After seeing the fashionable and summer chic way my sister was dressed, I asked her to snap some photos of her outfit, for this blog’s first-ever outfit post. I was so happy with the end result that I’ve decided to add a new Personal Style section to this blog.
She got the Betsy Johnson Peep Toe Wedge in Pink Muti (floral printed fabric), $89.99 at the Betsy Johnson boutique in Midtown Manhattan for 70% off – (They are also available for $59.99 at Dillards.com).
The floral printed top, was a steal…just $5 at H&M! The flower hair accessory was also from H&M, $3.
You can get a similar white tiered skirt at Target.com for $24.48: CALYPSO St. Barth for Target® Petites Tiered Maxi Skirt in Fresh White.
The watch was bought at the GUESS store in SoHo for $100 last September during Fashion Night Out. GUESS has a new White Hot collection; visit their website to see some of the styles available.
I absolutely adore this season’s latest trend fixation – leopard print. It’s become the new black, or neutral, that you can wear just about anything with. It’s hard to walk into any fashion store and not find pieces with solid black spots peppered against a golden hue, mimicking the look of a leopard’s coat. Leopard print does have a sexy allure to it, and you can unleash your inner wild side with small pieces, or adorn yourself with a full-printed jumpsuit. Here are some of my faves:
Traditional workouts are a thing of the past. Gone are the days when women attended fitness sessions reminiscent of their high school gym classes. Now, you can attend can attend sultry classes that will let you burn calories and break out a sweat while, in the words of Ludacris, “shaking your money-maker like somebody ’bout to pay ya.”
Perhaps the most popular sexy gym workout sweeping the nation is pole dancing. Yes, that’s right, the pole is not just for strip clubs anymore, as many fitness chains and private studios are springing up all over the place offering the saucy aerobic exercise which allows you to enhance posture; develop upper body and core strength, and improve flexibility. And, believe me you have to be flexible in a class that requires you to hold yourself upside down on a pole while spreading your legs in a V shape over your head. Many who take pole dancing classes believe that it improves their self-confidence and is a fun way to burn calories. It should be noted that there are many dangers of attempting pole dancing, so it is necessary to find a certified professional pole dance instructor to teach you how to “work” the pole safely.
Check classes out at: S Factor
Another new sensual fitness craze is exotic chair dancing. I recently tried a class at Crunch Gym called Hot Seat, and let me tell you, it really was a workout. After learning a high intense cardio routine with our very special prop, a chair, all of the women in the class were panting and sweating heavily. We also spent 10 minutes of the class using the chair to assist us in a very intense abs workout. By the end of the class I went home knowing a sexy chair routine, and feeling very liberated.
Check classes out at: Crunch Gym
Burlesque is another sexy fitness phenomenon. With props such as feather boas, fans, fishnets and high heels, flirty participants shimmy their way to better fitness. While dancing to upbeat music, participants heart rates are increased, and they are able to isolate and strengthen certain muscles while doing core work on the chairs.
Check classes out at: NY School of Burlesque
Lastly, women can channel their inner Shakira by taking bellydancing classes, and in the words of the Ying Yang Twins, “shake it like a salt shaker.” Benefits of the workout include strengthening and tightening abs and obliques, as well as toning arms. Since there is a lot of shaking and isolations, bellydancing is a great cardiovascular workout and helps increase energy and strength.
Check classes out at: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Yesterday I attended an event to preview the latest collection by jewelry designer Ippolita. Launched in 1999, her fine jewelry collection consists of beautiful handcrafted bangles, necklaces, rings, bracelets and more, all of which evoke the flair of her native Italy. There’s something for everyone in the Ippolita collection from simple, understated pieces, to glamorous jewelry that will make sure you stand out in a crowd.
You can find the Ippolita collection online, as well as in fine department stores and luxury retailers nationwide.
If you are a budding fashion designer or just want to pretend that you are, check out the Wet Seal Fashion Community 2011 Graphic Tees Outfit Contest, which will be running from 8/15-8/28. All you have to do is create an outfit using a virtual dressing room on the site, making sure to incorporate your favorite graphic tee. The highest rated outfit on the site wins! Here are the official rules (wetseal.com for full details):
- Visit http://www.wetseal.com (“Entry Site”)
- Login or join the Wet Seal Fashion Community by going to ‘The Runway,’ ‘My Boutique’ or ‘My Account’ pages.
