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Street Snaps: Betty Betty

This heat wave is a killer, huh. Everybody is sweatin hard, trying to keep from looking like an absolute mess. I swear, the humidity is making it hard for me to focus (my manual lens, that is). But look at this vision, all in pink. A cool and structured lady, whose repeating kiss prints make for a flirty look without being too pushy.

“My name is Charima. I’m twenty years old, I’m from Philadelphia, Southwest.”

Is there a specific trend you’ve been seeing lately that you wish would just curl up and die?

“Curl up and die? I dunno. I have a specific style that I really, really like – like the 80s, 60s type look. Hippie, crop tops, high waists…”

So is there a specific thing you wish you would see more of then?

“More sixties, eighties. That kinda stuff. But it’s coming out a lot. Even the hairstyles – the bob, you know… The whole bowl cut…”

I like your pin curls.

“Yup, pin curls. I just pin it up. But it’s actually a curly hair? So I don’t really have to pin it up cause it’s gonna be curly anyway, but I just put the pins in there so it can have the specific curl.”

Is there anything a favorite thing that you have on right now?

“Just my bag. I love Betsy Johnson.” (laughs)

Do you go check out her store in King of Prussia ever?

Yes. Yesterday I was there and the owner of the store, she was like, I don’t know why you’re here, I know you have everything in style. We didn’t get any new shipment yet. I said okaaay.”

I’ll see ya later…

“Yes. I love Betsy Johnson.”

Do you have a current obsession? It doesn’t have to deal with clothes at all.

“Mm, no. The only obsession I have is shopping. I like to shop and go out.”

Do you like to go shopping in particular areas? Are some of them better than others?

“Usually, I thought that I would rather go to the mall instead of downtown, because a lot of people would go downtown instead of traveling to the mall. But yesterday when I went to the mall, I didn’t find anything. And downtown is closer, so I probably would’ve at least found something.But I didn’t find nothing at all and I went all the way to the mall.”


“So I went to Victoria’s Secret. (laughs) Can’t ever go wrong there!”

How would you describe your style?

“I like to swtich up a lot. I’m very versatile. I change my hairstyle. I’m very daring. So I wear stuff that I think other people won’t. I don’t think I’m doing that today, I just threw this on, cause you know, I liked the lips and everything. But…”

I mean, I really like the lips, lips, all pink, very femme – I really like that.

“Thank you.”

If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Maggie Eighteen | Jul 21 2011 3:45pm | LOCAL LOVE, interview, street style, 19103, Betsy Johnson, femme, street snaps | Comment 1

Street Snaps: Charm

Armand. Age 19, from West Philadelphia.

What is a trend that you wish would stop?

“Polo boots. I’m over it. And it’s the summertime, people still shouldn’t be wearing Polo boots.”

Is there a trend you’ve started to notice, that you think is going to get popular?

“Um… Denim jackets is a big thing now, you know. And that wasn’t — they went out for a while, but now they’re back. I’m noticing that. I like that, a little bit.”

How would you describe the way you dress?

“I like to be comfortable, and I like to add a little bit of sex appeal with modesty. I know that’s a contradiction. But I still like to be modest.”

With a little bit of ‘charm.’

“Yeah, charm. Modest, with a little bit of charm. And comfortable. That’s my number one thing.”

Do you have a current obsession?

“Well I’m a little obsessed with red lipstick. I took a break today cause I had a job interview, and I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy. But yeah, I love my red lipstick.”

Is there a favorite thing you’re wearing right now?

“My flip-flops. Just cause I throw ‘em on and go. Nice and simple.”

Do you have any comments, questions, shout-outs?

“Mm, no, not particularly. Not now. Shout out to myself.”

All right!

If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Street Snaps: Summer Silhouettes

I’ve noticed that hats (not baseball caps) have, in general, come back in vogue in the city. I’m quick to say that Urban Outfitter’s presence offering of affordable hats have contributed, but then that rudely discounts all the boutiques offering quality pieces. To say the least, I have been greatly enjoying the variety and breadth of summer straw hats seen around town, and today’s Street Snaps is no exception. Continuing from last week’s more mature interviewee is this breezy example of how to dress for the summer while still being modestly clothed. And by no means is this a look confined to those of more age and experience — lengthy, ambiguous silhouettes can be so dramatic, which is almost always more head-turning than something “sexy.”

Martha, from Philadelphia.

What’s your favorite thing on today?

“On television?”

On your outfit.

“Oh, on my outfit? My shoes and my hat. Covers a multitude of sins. (laughs)”

Are there any trends that you’re tired of in Philadelphia?

“I am tired of the bare mid-drifts.”

