Friday, April 28, 2017

Outfit Inspiration for Date Night Motivation

Hi there, ladies!

I was recently contacted by Adore Me, to show off some date night outfits that are inspired by their collection of intimates! After becoming more familiar with their collections, this task gave me SO many ideas, because they have something for everything (and everyone!). Adore Me's bra sizes range from 30A-46G, they have underwear, shape wear, swimsuits, loungewear/activewear, and of course, lingerie!

While, I could have chosen an outfit for every undergarment on their site, I controlled myself, told my stylist brain to calm down, and narrowed it down to two outfits - a daytime and a nighttime outfit. But, because I have been looking at lingerie nonstop (because it's just so pretty!), I made sure that both outfits would be great for a date!

Perfect summer date outfit, Adore Me

I love a good trapeze/swing dress, especially in warm weather. It's flattering on almost all body types, and it's just an easy piece (and this one has pockets!!). Unfortunately, sometimes the armholes are a little loose, so you can get that unattractive visible bra that you become self conscious of for the entire time you're wearing it (because you totally forgot about that, since the last time you wore it). But, when you're wearing the super cute Sophy bra, instead of being worried about your boring bra peaking out, you can rock the pink lace sides as a bandeau alternative! Plus, the Sophy has a racerback style, which works perfectly with this dress too! Fun fact about the shoes - they're Aerosoles! I know! I was surprised too! Aren't they cute? I think I need that clutch. It's kind of adorable.

Perfect date night outfit,  Adore Me

If you saw me at the Blog Connect Conference in Philly kick off party, then you already know that I own this dress. It is by Fifteen Twenty, and I bought mine from Six Clothing in Haddonfield. For as form fitting as this dress is, it's basically works like Spanx. (Can I get an amen?) I LOVE this dress. I feel sexy, powerful, stylish, and trendy when I wear it.

The only way that I could make it better is by wearing something sexier underneath! That's where the Deeandra bra comes in! This bra can be worn strapless too, which is a must for all of those off the shoulder dresses and tops that you have been adding to your closet this season (I know I am not the only one, who can't control themselves around an off the shoulder ...anything).

Because this dress is perfect for nighttime, I went with a metallic bag that can be used as a clutch, but has a shoulder strap, and some beautiful dark floral pumps. No jewelry necessary here, since the dress has statement sleeves, and you're creating additional accents with the bag and shoes. If you feel like you need to wear something, go with stud earrings or a simple choker necklace.

I don't know why, but there's just something about sunshine and gorgeous weather that makes me want to get all dressed up and go somewhere fun!

Check out Adore Me's site, and let me know what your favorites are, and if you would like me to help you create an outfit around a specific piece!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Exclusive Event Hosted by Me!

Hello, all! I can't wait to tell you about my next event that I am hosting!

I will be having a style party at LOFT King of Prussia for my clients and friends of clients! This party is going to be amazing -

Here's why:

  •  It's free to attend 
  • You will be shopping with me (also for free)
  • We'll be at LOFT 
  • You will receive an additional discount to any purchases you make at the style party!
  • There will be a light breakfast provided, along with coffee AND mimosas!! 
  • The party will be held before the store is open to the public #celebritystatus 
The specifics: Sunday, May 7th from 9am - 11am

This is the PERFECT way to add to your spring wardrobe and get started on summer! 

There are only 20 tickets available, so make sure that you RSVP soon! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Lost in a Daydream" Shoot for Stellar Design

This past weekend, in addition to working with some new clients, I also had the pleasure of working as a stylist for the photoshoot, "Lost in a Daydream" for Stellar Design. I met the designer, Keyonna Butler through PHLbloggers! She was seeking out a stylist for an upcoming photoshoot in Philly, and I jumped at the opportunity! I couldn't be more glad that I did!

I had so much fun working with a wonderful group of talented, creative individuals! We were brought  together by the amazing, Keyonna! Her clothing is up-cycled clothing that incorporates bright colors and so much joy! I think it's Keyonna's energy and love for her designs that created such a synergistic photoshoot!

I love all of the aspects of my job, and as much as I love modeling for my blog, it was nice to not have to worry about what kind of weird and awkward faces I'm making (and then being photographed).  It was fun making sure that all of the clothes and accessories were being showcased perfectly, and the models, Marissa Kowalski and Sam Thomas  were just the sweetest! They are stunning, and were total troopers, especially considering how cold it was, while we were shooting!

