Madewell Shopping Party hosted by Taliah Ferguson of Fashion Was Here

As a blogger, there’s nothing like the feeling of networking with those in the industry and living your passion.  Last thursday, I attended the Madewell store shopping party which was hosted by fellow, local blogger Taliah from the site Fashion Was Here.


For those that may not know, Madewell is a brand extension (sister store) of the J. Crew company.  The store was launched to attract a younger, hipper crowd while holding true to the company’s style which is chic and comfortable.

This was my first time visiting the boutique and I was impressed with the quality of the clothing and the accessories.




Honestly, my personal style is more on the lines of being “Preppy” with a touch of “American Classic” and a hint of “Hollywood Glamour.”

So you’re asking, what does all of that mean? I love basic t shirts, blazers, oversized sunglasses (the bigger the better) pearls, and jeans.

When I entered the Madewell store, it had all of the components that would make up my wardrobe but I decided not to get distracted because I was there for a store event (being professional.)

While attending the event, the store provided drinks and treats, a 20% off discount on all merchandise, and prizes.  But, the fun aspect of the night was the style challenge.

During the style challenge, participants were placed into groups and asked to create a style based upon the guidelines of the store/host.


Everyone wanted to win this challenge! Fashionistas raced around the store in search of clothing and accessories to fit their mannequin or model.

With all of the great displays, it was hard to judge the contest!


Overall, this was a fun event and a great opportunity to meet other bloggers, photographers, and local “fashion lovers.”

Additional Photos from The Event


He did a fabulous job assisting the Host


Grabbing a quick picture of Taliah


Fellow Blogger, Teena (from Fashion for Breakfast) participating in The Style Challenge


Posing with fellow blogger from the site Corner Curl Girl

instagram pic showing the shoes I wore that night

Celebrity Inspired Prom Fashion by Guest Contributor Tiffany Ly

Ready or not, prom season is almost upon us, so it’s time to get ready for a knockout look! Let’s face it; looking good isn’t enough and you want a dress that’s dazzling and will show your very best.

Honestly, what better way to score a fashion knockout (on the big night) than with a dress that’s designed for one of Hollywood’s hottest stars? 

If the thought of “making the scene” in a Hollywood star inspired dress is something you’ve always wished for, this is the post for you.

The selections below emulate dresses worn this year by the hottest and most beautiful stars, including Rihanna, Kerry Washington and Anne Hathaway.



This year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, pop star Rihanna had the crowd under her spell as she graced the Red Carpet in a stunning Azzedine Alaia custom made evening gown while wearing a bold, red lipstick.

This gorgeous floor length dress features a long, sweeping length that flows in the back (like a wedding train.)  The sleeveless dress also featured a crisscross design (across the front) with a revealing sheer chiffon section on the midriff.  This dress is a stunner!  Take a look at the similar style here by David’s Bridal

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Kerry Washington is another Hollywood beauty who lit up the Red Carpet this season, making a major impact in a glowing Miu Miu floor length dress that featured a coral sheath style bottom with a glittering sleeveless top.

This mirrored dress of the Django Unchained star was feminine and flattering. All you need is the red clutch (similar style here by Nina Shoes) and flawless makeup to pull off a Kerry Washington look! The clutch will definitely compliment your outfit especially with the silver clasp.


Darling Anne Hathaway, who took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 85th Academy Awards in February for her role in “Les Miserables, ” was a big winner on the Red Carpet as well. Hathaway wore a sleek column style gown designed by Prada in a very feminine shade of light pink.

The gown played beautifully off her stylish short hair style and showed off her shimmering earrings. With this replicated dress (here) you would certainly look like a gem.


Choosing an Outfit That’s Timeless by Guest Contributor Mandy Parkin

The only thing that is better than an outfit that looks and feels beyond incredible is one that continues in the same vein for the years, maybe even decades to follow. What we’re talking about here is of course timelessness, which is one of the most desirable traits in all of the fashion world.

Think for a moment about the hundreds of trends and styles that have come and gone over the last 50 years of so, which in all instances have presented certain garments and outfits that never change. However, while timelessness is indeed one of the most cherished traits of any given garment, it is in fact also one that is perfectly possible to define and target with a little common sense.

So, if looking to stock up on wares that will be just as stunning and desirable in ten years as they are today, here are a few top tips for some of the UK’s premier fashion brands:

Back to Basics

First and foremost, one of the more immediately noticeable things about any timeless garments and outfits is the way in which they are so very simple and understated. Take a standard black Jones and Jones going out dress for example – this is the kind of dress that isn’t only a stunning wardrobe staple that can be used for an infinite range of scenarios, but follows the exact same guidelines as the little black dresses of 50 years ago – they really haven’t changed a bit. From simple t-shirts to plain dresses to jeans to cardigans and so on, basics are probably the best examples of timelessly elegant clothing choices that are also mercifully affordable.





