Caviar You Can Wear: Lagos Launches a New Jewelry Collection Today

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The jewelry you’ll be coveting this fall. | Photo courtesy of Lagos.

A few weeks ago, the lovely Lagos team (did you know the company is based in Philly?) dropped by to show us a few pieces from the brand’s new fall collection, and we were instantly smitten. The pieces are totally luxe — diamonds, 18K gold — but in a wear-everyday way. There are gorgeous stackable rings (which I prefer to wear piled up to the knuckle) and more contemporary pieces, like a large pyramid-like pendant strung on a super-long silver chain. But the standouts are part of the new Black Caviar collection, a modern riff on the brand’s signature design, clusters of tiny beads that resemble the delicacy.

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Market Report: Eek! These 10 Madewell Sandals Have Been Recalled

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The 10 Madewell sandals on recall. | Images via Madewell.

  • Shoe news: These 10 Madewell sandals are on major recall for the health threats they pose. The company has recalled over 50,000 pairs after numerous complaints of a metal shank dislodging and breaking through the bottom of the sandal. Ouch. [New York Times]
  • Speaking of could-be threatening shoes, the thigh-high boot trend is big for fall.Here’s a primer on how to wear them IRL, as demonstrated by five real (read: not model-tall) women. [Glamour]
  • Remember Bebe, mecca of tiny, tight club dresses? Well, the brand is seriously revamping its party-girl image for a more polished vibe. Think less Paris Hilton, more #GirlBoss CEO.  And now we officially feel old. [WhoWhatWear]

Up next: Your everything guide to thrift-shopping like a pro.

10 Most Stylish Gym Bags That’ll Motivate You to Actually, You Know, Go to the Gym

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I follow lots of very pretty people on Instagram. Which means that at any point during my day, I might scroll past a short clip of, say, Victoria’s Secret Angel/ridiculous physical specimen Romee Strijd doing leg lifts, as I did yesterday morning. While I watched this — over and over again, promising myself that I would never skip a gym day again, which I did that very night — I convinced myself that only part of the allure was her actual insanely amazing baby-giraffe body. The other part had to be her matchy outfit. You see, I firmly believe that great-looking workout gear can go a long way in making you feel better about yourself and more motivated to work out. (Hey, science agrees!)

So why not start here? A stylish gym bag is a great first purchase. My tip: Pack it the night before, bring it to work and leave it in a visible place. That way, you’ll be much more motivated to actually go on that post-work run. And if you don’t? Hey, there’s always tomorrow, and most of the options above also double as great overnight bags.  Click here for shopping info!

3 Sparkly Reasons to Abandon Your Stilettos for Low Heels Now

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Literal twinkle toes. | Photo by Nell Hoving.

This season, swap spindly stilettos for low pumps that deliver sky-high style sans vertigo. With heels jewel-encrusted, ringed with gems and plated in metal, coming back down to earth has never looked more glamorous.

A styling tip: Don’t reserve sparkle and shine for cocktail parties. The chunky heel and low profile of these pairs mean they work well for daytime, too. Pair with cropped pants or skinny jeans for an instant style upgrade. As for your stilettos? Take them out of your rotation for the next few months. (Your feet will thank you.)  Read more »

5 Best Local Shops for Sunglasses

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Hidden gem: Dreyfus Opticians in Yardley is located in a quaint old house. | Image via Dreyfus.

When it comes to shopping for sunnies, it’s all about selection. You want a range of sizes, price points and styles, and an eagle-eyed expert to help you navigate it all. Here are five local shops that do this best, whether you want a splashy designer pair, a kooky under-the-radar gem, or a coolly normcore set. May you never squint in the sun again.  Read more »

Everything at Rittenhouse Jewelry Boutique TownHome Is On Sale This Week

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TownHome’s small but airy Rittenhouse location. | Images via Facebook.

If you find yourself wandering Rittenhouse — specifically, the 1600 block of Walnut Street — this week, here’s a tip: Pop into TownHome. The jewelry store is very tiny, very lovely, and very air-conditioned. It’s also very much in summer sale mode.

This week, every single piece is up to 50 percent off. While they can’t name-drop, I can tell you this: The sale is storewide, and they carry brands like Dana Rebecca, Me+Ro, Jamie Kole and Jennifer Zeuner. So you do the math.

The Details: TownHome, 1616 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse, 215-972-5100.

Behind the Scenes: We Play With Sticks + Stones, Philly’s Coolest New Jewelry Line

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Silver on silver on silver. | Claudia Gavin.

Sometimes my job can be really, really fun. To wit: A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon with Lindsay Fiegleman, the designer behind Sticks + Stones, an up-and-coming Philly-based jewelry line. She brought over pieces from her collection, displayed ‘em all over my office, and we proceeded to play with jewelry — stacking cuffs and bangles, ringing our fingers up to knuckle — for an hour or so. (Sometimes, though, I have to sit in lots of boring meetings. Promise.)

Fiegleman, a graduate of FIT and Drexel, began the company just back in December, inspired by her many trips to India. (She spent most of the past few years there.) All of her jewelry is handmade in India by workers who are paid a fair wage.

The jewelry itself is chunky, slightly tribal, with a bit of rocker edge, and it looks best all layered together.  My favorites are the wide silver cuffs, layered coin necklaces (made from real Indian rupees), studded bangles (sold in a set of three) and simple braided silver chokers. Prices aren’t cheap: the Ganesha necklace (a chunky, multilayered piece) is $425, the highest price point; a set of swirled silver earrings — which remind me of the coil of a conch shell — are $70.

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Covet: Jeffrey Levinson’s Hard-Case Clutches

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Photograph by Dom Savini.

That Wynnewood-based designer Jeffrey Levinson takes his aesthetic cues from high-end cars isn’t shocking — he spent three years working at Jaguar. What is surprising is the way this road-tested inspiration works for more scaled-down luxuries, namely Levinson’s line of hard-case clutches. With their high-gloss finishes, polished nickel-chrome hardware and candy-bright colors, the bags could hold their own in a slick showroom, but we think they look best cradled in the palm of your hand. From $1,150 to $2,495 at Jeffreylevinson.com.

5 Ultra-Stylish Ways to Wear a Bandana on July Fourth

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Don’t feel tied to standard stars and stripes. | Images via Pinterest, Man Repeller and Fashion Vibe.

During Fourth of July weekend, expect to see a parade of distressed denim cut-offs, red crop tops and white jeans. For a less literal outfit this Independence Day, consider the iconic bandana. From headbands to bracelets, there are multiple ways to style the paisley print into your holiday weekend wardrobe. Here, five techniques you need to bring the old-school bandana back into the fold.
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6 Philly Stores That Will Turn You Into a Hat Person

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Hat attack. | Shutterstock.

When it comes to polarizing accessories, a few items stand out for the intensity which with people either love or hate them: mules, jeggings, and hats. That last one is particularly tricky: Hipsters have all but ruined the fedora for most people, Britney Spears killed the newsboy, and Princess Beatrice took the fascinator to a new, terrifying level.

But it’s not all bad. In fact, the hat is making a stylish, wearable comeback (see: the berets at Gucci’s fall 2015 show; the wide-brimmed  toppers at Lanvin’s fall 2015 show). And with summer’s crop of styles, it’s never been easier to dip your toe into the trend. Here are Philly’s top shops for hats — from floppy to fedora, subdued to splashy, and everything in between.

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