If you're anything like me, there's just nothing like writing your goals, thoughts, and ideas down on old fashion pen and paper. Last month, I picked up this lovely marble planner from Urban Outfitters (pictured above).

Here's what I loved about this one: 
  • The marble cover is classic (You'll definitely want to check out the other patterns here.)
  • It's more of a paperback, so it can easily fit into any purse
  • Not super big, roughly 8.5" x 6"
  • Allows you to write in the date
  • Includes different areas for your to do list and next day plans
  • Has a time table
  • Extra space for jointing down objectives each day

Since there's so many great planners to close from I fine-tuned it down to 10 of my second favs. I'll leave it to you to choose the best one. 

Discover your world wide family

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It's now the time of year when families love to get together. You may find yourself either sharing your favorite funny stories, welcoming loved ones, or discovering long lost relatives. The latter is something my family and I started doing once my father got his DNA results back from MyHeritage.com/DNA. The My Heritage DNA at home kit is an easy cheek swab DNA test that reveals detailed ethnic origins. They have already helped millions of people find new additions to their family tree and discover their background.

Special thanks to Visionworks for providing me product to review in exchange for a post. All thoughts and views are my own. 

Fun Fact: The Earth is closest to the Sun in the winter and since winter is on it's way, now is the perfect time to shop for a new pair of shades to protect your peeps. Aviators are my favorite style of sunglasses, so when VisionWorks invited me to take a look at some of their fall styles, naturally I was drawn to these babies.

Avon's A Box #AvonInsider

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Have you heard... Avon recently released something beauty lovers are sure to love! The Avon A Box is a limited edition package of themed goodies packaged every 2 weeks. Inside you'll find treasures from their skincare line to nail polishes for only $10 with a $40 purchase. It's not a subscription box so there's no commitment and you'll be able to see what's inside so you'll know it's right for you. It's a great opportunity to get something for yourself and gift an A Box for a friend (or vice versa). The current A Box is entitled The Magic of Pearls and includes 5 amazing products you'll want to try! Order yours today at Avon.com!
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With a busy schedule, I don't often get to cook at home, but when I do I like to make sure it's pretty tasty. One of my favorite ingredients to include is cheese. It think anything with cheese (and bacon) can be amazing. Parmesan is just one of those cheese that have tons of possible combinations. Since I received this package from Parmigiano Reggiano  the "King of Cheese", I'd have a lot in the kitchen added it to my families meals. Parmigiano Reggiano has been making cheese for over 900 years in from Parma and its nearby provinces, all in Italy. In fact it is the only parmesan that's even from Italy!

ellelauri, a women’s fashion brand and boutique, will host a Grand Opening celebration of fashion, shopping, drinks and lite bites at ellelauri’s new Design Studio and Outlet Store. Liz Rymar, ellelauri president and Philadelphia fashion designer, will welcome guests on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 12 noon to 4 PM. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony. To honor American’s veterans, ellelauri has partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation an organization that empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes. ellelauri will donate a portion of all sales to this worthy cause: www.travismanion.org All Grand Opening attendees will receive a free gift bag with lots of goodies, so come ready to party.

The jewelry brand with a serious cult following, Alex and Ani, has opened in the King of Prussia Mall and I was excited to be invited to their opening day! I was even able to take home a few new bangles to add to my growing collection. If you're looking for a way to wear your memories or recall your favorites with someone special, Alex and Ani is a great place to start looking. From birthstones to charitable organizations, Alex and Ani has something that is sure to show off your personality.

Last week my husband and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary! Our usual way of celebrating is going out to enjoy a nice dinner. Our interested was peeked when we checked out the menu for the White Dog Cafe. They have three locations: University City, Wayne, and Haverford, PA. We decided on University City since it's not that far from home and parking is usually easy to find.

Clothes Mentor is celebrating five years of giving back and on October 27-29, they will be having a five year birthday bash! If you're a fan of the blog, you may remember when I collaborated with them last year racking up some amazing deals! (You can check out that post here.) During this weekend festivities, there will be lots of food, fun, and activities for kids. To further mark the occasion, customers can make a $5 donation to Women's Resource Center, a charity serving and supporting women and girls of Southeastern PA, and receive $10 in Clothes Mentor Cash to spend in store! 