Susan Padron, photo shoot stylist

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Eyelash Extensions by Dani at Wink Lash Studio

Oh my goodness, I am so excited! I got eyelash extensions!! I feel so glamorous now, it's kind of amazing.

 Since we are living in the age of social media and selfies, I recently became much more aware of the fact that my eyelashes do not like to behave! I've always been told that I had long eyelashes. I love to try different kinds of makeup, especially mascara, and I've probably tried them all! Since I have been taking a lot more pictures of myself over the past year, I noticed that my eyelashes do not like to hold a curl, and they are naturally straight! What good are long eyelashes if they don't curl?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#WednesdayWonder - Can you wear plaid without looking like a cowboy or a lumberjack?

Plaid is still going very strong as a trend, especially since winter doesn't seem like it's quite ready to leave just yet! (I'm going to blame the snow for the delay in this post). So, how do you wear plaid without looking like you're about to go line dancing or chop some wood?

Friday, March 10, 2017

#girlboss(es) 25 - Jennyfer Parra

Happy Friday! For those of us in the northeast, it's a snowy Friday! It seemed like we were done with this snow and cold weather, but apparently not! Anyway, our #girlboss this week is Jennyfer Parra, who is also a blogger (among other things!)! I enjoyed reading Jennyfer's responses, because you really get a sense of how she balances her drive with her appreciation for the joys of life! Enjoy! 

#WednesdayWonders - What is the best color of jeans for men and women?

Denim comes in many different shades and colors, and for some, it can be tough to choose the right shade for their outfit! For this post, I'll just talk about the three main shades of regular blue jeans - light, medium, and dark. These are commonly referred to as "washes" (light wash, medium wash, dark wash jeans). (All of the tips provided in this post can be used for men and women!)

Just like when I'm enjoying a flight of beer, I'll start light and then go dark.

Friday, March 3, 2017

#girlboss(es) 24 - Gosia Campbell

Happy Friday! Gosia Campbell is our #FabulousFemaleFriday this week! She and I met through one of the awesome Facebook groups where we are both members. If you have been keeping up with my #girlboss(es) series, then you know how much I love showing off female entrepreneurs, so I was excited to read and write about Gosia! Enjoy, and check out her site when you get a chance:
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

#WednesdayWonders - What is the latest trend for shoes?

So many of us look for different options for shoes than the traditional choices - for women, we can usually choose between heels or flats, and for guys, there are oxfords or loafers. Of course, boots are always available too, but they are season specific. That being said, the question that I received is regarding sneakers! Sneakers - they're not just for working out anymore! However, you have to choose the right pair. You can't wear your Brooks with a cute dress and call yourself chic.

Since last week's Wednesday Wonder was for the guys, let's start with the ladies first, and then I'll show off some options for the gentlemen.

adidas sneakers

I have been seen these EVERYWHERE. The Neo Advantage is definitely a more casual option, so think of these more for the weekend. They're sporty without looking too athletic, and they tie right in to the athleisure trend that's so big right now. If you're a fan of these, but you don't want the same pair that everyone has, check them out in white and rose gold! 
Friday, February 24, 2017

#girlboss(es) redefined 10 - Carla Evans

Happy Friday!! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday features my cousin, Carla! Carla has always been involved with my life,  as well as my sister's, and I feel so lucky because of that. She has been such inspiration with all of her accomplishments, her complete dedication to her children, and her never ending strength (I seriously mean it - I don't know how she does it!). Her three (not so) little ones are all equally impressive in their own ways, and I adore all three of them to pieces. I will allow Carla to explain more about herself, because she is definitely a better writer than I will ever be! Enjoy!! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

#WednesdayWonders - Can guys wear colorful socks and look good?

Guys, it has been far too long, since I have done a post that you can relate to! So, gentlemen, this is a quick, Wednesday Wonder post for you!

