This is an early Christmas present if we ever saw one. Fabulously luxe and insanely cute, the Marc Jacobs Bow Mini Bag is painstakingly hand-stitched with four layers of leather and features a convertible chain strap. Plus, characteristic of early Marc Jacobs collections, the bag includes an engravable mirror for a touch of added personalization. It’s pretty much irresistible.
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.
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!
Being enveloped in an ultra-cozy, blanket-like scarf is one winter’s few luxuries. Gift this massive wool variety (seriously, it’s 21 inches wide and 83 inches long) to any lady on your gift list and we promise she won’t be able to get enough of its dual plaid prints.
One could argue that spangly statement earrings are a year-round outfit topper. Though true, there’s something special about pairing an LBD (or, for the adventurist, an equally statement-making dress) with a pair of standout earrings in December. So whether you pick out art deco-inspired posts or sleek rose gold hoops, you’ll be set for the season’s bevy of holiday parties. Sparkle on, friends.
About a week ago, I wrote about local brand United by Blue’s Kickstarter campaign to begin production on ‘The Ultimate American Sock,’ socks that are made of bison wool. And it looks like Philadelphians got pretty psyched about the prospect of toasty toes from the down of American Bison because they annihilated United by Blue’s original goal of $15,000 with a current pledge of $41,718. And—get this—they still have 28 days left on their campaign. Congrats, gang.
I know it’s a temperate 68 degrees outside today, but check your weather app: on Friday, it’s plummeting into the 40s, and it’s just going to get colder from there. And if you’re like me and would rather wear four layers and a parka at home than turn on the heat, then you need to know about these socks. Made by local clothier United By Blue, the socks are ultra-soft, warmer than wool, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, and … not quite in production. To get your hands on a pair, you’ll need to visit their Kickstarter page.
Few things make me gasp out loud at my desk. They are, in no particular order:
- discovering that a pair of wildly expensive shoes on sale for 75 percent off are still magically available in my size
- news of a store closing (or a store opening)
- news of a man purposely being eaten alive by an anaconda
- truly beautiful things, like a couture dress made only for the runway, or, well, this bag.
- Happy Monday! To start things off, we have an answer to fall’s most burning style dilemma: What kind of boots actually look good with skinny jeans? [WhoWhatWear]
- A study revealed that the “party dress” is on its way out. Its replacement: Skinny jeans. [Refinery29]
A few years ago, I found my perfect pair of gloves: gold Nappa leather with tiny red suede ovals on the fingers, sort of like a built-in manicure. I needed them—only problem was, I wasn’t exactly sure of my size. I guesstimated (my hands are pretty small), and when the pair arrived, they were just a tad too tight. I kept them, of course, although I need to remove all of my rings before putting them on.
How this could’ve been avoided: this handy measuring tip from one of my favorite gift boutiques in the city, Scarlett Alley (241 Race Street). Just measure the circumference of your hand around the knuckles, not counting the thumb. Got that number?
Click for your size!
Good news for Vince fans: Everyone’s favorite luxe-classic brand is launching a handbag collection in November. This is doubly great news for us, as the company recently opened an outpost on Walnut (it’s at 1701 Walnut Street). This location will be carrying the bag line; look for it there “sometime in November,” according to the store manager.
My thoughts on the collection: It fits in perfectly with the unassuming luxury of the brand (think: minimal hardware, classic shapes), but a sprinkling of thoughtful design touches, including a signature cut-out ‘V’ detail and subtle color-blocking (you’ll find this on the undersides of some straps), sets the collection apart and keeps it from feeling too safe. I’m a fan, especially of the graphic cut-out collection.