The short, loose shirts cut into mid-drifts?

“Yeah, yeah… And I would like to see the long skirts come back. I like that!”

They’ve come back in style now.

“Yeah. (Husband suggests the ‘bare bellies’) And the bare bellies on fat people.”

Oh no! All right. Well I’ll keep the questions short here, unless you have anything else to add.

“I’m older. Very mature. Three children. Married fifty-five years — I was three, it was an arranged marriage. (laughs) No, no. But we were cyclists at one time, till my husband broke his knee and had a knee replacement. And we go to Florida for six months and live in Philadelphia across from the art museum for six months… And our life has ended up being very nice. We’re very happy. Our children are all seemingly happy.”

Elegant & subdued embellishments in dark plum polish

Nice. Do you have any tips or thoughts on cultivating a comfort in your own body?

“I always felt my job was to — and my husband felt the same way — produce these children so that they could be independent, support themselves — we weren’t rich enough to support them for the rest of their lives, we didn’t want to, and it wasn’t a question. After college, they were on their own and they had to take something in which they knew they would be able to support themselves. And that was important. We also said no to a lot of things. And whenever one of my sons says ‘you never took us to Europe‘ and ‘you never took us here‘, and I always say, and look how wonderfully you turned out. That shuts ‘em up.

“So… But you have to have a sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at life…”

Then what are you gonna do?

“My husband’s very funny. Last week we went to the Ritz, and he got me a big soda because it was free if you had to refill it. And he reached over and he poured the whole thing by accident all over me. Just before the movie started. I was sitting in wet clothes from top to bottom. But he went back and he said to the guy, ‘she was so thirsty.’ (laughs) Boy, was she thirsty! So all we could do was laugh about it at that point. But anyway, that’s not interesting.”

Well it’s always interesting to hear what people have to say. But anyway, any last comments?

“I love Philadelphia. I absolutely love it. I don’t like to go to Florida because I miss Philadelphia. I really do. And it has a lot to offer.”

If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Street Snaps: Continuous Glamour

One day in your life, you find this one object of clothing or some accessory, and it changes your style outlook forever. It’s the day you realize that you shouldn’t wear XYZ cut or silhouette because it’s just not you. It’s the day you realize that you can appreciate someone else’s look without later attempting to copy it. Cause it’s not you. You are you. Admittedly, I secretly sigh when someone tells me “I just do me,” but it’s a legitimate response, especially when that person is so put together. This week’s Street Snaps did not cull such a response, but I just wanted to point out how nicely Alima’s glasses, eyebrows, haircut, and face shape complimented each other — to me, that demonstrates a rich self-awareness. Pair it with bold stripes and that touch of red? Yeah, let’s get into this:

“My name is Alima. I’m from Philly.”

What do you think about the style of Philadelphians? How have you seen it change since you were younger until now?

“Well, I like style a lot, but as I’ve gotten older my complaint is, a lot of things I want to wear, I feel too old to wear. Sometimes I push it, but I kinda like the fact that most people have decided to do their own thing and not worry about what everyone else thinks about it. And I wish I could do that more with myself.”

Do you have a workplace dress code or anything that holds you back like that?

“I just went through this last night. I was going to tie a big scarf as a halter, and the way I came up with it, my entire back was out. And I thought, oh this is pushin it. I feel thirty in here (touches chest), but I have to remember that I’m not.”

Is there anything you see other Philadelphians wear a lot that you wish would stop?

“Yeah, in a way. I like jeans, but on some days, does everyone have on the same uniform?”

Do you own many jeans?

“I have about ten pairs. Like I said, I like them a lot, but I don’t wanna wear them every day. And I see them more than anything else. Maybe it’s because it’s an easy thing to…”

It’s something American. Like once you go outside of the United States — or at least, I’ve been to Europe and I’ve been to Japan, and both times I was like, wow nobody wears jeans like we do. It’s crazy. But I’ve thought about it. If you go into a retail store they don’t have anything but jeans.

“True. So I like them, as I said. But some days — you can come downtown on a Saturday and that’s all you see. That’s all you see. So maybe it’s an easy default when ‘oh I don’t know what I wanna wear‘ — throw jeans on.”

Are there things you look at the get inspired, since we’re surrounded by jeans all the time?

“Mmmm… I would have to say more magazines — I’m not really inspired by the people I see on the streets, so I have to look at something else. (chuckles)”

Is there a favorite magazine you have?

“Well, I like Glamour. I guess that’s pretty much my favorite as far as fashion.”

So switching to what you’ve got on right now, is there anything you have on that’s a favorite of yours?

