Monday Obsession: Skeem’s Custom Coffee Candle for Paper Source

MO-SkeemOur Wedding editor Carrie Denny has a thing for smelly stuff. The scent of vanilla wafts down the hallway outside of her office (this is thanks to her Alora “smelly sticks,” which she scores at TownHome on Walnut Street.) The glass shelves in her bathroom are filled with dozens of perfume bottles, and she actually drinks out of an empty glass candle jar which, to be fair, is by Skeem and is so gorgeous we’d drink out of it, too.

Also by Skeem? This Cafe Au Lait candle, a custom scent devised by the Philly-based candle company for Paper Source (one of their many custom offerings for retail stores; they have special products for Terrain, Anthro, Urban and Tavern on the Green’s restaurant shop). In her words: “It’s not so strongly coffee-ish that you keep looking around for a pot of it brewing, but just enough that it evokes the same cozy, creamy comfort while you’re sitting there binging on bad television.”

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Home Store Cella Luxuria Is Opening Another Location on South Street

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

Cella Luxuria, the cavernous home store at 1214 Chestnut Street, opened just two years ago. But it’s already expanded exponentially. In November, they expanded into the building next door, opening a 12,000-square-foot showroom called Domus that stocks home goods with a more modern, contemporary bent than Cella’s reclaimed, industrial offerings. And now, they’re taking their wares to South Street.

“We’re very bullish on South Street,” says Cella Luxuria co-owner Stefan Sklaroff. “We think South Street is changing. I think it’s a street that under-serviced now — you’ve got Society Hill on one side and Queen Village on the other. It’s odd that it’s in the mix of great neighborhoods and it’s selling hookah pipes and sneakers. We’d like it to make more sense. ”  Read more »

10 Secret Shopping Perks and Services at Your Favorite Stores (Think: Zara, Uniqlo and H&M)

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There are certain perks that many people think are only reserved for the very, very elite shopper: free alterations, personal stylists, access to sample sales. But sweet, under-the-radar services are there for the taking (some at most unexpected stores, like H&M) — you just need to know where to look.

For instance, did you know that if you take a bag of old clothes to H&M to recycle, they’ll give you 15 percent off one item? (It’s part of their green fashion initiative.) And if you buy a pair of jeans over $20 at Uniqlo, you get free alterations.  Read more »

Voorhees Man Sets World Record With His Toothpick Beard

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Jeff Langum’s winning look. | Screenshot via Vimeo clip.

Jeff Langum is famous. Or, rather, his beard is famous, a giant cloud of reddish-brown whiskers that stretches halfway down his chest. At the 2013 World Beard & Moustache Championship in Germany, Jeff took home the title of world’s best natural full beard (you can read our interview with him about the win here). Since then, he’s maintained his beard (according to the Courier Post, the last time he shaved was 42 months ago) and even racked up another title: Guinness World Record holder for most toothpicks in a beard. Read more »

The 15 Fashion And Lifestyle Pinterests You Need To Follow Right Now

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Pinterest has taken the blogging world by storm, and is also probably single-handedly keeping A.C. Moore in business, as enthusiastic DIYers desperately try to copy the things they’ve seen on various boards. But the site can be overwhelming and confusing for newcomers, so we’re making it easy to dip your toe into the phenomenon. Here, 15 of the best fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and home pinners you need to follow right now. (Oh, and while you’re at it, follow us, why don’t you?) Read more »

Market Report: How to Score the Best Vintage Home Decor and Fashion Online

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  • You can find incredible vintage treasures online — if you know where to look and how to efficiently sift through it all. Here is what to look for, what to avoid, where to look first, and how to snag the best vintage decor and fashion online.  [The Zoe Report]
  • Forget yoga pants. The hottest item at Lululemon now? A pair of “anti-ball crushing” pants for men. [Business Insider]

One of Us: Dom Streater, Fashion Designer

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Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Dom Streater. It’s short for Dominique. Growing up, I had myriad nicknames: Domo, Domino, Domino Brown Sugar, Dom. And Dom was the one that stuck.

I am a … fashion and textile designer.

My childhood home was at … 58th and Chestnut in West Philadelphia.

These days, I live in … Francisville. At least, I think that’s what it’s called. There are new names for these neighborhoods every day. But I’m near 15th and Poplar.

My most closely guarded beauty secret is … coconut oil. I use it all over. It’s like nature’s miracle. Read more »

Neiman Marcus’s Online Estate Jewelry Sale Is Glorious (And It Ends Sunday)

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You don’t typically think of estate jewelry when you think of Neiman Marcus, but their curated collection of precious vintage baubles puts more contemporary pieces to shame.

The estate jewelry collection is only up for grabs through Sunday, and prices range from $11,000 (a Victorian onyx and pearl cross necklace, insanely cool) to a whopping $252,000 (a circa-1920 platinum and diamond Tiffany bracelet, spectacular).  Click through even if you aren’t in the market for a major investment piece, and you’ll see a history of jewelry — from the lacy, flowery scrolls of the Edwardian period to the geometric cuts that characterize Art Deco baubles.  Read more »

Market Report: The Death of “Plus-Size”

Image via Mic.com.

Image via Mic.com.

  • Models from Australia are attempting to get the fashion industry to drop the “plus size” label for models. What’s crazy: For models, anything over a size four is considered plus-size. WTF. [Elle]
  • You know what they say about April showers … they suck. Here’s a guide to make sure your rain coat is actually waterproof. [Refinery 29]
  • This celeb stylist says that Coachella totally “needs to die,” and here’s why. [Cosmopolitan]

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