XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia

I worked for the Nicole Miller brand for over five years in Philadelphia as their Director of Sales and Merchandising.  It was an amazing job that kept the flame burning for my passion of all things fashion and retail.  Without that particular job, the people, and the journey, I would never be a working personal shopper and stylist.

The owner of the Philadelphia stores, Mary Dougherty , taught me a very wise lesson…..Small businesses have an obligation to give back to the community that supports them. I am probably the smallest business around, but finding a place to donate my time and closet overflow from clients, was one of my top priorities.  Working with Grace Initiatives gives me such joy.   I like to think it is part of the reason for my continued growth and success…beyond that, it just feels good.

Monday, I attended an event hosted by Nicole Miller Philadelphia to celebrate the XIX (Nineteen) Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia.  Chosen, of course, for their impeccable sense of style…but also for their inspirational philanthropic work in the community.  The energy in the room was contagious and has me dreaming up different ways to give back.

What I Wore:

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Skirt Nicole Miller similar available HERE

Top Nicole Miller similar style available HERE

Jewelry all Stella and Dot available HERE and HERE

Shoes Brian Atwood (last season) similar available HERE

 

The Event:

The event was held at XIX Restaurant at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.  It was an intimate event…with tons of media there- Hence the reason I did not get a great shot of the 19 women 🙁  As soon as PR company gets one to me, I will be adding it to the post.  For now, you will have to enjoy my not so great photos of the room.  Below I have also listed the women who were honored one by one.  Some really amazing women…Google them:)

 

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A few of the honorees posing with Nicole Miller boutique owner, Mary Dougherty

 

The XIX 2014 Honorees:

Donna Allie: Founder and President, Team Clean Inc.

Jamira Burley: Executive Director, The City of Philadelphia Youth Commission

Renee Chenault Fattah:  Anchor, NBC 10

Kristin Detterline: Editor in Chief, Philadelphia Style Magazine

Kimberly Fink: CEO and Founder, TREATMiNT

Nicole Giles: Director of Marketing $ Multicultural Affairs, GPFO

Perri Higgins: President and Founder, Evolve Advisors

Sarah Keating: Owner and CEO, Keating Environmental Management

Ann King Lagos: Jewelry Designer and Entrepreneur

Terri Matthews: Founder and President of Jadens Voice

Rosalyn J. McPherson: CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia

Cathy McVey Palmer: Editorial Director, Visit Philadelphia

Tara Miller: Founder, Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation

Natalye Paquin: CEO, Girl Scouts of South Easter Pennsylvania

Dr. Kathleen Squires: Director of Infectious Disease, Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Dominique Streater: Fashion Designer and Winner of Project Runway Season 12

Audrey Claire Taichman: Owner, Twenty Manning Grill, Cook and Audrey Claire

Pheonix Wang: Principal, J.Nowak and Associates

Jan Weinstock: Vice President, Administration and General Council, Gift of Life

 

 

 

 

#Monday Mingle: All Dressed Up

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This past Saturday my husband and I attended The Beauty Ball hosted by an amazing organization The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care  at Trump in Colts Neck, New Jersey.  Dear friends of ours are members and they invited us to join in the evening- raising money and awareness for the families suffering from Cancer.  This hits close to home as my father is a cancer survivor and although he is in remission and the best “pop” around…it was definitely something that shook our family to the core.

I purchased this dress a while back…actually I purchased it for a client at the request of her husband and wrapped it up with some other items for her birthday gift.  I fell in love with the mixture of classy/sexy that the dress exudes and snatched one up for myself.  Here it is in all its glory for #MondayMingle, the style collaboration between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  The linkup is being hosted by Kristin today so pop by and JOIN IN.   Also, don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway ..it ends this week!

I am in Philadelphia all day today…training and some inspirational talk from the creator of Stella & Dot.  Follow along on Instagram for fun pics and pretty baubles!  Happy Monday!

Crappy Photo Disclaimer:  Sorry for the not so great photos below…I really try to enjoy the events I attend and be in the moment.  There was no time for a pre-party photo session and all pics were taken on my phone.

