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- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project


Crazy for Color & Pattern & Spring

Maybe it's the dawn of spring, and Mother Nature's refusal to cooperate. Maybe it's the goodie package I got from Jill Kirsh Color. Maybe it's this photo shoot by Mario Testino for Vogue, which has been intriguing me for months.  Maybe I'm just a wee bit tired of black. Suddenly I'm craving color and pattern and bit of wild abandon in mixing them all together.  How about you? Do you have spring fashion fever?

Vogue photo by Mario Testino More to come on Jill Kirsh Color.


Bloggers Writing Books (2015 Trend I Love)

From blog to book ... that's a journey I love. Especially when it's a book from a blogger who is also a friend and loyal reader of Style Maniac! As the world gets more techie I find us all craving tangible things-- like traditional books printed on paper.  Sorry, Kindle & iPad, you can't compare to curling up with a book cradled in hand.  For all those reasons, I named Kristy Woodson Harvey and her upcoming debut novel Dear Carolina as one of my Society Magazine 2015 Visionaires.  This week I had the delight of receiving an advance copy of Kristy's novel, packaged beautifully with ribbon, bookmark and handwritten note.  As shown every day on her popular Design Chic blog, the girl's got style.  Here's to the prettiest book launch ever.

More to come about Kristy and her journey from blog to book. Photo by Doreen Creede.


VISIONAIRES: Style Maniac's 2015 Trend Report for SOCIETY Magazine

Tactile art. Pure flavors. Fashion sketches. Hand-forged jewelry. Couture stationery. A walking city. Bloggers writing books.  As technology infuses so much of our lives, I feel we crave even more handmade craftsmanship, live connections, simple pleasures, the sensual feel of something real in your hand.  That's why when Society Magazine asked me for a 2015 trend report, I didn't choose a color or skirt length.  Instead I chose Aubrie Costello, Via Carota, Denise Fike, Diane Roka. NINObrand Jewelry, Smoochie Paper, the city of Philadelphia and Kristy Harvey as my VISIONAIRES for 2015.  Find out why  in the VISIONAIRE issue of Society Magazine, plus read more about each selection on Style Maniac in the weeks to come. 


Super Hot Valentine

Don't you love when you find the absolutely perfect card?
Happy Valentine's Day to my cute, smart, funny husband
and to each of you.
Hope your day is filled with love and laughter.

Card from Smoochie Paper


Blog Birthday: Style Maniac Turns 6!

What will blogging will be like six years from now? Will this medium still exist?  Will we be reading posts off our wrists?  All I know for sure today --  the sixth birthday of the Style Maniac blog! -- is this: unexpected inventions, apps and networks will catch our eye; but the root remains the same:  it all starts with a story, and wanting to share it in some way with the world.  Thank you for reading my stories, all 632 of them over the past 72 months, and helping make my vision of a happy pretty oasis come to life and grow beyond the screen in ways I never could have imagined 2,190 days ago.  What will blossom next? Tangled, wild, beautiful -- whatever it is, I hope we continue to experience it together.

Floral typography by Anne Lee Designs


Embrace or Escape?

As winter wraps her icy shawl around my part of the world, I wonder:  Do you embrace the cold, sled on a snow day, snuggle up with a loved one in front of a fire? Or do you daydream of sunny isles with balmy breezes, and perhaps plot an escape?  Tell me: how do you feel about winter?

Images:  Winter Night - New York City by Vivienne Gucwa via Pack Light Travel Far.  Mykonos Town, Greece via Coastal LivingSee more on Style Maniac's Pinterest boards Winter Wonderland and Wish I Were There.


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