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Local Gifts For Your Bestie

One last local gift roundup for all you very last minute shoppers out there…



Betsey Johnson Tights (Various Styles), $20 / Aoki Boutique, 115 S. 22nd St.


Rose Gold Cluster Studs, $75 / Concrete Polish, 716 N. Third St.


Scroll Tea Light Votive Set, $28 / C Wonder, King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd.


High Waist Faux Leather Leggings, $30 / Three Sirens Boutique, 134 N. Third St.


Anne Taintor Flask, $24.95 / Kitchenette, 117 S. 12th St.



Always Shady Tee, $24.99 / Philly Phaithful, 737 N. Fourth St.


Ex Libris Anonymous Journals, $14 / Stadler Khan, 1724 Sansom St.


United By Blue iPad Case (Nutmeg), $32 / Kembrel, 1822 Chestnut St.


Mishka Vision Quest Beanie, $32 / Corsa, 535 South St.


Philadelphia Coasters, $13 / Open House, 107 S. 13th St.

What To Do This Weekend…


Midtown Village Summer Sidewalk Sale

If you notice an usual amount of congestion this afternoon in Midtown Village it’s because all of the lovely neighborhood’s even lovelier boutiques and shops are rolling their merch out onto the sidewalk for this annual outdoor shopping block party. At Duross & Langel, customers will receive up to 50 percent off all soaps while both Open House and Verde will be taking up to 50 percent off summer items. Also, be sure to stop by Scarlet Fiorella where local jewelry designer Sultana Maria will be selling her cool, one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Shoppers are encouraged to BYOB (as in, bring-your-own-bag—not booze) and to hit up the shops early—thus ensuring more awesome items to choose from. Friday 11am-7pm. Free. @ Various Locations along 13th St. (between Sansom & Chestnut Sts.)


Second Saturday

Sure, the First Friday festivities along Frankford Avenue are pretty great, but East Passyunk Avenue is offering locals a whole lot more than the usual free wine and cool art this Saturday. Hit up Ms. Goody Cupcake (1838 EPA) early and get yourself six cupcakes for just $10 before heading to The Bottle Shop (1837 EPA) for a free Widmer’s Beer Sampling from 6-8 p.m. Should you get any frosting or beer on your outfit, head over to Nicole Rae Styer Boutique (1822 EPA) where all summer items, including dresses, tanks and shorts will be 50 percent off between 5-9 p.m. Customers will also receive a free one-of-a-kind hair accessory with any purchase of $100 or more. As for the art openings, South Philly Comics (1840 EPA) will host a show by JoeHero with snacks and drinks from 5-10 p.m. while Nice Things Handmade (1731 EPA) will be showcasing limited edition hand drafted originals by local artist, Sara Selepouchin, creator of Girls Can Tell from 6-10 p.m. If you’ve never seen her line of super-cute diagram adorned housewares, be sure to check out her new South Philly boutique (1725 S. 12th St.).  Saturday, 6-10pm. Free. @ Various locations along East Passyunk Ave.


Annual Giant Rummage Sale

As the saying goes, one man’s trash could very well be your treasure. So if you find yourself in West Philly on Saturday, you should definitely consider checking out The International Action Center’s massive annual garage sale. The plethora of awesome, gently used shit up for grabs includes clothing, jewelry, accessories, small furniture and home appliances, books, records, plants and toys. Proceeds from the event will help cover expenses for the IAC Solidarity Center office. Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. @ Calvary Church (48th & Baltimore)

The “Humble Cloth Tote”

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times announced in an article that the cloth tote has taken the place of the luxury bag. According to the paper, the tote “…telegraphs not money, but access, ethics, culture…”

That’s right, no longer is wearing the latest Vuitton, Chanel, or Jacobs the way to go. Now you can save your hard earned money and just rock a “humble cloth tote.”

Personally, I’m not buying this. Having  never been into bags with labels, I think I’m going to pass on this trend.  My tote will continue to be reserved for storing sweaty yoga clothes and books. But if you’re digging the so-called humble cloth tote, here’s a few to consider:

Were you lucky enough to score tickets to McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition in NYC this past summer?

Savage Beuty Tote

Want to show the world how environmentally conscious you are?


All about representing Philly?


(You can find these Philly-centric totes at Open House in Center City or online at We Heart Philly)

~Zenovia Campbell