When I work with male clients, who are limited with their options on what they can wear to work, the  idea of incorporating fun socks into their wardrobe usually comes into our conversation! Sure, guys have ties that they can wear to "spice up" their look, but in some jobs, they're still left with only conservative options. So, how can they add some fun and show off their personality through their clothes? Socks!

mens style, colorful socks
Photo Cred: Style Progress

Friday, February 17, 2017

#girlboss(es) 23 - Crystal Gareau

Happy Friday!! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday features another fellow blogger, Crystal Gareau! Crystal is the founder of , a mom/lifestyle blog! Ever since I started with my #girlboss #FabulousFemaleFriday series, I have really come to appreciate the honesty in the responses that I receive. As a blogger and a social media researcher (that's not an official title, it's just one that I have given myself, since I'm constantly doing research for my blog or my business), I really find that honesty in blog posts allows the reader to genuinely connect to the author. I enjoy Crystal's openness in her responses that she sent to me, as well as in her own blog posts. After you're done reading about her, check out her blog! Enjoy!!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#WednesdayWonder - Do statement necklaces have to also make a financial statement?

When people hear them term, "statement necklace", they usually think of something big, bold, lots of sparkle or shine, and jewels for days. I'll be honest with you, (my clients and friends already know this about me, but I'll share it with you guys too) I don't always spend a ton of money on my jewelry, especially statement necklaces! Just like clothes, you want to invest more in the pieces that will last through all of the trends, and that will give you more bang for your buck. For the trendier pieces, it's ok to buy them at a cheaper price tag, because you'll get your wear out of them, and by the time the trend has run its course, the jewelry will be ready to be retired! It's great timing!

Still don't really believe me? That's ok, I know plenty of visual learners, so I'll use pictures! 

statement necklace

statement necklace

Ok, so which one cost more? The one on the left or the one on the right? 

Friday, February 10, 2017

#girlboss(es) 22 - Valerie Sanders

Happy Friday, everyone!! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday post features someone that you have already met, if you're a regular reader here! Valerie is the founder and owner of Haute Mama! You can read about Valerie, how we met, and her awesome event that I attended here! For my South Jersey readers, Valerie is holding another event TOMORROW at Lifetime in Mt Laurel! She'll be there selling her super cute, super soft clothes and jewelry starting at 8am! I'm going to try to stop by myself, because I have worn my "Rise Rise Rise" sweatshirt an embarrassingly amount of times, since I bought it from her at her last event... and I need more items like that in my life! Enjoy reading about Valerie, and go to her event, if you can! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Save the date!! - Style Party!

Exciting news... I have another style party for you all to attend!! Yay! So, get your calendars ready, and add Susan's Style Party on March 4th from 6:00-9:00pm (this will be held at my house again)! 

If you missed the first one, back in November, you will definitely want to attend this one!

At the last style party, we discussed all things clothing related - answered a lot of questions, showed tricks for choosing the right necklace or neckline for your features/outfit, chatted, and snacked on delicious food while drinking yummy beverages! SO much fun! 

For this style party, I decided to take it to the next level for all of you! This one is going to be a ladies only event (sorry guys! We'll do a guys night soon!), and not only will you get a TON of fashion advice from me, but we will have special guests as well - my friends, Meredith and Courtney! 

Meredith is involved with a pretty wonderful company called, Trades of Hope. Trades of Hope is primarily a jewelry company, but they also sell other accessories and some home goods too. I went to a party at Meredith's over the weekend to check out the jewelry in person, and I made some purchases that I am quite excited about! I can't wait to show them to you!! Some trendy, some classic, some fun pieces! Meredith will be able to explain the details and origins of the pieces, and I will explain how you can wear the different pieces that you are interested in purchasing! Jewelry has the ability to completely change the look of an outfit, and I will show you everything you need to know!

You're probably thinking, ok, but why did Susan say that this company is "wonderful"? This quote is directly from the Trades of Hope website from the founders of the company stating, 

"We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we've had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them. " 

How incredible is that? For the full story, click here!

Now, for those of you that watched my Facebook live video this week, you already got to meet Courtney! If you missed the video, here's the link! We had a BLAST together!! If you did not watch the video, let me tell you a little bit about Courtney! Courtney is a good friend of mine, and she works for the company, Younique. Similar to Trades of Hope, Younique also has a strong mission to empower women:

"Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft, a brother-and-sister team, founded Younique in September 2012 with a mission to uplift, empower, and validate women across the globe. Derek and Melanie firmly believe that all women should feel valued, smart, and empowered through opportunities for personal growth and financial reward!"

