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Get ready for your gams to go gaga. Thanks to their latest deal with fashion label Theory, the tour-de-force design team that is Proenza Schouler is set to release a new line of denim. You may recall their former collaboration with J Brand, but this time around these two will be bringing us something all their own. Just imagine–impeccable tailoring, clean silhouettes, luxurious craftsmanship and the unmatched, unique aesthetic of Proenza Schouler all coalescing into one perfect pair of jeans made just for you. Sounds like a dream to me. The line is expected to launch by January 2012.
–AMBER DANESE GRANDFIELD
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Attention, New Yorkers! For all you devoted Nordstrom fans out there who’ve spent countless Saturdays schlepping to the ‘burbs to get your shop on all these years, we have a glimmer of hope to report…

It seems that Mr. Nordstrom and his team (including American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and NY philanthropist Catherine Marron) have just opened a concept store called Treasure & Bond, which will reside permanently at 350 West Broadway and will remain a for-charity store filled with one-of-a-kind finds, playful accessories, and housewares, as well as some charmingly sweet wardrobe essentials. Yes, you heard right: This will indeed be a tax-deductible shopping experience, with all profits going to a charity of the team’s choosing (charities will rotate every three months). The two charities slated for this year are the New York Public Library’s programs for youths and The Edible Schoolyard NYC.


Some have said that Nordstrom is actually testing the frigid waters of the Hudson Bay with the creation of this store, as plans are still in the works for a more typical Manhattan storefront–not to mention the fact that the Seattle-based company is also looking to become more familiar with the ways of the New York shopper. Considering the Nordstrom brand image will not be as overtly present at Treasure & Bond as it is at the retailer’s full-line stores, analysts have also argued that consumers may not even know that they’re shopping in a Nordstrom…

But I don’t necessarily think that’s such a bad thing. If getting to know the customer means wearing a new hat, I say kudos, Mr. Nordstrom. And, for my friends in far off places, be sure to stop in if you ever get the chance–this is sure to be a hit come the fall/winter season, and a high priority on many a high-profile holiday to-do-good list

All photos provided courtesy of wwd.com
–LIZ HOFFMANN
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It was just this time last year that an incredible fledgling boutique was born out of the marvelous creative vision of Elizabeth Burt, who named her retail offspring Franklin Square Design. The adorable little shop has now officially and successfully survived its first year of business, which we believe is more than enough cause to celebrate LARGE this Friday night from 6-11pm in Philadelphia (128 N. 3rd St).

Liz’s beautiful baby came to life out of the desire to produce and sell her own unique jewelry line and simultaneously outfit stylish Philadelphians looking for some new duds infused with sophisticated vintage flair. Come celebrate Franklin Square’s joyous anniversary during August’s First Friday Festivities, in Old City! Liz’s cute, cozy shop invites you all to partake in sweet party tunes delivered by live DJs, free beer, and an array of surprise birthday treats (Cupcakes? A sale? Or possibly even both!).

So bring your buds and get into the groove at the coolest store in Philly you have yet to discover! Click here for the official Facebook invite and all other information regarding this event.

Franklin Square features men’s and women’s new and vintage clothing, accessories, gifts, handmade jewelry, housewares, and free pinball.

Photo provided courtesy of renemicheli.com
–SARAH MUHL
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It’s that time of year again kids: the MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY is about to head your way! Pull out your short shorts and bathing suits ’cause it’s time to get your summer groove on with the likes of music by Major Lazer, Gang Gang Dance, Diplo and a whole lot more. This year, Mad Decent has teamed up with Native Shoes to bring the hardest block party to the streets at a town near you. Check out the official Mad Decent Block Party website to find out when and where these awesome fun times will go down (oh, and be sure to RSVP for guaranteed entry). Then, prepare a backpack full of your favorite beverages and slap those dancin’ shoes on.

It’s time to party!
–SARAH MUHL
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Boston, you’d betta get in the know! Mark your calendars because Brutal Pyramid will be opening next Thursday, July 7th at Aviary Gallery. This group show will feature works by ten different artists, each exploring and depicting the enigmatic and at times, human-like behavior of animals. Brutal Pyramid will be on view until July 31st, so if you’re in the area you’ve gotta pop by! It could be the experience of a lifetime, but you’ll never know unless you bring yourself there.

