9 Vendors You Can’t Miss at This Weekend’s Art Star Craft Bazaar


Images via Cedar + Fawn and Vestige Home.

Still haven’t planned anything special for mom this weekend? Psst: You might want to get on it—Mother’s Day is Sunday, in case you live under a rock. Luckily for your ungrateful self, Art Star Craft Bazaar is happening this weekend rain or shine, so you can take mom shopping for all kinds of goodies. Bonus: If you’re feeling really lazy, just let her pick out her own gift there and buy her present on the spot. She’ll be so happy with her newest handmade purchase that she won’t have time to think about what an awful child she raised! (I’ll see you there.) Read more »

5 Best Places to Score Korean Beauty Products in Philly


A sampling of K-beauty goods. | Photos via Instagram

I made the switch from American drugstore beauty products to South Korean ones in high school, and I can tell you, without exaggeration, that it changed my life. After being exposed to YouTube beauty vloggers like Bubzbeauty, and learning how to properly double-cleanse, my face went from pepperoni pizza to blemish-free in a matter of two weeks without putting a big dent in my weekly allowance.

I learned firsthand that the secret to great skincare undoubtedly comes from Korea. Don’t take my word for it, though — Korean beauty products are blowing up in the celebrity stratosphere right now. The good news is that you don’t have to be a jet-setting model to score some coveted products. Right here in Philly, you can pick up the very best in K-beauty, from your local mainstays to worth-the-trip Asian grocers. Read more »

This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Jeans

Several jeans with different shades of blue hung on the door

Leave denim dirty? | iStock/Azahan Rosedy.

There are two camps of people: Those who wash their jeans, and those who don’t. It’s actually extremely divisive, like cilantro or Donald Trump. Non-washers claim that abstaining from the washing machine allows jeans to develop the best, most natural signs of wear and, in the case of raw denim, helps the jeans mold to your body to become a sort of second skin. Those who do wash say, well, ew.

The debate has been going on for some time; even Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh weighed in, urging buyers to stop washing their denim. Tommy Hilfiger agrees, and so do the folks at French clothing brand A.P.C., who have even gone so far as to include a ‘no-wash’ rule in the employee handbook. There are de-smell tricks, ones that denim heads swear by, and these range from the basic (spot clean) to the interesting (stick ’em in the freezer) to the weird (run into the ocean in them and then roll around in the sand to break them in!).  Read more »

Philly’s Dom Streater Is Killing It on ‘Project Runway’ Again


How cool are these cases? We think very. | Photos via OtterBox

If you’ve been paying attention to the latest season of Project Runway: All Stars, we hope you’ve been rooting for Season 12 winner and West Philly native Dom Streater, who has cemented her rightful place in the final three after winning last week’s challenge with this gorgeously printed ensemble.

What you might not know is that the 26-year old Moore College of Art and Design grad has officially merged her signature splashy patterns with high-tech accessories. Her new collection of phone cases for OtterBox – the prize for winning last week’s challenge – is out; we took one peek at her bright neon, bohemian florals and bold diamonds and now we’re thinking maybe it’s time to invest in a new case. Read more »

Meet the Design Genius Behind Philly’s Coolest Shops and Restaurants

Kate Rohrer

Meet Kate Rohrer. | Photography by Courtney Apple for Philadelphia magazine.

You might not know Kate Rohrer by name, but if you’ve ever been to Double Knot, Bud & Marilyn’s, Lapstone & Hammer or Union Transfer, you’ve seen her work. She’s the founder of Rohe Creative, the Fishtown interior design firm behind some of Philly’s most well-designed hot spots, and she’s making serious waves in the city’s design scene.

