5 Easy Best of Philly Party Outfits

bop featured image 1.3Dressing for events is a skill that requires a well-trained eye, years of practice and an abundance of finesse — or an “oh-my-gosh-it’s-a-week-until-Best-of-Philly-and-I-still-have-no-idea-what-to-wear” attitude. Either way, this year’s Best of Philly Soirée is fast approaching (coming to Dilworth Plaza on Thursday, August 4th!) and it’s outfit crunch time.

No matter what camp you’re in (BOP veteran or first-year novice), we could all use a little style inspiration to make sure that our Best of Philly party outfits are up to snuff. Read on to discover what we’d love to see someone show up in and if you still need some advice, take a look at this list of do’s and don’ts from last year to get you on the right track. See you there? Read more »

Shop Talk: 10 Beauty Products That Are a Total Waste of Money

Image via iStock/Misuma

Image via iStock/Misuma

  • We’re not saying that everyone’s makeup bag looks like a clip from an episode of Hoarders, but most beauty-lovers do have a tendency to stock up on products we don’t really need. Clear out your cosmetic drawer by ditching these 10 unnecessary beauty products. (Suck it, cellulite cream and hand lotion. Yes, we said hand lotion.) [Pure Wow]
  • Ivanka Trump‘s RNC speech might have garnered applause across party lines, but the dress she wore – a blush sheath from her eponymous clothing line – is stirring up controversy for not being made in America. Eek. [The Cut]

Plus, a human leather collection?!

What I Learned When I Shaved My Head

Sabrina Banner

Before and after.

There I was, standing in line to getting into some nameless club on a Saturday night in D.C., eagerly palming my ID. I was 18 and fresh from a line up and dye job at my then-boyfriend’s barbershop. I had only taken my ID picture maybe two months prior, yet I no longer looked like the girl on the card. When I handed my identification to the burly security guard, his eyes flickered over my face before he handed me back my card. And then came his remark:

“You know what, baby? You’d be real damn fine if you didn’t have that butch-ass haircut.” Read more »

Sweat-Proof Makeup 101: Beat the Heat With These 8 Beauty Must-Haves

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iStock/Susan Chiang.

It’s hot here in Philadelphia — and yet, we drudge on, sweaty and sticky throughout our day. When it gets this toasty, we want to ensure that our faces don’t completely slide off our faces after ten minutes of sun exposure (think of all the wasted product!), so we hit up Victoria Roggio, a Philly-based makeup artist and founder of Make Me Up Pretty, who does a lot of summertime weddings. If anyone’s gonna know what products to slather on when it’s hotter than the platforms at Suburban during rush hour, it’s gonna be her. We chatted with Victoria to get her go-to sweat-proof makeup tricks — hey, if they can last through a mid-summer’s wedding, they can certainly withstand your workday.
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What You’ll See in Center City’s New Target

A mural inside Target on Chestnut Street shows Philly landmarks in Target's design style

A mural inside the new Chestnut Street Target. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The wait is finally over. Center City has a Target.

The new Target, located at 1128 Chestnut Street, is one of the discount chain’s 23 “flexible format” stores and the first located in Philadelphia. It is the 35th Target in the Philadelphia area.

The store can be entered from either Chestnut or Sansom Street, and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

It’s smaller that an average Target, which is around 130,000 square feet. The one on Chestnut Street is just 19,000 — which means it won’t be selling big-screen televisions, couches or other big-ticket items you’d find at a Target store. Read more »

The 7 Best Philly Shops for LOL-Worthy DNC Merchandise

With the RNC well underway, in all its plagiarized speech-ed, shouting glory, we’re getting hype for the DNC madness to make its way to Philly soon. Local boutiques and shops are one step ahead, with some pretty amazing, hilarious DNC merchandise that you cannot miss. Even if you don’t give a hoot about politics (which, ya know, you should), this DNC merchandise is LOL-worthy in its own right — good enough to snag, even if you haven’t listened to a single speech or gotten off the couch to vote because you’re a lazy American citizen. I digress. Here are seven Philly boutiques stocking up on the best DNC merchandise that’s sure to offend or delight, depending on your political leanings.  Read more »

An Exclusive First Look at the New Philly-Area Primark Opening Tomorrow

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Outside Primark Willow Grove. | Photography by Lauren McGrath.

There are lots of reasons to get excited about another Primark opening in the area — it’s trendy, super affordable, and is revitalizing spaces where many a Sears once stood. Sure, you may not be investing in any lifetime wardrobe workhorses here, but hey, you get what you pay for. The Irish brand is great for cheap basics, cute home accessories, and has an excellent children’s department (because no one should spend an arm and a leg on a onesie that won’t even fit in a month).

We’ve been tracking Primark’s openings in the Philly area since Primark KOP opened its doors last September — a location that’s drummed up a lot of buzz. However, we can’t help but get excited that the new Willow Grove Mall store is opening up, partially because 60 percent of Shoppist writers live within ten minutes of the mall, but also because it’s ever so slightly closer to the city than the KOP location. Pennsylvania’s second Primark opens tomorrow, July 19th at 11 am at the Willow Grove Mall — and we got an exclusive first look inside.  Read more »

Shop Talk: See Non-Fashion Guys React to Men’s Fashion Week Collections

men's fashion week

Photography by Lauren McGrath.

  • New York Men’s Fashion Week just wrapped up, and the designs ranged from the casual-cool to the wildly eccentric. Fashion is known for taking itself a little too seriously, but true to guys’ goofy humor that we know and love, here’s a compilation of non-fashion dudes reacting to men’s fashion week collections that will definitely start your week off right. [Fashionista]
  • People are still clamoring for Kylie’s Lip Kits like they’re about to be discontinued, so we think it’s safe to say that people are a little enamored with the teenage businesswoman. If you’re dying to see more, catch Kylie Jenner complete her daily beauty routine on SnapChat. It’s kinda like a Kardashian beauty masterclass — minus the plastic surgery. [Elle]

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7 Stores Philly Desperately Needs Right Now

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We want Muji. | Image via Muji.

We love Philly retail — that’s what Shoppist is all about. However, we also see some gaps in the market that totally need to be filled. I mean, Target finally realized the need and capitalized on it, so it’s only a matter of time (we hope) before other stores start doing the same. If we had it our way, we would add a few home places, a few places to help us organize our lives, and a some great stores to bulk up our wardrobes. Retailers, we hope you’re listening — here are the seven stores Philly needs ASAP: Read more »

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