Where to get the popular nail foil treatment in Philly
February 28, 2011
Fashion-forward celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Victoria Beckam are all fans of the nail foil craze known as minx. A minx manicure typically lasts one to two weeks and comes off easily with gentle heat. Here, a few of our favorite local nail salons offering minx.
Locally Made Jeans
Indie denim designers Sara Van Aken and Sebastian McCall have local jean junkies clamoring for more.
December 22, 2010
There’s nothing better than sliding into a perfectly cut pair of jeans that hug and relax in all the right places. However, pursuit of said perfect jeans can be long, tiring and, sometimes, bleak. When we heard about two new denim designers based right here in our own backyard, we had to investigate.
Sa Va designer Sarah Van Aken crafts her Honest Denim jeans ($179) using in-house production and ethically sourced materials. All of the cotton she uses is milled and grown in the US before being dyed and washed in Philadelphia with low-impact dyes and enzymes.
“It was really difficult to find a denim brand that was sustainable and matched our price point,” Aken says. “It got to a point where we were so fed up with what was available that we were like, ‘We can just do this ourselves.’”
Also on the local jean scene, is Sebastian McCall’s eponymous denim line (from $165) sold at his specialty boutique, Charlie’s Jeans. Each pair is manufactured in America and made with 80 percent American and 20 percent Italian fabric.
“The response to these jeans has been amazing,” says Meredith Albert, general manager of Charlie’s Jeans in Old City. “It’s all about fit. The waistband never gaps and the fabric holds its shape well, so you don’t have to wash them every time you wear them.” Charlie’s Jeans, 233-237 Market St., 215-627-3390; 1735 Chestnut St., 215-564-2495
3 Hair Care Newcomers
Brazilian hair secrets, a good-for-the-earth product line and custom treatments come to Philly.
December 20, 2010
Amazon Beauty’s Rahua collection of hair care
Emmett Cooper Hair Care
Emmett Cooper’s organic and animal friendly product line––favored by Sarah Jessica Parker, Chloë Sevigny and Kate Hudson––was recently added to the shelves at Beans Beauty. We suggest investing in Cooper’s industry-favorite Jet Set hold spray ($12). On top of being ozone friendly, it never flakes, adds heft and is enhanced with SPF 12 and crisp mint and sage extract. 1733 Chestnut Street
Salon Rouge’s Hydrating Hair Treatment
California’s Caretrico treatment line has made its way to Salon Rouge in Cherry Hill, NJ. Caretrico’s temporary wash-in treatments are custom formulated to add shine, strength, body and moisture to dull winter locks. The secret ingredient is castor oil, a natural substance that seals moisture into the hair shaft. 2110 E. Route 70, Cherry Hill, NJ
Brazilian Hair Secrets
Hair guru Maurice Tannenbaum brings Brazilian botanicals to OMG Salon by way of Amazon Beauty’s organic Rahua collection. OMG stocks the line’s Palo Santo tree scented shampoo, conditioner, finishing treatment and powerful elixir. Looking for a treatment to complement your new Brazilian hair care regime? Tannenbaum suggests the salon-only Omega 9 treatment. “It makes thick, curly, coarse or damaged hair look and respond better, and prevents damage from blow-drying and flat-ironing.” 351 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne
Check out a new line of environmentally sound handbags
December 10, 2010
Earth-friendly without sacrificing quality, Fleabags are the perfect way to show your style and your eco savvy. Fleabags founders Shira Entis and Alex Bell craft their wares using all organic materials and traditional sewing. (We love the Gun Powder bag ($485) in Indian Blanket, pictured here.) Lightweight yet sturdy, the totes are also roomy enough to hold everything.
Gucci’s special edition watch benefits UNICEF
December 06, 2010
Be stylish and support UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative by wearing Gucci’s special edition U-Play watch. Designed by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, the design features silver Guccissima leather on the strap and bezel. The newest creation is part of the global Gucci/UNICEF partnership, and is accompanied by a $70,000 contribution by the timeless brand to benefit the initiative. Available in stores worldwide.
Clarins celebrates the 30th anniversary of their popular Beauty Flash Balm Swarovski style.
December 06, 2010
The Swarovski-studded 30th anniversary edition of Clarins’ Beauty Flash Balm ($48) is a pore tightening blast from the past. Rose-Marie Castano, Clarins’ international public relations director, gave us some tips on maximizing the miracle cream’s results. “Wash your face, and then apply the Beauty Flash Balm in a very thick layer over the whole face,” instructs Castano. “Leave on for up to 20 minutes and then wash with cold water.” For a holiday cocktail party, Castano advises: “Mix a little with liquid foundation for magnificent results that will stay on for 12 hours.” Nordstrom, King of Prussia Mall
Three men’s fragrances make their spicy debuts.
October 18, 2010
Make your presence known with fall’s newest luxury colognes. These spicy, masculine scents are equal parts classic and edgy.
Estée Lauder touts Impeccable by Aramis ($55) as the “black-tie fragrance” for its spicy black pepper overtones and seasonal juniper berry and citrus base. macys.com
Bang by Marc Jacobs ($75) is a potent mixture of black, white and pink peppercorns with white moss and patchouli. Jacobs even fronts the ad for his first ever men’s fragrance with nothing but a strategically placed bottle of Bang. neimanmarcus.com
MAC goes to great lengths for its latest lash innovation.
October 11, 2010
Customizing your mascara is easy with MAC’s new Haute & Naughty Lash. The secret behind this two-in- one wonder is in the wand’s ability to measure out more or less mascara using a new dual-wiper system. The result is two drastically different looks: The pink cap creates long, defined lashes, while the glitterflecked purple cap adds unmistakable volume. The superhydrating formula means that mascara stays flake-free no matter which look you’re wearing. 1427 Walnut St.
Isaac Mizrahi's Guide To Fall
Bye bye skyscraper heels. Hello kitten wedges.
October 11, 2010
1. “The classic trench is a musthave, and nothing is better than a tailored khaki or fuchsia coat.”
2. “I am tired of seeing five-inch heels! I think lower heels are refreshing… and they’ll totally update your wardrobe.”
3. “Incorporating some type of floral into your wardrobe for fall will keep it fresh. Look for darker patterns or reds.”
4. “I love tweeds for fall. Whether it’s a metallic or brown tweed, you just can’t go wrong.”
Quatrain, a new line of jewelry by a local designer, has us hooked.
September 30, 2010
Check out the sterling silver accessories by Quatrain, a new line by local designer Linda Ricci. All of the pieces, like this Calatrava pendant ($630), are handmade on Jewelers’ Row and available at Joan Shepp.