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- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project


AIRING NOW on iTUNES! The Maggy Thump Show Interviews Doreen Creede about Style Maniac

Imagine an old-time variety show updated for this modern moment. That's The Maggy Thump Show, a "mixtape magazine" which combines cutting edge music, humor and an eclectic group of guests -- including yours truly on Episode 21, Women w/o Borders!  I had a blast being interviewed for this show. Hope you have as much fun listening to my segment (which begins at 14:40), where I talk about the origins of Style Maniac and what entices me to read other blogs. Enjoy "this influential stack of uk creativity transmittin' outta 215/usa" on iTunes and Soundcloud right now.

The Maggy Thump Show:  all up in your speaker soundin' utterly unfamiliar, all the comforts of home.  Find it on the airwaves at:


Deliciously Different Wallpaper from Flavor Paper

Look closely. Instead of the pastoral scenes of a classic Toile de Jouy, this pattern from Flavor Paper sports The Roots, Ben Franklin skateboarding, the LOVE statue and Pat's steaks.  All Philadelphia icons, sketched by artist Dan Funderburgh and custom printed for Pipeline Philly, a shared workspace that offers office and meeting space to a vibrant community of entrepreneurs.

After seeing that Philly Toile at Pipeline, I checked out Flavor Paper and found more twists on Toile (Chinatown, Brooklyn, Dia De Dumbo, Sassy Toile) plus rad designs, like this "Fishnet" pattern made up of gals in fishnet stockings ...

 ... and Scratch & Sniff wallpapers in banana and cherry (there's also a citrus).

Other patterns include a new Andy Warhol Last Supper print in colorways Jesus Toast and Lenten Apricot, and a gorgeous glowing 40-foot mural called Cry Wolf. All custom made in Flavor Paper's Brooklyn Studio. As with Pipeline, Flavor Paper puts a modern twist on traditional and has a lot of fun doing it.  I want to put some of their delicious designs on my walls right now.

Top photo by Doreen Creede.  Other images courtesy Flavor Paper.


Crazy for Color & Pattern & Spring

Maybe it's the dawn of spring, and Mother Nature's refusal to cooperate. Maybe it's the goodie package I got from Jill Kirsh Color. Maybe it's this photo shoot by Mario Testino for Vogue, which has been intriguing me for months.  Maybe I'm just a wee bit tired of black. Suddenly I'm craving color and pattern and bit of wild abandon in mixing them all together.  How about you? Do you have spring fashion fever?

Vogue photo by Mario Testino More to come on Jill Kirsh Color.


Bloggers Writing Books (2015 Trend I Love)

From blog to book ... that's a journey I love. Especially when it's a book from a blogger who is also a friend and loyal reader of Style Maniac! As the world gets more techie I find us all craving tangible things-- like traditional books printed on paper.  Sorry, Kindle & iPad, you can't compare to curling up with a book cradled in hand.  For all those reasons, I named Kristy Woodson Harvey and her upcoming debut novel Dear Carolina as one of my Society Magazine 2015 Visionaires.  This week I had the delight of receiving an advance copy of Kristy's novel, packaged beautifully with ribbon, bookmark and handwritten note.  As shown every day on her popular Design Chic blog, the girl's got style.  Here's to the prettiest book launch ever.

More to come about Kristy and her journey from blog to book. Photo by Doreen Creede.


VISIONAIRES: Style Maniac's 2015 Trend Report for SOCIETY Magazine

Tactile art. Pure flavors. Fashion sketches. Hand-forged jewelry. Couture stationery. A walking city. Bloggers writing books.  As technology infuses so much of our lives, I feel we crave even more handmade craftsmanship, live connections, simple pleasures, the sensual feel of something real in your hand.  That's why when Society Magazine asked me for a 2015 trend report, I didn't choose a color or skirt length.  Instead I chose Aubrie Costello, Via Carota, Denise Fike, Diane Roka. NINObrand Jewelry, Smoochie Paper, the city of Philadelphia and Kristy Harvey as my VISIONAIRES for 2015.  Find out why  in the VISIONAIRE issue of Society Magazine, plus read more about each selection on Style Maniac in the weeks to come. 


Super Hot Valentine

Don't you love when you find the absolutely perfect card?
Happy Valentine's Day to my cute, smart, funny husband
and to each of you.
Hope your day is filled with love and laughter.

Card from Smoochie Paper


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