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Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed

zahra+saeed+dress Getting Dressed With Zahra SaeedA few weeks ago when I was packing for a 4-day trip to New York for the Daily Makeover Beauty Bloggerati conference, I did the usual. I loaded a 30″ suitcase (which happens to be bigger than many NYC studio apartments) with 10-days worth of wardrobe options. But of all the clothes that I crammed into my luggage, the piece that I was most excited to wear was a dress by Philadelphia designer, Zahra Saeed.

Late last month, I stopped by Saeed’s Rittenhouse boutique – looking for something special to take on my trip. Upon entering the shop, I was immediately smitten with the romantic silhouettes, bold prints and intricate details of the designer’s spring/summer 2009 collection.

After perusing the racks, I took several dresses into the fitting room. Zahra Saeed’s line doesn’t offer petite sizes, so I kept my excitement in check until I tried everything on. But to my surprise, most of the dresses fit amazingly well. It was almost as if Zahra Saeed had crafted patterns based on my exact proportions.

amber+and+daneen Getting Dressed With Zahra SaeedThough all of the dresses that I tried on were beautiful, I didn’t have a difficult time choosing which one to take home; actually, it chose me. The second I slipped on this high collared, tea dyed dress – with its ruffled sleeves and delicate embroidery – I knew it was meant to be. I adored it so much that I wanted to wear it out of the store that day.

And when I was in New York, I kept waiting for the right occassion to wear it. I didn’t want to waste such a gorgeous dress – the perfect summer dress, to be fair – on just any ole shindig. So I saved the best for last.

For my final night in NYC, I wore my Zahra Saeed dress to dinner at Kingswood (the see and be seen hotspot in the West Village), then drinks and dancing at bOb Bar (best hip hip on the Lower East Side).

Joining me were my blogging besties (Amber, Erika and Julia), Heather (from MAC) and Andrea (from Essence Magazine).

Here are some of the highlights:

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Erika and me

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Julia and Amber

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Erika and Heather

andrea+and+julia Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed
Andrea and Julia

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Don’t drink and tweet

andrea+and+heather Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed
Andrea and Heather

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I wonder what our drinks say about us

If you’re in Philly, check out the Zahra Saeed flagship store at 1905 Walnut Street. Nowhere near Philadelphia? Don’t fret…shop online at zahrasaeed.com.

Omega Optical Giveaway: Win Giorgio Armani Sunglasses!

 Omega Optical Giveaway: Win Giorgio Armani Sunglasses!

This one is for the homies…

This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Omega Optical for a shade-y giveaway. Omega Optical, Philadelphia’s newest luxury eyewear boutique, has generously donated this sleek, chic and modern pair of Giorgio Armani sunglasses – which one of you will win!

Giorgio+Armani+Giveaway Omega Optical Giveaway: Win Giorgio Armani Sunglasses!

This cocoa-colored eye candy features composite shield-style frames with brown lenses and a cutout at the temple, displaying the Giorgio Armani logo. These shades also offer %100 UV protection.

You can enter in two ways:

Follow me on Twitter and retweet the following message:

RT @spoiledpretty: Enter to win a $300 pair of Giorgio Armani sunglasses at Spoiled Pretty! http://tinyurl.com/n6lmo9

Or send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and address. The subject line should read “Omega Optical Giveaway.”

The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, July 22nd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, July 23rd, I’ll announce the winner’s name and DM (Direct Message) to notify the lucky lass. Entrants must live in or near the Greater Philadelphia region, as you will be required to visit the store to redeem your prize.

Good luck!

Made In The Shade: Omega Optical Hosts Summer Trunk Shows

 Made In The Shade: Omega Optical Hosts Summer Trunk Shows Omega Optical, Philadelphia’s newest luxury eyewear boutique, is celebrating the Shades of Summer with a series of designer trunk shows throughout July. Shop summer’s hottest sunglass trends for men and women at Omega Optical in the Comcast Center.

Expect 10% – 20% off original prices or enter to win a free pair of sunglasses!

Shades of Summer Schedule:

Marc+by+Marc+Jacobs Made In The Shade: Omega Optical Hosts Summer Trunk Shows

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Thursday, July 16, 2009
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Persol+Sunglasses Made In The Shade: Omega Optical Hosts Summer Trunk Shows

Persol
Saturday, July 18, 2009
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (during the Wine, Art & Food Festival)

Prada+Sunglasses Made In The Shade: Omega Optical Hosts Summer Trunk Shows

Prada
Thursday, July 23, 2009
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ray Ban+Sunglasses Made In The Shade: Omega Optical Hosts Summer Trunk Shows

Ray-Ban
Monday, July 27, 2009
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Omega Optical is located at 1701 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Ten Questions with Tory Burch

tory+burch Ten Questions with Tory Burch

It’s hard to believe that Tory Burch launched her eponymous label only five years ago.