 

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Dress Cynthia Steffe similar available here Shoes Christian Louboutin, Necklace and Bracelet Stella and Dot available here and here. Clutch c/o SusieRaine available here
PLUS SIZE OPTION: Similar Style Dress available here

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New Years Eve Style: Repeat Offender

Years ago….before Facebook, Instagram and this blog I would have never thought twice about re-wearing something I loved two weeks later…especially since it was a totally different crowd. I hemmed and hawed for days over what to wear for New Years Eve….

We had relatively low key plans…my parents took the kiddies for the night…so we knew we wanted to do something, but we didn’t want to travel or spend a fortune.  We stuck close to home and had a beautiful dinner (just the two of us) at Prime 13 and then met my sisters and friends at 709 for cocktails…cocktails…and a few more cocktails.  I knew the pantsuit would be the perfect mix of cool, comfortable and chic but I was fresh off wearing it in NYC.  I tortured myself for a few days and then decided, who cares, and focused on styling it differently with some fun black and gold accessories.

I have been DYING to try the bohemian headband look for some time now…but it never happened…so when I stumbled across this black and gold floral one I decided to give it a try.  I received countless compliments and felt like it really went with the vibe of the pantsuit…Studio 54 anyone?  Hopefully this post inspires you to re-wear a few of your favorite pieces this month!  Just focus on different shoes, bag and accessories and no one will know:)

I truly hope each and every one of you had a beautiful New Year spent with loved ones…I, for one, am beyond excited to see what 2014 has in store!  Watching my babies continue to grow into little men…continuing to better our eating habits and food choices..super focused on growing my business…and doing it all IN STYLE!  2014 is going to be an AMAZING year:)

Linking up with two pretty mommies, Mama Fashion Files and Baby Shopaholic!

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Left: Greylin Pantsuit, Lariat Necklace available Lola’s Boutique, Nude Pumps Christian Louboutin
Right: Greylin Pantsuit, Fur Sweater Nicole Miller, Floral Headband available via Lola’s Boutique, Shoes Sam Edelman

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Great Friends…Great Times

If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook.…you know I was in Atlanta for a friends wedding this past weekend. Former cheerleading beauty Janette was marrying the man of her dreams at the St. Regis in Buckhead. It was a magical event…and I really really mean it…as the wedding planner extraordinaire, Mindy WeissDID NOT DISAPPOINT.  If you read along on this blog…you know I am the WORST at capturing events I attend…I like being present in the moment….enjoying myself and the people around me.  I apologize that the photos are grainy….but I wanted to share them regardless.  I had an awesome time…not without a few hiccups…was stuck in an elevator for 40 minutes and almost missed the ceremony…YIKES!  Then Sunday, due to weather, my flight was cancelled and I had to stay an extra night at an airport hotel.  Missing my boys like crazy…I am so elated to be home:) All worth it in the end however to be part of Janette and Dans special day and see some amazing friends that live too far away!  Enjoy…

IMG_8163Is this not the sweetest moment captured by one of the bridesmaids?  The bride and her mother..who BOTH happen to be the sweetest most beautiful women!!!!

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This was the STUNNING brides second dress….I mean…exuding happiness is an understatement.  So wonderful to share in her special day!

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I think this may be one of my easiest formal looks to recreate.  You can honestly take ANY black dress and make it look fresh and new again with a mess of pearls and a hot red lip!  I have highlighted some fabulous and affordable pearl options below…don’t be afraid to mix colors, styles and size of the pearl….just have FUN with it.  I also think nothing screams holiday spirit like a splash of red…so if lips aren’t your thing…try painting your nails a pretty shade of red.  Hope you are inspired and Happy Shopping:)

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Glam Holiday: London Times

As you know from prior posts here here and here I adore London Times dresses.  The price point, quality, fit and wearability are just perfection.  If you are in the market for a new dress visit the site…they have a bunch of cute dresses on super sale here.   I spied this metallic number a few weeks ago and knew it would be perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  I decided to hit the tracks and do a little photo session with the lovely Amy of Adalie Scott Photography.  She always has unique location ideas and the photos turn out beautiful.

