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2nd Annual East Coast Beard & Mustache Competition Returns This Saturday


Photo: Brad Kingett

Walking into an Urban Outfitters, it’s easy to forget that burly beards and quirky staches weren’t always hipster status symbols. Rather, they were just things men grew on their faces for extra warmth in the winter months and to impress potential mates as well as their lesser testosterone-producing friends.

Regardless of a man’s reason for growing them, it’s more important that we not forget the artistry that goes into maintaining luxuriant, attractive or simply humorous facial hair.


Photo: Brad Kingett

Hosted by The Philadelphia Beard & Mustache Club, this annual event will once again draw competitors from national and international competitive bearding circuits, showcasing some of the most creative crumb catchers and lady ticklers around. A panel of judges will be awarding contestants in nearly 20 different categories including, styled and natural mustaches, goatees, chops and various full beards.

New this year is the “WTF Beard” category, awarding dudes who have tried to hop on the bearding bandwagon, but failed miserably and “Kids Fake Beard,” which is totally self-explanatory and sure to be totally adorable.

Even ladies have a chance to join in on all the fun, competing for the most creative and realistic fake beards and staches. Meanwhile, guests will enjoy the live “yawlternitive” tunes of three-piece band, Mr. Fuzzy and the Barbarian.

On Friday, competitors and non-competitors alike are welcome to join PBMC as they acclimate out-of-towners to the “City of Bearderly Love” with a Cheesesteak Crawl, immediately followed by a pre-party at their official/unofficial headquarters, Tattooed Mom on South Street.

Sat/30. 8pm. $16. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Get Your New Year’s Eve Look For Less

Still searching for a perfect New Year’s Eve look? Well, that makes you and about a million other women. The good news: practically every retailer is having some sort of post-Christmas/end-of-the-year sale. So get glam, but don’t overspend. You are going to need some cash for cocktails, after all.

The Dress…


The ultimate NYE dress is perhaps the hardest dress a gal will have to shop for all year. There’s just so much criteria that it has to meet: it has to be sexy, bold, comfortable, unique, durable, etc. Luckily, Arcadia Boutique has not only a wide selection of dress styles to choose from, but now through Tuesday, all of them will be 20 percent off. Oh, and all of their shoes will be 20 percent off too. The sale is going on at both their NoLibs and Rittenhouse locations (819 N. Second St. & 265 S. 20th St.) as well as online (promo code: MIDNIGHT).

The Outfit…

south_moon_under_nyeEros Apparel Cap Sleeve Sequin Peplum Top (Now $67), Look From London Two-Tone Tights (Now $14), Eight Sixty Metallic Dot Camisole Top (Now $60), Abbeline Studded Collar Blouse (Now $40), Free People Animal Foil Skinny Jeans (Now $70), Aryn K Collared Shawl Blazer (Now $90)

Should you desire something sparkly and sexy, but would prefer not to completely freeze your ass off all night, South Moon Under (1731 Chestnut St.) has an impressive selection of NYE-appropriate fashions and accessories on sale both in stores and online right now. If you’re shopping online, you can receive an extra 25 percent off all sale items using the checkout code: EXTRA25. The garments shown above are just a few that caught my eye.

The Accessories…

urban_outfitters_saleKimchi Blue Metallic Mix Checkbook Wallet (Now $17), Rhinestone Appliqué Headband (Now $20), Rhinestone Diamond Earring (Now $13)

Need a little somethin’ somethin’ to complete the look? Considering that Urban Outfitter’s is offering deals on thousands of select items both in stores and online as apart of their “Get What You Really Wanted Sale,” you may want to consider hitting one of their locations in town (Rittenhouse: 1627 Walnut St., University City: 110 S. 36th St.) for any last-minute NYE adornments, such as those shown above.

The Hair & Makeup…


We all want to look especially stunning on New Years and let’s face it—there’s only so much you can do without the skills of a professional. It just so happens that tomorrow and Monday, the stylists at Center City’s b2 Salon (200 S. Broad St.) are offering to make you over from head to toe for a fraction of the original cost. For just $50, they’ll wash, blow and style your hair and apply a full face of make up. For another $30 bucks, they’ll cover all of the above in addition to a conditioning treatment and shellac manicure. Needless to say, spots are filling up fast so you’re going to want to call and book an appointment ASAP. Like, right now.

Gifts For Him (Under $50)

For the first installment of PW Style’s 2012 Gift Guide, I figured I’d start with the fellas for a change. Most of the featured items are local with a few non-local items thrown into the mix for the sake of convenience (you know you’re going to probably wait till the last minute anyway).

