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Kitty Love: Apparel

If your clothes are already covered in cat hair, you might as well go ahead and profess your kitty love to the world with cat-covered ensemble. Here’s some of the most stylish/bizarre/hilarious  feline-centric apparel out there:

Kitty Adorned Apparel

Now This Is How Teen Girls Should Be Dressing…

If you’ve left your house at all lately, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of a teenaged girl’s belly button and/or ass cheek. With cropped tops and daisy duke shorts having made a huge comeback this summer, there’s far too much (pre)pubescent skin being exposed around town.

Thankfully, there are still some young ladies out there who know how to dress for 90+ temps without looking like a baby prostitute. I took this opportunity to ask my 15 year-old sister to give me a glimpse of some of the more tasteful summer fashions girls her age are–or should be–wearing.

Shirt, H&M; Skirt and Earrings, Forever 21

Shirt, H&M; Skirt and Earrings, Forever 21

“Summertime is really the only time we get to wear them, but tube tops are easy to pair with a bunch of things, especially if they’re a solid color. I like this skirt because it gives this outfit a fun, festive vibe, and it complements this black top really well. These earrings complete the look and give the outfit an earthy feel.”

Jacket, American Eagle; Shirt, H&M; Skirt, Target

Jacket, American Eagle; Shirt, H&M; Skirt, Target

“A denim jacket is a good piece to make an outfit more appropriate, and to cover yourself up in case it starts to get chilly at night. I like this red top because it adds a pop of color, and I like to pair it up against this black-and-white striped maxi skirt. Maxi skirts are a nice change from the typical mini-skirts and short shorts you see girls wearing during the summer, and many are still lightweight enough to be worn when the weather is warm.”

Shirt, PacSun; Pants, Target

Shirt, PacSun; Pants, Target

“Pastels are very in this summer, so I like to pair this off-white shirt with pleats and frilly sleeves with these pastel-pink jeans. Both pieces gives off a nice girly vibe.”

- Charles Brown

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.

Don’t Let It Rain On Your Parade…

After a few days of being fooled by the sun shining in the morning, only for it to be beaten out of the sky by rain clouds in the afternoon, I’ve learned that 30 percent chance of precipitation is the new 100 percent. But as painful as it can be to put the bright summer dresses and halter tops on hold, here’s some tips that will help keep the rain from ruining your day.


DITCH THE STRAIGHTENER! Nothing sucks more than storm clouds rolling in and realizing that your hair is going to get soaked. If not soaked, then even worse… frizzy. Since you can’t stop the rain, might as well avoid that dreadful “all for naught” feeling.  If you have natural waves, flaunt them! People really mean it when they say they like your hair better natural. You can also try some pretty braids and a low bun, or a messy but gorgeous up-do like the one above.

free people hair wrap, forever 21 headband

Forever 21, $6 // Free People, $14

Headbands, cute clips and other fun hair accessories are instant perks to a simple look, and they only take a second out of your time getting ready.


Nexxus Frizz Defy, $12 (at drugstores)

For frizziness, throw some anti-frizz product into your purse and give your locks a few sprays after a frantic run in the rain.

hmumbrella_urbanraincoat, $27 // Urban Outfitters, $79

If you haven’t already gotten the memo, rain gear isn’t just for little kids. H&M sells colorful umbrellas to go with any outfit, and this summer, bold hues are the perfect accent with the neutrals we all love. There’s also some fun raincoats like this neon anorak from Urban Outfitters that will protect your hair and keep you dry, all while adding some brightness to your look on the greyest of days.

–Julie Allerton

5 Ways To Lose Weight By Looking Great (Thanks Fitbie!)…

Being a self-proclaimed health addict who spends way too much of my time scouring the Web for fitness/healthy eating articles, I was more than happy to stumble upon Fitbie’s “Fashion-Forward Ways to Lose Weight.”

This article offers 10 chic ways to lose weight using some of the seasons most popular styles. I just had to share with you some of my favorites but be sure to check out Fitbie for the entire article.

1. Lipstick: Fitbie states that wearing lipstick, especially those of a coral, red, or fuchsia hue, can prevent you from eating messy or sugary foods since you won’t want to constantly mess up your kissers.  Nutrition Director Sari Greaves, RD, from Step Ahead Weight Loss Center confirms that you will want to eat daintier as no not smudge your makeup! My preferred lip colors are from Sephora.


