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What To Do This Weekend

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Champagne Saturdays

Each weekend through Labor Day, Arcadia is going to be highlighting one of their eco-friendly designers, offering customers an extra 20 percent off everything by said designer (in addition to complimentary bubbly) at their Rittenhouse location. The featured designer this weekend is iosselliani jewelry. As you see from the above photo, the Italian designers are known for their unique statement pieces (including some rather badass cocktail rings) which I’d describe as edgy-Bohemian. Next weekend, shoppers can look forward to local designer, Lauren Moffatt whose feminine, vintage-chic duds are absolutely to die for. Saturday, 10am-6pm. Free. @ Arcadia Boutique (265 S. 20th St.)

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BIG ART SHOW

For those who aren’t familiar with this event, basically it’s just your average art show, except that it’s really more like a party with artwork. The free event is open to any and all local artists, each of whom will get 5-6 feet of space to sell as much work as they can fit. While perusing the inevitably eclectic mix of artwork, guests can enjoy pleasant conversation over a few beers and rock out to the live tunes of four local bands. Saturday, 7pm. Free. @ Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St. 5th Fl.)

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Girl’s Night Out “Corsets & Bustiers”

For their first ever trunk show, Lovely’s Lingerie is hosting a naughtier version of your average “Girl’s Night Out” event. In addition to an array of sexy, high-end corsets and bustiers, ladies will be treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and best of all, FREE POLE DANCING LESSONS. Though the new South Philly boutique caters specifically to the modern figured-woman, ladies of all sizes are welcome to attend. Saturday, 6-9pm. Free. @ Lovely’s Lingere Boutique (234A Moore St.)

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“Top 10” Award Celebration

To celebrate their nomination as one of the best salons/spas in the state by VSN TV, Lakshmi Hair Studio will be joining their ten other fellow nominees for a benefit bash. Each of the salons were judged according to four main criteria: the look and feel of their location, the quality of their work, community engagement and their commitment to the trade. Two other Philly-based salons also made the cut: Richard Nicholas Hair Studio and VOG Salon. Tickets are available either at Lakshmi or online and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Pink Hair for Hope Foundation. Sunday, 8pm. $20. @ Whisper Club (1712 Walnut St.)



Radlands on Sale

Philly’s Radlands clothing is the ultimate stoner-wear. And, who doesn’t love a good drug rug on the beach? The skate/art/drug culture brand makes some pretty RAD crew-neck (yes!) sweats, tees and totally primitive accessories and they just so happen to be ON SALE! Check it out:

The M80 Drifter Field Jacket. 100% Cotton. Hand Sewn Radlands patches.

The Cosmic Hourglass Tee. Because we’re all running out of time.

Pot Crew Sweatshirt. If you’re down, you’re down.

Lurker Hat. Military-Inspired. Get into trouble.



BreakawayINK Apparel Presents Summer Line

As the weather gets hotter so does the summer fashion. Accompanied by his newest bundle of joy, our friend, T-shirt guru, and now brand new papa, Kyle Rheiner of BreakawayINK Apparel is proud to present his fresh and exciting summer line complete with new tees that you’ll be begging to get your hands on.

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The latest gear consists of 7 new designs available in multiple colors. As with previous lines, all BreakawayINK shirts are eco and landfill friendly and made form 50/50 recycled cotton and polyester. Also consistent with his style, the BreakawayINK summer line all have hand sewn hem tags and tag-less necks.

All of Kyle’s designs have powerful and personal meanings behind them. The “Know Your Roots” shirt pictured below is an incognito image if a tree representing earth. The roots represent where you came from and what has grown from those roots. The subway writing and septa lines are meant to promote sustainability in our world and the words Break Away INK are intertwined within the design representing how we are all, inevitably, intertwined with each other.

Another one of the new designs, the Cassette Tape, not only provokes nostalgia in the designer, but it reminds him of his childhood when his favorite musicians were blasted through cassette tapes on old school boom boxes. Kyle runs on music not TV and he thoroughly believes music fuels our souls, not money.

Check out some of my favorites from the new line below then visit the website to purchase your own!

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~Michelle C. Mass



Updated: Summer Sale Roundup

third_street_habit_saleHoly crappers! There’s so many Fourth of July and mid-season sales going on that you’d be stupid not to go shopping this weekend. As promised, I’ve added several more to the earlier list.

