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Monday, July 14, 2014

How to make an office party something special.


Two months ago, some co-workers and I decided to plan a surprise party. So of course I scoured Pinterest for inspiration. Oh Joy! Collection for Target, Oh Happy Day! for party horns, and Sweetapolita and Sally's Baking Addiction for sweet treats and the Oriental Trading Company for additional decorations. I bought my first KitchenAid mixer, and definitely saw the benefits of Amazon Prime. Check it out!


Paper lanterns  and handmade party horns really made a difference.



Desserts Galore!


Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
My first tiered cake: top tier, lemon cake with whipped cream blueberries and strawberries,           second tier, funfetti cake with marshmallow fondant.

Everyone had such a great time, and the birthday lady was very surprised! 
How does your workplace celebrate birthdays?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weekly Round Up

A fun bun.

Ribbon Bun via The Cut

Altuzarra for Target lands September 14th.

Altuzarra via The Cut

Shop Here
That's right, Vince is making children's clothing now, unfortunately the sizes start at 4, so it will be a couple of years before I can shop for my nieces.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Antwerp, My Second Home


June 2010 I fell in love. She was small, quaint, antique and modern and just felt familiar. Her name is Antwerp.  Antwerp is a small city in Belgium. Like my beloved Philly to New York is Antwerp to Brussels. There are late night french fry spots and sandwiches piled high with veggies (broodje) and succulent seafood. There are cobblestones, hustle and bustle, friendliness, trains and cultural richness, the Diamond District and the Red Light District where sex workers pose in store windows like mannequins offering their bodies to the highest bidder.

Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten at Barneys
If all of these characteristics weren't enticing enough there is also the Royal Academy of Fine Arts where fashion is sculptural art and creativity flows in the water.
Dries Van Noten @ Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris
The Antwerp Six: Marina Yee, Walter van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Ann Demuelemeester, Dries Van Noten, and Dirk Bikkembergs are demi gods who with one showing put Antwerp on the map and with fabric made it a respected design mecca.


Walter Van Bierendonck via DirtyFingersStyleBlog

Ann Demuelemeester via Barneys


And although they are not connected with Antwerp's explosive bloom, both my favorite artist, Rene Magritte and fashion designer, Martin Margiela evoke some of the same sensibilities that permeates the fibers of the city and those who love it.

Maison Martin Margiela

Opening Ceremony & Magritte

the ra store
There is something familiar going on in Philadelphia. The changes in season and the growing interest in fashion and art. With these changes in attitude and industry, I watch the City blossom and wait for its Antwerp Six,to catapult it into fashion relevance.


Essential Antwerp at Anthropologie

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Weekly Round Up

Maison Martin Margiela
Final Cut Collection

Image via Kid-In
Marc Jacobs via The Cut
Christopher Kane via Net-A-Porter

Atlantic-Pacific: Sunshine and Stripes

This Hermes scarf (and a few others) was designed by a Postman from Waco, Texas...and he's a black man. How awesome is America?!

Image via Texas Monthly






Thursday, April 3, 2014

Weekly RoundUp


I know I usually stick to food, but this sandwich looks so divine....

Connor's Ultimate BLT via Blogging Over Thyme

The most controversial fashion news this year.

Vogue Magazine image via The Cut

Getty Image via Racked
I have always been inspired by Betsey Johnson, first it was her style and energy, 
and now it's her resolve.

Rita Ora via The Cut
I would like to add a fur sweater to my wardrobe...today

Valdez's Geometric Classic Panama Hat via Shop Latitude
Hunter+ rag&bone


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Weekly Round Up

Their beauty division just turned one, and now they've added Burberry to the mix.




H&M named as a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).

So now you can shop without worrying about child labor laws, carbon footprints and prejudice....

Image via Atlantic-Pacific



Faustine Steinmetz via LN-CC


Steve Madden buys Brian Atwood.... one more victory for American designers


Image via Lanvin

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fashionable Toddlers


These tiny divas and divos are a source of inspiration and icons for both adults and children alike, from paper dolls to tailored designer duds to boutique fashion these little people all have one thing in common, supportive adults in their life that allow them to express themselves through fashion.

Mayhem via Huffington Post

Blue Ivy via The Cut


Street style via Ladys&Gents

Alonso Mateo
Yes this is real life. This child takes selfies, picks out his own wardrobe and his parents (mom's in the fashion industry) support his love of fashion!

Kid-in
Kid-In

"The first thing Quinoa always does when she gets to the Italian seaside is kick off her shoes, run wildly through the sand, and scare away all the tourists. #MIWDTD" Vogue Enfants Tumblr via Pinterest
Tiffany Beveridge's  Imaginary Toddler Quinoa is a compilation of fashion images found on the web that showcase the ever evolving style (and appearance) of Quinoa, her relationships with her friends and acquaintances, namely best friend Chevron, and her always on point sense of fashion.


While Suri's Burn Book is not endorsed by Suri, Tom Cruise or Katie Holmes, it is a pretty interesting catalogue of the fashion of celebrity children...once you get past all of the biting sarcasm.