Oct 23, 2014

All About Olives: Video Interview with Cooking Channel Star Annie Sibonney ... plus an Olives From Spain Giveaway


Do you know the easiest way to stuff an olive? Or that olives can add a special depth of flavor to a meatball recipe? Or that entertaining, Spanish-style, can be as easy as setting out a bowl of olives, popping open high quality canned goods and pouring a few glasses of sweet vermouth?

I learned all this and more during a video interview -- my first! -- with Cooking Channel star Annie Sibonney.  In her starring role on From Spain With Love and as a spokesperson for Olives From Spain, this self-taught cook shares her relaxed, flavorful approach to cooking.  It's a philosophy that's so Style Maniac:  simple, fun, pretty and delicious.

Check out our interview, and then add a comment to win an Olives From Spain Entertaining Kit --with apron, can of olives, toothpicks, coasters, tote bag and an olive serving dish -- offered in celebration of Spanish Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15).



OLIVES FROM SPAIN GIVEAWAY:
Entertaining Kit with olive serving dish, can of Olives from Spain, plus branded toothpicks, tote bag, apron and coasters.

To Enter: leave a comment below by midnight EST on Friday, October 31, 2014.

For Extra Entries: add a comment for every time you share this Giveaway Link on your social media sites

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on this blog in November.  Entertaining Kit will be mailed directly to winner at USA address by Olives From Spain.  


Images, video and giveaway courtesy Olives From Spain.

Oct 3, 2014

WHAT I WORE: Fall Fashion On A Warm Night


Doreen Creede / STYLE MANIAC shot  by Elena Brennan at "Fashion Under The Shambles" in Philadelphia.
Phtotostrip: recent highlights from @stylemaniac on Instagram
An outdoor Fall Fashion Show. Glorious end-of-summer weather. What to wear at this transitional moment?  My second style recipe during The Philadelphia Collection (my city's fashion week) was to reverse the color/fabric mix from my last post. Summer to Fall Wardrobe Solution#2:  combine tropical-weight wool pants in a light color with a long-sleeve yet lightweight cold-shoulder top, then accessorize with statement shoes and a modern necklace.

The details:
  • "Gia" tropical-weight stretch wool pants & "Jude" cold-shoulder zip top  /  NINObrand 
  • Metallic & leather oxford slingbacks / past season, Jonathan Fluevog from Bus Stop 
  • Tassel Clutch / conradbookerCOLLECTION
  • Hand-forged brass & elastic "Necklace1" / from the new NINObrand jewelry collection (launches 10/23/14) 

For more fashion, parties, art & eats follow @stylemaniac on Instagram.
NOTE:  conradbookerCOLLECTION and NINObrand are fashion lines I work with ... and adore.

Sep 29, 2014

What to Wear In Fall When It Feels Like Summer

Every year it also happens: just as I've switched my closet from gauzy tops and flip-flops to Fall suedes and sweaters, Summer returns with a hot swoosh. What to wear during this tricky season, when the calendar says "autumn" but the thermometer says "summer"?

Solution#1:  mix dark, summer-weight pieces with lighter-weight, showstopping autumn styles, then accessorize with classic fall animal prints.  As pictured here, this was one of my Style Recipes during The Philadelphia Collection, my city's version of Fashion Week:
For a look at more summer to fall outfits, plus fashion party pics, street art, good eats, dark cocktails, seasonal scenes and more follow @stylemaniac on Instagram. Not on Instagram? See a roundup of recent posts in the sidebar of this blog. On Instagram? Please share your handle in the comments.

NOTE:  NINObrand is the fashion line I work with. Enjoy an exclusive treat for Style Maniac Readers: 5% off our online capsule collection using code "DOREEN" through 12/31/14.  Or email me to schedule a private appointment or arrange a special order. Photo by Doreen Creede.

Sep 21, 2014

SWEET & CHIC: Tips, Secrets, Special Offers, Perks, Backstage Pass & more now on StyleManiac.com


New season, new look for the Style Maniac website!  Now completely re-designed to bring a scrumptious array of sweet surprises and chic treats that add style, joy and fun to your life in one quick visit. Enjoy special perks for Style Maniac readers, go behind the scenes of famous brands and get easy tips for making your every day happier and more beautiful.  The new format highlights the best of Style Maniac from the past five years, plus brings you happening-right-now updates, special offers and invitations to great events every month.

The new look also features Parallax scrolling for a more dynamic and engaging experience. (Best viewed on Firefox, Safari, Chrome or mobile devices.  Made possible by Squarespace.)  Below is a quick tour of the new features.  Explore more at StyleManiac.com . Come visit, enjoy ... and please let me know what you think!


Enjoy a backstage pass to stylish events, go behind the scenes at famous brands and be the first to know about emerging talent.  This page gathers Style Maniac features and interviews with Harper's Bazaar, Lilly Pulitzer, LAGOS and more.  VISIT the Backstage Pass page at StyleManiac.com


Make your every day happier and more beautiful. A monthly highlight of tips and tricks shared on Style Maniac over the years, plus secrets from top chefs to make your home cooking taste delicious. VISIT the Tips+Secrets page at StyleManiac.com


You're invited! Visit this page regularly for invitations to Doreen's events.  Plus enjoy special offers, discounts and perks for Style Maniac readers. VISIT the Events+Perks page at StyleManiac.com


PHOTO CREDITS / TOP & BOTTOM: Doreen's Spring Open House at NINObrand. PHOTO 2: from A Visit to Harper's Bazaar.  PHOTO 3: from Pretty Ways With Trays.  All by Doreen Creede.

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

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