Shop Talk: 18 Gorgeous Ways to Organize Your Vanity

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Make your beauty products look, well, beautiful. | Images via Pinterest.

  • Happy Monday, loves! If you’re like me, this weekend’s sunshine got you spring cleaning a little. Tackle the intimidating bathroom spread with these 18 pretty ways to organize your vanity. Want more organization tips? We’ve got you covered. [The Zoe Report]
  • So you invested in some cool white sneakers, but grass stains are cramping your style. No worries—these five ways to clean your white sneakers will take care of your biggest scuffs. [Pure Wow]

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10 Amazing Philly Record Stores to Shop This Weekend

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Image via Repo Records.

Tomorrow is National Record Store Day, which gives us the perfect excuse to round up the best Philly record stores for your browsing pleasure. From impossible-to-find vinyl to the mustiest out-of-print books your heart could desire, these independent record stores are well worth the visit. Spend a little time this Saturday searching for the next record to add to your music trove – here’s a look at some of the releases to look out for – at these 10 amazing record shops.  Read more »

An (Actually) Honest Review of the Kylie Lip Kit and Gloss

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The three products tested. | Lauren McGrath.

Secret talent alert: I’m a low-key makeup artist, with years of experience glamming women up for weddings, proms and big events, and I’m always in search of the best products to use on my clients. All the mania surrounding Kylie Jenner’s debut cosmetics line definitely had me intrigued — and I wasn’t alone. Every restock since the first Kylie Lip Kit release back in November of last year has sold out lightening-fast; her latest product release earlier this week allegedly “broke Google” (and also leaked buyers’ personal information). People are so desperate to get their hands on the makeup,they’re even buying used lip kits on Ebay and Poshmark for two to three times the original price of $29. (First of all: What?! Secondly: Ew.) 

With the help of my gracious coworker Ginny, a proud owner of not one but three Kylie Cosmetics products, I volunteered as tribute to find out if all the hype around the Kylie makeup is actually founded. Here’s how a few days in the life of Kylie-lipped me went down (after I stopped rolling my eyes at her gloss reveal music video):
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Inside a Fashion Editor’s Summer Shopping List


My (current) shopping list.

As I recently wrote on this blog, I’m sick of everything in my closet. It’s especially good timing, I suppose, as it’s a new season, one that is budding with fresh takes on old favorites. But all this newness can be overwhelming, and it’s tough to remain a smart shopper when there are very impractical things like metallic-sequin slip dresses and blouses with knee-length ruffled sleeves to tempt you.

But it is possible to nod to current trends without sacrificing your own personal style. Here is what’s currently on my To Buy list, most of which feel very of-the-moment, but not too far from the shapes and styles I already love. I’ve even included some pro shopping tips to help you decode what’s worth the splurge and what trends are better found on the cheap. Ready, set, shop.
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Dear Philly: Why Do You Hate My Clothes?

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See? They’re not that weird. | Photo by Alixe Wiley.

It was a Friday after work, and I was meeting an old friend from high school whom I hadn’t seen in years. We were catching up over cocktails at a bar in Center City, deep in the thick of boy drama and family happenings and scandalous things that high school acquaintances have gotten into since we were 17, when I felt someone caressing my back. “Is that fur?” I heard a slurry voice way too close to my ear ask. I turned to see a frat boy past his prime and his crew of drunk dudes snickering. They’d obviously weighed in on how this interaction was about to go down. Drunk Dude #1 was still pawing at my fur vest and slightly perspiring, when I shot back in my most cutting tone, “I’m sorry, are you touching me?” He was the third person within earshot to make some comment about what I was wearing (but the first to cross into personal bubble territory). I’d been there for 20 minutes. Read more »

Look Out, Homeowners: An Awesome New Warehouse Full of Home Treasures Just Opened in Philly

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Philly Salvage’s new storefront. | Image via Philadelphia Salvage.

As of April 1st, the modern-day treasure hunters at Philadelphia Salvage have a new location on West Westmoreland Street in North Philly’s Nicetown area. According to the shop’s Retail Sales Manager Allan, the move was motivated by a need for a larger centralized area—it seems they simply outgrew the old spot over on Carpenter Lane in West Mount Airy. Now, visitors can stake claims on antique lighting fixtures, reclaimed industrial furniture and architectural salvage at the five-year-old company’s whopping 30,000-square-foot foundry, which was previously only used by the masterminds at Philly Salvage for storage, repurposing and carpentry work. Read more »

Shop Talk: 12 Makeup Mistakes You’re Definitely Making

  • If you’re not soaking your beauty blender in warm water before using it to apply foundation, I hate to break it to you, but you’re using it wrong. Find out the other eleven common makeup mistakes you’re probably making. (Guilty as charged.) [The Zoe Report]
  • If you live in an urban area, you should know what free radicals are and how to avoid them. Read this guide to bolstering up your skin’s protection against city air—and why you should care about it in the first place. [Into The Gloss] Read more »

Divas, Rejoice: Drybar Is Coming to Center City This Summer


What to expect from the new Philly location. | Image via Drybar.

Guess what, ladies? Center City’s got a new blowout spot opening up soon, and it’s going to be good. Sure, it may seem like there’s a new no-haircut hair place opening up every five seconds these days, but Drybar comes with a strong reputation and method that’s been tried and tested. (The Philly location will be the company’s 61st nationwide.) Why should you get excited? Drybar isn’t here to solve all of your hair needs—just blowouts—and it’s bringing an accessible level of sophistication to the Center City salon scene.   Read more »

10 Home Accessories to Buy From Target’s New Spring Collection


Photos via Target.

If you’re anything like me, you’re bursting to upgrade your house for spring, to store the faux fur throws and heavy shag pillows for lighter offerings like, well, everything you’ll see in this post. The home decor and office accessories here are all part of Nate Berkus’s newest spring/summer collection for Target, and they’re all fantastic. Better yet, most of them ring in at under $50, so you can make small, spring-y swaps in your home without breaking the bank.

Ready to shop? Let’s do it. Here are 10 things you need to scoop up at Target right this moment. Read more »

Why I Spend $44 on Hairspray (And Other Crazy Beauty Splurges)

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There goes $721. | Images via Nordstrom, Lush, RevitaLash, Oribe, Saks, Violet Grey, and Santa Maria Novella.

It turns out, here at Philly Mag, we’re suckers for a good beauty product (or twelve). From ultra-luxe moisturizers to concealers that cost their weight in gold, we’ll shell out that hard-earned cash for a few choice beauty boosters. Inspired by the beautiful minds at Elle, here are the products that Philly Mag staffers hate to love.  Read more »

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