Hey Philly! It's that time of year. YES, that time of year, where warm weather, good music, and the infamous #fishbowls all come together to form the Making Time Memorial Day Weekend Rad-B-Q at Bamboo Bar (927 N. Delaware)! So grab your bathing suits (UGHH girl, no, you're NOT look too fat to go swimming) and get ready for a night of dancing, sweating your ass off and cannonballing.
(Photo credit: Scott Shire)
Khandice and Davida, two of our Atlanta store employees, were both looking so good, we had to feature them both!
Hey ladies! Can you tell us what you do at Urban Outfitters?
D: I'm the WACC team lead at the Atlanta store.
K: And I'm a part-time women's sales associate!
Can you tell us what you're wearing and let everyone know who's who?
D: I'm the one with the straight hair and I'm wearing the Nom De Plume by YaYa cut out maxi dress.
K: I'm the one with the curly hair, who looks like she's dancing, and I'm wearing the Ecote Willow Embroided Maxi Dress, and my bare skin!
What do you normally wear when you go to work?
D: It depends on how I feel, but I've been told I can pull off a wife-beater and a blazer.
K: I usually dress very comfortably and pair looser fitting garments with tighter fitting garments. I love wearing loose jeans and long flowy skirts!
What's one trend you're excited to wear this summer?
D: Maxi dresses/skirts!
K: I'm excited to wear the crop tops and maxi skirts/dresses. Those are my favorite things to wear already!
Are there any great thrift stores down there?
D: Yes!! Re-Runs! It has 2 locations, one in Marietta and one Roswell.
K: I usually go to Rag-O-Rama. There's one in Little 5, and one off of Roswell; but recently I have found a little boutique/thrift store I like called Alexi's Suitcase.
Where can we find you online?
K: Facebook and Tumblr!
Arrested Development weekend is finally here! Starting at midnight PST on May 26, all of the new season 4 episodes will go live on Netflix. Are you shaking and crying yet? We are. To prepare for the Bluthpocalypse, here are some of our favorite AD moments because yes, we do want to watch this series to death. —Katie
"C'mon, ya douchebags!"
"Coo-coo ka-CHAW! Coo-coo ka-CHAW!"
"It's tired in here."
"Why don't I just take a whiz through this $5,000 suit? C'mon!"
Kubiat Nnamdie is an artist originally from Nigeria, currently living in Miami, who shows off his immense artistic talent through film, photography and sculpture. His work bridges his experiences in Nigeria and the US, and we hope to be seeing a lot more of Kubiat's work in the future. Make sure to check out his awesome "Heaven Can Wait" series over on his site. —Katie
Yet another supremely catchy and hilarious song from The Lonely Island. How do they do it?! —Katie
Tommy Wiseau wears a lot of belts. He also made the craziest movie ever, The Room. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then please check out some clips on YouTube, specifically this one. His fashion sense and movie sense are obviously impeccable. He's the best! So rad he even made a video for us. And now you, too, can get his look. —Katie
(Photo credit: Heather Leah Kennedy)
Get the look:
Sanded Leather Belt
This belt will go great with any pair of pants.
OBEY Detour Belt
And this belt will go great with that other belt you just put on.
Tiny Dot Belt
And this belt will go great with the other 2 belts you just put on.
And this belt will be a great touch for Memorial Day because flags!
Dome Studded Belt
Mark is going to be so jealous of your look.
Cheap Monday Flat & Square Sunglasses
"Anyway, how's your sex life?"
Summer is slowly creeping up, so we had all better get our act together and stock up on some fun shit for the outdoors. Unless you're like, someone who doesn't go outside, I guess. But everyone fun should start thinking about the great parties they're going to have with their friends. With all the awesome pool toys and party gear available nowadays, it'll be impossible to have a bad time. —Katie
If the reviews are to be believed, then this pretzel float will make all your guests fight one another to the death for it. It is that awesome.
Giant Ring-Toss Pool Game
Pool games are the best! Especially ones that don't require you to fight over the single pair of goggles you have so that you can dive 8 feet to the bottom of the pool to pick up a plastic weighted stick.
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide To Serious Fun
If you're having trouble thinking of fun things to do in the outdoors and sunshine (are you a vampire?), then this book can help give you some ideas. It even teaches you how to yarn bomb.
Super Pretzel Soft Pretzel Maker
If your friends aren't impressed by your pretzel pool toy (or if you don't have a pool), then they'll most certainly be impressed by your very own muthafuckin' homemade pretzels!
Corn Hole Pool Game
Corn hole (corn holing?) is the best, and the ability to do it in a cool pool on a hot day is even better.
Inflatable Boxing Glove
There is nothing more fun than safely and supervisedly punching your BFF in the face.
Joust Pool Game
Is this the best $30 you'll ever spend? Absolutely.
