Nov 20, 2014

SNEAK PEEK: The Style Maniac Photo Shoot for Society Magazine

Doreen Creede / Style Maniac photographed by Floyd Dean for SOCIETY Magazine.
Fun news! Society Magazine will be featuring Style Maniac in their 2014 Holiday issue!  Here's one of the looks from the photo shoot, which the magazine is generously letting me share pre-publication.
The shoot took place a week after my 48th birthday, and I have to say if you want the most fabulous birthday gift ever, arrange for Floyd Dean to photograph you.  Personally, I'm trying to figure out a way he can follow me around all day with his lens, lighting and great eye.  Thank you to publisher Christian Dougherty for arranging for the best, and to Floyd for making this experience so easy and enjoyable.

More details on what I wore with that NINObrand poncho, pics and peeks behind-the-scenes -- plus what a Former President of the United States and I now have in common -- to follow.

Print copies of Society Magazine's Holiday issue available the first week of December.  Receive a complimentary subscription to the digital edition by signing up at  (In the comment form please say Style Maniac sent you!).

Photo by Floyd Dean for Society Magazine. Styling, hair and makeup by Doreen Creede. 

Nov 19, 2014

Felicitaciones to Our Olives From Spain Giveaway Winner

Felicitacioness to our Olives From Spain giveaway winner: Traveler (comment #3).  Quick tip:  Annie Sibonney, Olives From Spain spokesperson and star of From Spain With Love, recommends serving olives with a classic Spanish cocktail of sweet red vermouth, a spritz of soda water and bit of lemon zest for aperitivo, a ritual snack enjoyed before lunchtime in Spain. Find out more of Annie's tips in this video interview by Style Maniac.

Wondering what an olive's color signifies? Here's a guide from the Olives From Spain website:

Green olives are harvested at their optimum ripening period for a smoked flavor.
Semi-ripe olives have a pinkish, wine-colored hue, which creates a vibrant experience.
Ripe olives are dark, deep and robust, with a truly profound flavor.
Ripe Black olives are harvested before they ripen, and are specially treated for their color and to eliminate bitterness.

Photo and giveaway courtesy Olives From Spain.

Oct 31, 2014

Pumpkin Chic

Carving-challenged? Short on time?  Here's a simple and chic way to dress up your pumpkins ... encase them in lace.  For more clever, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas check out these posts on PopSugar and Country Living.  Quite a few you can whip together just before trick-or-treaters start knocking on your door this evening. (I particularly like the black bejeweled, Potato Head and simple white with silver writing designs.)  Happy Halloween!

p.s. don't forget to get yourself a treat -- enter our Olives Entertaining Kit Giveaway.  Ends midnight tonight.

Image via Pinterest

Oct 29, 2014

Fall, Boldly

Into the mystery of a darkening wood ... warmed by the glow of a smooth rye whiskey ... bedazzled by jeweled pumpkins and lace-covered gourds ... seduced by lush fashion spreads and lifted by laughter at tables crowded with family and friends. Fall, boldly into Autumn's celebrations and small moments.

Share your favorite things about Fall in the comments here and on Facebook. Then follow along as Style Maniac's season unfolds on Pinterest and Instagram.  "Here There Be Dragons" image by Raceytay on Etsy.

Oct 27, 2014

GET ON THE BUS: Zeusvision's Affordable & Fun Digital Billboards Let You Be The Star

Instead of advertising the Ellen Show, this Zeusvision bus can advertise YOU or your company. Packages start at $99.
Your mom's birthday is coming up.  You could buy her flowers and a card ... or you could broadcast her happy birthday message -- and her photo -- on the side of a bus.

That's the idea behind Zeusvision, a start-up that aims to "democratize billboard advertising" and give individuals and small businesses the same kind of visibility and voice as large corporations.  Launching today, with an initial fleet of buses in L.A., the brainchild of Giovanni Wolfgang offers 31-foot digital screens on 40-foot buses and advertising packages that start at $99.  With geo-locating services, the buses can pinpoint specific routes and alert you to approach, so you, mom and the family can be waiting in the right place at the right time.  Future technologies include eye scanners and apps that will allow viewers to interact with the billboard -- for instance, wave a hand to insert themselves in a clothing ad and digitally "try on" a pair of jeans.

As part of the launch, Zeusvision invited Style Maniac to join a select group in testing out the service, with a trial ad package valued at $2400.  I get to choose my ad images and links, which Zeusvision will play 300 times for 60 seconds each over the course of two weeks next month in Hollywood, Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles.  They'll also supply pictures and video of the buses broadcasting in sunny southern California.  In return for the complimentary package, I've agreed to review the experience (whether fantastic, lousy or indifferent) in a follow-up post.

While I've sometimes thought about how best to promote Style Maniac, I must say a giant roving billboard never crossed my mind!  So, help me out, readers: what do you think Style Maniac should beam from a Zeusvision bus?

Image courtesy Zeusvision, effects by Doreen Creede


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