Left to Right: Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain “Always Red” $12/Charlotte Ronson “A perfect Kiss Lip Gloss” $14 (Sophia-Creamy Coral)

2. Carry a Clutch: Marisa Moore, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told Fitbie that carrying a clutch, instead of a shoulder bag or purse, keeps your hands busy, making it more difficult to carry a drink AND  a plate of food (genius because, lets be honest, the cocktail would always beat a plate of food if I had to choose one).


From Left to Right : Clare Vivier Aqua and Neon Foldover Clutch from $156/ H&M Straw Bag $17.95

3. Buckle Up: Fitbie suggests wearing a belt to not only kick up your style a notch, but to also help define your waistline. (Also, it is a nice reminder to have: once it starts feeling a little tight you know to put down that last donut)


From Left to Right: Forever 21 Colorful Braided Belt $6.80/ Tory Burch tory Reversible Logo Belt $195

4. Do Denim: Hopefully you work at a more laid back office where you are given the freedom to wear jeans on Friday. A study from the University of Wisconsin showed that people who wore their favorite dark-washed jeans  to the office took 491 more steps than those who wore suits.


From Left to Right: Forever 21 Stretch Skinny Jeans $10.80/ Madewell Skargorn Bones Skinny Jeans $128

5. Sneak Attack: Fitbie’s article encourages commuters to save their heels for the office and rock some your favorite paire of sneakers into work. Not only will this make your morning routine more comfortable, but it will also give you the availability to get a quick work or walk out in during your lunch break.

SNEAKSFrom Left to Right: Nike Free 4.0 Women’s Running Shoe $90/ New Balance 860 $89.99

~Michelle Mass

Five Different Ways to Rock a Peter Pan Collar

After stopping in H&M on my pursuit for new spring styles, I asked an associate if they carried anything with a peter pan collar. Though their website has multiple tops with this style, the associate looked at me as if I was an actual crazy person, and then it dawned on me. This trend isn’t as well known as I thought it was. Think of this post as part public service announcement. This trend can be a go-to staple piece that too many women have been missing out on.

If you have a tendency to gravitate towards the floral, cutesy prints, lace, and all things feminine, peter pan collars are a must for you. Though it may not seem much different from the classic collar, the peter pan collar will give your whole look a fresh, feminine feel that’s convenient and versatile. It can dress an outfit up or down, depending on how you style it. You can even find just the collar and wear it as an accessory. Here’s five ways to incorporate this trendy detail into your wardrobe:


Collared Polka Dot Tank: Forever 21, $17.80


Peter Pan Collar Dress: Zara, $59.90


Blouse: H&M, $9.95

Topshop_CollarSeed Bead Peter Pan Necklace: Topshop, $30


Peter Pan Drapey Jersey Top: Free People, $49.95

-Lauren Arute

Style Intern | Apr 19 2012 11:12am | FASHION, jewelry, trends, Forever 21, Free People, h&m, topshop, Zara | Comments 0

Trend Alert: Color Blocking

As an avid reader of our blog, you are more-than well aware that bright, bold colors are the cat’s meow this spring. Now, fashion gurus and style website moguls alike are preaching a new trend that will allow you to wear your favorite bright colors all at the same time. Enter: Color blocking.

The trick to mastering color blocking is to resort to something we learned in 2nd grade art class, the color wheel.

Colorblocking 2

Color blocking is when an outfit contains blocks of color (duh), usually involving contrasting hues or different shades of the same color. The most basic rule of thumb to follow is to avoid colors on the exact opposite sides of the wheel. Instead, you want to follow the rule of two-thirds. The rule of two-thirds is fool proof, having you create an equilateral triangle.

After making your triangle, use two of those three colors and pick a third color from outside of your triangle. For example, an outfit comprised of pieces that are shades of orange, green and blue would be fashionably fierce. Check out how some of our favorite designers show off their color blocking talents.

Color Blocking 1

Gucci Color Block


From Left: Express Color Block Ponte Knit Dress, $61.60 / Rachel Rachel Roy Dress, $79.99 / H&M Jersey Dress, $17.95 / Nicole Miller Sleeveless V-Neck Multi Color Dress, $420/ Forever 21 Colorblocked Linen-Blend Dress, $24.80 / Ali & Kris Dress Shirt Sleeve Colorblocked, $32.99 / Mossimo Supply Co. Maxi Dress, $27.99 /  The Limited Colorblock Striped Dress, $89.90

~Michelle Mass

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