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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


Blog Birthday: Style Maniac Turns 6!

What will blogging will be like six years from now? Will this medium still exist?  Will we be reading posts off our wrists?  All I know for sure today --  the sixth birthday of the Style Maniac blog! -- is this: unexpected inventions, apps and networks will catch our eye; but the root remains the same:  it all starts with a story, and wanting to share it in some way with the world.  Thank you for reading my stories, all 632 of them over the past 72 months, and helping make my vision of a happy pretty oasis come to life and grow beyond the screen in ways I never could have imagined 2,190 days ago.  What will blossom next? Tangled, wild, beautiful -- whatever it is, I hope we continue to experience it together.

Floral typography by Anne Lee Designs


Embrace or Escape?

As winter wraps her icy shawl around my part of the world, I wonder:  Do you embrace the cold, sled on a snow day, snuggle up with a loved one in front of a fire? Or do you daydream of sunny isles with balmy breezes, and perhaps plot an escape?  Tell me: how do you feel about winter?

Images:  Winter Night - New York City by Vivienne Gucwa via Pack Light Travel Far.  Mykonos Town, Greece via Coastal LivingSee more on Style Maniac's Pinterest boards Winter Wonderland and Wish I Were There.


The Stuart Weitzman (fantasy) Shower Shoe

Here's my kind of shower shoe!  A whimsical pairing of art and fashion in a creation by Robert Tabor for the Stuart Weitzman, fantasy shoe collection, a decades-long project celebrated in Jane Weitzman's book, Art & Sole.  I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Jane about this project, her book and life with the iconic shoe designer. If you love art, fashion, books and Stuart Weitzman shoes you'll love our talk.  Look for the Style Maniac interview plus a very special signed book giveaway, coming soon.


SOCIETY Magazine features Doreen Creede & Style Maniac

More fun news! I'm delighted to share with you this feature on me and Style Maniac in Society Magazine.  As someone who has spent her life asking other people questions, it's interesting when roles are reversed. It turned out to be a highlight of 2014, thanks to Society's publisher Christian Dougherty, who asked me all the right questions and then arranged for the fabulous Floyd Dean to photograph me.  (You may remember this Sneak Peek of my photo shoot last fall.)  Flip through the entire magazine by clicking on the Issuu graphic below or go directly to my interview and find out my favorite brands, what fashion means to me, my style icons and how exactly I became a Style Maniac.  


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