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Labor Day Weekend Sales

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For those of you who didn’t attend elementary school, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions of American workers. So while everyone else in this city is on or around the Parkway, why not spend some time celebrating good ole American consumerism?

Oh, and be sure to be extra nice to any salespeople you come across. After all, they’re the ones stuck working on their own damn holiday.


Arcadia: Although their stores are closed for the holiday, online they’re taking 20 percent off EVERYTHING with the code LABORDAY20. (Ends Monday)

GAP: Find select styles now up to 40 percent off at all GAP locations as part of their “Red, Bright & Blue” event. (Ends Monday)

Steve Madden: Get 20 percent off all orders with code BOOT20 as well as free shipping on orders over $75. (Thru Tues/4)

KHOL’s: Get $10 KOHL’s Cash for every $50 you spend either online or in-store. There’s also various deals storewide including, 30-45 percent off select dress and casual shoes for the family. Enter code GB2P8LM online to save an additional 25 percent off. (Thru Tues/4)

7 for All Mankind: Receive up to 50 percent off denim, sportswear, footwear and accessories, plus free shipping on all orders. (Ends Monday)

Nine West: Get an extra 25 percent off select sale styles & free shipping over $50. Discount applies at checkout. (Ends Monday)

Old Navy: Save up to 75 percent off of clearance items both online and in-store.In stores, buy a regular-priced NFL apparel item and get $10 Supercash (up to $30) to be redeemed at a later date. (Ends Monday)

Bloomingdale’s: As part of the department store’s “Big Brown Bag Sale,” shoppers can save up to 40 percent both online and in stores with select home items and jewelry up to 50 percent off. (Ends Monday)

Urban Outfitters: Both in stores and online, prices have been slashed on a plethora of items, including a “2 for $24” deal on select basic women’s tees and tanks. (Ends Monday)

Claire’s: Clearance items now up to 75 percent off. There’s also a special “10 for $10” deal on select items storewide. (Ends Monday)

Nicole Miller: take 20 percent off sale styles with promo code LABOR20 (Ends Monday)

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Adorn by Sarah Lewis: Receive 30 percent off EVERYTHING using the online checkout code: LABORDAY or mentioning this offer in store. (Thru Mon/3)

Macy’s: various deals on select items throughout the store including women’s dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, bedding, furniture and cookware. Online, you can also receive an extra 25 percent off clearance items. (Thru Mon/3)

Bath & Body Works: Take 20 percent off your online order with code: ADBBWAUG OR get 30 percent off $30 or more with code: F126497. (Thru Tues/4)

Three Sirens Boutique: All summer styles now 50 percent off including clothes, scarfs, hats, bags and jewelry. There will also be a $20 clearance been featuring additional markdowns. (Fri/31-Mon/3)

American Eagle: Receive 15 percent off everything with code: 86277041. (Thru  Fri/31)

Omoi Zakka Shop: Peruse a whole bunch of new fall merch and take 15 percent off all 2013 planners in store only. For online shoppers, they’ll be offering free shipping throughout the weekend. (Thru Tue/4)

Target: Monday only, enjoy big savings on outdoor items like grills, grill accessories, heating and lighting. There’s also a few sales running through the weekend on patio furniture, bedding, bath and home décor. The best sale: buy one, get one 50 percent off all boots. (Thru Mon/3)

H&M: Print online Labor Day coupon to get 20 percent off an item of your choice. (Thru Mon/3)

NL2_01 The online retailer is bidding summer adieu by taking 70 percent off hundreds of amazing women’s fashions, accessories and home décor.

Lord & Taylor: Get 20 percent off regular-priced items and 25 percent off clearance items with code: LDAY) Use code: DAYPLUS for an additional 10 percent off the above discount. (Thru Tues/4)

Ikea: Let’s face it–when you go in Ikea, you’re in there for half the day. That’s why this weekend they’re going to make sure you get some food in ya, deducting your restaurant receipt total from any home furnishing purchase of $100 or more. (Sat/1-Mon/3)

Armani Exchange: get an extra 40 percent off all sale items as well as free shipping on orders $100 or more.

Last Call by Neiman Marcus: Enjoy an additional 50-60 percent off summer apparel and accessories Aug. 29-Sept. 3 OR an additional 30 percent off everything else (sales cannot be combined). (Thru Mon/3)

HBO Store: A special “buy more, save more” deal with code LABORDAY. (Fri/31-Tues/4)

Best Buy: Take 10-25 percent off all major appliances. (Monday only)

Franklin Mills: Several stores will be offering even bigger discounts (just look for a “Super Sale” sign in their window). Participating retailers include Banana Republic Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, Last Call, Ann Taylor Factory Store and Kenneth Cole Company Store. (Thru Mon/3)


Ten Things I’d Do For These Shoes

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  1. Bathe in vinegar.
  2. Watch an entire Keeping Up With The Kardashians marathon.
  3. Vote for Mitt Romney.
  4. Befriend a tarantula.
  5. Make sweet, sweet love to Gilbert Godfrey.
  6. Get a tribal tattoo.
  7. Get a tribal tattoo on my lower back.
  8. Join the Church of Scientology.
  9. Eat five pounds of bologna in one sitting.
  10. Wear a Cowboys jersey to an Eagles game.