“Actually not. No. I’ve had this sweater for maybe three years, and I haven’t worn it for the last two. The pants, I’ve had them for about a month. And this is the first time I’ve put them on, today. Not a favorite yet, but I think these pants are so comfortable, they’re gonna become a favorite. Without a doubt.”

Do you have a current obsession?

“Uhh, no. No.”

Do you have any shout-outs or comments or anything you’d like to say to the readers?

“The readers? Be yourself.”

If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Maggie Eighteen | Jun 30 2011 12:04pm | interview, street style, 19103, rittenhouse square, street snaps, work wear | Comments 7

Street Snaps: Odunde!

Did everyone enjoy Odunde a few weekends ago? Broad&Market had a post or two about the 36th annual African festival, and I’ll continue here with a third. The style was incredibly refreshing: vibrant colors, patterns, and silhouettes were seemingly concentrated into a nexus point that was South and 23rd. For example:

Michelle and family.

“I’m forty. Hometown, New York. I live in Philly.”

Is it exciting to be at a festival where everyone is encourage to wear traditional clothing?

“This is my everyday style. I’m a hair stylist, so (it’s my everyday style).”

Cool. Are there any things you take in that inspire or inform the way you want to present yourself when you get dressed?

Different blogs sometimes. Rachel Stewart’s blog… Um…I can’t think of any blogs now. I’ve seen so many! The Sartorialist? Yeah.”

I heard he was in town for the week.

“I heard! [unintelligable part :( ]”

Is there anything you’re wearing right now that’s a favorite?

“My necklace. I just like the colors.”

And do you have a current obsession?

“Earrings. Bright and big earrings. And feathers. And glasses. Yeah, that is my current obsession. Cause earrings are always my obsession. But glasses.”

Michelle has been a natural hair stylist for 15 years, and you can get in touch with her via Twitter: @yesidohrmlondon.
If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Street Snaps: Urbanity

God, it makes me sad — this interview was cut short due to my failure to notice my recorder had stopped working. It’s a shame, but fortunately careful study of these two reveals more than words would have done justice anyway.

Frank (L) and Stephan (R).

S: “I’m twenty-one and I’m from Coatsville, PA. I currently live in King of Prussia area.”
F: “I am twenty-one and I’m from Norristown, PA. I currently live in Philadelphia.”

Cool, so what do you think about overall style in Philadelphia and how people dress? What are your thoughts?

F: “On average I see Philadelphia style as pretty lax. As Philadelphians, we just wake up and throw things on that we feel comfortable in. We’re not too style oriented here, but there are stylish people in Philadelphia. So, it’s just like a general… It’s like we go with what we go with — it’s about comfort.”

S: “And I find that there’s some people that are real trendy, and then there’s people that like, have the time to style. You know what I mean? I mean, I think that’s like almost any city, cause in New York you find stuff like that as well.”

So have you been shopping today?

S: “Today? No, I haven’t. I mean, we’re actually on our way to go thrifting. But he has been shopping.”
F: “Well that’s only because I shopped at the place that I work at, so it’s just —”

Oh, do you work at American Apparel? [I'll save you from the 'oh I was in there yesterday for my birthday' mini conversation.] Anyway, so jumping back into Philly stuff, I was going to ask what you think about streets, like Walnut Street or what other areas you like going to.

F: “I feel like Walnut Street is the main shopping street in Philadelphia. I mean, South Street is a close second, and I find that Olde City has a lot of nice, cute boutiques and shops around there.”

Do you have any favorites?

S: “I don’t really shop in Olde City, so I wouldn’t know…”
F: “I like Zara. I like Aids Thrift. I also like Wilbur’s, which is on 4th and Bainbridge. And in Olde City… I dunno. I guess it would be like, Sugarcube…”
S: “Retrospect, of course.”

And that’s all she wrote. :/ I didn’t realize the recording stopped, and we talked for a lot longer than this. But I suppose it’s just as well. I’ve been thinking about reworking my interview questions again.

If you have interview questions you think I should be asking people, comment!

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If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Maggie Eighteen | Jun 16 2011 7:14pm | interview, street style, 19103, men's fashion, menswear, street snaps | Comments 0

Street Snaps: Summer Breeze

Usually I tag my posts by season according to the official calendar dates and equinoxes, but goddamn if it isn’t already the second heat wave of the season — I don’t care if it’s still technically spring, it is summer yo. Today’s interview happened on one of those cooler days in between the first heat wave and this current one, so you may be better able to understand how leggings would be comfortable when the humidity was not so oppressive.

“My name’s Jane. I’m twenty-six and I’m from Minneapolis.”

Do you live in Philly?

