Fashion of Philly: 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Black Bride Magazine & TresseNoire Beauty - Natural Tresses & Dresses Bridal Soiree in NYC


Join Black Bride Magazine and TresseNoire for The Natural Tresses and Dresses Bridal Soiree in SOHO NYC October 27, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm!  Over 200 guests will gather to discover natural hair & beauty styles that are unique to special occasions and weddings. These looks often require more extensive preparation or technique, along with the right styling products and tools to look picture perfect all day, in any weather or environment. This soiree is to show brides how to get the most out of these looks and introduce them to the people that can make it happen! 

One of those people, just happen to be Celebrity Hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood! Leatherwood's styles have been featured on Issa Rae of HBO's hit comedy Insecure, Oscar Award nominee Ava Duvernay ("Wrinkle in Time" director), actresses Nicole Ari Parker, Teyonah Parris, Kimberly Elise, and countless entertainment executives, rising stars & beauty entrepreneurs. This event celebrates all of the priceless moments of the wedding experience - from Bridal Shower, to Bachelorette Party, to Wedding, to Honeymoon.

To help celebrate the upcoming event, I'll be hosting a ticket giveaway! Here's how to enter:

1. Follow @fashionofphilly@blackbride1998, and @tressnoire.
2. Like this picture.
3. Tag your friends. (Each comment counts as an extra entry. )
4. Bonus: Share the post to your stories. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’ *Giveaway not sponsored or in partnership with Instagram. Giveaway ends 10/21! Winner will be notified via Direct Message. Congrats and Best Wishes! 


Monday, October 15, 2018

27th Philadelphia Film Festival


The 27th Philadelphia Film Festival is quickly approaching! The festival will take place October 18 to October 28 and will show more than 100 films and draw the attention of industry guest, panelist, and film lovers from near and far. Regular screenings will run you $15 ($10 for PFS members) and $8 for a weekday matinee before 5 ($6 for members).

Regarding American Independents and Documentary Showcase films, the Philadelphia Film Society has a free ticketing initiative, PFS ON US, that makes their programming available to all. Through targeted outreach to area colleges and universities, nonprofit and social services organizations, community groups and more, PFS ON US gives those who may not have been able to attend the chance to get a free ticket. Tickets are distributed to the public through a reservation system online found here.

To see a list of PFF27 anticipated guest, get more ticket information and check out the schedule, visit http://filmadelphia.org/festival.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

OktoberFest Philly at The 23rd Street Armory


Last Friday, I was invited to experience OktoberFest in Philadelphia at the 23rd Street Armory. This is the 3rd year for this event put on by Brauhaus Schmitz which mimics an authentic Munich Festival tent. When we first arrived the line to get in was down the street for both VIP and General Admission. Some attendees were dressed up in authentic German looks including lederhosen to get in the spirit of the event.


Inside, the 16,000 square foot building was decorated in Bavarian blue and white ceilings along with authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany. When we first came in, we were greeted by a huge pretzel and a liter of beer from Paulaner Brauerei MΓΌchen. I'm not really a beer drinker, but their OktoberFest brew was very smooth. (I still can't believe I drank the whole thing!)


After we found a table, one of the many waitresses came to see if we needed anything, so we ordered some food. We both wanted to try the roasted pork, sauerkraut and potato salad which was very good thanks to Valentin Bay. As the night continued music from The Hematklange Band, got the crowd excited, singing and dancing along and standing on the benches and shouting was very much encouraged!


This was our first time experiencing OktoberFest in Philly and we loved it! It was a lot of fun, very interactive, great food, great drinks, and an overall great time. This event is good for meeting up with friends after work or just getting together on the weekends. People came from all over to be at OctoberFest Philly, my husband even met someone from Germany! OktoberFest Philly only comes around once a year, so next time get your tickets quick because it will sell out! I'll do my best to remind you ahead of time! In the meantime, "Like" Bauhaus Schmitz on Facebook to not miss a thing!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

BCA Product Round Up: Beauty Edition



If you've been following Fashion of Philly since the early days, you know that every October, I feature a round up highlighting products found in fashion and beauty that contribute to Breast Cancer Awareness. This year, I decided to break it down into categories and this week it's about beauty. Some of the items that really caught my eye were the GlamGlow BubbleSheet Mask where 20% of the purchase price will be donate to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Another product that is new to the line up is the RevitaBrow Eyebrow Conditioner and the RevitaLash ADVANCED Eyelash Conditioner. Both items are used to help fight bitterness and breakage in brows and lashes and to promote growth. With each purchase, RevitaLash will donate $2 from every sale to Breast Cancer Awareness Research and Education Initiatives, up to $50,000.







