Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Philadelphia

For My Philly Peeps: Calling All Savvy Shoppers…

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cashman+and+associates+girls+day+out For My Philly Peeps: Calling All Savvy Shoppers...

You loved Girls’ Day Out this past spring, now Cashman & Associates invites you to a Shopping Day Out with even more women’s, men’s, children’s and home items on sale!

Come to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Sunday, September 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to shop for bargains from your favorite local boutiques under one roof! Find reduced prices on current styles and great discounts on new fall collections!

Featured shops and brands include: Avon Optical, BS Shirt, J. Karma, Jack & Jill, Jing Ai Skincare, Monalda 4, Nicole Miller, Omega Optical, Pileggi Boutique, Per Lei Boutique, Petulia’s Folly, South Moon Under, State of Grace, Susanna’s Selections, Tony and more!!!

Admission is free – save your money for shopping! Cash and checks are preferred; some retailers will accept credit cards.

Please bring a gently used accessory or an unopened beauty product to benefit Career Wardrobe.

The first 50 shoppers to RSVP and attend receive a deluxe gift bag!

The Loews Hotel
1200 Market Street
Millennium Ballroom

RSVP to Cashman & Associates 215.627.1082 ext. 8 or visit cashmanandassociates.com.

Fall Beauty Trends on the NBC 10! Show – Plus a Giveaway!

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Fall+beauty+trends Fall Beauty Trends on the NBC 10! Show   Plus a Giveaway!

As you probably know, today is the official kickoff of New York Fashion Week, Spring 2010. In fact, I’ll be traveling to NYC on Saturday to attend Fashion Week events and report from backstage. But before we move forward, let’s take a look back to Fashion Week, Fall 2009. Last spring, I went behind the scenes at some of the hottest shows – and noticed some emerging trends.

Last week, I appeared on the NBC 10! Show to talk about five of the fiercest beauty trends for fall – and introduce viewers to must-have products to help them nail the looks.

Watch and learn…


For more of my NBC 10! Show appearances, click here!

In honor of my latest TV appearance, I’m giving away a selection of the products featured in the segment!!! One lucky winner will receive:

Revlon Brow Specialist Kit: The set includes three brow stencils in varying degrees of arch to fit every shape, tweezers, a universally flattering brow pencil, and brow gel – all in a sleek carrying case.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Liner (all six shades!): More precise than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, and buildable coverage than your average liner. The angled liner brush creates a razor sharp line, and the formula lasts all day (or night). Available in six gorgeous colors: Binge (midnight blue), Demolition (brown), Empire (eggplant), Loaded (deep green), Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter with clear base), and Zero (black).

Goody Resort Glamour Kingston Bobby Slides: These are the next generation of bobby pins. They are some of the most darling bobby pins I’ve ever seen, and come in a selection of shades sure to match your personality, hair color and/or ensemble.

OPI Matte Collection (all six shades!): OPI recently released six of their best-selling shades in non-glossy formulation. The collection includes: Alpine Snow(a fresh crisp white), Gargantuan Green Grape (green kissed by the summer sun), La Paz-itively Hot (a hot pink perfect for when you’re Bo-livia la vida loca), Lincoln Park After Dark (where midnight meets purple), Russian Navy (wait until you see this deep-sea indigo!) and You Don’t Know Jacques! (if you don’t know how trendy this taupe is!).

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Fall Trends Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, September 17th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, September 18th, 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. residents.

#NYFW

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa: I Wanna Be Sedated

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rescue+rittenhouse+spa Rescue Rittenhouse Spa: I Wanna Be Sedated

Lately, it seems like I’ve been around the world and I I I, I can’t find my sanity. So I decided to visit Philadelphia’s famed Rescue Rittenhouse Spa for some R&R wrapped up in a little TLC. Rescue Rittenhouse has some amazing summer treatment specials* going on right now, so I opted for the Massage plus Sugar Scrub.

Since it was a two-fer, I assumed it was going to be a rushed rubdown with a smidgen of a scrub- a-dub tacked on to the end. Quite the contrary…it was a marathon massage session so relaxing that, at one point, I had to catch myself from drooling. Seriously, Massage Therapist Alycja will put you in a comatose state.

Everything about her technique was just perfect – from the pacing to the amount of pressure to the amount of massage oil to the temperature of the hot towels…it was Goldilocks’ dream come true. And I swear that when I closed my eyes, Alycja sprouted more fingers, because it was like her hands were everywhere at once.

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the sugar scrub as much as I did because exfoliation isn’t usually a relaxing experience. But as she rubbed the grapefruit/lemongrass/peppermint-scented scrub over my body, I slipped into a deeper level of sedation. The sugar crystals sloughed away months of dead skin and I emerged from the treatment with a brand new epidermis. I can’t stop touching my skin because I can’t believe it’s mine. No exaggerating…it hasn’t been this soft and smooth since 1978.

*Rescue Rittenhouse Spa’s summer beauty specials ($100) are good through 8/31 and include:

1. Buff and Bronze and Designer Eyebrow Shaping
2. Massage and Salt or Sugar Scrub
3. Brazilian Bikini Wax and a Perfect 10 Manicure and Pedicure
4. Classic Rescue Facial and Designer Eyebrow Shaping

Visit rescuerittenhousespa.com for other spa services.

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa
255 South 17th Street
Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Spa Concierge: 215.772.2766

Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed

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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:

erika+and+daneen Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed
Erika and me

julia+and+amber Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed
Julia and Amber

erika+and+heather Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed
Erika and Heather

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

tweeting+it+up Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed
Don’t drink and tweet

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

cheers Getting Dressed With Zahra Saeed
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!

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 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

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 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

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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.

guerlain+vetiver Ten Questions with Tory Burch

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.

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