Best of Philly: Kardashian-Grade Beauty Treatments

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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

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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


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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 »

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


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


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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