Style Guide: Doreen Creede [Style Maniac + Brand Ambassador]

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Style Guide: Doreen Creede of Style Maniac

Interview:

Favorite Style Icons?

The women in my family.  My grandmothers, who could not have been more different.  Jean was glamorous, well-read and the life of any party; Lydia was hard-working, would do anything for her family and was an incredible “seamstress” (her description; I’d say couture clothing designer).  My mom, who is always put together, whether gardening, golfing or getting ready for an operation.  Seriously, she is about to have a hip replacement and will make sure she has her nails and hair done before surgery.

 

 

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In their own ways, each of these women taught me that style is about much more than looks.  It is about how you express – and respect -- yourself.

 

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Doreen with her mom, Lorraine (image John Naughton).

 

Favorite Brands?

Labels are not important to me – I buy purely what I love.  I tend toward simple silhouettes, mostly black, and then add drama with bold and colorful accessories, which are often vintage, picked up in my travels or made by designer friends.

 

Two of those friends are the duo behind REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry, for which I am a Brand Ambassador.  I love both the affordable glamor of the collection and my friends’ commitment to supporting other women in achieving their dreams.  Or as they say: “Reign Thoughtfully.”

 

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Favorite Beauty products?

My cosmetic collection is pretty small – an edited selection of products that really work.  Everyday faves:  MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (it has a plush texture and leaves a nice subtle glow), Jill Kirsh’s eye shadow palette (makes eyes pop!) and Revlon Colorstay Mineral Glaze Lipgloss (a long-wearing lush gloss that actually stays on without drying out lips).

 

That Mineral Glaze is getting hard to find, so I’m starting a quest (and blog series) on the search for the perfect lipstick.  Suggestions, anyone??

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Fragrances?

Ligne St. Barth Vanille West Indies.  I would describe it as smelling like luscious vanilla, but a lot of people say it smells like sugar cookies or brownies.  Not a bad thing.

 

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Self-care/ Wellness tips?

Drink lots of water.

 

What 3 things do you value most in your life?

The people in it.  Creativity.  Curiosity.

 

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If you could play any fashionable or popular personality for the day who would it be? Why?

Honestly, right now … no one.  But I would like a few of their TV and book deals!

 

What would be your must-have item of choice on a desert island?

My husband!

 

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Doreen with her husband, Kevin.

 

And a suitcase filled with books, blank notebooks, a pen that would never run dry, sunscreen, a big hat, bug spray.  Can I bring a computer and power source too?  Pasta and the means to cook it? Wine and water?   As you can tell, castaway camping is really not my thing ….

 

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What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

“Wear the hat.”

Although I’m comfortable with my own sense of style, I have had moments when I thought, “Hmmm, if I wear this, what will people think?”  Now I know:  people will think it’s fabulous.  And if they don’t, then why care about their opinion anyway?

 

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What is your favorite thing about being your current age?

My mom taught me a great lesson:  love every decade of your life because it brings something new and wonderful.  Of course, life has its challenges.  But I wouldn’t want to go back in time.  I’m more interested in looking forward at what’s next, what’s new, what else I could do.

 

What is your secret for staying ageless?

Stay curious.  Be open to learning new things and meeting new people. Keep your sense of humor.  Never think you’re too old to take a risk, whether in fashion or work.  Go ahead:  wear the crazy cocktail ring, cry at the sappy commercial, kick off your shoes and dance around the kitchen.

 

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What is your dream destination?

I’ve long been searching for the perfect beach town –clear aqua water, white sugar sand, no high rises or fast food restaurants, a charming downtown with unique boutiques and bistros with great food, sunshine, mild weather … and affordable housing.  Yeah, that last one’s the kicker.  I’ve told many a friend my plan and they all say: “When you find this paradise, let us know and we’ll join you!”

 

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What is your hottest style tip?

Be yourself.

 

SOCIAL LINKS

Style Maniac  Website/blog, Style Manic Facebook, Style Maniac Twitter @thestylemaniac, Style Maniac Instagram @stylemaniac

 

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Doreen was one of the first bloggers I connected with, shortly after starting my blog. Her style, warmth, love of family and fun is an inspiration. Love the advice from Doreen's mom to enjoy each decade and from Doreen, to just be yourself.

Thank you for sharing your stylish tips with us, Doreen.

Let us know when you find that perfect beach front locale!

xx,

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Style Inspiration: Outdoor Living Spaces

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Isn't this photo captivating? A dining terrace in Lake Como, Italy, overlooking the sea. I would say it is because Scott and I will be visiting Lake Como in July that I'm so enthralled, but I pinned this image on Pinterest years ago. Can you imagine what it would be like to throw a dinner party here?