Solid Colors

Pattern and prints always have and always will go in and out of fashion, but solid colors are here to stay and always have been. As such, the best advice is to go for a purposeful mix of both plain/solid colors and prints in order to ensure that at least half of your wardrobe remains timelessly elegant while your chosen prints go through the usual in-and-out cycle.

Dependable Materials

Another sticking point to work by is that of materials and this is one of the more obvious considerations. For example, there may be times during which PVC and nylon come back into fashion for a brief spell, but it will indeed be brief at best. On the other hand, simple cotton, wool and denim (within reason!) are impossible to go wrong with and chances are will never, ever look anything other than superb on anyone.





Elegance over Impact

Last but not least, if there’s one tip to offer that should be used across the board when making such decisions it is that of favouring elegance over impact. It’s really not hard to put together an outfit with a real ‘wow’ factor that turns heads, but chances are that said ‘wow’ will soon enough turn into an ‘oh dear’ when fashion trends swing, as they will. As such, favour timelessness by going for understated elegance and make an impact by proving you don’t have to show off to look stunning.

By Mandy Parkin

Mandy Parkin is a full-time hotel receptionist from Sheffield who was bitten by the fashion bug after receiving her first shipment of Jones and Jones going out dresses early last year. She has since taken to blogging and barely allows a day to go by without shouting her musings to the world.

Men’s Designer Socks and Shoe Game Spring 2013

A careful and creative selection of Men’s Socks and Shoes will be the leading Men’s fashion trends for Spring 2013.

Here (in this photo) is a stylish combination that I selected at Nordstrom Columbia Mall (Maryland). The shoes are designed by Ferragamo and the socks are from the Polo Ralph Lauren retailer.

Wearing creative and colorful socks along with colored shoe laces will be the biggest Men’s fashion trend for Spring and Summer 2013. We told you.


Judge Swagwire

About Judge Swagwire:

Judge Swagwire is the pen name of a Baltimore based Attorney and Serial Entrepreneur.  Because of reader demand, Kimberly has graciously invited him to post articles about Menswear, Men’s Style and other thought provoking topics from time to time. Follow him on Twitter @judgeswagwire

Spring 2013 Fashion Trends: Guest Post by Danielle Ward

As winter begins to wind down new spring styles are slowly starting to emerge in the market. These new styles bring with them exciting trends that are sure to take the fashion world by storm. Here is our preview of Spring 2013 Fashion Trends.

It’s important to stock up now on these upcoming trends, as winter will be over before we know it and April showers will be in our past. Below is a list of upcoming trends according to some of the most elite style experts in the world. Follow these styles and you’re sure to be deemed a fashionista this spring.


Selena Gomez looks great wearing an a line skirt and cropped top


Upcoming Trends Spring 2013

Contrast: It’s a simple, old-fashioned trick and it’s back this spring. A black and white top, or black top with white pants, or a dress with contrasting colors is the way to go this spring. Try mixing and matching bold, solid colored pieces to create a stunning look. The great thing about an outfit full of contrast is that it makes a bold statement without being too overwhelming and can simultaneously be very slimming.

Louis Vuitton Checkerboard Print

 Sheer layers: Many of this year’s New York Fashion Week models graced the runway sporting outfits with sheer layers. Also known as a “veiled look,” designers like Haider Ackermann and Roberto Cavalli dressed their models in sheer pattern dresses, blouses, and skirts. Whether the sheer layer showed just skin underneath or was layered over a more solid piece of clothing this element definitely adds depth to any outfit.

Roberto Cavalli Spring Collection demonstrates sheer design

 Ruffles: Some of the most acclaimed designers in the world, like Balenciaga and Gucci, introduced their spring fashion lines with bountiful ruffle designs. Long dresses with ruffled shoulders are coming back this spring so be ready to make a statement with these types of pieces. The peplum top also appears to be here to stay for at least another season. In addition to this, be on the lookout for ruffled skirts, as they will also be making a dramatic entrance in the coming months. 


Gucci Spring 2013

Business chic: This look embodies female empowerment. Think business savvy with a twist of trendy. These suit-like styles aren’t your grandmother’s business outfit and rather put a modern, sleek twist on business wear. Whether you’re going on an interview or just meeting friends for drinks loose fitting blazers with colorful dress pants are a must this season. Designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, and Stella McCartney (just to name a few) are embracing this look for the spring in full force so be ready to see it just about everywhere.


Mila Kunis wearing a Classic Black Suit

 Asian inspiration: This spring Asian culture will serve as an inspiration for some of the newest fashions. This eastern-inspired look is comprised of different elements ranging from fabric, to shape, to overall design. Think kimono inspired chic with a twist of glammed up karate uniform. These looks are definitely different and bring with them a fun, unique twist to 2013’s spring fashion trends.

