Fashion of Philly: 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Last Outfit Post of the 2013


2013 is coming to an end, but before we say goodbye, I thought I'd post one last outfit post. In the midst of doing some running around in the city, we snapped some shots in a relaxed, but stylish look. This leopard/tiger/lion embossed shirt from H&M is really comfortable and I like how it looks with a pair of black pants. This pair of waxed denim jeggings are by Rock & Republic and stretch in all the right places. 


The Xena Necklace from JewelMint.com
I love this necklace from JewelMint! After being a member of the BeachMint family for so long I finally ordered my first piece after they sent me an offer I just couldn't turn down. Plus I really love the gunmetal color and hope to grab more to add to my jewelry collection.


These nails were a great convo starter everywhere I went from Starbucks to the movies. They're actually press-on nails from the House of Holland Collection from Elegant Touch! I picked them up on Black Friday from Ulta for only $2.99, but just found out the line is no longer being carried in their stores. The collection has twelve unique and fun styles available online that you just have to check out! I hope you'll come back later as we'll recap our favorite moments from 2013!

Monday, December 23, 2013

H&M Grand Opening Recap


We had a great time at the H&M Grand Opening Party at the Shops at 69th Street in Upper Darby, PA. The excitement was growing as over 400 eager customers waited in line for hours for the store to open its doors. The first 100 people in line receive a fashion pass valued between $10 and $300 and gift bags stuffed with great H&M gifts. Fashion of Philly was also there to reward two of our awesome twitter followers with a head to toe outfit of their choice. I hope you enjoy the video footage and remember to follow our social media accounts because you never know what we could be doing next!

Check out our 2 winners: Jantra & Joshua in their new looks!
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Island Cowgirl Jewelry

                                    

The holidays are almost over and the time has come to buy gifts for all your loved ones. So far we’ve tackled what to get for that special man in your life in our “Holiday Gift Guide For Him”.  Now let me tell you about a line I’m obsessed with. It’s a jewelry line called Island Cowgirl, which is perfect for this holiday season. It is super stylish and romantic. Every piece of jewelry is handcrafted  and inscribed with poetic etchings and words of inspiration. Isn’t that adorable? I like to think so! Check out their website http://www.islandcowgirl.com. Island Cowgirl’s jewelry pieces are unique. So unique that even celebrities such as Hilary  Duff, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Biel, Ashley Tisdale, and Ashlee Simpson have been spotted wearing trendy Island Cowgirl jewelry. Each piece has a special meaning and anyone would love to own a piece of jewelry that brings inspiration, motivation, and is fashionable as well.  These pieces are great for any of your friends, family members, or even yourself!  What I love about this line is the prices. Everything is very reasonable, ranging from $26-$76. Island Cowgirl Jewelry is now available in boutiques nationwide, so make sure you pick up a piece for this holiday's giftings! 

~Written by Natalia 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Our First Fashion Haul Video



We're so excited to have posted our first Fashion Haul YouTube Video! It was a collaboration between Fashion of Philly and my girl Alice of dalabooh.com, sharing some of the things we had purchased or had been sent to review throughout the month of November. To celebrate our first fashion haul video, we wanted to host a giveaway! Up for grabs, we're giving one winner the chance to win a Michael Kors jacket for that wonderful guy in their life and for her, a gift bag stuff with some really cool items! To enter, simply follow the instructions on the widget below. The giveaway ends Tuesday, December 24 and the winner will be announced via social media and contacted for further information through email.

Wanna check out the details of what we mentioned in our shopping haul? Visit our YouTube page and you'll find everything listed in the description box. Plus there's a special discount on one of the items featured in the video just for you! I hope you enjoy the video and if you have an idea for our next video leave us a comment! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ShopStyle asks, "How do you ShopStyle?"

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How do you shop for your favorite styles? I took the ShopStyle "How do you ShopStyle?" quiz and found out that I'm an Oh So Savvy Shopper because I love looking for the best price on styles I love! Nothing makes you feel as good as looking like million dollars without having to spend a million dollars. Now's your chance! Take the "How do you ShopStyle?" quiz to find out how you shop style and you could win a cute designer bag!

The Wolf of Wall Street Ticket Giveaway


The new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street hits theaters next week, but we have a special treat just for you! We're be giving away 50 passes to watch the advance screening of The Wolf of Wall Street on December 18 at 7:30 p.m. To grab your passes, all you have to do is submit your information in the widget below! The more task you complete the best your chances at being picked! The giveaway ends at 5:00 3:00 p.m. on December 18! We will be contacting you with further instructions on how to receive your tickets.

