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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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?!

NM Beauty event

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

The Science of Style

It is commonly thought that ‘fashion’ and ‘style’ are synonymous. And that’s just not the case. Clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc., can come in and out of fashion; to simply be fashionable is fleeting. Instead, I’ve always focused on cultivating a personal style that incorporates the latest fashions. True style isn’t a slave to the latest trends.

Personal style celebrates your independence of mind and unique point of view and is your very first impression to the world. An impression that conveys more that just vanity or frivolity, but professionalism and pride in oneself and their peers. A notion shared by Danielle Belardo, a fourth year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Danielle spends her days alternatively in scrubs or in a white lab coat and as a girl who loves fashion, she is determined to bring her personal style to the (examination) table.

Danielle and her fellow fourth year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, Vanessa Fabrizio, joined me in the city to bring some sartorial inspiration to their traditional medical uniforms. SoS 2

Scrubs are the most challenging, however, it’s all about the right accessories and color is one of the easiest ways to bring some personal touches to this hospital basic. Danielle’s favorite way of incorporating color is through her footwear, “Patients always comment on my bright sneakers. I love that a simple accessory can put a smile on their face”. Even simply adding bright laces to a more neutral shoe can add a bit of unexpected color.

SoS 9Ladies, when it comes to your hair, don’t view it as a hindrance. View your hair as an opportunity! Vanessa finds that braids are fantastic options that are simultaneously practical and visually interesting. For example, adding a braid to your everyday look can create a not-so-average-pony. Braids will also last through long shifts and keep bangs or pesky layers out of your face. To add some color to Vanessa’s fishtail braid we opted for an orange tie instead of a neutral tie. For Danielle, I created a simple twist following her hairline.SoS 4As a professional, you want to put your best face forward and when it comes to your beauty routine remember to stick with the basics. Make sure to keep your skin looking its best by adhering to a regular skincare regimen. Healthy, happy skin requires less makeup, especially foundation and concealer. As a makeup artist, makeup that looks great for hours isn’t about caking on as much as possible to “last” throughout the day, it’s about using the right products in the right places.
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For both Danielle and Vanessa, I used a small amount of foundation best suited to each of their skin types only in the most necessary areas. The goal for their makeup was to keep them looking fresh, well-rested, polished, and professional. My favorite trick for making eyes appear more awake is making your eyelashes the focal point. If they need to be curled, do not skip this step, it is crucial! Look for mascaras that are long-wearing or flake-free, if your mascara smudges or flakes throughout the day that darkness could be mistaken for dark circles under your eyes. Also using a light eyeshadow to highlight the inner corners of your eyes and along your browbone reflects light and draws attention the shape of your eye. For a bit of color on your cheeks and lips that will keep you glowing throughout your shift, try a duo lip & cheek stain.
SoS 10Though most of the time, Danielle and Vanessa wear white coats over their professional attire, these stylish med students have found that infusing their work wardrobe with their own personal touches, does not go unnoticed by both patients and supervisors alike. In fact, a large study done at the Medical University of South Carolina showed that patients were more likely to trust and have confidence in their physicians who made an effort in their appearance, preferring physicians who were more “dressed up” (76.3%) versus physicians in casual wear (4.7%).
SoS 12In the above photo, Danielle and Vanessa chose ensembles that illustrate their personal styles and how to transition outfits suitable for the hospital to a look that works for a casual cup of coffee with friends or running errands. Vanessa chose printed pants, classic ballet flats, and a brightly colored cardigan to show her self-proclaimed “preppy” style. “I find it easy to incorporate my classic and preppy style into an appropriate hospital wardrobe. My style reflects professionalism while also being fun and current” Vanessa explains. Don’t be afraid to bring color to your professional environment. It can be easy to get lost in a sea of grays, blues, and black. Just make sure the item is a proper length, fit, and fabric for a professional setting and you’ll be sure to beak up the monotony!

Danielle opts for pieces that are distinct and likes to blend in current trends. She chose a striped skirt as the focus of her look and added a sheer button down blouse plus very comfortable boots. What’s key about Danielle’s look is choosing just one piece to stand out while keeping the other parts of the outfit more subdued in color and more classic in shape. Danielle feels that the ritual of choosing an outfit is a great start to her day, “Fashion is an art similar to how medicine is an art; I admire designers who take chances and think outside of the box, just as I admire my attending physicians who are inventive and innovative in their field”.
SoS 13To take her outfit from day to night, Vanessa swapped her print for faux leather and added a sleek pair of booties, a jacket, and a bit of evening sparkle. Danielle gave her boots the night off, put on her favorite pair of pumps, and chose a lace top to complete her after hours ensemble. By using a few key basics in their current wardrobes these savvy med students did an excellent job of demonstrating how to stylishly create looks that are work for the hospital, casual plans, or evenings on the town. Danielle and Vanessa each have their own personal style yet they both understand the importance of their image in their professional environment.

