The Fan Hack to Help You Survive the Heat Waves of Summer

It is going to be hot this weekend. Like, really hot. And, while sweating does have its perks, it’s not something I’m interested in doing all weekend long. But I also don’t want to spend boatloads of money on my electric bill from blasting my air conditioner. If you feel the same way, I have a question to ask you: Do you know what direction your ceiling fan is set to turn —  clockwise or counterclockwise? Don’t worry, I didn’t think that was a question I ever needed to ask myself either, until this morning.
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Sweat-Proof Makeup 101: Beat the Heat With These 8 Beauty Must-Haves

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iStock/Susan Chiang.

It’s hot here in Philadelphia — and yet, we drudge on, sweaty and sticky throughout our day. When it gets this toasty, we want to ensure that our faces don’t completely slide off our faces after ten minutes of sun exposure (think of all the wasted product!), so we hit up Victoria Roggio, a Philly-based makeup artist and founder of Make Me Up Pretty, who does a lot of summertime weddings. If anyone’s gonna know what products to slather on when it’s hotter than the platforms at Suburban during rush hour, it’s gonna be her. We chatted with Victoria to get her go-to sweat-proof makeup tricks — hey, if they can last through a mid-summer’s wedding, they can certainly withstand your workday.
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Brace Yourself: It’s Going to Get Dangerously Hot and Humid in Philly

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia region until 6 p.m. on Friday.

Expect highs above 90 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the next three days in Southeastern Pennsylvania as well as parts of New Jersey. It could feel as hot as 100 degrees in the afternoons.

In addition, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has declared a Code Orange air quality alert in Burlington and Mercer counties, meaning air and ozone pollutant levels are high. Read more »

7 Things to Know Before You Hit the Shore This Weekend

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The Shore awaits! | iStock/BlueLela.

Happy holiday weekend, y’all! In our minds it may still be May, but alas, we find ourselves at the most patriotic holiday of the year. Whether you’re headed to Grandma’s Shore house or a weekend of debauchery with your college pals, there are certain necessities that the Shore calls for. Here’s what to get, where to go, and what to do to ensure that you have the greatest Fourth of July ever! Read more »

Amada’s Summer Pig Out is Almost Here

amada pigout headerAmada is making your dreams a reality once again with their Summer Pig Out.

Their semiannual, all you can eat Pig Out is happening this Sunday, June 26th. There will be seating times at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m at the Old City restaurant. For $60, you get to enjoy three courses of family style deliciousness, including endless suckling pig.

Consider this a test run to see how much you can eat before your inevitable Fourth of July hotdog binge.

Spots are limited and tend to go quickly (especially since you don’t need a group to reserve a seat). Call (215)625-2450 to make sure you get a spot.

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Take $7 Fitness Classes at Hotel Monaco, Support Back on My Feet

Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Joe Longo Photography

Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Joe Longo Photography

Trying to get ready to confidently strut onto the beach this summer? Kimpton Hotel Monaco wants to help. Their prescription? A Sunday full of $7 exercise classes. Their Summer Sweat Sesh, an extension of their Resolution Rx events that you may remember from the past two Januarys, will offer you a slew of opportunities to, well, get your sweat on. Duh.  Read more »

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 »

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