Style Stud: Bus Stop Boutique

logoAs a tall gal, it has taken me a VERY long time to embrace sky high heels. I would always admire them from the sidelines. Maybe purchase them and just gaze longingly at them in a glass case. But only recently did I rock them with zero fucks given.

But even if you don’t care, standing next to a 5 foot girl, as a 5’9 girl wearing 4 inch heels .. is super awkward. I end up resembling Gigantor and in an effort to make fun of myself before anyone else has the opportunity to, I will stomp around making growling noises (I’m normal, I swear).

My dream has been for there to be a middle ground between amazing stilettos and kitten heels, so I can still feel like I’m wearing big girl heels, but not looking like the damn Jolly Green Giant whilst standing next to my teeny tiny friends. But alas, none can be found, unless you like Easy Spirits … which no … just … no.

Enter Bus Stop Boutique, stage right. We fell in love on Instagram (I feel like I should make up a song about this), when I saw my fantastic friend Sarah (yes I spoke about this earlier this week), rocking a fierce pair of heels that I needed to have. I made her take me to this mystical place where I knew there was just something special about the shoes.

If you live in Philly, congrats, now go to Bus Stop Boutique immediately. If you are looking for a cool pair of shoes, something out of the ordinary and want ace customer service by the lovely Elena (owner of Bus Stop Boutique), bring it on down to Queen Village.

But in all honesty, the reason why I fell head over heels (no pun intended) for this boutique is because it catered to the tall girl. Yes, they have stilettos and insanely cute flats, but they also have the rare and illusive mid-size heel … aka a tall girl’s dream. You can still strut and be sexy, but not turn into a sky high beast.

I would like to thank Bus Stop for treating my tootsies like a queen and for hooking me up with a pair of heels that make my feet feel completely and utterly fancy. Sometimes we need an extra special pair of shoes to get us from A to B … and this is the spot to get um, ladies.

Now indulge with me over just a few pairs of shoes I’m drooling over for fall …

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Style Stud: Jinxed Philly

outside2Hi, my name is Kate, and I’m a vintage jewelry addict.

No I’m serious … I have complete vintage jewelry problems. You can tell by the ridiculous overflowing amount I have in my bedroom. I know, I know, I could have some other truly disturbing and life threatening vices in my life, but still, an addiction is an addiction. At least with this one my body is decorated amazingly at all times.

Meet Jinxed … the best Philly vintage store (in my opinion) AND my all-time favorite dealer of vintage jewels. At any given weekend you can find me there, face down in a pile of awesome necklaces, trying to figure out how I can financially afford 10 of them. But the reason why it is so tantalizing and addictive … is because the price is always right. $15 for a choker? $20 for some awesome weird looking statement piece that happens to look like the Philadelphia Flyers symbol? Umm hi, you’re mine.

I’ve always been a girl who would find her accessories at places like Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, Forever 21 … because they secretly had/have some awesome pieces, you just have to look hard and be patient. And if you’re laughing at me that I ever bought jewelry from Forever 21, laugh again, friend. I actually have some fantastic pieces from like six years ago. I call it F21 vintage. Their jewelry is definitely shit now, but back in the day, there were some wow-worthy pieces, let me tell you. You just had to take care of them … which I did :::hair flip:::

I find something so interesting about vintage jewelry. The history, who owned them back in the day, how they got to the point of me holding them and lusting after them. And, hello, they are one-of-a-kind. Okay maybe they aren’t really … I’ll never be sure, but you probably won’t see some random gal at the bar wearing the same necklace as you if you happened to score it at Jinxed.

:::Sigh::: I must really like you people for telling you my vintage jewelry secret … so … you know … you’re welcome. Feel free to say hi to me on Saturday afternoons … I’m usually the girl holding a myriad of necklaces contemplating which to buy, and how I can have them all … and which organ I can sell to do so.

