Fashion of Philly: June 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Splurge or Save


I've been craving these J Brand shorts for some time now. I love the loose fit , the serious distressing in the front and their versatile look. I also love finding a cheaper alternative like this pair from TopShop. In my opinion the picture of the model wearing the shorts doesn't do them them justice because the right pocket is tucked under, but I think they're still pretty cool looking. What would you do, Splurge or Save?

Festival Fashion Contest

The Wawa Welcome America! Festival is about to begin and a festival isn't a festival without a dose of fashion fun. This year Skai Blue Media teamed up with Wawa Welcome America! to get you inspired on what to wear with a Festival Fashion photo shoot. Wawa Welcome America! is also giving you a chance to win a pair on designer sunglasses from Omega Optical by showing off your favorite festival outfit on Instagram! From now until June 28, simply upload your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #July4thPhillyStyle and your set! Not sure what look to go for, check out some inspiration below!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Free People's Girls Night In



Free People is hosting a "Girl's Night In", tonight from 6 to 9 pm. The specialty clothing brand will celebrate the rapid growth of its label, Intimately Free People, nationwide in 33 Free People boutiques across the U.S. and Canada. UK it girl, Daisy Lowe was chosen as the face of the "Neighbor" campaign and introduced the line in a fun short video. The line includes a variety of bras in underwire, soft, and soft-lined styles, undies, slips, seamless layering pieces, lounge and sleepwear. In-store personal stylists will be on hand for bra fittings and styling suggestions, showing off the many ways Intimately Free People can be layered into their wardrobe during the summer. While there, attendees can enter a raffle for a chance to win an Intimately Free People set including the Cheeky Lace Bra and a Lacey Basic Hipster Undie or Lacey Thong.


For a complete list of stores and to RSVP for the "Girls Night In" Event, click here!



Neon & Stripes


Just a quick post on what I wore to the Grand Opening Event for Addition Boutique. The weather was really nice just before the crazy heat wave hit the Tri-State area, so I took advantage. Since the event was in the evening, I wanted to be cute without being cold after the sun went down so I paired my H&M sheer neon green button down shirt with an embellishment collar over a striped mini from Forever 21. For accessories, I choose items with a little bit of sparkle to add to the stones on my collar including my phone case from Bling-My-Thing. Do you match your phone covers to your outfits?



Addiction Boutique Grand Opening


East Passyunk welcomed it's newest and hottest shop, Addiction Boutique, to the area last week. Stocked with some of the summer's hottest trends, Addiction Boutique is the perfect spot to find a look for any one of Philadelphia's upcoming festivals. I loved literally everything in the store especially the ombre cut off shorts and off-the-shoulder peasant tops. They even have something for the little ones.



While there, I was able to chat with the owner, the lovely Alicia Dimichele, who came up with the concept for the shop from her many shopping trips to NYC. Inspired by the styles she found while shopping, she decided to open her first location in Cherry Hill, NJ and after much success, Passyunk was the next destination.

The Gorgeous Staff with Owner, Alicia Dimichele
DJ EBro supplied the hits while Sophia showed off the trends.
Whether you're closer to Passyunk Ave in Philly or Cherry Hill in Jersey. Addiction Boutique is a great place to shop for the glam girl. With gorgeous clothes and a gorgeous staff, I promise you, you'll want to look through every rack, shelf and table once you're through the door. You'll truly be Addicted!

Stylish Shoppers on the Scene


Chatting it up with owner, Alicia Dimichele and Kory Aversa of Aversa PR
You can check out more photos of the store on our Philly Shops Page and for more information on Addiction Boutique, go to AddictionBoutique.com!

Let's Shop Philly: Addiction Boutique


Addiction Boutique is an awesome shopping destination to find trendy, glammed up, and fashionable fun clothes. With a wide variety of brands and styles, there is definitely something here that will catch your eye. With two great locations to choose one: one off of Passyunk Ave, (1713 South 12th St, Philadelphia, PA) and another in the Tuscany Market Place (1990 Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ), make sure you stop by and feed your Addiction!








