Skirt’s One-Week Exchange Program Pays You To Bring Back Your Clothes

Image via Skirt

Image via Skirt

If you own, well, basically anything from Skirt, this news is important. The Bryn Mawr boutique just announced a generous exchange program that runs this week only. From today through Saturday, January 24th, shoppers can bring in any item they’ve bought at Skirt (seriously, it can be from several days or several years go). Items can be gently worn or tagless. In return, shoppers can receive up to $150 in store credit. Then, all items exchanged will be donated to Our Closet. Not bad, right?

Click here for more details.

The Amazing At-Home Alternative To a Gel Manicure


maniFull disclosure: I am not on the gel manicure bandwagon. But before you summon the lynch mob, hear me out: It’s not that I’m not enticed by the prospect of a hard-as-nails, two-week mani—believe me, I am. I’m simply irked by tinfoil-wrapped nails, the obligatory soak to remove the polish and the $30-a-pop price tag.

However, as someone who nearly always has her nails painted and is a regular user of base coats, top coats and the like, an at-home mani that lasted longer than five days without chipping continued to elude me despite my best efforts. That is, until my lovely mother, a reformed salon devotee, gifted me Sephora’s Formula X System for Christmas, a set she swore rivaled any salon manicure. Turns out, she was irrefutably correct; when you use the polishes altogether, you get a super-affordable and long-lasting alternative to pricey gel versions. Call me a convert.

These polishes are a game changer.

Target Announces Lilly Pulitzer Collaboration

A sneak peek of what to expect | Image via Youtube

A sneak peek of what to expect | Image via Youtube

Exciting news for Lilly Pulitzer fans: Yesterday, Target announced an upcoming collaboration with the iconic preppy brand. Slated to debut April 19 in-store and online, the collection will include 250 pieces of apparel (including plus sizes!), accessories, shoes, as well as home decor and travel goods. As expected, the collab will feature its usual array of vibrant hues and splashy prints and—perhaps most exciting—will be priced between $2 and $150.

For a preview of what’s in store, peruse the duo’s Instagram; they’ve already released six prints and the sweetest pastel bandeau. The best part? The promise of affordable 60s-inspired shifts come spring might be just enough to get us through the winter.

To check out the duo’s Youtube announcement, click here.

The Edit: 10 Weather-Ready Coats Under $500

Come winter, outfits become defined by coats. In order to break free from the sea of black down toppers, we suggest opting for a twist on the classic, be it a wool coat in an abstract print or a puffer that plays with patterns. And with all the great sales to be had, there’s no reason to invest in pricey outerwear at the expense of your wallet. Here, 10 stylish, weather-ready coats to be brave those 25 degree temps.

Click here for shopping details.

10 Awesome Deals on Fitness Gear Right Now—All Under $50


Alas, the holidays are behind us. But if you still have a few items on your wish list, now is the time to shop. With the post-New Year’s sales in full swing, this is an especially good time to restock your workout wardrobe.

Why? Because retailers know this time of year is ripe with folks angling to get back into a regular fitness program, and what better way to get in on the action than by luring customers with major discounts on gym gear?

So if you’re on the hunt for the perfect running zip-up, sports bra, tights, whatever, you can score some pretty sweet deals right now. Here are 10 of my favorites, but of course these websites have lots more to offer. So if you don’t find what you’re looking for or if it’s not available in your size (Sorry, sizes on some of these are limited!), be sure to click through for even more steals worth adding to your shopping cart. (And psst! If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out these 10 fab fashion buys on sale right now over on Shoppist.)

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Mitchell & Ness Holiday Party

Nicholas Valentino, Melissa Leonard, Jen Sherlock, and Grace Flanigan

Mitchell & Ness held their Holiday Party on Friday December 19th at their flagship store located in Center City. Guests enjoyed lite bites, specialty drinks and a mind blowing 50 percent off everything in the store. Entertainment was provided by DJ Dilemma, and he did a great job mixing old school with modern vibes, as guests enjoyed dancing with their packages at their feet. I spotted a few boldfaced names in the crowd including former cruiserweight Simon ‘One Punch’ Carr, rapper Chill Moody, rapper Trinidad James, actor Luis Da Silva Jr, Philadelphia Union players Sébastien Le Toux and Ford Gaitley, Nicolaus Valentino of Live Nation, Jen Abrams, Jonathan Yuska (head of Mitchell and Ness) and Brittney Barkley — wife of Eagles player Matt Barkley. (They just announced they’re having a baby in the spring, congrats!) Happy Holidays!! See you next year. HughE

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Retail News: Michael Kors’s Rittenhouse Location Officially Opens


The store pre-opening. | Photo by Josh Middleton.

It’s finally here! After a mighty long process, the highly anticipated Michael Kors at 1705 Walnut Street has officially opened. The 8,000-square foot, two-floor store celebrated its opening on Friday, December 19, and is home to women’s apparel, shoes, bags and the collection linejust in time for shoppers to score last-minute gifts. Turns out, the procrastination may have paid off; the store is offering exclusive holiday and grand opening promotions.

Click here for all the details.

Please Wrap All Your Presents In This Glorious Paper From Paper Source


While perusing the interwebs for standout gift wrap for an upcoming post (keep an eye out!), I stumbled across this glorious Philly-centric paper from Paper Source. Ultimately, I decided its vintage-inspired color scheme and regional charm warranted its own space in Shoppist’s blogroll. Printed to include most of downtown, the only folks that miss out are true West Philadelphians—sorry, gang.

We’d pair the sepia-toned wrap with some understated baker’s twine and a complementary gift tag for a present that shows Philly pride while still looking perfectly Martha Stewart-esque. The best part? You can pick up a roll right in Center City. (We checked.)

Keep reading to find out where to buy it.

Retail News: Banana Republic Factory Store Set To Open Tomorrow


It’s (almost) here! | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Seemingly overnight, the Banana Republic Factory Store on 1911 Chestnut Street is stocked and ready to open. A quick trip to the storefront today confirmed that it will, in fact, be opening tomorrow, December 17th. We suggest taking advantage of the convenient opening date to score last-minute holiday outfits.

Keep reading for more info.

Noooo, Snooki Just Opened An Etsy Store

Image via Etsy

Just a sampling of the shop’s offerings | Image via Etsy

Let me preface this post by stating that I *gulp* like Snooki. Sure, she wears furry animals on her feet and owns enough leopard print to clothe a small country, but really, who am I to judge? Her babies are super-cute and I think her friendship with Jwoww is a testament to sisterhood, so wear that (inexplicably high) poof proud, I say.

However, when I received word today that the Jersey Shore‘s most prominent alum launched an Etsy shop, aptly titled NicolesCraftRoom (shedding the ‘guidette’ image, I see), I cringed at the possibilities. What could Nicole’s craft room possibly house? Bedazzled baby onesies? Those can’t be safe.

But, nope, it was worse. Or better. (I’m still deciding.)

Puff paint ahead, friends.

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