Shop Talk: The Mall Store You Should Start Reconsidering

Ann Taylor Spring

Yes, this is Ann Taylor. | Images via Ann Taylor.

  • Remember when Banana Republic got a new creative director and suddenly turned from mecca of Job Interview Outfits to OMG-I’d-actually-wear-this-out? Well, another mall stalwart is following suit. Meet the new (and shockingly cool) Ann Taylor. [The Zoe Report]
  • Kate Spade is launching a new company called Frances Valentine, a shoe and handbag line that’ll launch in the spring. It’s described as having a “wholesome but quirky, colorful Americana to the look, though everything is produced in Spain and Italy … putting the price points slightly higher than the Kate Spade of yore.” [WWD]

Next: Let Gwyneth Paltrow sell you a $200 bobby pin!

Shop Talk: How Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Skin

iPhone Bad for Skin

Even if it’s in a really cute case, your iPhone can wreak havoc on your skin. |andersphoto /

  • It’s not shocking that all the time you spend with an iPhone pressed against your cheek isn’t great for your skin. After all, everyone knows that dirty, oily screens can lead to pimples. But what is surprising is that cell phones can also lead to saggy “tech neck” (basically turkey neck caused from craning your head) and crow’s feet. [StyleCaster]
  • In the latest crazy shakeup in the global fashion world, Raf Simons is stepping down from his post as creative director of Dior’s women’s collections. (Cue major freakouts.) One likely successor: Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy.  [WWD]

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Shop Talk: Amazon’s Best-Reviewed Beauty Products Of All Time


The powders, primers and polishes and more you swear by. | Shutterstock.

  • As much as we love Sephora, sometimes the weekly budget doesn’t allow for such luxury expenditures. All the more reason why you should check out these top-rated, under-the-radar Amazon beauty products under $40 that might become a staple in your daily routine. Think it’s a bit sketch? Consider the fact that over 1,000 people took the time to leave five stars and write a dissertation on why they love it. (And personally, I can vouch for Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask ($8) — this affordable deep cleanser gives me life). [Byrdie]
  • By now, you’re probably in the know about the H&M x Balmain collab coming to stores worldwide and online on November 5th. If not, crawl out from the rock you’re living under and follow #HMBalmaination on Instagram. So far, the stunning teasers feature supermodels Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and Gigi Hadid riding a futuristic subway clad in luxurious jewel tones, feathered bombers and jackets with beading worth drooling over.  [Daily Front Row]

Next: Do you have a compulsive shopping problem?

Shop Talk: Why You Should Finally Stop Washing Your Hair Every Day


Read this before sudsing up tonight. | Shutterstock.

  • Are you washing your hair too much? According to experts from UPenn’s Hair and Scalp Clinic (pause: did you know we had one of those?!), over-washing long or ethnic hair can be super-damaging. So instead of lathering every day, opt for dry shampoo and stick to natural essential oil-based products to avoid mistreating your precious tresses. [Time]
  • More than 1,000 women are currently on the waitlist for this $235 LBD. You can order it, but it won’t arrive for at least a year. That’s dedication, ladies. [WhoWhatWear]
  • It’s official: The man-bun has been replaced. By the man-braid. [Byrdie]

Next: The nail art machine to add to your Christmas list.

Market Report: Scientists Might Actually Make Harry Potter Invisibility Cloaks a Reality

Happry Potter

Is the movie’s magic closer than we think? | AnjelikaGr /

  • Another scientific breakthrough that will excite Harry Potter fans: Scientists have created an “ultrathin invisibility skin cloak” made of light-reflecting nanotechnology. Unfortunately, it’s not quite advanced enough to cloak an entire human being, but it may just be a big leap towards a future of no more bad-outfit days. [Times]
  • Makeup fans, rejoice: British makeup company Rodial is launching a contour-focused collection at select Blue Mercury locations in October. Rodial makes a range of luxury products you’ve probably never heard of, like hydrating Bee Venom & Placenta 24-Carat Gold cream (yes, really; it’s $750). For more affordable — and less placenta-y — staples, check out their celeb-inspired tutorials on Youtube, which feature prime buys like Glamstick Lip Butter ($28) and the Instaglam Highlighter ($15). [Forbes]

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Market Report: Two Steps to Looking More Awake and Polished in a Pinch

Red lip

This look is surprisingly easy to master. | Zac Posen runway image via Vogue.

