Mom and me, circa 1979
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday and I’m so excited. Not just because Mr. Spoiled Pretty and my son, Westley, are treating me to a decadent brunch. But because it’s an opportunity to celebrate my hero, Andrea Stamps.
I must admit that until two years ago, Mother’s Day was just another CONTINUE READING
At Christmastime, I agonized over what to get my son's daycare teachers. There are 12 of them - and even though he has his two main teachers, they all have interaction with him and take excellent care of him. So I needed to buy 12 gifts to show my appreciation, without breaking the bank. $10 each seemed doable, except CONTINUE READING
As a beauty expert, I’m embarrassed by how late I am to the BB Cream party. In the past year, so many friends and colleagues have asked me about BB Creams—what’s the buzz, which brands are the best, etc. —and they would look at me funny when I admitted to not having tried BB Creams yet. I mean, they CONTINUE READING
I’m very fickle about my fingernails. Before I paint my nails or get them professionally did, I spend a inordinate amount of time pondering my polish options. I consider the season, recent trends, my wardrobe that week and anywhere special I might go. But despite all of this planning, I’m usually over my polish choice before it even dries.
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After beauty products, handbags are my secondary addiction. But when it comes to arm candy, I have discriminating taste. For me, the perfect handbag seamlessly marries fashion with function, is handcrafted from high-quality materials, has really unique hardware and is classic but edgy - all at the same time. I don't like to carry the of-the-moment "it" bag. I CONTINUE READING
Earlier this month, Kate Spade (aka creator of cuteness and the reason why I can't seem to keep money in my wallet), launched a brand new line called Kate Spade Saturday.
Kate Spade Saturday is a new global lifestyle brand created to channel the spirit of Saturday seven days a week. This younger, more accessible sister to kate spade new CONTINUE READING
Last week, I had the pleasure of touring 1154 LILL Studio‘s newest boutique. The 1154 LILL “design your own handbag” concept was born at a Windy City street fair in 1999 – and since its inception, 1154 LILL Studio has opened stores in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. I’m so excited that they’ve found a home in my hometown, Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia boutique boasts 1000 square feet, with wooden design tables throughout the space where customers can create the bag/accessory of their choice by mixing and matching some of the 150 available fabrics. The styles offered range from small cosmetic bags and headbands to large handbags and oversized totes, and cost between $26 and $200.
After touring the premises and hearing the company back story, I was elated to learn that 1154 LILL Studio was allowing me to create my own custom bag! For almost an hour, I played with fabrics, colors, and textures to make a fab bag for Spring. Here’s how the 1154 LILL Studio custom handbag concept works:
1) First pick your style of bag from over 25 current shapes and silhouettes in the line.
2) Mix and match colors, patterns and textures to select the right choice for each part of your bag: exterior, interior, pockets, straps, etc. 1154 LILL Studio introduces new fabrics every few weeks and have between 150 – 300 designer textiles available at any given time.
3) After placing your order, you simply have to wait 3 to 4 weeks for the 1154 LILL Studio team to hand craft it to your exact specifications. Your order will be shipped to you, or you can pick it up in one of the boutique locations.
Even though my bag is currently in the hands of the Chicago-based production team, here’s a sneak peek at my Spoiled Pretty satchel…
Adorable, right? Even if you don’t reside anywhere near one of their boutiques, a one-of-a-kind 1154 LILL Studio creation is at your fingertips – thanks to their online store. 1154lill.com is open 24/7 – and the customization tool lets you see your bag as you design it.
Wait…it gets better. 1154 LILL Studio has graciously donated a $100 gift certificate, so that one lucky Spoiled Pretty reader can design her very own creation!
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “LILL Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9pm EST on Sunday, April 6th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 7th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.
Check out this video of 1154 LILL Studio, behind the seams.
This time last week, I was runnin’ around NYC feeling awful (unbeknownst to me, I had acute bronchitis), but looking fierce – thanks to my pals at Perlina Handbags.
They gave me a totally posh purse for my last day at the tents. As if that wasn’t enough, they upped the ante by inviting me to their showroom…talk about being spoiled pretty!
The Perlina showroom – located a hop, skip, and a jump from Bryant Park – was like a dream; it was handbag heaven, to be quite honest.
There were bags of every color imaginable, and purses for every personality. For a bag junkie like me, it was almost too much. The temptation was great. For a brief moment, I imagined that I was on a handbag version of Supermaket Sweep; I scanned the shelves, racks, and displays – trying to decide which bags I’d grab first.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying to yourself, “Great. Here’s another story about Daneen getting free stuff. I’m sick of hearing about her fantastical adventures.” Well, if that’s you’re attitude, you’re about to feel real salty…because Perlina has oh so generously bequeathed me another bag for a Spoiled Pretty giveaway!!!!
Oh, now we’re BFF’s again? I see how it is.
Not only will one of you win this absolutely gorgeous handbag (see, left), I’m going to “fill” it with all sorts of beauty booty. You heard me right. That’s just how I do.
The winner of the Perlina purse will also receive:
Five lucky runners-up will receive one of my new favorites – CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara!!! This mascara is hard to come by because it’s become an instant cult classic, so here’s your chance to get you some.
To enter, you must be a Spoiled Pretty subscriber. Subscribing is simple and quick – just click here, but don’t forget to verify your email address. You must verify in order to be eligible.
The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Tuesday, February 19th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, February 20th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!
The time has come to announce the winner of the Hype Handbag Giveaway. I received a lot of entries, so I know that many of you were crossing your fingers for this one. Unfortunately, I only have one bag to give away…and the winner is Brandy Coyne.
Congratulations, Brandy – you are the proud new owner of Hype’s Paloma North South Tote (in Watermelon).
If your name isn’t Brandy Coyne but you still fancy yourself a winner – check back later today and throughout the week. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Spoiled Pretty wants to show our lovely readers some love…so there will be several mind-blowing contests this week. The next one is just hours away. Do you feel lucky?
As much as I wanted to stick around for the whole of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Fall 2008, I had to travel to Dallas for a business trip. So I reluctantly said TTFN to NYC.
I did return on February 8th for more beauty, fashion, and fun (more on that later).
And check out my purse. Isn’t it a work of art? It’s the Diana Large Hobo by Rafe, and I’m in love with it. The metallic patent leather is so sumptuous, but the deerskin-embossed leather trim lends a sporty edge. I wore it all over New York for Fashion Week, I took it on my Dallas trip, and I’ve been running errands with it since I returned home. It truly does work in any situation.
I’m a lucky gal because designer Rafe Totengco, also a fellow blogger, gifted this bag to me – along with a note of encouragement (see, left).
Enjoy the bag & blog it out!
Can you get over that? I’m still pinching myself. Rafe’s gorgeous creations and impeccable customer service are undoubtedy the reason why this award-winning designer has such a loyal celebrity fanbase, including Jessica Alba, Vanessa Minnillo, and Eva Longoria (who even commissioned Rafe to create clutches for her bridesmaids).
Thank you, Rafe – for making feel, and look, so special for Fashion Week!
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