Saturday, December 20, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8:57 AM
According to a French study, women who choose high heels might be more likely to get a helping hand, too -- from men, anyway. (iStock)
You probably already know that women in high heels are generally perceived as more attractive than their ballet-flat-wearing counterparts. But according to a French study, women who choose high heels might be more likely to get a helping hand, too -- from men, anyway.

The study, published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, was made up of four distinct experiments, each of which featured women in flat shoes, medium heeled shoes (2 inches) and high-heeled shoes (3.5 inches). Other than their heel height, the shoes were basically the same -- black, professional and in fashion.

Two of the experiments measured how likely someone was to agree to complete a survey when a woman in business casual stopped them on the street. The third experiment recorded how many people helped a researcher who pretended to accidentally drop her glove, and the fourth measured how quickly women were approached in a bar, with all things being equal except her footwear.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:35 PM
Kale might be the key to fantastic nails.

Kale is really “in” right now. This leafy green veggie’s found not only in healthy juices and salads but in beauty products, too.

What is it?

Nail polish with kale extract. Its high levels of vitamins A, C and K “stimulate advanced keratin production, making the nails stronger, brighter and more nourished,” according to Nails inc.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:55 AM
A writer from Ebony Magazine sat down with Curran J. Swint of Kings Rule Together clothing brand to find out more about the Philly beard's religious and pop-culture significance. (YouTube)

Back in August, local fashion designer Curran J. Swint, in collaboration with Visit Philly and Philly 360°, put together a video featuring one of Philadelphia’s most notable fashion trademarks: the beard. The video, called “The Bearded Bunch” talks with seven local beard aficionados about the beard’s history and why they choose to rock one. “It’s just a part of kingship and manhood,” says barber Marcus Williams.

Philly rappers like Freeway and Philadelphia’s prominent African-American Muslim population have helped solidify the idea that, yes, the “Philly Beard” is a thing. Now, national publication Ebony Magazine has picked up on the craze.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 3:00 AM
While doubling up on clothes provides some protection from the cold, skin and hair need extra TLC from high winds, dry air, and cold temperatures. Arm yourself with these six products to fight off the effects of the season’s chilly forecast.

Time to dig out the scarfs and gloves! This weekend the Delaware Valley is expected to get an early visit from Old Man Winter, with temperatures dropping into the low 40s. While doubling up on clothes provides some protection from the cold, skin and hair need extra TLC from high winds, dry air, and cold temperatures. Arm yourself with these six products to fight off the effects of the season’s chilly forecast.

Strands will need an extra boost of moisture in frigid weather. One to two drops of Aveda’s Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil on the ends of your hair will keep hair soft and shiny without weighing it down. $27

Aquaphor is the cult favorite superhero of ointments. It helps heal everything from diaper rash to burns, but people with dry skin swear by this as a face moisturizer during the fall and winter. $12.95, 14 oz. jar

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1:40 PM
Combine these products for a luxurious at-home spa treatment.

You’re probably wondering, “Is this cleansing device worth the money or not?”

My answer is: Yes — my skin never looked better! It helps fade and diminish dark spots for a more radiant complexion. The process takes only a minute and leaves your skin baby-soft.

Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution $249 (clarisonic.com) comes with AM Skin Illuminating Cleanser; PM Skin Renewing Peel Wash; Brightening Activator Serum; and Radiance Brush Head.



POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:58 AM
ellelauri's new location at 114 S. 19th Street. (courtesy photo)

Philadelphia boutique ellelauri invites you to celebrate its new Center City flagship opening at 114 S. 19th St. on Nov. 13.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., attendees can participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a fashion presentation featuring prominent Philadelphia women modeling the latest cold-weather trends. Throughout the night, guests will be served light refreshments and cocktails from Philadelphia Distilling.

Additionally, 10 percent of all purchases from the celebration will be donated to Breastcancer.org. Get there early — the first 25 guests get goodie bags.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:19 AM
The King of Prussia Mall. (Photo from simon.com)

Tomorrow, Nov. 13, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is hosting a shopping benefit at J. Crew at King of Prussia Mall.

In May 2000, Sandy Rollman succumbed to advanced ovarian cancer. The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation was created to honor her life and legacy. King of Prussia and J. Crew and crewcuts are joining in on the effort to raise funds and awareness about ovarian cancer with the shopping benefit, hosted by Rollman’s sister Adriana Way and nurse Robin Cohen. 

Shopping benefit attendees can enjoy light refreshments and a 20 percent discount on purchases totaling at least $150. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation website for more information.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:16 PM
The yearlong Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers-in-residence program is designed to help emerging local fashion designers break into the industry with a curriculum consisting of various business and fashion marketing workshops.

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City is accepting applications for its 2015 designers-in-residence program.

Started in 2012, the yearlong designers-in-residence program is designed to help emerging local fashion designers break into the industry with a curriculum consisting of various business and fashion marketing workshops. The program teaches the designers things like how to build a brand, predict trends and about finance management. 

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator provides the up-and-coming designers with office space, creative workspace and showroom space.

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