Here’s Where to Get Awesome Organic Beauty Treatments in Philly

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Say spa-aah—organically.

When you’re at a spa or salon, the last things you want to think about are scary chemicals. But you should: The gals over at Be Well Philly uncovered a study about harmful chemicals that are found in everything from antibacterial products to, get this, toothpaste. When you think about the lotions, serums, sprays and oils slathered on your body during a pampering sesh and the possibility that any or all of these might contain tons of bad-for-you chemicals, well, that’s enough to make anyone leap out of the pedi chair.
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Philly Sole: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mankles But Were Afraid to Ask

Yes, these sneakers look like Wildwood boardwalk sand art.

Yes, these sneakers look like Wildwood boardwalk sand art.

It’s been the summer of the mankle.

Let’s backtrack: Two summers ago, UK’s Daily Mail wrote about “the rise of the mankle.” The mankle trend — a portmanteau of “man” and “ankle”, obviously — was blamed on Jude Law. The Mail helpfully noted that “[s]ocks are suffering as the mankle increases in popularity; sales are down by 4% for the retailer.”

This summer the mankle trend spread, Beatles-like, to America. I first noticed it in a New York magazine article by Allison P. Davis, “Men, Throw Out Your Socks: It’s Mankles Season.” I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of my favorite pieces of the year:

At a recent happy hour with a guy friend, I mentioned that another friend (attractive, female, single) might be joining us. His response: “Julia’s coming by? Let me take my socks off.”

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Market Report: How to Cut Your Own Bangs

  • MR22Happy Friday! In case you get an itch to trim your bangs yourself this weekend (we’ve all been there), please read this first. And don’t even THINK about using regular scissors. [A Beautiful Mess]
  • North West has made her modeling debut. At one year old. In Chanel. [StyleList]
  • Lucky, the magazine about shopping, is breaking away from Condé Nast and joining with e-commerce company BeachMint. What’s in it for you: more online shopping. [TechCrunch]

More news ahead!

Steal This Look: Bohemian Backyard Paradise

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This is my heaven. | Photo via Lonny.

See that photo up there? I’ve been staring at it all summer. I don’t even remember stumbling across it, but at some point I did, and it went straight into my Inspiration folder. Now that my husband and I are beginning the house-hunting process, I click on it every other hour so often to remind myself of what we’re I’m looking for in a backyard (read: little to no maintenance, mature trees, and, fine, the number of a good landscaper).

It’s perfect. There are mismatched throw pillows! A wall of hanging quilts and blankets that most certainly aren’t weatherproof! Rattan side tables! Weird little plantings! A HEADSCARF! Sometimes I pretend that I am that headscarf-ed woman. And then I venture out onto my own postage-stamp patio and see: a chipping patio set left over by the people that previously owned our house, a dirty green hose coiled up in a corner, a pair of ceramic elephant side tables I bought on a whim at HomeGoods, and a trio of dying bushes. It’s not pretty. Certainly not the bohemian paradise of a woman who never has to fret about pedestrian things like rain or insects or dirt.

But we can pretend, right? Let’s go.

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop to Open on Walnut Street Next Month

Image via Goorin Bros.

Hat aficionados, we’ve got good news: Old-fashioned-in-the-best-way hat shop Goorin Bros. is slated to open in Rittenhouse next month. The family-owned hat-centric shop is known for its impeccably dressed staff, old-school vibes and their overall attention to detail—both with the hats and the shop. You can see why we’re excited.

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6 Questions For: Designer and Illustrator Melissa Noucas

Photography by Sean Murray

Photography by Sean Murray

We knew once designer Melissa Noucas’s super-chic paper goods popped up on our radar that she would be an instant pick for our Conversations of Style series.

The Philly-based artist helms The Atelier blog and stocks its accompanying e-store with her  fashion-focused designs. We chatted with Noucas about her day-to-day necessities, her fall wish list and her style uniform.

Psst: Be sure you read until the last slide; her personal style illustration is  gorgeous.

 

Stylish pics ahead!

The Coolest Bag to Buy For Fall Is at … Club Monaco?

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Understated luxury.

In a way that mimics J.Crew’s steady ascension from middle-of-the-road mall store to luxury brand, Club Monaco has slowly distanced itself from its other mid-level, trendy-but-accessible peers (think BCBG) with increasingly sophisticated designs and a handful of smart collaborations. To wit: Its collab with Canadian brand ela, which finally, finally brings the laidback-luxe handbags to Philly.

See them all here.

Market Report: Are Bee Venom Beauty Products the New Botox?

  • These are the Best Black Tights EverYep, bee venom actually does work like a natural form of Botox. Here’s how, and which products to spring for now. [The Zoe Report]
  • Nine West’s latest ad campaign—in which they recommend shoe styles for particular situations—is raising some eyebrows. Some of the occasions they illustrate: The Anticipatory Walk of Shame and Starter-Husband Hunting. Classy stuff, guys. [The New York Times]

 

Victoria Beckham is selling more than 600 items in her closet next week!

Dîner en Sweatpants Hilariously Mocks Fancy-Pants Dîner en Blanc

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It took these people nine hundred hours to get to this point. | Photo via Diner en Blanc.

I went to Dîner en Blanc last year. Sorry to all who love it, but I wasn’t a fan. Sure, once you’re all set up it’s kind of cool. But first you’ve got to actually get there. You have to wrangle a table (of a very specific size), white chairs, white linens, silverware and food. Then you’ve got to lug the whole lot to an undisclosed location, all while wearing fancy-ish white clothes. (You pay $68.50 for this.) Last year, we all ate our prepackaged dinners in front of 30th Street Station, in what just ended up looking like a very tacky, very huge wedding . Let’s just say it’s a far cry from picnicking in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower.

Bring on the sweatpants.

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