Visit Philly – Sckullkill River Trail

Always relaxing to enjoy the view along the Sckullkill river trail, close to the boathouse trail.

ebelandi_philly_schuykill_river_1 top (old)/jeans (old)

African Wax/Java-like prints at Anthropologie

Loving the new offerings at Anthropologie for Spring 2015. Lots of tribal, “safari” vibe.  My favorites are the prints which are similar to Java and Wax patterns…My favorites below.

anthro_spring15_3Stripe Jade Skirt

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anthro_spring15_2lourhina joggers

anthro_spring15_1 geo safari vest

October Challenge: Bridesmaid Look

Weddingtonway is hosting an October Style Challenge to honor Bridal Fashion Week (see Alexandra’s post here for details on the challenge).

I was invited to participate and now that I have had so much training the past few months preparing for my wedding 🙂 below, am presenting my selected look using the WTOO7521 bridesmaid dress (see all their dresses here).

Weddington Way Challenge – My best Bridesmaid look

If I was maid of honor to a wedding again, and was given the choice to pick a dress and the whole look, I would go for one dress paired with various accessories between ceremony and reception. To avoid too much of a bridal look, I would clear away from white bouquet.  The looks below could also be used for a bride in my opinion.

The look(s):


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The details:

Look 1 – Ceremony: dress, shoes, topper (love this one too but more “bride” than ‘maid”), flowers, earrings, sash, hair&makeup, bracelet, nails.  The budget would be about $1,000.  Note on the topper: I do not like the sash effect at the back so I would cut the extra material from the topper and instead turn it into a button with very small hole to close it out. And would use the sash on top instead to complete the look 🙂 Oh, if a bride is to choose this look, she may want to add this veil and use this sash instead 🙂 As far as hair, I like the simple low bun with a nice rouge on lips (for bride, maybe nude for ceremony and rouge for reception 😉 )

Look 2 – Reception: same as Look 1 minus the topper! If a bride were to pick same dress, then I would advise she changes the earrings to these and remove veil for this accessory instead and add this clutch😉

Actual Sissi’s Bridesmaid wedding looks

For my wedding, my matron of honor wore the “Award Winner Gown” by Badgley Mischka (obtained via Rent the Runway).  My bridesmaids used the Alfred Sung D530 dress in Daffodil peau de soie (also available at WeddingtonWay here) with silver/diamond earrings and bracelet from Laila Rowe. My singing maids wore Dutch wax outfits.


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If you want details on my wedding dress, visit my review post here. I will be reviewing my wedding shoes next week 🙂 Stay tuned!

What do you think of my picks? Please critique!

Fashion News: Alexander Wang for H&M

There was a big event in NYC to launch and tease the soon to be released Alexander Wang for H&M Collection.


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The collection will be available in stores starting November 6th 2014.  It is a little too ‘sporty’ for me (as in too sweatpant like) and very similar to the Clara D for DKNY collection…but I like the leather-like backpack on the male models.


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Philly Style: Century 21, Norstrom Rack, Forever 21 and Maybe NM Last Call?

For the past week, I have stared at the screen on the elevator leading to my office desk with its countdown for the opening of a Nordstrom Rack store on the block of 17th and Chestnut on Friday 24th October 2014 at 9.00AM (oh please). Great fanfare as this article can testify. Well, today, we got even bigger news…Century 21, NYC’s best kept secret (so they say), is planning to open its first out of town (outside of NY that is) store here in Philly on Thursday 23rd October 2014 (no time? How outrageous! 😛 ) Interesting coincidence, or not, we shall see.  Either way, my pockets are still recovering so I shall try not to get too close.  The original article from where the author is serenading us into shopping and shopping well to keep the great items coming 🙂 if only she could keep my pockets full as well.


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In other news, and budget friendly announcements for some, rumor has it that Forever 21 is also about to take on the Center City fever…along with Neiman Marcus Last Call…Not sure what is attracting all these popular stores into Center City but we shall find out soon enough.  Are you excited? Please share!