Reuben “Big Rube” Harley Is Philly’s Most Beloved Hustler

Photograph by Adam Jones

Photograph by Adam Jones

I don’t want to get my picture taken.

It’s a soupy Wednesday afternoon, and I’m four months pregnant. I’m exhausted, pasty-white with nausea, and wearing the only pants that fit, which are so stretched in the legs that even my knees look bloated. I tell Big Rube I’m not camera-ready as soon as I see him, which is at the Starbucks at 19th and Chestnut. He’s impossible to miss, a 300-plus-pound guy in a Big Bird-yellow rain jacket that envelops his massive frame like a tarp. As always, he has a camera looped around his neck. He smiles and smothers me in a bear hug.

“Nah,” he says. “We shooting you today. You stylin’.” Read more »

10 Street-Style Inspirations For Your Chicest 2015


Fun with clothes. | Photos via Stockholm Street Style, Street Peeper, Victoria Adamson, Pandora Sykes, Advanced Style.

It’s easy to fall into a style rut. Take this opportunity to ditch your weight-loss resolutions and replace them with style resolutions. Whether your goal is to wear more color, learn how to play with prints, or simply to become more sartorially brave, here are 10 highly inspiring looks that are giving us ideas for how to mix it up and broaden our style horizons this year.

Ready to start playing with fashion? Use these looks and tips as a start to a whole new you. (And then toss your bathroom scale for good measure.)

See all here.

Oh, Baby! 30 Best Maternity Street Style Looks

How to win at maternity style.

How to win at maternity style.

It seems everyone is pregnant: Kate Middleton is expecting another tiny royal; Blake Lively is creating an artisanal, made-in-the-USA bundle of joy; model Coco Rocha is having a scary alien baby, if you go by her terrifying Instagram announcement; and precisely 90 percent of all of my friends is expecting. One of these friends (who shall remain unnamed) came to me exasperated by the dirth of pregnancy style inspiration out there. So, friend who shall go unnamed, consider this your first baby gift: a roundup of 30 incredibly chic–and incredibly pregnant—women. (Psst: I included a few specific items and brands in here, so you can actually get some of the pieces yourself; other looks are easy to imitate.)

Have a favorite maternity store or brand? Share it in the comments. And to all of you expectant mothers (yes, even you, Blake), congratulations!

Your maternity inspiration board is right here.

Street Style: What a Free People Designer Wears


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Zoë

‘Hood: Washington Square West

Day Job: Designer for Free People

Where We Found Her: Enjoying the sunshine in Rittenhouse.

What She’s Wearing: Vintage top from Topshop; H&M leggings (“I’m a huge fan of leggings and probably have over 50 pairs of all colors and patterns”); Anthropologie necklace; Ash sandals; Free People cardigan (“It’s my go-to cardi because it goes over everything and screws up into a tiny little ball, perfect for carrying about and beating the freezing AC attacks when you go inside”).

Shopping Abroad: “I bought my bag at a stand in Florence when I went there for a yarn show. All over the city they have people selling accessories, clothes and leather goods in little stalls. They’re all in competition with each other so they get quite cheeky trying to charm you into buying from their stand, and then you get to do a bit of bargaining with them. It’s fun.”

See more here.

Street Style: How a Restaurant Manager Makes Man-Clogs Look Cool


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Samuel Powell

‘Hood: Germantown

Day Job: Manager at Parc

Where We Found Him: On his way to fill in the host team about the amount of reservations for outside seating during a busy Sunday brunch.

What He’s Wearing: Zara sports coat and tie; Calvin Klein shirt; J.Crew slim-fit pants; Kenneth Cole belt; Armani watch; railroad nail bracelet from Giles & Brother; Dansko work shoes.

Where He Shops: “When I’m looking for a good pair of shoes, I hit Sansom Street between 16th and 15th, locally owned stores from guys who know footwear.”

My Beard: “It’s at three months and I shape it myself. Ungarische Bartwichse by Marke & Golddachs is the beard wax I use. [Editor’s Note: Salvador Dali also used it!] I go to a barber shop in Roxborough to do my hair. It’s called The Men’s Club. They are a couple of younger guys who can cut hair in a really classic way. I use Crew products to style my hair.”

Read more here.

Street Style: Moms, This is What Your Kids Want to Wear


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Eva

‘Hood: Graduate Hospital

Day Job: Kindergarten student this fall.

Where We Found Her: On her way to a friend’s birthday party.

What She’s Wearing: Dress by Pretty Pretty Rebel, a Philadelphia-made childrenswear clothing brand inspired by rock and roll music. The designer, Leah Delfiner, was part of the 2014 graduating class of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s.

See where Mom shops for her here.

Street Style: How to Shop Local Like a Pro


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Julia Sherwood Murphy

Hood: Rittenhouse Square

Day Job: Director of client services at Commonwealth Proper in Rittenhouse

Where We Found Her: On her way to North Shore Beach Club

What She’s Wearing: Von Vonni dress (“Interesting fact:  There are four seams on the dress, all of which are produced by the same machine. This company is a model of how to produce in America. Its innovation and the brilliance in its approach are rarely given the attention and recognition deserved.”); Prada bag; Alexis Bittar necklace (” “The necklace was a gift from ‘E. Bunny’—Easter bunny.  My mother, love her, is a Jew who loves Easter, and this was her gift to me this year.  The enclosure: ‘Believe in me, or else. – E. Bunny.’ She’s a funny one.”); Schutz espadrilles; Nina Ricci sunglasses.

Check out her impressive must-shop-in-Philly list here.

Street Style: This is the Coolest Bag We’ve Ever Seen


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Myra

‘Hood: Lower Merion

Day Job: Interior designer

Where We Found Her: On her way back from a luncheon birthday party for a friend at Estia. “This day was so divine that I had to come to Rittenhouse. I use to live at the Dorchester and I just wanted to be in this glorious sunshine. You can’t help but fall in love with Philadelphia on a day like today. Everyone just seems so happy.


What She’s Wearing:  Ellen Tracy shoes; shirt and pants from Julie’s Bottega in Bala Cynwyd; Hermes bracelets and necklace; purse bought while she was traveling in Shanghai; hair cut by Sharon at Millennium Hair & Day Spa in Wynnewood.

See more of that bag here.

Street Style: How a Military Vet Found Color — and Her Personal Style


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Nena


Hood: Rittenhouse

Day Job: Style blogger for Beauty & Britches; licensed social worker, and soon launching an independent project focused on mental health and wellness for women of color.

Where We Found Her: On her way home from Coffee Bar, where she was writing with her fiance, author and blogger Eric Smith. “Writing with him helps me stay focused and also is a chance to spend time together.” [Ed. note: We totally stalked and found an adorable photo of their engagement!]

What She’s Wearing: Flats from Moda in Rittenhouse (“I have been mostly heel-free for two years. Someone asked me if I was making a statement by not wearing heels, but it is purely because my feet don’t want to deal with them anymore”); jeans and top from H&M; Pennsylvania necklace Smak Parlour in Old City; initial necklace from Tselaine in Rittenhouse; cardigan from Philadelphia Flea Market (“It was made by Corner House, which used to be a brand in Quakertown”); Scout and Boo necklace by Out of Print (“They partner with Books for Africa to donate a book for each item sold”).

See more here.

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