Day in the Life: Tenaya Darlington

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

I wake up just before dawn, stretch for 20 minutes, and then fix a cup of Steap and Grind’s Black Tea with Coconut with a slosh of Green Aisle’s raw milk. By 8 a.m. I’m on Google Hangouts with my brother, André. We’ve written two books together, The New Cocktail Hour and TCM’s Movie Night Menus. Read more »

The Best Philly-Area Spas to Help You Reboot for Spring

Inside the Moorestown Mall, the sprawling Rizzieri Salon & Spa is ideal for groups looking to primp in tandem. Photograph by Courtney Apple

Inside the Moorestown Mall, the sprawling Rizzieri Salon & Spa is ideal for groups looking to primp in tandem. Photograph by Courtney Apple

For Frill-Free Relaxation: Chung Dam Spa & Fitness

Though its strip-mall location is short on charm, this cult-favorite Korean spa is worthy of a visit thanks to its lineup of body scrubs, massages (they’ll tiptoe on your back by request) and reflexology, all of which ring in under $100. Services come with a pass for the spa’s facilities, which include herbal steam baths, a charcoal room and a dry sauna. Pro tip: Prepare to strip down; most guests unwind in the buff. 41 Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham Read more »

Day in the Life: Christopher Dodson

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

I wake up around 5:30 a.m. If it’s an OR day, I start my first case around 6:30 at the Rothman Institute. In the operating room, I listen to ’90s and 2000s R&B. Sometimes I’ll see some of the older patients smile when they hear it before they fall asleep. Read more »

Day in the Life: Palette Group Founder Nate Nichols

Nate Nichols | Photograph by Jillian Guyette

Nate Nichols | Photograph by Jillian Guyette

I wake up at 6:30 a.m. to work out. I get to my studio by 8:30. The first thing I do there is boil water for pour-over coffee. I only drink single-origin varieties from Central or South America. ReAnimator Coffee is the office favorite.  Read more »

The Philly Guy’s Grooming Manual: Best Barbershops and Salons for Men’s Cuts

Barber on 24th’s buzzy shop, far left, and pomades to recreate the look at home. | Photos by Jauhien Sasnou

Barber on 24th’s buzzy shop, far left, and pomades to recreate the look at home. | Photos by Jauhien Sasnou

For the Reluctant Groomer: Meister’s Barbershop

If the temptation to DIY is strong, defer to the five-person team at this intimate shop. For the uninitiated: It’s first-come, first-serve (they don’t take appointments; expect a line), and the near-uniform approach to cuts — subtle gradational fading on the sides, full on top — is universally flattering. Tip: The longer wait for scissor time with owner Rob Baumiester is totally worth it. // Starting at $26; 1810 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.  Read more »

The Best Indie Toy Shops in Philadelphia and the Suburbs

Ardmore's Puccimanuli is packed with toy cars, board games and plush animals. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Ardmore’s Puccimanuli is packed with toy cars, board games and plush animals. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

For One-and-Done Shopping: Puccimanuli // Odds are your giftee list spans different ages and interests. Tick ’em off in record time at this all-encompassing toy emporium, where the owner — who regularly hits the toy-fair circuit for new, special finds — stocks enormous stuffed animals, art kits for burgeoning creatives, a mind-boggling assortment of dolls, and even a tightly curated lineup of artisan-made goods (like wooden tops and puzzles). Bonus: Gift-wrapping is complimentary. // 35 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore.  Read more »

A Day in the Life: Fashion Maven Beth Buccini

Photography by Courtney Apple

Photography by Courtney Apple

You’ve likely heard Beth Buccini’s name before—whether it’s being touted alongside her über-successful boutiques, Kirna Zabête, or simply because her standout style is regularly photographed. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the fashion maven is also a local gal, taking up residence in nearby Chadds Ford with her husband and four children. She also just opened the newest outpost of Kirna Zabête in Bryn Mawr. This month, we chatted with Buccini to get the scoop on her closet workhorses, her favorite eccentric accessories and this year’s holiday card.


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Day in the Life: Kriti Sehgal

Photography by Courtney Apple

Photography by Courtney Apple

I wake up every morning between 6 and 6:30 a.m. If I don’t have a physical activity planned for the day, I try to get one in before work. Then I get ready, read, and do some emails before I head to Pure Fare for my morning smoothie — usually the Avocado Key Lime. Read more »

The Anti-Black-Friday Shopping Calendar

Life's Patina | Photograph by Courtney Apple

Life’s Patina | Photograph by Courtney Apple

Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12
Lagos Sample Sale
Shop sparkly baubles at 50 percent off during this highly anticipated annual sale. Pro tip: Arrive at least two hours early (doors open at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday) to snag a good spot in line; once inside, make a beeline for diamond-dotted rings. 441 North 5th Street, fourth floor, Callowhill. Read more »

The Busy Philadelphian’s No-Sweat Entertaining Guide

The in-house design team at Terrain can transform even the most pedestrian dining room into a festive, swoon-worthy oasis. | Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

The in-house design team at Terrain can transform even the most pedestrian dining room into a festive, swoon-worthy oasis. | Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

For Dinnerware: Scarlett Alley

Supplement your existing tableware arsenal at this Old City boutique, which stocks a comprehensive assortment of table necessities ranging from tortoiseshell flatware and eclectic glasses to serving dishes and dessert stands. They even have a surprisingly style-forward selection of melamine, that virtually unbreakable material ideal for raucous guests or rambunctious little ones. Read more »

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