Check out some of my Jinxed scores below:

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Style Stud: Old Navy Flip Flop Vending Machines

Emma Roberts Checks out the Old Navy Flip Flop Vending Machine in LAThere’s absolutely nothing worse than wearing a fantastic pair of heels throughout the city, but your feet hurting so badly you just want to chop them off. Or even worse, your feet hurting so badly you wouldn’t mind strutting through the city streets barefoot! Trust me, the idea of getting hepatitis rather than having to deal with wearing 5 in torture devices seemed pleasant to me definitely more than once.

But could you imagine, suffering and walking like an idiot through the city to avoid sharp pains of death, when … wait? Could it be? A FLIP FLOP VENDING MACHINE?!?! WAAAAAAAAAAAA!?!

Thanks to Old Navy, a flip flop vending machine isn’t just a mirage women see when they are in shoe pain anymore. It’s the real deal to honor their $1 flip flop sale. Listen, I haven’t worn a pair of Old Navy flip flops since I was in college, mostly as shower shoes, but if I was in need, I would literally kiss the machine and give it my money … happily, instead of carrying around a pair of flats with me and taking up precious purse space. It is genius.

I have nothing against Old Navy flip flops … they are a great go-to when you need to run a quick errand, walk your dog, go outside and get the paper … and especially, when you want to set fire to a pair of uncomfortable heels. Old Navy … I applaud you.

My only bone I have to pick with Old Navy is this: Why don’t you have any flip flop vending machines in Philly? Huh? We have lots of stylish women who love their high heels but hate the pain. We have lovely parks and lovely streets for you to put said vending machines on … so why are you depriving us of this golden and comfortable opportunity. Philly needs some comfort and some flop love, too, Old Navy … Just sayin’.

Style Stud: TOGGERY

contact_imgI can’t stress how important it is for a woman (or a man) to own a good set of basics. Now I’m not talking about stuff you can rock to the gym or wear lying around watching Kardashian marathons, eating snacks and getting stains all over them … no (not that I do that … okay maybe a little). I’m talking about quality basics you can look fantastic in whilst running errands that are also so versatile you can throw them on with a pair of skinnies, a great statement necklace, a pair of fierce stilettos and rock it out on the town. Not only that, but a good set of basics that lasts (and doesn’t become hard as a rock after a wash and shrinks down into something your Barbies could have worn … trust me, it happens to the best of us).

Finding the perfect white T is like finding a diamond in the rough. Call me the Goldie Locks of basics, what can I say. But it happened. I found a white T that was JUUUUUUST right and thy name was TOGGERY. They are based out of Philly (I’m a pinch biased), the garments are beyond soft, versatile, stylish … and LAST. Umm and hello, Lana Del Rey rocked TOGGERY on the cover of her new album. Clearly all of the cool girls know what’s up.

Lana-Del-Rey-Ultraviolence-2014-1500x1500So when I got the opportunity to hang out with Kate D’Arcy and Alison Latta, the ladies behind TOGGERY, I only fell in the love with the brand that much more. It was so refreshing to hear designers be so passionate, not only about the brand, but about the quality of their product. I’ll stop babbling about how much I adore them and let you get to know TOGGERY, as well as Kate and Alison, a little better below. If you need me I’ll be rockin’ my cool girl white TOGGERY T around town.

Ps. Between you and I, make sure to check out one of my FAVE style sections, Shoppist on PhillyMag.com, on Monday for a little TOGGERY promo. But shh, you didn’t hear it from me.

1. Tell me a bit about how you both got into fashion. What inspired you?

K: I grew up in a retail business and after college I went back to night school for design. I’ve always been in fashion in one form or another so finding a career in the industry only seemed natural.

I’m inspired by personal style; I love people watching, especially fashion people watching. My favorite part of the job is seeing how people put their personal touch on the clothing we create.

A: Prior to TOGGERY I had been working in the Financial Services industry. I had always been in love with fashion, and would always pine over magazines such as Vogue, In Style and Harpers each month – even as a kid. TOGGERY was like the dream-career I never thought was even attainable. When I joined TOGGERY 2011, I began to realize how truly passionate I am about working in fashion.