So here’s the complete motherload:

Third Street Habit: Right now, the Old City boutique is making room for new inventory, marking down prices on a plethora of amazing designer dresses, tops, denim, shoes and accessories. This includes Isabel Marant’s entire Etoile collection, which has been marked way, way down. Stop by this Friday or Saturday and you’ll also score an extra 10 percent off all sale merch. (153 N. 3rd St.)

Zara’s: Both in stores and online, you’ll find prices slashed on all the hottest summer trends (florals, neon, high-low hems and lace) as well as dresses, blouses and blazers.  

Three Sirens Boutique: Take 15-30 percent off store wide June 29-July 4. This Saturday and Sunday (12-4 p.m.), you’ll also have a chance to get first dibs on some cute summer duds as they’ll be adding even more goodies to their clearance section.

Macy’s: Although too expansive to list each and every deal, Macy’s annual Fourth of July Sale does entail extra savings on select swimwear (50 percent), home goods (10 percent) and shoes (20-50 percent). Shop online and receive an extra 15 percent off your purchase and free shipping as well as an exclusive 25 percent off clearance. Ends: June 30.

Forever 21: Buy a select sale item and receive a second sale item for free. We’re talking some pretty cute summer dresses for less than $15. This sweet-ass deal ends Sunday.

Express: For their end of season sale, the retailer not only has select fashions for up to 70 percent off, but right now, they’re taking an extra 30 percent off those already reduced clearance items.south_moon_under_summer_sale

Vamp Boutique: Now through Sunday, buy any two dresses and you’ll receive 25 percent off your entire purchase storewide. And considering the Manayunk boutique’s selection super trendy and feminine summer dresses, finding two to your likely shouldn’t be too hard. (4231 Main St.)

West Elm: Besides some rather impressive storewide markdowns, now through Monday, take up to 40 percent off outdoor furniture and 15 percent off mirrors and wall décor.

Old Navy: Now through Sunday, prices will be slashed on hundreds of summer styles both online and in stores, including their signature “Flag Tees,” which start at just $4. Online you can also save an additional 15 percent off your purchase (promo code: ONSAVEBIG).

BUS STOP Boutique: For their “SUMMER Love SALE,” the South Philly boutique will be offering customers 20 percent off summer sandals and shoes now through July 3.

Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale: 75 percent off select items. This includes $3 soaps and sanitizers, $2 select home fragrance and up to 50 percent off select candles, gift sets and seasonal clearance. Lotions and shower gels from their “Signature Collection” are also ranging anywhere from $2.75-$4.

H&M: Select tanks, tees, skirts, dresses and shorts are now up to 75 percent off.

South Moon Under: For their biggest sale of the year, all summer items are now 50 percent off both in stores and online. There’s even a large selection of summer fashions, accessories, housewares and gift items now 70 percent off.

Lacoste Semi-Annual Sale: Get up to 50 percent off select styles and free shipping.

urban outfitters big ass summer saleUrban Outfitters: They’re not having just any sale. Oh no. Urban is throwing a “Big Ass Summer Sale,” slashing prices on a massive portion of their merchandise both in stores and online. The retailer is also having a “Bag Sale” with several purses, clutches and backpacks starting at $19.99.

Denim Habit: Tomorrow only, the store will be hosting a storewide pre-Fourth of July Flash Sale with their entire selection of designer denim ranging from 25-50 percent off.

Banana Republic: Save up to 40 percent on select mens’ and women’s fashions both in stores and online. Now through June 27, the retailer is also offering an extra 20 percent off already reduced styles online (using the code: BRSALE20).

GAP: Select fashions now 50 percent off, both in stores and online.



A Peek Inside Antiquarian’s Delight

Antiquarian's DelightAntiquarian’s Delight – sounds kinda mystical, right? Well that’s kinda how I felt approaching this converted synagogue-turned-vintage-haven located just off South Street at 615 S. 6th St).

Far from the musty, old antique shop that you donate to after cleaning out your grandfather’s attic, this place is the crème de la crème of antiquaries. And although it’s been around for quite some time now, because of the deceiving exterior, I suspect there’s still a lot of locals that don’t even know it exists. And quite frankly, it deserves all the publicity it can get.

Walking in, I was immediately drawn to the luxurious fur items to my right. The lush fox-fur coats, hats and shawls were just begging to be worn, and I came painfully close to dropping this week’s paycheck on maybe one or two (or seven).