I tried to take dudes of all types and ages into consideration, so whether you’re shopping for sports-loving father, your rocker boyfriend or you nerdy brother, here’s a few affordable gifts to consider.

Gifts For The Fellas (Under $50)



Harry K Men’s Tee

Beatles Monopoly Board Game

Cyberoptix Aw Shoot Tie


Star belt


Vinyl Record Coasters

Bike Chain Frame

Cyber Monday Deals


And the post-Thanksgiving sales continue…

Concrete Polish: Splurge on one of designer Angela Monaco’s stunning jewels before midnight and you’ll save 15 percent off. This deal can be redeemed online (code: TURKEYLOVE) or in-store. Either way, be sure to RSVP to the sale’s Facebook event page as you will then receive a special gift with your purchase in addition to free gift-wrapping. (716 N. Third St.)

South Moon Under: Shop online and take 20 percent off everything using the code CYBER20. You’ll also receive free shipping.

Adorn Boutique: Till midnight tonight, Sarah Lewis is offering 30 percent off her entire selection of jewelry. You can either stop by her tiny Fishtown treasure chest or shop online (code: cybermonday). (1314 Frankford Ave.)

Express: Save 40 percent on everything site-wide and receive free shipping.

Kembrel: Receive 40 percent off either in stores or online with the checkout code KEMCYBER. (1822 Chestnut St. & 1219 Locust St.)

Urban Outfitters: Today is the final day the retailer will be slashing prices on hundreds of items in stores and online. The deals vary.

Victoria’s Secret: Today only, receive two “Secret Rewards Cards” with any online purchase of $10 or more. Just enter the code MONDAY at checkout and the secret bonus reward will be added to your order once the code is applied.

Steve Madden: Get free shipping and 30 percent off site-wide with the code HOLIDAYS30.

Sephora: For a limited time, you can score a free mystery gift with any online purchase with the code UNDERWRAPS. This gift is a little black bag containing a secret assortment of their favorite holiday beauty items.

Art Star: Enter code CyberMon at checkout and save 15 percent off your total, excluding the cost of shipping. Tons of items site-wide are on sale today only including a selection of tees for $9.99 while over 200 prints and canvases are now 25 percent off. Spend $49 or more for free shipping.

Joan Shepp: Today is your last day to save 20 percent on any of Shepp’s designer coats. And while I would highly recommend going to her fabulous Rittenhouse boutique, you can shop online (code: COATS20). (1616 Walnut St.)

Paper Source: In addition to select sales on an array of holiday gifts, including 25 percent off custom stamps, online shoppers who spend over $75 will get free shipping today only using the code THANKS75 at checkout.

Charlotte Russe: In addition to taking 20-50 percent off everything sitewide, shoppers who spend $50 or more will receive $10 off their purchase and free shipping.

Macy’s: Enjoy various deals on items site-wide including an extra 25-40 percent off clearance items. At checkout, you’ll receive an additional 15 percent off your purchase using the promo code CYBER as well as free shipping if your order is $75 or more.

Pre-Black Friday Sales

urban_outfitters_thanksgivingRather than trying to compete with all the Black Friday whoopla, more and more retailers are opting to offer pre-Thanksgiving or extended holiday sales. So for those of you who have no intention of leaving your home come Friday, here’s a few deals you may want to consider taking advantage of now…

Aoki Boutique: Spend $100 and get 10 percent or spend $150 and receive 15 percent off all month long. (115 S. 22nd St.)

Lacoste: Bring an unwrapped toy to any Lacoste store now through Nov. 25 and receive 20 percent off you next purchase as part of their “Don’t Let Sandy Steal Christmas” campaign with Toys For Tots.

H&M: Select sweaters, dresses, outerwear and pants will be marked down with prices starting at just $7 dollars. (Nov. 19-21)

Knit Wit: Stop by anytime before the end of November and you’ll score 20 percent off any one item. (1729 Chestnut St.)

Victoria’s Secret: Now through Dec. 3, purchase any sweater and you’ll get a free scarf in your choice of one of three colors. Online shoppers can redeem deal with the checkout code “SCARF.”

A Pea in the Pod: Receive a free Britax Carrier with a purchase of $300 or more tomorrow only (Wednesday) while supplies last.

