11 Local Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend

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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 »

Here Are Our Favorite Picks From the Target x Marimekko Collection

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Images via Marimekko.

The newest Target x Marimekko collab doesn’t hit stores until April 17, but we already know exactly what we want to buy. The much-anticipated collection just released a look book that has us drooling, scheming, and planing our in-store attack routes. Ok, maybe that last one was a little extreme, but you know these items are going to sell out ASAP—even that $499 ten-foot-tall paddle board. Crafting a game plan is key if you want to get in on the sunny, printed, patterned fun. Check out a few of our favorites from the collection, and start crafting your wish list before the Target x Marimekko launch. Read more »

Is it Possible to Find Stylish Clothes at Kohl’s?

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The marketing worked—Kohl’s Cash got me in the door. | Lauren McGrath.

Not gonna lie: I got about 90 percent of my clothes from Kohl’s in middle school. (The other 10 percent were hand-me-downs.) By the time I hit high school, I found myself too sophisticated to shop the juniors section, but the women’s clothes were far too grown up for 15-year-old me. I clung to the LC Lauren Conrad pastels as long as I could, but it wasn’t enough to fill my shopping void anymore. Until this weekend, I hadn’t stepped foot inside a Kohl’s in about 10 years, but when mom gives you $40 in Kohl’s Cash — that is, free money that’s only spendable at Kohl’s — you give it another shot. Here’s what happened.

Stop Everything: You Can Get Furs at Half Price This Weekend

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Get fur for less. | iStock.

If you prefer real furs over faux, there’s a major sale happening today through Saturday that you need to check out (because, as connossieurs know, furs at half price are about as common as unicorn sightings). Jacques Ferber, a Philadelphia fur stronghold since 1927, is holding a major sale this weekend—but there’s a catch. Read more »

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