Studio 882′s Ridiculously Fun New Way to Shop for Furniture

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Want to get this look? It’s easier than you think. | Image courtesy of Studio 882.

I bought a sofa at a vintage shop once. It was very long and very low-slung, with mid-century modern lines and awesome upholstery. The price was something ridiculous, like $15, and by doing very scientific measurements (i.e. counting the number of hand-widths across it and squinting my eyes) I decided that it’d be a perfect fit for our bedroom, placed at the end of the bed so that we could toss our clothes and bags on it at the end of the day. It would be like a bench-couch, and I would lounge across it in a dressing gown and read my books with a martini like a very glamorous Rita Hayworth.

The only problem was that when I took the sofa out of the cavernous shop and put it in our less-than-cavernous bedroom, I realized the thing was actually huge. Like nine-feet-long huge. I ended up having to move all of our bedroom furniture around to fit it, and five years later, the whole couch issue is still a bit of a sore subject with my husband, who was perfectly comfortable without the giant-person couch in the bedroom at all and who didn’t appreciate coming home to find the bed in a completely different spot.

Here’s how to avoid poor sofa purchases like this.

The Edit: 11 Fall Flats You Can Wear Now

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Being bombarded with news about just-released fall collections can be a tad annoying when it’s still 80 degrees out. Ease into the new season slowly — I suggest leaving the sweaters for next month and starting to sub in some of these closed-toe picks for your strappy sandals. Here, 11 comfy fall flats that you can snag right now, and wear through winter.

Keep reading for store and price deets.

Market Report: 8 Ways to Make Your Eyes Look Larger With Makeup

  • Everyone knows the old white eyeliner trick for making your peepers look bigger. Here, 7 more ways to get Twiggy-esque eyes in a flash. [Huffington Post]
  • Another season, another fab designer collab at Target. In anticipation of Altuzarra’s September 14 release, here’s a slideshow of all 72 pieces from the collection. [Lucky]
  • It looks like Gap is getting fed up with crazy fashion trends. The brand is bucking the system with its fall marketing campaign in which it tells customers to “Dress normal.” [Buzzfeed]

Keep reading for next season’s nail polish trends.

Retail Report: A Guide to All the Store Openings In the Philly Area This Fall

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For many people, fall is just as much of a fresh start as January 1st. This is especially true for the retailers, who clamor to get new shops up and running in time for the holiday shopping frenzy. For Philly, which is poised to make some giant leaps in terms of its retail landscape, this means a happy onslaught of store openings. Fifteen, to be exact (if you count Uniqlo’s trio of soon-to-open area stores). Here is what’s on the horizon for the fall—who’s coming, what they’ll be selling, where they’re opening and when you can get in. Trust me: It’s enough to soften the blow of summer’s ever-encroaching end.

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6 Questions For: Briar Vintage’s David Lochner

Whether you know him from Old City’s men’s vintage shop Briar Vintage, where he’s the managing partner, or from the Philly swing-dancing scene, David Lochner’s style is pretty recognizable. It’s equal parts Jazz Age dandy and dapper grandpa, made all the more interesting by generous swaths of tattoos.

We chatted with Lochner at his shop to get the scoop on his sartorial tastes, the vintage goods he won’t touch, and his inspirations. Cue nostalgia,  and a whole lot of style envy.

Dreamy merchandise pics ahead.

Psst: NINObrand Is Having a Secret Sample Sale This Week

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Photos via NINObrand.com.

If you’re not already familiar with Bela Shehu’s Philly-based clothing line, NINObrand, head here right now to get acquainted with her spare, modern, androgynous collection. In love? Better act fast. This week, from Thursday to Saturday, the studio is having a private, by-appointment-only sample sale, during which you can start (or broaden) your collection of Shehu’s artful pieces.

Here’s how.

Market Report: How to Clean Out Your Closet Like a Vogue Editor

  • MR13Do you purge your closet too frequently or not enough? (For me, it’s the former, and I’ve definitely donated things that I now regret.) Here’s how four Vogue editors keep their closets in tip-top shape—and the mistakes they’ve made along the way. [Vogue]
  •  This just made my entire day: a bunch of kids weighing in on fall’s fashion ads. One of the best quotes: “It looks like their feet fell off. They’re like, “Oh no, our feet are gone and somebody stole our candy and our gold!” [The Fashion Spot]
  • Here’s a handy rundown of the five boot styles you should totally invest in now, if you haven’t already. [WhoWhatWear]

The most amazing brow chart is straight ahead.

Fashion Conundrums: Are You Too Old For That Hemline?

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The great length debate.

Last week, I went to a wedding. One of the guests was a politician, there with his wife who looked to be in her mid- to late-forties. Halfway through the ceremony, a friend leaned over and whispered to me:

“He won’t ever be president. Look at his wife. She doesn’t have that First Lady look.”

I rolled my eyes, because talking politics — or anything remotely political — with this particular friend is sort of like running a marathon: You begin not knowing why you ever started, you’re dazed, confused and hating life halfway through, and deliriously exhausted at the end. But I stole a peek at the woman a few pews up, and had to agree: It wasn’t a good look.

Let’s get this out of the way: Unless you’re a celebrity, I don’t really care what you wear. If it makes you feel great, go for it. Still, there are certain sartorial offenses that drive me crazy, and they generally fall into the Too Tight/Too Short category. This was the latter. The woman’s body was incredible; her arms had the Gwyneth Paltrow Ripple, that subtle cut in the arm just beneath the shoulder. (Side note: GOOP got it by doing bizarro dance moves like this.) The non-First Lady also had a flat stomach and Jessica Simpson’s new legs. And she was showing it all off in the world’s shortest dress.

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