Destination Maternity: Receive a $75 gift certificate when you spend $125 or more both in stores and online. (Nov. 21-Dec. 24)

Motherhood Maternity: Receive a $50 gift certificate to when you spend $75 or more. (Nov. 21-Dec. 24)

Target: The retailer has just launched a new “Beat The Rush Sale” going on now through Wednesday. The various storewide deals includes up to 50 percent off select electronics and up to 30 percent off select home and kitchen items.

Urban Outfitters: While select UO stores will be opening as early as midnight for Black Friday, all week long, the retailer is slashing prices on hundreds of items both in stores and online.

South Moon Under: Take 20 percent off online orders over $150 using the code HOLIDAY20.

Check back tomorrow for a roundup of the various deals local retailers will be offering for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!

Columbus Day Deals

Personally, I think it’s disgusting that we devote an entire day to honor Christopher Columbus. But since there’s nothing we can really do about it, you might as well take advantage of the holiday sales. You know, just like how Columbus took advantage of the original inhabitors of this country.


H&M: Get 20 percent off one item of your choice using this coupon. If you subscribe to their emails, check your inbox for their Columbus Day email, then print out to receive an extra 50 percent off already reduced items.

Nicole Miller: Take 20 percent off pre-fall styles both online and in stores.

Urban Outfitters: Take an additional 30 percent off clearance items, which there’s quite a bit of both online and in-store since their “Drop It Like It’s Fall Sale” is going on now.

Express: Save 30 percent on all outerwear as well accessories for men and women.

Macy’s: Get 20-75 percent off storewide on regular priced items. Use your Macy’s card to score an additional 15 or 20 percent off or cut/print their “Wow! Pass” to receive an extra 15 percent off all sale and clearance items (see weekly ads).

New York & Company: Buy one get one 50 percent off on everything.

Victoria’s Secret: Receive a free cheekster panty with any PINK purchase.

Lord & Taylor: Save 30 percent on coats, 25 percent on sweaters and up to 30 percent off of women’s boots.

BCBGMAXAZRIA: Save 30 percent off sweaters, outerwear, leggings, boots and sweater dresses.

Michael’s: Print online coupon to save 50 percent off a regular-priced item.

Last Call by Neiman Marcus: Take up to an extra 40 percent off merch sitewide. Save an additional 30 percent on jewelry, 60 percent off select styles for women, men and kids, and up to 50 percent off select outerwear, denim, sweaters and more.

Puma: Save 30 percent on your entire purchase both online and in-store.

Kohl’s: Receive 15 percent off your purchase with coupon or online with code “BUYMORE15.”

Sales This Week…

Sale - BagsNOTE: Before you go and deplete your bank account on any of the sales mentioned below, keep in mind that Labor Day is just around the corner.

BUS STOP: For their 2nd Annual Summer Warehouse Sale, the boutique is offering some serious savings on their selection of hard-to-find designer shoes for ladies and blokes. We’re talking up to 75 percent off styles from international designers like Jeffery Campbell, Farylrobin, Toms, Irregular Choice and Matiko. The sale runs three days only (Aug. 24-26) and with prices starting as low as $25, this is one you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on.

Kembrel: From Thursday-Sunday, the Philly-based retailer will be holding a “Back-To-School” pop-up sale, offering 50 percent off select merchandise both in store (1822 Chestnut St.) and online (checkout code: KEMBRELSCHOOL).

H&M: If you’re currently enrolled in one of Philly’s many fine institutions of higher learning and in need of some new duds for the fall, be sure to head to any one of the million H&M locations around town between now and Sunday. Just flash your valid student ID (with photo) at checkout and you’ll receive 15 percent off your ENTIRE purchase. It’s times like these that I’m glad I held onto my ID and that Temple never put an expiration date on it.student_discount_h&M

Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon: All retail products will be 20 percent off Aug. 24-26 including, Aveda products, Coola Sunscreen, Rapidlash, various styling tools and much, much more. The upscale salon and spa is located on the third floor of the ever-so fancy Rittenhouse Hotel at 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.

Urban Outfitters: As most of you probably know, Urban Outfitters has tons of awesome online only merch. So if there’s anything that you’ve been eyeing on their site, go ahead and purchase it before midnight on Thursday and you’ll receive free shipping. There’s no minimum or checkout code. You may also want to consider checking out one of their two city locations as they’ve got a few pretty decent, random sales going on.

Fire & Ice: Stop in anytime now until Sept. 2 and you can score a buy one, get one 50 percent off deal on all sterling silver. Just in case you’ve never been, the tiny shop upstairs at the Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) has a really unique selection of gems and jewels–one worth perusing at some point.

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