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As an added bonus 2 winners will receive a prize pack with reserved seating for the movie including a soundtrack from the film! Hurry and enter today and spread the word to your friends and enjoy a movie on us!
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Philly Designer Dom Streater Featured in Marie Claire


Everyone should go pick up the January 2014 issue of Marie Claire Magazine featuring Philly's own Dom Streater, the winner of Project Runway Season 12! Wowing the judges and the fashion world with her bold yet minimalist custom-made graphic prints, we're happy to see her representing Philadelphia in fashion. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of her designs in the future!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Menswear Monday: H&M Menswear Spring 2014 Collection


For today's Menswear Monday, we'll be taking a peek at H&M's Menswear Spring 2014 Collection. Get a glimpse of the hottest looks of the upcoming season. Also is you haven't heard Fashion of Philly will be attending the Grand Opening of the H&M at The Shops of 69th Street on December 19 and we'll be giving away a free head to toe outfit of your choice! To find out how to enter, check out the previous post here!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Beyonce Madness!

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How crazy was it to wake up and realize Beyonce just released an entire album overnight! As a huge Beyonce fan, I was super excited and along with many other members of the BeyHive went a ahead and hit the download button! Did you download the Beyonce album? What do you think?

Our Ford Fiesta Experience


We had such a great time experiencing the 2014 Ford Feista Titanium model! To start we were a little shocked at all the technological advances the car contained. From the rear facing camera that automatically appears when the car is put in reverse to the powerful sound from the Sony HD audio/satellite radio with eight premium speakers including a sub-woofer, the new Ford Fiesta is full of surprises. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wonder Woman's Beauty Secrets


Model turned actress, Gal Gadot, has her hands full these days. The former Miss Israel will not only be playing the role of Wonder Woman, opposite Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, in the upcoming movie Batman vs. Superman in 2015, but she is also the spokesperson and face for the skin care brand, Vine Vera.  To fulfill those roles you must have some pretty good beauty secrets. Thankfully, we got the insider scoop on her top 5 tips and tricks.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

H&M Grand Opening Party + Giveaway


H&M is excited to announce the grand opening of their newest store at The Shops on 69th Street (2 South 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA 19082) on Thursday, December 19 at noon! The new 29,000 square foot store will offer collections for ladies, men, young ladies, young men, and children. Shoppers will also be able to check out the "store within store" sections for accessories, lingerie, cosmetics and H&M+!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Menswear Monday: Beckett Simonon Footwear


Beckett Simonon, a new retailer of men's high-end footwear, launches their New Goodyear Welted Collection. Offering stylish high quality looks at a fraction of the cost. They've managed to cut out the middleman to offer their customers luxury footwear at prices starting under $139 with free shipping! Each pair sold even comes with a 1 year warranty so you can take each step with confidence.

"Beckett Simonon is a great alternative for guys who want to look dapper but are also price conscious.  Good style doesn't end with a nice suit or well-fitted clothes, there are also shoes, but very few guys can afford to spend $300+ on a pair of fine shoes," says Nicholas Hurtado, lead designer and co-founder."

For more information on Beckett Simonon, go to BeckettSimonon.com


Styles from top to bottom: Caine Oxfords, Baily Chukka Boots, Hoyt Double Monkstraps, Hughes Longwings.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Keep Ya Shorts On

Shorts in the Winter
Don't go putting those shorts away just yet! This summertime staple is making it's way into the colder months. Dress it up for a party by wearing leather shorts with a sequined top paired with a blazer or be causal in some cut-offs denim shorts and a comfy sweatshirt. I wore something similar to the PoshMark Party earlier this year and it was really comfortable. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

At Home Spa Treatments

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During these harsh winter months we all want to take good care of our skin and hair, but even though frequent trips to the spa may not be reasonable, especially if you're on budget, it doesn't mean you can't pamper yourself. These three easy home treatments will do wonders for your entire body. I am a huge fan of coconut oil and have been using it on my hair and skin (and even in my cooking) for almost year now! (Check the previous post here) I hope these remedies help you and your skin get through the winter!

Revive tired hair, body and lips
Coconut oil is an essential product to nurture dry hair or sun-damaged skin.  It's loaded with Vitamin E and fatty acids which are anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial--melt a teaspoon and add to conditioner to revive brittle hair. You can also mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with sugar to create a refreshing body scrub, sloughing off old summer skin.  We also recommend using it on lips in the place lip balm, it’s a yummy way to help lips from cracking.