Check out the work of some of the participating artists right now: Peter Schenck | Jeremy Roby | Gideon Barnett | Wesley Berg | Aaron Demuth | Heyward Hart | Fionn McCabe | Ryan Peter Miller | and Myself

–STEPHANIE KAO
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Somebody pinch us! We don’t know if you’ve caught wind of this yet but rumor has it that the iconic Missoni label will be putting forth a collection for Target this fall. Yeah, you heard us right–for TARGET. The highly anticipated collection will offer a full range of must-have ‘necessities’ for the discerning yet budget-conscious fashionista, from sweet retro-inspired frocks and sweaters to luggage, accessories, and even a one-of-a-kind, designer Missoni for Target bicycle!

Set to launch on September 13th (mark your calendars!) and available for purchase through to October 22nd, this is one crazy collabo you absolutely cannot miss out on. Until then, makes sure to keep your eyes peeled for some sassy 60‘s-inspired print and TV ads starring the lucky duck Missoni heiress herself, Margherita Missoni.

Photos provided courtesy of wwd.com
–LIZ HOFFMANN
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This is gonna be a super fun time, guys (and will be featuring some of the best underground music y’all should already know about–including the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf and Dam-Funk). Violet Valen, owner and creator of Buddy Society, is a sick fashion designer based in Los Angeles, who incorporates vintage teddy bears that she’s hand-picked from all over the world into beautiful hand-crafted clothing.

Valen’s next collection, which will be unveiled this Saturday, May 21 at the Highland Park Ebell Clubhouse, will feature her signature teddy bears with a grown-up twist, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what she’s cooking up this time around. Ultimately, what I love most about Valen’s inspiring conversation pieces is that they succeed in bonding people together under the universal understanding that, well, everyone needs a buddy.

LA, you won’t wanna sleep on this.
–SARAH MUHL
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We know your appetite for Collina Strada can never really be satiated—lucky for you, starting tomorrow through Sunday you’ll be able to save a whopping 20% OFF their high-demand statement bags with the promo code ‘collina20exclusively at Shop Coclico. We have our eye on the ‘Toto Grey Tryst’ Tote which we think is the perfect complement to any daytime ensemble and a solid school and errand go-to!
–STEPHANIE KAO
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Design & Fashion Night is happening, Philadelphia! Witness a special celebration of all things design-inspired in Olde City tonight! More than twenty participating fashion boutiques, art galleries, product and digital designers, and furniture/lighting showrooms will come together to host a bevy of exciting events free and open to the public from 5:30-8:30pm. Curious to know more? Visit the Olde City Design website here and get your RSVP in here.
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In an appropriately fantastic endnote, PIFA concludes on Saturday, April 30th with a sick Street Fair. Lasting over nine hours (11am-8:30pm), Broad Street will be closed to all traffic, from Chestnut to Lombard Streets. Best of all, it’s free. Now, of course, like any serious modern street fair, there will be plenty of opportunities to spend. But for those living on a budget, there’s a lot to take in for free here, including two stages that will host some totally kickass bands. In addition to memorable free music performances, you’ll be able to take ride on a giant ferris wheel, relax in a public garden, and get entertained by roving street performers.

Let’s start with the performance stages. On the Pine Street Stage, bands start at 11am and conclude with an unquestionably joyous performance by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Sharon and her crew’s love for horns, soul, and R&B have been exciting throwback soul fans for a decade now, and her brand of good times should be a perfect match for the mob-scene of dancing that will undoubtedly sprout in front of her. She takes the stage at 6pm, only a couple hours after Portland, OR rockers The Thermals finish up their set. This is a true surprise. How did PIFA score these guys? This angry, political, and energetic trio is the best at the genre: post-punk punk specializing in cathartic release catered to a 20-something set frustrated with all kinds of things (George W. Bush). They’ll play the Pine St. Stage from 2:45 to 3:45pm. The Sansom Street Stage will play five other acts opposite the Pine Street Stage’s set times. So if you are so inclined, you could run back and forth between stages and catch eleven sets FOR FREE.