Think of this style party as a ladies' night out! 
You'll get style tips and tricks from me, you can shop for jewelry and makeup, and Courtney will be doing eyes and lips for anyone who would like them done!! You'll get professional advice, professional makeup applications, and you'll be able to shop too! 
Did I mention that there will also be food and beverages? 

Ok, so, now that I know you have put this date in your calendar, think about if there is anyone else that would love this too, BECAUSE the more people that come, the cheaper the admission fee becomes! (I guess the fee is the only bummer, sorry! It's totally worth it, I promise!!) 

So, here's how the pricing will work: 

If we have 5 people RSVP yes, the cost is $45/person
If we have 10 people RSVP yes, the cost goes down to $35/person
If we have 15 people RSVP yes, the cost is only $25/person! 

I will be creating a Facebook event to send out invitations, but if you already know that you want to be there, and you're so excited that you can't contain yourself, comment on this post with "Yes!" as your RSVP! 

The first person to comment on this post with "Yes", will be able to bring a friend for $15 - so if we have more than 15 people attending, it will only cost the winner a total of $40 for their admission and a friend! 

I am so so so excited to see all of you! This is going to be a ton of fun! 

#WednesdayWonder - Lingerie Edition with The Philly Bra Lady

This Wednesday Wonder is a bit of a special edition, because multiple questions will be answered, AND I am not the one who will be answering the questions that you asked! Instead, I contacted another professional, because this week's questions were all focused on lingerie! Don't get me wrong, I am definitely capable of helping my clients find good undergarments, but Karima aka The Philly Bra Lady is the QUEEN of bras.

Philly Bra Lady

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day Fun featuring Fresh April Flours

When it comes to celebrating a holiday like Valentine's Day, my husband and I love to enjoy the holiday through food (and getting dressed up in a chic outfit, of course!)! I was actually quoted recently, by a fellow blogger sharing my favorite idea for a date night for Valentine's Day! Check out that blog post here at Arrows & Awe.

In my internet travels, I recently came across this post by blogger, Lynn of Fresh April Flours, and I immediately reached out to Lynn to see if she would be willing to share her post with me and my readers!

Friday, February 3, 2017

#girlboss(es) 21 - Abby Fereday

Happy Friday! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday features a woman who I met through one of the many Blogger groups that I am part of! I reached out to them to see if any would allow me to feature them, and Abby was the first to respond! I love that I am at a point in my #FabulousFemaleFriday #girlboss posts, when I can do that! 

In addition to both of us being bloggers, Abby is also a mom, and she was a former teacher (as you'll read below)! What a small world! There is a link to her blog at the bottom of her post, so definitely check it out, after you're done reading! There are so many fun posts! I know that I have enjoyed reading them!
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hey ladies - this is for you! Are you dying to be one of those ladies that gets surprised and spoiled for Valentine's Day by your Valentine with one of my professionally and personally picked head to toe outfits? 

Flat out asking your Valentine to contact me ruins the fun, but if you message me, I'll act as the Valentine's Day fairy and make the magic happen! 

Just email or text me soon, because all orders for the Valentine's Day package must be placed in to me by Monday, February 6th!

Valentine's Day surprise gift

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#WednesdayWonders - How do I dress up a baby bump?

One of my besties is preggors with her second little man, and I am SO excited for that little guy to also be friends with my honey bunny, just like his big brother! She always looks adorable, but she still asked me about my opinions regarding maternity clothing. Being a mom and a personal stylist, I get a lot of questions from pregnant women about how to keep their sense of style while pregnant.

Maternity clothing is tough, because throughout your entire pregnancy, your body changes like crazy, and it feels like it changes every week (because it is)! So, something that may have worked for your body last week, may not work at all the next! Not many people have the money or the time (or patience) to purchase new clothes every week to deal with that problem.

So, my first suggestion on where to look for maternity clothes is your own wardrobe! Even if this is your first pregnancy, I guarantee that you have at least a few things that could work with your adorable bump! It can be challenging to find cute maternity clothes that are also inexpensive, so check your closet first.

