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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:29 PM
Create this terrifying look for Halloween.

Usually, my column is about looking good. But, as Halloween approaches, recent columns have been all about looking bad. Really, really bad.

A grotesque vampire mouth.

Disgusting zombie nails.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:48 PM

Philadelphia-made brand Ikiré Jones introduced its new Fall/Winter 2014-2015 menswear collection with a promo video using speechless storytelling.

Written by Ikiré Jones designer Walé Oyéjidé and directed by HyLo Labs co-founder and creative director Lendl Tellington, the short film entitled "Ritual Union" follows a group of Ikiré Jones-clad men through a hyphenated Bachelorette-like courting process. While telling the story, the cinematography captures the colorful Ikiré Jones designs individually and collectively as the camera follows the men through their “journey.”

Surely, with more than a handful of dapper dudes to choose from, her decision was difficult. After a couple no votes, the leading lady finally chooses her prince, played by none other than Oyéjidé himself, wearing the Ikiré Jones “Alabi” sport coat.

Ritual Union: Ikiré Jones FW14 Short Film from Lendl Tellington on Vimeo.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 10:25 AM
Walmart has an offensive subheading above one section of Halloween attire: Fat Girl Costumes. (via screenshot)

Update: Walmart issued an apology for their 'Fat Girl Costumes' section and removed the section from the website. Links previously directed to the 'Fat Girl Costumes' section now show nothing and suggest plus size costume results.

Google the words “Walmart fat girl costumes” and the link appears as the first result.

Walmart, an international retail giant, has a grossly insensitive subheading above one section of Halloween attire: Fat Girl Costumes. As of this morning, the section is still up, despite a customer complaint to the retail chain via Twitter. 

POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:40 PM
Georgetown University Boat Club. (Photo: F.E. Castleberry)

This weekend, the Philadelphia rowing community will gather to celebrate a piece of fashion history at Undine Barge Club. Eccentric and outlandish blazers have become a staple in modern fashion, seen in collections of American designers like Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers.

Even the preppiest of fashionistas may not know this trend has roots in the century old sport of rowing, and one book has recently come out to set the record straight. Rowing Blazers, written by American rower Jack Carlson, chronicles this history and showcases these stories of rowing blazers from around the world.

We had the opportunity to chat with the forces and organizers behind the book and event, where proceeds generated will be donated to local nonprofit Philadelphia City Rowing. We spoke with Paul Garberson of Undine Barge Club, Philadelphia City Rowing’s Executive Director Terry Dougherty, and Rowing Blazers author Jack 

POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:00 AM
Susan Gambone of Salon Vanity.

“Your hair has gotten long. Let’s keep it this length and clean it up. I don’t even want to add any layers,” says Salon Vanity hairstylist Susan Gambone while eyeing up my hair at my last appointment. Forty-five minutes later, I walked out of the Center City celebrity hot spot with just that -- long, healthy hair flawlessly blown out (as evident by my constant neck-swiveling, hair-flipping strut down Chestnut Street).

With a flair for cultivating long, bouncy hair and a love of high-performing hair products, Gambone was my first and only thought when it came time to protecting my hair from the unkind and often downright miserable elements of fall and winter. 

Q: When the weather gets colder and the air drier, should your shampoo/conditioner change as well?

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:54 PM
Philadelphia 76ers Dancers unveiled their new Nicole Miller "Signature Dress" for the upcoming 2014-15 season with Nicole Miller Philadelphia owner, Mary Dougherty, at the Bellevue Hotel on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (Colin Kerrigan /

The Sixers exemplified their #togetherwebuild hashtag on Wednesday, Oct. 22 when they debuted the new Sixers Dancers “Signature Dress," a design collaboration with Nicole Miller. This is the first such collaboration between a designer and the team’s dancers, and it came about in the most organic way.

Nicole Miller and the Sixers crossed paths 10 years ago when one dancer caught the brand's eye. “We were looking for the ultimate Nicole Miller Girl,” said Mary Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia. They found that girl in Dayna Hafetz, former Sixers Dancer and current head coach, and she modeled for the brand. Years later, Hafetz called Dougherty with an idea.

“I had dreams about Nicole Miller designing a dress for the Sixers Dancers,” Hafetz said to Dougherty this past summer. Today, her dream became reality.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:53 AM
Zombie nails!


Small paintbrush; eye-shadow brush; red, yellow, brown and black nail polish; nail file; artificial nails; nail glue; black and brown eye shadow; cosmetic wedge; tweezers; and a nail clipper Optional: Stage blood, face paint, additional tools, such as different-sized paintbrushes.


POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10:23 AM
Residents at the famed "Sex and the City" row home are unhappy about Sarah Jessica Parker's shoe collection photo shoot on their property.

She may have been Carrie Bradshaw, but that doesn’t put Sarah Jessica Parker above the law, something the star recently learned when she violated the no-trespassing sign on the former “Sex and the City” New York City row home stoop.

The star was using the steps of the “Sex and the City” abode for a photo shoot starring her shoe line. The problem is, the folks who live at the iconic TV home aren’t amused by SJ, her adoring fans, or the constant “Sex and the City” tributes. They’ve placed a chain in front of the steps at 66 Perry St. along with a sign that reads, “Do NOT go on staircase please.”

According to Gerald Banu, president of the Perry Street Association, residents on the street are often frustrated with the influx of visitors, making for a “very intense” situation. However, SJ was unfazed.

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