- Go to ‘My Boutique’ and create your favorite outfit(s).
- “Outfit” must include at least four or more items and must contain at least one Graphic Tee http://www.wetseal.com/catalog/category.jsp?categoryId=215 ).
- Your outfit must contain the following tag: “Graphic Tees.”
- Post your outfit(s) to the Runway.
- Rate the outfits!
- **Outfits created beginning at 12:00:01 AM EDT on August 15, 2011 through 11:59:59 PM PDT on August 28, 2011 are eligible for the Contest.
- **Outfits that are not tagged or that are not tagged with the tag exactly as stated above will be disqualified.
There will be a total of three (3) Winners. Prizes are as follows:
- One (1) Wet Seal $500.00 Gift Card will be awarded to the highest rated outfit.
- One (1) Wet Seal $250.00 Gift Card will be awarded to the second highest rated outfit.
- One (1) Wet Seal $100.00 Gift Card will be awarded to the third highest rated outfit.
So I have to admit it, I have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Kardashian sisters new clothing line for Sears. Honestly, with the success of running their own clothing store, I was surprised that they would design a line to be featured in the stores of a major retailer, but I’m happy they did. The fashion line is exactly what I would except from the trio: figure-hugging clothes, sexy platforms, and glamorous jewelry. The line called, Kardashian Kollection, includes all of the above, in addition to sunglasses, belts, lingerie and handbags.
It was definitely no surprise that during the online 30% off 72-hour pre-sale, which launched August 8th, a majority of the items sold out quickly. Missed the pre-sale? The Kardashian Kollection is available for purchase at sears.com now, and if you use the special coupon code “Kardashian,” you can still take advantage of the 30% off deal.
The Kardashian Kollection will hit Sears stores nationwide on August 26th.
I’ve seen some interesting things done in the fashion world, and nothing has intrigued me more than fashion inspired by food.
Joy Campia is an artist who focuses on particularly crocheted sculpture and wearable art. None of the wearable art she creates is mass-produced, and due to the one-of-a-kind nature of each piece, they are quite pricy. The food dresses (the hamburger dress has sold) are in the $900 range, and smaller pieces are around $180.
The SouZouCreations’ Shop makes handmade jewelry, cell phone charms, pins, pendants..etc. The word SouZou means “creation through imagination” and this is certainly reflected in all of the company’s artistic designs. There is great attention to detail in each mouthwatering piece, and the prices are relatively cheap.
Fulvio Bonavia is a award-winning Italian photographer who started his career as a graphic designer and film-poster illustrator. In his book, A Matter of Taste, published in 2008, he features his fashion creations, which were made from edibles and natural objects.
So, lately as this blog continues to increase in popularity, I’ve been considering changing the name to something more easier to pronounce. I love the name Delialicious Picks, but I realize that it can be hard to spell, let alone pronounce. So, I’ve been considering shortening the name to Delia’s Picks. What do you think? Vote in the poll below and let me know!
****This Contest is Closed*****
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. I was completely overwhelmed with all the responses! Congratulations to Kimberly Fine Wright who was chosen as the winner.*
*The winner was chosen using random.org and additional entries were verified. Entries received after 11:59 on August 7th were not entered into the drawing. The winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim their prize, before another winner is chosen.
I’m very excited to announce this blog’s first-ever giveaway!
Show your hometown pride in a custom Maya Brenner signature State Necklace. Worn by some of Hollywood’s most elite stars including Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Mandy Moore, Eva Longoria, and Jessica Biel, to name a few, the lucky winner of the giveaway will be able to choose a necklace in the state of their choice.
Here are the rules to enter:
1. Leave us a comment here with your email and what hometown you represent (= 1 entry).
For Additional entries to increase your chance of winning:
Follow & RT @Delialicious & @MayaBDesigns for a chance to win a custom signature State Necklace #giveaway
You must tweet this, so that we know you entered the contest (= 2 entries).
3. “Like” Maya Brenner on Facebook & leave a comment letting us know you’ve done so (= 1 entry).
Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen at random on August 8th, 2011. All entries must be received by August 7th 11:59pm EST.
*Please do not post the same comment 2x. Some comments end up in the que if there are a lot of links associated with it, and I will do my best to approve them in a timely manner.
That’s it! Good luck everyone!