Mint is one of those colors that popped up a few seasons ago and never really left—and this year is no exception. If you’re looking for pieces to transition into spring, or simply want to lighten up your dreary winter duds, this pastel shade is the way to go. Plus, the color is super-adaptable to different skin tones, as it comes in a variety of shades. Pale chicks: Steer clear of green undertones, and opt for a mint with a tint of blue. Darker skin tones can don an avocado hue.
Satisfy your lust for summer blooms and tropical sunsets with prettier-than-a-postcard prints, splashed across everything from silk blazers to skinny pants. Shoppist tip: The pic is shoppable! Mouse over the photo above for price and store info.
You know how sometimes there’s just something in the ether, so that everywhere you turn, a subject comes up over and over again? Yesterday, on Presidents Day, that subject was underwear. In one of those news stories that make you scratch your head and go “Huh,” the Moscow Times reported that women in the streets of Kazakhstan were marching with underwear on their heads to protest a new law that’s set to go into effect on July 1st. (You should check out the link, if only for the photo of the demure young Kazakh male averting his gaze from the lascivious lace display.) Read more »
We at Shoppist can always justify a sale (No, seriously, it’s nearly an art form). Thankfully the gang behind stadler-Kahn shares a similar sentiment. The self-proclaimed “elevated five-and-dime” is hosting an aptly titled “I Survived Winter” sale and we’re totally on board. The subterranean shop—one of our fave gems in the city—stocks textiles and designs by owner Alex Stadler, along with gifts, furniture, vintage objects and fine art (think: lots of fun, quirky colors). The sale starts on Tuesday and lasts through Friday, February 28.
Here’s the accessory roundup: 40 percent off stadler-Kahn scarves, 30 percent off new and vintage clothing and shoes, and 25 percent off jewelry. Plus, there will be 20 to 40 percent off vintage glass, ceramics and furniture, including newly minted collector’s editions (sounds like an excuse for a “We Survived Winter” party) and 20 percent off fine art. As you can see, it’s going to be pretty extensive; we suggest you get there quick to score the steals why they last. And hey, even if we don’t survive winter (which seems more and more probable), at least we’ll go down swinging. Swinging a shopping bag, that is.
Purchasing perfume can be a very intimate experience. Each scent smells differently based on one’s body chemistry. That means that no matter how hard I try, lemon verbena is always going to make me smell like Pine-Sol and not like the citrusy goddess I envision, and I have to accept that.
These gross perfumes are not examples of that. When Be Well editor Emily Leaman tipped us off to Demeter’s pizza perfume, we had a good chuckle. Then we realized this wasn’t the first time someone dreamed up pizza perfume (that honor goes to Pizza Hut), and then we became concerned. What other weird perfumes were out there? How many? And more importantly, who buys them?
Apparently, the answer is a lot. We came across everything from bacon to earthworm fragrances. If you finish reading this blog post ready to detoxify your nostrils, we’ll understand.
First, let’s state the obvious: Nothing says “I love you” (or “I’m into you”) like flowers on Valentine’s Day. But with seemingly endless options (seriously, we counted 64 options on 1-800-Flowers.com—including a bamboo variety) it’s easy to fall back on ho-hum red roses. Enter Sullivan Owen, known about Philly Mag HQ as the ‘flower whisperer.’ The Old Kensington-based floral designer has taken three popular designs and turned them into V-Day-appropriate—and drool-worthy—color palettes: champagne, pink and violet. Guys: Choose one, call up Sullivan and send to your sweetie. (Remember: Valentine’s Day is on Friday!) Now, if you’re on the other side the exchange and would like to be the recipient of one of these bouquets, we suggest strategic placement. Like, make one of the bouquets the background of his iPhone. Or casually leave this blog post up on his desktop. We encourage creativity. (Subtlety be damned!) Designs start at $100 and delivery is available all around Philly, the surrounding suburbs, and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. See? Easy-peasy. Now go share the love.
We at Shoppist have seen an amazing upturn in men’s fashion in the past year (see: this and this), but the truth remains: not all men like shopping. Everyone’s seen them: Guy Who’d Rather Be Watching The Game, Guy Taking Nap, Guy With Eyes Buried In iPhone. Believe us, the list goes on. Consequently, you can imagine our pleasure when we stumbled upon the Instagram handle Miserable Men. The account catalogues photo submissions that show, well, profoundly miserable men in retail settings (i.e. a Pepto Bismol-pink Victoria’s Secret fitting room). It’s pretty hilarious and will make us think twice about dragging our SOs to the mall.
Best Of Philly: Vote For Your Favorite Boutique And You Could Win Tickets To Our Best Of Philly Bash!
What you may not realize when you pick up our Best Of Philly issue each August: Months and months of research goes into our picks. We start our searching for the best of what’s out there early (yep, when snow’s still on the ground) and then we spend countless hours whittling down the contenders. Still, each year, without fail, we hear some version of: Why didn’t X win? So, all you wonderful, opinionated, shopping-obsessed readers, it’s time for you to weigh in: Which is the best women’s boutique in Philly?
Vote because you absolutely adore that cute hidden gem on the corner; vote because you absolutely can’t live without the hard-to-find designer lines carried at that boutique across town; vote because the owner of that one shop didn’t blink an eye when you broke the zipper trying on those too-small jeans. Or, you know, vote because each time you do, you’ll be entered to win tickets to our always-fabulous Best Of Philly party. (I can tell you from experience, it’s a lot of fun.) You can vote once a day, every day, through February 26th. I can’t wait to see which shop you choose—and, if we’re being completely honest here, I’m happy that I don’t have to do the choosing, because the competition this year? It’s fierce.
Go on, vote right here!
With seemingly everyone rolling out spring looks this past week, it’s easy to get caught up in dreams of warm weather and forget that it’s still 10 degrees out. The only good thing about this? It means that you can immediately wear all the goods you score at Arcadia‘s Winter Warehouse Sale, during which everything in the eco-fashion boutique is discounted. (Yes, everything.) It kicks off on Friday and lasts through Monday, February 3rd. Here’s the skinny: All winter clothes will be 50 to 80 percent off, plus 15 percent off everything else in the shop including jewelry, vintage, and new spring styles (if you can’t resist). Make sure you also check out the $50 and under rack for cozy sweaters and jackets, and the $25 and under rack for dresses, tops and shoes (think deals on BB Dakota, Dolce Vita and Dusen Dusen). Tip: Don’t miss the $5 vintage rack.
We’ve always loved Target for its capsule collections and
alarmingly addictive popcorn designer collabs, but now the retail powerhouse is making a play in the beauty realm. In the past year, Target has introduced beauty concierges at select stores and rolled out plans for a luxury skin care line set to debut next month. So I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised when I was perusing my local Target’s beauty aisle and spotted my favorite salon shampoo, DevaCurl, sitting idly on the shelf. It was in good company, too; Bumble and Bumble was right next to it. Usually these brands are pretty tricky to find, requiring a trip to Sephora or an authorized salon. So I did a little digging to see which other salon goodies are available. Here, six more surprisingly prime finds you can find at Target, as if you needed more reason to shop there.