VIDEO: 8 Bearded Philly Men on Why It’s Awesome to Not Shave

For those who needlessly bash our city’s sweats-and-jersey style legacy, let me direct you to the video above. Produced by Visit Philadelphia and Philly 360°, the quick segment features eight of the most outrageously stylish guys in the city, including Curran J, founder of lifestyle brand Kings Rule Together; Erik Honesty, owner of Cultured Couture Vintage in Old City; jazz-funk composer Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and more.  Read more »

Finally, a Rocking Chair You’ll Actually Want to Own

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Stevie and Isadora rockers, $1,650 each. | Photos by Steve Mitchell, Abstract Studios.

A few years back, when I was shopping for rocking chairs for my son’s nursery, it seemed to me that the vast majority of rockers and gliders were either simply ugly — hard and wooden and forbidding-looking — or just a bit ubiquitous, in a pastel, overstuffed, Pottery Barn sort of way. I always suspected that there was something really special out there, some beautiful, special chair around which I would build a room, a chair I would keep forever, but I never really found it. Until now, that is, with the discovery of Philly-based Rocker Refined, which makes the most gorgeous rockers (and wingbacks, and ottomans, and cribs) that I’ve ever seen.  Read more »

How to Break Out of Your Fall Fashion Rut


How to (just slightly) change up your go-tos. | Images via J Brand, Forever 21, Shutterstock, Nine West and Banana Republic.

Fashion uniforms are great. They’re the secret of some of the most stylish women ever, and they make dressing a cinch. But it’s easy to mistake a uniform or signature look for, well, a fashion rut. There’s no shame in this; we all often reach for the easiest things in our closet, the ones that don’t take any thought, the pieces we’ve worn a thousand times, the head-to-toe outfits we know work well and still fit. But after you’ve thrown on that chambray button-up for the fiftieth time, it’s easy to feel lazy, stagnant and, well, downright bored.

Switching things up doesn’t have to mean a complete style turnaround, though. It just calls for subtle tweaks to what you already own. To make your rut-busting process easier, I’ve rounded up seven wardrobe staples — easy, go-with-anything items that tend to get the most wear – and their just slightly elevated counterparts. Think of it as Your Personal Style, Version 2.0.  Read more »

8 Most Beautiful Women in Philadelphia History


A bevy of beauties. | Images via Wiki Commons and Flickr. 

Today would have been the 86th birthday of the remarkably beautiful Princess Grace of Monaco, born, of course, Grace Kelly, right here in our town. Philly may not be Paris or New York City, but by gum, it’s done all right by itself in the looks department. South Philly in particular has been a hotbed of hotness, producing several world-class beauties. Here, from Colonial times to the Roaring ’20s to the decadent ’70s to now, are some of the loveliest women ever to call this city home.  Read more »

Shop Talk: 5 Ways to Wear a Belted Scarf Right Now

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The easy, two-step way to elevate your look. | Shutterstock.

  • Two words for you: Belted. Scarf. It’s an easy way to rework two accessories you already have in your closet, and a perfect way to bundle up for fall. Check out these five ways to wear a belted scarf for inspiration. [PureWow]
  • Target is in hot water for its newly released OCD sweater (Obsessive Christmas Disorder). The item, which is still for sale on Target’s site, is catching heat for trivializing the mental illness. [PopSugar]

Plus: Do Pinterest beauty hacks actually work?

Philly Woman Hilariously Shuts Down the ‘Fox & Friends’ Leggings Panel


Ladies, meet your fashion judges. | Screenshot via YouTube.

First, there was this lady, who drawled on about the appropriate way to wear leggings in a shaky phone video that’s been viewed over a million times. (Nutshell: “Make sure your tail is covered. Nobody wants to see what kind of panties you got on.”) That YouTube gem led to this painfully bad segment on Fox & Friends, in which a panel of smug men – including some Duck Dynasty guy who wore AN ACTUAL BANDANA – leered at women in leggings and passed judgment on whether or not the outfits were appropriate to wear.

Enter Addie Weyrich, a Philly native, Masterman grad, and the daughter of local journalists (Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky and former Philly Mag staffer Noel Weyrich). In response to the leggings segment, she’s taken to YouTube to ask the “panel of dads” for some sartorial guidance. See below:  Read more »

The Well-Groomed Gentleman’s Guide to Facial Hair in Philly

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The ultimate guide, no matter your facial hair style. | Shutterstock.

Whether you have rocked a moustache or beard for decades, jumped on the lumbersexual bandwagon in the past few years, or simply want to show your support this Movember, having facial hair takes commitment. Other than the initial impulse to go for it, there’s the constant upkeep, the itchiness, and (always) the risk of looking like a college student just returning home from a soul-searching semester abroad. Don’t look like that guy. Instead, check out our guide to growing, trimming and maintaining facial hair in Philadelphia, and greet this Movember more bright-eyed and bushy-bearded than ever. See where to go, what to use, and how to groom >>

17 Thanksgiving Table Settings to Drool Over (and Copy Immediately)

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Tables to fawn over. | Pinterest.

As a turkey baby, I have very strong feelings about Thanksgiving (and not just because I get to eat pumpkin pie and birthday cake in the same sitting). The main stars of the day: Gravy and stuffing (don’t even act like you disagree), and the ambiance.

This year, take your table to Martha-level greatness with inspiration from these stunning settings culled from the interwebs. We have a hunch that those gilded pumpkins and rustic name cards will impress everyone so much that they’ll all forget the family drama and forgive the culinary mishaps. But a warning: They’ll probably also ask you to host again next year.

Get inspired

Shop Talk: Why You Should Never Dry Your Hair With a Towel

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The terry towel rough dry might be damaging your hair. | Shutterstock.

  • Ready to have your showering routine turned upside down? Turns out, drying wet hair with a regular towel can lead to dry and frizzy hair. According to a celeb hairstylist, wringing out soaking strands with a cotton or terry towel can weaken the hair shaft and lead to breakage. Instead, she recommends using a t-shirt or microfiber towel to absorb moisture. [Huffington Post]
  • The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show takes place tomorrow (though it doesn’t air until December 8th). Here’s what goes on behind the scenes of the fittings. [Vogue]

Next: How to turn an IKEA changing table into a gorgeous bar cart.

How to (Once and For All!) Get Rid of Static Cling

Static Cling

Skirting issues. | Glynnis Jones /

A few things rank up there on my list of embarrassing fashion fouls: accidental visible bra (also known as AVB; this happened once during a meeting with my boss and I’m still wishing the earth would swallow me whole); tripping in heels you can’t really walk in; going about your day with your skirt clinging awkwardly to your bum without realizing it.

Static cling generally rears its ugly head when you’re not fully equipped to deal with it: at work, at a party, walking down a very crowded Market Street. It’s as if silken fabric falls perfectly while you’re at home, only to cling desperately to your upper thighs the second you hit the street. So, for the start of what’s most likely going to be a clingy winter, here are five tried-and-true ways to combat static, no matter where you are. (For AVB, well, you’re on your own.) Read more »

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