Life After Nalgene: 11 Reusable Water Bottles You’ll Want to Carry Everywhere

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I adore Memobottle’s fresh take on the water bottle. | Image via Memobottle.

I am notoriously bad at remembering to drink water. Even after a very unsexy bout with kidney stones, I still find myself lugging home an unopened water bottle at the end of the day. My mother wrapped up a stone from her backyard and gave it to me, a note taped to it: Drink water or I’ll be back! Even this physical reminder isn’t enough. My organs, I’m sure, are in constant danger of shutting down.

So it would seem that the stylish water-bottle market is ballooning just in time. As plastic bottles become side-eyed relics, savvy designers are rethinking the way we get hydrated. Suddenly, even the ubiquitous Nalgene seems old-school, the water-bottle equivalent of Crocs. Just this morning, I stumbled across memobottle, a flat, square, flask-like bottle that’s designed to fit better into laptop bags and purses. Sure, the design is better in terms of ergonomics, but it’s also far chicer than most reusable water bottles. I did some more digging – maybe this is the answer to my water issue? – and found other equally gorgeous bottles, all worthy of toting around all day. Here’s the modern, sophisticated way to pass on the plastic.  Read more »

Evolution of a Dress: How I Took a 1970s Gown and Altered It to Modern Perfection

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The first cut is the deepest: A before-and-after of the dress. | Images via The Tailory.

When the EIC of Philadephia Wedding announced she was having a black-tie New Year’s Eve wedding, our close-knit group of work friends immediately convened for a what-to-wear powwow. Two women declared they’d try Rent the Runway; another decided to beeline it to New York for a shopping trip; and I considered wearing something already in my closet. (I have a bad habit of buying extremely fancy things like ball skirts and floor-length dresses with no place to wear them.) This was a fleeting idea, though: After a quick survey of my wardrobe, I found that nothing checked off both black-tie and New Year’s Eve boxes. The search was on. Read more »

Shop Talk: The Just-Launched Target Collection You Need to Shop Right Now

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Looks from the Who What Wear x Target collection. | Images via Who What Wear.

  • One of our fave style blogs, Who What Wear, launched a collection at Target yesterday, and it’s one of my favorite collaborations yet. It’s now available online and in stores, is priced under $50, and ranges in sizes from 2 to 26. Check it out here and get shopping. [Who What Wear]
  • Let the red carpet games begin! The SAG Awards were Saturday night, and celebs didn’t disappoint with looks that ranged from spectacular to, er, a tad saggy. (Looking at you, Susan Sarandon.) Take a coffee break and look through them all, why don’t you? [E! Online]
  • Forget five-day shipping on online orders. Uber is partnering with several retailers (think Nordstrom, Rent the Runway, Cole Haan and 1800 Flowers) to deliver your packages to your door within hours. The initiative, called UberRush, is only rolling out in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, but there’s a possibility that it will expand if successful in these markets. Fingers crossed. [Mashable]

Next: Uber will deliver your Nordstrom buys.

Yikes: Lush Bath Bombs Are Dyeing People’s Skin and Hair Crazy Colors

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Lush’s enormously popular bath bombs. | Lush.

Call it the month of the beauty product backlash. First, EOS – makers of those Easter egg-like lip balm balls – was thrown in the spotlight after customers complained of blisters, bleeding and rashes. (Psst: We gave you some great alternatives for treating chapped lips here.) Now Lush is taking heat after bath bomb users began noticing a funny thing happening in the tub. Well, see for yourself:  Read more »

Shop Talk: How to Clean Your (Totally Disgusting) Leather Gloves

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Those gloves are way germier than you think. | Stefano Tinti / Shutterstock.com

  • When’s the last time you cleaned your leather gloves? If you’re anything like me, it’s been a while. (Which, if you think about it, is pretty gross.) Stop avoiding it: Cleaning your leather gloves is easier than you think. De-germ them with saddle soap, which you can get for $6 right here. [PopSugar]
  • Speaking of cleaning leather, why don’t you learn how to clean the salt off your boots, too? [Shoppist]
  • Taylor Swift’s first foray into fashion – a clothing line featuring crop tops, body-con dresses, sweatshirts and tees emblazoned with the pop star’s name – made its debut at Hong Kong Fashion Week. It’s all very underwhelming. [WWD]

Up next: FCUK is back.

