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No Joke – Philadelphia Magazine Loves Spoiled Pretty

philly mag14323 No Joke – Philadelphia Magazine Loves Spoiled Pretty
This evening, I returned from a business trip – which is why the posts have been few and far between. Sorry ’bout that.

Anyway…so I just opened an email from my friend Claire, congratulating me on the Spoiled Pretty feature on Philadelphia Magazine’s website. Initially, I thought it was a belated April Fool’s joke. Luckily, my friends don’t share my twisted sense of humor.

I absolutely adore Philly Mag, so I’m over the moon!

Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!

phillylill Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!
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.

paula floralpink Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!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…

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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.

GiftCert Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!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 spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – 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.

Good Luck!!!

Check out this video of 1154 LILL Studio, behind the seams.

The Greatest Giveaway: Winner Revealed

tgbiw The Greatest Giveaway: Winner Revealed
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.

Don’t forget to enter the Chloe & Jane Giveaway. That contest runs through Sunday, March 16th.

Philly Girls: Watch Me On The News Tonight!

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Guess what?!?! Spoiled Pretty is going to be featured on the news!!!

ladyeatigpopcorn Philly Girls: Watch Me On The News Tonight!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.

The Greatest Giveaway

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Since I interviewed her in November for Spoiled Pretty’s Philadelphia Phocus column, Ursula Augustine has been on fiya! She has been featured in The Philadelphia Tribune. And just yesterday, she was interviewed by KYW-TV (the Philadelphia CBS affiliate).

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!!!

tgbiw The Greatest GiveawayThe 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 spoiledprettycontests@gmail.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!

Can Philadelphia Brides Outlast Their Lipstick?

s08 v9454 Can Philadelphia Brides Outlast Their Lipstick?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.

lips 005c Can Philadelphia Brides Outlast Their Lipstick?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: brides@outlastchallenge.com
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 brides@outlastchallenge.com.

Mother’s Nature Soap Winners

soaps Mothers Nature Soap WinnersHappy Monday, Spoiled Pretty readers! The time has come to announce the winners of the Mother’s Nature Soap Giveaway.

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?

RESCUE’d!!!!!!

Cele Deemer, winner of the Spoiled Pretty facial giveaway, sent me the following recap of her appointment with The Skin Diva:

lindadiva 1 RESCUE’d!!!!!!My new BFF, Linda Harding, has wonderful hands and fingers. I may repeat that phrase about a bazillion times during this recap of my Zoom Facial experience at RESCUE Rittenhouse Spa, but I only say it because it is true.

When the elevators doors open on the second floor of 255 South 17th Street, you enter into the calming experience known as RESCUE Rittenhouse Spa. Soft peach walls, beautiful hardwood floors, candles glow, and aromatherapy scents abound. I was shown to a small lounge, where I had a short wait before meeting Senior Esthetician Linda Harding. She is a delight, and immediately put me at ease. I was shown to the facial room, where I undressed, donned a terry wrap, and slipped in between heated sheets onto the massage table. I was on the verge of napping when she came in to begin the treatment.

RRS stonesup RESCUE’d!!!!!!Don’t ask me to remember each and every product that went on to or into my face, shoulders and neck. Because, believe me, I was pretty much floating on air under the influence of Linda’s magic fingers, the little steam machine, the ever-present wonderful new age music, and those fabulous heated sheets! I know if I had asked what each and every procedure was, she would have explained it to me, but I was in la-la land, and happy to be blissfully unaware of anything except how good I felt.

At the end of our time together, I had a glowing face, a lilt to my step that wasn’t there earlier, and a bottle of Lotion P50 V Biologique Recherche so I can continue my exfoliating adventures at home under the watchful eyes of my golden retrievers. I highly recommend a visit to RESCUE Rittenhouse Spa, and when you go, please give my regards to Linda!

PS – it’s not too early to drop Valentine’s Day hints! How about his & hers facials, massages, or pedicures? What a great gift!

Philadelphia Phocus & Giveaway: Mother’s Nature Soaps

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It’s freezing right now in Philadelphia, and my heater is working overtime to keep my home toasty warm. So, nowadays, one of the things I most look forward to is a relaxing, hot shower. But because this time of year is particularly harsh on my sensitive skin, I have to be careful of the bath and body products I use. Luckily, I’ve discovered Mother’s Nature Soaps.

mns1 Philadelphia Phocus & Giveaway: Mothers Nature SoapsMother’s Nature Soaps is a family-run company that specializes in luxurious homemade soaps, bath products, and natural skin care products. Alyson, the owner, started making soaps in 2003 to help her son’s eczema. Five years later, she says the same amount of love that went into her first bar of soap still goes into every bar she makes now.

The hand-crafted soaps are made with pure rainwater, oils of olive, coconut, sunflower, palm, castor and canola; some of the soap formulas also contain extra nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, honey, buttermilk, organic milks for extra skin moisturizing benefits and are colored with natural pigments. Noticeably absent from the list of ingredients are the synthetic chemicals found in many conventional bar soaps. Mother’s Nature Soaps are also rich in natural glycerin, which draws moisture to your skin to promote a healthy, youthful appearance.

My favorite product is the Monkey Farts Soap, a unique blend of bananas, fresh grapefruit, with strawberries, kiwi, bubble gum and a touch of vanilla. Alyson says that it’s a hit with kids and adults. I’m also wild for the Butter Kisses; they literally melt on your skin and moisturize with pure cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil and Vitamin E.

Mother’s Nature Soaps is located in Middletown, Delaware (a half-hour drive outside of Philadelphia), but their website ensures that – no matter where you live – their all-natural products are just a click away.

But this week only, Spoiled Pretty is giving you the opportunity to win some of these wonderful products! One winner will receive a Mother’s Nature Soaps Gift Basket, filled with the following goodies: Lavender Fields Soap, Monkey Farts Soap, Lavender & Eucalyptus Soap, Clarity Bath Salts, Lavender & Mint Body Polish, Soap Saver, 4 oz Lavender Whipped Body Butter, and Chocolate Mint Lip Balm. This gift basket retails for $50.

A 2nd place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate, and a third place winner will be rewarded with a $15 gift certificate.

Entering the giveaway is easy. To be eligible for the contest, you must be a Spoiled Pretty subscriber. Subscribing is simple and quick – just click here (don’t forget to verify your email address). Plus you’ll be signed up to get posts delivered directly to your inbox. Contest closes at 9pm EST on Sunday, January 27th – and the winners will be revealed on Monday, January 28th. Good luck!

In Essence…

Kia+Floyd In Essence...
In October 2007, Ursula Augustine of About pHace Rittenhouse Studio worked her makeup magic on bride, Kia Floyd-Murrell. Now see Ursula’s beautiful handiwork on page 16 of Essence Magazine’s February 2008 issue!

Ursula is one of Philadelphia’s most in-demand makeup artists, and Spoiled Pretty had an opportunity to chat with her a few months back. To hear more about Ursula – or learn how you can score an appointment with this rising star – check out the interview.

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