When I think of my jewelry collection, I think of it in tiers. Tier 1: Jewelry that I love (my vintage bangles). Tier 2: Jewelry that I love so much I wear it nearly every day (my Lee Hale rose thorn stud earrings from Egan Day). Tier 3: My wedding band stack—an engagement ring sandwiched between two thin diamond bands. To make it to the first two tiers isn’t too hard, but to break into that third tier, well, that’s pretty much impossible. Enter Concrete Polish, Angela Monaco’s line of sculptural jewelry, which secured a prime spot right smack-dab in the middle of my diamond stack.
A word of advice to those trying to get editors to read press releases (shopping editors get a ton of press releases): Don’t use all caps in your subject line. Don’t even worry about marking your email high priority. Just make sure these three words are in the subject line: “secret”, “pop-up”, “sale.” *
- Happy Monday, Shoppists! First things first: Did you know there’s an app that tells you exactly what the day’s weather means for your hair? Cloudy with a chance of frizz, coming right up. [Jezebel]
- Today in closet lusting: This girl has the most insane wardrobe ever. Seriously: Prepare for major envy pangs. [The Coveteur]
- Queen Elizabeth turns 88 today. Here’s a look back at her most stylish moments (including a pic of the wee royal holding a fantastic purse). And you need to see her rocking a turban. [Huffington Post]
Going out of town for Easter weekend or making any weekend trips this spring? Assuming you are, you need to come equipped with a hostess gift. Plus, the way get-togethers crop up in the spring, it’s not always possible to dash out to the store to pick something up. We have your stock-up solution: Philly-based Skeem soaps. (Yes, this is the same company that makes those gorgeous glass-encased candles!) The soaps come in sumptuous spring-appropriate fragrances like grapefruit zest, blood orange, and lilac dandelion, so they’re kind of irresistible. Our tip: Buy a few at a time and keep them tucked away for unexpected occasions. And if you decide to keep one or two for yourself, we won’t tell.
To be honest, when we got word that wanderlust-inspired brand Pilot & Captain was opening a retail location in Philadelphia Airport’s Terminal C on May 1st, we were a little confused. How would we get to it? Would we have to book a flight to shop there? And why, of all places, would they choose to open their first retail location in … an airport?
To get the scoop on their surprising move, we chatted with Pilot & Captain brand manager Chelsea Solitrin.
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.
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.
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.
Where She Shops: ”I love shopping at all the high-street stores on Walnut 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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