Then I came across another vendor selling an eclectic mix of both vintage and contemporary clothing. I was especially attracted to two items in particular: a beautiful pair of patent leather pumps for only $20 and a pair of authentic 1940s suede heels for the low, low cost of $40. Seriously, you can’t a find a better deal on such stunning shoes.

Besides clothing, Antiquarian’s Delight is also full of one-of-a-kind furniture and housewares, from velvet sofas and leather chaises to mahogany china cabinets. One salesperson even had the largest collection of quaint salt-and-pepper shakers I’ve ever seen.

Overwhelmed by all the fantastic deals and treasures, I stopped to talk to Dale and Norma, two vendors long-time vendors there, to get a better feel for the place.

How did you get into the antique business?

Dale: “Well, I’m from the South and I originally started buying used stuff because I had no money. Eventually, I just started buying used items that wouldn’t lose any value. I do my shopping all over – people’s homes, flea markets – and I see if [the merchandise] are of value.”

Norma: “I’ve been here 15 years. My sister Bernadette is actually the one who worked in retail; I’m a retired nurse. After I retired, I started working here to help her out. We rotate shifts.”

How would you say business has been?

Norma: “It’s a different change of pace from nursing. People appreciate the clothes that we have and come here because we have exactly what they’re looking for. Young women especially love it, they love to dress up in 40s and 50s fashion. Not as many people come in as much nowadays though.”

Dale: “Business has been slow. The economy has caused a lot of vendors to leave, but I love what I do. Even if I don’t sell anything, I can just look at all the pretty items I’ve collected.”

What kind of items seem to be particularly in high demand here?

Norma: “You never know what’s going to sell until stuff starts going off the shelves, but we sell a lot of shoes, handbags, lingerie and gold and silver jewelry. A lot of college kids come in here looking for costumes for theme parties and Halloween.”

So anyway, if you’ve got a taste for some top-notch antiquities, you officially know where to go. Here’s just a few of the amazing items I uncovered inside the massive South Philly treasure chest…

–Charles Brown



AC is Upping Its Game

It seems like lately, Atlantic City has been seriously upping it’s game in the style department. With new resorts like the super-hip Revel, the Chelsea and now, the  Boardwalk light and sound show — AC has been making huge steps in shedding its cheesy persona.

The world-renowned Moment Factory—the same light-and-sound artists who lit up Madonna on her latest tour and designed the interactive musical wall in Montreal—have designed a new, dazzling color and sound show at Boardwalk City Hall, premiering this fourth of July weekend after the fireworks.

Get all the information to watch the fireworks on the beach, here. And, check out a preview of the new light installation in the photos below. Because, we could all use a extra dose of magic in our lives.

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Thanks to Atlantic City Alliance,  follow them for more fourth of July goodness on Twitter and Facebook.  #HowIDoAC



Summer Sale Roundup

Sale - BagsOver the past week or so, my email inbox has been inundated with sale alerts. In fact, there’s so many that I can barely keep them all straight. I’ll add to the list should I find out about any others. But here’s a few in the meantime:

BUS STOP Boutique: For their “SUMMER Love SALE,” the South Philly boutique will be offering customers 20 percent off summer sandals and shoes now through July 3.

Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale: 75 percent off select items. This includes $3 soaps and sanitizers, $2 select home fragrance and up to 50 percent off select candles, gift sets and seasonal clearance. Lotions and shower gels from their “Signature Collection” are also ranging anywhere from $2.75-$4.

H&M: Select tanks, tees, skirts, dresses and shorts are now up to 75 percent off.

South Moon Under: For their biggest sale of the year, all summer items are now 50 percent off both in stores and online. There’s even a large selection of summer fashions, accessories, housewares and gift items now 70 percent off.

Lacoste Semi-Annual Sale: Get up to 50 percent off select styles and free shipping.urban outfitters summer sale

Urban Outfitters: They’re not having just any sale. Oh no. Urban is throwing a “Big Ass Summer Sale,” slashing prices on a massive portion of their merchandise both in stores and online. The retailer is also having a “Bag Sale” with several purses, clutches and backpacks starting at $19.99.

Denim Habit: Tomorrow only, the store will be hosting a storewide pre-Fourth of July Flash Sale with their entire selection of designer denim ranging from 25-50 percent off.

Banana Republic: Save up to 40 percent on select mens’ and women’s fashions both in stores and online. Now through June 27, the retailer is also offering an extra 20 percent off already reduced styles online (using the code: BRSALE20).

GAP: Select fashions now 50 percent off, both in stores and online.



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