Shop This Now: Huge Summer Sale at Mushmina in Wayne

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Global goods at Mushmina. | Photo via Mushmina.

The sale to shop now: Mushmina‘s major summer discount rack, where you’ll now get an extra 10 percent off globally sourced goods (tops, dresses and, my fave part, baskets), all already discounted up to 60 percent off. While you’re there, check out the brand-new selection of fringed and embossed leather bags and hand-loomed Moroccan carpets. It’s all the perfect way to indulge summer wanderlust.

The Details: 164 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne.

Mother of God: The Divine Lorraine Hotel Accessories Collection Is Everything You Need

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Images via Instagram.

Philly architecture geeks, listen up: The city’s best-loved abandoned building now has its own line of accessories. The grand historic hotel, which is slated to become a luxury apartment building (construction supposedly starts any day now; read all about that over on our fabulous sister blog, Property), has been immortalized in all its 19th-century grandeur … on a pair of Converse. And on hats, crewneck tees, denim jackets and keychains. Basically, the collection lets you pretend you once stayed at the Divine Lorraine, and then stole all the cute little hotel amenities it offered (grooming and shoeshine kits, a stamped tray, monogrammed robes and towels).

It could have very easily awry, like bad Pope memorabilia. But in the hands of local designer Najeeb Sheik and store Lapstone & Hammer (this year’s Best of Philly winner for best new men’s store!), it becomes something actually … covetable.  Read more »

The Only 10 Fashion Items You’ll Need This Fall

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Fall’s shopping moodboard. | Street style photos via HUANG Zheng / Shutterstock.com; runway photo via Tibi.

I’m hesitant to admit this publicly, as wishing away summer is close to a cardinal sin, especially ’round these parts, but I’m — deep breath — ready for fall. It’s not the sunny weather I mind, or the calmer days (even looming deadlines seem less desperate in summer). It’s that this fall’s styles speak to me — ’70s bohemia, tons of texture, heaps of accessories — in a way that tank tops, sandals and sundresses don’t.

Even if you’re desperately trying to cling to the last vestiges of summer (we still have one more month!), I promise you: This fall’s fashion will make the end of summer bearable. The collections have already begun creeping into stores, but it’s easy to be overwhelmed (Victorian! Goth! Hippie!). So I’ve boiled down the trends into the top 10. Think of this as your new-season shopping list. Read more »

What to Wear to This Year’s Best of Philly Party: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

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A sprinkling of Best of Philly Soiree inspiration. | Images via Stefano Tinti / Shutterstock.com, All The Pretty BirdsStreet Peeper.

Our annual Best of Philly bash is almost here — it’s next Thursday! — and, if you’re anything like me, and most of the women in this office, you’ve not given a lick of thought to what you’re going to wear. (If you haven’t, bravo! Sometimes the best outfits come out of last-minute, throw-on-and-go decisions.)

Dressing for the BOP party can be tough. The location changes every year; last year’s ballpark fete was a different animal than the 2013’s Art Museum party. This year’s extravaganza is taking place in Dilworth Park, which presents its own set of style challenges. Here are my (very expert, as such that I am the lifestyle editor here and, perhaps more importantly, have been to at least seven of these things) recommendations:  Read more »

Secret Shopping Tip: The Coolest Philly-Made Bohemian Jewelry Is On Sale Today Only

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Geography 541’s handmade pieces. | Image via Geography 541.

The first email to ding into our inboxes this morning — at 12am sharp — was from Philly-based jewelry brand Geography 541. You’ve probably read about the brand on our blog (if not, check this out!); we’re huge fans of Madeline Tolle’s gypset-style, year-old line of accessories, each one handmade in Philly, featuring handwoven textiles, colorful tassels and antique brass. And, thanks to the early-morning email, we know that today only, in honor of Madeline’s birthday, everything on the site is 40 percent off. (Use code BDAY.)

