Dress from Express, Steve Madden Boots, Bag from Body Central
This t-shirt dress is the only thing tie dye in my wardrobe. It's not that I have anything against tie dye, I just didn't want my first piece to come off too hippie-ish, but this was perfect. I have worn this dress so many different ways. This time, because the weather was a little if-y, I paired it with studded moto boots by Steve Madden that I found a while back at Nordstrom Rack and a leather bomber. Simple.

Spiked Dangle Earrings from Piper Boutique Philadelphia.
Sidenote: While on the hunt for something desirable at the Gilt City Warehouse Sale in Philadelphia, I snacked on Pretzel Crisps, which were totally addicting. I ended up tweeting a pic to the company and to my surprise that tweeted back:

And today was delivery day! Not a mail delivery, but a personal delivery of seven full size bags of their baked pretzel snacks! How impressive! So here's a big THANK YOU to Pretzel Crisps. Make sure you follow, like, and check out their flavors, recipes and where you can get your own bag on PretzelCrisps.com.

Even though my tie dye dress isn't available anymore, you can shop similar styles below. Enjoy!

I really enjoyed myself at the first Gilt City Warehouse Sale in Philadelphia. It was such a great mix of fabulous clothes, tasty refreshments, and excited fellow shoppers. There was such a wide assortment of items to look through from men's to children's and even home goods. I'm pretty sure I went back to the shoe section about 4 times. Honestly, I went in with my mind set on not buying anything, but on my fourth trip to the shoes, I got suckered in. (If you follow me on instagram, you've seen my new addition to my closet.) I just had to, the price was so right and I have no regrets. I'm so looking forward to the next Gilt City Warehouse Sale in Philly. The next time around, I'll be prepared to shop. Hopefully, they won't stay away too long.


Duke & Winston, located in Northern Liberties,is also a carrier of the eyewear brand, Tortoise and Blonde. Tortoise & Blonde believes that eyeglasses should be viewed like any other fashion accessory and with pricing starting at $77, you can get two for the price you would normally pay for one designer pair. My favorite style is the Nottingham in the Ice frame for $97. It's just what I've been searching everywhere for because of its versatility and instant style. There are tons of styles to choose from that can be made as prescription glasses or sunglasses, so the possibilities are endless. Be sure to stop by Duke & Winstonor check out the tortoiseandblonde.com for more info.

The Mitchell & Ness Flagship Store hosted a preview party for their Fall 2011 Collection and now with the football season being back on, sports fans couldn't be more excited! Mitchell & Ness may have started out in Philly as a golf and tennis company back in 1904, but now it holds exclusive licenses from the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA.
Inside the Mitchell & Ness Flagship Store is Eagles Country

For 2011's  Fall/Holiday season, the collection includes vintage inspired professional athletic league uniforms in updated modern cuts, fabrics, and details for both men and women. Some of the styles include: Track Jackets with contrast color stripes and piping, Hooded Sweatshirts featuring rich details such as Sherpa lining and wooden buttons, and Vintage Tees perfect for layering in distressed washes and jersey inspired styles.

Some very Exclusive Limited Edition Items in Display Cases
The preview party was sort of an eye opener for me. Most of the time when I though of sports apparel and didn't think that it could get this in depth  but each Mitchell & Ness piece is unique to that season and not mass produced compared to a jersey you can find at your nearest Foot Locker or for us ladies, as a part of Victoria's Secret sports apparel collections. My favorite is the Women's NFL Post Season Hoodie (pictured below in the top right corner). It has the 70's flair that is so on trend for this season.

