Some Lovely Links from Philly and Beyond...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Looking for some stylish and inspirational links this week?  Here are some findings from the locals and across the US to check out on your break today! From styling yourself in the rain with Ian Michael Crumm, partying under the moonlight with Bri Emery to speaking from the soul instead of sarcasm on The Chalkboard Mag.

 The fashionably-capturing Philly street photographerUrban Fieldnotes, catches one of our indie-rocker local dwellers in Center City.  

Bri Emery is the photoshoot/DIY guru and her moon party has me jamming to Van Morrison's "Moondance".  What a magical theme from Design Love Fest!  Must incorporate this into my social calendar ASAP. 

From dancing under the moon to in the rain...our stylish & adorable Ian Michael Crumm will show you how to dress dapper in the summer showers.

Wonderfully written post by Kate Horwitch for The Chalkboard Mag.  "Vulnerability, at its core, is nothing more than honesty. Vulnerable is being truthful, saying I am raw, I am flawed, I am crazed, I am bare, I am on a journey and I am urging you to join me."

Style and Illustrator Jacqueline Moranti from Burgundy Whispers
offers braiding tips for the muggy August season.

Philly Shopping and Styling Event with InStyle Magazine and Nine West

Friday, August 8, 2014

What's happening Philly!? I hope everyone's summer is going sublime.... it's been a pretty quiet on my end:)  For my shoe and accessory fiends, InStyle magazine and Nine West in the Shops at Liberty Place to dish out styling tips and showing off the new trends.  The lovely Senior Marketing Editor, Dana Avida-Cohn, will be hosting the evening next Thursday, August 14th from 5-7pm.  With any purchase of $75 or more, you will receive a fabulous bag of goodies and gifts!  RSVP are welcomed and should be sent to
Shops at Liberty Place
625 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philly's Own Christina Perri: Concert Ticket Giveaway

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pretty psyched to announce an awesome giveaway!  Christina Perri tickets anyone??  This local girl is singing Friday, July 27 at Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Pennsylvania born and bred crooner (Bensalem to be exact), is tipping off at 9pm sharp in Revel's Ovation Hall.  Not sure who she is?  You know A Thousand Years from Twilight and Jar of Hearts, whether you like it or not. Love, love, love her song Human, Arms, & I Believe.  Not to mention her badass tattoos....

Tickets going for $37-$45 a pop here --> Ticketmaster, but I'm also giving away 2 ticketsTo enter, leave a comment, share this post on your Facebook and the lucky winner will be selected randomly via Random Number Generator by Thursday, July 26, 2014 at 3pm ET.  Hope to see you there!!

By the way, I need to give credit to the term #truthbomb on my image.  If you do not know who Danielle Laporte is, PLEASE check out her site. Not only is she a killer chick with some major inspirational #Truthbombs, her amazing community strives to improve all areas of self-development:)  

Garden Pampered Parties by The Bronzed Bee and Just B Beautiful

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A wee bit of rain didn't get the girls down over at The Bronzed Bee last week.  The Rittenhouse Square airbrush tanning and waxing boutique has cleaned-up the backyard in hopes to draw some ladies this summer/fall for some backyard pampering.  Currently, painting and cooking with wine and your girlfriends is all the rage for bachelorette & birthday parties.  Now adding to the mix, The Bronzed Bee and Make-up Artist B Wilson are teaming up to throw some make-up and spray-tan parties.  Don't worry girls, champagne and yummy treats from Pamcakes will be available.  The owner and licensed esthetician, Ashley Piotrowski, uses top-notch products including SunLabs and Karora along with an amazing eye for tan-lines.  If you haven't heard of B Wilson, she is the Queen Bee of make-up application with plenty of trick-of-the-trage.  Not only does she own and operate her traveling beauty conciergeJust B Beautiful hosts photo shoots out of her killer Fishtown studio loft.
Coming from an Irish girl with fair skin, pale is my unfortunate summer complextion, but I'm going to get my spray on for this weekend's to follow! 

Contact and/or to set-up your next soireé.

The Bronzed Bee Current Prices:

Waxing Bar
$10 - $45 (From Brows to Full Face)

Body Waxing
$35 Arm
$15 Underarm
$30-55 Bikini and Brazilians (3 week maintenance $35)
$45-$70 Legs, Back and Chest

Spray Tans

406 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Contact for pricing

Philadelphia Designer: NINOBrand with Bela Shehu

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It was an absolutely delightful meeting with local fashionista and ubër talented designer, Bela Shehu of NINOBrand.  The Rittenhouse Square atelier is exactly like her monocromatic women's collection. The space is concrete-urban cool, not subjugated to a specific age group, yet, her clientele are in their 40-60's.  NINOBrand is geared towards the woman who understands fashion in the long-term sense.  She is not a trend-monger, but truly appreciates well-constructed, yet out-of-the-norm garments in cool fabrics.  The designer was rockin' a black linen maxi-skirt with exposed red zipper and a sleeveless tee from League.  Bela hales from Albania, but has called the states her home for quite sometime now, moving from Iowa to South Philly in the late 90's.  She has been doing brand and image consulting with local companies such as Duke & Winston, Commonwealth Proper, Lithewear and League; eventually, launching her own line in 2002.  When asked where she draws her inspiration, Miss Shehu expresses it's about emotion, a state of mind and the ability to communicate mood.  During the development stage, Bela aims to design for designers.  Creating a pair of pants that Haider Ackermann would don, regarding its shape, construction and simplicity of a complicated pattern. 