So, how was your weekend?  Did you spend it shopping the deals and steals?  I spent most of the weekend relaxing and focused on family.  I did manage to get out to a favorite boutique or two on Small Business Saturday- how could I not support?  Busy week ahead…boxes to pack for clients, gifts to wrap, preparation for my big event Thursday (learn more here), and the list goes on.  Happy Monday to all and last chance to enter my giveaway below!

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Dress c/o London Times available here, Fur Trimmed Sweater Nicole Miller (old), Clutch Louis Vuitton, Pumps Christian Louboutin, Bracelets c/o Luxe Auctions, Necklace Lola’s Boutique available through The Box Service

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City Girl: Black and White Trend

Yesterday was my 34th birthday and I had an awesome night in NYC on Monday with some great friends.  It was completely impromptu which made it even more fabulous and fun! We went to the restaurant Catch in the Meatpacking district and it was beyond…like so freaking delicious! We sat at the table next to Jamie Foxx…see my girlfriend below…I was too embarrassed to ask for a pic…what is that about?  Anyway….  Thank you to everyone for all the sweet birthday messages via email, text, instagram and facebook…made this old lady feel SPECIAL!

Please forgive the crappy photoshoot….I really really try to just ENJOY my time with friends…being truly present and in the moment…so I only have a few instagram shots and grainy photos from my phone.  I loved my outfit SO very much…thank you RD Style for all the goodies…got quite a few compliments…so I thought I would share how to “get the look”!  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Wednesday!

Bouse and Skirt c/o RD Style, Shoes B by Brian Atwood (linked on board below), Bag Alexander Wang, Necklace borrowed, Bracelets combo of Cartier, Ettika and Lia Sophia.

Some Candids from Instagram:

Outfit Recreation: Black and White Blouse w Black Mini

Trends: Layered Necklaces and Leather Vests

Firstly, completely unrelated to all things fashion or the outfit post below…but it wouldn’t be right to share all about this glorious dress and not make mention of the complete devastation that has hit the Jersey Shore yet AGAIN. A few towns over,in Seaside, a huge fire has destroyed half of the boardwalk…buildings and businesses that have been there for decades…just gone.  I am not sure how much more the towns here can bear but please say a little prayer for the families, businesses, firefighters and first responders.  My heart breaks as people rally to rebuild…again.

Today is my husbands 35th birthday…Happy Bday babe!  He is off to golf and we are planning a big family dinner…cake and all…for tonight.  Last night, we decided to go to dinner, just the two of us.  I have been itching to wear this Von Vonni dress again…it is probably my most favorite dress…EVER!  I needed a way to bring a more casual vibe to it…and my trusted Rachel Zoe leather vest did the trick.  I kept the rest of the look really really simple…minimal makeup and hair in a ponytail.  My favorite mixture of sweet and edgy, this outfit will go down as a favorite of mine.  Style tip here is to consider layering you favorite summer dresses with vests and outerwear for a more fall inspired look….perfect way to get more wear out of your more formal items.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and check out my tips for layering necklaces below!  Happy weekend to ALL!!!

Dress Von Vonni (older style), Rachel Zoe Vest (older style), Shoes Calvin Klein (old), Clutch Louis Vuitton (old), Necklaces c/o SilverSpeck and Lola’s Boutique

Layering Necklaces:   
I love this trend and am glad to see it making a comeback.  I have been rocking it for quite some time!
I might be in the minority, but I don’t think there are a ton of rules to layering.  My advice…

1.  The most important thing to remember is all of the necklaces you choose to wear must be different lengths.  I would say make sure there is at least an inch between where they hit on your neckline.

2.  I love the mixture of metals like you see above.  It is a modern take and shows you aren’t afraid to have a little fun! Of course, all gold or all silver look great too!

