Green Velvet

I absolutely love velvet every since I was a little girl. There is just something about the soft texture and the way the fabric catches the light that is so regal. This year velvet is very on trend and most style icons have been seen wearing some form of velvet, from shoes to chokers.

My look includes a simple green velvet spaghetti strap asymmetrical top from Charming Charlie and peacock jacquard clutch, paired with my Catherine Malandrino tuxedo blazer that I purchased last season and find of all finds, a pair of bell bottom velour pants. These pants are so fun and unique that I just had to purchase them. Sometimes, you may not have the occasion for an outfit or article of clothing, but if you really love then I suggest buying! I wore this entire look to dinner at Autograph Brasserie. Stay tuned this Thursday for my review!

Ashley

velour pants

clutch

Leather and Leopard

Attention all vegans, wait before you scream at me,  it is faux leather. Ok now that we have that settled, the combination of the patterns and textures make a unique and interesting look. I decided to pair this leopard lace up bodycon dress from New York & Company with a faux leather and gold clutch and two fashion jewelry bracelets with pearls both from Charming Charlie; a store of which I have a small addiction.

Ashley

Charming Charlie clutch

Ashley

Breakdown of my makeup look:

M.A.C. Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: Amberluxe on my eyes

M.A.C. False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

Laini Cosmetics Haute Right Now on cheeks and as highlighter

Laini Cosmetics The Brows Have It

M.A.C. Pro Longwear Lip Pencil In Control

Sisley Phytotwist Baby 

Laini Cosmetics makeup

This week is Thanksgiving and I want to wish you all a very wonderful and safe holiday! Please take a moment to Check out these places where you can donate and volunteer this year for those in need during the holidays.

Cool Winter Fashion

The color palette of my accessories in this shoot are not typical in my wardrobe. However, I was interested in incorporating a couple of Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2016 colors. As accents to my simple all black look, I paired cool tones including Airy Blue and Sharkskin. Some of the shades this season are on the vibrant side, but adding them sparsely with a neutral outfit is the perfect way to experiment with these bold shades.

The focal point of my look is the faux leather pencil skirt from Karen Millen. This skirt is incredibly versatile as you could wear out with heels and a fancy top or as I have more casually. My black sheer top may look simple, but the cuffs have a little detail. They are cut in a “v” shape around the wrists. Sparkly tights are not just for when you are five years old- or maybe I was feeling nostalgic. The silver thread in the tights worked well with the silver coiled bracelet from Charming Charlie. The weather was brisk, but sunny. I wore a reversible black and Sharkskin shawl. My flats with a silver zipper in faux patent leather, which are comfortable and chic. The entire look was completed with a satchel bag with silver lock in Airy Blue.

My makeup needed to also incorporate the cool tones of my look. I applied the silver and light cream eyeshadow over my entire lid and crease from the Haute Right Now palette by Laini Cosmetics. To my cheeks, I added the pink blush to my cheeks and the Sophia Loren lipstick in gorgeous pink nude from Dolce & Gabbana. My nail polish is called Charmer- a silvery blue from the organic brand, Scotch Naturals.

Zara flats

Ashley

Ashley

satchel

Ashley

Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

We are in the throes of November, which means more than just the Thanksgiving holiday. Movember is a significant movement that is designed to raise awareness of men’s health and funds to prevent a health crisis for men. Learn more about Movember and how you can get involved here. 
The Rittenhouse Spa & Club has an amazing holiday gift guide for the very special guy in your life. Ettore and Irina are recommending the ultimate shaving set from Truefitt & Hill, the top-of-the-line in terms of men’s shaving, a brand creating their products in England for more than two centuries! Their products make great gifts for any guy!
Shaving Cream ($30)
After Shave Balm ($48)
Brush and Razor Set ($298)
More information on that set can be found here: https://www.truefittandhill.com/products/edwardian-collection
All of these are available for purchase in the spa. Guests who purchase gift cards $300 and up between Black Friday and Cyber Monday will receive an additional gift card worth 20% of the value of the purchase. After Cyber Monday, through the end of December, they will receive a gift card worth 10% of any worth $300 or more.
Make sure to stop by The Rittenhouse Spa & Club to take advantage of these fabulous offers!

Holiday Gift Guide

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Even though Halloween just passed, I am already preparing for the holiday season! I find it so much easier to start gift shopping in advance instead of waiting until the last minute. I want to enjoy the season, not feel rushed or burdened. Today, I want to share with you a fabulous holiday gift guide curtesy of The Rittenhouse Spa & Club. The talented senior stylists and estheticians have compiled their favorite gifts for the holiday season sure to please even the most difficult person on your list!

Ettore Mastroddi:

1. The Cortex Professional four-in-one ceramic curling set ($176). This curling set is perfect for traveling and offers different sized wands (1/2, 1, 1.5 and 2 inch) to create gorgeous waves and curls.
2. Paul Labrecque gift set for the ultimate at-home blowout, especially great for fine hair.
Hair Tip: Combine Paul Labrecque root lifting spray, Volume Style ($22) and work his fade protection foam Color Style ($24) into the ends before drying, once dry finish with Paul Labrecque Volume Finish ($26) mist. – $72 total
Irina Kravchenko:
1. The Regenerating Collection from ESPA. This collection provides natural, core essentials for distressed skin with a huge added value. For $145, the set includes ESPA’s signature Nourishing Cleansing Balm (60g), Hydrating Floral SpaFresh (100ml), and the Regenerating Moisture Complex (55ml). Gift givers will save $82 purchasing this as a set instead of buying each item individually.
2. Irina also recommends the “Diamond White Holiday” set from Natura Bisse ($250). These luxurious products will allow guests to experience the same benefits from our signature Diamond White Facial treatment in the comfort of their own home. This gift includes our Diamond White Cleanser ($74), Diamond White Mist ($74) and their Diamond White Oil-Free Brilliant Protection ($102).
Click here for more info on the Diamond White line

Another amazing holiday gift guide is to treat the special person in your life to the pampering spa experience! The Rittenhouse Spa & Club offers numerous packages to treat the people on your holiday gift list.

Holiday Gift Experiences

Tier One: $150 (aka 14K Spa Experience)

30 minute Back, Neck & Shoulders Massage, manicure and pedicure

Tier Two: $300 (aka 18K Spa Experience)

Holiday Sweet Retreat: 30 minute Hydra Facial, 60 minute Rittenhouse Massage and manicure

Tier Three: $500 (aka 24K Spa Experience)

The Ultimate Gift of Relaxation: Quartet Massage, Diamond White Facial, Blow out and styling

Men’s Ultimate Spa Experience ($300)

Indulgent Shave, Haircut, 60 minute Rittenhouse Massage

Make sure to visit The Rittenhouse Spa & Club to shop for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

Sugarpeel is Nominated for Best Local Blogger!

I have some very exciting news, Sugarpeel is nominated again this year for Best Local Blogger! Sugarpeel is a great passion of mine. I have enjoyed creating fresh content for all of you to read and will continue to do so!

I am humbly asking that you take a moment of your time and vote for Sugarpeel. Every vote counts. Here is the link.

Thank you in advance for all of your support!