Your Ultimate Memorial Day Weekend Sale Guide

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Let’s go shopping. | Shutterstock.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Whether you’re spending it Shore-side or in the city, we’ve got all the sales you need to check out, from Erdon to Anthro, Alexander Wang to Lilly Pulitzer, and Equipment to Third Street Habit. (Oh, and if you’d rather do your shopping from the comfort of your deck/patio/pool, we’ve also got some online sales worth shopping.) Happy shopping!

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Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Guide

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From left: Ninobrand at Knit Wit; Clover Market (photo by Carrie Hill Photography) and Makers Mart featuring Arden & James.

Another weekend, another bevy of sales, outdoor markets and shopping events to add to your calendar. Here’s what’s coming up, and what’s worth shopping. We’ll see you out there!

Swarthmore Makers MartThe first-ever installment of this outdoor market takes place on Saturday, May 16th (rain date: Sunday, May 17th), in Swarthmore. You’ll find local and regional makers and artisans (like Three Potato Four and Arden & James) selling a mix of handmade items, vintage goods and art/photography. 10am-4pm in the Swarthmore town municipal parking lot, 432 Dartmouth Avenue, Swarthmore.

NINObrand Trunk Show at Knit Wit: A three-day NINObrand trunk show kicks off today at Knit Wit’s Bryn Mawr store. Go there to shop one of my favorite Philly designers (really, I’m obsessed!) and check out the new spring collection all weekend. Head there tonight for cocktails and a meet-and-greet with designer Bela Shehu. 905 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr.  Read more »

8 Ways to Wear Snakeskin and Not Look Like a Kardashian

This spring, the luxe texture—in versions both real and faux—edges out splashier leopard and zebra prints. It’s more muted and generally rendered in softer, spring-perfect shades. Consider the print a neutral, which means it’s a wardrobe workhorse. But be mindful of fit. For instance, a snake-print dress with a second-skin fit can skew cheap. Look instead for a shift; the boxier shape keeps the look modern and chic. Here’s how to wear the reptilian look without looking cheesy, like, er, well, this.

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Your Insider Guide to the Best Vendors at Art Star Craft Bazaar

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Prime picks (from left): Emiko Shinozaki jewelry, Zola wall planters, Christina Kosinski ceramics, Fount bags and Marcella Kriebel illustrations.

If you haven’t yet been to one of Art Star’s beloved Craft Bazaars, make a point to go there this weekend. (Tip: It could make for a fun mother-daughter outing for Mother’s Day!) Now in its twelfth year, the juried outdoor market features over 150 local and national artisans.

The selection is impressive —but also a tad overwhelming, especially for first-time shoppers. So who better to be your guide than one of the bazaar’s founders? I got Art Star co-founder Megan Brewster to give me the skinny on the 10 vendors she’s most excited to see and shop this time around. Keep reading for her picks, and then shop them this weekend at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza (11am to 6pm both days, rain or shine; get more details here). Happy bazaar-ing!  Read more »

5 Things We’re Excited For This Month

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From left: Madewell, Todd Shelton, Clover Market.

Talk about spring renewal. Right now, we seem to be in the midst of a flurry of store openings (Lululemon! Meadowsweet Mercantile!), and we’re smack-dab in the middle of spring flea market season. Here are the five things on my radar this May, from a brand-new open-air market to the future of men’s tailoring. Bring on spring!

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5 Surprising Places to Find Ultra-Stylish Workout Clothes

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Let’s work out. | Photos via Without Walls.

Confession: I spent the bulk of the winter running on a treadmill in a paper-thin drapey gray tee. In November, it was showing signs of wear (holes in the arms, a few by the bottom hem, a crazily stretched out neckline). By January, the holes peppered the entire back. By March, it was barely a shirt. But still I wore it because, truth be told, it made me feel tough, like the Incredible Hulk, splitting seams and wearing out fabric by sheer force of will and the power of blazing-fast 11:30-minute miles.

But now I’ve taken my runs outdoors, and my threadbare tee just won’t cut it out in public, where it feels like everyone is watching (or recording a video!) even if they aren’t. And given my penchant for offbeat dressing, I tend to feel uncomfortable in workout wear, most of which is tight (ick), basic (ick x500) and otherwise forgettable. While I don’t want to run across town in sequins, I do want to feel good — strong and stylish. And with race season in full swing (Broad Street is this Sunday; there are even more great runs and outdoor fitness events happening in May—see them here), there’s never been a better time to up your workout gear game.  Read more »

10 Top Men’s Stores to Shop This Spring

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From left: Art in the Age, Armour and ToBox.

Our men’s shopping scene is growing more robust and varied with each season, and we couldn’t be happier. For those looking to avoid the big-box and mall scene, here are 10 of the best men’s boutiques in the city now, whether you’re looking for fashion-forward pieces (bold floral shorts) or easy-wearing basics (Chukka boots, button-downs). Consider it proof that there’s more to men’s shopping in Philly than J.Crew. Read more »

The Edit: 10 Off-the-Shoulder Tops That Look Good With Anything

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How to bare shoulders without going strapless (or spiraling downward into tube-top territory)? Wear one of the season’s best picks, an off-the-shoulder top. The style — seen everywhere right now — is a perfect way to show off sun-kissed skin and shoulders, plus it conceals the upper arm, which is often a prickly source of insecurity for women. Here, my top tops to spring for now.

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