Sep 16, 2014

That Back to School Feeling

Every year it happens.  In the lull of late August I dig my toes in the sand and wish for never-ending summer.  Then new looks catch my eye:  cognac suede leggings, a charmeuse blouse wrapped in strips of leather, enveloping chunky sweaters, a lace-up bootie.  Fashion shows and festivals fill up the calendar.  And one day a cool wind slices through the humidity and prompts me to dust off my leopard calfskin pumps, switch to gleaming gold coffee cups, sharpen my pencils and get back to projects put on hold.  Maybe the back to school ritual never leaves, no matter how old you are.  January may start the calendar but September offers a second chance at something fresh.  Are you ready?

Gold/Leopard/Pink pencil photo courtesy Blush

Aug 15, 2014

Cheers to our VINTAGE Winner

And the winner of our VINTAGE a novel by Susan Gloss Book Giveaway  is ...
This (randomly selected) win could not be a more perfect fit, as despite being thwarted in the comments section by Blogger technology, Shelly persisted to write the loveliest comment:
"I love vintage! It stands the test of time. Vintage is fashion, home decor/style, or life style, that made such a classic and beautiful mark on our hearts that if will always be useful and needed, adding more value to our lives today."
Congratulations, Shelly!  Thank you to each of you who entered and shared this Giveaway, and to Susan for sharing her publishing journey and charming book with all of us.

Photo via My Vintage Vogue

Aug 8, 2014

4 Things Friday | Style Maniac's Summer Faves in Philadelphia

Four Things making me smile in my hometown of Philadelphia this summer Friday:

1. Peter Max's city-specific, bursting-with-color covers for Niche Media Magazines. I especially love his groovy take on the City of Brotherly Love.  See more at

2. Catherine Canino's Blue Ribbon Turquoise necklace.  Bold and earthy, with subtle equestrian details, this line of handmade jewelry at good prices can be found at Scarlett Alley boutique in Old City.

3. The incroyable Happy Hour at Bistrot La Minette in Queen Village. Whether inside at the miniscule bar or under the yellow umbrellas on the front patio, the summer specials from 5 to 7:30 pm are an incredible steal -- $2 beers, $3 wines, $5 drinks, half priced appetizers -- with no skimping on the polished service and exceptional food that makes this classic French bistro a Philly, and Style Maniac, fave.  (Read more about Bistrot La Minette and chef/owner Peter Woolsey's cooking secrets in my Chef Secrets for Home Cooks series. Photo via Travel & Leisure)

4. Spruce Street Harbor Pop-Up Park, a delightful, whimsical mix of floating beer gardens, swinging hammocks, oversize chess games, shipping containers turned into food kiosks, and happy, laughing people along the banks of the Delaware River.  Through August 31st, 2014. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Aug 3, 2014

BBQ or Baubles?

Steal a long white platter and some cheery checked linens from your BBQ supplies and lay out a fashionable feast for your eyes by arranging your colorful baubles and bangles on them instead.  A quick summer pick-up for your closet.

Concept, styling and photography by Doreen Creede.  See more Pretty Ways With Trays here.

Aug 1, 2014

INTERVIEW: Author Susan Gloss on fashion, blogging, her novel "VINTAGE" & how every seam has a story

Author Susan Gloss
In 2010, after Susan Gloss wrote a poignant guest post for Style Maniac about why she loves vintage fashion, I commented:

"Susan, I am thrilled that you wrote this post for Style Maniac. You captured so much of my own feeling about vintage style. We are truly kindred spirits in so many ways. When you are a famous novelist I'll be tickled to say you appeared on Style Maniac way back when ...."

In fact, Susan had just begun writing her book, Vintage, and it's with such delight that I've followed her four-year journey as she went from manuscript to published novel. Since its debut in March 2014, Vintage's charming tale of friendships forged among women brought together by a vintage boutique in Madison, Wisconsin, has received rave reviews from Booklist and Library Journal plus fans around the world.

In this Style Maniac interview, Susan shares her publishing journey, the role blogging played, her best vintage find ever and how she still believes every seam has a story.

DOREEN CREEDE / STYLE MANIAC: When did the idea for VINTAGE come to you?
SUSAN GLOSS: I came up with the idea for VINTAGE in 2010. At the time, I was living in a house that had a thrift store in its backyard. Literally. I could toss a tennis ball to play fetch with my dog and the ball would hit the brick wall of the thrift store.

Tell us a bit about the process of getting an agent and publisher.
For me, getting an agent took two years, two manuscripts, and more rejections than I care to advertise, but let’s just say that Katherine Stockett ain’t got nothin’ on me. Once I signed with my agent, she sold VINTAGE quickly, though, within a couple of months.


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