Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bi-Annual Denim Brunch is Saturday APRIL 9th!

Looking for the perfect pair of jeans to start your Spring off right? Look no further!
Join us on April 9th, we will be hosting our bi-annual Denim Brunch. Stop by either location to recieve 25% off all denim as well as complimentary hems! Great new styles from James, Current Elliot, & Blank.

Mimosas & snacks will be served! Just sip & relax while we help you find the perfect fit!

In addition we will also be offering 20% off all Sale Merchandise!

If you are visiting us in Northern Liberties, don't forget to swing by Art Star Boutique (623 N. 2nd Street)
 and Once Worn Consignment (910 N. 2nd Street) as well! Art Star is offereing 15% off all regular priced items + an additional 10% off sale items. Also receive double punches on your frequent buyer card. And Once Worn is offereing 25% off all winter items + 10% off all regular priced items.
We can't wait to see you!
-The Arcadia team

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Not to brag....

But we've got a pretty KILLER jewelry selection right now!

New designs from Swallow, Iosselliani, Canoe Crafts, Helveta Vyotlag, Erica Weiner, Jan Michaels, Sultana and more!

There is no easier way to update your wardrobe than buying a fantastic new piece of jewelry. Stop by either location to browse our absolutely fabulous selections!

New Swallow and Iosselliani

Awesome necklace selection

Canoe Craft Pendants

Swallow Keys, Jan Michaels rings, Monserat de Lucca Box cutter bracelet and game ring

Jan Michaels Rings

Canoe Craft Pendants and Erica Weiner Vial Necklaces

Geode Rings

Canoe Craft Pendants and Wrap Necklaces
I've got my eye on a Jan Michaels Ring, stop by Arcadia this weekend and see what you'll fall in love with!


What are your plans for tonight?

Join 50 million people across 35 countries/territories and participate in the global sustainability movement -->Earth Hour<-- tonight at 8:30PM local time. How do you get involved? It's simple, shut off all your lights for an entire hour and help reduce Philadelphia's energy consumption. Afraid of the dark? Come pick up some candles at both Arcadia locations; we're in Northern Liberties until 6:30PM and Rittenhouse until 7PM, just enough time to make it back home and turn out the lights!

Read up on the latest news about the other areas around the world participating in this year's Earth Hour in hopes of making it an even bigger success than it was in 2010--> here !

I've got my new "Bordeaux Fig and Vetiver" Paddywax candle ready,


Friday, March 25, 2011


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE sporting their KEEP collaboration shoes

Lucky for me, one of my favorite shoe brands has collaborated with one of my favorite musical artists! I've been a fan of Keep Shoes since I received my first pair- "The Nuss" - as a special gift some years back. Keep's dedication to originality and superior craft is what keeps me coming back. Their latest project, which has been highly antcipated, is finally going to be released tonight at midnight!

Their collaboration with Animal Collective has lead to the creation of some really awesome designs which site the member's interest in sea life. ALL profits from the sale of these shoes will be donated to Socorro Island Conservation Fund, a non-profit working to preserve the unique biosphere of the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California.

This past fall, while working with Maya Hayuk in Brooklyn, I had the awesome opportunity to help Abby Portner create work for her brother's (Avey Tare- member of Animal Collective) record release party. The theme of the record and the party was the everglades- a swampy jungle full of aligators. It is SO awesome to see shoes that reflect similar imagery and ideas!

To get the full story read below:
We’ve been fans of Animal Collective since way before they were even Animal Collective.  We’ve been friends for half our lives.  Years ago, in the heart of our formative years, when going to shows, making mixed tapes and using linux based email was the norm, we waxed poetic about how great friendship was and how amazing it would be to do something together. 
That day has finally come. 

 To work with people we love, to make something that inspires us, and to help protect one of the most special places on earth, all in one fell swoop, is a gift.
Each member of the band has designed their very own Keep shoe: Avey Tare’s spectral slip-on Tobin, Deakin’s embroidered fish Guerra, Panda Bear’s camouflage Ramos, and Geologist’s shark infested mid-top Ramos (also available in a little kid’s version in celebration of the birth of his son).

As always all Keep shoes are cruelty-free, including the shoes from this project.  A limited edition cassette tape will also be available on a first come first serve basis with purchase of any pair of shoes from the project.  The tape features four songs, all previously unreleased solo tracks from each member of the band, promising to make this cassette one of the rarest artifacts in the Animal Collective discography.

