Shop Talk: The Packing Secrets of Bachelor Contestants

The ladies of The Bachelor | Image via Facebook

The ladies of The Bachelor | Image via Facebook

  • The Bachelorette may have just ended, but we’re still caught up on the series (and it’s originator, The Bachelor’s) wardrobe situation. Who just has 10+ gowns and cocktail dresses lying around? Refinery29 did some much appreciated investigative journalism on the truth behind The Bachelor contestants’ wardrobes. [Refinery29]
  • Nothing is more humbling than getting a huge zit the day before an important event. We might poke and prod at our faces in the hopes of shrinking a blemish, but what do celebrities (people known to have flawless skin) turn to when they are suddenly faced with a pimple? Here are 8 celebrity tricks for banishing acne. [Byrdie]

Plus, a crash course in vintage denim

Fall Shoe Report: These 5 Styles Are About to Be Huge

fall shoes featured imagesThe easiest way to dip a toe into next season trends is to invest in of-the-moment shoes. And with fall’s vast assortment of looks, there’s something for everyone. Here’s your first look at five fall shoes that will be big — and your roadmap to start your fall shopping now.  Read more »

Parents, Watch Out: An American Girl Store is Coming to the Philly Area

Images via American Girl

Images via American Girl

Joining recent KOP additions such as Diane von Furstenberg and David Yurman, a Philly-area American Girl store will open in September in the King of Prussia Mall. American Girl will host grand opening events (yes, two of them) on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th to celebrate the rope cutting of this new, King of Prussia pop-up location. Read more »

Men, This Is What You Should Wear to the Best of Philly Soiree

Images via Suitsupply | Suit 1, Suit 2, Pocket Square, Cufflinks

Images via Suitsupply | Suit 1, Suit 2, Pocket Square, Cufflinks

Fellas, it’s officially crunch time. Our Best of Philly Soirée is tomorrow and it’s time to figure out exactly what to to wear. We’ve already counseled the ladies on their outfits, so let’s talk about menswear.

Shopping for formal events in the dead of summer can be daunting (three-piece suit? In this humidity? Hard pass), but after years of seeing first-hand what makes the coolest Best of Philly outfits, we know what we’re talking about. Here are some helpful tips and inspiration for putting together the perfect men’s Best of Philly outfit.  Read more »

Best of Philly: Kardashian-Grade Beauty Treatments

bop beauty treatments

Illustrations by Mario Zucca for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in home services as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Ladies and gents, we’ve already addressed that things have gotten a little out of control when it comes to our beauty regimens — there’s no denying the trend. But there’s also no shame in an amped-up primping game, and luckily Philly’s got some top-notch locales to get the job done. From lasers to microblades to space-age zappers, here’s the latest and greatest treatments for the beauty-obsessed. Read more »

Current Obsession: This De-Stressing Chaise Lounge For the Perennially Frazzled

Konekt chaiseThough the base of the “Pause” chaise is rooted in technology — an ergonomic fiberglass shell created from a 3-D computer rendering — the finished product is crafted to help you escape it. The lounge is an offering from the year-old furniture company Konekt, a Philly-based outfit that combines the work of local artisans (those custom-made, and customizable, brass legs) with sleek design. The result? A sinuous, sexy spot where the perennially stressed-out can disconnect, unplug and, fittingly, pause. Starting at $8,000. Read more »

Best of Philly: Where to Go for the Best in Men’s Shopping and Style

men's style BOP

Photo by Gene Smirnov for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in men’s shopping as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Men’s shopping gets a bad rap. Far too often are men schlepping to the local mall and just settling for whatever multipack of cotton t-shirts they can get their hands on. But Philadelphia’s shopping scene is in the midst of a golden age — and that includes men’s, too. We’ve put together a round up of our best of Philly men’s shopping winners, including everything from the finest of bespoke menswear to the hottest in-store happenings. Read on for a detailed look at your newest closet obsessions. Read more »

Shop Talk: A First Look at the New H&M x Kenzo Collaboration

H&M

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  • Everyone loves a good designer collab — they’re the best way to score runway-level designs at affordable price points. The latest on our radar is H&M x Kenzo, set to drop this fall. Vogue revealed the first looks of the H&M x Kenzo collaboration, featuring statement pieces like rainbow-hued bodysuits and zebra-print booties. (That pink shearling, though.) [Vogue]
  • If you were wondering who signed off on all those pantsuits, Business of Fashion has learned that Anna Wintour is Hillary Clinton’s campaign style consultant. Maybe Anna’s to blame for that whole $12,000 Armani jacket hubbub? [Business of Fashion]

Plus, blow-drying secrets for thick-haired gals

5 Ice Cream Shops That are Worth the Drive

The counter at West Chester Coffee & Ice Cream Bar | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The counter at West Chester Coffee & Ice Cream Bar. | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Franklin Fountain, Old City’s destination ice cream shop, might get all the buzz, but these retro soda shops and on-the-farm dairies are equally sweet spots to get your brain freeze on. We promise: These ice cream shops are all more than worth the trip.

For a country treat: Chester Springs Creamery at Milky Way Farm
The coolest thing about this working Chester Springs farm and dairy is that every single cow has a name, and every single ice cream in the creamery is attributed to one of them. So when you pop into the big, bright ice-cream shop on the top of the hill, you’ll be scoring a cone of Melody’s mocha chip or Bessie’s black raspberry. Don’t limit your visits to summer: Come fall, you can score Abby’s apple cinnamon ice cream.
521 East Uwchlan Avenue, Chester Springs.
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7 Philly Architectural Salvage Companies That’ll Transform Your Space

It seems like everybody in interior design is clamoring to get into the architectural salvage game. Beloved brands like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel make a killing off brand new “salvaged iron” tables, and Pinterest is chock full of reclaimed wood DIYs. So there’s certainly a desire for upscale salvaged goods — for good reason. Not only do they look phenomenal, but buying salvaged materials (like petrified wood and abandoned doors) also helps the environment by keeping perfectly good items from clogging up our landfills. Wondering where to go to spruce up your home while unleashing your inner Captain Planet? Look no further than these seven Philly architectural salvage companies that’ll transform any space into a cozy, charming haven. Read more »

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