If I can arrange it, will you come for dinner?

When weather permits, it's all about outdoor living spaces for me. Here in California, most of us have the temperate climate to allow for such indulgence much of the year. Adding a cozy throw blanket, outdoor rug, colorful pillows, café lights and candles add immediate ambiance. It's all about bringing the indoors outside.

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You can even swing from the chandelier while living life outside.

Who knew?

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I'm finding that most of my favorite outdoor living spaces have an element of water, whether it's a pool, a waterfall or a fountain. The sound of water brings a peaceful ambiance. Flowers, succulents, and greenery add the natural elements.

Fragrance is another essential in creating the outdoor environment. Night blooming jasmine and tuberose are two of my favorite plants for summer garden fragrance. Right now our day blooming jasmine (pictured to the left of the lounger) is in full bloom and the scent is wafting into my home office window as I write this. Sublime! Read more on The Scented Garden.

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These are my favorite outdoor lounging spaces....

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only because we call them home.

For more:  Creating Outdoor Living Spaces at Home and

Al Fresco Life and Living Outside.

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Style Guide: Dale Janee of Savvy Spice + Savvy Sleepers

 

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STYLE GUIDE:

Dale Janee of Savvy Spice

 

I am reviving my Style Guide Series and am thrilled to have international style blogger and friend, Dale Janee of Savvy Spice, share her favorite style inspirations with readers of StyleMindChic Life.

Style Guide Questions:

Favorite Style Icons?

My favorite style icons are a mix of Hollywood stars throughout the decades from Jackie O. and Brigitte Bardot to today’s celebs like Gigi Hadid and Blake Lively. Plus, there are so many fashion bloggers for everyday inspiration.

 

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Favorite Fashion Brands?

For everyday staples, I love Zara and my favorite jeans dating back to ’05 are Citizens of Humanity. Some of my most prized pieces are vintage dresses I’ve had tailored.  If I had a magical celebrity budget, you could find me in Dolce & Gabanna and Roberto Cavalli.

 

Favorite Beauty products?

I swear by fake lashes and wear them every day. Nothin’ fancy – just a strip of the natural Ardell lashes from the drugstore. I am a huge fan of Makeup Forever for powder and foundations. My daily staples include Nars Orgasm Blush, Prestige liquid eyeliner in black/brown (another drugstore buy), and Makeup Forever High-Definition powder. Use this to set your eye shadow all day – especially in the summer!

 

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Fragrances?

I’ve never been big on fragrances because I have sneezing attacks simply walking through the cosmetics aisle. The few fragrances I have on my dresser include my favorites, The One by Dolce & Gabanna and Victor & Rolf - Flowerbomb. I have to admit I still have Paris Hilton’s original fragrance and Clinique Happy. They smell like candy, fun and college memories to me – so I keep them on hand for nights needing a spritz of nostalgia.

 

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Best style tips?

My best style tips are to wear what you love and feel is most flattering.  Never be afraid to try new trends. Never underestimate the slimming powers of wearing all black, which I learned living in Zurich, Switzerland. And for beauty, a great lipstick, tinted moisturizer or foundation, and dark shades can go a long way to make you look completely pulled together to leave the house in less than 2 minutes. I learned this after having a baby.

 

Self-care/ Wellness tips?

I never went to a spa until my mid-twenties and fell in love with the entire vibe. I had to find a way to create that ‘spa like’ feeling on my budget, which was part of the inspiration for launching Savvy Sleepers. My best self-care tips: Joining a gym with Pilates classes and a steam room (it’s like a wellness spa membership), drinking water with cucumber slices, keeping a diary and getting the best sleep possible, even if it’s 5 or 6 hours a night.

 

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What 3 things do you value most in your life?

My family, my friendships and my passion for writing and business.

 

If you could play any fashionable or popular personality for the day who would it be? Why?

I think it would be crazy to be Beyonce or JLo for a day during one of their huge performances, because I could never, ever imagine being able to dance, sing and perform in front of millions of people.

 

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What would be your must-have item of choice on a desert island?

A great pair of shades! I can’t imagine a sunny, deserted island without a pair of sunglasses.

 

What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Start a blog now, dump your boyfriend (and don’t get back together with him), and get your Masters in Business after graduating Chico State, instead of jumping into a 7-5 inside sales job – a.k.a. cubicle life.

 

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What is your favorite thing about being your current age?

Throughout my 20’s, I was always stressed about turning 30, but once it happened, it wasn’t such a big deal. This year has been an exciting and challenging adventure moving from Switzerland to Dallas, and time is flying!

What is your secret for staying ageless?

