So, these are the types of ideas that everyone likes looking at, and I’ll tell you why.
If you are like me, the least artsy, crafty person in all the world (seriously, my mother used to marvel at my inability to cut construction paper along a straight line even when she’d draw it for me), you will think these DIY wedding ideas are awesome, gorgeous, charming and and so clever, and be absolutely fascinated that there are people out there who can do this—and then you will show them to your florist or your sister or your childhood best friend and ask her to make yours look like that, pleaseandthankyou.
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Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)
We’ve been fans of Philly-based J. Rudy Lewis’s work for a long time. His hand-forged metal cuffs—some wrapped, corset-like, with leather—are earthy perfection, and totally unlike jewelry we’ve seen before. But our new favorite piece is his cast whale wishbone necklace, which comes on a steel chain (shown), hand-wrapped silk cord, or (for $10 more) a hand-dyed thick leather strap with a quote from Patti Smith, a prayer she says before live performances: “I’d like to thank God I’m alive.” We’ll take one of each, please.
The Details: Handcrafted cast whale wishbone necklace, $159 at J. Rudy : exo.
Give To: Your best friend.
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Day 1: A weekender for him.
Day 2: A geometric ring for her.
Day 3: A posh nail polish set for your teenager.
Day 4: A tabletop speaker for dad.
Day 5: A made-in-Philly skateboard for your little brother.
Day 6: A set of Narberth-made essential oils for mom.
Day 7: A bag of made-in-Philly gifts for out-of-town pals.
Day 8: A cool pair of diamond studs for your girlfriend.
Day 9: A metallic bag for your sister.
Day 10: A fleece hoodie for your dog.
This bacon stuff, it just never gets old.
Tomorrow night, Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen is doing a multi-course bacon dinner which will include vegan bacon with green tomato-jalepeno chutney, gumbo with pork belly (which totally counts as bacon) and shrimp, Texas Tommie sliders with bacon-wrapped pineapple, and Peanut Bacon Brittle for dessert.
Cedar Point does dinners like this every Thursday–choosing a single ingredient and building an entire menu around it. In the past, ingredients have included pumpkin, chestnuts, figs, apples, and squash. But this time around, they left the choosing up to their Facebook fans and when faced with a choice between onions, salt, garlic, jalapenos, chocolate, and bacon, the people, unsurprisingly, went with the delicious pig strips. Honestly, the options could’ve been hundred dollar bills, weed, foie gras, delicious tacos, uncut diamonds and bacon and most people still probably would’ve chosen bacon.
But hey, who are we to argue with the will of the people? The dinner is tomorrow night. Yes, there will be plenty of bacon. Make your plans now.
Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen [official]
You can groan all you want about how you hate holiday music, but I dare you to sit in a room where Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” is cranking and not get touched — at least a little — by the Christmas spirit. From the opening jingle bells to the reindeer-prancing beats, the song is undoubtedly one of the catchiest holiday tunes to come out of our generation — and a bona-fide greatest hit in Mimi’s catalog (61,342,438 YouTubers agree.)
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Earlier this week, we sorted through some potential Eagles playoff scenarios, but there have still been questions about what’s possible and what’s not in the weeks ahead.
So let’s try to sort through them Q&A style. Read more »
Whether you are hiring a professional makeup artist to beautify you on your Big Day or are one of the talented and brave souls out there who are planning to apply your own makeup while surrounded by female friends and family and a whole lotta mimosas the morning of, this Cosmo post is worth taking a look at.
It details many a cosmetic misstep that you will definitely want to avoid on your wedding day, whether it’s neglecting to do something that will make your makeup look fab (no primer? No pre-wedding trial?), or doing something that will be its undoing (going the lipstick route instead of a lip statin forgetting that every must be waterproof).
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Sandy Ferlanie and Christine Donato are among the families sharing their stories with the “Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania” campaign. Click the photo to read.
In May Franklin and Marshall released poll results saying that 53 percent of Pennsylvanians support the right of same-sex couples to get married, but you’d never know it. Here we are, lagging on as the only Northeast state that hasn’t allowed gay couples to walk down the aisle. And as we saw this week, the mere mention that you’re applying for a marriage license can cost you your job.
To help turn around our miserable fate, gay-rights activist groups American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) and Freedom to Marry joined forces to launch a new campaign/website that hopes to, ”begin a dialogue with Pennsylvanian residents about why marriage is important to same-sex couples and their families.” Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson explains the idea behind “Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania“:
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Rendering of Temple University boathouse that never was. Via temple.edu
At first, the question was whether Temple University should renovate its decrepit old boathouse, which the crew team hadn’t occupied since 2008. Then the question was whether to build a new boathouse. Subsequently, another question was raised: Could the new boathouse be sited on Kelly Drive, under the Strawberry Mansion Bridge? Leading to another question: If so, how to hold Temple accountable for the parkland lost when the boathouse was built? The debate over each question was fierce, particularly the last one, which pitted conservationists and parkland advocates against players and enthusiasts of college athletics.
If we could add the hours of argument up, and then multiply by a factor of emotion, aggravation, passion and despair, the number would soar into the stratosphere — so many minutes gone, never to be gained again. And for what? The tragic reality is that Temple no longer has a crew team. The point is moot.
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You might remember that a few months ago the American College of Sports Medicine reported their annual prediction of fitness trends for the upcoming year, and the results were pretty surprising. To refresh your memory: Spinning fell out of the top 20 and high-intensity interval training claimed the number one spot. So when I came across Well + Good NYC’s predictions for the top 10 fitness and wellness trends of 2014, I was curious to see how they matched up. Interestingly, there was pretty much zero overlap.
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The latest from Philly homeboy Bradley Cooper:
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