The Design Team's Inspiration Board and a Look at the Eagles Fall/Holiday Collection
Hats on Hats on Hats

Hope Chest opened its original store in the Belluvue Hotel, but in 2006, moved to Haverford Square. Now, Hope Chest is back in Center City and is owned and operated by the beautiful Jennifer Rosen, the former manager and buyer of the Main Line location. Hope Chest Philadelphia offers a hand-selected collection of fine lingerie, bras, shapewear and sleepwear with the chic, urban customer in mind. The Hope Chest carries brands such as Simone Perele, Cosabella and Hanky Panky as well as brands exclusive to their Center City location; Claudette and CLO Intimo. The space is warm and inviting with feminine "shabby chic" elements. I fell in love with the romantic art installation hanging in the store front. If you are ever in the mood for something special, in search of that perfect bridal shower gift or just want a break from the ordinary, stop by Hope Chest Philadelphia located at 1937 Chestnut Street.

On a recent visit to Philly's Walnut St., my eye happened to come across a new store front and a too-cool-for-school employee outside taking a quick break. "What's this?", I ask. Looking up at a flapping black and yellow flag, I realized it was the New Dr. Martens Flagship Store. Stepping inside, the store takes on modern industrial design with English rebel flair. Adapted from early skinheads making it a fashion trend, Dr. Martens are now a fashion boot for all people of all working classes and a favorite among fashion icons like Agyness Deyn. The dressing room area has the feel of being backstage at a 1950's rock concert with musical instrument cases piled in different corners. Every design element is well thought of from the stools for trying on a pair of the handmade boots and shoes to the cool photos taken around the shop.

After shooting the I-Spy photo shoot I stopped by the newly opened PNK Elephant store. I felt like a Kid in a Candy Store. The brightly colored store is filled with funky accessories at very reasonable prices. One of the founders, Blair Sondlain, was there and was very helpful and friendly contributing to the fun vibe of the store. I did pick up a pair of spike-y earrings that I'm sure will end up in a style shoot later. 

The Franklin Square Boutique is a cove of one-of-kind unique pieces of men's and women's fashions collected from local Philadelphia seamstress and designers and also some vintage. The shop even has their own in-house jewelry line Franklin Square Design, a collection of treasures, designed by Liz Burt. This store is not only unique through the merchandise they carry but also through the stores design which includes salvaged and restored anchor chains for shelving, rusted ship doors for the dressing rooms and wooden trunks for storing. Located on 128 N. 3rd Street, Franklin Square is a great place to shop to find that something special whether it's for yourself or someone else.

Walking down 10th Street in Philadelphia's Chinatown, you may pass what seems to look like a facade of Chinese eateries and other shops, but there is one that is much different from the others. The window display of Abakus Take-Out Shop demands a double take, mixing elements like the Peking ducks, that hang in most restaurants, with Jordan's. The merchandising of the store is very unique in every way to add to the feeling of a Chinese food take-out shop that's been invaded by exclusive footwear and apparel. With details ranging from big to small, like a full stainless steel kitchen with wonks and frying baskets to house shoelaces and tees to clear ketchup bottles that funnel out red laces, they all play a role.Since it may be a little hard to imagine I took some pics to give you more of an idea, but it's definitely a store to check it out for yourself. For more information on the Abakus check out abakustakeout.com.

Adorn Boutique Located at 1314 Frankford Ave
Another First Friday is quickly approaching and it's also time to celebrate Adorn Boutique's 2 year anniversary. Adorn Boutique features a hand picked collection of apparel, accessories and gift items as well as jewelry by owner and designer Sarah Lewis, located in the heart of the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. This weekend (May 3 to May 5), as a way to say thank you to the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods in Philadelphia, special decals bearing the Fishtown name will be available at Adorn Boutique for $5. For each decal sold, $3 will be donated back to the NKCDC. If you happen to get carried away shopping, which I'm sure is easy to do, and spend over $100, the decal will be a gift to you. What a great way to support local communities and fulfill your shopping needs all at the same time!

The Fishtown Decal to Support the NKCDC

For more information on Adore Boutique and Adorn by Sarah Lewis, check out AdornbySarahLewis.com. RSVP on Facebook Here!

Pictures Thanks to Adorn Boutique!