In 2004, she opened a flagship store in the NoLIta neighborhood of New York City; the boutique, filled with ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry, sold out on the first day. In 2005, she was endorsed by Oprah; the following day, toryburch.com received 8 million hits and Oprah’s prediction became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Since then, Tory Burch has become the unofficial outfitter of celebrities and soccer moms alike. With its zesty color palette, striking prints and forgiving cuts, the brand furnishes fashionistas with stylish yet wearable clothing and accessories, sans sticker shock. And her much-imitated Reva ballet slipper are on many a girl’s wardrobe wish-list (including my own).

tory+burch+pink+reva Ten Questions with Tory Burch

Recently, I had the much envied opportunity to chat up fashion phenom and fellow Philadelphian, Tory Burch. So if you want to know more about the brainy beauty behind this chic lifestyle brand, try this interview on for size.

SP: When did your fascination with fashion begin?
TB: It would have been impossible not to have developed a passion for fashion and style growing up with my mother and father. They have both always had an amazing and innate sense of style. I did not always dream of being a designer, but I think the fashion industry was a natural fit for me. After over 15 years working in marketing and public relations for great designers like Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez, it became clear that my passion was in the design process and I knew it was something I wanted to do.

SP: What was your first big break in the fashion industry?
TB:
Eight months after our launch I got a call from a producer at Oprah saying that they were doing a show dedicated to the “next big things” and Oprah wanted to feature the line. I was sure it was some friend of mine making a prank call, but it wasn’t. After going on Oprah’s show everything changed. The day the episode aired we got eight million hits on our website and suddenly women in America seemed to know who we were. It was amazing. I can definitely say we owe a huge part of our success to Oprah’s support.

tory+burch+summer+2009 Ten Questions with Tory BurchSP: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
TB:
We design timeless yet modern American sportswear with a bohemian sensibility. I design clothes that I want to wear myself and being a working mom I need easy pieces that work well with my busy lifestyle. I think most women can identify with that and they want to look chic and fashionable without having to spend a lot of time putting an outfit together.

SP: In your opinion, what makes a woman stylish?
TB: I think everyone probably has their own idea of what is stylish, but the best guide to looking chic is to focus on what looks well on you. I like to mix unusual colors and prints and have learned what silhouettes suit me the best. I love fashion and pay attention to trends but don’t necessarily always follow them too literally, again I think it’s best to know what works on you. I like when women show their individuality and put a bit of their own personality into their style.

SP: Favorite color combination?
TB:
The combination of pink and orange is classic yet unexpected. Our signature 3T print is done in pink and orange on everything from our shopping bags and shoe boxes to flip flops and cosmetic bags. The chairs in our showroom are orange with pink velvet cushions and I love the way they brighten up the space. They are both uplifting and vibrant colors that go well together on everything from accessories to clothing to furniture.

tory+burch+logo Ten Questions with Tory BurchSP: I absolutely adore your double T logo. It’s genius! How did it come about?
TB:
We worked with a branding company called MODCO who showed me about 200 different logo designs. I was drawn to the one we chose because it didn’t look like a traditional logo. I see it as more of a design element that we incorporate into our prints and our signature hardware.

SP: Favorite places to shop in Philadelphia?
TB:
Anthropologie is one of my favorite places to shop for unique gifts and I love their home section. Blue Mercury has the best selection of candles, lotions and beauty products. They have a mix of both well-known and up and coming brands so I always find something new to try. My step-daughters love to shop at Boyd’s and Skirt. They have great denim brands and a terrific mix of designers at all price points. Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia has everything. Definitely one stop shopping.

SP: If I were to search your handbag, what beauty products would I find? And what is your signature fragrance?
TB:
NARS Lipstick in Mitzi. Signature fragrance – Vetiver by Guerlain.

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SP: What is your everyday beauty routine?
TB:
My beauty regime is very easy. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and often leave the house with wet hair. My style is very natural and easy and my beauty regime is similar. Not too much effort goes into it.

SP: What’s the best beauty tip/secret you’ve ever heard?
TB:
Protect your skin from the sun.

Tory Burch is available at 16 free-standing Tory Burch boutiques across the US, toryburch.com and over 400 select department and specialty stores worldwide. Follow Tory on Twitter at twitter.com/toryburch.

Check Out My Latest J Crew Conquest

jcrew+jersey+dress Check Out My Latest J Crew Conquest

Peep this dressy jersey strapless dress I just scored yesterday at the J Crew store in my hood. Online, it’s priced at $49.99, but I snapped it up for only $29.99!