Cassette Tape
All profits from the sales will be donated to the Socorro Island Conservation Fund, a non-profit working to preserve the unique biosphere of the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, where illegal fishing, in particular of its shark population, is a continual threat.
“After much discussion we decided we wanted to give money to a small under-funded organization to which we felt a personal connection. Josh and I have been scuba diving together for a number of years and the Revillagigedos was one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. Hopefully this project will protect the animals of the Revillagigedos through at least one more fishing season and draw more attention to the global problem of illegal fishing.” says Brian Weitz (Geologist).

“The trip that Brian and I took to the Revillagigedos in 2007 has driven me to go diving when I can and learn as much as I can about the state and health (or lack thereof) of our oceans. Whereas I once saw sharks as a potentially frightening creature and little else, I have come to understand that they are a crucial part of a highly stressed and collapsing ecosystem,” says Josh Dibb (Deakin).

Rooted in a shared love of music, wildlife, and the ocean, this passion project was the result of a lengthy friendship. High school friends since the mid-nineties in Baltimore, Keep Company’s founder Una Kim and Animal Collective have remained connected over the years.

Weitz says, “It goes without saying that we love the shoes and all wear them. We’ve been friends with Una for almost 15 years. We even played shows in her basement when her parents were out of town. This was pre-Animal Collective, though everyone in the band was there and played sets in one band or another. A few years later, when we were in college, we talked about how awesome it would be to one day work on a project that brought a bunch of us together. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m psyched it finally happened.”

“Friendship and community are some of the most precious things, and I feel lucky to have grown up with such amazing people, in as pro-active and inspiring of a community as we did. Music transcends songs and simple notes. It is the foundation of my most lasting friendships and being able to do such a personal project, working with friends to benefit a cause we all care for, brings everything full circle,” says Kim.

Abby Portner in the KEEP + AC tee

eeeeeeeeeep! so excited!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yummy time!

Being the avid blog reader that I am, I find myself hanging with Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere several times a week. On top of her fashion posts, she often writes of her adventures in the kitchen- typically your standard dessert sweets, but the other day this particular recepie caught my eye- as well as the photos. Pea Pesto Crostini, YUM!! Tasty, healthy, and look how gorgeous that green color is...ahhh is it spring yet?!

                                                Photos courtesey of Cupcakes and Cashmere

xo, Cory

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pimp my Peanut

The Nutmobile, a peanut-shaped traveling ambassador for Planters, has gone green and set sail on a 16 city tour to inspire communities and push consumers to rethink energy consumption. The new and improved Nutmobile is decked out with environmentally conscious materials such as low energy LED interior lighting, recycled glass windshield and windows, non-toxic vinyl graphics and epoxy decorations, and flooring made of reclaimed wood from a 19th century Pennsylvania barn. Fueled by biodiesel, this proficient peanut is also equipped with solar panels and a wind turbine to provide energy that will power itself during tour stops.

image via Planters

We here applaud Planters for practicing what they preach - by continually implementing sustainable practices on their farms, in their processing facilities and in their packaging and shipping materials.

And did you know peanuts do their own part to give back to the planet? They enrich the soil with nitrogen as they grow, significantly reducing the need for fertilizer for other crops planted in the same plot.

So Nutty,

Friday, March 18, 2011

New For Spring- Skunkfunk!

Goiatz Dress

Zulema Trench Coat

Sleeveless Layered Teeshirt in Mustard

TeeShirt in Pastel Green

I fell in love with all our new Spring items from Skunkfunk this morning! Stop either location to check out all these items- plus more!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Make sure to stop by both Arcadia locations to play dress up with our NEW jewelry line, Iosselliani !! We got the jewelry in last week and it's already flying off the shelves. Iosselliani is currently featured in the April issue of Nylon and is selling out on Luckily for you, we still have a good amount in stock. Don't sleep on it!

We have more styles available that aren't pictured here. You'll have to come check them out in person to see our full collection!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bus Stop Boutique, Cheers!

Last week I paid an overdue visit to Bus Stop Boutique to check out owner, Elena Brennan's current stock of shoes. As soon as I walked through the door I instantly fell in love with about five different pairs. Some were bright patterned with high heels, others more subtle (including the ALL BLACK leather flats I picked up for myself- super comfortable yet chic). All in all an awesome variety of really unique shoes with reasonable price points! I have no doubt that Bus Stop has a shoe for everyone, so do yourself a favor- check it out and pick up a new pair of shoes to ring in the warmer weather that you've been so patiently awaiting.

