Sep 21, 2014

SWEET & CHIC: Tips, Secrets, Special Offers, Perks, Backstage Pass & more now on

New season, new look for the Style Maniac website!  Now completely re-designed to bring a scrumptious array of sweet surprises and chic treats that add style, joy and fun to your life in one quick visit. Enjoy special perks for Style Maniac readers, go behind the scenes of famous brands and get easy tips for making your every day happier and more beautiful.  The new format highlights the best of Style Maniac from the past five years, plus brings you happening-right-now updates, special offers and invitations to great events every month.

The new look also features Parallax scrolling for a more dynamic and engaging experience. (Best viewed on Firefox, Safari, Chrome or mobile devices.  Made possible by Squarespace.)  Below is a quick tour of the new features.  Explore more at . Come visit, enjoy ... and please let me know what you think!

Enjoy a backstage pass to stylish events, go behind the scenes at famous brands and be the first to know about emerging talent.  This page gathers Style Maniac features and interviews with Harper's Bazaar, Lilly Pulitzer, LAGOS and more.  VISIT the Backstage Pass page at

Make your every day happier and more beautiful. A monthly highlight of tips and tricks shared on Style Maniac over the years, plus secrets from top chefs to make your home cooking taste delicious. VISIT the Tips+Secrets page at

You're invited! Visit this page regularly for invitations to Doreen's events.  Plus enjoy special offers, discounts and perks for Style Maniac readers. VISIT the Events+Perks page at

PHOTO CREDITS / TOP & BOTTOM: Doreen's Spring Open House at NINObrand. PHOTO 2: from A Visit to Harper's Bazaar.  PHOTO 3: from Pretty Ways With Trays.  All by Doreen Creede.

Sep 16, 2014

That Back to School Feeling

Every year it happens.  In the lull of late August I dig my toes in the sand and wish for never-ending summer.  Then new looks catch my eye:  cognac suede leggings, a charmeuse blouse wrapped in strips of leather, enveloping chunky sweaters, a lace-up bootie.  Fashion shows and festivals fill up the calendar.  And one day a cool wind slices through the humidity and prompts me to dust off my leopard calfskin pumps, switch to gleaming gold coffee cups, sharpen my pencils and get back to projects put on hold.  Maybe the back to school ritual never leaves, no matter how old you are.  January may start the calendar but September offers a second chance at something fresh.  Are you ready?

Gold/Leopard/Pink pencil photo courtesy Blush

Aug 15, 2014

Cheers to our VINTAGE Winner

And the winner of our VINTAGE a novel by Susan Gloss Book Giveaway  is ...
This (randomly selected) win could not be a more perfect fit, as despite being thwarted in the comments section by Blogger technology, Shelly persisted to write the loveliest comment:
"I love vintage! It stands the test of time. Vintage is fashion, home decor/style, or life style, that made such a classic and beautiful mark on our hearts that if will always be useful and needed, adding more value to our lives today."
Congratulations, Shelly!  Thank you to each of you who entered and shared this Giveaway, and to Susan for sharing her publishing journey and charming book with all of us.

Photo via My Vintage Vogue

Aug 8, 2014

4 Things Friday | Style Maniac's Summer Faves in Philadelphia

Four Things making me smile in my hometown of Philadelphia this summer Friday:

1. Peter Max's city-specific, bursting-with-color covers for Niche Media Magazines. I especially love his groovy take on the City of Brotherly Love.  See more at

2. Catherine Canino's Blue Ribbon Turquoise necklace.  Bold and earthy, with subtle equestrian details, this line of handmade jewelry at good prices can be found at Scarlett Alley boutique in Old City.

3. The incroyable Happy Hour at Bistrot La Minette in Queen Village. Whether inside at the miniscule bar or under the yellow umbrellas on the front patio, the summer specials from 5 to 7:30 pm are an incredible steal -- $2 beers, $3 wines, $5 drinks, half priced appetizers -- with no skimping on the polished service and exceptional food that makes this classic French bistro a Philly, and Style Maniac, fave.  (Read more about Bistrot La Minette and chef/owner Peter Woolsey's cooking secrets in my Chef Secrets for Home Cooks series. Photo via Travel & Leisure)

4. Spruce Street Harbor Pop-Up Park, a delightful, whimsical mix of floating beer gardens, swinging hammocks, oversize chess games, shipping containers turned into food kiosks, and happy, laughing people along the banks of the Delaware River.  Through August 31st, 2014. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Aug 3, 2014

BBQ or Baubles?

Steal a long white platter and some cheery checked linens from your BBQ supplies and lay out a fashionable feast for your eyes by arranging your colorful baubles and bangles on them instead.  A quick summer pick-up for your closet.

Concept, styling and photography by Doreen Creede.  See more Pretty Ways With Trays here.


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