Main Line’s Cutest Home Goods Store Majorly Expanding


A peek at the store’s statement merchandise. | Image via The Blue Octagon.

Possibly the most colorful store in Malvern, The Blue Octagon is a home decor staple. It’s filled to the brim with statement chairs, gorgeous vanities, and every coffee table book you never knew you needed, all wrapped up in a splashy, gilt-slash-Deco package. (See photos of the store and merchandise here.) And the good news? It’s expanding.

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The Eaves Fall Lookbook Is the Stuff of Our Dreams


Leather + Lauren Hutton gorgeousness. | Photo via Eaves, by Carolina Palmgren.

Remember when I gave you a peek at what our top local boutiques are getting in for fall? Well, one of them — Eaves in Wayne — is giving shoppers an even better look into the styles and items that are shaping its fall aesthetic.

The clothes are elevated classics: You’ll see a filmy balloon-sleeved top, but with slinky, exaggerated ties at the cuffs; a simple leather miniskirt is accented with a band of fringe; a leather tunic is cinched with a sculptured obi-like belt. It’s all delicious, and you need to take a peek, and then go shop it immediately. Just saying.

See the full collection Eaves.

King of Prussia Is Getting a Chic New Lifestyle Shopping Center


A rendering of the new shopping center. | Image via JBGR Retail.

King of Prussia retail is getting a facelift with plans to build a new upscale lifestyle shopping center. Unlike KOP’s current shopping options, the new King of Prussia Town Center will feature a pedestrian-friendly space, complete with new shops and good food, looking to bring a downtown shopping vibe to the area. See what stores you can expect.

Behind the Buy: What Eaves Is Loving For Fall


Welcome, officially and finally, to fall! While you’ve been Shore-ing, sunning and stealing every last bit of summer before it winds away, we’ve been digging head-first into the new season’s style offerings. And let me tell you: They are good. We asked Philly’s top shops to give us a peek at their fall buys. Every day, we’ll be breaking down the the styles they’re loving, the trends they’re featuring, and the pieces to add to your new-season shopping list. Happy shopping!  Read more »

This Is the Best Color to Wear to a Job Interview


Girl bosses in black. | HUANG Zheng / andersphoto /

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


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


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


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


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


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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