Shop Talk: 4 Easy Ways to Break In Your New Boots

Breaking in boots.

Whether your boots are Dior or DSW, gently break them in to avoid foot-blister awfulness. | Shutterstock.

  • We all know that new-shoe drama: elation at that amazing pair you just bought; can’t wait to wear them out; instant blisters within five minutes; never want to wear them again. It’s tragic, really. To make sure this never happens again, check out these really easy tips on how to gently break in new boots, like stretching them out with some rolled-up towels overnight, or wearing them around the house with extra-thick socks. [SheFinds]
  • Always on the hunt for style hacks, we found yet another fall layering tip that will update your fall wardrobe without spending a dime. Save your summery bustiers and tube tops from their inevitable summer-clothes-bin-in-the-basement fate. Instead, layer those fitted tops over button-ups for a fresh, unexpected new look. See this awesome slideshow for inspo. [Refinery29]
  • Fall is officially in full swing, so we found the perfect outfits to wear to your most autumnal activities. Don’t be the millionth girl in a flannel and leggings at the pumpkin patch; instead, stand out as the sartorial cutie we know you really are. [The Zoe Report]

Up Next: Fashion month’s surprisingly simple beauty trend, and the denim DIY to give you 2 adorable looks.

Why You Should Stop Dry-Cleaning and Start Steaming Smelly Clothes With…Vodka?

Dress and Flowers

Make your clothes smell fresh in seconds. | Shutterstock.

Not enough time to run to the dry cleaner’s before your event? Got some vintage pieces that just can’t shake the musty, granny-closet smell? You don’t have to hide behind a cloud of perfume (or worse, Febreeze) to mask the not-so-fresh scent your clothes are carrying. I learned the easiest way ever to neutralize stubborn smelling clothes (and my inner party girl loves it): vodka. Read more »

How to Dress In a Blizzard


Yesterday, I watched as a girl walked very precariously down an icy street in pointed-toe heels, no socks. I walked behind her for a block before I realized that I was holding my breath, the same way I do when a performer walks down stairs on stage or does some crazy dance move: Don’t. Fall.

We’re in the midst of a winter that will not loosen up its chokehold. As I write this, the snow has just started to fall in Center City. Soon, if you listen to all those reports, it will change to a “snow and sleet sandwich”, which will surely be fun for all.

It can be confusing, dressing for a blizzard (or an ice storm). There is nothing cute about being pinged incessantly with tiny ice pellets as you walk down the street. No, winter storm dressing is not fun. Winter storm dressing is about survival. Here is how to do it right.  Read more »

Denim 101: How to Keep Black Jeans From Fading In the Wash



Sometimes, fading is good. Take old band tees, for instance. The more worn and faded they are, the better. But not all things look best with a lived-in look. Exhibit A: Your black jeans. These look best when they’re fresh off the hanger, inky black and just soft enough.

But wear and tear inevitably leads to the graying of even the most jet-black jeans. Lucky for you, the jean experts over at Madewell offered five easy tips for maintaining your dark denim. (And clean freaks, don’t worry. They didn’t recommend never washing them.) Read more »

PICS: How To Stack Rings Like a Pro



Inspiration! | Images via Honestly WTF, Catbird NYC.

For a very long time, everyone talked about the great arm stack: piles of clanking bangles, all shapes and sizes, lined up on wrists like a kid’s colorful ring-stacking toy. By now, we’ve all mastered this, and every woman I know wears some sort of bracelet stack (though most I’ve seen lack the thoughtful mix of a set curated over decades; a matching — or artfully mismatching — set from H&M or J.Crew does not a stack make).

In any case, with bare wrists making a comeback (even the Man Repeller herself—coiner of the now-tired term “arm party”—has left her wrists naked of late!), we now have a new appendage that we must make a living jewelry display of: Enter the Ring Stack.

Pics and inspiration ahead!

How To (Finally) Figure Out Your Glove Size


The right way to buy winter’s most fun accessory. | Shutterstock.

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!

Market Report: How to Give Yourself a Professional Mani at Home

  • Everyone knows the basics of a solid at-home mani: base coat, two layers of polish and a top coat. But what bumps it up to the professional level? Here are the tips you need to know. (Seriously, even using the right side of the brush matters.) [Glamour]
  • We’re about to make your Thursday. Vinotherapy (read: bathing in red wine) is officially a thing. But we’ve got to be honest: the results aren’t pretty. [The Cut]
  • Reminder: Your stiletto is a weapon. Wear them with caution. [Jezebel]

Up Next: Victoria Secret to debut two spangly new bras.

Market Report: How to De-Pill Sweaters With This Magic Tool


  • The bad news: There’s no way to predict whether a sweater will pill—it happens to even the most expensive knits. The good news: There’s a whole science to sweater pilling, and great advice for getting rid of it. First things first? Don’t pull on them, leave the sweater razors alone, and grab a … pumice stone? [Wall Street Journal]
  • Did you know Sears has a drive-through service? You schedule a return or exchange online, and then alert the store via a mobile app when you’ve parked. Then a timer begins: Sears employees have five minutes (assistance within five minutes is guaranteed!) to run out to your car and help you. [Racked]

Click here for the grossest earrings ever. (But prepare yourselves.)

Fall Hair Guides: How To Do 3 Easy Styles

We're loving these easy hairstyles to try out this fall | Images via Salon Vanity

We’re loving these easy hairstyles to try out this fall | Images via Salon Vanity

I like to think I have a pretty good eye for determining what’s attainable with my minimal hairstyling skill level (milkmaid braids, yes; faux-bobs, heck no), but no amount of hair intuition can replace step-by-step directions. Even better if these directions come from a total hair master. Enter: Edmondo Blando, owner of Salon Vanity at 1701 Walnut Street. He gave us the low-down on how to create some of his most-requested styles—and guys, they actually seem do-able, even easy. Grasshoppers, time to learn from the master.

Hairstyle how-tos ahead.

Market Report: How to Make Your Foundation Last All Day

  • Turns out, you really don’t need to reapply your foundation twice a day (am I the only one?). Here’s how to get your foundation to last all day long—with GIFs! No reapplication needed. [The Cut]
  • In a few short weeks, everyone will be donning their jeans again. Two denim aficionadas are sharing their denim forecast and there are some surprises in store. [Vanity Fair]
  • Who says you need to wait until January 1 to start making resolutions? The lovely ladies over BLDG 25 disclosed their fall beauty resolutions. (Watch out for lots of crimson and plum!) [Free People]

Keep reading to find out the real side effects from your favorite beauty treatments.

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