Monday, April 21, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:00 AM
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If you were able to make it to the debut Franklin Flea Market this winter season, you may have caught yourself wafting the delicious scents of Olliver candles. With smells like Gin & Tonic and Grenadine Cider, these pots of soy wax are not your mother’s Yankee candle.

Originally based out of Columbus, Ohio, Scotty and Josh Niemet moved to Philadelphia in pursuit of their next life chapter. “The thing about Columbus is that it’s really easy to survive there without really trying. The cost of living is a little less and it’s super laid back, and we just wanted a challenge,” says Josh.

The pair first met in 2010 on an online dating site and shared similar interests, like hardcore music, tattoo culture, and a vegan lifestyle. Josh lived in upstate New York, so shortly after they spent months traveling here and there to see each other, they moved in together. During their time together, they were booking various live music events at a local warehouse space. In 2012 they tied the knot at a wedding ceremony at the same location, but took the liberty of decorating and planning on their own. “When we decided we wanted to get married, we wanted a scent that would fill the entire space.” They also wanted to give their guests a neat takeaway gift that would always remind them of the big day. They created their own custom scent, poured it, and everyone left with a candle. After that, they were getting calls from friends and family asking for more.

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:13 PM
Philadelphia designer and "Project Runway" winner Dom Streater enjoying her new collection (right) at New York Fashion Week. (Colin Kerrigan/Philly.com)

Local 'Project Runway' season 12 winner Dom Streater will debut her Spring 2014 Capsule Collection on Tuesday, April 29, at Knit Wit.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy light refreshments and peruse the West Philly native's newest collection before it is available on her website, dominiquestreater.com.

Interested readers should RSVP to domstreaterpr@skaibluemedia.com

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 3:00 AM
For the latest edition of Office Style, we visited the employees at creative agency The Heads Of State at their Old City Philadelphia office to see how the work they do reflects each of their own personal style.
POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:28 AM
Ken Downing, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, spoke with an intimate group about some of his favorite pieces in the costume collection. Photo by Kelly & Mass Photography, Courtesy of Drexel University.

Fashion Director and Executive VP of Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing, visited Drexel University on Friday to talk to students and tour the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. After presenting fall trends to a room of over one-hundred and fifty students, Downing, known for his jet set lifestyle, spoke with an intimate group about some of his favorite pieces in the costume collection.

Cara Fry, wife of Drexel President John Fry, hosted the private luncheon inside the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. Downing posed for photos with guests before leaving to critique senior design students’ projects.

The witty fashion guy gave Drexel design students realistic advice. For example, “the ivory tower is not where you want to live. You want to live on the street with your customers.”

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 2:07 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Knit Wit.

Philadelphia shops Knit Wit and sister store Plage Tahiti have announced that the two will merge together at Knit Wit’s Rittenhouse Row location (1729 Chestnut St.) beginning July 1 of this year, becoming the store's flagship location.

“After expanding our Rittenhouse Square store to Chestnut Street two years ago, we are excited to bring our sister store and its youthful, cutting-edge brands under the same roof as Knit Wit,” said co-owner Ann Gitter, who is also the head buyer. “Many of our customers come to Knit Wit for an A.L.C. jumper or J BRAND jeans, and then run around the corner to Plage to pick up resort wear and a bikini. Beginning this summer, we’ll have all of these great brands and the same merchandising mix in one gorgeous Rittenhouse Square location.”

In preparation for the move, Plage Tahiti (128 S. 17th St.) will be marked down 60-90% beginning Friday, April 11.

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:57 AM
NYC Opera items up for sale this weekend at Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse in Kensington. (Photos via Facebook)

Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse in Kensington has acquired quite the collection of odds and ends from the recently shut down NYC Opera. This weekend they will be hosting a tag sale in their back warehouse along 2nd Street.

They have a wide variety of items taken from productions like The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Madame Butterfly, Le Nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro), La Rondine, Tosca, La Traviata and many more.

They will have over 100 wigs of all types, hats, fabrics, vintage luggage, glassware and other housewares, stage furniture, jewelry, backdrops, stage props, steamers, sewing supplies and much more.

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:00 AM
For the latest edition of Office Style, we visited the employees at design and print firm Replica Creative in their Philadelphia Center City office to see how the work they do reflects each of their own personal style.
POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:51 PM
Female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.

Uncle Sam wants you - but maybe not your hairdo.

The U.S. Army has angered some African-American female service members by issuing new regulations clarifying certain black-oriented hairstyles such as dreadlocks and two-strand twists. Army officials go into detail and the exact specifications put a crimp into some hairstyles worn by African-American women who opt to keep their hair in its natural state. For instance, female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.  That means no elaborate goddess styles.

As soon as the new regulations came out on Monday, female soldiers started agitating and rightly so. One of the last things a service member wants to worry about when she’s serving her country is the size of her hair braids.  Having curly hair braided or getting locks, are logical solutions for black women with natural hair especially when a service member is facing deployment to a war zone.

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