Write a Love Note, Be Featured in Best of Philly!

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The website Philly Love Notes has a simple mission: to find — and to celebrate — all of the things Philadelphians truly love about the city we live in. (Check out our Q&A with P.L.N. founder Emma Fried-Cassorla in the April issue of the magazine, and her live session on the power of the positive message at last year’s ThinkFest.)

We here at Philly Mag think that this mission aligns perfectly with Best of Philly, our annual August compendium of all of the greatest food, drink, places, people and experiences Philadelphia has to offer. Which is why this year we decided to team up with Philly Love Notes for a fun collaboration. Read more »

Best of Philly Poll: What’s Your Favorite Day Spa in Philly?

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Best of Philly voting season is upon us! In anticipation for our August Best of Philly issue, Philadelphia magazine invites readers to weigh in on a BOP category each month. Then in June, we select the three most popular nominees and again open it to a vote to name the winners. This month, we want to know your favorite, most blissful, oasis-like day spas.

Do they have the plushest bath robes? Give the most pain-free extractions around? Knead out the knots in your neck with no second-day soreness? We want to know.

You can vote once a day, every day, until March 24th. Bonus: After voting, you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the annual Best of Philly party. So show your favorite spa some love. Read more »

Now Online: Philly’s Best Of Wellness and Fitness

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

August and September are fun ones for us here at Philly Mag. With our Best of Philly issue hitting stands in August and our Be Well Philly print issue coming out in September (more on that in a bit), it’s basically a two-month-long celebration of everything that’s awesome about living in and around Philly.

All of the Best of Philly winners and Best of Be Well Philly winners are now available for your online perusal. Best of Be Well Philly is part of the annual Be Well Philly print issue that just went out to Philly Mag subscribers. You can’t find it on newsstands, but in the next day or two, we’ll have a way for you to subscribe for free online; just give us your info and we’ll be happy to mail you a copy. (By the way, this year’s issue has more than just the Best of Be Well Philly winners. We also have the results of a massive reader poll—yes, we probed your deepest, darkest gym habits—and what we’re calling the Ultimate Philly Fitness Bucket List, featuring 25 things every fitness-obsessed Philadelphian needs to do at least once. So yeah. You’ll want to snag a copy.)

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Best of Philly Shopping and Beauty Picks: See ‘Em All Here!

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Good news: All of this year’s Best of Philly winners are now online, in one endlessly clickable spot! Click here to find out the winners for everything from Best Spray Tan to Best Jewelry Store to Best Men’s Custom Suiting—we cover all the bases.

Want more? (Of course you do.) Check out our boutique and salon winners that appeared on FYI Philly below. Believe us, you want to know about these local gems.

Keep reading to watch the segments.

Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Bash 2014

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Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly Bash was held last night at Citizens Bank Park. The torrential rains didn’t put a damper on the annual party which celebrates the best of the best of Philadelphia, as selected annually in the August issue of the magazine.

Each year Philly Mag chooses interesting locations for their party. This year they held it on the 200 level corridor of Citizens Bank Park, transforming the venue into a day at the beach, complete with a boardwalk and sand. Besides the delicious food and spirits served, there were fun activities, including cornhole, Jenga, checkers, a baseball throw and dancing to the tunes of Speaker City. There were also tours of the stadium, including the trophy room, where the 2008 Phillies Championship trophy is kept.

To top off an already great night, there were fireworks!

Photos and video of the Best of Philly 2014 Party after the jump »

What to Wear to Best of Philly: Men’s Edition

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Dress codes for guys can be tough, especially in summer. I convened with some of the most stylish guys on our staff to give you the do’s and don’ts for Best of Philly dressing. Keep these seven rules in mind, check out the shopping inspiration above, and be sure to snag tickets to the August 12th event now! You can buy them here.  (Oh, and girls, I’ve got your rundown right over here!)


1. No jeans. 
They just won’t work here.

2. But leave the tux at home. This is a summer cocktail party, not a black-tie affair.

3. No sneakers. Even if they’re crazy-expensive designer kicks, it’s best to leave ‘em at home.

4. Break out a suit. But don’t feel constrained to a dark charcoal wool one. Now’s the time to break out a lightweight summer option—think linen, seersucker or a suit in a light grey or tan.

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Volvér Is the Official After-Party Spot for the Best of Philly Bash

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The Best of Philly Bash at Citizens Bank Park is just a week from today. We already gave you a tease of the great restaurants that will be participating, and today we’re excited to share the details on the after-party. Bar Volvér will be the official location, and guests to the Best of Philly Bash will be entitled to a complimentary drink just by showing their Philly Mag stamped hand at Volvér.

Get your Best of Philly Bash tickets now.

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Best of Philly Snapshot: John Goldthorp, Best Running Coach

best-of-philly-2014-logo-400x400To make me a better runner, John Goldthorp is making me roll around on the floor. Curious daytime gym-goers are staring as I struggle—truly, truly struggle, like a two-month-old—to roll from a supine position over to my belly without using my legs. This is a core reawakening, Goldthorp tells me. It’s much harder than I expect.

Of course, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Goldthorp, the spiky-haired, 36-year-old running coach and personal trainer at Optimal Sport Health Club, a gym in the basement of the Curtis Center. Goldthorp’s become something of a miracle worker for clients suffering from chronic stress fractures or personal records that haven’t budged in three years. His devotees run the gamut, from a 66-year-old who wanted to win his age division in the Boston Marathon (he came in third, but isn’t done yet) to a woman who worked her way from limited post-surgery mobility to a half-marathon training plan.

I was curious about his lauded techniques, but didn’t really think I needed his help. I’ve been running consistently for the past dozen years, and while I’m not picking up the speed I once did, I figured my fundamentals would be fine.

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