Be sure to stop by one of their four locations for a fashionable, fun time:

Clothes Mentor West Chester
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382

Clothes Mentor Springfield
Springfield Shopping Center (Route Sproul Rd)
Clothes Mentor East Norriton 
Clothes Mentor Ardmore
Sock Style Inspiration

The weather is finally starting to cool down just in time for Fall Fashion! I recently teamed up with the Standard Merchandising Company to share one of biggest trends for the season: Socks! They can be knee highs, fish nets, ankle or ol' fashion tube socks, no matter your fav there's a fun way to rock them.

Homecoming Hair featuring Ellie Wilde

How To Do Your Hair For Homecoming
Finding a homecoming dress that you feel fabulous and flawless in is only half the battle. From there, you have to complete your look with the right hairstyle. Every beauty maven knows that certain hairstyles just work with certain looks. Put a style together that your classmates will want to emulate from head to toe with these dress and hair-do pairings.

2 Stores, 1 Weekend

The weather maybe in summer mode, but I'm craving fall fashion and beauty! Thankfully, two new stores are opening in the Philadelphia area that I can't wait to check out: NYX Cosmetics in the King of Prussia Mall and Zara at the Cherry Hill Mall!

Verizon Wireless recently launch a new program exclusively for their customers called Verizon Up! Verizon Up is a new rewards program that rewards their customer with VIP experiences. One of those once in a lifetime moments was VIP Access to the Lady Gaga, sold out, "Joanne" tour!

Verizon invited me as a VIP to check out the sound check before the show, cool tour merchandise, a backstage tour, dinner with the Lady Gaga's crew a.k.a. "roadies", the opportunity to meet Lady Gaga with a photo opp, and of course, amazing seats to show! I had such an amazing time! You can check out my vlog below to see more of the action!


If you're a Verizon customer and want in on some of the awesome perks of being apart of a great network you need to sign up for Verizon Up and start earning today! Thanks Verizon Wireless for allowing me to be apart of this unforgettable opportunity!

When it comes to fashion week, being a part of a designers first NYFW show is such a incredible moment. The excitement of the designer, the eagerness of the models and the anticipation of the audience give off an energy unlike any other.

Ashley Stewart is having their final Finding Ashley Stewart tour event this September 16 at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. This tour will feature giveaways, fashion, food, dancing and much more! Plus they will be awarded one deserving woman the title of Miss Ashley Stewart 2017 plus scholarships and other surprises! You won't want to miss this fun event. Purchase you tickets online today at http://bit.ly/FASTicketmaster

MyHeritage DNA Kit + Review

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Nothing tells you who you are and where you're come from quite like your DNA. It's amazing what we can discover and learn from it, so when MyHeritage invited me to take a look into my DNA, I was all for it!

{Dining} Turning Point

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I'm not a big breakfast person, but when I'm in the mood for something yummy first thing in the morning (or brunch), I head to Turning Point. One day, my sister picked me up on her way there, but I had already had breakfast so I ordered a bowl of their turkey chili, which is very good, but I really wanted to try their breakfast menu. So I decided to go back with Hubby for another shot.

Fall Fashion with Reebok Classics

R-E-E-B-O-K do your footsies the Reebook way... I remember when Reebok was the only thing I wanted to wear. That classic style, not too sporty, not too luxe. Let's not forgot the endless possibilities in color choices. Fast Forward to now and I'm glad to see Reebok making a comeback with fresh new styles like the Reebok Club C Zip Causal Sneaker. The zipper makes it easy to zip on and go, while still keeping it cute and stylish. I could totally see myself rocking the Reebok classic is the metallic leather classic this Fall with a cozy cardi, distressed denim and my favorite comfy tee. How would you rock your Reebok style?

Being a fan of Dermae, I was very excited when they recently sent me their Microdermabrasion Scrub to try out. I love trying out new natural skincare products and Dermae makes some pretty amazing items. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have since my Instagram story on my first time using the scrub. Here are five things I loved about this scrub!

True Food Kitchen, one of the newest restaurants to open in King of Prussia, gives a new approach to eating healthy with unique flavors and a rotating menu to bring fresh seasonal food all year 'round. True Food is located on the outside of the King of Prussia Mall near Shake Shack and has indoor/outdoor seating, perfect for those upcoming late summer / early fall months.