It was while browsing several months ago that I first laid eyes on these unbelievably adorable “Oz Smooch T-bar Ice Cream” heels by Irregular Choice.

Unfortunately, they were about $130, which is probably as much as I’ve spent on shoes the past three years. So I just picked my tongue up off my desk, put it back into my mouth and clicked out of the Web site.

Sometimes late at night I still find myself fantasizing about them—what they’d look like on my feet, how many outfits I could wear with them, what sort of compliments they’d elicit from strangers, ect.

Yet, I fear my chance of owning them has passed as they’ve become nearly impossible to find online. I can only hope that by writing this post, somehow, fate will find a way to bring us together one day.

Until then, there’s always my dreams.

The Philly Collection Wants To Make You Over


We all have that one person in our lives whose personal style has become, well, a source of concern—your poor old mother whose been rocking the same haircut since the early 80s, that coworker who seems to apply her makeup in the dark, your one friend who doesn’t own a single garment that actually fits her.

Maybe you yourself are that unfortunate individual that your friends and family have been dying to stage a style intervention for.

Either way, The Philadelphia Collection wants to help.

Each week leading up to the September 13 kickoff, the annual fashion extravaganza will be selecting one lucky local (male or female) to receive a head-to-toe “Ambush Makeover,” featuring hair, makeup, clothing, shoes and accessories from some of its many participating salons, retailers and boutiques. Once all done-up in the hottest fall make-up and fashions trends (which they get to keep), the winners will then have their new look showcased each week on CBS 3’s live afternoon program Talk Philly.

If interested in nominating yourself or someone you know, just head to the Collection’s Web site where you’ll find a short application form asking why said person is deserving and where they can be contacted. It’s up to panel of Collection judges and producers to determine which applicants are truly the most in need of a style overhaul and since you can’t upload a photo, be sure to choose your words wisely.

Andrea, a frumpy 53 year-old local working mother was the first to receive an “Ambush Makeover” last week and I must say, they did a great job (see photo below). The folks at Giovanni & Pileggi shaved at least ten years off her look with a darker and shorter do while Arcadia Boutique gave her some really chic and age-appropriate clothing and accessories. Samantha Klein of Face Stylist did her makeup.

There’s only three spots left so I wouldn’t waste anytime applying. IT’S A FREE MAKEOVER, PEOPLE!


Get Trendy at Greene Street Consignment

As we begin assembling our wardrobes for the changing season, Greene Street Consignment wants to make the process a little easier.

Every Tuesday, the boutique-style shop is highlighting one fall trend on their Facebook page, giving shoppers a sneak peak at some of the best on-trend garments they can find in store. And with five locations around the Philadelphia area, you can imagine they have plenty of choose from.

This week, it’s all about the sparkle—from sequin tops to bedazzled handbags, you can expect to find subtle embellishments on practically everything this fall.

For example…

south_street_greene_streetSouth Street – 700 South St.

Gap gray shirt with shoulder embellishment (size M), $14 & Tulle black skirt, NWT (size M), $15 // Tabitha Shirt – NWT (size 4), $28 & Body By VS Skirt (size 4), $14

accessories_greene_streetBryn Mawr – 848 W. Lancaster Ave.

Juno NY studded kitten heel (size 35), $17 // Rebecca Minkoff studded cluch with chain NWT, $168

west_chesterWest Chester  – 119 W. Market St.

Aryn K rose-colored blouse with silver beading embellishment and purple colorblock front details (size S), $25 // Lux purple double layered silk tank with silver star sequence (size: XS), $24

Photos: Rent The Runway Party


Total Retail: $376; Total Rental: $70 // Total Retail: $720; Total Rental: $110

Last week, I told you all about Rent The Runway, an online service offering 4-day or 8-day rentals on designer dresses and accessories for just 10-15 percent of the retail price.

If you have a special event coming up and haven’t already checked out their Web site, I highly recommend you do so.

For their special press-only cocktail party Thursday night at XIX (Nineteen) in The Bellevue, RTR offered my friend and I a $200 gift card to spend on outfits for the evening. Like kids in a candy store, we spend hours on the Web site, scouring through the 17 pages worth of amazing dresses.

Finally, I settled on a super-glam sequin mini by Badgley Mischka and incredibly stunning Lauren Bacall-inspired earrings by Elizabeth Cole. My friend choose a more casual coral-colored sundress by Trina Turk which looked great with the canary yellow earrings by Kate Spade New York.

