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Three Valentine’s DIY Events This Weekend

blackheart letterpress valentine's day cardsWhile drugstores have been painted red and pink for the past month, with February now less than 24 hours away, now’s the time for all you lucky love birds out there to really start thinking about that perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

And since no V-Day gift is ever complete without a card, I figured I’d give you a heads-up on these three workshops going down this weekend.

Letterpress For Lovers

While snacking on pub grub and knocking back a few brewskies, Blackheart Letterpress welcomes you to print and customized one of their new V-Day-themed cards using their collection of old wood type. They’ll also be bringing along their selection of really cool, handmade prints, cards, coasters and bookmarks for you to purchase. If you can’t make it out this Sunday, don’t worry—another edition of LFL will be held at Community Cultural Exchange (706 South St.) next Saturday from 4-8pm. Sunday, 1-6pm. Free. @ Tattooed Mom (530 South St.)

12th Annual Print Love-In

Once again Fleisher Art Memorial invites you to come and learn about the printmaking processes as you create your very own Valentine’s Day cards from designs by several Philly artists. Three different workshops will be held throughout the day. The first two are open to all ages while the 5 p.m workshop is strictly 21 years and up (since wine and light refreshments will be served). Space is limited so be sure to register ASAP. Sunday, 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, 5-7pm. $10-$20. @ Fleisher Art Memorial (719 Catherine St.)

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Local paper artisan, Jessica Eldredge will guide you through a love-inspired card-making afternoon, providing her hand-dyed papers and any other necessary supplies. Jessica also has a Make-Your-Own-Card Kit available for you to buy both in-store and online. Though the workshop is technically free, you do have to spend a minimum of $27 at Square Peg in order to score a seat. Fortunately, the handmade artisan boutique is currently stocked with a slew of one-of-a-kind items that would make for a perfect Valentine’s gift—from jewelry and clothing to home décor and bath and body products. Saturday, 2-4pm. @ Square Peg Artery & Salvage (108 S. 20th St.)

Some Super Fanciful Shoe Art


I never thought I would say this after my delayed trip to Cali, but I actually wouldn’t mind waiting in the terminal at the Philadelphia Airport, if only to admire local artist, Sharon Taffet’s jaw-dropping, embellished footwear.

Currently adding a whole lotta much-needed visual interest to Terminal D, “Fanciful Footwear” features a series of individual, store-bought shoes, each uniquely designed following a different theme. We’re talking heels and boots covered in everything from artificial fruit and foliage, playing cards and feathers to costume jewelry, shells and candy.

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The 2012 SAG Award for Best Dresses Goes To…

rose byrne sag awards

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Few gals can pull off a jumpsuit, let alone a jumpsuit covered in sequins and crystal embellishments.

But by golly did she rock this!

During a red carpet interview, the Bridesmaids star noting have passed on this Elie Saab number for the Emmys and I don’t blame her—this is more SAG-appropriate attire. In the sea of mediocre full-length gowns, Rose stood out in the best possible way, officially confirming that not all jumpsuits are created equally.

Ultimately, what makes this glamorous onesie particularly flattering is the plunging neckline, cap sleeves and the wide-legged pants.  The gold clutch and trendy bob cap off her flawless look.

And while a few Web sites have actually deemed Rose one the worst dressed starlets of the night, this really only reaffirms my suspicion that there’s a lot of blind fashion bloggers out there.

Old City Boutiques for Unique Apparel….

Being a broke college student, there’s nothing more depressing than walking down Walnut Street near Rittenhouse Square.  The only problem is there are identical stores all around the country…it’s almost impossible to find anything unique.  I can understand shopping national stores if they’re your only choice, but Philadelphia has so many boutiques to explore, each one different from the next.  I walked down 3rd street and visited four completely different stores in two blocks, each catering to a different sense of style.