Summer is a season of celebration. From graduations to family reunions or just a small backyard BBQ, there's always something fun going on. Even more so, wedding fever is in the air! I even had the chance to attend a beautiful wedding earlier this month! No matter if you're already married or still in the early stages of planning, everyone knows it's a lot of work to get ready for the big day. There's so much to think about and get ready for making it impossible not to ask for little help. My and husband and I attended The Big Fake Wedding in Philadelphia last year and it was so much fun! (Click here to check if it's coming to a city near you!) Even though, we were married at the time, it was nice to revisit those beautiful memories of being pronounced Husband and Wife. I wish we attended something like this before we planned our big day and that's why Fashion of Philly has teamed up with The Big Fake Wedding to giveaway not one, not two, but THREE pairs of tickets to the The Big Fake Wedding! The wedding may be fake, but it features a real local couple renewing their vows in front of you, their guest. You will also be able to explore tons of amazing venders for you to make your day, the best day ever! 
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It looks like this heatwave maybe sticking around a little while longer so if you're looking for a way to cool down, save this next bit of info in your calendar. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia will be offering free samples from Noon to 4pm for National Ice Cream Day, Saturday, July 15! If you haven't tried their smooth, delicious gelato, stop by 1716 Chestnut Street and indulge. The whole family will enjoy getting out for a special treat including meeting Stefano Biasini previous winner and current runner of the World Cup of Gelato! He will be there preparing and serving his treaty treats so be sure to say Ciao!

For more information on Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia, visit their website: GranCaffeLAquila.com

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Summer maybe nearing the half-way mark, but there's no reason to lack off on style. Add a little something extra to your summer style by adding a fun and colorful straw bag. You can find them in many styles, silhouettes, and colors. My favorites are the ones with quirky sayings and tagline to show off a little personality. They're perfect for the beach or running to the farmer's market for a few items, especially fresh flowers.

Dining at the Moshulu

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My family is big on celebrating anniversaries. It's a time for us to get together and celebrate how much our family has grown and make great memories. This year for my oldest sister's anniversary we went to Moshulu on Columbus Blvd in the Penn's Landing section of Philadelphia. It was my first time dining at the historical boat on the Delaware River even though I've seen it plenty of times.

Last week, Lagos invited us to their Fall 2017 Collection Preview. Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it, but I still wanted to share with you some of their amazing photos of their lookbook. My favorite has to be their Iconic Cavier Bangles. It looks timeless and elegant and would still look great stacked with other favorites. These pieces would make a great gift or a nice way to treat yourself. I also love how versatile each piece looks. It can take you from an afternoon spent shopping to a exclusive cocktail party. Which one could you see yourself in?

Who wouldn't want to enjoy an evening of sampling some of the finest foods that the Philadelphia food scene has to offer? If this sounds like something that interest you, you should check out the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Restaurant Festival! On Thursday, June 15th enjoy 3 hours of delicious treats and cocktails for one great price. (Plus get 50% off with code: "Fashion50") For more information and to purchase your tickets visit: RestaurantFestival.com! I'm excited since this will be my first time attending, so pick up your tickets and I hope to see you there!

Last year, I missed out on the Chinese Lantern Festival at Washington Square, but this year my family and I decided to take the trip and we're so happy we did. It was a beautiful experience that I recommend everyone goes to see. Here are 5 reasons to catch the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival!

If you looking for something fun to do this First Friday and the rest of the weekend here are a few options. Check out some artwork at CarrĂ© D' Artistes on 104 S. 13th Street while enjoying live jazz and drinks! Afterwords, celebrate Philly Beer Week with the Official Release of NiceThingsIPA, a collaboration beer from Dock Street Brewery and Philly's own Chill Moody at Heritage Philly.

I would like to thanks Models Own for sending me samples for my review.
metallic makeup

Summer is almost here which means it's time to get bronzed up! Models Own has some metallic shades perfect for transitioning from Spring into Summer. Their Limited Edition Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette contains 10 shimmering shades from platinum, a glittering sheer shadow to slicked, a darker shade great for creating a smokey eye.

One of my top favorite events of the year is coming! Preakness at the Piazza is almost here and if you're not familiar with the event, it's a benefit for Multiple Sclerosis and one of the hottest fashion events of the year! It takes place on Saturday, May 20 from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM at The Piazza. 

House Dress, a women's RTW label based in New York will be visiting the Philadelphia area for a pop up shop event during Mother's Day weekend, Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14. The fashion forward brand focuses on modern, layerable, generously proportioned silhouettes using raw silks, cottons and linens. The pop-up will be located at the Meadowsweet Mercantile, 47 N. 2nd St, Old City, Philadelphia. You'll want to take advantage of this shopping opportunity because they'll be offering 30% off on their SS17 collection. Click here to check out more of House Dress style in their SS17 lookbook!

