Fashion of Philly: November 2013

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

Finn Apparel
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

NYC EVENT | The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop
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.
NYC EVENT | The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop

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.

Picture Courtesy of Ford
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.

Photos courtesy of Stella Artois
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.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Wears Isabel Marant For H&M

Isabel Marant for H&M Collection
Dress: $129
Boots: $229

Who says high fashion has to cost an arm and a leg? Thanks to the Isabel Marant for H&M collection, anyone can pull off this look worn by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley! The collection will be available in H&M store November 14th. Will you be in line?

Tiffany & Co. Atlas Collection

The Atlas Collection
Some time ago, we were invited to view the Tiffany & Co.'s newest line of fine jewelry, The Atlas Collection. Marked by the classical Roman numerals also found on the iconic clock at the Tiffany & Co. Flagship store on Fifth Ave, this collection is styled in bangles and narrow bracelets, bold band rings, earrings, necklaces and a great open medallion.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Menswear Monday: Vans 20 Years of Snow


Vans celebrates its 20th anniversary this winter season with an iconic collection. Shaped by two decades of snowboarding heritage, the Mountain Edition Collection is a line of functional, Streetwear-inspired hybrid apparel. The 2014 collection will also include an exclusive capsule collection, complete with a V066 boot, jacket, and socks. Vans will also be releasing a definitive retrospective film by respected snowboarding filmmaker, Mike Hatchett of Standard Films, entitled "Twenty Years: Off the Wall, On the Snow". 

For more information on Vans Snow and the new collection, go to Snow.Vans.com

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Take a Peek with Closet Confessions



Online shopping destination, Bluefly, has re-launched its web series, Closet Confessions, giving you a look into the closet's of favorite fashion insiders.First up is W Magazine’s fashion market and accessories director Karla Martinez, a regular style star at Fashion Week with an impeccable eye that combines editorial vision with Southwestern flair courtesy of her Mexican and Arizonian roots. 

This Closet Confessions episode features Karla’s apartment filled with beautiful pieces from her travels and her drool-worthy closet—taken over from her husband. With years of experience at trend-setting glossies like Elle, Vogue, Interview, T Magazine, and now at W, it’s no surprise Karla Martinez is a lover and visionary of all things style. “I love style as a whole—not just fashion,” she explains. “The way you live, your furniture, the way you travel, the way you eat—all of that kind of comes together. I really love translating that art into the magazine.” Her personal style extends from a giraffe-legged bowl found in South Africa to a custom wedding gown designed by Carolina Herrera.

As a fixture at every major Fashion Week across the world, Karla also has tips to share on how to survive the long days and constant traveling. Her Fashion Week staples? A bright lipstick, a moisturizer, and comfortable shoes. “During Fashion Week, if you’re not comfortable in your shoes, you can’t walk in your shoes,” she says. “And no matter how amazing your outfit is, if you’re not comfortable in it, it doesn’t work.”

Want to find out more about Bluefly's Closet Confession, go to Bluefly.com/Closets!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sex in the City's Patricia Field Sprays it on with TEMPTU AirBrush Make-up Limited Edition POP GLAM Collection


Jessica White Stuns in Michael Costello


Supermodel Jessica White looked radiant on the red carpet at the Angel Ball at Cipirani Wall St, wearing a stunning Michael Costello dress. Performers, Usher and Pharrell seemed to agree as they pulled her up on stage to dance during the show. Talk about a showstopper!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Phillip Lim Trunk Show @ Saks


Shopping Party at Dynamite K.O.P.


Come shopping with me this Thursday at the Dynamite in King of Prussia Mall from 5 to 9 p.m.! It's a Best Dressed Party so come looking your best and you might see your pic on Fashion of Philly! I even picked out some of my personal favs that I can't wait to share with you. While you shop, enjoy goodies, the latest trends and an exclusive discount! Plus when you spend $60 or more, you'll receive a free gift bag! Make sure you're following on Twitter and Instagram @DynamiteStyle and @Fashionofphilly with the hashtag #DynamiteBestDressed to keep up on the latest! Can't wait to see you there!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Steve Lagos Sample Sale


LAGOS will be hosting their annual sample sale for two weekends only in November! Take advantage and grab fabulous pieces at 50%! This is a "Must Shop" event held at 441 N. 5th Street on the 4th Floor in the Event Room! Check the dates and time below so you don't miss out on the savings!

 
Friday November 8, 2013                   12-8pm
Saturday November 9, 2013               10-5pm

Friday November 15, 2013                  12-8pm

Saturday November 16, 2013             10-5pm

 



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