All in all, the process of ordering and returning our purchases proved relatively easy. I couldn’t believe how quick they were able to get the dresses to me. And thanks to the helpful user reviews, both of our dresses fit perfectly.

However, I wasn’t entirely prepared for how much attention my dress would receive, mainly from strange men. Here’s just a few of the many comments I heard over the course of the evening:

“Hey, you—you look like a disco ball!”

“Wow, that dress is really subtly. Really let’s you’re personality shine through.”

“It’s like the second coming of Dreamgirls up in here.”

Check out the gallery below for some of the best shots of the night, including one of me attempting to look glamorous while devouring a McDonald’s cheeseburger (like real models, they didn’t feed us much).

What To Do This Weekend


Philly Naked Bike Ride

OK, so everyone and their mother knows about this. In fact, there’s probably a pretty decent chance that you yourself are already planning to attend, either as one of the shameless, flesh-baring bicyclists or amused/disgusted spectators. More than it is just an opportunity for old dudes to flaunt their wrinkly ball sacks in public, the annual event is about coming together to promote fuel conscious consumption and positive body image. Follow PNBR on Twitter (@phillynbr) to find out where everyone will be meeting up and for any other last minute deets. Saturday, 4pm. Free. @TBD



Should you be looking for a large, fun gathering with a less nudity—a lot less—head to Pterodactyl. For those unfamiliar, this event follows a very simple formula: music + beer + art = fun. Meet some friendly fellow art enthusiasts and peruse the variety of affordable artworks on display. Because there are no applications or judging, there’s guaranteed to be a unique mix of work. Each artist is given about six horizontal feet of space to showcase whatever they so choose. Saturday, 7pm. Free. @ Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St., 5th Fl.)


Philly Feminist Zine Fest

This educational and empowering gathering of local feminist zinesters, artists and crafters features more than 20 vendors selling art, mini-zines, buttons and vegan treats. There will be free and confidential HIV testing, raffles and several workshops throughout the day. At 2 p.m., the Soapbox, “Philadelphia’s Independent Publishing Center,” will show guests how to create mini-books, a maze book and a book that resembles a house. At 3 p.m., N.Y.C.-based feminist collective, For the Birds will help you explore writing as a tool for processing painful experiences. The event benefits Project Safe, an all-volunteer grassroots org that provides advocacy, education and support services to sex workers in Philly. Sunday, 12-4pm. Free. @ William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce St.)

Ladies, You Can Now Rent Fashions Right Off The Runway


We’ve all heard of Web sites like and, which let average-Janes rent designer handbags they could never dream of being able to afford. So I suppose it was really only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea to rent designer dresses.

And those someones were Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, co-founders of Rent The Runway.

The online membership-based service offers thousands of designer dresses and accessories that women can borrow for just 10 percent of their retail value. We’re talking everything from cocktail dresses to formal gowns from such well-known designers as Nicole Miller, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Robert Rodriguez, Anna Sui and Christian Siriano.

There’s gotta be a catch, right?

Actually, not really. Having spent a great deal of time on the Website, I can assure you the company makes it as easy as they possibly can (deciding on a dress is the hard part).


You can narrow down your search by several different filters and hypothetically assemble your entire look as they also offer makeup and undergarments (for purchase, obviously). Once you’ve chosen your desired item(s), you can either have it shipped overnight or schedule an arrival date up to six months in advance. When your four days are up, all you have to do is shove the dress/accessories into the provided pre-paid envelope and drop it into the closest mailbox.

Oh, and don’t worry about the dress not fitting you—they send you two different sizes, at no additional cost. The site also has some really helpful user reviews, including photos of real girls wearing the dresses.

If there were a catch, I’d say it’s the prices. Unless you have a super-special occasion (like a prom), spending more than $50 on a dress you’re only going to wear once seems a little silly.

Then again, I suppose being able to tell someone you’re wearing a $1,200 Vera Wang gown is sorta priceless.

Tomorrow morning, RTR will be appearing in a segment on FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia (at approx. 8:30 a.m.) and tonight, the company is hosting an exclusive event for press. Not only will my friend and I be attending, but we’ll both be donning some pretty impressive cocktail attire, compliments of the site (see below).


I will be wearing this little sequin number on the left by Badgley Mischka (retail: $495/rental: $85) along with the stunning Lauren Bacall-inspired earrings by Elizabeth Cole on the top (retail: $225/rental: $25). My friend will be rocking the coral one-shoulder sundress by Trina Turk (retail: $278/rental: $50), accentuated with the canary statement earrings from Kate Spade New York (retail: $98/rental: $20).

What’s it like to have your flesh draped in an original Badgley Mischka? I have no idea, but I’ll be sure to report back and let you know.

You can also expect plenty of glamor shots of my friend and I pretending to be a pair of red-carpet-walking Hollywood starlets—nip-slips and crotch shots not included.

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