Jul 13, 2014

Time Is Of The Essence

If you've been reading Style Maniac for awhile, you know most often a featured work of art appears here not just because it's pretty, but because the image/theme/title connect on some other level with life.  Remember Projects Brewing, way back in 2012?  One particular project of mine from then has been brewing, simmering and has now reached the boiling point.  Indeed, Time Is Of The Essence. The time has come to let it go and see what happens. Stay tuned for more  ....

Time Is Of The Essence by Sandra Benhaim

Jun 30, 2014

Hello, Summer

Slather on the sunscreen,
splash in the waves,
wiggle your toes in the sand,
search for rainbows over the seashore.
Summer's here, hallelujah!

What summer happenings make you the happiest?

Jun 27, 2014

Help Design a Style Maniac Nail Color for the Julep Contest ... plus enter to win a trip to New York Fashion Week

If Style Maniac were a nail color, what would it look like?

YELLOW, the signature color of the blog?  Or perhaps RED my favorite color? Should it glitter, glow or gleam?  Julep has asked me to enter their Custom Nail Color Contest and I want your help!

Please share your suggestions here.  If I win, the first 10 commenters will receive the custom Style Maniac nail polish! Plus, here's a treat for all of you to try for right now: in conjunction with the Custom Nail Color Contest is a chance to win a trip for two to New York Fashion Week in September 2014.  When you enter Julep's NYFW sweepstakes using this link http://www.julep.com/nyfw-sweepstakes?ref=1a2s  I'll get another entry to win the Custom Nail Color Contest, plus another sweepstakes entry.  (You'll also get a unique link you can share to do the same.)  Entry form here / enter by June 30, 2014.

Photo courtesy Julep.

Jun 24, 2014


It's dangerous living two blocks from the best shoe boutique in the USA.
  Recent additions to Style Maniac's Bus Stop collection include ...

"Bubble HI" boots from United Nude ...
"Faraday" by Jonathan Fluevog ... in a class by themselves ...
"Jinx" sandals by Esska ... comfortable enough to walk all day and chic enough to wear anywhere.

From the best little shoe boutique around the corner to the best little shoe boutique in the United States.

When I wrote about Bus Stop Boutique in 2011, I knew I was sharing with Style Maniac readers a unique find: highly personalized service in a relaxed, stylish setting showcasing a curated selection of simply fabulous shoes I'd never seen anywhere else (and that happened to be two blocks from my home.)

Now the whole country knows.  Congratulations to my friends, Bus Stop owner Elena Brennan and manager Aubrie Costello, on being named the Best Boutique in the USA by the trade magazine Footwear Plus  -- an award they accepted alongside other Plus Award 2013 winners Zappos, Skechers and Nordstrom.

Three years after that post, I'm still shopping at Bus Stop, and still finding pretty sandals, edgy oxfords and bodacious boots that regularly get me stopped on the street.

Even better, are the friendships and fashion collaborations formed with a pair of lovely, smart and creative businesswomen.

All from our love of shoes ....
BOTTOM PHOTO: Owner Elena Brennan on the night Bus Stop received the award for Best Boutique in the USA.

TOP PHOTOS: Store photo courtesy Elena Brennan. Shoe photos by Doreen Creede. 

This post is third in a Now & Then series highlighting what has happened to people and projects since appearing on Style Maniac over the past five years.

May 28, 2014

Blog Posts Come To Life: The Holstee Manifesto

A funny thing happened at NY NOW this winter.  As I cruised aisles of 2800 exhibitors at this mega design trade show (formerly the New York Gift Fair) a booth display caught my eye. Something seemed familiar about the racks of letterpress cards.  Yet I could not really say what.  So I stepped in and began chatting with the exhibitor, who turned out to be one of the founders.  Still no reason why I would know Holstee, a "Brooklyn-based design studio offering sustainably made posters, cards, and frames that inspire people to live mindfully."  We had a nice chat, I turned to go and Fabian handed me a card with this printed on it:

The Holstee Manifesto.

The very same manifesto I wrote about on this blog in September 2010.  The very same one that sat framed on my desk for years afterward, which I still look at often to remind myself of the kind of life I want to live.  The very same one that took me months of backtracking through the blogosphere to finally track down the original source.

There he stood in front of me, co-creator of the most inspirational poster ever:  a blog post come to life.

The Holstee Manifesto, created in 2009 by Dave, Mike and Fabian / designed by Rachael Beresh, has since been turned into a video and shared countless times on social media.  It is available from Holstee as a poster or card.

This post is second in a Now & Then series highlighting what has happened to people and projects since appearing on Style Maniac over the last five years.


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