750 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-3121
(215) 627-2357


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

So Charming

Time to shed the scarf and dress your neck with one of these hip treasures by Charms City Company. The Baltimore duo mix antique keys, vintage bottle openers, glass beads and other unique charms to create upcycled necklaces that won't break the bank.

All images via Charms City Company
Additional styles (including bracelets!) available at both locations.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

El Fuego: Yup, best burritos in Philly

El Fuego is my guilty pleasure these days.  Not only is the food delicious ( I could eat naked burritos pretty much every day), but they also support local farmers by purchasing fresh produce on a daily basis.  Umm, did we mention that none of thier food is ever canned or frozen either?  That's pretty dope.

Qdoba, how can you compete with this?

Holy Burrito! (image courtesy of

image courtesy of
The Holy Grail of tacos (image courtesy of

Stop by El Fuego (2104 Chestnut Street && 723 Walnut Street) and let us know what you think!


Friday, March 4, 2011

The Butterfly Collection

Its our favorite time of year at Arcadia... Kelly Lane Designs has arrived!! (OK, so maybe we have a few favorite times of the year then).  Check out the newest pieces of the collection we've got in the stores.  More to come when Kelly stops by for a trunk show, March 11th & 12th!

Flutter Dress
Monarch Dress
Wing Top and Fly By Skirt
Chrysalis Dress

Annndddd a fun little fact...that's Kelly modeling in the pictures.  Get psyched to see her soon!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Forget the winter blues...I'm feeling green!

One of my favorite things about Arcadia (besides the new Oliveve bag that just arrived, I'm literally drooling) is the fact that being enviormentally aware is so important to all of us here! Arcadia prides itself on being Philadelphia's go-to eco-friendly boutique and lifestyle store. (Just in case you didn't know, 80% of the merch carried in the store is sustainable!)
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to watch my parents take on one of the biggest creative, eco-friendly projects of their lives- building their very own LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enviornmental Design) certified home. Green homebuilding differs from traditional construction as it includes a professional team approach to planning and construction, in my parents case, a green builder, eco-architect, sustainable engineer, and a landscape architect. Green and sustainable homebuilding pays particular attention to minimizing disturbing the building site itself, and maintains the natural landscape with native, indigenous plantings. It sustains the local community by supporting the local economy with the use of local products and local labor. By buying local and utilizing local labor, they were able to support our local communities, minimize the use of fossil fuels for transportation, and honor the natural landscape. All of the materials used to build the house are responsibly harvested local lumber, stone, amd marble. And of course, overall energy efficiency which includes electric, fossil fuel, natural gas, and geothermal resources function at least 35% more efficiently than traditional systems do.

timberframe construction

geothermal radiant heating

installing the green roof

kitchen shot, local reclaimed wood and marble

For more information on the wonderful benefits green homes provide for their occupants and the greater good visit


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Stay Fuzzy Ya'll!

Zachariah OHora is Arcadia's next featured artist. His show entitled, "Help I'm A Rock!" is a collection of work inspired by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. A longtime fan of Mr. Zappa's oeuvre, Zach pays homage to Zappa by juxtaposing his cute, kid friendly painting style with the weird and sometimes ugly nature of Zappa's music. The work is composed of acrylic paintings on recycled wood, and some repurposed thrift store knick knacks.

Sneak Peak of Zach's take on Zappa's album cover by Neon Park: Weasels Ripped My Flesh

If you've been to our Northern Liberties location recently, you've probably seen Zach's The Conversation mobile which is hanging in our men's section and was also featured in the Old City Window Design Contest this past fall. We took some timeout to interview Zach and find out a little about what makes him tick, why he loves bunnies, and what "Stay Fuzzy" means.
The opening reception is next Friday, March 11th. We're also having a trunk show featuring designer Kelly Lane from Pittsburgh. There will be a special drink made by our own Elise Crummie. John Madden Sex Tape is DJing and OH... Johnny Brenda's is catering...mmmmmm can not wait!
The Conversation Mobile

