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How to Bring the Glam to Philly’s Hottest Pizza Place

December 18, 2018

How to Bring the Glam to Philly’s Hottest Pizza Place

Metallics, sequins, beading, and jewel tones all helped us bring the glam to Philly’s hottest pizza place, Porta. Just like our shoot at Louie Louie, my approach for this shoot was to highlight the theme and decor of the restaurant through my clothing selections. The decor in Porta has a fun element of contrast. Its original architecture was preserved. The walls are accessorized with beautiful, decorative molding. But don’t get me wrong, Porta is anything but stuffy. In addition to the old world details, you will find graffiti throughout the restaurant as well. All of that being said, Porta is classy, it’s badass, and that’s exactly how I wanted to style this shoot.

Just like the shoot at Louie Louie, I featured clothes and accessories for Philly (or near Philly) boutiques! The clothing was pulled from DFTI and Six. Accessories were a combination from Six, and also from my own personal collection. My girl, Jessica Terkowski of Jessica Lynn Photography was our photographer for this shoot (she also photographed the Louie Louie shoot. All of these magical images are hers.

So, how does one wear show stopping, sparkly, glam, dresses and jumpsuits to a cool restaurant? Let me show you.

For Brooke’s first look, we let the sequin mini dress be the main focus of her outfit. Her jewelry and accessories were minimal but complemented the dress. That pink metallic clutch worked so well with her makeup. Just like her accessories, her makeup complemented (rather than competed) with the dress. This look allows you to wear a really fun, memorable dress, without feeling like you’re overdressed.

sequin dress, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Dress: DFTI  Clutch: Six Booties: Similar                       Hair: Sophia Khan Makeup: Sarah Palandro and Kaylan Wetzel Model: Brooke Gwinner

Both Brooke and Kristen are wearing booties with their dresses. A pair of heels would have worked just fine with both dresses, but because we wanted a touch of edgy with our glam, I opted for booties.

sequin dress, beaded dress, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Dress: DFTI  Hair: Sophia Khan                              Makeup: Sarah Palandro and Kaylan Wetzel Models: Brooke Gwinner and Kristen Smith

As soon as Kristen put on this dress, we were all getting major JLo vibes. It was amazing. (So, if Kristen is like JLo, that means that I am like Rob Zangardi, and thus my life is complete.) Check out this pic below for more details on that dress. 

beaded dress, holiday dress, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Dress: DFTI  Booties: Similar Bag: Similar                    Hair: Sophia Khan Makeup: Kaylan Wetzel Model: Kristen Smith

Maybe when you’re going out, you’re not feeling like putting on a dress. A jumpsuit like the one Kimberly has on is the perfect way to look elevated, while still remaining super comfortable.

metallic jumpsuit, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Jumpsuit and clut: Six  Shoes: Similar                            Hair: Sophia Khan Makeup: Kaylan Wetzel Model: Kimberly Maxson

One of the many benefits to wearing a jumpsuit: you can pose like Kimberly, and look SO FIERCE!

metallic jumpsuit, bar, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Jumpsuit and clutch: Six  Shoes: Similar                     Hair: Sophia Khan Makeup: Kaylan Wetzel Model: Kimberly Maxson

Also, that bar is their upstairs bar, not to be confused with one of their downstairs bars.

copper dress, high low dress, bar, porta philly

copper dress, green beaded dress, holiday dresses, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Dress: DFTI  Hair: Sophia Khan                                  Makeup: Sarah Palandro and Kaylan Wetzel Models: Brooke Gwinner and Kristen Smith

I’m not sure which I love more – the train on Kristen’s dress or the beading on Brooke’s. So Gorg.

knotted t-shirt, metallic t-shirt, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Top and Pants: Six  Shoes: Similar Hair: Sophia Khan Makeup: Kaylan Wetzel Model: Kimberly Maxson

If your crowd is a little more casual, but you still want to bring a touch of sparkle to your outing, this metallic t-shirt is your best option.

Pro Tip: Buy your t-shirt a size larger than what you would normally wear, so that you can have the option to knot the bottom. This is an easy way to create a “crop top” effect without showing more skin than you’re comfortable showing. 

knotted t-shirt, highwaisted black pants, bar, porta philly

Photographer: Jessica Lynn Photography Top and Pants: Six  Shoes: Similar Hair: Sophia Khan Makeup: Kaylan Wetzel Model: Kimberly Maxson

I get asked a lot about challenges I encounter during shoots. I have to admit, this one had a pretty big challenge for quite a few of us to overcome and power through. The biggest challenge for this shoot was to work the entire time, and not stop and just stuff our faces with pizza. Seriously though. Let’s go back real soon.

Thank you again to my fantastic team allowing me to make this shoot happen:

Jessica Lynn Photography

Sarah Elizabeth Face

Kaylan Wetzel

Sophia Khan

Brooke Gwinner

Kristen Smith

Kimberly Maxson

Porta

DFTI

Six

>>Do you want your hot, new Philly restaurant to be the location for

 our next Fashion + Food Shoot?

Email me at susanpadronstylist@gmail.com!<<

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  1. Love the subtle sparkles of the jumpsuit, and the beaded dress is so special! Oh gosh, if I were at the shoot, I would definitely have been the one sheepishly wolfing down pizza :3 // I went to a holiday party earlier this month and there was a glam outfit I saw that I was completely mesmerised by; it was a relaxed velvet suit in dark green <3 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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