10 Worst Black Friday Scuffles, Fights and Horror Stories

Black Friday

Don’t be part of an altercation that goes viral this Black Friday. | Shutterstock.

Ah, Black Friday, the holiday we simultaneously love and detest. It’s perplexing, really, that the single most greedy day of the year falls just after (or, in many cases, on) the holiday for which we gather to give thanks for the things we have in life. In a matter of hours, a solemn, thankful bunch of people can turn into raging, sale-hungry beasts. It’s actually quite alarming.

We’ve rounded up the best of the worst of Black Friday shenanigans, from ladies lying on flatscreen TVs to parking-lot stabbings, to remind us of the embarrassing scuffles of years past. May they serve as a reminder of the horrors that once occurred, lest we repeat our savage ways. If this doesn’t deter you from venturing out this Black Friday, at least consider yourself warned. Let’s all leave the stun guns at home this year, but not your dignity – please bring this with you. Read more »

Let’s Make Fun of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Annual GOOP Gift Guide Together!


This year, we lost a shining beacon in the world of Blogs We Love to Hate. Preserve, Blake Lively’s ill-fated lifestyle and e-commerce site, shuttered after only one year. We didn’t even get to see a gift guide! But all’s not lost: We’ve still got GOOP. And GOOP (this is Gwyneth Paltrow’s online lifestyle venture, if you haven’t yet been blessed to know it) is majorly stepping things up now.

It’s almost as if Gwyneth, fresh from toasting Preserve’s demise with organic macrobiotic fresh-cut lilac nutmeg juice made by baby angels, sensed our need for absolutely insane guidance. So she’s provided us with her annual GOOP Holiday Guide, and just as expected, it brims with weird things that are very expensive. I like to think of it as a glimpse into the Christmas morning of the one-percent. While we open slippers from Kohl’s, they open up 18K-gold spatulas. Let us dig right in, shall we? It’ll be a fun ride.  Read more »

This Year’s Best and Worst Black Friday Deals


Black Friday is right around the corner – where are you shopping? | Shutterstock.

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether the deal you’re getting on Black Friday is the best one out there. Between Thanksgiving meal preparations, grubbing, getting together with old friends, and navigating awkward family conversations, who has time to scan every single Black Friday ad flyer for the best deals?

Enter: WalletHub, a consumer social media company that basically did all the work for you. They consulted this year’s Black Friday ads (over 8,000, actually) from the 30 biggest US retailers, and came up with a definitive ranking of the best stores to shop this year. Here’s what to buy where, and what to avoid at all costs. Read more »

An Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside Primark’s New King of Prussia Megastore


The brand’s new storefront features four video screens. | Lauren McGrath.

If you don’t know Primark by now, you should. It’s Europe’s favorite fast-fashion retailer, with merchandise similar in quality to that of Forever 21 and H&M, but at even lower prices (seriously, $20 for this velvet jumpsuit?). The breadth of the offerings is enormous men’s, women’s, kids, home, beauty, activewear – and in-store merchandise changes over every single day. The best part? Primark pays all of their manufacturers a competitive, living wage, so you don’t have to raise an eyebrow at the insanely low prices you see on the tags. Primark simply has lower profit margins, so that you, the shopper, can get more bang for your buck.

We got an exclusive first look inside Primark’s brand new, ginormous (80,000 square feet!), sensory overload of a store in King of Prussia – the brand’s second US store, which opens tomorrow at 11am. It’s got over 350 light boxes, 200 mannequins, 90 fitting rooms, and a huge 70-foot video screen at the entrance. Here’s what to shop, what to skip, and what to get excited for. Read more »

Shop Talk: 10 Cheap Items Fashion Editors Buy in Bulk


Hint: Buy the turtleneck in bulk, not the fabulous necklace. | andersphoto / Shutterstock.com

  • Because everybody loves a deal, especially this time of year, here are ten affordable wardrobe essentials fashion editors buy in bulk. My personal faves are the men’s cashmere and cigarette pants. [Maire Claire]
  • Here’s exactly why you need to reconsider the sweater dress as a comfy winter work staple. [Pop Sugar]

Plus, here’s where to begin your layperson’s fashion education.

