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Art Institute Student Creates An Award-Winning Wedding Gown

Wedding Dress WinnerThe Art Institute of Philadelphia is swarming with talented young people and Adriana Maria is one of them.

Currently enrolled in the Institute’s Fashion Design Program, Adriana officially made a name for herself last month having won  Philadelphia Wedding’s “Sew in Love Fashion Showcase. Philadelphia Wedding, a publication of Philadelphia Magazine, asked design students to create a one-of-a-kind wedding gown that cost under $500. The dresses, refereed by Fashion Icon Nicole Miller, Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll, Danielle from Bridals by Danielle, Pattie Lamantia from The Wedding Shop, Mary Dougherty from MKDA Agency, Danielle Hoysa from Bridal Garden and Philadelphia Wedding’s Editor-in-Chief, Carrie Danny, were judged in three categories including creativity, execution, and emotional response.

Having been deemed the best of 21 entries (all from five local design schools including, Drexel, University of Delaware, Philadelphia University, and Moore College of Design), Adriana not only will have her dress (pictured left) featured in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Philadelphia Wedding, but the budding new designer also won the chance to work closely with the Bridals by Danielle owner on her brand new eveningwear line.

Making the competition even more exciting, 50 percent of ticket proceeds from the April 20th reception event went to the non-profit organization, Wish Upon A Wedding, which provides wedding renewals for couples who face life-threatening illnesses.

Great job, Adriana!

~Michelle Mass

Philadelphia Bike Expo: mark your calendars

In the current issue of Philadelphia Magazine Christine Speer ponders Philadelphia’s ability to become a green, biking haven like Portland. Many sides of the great bicycle debate are considered and weighed including the story of my good friend Mike who once (actually multiple times) experienced some intense motorist road rage while he was riding his bike on the streets of Philadelphia. In light of the constant battle for the blacktop lets talk shop for a moment.

October 30 and 31 the 23rd Street Armory will turn into a cyclist’s toy store with the start of the Philadelphia Bike Expo. Attendees will have the opportunity to partake in demos, discussions, presentations, workshops and symposiums in addition to shopping the latest and greatest of two wheeled gear-dom. There will also be a cycling fashion show, bike swap, art exhibits and organized bike rides throughout the city.

Sure, statistics show we city cyclists only make up 1.6% of the commuter population but we are a tight-knit crew so get ready for a weekend of bicycle brotherhood. It’s like they say on the Philadelphia Bike Expo web site: “The Philadelphia Bike Expo is an all-inclusive celebration of everything bicycle.”

Click here for more information and to purchase passes to the event.

Halfway through Hanukkah

If you are doing some last minute shopping – we’re shocked that it’s already last minute! Halfway through Hanukkah and days away from Christmas! – Look no further than Urban Outfitters with their free shipping offer and Ann Taylor Loft - with their gifts under $25.

To help you de-stress, Philadelphia Magazine has the scoop on 5 amazing massages for less. Make sure you mention their article when you go to get a rubdown (woohoo!) because it might save you a few bucks. Karl Lagerfeld produced a calendar for Italian Marie Claire and it’s gorgeous.

We’re also newly obsessed with Alexa Chung since we made a trip up to NYC yesterday to see one of her last tapings. We don’t know what’s up next for her, we’re hoping something good. We love how she styles her skinny mini self. MTV also has a style guide for Christmas, including a Kanye West inspired shirt that reads “Imma let you finish.”

Here’s a clip from It’s On With Alexa Chung, featuring a 2 second sighting of yours truly:

Gotta Get Away

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Happy Hump Day!  This morning Marie Claire’s got links to the 25 beauty products that will change your life. While we haven’t tried them all, we can’t argue with the benefits of the Chanel Nude Blush or Mac’s Bronzer just to bring a glow to your face during the drab winter months, the Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer which helps us look like we had a nice weekend getaway to Cancun even if we sadly haven’t taken out our passports, as well as Olay’s Body Wash with exfoliating ribbons. With such a moisturizing body wash, you can even skip a post-shower moisturizer. Nice. Marie Claire also posted tips on how to care for your skin depending on your climate.

Lilliana Vazquez, who contributes to NBC10 posted some  cute and affordable sweaters on her blog – The Cheap Chica’s Guide To Style. Glamour magazine is also looking out for your wallet, with their list of shoes for $50 and under.

Philadelphia Magazine is on the lookout in Rittenhouse Square, spotting some styles that they love as well as a type of yoga we hadn’t seen yet. It’s called Slackline Yoga, and it’s done on a tightrope. Philadelphia Magazine spotted Jennifer Nehila practicing Slackline and did a writeup and shot video. Just as Jennifer mentions, gives more information on the practice as a whole.

