10 Things We’re Loving in October

10 things we love in october

From fall fashion and beauty events to a night full of comedy, here are 10 things we’re loving in October:

  1. Pick your discount at Christina’s Unique Accessories and More this Saturday, October 1st from 10am-6pm. Treat yourself to new fall accessories and styles!
  2. Kick off the month with the annual Kennett Brewfest this Saturday, October 1st. It’s a fun day to spend outside trying craft beer and sporting your new favorite fall outfit. Need style inspiration? Click here!
  3. Wednesday, October 4th, Lauren heads to NYC for the Marc Fisher presentation featuring the Pre-Spring and Spring 2017 collection. We can’t wait to hear all about the chic new footwear!
  4. Later in the week on Friday, the ladies of Social Stylate attend an exclusive party at Kurtz Collection hosted by Veranda Magazine. We can’t wait for a fabulous evening filled with design and all things beautiful!
  5. Get ready for a full night of laughs at the first ever Funny Bone comedy show on Thursday, October 13th. The event takes place at the Baby Grand and showcases hilarious comedians from all over! Later in the month, the annual E-Racing the Blues takes place on Sunday, October 30th. Both events benefit the Mental Health Association of Delaware.
  6. Starting Monday, October 17th through Sunday, October 23rd, fine artists participate in Plein Air Brandywine to feature the beauty of the Brandywine Valley. The artwork will go on display for purchase starting Friday, October 21st at Winterthur. A portion of the proceeds from the art sale go to the Children’s Beach House.
  7. Fall might be our favorite season for denim so it’s perfect that Ellie Boutique is hosting a Denim Days event starting Monday, October 17th through Saturday, October 22th. Stay tuned for details to follow but we hear a rep from our new favorite brand, DL196, will be in Greenville on Oct. 22nd!
  8. Since October just started, it’s time to figure out what to wear for Halloween. Thank goodness that last week, The LV Guide, shared where to find fun and flirty costume ideas!
  9. Mark your calendars on Thursday, October 27th for Until Soon‘s Trunk Show at No. 109 Shop. You’re not going to want to miss checking out the new brand, especially because the designer came from Anthropologie!
  10. Put your freshest fall face forward with an exclusive Natura Bisse facial at Houppette in Kennett Square on October 13th.

36 Hours In Lewes

36 Hours In Lewes Beach Delaware - The LV Guide


Book at room at the Dogfish Inn. (Yes, it’s owned by the geniuses behind Dogfish Head beer.) It’s dog-friendly, cozy, in walking distance to all of the restaurants and shop and includes complimentary Dogfish coffee, which is my favorite! (Escape Brooklyn talks about the Inn here and that’s their gorgeous shot above!)


Cape Henlopen – Rent a bike or go for a walk through the gorgeous state park. You’ll see everything from turtles to deer while viewing beautiful dunes, the Atlantic Ocean and landmarks from World War II.

The Shops On Second Avenue – From Edie Bees for sweets to Blooming Boutique for accessories, make sure to pop into the quaint shops on Second Avenue.

Dogfish Brewery – Located in Milton, only 15 minutes away; you can take a tour of the brewery and sample some of your favorite brews.


King’s Ice Cream – Satisfy your sweet tooth with a creamy, cold treat. I recommend a scoop of Oh Cookie and a scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip WITH a cone in a dish. It’s less messy, but just as delicious.

Kindle – There are so many great restaurants in Lewes, but I think Kindle is my favorite. It’s cozy and charming, the perfect date night spot or place for dinner with the girls. If it’s crowded, grab a seat at the bar and eat your dinner there. My husband orders the BLT salad and the Steak Frites every time.

Half Full – This is cozy spot to sit and gab with your girlfriends over wine and amazing pizza. (I love the Spinach Salad and Pest Chicken pizzas. Yum!)


Agave – Sit back and relax as you sip one of Agave’s signature margaritas or, my personal favorite, a Paloma. Cheers!

Striper Bites – In the mood for a Blood Mary? This is the place to go!

Nectar – Start your morning with a fresh fruit smoothie (and a gluten free muffin!) My favorite is “Good Morning Sunshine.”



Olympic Moments That Change History with Michael Phelps

Over the course of the last thirty years there have been many athletes who have changed the course of Olympic history. Heroes who inspire and leave deep impressions of embodied memories for years to come. Blood, sweat and tears don’t even come close.