OpenInPHL: Rittenhouse Spa Offering Huge Discounts on Saturday Treatments

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Snow day pampering. | Image via The Rittenhouse Spa.

Your pre-snow day checklist: Stock up at Whole Foods tonight  (they’re closed tomorrow!), prepare a Netflix binge-watch list, move your car if it’s parked on a snow emergency route, get your shovels and snowblowers ready, and then book yourself a freaking massage. Seriously: The Rittenhouse Spa is open tomorrow, and it’s offering snowed-in locals 20 percent off massages, facials and body treatments all day.

My advice? Do some preliminary shoveling early on in the day, and then soothe tired muscles with a massage. See? Your snow day just got a whole lot better. Read more »

This Weekend: The Furniture and Home Accessories Warehouse Sale of Your Dreams

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Cella Luxuria’s Chestnut Street flagship. | Emily Goulet.

Scratch your weekend plans to make room for this: Cella Luxuria is kicking off a four-day warehouse sale on Saturday morning. In short: You should be there. The home store – which has two locations (a cavernous Chestnut Street flagship, which skews more Restoration Hardware/industrial, and a South Street outpost, which houses modern, apartment-friendly pieces) – has taken over a 6,000-square-foot Northern Liberties warehouse to unload merchandise. If my recent visit to the South Street outpost is any indication, it’s shaping up to be the sale of the season. (Seriously, half of the shop’s second level was empty, as all furniture was already transferred to the warehouse.) Read more »

Duke & Winston Is Closing Its Center City Doors

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Owner Seun and store mascot Duke the bulldog. | Image courtesy Duke & Winston.

Sad news on the retail scene: Philly lifestyle brand Duke & Winston is shuttering its Rittenhouse flagship store at the end of the month. After getting its start in a small NoLibs studio, the company lasted two years in its prominent – and spacious – Chestnut Street location, outside of which you’d often find the brand’s mascot, English bulldog Duke, lounging.

In an email, owner Seun Olubodun cited “an up & down 2015 and a coming rent increase” as reasons for the closure. But the popular local brand isn’t going away completely. Operations are moving back to Northern Liberties, where they’ll be focusing on growing their fledgling online business. The company also plans to host pop-up shops in various cities across the country.  Read more »

8 Snow Boots That Are Warm, Weatherproof – and Actually Stylish

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Boots that make a predicted 17-inch snowfall seem … not that horrible?

So, you thought we’d escaped another Philly winter? Think again. Snow (and a lot of it) is possibly on its way. If weather predictions are correct, you have about four days to stock up on cold-weather gear. And if you’re planning on just battling the snow banks with your rubber rain boots, you should probably reconsider. I get it: Snow boots aren’t exactly fun to buy. They’re clunky, chunky and, on the whole, pretty darn uninspiring.

Or so we thought. We did some digging and rounded up eight pairs of snow boots that are warm, functional and surprisingly stylish, so you can save your rain boots for a rainy day, and not a blizzard.

Let it snow? If it must. At least now you’ll be prepared.  Find out prices and where to buy here.

Shop Talk: 9 Design That Will Inspire You to Make Over Your Home in 2016

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Dream house. | Images via Apartment Therapy.

  • Now that you’ve tweaked and updated your wardrobe for the new year (if you haven’t, read this first!), why not give your home a quick change? The top home design trends of 2016 are luxe, eclectic and, well, see for yourself. (I’m already obsessing over ‘gliver,’ the new term for not-gold, not-silver fixtures.)   [Domino]
  • When it comes to cult followings, Everlane pretty much has the market cornered. To wit: Its latest athleisure collection — which includes structured but cozy bombers and sweats – already has a 6,460-person wait list. Here are the sweats that are giving Birkins a run for their money.  [PopSugar]
  • News on the beauty front: Target’s beauty department just keeps getting better. The company just started carrying a crazy-good French skincare line called Embryolisse, a staple at runway shows and photoshoots. My advice: Get the ‘Secret de Maquilleurs,’ a cooling stick that de-puffs eyes instantly. You can find the line at select Target stores and online. [GlamourUp next: The do’s and don’ts of wearing a beanie (for guys and girls).
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