You can also check out a trampoline performance called FlippenOut on the every others at 12 noon, 2:00 and 4:00pm. Plus, at an amphitheater, you can take your kids to stuff like Goowins Balloons, Give and Take Juggling, and Drummers With Attitude. They’re all doing two shows with four hours in between their two spots. Still not sold? Well, La Compagnie Transe Express, a mind-boggling talented and unique aerial circus company from France, will perform Maudits Sonnants over 100 feet above the air. A work of dreams and fantasy, Broad Street has never seen such a spectacle out in the open. It is an honest-to-goodness opportunity to be a part of Philadelphia arts history.
–BILL CHENEVERT

Disclaimer: PIFA, the Philadelphia International Festival of Arts, based in the Kimmel Center, is sponsoring the writing of a series of blog posts. Bill Chenevert will be contributing previews and event spotlights leading up to the actual festival, which will take place all over the city of Philadelphia, in numerous venues.
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Let’s go to music class. What’s an oratorio? Well, it’s similar to an opera but without all the costumes and pageantry. It’s almost like an opera with multiple soloists, choirs, and an orchestra. It’s not unlike an opera, but operas are about characters and drama. Oratorios are a concert performance piece that also typically deal with abstract and spiritual elements–operas are usually heavy on the history and antiquity. So, now that we’ve got that all figured out, we can talk about Jonathan Leshnoff‘s Hope: An Oratorio. It’s a piece that was created just for PIFA, and according to PIFA’s Journey page, he may actually still be tweaking every last note. The performance will be executed by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia under the direction of Roberto Minczuk, with contributions from Jessica Rivera (an American soprano), Angelique Kidjo (an African diva), the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.

Leshnoff is a Jersey boy who’s got quite a buzz going for himself in the classical world. He’s found huge success in Philly with a flute concerto he created for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, and as composer-in-residence with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. With this work, he’s celebrating the universal human journey, from the throes of abandonment to the revival of hope. The piece is described as ‘epic’ and will alternate between lyrical and lively, toe-tapping and dramatic. With sections created uniquely for specific soloists and choirs, it should be a powerful experience for anyone lucky enough to catch this world premiere at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, on April 24 (3:00pm).

The music will range from classical, to world music, to jazz, and will certainly push the capabilities of the Kimmel Center’s Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. It should be nothing short of inspiring, powerful and emotional. Just another day in the life of PIFA’s impressive program…
–BILL CHENEVERT

Disclaimer: PIFA, the Philadelphia International Festival of Arts, based in the Kimmel Center, is sponsoring the writing of a series of blog posts. Bill Chenevert will be contributing previews and event spotlights leading up to the actual festival, which will take place all over the city of Philadelphia, in numerous venues.
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If you reside in the Philly area or are by some chance dawdling through the neighborhood this Wednesday (that’s tomorrow!), you need to bring your body to Johnny Brenda’s to see British Sea Power put on an amazing live show. Tickets somehow are still available but I can assure you they won’t be for long–BSP tours pretty infrequently, sometimes bypassing the US entirely. Their latest album Valhalla Dancehall has so far garnered mixed reviews, but please DO NOT let that deter you from a good time. Trust me when I say, they put on a magical live performance that you’d be sore to miss… and all for less than fifteen bucks? SOLD.

For you DC folks, you can catch them tonight at the Black Cat and in NY on Thursday night at the Bowery Ballroom.
–LIZ HOFFMANN
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RSVP to Becoming Something Found at Jolie Laide Gallery

Read more about Becoming Something Found

Get yourself from here to there by 6pm tomorrow night!
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Click the flyer for additional event details | Click here to visit Moko’s website
–SARAH MUHL
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The BEST band in the world that you’ve (possibly) never heard of is playing at the First Unitarian Church in Philly on Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Learn about them here | Buy your tickets here | Then watch this over and over again