Sugarcube is a swank boutique on 3rd and Arch streets.  Their unique selection of clothing ranges from a sexy faux leather dress to sophisticated men’s cashmere cardigans with vintage and new clothing sprinkled throughout the store.  Laid back owners Elisa and Edward were eager to help customers with every need without breathing down their necks, a huge plus in our book.  While the prices are what one would expect of a high end boutique, the quality and selection of clothing makes it worth every penny.  In addition to great quality, the store sells Williamsburg Garment Company selvedge denim, one of only a handful in the country, for significantly cheaper than any national store carrying selvedge denim.  The chic atmosphere and eclectic range of clothing makes this boutique one to check out next time your wallet is burning a hole in your pocket. More »

Photos: Free People Opening Party

On Thursday night, friends, family and press piled into the new Free People location on Walnut Street for a grand opening bash. There was even a line of people waiting out in the rain trying to get in.

My first reaction upon entering the store: WOW.

From the intricately carved wood door and collage of ethnic wall décor to the dangling flower art instillations and handcrafted murals—practically every inch of the interior is uniquely stunning. And that’s not even mentioning the clothing. While enjoying live music, catered snacks and Art in the Age’s delicious concoctions, guests perused the beautifully displayed merchandise (most of which start at $100, by the way).

These pictures say it all…

Nicole Finkbiner | Jan 28 2012 1:26pm | DESIGN, EVENTS, FASHION, SHOPPING, art, local biz, opening, philly, shoes, art in the age, Free People | Comments 0

What To Do This Weekend

bus stop boutique

Before they relocate to a bigger, better space, Bus Stop boutique is having a blow-out warehouse sale with 50-80 percent off shoes (regularly $100 and up) from designers like Irregular Choice, Dolce Vita, Nicole, OTBT, Terra Plana, Groundhog, Antelope and many, many more. Even hard-to-find European, Spanish and South American designers will be on sale. If you bring your own bag, they’re going to sweeten the deal more and give you an additional $5 off your purchase. The sale ends Monday so get there before everyone snatches up all the good shoes.


Since their Summer Warehouse Sale in NoLibs is such a hit, Arcadia Boutique has decided to hold a fall/winter edition at their Rittenhouse store. All this weekend, on the 2nd floor, you’ll find eco-friendly fashions from their fall and winter collections now up to 80 percent off, including pieces from BB Dakota, Current/Elliott, Popomomo and Pendleton, the Portland Collection. Sweetening the deal even more, there will also be a clearance section of clothing and accessories starting at just $20. If you’re already on the market for some warmer-weather apparel, both Arcadia locations will be offering $15 percent off their brand-spanking-new spring styles.


Tonight, Philly-based photographer, writer and model, Cassie Helper is celebrate the launch of her website while helping to raise money for Career Wardrobe, a non-profit which empowers women in transition by providing professional work attire and educational programs. In addition to drink special, raffles and a photo opportunity, the fundraising event will include complimentary Patron tequila libations, complimentary appetizers and desserts from Philly-based artisan and pastry chef, Dana Prophet. It all goes down from 7:30-10pm at Bourbon Blue in Manayunk. There’s a $5-$10 suggested donation, all of which will go directly to Career Wardrobe. Have some old business-appropriate clothes you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Bring them along! Staff and volunteers will be on hand to collect donations.

The Many Outfits of Ashley Smith

A new viral video has been making its way around the fashionsphere this morning from Jalouse magazine, starring the gap-toothed, o pretty young model Ashley Smith and her many, many outfits. In “Une Fille Comme Les Autres,” the 20-year-old model prances around the city, shopping with friends, flirting with boys, browsing bookshops, going out and, of course, having sex on tables, all in very different outfits. We happen to adore every outfit change in this video and thought it would be fun to recreate them.

Opening Ceremony Quilted Patterned Blouse,  YesStyle wool, patterned pleated mini and Jeffrey Campbell Academy Loafers.

Nastygal Stop and Stare Blouse, Youheshe Gani Pleated Skirt, Madewell Aunt Ruth Loafers

Asos Cacheral Pleated Floral Dress, TopShop White Enamel Belt, Rag & Bone Lovell Bootie

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