Market Report: 23 One-Size-Fits-All Gifts To Give This Season


  • Avoid the tricky guesswork of determining sizes by stocking up on one-size-fits-all gifts like clutches, earrings and headphones. Here, 23 ideas to get you started. [Pop Sugar]
  • Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld and Heidi Klum have all made (ahem, designed) Build-A-Bears for Operation Bobbi Bear, a South African charity that protects sexually abused children. We assume they’re infinitely better than anything we made at the mall. [Vanity Fair]
  • Talk about tried and true: These are the top-selling mascaras from big brands like Clinique, Dior and MAC. [The Zoe Report]

Up Next: Hanukkah-inspired beauty products and 50 Cent’s sales pitch.

Shop at These Rittenhouse Stores and Get a Free Shake Shack Treat



Cheers to you, city shoppers. | Photo by Evan Sung.

Center City shoppers are in for a treat—literally. From now until December 31st, shoppers who make any purchase at Knit Wit, Ellelauri or Aoki Boutique will be able to get a complimentary cup of salted caramel hot chocolate at the Shake Shack in Center City (20th and Sansom Street) with proof of purchase. We haven’t been this psyched about a pairing in a while.
Click here for more info!

The Edit: 11 Pairs of Double-Sided Earrings



Jewelry designers are finally maximizing earring real estate with the advent of double-sided earrings. Rather than fastening your earring with clunky metal backs, or worse, the well-intentioned plastic variety, utilize both ends of the post with backs that create streamlined shapes or an unexpected profile. The best part? Most double-sided earrings give the illusion of being simple studs, so it’s  a subtle way of adding some extra sparkle or hardware.

Price and store details ahead!

Shoppist Gift List, Day 17: Duke & Winston Modern Gents Gift Box


Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Several go-to guys gifts fall under the slightly more formal category (like ties and cufflinks), but if you know your intended giftee is of the less buttoned-up variety, we suggest going casual. Enter: Duke & Winston‘s Modern Gents Box. It includes an In Duke We Trust Hat, a Casual Gentleman Tee, a Embroidery Hoodie and a Horween Leather Card Wallet. Plus, it’s a deal; the box usually retails for $182 and it comes wrapped. Done, and done.

Click here to find out where to buy it.

Market Report: The Best And Worst Store Credit Cards

  • Come holiday shopping season time, some of those store credit cards can look mighty tempting. Here’s a roundup of the best and worst store credit cards on the market. [Racked]
  • The best indicator of jeans’ elasticity? If four very flexible professional dancers can wear them—while dancing. [Elle]
  • American Apparel’s Dov Charney has been fired again. Yes, again. [Gawker]

Keep reading for more fashion and beauty news.

Please Wrap All Your Presents In This Glorious Paper From Paper Source


While perusing the interwebs for standout gift wrap for an upcoming post (keep an eye out!), I stumbled across this glorious Philly-centric paper from Paper Source. Ultimately, I decided its vintage-inspired color scheme and regional charm warranted its own space in Shoppist’s blogroll. Printed to include most of downtown, the only folks that miss out are true West Philadelphians—sorry, gang.

We’d pair the sepia-toned wrap with some understated baker’s twine and a complementary gift tag for a present that shows Philly pride while still looking perfectly Martha Stewart-esque. The best part? You can pick up a roll right in Center City. (We checked.)

Keep reading to find out where to buy it.

Retail News: Banana Republic Factory Store Set To Open Tomorrow


It’s (almost) here! | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Seemingly overnight, the Banana Republic Factory Store on 1911 Chestnut Street is stocked and ready to open. A quick trip to the storefront today confirmed that it will, in fact, be opening tomorrow, December 17th. We suggest taking advantage of the convenient opening date to score last-minute holiday outfits.

Keep reading for more info.

The Shoppist Gift List, Day 16: A Custom Denim Jacket by Senpai + Kohai

Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Repurposing might not sound sexy, but in the hands of the duo behind Philly-based fashion line Senpai + Kohai, it’s totally covetable. While any of the pieces from the holiday collection are gift-worthy, I recommend the unconventional ‘Design Your Denim’ pick. In a nutshell: You send in a denim jacket that you’ve grown tired of, then go online and choose your embellishments (all vintage embroidery hand-picked in the outdoor markets of Delhi, plus a cozy fur collar option). They’ll do all the custom sewing —that’s included in the price—and shipping back to you is free.

Here’s a handy video of the process:

You in? Here’s how to gift it: Print out a pic of the awesome jacket shown on the site, show the video and then hop online to create the masterpiece together. If you’ve seen the work of these girls in our mag (they were PMFP designers this year!), you’ll know that what she’ll end up getting is truly a work of art.

Click here for price and how to buy.

What To Wear: How To Rock Maxi Skirts Right Now



Maxi skirts need not be limited to warm weather and sandal pairings when there are so many festive sequined, ribbed knit, and silk organza varieties to don during the holiday party season. Go formal—and even black tie!—with a bell-style skirt and a collared crop top (that doesn’t reveal too much), or dress a slinky sequin number down with a slouchy cashmere turtleneck. Plus, if you pair the look with a stiletto, your legs will look mile-long. Either way, winter’s maxi skirt is a toasty alternative for a holiday look.

Love these looks? Click here for store and price details.

Market Report: 15 Chic Pairs of Gloves That Are Actually Warm

  • Market ReportIt’s a rare find when your dainty, bow-bedecked gloves also keep your hands toasty. Here, 15 pairs that do just that. [Lucky]
  • These are the all-time favorite gifts of style setters like Jenna Lyons, Eva Chen, and even Nick Jonas. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you. [Huffington Post]
  • Apparently, ‘how to wear a scarf’ was the most frequently asked fashion question on Google this year. [The Cut]

Up Next: The newest perfume trends and the best beauty subscription boxes.

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