Monday, June 24, 2013

Romwe Summer Sale

Adorn by Sarah Lewis Summer 2013 Collection


Adorn Boutique released it's Summer 2013 Lookbook with mystical and enchanting jewelry inspired by nature. "For sunny days, we're loving crystals and turquoise, long chains, leather fringe, and geometric shapes. For this shoot, we brought the collection back to nature - the source of its inspiration...We shot in the evening, during the 'golden hour', so we could capture the warm light shining through the trees," said owner and designer Sarah Lewis. I hope you enjoy the Glossi I put together highlighting some of the pieces from the collection. Also Gilt City is running a special promotion for Adorn Boutique where you can purchase $100 in store credit for $50 or $175 of credit for $100!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Strike a Pose


Hey everyone! I just wanted to personally invite you to check out my style profile on Pose.com! If you've never heard of Pose, it's the leading online platform for fashion and beauty. Everyday millions of Pose members including fashion bloggers and celebrity trendsetters across the country and around the world provide photos of everything you would need to get inspired. Pose is the easiest way for people to find inspiring styles and spot and shop the trends they need to help turn their style inspiration into reality.You can download the free app for your iPhone, iPad or Android and start posting pictures right away! Are you already on Pose? Leave a comment with your username and I'll make sure to follow you! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

NVEY ECO Pure Organic Makeup Review

NVEY ECO


NVEY ECO is an all-natural NATRUE certified organic green makeup line that boasts perfection through high performance color and long lasting characteristics without animal testing. NVEY ECO's makeup is enriched with nourishing properties that use organic and plant ingredients, infused with natural botanical extracts, powerful antioxidants, and Vitamins A, C, & E.  Launched internationally in 2005, the certified organic and chemical free NVEY ECO Organic Make-Up Cosmetics  was created using exclusive bio-organic, animal- friendly formulas, and methods to make a pure, gentle and highly effective make-up solution.

I was presented with the opportunity to review 2 of NVEY Eco's organic eyeshadow shades and brushes below. I love the concept behind their cosmetics brand. However I'm not a fan just yet based on the products I received. Dare I challenge their statement "NVEY ECO explodes the myth that going green reduces the performance and application of make-up." 

*Rose Gold #168 ( Retail Price $29.85) -  The shadow doesn't appear rose or gold. It actually appears as a light shimmery creme color. I would use it as a highlight underneath my brow. I would rate this product 6 out of 10. I don't love but at the same time I don't hate it.

*Black Gold #170 (Retail Price $29.85) - I was excited when I read the label but disappointed with this shade entirely. I felt deceived again as I did with Rose Gold. It appears on my skin as a washed-out gray and not pigmented at all. It has specks of gold within the shadow which gives the gray a shimmer effect. I imagined a bold black shadow with a hints of gold . NVEY definitely missed the mark and did not come close to "exploding" the performance myth with this shade. It actually did the complete opposite. I rate this shade a 2 out of 10.


 *Powder Brush ( Retail Price $55.00) - This brush is a keeper. The brush handle was made using a special corn resin. The cruelty-free brush hairs are made of fine and soft synthetic fibres. It's extremely soft and great for applying finishing powder.

*Large Eyeshadow Brush ( Retail Price $29.85)- Created just like the powder brush, this brush is so soft and gentle on the eyes. The bristles are just a tad bit too long and seems more like a blending brush  when applying shadow. If you have extremely large lids, add this brush to your arsenal.


Pros: 

  • Brand new Australian makeup collection, that is 100% natural and organic - also NATRUE and NSF Organic Certified
  • Does not test on animals, and is chemical free - boasting high volumes of botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants.
  • Does not contain any Parabens, Sulphates, GMOs, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Petrochemicals, Synthetic Colors or Synethic Fragrances 
  • is a safe, ethical, functional, and environmentally friendly cosmetic for consumers.

 Cons:

  • Shadows are not pigmented.
  • Overpriced

    Get the Look!

    5 Makeup Artist Tips

    Get this look using the products listed below! by Khadijah Sumter


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    When you’re a makeup artist, everyone looks to you for tips and tricks. I’m always inventing ways to maximize product use and still achieve a red carpet look. Below are some of my personal favorite yet simple tricks anyone can do that will make you look and feel like a pro! 

    1) Mixing Queen: Summer is the season for tinted moisturizers with a hint of bronzer, at least from a Jersey girl’s perspective. You can create a tinted moisturizer by mixing your regular foundation with a daily face moisturizer lotion/cream. The end result once applied is a nice light, sheer coverage that hydrates your skin at the same time. 

     2) Lipstick Trick : Need a hint of color on your cheeks? Smudge lipstick onto your hand. Use your finger to dip, dabble, and blend color onto your cheeks. It gives you a pinch –cheeky look which appears quite natural. 


