Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kembrel Adds Menswear

One of the hottest shops in Philly, Kembrel is about to expand selection to include a menswear shop. Their location on 1219 Locust Street will be a spot dedicated to the fellas. There you'll be able to shop the latest in menswear with timeless personal care items. Shoppers can browse local, independent and established designers with the help of a personal stylist six days a week. Join Kembrel October 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. for the official store launch party. Enjoy appetizers and drinks, a complementary shave and cigar and lounge in Kembrel's locally designed and sustainable built showroom. Click here to RSVP on facebook!

Also for the month of October enjoy 40% off with code KEMFASHPHILLY, valid now through October 31, online at kembrel.com or at either of their two locations: 1219 Locust Street or 1822 Chestnut Street. Simply print out this page or show the code on your smart phone! Happy Shopping!

So Long September

September has come to a close, but what a busy month it's been. Between The Philadelphia Collection, Philly Fashion Week and the many store openings, I really enjoyed it all. The Fall weather is starting to roll in and with that, of course comes fall fashion. As we get settled into autumn, we move into October. The days get shorter, the wind blows a little harder, and we start to become inspired with nature's way of preparing for winter. During this time of year, a road trip to the Pocono or Appalachian Mountains becomes a beautiful sight full of color. I'm not one for hiking, but the view is breathtaking.

Source: google.com via Brittiny on Pinterest

This year, for the month October, Fashion of Philly goes pink! Every day will be highlighting a different item that Supports Breast Cancer Awareness from some of your favorite and even some new ones. So make sure you come back daily to check out the featured post. As always I will keep you up-to-date on the latest fashion news, trends and events happening in the area. Thanks for all your support! I hope you had a great September and have an even better October.




Friday, September 28, 2012

Let's Shop Philly: Anne Klein



Anne Klein is the newest luxury retailer to join the prestigious Walnut Street shopping district. Don't think of Anne Klein as just your mother's brand, they have updated their looks to appeal to the younger generation. I love the store's layout, which is an edgy split level design. Among the walls of the entry space are sketches of Anne Klein's early work which made the brand what it is today.

On the Right: Some of the Exclusive Merchandise Available Only at the Philadelphia Flagship Location
On the Left: Complete Your Entire Look with Anne Klein Accessories 

You'll find tons of accessories on the upper level from boots to watches to complete your head to toe look. On the lower level, you can shop the Leo Legacy Collection showcasing designer Anne Klein's distinctive original vision for the brand, updated for today.

Dresses from the Leo Legacy Collection
The Dress on the Right is to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
The DJ was Spinning Tunes All Night 

Great Conservation with Tyler About The Leo Collection.
This flagship store is home to many exclusive pieces including several bags and totes featuring copies of Anne Klein's original sketches. Also around the store are several items dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer.

Bottom Left: These two lovely people make sure the watches are timeless, no pun intended.
Surprisingly Met Up with Caitlin Sweeney from CobblestoneandStilettos.com
I had an awesome time at the Anne Klein VIP Grand Opening. I feel like I got to reconnect with the brand on a personal level and not just idenifying it as an older brand. Some of my favorite pieces were the bright hue tights, the simple yet stylish Heritage Dress, and any of the accessories with the lion medallion. Lions are known for their strength and power so it's such a fitting symbol for the Anne Klein brand. Their items give women a sense of strength and power whether it be for the workplace or an evening out.


Make sure you stop by the Anne Klein flagship store located on 1711 Walnut St. For more information on Anne Klein, check out their site at AnneKlein.com.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Home Spa Treatment


If you're into nature inspired bath and body products, Scented combines natural ingredients and luxurious scented oils to bring spa quality items to your doorstep. They feature a wide array of products including bath salts, body creme, lip moisturizers and their patent pending Fragrance for Life Air Fresheners which can be placed on any surface. Scented products are non-toxic and cruelty-free to provide you with a relaxing scent filled day and night.



This week I decided to schedule an at home spa day. First, I heated water in a foot bath sprinkling in Scented's Moisturizing Bath Salts in Lavender Vanilla. One whiff and it's an instant escape to relaxation with a blend of fresh lavender, warm vanilla beans, zesty orange and earthly patchouli. Next, I massaged my feet with their Peppermint Cafe Body Polish to rid the skin of dead cells. The polish contains peppermint and coffee beans that left my skin glowing and feeling smooth. Lastly, I locked in the moisture with the Coconut Lime Verbana Body Creme. This creme is blended with a mixture of shea and cocoa butters, lime, kumquat, grapefruit and lemon, with a soft floral undertone of jasmine on a background of musk and sandalwood. What I love most about Scented products is that they're gentle enough to be used on a daily basis because of the natural ingredients. It also feels good to actually be able to pronounce the contents used on you skin. I recommend ordering a few items for the upcoming harsh winter to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.

