DIY Taco Night at Lolita

Prepare to get your hands a little messy.

But you can lick them clean afterwards, because Lolita is holding a DIY Taco Night this Sunday, July 6th and Monday, July 7th.

Each person of your party will choose a primary taco filler, served family style, from a list which includes korean style flank steak w/ jicama kimchi and cornflake crusted mahi w/ chipotle mayonesa, just to name a couple. You can dress up your taco with mexican street corn a bit of queso de oaxaca or some avocado-tomatillo salsa if you prefer. Remember to leave room to finish your hands on dining experience with some Mexican spiced chocolate pot de crème. See the flyer below for more details.

The price of the event is $35 per person.

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Market Report: How to Get Glowy Not Sweaty Skin This Summer

All About Oscars Style

  • There’s a fuzzy line between looking perfectly glowy and like you just left the gym—especially during the summer. Here’s the scoop on getting a summer-appropriate glow with your makeup arsenal. [Refinery 29]
  • Ever wonder why Brazilian women burn their hair? Oh, you didn’t know Brazilian women burnt their hair? Neither did we. Turns out, it’s for a good reason and we might want to try it out. [Elle]
  • Looks like Jason Sudeikis is a sneakerhead (maybe he should read Philly Sole). Find out what his wife Olivia Wilde’s vice is. [People]

Keep reading for more fashion and beauty news.

Calling All Crafty Folk: There’s a Norman Porter Belt DIY Event at Art in the Age

Image via Norman Porter.

Image via Norman Porter.

So we’ve given you quite a few options to help you find a gift for dad this Father’s Day (see: here, here, and here). But if you’re looking to channel your inner Martha Stewart and make your gift the old fashioned way, we found your answer. Tomorrow, June 12 from 6pm to 8pm, go to Old City’s Art in the Age for a free belt making workshop with Norman Porter. (We included their jeans in our Philly Father’s Day Gift Roundup.) Interested? We figured.

Keep reading to find out how to RSVP!

8 Worst DIY Fashion and Jewelry Offenders

Don’t get us wrong, we at Shoppist love DIYs (see: here, here, and here), but some of them we see floating around Pinterest, are just really, well, bad (also, weird and nonsensical). There are just things that don’t need to be made wearable (read: utensils). Think of it like this: With all the amazing make-it-yourself tutorials out there, why waste your time repurposing curtain tassels and weaving seatbelts together? And if you still have a hankering for some safety-pin fashion, just step away from the seed beads. Please, for all our sake.


Learn It! The Best Hairstyling Tutorials on the Web Now


Photo via How-To Hair Girl.

When giant ballerina buns were trending last year, I poured over Youtube videos and picture tutorials trying to emulate the look. And you know what? They were super helpful. Tube sock in hand, I coaxed my hair into a huge bun worthy of Audrey Hepburn. So with that in mind, I  scoured the internet for hairstyling tutorials with step-by-step directions to amp up your everyday look. Leave your boring ponytail at the door.





Get your hair inspiration fix, here!

Bleach, Paint and Patch: 7 DIY Tricks for Your Boring Old Jeans

8 Coolest Jeans—And How to Make 'Em Yourself

What we have here, Shoppists, is proof that denim can be utterly, painfully cool. We also have proof that denim—especially when it’s ultra cool—can also be utterly, painfully expensive. For those brave enough to venture beyond the skinnies (you are! I know it!), I’ve found seven incredible pairs that take denim to another level. But if you don’t have deep pockets—a few of these pairs break the bank—I’ve also given you some helpful  tips for turning your old jeans into modern works of art, along with a handy ranking of where they each fall on the DIY scale. So read on, friends, and if you attempt any of these at home, please let me know! I’ll certainly be taking a paintbrush to my oldest pair. Happy shopping/creating.

Click here for the dopest denim ever, and DIY tips.

Would You Monogram Your … Jeans?


Photo via Anthropologie.

About six years ago, I went through a period I call my Monogram Years. It was around the time of my wedding, and my husband and I were registering for gifts. But not just any gifts! Monogrammed gifts. Our towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond? Monogrammed! Our sheets and pillowcases? Monogrammed! I remember feeling an intense wave of nausea when I realized that if I used my personal monogram (not our joint monogram) it would be EGG. As in scrambled. Needless to say, we proceeded with our joint initials—EGJ, the ‘G’ large in the center, a typographical symbol of our love. When my best friend got married, I rattled off the list of things I could get monogrammed for her. “I have a contact,” I told her cryptically. If you overheard our conversation,  you’d probably have thought we were discussing where to score meth. It took her weeks to finally spit it out, in a fit of desperation: “I don’t like monograms!”  


The Millennial Revolution: Our Style Is DIY

Annie Monjar, 26

Annie Monjar, 26

I’ve never done well in thrift stores. Medium sweaters mix with size fours. The DVDs aren’t organized by genre. The bare feet of a total stranger were in those shoes at one point? The clutter and charming chaos that make so many people giddy these days still give my Gap-covered hide hives.

Today, in 2013, my inability to breeze out of a vintage shop with a monocle I can turn into a brooch or an oversized gingham shirt for fashioning into a fetching fall dress feels like my biggest style handicap. If Sex and the City is to be believed, 15 years ago women my age coveted Manolo Blahniks; now, the youthful fashion ideal is far more ambiguous, and style success is measured by the elevation given to odd found items, not the designer labels stacked in your closet. To the extent that I get jealous of other people’s stuff, I’m less envious of what my friends have than of their seemingly effortless ability to make it.
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The Look: DIY Studded Converse


When Shoppist and lifestyle intern Marina Lamanna popped into my office sporting these kicks, I instantly loved them. And though studded sneaks have been a thing for a while now, there’s something about them that seems less trendy and more eternally cool than, say, the wedge sneaker.  When Marina told me she studded the Chucks herself, I loved them even more. Here, how she scored cute kicks on a college-student budget.

The Look: “Studded Converse are not anything new, but they’re totally my style, and I just never jumped on it until now. Free People had a pair of studded Converse, but they were normally $130. On Black Friday they were only $40. I went to order them and they were sold out of my size. I called stores in Texas and Florida to try to find them but they were sold out everywhere, so I decided to make them myself. I already had a pair of cream, overly pristine Converse sitting in my closet. They still really need some scuffing.”

How I Did It: “The silver and gold studs came together in a pack from Michaels, and I also got glittery ones in the same size to sprinkle throughout. I attached them all with a hot glue gun. There were lots of Band-Aids afterwards from burning myself. I tried to be careful of where pressure points are because those studs are going to pop off more easily.”

Total Time: An hour and a half.

Total Cost: Around $56 (including Converse shoes; studs cost about $6 total).

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