Anti-aging with Avocado
Avocado oil is rich in healing vitamins B, C, D, E, K.  Studies have shown that it increases the amount of collagen in skin, translation--it helps skin from aging. Other benefits include repairing sun damage and fighting age spots. We recommend using La Tourangelle’s Avocado Oil from head-to-toe, before jumping in the shower rub the oil into your skin and let sit for 60 seconds before washing off.

Bye Bye Acne
Sunflower oil is also rich in vitamins A, C and D and healthy carotenoids and waxes which form a protective barrier on the skin. Thus, this oil is effective in the treatment of acne. Being exceptionally light and non-greasy, it's non-comedogenic and can be rubbed into your skin without generating pimples or spots. 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

These Boots Are Made For Walking


After hunting down food trucks on Temple University's campus with fellow blogger Alice of dalabooh.com, I stopped for a moment to take some quick outfit pics. With the weather getting much colder these last few days, dressing in layers and finding a good pair of boots are a necessity. These boots were gifted to me thanks to Naturalizer. I have previously thought of the brand as being targeted towards the more mature age group, but style and comfort is something women want at any age. I really like the Lucille boot for a few reasons: the height, the color and the heel. The rusty tan color is beautiful neutral shade to have in your wardrobe plus the design of the heel and the ankle height looks great with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans or under a pair of boot cuts.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Deals!



It's Cyber Monday and we wanted to share some noteworthy deals thanks to our blogger, Natalia! Do you know of an awesome deal that's not listed, share it in a comment below! Happy Cyber Monday Everyone!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Twitter Party with FabFitFun and Lorna Jane

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January will be here before you know it and everyone will be talking fitness and getting in shape, but why not start now! Join me on a twitter chat December 12 at 6 p.m. PST with FabFitFun and Lorna Jane, an activewear company made for women, by women, for a discussion on how to stay fit during the holiday season. You may have seen my previous post about FabFitFun earlier this month and found out how much I loved receiving the seasonal box. If your interested in joining the chat make sure you click here to RSVP! They're even going to be giving away a $250 gift card just for doing so and another one during the chat in addition to 3 $50 gift cards! Looking forward to chatting with you soon!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Philly's Guide to Black Friday Shopping

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Wanna support your local boutiques during Black Friday? Here's a few places you need to know about!

The Ultimate Fashion Guide to Black Friday



The Gift Guide for Him


The Holidays are here! This weekend is the biggest shopping weekend of the year. If you know don’t know what to buy the special men in your life, like your father, husband, boyfriend, or brother, here is a holiday gift guide. I’m pretty sure all of you don’t want to wait until the last minute to buy the perfect gift, so take advantage of the great deals out there! I hope my holiday gift guide comes in handy.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Ultimate Beauty Guide to Black Friday


Well the holidays are among us and Black Friday remains a way to kick our makeup shopping into high gear on a BUDGET! So we've gathered together some of the best beauty deals coming up for Black Friday. And remember, a lot of these brands will also be participating in Cyber Monday (which we’ll also have the low down on) so shop wisely! Keep checking in as some Black Friday deals are posted last minute!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Celeb Look for Less: Kate Beckinsale


Today's Celeb Look for Less is going to be a Travel Edition, since a lot of you maybe traveling in the next couple of days. If you live anywhere in the U.S., except Southern California, you may have noticed how cold it's been lately, so Kate Beckinsale's airport look is fashionable and fitting for the season. Let's start with a simple v-neck tee. While jet-setting, you'll want to be cool and comfortable so a loose fitting viscose tee is where you'll want to begin. Leather leggings are so on trend and in practically every store. I found this pair at Lord & Taylor for only $25! Now to top the look off with a faux fur jacket to keep you warm, some easy to walk in chunky lace up boots, and shades to make this celebrity style feel official and you're ready for take-off!

Wanna check out our last Look for Less...click here!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Menswear Monday: Finn Apparel

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New start-up fashion company, Finn Apparel wants to put a new twist on an old favorite, the men's Chino pant. The Finn Cuffed Chino is designed with an unique custom fabric hem on the inside of the pant. With a simple roll of the cuff, you can transition your everyday look into a contemporary trouser.



“The Finn Hem Trouser is the perfect fit, feel, and style that every fashion forward male has been looking for, but it’s even more than that. We’ve added an element of our own that makes this trouser absolutely one of a kind. Our trouser is a timeless piece where vintage meets modern. Built around a slim straight fit with the perfect rise; not too skinny, not too loose with an unmatched comfort in the perfect cotton twill. We've spared no expense in the quality, detail, and design precision that go into this trouser. It's a true portrait of excellence. Every trouser is consistent in quality and detail. We’ve sourced some of the finest fabrics from around the world, and the blend makes for one of the most comfortable pair of pants you will ever wear,” stated Dustin Vann, Cofounder of Finn Apparel.



