huffington Post]

Next: A tech-savvy purse that can charge your phone — and it’s actually chic.

United by Blue Celebrates First Store-in-Store Concept at State & Union Tonight

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Image via United by Blue.

Good news: Environmentally conscious local clothier United By Blue is expanding — sort of. The lifestyle brand is known for its weather-ready waxed canvas bags, comfy tees and classic accessories (it seems like everyone was rocking this beanie this winter). And currently, they have two Philly locations: a flagship in Old City and a recently opened spot in University City.

But now, shoppers will also be able to get their hands on UBB merch at Kennett Square’s hip heritage lifestyle shop State & Union. State & Union has carved out a section of its shop to stock the entire line of United By Blue apparel, bags and accessories. State & Union owner Doug Harris tells us it will differ from a pop-up shop in that it’s intended to become a permanent addition to State & Union.

And though the new section has been up and running for the last few weeks, they’re celebrating the new concept tonight with foods, drinks and live music.  Keep reading to get in on the action.

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