What’s In Her Bag: Kelly

As a member of the social media marketing company, one of my favorite blog posts to participate in is a feature called “What’s in Her Bag?” It’s a sneak peek into the essentials we carry around on a daily basis. I am a firm believer that sorting through the contents of a woman’s purse is like conducting a little psychological assessment, of sorts. While it is no Rorschach test, spilling the innards reveals a boatload of info without saying a word. Here’s a look inside mine:

Kelly Hockenberry - What's In Her Bag | Social Stylate

THE BAG – I am a sucker for a large tote. This caramel leather beauty (complete with two-toned tassel) is from Arden + James. I love the texture of the braid prominently displayed down the front. It is roomy enough to hold my everyday items, plus functions as a workhorse for my school books and files. If I had a dime for every compliment I have received on this bag, I would be a very wealthy woman.

THE POUCH – My Pamela Barsky pouch states “I am fueled by a strong desire and way too much caffeine”…which, is exactly true. This little bag contains my pens and pencils, a bottle of Advil, dental floss, and gum. Everytime I dig into my purse, the saying makes me smile.

THE SUNNIES: I love sunglasses. They are a year-round staple and, therefore, are an accessory worthy of a little extra expense, in my opinion. This particular pair is from designer Karen Walker and are available at Nordstrom.

THE MAKEUP – No “Kelly” handbag would be complete without a few (hundred) lipsticks tucked inside. Lately, I can’t get enough of the Bare Minerals Gen Nude collection available at Houppette. My current favorites consist of a lipstick called “Mantra” and a matte gloss called “Friendship”. 101 W. State Street, Kennett Square.

THE PHONE – I am addicted to my cell phone, so, I never leave home without it. I found the cute, leopard spotted, Kate Spade case at TJMaxx and had to have it. Animal print anything is right up my alley.

THE CALENDAR – As much as I love my phone, I refuse to use it as a calendar. I prefer to write down my appointments in order to see them in black and white. Well, in pencil…I mean, heaven forbid I use a pen and then plans change and then my calendar looks sloppy. See what I mean about the assessment thing? Ummm, yeah, slightly neurotic over here. I bought this one at Marshall’s because it was lightweight and had space to jot down notes.


A Trip To {Fashion} Market

Visiting NYC Fashion Trade Shows - Social Stylate

Although the threat of significant snow is in the forecast, we are still basking in the glow of accompanying our client, No.109 Boutique, on their spring/summer 2016 buying trip in NYC last week. Walking around the two shows, (ENK International and Accessories The Show), provided an overwhelming amount of inspiration for warm weather fashions.

While shop owner, Heather, re-visited tried and true brands popular in her store, the event was also a great opportunity to search for new, unique designers to bring into the mix. Staying disciplined and on-task was not an easy feat with so many options available at every turn! The massive selection drove home the importance of staying true to the overall feeling of the store. While it is crucial to stay current in terms of trends, it is equally critical to keep the quality and aesthetic consistent. Heather is a true professional and it was inspiring to watch her navigate through the shows.

Visiting NYC Fashion Trade Shows - Social Stylate

The colors and textures for spring felt light, bright, and fun. We were swooning over the metallic band on these great tote handbags and clutches.

Visiting NYC Fashion Trade Shows - Social Stylate

Picking out jewelry was like being a kid in a candy store! Why stop at just one when layering several at a time is so much better? These VSA Design necklaces were a huge holiday hit at No.109 and, after seeing what the spring line offers, it will be a sell out again, for sure.

Visiting NYC Fashion Trade Shows - Social Stylate

Of course, after a long, productive day, we relaxed over a delicious dinner at The Smith restaurant in midtown Manhattan. The show was a three-day long event that resulted in a successful spring buying trip that customers are sure to love!




Bon anniversaire No. 109 Shop


Bon anniversarie to No 109 Shop in Kennett Square! Cheers to Heather Robitzer on an amazing first year and many more to come! We want one of everything.

Winter Wardrobe With the holiday madness behind us and the frigid weather ahead of us, we felt it was time for a “pick me up” shopping spree at No.109 Shop in Kennett Square. Whether you are searching for a great pair of jeans or a sparkly cocktail dress, this charming boutique is the answer.

The four of us had a divide and conquer approach as we entered the store. We were on a mission to select an outfit we felt was lacking from our current, winter wardrobe. Once we found what we were looking for, we compared notes.

While we all have a little black dress hanging in our closet, Sydney was drawn to this navy version. Perfect with heels for dress up or tights and a blazer for a more casual look, we couldn’t resist this beauty.

Carroll is headed to Costa Rica this month and selected a gorgeous, olive jumpsuit ideal for travel. The fluid fabric was so figure flattering and the fact that it was pants and not a dress had her name all over it.

Lauren was searching for pieces to elevate her casual, workday attire. A button down denim top with black skinny pants and a plaid blanket scarf fit the bill. Adding a clutch with a pop of color helped pull the ensemble together.

Kelly was obsessed with a fur jacket to wear all winter long. Paired with white, flared denim, the look had an unexpected twist that would stand out in a crowd.

What pieces do you feel you are missing in your wardrobe this season? Be sure to stop by No.109 Shop today or check out their Facebook page and Instagram for all the latest arrivals!


Get Fit & Make a Difference

Get Fit & Make a Difference

With the heat and humidity of the summer behind us, now is the perfect time to exercise outdoors. For many, setting a fitness goal is the extra bit of motivation necessary to make working out a daily habit. If you have always wanted to try running, we found an incredibly easy, step-by-step format by Olympic athlete (and running coach) Jeff Galloway to get you up and ready for a 5K in only one month! The key is his Run Walk Run method designed to ease the beginner into a safe, conditioning program. Galloway includes rest days and strength training exercises to ensure a comprehensive approach. Each week, the schedule intensifies until you are ready for race day! Find everything you need to get started here.

Now that you are a lean, mean, running machine, you need to put your new skills to the test. Why not find a race that can make a difference? There are hundreds to choose from, but we happen to have a special affinity for the Mental Health Association’s Annual E-Racing the Blues run. Show your support for the thousands of Delaware residents who are struggling with depression and anxiety by participating in this important event. ​The race takes place on Sunday, October ​25th at 8:30am at the Riverfront Wilmington and includes a 5K run, a 10K run, a 5K competitive walk and a 5K recreational walk. Please consider participating and/or donating. Your financial contribution helps fund MHA’s suicide prevention training, education and advocacy throughout the state, as well as, provide support groups for those with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Click here to help.