Make This Your Spring Hostess Gift: Skeem Soaps

Photo via Skeem Soaps.

Photo via Skeem.

Going out of town for Easter weekend or making any weekend trips this spring? Assuming you are, you need to come equipped with a hostess gift. Plus, the way get-togethers crop up in the spring, it’s not always possible to dash out to the store to pick something up. We have your stock-up solution: Philly-based Skeem soaps. (Yes, this is the same company that makes those gorgeous glass-encased candles!) The soaps come in sumptuous spring-appropriate fragrances like grapefruit zest, blood orange, and lilac dandelion, so they’re kind of irresistible. Our tip: Buy a few at a time and keep them tucked away for unexpected occasions. And if you decide to keep one or two for yourself, we won’t tell.

Is the Philadelphia Airport the New Mall? Pilot & Captain Seems to Think So

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To be honest, when we got word that wanderlust-inspired brand Pilot & Captain was opening a brick-and-mortar location in Philadelphia Airport’s Terminal C on May 1st, we were a little confused. How would we get to it? Would we have to book a flight to shop there? And why, of all places, would they choose to open their first retail location in … an airport?

To get the scoop on their surprising move, we chatted with Pilot & Captain brand manager Chelsea Solitrin.

Click here to read the interview!

Street Style: Where The Huffington Post’s Senior Beauty Editor Shops

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Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Dana L. Oliver

‘Hood: Washington Square Park

Day Job: Senior beauty editor at The Huffington Post

Where We Found Her: Soaking up the sun while enjoying papaya and kiwi gelato from Capogiro.

What She’s Wearing: Warby Parker glasses, Equipment top, Armani Exchange boyfriend jeans, Alex and Ani gold bracelets and Jimmy Choo calf-hair loafers.

Where She Shops: ”I love shopping at all the high-street stores on Walnut Street like Zara. But I also love dipping into the thrift stores for standout accessories.”

Sound Bite: ”My style is bold and brilliant like my Afro.”
Click here for more.

Skirt Boutique Launches New Shopping Box Service

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Part of Skirt’s Style Box questionnaire.

We at Shoppist love local boutiques probably more than anyone else, but we have to admit, online shopping is really freakin’ convenient sometimes. Still, when you need a new outfit stat and the only option is to tack on $20.95 for overnight delivery, sometimes even that isn’t fast enough. That’s where Skirt comes in.

And they’re even faster than Amazon.

5 Fun Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

“Get your billion back, America!”

Every time I see that commercial, I wonder how weird it would be if that guy was actually your tax guy. (Yep, that affable man in the bow tie is named Richard Gartland, and he really is a “senior tax preparer” for H&R Block in California. He also did this clip with Ellen, and it’s hilarious.) Then I wonder how much I’ll get back in my tax return this year—maybe a billion, like Richard promised!—and then I plot exactly how I will spend it all.

This is what I’ve come up with, because filing your taxes is no fun but tax returns are really quite lovely.

Click here for a Tax Return Shopping List!

Street Style: What a Fashion Buyer Wears on Weekends

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Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Ashley Taylor and her pup, Mischa

‘Hood: Rittenhouse

Day Job: Northeast director and buyer for Piper Boutique

Where We Found Her: On her way to take Mischa to the park and meet a friend for lunch at Continental Midtown

What She’s Wearing: A vintage Hermès-inspired silk shirtdress from Sazz Vintage in Old City; Sam Edelman lattice zipper wedges; Urban Outfitters black hobo.

Where She Shops: Piper Boutique. “It’s very simple: I buy merchandise that I want for myself and when it arrives at the store, I pull my size and sell the rest on the floor.”

Sound Bite: ”I have the ability to dress with versatility. I spend a lot of time people-watching and I pull my style inspirations through this. But you can never go wrong with a graphic tee and a fitted blazer.”

Click here for more puppy photos!

5 Stores That Started as Franklin Flea Pop-Up Vendors

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

Shoppists, there’s a trend in our midst and it’s not of the clothing variety. It was brought to our attention by Franklin Flea founder Mark Vevle that more and more Franklin Flea vendors are making the jump to brick-and-mortar locations. He described sending an email to last year’s vendors to gauge interest and was met with five replies informing him the respective vendors were opening their own shops or expanding within Philly. If he harbors any resentment, you certainly can’t tell. “It’s not a bad problem to have,” he says.

So, what gives? Why are vendors making the jump? And is Franklin Flea really the key to retail success?

Click here to find out!

Shopping Roundup: Where to Shop in Philly This Weekend

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I feel like I reference the weather every time I do a shopping roundup, BUT YOU GUYS, IT’S FINALLY WARM. And with warm weather, comes markets (we have two on tap) and sweet outdoor shopping events that have us especially excited for those 70-degree temps. Here’s all the must-see, must-shop events going on Philly this weekend. Now, get shopping!

Click here for more.

If You Go to Aoki Boutique Now, You’ll Get Cupcakes, Champagne and Discounts

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Photo via Aoki Boutique.

Alina Alter’s sea-green boutique at 115 South 22nd Street is two years old (quite an accomplishment for a shop that’s somewhat off the beaten retail path). Aoki Boutique‘s quirky collection of clothes, accessories and home goods—all at relatively inexpensive prices—is feting the anniversary today with cupcakes by Baked by Melissa, champagne and 10 percent off the entire store.

The shop is open today until 7pm. Here’s to many more years, Alina!

Kate Moss for Topshop is Coming to KOP This Month

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How to dress like Kate Moss, in three very easy steps: 1. Be besties with pretty much every single designer on earth. 2. Travel the world and scour every amazing vintage shop you find. 3. Buy her eponymous clothing line for Topshop, which—and here’s the news—launches at the Nordstrom in KOP on Wednesday, April 30th.

Her spring/summer 2014 collection for Topshop is actually pretty impressive (unlike the vast amount of celeb lines—see: pretty much every clothing line mentioned here). Prices range from $90 (a paisley scarf) to $690 (a bias-cut satin maxi dress, that nods to this vintage Dior one she wore to the Met gala). Check out the bulk of the collection below (my favorite is the second piece), and be sure to get to Nordstrom early on the 30th: Customers who spend $150 or more in-store receive a limited-edition Kate Moss for Topshop tote bag, and the first 50 customers to make a purchase will score “extra swag” in their totes. (Can’t make it? The line will also be available at Nordstrom.com.)

Click here to see pieces from the collection.

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