The Perfect Spring Carryall Bag Is by Chadds Ford-Based Arden & James

Image via Arden & James

Image via Arden & James.

Our new favorite local discovery? Chadds Ford-based Arden + James, a line of bags by industrial designer Bri Brant, who creates each piece entirely by hand. Brant’s bag collection includes totes, crossbodys and clutches, all made of raw, natural materials (linen colored with natural plant dyes, sturdy waxed canvas,  hand-cut and -hammered copper rivets). But what’s best is the fact that most of the bags are roomy enough to hold basically a small child, which is pretty much the equivalent of what we lug around on any given day.

Your best bet: Opt for one of the earthy raw linen totes (like this or this!), or invest in a leather carryall for a bag than can transitional into cooler weather.  Read more »

5 Things We’re Excited For This Month

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What’s marked on our April calendars.

Each month brings its own splashes of excitement. Store openings, major sales, new lines launching. Here are a few of the things I’m excited for this month, including two new stores, a new location for an old flea fave, a collection that is sure to ruffle feathers (in ways good and bad), and the coolest way to get flowers in Philly this summer.

1. Mushmina to open in Wayne.
The Rittenhouse boutique is opening an outpost on Lancaster Avenue early next month. It will sell its custom Moroccan accessories and home goods alongside other fair-trade and sustainable lines. Cheer! Mushmina.com.

2. The Flwry launches.
It’s like a CSA, only instead of picking up fresh veggies, you get bundles of locally sourced blooms. They’ll begin taking memberships at the end of this month; delivery starts in June. (Tip: Memberships are limited, so snag yours early.) Theflwry.comRead more »

The Edit: 10 Perfectly Delicate Ear Cuffs That Let You Fake an Upper Ear Piercing

Images via the respective websites.

Images via the respective websites.

Cartilage jewelry is here to stay — and having a particularly huge moment — but piercings are a big commitment. Enter: the simple, elevated ear cuff. Right now, you want to spring for minimalist pieces that add just a hint of shine on the upper part of your ear. Try one or two on for size and then consider taking the piercing plunge. (Although, with these super-chic options, why would you want to?)  Read more »

Market Report: The Weird, Scientific Reason You Love to Bargain Hunt

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Bargain-hunting actually does make you happy. | Shutterstock.

  • This is interesting: According to neurological research, when you find an item you love, particularly an item you feel you’re getting a bargain on, the pleasure center of your brain lights up. The downside? Falsely inflated prices. [The Atlantic]
  • Apparently, anything you return to Victoria’s Secret doesn’t get resold or donated. It gets shredded — sometimes on the spot. How’s that for eco-conscious [Styleite]

Next: The shoe that takes selfies.

10 Secret Shopping Perks and Services at Your Favorite Stores (Think: Zara, Uniqlo and H&M)

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Own the shopping scene. | Shutterstock.

There are certain perks that many people think are only reserved for the very, very elite shopper: free alterations, personal stylists, access to sample sales. But sweet, under-the-radar services are there for the taking (some at most unexpected stores, like H&M) — you just need to know where to look.

For instance, did you know that if you take a bag of old clothes to H&M to recycle, they’ll give you 15 percent off one item? (It’s part of their green fashion initiative.) And if you buy a pair of jeans over $20 at Uniqlo, you get free alterations.  Read more »

OMG, People Are Reselling Lululemon Items Online for Crazy Amounts of Money

Image via Shutterstock

Image via Shutterstock

Fans of capsule collections and limited-edition goods are no strangers to resellers. Often, these items are snatched up during opening-day chaos, or purchased en masse online (see: Missoni for Target’s near-instant sell-out, followed by rapid-fire online listings — including a pair of $34.99 rain boots listed on eBay for $31,000). Once sold out, everyday shoppers intent on buying an item must visit one of these reseller sites to buy the item — usually at an astronomical markup.

The practice is usually reserved for luxe designers like Chanel or at-one-point-affordable collections like Alexander Wang for H&M or Phillip Lim for Target. But now, resellers are making a killing on Lululemon — like an $800-for-a-pair-of-running-shorts kind of killing.  Read more »

The Edit: 5 Pairs of Wide Leg Jeans to Make Your Legs Look Mile-Long

For the last five years or so, it’s been skinny jeans every day, everywhere. And while no one can dispute their slimming, leg-lengthening qualities, we’re starved for new proportions. Enter: Wide leg jeans. The throwback denim is experiencing a major comeback and we’re already stocking up for spring. However, as stylish as they may be, there are a few styling tricks to keep in mind:

1. Keep the wash light. Save the ultra-inky washes for your raw denim. Wide legs are meant to skew retro.

2. Wear heels. Wide leg jeans are already equipped to make your legs look crazy-long. Maximize the illusion by wearing your jeans with booties or a platform sandal.

3. Call your tailor. Most wide legs jeans have super-long inseams—usually 32 inches and up. If you’re not leggy and don’t plan on wearing 6-inch heels (see #2), then be sure to call a tailor to take up the seam. Raggedy hems will look more grungy surfer than hippie goddess. Psst: While shopping, account for any fading or whiskering that might look wonky post-hem.  Read more »

Monday Obsession: Mara Hoffman Dashiki

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Image via Third Street Habit.

Shop long enough in this city and store owners will get a sense of what floats your style boat. To wit: an email I received from January, owner of Third Street Habit in Old City, which said, “This outfit reminded me of you.” I clicked and saw what has become my standby spring/summer look: a dress or tunic over a pair of flared jeans. (In my book, pretty much every dress looks cooler over pants.) I’ll wear it like this, or with a pair of wild platforms for true ’70s style. Who knows? Maybe shopping for spring can will the season to hurry on up and get here.  Click here for more details.

We Want Everything in Eaves’ New Spring Collection

 We're in love | Photos by Carolina Palmgren

We’re in love | Photos by Carolina Palmgren

Local boutiques are rolling out new spring arrivals and we’re opening them with open arms. However, nothing has us quite as excited as Eaves‘ spring lookbook. Filled with crisp whites, quilted lightweight jackets and all types of linen, it’s basically spring perfection. All the looks are styled in a way that’s so accessible, you’ll be picking out whole outfits to recreate (that metallic tank and linen pant combo is just divine). Only 21 days until spring! Read more »

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