Look for looser tops like this one

maternity style

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Haute Mama Mala Event at the Color Room

This past Thursday, I attended such a fun event held at The Color Room Marlton by Valerie Sanders of Haute Mama Mala! Valerie and I connected through the PHL Bloggers Facebook group, when she mentioned that she was looking for a style blogger to attend her event in NJ! As soon as I saw that someone was looking for a style blogger, I immediately got excited, and then I saw that the event was being held literally down the street from me! I reached out to Valerie immediately, and she gave me the details for the event!

Valerie and I had been chatting, since she told me about the event, and we clicked immediately! She has such a kind soul, and I really look forward to getting to know her better - especially since we live minutes away from each other! Oh yeah, and she's STUNNING!

Her entire collection incorporates the perfect amount of badass with soul, and I love it. All of her clothes allow you to go from working out to going out, all while feeling confident that you look good.

Friday, January 27, 2017

#girlboss(es) redefined 9 - Sara

Happy Friday! I am SO excited to finally be able to share my sister with you for this week's #FabulousFemaleFriday! I asked her back in August to let me feature her. It took some convincing, but she agreed, and her schedule has quieted down enough for her to send me her responses!!

When Sara and I were little, we focused more on our differences than our similarities. Wherever we went, we constantly heard, "You're sisters? You don't look ANYTHING alike."

#thankgodforbraces #those90scolorsthough 

It wasn't until Sara went to college, that we started to develop a friendship, which has just continued to grow throughout our adulthood. Having an older sister is wonderful for so many reasons, including, you see them do everything first, and you're able to learn from it. If you're lucky like I am, not only are you able to observe your older sibling, but they're willing to help you and teach you too.

Sara helped me create me list of colleges to start looking at, while I was in high school. She was the first person to give me wedding magazines to start paging through, the night I got engaged (oh, the time of wedding planning before Pinterest). She gave me the best baby books, when I was pregnant, and constantly told me to stop checking the internet for information, because it just made me panic. She was in the room with me, my husband, and my mom for the labor and delivery of my son. I still text and call her for advice, to vent without being judged, and just to chat.

Her sons have become best friends to my son, and it's seriously 'make your heart explode' adorable.

She's an incredible mom to her two boys. Her level of creativity is endless in everything she does. She's brilliant, funny, well traveled, cultured, energetic, friendly (seriously, EVERYONE loves her), and of course, beautiful.

It wasn't until I saw this picture that I realized how much my sister and I do look alike. My mom helps our relationship make sense, and that also makes my heart happy.

Ms. Sara Savini

Anyone else have a rough time coming up with a playlist for this activity? No? Just me?

Ok. So here I am. Hi everyone, Susan's sister, Sara, here. Honored and privileged to be both female and considered fabulous by my amazingly talented sister. I'm a regular reader of her blog and I must say I've been impressed and inspired by the company I'm in. How lucky I am to personally know and adore some of you previously featured faces. it's just so fun to be reminded of just how awesome the people in your life are... Thanks for featuring me in the bunch, Susan!

As the sun sinks slowly into the west on my my early thirties, I find myself at the precipice of reinvention. True, it wouldn't be the first....Dreamer. Book Store Lackey. Poet. Historical Archaeologist. Grad Student. High School Teacher. Tutor. Mother. Advocate. Writer. I've done the rounds. But this past year, 2016, it's been a whammy. I moved my entire over zealous container garden to raised beds in the back yard. David Bowie died. The very fabric of the universe may very well have begun to unravel. Oh, and I got diagnosed with cancer. But, here we are. 2017. And here I am. Looking forward.

At present, I am a stay at home mom and freelance writer. The demands of motherhood further amplified by having a child facing some challenges pulled me from the traditional workforce 7 years ago and there hasn't been a dull moment since. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that opportunity is constant. I've always been pretty driven to "do." What, exactly? Well, that changes pretty frequently. I'm a renaissance woman (not the faire kind) ... (OK, maybe the faire kind, but not in any professional sense) and my interests and passions drive me, with a healthy dose of reality in tow. I always have a lot on my plate in terms of things to do, and a lot in sight in terms of things to accomplish. Up and coming? In no particular order.... Maybe: My doctorate. Definitely: Some writing projects. Scheduled: Radioactive iodine treatment. Really need to get on this: Relaunching my blog.

I try not to get bogged down in the day to day. Setbacks happen. But so do Herculean feats of house cleaning. It's important to keep it all (and cancer) in perspective.

