The Essential End of Summer Clean-Out Guide

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Though spring cleaning takes all the glory, the tail-end of summer — what the fashion world refers to as ‘pre-fall’ — calls for its own detox. Think about it: soggy swimwear, sandy beach bags, grimy flip-flops. And while tossing summer’s basics into the back of your closet or some forgotten corner of your garage for months doesn’t seem so bad now, finding a moldy beach cooler next May isn’t the most promising way to welcome back summer.

While I’m not conceding the end of summer yet (two more weeks!), I am advising you to start thinking, even just a tiny bit, about how you’ll clean out your summer gear for its long winter hibernation. For instance, don’t even think about piling your flip-flops in your closet before giving them a solid wipe-down. Brilliant tip: You can even run them through the dishwasher! Same goes for your cooler (wipe this down and make sure to completely dry it!) and your arsenal of swimwear, which calls for a serious soak after a season of use.  Read more »

This Electric Bike Is the Chicest Alternative to Indego Bike Share

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Though bike-sharing is having a major moment in Philly, Benelli’s new electric model — the Italian brand’s first e-bike to launch in North America — gives you an excuse to keep your wheels to yourself.

The bike’s classic Euro-cool profile, complete with a luxe leather saddle and grips, belies the fact that this baby’s got some juice. A cleanly integrated 350-watt motor lets you power-pedal up to 20 mph; just flip a switch and place a magnetic key on the dash to activate the system. The removable battery pack, positioned low on the center of the frame for a balanced ride, gives you up to 40 miles at a speed of 20 mph on one charge; it takes about four to six hours to fully charge again.  Read more »

How to Decide When It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Gym Clothes

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I’ve amassed quite the collection of gym clothes over the years. From crappy cotton undershirts to tights in every conceivable length to insanely expensive tech gear (for every season, of course), my gym-clothes drawer more than runneth over.

Every few months, I like to go through my stock and do a round of serious purging. This usually coincides with the day that I can no longer close my over-packed dresser drawer, so it’s more of a necessity than anything else. Because I tend to amass this stuff in weirdly huge quantities (I’m a sucker for a free t-shirt!), I have come up with a pretty scientific keep-or-toss system when it comes to my workout gear.

Below, the eight questions I ask myself when evaluating whether to hold on to my gym clothes, or not.

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Need New Running Shoes? Philadelphia Runner Is Having a Huge Sidewalk Sale

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Photographic evidence of the massive sidewalk sale happening at Philadelphia Runner University City

Philadelphia Runner is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend in classic Philly Runner style. In addition to the fun run happening tonight at the Center City location, the shop’s University City outpost is hosting a big ol’ sidewalk sale, with a mountain of running shoes on discount. Oh, and there are free cupcakes, too.

The sale’s going on today and tomorrow, but I would suggest going over sooner rather than later if you need something specific. Lord knows those shoes won’t last. The University City store is located at 37th and Walnut. It’s open until 7 p.m. tonight, and reopens tomorrow morning at 11.

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6 Unexpected Places to Buy Cool Fitness Gear Right Now

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When it comes to shopping for fitness gear, Lululemon and Nike aren’t the only games in town anymore. While the ol’ standbys are going strong, of course, lots of new activewear brands and lines have been cropping up in some surprising places lately—stores and websites you wouldn’t necessarily think to shop for fitness gear.

Here are six of our favorites (with photos, of course).

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Shop Now: Bright, Bold Gym Clothes You’ll Love

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Tired of wearing that ratty-t-shirt-and-black-pants ensemble when you work out? Now’s the time to spring for some new workout gear. These prints are intense, yes, but that’s the whole point—to add some kick to your workout wardrobe. Here’s to a bit—or, well, a lot—of color.

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Everyone Rejoice: Shoppist Says Sneakers Are Chic

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We have a web meeting every morning here at Philly Mag HQ, during which the editors of our eight (awesome, amazing) blogs get together to go over our lineups for the day ahead. So imagine my glee when Shoppist editor Emily Goulet told the group that she was doing a post on how sneakers are the new stilettos because tennis shoes, of all things, are suddenly the hot new accessory in fashion. I think I audibly WAHOOOOED at the news.

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