Jul 29, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Win "Vintage" a novel by Susan Gloss

Vintage is the book I've been gifting to friends and family this year -- and the one I'm delighted to gift to one of you with this very special Giveaway.

Why? First of all,  because it's a charming story of how vintage fashion brings together a group of women in various stages of love and life.  Best of all, Vintage is written by Susan Gloss, who has been a blogging friend for years and is one of my favorite writers in any medium.  Often, when commenting on her blog Glossing Over It, I've jotted "you should write a book," and it turns out she was doing just that.  I'm also tickled that Susan's writing appeared here on Style Maniac back in 2010, when she wrote this guest post about her love affair with vintage fashion. From blog to published book -- that's a journey I love!

This Friday, Susan and I talk more about blogs, books, fashion and how every seam has a story in a Style Maniac interview.  Don't miss it ... and don't miss this  chance to win Vintage.

To enter Style Maniac's "Vintage" Book Giveaway: 

  • Leave a comment below telling us why you love vintage fashion, books or blogs
  • Enter by Friday, August 8, 2014  

For extra entries:
For each of the above, leave an extra comment to let me know you have followed / subscribed.  Current fans may also add extra entries for any of the above that apply.

Details: Giveaway valid in the U.S. only.  Entries accepted through midnight EST on 8/8/14.   Winner will be chosen at random and announced on this blog in August.  If your online profile does not link to an email address, be sure to include it in the entry. Good luck!

Jul 27, 2014

Style Maniac Readers Choice: Best Beach Books 2014

Beaches & Books.  For me, the two are completely intertwined (add an umbrella and you've got my #threemagicalwords for summer).  How about you?  What's your favorite book to read at the beach?  Please share titles for sun and surf, or lazy rainy days, in Style Maniac's Readers Choice: Best Beach Books 2014.  Simply add your selection in the Comments.  As always, I'll list your picks in the Style Maniac Amazon Boutique.  I also welcome suggestions for wonderful independent bookstores (add names here and links on Style Maniac's Facebook Page).  Looking forward to reading your favorite summer stories!

Photo by Ashley Colbourne

Jul 24, 2014

Beach. Book. Umbrella.

This trending hashtag on Twitter caught my eye the other day: 
My summer version came immediately: 
Beach. Book. Umbrella.
What are your three magical words for summer?

The umbrella:  Yellow Beach Umbrella photo via Style Carrot
More to follow on the beach and books.

Jul 13, 2014

Time Is Of The Essence

If you've been reading Style Maniac for awhile, you know most often a featured work of art appears here not just because it's pretty, but because the image/theme/title connect on some other level with life.  Remember Projects Brewing, way back in 2012?  One particular project of mine from then has been brewing, simmering and has now reached the boiling point.  Indeed, Time Is Of The Essence. The time has come to let it go and see what happens. Stay tuned for more  ....

Time Is Of The Essence by Sandra Benhaim

Jun 30, 2014

Hello, Summer

Slather on the sunscreen,
splash in the waves,
wiggle your toes in the sand,
search for rainbows over the seashore.
Summer's here, hallelujah!

What summer happenings make you the happiest?


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