Um, This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Down There

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Here’s a terrifying newsflash: Memorial Day—as in the official start of bikini season—is just 18 days from today. If you’re like me, this realization is sending waves of dread throughout your body (totally normal reaction). If you’re looking to tighten and tone, I can’t help you, but this certainly can. However, if your main source of “Oh $%*#” stems from a bumpy bikini line, we’ve got you covered. 

You don’t need to avoid being in a bathing suit (like I somehow managed to pull off last summer) because of unsightly ingrown hairs. And, unlike what someone once told me, your only solution is not laser hair removal — you’re just not paying enough attention to your skin down there. Ashley Richardson, sugaring expert and founder of Green City Beauty, let us in on a little secret that just might save your bikini line. Read more »

7 Dos And Don’ts of Men’s Swimwear

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Men’s swimwear is a tricky thing to maneuver. It’s full of oddball prints and inseams that range from the crazy-long to the super-short. But somewhere in between the Speedos and cargo shorts is a happy medium. The dream suit doesn’t hug your gut or veer into male culotte territory, and it isn’t — God willing — this horrifying man thong.

We chatted with local menswear pros to get the skinny on what to look for —and what to avoid — when shopping for suits. Guys, listen up.  Read more »

The Edit: 8 Gorgeous Beach Cover-Ups to Add to Your Shore Rotation

How to get shore-ready right now.

How to get shore-ready right now.

The best way to top off stunning swimwear with with a killer cover-up. And while it’s tempting to throw on an old tank and cotton shorts for a beach day, everyone should have one stop-traffic cover-up in her arsenal. Here are eight throw-on-and-go options. A bonus: Some are worthy of wearing off the beach, too (see: #7, which would look divine with a pair of lace-up sandals for a breezy weekend look).  Read more »

Gastronaut: Summer in the City

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods? Whatever. People have been spouting that trite crap since the notion of the neighborhood was invented, about any municipal area with a population larger than three. And while arguments can be made for the neighborhood-iness of Philly during the lethargic heat of the dog days (when no one wants to go farther than the corner bar for a cold beer and some company) or the depths of snow-day winters (when having a good restaurant within walking distance can make the difference between sane survival and going all Jack-Nicholson-at-the-Overlook), what Philly really is is a city of festivals. Read more »

The Perfect White Tee You Need to Buy This Spring

Image via Toggery Brand

Image via Toggery Brand

Fans of America’s Next Top Model will fondly remember the perennial “go-see” episode. Contestants were challenged to go to — and book — as many go-sees at design houses as possible. Inevitably, one model tries to squeeze in one last visit and returns late (a huge no-no), or someone gets hopelessly lost 15 minutes out of the gate. It’s television crack.

The reason I bring up ANTM (besides being a hopeless fan) is because I found my absolute favorite, can’t-live-without-it summer t-shirt and it’s Toggery Brand‘s Go-See Tee (bam!). Silky-soft and pristinely white, it’s comfy but still has a modern fit. Plus, since it’s made from 93 percent jersey modal and 7 percent spandex, it won’t get stretched or lose its shape. It’s a bit of an investment, but it’ll put your Hanes v-necks to shame.  Read more »

Fire Island Pines Gay Resort Goes On the Auction Block

Photo by Scott Barnes

Photo courtesy of FIP Ventures

You queens who bypass Rehoboth and Cape Town for summery gay good times in Fire Island Pines may find this interesting: The resort, which includes Pavilion nightclub, myriad restaurants and some retail spaces is being auctioned off today with a starting bid of $8.5 million—considerably less, New York Times points out, than the $20 million entrepreneurs Andrew Kirtzman, Seth Weissman and Matthew Blesso bought it for in 2010. More from NYT:

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Giant 1,000-Foot Slip ‘N Slide Coming to Philly This Summer

Slide in the City

Slide the City

I don’t have a ton of details on this yet, but I couldn’t resist getting you to think about summer (again) on this cold, bitter, frigid winter Friday in January. So I present you with this fun nugget of info: The folks at Slide the City, who also seem to be affiliated with the Color Me Rad 5K, appear to be working on bringing a giant 1,000-foot Slip ‘N Slide to Philly this summer.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 25 Songs That Will Trick You Into Thinking It’s Summer

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Shutterstock

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I would definitely trade my firstborn child for the opportunity to be sitting on a sandy beach right now, with my toes in the sand and sun on my face. But if someone were to propose such a trade right now, when my WeatherBug app is so kindly informing me that it feels like seven degrees outside, I might seriously consider it for at least two minutes. Then I would say no, because hellooo, I’m not a monster; I just really hate this cold weather. And I know I’m not alone on that one.

So, my fellow cold-weather-hating friends: What’s the next best thing to actually being in 80-degree sunshine? Tricking ourselves into believing we’re in 80-degree sunshine. And this summer-inspired playlist certainly does the job. Enjoy!

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End the War on Summer

southern-tier-pumking-940The weather today is 81º and sunny. It is pretty much as perfect an August day as you can wish for and yet, forces are battling against summer.

Pumpkin beers have already hit the shelves. Even as one of the most wonderful summers in recent memory rolls on, friends are already bragging about finishing their first bomber of Southern Tier Pumking. But it’s August, why are we rushing towards fall? A trip to the beer store this weekend featured such a display of orange and black, I thought it was opening night for the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. I was looking to stock up for a sunny rooftop party, not a hayride. The summer’s hot selling Hell or High Watermelon was banished to a back corner, forgotten like so much Bud Light Straw-ber-rita. Only a single sixtel of Boulder’s Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat kept our party in keeping with the calendar.

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10 Philly Fitness Activities You Have to Try Before Summer Ends

race st pier

Yoga at Race Street Pier

I’m sorry to burst your summer-lovin’ bubble, but sadly we’ve only got about a month left of this wonderful warm weather and all the good stuff that comes along with it: beach trips, hot summer runs, ice cream trucks everywhere you look.

If you’ve spent the majority of your summer swinging on a hammock, eating water ice and enjoying the weather, that is completely acceptable (and I am totally green with envy), but it’s officially time to abandon the hammock and get moving: We’ve got 10 outdoor activities best enjoyed in warmer weather that we think you absolutely shouldn’t miss. Happy sweating, folks!

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