Here’s What You’ll See at KOP’s New High-End Stores

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Inside DVF at KOP. | Photo by Jacob Snavely for DVF.

We’ve reported extensively on the King of Prussia Mall expansion, bringing you a first look at the expansion connecting the former Court and Plaza, as well as announcing new stores we can expect in the expansion. Lo and behold, the day is quickly approaching where the new KOP masterplan will to the public—August 18th—and images are starting to trickle in of the fabulous new storefronts, not least among them David Yurman and DVF of Diane von Furstenberg. Situated in the luxury brand hub inside the new connector wing of the KOP mall, the two high-end retailers feature jewelry and clothing, respectively, for the luxe lady. Take a first look inside the two new spaces opening early: Read more »

Best of Philly: These Philadelphia-Made Goods Are Just Too Good

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Photography by Ashley Crandall for Philadelphia Magazine

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

We get it — really, we do. When you hear “artisan-made,” you just want to roll your eyes (similarly to when the words “farm-to-table” or “chick’n” cross your path). But we urge you to hold onto those eyeballs for just a minute longer while we convince you that Philly’s handmade scene is bigger, better and more refined than ever. From handcrafted kids shoes to African-inspired menswear, Philadelphia-made goods are stepping up to the plate. And to be clear, we don’t love these products because they’re made in Philly — we love them in their own right, and the Philly-made aspect is just an added bonus. Here’s the best of the small-batch bunch: Read more »

Suburban Square News: The Mall Gets Its Coolest Store Yet

Suburban Square News: Eaves Opening in Ardmore.

Suburban Square news: Eaves opening a second location in the open-air mall. | Images via Eaves Instagram.

After a season that’s seen some great indie boutiques shutter (R.I.P. Aoki), it’s heartening to see a local brick-and-mortar not only flourish, but expand. Case in point: The news that Eaves, Wayne’s stellar sanctuary for brands like IRO and Isabel Marant, is opening a second location in Suburban Square. (Cue cheering.)  Read more »

Local Artist Creates DNC-Inspired Sneakers You’ll Actually Want to Buy (No, Seriously)

Image via RunDNC

Image via RunDNC

DNC merchandise can run the gamut from strange to LOL-worthy, but hardly any are truly display-worthy (a plush Trump doll? No). Enter menswear shop Lapstone and Hammer, local ad agency Tierney, and local artist Elom Bowman (also known as Ecentrik Artestry). The trio have joined forces to produce 11 one-of-a-kind kicks in honor of this week’s Democratic National Convention. These DNC-inspired sneakers are currently for sale at Lapstone and Hammer (though many pairs have already sold out!), and all proceeds benefit Back On My Feet, a national organization that combats homelessness through running.

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5 Easy Best of Philly Party Outfits

bop featured image 1.3Dressing for events is a skill that requires a well-trained eye, years of practice and an abundance of finesse — or an “oh-my-gosh-it’s-a-week-until-Best-of-Philly-and-I-still-have-no-idea-what-to-wear” attitude. Either way, this year’s Best of Philly Soirée is fast approaching (coming to Dilworth Plaza on Thursday, August 4th!) and it’s outfit crunch time.

No matter what camp you’re in (BOP veteran or first-year novice), we could all use a little style inspiration to make sure that our Best of Philly party outfits are up to snuff. Read on to discover what we’d love to see someone show up in and if you still need some advice, take a look at this list of do’s and don’ts from last year to get you on the right track. See you there? Read more »

Shop Talk: 10 Beauty Products That Are a Total Waste of Money

Image via iStock/Misuma

Image via iStock/Misuma

  • We’re not saying that everyone’s makeup bag looks like a clip from an episode of Hoarders, but most beauty-lovers do have a tendency to stock up on products we don’t really need. Clear out your cosmetic drawer by ditching these 10 unnecessary beauty products. (Suck it, cellulite cream and hand lotion. Yes, we said hand lotion.) [Pure Wow]
  • Ivanka Trump‘s RNC speech might have garnered applause across party lines, but the dress she wore – a blush sheath from her eponymous clothing line – is stirring up controversy for not being made in America. Eek. [The Cut]

Plus, a human leather collection?!

What I Learned When I Shaved My Head

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Before and after.

There I was, standing in line to getting into some nameless club on a Saturday night in D.C., eagerly palming my ID. I was 18 and fresh from a line up and dye job at my then-boyfriend’s barbershop. I had only taken my ID picture maybe two months prior, yet I no longer looked like the girl on the card. When I handed my identification to the burly security guard, his eyes flickered over my face before he handed me back my card. And then came his remark:

“You know what, baby? You’d be real damn fine if you didn’t have that butch-ass haircut.” Read more »

Sweat-Proof Makeup 101: Beat the Heat With These 8 Beauty Must-Haves

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iStock/Susan Chiang.

It’s hot here in Philadelphia — and yet, we drudge on, sweaty and sticky throughout our day. When it gets this toasty, we want to ensure that our faces don’t completely slide off our faces after ten minutes of sun exposure (think of all the wasted product!), so we hit up Victoria Roggio, a Philly-based makeup artist and founder of Make Me Up Pretty, who does a lot of summertime weddings. If anyone’s gonna know what products to slather on when it’s hotter than the platforms at Suburban during rush hour, it’s gonna be her. We chatted with Victoria to get her go-to sweat-proof makeup tricks — hey, if they can last through a mid-summer’s wedding, they can certainly withstand your workday.
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What You’ll See in Center City’s New Target

A mural inside Target on Chestnut Street shows Philly landmarks in Target's design style

A mural inside the new Chestnut Street Target. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The wait is finally over. Center City has a Target.

The new Target, located at 1128 Chestnut Street, is one of the discount chain’s 23 “flexible format” stores and the first located in Philadelphia. It is the 35th Target in the Philadelphia area.

The store can be entered from either Chestnut or Sansom Street, and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

It’s smaller that an average Target, which is around 130,000 square feet. The one on Chestnut Street is just 19,000 — which means it won’t be selling big-screen televisions, couches or other big-ticket items you’d find at a Target store. Read more »

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