Just when I think we’ve reached the end of everything we could possibly do to our bodies—dimple implants, cankle lipo, abdominal etching—The New York Times came out with an article about women getting “Cinderella” foot surgeries so that they can fit more comfortably into their designer shoes:
”Dr. Neal Blitz, a podiatrist who specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures (including a Bunionplasty) at his private practice in Manhattan, and operates at Mount Sinai Hospital, calls this body part “the final frontier” for those who have had work done on their faces. “My practice has exploded because of Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Nicholas Kirkwood,” he said in a recent phone interview. “There’s nothing like opening a shoe closet that’s been closed to somebody for years.”
Foot surgery to alleviate discomfort from wearing high heels is nothing new—people have been getting treatments for bunions, corns and plantar fasciitis for ages (welcome to the party, NYT!)—but the article’s mention of toe liposuction and toe shortening caught my attention. Toe shortening? Toe lipo? Is this really a thing now? Are women in Philly asking for doctors to suck the fat … out of their toes? We have officially lost our minds. We are basically one tiny step away from going back to full-fledged foot binding. I immediately set aside my very important copy deadlines to investigate. How hard could it really be to get my toes shortened and a little bit of toe lipo in Philly?
Turns out, it’s pretty hard.
Photo by Evan Schapiro.
Name: Kelly Martin
Hood: Bella Vista
Day Job: Stylist at American Mortals salon, with Market East and Graduate Hospital locations
Where We Found Her: Grabbing lunch at Talula’s Daily in Washington Square
What She’s Wearing: Hat from Free People; jacket from Hellz Bellz (“[It's] from about six years ago. I added the patches on the arm and pin on the collar myself”); necklace from Child of Wild; tee from American Apparel; Zara jeans; Olivia ankle boots from Madison Harding.
Click here for a closeup of those boots—which you can buy now!
Photo, Beyond My Ken, via Wikipedia.
[UPDATE 1:45pm] A group of a dozen or so people gathered outside of City Hall this afternoon to hear the mayor and PREIT CEO Joseph Coradino announce—officially—the plans for the retail development at the historic Strawbridge & Clothier building. The deal was signed two days ago, and Century 21 is slated for an October opening. It will be 16,000 square feet, located on the ground level and second floor of the building.
[Original 10:38am] We got word this morning that daily newspaper employees would have to stop using the lobby at 801 Market Street as their primary entrance to the building because a retailer is (finally) moving on in. The Inquirer claims it’s Century 21, which is awesome. (I’ve gotten some great designer finds at the massive flagship store in NYC.)
Mayor Nutter is making an official announcement at noon today. Stay tuned for more.
- The fashion world is moving past mere bracelets now, and straight into handcuffs. And, no, it’s not what you think. [Elle]
- And here is how you deodorize your spring wardrobe—which might just still smell like last spring’s sweat. Ew. [The Cut]
- The awesome news: Beloved UK retailer Primark is coming to America! The not-so-awesome news: It’s coming to Boston only. [Huffington Post]
More style headlines here.
Terrain’s post-Easter sale isn’t all eggs and bunnies (though aren’t these gorg?). Photo via Terrain.
My shopping secret: Hit up post-holiday sales. Hanukkah, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, you name it. It seems a tad overkill at the time—who really wants make a Target run on December 27th, just days after dealing with the lunatic pre-Christmas crowds?—but, trust me, it’s worth it.
You see, this is when you can scoop up steeply discounted stuff like wrapping paper, candles, greeting cards, gifts, etc. And Easter, which in shopping terms is pretty much Christmas’s sad little step-cousin, is actually pretty stellar in terms of post-holiday sales. Case in point: Terrain’s post-Easter sale, going on right now.
Read more here!
Confession: I’m in full-on sandal mode, Shoppists. But the truth is, I’ve only been donning my flat-healed varieties. Too many months of snow boots and galoshes have left my feet unprepared for a fierce pair of wedged gladiators and I’m paying the price. Luckily, my misfortune corresponds with a major shoe trend: flat sandals. So, we rounded up the best ways to wear ‘em while keeping you and your arches sartorially satisfied.
So many patterns! So many metallics! Click here for the details.
If you’re up-to-date on facial hair news (is that just us?), you may have heard about the much-reported phenomenon known as “peak beard.” A study released by the University of New South Wales argues that due to over-saturation, the beard trend will soon taper off. Basically, people are sick of ‘em. We found this fascinating for two reasons: 1) Can beards even be counted as a trend? and 2) If they are a trend—and consequently nearing their end—what the heck will take their place?
Prepare for the return of the mutton chop?
Seldom is a campaign video such an event. The usual is as predictable as it gets: Pretty-models, with their swag and pomp, strut around to show off the season’s trends and … well, that’s it.
But Ted Baker London’s latest production? You get a circus romp (literally – Giffords Circus) featuring two cute-as-a-button, lovey-dovey character models who complement the clip’s same exotic charm the brand’s known for.
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Looks pretty tempting, right?
Last Friday, I was doing preliminary research for an upcoming roundup of the best spring beauty treatments offered in Philly (look out for this next week!). I reached out to Old City’s organic beauty studio Moko
—remember their sold-out pumpkin facial
?—for details on what cool treatments they’re dishing out this season. Owner Monique sent over the below description:
Orange Blossom & Grapefruit Facial
Be spring-ready. Energize your skin with a nutrient-rich facial, beaming in anti-oxidents and vitamins. Grapefruit invigorates your skin with exfoliating action, while an orange blossom mask composed of essential oils, orange peel and honey perfectly balances and revitalizes your skin.
I was so in.
Little did I know, it would be edible.
- To wake you up this morning, here’s a look at the 40 craziest, WTF things we’ve done to classic shoes. Warning: There are knee-high basketball sneakers in this mix. [Refinery29]
- People‘s annual Most Beautiful list is out, blah blah. BUT OH MY GOD LUPITA’S OUTFIT IS SO GOOD I WANT IT. [People]
More fun things if you click here.