Danielle Ward is a personal shopping assistant who loves hunting down a good bargain. Danielle enjoys sharing his tips on shopping and fashion blogs. Visit for more fashion news.

Event Alert: Towson Town Center Guru Show’s Off Seasons Must Haves

On Friday, March 22, at 10:45am in the mall’s Grand Court, Level 1, Rebecca Klein, Towson Town Center’s GURU, will showcase the hottest trends in apparel, accessories, beauty and home goods. Participating retailers include Aerosoles, Crate & Barrel, Destination Maternity, Francesca’s Collection, Free People, Lilly Pulitzer, The Limited, Michael Kors, Pottery Barn and Sephora. Music and refreshments will be provided by Chick-fil-A and Stoney River!

In February 2013, The Towson Town Center GURU blog was named one of the best local blogs in the Baltimore Business Journal’s Biz Buzz Awards.

Guests also can enter for a chance to win a $250 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and a Styling Session with Rebecca! Contestants must be 18 or older and present at the time of the drawing to win. Along with the gift card, Rebecca will join the winner for a shopping spree at the mall, offering her styling expertise along the way.

Plus, 100 lucky participants will leave with a GIFT BAG by visiting the information table and picking up a Style Passport. The first 100 participants to have their Style Passports punched at each of the display tables will receive a gift bag to take home*.

*While supplies last. One reward per person. Must be 18 or older.

Towson Town Center is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc., a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust focused on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping regional malls throughout the United States and Brazil. GGP’s portfolio is comprised of 125 malls in the United States and 18 malls in Brazil comprising approximately 134 million square feet. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Fitness Options and The Right Footwear: Guest Post by Catherine M.

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight this year, a gym membership is the first obvious step towards accomplishing your goal. But as effective as it can be, the gym isn’t for everyone. There are lots of other ways of keeping fit that are worth exploring.



Phaedra Parks working out with hubby Appollo


If you live near or in the countryside, then going for a run or a brisk walk might be the answer. This allows you to take in the scenery and enjoy some peace and quiet while burning off those pesky calories. If you live in a more urban setting, spend more walking time during your commute – either get off a stop early or if you’re feeling brave, walk the whole hog!



Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Larsa Pippen grab a quick workout at the beach

For those who prefer to exercise indoors, investing in a games console might just be the thing. With a wide variety of games and techniques to help you lose weight and track your progress, you can work out a personal exercise regime customised to suit your own interests. Once you’ve invested in a console, you might be more likely to stick at it too.

This next suggestion may seem a bit surprising, but it’s shockingly effective. Gardening, despite what you might think, is a really good way to shed those unwanted pounds, plus you could end up with some healthy and tasty fruit and vegetables to eat as a result. For example, half an hour of weeding could leave you 182 calories lighter, and the same amount of time spent digging will burn off 202 calories. If you happen to live in the middle of a city or you don’t have a garden, look around for a community gardening plot. Most areas have at least one community garden, and working with other people means there’s an added social bonus that could help you stick to your goals.



Heidi Klum running (and looking great) with Miranda Kerr


Whatever activity you choose to take up, investing in the right footwear is essential. Comfort is equally as important as durability. Luckily, most shoes these days offer both qualities. For example, you can now buy Skechers shape ups at isme which are specially designed to give you extra stability and support no matter what you’re doing to stay active.



Fashion Awards MD: Final Nominee Ballot

I am excited to announce that Style Life Fashion has made the final nominee ballot for the Fashion Awards MD!

According to the Press Release, “The general public is encouraged to give their voice and vote for the top nominees using the FAMD website starting on April 1, 2013.”

I look forward to the next upcoming events and connecting with those in the fashion and beauty industry.




Trend Alert: Wearing My Long Dress and Nude Pumps

It’s time to start shopping for spring attire and update our wardrobe.  Some of the trends that I have seen in stores are crop tops, cut off shorts, and sleeveless vest.

But one trend that’s girlie and flirty are long dresses and maxi skirts.  Wearing a long dress tells the world that you’re feminine but yet fashionable.  And there’s several ways that one can wear a long dress or maxi skirt.  This trend can be paired with a cropped jacket, lace blouse, or even a tank top.


Source: via Kimberly on Pinterest



I decided to showcase my fuschia dress that I purchased from H&M last spring.  I actually wore this dress to a sorority event with a white hat and strappy sandals.

For the purpose of this article, I wanted to provide a dress option for the lady that’s having brunch with her girlfriends.

In this photo, I’m wearing a bold necklace in the same shade as the dress; a denim jacket to make the dress more casual; and nude pumps to elongate my legs (because I’m very petite.)

Overall, I think this is a great look for brunch with “the girls.”