The Finn Apparel products line ranges in price from $18 to $88 for individual items and from $110 to $375 for packaged collections. To check out more from the Finn Apparel Collection go to FinnApparel.com.

A Single Serving of Glee

Edwards Desserts

The winter season usually means a lot of baking, but let's face it sometimes you may not have all the time in the world. For those times turn to Edwards Desserts. For more than 50 years, Edwards Desserts have been creating perfect pies fit for any occasion or, thanks to their single serve pies, no occasion at all. With a variety of flavors to drool over including Hershey's Chocolate Creme Pies, Salted Caramel, Key Lime, and my personal favorite, the Reese's Creme Pie, you just can't go wrong!


Since these pies are just too good to keep to ourselves, we'll be giving away 6 coupons to try Edwards Desserts for yourself! To enter is really simple. Just follow the steps in the box below before Friday, November 29 and you're on your way to a great tasting dessert! (Also on December 1, Edwards Desserts will be giving away additional prizes on their Facebook page!)

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I would like to thank Edwards Desserts for compensating me with 3 pie coupons for the post.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop

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Christmas is coming early for all beauty addicts including myself. The Makeup Show will be bringing back their Holiday Pop-Up Shop on December 7th and 8th. Shop an exclusive sample sale with over 40 top beauty brands. For two days, beauty lovers and pro makeup artists alike can pick up beauty products at steep discounts and get their holiday shopping done.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ford Changes Car Shopping with GoMoto


Car shopping has just gotten even more interactive in the Philadelphia area thanks to your local Quality Ford Plus dealer and GoMoto. This month in the Court of the King of Prussia Mall, you can experience first hand a new cutting, edge technology kiosk from GoMoto in collaboration with Ford Motors. The F-150, Escape, Explorer, Fusion, and Focus will be on display alongside three 47-inch gesture controlled kiosks featuring an interface similar to what you would find on an iPad, iPhone, or Android device.


Now car shoppers can compare and contrast Ford models side-by-side with just the wave of a hand. Customer will be able to see pricing information, navigate through images and learn about a vehicle's interior, exterior, mechanical and safety features.

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After experiencing the kiosks, consumers will be prompted to download the Ford Drive app. Once downloaded, visitors can use the app to unlock any of the vehicles straight from their phone. The GoMoto experience truly sets Ford apart from other automotive displays by providing a self-serve, sales-free environment. Customers can continue their experience by scheduling a test drive using the Ford Drive app at their local Ford dealership, where they'll receive a pleasant and pressure-free shopping trip.

Want to check out the Ford and GoMoto collaboration for yourself? Head over to the King of Prussia Mall Court in the atrium across from the Cheesecake Factory until February. You'll have plenty of time to experience it during the shopping season.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Ken Downing Gift Collection at Neiman Marcus

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Neiman Marcus Fashion Director, Ken Downing, has curated an exclusive gift collection available from November 20 to December 24. The collection is made up of 37 gifts ranging in price from $32-$1,800. Designers Tom Ford, Alexis Bittar, Michael Kors, and Stella McCartney,to name a few, have been included in the gift collection that will donate 10% of each item sold to a local charity. Our local Neiman Marcus at the King of Prussia Mall has selected the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Art Education Program, which provides more than 1,000 undeserved youth with access to quality art education each year. With so many great items to choose from, it's going to be hard to pick just one! You can view the complete collection at NeimanMarcus.com

My Night with Stella


Sometime ago, we were invited to an exclusive event asking us to "Liberate Your Senses" with Stella Artois. The evening allowed you to enjoy and explore all five senses of Belgium. Since I'm not a beer drinker, I was kind of weary at first, but I quickly realized that Stella Artois has a taste unlike any other.


Master Beer Sommelier, Marc Stroobandt was there to talk about what goes into the craft of beer making from the beginning to the end. He also shared with us the proper pouring and drinking techniques matched with the different types of Stella Artois beers from their Hoegaarden to the Leffe and, which is now my beer of choice, Stella Artois Cidre.


As the night went on, each glass was paired with a delicious dish. The traditional Stella Artois was paired with beer steamed mussels served in a creamy, herbal broth. All the flavors balanced so perfectly with each course, right down to the praline cheesecake for dessert.

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If you're not a beer drinker or if you've never tried Stella Artois, may I highly recommend picking up a case on the way to your next party. I'm sure your friends will be impressed!