So what goes on behind the scenes? I caught up with Kate as she shuttles between projects – these include a high-end beer hall in Rittenhouse! – and sushi lunches at Seiko in NoLibs to get the low-down on her favorite people, places and things. Here’s what a day in Kate Rohrer’s life looks like, as well as what inspires her, where she finds all those cool salvaged pieces for her design projects (fun fact: She’s using 93 antique frames for a wall installation in a current project!), and exactly which product she uses to get those covetable curls.  Read more »

We Found the Cutest New Collection of Kid’s Toys and Gear in Philly

Rikumo Kids

So stinkin’ cute, right? | Photos courtesy Rikumo.

Even before their move from Callowhill to Midtown Village back in January, Rikumo (the flagship store under the Philly-based Japanese import company Morihata) has been steadily improving our lives with Binchotan charcoal soaps, cotton towels, Hinoki essential oil and high-quality ocha. Now, they are also catering to their tinier customers with a just-launched collection of baby gear and kid’s toys called Rikumo Kid.

Our first impression? Adorable. In fact, we think many of these artful objects could easily double as gifts for adults still young at heart .(I mean, those miniature wooden animal figurines are way too cute to pass up). Read more »

We Found the Only Bag You’ll Need for Summer


This beauty was made for sunny days. | Photograph by Nell Hoving for Philadelphia Magazine.

Right now, the best reasons to eschew machine-made for hand-hewn are the raw linen satchels and deceptively simple leather totes coming out of Bri Brant’s Chadds Ford workshop.

The PhillyU grad’s five-year-old company, Arden + James — named for her son and a century-old artist colony in Delaware — mixes art and craft to luxurious effect, with hand-etched designs (she uses a pen-like branding tool to create the those linear details), hand-hammered copper rivets, and natural materials painstakingly sourced from local spots. The standout: Brant’s Arden bag, made of soft-milled, vegetable-tanned leather (from a Pennsylvania tannery founded in 1837). It’s the perfect way to carry summer’s bounty, from farmers’ market treasures to afternoon picnic essentials. Read more »

6 Gorgeous Local Shops for Tricking Out Your Garden and Outdoor Spaces

local garden shops

Inside Old City’s Petit Jardin. | Photography by Jauhien Sasnou for Philadelphia Magazine.

Although winter’s chill has well overstayed its welcome, we want to happily remind you that it’s May, people! Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for backyard barbecues, happy hours on the patio, and little ones running through the front yard sprinklers. It’s time to get your outdoor spaces in tip-top shape, and we’ve found the best local garden shops to get the job done—plus, they’re absolutely beautiful.  Read more »

Shop Talk: 8 Skincare Habits You Should Start in Your 20s


The secret to flawless skin is starting now. | iStock/NKS_Imagery.

  • The best way to treat any health problem is to take preventative measures first. The same goes for your skin, which is why it’s so important to develop a skincare regimen young. Here are eight fantastic skincare habits to take on now—and if you’re already doing them, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. [The Zoe Report]
  • We’re less than 100 days out from the start of the Olympics in Rio, and Ralph Lauren just released closing ceremony uniform designs. Initial thoughts: The preppiness kind of hurts…[Fashionista]

Plus, Dyson’s new ultra-quiet hairdryer debut >

4 Home Design Trends That Are About to Be Huge

ligne roset

Image via Ligne Roset.

If you haven’t heard, Old City has an amazing home design studio, Millésimé. Walking into the two-story showroom is like waltzing onto the infinitely cooler, European version of an HGTV set. They’ve got ultra-mod lighting fixtures, luxe couches with upholstery to die for, and sleek shelving units that will make you want to want to burn your flimsy IKEA FJÄLKINGE on the spot. Millésimé is the area’s exclusive carrier of Ligne Roset—the full collection is fresh off the boat from France and every bit as chic as you’re imagining.

Jinous Kazemi is the woman with impeccable taste who’s running the show, and we picked her brain on the biggest home design trends that are about to blow up. (She ordered a showroom full of dusty pink and soft blue inventory months and months before Pantone ever named their colors of the year, so I’d take her word for it if I were you.) Read more »

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