     3) 2-in-1: Mascara can act as an eyeliner! Swipe the liner brush against the tip of the wand where extra mascara can be found and apply to your lash line. Don’t forget to blend by adding mascara to your lashes. 

     
    4) Make Me Matte: Transform any lipstick matte by placing just a little blush powder on top. Apply lipstick, blot, and pat blush on top with your finger until it's fully matte.

    5) Signature Brow: I have droopy eyebrows so I have to say this one of my favorite things to do to give me a little umph. Using concealer, highlight underneath yours brows with a flat concealer brush. Placing concealer around the brows helps in achieving the shape you desire and of course lift your brows. (tutorial coming soon) 
    What are some of your tricks?  

    The Last Plot in Revenge


    If you like tales about the Old West, tasty spaghetti, and exciting theater, you should check out the "Last Plot in Revenge", a dinner theater like no other. We went to a preview opening week and had a great time. We enjoyed music, comedy, and lots of spaghetti as the Scrapfields and the MacGruels duked it out for the last cemetery plot in the town. I won't tell you too much because I don't want to spoil it for you, but I will say get there early, you don't wanna miss a thing.


    "Last Plot in Revenge" is now playing above Lucy's Hat Shop located on 347 Market Street in Philadelphia until June 29. Click here to purchase your tickets today!


    For more information on "Last Plot in Revenge" & Brat Productions, visit BratProductions.org.

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Blo Out Bar Willow Grove Park


    Dry Bars have become one of the hottest trends in the hair salon industry, offering clients transformations at a fraction of the cost and time. The Blo/Out Bar is set to open its newest location in Willow Grove Park this summer. Guest will be able to get their hair washed, dried and styled into waves, voluminous curls, sleek and straight or an elegant up-do for a standard rate with no appointment necessary.

    Photos of their Center City Location
    In addition to a Blo/Out, the salon will also offer scalp massages, professional makeup services and customer styling. With their newest service, Blo/Out Express, clients can receive a dry styling treatment in only 20 minutes. I had the opportunity to experience the Blo/Out Bar at their Center City location to get my hair styled for the Preakness at the Piazza event. I was really impressed with the service, salon layout and styling. The Blo/Out Bar will work with any type of hair texture and length. If you're in need of a quick do, I definitely recommend giving them a try. Have you visited the Blo/Out Bar? What did you think?
     Avi Shenkar, owner of BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar
    For more information on Blo/Out Bar, visit their website bloout.com

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    Bling-My-Thing Giveaway

    For most people, especially those in the blogging community, our cell phones are as much as an accessory as the purse we carry and this month we've teamed up with cell phone case company, Bling My Thing to show off some of their newest designs and host a giveaway!

    Yellow case with Orchid Print in emerald green with Emerald SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
    $34.99
    Bling My Thing is an innovative design company specializing in crystal customization using SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. For their newest collection they have teamed up with leading designer Ayano Kimura to bring elegance and glamour to the Samsung GALAXY S4. Bling My Thing also carries additional case collections for the iPhone 5 and 4/4S, Samsung Galaxy S II and S III, Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and Xperia ray, BlackBerry Bold 9900, cases for the iPad and Bag Hooks.

    Pink tinted transparent case with a mixture of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in pink and crystal
    $39.99

    They sent me the Milky Way Crystal Transparent Case to review for my iPhone 4. (Also available for  iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4) I really love the sleek design, how the case is transparent so it goes with everything, and how the Swarovski Crystals pick up the light. Even though it's subtle, it's still noticeable. If you're looking to purchase one for yourself or as a gift, you can find them on Bling-my-thing.com, Amazon and in Rogers stores throughout Canada.

    And now for the giveaway! If you have an Samsung Galaxy S4 you could win one of the cases pictured above for yourself! To enter just follow the prompt below. How many entries you earn depends on you. I wish you the best!

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    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Romwe Leggings Flash Sale

    The Peplum Top


    Who doesn't love a peplum top? With its flattering silhouette creating an instant waistline, you just can't go wrong. I currently have two peplum tops in my wardrobe, one that's sweet and one that's sassy. This faux leather peplum top is from Pac Sun and I really love it's edgy style.

    Instead of pairing the peplum with a pair of skinny pants or form fitting skirt, I decided on a full skater type skirt for Express. It almost creates the look of a dress instead of two separate pieces. I finished the look with Steve Madden cut out sandals and accessories. How do you wear your peplum?




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