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- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project


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.  


Thank You & Please Share

Thank you everyone for the many kind comments and personal notes congratulating me on writing a book manuscript and getting a literary agent.  Next step in this journey: getting a publisher!  My agent (not gonna lie, I love saying those words) recommends building my platform and presence as much as possible to help in this quest. So, I'm asking for your help.  If you could please share your love of Style Maniac with like-minded friends who would enjoy a sunny dose of joy and inspiration in their lives, I would really appreciate it.  Here's a few ways to share:
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Merci, mes amis.  Merci mille fois.
xoxo -- Doreen

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How George Clooney Helped Me Get An Agent

George Clooney: movie star, proud husband, wise teacher.  Thank you for the advice. 
As he left for a business trip one cold winter's day awhile back, my husband said to me, "Your boyfriend's on TV tonight.  I DVR'd it for you."  Later that night I sat down with Chardonnay and buttery popcorn to watch George Clooney talk with James Lipton on Inside the Actor's Studio.  I expected the usual from George:  witty banter, dazzling smile, self-deprecating humor.  Little did I know he would change my world.

The moment came during the Q&A with the student audience when George gives this advice about auditions:  
"Every time you go on an audition you are gambling with house money. From the moment you walk in you don't have the job to the moment you walk out you don't have the job.  Nothing is different. The only thing that can be different is you get the job. Period.  And if you think of it that way you will take off all the pressure and you will just go into it going; 'The worst thing that can possibly happen tonight is that I don't get a job I don't already have.'"

Well, what exactly are you waiting for? I asked myself.  I had written a book manuscript and had ideas for several more.  I wanted an agent to represent me.  To accomplish this I needed to put aside my fears of rejection and, essentially, go on that audition. I also needed to do something else that makes me uncomfortable: ask for help.

Thus began a year of reaching out to friends, following leads, getting hopes high and having hopes dashed. Then I decided to ask the opinion of a publisher whose books I 'd reviewed on Style Maniac. Though not right for her niche, she loved my ideas and put me in touch with her friend.

Et voila!  Carla Glasser of The Betsy Nolan Literary Agency loved my ideas, too.  So much that she agreed to represent me. (!!)   As someone who has scribbled stories from the time she was a little girl, this  thrills me to the core.

So thank you, George Clooney for the motivation (and congratulations on your Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award).  Thank you to friends who helped so much on this quest, especially Kenny Bingham, Denise Berthiaume and Marta Hallet.  Thank you, Carla Glasser, for believing in me.

To publishers out there: if you'd like to know more about my book on life and style please get in touch!

Photo by: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images via The Hollywood Reporter


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