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!

Street Style: What a Fashion Buyer Wears on Weekends

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Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Ashley Taylor and her pup, Mischa

‘Hood: Rittenhouse

Day Job: Northeast director and buyer for Piper Boutique

Where We Found Her: On her way to take Mischa to the park and meet a friend for lunch at Continental Midtown

What She’s Wearing: A vintage Hermès-inspired silk shirtdress from Sazz Vintage in Old City; Sam Edelman lattice zipper wedges; Urban Outfitters black hobo.

Where She Shops: Piper Boutique. “It’s very simple: I buy merchandise that I want for myself and when it arrives at the store, I pull my size and sell the rest on the floor.”

Sound Bite: ”I have the ability to dress with versatility. I spend a lot of time people-watching and I pull my style inspirations through this. But you can never go wrong with a graphic tee and a fitted blazer.”

Click here for more puppy photos!

Market Report: 7 Best Stores for Ultrachic Work Clothes

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  • Need cute clothes to wear to the office? These seven stores totally nail workwear. Be gone, boxy skirts and ill-fitting blazers! [Fashionista]
  • Juicy Couture might be closing on Walnut Street, but it’s doing gangbusters in Europe. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t picture ultra-chic Parisians wearing anything with the word ‘JUICY’ on it. Can you? [WWD]
  • How does your skin look after following a $3,000 skincare regimeReally freaking good. [Into The Gloss]

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5 Stores That Started as Franklin Flea Pop-Up Vendors

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

Shoppists, there’s a trend in our midst and it’s not of the clothing variety. It was brought to our attention by Franklin Flea founder Mark Vevle that more and more Franklin Flea vendors are making the jump to brick-and-mortar locations. He described sending an email to last year’s vendors to gauge interest and was met with five replies informing him the respective vendors were opening their own shops or expanding within Philly. If he harbors any resentment, you certainly can’t tell. “It’s not a bad problem to have,” he says.

So, what gives? Why are vendors making the jump? And is Franklin Flea really the key to retail success?

Click here to find out!

Watch Out, Refinery29: Yahoo Fashion is Getting Really Cool

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Do you go here for your fashion inspiration?

First, there was the news that makeup master Bobbi Brown was going to be helming all beauty coverage at Yahoo. (Yes, Yahoo.) Now Elle creative director and all-around fabulous person Joe Zee has confirmed that he’ll be editing the site’s fashion coverage. (Yep, we’re still talking about that Yahoo.) Um, what? This is almost as weird as that time André Leon Talley announced he’d be the artistic director for shoe e-emporium Zappos. What’s next? Anna Wintour ditching Vogue for the Home Shopping Network?

The fashion world is all sorts of topsy-turvy now, with bloggers appearing on Broadway (17-year-old blogger phenom and Rookie editor Tavi Genvinson will star in This Is Our Youth alongside Michael Cera next year), creative directors popping up on HBO shows (see: Jenna Lyons on Girls), and designers playing restaurateur (Roberto Cavalli opened an Italian eatery in Miami in January). So Yahoo being the next big thing in fashion, well, I’m just saying that it’s not entirely impossible, even though a colleague of mine likened Yahoo to “a dinosaur and the meteor is a day away from earth.” (We’re very scientific over here.)

Keep reading.

This Just In: Vince is Opening on Walnut Street

Photo via Vince.

Photo via Vince.

The folks over at Racked Philly just confirmed those pesky rumors that’s we’ve been hearing for some times now: Vince is coming to Walnut Street. Slated for a summer 2014 opening, the brand will be moving into the corner lot at 1701 Walnut Street currently occupied by Juicy Couture.

What to expect: updated classics in timeless shades (their spring collection has a ton of beige and navy). Their pieces transition seamlessly from work to play with shift dresses and silky minimalist blouses (read: perfect for summer). As one co-worker puts it, it’s all the classics—but better.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Vince. Now about that buttery soft leather moto jacket you’ve got out for spring….

Covet: What to Wear to Passover Dinner — or Easter Brunch

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There’s a fine line between being stylish and being, well, church-appropriate. (Trust me. I’ve gotten a lot of side-eye from the priest at my church—partly because I rarely go to church, and partly because when I do go, I wear stuff like this.) Here’s how to toe the line for your first spring holiday. Not religious? Invest in one of these pieces to celebrate the official end of the Worst Winter of All Time: Anveglosa laser-cut leather jacket, $795 at Boyds, Rittenhouse; Komono Stella sunglasses in pale blush, $62 at Omoi Zakka Shop, Rittenhouse; Preen by Thornton Bregazzi skirt, $760 at Net-a-Porter; Manolo Blahnik BB striped grosgrain pumps, $655 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd.

Market Report: You Can Now Wear Your Instagram Pics on Your Nails

  • MR21You can now wear your Instagram pics on your nails. Selfie manis for everyone? [Kickstarter]
  • World, we have the first shoppable music video! Watch it here, then dream of what could’ve been if this technology existed when MTV still played music videos.  [Fast Company]
  • This will get you excited for summer: a roundup of the best-dressed people at Coachella. Unsurprisingly, they are the same people who aren’t afraid of bringing a $4,000 backpack to an outdoor music festival. [Refinery29]

Up next: news about H&M’s latest designer collection.

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