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.

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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!

New Portfolio Images of Hair & Makeup

In the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy and I’ve finally had a moment to add a few new images to my portfolio. There will be even more added in coming weeks!

Nicole Miller Bridal Trunk Show

Model: Natalie Krane
Makeup: Lauren Mantilla
Photo credit: HLS Photography

I look forward to the vibrant colors of the changing leaves every year but they always seems to sneak up on me. In my everyday rush, I don’t notice the leaves are losing their verdant summer hues. Even the few scattered leaves in my yard don’t seem to register, until that one moment when it seems all the leaves turned overnight!  That moment was this past Sunday morning, which couldn’t have been a more perfectly Autumn day.

I realized that the trees are in their full Fall glory while driving up to Nicole Miller on Main St. in Manayunk for their Bridal Trunk Show. This was my first visit to Nicole Miller’s Manayunk location and the store is just a little haven of style. The friendly associates are so knowledgeable and it’s very clear that manager, Samantha Sciolla, loves working with her customers. Samantha and her team do an excellent job of creating a personalized experience for each bride; many stayed to chat long after deciding on a gown!

Besides meeting with the brides and discussing their beauty needs and the services offered by The Style Darling, I had the pleasure of dolling up the gorgeous Natalie Krane who so graciously modeled Nicole Miller’s newest bridal collection. Natalie was photographed by the talented Heather Sizemore of HLS Photography. All of the beautiful photos were taken by Heather. Casa Papel was there to showcase their absolutely spectacular paper invitations and stationary. Their storefront is located in Northern Liberties or visit their website to see all of their stunning paperie. Couture Candy Buffets provided a display of confections that looked almost too good to eat (I must stress ‘almost’).

I was thrilled to be included in Nicole Miller’s Bridal Trunk Show, thanks so much to Samantha for all her hard work! It was a pleasure to meet all the very special brides and be there while making the big dress decision!

Model: Natalie Krane
Makeup: Lauren Mantilla
Photo credit: HLS Photography