This Is the Best Color to Wear to a Job Interview

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Girl bosses in black. | HUANG Zheng / andersphoto / Shutterstock.com

I don’t remember what I wore to my first job interview (I shudder to imagine it), but I do recall the outfit I wore to interview for this job: a camel-colored leather pencil skirt, skinny black turtleneck, a vintage black sleeveless dress that buttons all the way up, worn as a longish vest, and oxblood heels. The vintage part wouldn’t have gotten me the gig at, say, Vogue (vintage doesn’t work for an interview there), but it worked here. Turns out, it probably wasn’t the pencil skirt or heels that did it. It was my color choice: Lots of black.

A British t-shirt company surveyed 1,000 people to find out their perceptions of color. The results: 56 percent of participants perceived black to be the color that “most inspires confidence.”  Read more »

An Ode to the Valentino Dress I Will Always Love But Never Own

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At least once a week, I send my colleague Carrie a link to some very expensive clothing item or accessory over Slack, our intra-office messaging system, with a brief but friendly note: “I would kill you for this.”

She does the same, but usually her message is: “Can I have this, please?” To which I respond, simply, “No.” Because the things we love — the things that actually shoot a stab of longing through our hearts, one I swear is almost painful — are different-stratosphere expensive. Take, for instance, this Valentino dress from spring/summer 2015. Glorious, no? I am drawn to it, I think, because it’s an elegant, grown-up spin on the bohemian maxi dress. It’s not quite as Cinderella-like as, say, this one, which is why I fancy it a more practical purchase. It’s something I’d wear to a nighttime wedding. Or maybe a ball!

But I’ve long given up on this dress — even forgotten about it (self-preservation!) — because it probably costs around $10,000. (While I can’t find an exact price, I assume it’s more expensive than this version, which runs $7,990.) And then an odd string of morning web skimming led me to Nasty Gal, which led me to thisRead more »

Shop This Now: Huge Summer Sale at Mushmina in Wayne

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Global goods at Mushmina. | Photo via Mushmina.

The sale to shop now: Mushmina‘s major summer discount rack, where you’ll now get an extra 10 percent off globally sourced goods (tops, dresses and, my fave part, baskets), all already discounted up to 60 percent off. While you’re there, check out the brand-new selection of fringed and embossed leather bags and hand-loomed Moroccan carpets. It’s all the perfect way to indulge summer wanderlust.

The Details: 164 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne.

Wildwoods to Host Its First-Ever Sneaker Convention

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The first-ever Jus Nice Sneaker Convention is coming to the Wildwoods Convention Center at the end of August. The one-day-only event promises sneakerheads the chance “to buy, sell and trade some of the most unique and high-in-demand sneakers available.”

Organizer and sneaker re-seller Justin “Jus Nice” Roper says he put together the event after attending sneaker conventions in other cities and realizing his town should have something similar. “I know there are a lot of kids around here who want to collect sneakers, but they never had an opportunity to have something like this here,” he says. “Before now, we’ve had to travel three, four hours to get to one.”

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10 Must-Have (Sort Of?) Pope Memorabilia Items For Sale Now

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Holy merch.

Remember the Royal wedding and its attendant flurry of completely insane memorabilia? With the Pope’s impending visit to Philly, we’re inching toward that territory, if not already firmly planted in it. Already, big companies and small crafters are turning out bizarre tchotchkes to commemorate the occasion. Here is some of the weirdest, funniest, craftiest and probably sort of sacrilegious memorabilia out there now.

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The Top 10 Sales to Check Out This Weekend

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Stomping the sale ground. | Shutterstock.

Let’s chat summer sales, shall we? We’ve rounded up the best shops — from Rittenhouse and Queen Village to Wayne and Merion — to score major markdowns on summer and spring merch. Dare we say they’re reason enough to forgo a Shore weekend? Happy shopping.

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The 6 Most Ridiculous Things in Free People’s Home Collection (Including a $68 Stick)

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These sticks are for sale. | Free People.

Every summer, my style veers off into bohemia, probably the last vestiges of my semi-hippie college self. It’s when I wear the two Free People items of clothing I own — a high-neck, sheer wisp of a dress and a lacy slip I layer with everything. But even though I can appreciate the store’s dreamy, summer-perfect clothes, I cannot forgive them their absolutely insane home collection, which seems like a huge joke they’re playing on us, laughing in their Navy Yard offices while we spend $28 on a bag of nails. Here are the six most ridiculous items in their decor lineup.  Read more »

10 Amazing Local Sales to Shop This Weekend

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It’s shaping up to be a rainy Saturday, so you might as well abandon beach plans for retail therapy. Here’s where to get your shop on this weekend, including sales at Third Street Habit, Terrain, Boyds and Joan Shepp. Happy shopping!

Third Street HabitThe Old City boutique just kicked off its bi-anual sale. Why to go: 40 to 60 percent off the spring 2015 collection, all past seasons, and accessories. 153 North 3rd Street, Old City.

Terrain: Get up to 75 percent off at the garden emporium’s annual sale. (Our pick: This vintage-looking garden bench, now $150 from $600.) 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills. More sales here.

10 Sales You Must Shop This Weekend

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From left: Erdon goods and Third Street Habit finds.

Happy Friday! Let’s kick things off with a guide to all the sales going on this weekend. (Because it’s going to rain on Sunday, so you might as well get your shop on.)  Read more »

This App Will Tell You All the Promo Codes That Apply to Your Order

The easiest way to rack up discounts. | Honey

The easiest way to rack up discounts. | Honey

Confession: I never purchase anything online without Googling ‘[Insert store name] promo codes’ beforehand. With e-tailers constantly doling out percentages off and free gifts with purchase, it’s a five-second move that can save you a few bucks or at least the shipping fees. Now, a new shopping app for Chrome called Honey will do the legwork for you.  Read more »

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