I'm fortunate enough to have experienced some unimaginably powerful (and beautiful, and liberating, and awe inspiring) moments in my life. I have, hands down, the most amazing family and support system in the 'verse. I've been held up by their strength, love, and perseverance my whole life long. I got married to my best friend (and gaming arch nemesis) in a fairytale, surrounded by an entire forest full of our people. I gave birth to two beautiful children ("the Incredible Hulk" and "the Flash") who EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. challenge me. And even more so, challenge me again, to be a better human so that they can continue to grow, live, and love their way into the legit tiny humans that they are already in the midst of becoming.

But I can get esoteric about this too... I've been lucky enough to have moments where I've felt more connected to "it all" than I ever could've dreamed. Whether it was sitting on an Irish cliff writing poems, staring out into the oblivion of North Atlantic... Riding on a catamaran New Year's Day above the Polynesian reef as manta rays flew by on the tips of the waves... The wind rushing through my hair on horseback, cantering through an open field... The same primordial hum resonates and recharges. Maybe it's my inner yogi talking, but I feel strongest in the small moments of quiet calm in my typical tornado of an existence.

So my advice to my younger self?
BE patient. It takes time for the journey to figure itself out. You'll get wherever you're going, and you probably don't have the faintest idea of where that is yet. The path doesn't really end.
BE brave. You can't play outside without occasionally tripping and scrapping your knees. Learn from the scars, and know that while they don't define you, they do have a part to play in just how awesome you can become.

BE bold. It's not simply enough to be, you must be present and be you - no one else has that job. BE appreciative of your friends, cause really, they're family, and they'll still be there in your 30somethings.

Oh... And stay off the internet. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#WednesdayWonders - Can you wear black with blue?

I think we've all been made to believe certain "fashion rules" over the years, either by what we see celebrities wear or what our parents share with us. Of course, these rules change with trends and time.

I get asked frequently about these "rules" by my friends and clients. Some questions that I get asked quite frequently are, "can I wear brown with black?" or "can I wear blue with black?" At some point in our young lives, most of us were told that the answer to both of these questions is "no".

However, tell the leopard that brown and black don't work together!

I mean, these loafers are gorg! But, I'm also a sucker for most things leopard print.

leopard loafers


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Can you believe that Valentine's Day is already less than a month away? I don't know about you, but I still feel like Christmas was just last week...maybe that's because we haven't put away our decorations yet.

Significant others with a lady love in their life, this post is for you! 

Stop buying flowers that only die after a few days, jewelry that she probably won't wear, and chocolate... that she'll love...ok, still buy her chocolate.

Instead, make her feel spoiled, loved, and appreciated. 

I'm sure that you've already started to think about where you're going to take her out to dinner, maybe you've already made reservations, so what's your next move?

Friday, January 20, 2017

#girlboss(es) 20 - Ann Wilmot

Happy Friday!! This week's #fabulousfemalefriday features Ann Wilmot! I met Ann through her husband, Chris, who is one of my coworkers. Both Ann and Chris are very kind people, who have become good friends of ours. Ann works in the same school district as me and Chris, and she is a guidance counselor. While Ann was working at McGalliard Elementary, Chris and I were lucky to have former students of hers at the middle school. They were always so excited to find out that after having (and adoring) Mrs. Wilmot, that they were now going to have Mr. Wilmot as a teacher. It was adorable! Now that Ann has switched to one of the high schools in our district, she will have our former students! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#WednesdayWonder - What tops can I wear with a choker?

Chokers are one of those fun trends from the 90's that have made a comeback in a modern way. You can still find those tattoo style chokers that most of us wore as teenagers (although, I don't understand why they came back, they were super uncomfortable and itchy...), but you can also find sleek chokers done in different metals or even lace!

The question is, what tops should I wear with this choker trend? It depends on how intricate the style is of the necklace.

I have a choker from Forever21 that is structured and gold. It's a single, thin band, so it works with a casual outfit.

Susan Padron, personal shopper, Philadelphia

Monday, January 16, 2017

Spring Trend Must Have: Cold Shoulder

The cold shoulder trend is one of my favorites! It's much less fussy than off the shoulder, and I think it's easier to wear too! So, what's the difference?