Yo, NASA has been killin' it lately! First they're like, "Don't worry, Earth! We're making it possible for you to send all those idiots you hate into outer space! Forever!" Now they're like, "You know what? We have some extra money lying around. How about we figure out how to create pizza from nothing?" Like... are you kidding me?! You dudes are putting all your genius-ness to good use. I really like that someone made one 3D printer and then everyone else was like, "YES, LET'S RUN WITH THIS!" and now we've got everything from dresses to iPhone cases. In honor of that, here are some other things we should make. —Katie
Pretty sure if they can make pizza from dust, then they could make a clone for everyone. I mean, you could definitely make me by throwing in some like, Backstreet Boys CDs, 4 blueberry Red Bulls, a tub of Sour Patch Kids and a cat sweater. How happy would everyone be if some beautiful plastic counterparts could take over their day jobs? Score.
The best pet
You could make the best pet because 1) it would be anything you can dream up (a unicorn badger! Gorgeous and terrifying!) and 2) it would never poop anywhere because it would have no insides. And also you wouldn't have to feed it. Wow!
A fucking rad car
So, they can make 3D-printed guns, but those aren't fun at all, and are also sort of nightmarish. Let's instead put all that awesome technology towards making everyone their very own flying Falcor machines.
We'd all be so fucking happy.
The hippest furniture
First of all, 3D printed furniture would probably be surprisingly comfy, and second of all, think about how many swaggy chaise lounges you could make. A TON!
A DVD that explains what 3D printing is
Because like, does anyone even understand how this works?
It took some time, but Paine's Park, a much-needed skate park in Philadelphia, is finally opening. It's a skateboarder's dream! If you're around later today, May 22, make sure you check out the opening festivities (c'mon, there will be food trucks!) at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly. —Katie
In 1989 somebody thought it would be a good idea to fund a Weird Al movie, and I am eternally thankful for that misguided person. UHF is very Weird Al, centering around a loose and absurd plot that serves mainly as a vehicle for skits, spoofs of popular '80s movies like Rambo and Indiana Jones, and of course a signature Yankovic music video. The film also features a young Kramer, Fran Drescher and David Bowe, who is not David Bowie, as the ragtag staff of a fledgling TV station who help Weird Al battle the evil local NBC affiliate.
Sadly the movie didn't break any records at the box office, but it has endured for almost 25 years as a cult classic to a certain kind of nerd like myself, but more importantly, the pattern-heavy '80s gear in UHF is still relevant. Drescher's checkerboard dress could be from Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 and Yankovic's Hawaiian shirt fetish is surprisingly current. Dig this one out of the crates if you've never seen it for laugh and summertime style inspiration. If you have seen it, check the commentary track for some gems on insight from Yankovic himself. —Angelo
Did this dress inspire the LV two-piece worn here?
"Red Snapper! Verrrry tasty."
Get the look:
Iron And Resin Paradise Road Shirt
Tripp NYC Leopard Blazer
Stussy Sherlock Starter Hat
Koto Cote Button-Down Shirt
Hawkings McGill Colorblock Pinpoint Oxford Shirt
Just in case you need further proof as to why Charli XCX is the best, here she is covering The Backstreet Boys. —Katie
If you guys are looking for some tunes to blast during your Memorial Day barbeques, then you are in luck because CVS Bangers: Volume 2, the sickest party mix ever, was released this week by DJ Hennessy Youngman and promises to deliver every hot jam you'll ever need. Included on this mix are all the classic dance hits, including "Manic Monday," "Who's Gonna Take Me Home," "Missing You," and of course "Last Christmas." There are also plenty of airhorns, just so you remember how hard you're supposed to be rockin'. And don't forget—CVS Bangers: Volume 1 is just as good. —Katie
Not doing anything this Friday, May 24th? Come hang at Space 15 Twenty with Della, DJ Amy Pham, and see a performance by Faarrow! This week is the last week that our mega cool Zamrock-inspired pop-up shop, BAZAAAAAR, will be open in Los Angeles, so don't miss out! Plus I suggest you check out the exclusive collaboration Urban Outfitters currently has with Della. There are some pretty beautiful pieces in the collection. Stop by from 7pm - 10pm! —Maddie
Books of Love is a cute duo that's a side project of La Sera's Katy Goodman and The Hush Sound's Greta Morgan. This hazy, perfect pop song "Space Time" is bound to be your theme song for the coming summer months. I can't wait to hear more from them! —Hazel
Even though Rita Leeds came along a bit later in the plot of Arrested Development, she's a very important character indeed. Rita is Michael Bluth's rather childish (or spy-ish) girlfriend in the third season of the show, and also happens to live in "Wee Britain." Rita's outfits always reflect her silliness—as they should! Most importantly, she always wears a hat. Maybe for better spying on the Bluth's activites? Time for you to try Rita's five-year-old meets thirty-year-old look. —Maddie
Get the look:
Deena & Ozzy Ears Bowler Hat
Step one: have an utterly adorable hat that might be able to hide a spy camera inside. I think she'd like this one. I mean, cat ears!
