Beyoncé Wears Locally-Designed Dylanlex Jewelry in ‘Formation’ Video

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Still from ‘Formation’ music video.

Let us just begin by saying we’ve loved Dylanlex since day one. (See exhibits A, B and C). There’s almost nothing on the same level of supreme blingage as Philly native Drew Ginsburg’s designs. Lately, the celebrity world seems to be catching on as well, from Lady Gaga’s Entertainment Weekly spread to, most recently and excitingly, Beyoncé (!) in her new ‘Formation’ music video. Read more »

Shop Talk: The Easiest Way to Re-Thread a Drawstring

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Image via J.Crew.

  • There’s nothing worse than a drawstring that’s wormed its way out of your favorite hoodie. But, lucky for you, we’ve found the easiest way to fix it. Here’s how to rethread errant drawstrings – and all you need is a plastic straw. [Pure Wow]
  • Did you catch those Louboutin boots Queen Bey wore during her Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance? They can be yours for only $1,295. Sure, it’s a bit steep, but can you really put a price on feeling like Beyoncé? [Footwear News]

Plus: 11 surprising ways to use your Clarisonic and the top fashion campaigns of the season

16 Incredible Art Pieces You Can Buy at Inliquid’s Benefit Tomorrow

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One of the works available at auction this weekend. | Lauren McGrath.

InLiquid is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets: The nonprofit organization, based in the Crane Arts building in Kensington, is a hub of art-world resources and a huge support to the local visual art scene. (Insider tip: Did you know you can visit the offices and they’ll show you some 200 pieces and help you figure out what to hang on your wall? Fledgling collectors: Do this.) This weekend, InLiquid hosts its annual benefit, a buzzy event that’s part party and part art auction.

I got the chance to check out the selection yesterday afternoon and curate my favorite pieces. It was incredibly difficult – there are 350 works, ranging from photography to jewelry – but after a few loops around, here are the ones I’m dying to hang on my walls (or slip on my finger – I couldn’t resist a Wonder Woman ring). Click here to bid on my picks directly if you can’t make it to tomorrow’s benefit. The auction ends tomorrow at 10pm. (Get ticket and event information here.)  Read more »

ICYMI: Olivia Palermo’s Collection to Launch at Nordstrom This Monday

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Behind the scenes with Olivia Palermo for Nordstrom. | Image via Olivia Palermo.

  • Calling all street style junkies: Olivia Palermo is launching her own line with Nordstrom. This will be her debut collection under Nordstrom’s brand Chelsea28, and it comes out February 8th. The best part? It’s reasonably priced, with items starting at $68. Mark your calendars, people! [The Zoe Report]

  • Riding the image-remake train, Barbie just released an Abby Wambach doll, complete with undercut, shaved hair and all. At the reveal, Wambach said, “Playing with Barbies that may or may not have looked like I felt growing up, I think that this is a really impactful statement … If you’re out there and maybe your doll doesn’t look like how you feel, here’s another option.” We love it. [The Cut]

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7 Shop Owners on the Best Gifts to Give for Valentine’s Day

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Does anything say it better than wine and chocolates? | Images via Trove and Verde.

Valentine’s Day shopping is a fraught experience. You want to seem thoughtful, loving and not-cheesy (so, please, avoid this). So while we could round up a list of what we want to give and get (and we will later, so just wait!), we figured we’d first hit up the people who know this whole V-Day shopping thing best: the store owners who watch it go down year after year.

To help you whittle down your shopping options, we got local boutique owners to spill on the best things for the loved ones in your life, from chocolate eclairs to pocket squares. Happy shopping! Read more »

Great Lengths: 5 Gorgeous Statement Earrings to Wear Now

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Photo by Nell Hoving.

This season, it’s all about the earring, and when it comes to size, well, think big. Long, shoulder-dusting danglers—whether in mixed metals, like Erickson Beamon’s punkish drops, or all-out sparkle, like Philly-based Dylanlex’s chandeliers—are the most modern way to make a statement (so long, pinprick studs!) and a welcome return to all-out drama. Read more »

Get Excited! Ps & Qs Is Opening a Women’s Boutique on Antique Row

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The in-progress storefront. | Image courtesy Ps & Qs.

During a recent scouting trip along Pine Street, I found shop owners buzzing about the newest addition to Antique Row: Ps & Qs, the beloved South Street men’s boutique, is opening a second shop at 1018 Pine Street next month. But it’s not what you’d expect. This time, the guys are taking on womenswear – and I couldn’t be more excited.

For those not familiar with Ps & Qs, think refined streetwear from the likes of Carharttt, Publish, Norse Projects, with a touch of the rugged (Pendleton, Penfield, Herschel). And you can expect the same from the women’s outpost, which will be under the same name. Owner Ky told me that the new shop will be sleeker than the men’s counterpart, with some of the same brands and the same wall of cool backpacks the South Street shop is known for. Oh, and smattering of kid’s stuff, just for good measure. (Tiny Penfield sweatshirts!) Click here for a peek at the in-progress interior!

The Prettiest Wingback Chairs You’ve Ever Seen Come From Mt. Airy

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Photograph by Brett Thomas.

If chairs were songs, a grand wingback might be a baritone concerto; a rocking chair, a lilting blues melody; a chaise, a Deco jazz riff. But in the hands of Mount Airy’s Carla James, these classical seats skew more rock-and-roll. Her two-year-old company, Rocker Refined – which just rolled out an amazing new e-shop – turns out a mix of reupholstered vintage finds as well as new pieces handcrafted in North Carolina, using sustainable cherry and chemical-free stuffing.

The most showstopping is the Hayward (a nod to the lead singer of the Moody Blues; all of James’s furniture is named for colorful musical figures), a frenetically stylish mix of tufted indigo linen, French railroad stripes and Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon fabric. Rock on. Read more »

How Mary Dougherty Went From Selling at Farmers’ Markets to Shopping With Bill Clinton

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Dougherty in her Bellevue location. | Lauren McGrath.

Mary Dougherty is one of the most influential women in Philadelphia, and is steadily cementing Nicole Miller as a heritage brand in this city. With two thriving storefronts, located in Manayunk and Center City, Dougherty paints a pretty picture of success. However, the process wasn’t always bridal gowns and rainbows. We sat down with her to chat about breaking into the industry and her advice for female entrepreneurs in Philly.  Read more »

Pubic Hair Oil, Daily Blowouts and Lash Extensions: How We Are All Losing Our Minds When It Comes to Beauty Rituals

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Illustration by Michele Melcher.

Something alarming is happening, and as with most things I find alarming or annoying, I blame Kim Kardashian. Lately, women—otherwise sane, relatively grounded women—have stopped washing their own hair.

It started out innocently enough with blowout bars, which nipped at the heels of our beauty scene in 2010. Women, quickly realizing that having someone wash and dry your hair for you is actually quite nice, began showing up more frequently. Date night? Sure! Big meeting? Why not? Yoga class? Okay! Now women parade around Whole Foods with glorious Beyoncé hair. In fact, according to Avi Shenkar, founder of Blo/Out blow-dry bar, women who get blowouts at least once a week now make up 75 percent of his client base.

And that was only the beginning. Read more »

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