Make This Your Spring Hostess Gift: Skeem Soaps

Photo via Skeem Soaps.

Photo via Skeem.

Going out of town for Easter weekend or making any weekend trips this spring? Assuming you are, you need to come equipped with a hostess gift. Plus, the way get-togethers crop up in the spring, it’s not always possible to dash out to the store to pick something up. We have your stock-up solution: Philly-based Skeem soaps. (Yes, this is the same company that makes those gorgeous glass-encased candles!) The soaps come in sumptuous spring-appropriate fragrances like grapefruit zest, blood orange, and lilac dandelion, so they’re kind of irresistible. Our tip: Buy a few at a time and keep them tucked away for unexpected occasions. And if you decide to keep one or two for yourself, we won’t tell.

Is the Philadelphia Airport the New Mall? Pilot & Captain Seems to Think So

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To be honest, when we got word that wanderlust-inspired brand Pilot & Captain was opening a brick-and-mortar location in Philadelphia Airport’s Terminal C on May 1st, we were a little confused. How would we get to it? Would we have to book a flight to shop there? And why, of all places, would they choose to open their first retail location in … an airport?

To get the scoop on their surprising move, we chatted with Pilot & Captain brand manager Chelsea Solitrin.

Click here to read the interview!

Skirt Boutique Launches New Shopping Box Service

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Part of Skirt’s Style Box questionnaire.

We at Shoppist love local boutiques probably more than anyone else, but we have to admit, online shopping is really freakin’ convenient sometimes. Still, when you need a new outfit stat and the only option is to tack on $20.95 for overnight delivery, sometimes even that isn’t fast enough. That’s where Skirt comes in.

And they’re even faster than Amazon.

The Edit: 11 Spring Sunglasses Under $150

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Sunglasses can be an accessory staple if you want them to be. They can also be the perfect way to test out shapes and color in moderation. We’re proponents of the latter, so we rounded up the best spring shades under $150. Because really, what’s better than actually being able to wear sunglasses? Being able to to buy them on a budget. Here, 11 ways to do just that.

Click here to find out where to get ‘em.

This Just In: Vince is Opening on Walnut Street

Photo via Vince.

Photo via Vince.

The folks over at Racked Philly just confirmed those pesky rumors that’s we’ve been hearing for some times now: Vince is coming to Walnut Street. Slated for a summer 2014 opening, the brand will be moving into the corner lot at 1701 Walnut Street currently occupied by Juicy Couture.

What to expect: updated classics in timeless shades (their spring collection has a ton of beige and navy). Their pieces transition seamlessly from work to play with shift dresses and silky minimalist blouses (read: perfect for summer). As one co-worker puts it, it’s all the classics—but better.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Vince. Now about that buttery soft leather moto jacket you’ve got out for spring….

Shopping Roundup: Where to Shop in Philly This Weekend

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I feel like I reference the weather every time I do a shopping roundup, BUT YOU GUYS, IT’S FINALLY WARM. And with warm weather, comes markets (we have two on tap) and sweet outdoor shopping events that have us especially excited for those 70-degree temps. Here’s all the must-see, must-shop events going on Philly this weekend. Now, get shopping!

Click here for more.

You Can Now Adopt a Dog Through Free People

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He’s more prepared for Coachella than I am.

You read that title correctly: Bohemian brand Free People has collaborated with local no-kill shelter PAWS to launch its new FP Pet Project collection. So all those cute pups that will be modeling pet apparel, accessories (like this tipi), and toys will be available for adoption. Just click on the product page to find some info about the dog including its name and a link to PAWS to adopt it.

So, it looks like Blue the two-year-old beagle might be coming home with me. We’ll take the leash, too.

If You Go to Aoki Boutique Now, You’ll Get Cupcakes, Champagne and Discounts

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Photo via Aoki Boutique.

Alina Alter’s sea-green boutique at 115 South 22nd Street is two years old (quite an accomplishment for a shop that’s somewhat off the beaten retail path). Aoki Boutique‘s quirky collection of clothes, accessories and home goods—all at relatively inexpensive prices—is feting the anniversary today with cupcakes by Baked by Melissa, champagne and 10 percent off the entire store.

The shop is open today until 7pm. Here’s to many more years, Alina!

Covet: The Work Outfit You Need This Spring

Covet: The Work Outfit You Need This Spring

Spring’s cropping up, which means it’s almost time to break out your maxi-dress/cardigan combo. Or your capri pants/blazer combo. And then wear them. Over and over and over again. Here’s a fresh way to spin your workweek look: Invest in a whoa-bold pencil skirt (this should hit below your knees), sharpen it with a cool take on the button-down—like this zip-up cropped top, which won’t even show a sliver of skin with a higher-waisted bottom—heels that deliver a splash of color, and a metal collar necklace (which you’ll wear over top of your buttoned-up collared shirt, not underneath). You won’t wish for casual Fridays ever again.

Click here for where to buy in Philly.

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