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- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project


Magic, Mermaids & Hot Summer Days

" ... to slip beneath the surface and soar along the silent bottom of the sea agile and shining in water honeycombed with light." -- Ellen Meloy 
Ah, here at last, summer's sweet nights and sultry days, dips in cool water and tastes of cherry ices, hours immersed in tales of mermaids and magic as waves lap at your feet. Enjoy every moment.


Congratulations to our "Dear Carolina" GIVEAWAY Winner!

Congratulations to Entry #13, Elizabeth on winning our Dear Carolina book giveaway! A fitting win, given Elizabeth's connection to North Carolina, where the novel is set.  As Elizabeth wrote in her entry,

"Being a Carolina girl myself and reading anything about southern families that I can find, makes this another pleasure that I will enjoy. I am sure it will have characters that remind me of someone from my past .... "

Enjoy meeting the characters who make this story of love and family so memorable, Elizabeth.  Author Kristy Woodson Harvey will inscribe your copy and send to you directly. 

Thank you to everyone who participated and promoted this giveaway.  If you'd like to add Dear Carolina to your summer reading bag, you can find it in the Style Maniac Amazon Boutique and at bookstores nationwide. 


Dress Like You're Going To Jimi Hendrix's Funeral

Who would have imagined Harry Winston and Jimi Hendrix inspiring the same fashion advice?  
When I spied this quote on one of my favorite blogs, Honey & Fizz, I thought: how sly, how subversive, how brilliant. Because you for sure wouldn't go in anything boring, basic or black.  The outfit would have to have flair,  flamboyance, energy.  And why save that for a mythic occasion? Why not strut with peacock feathers and spangles and shaggy neon fur coats and sunglasses too big and sleeves too long and heels too chunky and colors nearly clashing and whatever it is that you feel and want and desire.  After all, what are you waiting for? 
Life is short.  Add something colorful and unexpected to your every day.

Image courtesy Honey & Fizz  Thank you for sharing your photo, Simone.


CAPTURING WEDDING MAGIC: Brae Howard Photography

Creative.  Classic.  Adept at capturing both the grand and the small moments of the big day.  
Brae Howard loves wedding photography and it shows in every shot she takes.
Looking through the Brae Howard Photography portfolio, you notice that all the traditional shots are covered (couple, bridal party, table setting, family), yet are approached in such a special way
that each and every photo tells a beautiful story.
Portraits have an easy, uncontrived style and take advantage of beautiful natural light at different times throughout the event to produce timeless photos that capture each couple's unique love.
Having worked with Brae on the #mystylemaniac editorial project, I know she has a knack for putting people at ease, and for letting each individual's beauty and personality shine through whether alone or in a group shot.  Relaxed and efficient, she made my shoot a pleasure.
As these reviews attest, she has made many a bride and groom happy ever after as well.

To book your portrait or wedding, contact Brae at (215) 510-8713 or  braehowardphoto@gmail.com All photos courtesy Brae Howard Photography

SPECIAL OFFER: This month Brae is offering 15% off of portrait sessions, including engagement, couples, individual, family, and maternity.  Portrait sessions include up to 1 hour of shooting at her Philadelphia studio or the location of your choice. (Outside Philly, call for traveling rates.)  Within a week of the shoot she'll deliver at least 50 retouched images on a USB drive along with 25 professional prints.


People Will Stare. Make It Worth Their While.

As you get older, get bolder. After all, what are you waiting for?  
People will stare.  Make it worth their while.

Graphic created by Doreen Creede using Word Swag. Quote spied on Skinny Mom via Pinterest.


GIVEAWAY: Signed Copy of "Dear Carolina" by Kristy Woodson Harvey

What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than with a special Signed Book Giveaway of Dear Carolina, the beautiful debut novel by Kristy Woodson Harvey that explores the many facets of a mother's love and proves that families aren't born, but made.  Set in North Carolina, the book is like sweet tea and bbq: a delicious mix of sugar and sass that hooks you immediately and leaves you craving for more.  I'll be buying copies for all the strong and loving women in my life.

Here's a chance for you to win a personalized copy signed by the author:

TO ENTER  Style Maniac's "Dear Carolina" by Kristy Woodson Harvey  
Signed Book Giveaway: 
  • Leave a comment below
  • Enter by midnight EST on Monday, May 18, 2015 
UPDATE: due to technical difficulties with Blogger, Giveaway extended to 5/20/15 If you were unable to post a comment, please email me at thestylemaniac@gmail.com and you'll be entered to win. 

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES, leave an EXTRA comment for any of the following  
(current fans add for all that apply):

Giveaway valid in the U.S. only.  Winner will be chosen at random and announced in May.  If your online profile does not link to an email address, be sure to include it in the entry. Good luck!


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