I’ve scrolled through the collection several times today. Here’s what’s currently in my shopping cart:  Read more »

Market Report: 3 Ultra-Slimming Haircuts For Round Faces

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Hello, cheekbones. | Shutterstock.

  • For better or worse, I’ve been at war with my roundish face for years. But instead of focusing on contouring (which I semi-hate), fuller-faced gals like me should instead opt for one of these face-flattering haircuts. [Byrdie]
  • Bag drama: Jane Birkin — the namesake of the cultish Hermès Birkin bag — isn’t so happy with the way Hermès slaughters crocs for its Birkin Croco purses, and she wants her name off of them. [The Cut]
  • More shakeups in the fashion world: Alexander Wang is rumored to be out as creative director of Balenciaga. The lengendary French fashion house is reportedly looking for more under-the-radar talent (i.e. someone who’s not besties with Lady Gaga).  [WWD]

Next: Inside Khloé Kardashian’s enviable ‘fitness closet.’

10 Must-Have (Sort Of?) Pope Memorabilia Items For Sale Now

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Holy merch.

Remember the Royal wedding and its attendant flurry of completely insane memorabilia? With the Pope’s impending visit to Philly, we’re inching toward that territory, if not already firmly planted in it. Already, big companies and small crafters are turning out bizarre tchotchkes to commemorate the occasion. Here is some of the weirdest, funniest, craftiest and probably sort of sacrilegious memorabilia out there now.

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5 Best High-Waisted Bikinis Out There Now

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Storming of the swimsuits!

Right before my honeymoon, I bought what basically amounted to the entire swimwear selection of Victoria’s Secret (I know, I know). For weeks, boxes of bikinis arrived at my doorstep, all tiny and stringy. Fast-forward several years (seven, to be exact), and my swimwear arsenal still only consists of these skimpy suits.

Problem is, the pools I frequent these days aren’t quite as glamorous as the saline lagoons of Hawaii, and it feels sort of weird to slink around the backyard pools of my friends, playing with their four-year-olds, wearing a tiny black triangle top. But I refuse to give in to the call of the one-piece. Though I know it’s just as chic (if not more so!) to cover up, I can’t help but imagine my mom back in the ’80s, sitting on the beach in a skirted one-piece. I’m not ready.

Happily, there is a middle ground, and it’s the delightfully retro high-waisted bikini, which counts Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and even Rihanna as fans. Far from prudish, it’s actually the most high-style way to do swimwear now. For this final month of summer, why not try one? Here,  my top picks.  Read more »

Tory Burch, the Former Captain of Agnes Irwin’s Varsity Tennis Team, Is Launching an Activewear Line

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Tory’s tennis-themed announcement.

A few years ago, any fashion designer worth his or her salt branched out into home goods (Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Armani). Now, fashion is flocking to athleticwear, with everyone from Trina Turk to Mara Hoffman desperate to snag a piece of the yoga-pant pie.

The latest designer to jump into the fitness game? Tory Burch, the queen of preppy conservatism (and ballet flats) and, according to a recent Vogue article, a fierce tennis player who left her mark on the courts of Agnes Irwin:  Read more »

Market Report: The Hair Color Mistake That’s Making You Look Older

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The wrong hair color can be seriously aging. | Shutterstock.

  • Blonder doesn’t always mean better. Turns out, going too light can actually make you look much older than you actually are. Here’s why. [PopSugar]
  • The iconic Chuck Taylor shoe (which is nearly 100 years old!) is getting an update for the first time ever. While the kicks look similar to the originals, the new design features a padded tongue, increased arch support, more durable canvas and a breathable, perforated suede lining. They’ll hit shelves on July 28th. [CNN]
  • My pet peeve: cheap hotel pens, which are so easy to hoard. Same goes for restaurant matchbooks (except for the ones from Parc) and plastic hangers. Here’s a list of the eight home items you need to throw out now. Clutter, be gone! [Refinery29]

Next: The double-bag trend.

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