Main Line Retail News: Menagerie Boutique is Opening a Second Location

Image via Menagerie

Image via Menagerie

The ‘burbs just got better. We just got word that Wayne mainstay Menagerie Boutique is slated to open a second location in Haverford Square on September 1st.

We love the girly boutique for its selection of luxe lines like Claire Vivier, Karen Walker, Calypso, and LemLem—remember our favorite coverup?—so a secont boutique is just another way to get your shopping fix.

Keep reading for details!

8 Fashion Buys to Get You Through the Rest of Summer

Summer-BuysA coworker of mine complained this morning about all the fall promotions happening right now. And she’s right: Stores are stocking leather jackets, grocery aisles are filled with Halloween candy, and—worst of it all—I saw my first back-to-school commercial on TV. DEATH. But lest we forget, we’ve still got a few more weeks of summer here, and amidst the cable-knits and candy corn, there are still buys out there begging to be trotted out during these dwindling summer days. Here are eight of the best ones to buy now—all are available at local shops!—wear now, and then store until you can break ‘em out next summer.

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This is What Happens When You Buy Something From Blake Lively’s Preserve

Those earrings are  cute | Image via Preserve

Those earrings are mighty tempting. | Image via Preserve

Remember all the hubbub over Blake Lively’s gloomily-designed lifestyle site Preserve? Criticisms were extensive: ranging from slamming $7 ketchup to, well, the lack of preserves. But we have to be honest, with a site that claims to champion “the goods, makers and legends that instill meaning inside the moments of our lives” we were curious how these Anthro-esque goods would be delivered. Surely folded into Made in the USA, hand-embroidered tissue paper and wrapped in twine by the goddess Blake Lively herself, right? Well, not quite.

Here’s what happened when a shopping editor made a Preserve order.

The Edit: 9 Sweet Buys Under $100

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Shoppists, August is a month of shopping confliction—email inboxes filled with “IT’S FALL” announcements (it’s not) and a weatherman telling you it’ll be 85 degrees all week. For now, dissuade yourself from any premature fall purchases, and quell your retail craving by snatching up some of these under-$100 buys. They’re easier on your wallet and will carry you through mid-September.

Keep reading for shopping deets.

There’s a Sample Sale and Clothing Swap at Toile Atelier Tonight

Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

If you’ve been hitting up the seemingly endless summer sales we’ve been posting here at Shoppist, your closet might be looking a little, well, stuffed. This is probably even more likely if you conveniently skipped spring cleaning this year. (We don’t judge.) So if you’re looking to maximize closet space for those last-minute summer purchases, and pre-fall wish list items, Toile Atelier has you covered. The Fishtown boutique is having a clothing swap, as well as a sample sale featuring Toile’s own designers. Count us in.

Click here for the details!

Market Report: You Can Finally Buy Black Clothing at Abercrombie & Fitch

  • For the first time ever, you can buy black clothing from Abercrombie & Fitch. Looks like infamous CEO Mike Jeffries is loosening the reins… [Refinery 29]
  • Hey guys, are you shaving properly? (Hot water? Lukewarm? Against the grain?) Here’s the scoop on getting the best shave ever from a master barber himself. [Equinox]
  • Learn how to keep your pristinely white summer sneakers, well, pristinely white. Hey, it’s harder than it looks. [Fashionista]

Keep reading for more fashion and beauty news.

What to Wear Under Your Sheer, Lacy, See-Through Stuff

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When it comes to clothes, everything seems to get more sheer in the summer. Add to that a perennially sunny backdrop that acts like a spotlight on any not-completely-opaque garments, and you’re got a recipe for embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. My solution? The Best. Slips. Ever. They’re from Free People and comfy, completely matte, and come in eight shades—the slip trifecta!

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The Edit: 10 Statement Sandals We Love This Summer

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As I write this, it’s 89 degrees outside, but it feels like 3282359 degrees—in my professional opinion—because it’s 50 percent humidity. When you can basically feel the moisture in the air, the last thing you want to do is pile on the layers in the morning. So, because you can’t wear a bathing suit to work, take the guesswork out of your a.m. outfit prep and start pairing basic with some statement-making sandals. We’ve found ten pairs that look just as good with jeans and a tee as they do with a work-appropriate shift. It’ll be your end-of-summer uniform in no time.

SHOES.

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