2. Where can you purchase Toggery? Is it national or just in the Philly area?

You can buy TOGGERY online at www.toggerybrand .com or find us at a specialty store near you! We currently sell to 200 + specialty stores across the US, Canada and Japan. You can find TOGGERY at Fred Segal in California, United Arrows in Japan and more locally Knit Wit in Philadelphia.

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3. How long has Toggery been around?

K: 2007 – 2010 I was doing TOGGERY as a side project at night and on the weekends. It started as something small that evolved into a lot more than I expected. During that time I acquired a vast knowledge of the industry as a whole from production and manufacturing to sales and marketing.

In 2011 TOGGERY sales really started to pick up and I realized I couldn’t do it on my own. It was at that time I approached Alison about working together and overseeing the financial end of the business.

4. Describe the woman that would wear Toggery.

K: She is your favorite person at a dinner party!

5. How did you both meet?

A: Kate & I actually met through mutual friends at a Phillies tailgate party in 2009. We all collectively stayed in touch due to the Philly network, and eventually paths crossed and we became friends and business partners! Interestingly, we met on the same day that Kate and her now husband met! It was certainly a day to remember (although for the life of me I cannot tell you who the Phillies played and what the score of the game was)!

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K: Proudly made in the USA! From start to finish we create our goods working with expert production partners along the east coast. We knit our uber soft custom fabrics at Carolina knitting facilities and our remaining production and distribution takes place in eastern PA.

7. Out of all of your pieces, what would you say is the “go-to” piece for any woman?

A: A great fitting tee is crucial, specifically a TOGGERY short sleeve white v-neck tee.

8. Tell us a bit about your upcoming collection. Is there anything new we can expect?

K: We custom knit this amazing sweater for our F/W14 collection. The fabric has our trademark softness and it’s cut in silhouettes you’ll live in come fall!

9. Why would someone choose Toggery over another “basics” brand?

TOGGERY is your favorite tee. Our uber soft fabrics, precision cut fit and insane quality sets us apart from other ‘basics” brands. We give our customers more than their money’s worth through style and quality that lasts beyond a season.

10. Who do you both admire in the fashion industry? What inspires you in Philly?

A: I am inspired by Zac Posen. He’s an American designer (so I of course love that) who so remarkably understands how to design for a woman. Zac lets his fans follow him through the workday and shares some of his personal life with us, which really allows a follower to understand the hard work and emotion that goes into building a brand.

K: Sticking with the designer theme I’m going to say Isabel Marant. I really respect the brand and business she has built over the years. Her design aesthetic makes you feel like the ultimate cool girl and her brand is accessible without being saturated in the market place… that’s a hard balance to keep in this industry.

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Style Stud: DYLANLEX Necklaces

Capture8I think I need jewelry rehab. Specifically my vintage jewelry obsession. It is starting to get comical. Every weekend I somehow acquire two more pieces … I just can’t help it. They are so affordable. And unique. And sad … sitting there in the vintage shops, all lonesome. Looking at me with those sparkly puppy dog eyes. I just HAVE to rescue them, right?! So yeah … I’m pretty much the cat lady of vintage jewelry.

But that is neither here nor there. What I do want to discuss is Dylanlex. The jewelry line that is making me drool all over my iPhone since I discovered them on Instagram. I mean … this collection is straight up necklace porn. It’s delicious. It is everything.

If I had to describe the perfect piece of jewelry for someone to buy for me, I would send them to this site (hint hint for all you ladies and gents just dying to win over my heart … ehhh?!) Hmm a $10 vintage necklace or an $800 rad piece of Dylanlex art. You know what, I’m THAT crazy about this line that I would contemplate living out of my car for a week with my cat with no food just to be able to afford one. Yep … that crazytown obsessed.

They are just … so beautiful … I mean … it’s just … I can’t. Just check it out. These bad boys have left me speechless … talk amongst ya selves.

Ps. There is a necklace named “Jagger” … which I assume is after my  most favorite person on the planet. I’m in lerve. Hearts are in my eyes.

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