Have a product you would like to highlight during Breast Cancer Awareness month? Reach out to me on Twitter @fashionofphilly and let me know. I would love to hear from you!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Dining: North Italia Restaurant - King of Prussia, PA


Last night, we were invited to preview a new restaurant opening Wednesday, October 3rd at the King of Prussia Mall, North Italia. The restaurant is located on the outside lower level of Savor at the King of Prussia Mall across from Neiman Marcus. This area already had some of my favorite restaurants and now another one has been added to my list. It was a beautiful evening to dine outside, but we decided to take it inside to check out the surroundings.



The dining area is pretty big with seating arrangements for couples, booths for you and some friends, or larger tables for the family. (Check out their kids menu here.) There is also a bar with large television screens making it a great location to grab one of their amazing drinks and watch a game after a day of shopping. If you want more of a private setting there's a small meeting room that can be curtained off for small groups like business meetings and small parties.



I love restaurants that give you a view of the kitchen like this setting. I find it exciting to see the somewhat choreography of the kitchen and how the team works together quickly and efficiently.  The kitchen was hustling and bustling all night under the lead of Chef Travis, North Italia Executive Chef creating amazing dishes for their guests.


With that being said, let's talk about those amazing dishes and cocktails. To start our evening we each ordered a cocktail. I selected the Amaro D'Amici (Redemption Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Clover Honey, Bitter Trio) and Hubby had the Julietta (Ginger Infused Smirnoff, Vanilla, Fiorente Elderflower, Lime, Prosecco). Both cocktails were delicious with a slight citrus flavor. You can tell the ingredients were fresh and selected to enhance the spirits.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Philadelphia Design District Presents: "Sensory Design"

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"Sensory Design" is the theme of this year's Philadelphia Design District events starting on October 6 'til October 13. The purpose of the PDD is to offer visitors a fresh perspective of design and art in Philadelphia.

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Over the week, galleries and showrooms will provide unexpected and interactive experiences for "Sensory Design" that explore personal sensations such as sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

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The Kick-Off for Sensory Design will take place on Saturday, October 6, with an opening night, allowing visitors to discover and experience ten unique showcases hosted by the Philadelphia Design District members. Each will offer an interpretation of the theme and feature guest designers, artists and architects. Visitors will be treated to interactive performances, stimulating exhibitions, engaging demonstrations and fascinating experiences. During the rest of the week, PDD will also host other happenings to draw the design community to Old City.

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To learn more about upcoming events, visit philadelphiadesigndistrict.com! To grab your tickets to the "Sensory Design" Opening Night Cocktail Crawl, click here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

HomeSense Now Open in Moorestown, NJ



Looking to facelift your home for the Fall? You'll want to stop by Homesense, one of the newest home decor spots to open in the South Jersey area. If you're not familiar with Homesense, it's in the HomeGoods, TJMaxx, Marshalls family and it's originally from across the pond a.k.a. the UK. Now they made their way over to the U.S. to share some amazing style and uniques finds with us.


If you love HomeGoods, you'll love this place too! This Homesense has it all and more. Looking for a beautiful, plush living room set? They've got plenty of options. Looking for the perfect gift? They have a one stop, shop gifting section. Want to add some unique touches to your dorm? They have the perfect pieces to show off your personality at prices that won't break the bank.


My favorite part about the store were the arrangements and a take away called "Homesense How To" to give you some great tips and inspiration on how to set up your home at a budget that works for you. You can also download them here. Another thing I enjoyed were the assortment of coffee table books. I love coffee table books especially about fashion, but they're usually so expensive, but at HomeSense I spotted some starting at just $9.99!


If you live in the Philadelphia area, be sure to stop by Homesense in the Moorestown Mall in Moorestown, NJ and update your home today! It's one of those stores you'll want to stop by again and again because new items arrive daily and you won't want to miss out!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cruising Cali in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL

Special Thanks to Mitsubishi Motors for loaning me the car for the week. 
All thoughts expressed are my own.


So it's been a few weeks since my California vacation and I couldn't have been happier with being able to get around Southern California in style with the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL. When considering a vehicle, I had to have something that was good on gas milage, had great trunk space, and other features perfect for traveling.



If you live on the East Coast like I do, you may not have any idea just how high the gas prices are out in California. Typically in New Jersey, we are currently paying around $2.60 for gas, however in California, gas prices reach at least a whole dollar more. That's crazy! Thankfully, the Mitsubishi Outlander gets about 30 highway miles per gallon! Also with the ECO mode you can monitor your driving to get the most MPG possible. This was so helpful because there were times when I would actually see my MPG increase by the way I was driving. If you're considering a new vehicle this is such a plus because with the raise and slight fall of gasoline, you'll want to get the biggest bang for your buck.