This Tyson's Corner, VA based company began its success by selling largely through a system of consultants, but felt the need to expand. Now, Scented products can be found on their newly redesigned web site ScentedCo.com. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Mingling with the XIX


It was such an honor to attend the 3rd Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia. Being around so many influential woman who are recognized not only for their great sense of style, but also for their long-standing community service and involvement. Some of the women honored were Sarah Van Aken, Founder/CEO & Designer at SAVA and S.V.A. Holdings Corporation, Natalie Nixon, Associate Professor in the Fashion Merchandising Program and Director of the Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University and Kristen Laviolette, Supporter of Flyers Charities and Wife of Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach, Peter Laviolette. The event was held at the beautiful and fittingly titled XIX Restaurant at The Bellevue which gave attendee picturesque views of the city. This was my first time attending the event and I hope not the last.

Lagos partnered with Mary K. Dougherty for this Wonderful Event

Left: Mayor Michael Nutter with his Wife Lisa Nutter, who was a past honoree
Top Right: Designers from The Philadelphia Incubator Kaitlyn Doherty, Autumn Kietponglert, & Latifat Obajinmi
Bottom Right: Associate Professor Natalie Nixon and I showing our pearly whites

Top: The lovely Kristen Laviolette, supporter of Flyers Charities
Bottom Left: I loved this cape by fellow blogger Doreen Creede of Style Maniac
Bottom Right: Chatting with Mary Dougherty, Event Organizer & owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia
Left: Pat Ciarrocchi Anchor & Reporter from CBS 3
Top Right: Sarah Van Aken, Founder/CEO & Designer at SAVA and S.V.A. Holdings Corporation
Bottom Right: These ladies were tons of fun!
To view the pictures in their full glory visit our Tumblr page here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

TopShop at Nordstrom Fashion Party


If you don't know by now, you can now find TopShop at select Nordstrom locations and online. They recently hosted a Fashion Party to celebrate the launch at their King of Prussia store. I was able to go and had a great time. They gave everyone the chance to model some of their latest fashions in front of the #BritishStyle backdrop. Shoppers could also get a mini makeover by Nordstrom's Beauty Stylist, Jennifer Kochenour, dance to tunes by DJ Aiden Scott, and with every $100 purchase they gave away samples of their new beauty line coming soon to Nordstrom. Did you get to attend the fashion party? If you got to check out the collection, let me know what you think?




Monday, September 24, 2012

New Stores Opening at Franklin Mills


Franklin Mills is Philadelphia's largest outlet and value retail shopping destination. They offer more than 200 stores which now includes their newest additions LOFT Outlet and AE Outfitters. The LOFT Outlet has opened in the Neighborhood 2 section of the mall near H&M. I think that every woman should have a piece from LOFT not only because of the great prices, but you'll find timeless and classic pieces for your wardrobe. 

I know we all are familiar with American Eagle, but just think of AE at outlet prices. Opening later this month in the Neighborhood 3 section near Bed Bath & Beyond, you'll find the same great classic styles at even more affordable prices. While your headed from one spot to the other stop by the new Philly Pretzel Factory for a yummy snack. Make sure you check out FranklinMills.com, Like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter for the latest updates. Also right now Ontario Mills in Los Angeles is giving one person the chance to become a Celebrity for a Day with a Meet & Greet with Giuliana Rancic. The package also includes a trip to Southern California, a $1000 shopping spree at your favorite Mills mall, accommodations for two at Aloft Hotel, dinner for two at Market Broiler and VIP seating at the Runway Event! To enter go to www.facebook.com/OntarioMills.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall 2012 Must Have: The Skater Skirt

After I seen The Shops at Target commercial, I became obsessed with the cute Faux Leather Skirt worn by the girl happily walking down the street of imaginary shops. I searched Target's site and found that the skirt is a Kirna Zabete for Target Faux Leather Skirt. The good news is that it's only $39.99; Bad news is it's sold out! This only led to a search for more of the trendy skirt style. So, I found eight contestants suitable for any price range and style. Shop them through my Mulu page and let me know what you think!

