While shoppers flee to the Shore in droves, city-side shops amp up incentives, which makes sticking around suddenly seem like a very crafty, style-savvy move. Here, the best sales and events to check out this weekend. (Psst: Pay special attention to Egan Day — the jewelry boutique rarely offers discounts, which makes this one extra-special.) Read more »
Monica Virga is exactly what you’d think a celeb makeup artist from Milan would be: dewy olive skin, glossy dark hair, quirky glasses, dressed all in black. Her postage-stamp-size studio/shop is on South 20th Street, a hop-skip from Philly’s other ultra-chic Euro expat, Bela Shehu. Though I was expecting a slick lacquered space, all Italian modernism, Virga’s shabby-chic shop is far more inviting: lace curtains, repurposed bookshelves for displays, a tiny crystal chandelier, a snuffling bulldog.
Virga moved here from Italy in December (“for love,” she says; her now-husband lives in Bucks County) and opened her eponymous shop that same month. In Italy, she was a sought-after makeup artist, dividing her time between brides (lots of them; she worked with nearly 1,000 brides last year alone — you do the math), celebs (Ashley Greene, Bar Refaeli) and fashion shows, jetting from Milan to LA to New York. Now, her work is still divided: one part fashion, one part bridal/special event makeup ($50 for special events; $150 for bridal makeup), and — this is what excites me most — one part beauty boutique. The best bronzer ever awaits.
This is a stock-up sale if we ever saw one. Local jewelry brand Concrete Polish is serving up 25 percent off the entire site including one-of-a-kind pieces. You know the brand from their crystal-adorned, edgy baubles that come in an array of cool finishes. The discount is good through June 1st at midnight with promo code NEWNEW. Or, shop the pieces in-store by visiting Ritual Ritual and mentioning the campaign at checkout. Read more »
Exciting news, guys: Lapstone & Hammer just opened its doors at 1106 Chestnut Street. As you can see, the space is huge, clocking in at 4,000 square feet, according to Philly Voice. The ultra-cool menswear shop will stock sartorial favorites like leather jackets, oxfords, denim, books home goods, grooming products and shoes. Ooooh, the shoes.
Lining the side and the back of the shop are shelves upon shelves of on-trend, high demand sneakers and shoes (scope out their offerings on Instagram). And the back of the shop includes a 1,000-square-foot gallery space called Pauline’s Bridal Shoppe that will feature events and exhibitions. They opened on Friday, so swing by the store to welcome to the neighborhood. In the mean time, we’ll be drooling over that all-wood interior. Read more »
Last month, we called out Mushmina’s Wayne store opening as one of the most exciting happenings of April. Now, they’ve announced that they’re closing up shop at their Rittenhouse boutique and moving to Wayne full time. While we’re sad we’ll no longer be able to get our fix of Moroccan accessories and sweet fair-trade goods right here in Center City, we can report that their new location in the ‘burbs is positively gorgeous. And even better? They’re having a sale to celebrate the move. Read more »
Now that it’s May 12th and a balmy 85 degrees, we hope you’re well into your gardening phase (the “pollen tsunami” suggests you are) of spring. But for those of you who are less about sowing an eight-by-eight foot plot in your backyard and more inclined to simply observe your beauteous blooms from afar, lemonade in hand, we found the fuss-free planters you’ve been searching for. Read more »
It’s Friday, everyone! And in order to celebrate the glorious impending weekend, we rounded up the best sales and shopping events going on in Philly and the ‘burbs. The best part? Some of them make killer Mother’s Day outings. Read more »
Fans of Scarpe di Bianco (you know, the drool-worthy shoe brand ToBox likes to post on Instagram), you’re in for a treat. Men’s shoe boutique ToBox is hosting a trunk show with the brand this Friday and Saturday, and here’s the best part: they’re offering $200 off every pair of shoes purchased from Scarpe di Bianco during the event. We got word that it’s a one-time-only deal, so pencil in a midday trip during your lunch break tomorrow. You definitely won’t regret it. Read more »
Everyone can empathize with being strapped for time, trekking out to a boutique only to either: A) not find what you’re looking for, or worse, B) learn they don’t have your size. To combat this all-too-common dilemma, Peter Kate recently introduced a fabulous new FaceTime personal shopping and styling service.
They’re not the first to embrace the ultra-personalized shopping method. Last month, Erdon announced private shopping appointments in its Old City location. This retail shift accommodates Philly’s busiest shoppers, allowing for fast, efficient service from folks that actually know what they’re talking about (no more asking the gal in the fitting room next to you).
PSA: Mother’s Day is May 10th, friends. Show mom you care and prep for the impending holiday by scooping up these editor- (and mom-) approved gifts. Psst: There’s no need to shell out for overnight delivery, you can snag most of the goods at local retailers. Read more »