The emphasis of last year’s Philadelphia Fashion Collection centered on our city’s rapidly up-and-coming shopping scene. With the almost simultaneous addition of higher-end retail stores like The Gallery’s Century 21 and Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut Street, and the affordable international chain Uniqlo, it’s not hard to recognize Philly as a shopper's paradise.
Reading Terminal Market and independent 3rd Street shops like Sugarcube and Minima got shoutouts, as well as an extra tout for the city’s renowned historical experience. “You could max out your credit card just sampling the foodstuff from the hundred-plus merchants, but don’t forget about the stalls selling books, home decor, and textiles,” Condé Nast Traveler says of Reading Terminal.
Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Columnist
Here are my top 6 best dressed
Lupita Nyong'o rules in her lavender Giambattista Valli. You got to love that floral treatment on the bodice. Exquisite.
Renee DeSantis, abeautyloft.com
Last week, Kim Kardashian posted a photo on her Instagram page featuring one of her rarely seen features: her smile. Her caption to the photo acknowledged the fact she indeed does smile, but not often, because “it causes wrinkles.”
Her smooth and wrinkle (not to mention pore and blemish) free complexion compelled me enough to wonder if she was on to something. I checked in with local dermatologist and expert wrinkle blaster, Dr. Eric Bernstein.
“Thank goodness smiling doesn’t cause wrinkles,” explains Dr. Bernstein. “It causes smiles in those around us. The sun is what damages our skin, 90%, with chronological aging adding another 5% or so (just look at the non-sun-exposed on your bottom-not a wrinkle on it!) for aging and maybe 5% as a result of pollution and stress causing free-radical damage.”
Layla A. Jones, philly.com
The 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards took place Jan. 7 at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles. The red carpet was glittered with dramatic gowns, fitted tuxedos, and adorable two pieces, but only a few stood out among the rest. Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland took the top prize for best dressed in a glittering strapless Christian Siriano tea-length dress. The fitted, patterned gown was sliver and featured a sheer, jeweled skirt. Hyland pulled the look together with simple, strappy heels, a small, silver clutch, understated jewelry and natural makeup featuring shimmering silver eye makeup. Check out who else made the People’s Choice Awards best-dressed list.
Layla A. Jones, philly.com
There’s a progressive sale going on at Greenville shop Peter Kate (3830 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE). The semi-annual sale begins with 40 percent off high-end items from brands like Stuart Weitzman, Rebecca Minkoff and Tory Burch.
Peter Kate’s Semi Annual New Year Sale is special because the more you buy the more you save. The first item is 40 percent off. The discount on the second item purchased increases to 50 percent off and finally, the third item purchased is 60 percent off.
Ell Levi, Daily News
Tightening Neck Cream: Moisturizing our necks is something we tend to forget about. But just as the face ages, the neck does, too. Drinking water helps us hydrate from inside out, but it is also important to hydrate from the outside.
StriVectin, a stretch-mark cream turned anti-wrinkle phenomenon, has evolved into a full range of anti-aging products since it entered the market in 2002.
StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream claims to tighten and lift the neck and décolletage area and to improve the skin’s “anti-gravity resistance.”
Layla A. Jones, philly.com
According to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the European division of Philadelphia-based company Urban Outfitters was guilty of “irresponsible and harmful” advertising for using an image of an “unhealthily thin” model.
Following an anonymous complaint, the ASA reviewed the advertisement in question found on the retailer's website. The division of URBN INC was subsequently ordered to remove an ad for a pair of “polka dot mesh briefs” on the basis that the photo, which shows a model with a significant gap between her thighs, fueled unhealthy body image.
So-called “thigh gaps” are a trend that has been popular among teen girls and rose to media prominence last year. The trend involves the idea that girls don’t want their thighs to touch, but rather seek to attain a space in between their legs.
Renee DeSantis, abeautyloft.comLashes and a bright, bold lip are easy to achieve with a few simple tricks for maximum impact!
- False eyelashes – Like a good pushup bra, false eyelashes will instantly take a look from 0 to 100. There’s a style that suits everyone and every occasion—use individuals to achieve a natural and flirty look or a full set of mink lashes (my personal favorite) for Kardashian approved glam. I struggled for a long time with the application of falsies, until I learned to let the lash glue dry for about 30 seconds before applying them with tweezers. A good pair of lashes to try for beginners is Ardell’s Wispies for a natural look.
- The perfect red lip – Red lips are understandably intimidating. They can smudge and leave stains on your teeth and anything else your lips come in contact with. The trick for long lasting red (or any bold color lip) is layering with different products. Beauty Vlogger Elle Levi gives a great tutorial here on how to create long lasting red lips.
- The messy evening bun – Master this hairstyle, and you’ll never have to pay $80 and up again at the salon for black tie events and weddings. I followed Kate from the small things blog's tutorial when I was in a friend’s wedding and I was secretly thanking her in my head when everyone wanted to know where I had gotten my hair done.
- Beach waves – Made famous by supermodel Giselle Bündchen, this style flatters everyone. When my normally straight haired friend, Jenna, showed up the other day with perfectly lazy waves, I asked her how she got them. She revealed she put her straight hair in a high ponytail and curled the ends with a curling wand. When she takes her hair done from the ponytail, she runs her fingers through the curls and sets with hairspray. Done in 10 minutes.
- The blow dry – This takes a little more effort to learn, but it’s well worth it. The biggest reason why your blow out never looks like it does when a stylist does it is your tools. Invest in a professional hair dryer and you have won half the battle. My Twin Turbo was worth every penny. Let your hair dry partially and blow dry in sections for any easy blow out!