When you're going on any vacation truck space is always a factor. No one likes having too much luggage and running out of trunk space. Granted, we didn't have a lot of luggage because we were trying to avoid checking bags, but there was plenty of room for more including groceries and souvenirs.


Let's talk about features. Two of my favorite features in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are the 7" Touchscreen Display Audio System and the Panoramic Roof! When it comes to driving I like to be as hands free as possible. This car comes standard with an amazing touchscreen display that is AndroidAuto and Apple Carplay ready. This allows you to speak directly to your device through Bluetooth wireless technology to give commands like "Call Hubby", "Navigate to Disneyland", and "Text Mom, We'll meet you there". Sirus XM is an option to help you blast your favorite road trip songs through the Rockford Fosgate premium sound system so you create your own Carpool Karaoke moments.


And what's a vacation without being able to take in all the sights. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a HUGE panoramic roof so you don't miss a thing! It glides from the front row to the back seats so that everyone can get a beautiful view of your surroundings. (In my case, it was the palm trees.) So cool!


Of course, there are some great safety features like the rear camera system, lane departure warning, and the forward collision mitigation, which I got to experience thanks to LA traffic. It takes state of the art features like that to help you feel safe. If you are interested in taking the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL for a test drive, visit MitsubishiCars.com to find a dealer near you. While you're there check out plenty more features that come standard on Outlander models and some special add-ons to make your car stand out.

Looking for more on the Mitsubishi Outlander Collection? Check out my review on the Mitsubishi Outlander LE.

Monday, September 17, 2018

My Favorite Birthday Freebies


Happy Monday! September is my birthday month and every year I look forward to getting tons of freebies from some of my favorite brands. Of course, to get most of these freebies you have to sign up to be on their email list or sometimes download their app, but you might find some of these worth it. One of the things, I enjoy about these freebies, is that it gives you the chance to try new restaurants, get something new and treat yo'self! If you like getting free things, coupons and little surprises then keep reading! Keep in mind that these offers change almost every year, so as time goes on I'll try to keep them updated. Enjoy!


Rack Room Shoes - $10 off your purchase
Starbucks - Free Treat (Beverage or Food)
Saladworks - Free Salad
Ulta - Free Gift! (2018) IT Cosmetic Deluxe Superhero Mascara
Bouqs - $10 off
Boston Market - Free desert or regular side with individual meal purchase
Benihana - $30 off gift certificate for a dinner Monday to Friday
Baskin Robbins - Free kids scoop
IHOP - Free pancakes
Red Lobster - Free dessert, Free Bowl of Soup, Free Signature Shrimp Cocktail
True Food Kitchen - Free dessert
Urban Outfitters - 20% off your purchase of $50 or more
Ikea - Free meal + 15% off your purchase
Cold Stone - Buy one, Get one free
Dave & Buster's - $10 free play
McCormick & Schmick's - Free desert
Buffalo Wild Wings - $5 off $25
UNO's - $10 off $25
On the Border - Free Queso or Brownie Sundae
Famous Dave's - Buy One, Get One 50% off
California Pizza Kitchen - Free Dessert
Pizza Hut - Free Cinnamon Sticks
TGI Fridays - Free Dessert
Hot Topic - $5 Reward
Sephora - (2018) GlamGlow Mini Supermud Clearing Treatment + the GlamGlow mini Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow or Bite Beauty Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace, Agave Lip Treatment Sample Duo
Brio - $10 off
Auntie Anne's - Free Pretzel
Anthropologie - 15% off your purchase
P.F. Chang's -  Free Appetizer or Dessert
Chick-fil-a - Free Surprise (not sure what it is until your birthday)
Red Robin - Free Burger
Krispy Kreme - Free Doughnut and Coffee
Melting Pot - Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Yokohama Japanese Restaurant - Free Dinner
American Eagle Outfitters - 15 off your purchase
Abercrombie - Double Points + 25% off your purchase all month long
South Moon Under- 20% off one item
CVS - Free Nail Polish
Hollister - Double Points + 25% off your purchase all month long
Foot Locker -$10 off $50 or $25 off $100
Express - Double Points
Charming Charlie - $5 off
Zinburger - Free Shake
Shop Disney - 20% off your purchase

Have one that's not mentioned on this list? Leave a comment below and share what it is!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Void at Downtown Disney: Star Wars Secrets of the Empire Experience

Special thanks to The Void for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and expressions are my own.


