Preakness at the Piazza

Preakness at the Piazza, Philadelphia’s most stylish event, is this Saturday so I’ve pulled together some inspiration for you, darlings! I’ll be there in support of the MS Society and look forward to seeing you all there in your most stylish race ensembles. There are still tickets available and the forecast calls for sunny skies! xo L

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Preakness at the Piazza 2014

*I’m issuing a disclaimer for this post, I had a FIELD DAY on Asos.com with all of their amazing dresses and yes, clearly I’m lusting over a midi-length hem.

The dresses can be found at ASOS, Erin Fetherston, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, or BCBG. The hats/fascinators can be found at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Hats in the Belfry, ModCloth, and House of Fraser.

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Warby Parker’s new Spectrum Sun collection + a Perfect Pout

Ciao darlings! I’m so excited to announce the launch of Warby Parker’s Spring/Summer 2014 sunglass collection Spectrum Sun. And what pairs better with stylish sunnies than the still-going-strong bold lip? So I’ve paired each new Warby Parker style with a vivid lip shade to create five looks that are ready for days of endless sunshine!

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Warby Parker has distributed over 500 million pairs of glasses to people in need.

For DEAN, an orange red lip emphasizes the awesome green lenses.

For MINNIE, classic tortoise shell gets an a modern twist with a fluoro pink pout.

For HALL, these super girly sunglasses deserve an equally girly light pink lip.

For PIPER, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn by pairing these chic black frames with a gorgeous red lipstick.

For DOWNING, accentuate these cool blue lenses with a pop of coral.

Fall Beauty Trends with Neiman Marcus

Ciao darlings!

I have some pretty exciting news: I’m thrilled to announce that I have recently teamed up with Neiman Marcus KOP (!!!!!!) to bring you all the latest trends and exclusive sneak peek into their spectacular events! To kick things off, I couldn’t be more excited to share these gorgeous Fall beauty trends with you. And what better way to celebrate than with an amazing beauty event with some of my favorite products?!

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Visit your local NM or NeimanMarcus.com to score your own limited-edition beauty bag filled with samples!

As we officially bid adieu to Summer, we haven’t quite settled into Fall temperatures, and as much as we’re all craving to pull on our boots, snuggle into sweaters, and sip pumpkin spice everything; the weather is not quite on the same page. This is the perfect moment to put the hot pink lipstick to rest until next summer and transition into the fabulous shades of fall.

For eyes, transition into more muted shades with depth, like purples, grays, and neutral metallics in titanium, vintage gold, and pewter. It’s all about making a statement with eyeliner, be it the blackest black liquid liner or a sexy smudgy jewel-tone eyeliner. Eyebrows are still a focus for Fall, looking more groomed and providing the perfect frame for a slightly more dramatic eye. Take the time to find the perfect shade and best product for your brow shape. Thinner or very light brows should try a powder or pencil 1-2 shades darker and for fuller, darker brows, try a gel to hold the hairs in place and add a little color.

NM Beauty eyesFor lips, both ends of the spectrum are on trend for Fall. If you choose an eye look from above, the perfect compliment is an über nude shade of lipstick. If you’re in the mood for a more pigmented pout, any of the deeper reds and gorgeous plums will certainly fit the bill. Matte lipsticks are the most popular this season, whatever the shade, so ditch the gloss. If you need a little moisture, try dabbing on a little balm to keep lips hydrated without super shine.

NM beauty lipsFor nails, I’m fully giving you permission to match your lipstick! Yes, I said it. It’s a bit of a retro custom (reminds me of my Nonna, who always had a manicure that matched her favorite lip shades) but this season’s modern hues keep nails looking luxe and polished (nail pun!). There are so many fun trends for nails, try experimenting with shape or length, a little glitter, matte finish, or try a dual-toned mani!
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Diner en Blanc Philadelphia: What to Wear With Your White

DeB What to Wear With Your WhiteDiner en Blanc has arrived! So many details go into preparing for this glamorous night of white revelry, don’t overlook the most important one! Wearing white can be uber fabulous but also presents its own special dressing dilemmas: sheerness in undesired places, the unforgiving hue, etc. I teamed up with local Philadelphia lingerie boutique The Hope Chest to bring you all the basics you’ll need for your blanc! All the numbered items can be found at the boutique located at 1937 Chestnut St or The Hope Chest’s online boutique.

