7 (Non-Sexy) Halloween Costumes That Don’t Suck


Let’s get one thing straight before we begin: I’m not a fan of any costume that has the word “sexy” tacked to it. Sexy pirate? No. Sexy Santa? No. Sexy ghost/zombie/bee/stewardness/pilgrim: No, no, huh?, no, no. Halloween costumes aren’t supposed to be sexy. Please just stop.

Moving on. There is a whole lot of crap out there when it comes to costume-hunting. We sifted through it all—and tried to keep the price point low because we feel like you should spend your money on this (pause for squeal) instead of, well, this. (Although if you do buy this, you are invited to my Halloween party.)

Here, in no particular order, are costumes that—while not sexy—are worth wearing this Halloween.

See them all here!

10 Must-Have Accessories For Your Most Fashionable Fall Ever


The easiest and most cost-effective way to keep up with each season’s trends (which, as soon as you adopt them, have already changed), is to shop like this: Buy clothing that you love to wear and invest in your go-to staples—to hell with trends!—but keep your look up-to-date by sprinkling in a few of the latest accessories.

Why this works: You won’t look like a slave to trends and you’ll save money on total wardrobe overhauls as soon as the next season sweeps in and declares skinny jeans and moto boots Totally Over. To help you with your instant closet update, here are 10 of fall’s top trends. Even better? I’ve got options for any budget.

Your most stylish fall ever awaits.

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The Edit: 8 Gorgeous Ways to Wear Leather


Glorious 60-degree days are finally among us! Bless thee weather gods and goddesses! Build out your wardrobe for the season with leather accents—the unexpected autumnal neutral. Wear it traditionally with a leather jacket or pumps, or play with fall’s newest trends: laser cuts, merlot, and headgear. Just promise us you won’t wear it head-to-toe a la Rihanna.

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Steal This Look: Bohemian Backyard Paradise


This is my heaven. | Photo via Lonny.

See that photo up there? I’ve been staring at it all summer. I don’t even remember stumbling across it, but at some point I did, and it went straight into my Inspiration folder. Now that my husband and I are beginning the house-hunting process, I click on it every other hour so often to remind myself of what we’re I’m looking for in a backyard (read: little to no maintenance, mature trees, and, fine, the number of a good landscaper).

It’s perfect. There are mismatched throw pillows! A wall of hanging quilts and blankets that most certainly aren’t weatherproof! Rattan side tables! Weird little plantings! A HEADSCARF! Sometimes I pretend that I am that headscarf-ed woman. And then I venture out onto my own postage-stamp patio and see: a chipping patio set left over by the people that previously owned our house, a dirty green hose coiled up in a corner, a pair of ceramic elephant side tables I bought on a whim at HomeGoods, and a trio of dying bushes. It’s not pretty. Certainly not the bohemian paradise of a woman who never has to fret about pedestrian things like rain or insects or dirt.

But we can pretend, right? Let’s go.

What to Wear to the Best of Philly Party

BOP-DressPerhaps the most frequent question I get asked each year around this time is: So what do I wear to the Best of Philly party? Here are some of my rules for women:

1. Don’t wear an overly fancy, floor-length gown. I’ve seen it before, and it looks out of place. We’re talking cocktail party attire, not black-tie.

2. But change out of your work clothes. A pencil skirt and button-down is too casual.

3. Leave the second-skin bandage dress for another night. Actually, why don’t you just ditch these entirely? Hervé has had its moment. That moment is over.

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Best of Philly 2014 Preview: Shopping and Style


Best Casual Clothing for the Fashion-Forward Guy: Armour

Subtly futuristic button-ups and vests, delightfully odd wooden bow ties and lapel pins, ­custom-made patchwork tote bags by Philly designer Hamid Holloman the collection here is unexpected in the best way possible, and solidifies what we knew all along: Fashion in Philly isn’t just for the girls. 704 South 4th Street, Queen Village, 267-928-2002.

More sneak peeks ahead!

10 Amazing Buys You Can Still Score at Nordstrom’s Major Anniversary Sale

There is a strategy for shopping major sales. You’ve got to scope out the surroundings (what are the discounts, and will they get steeper the longer you wait?). Then you have to circle the sale quietly, like a predator hunting down its prey. And then, when you’re sure that you’re buying something for the right reasons—i.e. not just because an item was ridiculously expensive and now it’s not, which is tempting but RESIST!—you have to pounce, because sale items go quick, especially the sale items at Nordstrom’s major anniversary sale, which just so happens to be in full swing right now.

The sale ends on August 4th, when all discounted items return to full price. (Sad trombone.) This means you don’t have time to painstakingly click through page after page of sale items. So we’ve done it all for you, and we’ve experienced the pain of realizing that the Chloé satchel is unavailable, so you won’t even have to bother clicking on it. You’re welcome.

See our picks here.

Where I’m Shopping: Fashion Forward, Philly’s Best Spot for Designer Resale


A case holds Jimmy Choos, Louboutins and all sorts of glitzy baubles.

There’s a certain thrill to buying luxury pieces at a designer’s flagship store, or from the hushed, marbled showrooms of places like Neimans, Saks or Barneys. It’s a dance of pomp and circumstance. Racks are sparse; rifling through them is done gingerly, to show your respect for the clothes and also to not piss off the saleswoman who probably already has an inkling that you aren’t going to drop $34,000 on that mink shirt. Wires, like vines, snake out from the most expensive garments and lock them to the rack. It’s all very civilized.

Shopping at Ayana Hamilton’s boutique is a different animal entirely, and for me, the thrill here is even better.

Chanel, Prada and Miu Miu ahead.

You Loved It: Our Photo Director’s Poop Emoji Shoes


Our photo director makes smiling heaps of poo look fantastically chic.

I first posted about the collaboration between Edie Parker and Del Toro back in March. Luxury e-tailer Moda Operandi had just opened its pre-order list to score the line, called M’Oticons, which featured velvet slippers and acrylic clutches emblazoned with emojis. The emails between my fashion-minded colleagues and me flew back and forth with relentless abandon:

“These are amazing.”

“OMG, they have the red dancer lady!”

“I want the monkeys.”

“I wish they weren’t $340. Sigh.”

And then our photo director, Jess, chimed in:


Yep. The poop ones.

Field Guide: 5 Best Shops and Sights in Princeton

The house-made goods at Brick Farm Market in Hopewell.

The house-made goods at Brick Farm Market in Hopewell.

Come summer, Princeton’s collegiate crowd clears out, making this the perfect time to enjoy the area’s quaint, brainy charm. Here’s where to go first.

Brick Farm Market
With a juice bar, a cheese­monger, house-dried sausages and polished-concrete floors, this lofty market feels more Brooklyn than Jersey. But in fact, Brick Farm Market has rather bucolic roots: It was founded last year by Robin and Jon McConaughy, owners of the nearby Double Brook Farm, as a place to sell the many sustainable products that come from their acres. The pair are somewhat new to the agro biz — they had one of those life-changing Michael Pollan moments a decade ago — and their fresh perspective is what makes this place so memorable. Just 15 minutes from downtown Princeton, it’s worthy of a stop for a snack, a meal, or ingredient-gathering on your way back to Philly.
Go here for: A hip twist on a country farm stand. 65 East Broad Street, Hopewell.

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