Skinny Jeans, Just Die Already

Illustration by Laura Weiszer

Illustration by Laura Weiszer

When I was in college, nights out were a sea of black pants. There were slight variations, sure, but the gist was always the same: low-waisted, tight, boot-cut, made of stretchy synthetic fabric. We wore them with black boots and slinky, stringy Go-Out tops. (It was 2001. We knew no better.) Sometimes we even paired them with modest button-downs for our internships! We wore these pants while we smoked cigarettes and guzzled wine from a box, and we fancied ourselves very sexy and sophisticated.

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Meet the Stylish Culinary Wiz Behind Philly’s Favorite Eateries

Photography by Courtney Apple for Philadelphia Magazine

Photography by Courtney Apple for Philadelphia Magazine

Her gelato and pizza business have taken up most of the spotlight, but now it’s time to get to know Stephanie Reitano, owner of Capogiro Gelato and Capofitto Pizza.

So what’s Reitano up to when she’s not introducing Philly to authentic Italian gelato (her company pasteurizes 600 gallons of raw milk each week!) and raising three kids? We chatted with Reitano to get the low down on her favorite place to spot chickens, her mid-century barware habit, and her scenic Old City walking route. Plus, she spills her go-to restaurant supply shop in Rittenhouse. Read more »

The Creepy Science Behind Why You Love Target So Much

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The mind games are real, people. | iStock/Kasahasa.

It’s no secret Target has our hearts — with those colorful housewares, punchy desk supplies and racks of bathing suits priced oh-so-perfectly, how can we resist? Center City certainly can’t, with people nearly lining the block in anticipation of Target’s new location opening this summer. Target is what my mom calls a ‘$100 store,’ meaning you can’t just pop in for one thing — you’re definitely dropping at least a Benjamin while you’re there, even when you have no intention of doing so.

But why is it that Target has such a hold on us (and our wallets)? Is it the mascot dog with the cute bullseye? The mini sale section in the front? That deliciously sinful, buttery popcorn? We sought out local experts — retail analysts, psychologists, professors at some of the top fashion programs in the world — to help us crack the code, revealing the science behind why you love Target so much. Their answers were insightful, surprising, and, well, downright creepy.  Read more »

The Absolute Best Jersey Shore Shopping Towns You Must Visit This Summer

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Image via iStock/Sean Pavone.

Happy third day of summer, y’all! If you’re lucky enough to experience summer Fridays, you’ve already got a shore trip or two on the books, which means plenty of sun-soaked beach football days and board-walking, breezy nights await. No matter your shore activity of chouce, it’s our job here at Shoppist to make sure you’re always looking fly. We rounded up the best boutiques on the coast to aide in your Jersey Shore shopping ventures, whether you’re looking for a cool pair of swim trunks or the perfect flowy caftan that will take you from beach chair to barstool. Plus, you’ll find the coolest, non-cheesy gifts here to take home or send to family who couldn’t make the trek down the shore.  Read more »

Get a Chance to Meet Allen Iverson at Lapstone and Hammer This Friday

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson’s glory days. | Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports.

Hold up, AI fans: If you can remember where you were during the 2001 NBA All Star Game, then you need to make your way over to Lapstone and Hammer, online and in-store, tomorrow to purchase an exclusive Allen Iverson 2001 All Star Game Mitchell & Ness Jersey.

The jersey – an exclusive collaboration with the Midtown Village boutique and the throwback sports company – includes an embroidered 2001 All Star logo patch on the right shoulder and a Hardwood Classics hem tag printed with game’s date, February 11th, 2001. Sales begin Wednesday, June 22nd, at 10am. And you’ll want to shop early: The first 100 people to purchase the jersey also score an invite to Friday’s release party at Lapstone and Hammer. Allen Iverson will be there as a special guest, so yeah, you’ll want to go to this. Click here to see the jersey and get more event details.

This Expansive Persian Rug Showroom Is Manayunk’s Best Kept Secret

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Parisa and her father in their Manayunk showroom. | Photo by Lauren McGrath for

Manayunk may not be the hippest neighborhood in Philly anymore (that honor belongs to Fishtown), but that doesn’t mean it’s not home to a few hidden treasures.

One such treasure—a magnificent Persian rug showroom—belongs to Parisa Abdollahi, owner of Parisa Rugs and Décor in Old City, and it seems decidedly out of place along the banks of the Schuylkill.

“It’s kind of like Ali Baba’s secret cave,” she chuckles as she leads us into her private collection of roughly 3,000 antique Persian rugs. She’s definitely not wrong. Read more »

Fast-Fashion Newsflash: New Philly-Area Primark to Open July 19th


Outside Primark at the King of Prussia Mall. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Suburbanites, get excited: Primark, the European fast-fashion behemoth that’s making its way into the US market, is opening its second Philly-area location this summer. Mark your calendars now — the fifth Primark store in the US will open at the Willow Grove Park Mall on Tuesday, July 19th. After the shopping shenanigans that went down at the King of Prussia Primark grand opening last November, we’re sure things are going to be jumping at Willow Grove next month.  Read more »

Shop Talk: You’ve Been Drying Your Bikinis All Wrong

Woman with swimsuit swimming on a blue water pool

Use this trick to preserve the life of your swimsuit | iStock/american911

  • Plot twist: We’ve been drying our swimsuits wrong this entire time — and it’s been been slowly killing our bikinis. Instead of simply hanging them out to dry, try using a towel to soak up any excess water first. This extra step in bikini care will preserve its elasticity big time. [Pure Wow]
  • It’s officially the first day of summer (cue fireworks and bottomless cups of Rita’s), and women everywhere are celebrating by ditching their sleeves. If you’re, ahem, a woman of a larger chest, you may want to check out these tips on how to not spill out of your tank top. [Man Repeller]

Plus, how to spot trends like a Kardashian.

Say It Ain’t So: Automatic Spa Gratuities Are Becoming a Thing

Left: Our mockup of a Rittenhouse Spa receipt showing the automatic gratuity. Right: The spa's entry.

Left: Our mockup of a Rittenhouse Spa receipt showing the automatic spa gratuity. Right: The spa’s entry.

Recently, a very good friend gave my wife a gift card to the luxurious Rittenhouse Spa inside the also luxurious Rittenhouse Hotel. But instead of being for a normal gift card number, usually a multiple of ten or 25, this gift card was for an odd amount: $156. I figured that there had to be a story behind this weird figure, and there is. Read more »

Ladies, This Is Why You Need to Stop Washing Your Hair Every Day

Stop Washing Your Hair: It's not gross, we swear. | iStock/Salvador Benítez San José

Stop washing your hair! It’s not gross, we swear. | iStock/Salvador Benítez San José

No one wants to own up to their hair mistakes, which why we all agree completely disregard the ’80s. But as much as the truth hurts, it’s time to finally admit that over-washing your hair is bad. Say it with me now: Over-washing your hair is bad. Shampooing every day does more than vaguely “strip your hair” and “dry the strands” — for starters, it’s draining that beautiful color you paid so much for at the salon. Yup.

Two of Philly’s top hair gurus weigh in on exactly why washing your hair everyday is bad. Plus, for all you clean freaks out there who feel the urge to shampoo morning and night, here are some great tips for making your hair look and feel clean, even if you haven’t shampooed since last week. (You can do this — baby steps.) Read more »

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