Positive thinking and daily goals help. Yoga isn’t for me, but I swear by Pilates. It’s like a combo of toning and meditation for your body and mind. Coffee breaks, lots of water, and having a good sense of humor about yourself always helps. My beauty secrets include using my Clarisonic at least 4 nights a week, a great moisturizer (I splurge for La Prairie).

 

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What is your dream destination?

My dream destination is Bora Bora. It just seems so glamorous and I have seen it in so many travel mags, reality shows, and travel pins, that I’d love to go one day.

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Dale is as sweet as she is stylish. She has family in Chico, and it's always wonderful to get together when she is in town.  Isn't that photo of her with her little one, Wilhelmina, beyond darling?

Dale is the founder of Savvy Sleepers and I am such a fan of the brand. I own them in several colors and always travel with them. I swear they make my hairstyle last an additional day or 2 per week. Dale introduced a brand new shade this month, Serenity Blue, Pantone's color of the year for 2016. I received this stylish package in the mail.  #prettypretty

 

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Follow Dale on her blog Savvy Spice, and if you don't already own a Savvy Sleeper, you should treat yourself. Savvy Sleepers make a lovely gift, by the way. I'm proud to collaborate with Dale and carry the line in my Style*Mind*Chic Boutique. Look for them to show again on my gift guide for Mother's Day.

Thanks for sharing your style inspiration with us, Dale.

xx,

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Style*Mind*Chic Boutique

(The Summer Splash Collection)

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Signature Style: The Little Black Dress [LBD]

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Signature Style: The Little Black Dress [LBD]

There is nothing you can put on that is more effortless than a little black dress, at least in my book. Black adds instant sophistication, instant glamour, instant style as well as the instant slimming effect.

What's not to love?

I have a collection of LBDs ranging from this dressy chiffon number I wore to my mother's wedding, to simple black structured dresses for work to beach casual maxis that are effortless poolside or around the house.

 

If I were allowed only one item for my wardrobe on a deserted "fashion island" it would the classic little black dress. The beauty of the LBD is that you can dress it up or dress it down to suit your mood. The LBD never, ever goes out of style.

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When concentrating on building a signature style, my advice is to consider your LBD options first.

 

Signature Style checklist:

Can you dress it up AND dress it down?

Is it comfortable and well-fitting?

Is it easy to travel with and launder?

Are the lines timeless rather than trendy?

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I frequently travel in black and I often choose a black maxi or midi skirt for comfort. Personally, I would lengthen the top on these looks just a smidge these days, but the skirts are perfect for travel.

 

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Despite spills or spots of a long travel day or two black never tells.

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Check out the LBD Collection at StyleMindChic Boutique.

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Are you a big fan of the little black dress like I am?

What are your favorite ways to wear this signature style?

xx,

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Color Story: Black & White

Color Story: Black & White

This image has been a long time favorite of mine from Pinterest. Could I just be her for a day? Today would be perfect! ;)

Bold, sophisticated and always in style... The color story is black & white and it's a homerun for making a statement. Black & white plays equally well with fashion and home decor. Think a crisp white shirt, supple leather black boots and a striped scarf. Perfection.

 

This image has been a long time favorite of mine from Pinterest. Could I just be her for a day? Today would be perfect! ;)

Let us never forget the power of the vertical stripe in black & white. #longandlean

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Fresh, modern and sophisticated.

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I was recently contacted by the stylish brand, Victoria Emerson, and offered my choice of bracelets. I was in the mood for something chic, a bit sophisticated, and I eventually settled on this lovely pearl number with black trim.

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Victoria Emerson Bracelet/Ralph Lauren Coat/Banana Republic Clutch

The bracelet arrived in a muslin/logo embossed bag with signature details.  It is from the wrap bracelet collection by Victoria Emerson. This bracelet is so versatile and can be dressed up for big night on the town or dressed down with dark denim, a sweater and flat boots. This has become my go to bracelet for both day and night.

Use this code for 20% off your order: stylemindchic20.

On a personal note, I want to share my deep appreciation for the heartfelt comments and emails I've received on my previous post. Your kindness and care lifted our spirits around here and that was just the boost we needed. I'm forever grateful...Thank you. xx

Are you a fan of the bold and becoming black & white color story like I am?

What's your favorite way to use it?

The bracelet was a gift from Victoria Emerson. All opinions expressed are my own. What's not to love?

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The Fine Art of Making It Personal

 

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The Fine Art of Making it Personal

I've found that the best way to add a personal touch to gift giving is by personalizing it. Adding an initial, name or monogram is just the right detail to make your gift, or even your home, more personal and unique.

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These towels give a fun vibe to a bath.