Hope Chest Grand Opening


This month, Philadelphia's Premier lingerie shop, Hope Chest opened its Center City location. Twenty-two years ago, Hope Chest opened its original store in the Belluvue Hotel, but in 2006, moved to Haverford Square. Now, Hope Chest is back in Center City and is owned and operated by the beautiful Jennifer Rosen, the former manager and buyer of the Main Line location.
Top Left: The Romantic Art Installation
Bottom Right: Owner and Operator, The Beautiful, Jen Rosen
Hope Chest Philadelphia offers a hand-selected collection of fine lingerie, bras, shapewear and sleepwear with the chic, urban customer in mind. The Hope Chest carries brands such as Simone Perele, Cosabella and Hanky Panky as well as brands exclusive to their Center City location; Claudette and CLO Intimo. The space is warm and inviting with feminine "shabby chic" elements. I fell in love with the romantic art installation hanging in the store front. If you are ever in the mood for something special, in search of that perfect bridal shower gift or just want a break from the ordinary, stop by Hope Chest Philadelphia located at 1937 Chestnut Street.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

About the Shirt

Shop the top and more from Sugarlips here.

I love this Minor Keys Top from Sugarlips. If you haven't heard of Sugarlips, it's an addicting, trendy fashion site for girls who are girly, but like a little bit of edge. Great style is easy to find, but when you can find them at great prices, it's even better. I can see myself dressing this top up or down and wearing it year round, pairing it with a blazer or a causal sweater.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Night with an Illustrator


It was a pleasure meeting Christian Dior's Beauty Artist in Residence and Fashion Illustrator, Bil Donovan! It was so much fun being in a room full of love for Donovan and his work. I had the privileged of sitting with his sister and other members of his family who by the end of the night made me feel like an extended member. If you are not yet familiar with his work, visit BilDonovan.com and I'm sure he'll become an instant favorite.

XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia


This Monday, September 17th, some of Philadelphia's most recognized women in fashion will be honored not only by their sense of style, but their community service and involvement. The 3rd Annual "XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia" event is hosted by Nicole Miller Philadelphia store owner, Mary K. Dougherty.  This year, they will be partnering up with Steven Lagos, who will be celebrating their 35th anniversary.

Uber will provide transportation for the guest who will arrive in style in the latest looks from the Nicole Miller Fall 2012 Collection. Along with enjoying Hor d'oeuvres by Restaurant XIX Executive Chef Richard Hebben, guest will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets ($100 each) for a chance to experience a private tour of Nicole Miller's showroom, two tickets to an exclusive Nicole Miller New York Runway Fashion Show and $1000 gift card to Nicole Miller Philadelphia. All of the proceed from the raffle go to The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, dedicated to support and promote emerging fashion designers in Philadelphia. This is sure to be the highlight of The Philadelphia Collection.

Find out how much I enjoyed the event here!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Anna Del Russo x H&M


If you've been following my blog, you know that I love to feature H&M collabs and here's another one for you. Fashion director, Anna Del Russo has an exciting accessories collection debuting at 140 stores and online, October 4th. The collection will feature jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags, and rolling luggage. I'm not sure yet if the collection will be available in our area, but of course when I get the details I'll keep you posted.

Pictures thanks to HM.com
 Del Russo believes that "accessorization is essential" and it "adds a personal touch to any outfit." I, too, love accessories because of how they can give one outfit two extremely different looks. Accessories are meant to be fun and this collection capitalizes on that thought. Check out the video about Anna talking about her collection and her music video "Fashion Shower", it's kinda catchy!

video

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Philadelphia Collection Kick-Off Event

Philly Fashion is Moving Up

Now that NYFW is over, it's time for Philadelphia to shine with The Philadelphia Collection. Tuesday, I was invited to the Kick-Off Party for this year's The Philadelphia Collection events. Judging from the great time I had, I can't wait for the upcoming festivities. With nearly 75 events, spanning from large-scale "featured" runway shows and fashion presentations to smaller events including trunk shows and expert panel discussions, inviting consumers to shop and embrace fall fashion. Last year, there were so many events, I was running around like crazy. This year I maybe doing the same, but in a more organized fashion.