Arcadia: For me, there is so much familiarity in your work; it feels like Richard Scarry’s Busytown meets Barry McGee. Who are some of your artistic influences? What inspires your work?
Seeing your work reminds me of my favorite quotes:
"Everybody can make things with their own hands; it’s just that they can’t be looking for perfection. They have to allow themselves to make mistakes and go with something that might be a little crooked or a little smushed. And people used to go with those things and nowadays those things aren’t beautiful anymore, to people’s eyes. I think it’s the part that’s off that is the most interesting. And even if I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line, I will never make it straight. And from a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waiver. And I think that’s where the beauty is."
— Margaret Kilgallen (Beautiful Losers)
Zachariah OHora: I’ve been a fan of Richard Scarry since I was a kid, he is a huge influence.  I love Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanson and that whole so called "Mission School" group.
I aim for something in between, a little cute and fuzzy and a little street.  Ben Shahn, Max Beckman, Roger Duvoisin and Marc Boutavant are also up there. I'm inspired by vintage kids’ books, street art, and old album art. But I find inspiration in all kinds of unlikely places, most aren't art related.

House Party

A: One of my favorite aspects of your work is the fact that everything looks hand painted, we never lose your presence in the work. In an age when almost everything can be done on a computer, what is the importance of painting to you?
ZO: Much of my work starts out as a painting and then gets manipulated in the computer after. I just like the tactile process of painting and you leave yourself open to happy accidents.

Little People- Nesting Dolls

A: Your use of color is also fantastic, I love the muted pastels paired bright and bold pastels and the black outlines. What informs your choice of colors?
ZO: Living in San Francisco for years I think I absorbed the pastel palettes of the old Victorians there. Moving to Brooklyn I absorbed the red brick and muted grit as well as some bolder colors. I'm always trying to simplify my color use, but it always comes back to yellow ochre.

A: Can you tell us a little about your children’s books? How does having children of your own influence your content? Who is Bernard and why does he need to stop snoring?
ZO: Stop Snoring, Bernard! is my first published children's book. It will be out on April 12th with Henry Holt. I wrote that one before I had kids, but subsequent books that I am working on now are influenced by the daily things I see my boys get obsessed with, or the hilarious observations they make about things we as adults don't notice anymore.
Bernard is a little otter whose snoring keeps all the other otters from napping. He is banned from napping with his otter pals and has to find a place to snore without bothering anyone else. You have to read the book to find out what happens next!

A: What is “Fuzzytown?” What does “Stay Fuzzy” mean?
ZO: Fuzzytown is a place where everyone is fuzzy and there are lots of adventures with fuzzy animals. It's a book series idea that I am working on now. Fuzzytown is also a state of mind when things are going well, you have that perfect coffee buzz and the sun is shining. "Stay Fuzzy" is a reminder to try to stay in that frame of mind.

A: 2011 is the year rabbit, is there any significance of the bunnies in your work?
ZO: Bunnies are just the embodiment of cute, and they kind of represent a sort of "everyman" idea. I feel like you can immediately relate to what they are doing, or just be overwhelmed with the desire to squoosh them with hugs.

A: A lot of your work has a very playful and innocent quality to it, how does that work compare to making work with more adult themes?
ZO: I think that playful and innocent and adult shouldn't be mutually exclusive.  I do work from time to time that is of an adult nature but I always try to keep the playfulness in it.

A: After living in San Francisco and New York, how does living in Narberth, PA compare?
ZO: All three places are so incredibly different; I think I went through the same level of culture shock going from SF to NYC as I did from NYC to Narberth. I love Narberth; it has a storybook Mayberry-ness that I didn't know existed outside of some old Andy Griffith show. At the same time, it doesn't have that David Lynch-ian suburban creepiness that I thought all suburbs exuded. And there are a lot of bunnies running around!

A: What are some of your favorite galleries in Philadelphia? And Who are some of your favorite local artists?
ZO: I hate to admit this, but I haven't had much time since I moved here to explore much of the gallery scene. I find myself at Space 1026 or ICA more often than anywhere else.
I like mostly illustrator/artists if there's any distinction anymore… Tim Gough, Kris Chau, Martha Rich, Jim Houser and Steve Powers of course.

In the meantime... check out Zach's website & blog:


PS: I'm stoked so for this show!! Not only do I love cute animals but weirdly enough, I have so many memories of listening to Frank Zappa and The Mothers with my dad when I was little! (not exactly kid appropriate... but that's a different story) ANYWAYS! This show is not to be missed! Hopefully, I'll see you all there!