My new obsession: Swoonfull, a brand-new Main Line-based company that puts together thoughtful, themed gift boxes and sends ‘em out for you. They’re basically the elves of the northeast (they call themselves “giftologists”) and they make it ridiculously easy to actually be the kind of friend you always try to be, you know, before life gets in the way. (I can’t tell you how many break-up/new baby/new house/get well gifts I have at home that I’ve never actually gotten around to mailing out. It’s rather embarrassing.)
After the huge success of Tory Burch’s signature pinky-nude lip that debuted earlier this year, the Valley Forge-born designer has taken the plunge into a full lip color collection. The line—which debuts will consist of 12 shades (like this tomato color!), each formulated to deliver a sheer yet vibrant wash with a weightless finish. They’re also subtly scented with the Tory Burch fragrance (think: cassis, grapefruit, and mandarin). Plus, can we talk about the case? The gold and orange fretwork is enough to warrant a permanent spot on our vanities. The lipsticks cost $32 each; starting in March, you’ll be able to get your hands on the collection at select Nordstrom stores, at the Tory Burch boutique at KOP, and Toryburch.com. Pucker up.
Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.
J.Crew needs your old denim! (Well, sort of.)
In conjunction with a crazy denim roll-out, J.Crew has launched an awesome initiative to benefit Blue Jeans Go Green, a denim recycling program. Bring an old pair of jeans to your local retailer by March 3rd and get 15 percent off when you buy a new pair. (We love these and these!) Blue Jeans Go Green will recycle your old pair into ultratouch denim insulation (environmentally safe, non-itch insulation without carcinogenic warnings) for homes in need. Bonus: If you liked our post about monogramming your jeans DIY-style, you can now get select pairs at J.Crew professionally stitched for $10.
I may be be fiercely loyal to my Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker (I swear by that tint of color), but when it’s 20 degrees out and there’s a crazy wind chill, my reptilian pout demands extra attention. Since this was kind of a beauty emergency (read: cracked and flaky), I decided to see what lip balms I could score locally–and, boy, the options did not disappoint. From balms boasting locally sourced ingredients to ultra-luxe cult favorites, I can safely say I plan to keep one at home, another in my purse, and one on my desk. Liberal usage is key, people (or at least, that’s what I’ll be telling myself).
Shoppist got word that DSW‘s Ardmore location will be closing and making the move to Wynnewood come March. The relatively small Ardmore outpost (in comparison to other colossal DSW locations) is certainly in a less-than-idea spot: at the rear of a hard-to-find, underwhelming strip mall with limited parking off Lancaster Avenue. A sales associate at the Ardmore store confirms the new location will be housed in the second floor of the former Borders (80 East Wynnewood Road, seen below), with a Mad Mex on the first floor. Sorry, no closing sales to look forward to, but hey! Margs and shoes!
Mint is one of those colors that popped up a few seasons ago and never really left—and this year is no exception. If you’re looking for pieces to transition into spring, or simply want to lighten up your dreary winter duds, this pastel shade is the way to go. Plus, the color is super-adaptable to different skin tones, as it comes in a variety of shades. Pale chicks: Steer clear of green undertones, and opt for a mint with a tint of blue. Darker skin tones can don an avocado hue.
Satisfy your lust for summer blooms and tropical sunsets with prettier-than-a-postcard prints, splashed across everything from silk blazers to skinny pants. Shoppist tip: The pic is shoppable! Mouse over the photo above for price and store info.
You know how sometimes there’s just something in the ether, so that everywhere you turn, a subject comes up over and over again? Yesterday, on Presidents Day, that subject was underwear. In one of those news stories that make you scratch your head and go “Huh,” the Moscow Times reported that women in the streets of Kazakhstan were marching with underwear on their heads to protest a new law that’s set to go into effect on July 1st. (You should check out the link, if only for the photo of the demure young Kazakh male averting his gaze from the lascivious lace display.) Read more »
We at Shoppist can always justify a sale (No, seriously, it’s nearly an art form). Thankfully the gang behind stadler-Kahn shares a similar sentiment. The self-proclaimed “elevated five-and-dime” is hosting an aptly titled “I Survived Winter” sale and we’re totally on board. The subterranean shop—one of our fave gems in the city—stocks textiles and designs by owner Alex Stadler, along with gifts, furniture, vintage objects and fine art (think: lots of fun, quirky colors). The sale starts on Tuesday and lasts through Friday, February 28.
Here’s the accessory roundup: 40 percent off stadler-Kahn scarves, 30 percent off new and vintage clothing and shoes, and 25 percent off jewelry. Plus, there will be 20 to 40 percent off vintage glass, ceramics and furniture, including newly minted collector’s editions (sounds like an excuse for a “We Survived Winter” party) and 20 percent off fine art. As you can see, it’s going to be pretty extensive; we suggest you get there quick to score the steals why they last. And hey, even if we don’t survive winter (which seems more and more probable), at least we’ll go down swinging. Swinging a shopping bag, that is.