The event was held at the Art Museum's beautiful Art Deco designed Perelman Building located at 2424 Pennsylvania Ave. Currently the museum is hosting an exhibit entitled Prom Photographs by Mary Ellen Kelly which displays photos of students at their prom from different areas of the United States which turned out to be very interesting. Coming up on October 6, the Ronaldus Shamask: Form, Fashion, Reflection comes to Philly and is sure to attract those who appreciate the art form of fashion. I'll share more info on Ronaldus Shamask and the future exhibit in a upcoming post, but for now enjoy some more pics from the event.

Love these Shoes from Bus Stop Boutique


For more information on The Philadelphia Collection, check out the ThePhiladelphiaCollection.org

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One in the Hand...

One of my favorite shows, The X Factor is premiering tonight on FOX and what better way to celebrate then with a give-a-way! The co-founders of ChicBuds will be giving out 5 of their Gold Crystal Fauvette Bird speakers tonight during the premier in honor of those who pursue their dreams! Chicbuds combines fashion and function in a portable bird speaker. Even though it's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this little bird tweets loud and clear with a 2-watt amplified speaker. Its built-in rechargeable battery can hold up to 4 hours of quality sound in one charge, so it's perfect for that lunch date in the park. The Fauvette is compatible with basically any listening device including your iPhone, iPad, or your laptop. It's perfect for music and fashion lovers on the go! I hope you enjoy watching this season's The X Factor and don't forget to click here to enter the give-a-way!


The Fauvette Bird Speaker $40 at ChicBuds.com
 For more information on ChicBuds go to ChicBuds.com.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bil Donovan Book Signing

Bil Donovan is coming to town to present his book, "Birds of a Feather". Donovan is an artist, educator, author and fashion illustrator whose work has appeared editorally in various publications as well as promotional and advertorial campaigns worldwide. Along with being the Artist in Residence for Christian Dior Beauty, he has also worked with Mercedes Benz, various Hearst and Conde Nast publications and Amazon.com.
Donovan's Artwork from BilDonovan.com
On September 13th, Donovan will host two events at Hotel Palomar: an afternoon panel for area students and an evening book signing reception. The book signing will be a ticketed event showcasing the illustrator's newest book. Tickets are $30 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's and attendees will receive an autographed copy of the book. I hope you can enjoy this evening of art, fashion and fun. To purchase tickets and for more information click here. This event as well as nearly 75 others are a part of The 2012 Philadelphia Collection. For more information on the Philadelphia Collection go to ThePhiladelphiaCollection.org!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Topshop/Topman Now at Nordstrom's



One of my favorite spots just got a little closer to home. Starting September 10th, you can now shop TopShop and TopMan at Nordstrom's. If you want to shop in store, you'll have to head to King of Prussia and not Cherry Hill, but online is always open. Also online you'll find a TOPSHOP TOPMAN Zine with hip photos, styling and beauty tips. Save the date for September 15th because Nordstrom's will be hosting a TopShop Fashion Party from 9 to 4 1 TO 4 P.M. Click here for more details.



Photos from Nordstroms.com

Check Out the New You


Once again, I want to thank everyone who came out last Thursday to the FNO Event at Aveda. If you were there and want to check out your pics click here. If you couldn't make it, but still want to check out the pics, feel free. Our photographer did a awesome job capturing the moment and is offering custom touch-ups with the purchase of your photo. If you have any questions, shoot him a email here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thanks for Joining Us


Happy Friday Everyone! I would like to thank everyone that came out to Aveda yesterday during Fashion's Night Out. We had a blast and everyone left looking and feeling great. For those of you who got your photos taken, keep checking in over the weekend for the link to be posted. I can't wait to share that with you! Thanks again!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The FNO Must See List

Just two more days til the biggest shopping event in the world! If you have no clue where to start, don't worry I got you covered. From Philadelphia to King of Prussia, I got the scoop on what your favorite boutiques and retailers have in store.

