Dec 17, 2014

Too Pretty To Open?

 As spied on Kate Spade Saturday's Instagram
So fun, so festive, the gift wrap becomes the gift.  Maybe too pretty to open? Certainly will bring a smile when stacked on the sideboard or tucked under the tree.

Dec 14, 2014

Bright Lights, Little Moments

Amidst the hustle and bustle and glitter and shine comes a moment that is simple, unadorned, sublime.  Enjoy the small moments of joy and surprise this season.

String of lights image discovered on Brandi Wotanoski's Pinterest.  See more sides to the holiday season on Style Maniac's Pinterest.

Dec 12, 2014

FUN & FABULOUS: Cut + Paste Photo Booth

Want an instant party? (Or the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot?*)  Go directly to Cut+Paste Photo Booth. The moment I encountered Cut + Paste I fell in love with the gleaming black fringe backdrop (option #3 above), with how much fun people were having, with the whimsical yet beautiful props (I especially like the Eiffel Tower fascinator), and with how great the photos turned out.

Whimsical & beautiful: Cut+Paste's artisan props elevate their photo booth to a whole new level.

I don't know who these people are but they sure are having fun! (Attic 20th Anniversary Gala). See more of Cut+Paste's portfolio here.

How adorable is this little girl and her sparkly pink flamingo?
Hi tech & low: Cut + Paste lets you download photos online or take home the classic printed trio strip - my fave.

Owner Christina hand crafts every backdrop and prop, and will customize both for your wedding, private party or corporate event.  That artistic quality, plus her obvious passion for what she does, makes this an iPad Photo Booth like no other.  It also mixes the best of old and new technology:  as with most such  iPad setups you can immediately share an image or download it from the website later; as with a classic Photo Booth you can also get that classic trio strip of photos printed on the spot.  How fun and fabulous is that?!

*I liked that gleaming black fringe backdrop so much, it became my starting point for the #mystylemaniac Zeusvision Contest photo shoot.  Having only met Christina and her partner James briefly when I posed in their booth at a party, I wasn't sure what Christina would say when I called her out of the blue and asked to borrow a backdrop.  She replied: Yes, take two! and by the way a friend of mine is a great photographer, why not call her? And that's how we became instant friends, and how Brae Howard joined our team (more about Brae, our models and the #mystylemaniac photo shoot to follow).

Bottom image by Brae Howard Photography / graphic by Doreen Creede.  All other images courtesy Cut+Paste Photo Booth.  Check out their fabulous & fun portfolio here.

Dec 8, 2014

Show YOUR STYLE to Win A FREE Digital Billboard Bus Ad in Hollywood! The #mystylemaniac Zeusvision Contest

Zeusvision wants you to be the star -- and so do I!  With their new digital billboard buses, Zeusvision offers the kind of exposure once reserved for big corporations and blockbuster movies at prices real people can afford.  So when they asked me to review their service, I thought: why not give those people -- YOU! -- a chance to try it out yourself? Plus let you flaunt your style, have some fun and possibly see your face in Hollywood.

Zeusvision wants YOU to be the star, as do I!  Aubrie Costello (left),  Lee Romano Sequeira (right) & I (Doreen Creede, center) had fun showing our style.  Now it's your turn! (Brae Howard Photography, Cut+Paste Photobooth.)
Thus was born the #mystylemaniac Zeusvision Contest.  I'm giving a portion of my test package ad air times in Hollywood, LA & Santa Monica (allotted to me by Zeusvision in order to review the service) to the lucky winner, plus a lot of exposure to all of you who enter.  See contest details below, then go to Style Maniac's Facebook Page to share YOUR STYLE.

HOW TO ENTER the #mystylemaniac Zeusvision Contest:

Look for this post on Style Maniac's Facebook Page
"Like" Style Maniac's facebook page.

Under the "Are You A Style Maniac?"
post share a photo of your personal style and include #mystylemaniac.
(direct link: )
Then share your entry with friends!
The most "Liked" entry wins.
Contest ends midnight EST 12/22/14.

WINNER will receive a 60-second digital billboard ad airing 50 times on Zeusvision buses in Hollywood / LA / Santa Monica areas, and will be featured on Style Maniac sites.
NOTE: Your ad must meet Zeusvision's standards for quality, copyright and content.

Be bold, be silly, be yourself.  Unleash your style & have fun!
-- Doreen / Style Maniac

THANK YOU to the creative and chic team of women collaborating with me on the #mystylemaniac Zeusvision campaign:  Brae, the lady behind the lens at Brae Howard Photography for capturing just the fun, upbeat vibe I wanted; Christina at  Cut+Paste Photobooth for the backdrop that set the scene so perfectly; and Aubrie Costello & Lee Romano Sequeira. for letting your personality and style shine through -- you are both beautiful inside and out. Concept: Doreen Creede.

For more behind the scenes style and pics follow @stylemaniac on Instagram.  

Dec 5, 2014

Life In Art

"Terrestrial" by Sandra Benhaim

This play of light and dark, the rich bursts of exuberant color against moments of shade.  Once again Sandra Benhaim's work speaks directly (at least for me) to the complexity of life here on earth:  joy and sadness, promise and disappointment, clarity and mystery.  Appropriately, it is named Terrestrial.


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