The 7 Best Philly Shops for LOL-Worthy DNC Merchandise

With the RNC well underway, in all its plagiarized speech-ed, shouting glory, we’re getting hype for the DNC madness to make its way to Philly soon. Local boutiques and shops are one step ahead, with some pretty amazing, hilarious DNC merchandise that you cannot miss. Even if you don’t give a hoot about politics (which, ya know, you should), this DNC merchandise is LOL-worthy in its own right — good enough to snag, even if you haven’t listened to a single speech or gotten off the couch to vote because you’re a lazy American citizen. I digress. Here are seven Philly boutiques stocking up on the best DNC merchandise that’s sure to offend or delight, depending on your political leanings.  Read more »

7 Surprising Mall Stores for Summer Fashion Finds

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iStock/Susan Chiang.

Shopping at the mall, in all its escalator-ed, food court-ing glory, is a pastime that, we’ll admit, we miss every once in a while. I mean, where else can you go for new shoes and a Build-A-Bear and veggie lo mein all in one stop? Too often malls get the short end of the shopping stick, painted in a sad light as many outdated department stores shutter their doors. However, malls are actually home to some great wardrobe items — you just have to know where to go, lest you find yourself in a sea of sad sweaters and ill-fitting blazers and tableware (So. Much. Tableware.). We’ve rounded up the best mall stores for summer fashion right now because, believe it or not, there’s some gems out there.
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7 Things to Know Before You Hit the Shore This Weekend

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The Shore awaits! | iStock/BlueLela.

Happy holiday weekend, y’all! In our minds it may still be May, but alas, we find ourselves at the most patriotic holiday of the year. Whether you’re headed to Grandma’s Shore house or a weekend of debauchery with your college pals, there are certain necessities that the Shore calls for. Here’s what to get, where to go, and what to do to ensure that you have the greatest Fourth of July ever! Read more »

11 Local Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend

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Image via iStock/Massonstock.

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us, which means cookouts, shore trips, and quite possibly the first time you’ve been in a bikini in 100 years. (If that thought makes you sweat instantly, we’ve got you covered.) It also means local shops are having blowout sales to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Here are 11 awesome local Memorial Day sales to shop this weekend in between ice cream cones and dips in the pool.  Read more »

How to Shop Your Way Through Fishtown

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Minnow Lane’s storefront and wares from Field. | Images via @minnowlane and @shop.field.

Fishtown: It’s not just for hipsters! This neighborhood’s got world-class vintage finds, stylish plants and flowers for your place, and is home to some of the best damn coffee on this green Earth — there’s a little something for everyone there. Get to know the area that’s forever resenting being called “the Brooklyn of Philadelphia.” Here are the eight coolest places to shop in Fishtown, because we believe shopping is the ultimate way to explore any part of town. Read more »

How to Wear One Black Dress 6 Different Ways (No One Will Know!)

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It’s all in the accessories. Image via iStock/lolostock.

Everyone’s got that one dress in the closet – the go-to, the fail-safe, the blank canvas. For most, it’s a little black dress. But wearing the same thing can get boring, and lead to the age-old style rut. Luckily, there are tons of trendy, flirty, and super-cute ways to style an LBD for the gods this spring and summer — we’re talking seashell purses, gypsy earrings, and embellished jackets that would make Kanye jealous. Here’s how to wear one black dress six completely different ways, so that your inner alter-egos get a chance to come out and play. Trust us, no one will know you wore the same dress to dinner last weekend. Read more »

10 Amazing Philly Record Stores to Shop This Weekend

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Image via Repo Records.

Tomorrow is National Record Store Day, which gives us the perfect excuse to round up the best Philly record stores for your browsing pleasure. From impossible-to-find vinyl to the mustiest out-of-print books your heart could desire, these independent record stores are well worth the visit. Spend a little time this Saturday searching for the next record to add to your music trove – here’s a look at some of the releases to look out for – at these 10 amazing record shops.  Read more »

The Revisit: Does Century 21 Still Live Up to the Hype?

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The view from the Market Street entrance to Century 21. | Lauren McGrath.

When we got a sneak peek inside Century 21 before it opened in the fall of 2014, we couldn’t get enough of the Gallery’s brand-new, face-lifted megastore. But as so many stores have experienced time after time (ahem, Nordstrom Rack), it ain’t easy out there for an off-price retailer in the middle of the city. Call us cynics, but we worried about the state in which we’d find all that Chloé and Saint Laurent after all this time. High-brow doesn’t generally mix well with clutter.

I made my way down Market Street fueled by La Colombe and a burning desire to see the real state of affairs at Century 21, its grand-opening luster long gone. I had visions of gorgeous beaded Valentino platforms smushed on a shoe shelf next to patent leather Jessica Simpson heels and clothing racks in disarray. Braced for the worst, I dove in. Here’s what I found:

Here’s What Happens When You Spring for Your First Pair of Designer Shoes

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Behold, my first pair of designer shoes. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Until very recently, I considered designer shoes, clothes, anything, completely out of the realm of a possibility for me to own (unless found in a rare vintage shopping moment of glory). Let’s face it, I’m a broke millennial with student loans that eat my paychecks faster than you can say “I know guac is extra.” However, a recent trip to New York ended somehow in a euphoric train ride home clutching my first pair of designer shoes like a newborn baby, and no one was more surprised than me. 

It’s all Emily Goulet’s fault, really. I guess that’s what you get when you go to the Big Apple with a shopping editor. One minute I was at a showroom in Chelsea taking notes for a story, and the next I was falling truly, madly, deeply in love with a pair of embellished black booties. The location was Jeffrey, a non-threatening alternative to Bergdorf Goodman, with a cool selection of luxury brands—far too luxurious for me to be shopping there.

But there they were, the most beautiful boots I’d ever seen. “Dries Van Noten,” the salesman cooed, watching me quiver with joy as I ran my fingers across the funky iridescent stitching. I tried to play it cool, stealing a glance at the price sticker, but I lost all control of facial expression when I saw the number. And then I realized that this number was the markdown price—a 70 percent discount from the original four-figure cost. Emily told me to try them on anyway. (“If you were a shoe, you would be those boots,” she said.) I slipped them on, audibly sighing. They were dreamier than any man, ever.  Read more »

Video Evidence That Spring Coats Are Having a Major Moment

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Images via Third Street Habit, Terese Sydonna, and Lyst.

We’re all for jumping on the Chrissy Teigen—and, begrudgingly, Kim Kardashian—style train, and this season the celebs are proving that spring coats are back in a big way. This morning, we popped over to Fox 29 News HQ for a quick spotlight on the trend, pulling a few of our favorite spring coats from local boutiques. Read more »

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