Lastly, we’re not sure how the #4 resturant on this ESPN list earned it spot, but we’re cracking up.

Button Up Your Overcoat

Courtesy of Vintage Connection

Courtesy of Vintage Connection

A lovely lady from Vintage Connection has posted info on Vintage Coats on Philly2Philly. Vintage Connection is worth a look, it won the title of “Best Vintage Shop” from Philadelphia Magazine and your favorite newspaper, Philadelphia Weekly. With a little luck, you might even be able to get a Mad Men esque coat – for MUCH cheaper than those on sale at Banana Republic.

Even with the colder weather creeping up, Christmas commercials are freaking us out. They’re on entirely too early. Or so we think. However, we are positively tickled by the Sephora Holiday offers like this set of mascaras for $39 – valued at $104. Nice. There are similarly priced sets for fragrance, glitz & glam – that’s shimmer and bronzers for those who don’t speak Sephora. The only set we’re leery of is the lotion one. Sometimes skin freaks out when you use that many different lotions, especially in the winter months!

If you LOVE eyeliner Sephora’s got a kit with pencils in literally every color from Make Up For Ever. This set has 25 different shades. We think even Rainbow Brite would be jealous. This Smashbox set with 5 colors might be a better choice if 25 colors seems like too much of a commitment. We’re also loving this cute little set from Bare Escentuals avaliable only at Sephora called A Wink and A Kiss. It’s mascara and lipstick. So cute.

Sooo…we got a little excited about makeup. This morning NBC10 takes a look at Justin Timberlake’s style and how it’s progressed through the years. NBC10 also lets us know that there is going to be a piece of the Berlin Wall at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not in Atlantic City! I personally saw an itty bitty chunk of the Berlin wall and that was pretty moving. I can’t even imagine seeing a huge chunk like the one at Ripley’s, let alone actually being there for the historical event – which celebrates it’s 20th birthday on Monday, November 9th.

Over The Top

slide_3074_44483_largeWith Halloween right around the corner, we’re so glad that The Huffington Post has gathered pictures of inappropriate costumes. We’re not offended by much, but some of these costumes are a little surprising to say the least.

Glamour has their eye on Paris Hilton’s most recent up-do. What do you think?

Chanel seems to be into do it yourself manicures this season, with lines of green and now purple nail polish, as highlighted by Nylon Magazine.

Philadelphia Magazine posted a slideshow from Utley All-Star Animals, a night of shopping at Boyds which benefits the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Glamour highlighted these products back in February. On a dreary day like today when you might not want to wear wellies, we’re thinking they’re not such a bad idea. First off there are heel covers from Sole Mates that cover your heels, to prevent you from sinking into the grass.

According to their website, “The patented design of the SoleMates High Heeler™ is mechanically engineered to fit snugly on most heels and yet the flexible material grips securely without damaging the heel or compromising the aesthetics of the shoe.” Since we sometimes sink into the grass, we’re willing to give these babies a try.

Also highlighted in Glamour were Swims galoshes which are the chicest rain shoes we’ve ever seen. The rest of their line can be found on the swims website, which has a gorgeous layout and even tells you how many rain days cities from around the world have. While Philly isn’t included, New York is with 95 days of rain a year! It’s a far cry from Las Vegas with 18 rain days a year. Geeze.

Lastly, a model from the Ralph Lauren campaign was allegedly fired for weighing in at 120 pounds. At 5′10″ apparently that’s too much. Perhaps her firing paired with attention being paid to plus size models will lead to changes in the fashion industry?

Oh no they didn’t

Yes, they did, and I totally missed it when it first came out: Philadelphia Magazine did a “Street Style Office Invasion” slideshow of the work outfits of the fashionable bunch over at Tierney Communications.

Tierney Communications, for all those out there not totally obsessed with Philly media stuff (and good for you!), is the advertising and PR company founded by Brian Tierney, who is currently battling the banks to remain king of the hill over at the Daily News and Inquirer. (He left Tierney Communications in 2003, but I guess the name stuck.)

We feel that somehow Steve Volk, who’s a staff writer for Philadelphia Magazine and  the area’s main Tierney-hound, was behind this.

It is slightly puzzling that there are only three pictures of outfits per each slideshow, though. Was the office really empty that day? Was everyone else frumpy? Are they trying to ration out the pictures of random people’s officewear so the frustrated internet user will go out to the newsstand and buy a Philadelphia Magazine?

Philadelphia Magazine Office Invasion: Part one

Philadelphia Magazine Office Invasion: Part two