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?