Your Answer to Online Shopping: Fishbox, Philly’s New Package Delivery Service

Image via Shutterstock

Image via Shutterstock

Here at Philly Mag HQ, it’s commonplace for staffers to have packages delivered to the office in lieu of their homes. Reasons for such include: It’s where we’re stationed between 9am and 5pm (UPS’s preferred delivery period) and it’s safer than having parcels waiting out on the stoop all day. And after far too many ‘Sorry we missed you!’ notices completely negating that $20.95 overnight shipping fee we shelled out, we think our precautions are justified. That is, until the debut of Fishtown’s newest delivery service, Fishbox.

Brainchild of local entrepreneur Napolean Suarez, Fishbox is a hassle-free delivery service that gets you your packages exactly when you want them (i.e. not ‘maaaaybe between 10am and 2pm). Simply sign up for Fishbox via their site, use the specified address and box number and your packages will be delivered to their secure facility. Then, you’ll receive a text indicating its arrival and all you have to do is set up a time and place to procure your package. Philadelphia Business Journal writes: “Payment is automatic, as they will have already entered their credit card information, and no tip is necessary.” It’ll cost you either “$5 per delivery or $50 per month for unlimited delivery.” Fishbox, feeding your Amazon addiction one delivery at a time.
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Zara’s New Spring Arrivals Are Insanely Chic (And Affordable!)

We're gushing over these prices

We’re gushing over these prices

We can always trust Zara to stock stylish, on-trend pieces that actually fit in our budgets, but this spring they’ve completely outdone themselves. After perusing the site’s new arrivals, I found tons of luxe-looking clothes and shoes ringing in well under $150: patent smoking loafers that could easily pass as Miu Mius, a minimalist perforated bucket bag and a camel car coat to wear when transitioning seasons. Plus, if you just need to succumb to the allure of warm weather clothes, it’s best to do it on the cheap. Best part? No one will know.

Click here to shop it.

Target Announces New Plus-Size Line

Image via Target

Image via Target

Whoa, looks like Target heard its detractors loud and clear. Following intense backlash (we discuss some of it here) over word that plus-size styles from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection will only be available online, the retail superstore announced they’ll be launching a new plus-size-only clothing brand Ava & Viv (the first new brand since 2008) that’s set to debut in mid-February. Sizes will include 14 to 26 and X to 4X and prices will range from a super-affordable $10 to $79.99.

Click here for a preview!

Century 21 Is Having a Major Clearance Sale Now

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The clearance sale is here. | Photo by Emily Goulet.

The sale news just keeps coming: Off-price retailer Century 21, now settled into its new Gallery location, has recently kicked off its post-holiday clearance mega-sale.

You can shop the sale both in-store and also online; it goes through the end of January. Expect apparel, shoes and accessories discounted up to 75 percent off. The store’s seemingly bottomless stock—from mid-range to high-end designers—means that there are plenty of chances to score big.

See the best of what’s on sale by clicking here.

Bad News: This Is All That’s Left Of The Alexander Wang for H&M Collection In Philly

All that's left of the highly-anticipated collab

Sigh. This single rack is all that is left.

Sorry, gang: If you were hoping to get your paws on that Alexander Wang for H&M neoprene cropped sweatshirt, you’re out of luck. The collection, which was stocked at H&M’s Walnut Street location this morning (the only location in Pennsylvania to carry it, according to the website), is almost entirely sold out. Sales associates reported that nearly half of the second floor had housed the 59-piece collection this morning, but was quickly wiped out by a queue of shoppers who began lining up first thing this morning for its 7:30 opening. Now, there’s a measly rack with some Alexander Wang signage as soon as you get off the escalator on the second floor.

But even though the selection is now sparse, it’s not empty. I popped by the store at 2:30pm today and rounded up what goodies were left–and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Keep reading to see what’s left.

Market Report: 5 Crazy-Stylish Ways To Wear a Basic Button-Down Shirt

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  • Happy Monday! Let’s kick things off with a new way to wear the most office-friendly piece in your closet: the button-down. Here are five crazy-stylish ways to style a basic button-down. [Style.com]
  • On Thursday, shopping website Vestiaire Collective will start selling clothing and accessories donated by stars, style icons, models and musicians (think: a Balenciaga dress from Kim Kardashian; a Givenchy top from Stella Tennant).  Even better? Prices start at $0. [Vogue]
  • How to recycle an outfit and still make it look totally new, as demonstrated by Kate Middleton. [WhoWhatWear]

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PHOTOS: Halle Berry Lingerie Line Launches in Target

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Call us cynical—or maybe we’ve just been burned by too many bad celebrity fashion collabs—but when word got out about Halle Berry’s Scandale lingerie collection for Target, we didn’t let our hopes get too high. At best, it’d be a boring collection mislabeled “classic” and at worst, it’d be wearable by only Catwoman herself.

Boy, were we wrong. Debuting today, the collection is the joint effort of 82-year-old Parisian lingerie company Scandale and is leaps and bounds ahead of similar inexpensive counterparts like SJP for Steve & Barry’s (cringe). More importantly, we could actually see ourselves hightailing it to Target to scoop up some $18 bras and $7 panties for ourselves.

Yep, you read that correctly: $25 for a lingerie set. Start filling those e-carts.

See the collection for yourself here.

Duke & Winston Debuts Fantastic New Antique Section Called Duke’s Library

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Images via Instagram.

Picture this: you’re sitting in a velvet wingback chair staring pensively at your worn copy of War and Peace (because, ya know, you’ve read it 23,592 times), sipping a snifter of aged brandy, presumably. The walls are lined with cherry bookshelves that are, of course, well-stocked but simultaneously styled with things like an heirloom ship model and iron Scottie dog bookends. Maybe throw in a marble bust or two.

Now, those amazing antique knickknacks that make your study look like a cross between a scene from Dead Poets Society and Winston Churchill’s library (I imagine) can be bought in Duke & Winston‘s fantastically curated new antique section, Duke’s Library. Items are pricey, but they do all the culling and heavy-lifting, leaving you with the most charming selection of preppy odds and ends to outfit your shelves.

Next: How to shop the goods.

Study: 26 Percent Of People Start Holiday Shopping Before Halloween

illo girl with shopping bagsHere’s some shocking news for you: According to Google’s research on holiday shopping trends, 26 percent of shoppers will have already started their holiday shopping by Halloween this year. Yes, you read that right. As of today, about one-quarter of Americans have already started holiday shopping. 

We stumbled upon this curious study on Fashionista and immediately hated these people. They’re sort of like those annoying people at college who finish writing papers weeks before they’re due. Isn’t procrastination half the fun, that frenzied jaunt to the mall seconds before it closes? Hell, I haven’t even bought Halloween candy, let alone Christmas presents.

But is it really so crazy?

Answer: maybe not.

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