Thanks so much to Danielle and Vanessa for being great models, opening their closets, and sharing their personal experiences, words, and time!

Now & Later: Mint Condition

I’ve always been a fan of the color green but mostly the really deep shades of evergreen, the classic olive, and jewel toned emerald but lately this very special shade of green is speaking to me. This pretty hue is soft yet vibrant and pairs so well with gray right now which is a huge staple of my cooler weather wardrobe. Later, when the temp rises, this color looks fantastic with a tan and mint is perfect with your spring/summer neutrals and white. If you’re feeling especially girly, try going pastel from head to toe!

Now & Later: Mint Condition

1   J. Crew merino boyfriend sweater in Minty Green

2   7 For All Mankind The Skinny’ jean in Midnight Floral

3   GiGi NYC ‘Uber Clutch’ in Mint

4   Vince Camuto ‘Tipper’ bootie

5   J. Crew linen scarf in Soft Mint

6   Diesel ‘Grupee’ skinny jeans

7   GAP colorblock pop sweater in Navy

8   BaubleBar mint twist ring trio

9   C Wonder bow tassel driving moc

10  Forever 21 lace back peplum top

11  C Wonder stretch skinny jeans

12  C Wonder frosted neon bling stud earrings in Bright Aqua

13  Forever 21 platform peep-toe slingbacks

14  BCBG ‘Nellie’ dress*

15  Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ nail polish

16  Sam Edelman ‘Alina’ sandals

*I actually couldn’t resist this gorgeous dress and purchased it for my upcoming trip to Key West! Key West: What to Pack post coming soon!

Diesel x The Style Darling: Coachella’s What to Pack

If you’re like me, you get that packing is one of the best parts of a trip! So welcome to my new installment: ‘What to Pack’. I’ve teamed up with Diesel at King of Prussia Mall to host their grand opening this weekend with a chance to win 2 tickets to Coachella plus airfare and access to the Diesel house!

Diesel’s designs are simultaneously edgy and effortless which couldn’t be more well-suited to Coachella’s chic Cali vibe. We’re talking some crazy cool distressed denim, a dress that zips apart into a vest & skirt, and some show-stopping prints! So I’ve pulled together my dream Diesel wardrobe for this three-day mega music festival and a few beauty necessities to ensure that you stay stylish and safe under that warm Cali sun!

(Insider tip: Come enter the contest and see which outfit I chose! I’ll be at Diesel KOP Friday for the kickoff at 4pm, Saturday 4-8pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. And follow along with #DieselKOP!)

DieselxTSD what to pack

Friday:

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress

Diesel ‘DM0009’ sunnies

Diesel ‘Divina’ medium bag

Diesel ‘Alma’ wedge espadrille

Saturday:

Diesel ‘Puna’ top

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress (vest)

Diesel ‘Grupee’ skinny jean

Diesel ‘We Ally’ wedge sneaker

Sunday:

Diesel ‘Casol’ bomber jacket

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress (skirt)

Diesel ‘Carrus’ cap

Diesel ‘Alma’ wedge espadrille

Pool Party:

Diesel ‘Puna’ top

Diesel ‘Janet’ bathing suit

Diesel ‘DM0009’ sunnies

etc.:

Bobble filtered water bottle

Tarte ‘Natural Beauty’ cheek stain

Diesel ‘Loverdose’ perfume

Philosophy ‘Hope in a Jar SPF’ face lotion

Essie ‘Butler Please’ nail polish

Maybelline Baby Lips SPF lip balm

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara

This post is sponsored by Diesel.

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

The Style Darling Holiday Gift Guide $100
1  ZARA turtleneck knitted sweater $79.90
2  Longchamp ‘Veau Foulonné’ cosmetic bag $78
3  BCBG reusable mug with studded trim $68
4  Henri Bendel ‘It Girl’ ipad sleeve $88
5  ZARA jeweled box clutch $89.90
6  Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Signorina’ $98
7  Giesswein ‘Traun’ slipper $94
8  Tory Burch fox stud double wrap bracelet $125 (over-budget but I just adore it! The TB stud bracelet is $95)