Where to Shop in Philly on Black Friday


Grab your girls, and get your shop on. And bonus points if you go out shopping looking like this. | Shutterstock.

As I say every single year, Black Friday is to Shoppist what the Super Bowl is to a football fan. Our whole year of sleuthing out the best shops, steals, deals and trends comes down this – the sale day of all sale days, the bargains to end all bargains. But while less-than-savvy shoppers might line up at big-box spots like Best Buy and Target, we know that the real deals are found in our incredible local shops.

Here are the less-publicized (read: less-crowded) but equally fantastic sales taking place on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Because you can always find another TV on mega-sale. But that covetable Maison Scotch sweater at that insane price won’t come around again. Happy shopping! (And keep checking back! We’ll be updating this list throughout the week as more deals come in.)  Read more »

Psst: Here’s How to Get Free Childcare While You Shop


Complimentary childcare while you shop is called a win-win. | Shutterstock.

Main Line moms, we’ve got the best news for you. Between bundling up the little ones against the cold, impossibly short attention spans, and a few inevitable tears, shopping with the kids can be a stressful occasion. That’s why Skirt Boutique’s owner (and mom of three boys) Maureen Doran is giving you one of the best presents you’ll receive this holiday season: some free time.  Read more »

Geisha House’s Huge Pre-Black Friday Sale

Geisha House

Holiday style with a twist. | Images via Geisha House.

Let’s be real, you’re looking, searching, begging for any excuse to stay home this Black Friday – I know I am. Well, here it is: Geisha House, one of our all-time favorite Philly boutiques, is having a massive pre-Black Friday sale. Shop it to find an outfit for Thanksgiving and then, on Thursday evening, enjoy your turkey leftovers in peace. Read more »

Eyelash Extensions Are Taking Over Philly Right Now


Mega-fringe. | Shutterstock.

A few years ago, blowout bars started popping up on every corner in this city, thus elevating the standard for party/date/everyday hair. (Seriously, one coworker has friends who get blowouts twice a week – as in, they no longer wash their own hair or even own shampoo.) Now, though, the newest kid on the beauty block is lash extensions, with lash-centric companies sweeping into salons and offering wear-everyday sets that, well, might just make mascara a thing of the past.

Lash extensions are hardly new, but in the past, they’ve usually been relegated to special-occasion primping. But recently, Philly spas and salons have been bringing in lash experts in droves, offering a range of wear-everyday styles (think just a few on the outer corners of your lashes) alongside full-blown Russian mink sets (think five synthetic lashes to every natural one on your lids. Talk about fringe). It’s safe to say Philly is starting to get a little lash-crazy. Here are four local companies riding the wave.

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What Happens When a Non-Makeup Wearer and a Makeup Diva Swap Routines


A medley of befores and afters. | Photos by Lauren McGrath.

In our office, there are two sets of women: Those who wear makeup every single day, and those who don’t ever wear a stitch. I happen to fall into the former group – full face, every day – and our copyeditor, Rachel Chernaskey (she of the impossibly high cheekbones and poreless skin), sits strictly in the latter. What would happen, I wondered, if we switched cosmetic routines for a day? Surely, the world would spin off its axis; our coworkers would look at my ruddy chin and un-lined eyelids and I’d immediately be fired; Rachel would be spotted on the street and become the next Kendall Jenner.

After some pleading with Rachel and personal soul-searching (could I really post a makeup-free photo on the blog for all to see?), we shook on it: I’d go sans makeup; Rachel would let our assistant lifestyle editor (and talented makeup artist in her own right) Lauren McGrath apply a full face. We’d wear our new looks around for one full work day and see who noticed, who commented, who turned away in horror, and how it felt to trade faces. Turns out, not at all like we expected.   Read more »

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