This dress is going to be perfect come July and August when it’s so hot and humid, I can’t bear to wear clothes…but I have to, lest I get arrested.

This dress will be adorable paired with favorite J Crew flippy floppies…or dressed up with some cute heels and accessories.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, head to the J Crew store in Liberty Place – and ask for Glen, my new favorite personal shopper. He’s super helpful with a keen eye for style. Tell him Spoiled Pretty sent you.

Help Daneen Fight Cancer!

RelayForLife+Logo Help Daneen Fight Cancer!This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words “You have cancer”, and there’s a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love. We have all been touched by cancer in some way … and we all have the power to make a difference. That’s why I have chosen to fight back by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

I want to invite you to join me in the fight against cancer by making a donation in support of my efforts. Click here to make an online contribution. Every amount, no matter how small, makes a difference and provides hope.

If you enjoy getting Spoiled Pretty every day, here’s a way to return the favor and show me some love – while supporting a very worthy cause. Right now, I’m the #3 fundraiser…help make me #1!

And if you’re in or near Philadelphia, you can also sign up to join my team and learn more about Relay and how it’s changing lives.

Relay For Life brings more than 3.5 million people from across the country together each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Thank you in advance for your support!

O My Goodness: Coolest Trick With MAC’s Style Warrior Nail Lacquers!

mac+nail+lacquer O My Goodness: Coolest Trick With MACs Style Warrior Nail Lacquers!

Today, I stopped by the Bloomie’s MAC counter at the Willow Grove Mall to pick up a few necessities (MAC Clear Lipglass and Nail Lacquer in Peaceable).

While I was there, my girl Hope showed me the coolest trick with the new Style Warrior Nail Lacquers. Paint on a layer of Violet Fire, then let dry. Then apply a layer of Mercenary.

When it’s all said and done, it looks almost identical to one of my fave MAC lipsticks, O.

 O My Goodness: Coolest Trick With MACs Style Warrior Nail Lacquers!

Please pardon my raggedy cuticles and sloppy paint job. But trust me, it’s gorge in person.

Spoiled Pretty Street Style: Dayna In Philadelphia

 Spoiled Pretty Street Style: Dayna In PhiladelphiaBecause I know how much you love themed posts, like Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week and my celebrity articles, I’m adding another one to the roster…

Welcome to Spoiled Pretty Street Style – a new column that shines a spotlight on fashion and beauty trends, and how they’re being interpreted in your neck of the woods.

For the inaugural post, I’m spotlighting Dayna, an impossibly chic Philadelphia lawyer.

In the photo, Dayna is rocking: a Black Halo dress, J. Crew cardigan, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Heidi Klum earrings, Lagos ring, David Yurman and Charriol bracelets, Louis Vuitton handbag, and Boutique 9 sandals.

SP: What are your top five beauty products for summer?
Dayna: Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel, NARS Bronzing Powder, NARS Blush in Orgasm, Diorshow Black Out Mascara, and Chanel Aqualumiere Lip Gloss in #72 (Bubble Plum)

SP: Are there any celebrities whose style you admire?
Dayna: Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Lauren Conrad, Diane Kruger, and Nicole Richie

SP: What items are you currently coveting?
Dayna: Burberry trench coat and Gucci sandals. Oh, and a Chloe Paddington bag. I just don’t think I should be living without it.

SP: What is your #1 beauty tip?
Dayna: Use a heated eyelash curler. They make a travel one at Sephora. It’s amazing.

Want to be featured in Street Style? Take a photo of yourself or someone you know, stylin‘ and profilin‘…with a breakdown of the fashion and beauty products pictured. Then send it to my inbox. If you’re chosen, I’ll feature the look on Spoiled Pretty – and I’ll send you a beauty goodie for your troubles!

Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway Winner

summer+women+beach Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway WinnerDrumroll please…the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway is Andrea Lurie. Yay!

Andrea will receive Clinique Sun with SolarSmart line of sunscreens, ModelCo Body Meringue and Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser, Philosophy’s Never Let Them See You Shine oil-control products, Secret Clinical Waterproof Antiperspirant and Deodorant, and Fresh Citron de Vigne Eau de Parfum. Whew…that was a mouthful.

Many, many thanks to Clinique, ModelCo, Philosophy, Secret and Fresh for providing products for my latest NBC 10! Show appearance – and for generously donating an extra set of everything to offer this giveaway to Spoiled Pretty readers!

This was one of the most highly coveted prizes yet – but, alas, there could be only one winner (lucky Andrea). But if you didn’t win, don’t despair. Every week, there’s another amazing weekly giveaway…so there’s always another chance to get spoiled pretty.

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