“Oh no, I live in New York.”

Oh okay. What do you notice about Philadelphia style?

“Well we’ve noticed that everybody seems to be really well-dressed, but it’s kind of laid back. Like, we’ve stayed in this area, so maybe it’s different. I’ve only been to Philadelphia twice. So we’re just observing everything. Everyone is really well-dressed and very friendly.”

Nice! Sweet. So with how you’re dressed, do you take in any media or activities, like people watching or whatever, that informs and inspires the way you present yourself? That’s a long-ass question…

“I don’t know why I wear what I wear. It’s just kind of get up in the morning and see what I’m into, and I go through phases. So right now this is the phase I’m going through. But yeah, I like fashion magazines and I like fashion blogs, and I enjoy, like, worrying about it, but most of the time I can’t pull it off. So I just do whatever I want to do.”

Which is probably better than what other people do anyway… Do you have any recommended reading or anything like that?

“Ooohh… I wonder what I’ve been reading. I dunno, I’m trying to think of what I have at home right now.” [turns to partner for help] “I do like Vogue and I like the Refinery blog. Yeah, I look at [The Sartorialist]. Maybe I look at more food things online… I’m thinking about food blogs more than clothing.”

I look at a lot of craft — not even craft — it’s more like gentle, slow lifestyle blogs where it’s all natural light and wooden tables, and I’m like oh man that’s great.

“Yeah. It’s like they’re all-purpose, where it’s people who write about their favorite food and then their favorite pictures —

[Partner whose name I failed to take down mentions wallpaper]

“Yeah, wallpaper. I’m just obsessed with wallpaper. Like I love wallpapering things. I google wallpaper. Yeah. I’m obsessed with like, English ones right now. And so I like looking at those. I like bold patterns and bold colors.

[Partner mentions Jane liking Real Simple Magazine]

“Oh Martha Stewart? Yeah, I like Martha. Cause I think they had to change the name of the magazine after she went to jail.”

I thought they were concurrent and the one was younger couple style…

“Do they still have the two? Hmm. Well, I guess I used to read like, Nylon and Paper, but I guess I haven’t.”

P: “Too busy.”

“Yeah, I’m too busy for that.” (laughs)

Is there anything you’re wearing that’s a favorite?

“I’ve been doing the sailor thing a lot. Red, white, and blue. Sailor. Big black boots. I think that’s my thing for a while now. I love boots, like Frye boots. I own lots of Frye boots. And… yeah, leggings and really short skirts, cause I’m big, so everything’s really short. So I wear lots of different colored leggings.”

So nobody can see the cheeks.

“Nope.” (chuckles)

Do you — well we already talked about wallpaper, but are there any other current obsessions that you have?

“I guess baking. Baking and food I’m obsessed with.”

Any particular thing?

“Cinnamon buns. Yeah, sticky buns, and… I don’t know, we’re in a cheesy place right now? We’ve been cooking with a lot of cheese, right? A bit cheesy. Roasting lots of things… Yeah.”

And then finally, is there anything — this usually applies to Philadelphians, and they usually have lots to say, but anyway — are there any things that you see people wearing that you wish they would change or stop wearing so much of, or wear differently?

“I look at you for some reason like you would walk down the street and see things.”

P: “Don’t look at me.”

“No! He’s more opinionated about that stuff. I just like anything that sticks out. I like to see that. So I guess people who don’t even care, like when I see someone walking down the street and they’re just in like, a blue button-down and like, ill-fitting pants? I’m like oh that’s sad, they don’t care.”

P: “Or people who just don’t care in general. Try. Just try!”

“Yeah, it’s supposed to be fun getting dressed. And we’re both bartenders, so it’s like, that’s supposed to be fun, like food’s supposed to be fun? Like things like this, where you get to express yourself. It’s not supposed to be daunting, like ohhh I have to get dressed, I don’t care, I’m just gonna buy a bunch of things that kind of all go together, but…”

P: “What do Philadelphians say?”

[Here I relay a brief summary of things such as leggings with Uggs, Uggs in general, sweatpants and flip-flops, etc. We end up talking about living in a world without Juicy Couture, and then discover that Jane owns a pair of shorts that have a saying across the butt, but thankfully are not Juicy brand. Lulz.]

What a pleasant and charming couple! I especially liked the stars on Jane’s leggings (not polka dots!). It feels rare that a pair of New Yorkers would take a trip to our more quaint and southern city, but I often hear that is exactly why people like it here. We do not overwhelm. We simply are here.

If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Maggie Eighteen | Jun 9 2011 3:31pm | interview, street style, 19103, red hair, street snaps, visit philly | Comments 0

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