Photo provided courtesy of Samantha West
–SARAH MUHL
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The only thing better than the long-awaited arrival of March is the subsequent knowledge that summer is following up right behind it. In Philadelphia, summer means many wonderful things (Phillies, water ice) — one of them is The Roots’ annual picnic on the Pier. FUN TIMES, Y’ALL, FUN TIMES. Better start planning now, because June 4th commeth quicker than you think, and we want you, in your maxi skirt and platform sandals, right there with us. ♥

–JEAN CANDIDO
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I’m not 100% committing to spend 400-some-odd-dollars on rain boots—yet—but these Jimmy Choo Hunters really are quite to-die-for. Just ask our friends in fashion, Ashley Olsen and Rachel Bilson. Yup, the ever-fabulous Jimmy Choo has teamed up with good old, practical Hunter to produce a hybrid wellie that is so fist-bitingly-beautiful that you probably won’t be able to sleep again until you have a pair to call your very own. They may be sold out for now, but ladies, if you’re wise you’ll keep these on your shoe-stalking radar. For boots as classic and luxe as these are definitely worth the splurge; think of this as an investment. After all, I’m sure most of us could use a little diversity in our ‘portfolios.’


Photos courtesy of fabulous3.tv
–DUYGU DURMUS
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So, have you caught The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo? Stupid question, of course you have. Well, Lisa Vanderpump (with a name like that—it’s got to be good), has officially managed to render small dogs as jewelry… acceptable. It’s a major fad, didn’t you know? I mean, dahling, who wants to be bothered dragging around a 20-pound Burkin when you can tote a miniature ball of adorable, panting fuzz around in its place? Besides, you can dress ‘em up to match your outfit and they are stellar boy magnets. Really, who doesn’t love a tiny, wet-nosed, ‘lil squeaking mutt? I myself have a six-pound miniature pincher that never leaves my side. Not only does he make the most luxurious fashion accessory I’ve ever owned, but he also agrees with anything that I say.

Photos courtesy of styleite.com
–MATT MORGAN
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Rumor has it that Petulia’s Folly is shuttering its doors, once and for all. The quotation All good things must come to an end has never been so poignant to me, especially considering how Petulia’s Folly not only revived, but truly rejuvenated, the Sansom Street in Philadelphia from an unassuming alleyway next to the Walnut Street Shopping District to a bona fide boutique destination. That being said, from here on out, the store will be having a 60% off sale on ALL full priced items, in addition to its regular sales. Stop in to see if the rumors are true and pick up an Alexander Wang t-shirt for about half its going price. Good things may, sadly, come to an end, but at least there are some splendid consolation prizes and mementos to be taken away…

Photo provided courtesy of Petulia’s Folly
–LIZ HOFFMANN
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RSVP to the Opening Reception at Topstitch Boutique this Friday, February 4th from 6-10pm here.
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According to WWD, Alexander Wang is launching his very first ad campaign in the March issue of Interview magazine. Crazy, right? This will indeed be Wang’s very first print ad ever–oh wait, I’m sorry, Mr. Wang–this will be his very first print IMAGE PIECE. Yes, you heard me: This is not an ad, but an IMAGE PIECE, people–as deemed by the Great Wang himself. And apparently, he doesn’t even want us use that wretched a-word at all in referring to the campaign. All together now: image piece. Ahem, anyway, this image piece campaign features Aymeline Valade in different action poses and was shot by Craig McDean. Like I said, it’ll be out in March, but the billboard will be making its debut on February 7th at the intersection of Lafayette and Great Jones Streets, in NYC, and there is also a video to be released on March 1st.

The profound conceptual depth of an image piece got you scratching you head? Allow AW to shed some light on it for you:

We restrained from using those words [campaign], because you set yourself up for doing things in a systematic way — like rolling out ads in the magazines certain times of the year,” he told WWD. For us, it’s about testing the waters and doing something out of the box.

Oh okay, I get it. So there will be print ads in magazines, on billboards, in the streets, and of course there will be videos on the internet promoting your Spring/Summer 2011 collection right before the season starts–got it. Hmmm, definitely an image piece if I ever heard one! So be on the lookout soon for Wang’s infamous images, poised to invade ad-friendly turf near you.