Aquation Skincare Review

With so many facial cleansers on the market these days, finding one without any smells, exfoliating scrubs, or harsh ingredients can be pretty hard. Aquation offers a pretty good solution to finding an everyday gentle, moisturizing cleanser. Not only can you use it on your face, but also your body.  It's fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, paraben free and petrolatum free. I love it because on days when I don't wear makeup or just want to do a light cleanse before doing a face mask, it works perfect. Aquation also has a line of lotion and moisturizing creams that hydrate your skin for 24 hours so you can wear those spring dresses with confidence. If you're looking to try Aquation for yourself you can find it online or at your local Walmart or CVS. (Click here for a list of more locations.)
15 Backpacks That Will Make You Wish You Were Still In School

I very rarely wear backpacks, but some of the recent styles I've been noticing for Spring have got me thinking again. For the most part, I tend to wear backpacks when on a vacation that usually involves seeing a very famous mouse. Come to think of it, I didn't even wear them during my school days. Nope I'd rather carry my books, than walk around with some dumpy backpack. After elementary school, they didn't quite have the same sparkle and excitement as before, so I just opted-out, but now the scene seems to be changing. Our favorite designers and brands are reinventing the backpack to include fun and playful graphics to exotic materials and prints.

Since I work in the mall, it's kind of hard not to wander in every store and look around from time to time. So one day I decided to visit Urban Outfitters, which I've haven't been in for in while. I remember when I was in college, I used to visit the one on Walnut Street in Philadelphia all the time, there sales were amazing and I always loved to see their creative visual displays. On my most recent visit, I was very impressed by their beauty section. I found brands like Sigma Beauty, Stila, and Mario Badescu and tons of beauty masks.

I've always loved visiting The Flower Show because it means fresh beginnings and the coming of spring. This year's theme was Holland so I knew to expect tulips, but I had no idea I would also find so many unique and somewhat strange looking flowers. I also was able to find a new favorite called the Ranunculus! It's looks like a rose, but with way more petals! I like it so much I took a picture of it in every color. This year, I even came home with a plant baby of my own. A tiny little succulent plant. I know they're easy to take care of, so it's the perfect starter plant. I'm already looking forward to next year's theme Wonders of Water! Who's ready to welcome Spring?!?

February Skincare Favorites

The weather usually plays a part in the way I care for my skin, but since the temperatures in February were so up and down, I still tried to maintain a very moisturizing skincare routine. Here are six of my favorite skincare products I enjoyed using in February! If you're in the market for something new hopefully, this will give you some ideas.

Stitch Fix Plus Size is Here

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You asked, Stitch Fix answered! Stitch Fix nows has your favorite styles available ranging from size 0 - 24W & XS - 3X. Let the Stitch Fix stylist solve your curvy style challenges and find the perfect fit for your wardrobe. Enjoy amazing new looks from brands like Think Eloquii, Kiyonna, and Slink Jeans delivered straight to your door with no commitment and no subscription. For more style inspiration, check out these stylish blogger babes!

Nordstrom goes backstage every New York Fashion Week to bring the hottest trends from the runway to the consumer. For the Spring 2017 season, they’ve identified the trends as Polished NudesRosy to Red and Golden Days/Sultry Nights.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

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Friday, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Surprising someone with a random act of kindness can lift, someone's day including your own. It could be something small and unexpecting, like holding the door for someone, paying for the person behind you in a drive thru, or leaving a kind note for someone you may not even know. However, if you do want to go the extra mile and gift something nice, here are a few ideas you might love.

For more information on, Random Acts of Kindness, visit randomactsofkindness.org.

Dari's Pick: SoCozy

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I usually cover hair care that I love for myself, but today I'm switching it up a bit and sharing some of Darius new favorite products from SoCozy! SoCozy believes that managing your child's hair shouldn't be complicated, but simple. They offer a great line of products with specially developed salon-quality formulas that boost multi-functional uses made just for kids. 

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own."

Join Macy's Center City in celebrating Black History Month with a very exciting event for all you foodies out there! The Macy's Culinary Counsel Chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Center City Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, February 9 at 5:30PM to share his culinary experiences! Samuelsson has taken the culinary world by storm at the age of 24 after becoming the youngest chef to ever receive a three-star restaurant review from the New York Times. Stock up you kitchen with some cool culinary tools and with any purchase of $35 or more from the Home Department, you'll receive a copy of The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. You can even have it signed by Marcus Samuelsson himself! While at Macy's you'll be able to enjoy poetry readings by local Philadelphia artist, Supreme Dow and music by The Rakiem Walker Project. This event is free and open to the public! For more details, visit: bit.ly/Marcus2017