My Top Five: Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Philly

Miss Rachel's Macaroni and Cheese | Photo via Erin Jaskiewicz

Miss Rachel’s Macaroni and Cheese | Photo via Erin Jaskiewicz

Vegan friends, rejoice: Just in time for the weekend, Erin Jaskiewicz, one half of the duo behind the drool-inducing Philly Vegans Instagram, is dishing on her favorite vegan restaurants around town. And with over 700 vegan-food-related Instagram posts from spots around Philly, this gal knows what she’s talking about. Read up, pick a restaurant and consider your weekend dinner plans made. Read more »

Take $7 Fitness Classes at Hotel Monaco, Support Back on My Feet

Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Joe Longo Photography

Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Joe Longo Photography

Trying to get ready to confidently strut onto the beach this summer? Kimpton Hotel Monaco wants to help. Their prescription? A Sunday full of $7 exercise classes. Their Summer Sweat Sesh, an extension of their Resolution Rx events that you may remember from the past two Januarys, will offer you a slew of opportunities to, well, get your sweat on. Duh.  Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Should Stop Drinking Your Coffee Piping Hot, Stat

• Good news, coffee addicts of the world: Yesterday, the World Health Organization officially took coffee off of its list of possible carcinogens, which it’s been on since 1991, and said that drinking coffee could actually protect against a number of cancers. That said, researchers did note that, surprisingly, drinking coffee—or any beverage, for that matter—when it’s super hot could contribute to esophageal cancer, so make sure to let your java cool before you sip! [New York Times] Read more »

Why Getting Hit on at the Gym Is Actually the Worst

The other day, a friend of mine posted a Facebook status about getting hit on at the gym. She wasn’t flattered, she was frustrated. She went to the gym to work out, not to have a stranger comment on her body in an attempt to engage her in conversation while she was covered in sweat and panting for breath. The comments on her Facebook post by a number of females echoed her frustrations. “Can I live?” was asked more than once.

This got me thinking: Do women ever really want to get hit on at the gym? I decided to ask a bunch of my female friends and coworkers that very question. The collective answer? A loud, resounding “Noooooooooo.” So, while I’m sure there are some rom-com-worthy love stories that have been born out of serendipitous side-by-side burpee workouts, and obviously this sample of females does not account for the entire female population, it still seems this PSA is worth making: Usually, getting hit on at the gym is actually the worst. Below, four crowd-sourced reasons why, gathered from female gym-goers in my life.

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How to Take Free Outdoor Fitness Classes and Get Free Post-Workout Brunch Booze All Summer

Sweating then boozing seems to be a trend this summer (remember the winery runs?!). The latest to jump on that bandwagon: SWEAT Fitness. Starting this Sunday, June 19th, SWEAT is teaming up with City Tap House in University City to put on SWEAT + SIP, a totally free 10-class outdoor pop-up fitness series. Read more »

Work Out Your Mind: Wake Up Yoga Opening Rittenhouse Studio

Wake Up Yoga | Photo courtesy Corina Benner

Wake Up Yoga | Photo courtesy Corina Benner

Anyone who’s walked around Rittenhouse can tell you: There’s no shortage of yoga studios. So why did Wake Up Yoga owner Corina Benner decide to open her third Philly yoga studio at 2030 Sansom Street? Well, as she tells us, the studio was actually sort of a “‘whoops’ baby.” The new studio space, located in the same building as the Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, where she practices meditation, just kind of fell into her lap. But she did consider whether setting up another studio in the neighborhood, which already has a good number of them, made sense. In the end, she decided it did.

As she says, “There’s so much yoga in Center City, so it was a big consideration: Does Center City need another yoga center? And my hope is that we’ll be able to reach people who might not already be served by the current offerings.” Read more »

How to Get a $5 Lunch From These Healthy Rittenhouse Spots Every Thursday

Photo courtesy CorePower Yoga

Photo courtesy CorePower Yoga

Picture this: It’s a Thursday, mid-morning, and you’re slumped over at your desk trying to decide what’s more vital when it comes to getting you through the day, an afternoon sweat session or a running to grab a healthy, energizing lunch. But before you waste time making a pros and cons list, listen up: Our friends over at Rittenhouse’s CorePower Yoga are helping you kill both birds with one stone.
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Outdoor Yoga in Philadelphia: Where to Do Outdoor Yoga in Philly and the ‘Burbs 

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Would it be a stretch to call this handy, giant guide to outdoor yoga in Philadelphia this summer season a masterpiece? Mmmmm, I don’t think so. Below, we’ve rounded up over 30 regularly scheduled outdoor yoga classes and series — many of them free! — going on around town throughout these warmer months. So please, consider this your go-to guide the next time you get a hankering for a sun-kissed (or moonlit) savasana. Read more »

Hate to Say It, But Gel Manicures Are Actually Really Bad for You

gel manicure

Beware the beautiful yet harmful gel manicure. | iStock/Kristina Jovanovic.

I can hear the pitchforked, gel-crazed riots already: “But gel lasts so much longer!” and “You don’t know anything about nails!” etc. Yes, gel manis do last longer than a classic polish. And no, a classic polish can’t compete with gel’s instant drying allure. But the last gel mani I got isthe last gel mani I’ll ever get, thanks to seven (count ’em, seven!) nails breaking off painfully low, and all ten feeling paper-thin after “safely” removing the gel. Not to mention, while I was baking my fingertips under the UV light, the skin underneath my nails felt like it was boiling. Turns out, gel manicures are bad for you, straight up. I chatted with a dermatologist and some Philly salon owners about the safety concerns gel manicures raise, and why they really aren’t worth it in the long run. Read more »

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