Image courtesy of alexanderwang.com
–DUYGU DURMUS
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With weather like this…


…you could use a few good friends:


1. Stuart Weitzman Camouflage Storm Rain Boot, $63
2. Colehaan Air Melanie Rain Boot, $228
3. Loeffler Randall Classic Rain Boot, $195
4. Tory Burch Buckle Rain Boot, $158
5. Tommy Hilfiger Canaan Rain Boot, $60
6. Burberry Wellington Rain Boot, $275
7. DAV Victoria Quilted Champagne Rain Boot, $80

–STEPHANIE KAO
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File this under: Yet another reason to live in NYC

TODAY, there will be an Alexander Wang sample sale from 10a – 7p through Sunday from 10a – 2p, at 93 Mercer Street nr. Spring Streets in NYC. There, you’ll be able to shop discounted pre-fall and fall apparel, handbags, and shoes–at up to 80% OFFUh, come again? Yep, that’s right, you heard it here–we don’t lie about serious matters like these.
–DUYGU DURMUS
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William Rast, the LA-based clothing company founded by Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala will be debuting its 2010 Holiday Collection for Target online this Sunday. While we can’t say we’re exactly keeling over for these designs, our ears couldn’t help but perk up at the mention of Timberlake’s name. Nevertheless, Rast for Target will offer both a full men’s and women’s line of sportswear, denim, and outerwear–with pieces ranging in price from $16.99 to $199.99.

For the entire lookbook, click here, and for photos from the launch party which took place this past Saturday at Factory Place in downtown Los Angeles, click here.
–STEPHANIE KAO
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If you missed out on Alexa Chung‘s super-cool line for Madewell that launched back in September, and you’re still longing for a piece, today is your lucky day. Well, err, tomorrow is, actually. That’s right, on Thursday, December 2nd, Madewell will be bringing back Chung’s popular bat tunic for an encore. If you go to the website now, it says that the tunic was so popular, it has sold out; but as a VG reader, you now know that it will be back up tomorrow.

Would you be a fool to miss out on this amazing hand-drawn tee by the one-and-only Alexa Chung? Yes, yes you would. Better buy it now (well, tomorrow!) and take full advantage of this second chance the fashion gods have given you.
–DUYGU DURMUS
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Looks like Lauren Moffatt‘s annual fall sample sale is on! What does that mean exactly? It means luxe cashmere sweaters, silk dresses and tops, wool coats and capes will all be up to 70% off! Bring yourself and a friend and get there early because this thing will be going down quick, and it all starts tomorrow bright and early at 9am…
–STEPHANIE KAO
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If you’re a last minute holiday shopper as I tend to be, you’ll be relieved to know that Topstitch Boutique will be hosting its annual cash ‘n carry holiday art show once again this year. The show’s opening reception is set for First Friday, December 3rd and will run for the entire length of the month. Dodge the nightmare of endless mall lines and angry shoppers and treat yourself to the lovely company of the fashionably fine ladies at Topstitch instead–and don’t forget to get there early for first dibs on their eclectic mix of original artwork, all of which will be priced at $100 or less! Topstitch Boutique is located at 54 North 3rd Street in Philadelphia.
–STEPHANIE KAO
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If you live in NYC (or close to!) and you’ve got the itch for a fabulously marked down handbag, check out this Foley + Corinna sample sale going on from November 17th through to the 21st. Philly, looks like you’ve got plenty of time to plan the bus trip…
–CHRISTINE LO
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Marbled clothing. Whether you ultimately decide to hop onto this trend train or not, pretty soon, it’s going to be difficult to avoid. I just want to let you know that there are a lot of different kinds of marbling going on right now, and not all of them are equal.

There are a few ways of referring to this printed motif: there’s marble, marbled print, and marbled knit fabric–marbled wool sweaters for example. Whichever you do decide to go with, please, please refrain from taking the tie-dye marbled route. Trust me when I say, it won’t be doing you any favors:


Rather, do the goddess of love and beauty a solid by opting for more elegant and organic marble prints; look magnificent and marvel-worthy in this gorgeous Whistles Marble Print Dress or better yet, this silk organza double marble masterpiece from Piazza Sempione.