I am obviously a collage when the homepage loaded to the brand's website, I had to ask who designed it.  Bela employes a local artists the ateleier in Rittenhouse Square.  The talented designer at the moment is Mia, who is finishing-up the bad-ass window design as we speak.  It's apparent Bela is a sucker for amazing fashion illustrators, photographers and artists.  Some of those include Klindicative, DylanLex, Marcus Branch, Artist Isaac T Linn & blogger Mai Style Pages.  The designer's favorite piece is the black NEEL drop crotch pant.  Personally, I never thought a drop crotch had the ability to be "elegant" and if you need some styling help, be sure to follow NinoBrand on Instagram.  As for the future, she would love to connect with local designers for collaborations and to expand into jewelry.  NINOBrand is currently sold online, at their retail store and will open private collection in the newly relocated Joan Shepp store on 1818 Chestnut Street.

The NINObrand Atelier 
333 S. 20th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 
phone: 267-761-9388 

Carly N. Herman: Local Designer: BOMBita Jewelry Designs

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A few weeks back, I headed deeper into Kensington to the epitome of an artist's studio warehouse, The Viking Mill.  Greeted by local jewelry designer Carly N. Herman, we ventured up the old 1937 Philadelphia Wood & Heel Co. steps, (my booty still burning from the morning's stairmaster workout....ugh).  Miss Herman, the creator behind BOMBita Jewelry, was kind enough to let me invade her shared workspace and learn about her work and current collaborations.  The Tyler School of Art alum has been creating her jewelry design and metal smith company at Viking Mill for the past 2 years.  Carly mainly works with precious metals such as brass, silver, gold and bronze

I've seen a lot of handmade jewelry here in the city,  from small boutiques, trunk shows, pop-in-shops to First Friday art galleries.  Her work is goes above the term "one-of-a-kind".  Carly's imagination began with her journey through Spain back in college; to nature's current grandeur and the movement of the human body.  The fusion of inspiration and refined metals are worth the investment.

She shares the space with two other designers, Emily Kane designer of Lace Army and Desiree Casimiro of Demure de  The trio is now joining forces to create the jewelry line, Forge and Finish. Carley's collection is sold at Ritual Ritual on 2nd and Poplar & Street Glitter Gallery on 306 East Girard Avenue. Emily Kane is also sold at Ritual Ritual & Moon and Arrow on 754 S. 4th Street.  The trios next event is Sunday, August 3rd at the 2nd Street Festival.  Look for them near the Foodery on 2nd and Poplar:)

Check out BOMBita Jewelry on Facebook for updates!

Summer Cocktails at Le Méridien Philadelphia and The Rittenhouse Hotel

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The start of last week was a tasty one!  We were invited to the Le Méridien Philadelphia, Amuse, to try out their new sparkling drink menu for the summer.  My friend Megan and I wandered down the list of bubbly goodness, beginning with a "Nice Pear", made with Grey Goose La Poire, grenadine, lavender simple syrup and Ruffino Prosecco.  It was not only pretty, but a nice balance of tart and sweet.  Next up, a little non-alcoholic cocktail called PA Pomme, with apple cider and fresh lemon.  It was so very delicious, you could even turn it up a notch by throwing in some bourbon for a backyard bbq.  All were extremely refreshing but the winner went to "With Love" (shown above) with it's 'award-winning' flavor, just a perfect cocktail for the warm weather.  The bar is small and "clean", not too flashy or overly decorated.  The hotel showcased some pretty amazing "urban-style" artwork by local artists, Sean Richwood.  The mix of paint and print compliments the modern interior of the hotel, with industrial lighting fixtures, such as oversized bulbs and acrylic chandelier reflection wall sconces.  It's a mouth full, but these are pretty cool, check them out here.  The hotel also collaborates with the community by rotating work by local Philly artists throughout the restaurant and lobby every six months.  After the cocktails and delicious pretzel bites with honey mustard cream cheese dip (yummy), we bounced over to 210 West Rittenhouse Square.  Time to check out the new Library Bar inside the Rittenhouse Hotel.  

The Library Bar reminds me of a scene from one of my old romance novels (don't laugh).  You know the one.  There's a handsome Duke who lives is some enormous English estate and drinks sherry next the fireplace with his giant dog sittin at their feet.  The bar is nestled up to exquisite patio and garden area.  Separated into two rooms, the bar itself has the most beautiful mirror with our lovely city map etched into the glass.  You will have plenty of concoctions to choose from, along with the classics.  We went with the Peach Fizz (ironically sans peach liqueur) and the NA cocktail, suitably dubbed "The Librarian".  Peach Fizz was a hit, great mix of ingredients that had you picking apart the flavors.  The Librarian was a bit too sweet for my taste buds, although, you could just swap the ginger for some club and be perfectly content.  This nook is ideal for an after work or dinner drink, or the ideal place to escape to raucous of center city bar life.  I will definitely be returning for a stiff drink, a good read and their bar nuts and chips:)  

1421 Arch Street Philadelphia, 19103

Library Bar
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA 19103