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I've always loved this picnic blanket with our family name embroidered on it. This blanket has joined us for many a picnic over the years and often lives in the trunk of my car. Both the blanket and basket were gifts from my sister, Dorie. I've always appreciated her thoughtfulness and the symbolism of having our name personalized on the gift. Personalized stationery is another way to make a gift personal and practical. personalized-gifts

Last weekend we rediscovered our enjoyment of using our outdoor spa. We had forgotten just how relaxing, and healthy, that ritual can be. This was a shot from the spa between our heavy Northern California rain storms. We were celebrating the 4 year blog birthday of Stylemindchic Life with a little bubbly.

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This was a golden moment. I'm glad we got back to using the spa and it seems to be the most helpful thing for Scott's ongoing back pain from a herniated disc.  It also gave me an idea for Scott's Valentine's Day gift when I noticed his robe had become a little shabby.

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I decided a luxurious, ultra comfy spa robe would be perfect.  I liked the idea of making it even more personal by adding his monogram. I ordered the robe from Gifts For You Now. making-it-personal

When the robe arrived I was exceptionally pleased with the luxurious quality. The monogram looks great. I'm sure Scott will love it for those chilly nights heading out to the spa.

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Gifts for You Now has a number of stylish and personalized gifts just in time for Valentine's Day. I enjoyed checking out the entire collection and I think you will too. They are generously offering readers of Stylemindchic Life 20% off purchases until 2/29/16. Simply use code VDAY20AG at checkout.

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Are you a fan of personalized gifts like I am?

What is your favorite way to make it personal?

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This post is sponsored by Gifts For You Now.com. The monogrammed robe was a gift to me.

All opinions expressed are my own.

Images: Pinterest 

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For more fashion and winter inspiration:

here and here.

What's your 'go to' winter style?

Finally, did you see the Golden Globe Awards last night? The fashions were stunning, Amy and Tina were hilarious....but the swoon worthy moment (and you know this is coming) was our man, George Clooney here. His speech, his devotion to his wife, his charm...swoon!! #enoughsaid

 Happy Monday!!

xx,

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Rooftop Terrace Love

I love a rooftop terrace in the summer. Give me a captivating view, a sultry breeze, the glow of sunset, twinkling lights and I'm in my sweet spot.Throw in a pool and I could live there. There is something just plain sexy about the whole vibe.

Perfection in a rooftop terrace at the EME Catedral Hotel in Seville, Spain.

Rooftop lounging at Andaz Hollywood
Rooftop lounging at Andaz Hollywood

The rooftop terrace at Andaz Hollywood looks like one to put on the list of places to see.

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Over the years Scott and I have discovered a few favorite rooftop terraces. This one, at the 'B' Hotel in Barcelona, was a much needed respite in a busy travel schedule in 2006. We lounged like lizards for hours with a chilled bottle of rose' and enjoyed the city views.

Rooftop Hudson Hotel NYC
Rooftop Hudson Hotel NYC

The rooftop at the Hudson in New York City is another favorite. The sparkling city views from here are magical.

Rooftop pool at Water Club
Rooftop pool at Water Club

We fell in love with rooftop terraces at the San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel, San Juan Puerto Rico, and the tropical views.

Vintage Lisboa Hotel Terrace Lisbon
Vintage Lisboa Hotel Terrace Lisbon

I have such an affinity for these open air spaces that I seem to have planned our summer vacation with an itinerary filled with rooftop terraces. This image is of the Vintage Lisboa Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal, and our first destination. (I hope Scott reserved the full moon to go with it!)

View from terrace at Fontecruz Sevilla
View from terrace at Fontecruz Sevilla

The Fontecruz, in Seville, Spain, has a modern edge with an old world view. I always enjoy this contrast in styles.

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H10 Port Vell Barcelona rooftop terrace

This chic space is at the H10 Port Vell with beautiful marina views, in Barcelona, and will be the final stop on our trip to Portugal and Spain.

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It's not a rooftop but this is our terrace. Maybe it's why I'm so enamored by a rooftop terrace when we travel.  If you are traveling this summer, or planning a day trip to your nearest city, I recommend searching for a rooftop terrace. I think you'll enjoy the summertime vibe as much as I do.  See some of the best rooftop lounges in the world here.

My travel resource for reservations?

Trip Advisor

What are your plans for summer? Any trips in the works?

I would love to hear about it!

xx,

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Signature Style: Summer Fashion Edit

My Summer Essentials  

Summer has finally arrived and I'm focusing on my summer fashion essentials. Last weekend was all about organizing the closet for summer, playing my 4 D's to help me sort, and making a good size donation of items I no longer need. It feels good to clear out the clutter, doesn't it? This week I'm thinking about my wardrobe edits, and the pieces I need to add, to make my summer wardrobe flow.