Off the shoulder is exactly how it sounds - a top that falls just past your shoulders, but still has some kind of sleeves.

Susan Padron, Philadelphia stylist

Off the shoulder can be incredibly flattering, because it elongates your neck and shows off some sexy collarbones. However, if you have very broad or sloping shoulders, this may not be the best neckline choice for you.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Philly Streats!

The holiday season was much busier than I was expecting, and I didn't get a chance to share with you some fun news - Just before Christmas, I was published again in Philly Streats! I shared the article on Facebook, but I know that I have quite a few readers that are not on social media, so I wanted to make sure that you were able to read it here too! I love that in addition to blogging that I have been given the opportunity to write for a magazine like Philly Streats. I grew up outside of Philly, and I love that we live so close to it now. Working as a stylist and writing for Philly publications has given me more of an excuse to explore one of my favorite cities!

Here's a link to the online issue, so you can check out the other awesome articles that were also published for this issue!

IRO, Shop Sixty Five
Friday, January 13, 2017

#girlboss(es) 19 - Jessica Anderson

Happy Friday! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday post features, my photographer, Nater's girlfriend, Ms. Jessica Anderson! I first met Jessica, not too long after she and Nate started dating in 2015. We had been hearing about Jessica from Nate, and we were dying to meet the woman that was already making him so happy! Nater has been my husband's best friend, since they were in middle school together, so Nater is family to us. (One of these days, I'll have to write a "Phabulous Photographer Phriday" post about him or something, so you can officially meet and get to know Nater).) Anyway, after seeing Jessica and Nate together, it was immediately clear how great they were together, even that early in their relationship. Since then, we've all had the pleasure of getting to know Jessica more, she's even become one of my clients, and I'm thrilled that she wanted to be part of my #girlboss(es) posts!


Friday, January 6, 2017

#girlboss(es) 18 - Carly Walko

Happy first Friday of 2017! I hope this first week of the new year has treated you well! If not, it's the weekend, and tomorrow is a new day! To kick off 2017's #FabulousFemaleFriday posts, I thought I would feature a fellow personal stylist, who happens to be another stylist role model in my life, in addition to the equally fabulous, Linda LaRosa (click here to read her post, if you missed it)

Her name is Carly Walko, and her website is, I first heard about Carly through a friend of mine, who sent me a Facebook message, not too long after I officially launched my blog back in March, saying something to the effect of "Here's someone who is awesome and really successful at what you're trying to do. You should check out her Facebook page!" First, let me just say that it was awesome for that friend of mine to send me that message, because support like that is crucial when you're just starting out. Second, I'm so glad that I did, because Carly is so sweet, in addition to being very successful! I sent her a message, introducing myself, explaining my new venture, and asked for any advice she would be willing to share. Despite the fact that she is one busy lady, she took the time to respond, and when I reached out to her for a #FabulousFemaleFriday post, she again, took the time to get back to me. 

I feel very humble and grateful for the fact that I have had so many successful women go out of their way to help me grow, whether it is with my business or emotionally - I'm honored. Enjoy reading about Carly!
Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017: Time for a Style Refresh

I hope you all enjoyed your New Year's Eve, and that the first couple of days into this new year have treated you well! As I've done in years past, I spent NYE and the first hour or so of the new year with great friends that have become family. Our honey bunny had a sleep over at my in law's house, so he was happy! I always miss him when he's not with us, but I am very appreciative of the quality adult time with my husband and friends.

My New Year's resolutions in the past have never been very dramatic or life altering. I've usually just tried to set personal goals for myself to better myself as a human being, whether it was my approach to life (or the people in it) or trying to improve my overall health. Last year, I set the goal for myself to run 300 miles in a year. For someone who had just started running seriously in the August prior, it was ambitious, but doable. I was on track to achieving my goal (actually a little ahead) by the time I had my second knee surgery in June, but unfortunately, due to lasting pain in my knee post surgery, I wasn't able to complete my goal. I go back for my follow up with my doctor on Friday, and hopefully he'll have some good suggestions for me! I am optimistic about returning into a regular (pain free) workout routine, but this year, I decided my resolution would be more of a mantra:

 I mean, I already drink a lot of coffee, and I'd like to think that I'm kind, so really, it's just a matter of adding "kick ass" and "repeat" to that, and I'm good to go, right?