Here’s a terrifying newsflash: Memorial Day—as in the official start of bikini season—is just 18 days from today. If you’re like me, this realization is sending waves of dread throughout your body (totally normal reaction). If you’re looking to tighten and tone, I can’t help you, but this certainly can. However, if your main source of “Oh $%*#” stems from a bumpy bikini line, we’ve got you covered.
You don’t need to avoid being in a bathing suit (like I somehow managed to pull off last summer) because of unsightly ingrown hairs. And, unlike what someone once told me, your only solution is not laser hair removal — you’re just not paying enough attention to your skin down there. Ashley Richardson, sugaring expert and founder of Green City Beauty, let us in on a little secret that just might save your bikini line. Read more »
Nasty Gal, what happened? You’re usually so, so good. | Images via Nasty Gal.   
Hey swimwear designers, I’ve got one question for ya: WTF is going on? I’m seeing all kinds of cray cray styles happening right now, and “cool girls” are buying in. Is this a joke? Are we seriously wearing gigantic technicolored stars over our crotches and calling it cute? Please show me one body type in the universe that is flattered by bikini bottoms that cut the torso mid-gut, awkwardly short of high-waisted. What’s up with these high-necked tops, as if tan lines aren’t a thing that people experience in the sun? And please don’t get me started on that middle bikini pictured above, because if I try to sum up what I’m seeing here, I might actually get fired.
We present the most WTF swimwear out there right now. If you have an explanation, please comment. We are genuinely confused—and concerned. Read more »
You make it, we’ll buy it. | Images via iStock   
There are some people who become famous for their products (or infamous, like Doe Deere of Limecrime
, or Chaz Dean of Wen
). And then there are famous people who jump into the consumer goods world because, well, they can
. Slap a famous name on something and people eat it up. Case in point: George Foreman grills
. Would the world ever buy over 100 million units
of oversized panini presses if not for the famous boxer? I’ll be over here trying to figure out that mystery while George Foreman lives the lavish life on your dollar.
My point is, sometimes we are all suckers for a celebrity product, whether it’s a mini grill or, say, the Kylie Jenner lip gloss I’m currently obsessed with. There’s something about a name brand that makes you say “Wait…I need that,” and celebs are well aware. Regardless of whether we’re being taken advantage of, we still buy celeb products (though we hate to admit it). Here are the celebrity products we’re embarrassed to love: Read more »
Want a good Cinderella story to ease your Monday blues? Maddie Flanigan is a South-Florida-native-turned-Philly-girl who runs all of the URBN brand blogs: Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Terrain and BHLDN. She’s a photographer, graphic designer and professional blogger—but that’s just her day job. On nights and weekends, she’s a master seamstress, crafting up the most gorgeous lingerie designs and hosting bra-making parties in her North Philly studio. Maddie turned her Urban Outfitters internship into a full-time dream gig, and her sewing hobby into an all-out lingerie collection that’s now available online and in over 50 Urban Outfitters stores. Read more »
Images via Cedar + Fawn and Vestige Home.
Still haven’t planned anything special for mom this weekend? Psst: You might want to get on it—Mother’s Day is Sunday, in case you live under a rock. Luckily for your ungrateful self, Art Star Craft Bazaar is happening this weekend rain or shine, so you can take mom shopping for all kinds of goodies. Bonus: If you’re feeling really lazy, just let her pick out her own gift there and buy her present on the spot. She’ll be so happy with her newest handmade purchase that she won’t have time to think about what an awful child she raised! (I’ll see you there.) Read more »
A sampling of K-beauty goods. | Photos via Instagram
I made the switch from American drugstore beauty products to South Korean ones in high school, and I can tell you, without exaggeration, that it changed my life. After being exposed to YouTube beauty vloggers like Bubzbeauty, and learning how to properly double-cleanse, my face went from pepperoni pizza to blemish-free in a matter of two weeks without putting a big dent in my weekly allowance.
I learned firsthand that the secret to great skincare undoubtedly comes from Korea. Don’t take my word for it, though — Korean beauty products are blowing up in the celebrity stratosphere right now. The good news is that you don’t have to be a jet-setting model to score some coveted products. Right here in Philly, you can pick up the very best in K-beauty, from your local mainstays to worth-the-trip Asian grocers. Read more »
Leave denim dirty? | iStock/Azahan Rosedy.
There are two camps of people: Those who wash their jeans, and those who don’t. It’s actually extremely divisive, like cilantro or Donald Trump. Non-washers claim that abstaining from the washing machine allows jeans to develop the best, most natural signs of wear and, in the case of raw denim, helps the jeans mold to your body to become a sort of second skin. Those who do wash say, well, ew.
The debate has been going on for some time; even Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh weighed in, urging buyers to stop washing their denim. Tommy Hilfiger agrees, and so do the folks at French clothing brand A.P.C., who have even gone so far as to include a ‘no-wash’ rule in the employee handbook. There are de-smell tricks, ones that denim heads swear by, and these range from the basic (spot clean) to the interesting (stick ’em in the freezer) to the weird (run into the ocean in them and then roll around in the sand to break them in!). Read more »