7 (Non-Sexy) Halloween Costumes That Don’t Suck

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Let’s get one thing straight before we begin: I’m not a fan of any costume that has the word “sexy” tacked to it. Sexy pirate? No. Sexy Santa? No. Sexy ghost/zombie/bee/stewardness/pilgrim: No, no, huh?, no, no. Halloween costumes aren’t supposed to be sexy. Please just stop.

Moving on. There is a whole lot of crap out there when it comes to costume-hunting. We sifted through it all—and tried to keep the price point low because we feel like you should spend your money on this (pause for squeal) instead of, well, this. (Although if you do buy this, you are invited to my Halloween party.)

Here, in no particular order, are costumes that—while not sexy—are worth wearing this Halloween.

See them all here!

Duke & Winston Debuts Fantastic New Antique Section Called Duke’s Library

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Images via Instagram.

Picture this: you’re sitting in a velvet wingback chair staring pensively at your worn copy of War and Peace (because, ya know, you’ve read it 23,592 times), sipping a snifter of aged brandy, presumably. The walls are lined with cherry bookshelves that are, of course, well-stocked but simultaneously styled with things like an heirloom ship model and iron Scottie dog bookends. Maybe throw in a marble bust or two.

Now, those amazing antique knickknacks that make your study look like a cross between a scene from Dead Poets Society and Winston Churchill’s library (I imagine) can be bought in Duke & Winston‘s fantastically curated new antique section, Duke’s Library. Items are pricey, but they do all the culling and heavy-lifting, leaving you with the most charming selection of preppy odds and ends to outfit your shelves.

Next: How to shop the goods.

Market Report: Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

  • One of the most legendary designers of the last century, Oscar de la Renta, died yesterday at the age of 82. Without his fantastically feminine looks, the red carpet will never be the same. [Huffington Post]
  • To remember the famed designer, here’s a roundup of his most iconic looks. (He dressed everyone from Jackie O. and numerous other First Ladies to, most recently, Amal Alamuddin, for whom he designed a wedding dress for her marriage to George Clooney.  [Bustle]
  • In beauty news, your medicine cabinet is about to get a whole lot more spacious. These are the 10 beauty products you should be borrowing from the boys. (We swear by men’s razors.) [The Zoe Report]

Up Next: A gemstone that makes your face less puffy and the witchiest products in Free People’s new shop.

Oh, Baby! 30 Best Maternity Street Style Looks

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How to win at maternity style.

It seems everyone is pregnant: Kate Middleton is expecting another tiny royal; Blake Lively is creating an artisanal, made-in-the-USA bundle of joy; model Coco Rocha is having a scary alien baby, if you go by her terrifying Instagram announcement; and precisely 90 percent of all of my friends is expecting. One of these friends (who shall remain unnamed) came to me exasperated by the dirth of pregnancy style inspiration out there. So, friend who shall go unnamed, consider this your first baby gift: a roundup of 30 incredibly chic–and incredibly pregnant—women. (Psst: I included a few specific items and brands in here, so you can actually get some of the pieces yourself; other looks are easy to imitate.)

Have a favorite maternity store or brand? Share it in the comments. And to all of you expectant mothers (yes, even you, Blake), congratulations!

Your maternity inspiration board is right here.

Monday Obsession: Sophia Webster’s Winged Superhero Shoes

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I buy expensive shoes in entirely the wrong way. Instead of investing in proper, wear-forever classics like black Louboutin pumps or ever-chic Chanel flats, I throw caution to the wind and splurge on shoes with poofs of fur, or hearts all over them, or impossibly high gilded wedge heels. When it comes to buying high-end shoes, for me, the more impractical and fantastical, the better. (I repeat: This is not the smartest way to go about stocking your shoe closet.)

I suppose this is why I’m so drawn to Sophia Webster‘s offbeat collection. The London-based  designer dreams up shoes with crazy color combinations, pom-poms, tassels, dizzying patterns—and, now, wings.

It’s like Roman gladiator gone glam.

Market Report: 11 Pairs of Tights That Won’t Give You a Muffin-Top

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  • This morning officially ushered in the season of the tights. Here are 11 pairs that won’t roll down or give you the dreaded Hosiery Muffin-Top. (Cue cheering.) [Fashionista]
  • Scary fact: Thieves can easily steal your credit card information just by walking past you with a special scanner. Freaked out? A design team has created a line of purses and wallets that prevents this identity theft.  [Styleite]
  • The trend I’m digging most for fall: Fringe! Here’s how to do it without veering into Pocahontas territory. [Wall Street Journal]

Next: Blake Lively is rocking the whole maternity thing, and the most popular pair of black work pants ever.

Horsham Man Sentenced to Prison For Posting Bomb Threat To Willow Grove Mall

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Willow Grove Park Mall.

A 24-year-old man, David Barnhouse of Horsham, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for posting a bomb threat on the Willow Grove Park Mall’s website on June 20, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced. According to its indictment, Barnhouse hacked into his neighbor’s wireless router to post the threat, which read:

“We have planted an explosive device somewhere in the mall, and will detonate it unless all members of the Islamic faith imprisoned in the United States are freed by 7pm on June 23.  Even if you search the mall for 72 consecutive hours, you will NEVER find it. Do not attempt to defuse the bomb, find the bomb, or interact with authorities on this matter, except those capable of freeing our brothers.”

Read more.

Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Roundup

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It’s the weekend! Let’s get our shop on.

Let’s end this marathon week (hasn’t it seemed long?) with some sales, free cocktails, and shopping events. Here’s where you should be shopping this weekend.

First up, Frey Boutique, which—as we reported yesterday—is closing their Exton store after business hours tomorrow and opening in Newtown Square on October 24th. This means you’ve got one last day to scoop up major deals on summer and fall merch at the Exton location. Nothing is over $100, and they’ve got $5, $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100 sale racks. The store is open until 6pm tonight, and from 10am to 6pm tomorrow. Freyboutique.com.

More sales ahead!

Field Guide: 5 Insanely Posh Dog Hotels

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The cheery check-in area at What A Good Dog on the Main Line. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou.

What A Good Dog // Frazer
Owner Mary Remer, who’s spent more than 30 years training dogs, believes socialization makes most canines happiest, so she designed her state-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot facility around that concept. There are 20 play yards and five fields for small-group romping, a misting system for refreshing dogs, and an indoor agility course. Come sleepy-time, staffers match dogs to their neighbors by breed, age, sex and temperament to reduce anxiety. Overnight stays come with lots of time in the sun; you can also add one-on-one leash walks, games of catch, swimming lessons and straight-up cuddle time. go here for: Extra love and attention for your senior dog. // 295 Three Tun Road.

Read more here.

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