Market Report: What Happens When You Buy Super-Cheap Jeans


Why it’s worth spending more on these. | Shutterstock.

  • Shelling out more money for a pair of jeans is actually worth it. Not only does ultra-cheap denim (I’m talking pairs in the $20 to $50 range) tear more easily and gets saggy in the knees, but the synthetic dyes from factories are poured directly into rivers, workers aren’t paid living wages, and buttons and rivets might be toxic. Scary stuff. [Refinery29]
  • Pretty soon, you’ll be able to shop on Facebook. The social networking giant is creating mini e-shopping sites within Facebook pages in an attempt to nab a piece of the massive e-commerce revenue pie (which is projected to be around $350 billion this year). The project is still in the testing phase. [Buzzfeed]
  • Ease back into the workweek grind with some online shopping. Your first stop should be Nordstrom’s mega anniversary sale, which is in full swing right now. Here are some of the best buys. [InStyle]

Next: The secret to walking confidently in high heels.

5 Best Stores for Made-in-America (and Philly!) Goods

In Waltzing Matilda’s rugged workshop/boutique, sturdy leather bags— like the one above, which is crafted of leather salvaged from Swiss Army ammo cases from World World II—share space with belts, wallets, accessories and weathered Americana.

In Waltzing Matilda’s rugged workshop/boutique, sturdy leather bags— like the one above, which is crafted of leather salvaged from Swiss Army ammo cases from World World II—share space with belts, wallets, accessories and weathered Americana. / Photos by Jauhien Sasnou.

The American heritage movement is still going strong, as shoppers snub imports in favor of quality stateside-made goods. Here, Philly’s top shops for the discerning patriot. Read more »

The Top 10 Sales to Check Out This Weekend


Stomping the sale ground. | Shutterstock.

Let’s chat summer sales, shall we? We’ve rounded up the best shops — from Rittenhouse and Queen Village to Wayne and Merion — to score major markdowns on summer and spring merch. Dare we say they’re reason enough to forgo a Shore weekend? Happy shopping.

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Per Lei Boutique Is Closing Its Sea Isle Location, Holding Huge Clear-Out Sale


Per Lei’s Sea Isle location.

The latest in Shore store news: Per Lei is shuttering its Sea Isle location. The boutique, which also has locations in Media and Avalon, is clearing out stock now (read: hefty sales).

Right now, get up to 50 percent off all clothing and accessories at the Sea Isle location (home and baby goods are not discounted). It’s first-come, first-serve: The store doors will close once all merch is cleared out. Read more »

We’re Obsessed: Mason Dixon, Philly’s Brand-New Children’s Shoe Company


Booties for the brood. | Mason Dixon.

Attention, Philly moms: There’s a new, locally made line of children’s shoes coming out soon, and it’s adorable. The company is called Mason Dixon, and it turns out unisex shoes, all handmade by designer Heather Holiday in her Fishtown home studio. It’s a welcome addition to the made-in-Philly childrenswear scene, which includes Pretty Pretty Rebel (for the punk rock princess) and Sweet Luka Mo (for the hip urban tot).

The shoes skew classic; Holiday is focusing mainly on a scaled-down version of a Derby shoe, crafted from European suedes, vegetable-tanned leathers, and durable, plantation crepe rubber soles. But the homespun details set it apart from big-box shoes: hand-cut leather laces, gorgeous leather (as seen on this gold pair, which we wish they made in our size), cute color combos.  Read more »

Market Report: Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Look Styled by Philly Stylist


Caitlyn Jenner looking statuesque and lovely at the ESPYs. | Screenshot of ABC telecast.

  • Six degrees of separation: Caitlyn Jenner‘s gorgeous ESPY look — an ivory Atelier Versace gown — was put together by Jennifer Rade, a Hollywood power stylist (she’s Angelina Jolie’s go-to) who’s from Huntingdon Valley. [People]
  • “#PrimeDay is like when grandma says ‘help yourself to the candy jar!’ but it has nothing but raisins and sugar-free salt water taffy” and 25 other hilarious reactions to Amazon’s (sort of disappointing) take on Black Friday. [Buzzfeed]
  • This weekend, I’m totally trying out this gorgeous watercolor mani that actually seems easy enough to do on my own. Who’s with me? [xoVain]

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It’s Confirmed: A Bloomingdale’s Outlet Is Coming to Liberty Place in November

The New York Bloomingdale's flagship. | Northfoto /

The New York Bloomingdale’s flagship. | Northfoto /

Finally, we have confirmation that those Bloomies rumors were true: A Bloomingdale’s Outlet store is coming to Liberty Place in November. (Cue cheers.)

According to a press release, the Outlet will be located on the second level of the shopping center, in a vast 22,700-square-foot space (formerly home to Christopher’s Men’s). You’ll find off-price womenswear, menswear, children’s and home goods.  Read more »

Shopping Secret: Where to Find the Best, Most Fashionable Umbrellas in Philly

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It’s one big, soggy puddle out there, guys (although the constant downpour seems to have stopped, at least for now). This means you have just enough time to dash out to ToBox Shoes in Rittenhouse and pick up what I think is the coolest umbrella ever.

Admittedly, the umbrellas here are pricier than most options. (They’re — brace yourself — $300.) But here’s why: Each umbrella is handcrafted in Italy, with sculptural handles and jewel-like colors. The best part, though, is that you can customize your umbrella. Choose from a range of swatches and handle options (lion head, horse head, studded, plain) and in 10 days, you’ll have an umbrella that’ll make you wish for rainy weather.

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