Simply ravishing!
–LIZ HOFFMANN
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For those of you in the Philly and NYC areas, now here is what I call a Halloween event! Perez Hilton (seriously scary), La Roux (scarily good electro-pop), Kelis (enviably scary!) and the one and only Margaret Cho (laughing till your tummy hurts is SCARY!) will all be on hand.

For tickets to this delightful hodgepodge of a bonanza, check out www.outinac.com.
–JEAN CANDIDO
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Don’t miss this! Opening Ceremony‘s S/S 2011 pre-sale is in full effect now through November 1st. Shop while you still can; these shoes are ridiculous!
–LIZ HOFFMANN
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Sooo… what do we think of designer kids lines? The fashion-obsessed appreciator in me can, at the least, understand why they must exist (as can the business woman in me), but then there’s this other part that wants to scream, “IS BABY GAP NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU AND YOUR EVER-GROWING CHILD?” Sigh.

I mean, considering these Stella McCartney duds for toddlers are, I’m sure, more expensive than my own clothes, it’s hard not to be just a liiiiitle bit bitter that they even exist to begin with, and I become rather ill thinking about how the tiny arms that will be slipping into that adorable SM blazer are streaked with baby food and like boogers or something. Ugh.

And yet, I like these clothes. That dress is friggn’ cute! Gah.

Photo courtesy of StellaMcCartneyKids.com
–JEAN CANDIDO
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Do I have a Bieber fever? Um, no. Am I too old to be a fan? Abso-lutely. But I think it’s pretty safe to say that if I were a tween queen, I’d be buying everything related to the little overly-mop-topped-16-year-old. OPI is clearly aware of this fact, and knows a good opportunity when it sees one…

Because apparently, Nicole by OPI recently developed a new line inspired by Justin Bieber‘s most famous songs. Unfortunately, I have never actually heard any of these songs, but the collection includes, in my opinion, six sweet lil’ shadesOne Less Lonely Glitter (lavender), Prized Possession PurpleGive Me the First Dance (silver), Me + Blue (Dark Blue), O.M.B! (metallic red), and Step 2 the Beat of My Heart (heart-shaped specks).

The line will be out in December, just in time for Christmas, and available at Wal-Mart stores for all the Beliebers out there. Perhaps I’ll be asking Santa to bring me one as well… he’d never tell.
–DUYGU DURMUS
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Whether you’re looking for that special piece to breathe a bit of fresh air back into your apartment or just have a knack for offing plants, succulents are where it’s at, and on the up and up–literally. Either hanging from futuristic orbs or nestled in earthen planters, these cute and hearty plants not only look good but double as living works of art.

At her Costa Mesa, CA shop, run out of the most quaint and stylish silver bullet trailer I’ve ever seen, Aggelige Spanos hand-crafts glorious little gardens that not only brighten up your home, but your heart as well. Each of these beauties are planted in vintage or repurposed containers, enabling you to at the same time do good for the planet and treat yourself to a unique creation.

So cheers to having something besides crappy beer coming out of a “silver bullet”; and to allowing a little Martha (albeit slightly, yet stylishly, feigned) to come out in all of us. And although Agg is located in Cali, if you live in Philly, you can check out City Planter in Northern Liberties for DIY supplies and tips.
–NATALIE OPSITNICK
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Tomorrow MOKO Organic Beauty Studio will be hosting the event Woven: Hair as Textile, featuring the art form of braiding. Bring a girly pal to experience the ultimate accessory this fall–braids. Models will be on-site sporting timeless and current braided trends, adorned in clothing styled by Vagabond Boutique.

From 6 to 9pm, the MOKO beauty team will be offering complimentary, on-site braiding; stylists will transform you into the braided goddess or fishtailed fashionista of your choosing. Learn how to implement braiding into your daily routine with the use of ponytails, hairpieces and enjoy a few cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you’re at it.

MOKO is located at 55 N. 3rd Street in Philadelphia. For more information, please contact 215.922.6656.

