Old Navy Opening a Huge Flagship on Chestnut Street


An Old Navy storefront. | Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

While Gap is struggling, its sister brand Old Navy continues to thrive, raking in $6 billion in US sales last year alone. And it’s funneling a little bit of its profits into setting down even more roots in Philly.

The company is planning to open a nearly 24,000-square-foot flagship store at 1618-22 Chestnut Street (you know, the gorgeous Art Deco building that’s now home to the Art Institute of Philadelphia). No word on when it’s slated to open, but they have confirmed that they won’t be closing the Gallery location.

Head to our sister blog, Property, for more info. And keep your fingers crossed that they don’t destroy that cool building facade.

Market Report: These 5 Beauty Mistakes Seriously Age You


How to look forever young. (Or at least not older than you are.) | Shutterstock.

  • Fact: The beauty rules you’ve been following (like dabbing blush on the apples of your cheeks) could be making you look older than you really are. These side-by-side pics show the huge difference that just a few simple makeup application changes can make. Tip: Lay off the harsh contouring and shimmery lipstick! [Marie Claire]
  • Remember when Marc Jacobs accidentally posted a sext to Instagram? (Awkward.) Well, he’s now turning the whole gaffe into a fashion moment: T-shirts depicting the accidental post’s caption (“It’s yours to try!” — which referred to his bare bum) will be for sale starting September 1st. Lemons into lemonade, indeed. [Complex]
  • A Michigan man is offering up a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boosts in exchange for … a kidney. According to the man’s Facebook post, he has two failing kidneys and has been on dialysis for two years. Oh, and he’s a size 10. [Sole Collector]

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7 Quick Ways to Embrace Fall’s Best Trend

Pre-fall’s rich, moody mix of embroidery, embellishment, fringe and fur lets you embrace an endless summer — and prepare for fall’s inevitable arrival. Here are seven great buys (that hit all price points!) that  you can start wearing now and carry into fall, plus the inspiration (from Anna Sui’s fall 2015 collection) to pull it off.


Images courtesy of designers; wedge: Neiman Marcus; top: Net-a-Porter.

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Hallelujah! We Have Pope Soap!


Holy soap. | Photo by Claudia Gavin.

We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later, and now it finally has: pope soap. But these bars are special. They’re handmade by Midtown Village soapmakers Duross & Langel …. from holy water. The soaps — which feature the likenesses of Pope Francis, Mary, and Jesus, Mary and Joseph — will be available by September 11th, and they’ll retail for $7.50 each.  Read more »

Where to Find Lingerie You’ll Actually Wear


Loungewear, done right. | Shutterstock.

A few months ago I stumbled across Friends With Benefits on TV, the movie with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. In one scene, Mila wears a drapey, kimono-like robe, and that’s pretty much where things ended for me. I spent the rest of the movie searching for the robe online — and apparently I wasn’t the only one. A Google search for “robe worn by Mila Kunis in ‘Friends With Benefits’” garners over 46,000 results, most of which link to pleading questions like this: “I have wanted … No NEEDED the robe that Mila Kunis wore in Friends with Benefits since I laid eyes on it. This is the closest I’ve found” (from a Pinterest page; the robe she found looked nothing like it), and this: “i must know who makes the silk nightgown mumu looking thing Mila has on when her mom walks in on her and Justin. It is amazing! who makes it/where can i get it?!? [sic]” (from one of many comments concerning the robe on Possessionista, a blog that sources clothing worn by celebs).

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The Essential End of Summer Clean-Out Guide


How and what to de-sand before summer’s up. | Shutterstock.

Though spring cleaning takes all the glory, the tail-end of summer — what the fashion world refers to as ‘pre-fall’ — calls for its own detox. Think about it: soggy swimwear, sandy beach bags, grimy flip-flops. And while tossing summer’s basics into the back of your closet or some forgotten corner of your garage for months doesn’t seem so bad now, finding a moldy beach cooler next May isn’t the most promising way to welcome back summer.

