They Do Exist: Five Hip Jersey Shore Hotels To Book This Summer

The Star's sunflower-yellow exterior | Photo courtesy of Cape Resorts

The Star’s sunflower-yellow exterior | Photo courtesy of Cape Resorts

The B&B: The Gables // The French influence is strong in this renovated five-room Victorian, thanks to toile bed linens, gilded furniture in the library, and a proper garden dining area. Reserve the Bailey Lloyd room; it’s not the swankiest (that’s the Victoria & Albert), but its sloping walls, cherry red claw-foot tub and iron stove exude coziness. For dinner, nab one of the courtyard or porch tables — the chef changes up the seafood-heavy menu daily. // Starting at $180 per night; 212 Centre Street, Beach Haven.

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Field Guide: 8 Places to Eat, Drink and Shop on Fabric Row

The Best Fabric Row Shops and Restaurants : The scene along Fabric Row

(Left) The scene along Fabric Row; (right) inside the Hungry Pigeon  | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

A longtime trove for all things textile, Fabric Row has evolved in recent years, welcoming a slew of new stops — beyond fabric outposts — ideal for a weekend jaunt. Here, eight standout eateries, shops and spots to hit next time you visit the Queen Village thoroughfare. Read more »

6 Gorgeous Local Shops for Tricking Out Your Garden and Outdoor Spaces

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Inside Old City’s Petit Jardin. | Photography by Jauhien Sasnou for Philadelphia Magazine.

Although winter’s chill has well overstayed its welcome, we want to happily remind you that it’s May, people! Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for backyard barbecues, happy hours on the patio, and little ones running through the front yard sprinklers. It’s time to get your outdoor spaces in tip-top shape, and we’ve found the best local garden shops to get the job done—plus, they’re absolutely beautiful.  Read more »

Field Guide: 8 Ways to Declutter and Detox Your Life



Inspired yet? | Photo via IKEA.

Forget surface-level spring cleaning. To really start the season out on the right foot, it’s time to consider everything else in your life that might need detoxing (your greasy winter diet and maxed-out budget, perhaps?).

To help you detox, declutter and decompress, we’ve sleuthed out eight easy tips, tricks, pros to know and places to visit to purify, purge, and banish toxins for good. Welcome to spring.  Read more »

Field Guide: 15 Independent Bookstores That’ll Make You Want to Toss Your Kindle

Photo credit: Wellington Square Bookshop

Photo credit: Wellington Square Bookshop Facebook

Bookstores — specifically those of the indie variety — have come to represent something quite different in the age of “140 characters or less” and “TL;DR.” But before you cast them off as a You’ve Got Mail-era relic, consider this: Independent bookstores are more than an ode to nostalgia and much-needed tactility — they also often boast the smartest literati as shopkeepers and the most inviting (and weather-proofed) hangouts you can find in/around Philly. So the next time your eyes start to blur after thumbing your four-inch screen for a couple hours, you can come up for air and head to one of these 15 brick-and-mortar independent bookstores.  Read more »

Field Guide: The 10 Sexiest Hotels in Philadelphia

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The lobby of the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel is a smart mix of old and new. | Photo via Radisson Blu.

Attention, would-be romancers: You’ve got two weeks until Valentine’s Day, which means there is still time (though, it’s quickly dwindling!) to nab coveted reservations at restaurants, theaters and hotels. As for the latter, we’ve rounded up the 10 swankiest, sexiest spots to spend a romantic weekend. From top-notch pampering to room service worth ordering, consider this your guide to getting away, if only for a night. (Sorry, you’re on your own for the babysitter.)  Read more »

5 Best Stores for Made-in-America (and Philly!) Goods

In Waltzing Matilda’s rugged workshop/boutique, sturdy leather bags— like the one above, which is crafted of leather salvaged from Swiss Army ammo cases from World World II—share space with belts, wallets, accessories and weathered Americana.

In Waltzing Matilda’s rugged workshop/boutique, sturdy leather bags— like the one above, which is crafted of leather salvaged from Swiss Army ammo cases from World World II—share space with belts, wallets, accessories and weathered Americana. / Photos by Jauhien Sasnou.

The American heritage movement is still going strong, as shoppers snub imports in favor of quality stateside-made goods. Here, Philly’s top shops for the discerning patriot. Read more »

7 Dos And Don’ts of Men’s Swimwear


No. So much no. | /

Men’s swimwear is a tricky thing to maneuver. It’s full of oddball prints and inseams that range from the crazy-long to the super-short. But somewhere in between the Speedos and cargo shorts is a happy medium. The dream suit doesn’t hug your gut or veer into male culotte territory, and it isn’t — God willing — this horrifying man thong.

We chatted with local menswear pros to get the skinny on what to look for —and what to avoid — when shopping for suits. Guys, listen up.  Read more »

Your Giant, Can’t-Miss Weekend Sale and Shopping Roundup

Visit these local shops this weekend. | Shutterstock

Visit these local shops this weekend. | Shutterstock.

While shoppers flee to the Shore in droves, city-side shops amp up incentives, which makes sticking around suddenly seem like a very crafty, style-savvy move. Here, the best sales and events to check out this weekend. (Psst: Pay special attention to Egan Day — the jewelry boutique rarely offers discounts, which makes this one extra-special.)  Read more »

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