Hope to see ya there!
–SARAH MUHL
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What could you possibly love more than a good fashion show? What about a free one? That’s right guys and gals, a free fashion show. After work tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13th, stop by 17th & Sansom Streets in Philadelphia for SAVA boutique’s Native Gypsy: Fall Fashion Show & Community Street Fair put on in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia. There will be local vendors on site, a DJ, and special guest speakers from 6:00-8:00pm. All proceeds go to Career Wardrobe, the nation’s largest community-based non-profit organization serving women transitioning into the workforce.

Oh, and just in case, the rain date is Friday, October 15th.
–LIZ HOFFMANN
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Well, Oprah finally pushed her little design darling into doing his own show. That’s right, Nate Berkus took to the telly as of last week and quite frankly, I am having a hard time understanding the premise. So, Berkus is an interior designer as we all know, however, the show leans more toward making him out to be some sort of life coach (?) slash interior designer. And, well, it doesn’t really work. Berkus just sits in this awkward brown leather chair and talks to people about what he could possibly do with the needy interiors in question; audience members bring pictures of their super crappy design attempts and then Nate puts those babies up on the big screen and explains what they are doing wrong. But it really doesn’t work because it’s all so painfully quiet and slow… and totally boring.

I am an interior designer, as you guys know, and it isn’t really something “fun,” made for television. It was only exciting on Oprah because Nate would show a crappy house and by the time the commercials were over, he would have had it transformed into the most beautiful thing you had ever seen. With this, Berkus literally stands on stage in silence while he moves furniture around on a big LCD TV. Umm? When finished, he then begs of audience members, “Isn’t it fabulous? Now, you just have to go buy all that stuff!”

It gets even better: Berkus also invites random celebrities on the show who just sit there and talk about their fabulous houses… and so continue the weird silences. Sad to say, but this show will not last long. How could it? It’s like Ed Hardy… you get 15 minutes and then, time is up.

At least he is cute.
–MATT MORGAN
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The event is free and open to the public. Tickets aren’t required, but RSVPs are encouraged. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP, visit http://pa.barackobama.com/PhillyMAF and for more information, visit Philly.com.


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Hello, my name is Duygu, and I am a chocoholic…

… and I do not care how many calories are involved or how many pimples I will acquire, I am never going to stop. I am addicted.

However, recently, I found out that there is a cure to my addiction! It’s called le Whif. Le Whif is an inhaler of sorts that gives the user the sensation of eating chocolate, sans all the calories. No, I am not kidding.

This seemingly miraculous product is basically the same size as a tube of lipstick, and whenever you have the craving, you just puff on one of these babies, and bam: the essence of chocolate.

Allow me to do some very thorough comparison research and get back to you…
–DUYGU DURMUS
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After having lived in France for a year in college, I developed quite an unhealthy obsession with the Spanish-based brand Zara (essentially a supped-up European form of the Express… but way better). Finally, a fast-fashion retailer whose quality isn’t complete crap. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive here than in Europe, but if you’re lucky enough to have one in your town (like we are here in Philly), you’ll see that the design and styling is so dead-on… you won’t even care.

When I walk into Zara… I always find an item or two (or eight) I want. In fact, I was just there last weekend, in Boston, and I had to literally be held back from purchasing an entire outfit consisting of winter navy leggings, a brown elongated slub pocket tee, and camel peep-toe heels. Why did I refrain from that again? OH! Because then I would’ve had to purchase one of their amazing camel coats and neutral-toned belts as well. I have a feeling… you’ll see what I mean once you get to clicking.

Why am I telling you all this again? Oh right. So here’s what’s happening. Today, the retailer will be selling online in France, Italy, Germany, Britain, and Spain for the first time ever. Yes, not us. BUT! Come 2011, they’re attaining fashion world dominance and arriving Stateside… so stay tuned.

It may technically be happening in Europe now, but it’s only a matter of time (mere months!) before the party’s parked on this side of the pond… get the plastic ready.
–JEAN CANDIDO
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One response to “IT’S HAPPENING

  1. This comment is for Natalie, who wrote the article about plants as art. Really neat idea! The plants are so cute, dainty, and stylish – they remind me of someone I know very well! 🙂 Your piece is very well-written, also! Love the entire “Very Glossy” magazine. Bravo to all! 🙂

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