Rarely seen are the mental anguish and internal battles these athletes endure. How they overcome them is the journey that truly inspires. This week Olympic swimmer Alison Schmitt opened up about her fight with depression on the Today Show. Schmitt divulged how depression had paralyzed her and how seeking professional help and sharing her vulnerabilities with friends like Michael Phelps put her back on track for the Gold. Phelps often refers to Schmitt as a sister from another mother. They have trained together for over a decade.  It takes a village to raise a champion and Schmitt has taken a personal stance to help others with their plight.

Schmitt along with the rest of her team mates are “paying it forward” with VIP Survivor’s Olympian Leather Cuff. The entire Team USA swim team received the emblazoned “Olympian” gold cuffs and have been wearing them in Rio. When they return to the USA, they will autograph the back of each cuff and give it to someone they feel possesses Olympian traits. Commemorating this journey and inspiring greatness in others is the goal.

Olympic Cuff

VIP Olympic CuffVIP Survivor founder Leigh Ann Barnes and Dana Jo from Fulfillment Merch teamed up to design these custom Olympian bracelets. “Designing a special cuff for Team USA  was an awesome endeavor. We are so excited they’re wearing them and look forward to collaborating with Allison Schmitt on her own line of inspirational cuffs,” said Leigh Ann Barnes.  “Our VIP Survivor cuffs are pretty special because they’re handmade in the USA by some Very Important People, survivors of domestic violence.” VIP Survivor creates products using the leather remnants and gives women jobs here in the U.S., especially ones who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Partnering with domestic violence shelters across the country, VIP Survivor hires women residing in the shelters’ transitional housing and offers them an opportunity to earn money while in a safe haven environment. It’s a triple win –  a product that is creating new jobs here in America from a new employee pool by reclaiming exquisite leather remnants and scraps.



36 Hours in Santa Barbara

I love California. The end.

36 Hours In Santa Barbara - Social Stylate

It’s one of my favorite places to visit and here’s why – there’s so much to do! In one state you can go to the beach, the desert, wine country, Disneyland, Hollywood and national parks; you can visit film locations, go to drive-in movies, have an In & Out Burger, look for celebrities, drive the Pacific Coast Highway…the list goes on and on. This month I made my 7th trip to the west coast and visited the beautiful town of Santa Barbara. While my trip was 5 days I have put together the perfect 36 hour trip based on my favorite spots. Take a look…


Book at room at Hotel Milo. It’s right on Cabrillo Blvd, across from the marina, pier and beach. The hotel has 2 pools, free bikes, complimentary wine tastings and is in walking distance to a lot of wonderful restaurants and shops.


The Funk Zone – Santa Barbara has a great section of town with wine tasting rooms, breweries, restaurants, art galleries and shops, all within walking distance from one another. It’s the perfect afternoon activity!

Mesa Beach – Walk the 241 steps down to the gorgeous coastline. You’ll find friendly Californians walking with their dogs, sitting on the warm sand and enjoying a day at the beach. You can walk 2 miles in one direction and 1 mile in the other.

Mesa Steps, Santa Barbara - 36 Hours In Santa Barbara


San Ysidro Ranch – This stunning hotel in Montecito is where JFK and Jackie O. spent their honeymoon, where Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were married and where stars like Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Bing Crosby went to get away from it all. The ranch is located at the foot of the Santa Ynez Mountain range. It’s quiet and sophisticated with beautiful gardens, unbelievable villas and a restaurant to die for. Sit outside in the patio of The Stonehouse as you sip wine and indulge in something truly decadent like their short ribs, steak Diane or homemade mac and cheese.

San Ysidro Ranch - 36 Hours In Santa Barbara

The Lark – Some well-reviewed restaurants can end up disappointing you, but not this one. The Lark is a culinary gem. Make sure to order a few appetizers and entrees to share because everything is worth tasting.

The Boathouse – This beachside restaurant is the ideal spot to watch the sunset. The cocktails are delicious, the food is fresh and the location can’t be beat.

Santa Barbara Beach - 36 Hours In Santa Barbara


The French Press – The perfect spot for coffee and a croissant. Yum!

The Four Seasons Bella Vista – Sit on the patio, order a mimosa and take in the beautiful coastal view. P.S. Look out for dolphins!

Casa Blanca – Craving a margarita? This is the perfect spot.