3.  Really it is about letting your personality shine through.  Much like any accessory it is an expression of who YOU are.  Do what feels right for you.

Need some inspiration?  Check out my layered necklace looks below.
Layered Chunky Necklaces
Round Layered Necklaces
Simple Neckline Layered
Pearls Layered with Gold

East West Mama’s: We Heart Vintage Jewelry!

Back for another East West Mamas collaboration with my beautiful blogging friend Tanya of November Grey.  This month we are highlighting vintage baubles and how to style them in a modern way.  Tanya is a vintage queen and finds the most incredible clothing, accessories and even shoes at her local spots.  I am not much of a vintage shopper….I think I lack the patience it requires….but I have always been drawn to vintage styled jewelry/accessories, as you know from many posts featuring cool pieces I have collected through the years. (here, here, here, here and here to name a few)

With the necklace as the star of this outfit…I opted for all black, which is a look I totally adore. Tanya opted for all bordeaux. Stunning!  Loving the solid pairings from head to toe..how about you?  I gave my summer silk maxi a little taste of fall by pairing it with my favorite Rachel Zoe leather vest.  When in doubt, head to toe of one color can really make a style statement! Pop over to Tanya’s blog to see more shots of her sporting the amazing vintage tassel necklace here.

Love the idea of styling your OWN piece of vintage jewelry?  Well, here is your shot!  I am gifting the below medallion necklace to one of YOU!  Hope you find some outfit inspiration…..Good luck and hope you have an AWESOME holiday weekend:)

Silk Maxi c/o ETSI available on sale in colors here, Leather Vest Rachel Zoe (last season), Shoes Pollini, Necklace Vintage, Sunglasses Dolce and Gabbana



THE GIVEAWAY!

To Win:  GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

1.  Leave a comment with your email address to be contacted if you win. Simple as THAT!

Necklace valued at $100.  Contest will be open for one week commencing on 9/6/13.  Winner chosen by random.org and open to US Residents only.

* Please note, the vintage shop that sponsored this giveaway is brand new.  I will be sending all of your email addresses to the representative, so they can ask you to “like” her Facebook Page that will be up and running shortly.  Of course you can ask to opt out at any time, but please know when you are providing your email address it will be shared with the shop owner (not with ANYONE else).

Fedali Portrait Photography

As I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to my experience with Fedali Portrait Photography.  Although I realize not everyone has a style blog……I do feel that every woman deserves to have beautiful photography of themselves. I really love my photos and plan to frame one in my bedroom to serve as a reminder of how glamorous I can be when in the throes of diapers, laundry and just the general chaos that is my life.

Are you wondering what to expect?  In owner and photographer Oksana’s own words, “It is not just about a photoshoot but about an experience.  You can book a hair and makeup artist, sip champagne, truly take a break from your hectic life”.  She guides her clients through every step of the process including  a preshoot consultation (via skype or phone), helping decide on wardrobe and theme for the shoot.  On the day of, she will make sure you feel comfortable and look your best by helping you pose and feel natural in front of the camera (I can confirm she is great at this)!  Packages start at $550.  Please contact Oksana directly at oksana@fedali.com  if you are interested in learning more.

This is my favorite shot from the day.  Rarely do I look or feel this glamorous or pulled together….so this was a stand out for me.

 These shots seemed to really capture ME and are classic enough to stand the test of time.  I plan to use these for the website relaunch.

These shots are just FUN!  Another favorite dress of mine by Von Vonni….the movement of these is amazing! 

These were a close second for favorites of mine.  I am slightly obsessed with the blazer…and these feel so high fashion to me.  Planning to choose one of these for my bedroom, I think.

A 40th Birthday and Gladiator Heels!

I am often guilty of the “wear it one time only” game with dresses, so when I knew my brother in laws 40th was on the horizon, I decided to shop my own closet.  I wore this dress before here for my little sisters baby shower and decided I could most definitely wear it again a few months later. I love the skater style…and by pairing it with different heels, accessories and styling my hair differently….it felt like I was wearing a whole new outfit…sort of “old hollywood glam”…which is what I was aiming for:)  Do wear special ocassion dresses only once? If not, what do you do to make them feel fresh and new?

