Let’s Make Fun of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Annual GOOP Gift Guide Together!


This year, we lost a shining beacon in the world of Blogs We Love to Hate. Preserve, Blake Lively’s ill-fated lifestyle and e-commerce site, shuttered after only one year. We didn’t even get to see a gift guide! But all’s not lost: We’ve still got GOOP. And GOOP (this is Gwyneth Paltrow’s online lifestyle venture, if you haven’t yet been blessed to know it) is majorly stepping things up now.

It’s almost as if Gwyneth, fresh from toasting Preserve’s demise with organic macrobiotic fresh-cut lilac nutmeg juice made by baby angels, sensed our need for absolutely insane guidance. So she’s provided us with her annual GOOP Holiday Guide, and just as expected, it brims with weird things that are very expensive. I like to think of it as a glimpse into the Christmas morning of the one-percent. While we open slippers from Kohl’s, they open up 18K-gold spatulas. Let us dig right in, shall we? It’ll be a fun ride.  Read more »

Philadelphians to Spend 18 Percent Less on Holiday Shopping in 2015



When it comes to holiday shopping, the Philadelphia region is tightening its belt this season. It’s decreasing its holiday spending by 18 percent compared to last year— but nationally, spending is increasing 12.5 percent.

That’s according to a new study from professional services firm Deloitte, finding that Philadelphia-area consumers expect to spent $1,249 compared to $1,532 in 2014 — a difference of nearly $300. Nationally, spending is set to be $1,462 in 2015. Read more »

How to Break Out of Your Fall Fashion Rut


How to (just slightly) change up your go-tos. | Images via J Brand, Forever 21, Shutterstock, Nine West and Banana Republic.

Fashion uniforms are great. They’re the secret of some of the most stylish women ever, and they make dressing a cinch. But it’s easy to mistake a uniform or signature look for, well, a fashion rut. There’s no shame in this; we all often reach for the easiest things in our closet, the ones that don’t take any thought, the pieces we’ve worn a thousand times, the head-to-toe outfits we know work well and still fit. But after you’ve thrown on that chambray button-up for the fiftieth time, it’s easy to feel lazy, stagnant and, well, downright bored.

Switching things up doesn’t have to mean a complete style turnaround, though. It just calls for subtle tweaks to what you already own. To make your rut-busting process easier, I’ve rounded up seven wardrobe staples — easy, go-with-anything items that tend to get the most wear – and their just slightly elevated counterparts. Think of it as Your Personal Style, Version 2.0.  Read more »

Shop Talk: The Mall Store You Should Start Reconsidering

Ann Taylor Spring

Yes, this is Ann Taylor. | Images via Ann Taylor.

  • Remember when Banana Republic got a new creative director and suddenly turned from mecca of Job Interview Outfits to OMG-I’d-actually-wear-this-out? Well, another mall stalwart is following suit. Meet the new (and shockingly cool) Ann Taylor. [The Zoe Report]
  • Kate Spade is launching a new company called Frances Valentine, a shoe and handbag line that’ll launch in the spring. It’s described as having a “wholesome but quirky, colorful Americana to the look, though everything is produced in Spain and Italy … putting the price points slightly higher than the Kate Spade of yore.” [WWD]

Next: Let Gwyneth Paltrow sell you a $200 bobby pin!

Store Madness: People Are Already in Line for Tomorrow’s H&M x Balmain Collection Launch

Balmain H&M

The fashion version of a tailgate. | Photo by Eva Arce.

It’s just as I predicted: As early as 5am this morning, loyal (crazy?) shoppers started lining up in front of the H&M store at 15th and Chestnut so that they might be among the lucky ones to nab a piece or two (or 10) from the brand’s heavily touted Balmain collaboration, which launches at 8am tomorrow morning.

As of about 3pm this afternoon, there are about 15 chairs snaking around the corner of the building. (Interesting side note: Most of the people waiting in line are men! Slow clap.) Not exactly total madness — yet. But there’s still plenty of time to go before the collection launch – countdown is now T minus 16 hours– and you can bet that line will reach far down 15th Street as the hours pass. Read more »

Your Halloween Weekend Sale Roundup


Keep reading to see where you can score these amazing deals. | Images via stores.

Shopaholics rejoice – Some of our very favorite boutiques across the city are holding major sales this weekend. Whether you’re in need of a new wintery hat or some tailored jeans, Philly boutiques have what you need for less. Remember: shop smart; shop local. Read more »

Here Are the 7 Most Wildly Expensive Pieces From the H&M x Balmain Collection

Expensive H&M

Money, money, money, money. (Psst: The bottom two jackets are for the boys.) | Images via Fashionista.

The latest H&M designer collaboration – this time with Balmain – is causing a splash, as they always do. But this time it’s for the prices as much as it is for the sparkle, shimmer and second-skin fit. (Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, often dresses the Kardashian clan, if that helps paint a picture for you.) Of the 109-piece collection, six pieces ring in at over $500. Nine are over $300, and the bulk of the collection is in the $200-$300 range.

Here’s the problem, though: All of it smacks of Kardashian. And not good Kardashian (Kendall), but bad Kardashian (Kris). While I want to imagine that metallic pink dress worn effortlessly with, say, a pair of coolly clashy heels (Sophia Webster, perhaps?) or pulled off with good ol’ badassery (Rihanna), I imagine Kris Jenner being poured into it and, well, it’s ruined. Same goes for the dress at the top left corner above. And, sigh, this green sequined one, which I fear only Kate Moss could carry off, with her trademark mussed rocker-chick swagger. While Jourdan Dunn and Gigi Hadid can pull off that draped red satin miniskirt ($99) with aplomb, many of us can’t – and shouldn’t.  Read more »

Shop Talk: The Absolute Best Black Leggings for Fall


Your new favorite fall pants ring in at only $135. | Aritzia.

  • I’ve found possibly the best black leggings ever: Aritzia’s black vegan leather ‘Daria’ leggings. The bad news: They sell out every season almost instantly, so buy them now. At $135, it’s the best purchase you’ll make all season. [Refinery29]
  • The folks over at Influenster surveyed over 40,000 people to determine the most popular Halloween costumes in each state. Apparently, Pocahontas is big in Georgia and Florida, Elsa still reigns supreme in North Carolina and mermaids are top in Pennsylvania. [Influenster]

Next: The mascara mistake you’re probably making.

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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