5 Tips for Launching a Fashion Label from American Fashion Designer Nicole Miller

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After working in the fashion industry for over 25 years, American fashion designer Nicole Miller has found success by building one of the most successful fashion houses in the nation.
In a recent interview with FashionMingle.net Style Editor, Shalanda Turner talks with Nicole Miller about her personal experiences in the fashion industry and her advice for fashion designers who want to start their own fashion label.
1. Have a clear vision and to back up your vision, you need experience and technique.
2. It’s not about “Trial and Error,” it’s about “Try all and Error.” You have to persevere.
4. When the time comes to sell your clothes, make sure your clothes have a good fit.
5. Never be afraid to work with different groups and companies in order to get your name out there and reach more people.
Nicole Miller launched her latest Spring 2014 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September. She will also launch her first shoe collection in 2014. Visit FashionMingle.net to read the complete interview with Nicole Miller and view looks from her Spring 2014 womenswear collection.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Men's Luxury Travel Wishlist


Last week, we featured a luxury wishlist for the lady's, but since it's #MenswearMonday, it's only fair we do it again you the fellas. So here's our 10 favorite men's luxury items for traveling. Enjoy!

1. Watches are a huge accessory item in menswear, so protect your invest with a Travel Watch Case ($50) from Fossil. The camo print also gives it a trendy kick.

2. Even though you may not carry a bag everyday, if you decide to carry one while traveling make it count. Nothing says luxury more than this Trussardi Travel & Duffle Bag ($1,410). It has enough space to fit your things while still being small enough to store overhead.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Let's Shop Philly: J. Jill of King of Prussia

Premiere specialty retailer, J. Jill unveiled a new prototype retail store design offering women an easy, more personalized shopping experience. The company believes that life and fashion should be uncomplicated, which is reflected well in their shopping space, that is modern, bright and simple to navigate! 

The clothing is made for the women who likes fashion, but without all the fussiness. Comfortable outfits with a relaxing color palette is what you'll find upon entering the doors. Pieces are arranged in ways to suggest certain pairings, but still allowing the customer the freedom to create their own.


The helpful staff is willing to assist with any of your fashion needs, especially in the fitting room which is roomy with plenty of mirrors reaching from the floor to the ceiling. I was more than happy to try on a few items like this Gingham blouse and leggings. Also this soft and cozy cashmere sweater with a pair of their slim boyfriend jeans, which I really loved!

 
If you're headed to the King of Prussia Mall this weekend, don't forget to stop by the J. Jill store located downstairs in the Plaza. While you're there, make sure you check out their beautiful accessories and other collections: PureJill and The J.Jill Wearever Collection. To celebrate their grand opening J. Jill is offering 20% off your entire purchase until November 17! So get there fast and join the celebration! Thanks J. Jill for inviting us to your lovely store!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Luxury Travel Wishlist


Nothing makes traveling better than having the right tools. It also helps to keep your belongings organized and in line with all those TSA regulations. With traveling season now upon us and me recently returning from vacation, I want to share with you a Luxury Travel Wishlist of items essential to those wanting to travel in style. Think of it as a little motivation to get you thinking about your next trip!


1: Of course you need a bag big enough to easily carry all your belongings and what better bag than one that has the words "Jet Set" in its name. This Michael Kors Medium Shoulder Tote makes the perfect travel companion. Made of durable Saffiano leather, this tote is good to go!

2: Traveling at any time of the day can be tiresome, but keep yourself looking naturally fresh with the Chanel Le Naturel Travel Set complete with Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15, a Gloss and Mascara for quick touch-ups in between layovers. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Let's Shop Philly: Rack Room Shoes


The Rack Room Shoes is located inside the Willow Grove Park Mall in PA. We had the privilege of coming out and take part in their grand opening. Around the store you will find many different styles of shoes for everyone.   And when I mean everyone, I mean everyone!!!  Some of the brands that the Rack Room Shoes carries are Madden Girl, Sperry,  X-Appeal and many more.  This store is definitely a destination for all kinds of shoppers, and I can guarantee that you will find exactly what you are looking for. The staff are very pleasant and nice.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November is National Health Skin Month; THE DO’S AND DON’T’S FOR WASHING YOUR FACE


So many of us have gotten into the routine of absent mindedly washing our faces each morning and night, but are we really taking into consideration a few tiny tricks that can make all the difference in a more effective wash? Washing your face seems like a pretty straightforward practice, right? While a quick splash of water and some soap might be all you need, there are some subtle things you may be doing that could be the cause of excessive drying, oily skin or Fear not -- a few simple tweaks can make your skin healthier. Because November is National Healthy Skin Month, La Jolla, board certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart felt it was time to get this simple cleansing practice down right.

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