Dress YA, Necklace c/o Shop Design Spark and available here, Shoes Pollini (no longer available) purchased via Neiman Marcus Last Call

Red Lips compliments of Revlon: Hot Passion

My husband, myself and my sister in law hosted the party at a great restaurant on the Manasquan River called River Rock.  The spot was the perfect mix of dressy/casual with views of boats cruising by all night….we lucked out and got a firework show around 10pm….all in all it was an awesome night filled with tons of family and friends.  Since both my hubby and his brother are camera shy (don’t you ever wonder why you never see my man) you won’t see any shots of them….but my girlfriends are happy to pose with me!

* Sorry shots aren’t the best quality…all were taken with my phone and probably not the steadiest of hands! #everyonedranktheirfairsharethatnight

My dear friend Breanne….Black and White theme anyone?

My dear friend Tracy…and yes, I DID ask her about her leg workout!  Holy amazing gams, right?

Left: Dear friends Kaitlin and Stephanie                            Top Right:  My Sister  Bottom Right:  Mom

I received so many compliments on the above Pollini gladiators I truly wish they were still available to link to.  I bought them on a whim from Neiman Marcus Last Call at 75% off!  Even a few men at the party complimented them….you know its a great shoe when men are making compliments.  I put together a little board of some fabulous gladiators from all price points that are retailing now.  Happy Shopping!

Gladiator Sandals
Jason Wu high heels / Pollini leather shoes / Bionda Castana strappy sandals / Pollini leather shoes / BCBGMAXAZRIA leather shoes / Schutz leather shoes / GUESS shoes / Miss Selfridge strappy sandals / ASOS heels, $34 / Forever 21 shoes / Charlotte Russe shoes

 

Instagrammed: The Best Dress I Have Ever Worn!

I have never loved a dress more than the one featured below (excluding my bridal gown).  I originally saw it on the Von Vonni site for $550 and although I was obsessed, I just couldn’t stomach that price for a dress.  I watched and I waited and low and behold one fine day it went on sale!  Half off!!  I didn’t even blink an eye, I just added to cart and paid:)  The dramatic peekaboo lace paired with the silk flowing florals is seriously the most beautiful combination I have ever seen.  I attended a wedding this past weekend with all of my best friends from college….we left the husbands at home and all flied solo…Girls Night…and it was SO fun!

If you follow on Instagram  you saw this dress over the weekend….never had this kind of response to a dress.  Since so many were desiring the look and unfortunately the dress is sold out, I decided to create a set featuring dresses that evoke the same vibe.  Happy Shopping and make it a great week:)

Floral and Lace
Free People multi color dress / Aidan Mattox floral lace dress / BCBGMAXAZRIA strapless evening dress / Dorothy Perkins lacy dress / Jane Norman , $24 / Free People / GUESS by Marciano colorful skirt

Black and Brown…High and Low

I had a jampacked awesome weekend!  Out to dinner Friday…Met Bill and Giuliana Saturday….Friends daughters first communion Sunday (complete with bouncy house for the kids).  If you follow on Instagram you saw sneak peaks of all of this..so be sure to join in the fashion fun:)  I used to think black and brown together was a big “no no”, turns out it is one of my favorite pairings.  The tip here is to make sure you inject enough of each to show it wasn’t a mistake.  For example, had I worn a black belt and just the brown shoes, it wouldn’t have made the same fashion impact as both being brown…make sense?  I often wonder what I will do when the “high low” hemline isn’t trendy anymore.  In an effort to “keep it real” there are two reasons I love this trend. First, it allows you to show a good amount of leg without being trashy or overexposed (important for us thirty-somethings).  Second, it covers up my spider veins that seem to have taken over my upper thigh after baby number two (researching laser treatments as I write this).  TMI?  Hope you are fashionably inspired and make it a great week!