While I’m not conceding the end of summer yet (two more weeks!), I am advising you to start thinking, even just a tiny bit, about how you’ll clean out your summer gear for its long winter hibernation. For instance, don’t even think about piling your flip-flops in your closet before giving them a solid wipe-down. Brilliant tip: You can even run them through the dishwasher! Same goes for your cooler (wipe this down and make sure to completely dry it!) and your arsenal of swimwear, which calls for a serious soak after a season of use.  Read more »

Local Pope Lookalike Makes Tees and Tiny Onesies Honoring Pope’s Philly Visit


Image via Facebook.

In the weeks leading up to Pope Francis’s visit, people creating papal memorabilia are coming out of the woodwork (and creating actual woodwork, like this, which is pretty cool). But one artist stands out, mostly because, well, he sort of looks like Pope Francis. (See above. Catch the resemblance? No? A little bit? A lot?)

That’s artist Brett Bender, and he’s designed a t-shirt and onesie to commemorate the Pope’s visit to Philly. See them all here; they retail for $20 (sizes over XL go up to $25). Because if you’re going to buy a commemorative t-shirt, you should buy one made by a Philadelphian. Tip: Enter code ‘joeyobama’ to get free shipping.

There’s a Huge, Must-Shop Vintage Sale Tomorrow


Vintage heaven. | Image via Malena’s Vintage Boutique.

One of my favorite vintage shops in the area, Malena’s Vintage, is tucked on a corner of semi-sleepy West Gay Street in West Chester. I’ve found some incredible pieces there, like this studded leather jacket and this crinoline slip; owner Malena has a great eye and, if you’re lucky, she’ll take you into her next-door showroom, where she stocks pieces that haven’t yet made it onto the store floor. Tomorrow, though, she’s opening up this secret showroom to the public — and discounting everything. 

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The Suburbanization of Philly: 5 More Stores We Want Now That Target Is Taking Over


The slow suburbanization of Philly. | Images via Shutterstock, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Wiki Commons.

The reaction to Target’s downtown expansion — a TargetExpress concept is coming to Center City next year; another location is opening in Midtown Village — was swift and overwhelmingly positive. And why wouldn’t it be? As I’ve said before, Target is the one of the last gleaming bastions of shopping efficiency that suburbanites cling to: Sure, you have better restaurants, but we have Target. There was, of course, the expected grumbling about the city’s descent into chain-dom, but I’d argue that even the most staunch naysayers would have to admit: Getting a Target is really pretty awesome.

But it also got me thinking: If one of the reasons we move to the suburbs is convenience — garages, big yards, grocery stores with decent-sized parking lots — what happens when Philly gets suburbanized? And, more importantly, is that what we secretly want?

Apparently, maybe just a little bit. I asked around for people’s dream retail wish list, and the answers point to something devoted city-dwellers might not want to admit: We want to bring the ‘burbs – or at least the shopping perks of the ‘burbs — to Philly. It makes sense: While Philly’s independent boutiques are part of the weird, wild fabric of our city, places like Target are, well, easy. And practicality — resounding, reliable practicality — counts for something.  So, here, in no particular order, are the five stores we’d like to see come to Philly next. The not-sexy, no-frills shops that might not win us any retail awards but would make our lives a hell of a lot easier:  Read more »

4 Philly Mag Staffers Reveal Their Major Hair Transformations (Plus Where They Got Them!)


Our fearless four. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Lately, I’ve noticed something around the halls here at Philly Mag. Staffers — lots of them — made some huge hair changes over the summer. Women with long, long hair suddenly went short, and most did it with little to no fanfare: one day, shoulder- or waist-grazing locks; the next, bobs, lobs and bangs. Four staffers, though, stand out for the biggest, boldest changes this season, and (spoiler) each of them look fantastic. Check out their before-and-afters below, find out where they went, and get inspired to change up your ‘do for fall. After all, as one newly shorn staffer said, “It’s just hair!”  Read more »

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