UNIF Cake Sweater
Rita wears lots of colors, and I'm sure this rainbow cable knit would fit right in with her many other crocheted wares.
Kimchi Blue Printed High-Rise Pinup Pant
Polka dot trousers to perfectly mismatch the rest of her outfit.
UO Heartbreaker Sunglasses
It's impossible to forget those heart-shaped sunglasses she always wears!
Wild At Heart Necklace
An adorable bunny necklace, just to top it all off.
Several pictures of the sets from Arrested Development Season 4 have been released, and they provide a little bit of information about what we're going to see in season 4, but mostly they just add to the mystery. The above apartment is apparently in Spain? And there are multiple sets for a character named Rebel!? The suspense is killing me! To see the rest of the sets and the explanations behind them, head over to Buzzfeed. At least we don't have much longer to wait at this point. 5 days! —Katie
Y.N.RichKids recently dropped a video for their song "My Bike" and they kinda kill it. You might remember their previous single Hot Cheetos & Takis that made a lot of noise for them last summer. Well, they've stepped up their rap game for this track and it shows! —Lorin
Selorm "Nii" Addotey, co-founder of Della, recently took the time to tell us what it's like to have the business located on his front lawn—and his dream superpower, of course.
Hi Nii! What is your role at Della?
I’m the co-founder, and I basically run everything on the Ghana side of Della. I check in on the ladies to make sure the production schedule is running smoothly. I fix machines when they break. Some days I cut fabric for the upcoming projects. Now that Rachael is here and we have more help, I don’t do much of the administrative stuff.
How did you get involved with Della?
I’ve been involved from the start. I met Tina [other co-founder] at a drinking bar in Hohoe four days before she was leaving back home, and we became fast friends. She had some bags made from a seamstress in town and told me she wanted to see how they would do in America. I knew the Ghanaian culture and everything she needed to keep it going, so I helped out from here. I have worked with Della ever since.
Since you’ve been with Della since the beginning, how have you seen it grow?
It started with me, Tina and one seamstress. We didn’t even own sewing machines. Now, we have a facility full of sewing machines and more than 18 employees. We are giving members of the community regular income, which is great. I never expected it to grow like this. For the fact that we’ve been in business for almost three years now, I think we are doing well. If we have done these last three years, we can do another three and then another. There is a bright future here.
What made you interested in the mission of Della?
Tina and I built a friendship before we built a business partnership. I liked Tina and her vision, so I wanted to make her ideas work. I see myself as an entrepreneur, and I like helping businesses grow.
What do you and your friends do when you hang out?
As entrepreneurs, we think about the future and ideas. I have a large porch, so my friends and I often sit through the night, listen to music and talk. Sometimes we talk politics or music. I also like going to the beach when I get the chance.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Reggae. I only listen to Reggae and Craig David, a British singer. My roommate played him all the time at polytechnic, so I started to like him.
What’s it like having Della in your front yard?
I had the intention of running my porridge company in the rooms next to my house, but those plans changed when we started Della. I was planning on using it for a business anyways, so it’s not too bad. I am always on call. Even when I am sleeping, I am only a few feet away from the work.
Do you and the ladies hang out together?
We had a Della party at Obama Gardens when we launched our line with Apple. We were the first to supply cases to Apple from Sub-Sahara Africa, so we had a lot to celebrate. I drank and danced with the ladies. We got cake. After working hard for weeks on the order, we were able to hang out as friends and celebrate together.
Three words to describe yourself.
Brave. Serious. Brilliant.
Where do you see Della in five years?
In three years, we are already international. So that means in five years, the sky is the limit. I’d like a new production center with more workers. We could maybe have more than 100 workers. I’d like to have a vocational school with accreditation, so we can not only employ already certified seamstresses, but give interested people training and then give them employment. I don’t know what the future holds, but it is exciting.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
A lion, king of the forest!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
It would be cool if I could snap my fingers and marijuana would appear any time I wanted. And it could disappear, too.
Do you have any secret skills?
I cook. I don’t do it often, but when I do, it’s good. I’m good at every local food, especially ground nut soup.
What do you want people know about Ghana?
In Africa, Ghana is a gateway to Africa. Since history, Ghana has set the pace as a leader and peaceful country to live in.
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Garbage Girls, a photo series shot for Vice by photographer Maya Fuhr, is a project that focuses on girls in their really, really, really messy rooms. Each girl featured has an accompanying interview that discusses how their rooms got to their current states, but it might be nicer to imagine that some of these messes are planted. In any case, the resulting photographs are pretty awesome. —Katie