Nameless Dress  c/o Flat84 and available here, Bangles c/o Lydell, Earrings Marcia Moran (old) Clutch Deux Lux, Belt Nicole Miller (old) similar available here, Shoes Manolo Blahnik (old)

Peekaboo

As I venture further into my thirties, I am always cognizant of what trends I can appropriately try out and what trends I have to leave behind.  I posted the “crop top” to my “Style to Skip” Pinterest board last week because, as cute as the trend is, I just don’t think I can rock it with any sort of confidence.  I am however majorly smitten with the see through shirt, or as I like to call it, the “peekaboo” trend.  By keeping the rest of the outfit simple and understated, the blouse is the perfect and appropriate amount of sexy for me.  Of course, the blouse can absolutely be worn with a tank underneath, but for a night out on the town, I was willing to go a little bit scandalous.  I am in my thirties, not dead:)

I am highlighting SAVA again…if you are a newbie..check out my prior posts on this amazing brand hereherehere and here.  If you are a regular..you know I love the brand…and the Spring 2013 Collection is no exception.  So many items to love….let’s start with these below.  Currently there is free shipping on their site and you can also use code TSF10 for ten percent off either of the items below! Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Shopping:)

Skirt c/o SAVA available here, Blouse c/o SAVA available here, Snakeskin Pumps Brian Atwood, Clutch Deux Lux, Belt Remie and Reid, Earrings D.Monaco Boutique, Bangles c/o Lydell

Pastels and Fresh Picks with London Times- GIVEAWAY!

 Dress c/o London Times, Trench Rebecca Taylor (old), Clutch Deux Lux, Pumps Christian Louboutin, Pendant Necklace c/o SilverSpeck similar available here Bangles Cartier and Lola’s Boutique, Watch Rolex

Obviously I adore London Times from my features herehere and here.  Their dresses are made for my body type and the fit is so impeccable, I often wonder how they do it for under $80 a dress. Particularly smitten with the dress featured…love the classic cut and the missoni inspired print.  I could probably stand a bit of a tan before wearing it again….it is perfect for a baby shower I am attending in a few weeks.  Forgive, I am off topic.  When London Times approached me about partnering up for a spring campaign…I was elated….Especially when my readers benefit!  Here is the deal…Click here to enter to win the dress featured below in your size and a whole slew of my favorite things for Spring.  What favorite things you may ask…
….these Stella and Dot Earrings
….Orange Flip lipstick by Revlon
….this detergent by The Good Home Company
….North album by Matchbox Twenty
SORRY LADIES:  GIVEAWAY CLOSED
Amazing, right?  Hurry up and pop over to the London Times Blog to enter to win.  Contest is only open until tomorrow 3/29/13 through 11:59pm. Good luck:)

White Shoes: Not Just For Your Wedding Day

I don’t get a ton of time to sit and read fashion magazines with two little ones ruling my world, but there is one magazine I always grab first when I am getting my monthly pedi….People Style Watch.  As a die hard fashion lover, I know it probably isn’t what I should admit to reading but I honestly love the “real” celebrity photos, the trend forecasts and the bag/shoe round ups.  This March issue was no disappointment and one of the first pages I earmarked was this great shot of Gwyneth Paltrow in a killer black dress with, you guessed it, white pumps.  I immediately knew it was a trend I wanted to try for Spring.  It was slightly challenging finding pairs that didn’t scream wedding day, but I think I found some really beautiful options.  If you want to search on your own, my advice would be keep it clean with either a pump or peep toe, avoid appliques of flowers or bows and stay in the leather family (satin fabric screams wedding).  I haven’t decided which pair will be mine…but you can bet I will be sporting one of these below in the coming months on the blog.  Happy Shopping!

BCBGeneration Pumps are available here for $89.00

Boutique 9 Pump available here for $140.00

KORS Michael Kors available here for $275.00

Stuart Weitzman available here for $325.00

Manolo Blahnik available here for $645.00

Ruthie Davis Pump available here for $898.00

White Pumps For Spring