Fashion's Night Out Philadelphia

  • Aoki (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) - Check out the new Fall fashions, sip champagne, listen to live music and mingle with some of Philadelphia's creative crowds. Be one of the first 200 people and receive a free gift.
  • Egan Day (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) - Celebrate Fall with an appearance by renowned silhouette artist Zachary Murray. Pick up one of his beautifully unique, hand-cut paper portraits while you shop. rsvp@elizabeth@eganday.com
  • Joan Shepp - Cocktail reception with USA made jewelry designers. Special guests include: Emanuela Duca, Lesli Sunshine of Lesli Dale, Bonnie Jonas, John Wind of Maximal Art, Caroline Rocha, Nicole Romano, Celeste & Satu Greenberg of Tuleste, Gary Glaser of W/A Studios, Representative from Alex Woo and Larry Jonas of Zack. The event will be hosted by Karen Giberson, President of The Accessories Council.
  • Kembrel (6 p.m. to 11 p.m.) - Enjoy fashion, art and music while you shop their 5th designer trunk show. Designers include: Kendra, Abbe Weiss, Pretty Pretty Rebel, bombom jewelry and Duke and Winston. There will be hors d'oeuvres by DiBruno Bros. and wine tastings by Wine by Design.
  • Knit Wit (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) - Meet and greet with designers of the Skai Blue Show and be styled by the experts. Dance to the DJ while sipping champagne on the red carpet.
  • SAVA - Get styled by Kristel Closets expert fashion stylist Caroline Kohler
  • South Moon Under - Enter to Win a $100 gift card, nibble some nosh, shake a leg to tunes, and sip bubbly
  • Thrid Street Habit - Trunk show from Mother denim with giveaways for all.
  • Tag Denim - Celebrate their 10th anniversary with music, wine, lite bites and fabulous fashions.
  • Plage Tahiti (6 p.m.  to 10 p.m.) - A night of shopping with trunk shows from Halston Heritage & Adornia Jewelry. Enjoy refreshments while you meet & greet with Adornia Co-founders Bex & Mo
  • Nicole Miller - Pre-Fall shopping and cocktail party with limited quantities of FNO merchandise. RSVP at mcolona@nicolemillerphiladelphia.com
  • Macy's  - Meet Pretty Little Liars cast member Janel Parrish on Juniors 2; Attend styling class at 6:30 with Karima Renee of Skinny Minority on Women's; Shop the designers of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator on the Grand Court/Shoes at 5:30)
Fashion's Night Out King of Prussia 
  • Aveda - Stop by to get your hair and make-up touched up by the Aveda team, a photo-op by the Fashion of Philly photographers and a meet and greet with me! 
  • Tommy Bahama - Get a free limited edition Fashion's Night Out scarf with your purchase $50 or more. (While supplies last.)
  • Tory Burch - Snack on refreshments and treats while checking out Fall goodies.
  • Madewell - Enjoy sips and sweet treats and stop by the Braid Bar to get styled.
  • Touche Accessories - Go on a mini vaca to France and snack on French wine and cheese while receiving 20% off your purchase. (Some restrictions apply.)
  • Intimacy - Celebrate "Cleavage & Cupcakes" with free bra fittings, cupcakes & refreshments. Plus enter to win a Fashion Bra & Panty Set valued up to $250.
  • Kate Spade - Have fun with sips, snacks, and an in-store raffle.
  • Me-ality - The sizing kiosks entertains with refreshments while you get measured and enter to win a gift basket.
  • Neiman Marcus - Check out the latest trends at 7 p.m., hair & make-up touch ups at the Beauty Bar and music by DJ Gregg Nyce.
  • Around the Mall - Fall fashion fun and faux photo shoots mallwide.
Double Your Pleasure. These stores are in multiple locations so choose wisely.
  • BCBG - Stop by and get styled in BCBG from head to toe. Then instagram your style with hashtag #BCBGFNO for a chance to win $1000 in BCBG merchandise.
  • Free People - Enjoy sips and sweets. With every $250 purchase receive a candle from Candles with Love. (While supplies last.) While you're there check out a special DIY event and get studded.
  • Juicy Couture - This fun retailer will be debuting their newest fragrance Viva la Juicy la Fleur. Make sure you stop by and get a sample.
  • Kenneth Cole - Receive a complimentary tote just for checking in with FourSquare and a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree.
  • Steve Madden - Visit this shoe paradise and with every purchase receive a studded iPad case. (While supplies last.)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sweet September

Pics from the Fashion of Philly Fall Board on Pinterest

Hey Fashion Lovers! It's officially September! I don't know about you, but I'm definitely excited! There's so much happening this month from Fashion's Night Out to The Philadelphia Collection. Of course, I'll be posting about some of the coolest events going on in Philly to keep you up to speed. Also  during September, I want to help you organize your closet. For Fall, I like to think, out with the old and in with the new, but taking good care of those staple pieces you love and need. I understand that not everyone can afford those beautiful California Closets so I'll make it easy on your brain and budget. If you have any questions or topics you want to see posted this month, leave a comment below!
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