During my recent vacation to Southern California, covering Disneyland was on top of my list and what's a trip to Disneyland without visiting Downtown Disney. If your not familiar with Downtown Disney, it's a spot on Disney property where you can experience a piece of Disney magic without going into the parks. While there you can enjoy exquisite dining, unique shopping experiences, and top entertainment. One of those entertainment attractions is The Void at Downtown Disney! There you can be apart of the Star Wars Secrets of the Empire a full sensory, immersive experience! This attraction takes you on a journey like no other to a galaxy far, far away.



This is a great experience for a family to enjoy with children over the age of 10, especially if you're a Star Wars fan! My son, Darius really loved it! If you ever thought about what it would be like to join The Rebellion and fight against The Dark Side, Star Wars Secrets of the Empire puts you right in the thick of it. It feels like you jumped right in the middle of your own movie! This experience engages all of your senses (okay, maybe not taste) to make this a fully enjoyable quest. You'll see some of your favorite characters from the Stars Wars films (not telling any secrets) and work together as a team disguised as Stormtroopers to travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. I think the most mind blowing part is there were moments where I totally forget that it was virtual reality!


I definitely recommend this as a must see/must do attraction and the best part about it is it's in both Disneyland, CA and Walt Disney World, FL, so no matter which area you visit, you can get in on the action! Planning your next trip to Disney? Buy your tickets online and pick a day and time that works best for you. I promise you, you won't regret it!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Back to Work with Dynamite

This post contains affiliate links, however the thoughts and expressions are my own.


Labor Day Weekend has come and gone which sadly means summer is coming to a close. Hopefully you were able to spend a significant amount of time outdoors soaking up the sun. If you're a recent college graduate you may need to go shopping for some new work attire and begin adulting. For some of you, this may be a new journey and you're not sure where to start. Thankfully Dynamite has recently released their "Back to Work" Collection with looks perfect for pairing. All of the items in the collection can easily mix and match to give you professional looking options without sacrificing your personal flair and trendy style.

Here are my top 5 picks from the Dynamite "Back to Work" Collection.


#1 Dynamite Satin V-Neck Cami SILKY CLOUD $19.95

Dynamite  Satin V-Neck Cami SILKY CLOUD
This satin v-neck cami gives you endless layering options. Pair it with a jacket, ayer it with a dress, or just wear it alone.

#2 Dynamite Knitted Midi Skirt BLACK/WHITE HOUNDSTOOTH $39.95

Dynamite  Knitted Midi Skirt BLACK/WHITE HOUNDSTOOTH
Houndstooth is a classic fall pattern that never goes out of style and can be pulled off at any age. This skirt is also a very flattering length and creates an elongated silhouette.

#3 Dynamite Open Maxi Blazer Cognac $49.95

Dynamite  Open Maxi Blazer COOL MAGMA

I love an open maxi blazer! Not only will it keep you warm on cooler nights, but they're so comfortable and can be worn in many different ways.

#4  Dynamite Belted T-Shirt Dress JET BLACK $44.95

Dynamite  Belted T-Shirt Dress JET BLACK
Who doesn't love the ease of a t-shirt dress? It's lightweight material is perfect for those days were you'll be constantly on the go. Pair this dress with a pair of your favorite booties and you'll even be ready for happy hour later.


#5  Dynamite Cindy High Rise Paperboy Pant $49.95

Dynamite  Cindy High Rise Paperbag Pant ROOT

Paperbag Pants are on everyone's Fall must have list. This tummy-friendly high waisted pant looks best with tucked in shirt or bodysuit.




Love any of these looks? Enjoy 15% off all orders + free shipping on $40 at Dynamite! Use code DYNAMITE15 at checkout. Offer available to US customers only.

Friday, September 7, 2018

#FashionFriday: Frilly



Ever wish you could create your own clothing? Is the thought of fully customizing everything from the fabric to the hardware excite you? Then Frilly.com is for you! Everything on Frilly.com is made to order by you with endless possibilities. You can choose from a wide array of garments and styles to put your personal stamp on.


Here's how it works: First, you would start with a baseline style. Just as an example, I picked the Christy Button Up VI for $120. Then I chose the color, Barbados Cherry, and clicked customize the style.


Once you select the color, you can browse through the other options to further customize your piece. For this top, I was able to change the Bodice, Contrast Inset, Buttons, Hemline, Chest Pocket, Neckline, and Sleeve.


For the end result, I only changed the crop hemline, and dropped the sleeves because I liked the contrast of the buttons and the bold, square pockets.


It would take about 10 days to receive the order and it comes with free shipping and free returns, which is always a plus!  I think this site would be perfect for any special occasion or if you're trying to match something or someone who already has a specific look or maybe you're just looking for something you can't find anywhere else. So, what do you think? Could you see yourself using Frilly.com? What type of look would you create?
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