Why You Need to Shop Philly Menswear Line Ikire Jones

If anyone knows the power of a smart jacket, it’s Walé Oyéjidé, who has worn his fair share while working as an attorney. Outside the courtroom he pursues his Philly-based menswear line, Ikiré Jones, which turns out sharply tailored versions with splashes of West African prints, a nod to his Nigerian heritage. The standout of his spring/summer collection: this unstructured double-breasted linen jacket, with wide peak lapels and a bright wax-canvas interior — also seen on the underside of the collar. It’s proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Or, just maybe, that you should always judge a jacket by its lining. $750 at Ikirejones.com.

Photography by David Ohl

Photography by David Ohl

Ted Baker is Coming to KOP- And You Could Win a $1,000 Shopping Spree

With a King of Prussia Mall grand opening just around the corner (more on that in a moment), Ted Baker London is primed to make waves in Philadelphia’s retail scene. Here’s the 411: Ted Baker planted roots for his now-global lifestyle brand in 1987 with a slew of unconventional men’s prints, building a reputation since then for both his menswear and womenswear, as an out-of-the-ordinary eschewer of fashion norms that favors patterns and colors with a British charm – and sense of humor. To boot, it’s a brand that’s grown through word of mouth and eye-catching deals – no, really. Case in point: Hardly the heavy-handed billboard-brander, the first Ted Baker stores instead built a customer base by offering laundry service (!) alongside each shirt purchase.

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Street Style: Where The Huffington Post’s Senior Beauty Editor Shops

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Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Dana L. Oliver

‘Hood: Washington Square Park

Day Job: Senior beauty editor at The Huffington Post

Where We Found Her: Soaking up the sun while enjoying papaya and kiwi gelato from Capogiro.

What She’s Wearing: Warby Parker glasses, Equipment top, Armani Exchange boyfriend jeans, Alex and Ani gold bracelets and Jimmy Choo calf-hair loafers.

Where She Shops: ”I love shopping at all the high street stores on Chestnut Street like Zara. But I also love dipping into the thrift stores for standout accessories.”

Sound Bite: ”My style is bold and brilliant like my Afro.”
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Market Report: Here are Lady Gaga’s Un-Photoshopped Versace Ads

  • MR29First Lena Dunham, now Lady Gaga: See her un-Photoshopped Versace ads here. Her skin is definitely a more normal color without retouching. [Jezebel]
  • Tiny Fey is the newest spokesperson for Garnier Skincare! Let’s hope skincare ads stop being so darn serious. [Digital Journal]
  • Lorde is so much cooler than the any of us were at age 17. Here she is in Teen Vogue, sans black lipstick. [Teen Vogue]

More fun news straight ahead.

Bike Commuters: How to Stylishly Carry Your Stuff to Work

BikeOur friends over at Be Well Philly know how to mix style and sport (see: this DIY adjustable yoga strap and this roundup of where to find name-brand workout clothes for cheap!). So while we’re obsessed with backpacks for their cool-girl style cred—here are some of our faves—Be Well likes ‘em because they’re perfect for people who bike to work.

Backpacks ahead!

Skirt Boutique Launches New Shopping Box Service

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Part of Skirt’s Style Box questionnaire.

We at Shoppist love local boutiques probably more than anyone else, but we have to admit, online shopping is really freakin’ convenient sometimes. Still, when you need a new outfit stat and the only option is to tack on $20.95 for overnight delivery, sometimes even that isn’t fast enough. That’s where Skirt comes in.

And they’re even faster than Amazon.

The Edit: 11 Spring Sunglasses Under $150

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Sunglasses can be an accessory staple if you want them to be. They can also be the perfect way to test out shapes and color in moderation. We’re proponents of the latter, so we rounded up the best spring shades under $150. Because really, what’s better than actually being able to wear sunglasses? Being able to to buy them on a budget. Here, 11 ways to do just that.

Click here to find out where to get ‘em.

Why Sneakers Are the New Heels — And 10 Ways to Style Them

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My (calf-hair) kicks.

I’m five-feet-three-inches tall. Most people—even sometimes my very own husband—don’t realize this, because I spend approximately 93 percent of my life in very high heels.

I’ve been wearing them since I can remember, and as I’ve gotten older, my heels have gotten taller. It’s like taking off the training wheels, over and over again. You ditch the stubby square heels for kitten heels, then you swap these for taller but still walkable heels, and then you’re off on pin-thin stilettos, racing towards osteoarthritis and a life of Dr. Scholls.

But is the age-old equation—high style = higher heels—fading away? And if it is, where does that leave me and my shelves of stilettos, platforms and wedges? Can you really be stylish … in sneakers?

Keep reading for v. important musings.

Market Report: 8 Lies You Should Never Tell Your Hair Stylist

  • Market ReportWhy telling little white lies to your stylist—”No, I didn’t see anyone else since our last appointment!”—can actually ruin your hair. We’re talking hair melting, guys. [Refinery29]
  • The future of shopping: Clothing embedded with little chips that make them shoppable. So, in theory, you can take a stalker-like shot of a stylish person on the street and an app will tell you where you can buy what she’s wearing. Super-weird. [Fashionista]
  • Sneaker strike! There’s a huge strike going on now at the largest sneaker manufacturer (they make shoes for Nike and Adidas). [Jezebel]

Keep reading here.

5 Fun Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

“Get your billion back, America!”

Every time I see that commercial, I wonder how weird it would be if that guy was actually your tax guy. (Yep, that affable man in the bow tie is named Richard Gartland, and he really is a “senior tax preparer” for H&R Block in California. He also did this clip with Ellen, and it’s hilarious.) Then I wonder how much I’ll get back in my tax return this year—maybe a billion, like Richard promised!—and then I plot exactly how I will spend it all.

This is what I’ve come up with, because filing your taxes is no fun but tax returns are really quite lovely.

Click here for a Tax Return Shopping List!

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