Mom and me, circa 1979
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CoverGirl.
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.
Good Friday, Spoiled Pretty readers. I know that any of you have been anxiously waiting for me to announce the winner of TGBIW Giveaway. So I’ll just get right to it. Congrats to Lindsay Loderstedt. She is the proud new owner of TGBIW (The Greatest Brush In The World) – Ursula’s About PHace premier makeup brush!!!
I would like to thank Ursula Augustine for sponsoring this great giveaway. For those of you wanting to learn more about Ursula and her Philadelphia makeup studio, click here. And thanks to all of you for participating.
Guess what?!?! Spoiled Pretty is going to be featured on the news!!!
This past January, I sat down with WPVI-TV Channel 6 (the Philadelphia ABC affiliate) to talk about the blog, how much I enjoy writing it, and how you beauties enjoy reading it (and winning free prizes). They even interviewed a local reader!
So if you’re in the Philly area – pop some popcorn, stay up a little late, and watch your resident beauty expert run her mouth.
It’s sure to be entertaining, to say the least.
Update: This was not a case of blink-and-you-missed-me. I was not on the news last night. I think Spoiled Pretty got bumped – probably thanks to the Eliot Spitzer saga. So I’ll keep you posted, and let you know if/when the segment will air.
For you local ladies, I encourage you to take a trip to Ursula’s About Phace Rittenhouse Make-up Studio and schedule a spring break for your skin. Now is the perfect time to begin reviving winter weary skin with Ursula’s 3R’s; Repair, Replenish, and Restore! Her extraordinary line of PH balancing, anti-aging, and vitamin enriched products are designed to smooth and brighten your skin. Because a healthy, bright complexion is always in style! And enjoy the following complimentary services:
Free Skin Typing, Profiling, & Analysis ($40 value) will be given everyday, to everyone during the entire month of March 2008 – who books either a Makeover “PHace Lift” or a Make-up Lesson “Intensive Instruction” service.
Free Brow Sculpting ($70 value) to everyone who books appointments for either a “PHace Lift” or “Intensive Instruction” service. Offer ends March 15. The UAPH Studio is by appointment only.
Reference code ‘March Madness’ when scheduling your appointment.
Don’t live anywhere near Philly, but want some PHace time? You’re in luck, ladies…because Ursula is sponsoring a Spoiled Pretty giveaway. One lucky reader will win…TGBIW (The Greatest Brush In The World) – Ursula’s About PHace Premier Makeup brush!!!
The TGBIW’s hairs are the highest quality grade of pure Sable – the most expensive, luxurious, and durable hair used for make-up brushes. TGBIW’s handle is delicately weighed and balanced for the ultimate professional application. This perfect, soft brush is designed to perform the functions of 4 different brushes:
1) The tapered shape of the hairs effortlessly blends bronzer evenly over the perimeters of the face.
2) The precisely groomed hairs buff and polish the skin back to its original luster, after a loose powder application, by removing excess powder.
3) The superior density of the hairs is perfect for depositing and smoothly blending blush pigments.
4) The perfect balance of softness and precision makes the TGBIW the ideal brush for distributing shimmer powders to the decollete, shoulders, and back.
To enter the giveaway, send an email to email@example.com – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “TGBIW Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9pm EST on Thursday, March 13th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, March 14th, 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. Good luck!
Calling all Philly brides-to-be! On Valentine’s Day, local brides will be put to the ultimate test when they are challenged to outlast their CoverGirl lipcolor in a wedding day-inspired contest.
Through a series of obstacles at 30th Street Train Station, Philadelphia brides-to-be will compete in a crazed course, completing tasks that include “elegantly sipping” champagne and devouring wedding cake to prove that CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor really does stay put – even on the most trying of days.
The bride who finishes the course first with her lipstick in tact will be declared the winner of the CoverGirl Outlast Bridal Challenge in Philadelphia and will receive a wedding cake courtesy of Truli Confecionary Arts, a $500 gift certificate to David’s Bridal, and their own personal CoverGirl makeup artist on the day of their wedding.
Who: Philadelphia area brides-to-be What: CoverGirl Outlast Bridal Challenge When: Thurday, February 14th, 2008 at 11am Where: 30th Street Station, North Waiting Room (30th & Market Streets)
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include name, age, city, and wedding date; challenge will be open to the first 40 brides who register.
Don’t live near Philly? No problem. The CoverGirl Outlast Bridal Challenge is hitting the road. The event will also be held in Pittsburgh (2/21), Chicago (2/28), Miami (3/6), Dallas (3/13), and Salt Lake City (3/20). For more information, contact email@example.com.
To enter this contest, you needed to subscribe to Spoiled Pretty – which means that I won’t be announcing names this time, but rather email addresses. Congratulations to:
First prize: jol240 Second prize: joni514 Third prize: sestes555
Obviously, these are incomplete email addresses; I have omitted the email provider to protect the winners’ privacy. All winners have been notified.
Thanks to everyone who entered. You’re all winners because you are now signed up to receive Spoiled Pretty updates to your email! Not impressed? Well, Spoiled Pretty will be announcing a new giveaway later today – so y’all come back now, ya hear?
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