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Holiday shopping events to kick-start your holiday season

There are so many happenings this week to blog about, I can hardly stand it! Invitation after invitation kept flooding my inbox, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. Here goes:

Candice Caprice, owner of Per Lei Boutique in Media, is thrilled to host Philadelphia native and international jewelry designer John Wind for a trunk show on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wind’s designs have a unique, vintage style that have graced the pages of fashion glossies like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle and InStyle. Caprice is offering an enticing shopping incentive the night of the trunk show only: spend $500 or more on any Per Lei merchandise and $100 will go toward any John Wind piece. For more information, visit

It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, and there’s no better place to begin than the Rosemont School of the Holy Child’s Trinkets & Treasures shopping event on Friday, Nov. 7. Featured at the shoppers’ paradise will be 25 of the area’s hottest vendors and boutiques, including Inside & Outside, State of Grace, Peanut Butter & Jane, Posh Collections and Gramercy Boutique. While shopping, snack on fabulous hors d’oeuvres and holiday treats. A $5 donation is requested upon entry, and 20 percent of all purchases made during the event are donated back to the Rosemont School. Doors open at 6 p.m., so get there early for the best selection. For more information, visit

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All right, I’ll admit I’m starting to get a bit of the holiday fever. And I know that once I hit Terrain at Styer’s first Old-Fashioned Village Holiday Open House this weekend, Nov. 8-9, I will be fully kicked into holiday gear. From 9 a.m.-6 p.m., expect to preview über-creative ideas for gift giving, holiday decorating, festive entertainment, crafts for kids, workshops for all ages, food and drinks. Plus, take a special opportunity to pre-order trees, poinsettias and wreaths. Best yet—all events are free. The adorable Styer’s Garden Café will also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., serving delicious dishes of winter-inspired fare. If you haven’t been to Styer’s yet, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

I know I’m due for a new ’do, which is one reason why I’ll be supporting HopeCuts this Sunday, Nov. 9. Some of the area’s finest salons—including Toppers Spa in Devon, Noel Sy Art & Beauty in Bala Cynwyd and Art & Science in Manayunk—will be open and donating part of their profits back to City of Hope, one of the world’s leading biomedical research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Generously giving up their day off, salon staff will donate their time and treat patrons to a variety of services, from haircuts to manicures—some at a discounted prices. To find a participating HopeCuts salon near you, visit

This just in: C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries is hosting an afternoon of free (don’t you just love that word?) holiday festivities at the King of Prussia store Saturday, Nov. 15. In keeping with its age-old tradition of giving big to the community, C.O. Bigelow is getting in the spirit of the season with a host of giveaways, activities and treats. Scheduled events include make-your-own jewelry with designer Jennifer Stock, makeup consultations with experts from Nars and Jane Iredale, holiday story reading for kids, and a holiday eggnog bar.

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