  • Even if you’re working on way less sleep and coffee than you’d like, you can still look sharp this morning — in less than two minutes. Here’s how: Slick your hair back in a low bun and add a red lip. No more makeup required. Voilá! You look fresh as a daisy (and as gorgeous as a Zac Posen model). [Because I’m Addicted]
  • This roundup of the top Essie nail polish colors of all time is semi-surprising. Obviously, Ballet Slippers took first place, but there were far fewer dark and vampy shades — and not a red in the bunch! —than we anticipated. Apparently, the pastel love is strong when it comes to manis. [Zoe Report]
  • Here are some basic fall fashion do’s and don’ts: Do invest in a great denim piece and/or a pair of statement booties, but don’t wear denim head-to-toe (or be very, very careful when doing so). Do play with mixing up textures and unexpected pairings, but don’t go overboard when layering. [WhoWhatWear]

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Market Report: The Shoe Styles That Are In and Out for Fall


The fall footwear report. (And an excuse to look at pretty shoes.) | Images via andersphoto /, Stuart Weitzman, and Stefano Tinti /

  • Even though I think that if you love a shoe (like, really love it, the way I love my six-inch wooden clogs) you can wear it despite the fact that fashion mags and style blogs say it’s Totally Out, there are some who are true-blue Fashion Rulebook Followers. For you guys, there’s this handy article on the shoes that are ‘in’ and ‘out’ for fall. The breakdown: OTK boots, low-heeled booties, sneakers and chunky block heels are in. Out: Heavy lug soles, pin-thin stilettos, and riding boots. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Cathy Horyn, goddess of all fashion critics, tore down Kanye’s second NYFW presentation, which looked pretty much exactly like his first show: “This second round of drab, broken-down basics proved he can’t be taken seriously as a designer, but nevertheless many people in fashion do seem to take West seriously — they keep showing up expectantly for his performances — and that makes them fools,” she wrote. Ouch. [The Cut]

Don’t look now: Abercrombie might be making a fashion comeback.

Athleta Launches Derek Lam Collaboration in Philly Tomorrow


Upgrade your workout game. | Photo via Athleta x Derek Lam.

This fall is a big season for designer collaborations (Uniqlo X Christopher Lemaire; Target X Adam Lippes; H&M X Balmain), and the fun has already started. Today — one day earlier than scheduled — Athleta launched its Derek Lam collaboration, a collection of 38 activewear pieces that range from workout-friendly items (these colorblocked leggings) to pieces so luxe we’d rather not break a sweat in them (these leather shorts, for instance).

You can shop the entire collection online now or wait to see it in person: The collaboration will be available in Athleta’s Walnut Street location tomorrow. Preview the looks here. Spoiler: There’s lots of leather and cashmere.  Read more »

Market Report: Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Might Not Be So Honest


Some of the products from Alba’s company. | Image via The Honest Company.

  • Jessica Alba’s billion-dollar brand, The Honest Company, is in a bit of hot water after complaints of ineffective products (like sunscreen) and “deceptively and misleadingly labeled and marketed.” A $5 million lawsuit claims that some of her supposedly all-natural products contain synthetic chemicals, and don’t even work in the first place. [Jezebel]
  • We’ve all been there: shoving your sunglasses back up your nose like a nerd because they won’t seem to stay on. Fix loose sunglasses for good with the most simple solution of all time. [PureWow]

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Burberry in King of Prussia Just Launched a Custom ‘Scarf Bar’


Cashmere perfection. | Image via Burberry.

Even though temps are nearing triple digits, I can’t stop myself from lusting over fall buys. And Burberry’s latest addition did nothing to quell my autumnal leanings. The brand just launched (as in, yesterday) a custom “Scarf Bar” both in stores and online. Shoppers can choose a scarf — color, cashmere weight, pattern — and have it monogrammed. (For inspiration, click here.)

Ready to buy? Me, too. I spoke to a representative at the KOP location, who confirmed that they just finished setting up the monogram bar, which is located directly in the front of the store. While they don’t offer the full monogramming in-store, you can check out all the designs and scarf options and order there.

So, summer? I see your sun, and I’m glad for it, but let’s get on with this whole fall thing, ‘kay?

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