Brandywine Valley: Weekend Getaway

Spend the weekend in the Brandywine Valley

Just a few hours from Manhattan and close to Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is known for illustrator N. C. Wyeth and son Andrew, who drew inspiration from the rolling green hills. Spend the weekend strolling more than 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, museums, restaurants, wineries and local shops.

The 12 mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, may seem brief, but it takes a few days to truly enjoy. The continued allure is evident with the announcement of of the hugely successful Clover Market coming to Kennett Square {mushroom farming capital of the U.S.} on Sunday June 18th {Father’s Day}. Voted best market to shop by Philadelphia Magazine, the open-air market will feature dozens of food and beer vendors, plus local handmade goods and antiques {see complete list of vendors}. Clover Market has been pleasing shoppers in Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill and Collingswood for years with its spring and summer schedule of outdoor markets. The one-of-a-kind market will be located at 600 S. Broad Street.

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With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood Gardens is regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens of the region. The Main Fountain Gardens return May 27th after a two year renovation. Inspired by the great fountains of Europe, this 5-acre masterpiece was created by Pierre S. du Pont, in the early 20th century.

Visit the Brandywine River Museum often called the “Wyeth Museum” for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine.

Enjoy touring eight wineries that make up the Brandywine Wine Trail, including Penns Woods Winery, where owner Gino Razzi create wines made 100% with Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Extend your stay and enjoy Winterthur and Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware just 15 minutes down the road. Where to stay? The Inn at Montchanin Village was once home to the workers of the du Pont powder mills.

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Creativity abounds at WorKS in Kennett Square (432 S. Walnut Street), open Friday – Sunday the concept store offers 10 new artisans vendors, in addition to vintage finds. Founded by vintage maven Tara Dugan as a curated group of high-end purveyors of artisan, designer, and one-of-a-kind goods. “The creative offerings that Clover Market brings to Kennett Square fits perfectly within our efforts to create an attractive and eclectic retail pop-up experience alongside worKS and the Creamery.” said Tara Behan. For several years, Clover Market founder Janet Long and manager Pat Norton, had been looking at Kennett Square as a potential future destination.

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The Creamery pop-up beer garden is located at 401 Birch Street in Kennett Square and will be debuting their second season starting Memorial Day through October, 2017. Built in 1902 and re-imagined in 2016, The Creamery is a community gathering space and pop-up beer garden for the whole family in the heart of Kennett Square. A setting that’s rooted in Kennett Square history, The Creamery is committed to re-purposing and re-vitalizing a once-industrial space into a unique environment for the whole family. Nestled on historic Birch Street, The Creamery offers a variety of food options through rotating food trucks, craft beer, lawn games and live music, making it a destination for both Kennett Square residents and visitors alike. With a distinct focus on highlighting the many local talents of Kennett Square’s active art and music scene, the Creamery truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

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A few of our favorite shops include: houppette, No 109, Scout & Annie, Ashley Austin, Terrain at Styers, and Talula’s Table {owned by Aimee Olexy, one of the most recognized personalities in the Philadelphia dining scene}.

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photo: Little Nest Photo Glen Mills, PA

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Travel Essentials: Spring Break Bound

travel essentials- spring break bound

From beauty must-haves to functional fashion, these are the travel essentials you need for your most stylish spring break yet:

  1. Love Ibiza Hair Tie Bracelet {No. 109}: This bracelet is a fun and comfortable way to keep track of hair ties so you never have to be without one!
  2. Shiraleah Sunglasses Case {No. 109}: Protect your favorite pair of sunnies with a trendy case adorned with pom-pom’s. A cute way to add something special to your outfit!
  3. Quay Australia Sunglasses {Ellie Boutique}: Perfect oversized frames in edgy designs that won’t break the bank.
  4. Rock Flower Paper Layla Scarf {No. 109}: A must-have item to not only add a pop of color to your outfits but an essential accessory for flights and chilly nights by the beach.
  5. Kai Roll on Perfume {Houppette}: We can’t leave home without this intoxicating blend of essentials oils. Plus, it’s so easy to use and great for traveling.
  6. Savvy Travelers Antibacterial Wipes {No. 109}: Another item you can’t forget is this 3-in-1 wipe that refreshes and cleans your teeth, lips and mouth. No water necessary and comes in a cool spearmint flavor.
  7. Fresh Sugar Lip Tint {Houppette}: Don’t forget to pamper yourself throughout your trip. This lip treatment moisturizes, protects, and smoothes chapped lips.
  8. Tata Harper Rejuvenating Hand Cream {Houppette}: This is another beauty necessity to combat dry skin and help maintain the appearance of your fresh manicure!
  9. Debbie Katz Pai Bag {No. 109}: We couldn’t be more obsessed with the designs by Debbie Katz. Each bag is unique and uses vintage embroidered materials with handmade tassels to create an eye-catching, colorful style.
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The Social Scoop

The Social Scoop

Welcome to The Social Scoop, a series that shares what’s happening in the marketing world each week. Here’s the latest social media marketing news…

Instagram Update
The lastest update for Instagram is a game changer. You can now add up to 10 photos or videos in a single post!

Social Media Followers
Creating a large social media following takes time and effort, follow these simple steps to gain that massive following.

Twitter Trolls
Twitter has launched another measure to prevent abuse. The app will no longer notify users about replies to threads started by accounts they’ve blocked or muted.

Snapchat Marketing 
Not only is Snapchat a great entertainment source but it is a useful marketing tool. Check out these 3 ways to use the app for marketing purposes.

Just For Fun
Check out the top Spring 2017 fashion ad campaigns here. You don’t want to miss them!

 

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Fashion Sense: NYFW Recap

Stunning, brilliant and magical. Three words to describe New York Fashion Week 2017. Featured designers put blood, sweat and tears (maybe literally) into their productions and they could not have been more extravagent. From the launch of Gemy Maalouf’s collection to Vivienne Tam, Vivienne Hu, Leanne Marshall & Nicole Miller, we witnessed true talent first hand and learned of trends arriving in Fall 2017. We have to admit, we can NOT wait!

Vivienne Hu 
This collection captured more of the “Nonchalant Tomboy” trend vibing throughout fashion week. Our favorite looks include a clean, minimalist line and we sure can’t forget about the layers! Lots and lots of layers; pure brilliance.

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Nicole Miller
The designer channeled her inner NYC grunge for this collection and we loved it! Skulls, leather and chains were frequently seen on the runway with dark eye makeup and a bright red lip. Again, we can’t forget about those layering pieces!

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Vivienne Tam
While Nicole Miller channeled her inner NYC grunge, Vivienne went with a Hong Kong nightlife scene for her inspiration. The vibe of the show was everything, upbeat and fierce with a feministic touch. From bold patterns to bombers and sequence, the collection captured every bit of the urban culture. Check out those prints!

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Vivienne Tam

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Gemy Maalouf
This collection screams romance! Gemy mastered the evening gown aesthetic for her fashion week launch party. Structured tailored peices, lace detail and ruffles made up this perfectly elegant group. Did we mention it was at the Bowery Hotel?

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Leanne Marshall
Leanne Marshall gave her collection the feminist touch with monochromatic looks, varying necklines, soft silk and textured lace. The models sported neutral makeup, updos, red lips and a gorgeous statemenet earring.

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