Looking forward to seeing you darlings tomorrow night! xo L

Summer’s Top Trends at Per Lei

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Summer Trend: Neon    [Trina Turk shorts; Lilly Pulitzer tote, model: Jackie Seigler.]

If your weekend plans include a trip to the beach, the new Per Lei boutique in Sea Isle City, NJ has all the style you’ll need at the shore! 

Per Lei, which means ‘for her’ in Italian, opened its first location in Media, PA in October 2007 with the aim to create a shopping experience all about the women that wear their clothes by offering an upscale shopping experience with an intimate feeling through convenience, selection and experience.

With the Memorial Day opening of the Sea Isle City boutique, Per Lei has now expanded to three locations including a second shore store in Avalon, NJ. So on a day that truly meant to be nothing other than a beach day, I took a little drive down to SIC to take a look for myself!

The SIC store carries all the upscale brands you’d expect to find at Per Lei including Lilly Pulitzer, Trina Turk, Tibi, Diane von Furstenburg, Free People, House of Harlow, Alice + Olivia, and Joe’s Jeans plus many more. With all these gorgeous clothes and accessories, I was inspired to shoot some ensembles featuring the hottest Summer 2013 trends.

Summer Trend: Printed Maxi

Summer Trend: Printed Maxi   [tbags maxi dress, model: Jackie Seigler.]

Summer Trend: The Palazzo Pant

Summer Trend: The Palazzo Pant    [Free People linen bomber; Ecru palazzo pant, model: Jackie Seigler.]

Summer Trend: Night White

Summer Trend:Night White   [Trink Turk top & short; Diane von Furstenberg clutch, model: Jackie Seigler.]

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I’d like to send a special thanks to Candice and Patricia for letting me come play in their beautiful SIC store! I had a fantastic time!

Visit Per Lei in Media PA, Sea Isle City NJ, Avalon NJ or at PerLeiboutique.com to learn about their Loyalty Program & Buy Now Wear Now Pay Later.

Bobbie Thomas ‘The Power of Style’ book giveaway

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Click to enter to win Bobbie’s book: a Rafflecopter giveaway!


Bobbie Thomas has created a one-of-kind niche in the style sphere as a “professional girlfriend,” encouraging the use of fashion & beauty as tools to help the outside match the inside.

Most notably, Bobbie serves as the Style Editor on NBC’s Today Show and for seven years, she highlighted celebrity trends in her column “The Buzz” in In Touch weekly. Bobbie has been featured as a recurring correspondent and guest on a variety of E! Entertainment specials including red-carpet Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards coverage, as well as co-hosting the Style Network’s Fashion Police.

For a peek into Bobbie’s book, click here for a PowerofStyleExcerpt & watch the video!

Click to enter to win Bobbie’s book: a Rafflecopter giveaway!

Giveaway will close July 3, 2013 at midnight.

Bloomingdale’s Willow Grove presents ‘The Makeup Date’

Hello Philadelphia darlings!

This Saturday I’ll be serving as MC at the Bloomingdale’s in Willow Grove for The Makeup Date. This is a very VIP event offered to special Bloomies customers and TSD readers, of course! It’s a fantastic morning that will include a runway showcase of all the latest Summer 2013 beauty trends, an opportunity to have a one-on-one with a makeup artist to experiment with a new look, and goodies to go: a limited-edition travel bag filled with deluxe samples. To reserve your spot for this ultra exclusive event it’s $25 which is then credited towards your beauty purchase.

So grab a girlfriend and come by Bloomies in Willow Grove on Saturday for a morning beauty and glamour!

The Makeup Date