• The senior appreciation project, ONE LOVE, brings senior citizens together to strengthen sense of community

    PHOTO BY BETTY SPRINGER Sunday, August 28, 2022; ONE LOVE, Senior Appreciation Project’s Enchanted Evening with Joy, A Place for Us, W. 117th and Madison Avenue: Joy is ready to provide an evening of entertainment. She brought joy to senior citizens attending the event singing a wide variety of songs and engaging those in attendance […]


  • Want to Recreate the Latest Runway Fashions for Less? Shop Thrift!

    Want to Recreate the Latest Runway Fashions for Less? Shop Thrift! by Silk Allen (Plain Press, September 2019)       Nothing excites me more than seeing the latest fashion trends hit the stores in September. The problem is, if you are anything like me and the new season’s fashions spark joy (Marie Kondo be damned lol) fall […]


  • How to dress for success without being a hot soggy mess: Summer Work Wear Edition

    How to Dress for Success without being a Hot Soggy Mess: Summer Work Wear Edition by Silk Allen FASHION (Plain Press, August 2019)            Getting dressed for work during the scorching hot, dog days of summer can be stressful, no matter your profession. The heat doesn’t care if you work from home, in an office […]


  • FASHION by Silk Allen Style Question: What is right and best to wear inside the hotel and inside the hotel suite? Respectfully, Mr. Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn

    FASHION by Silk Allen   Style Question: What is right and best to wear inside the hotel and inside the hotel suite? Respectfully, Mr. Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn   Hi Mr. Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn! (Plain Press, July 2019)    This is a great question and I am so happy to answer it because last month, […]


  • How to Pack a Stylish Vacation Wardrobe

    How to Pack a Stylish Vacation Wardrobe by Silk Allen (Plain Press, June 2019)   As I am writing this, the weather is pretty wonky, but vacation season is right around the corner and who wants to spend precious time worrying about what to pack? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve over packed a suitcase […]


  • Ten quick and easy style tips for guys

    Ten quick and easy style tips for guys by Silk Allen FASHION (Plain Press, May 2019)    When it comes to fashion and style, men always seem to get the short end of the stick. They are either ignored, expected not to care too much about their appearance or are called on to participate in […]


  • Five Spring Fashion Trends That You Actually Want to Wear

    Five Spring Fashion Trends That You Actually Want to Wear by Silk Allen (Plain Press, April 2019)    I smell the promise of spring in the air: the days are getting lighter, brighter and longer and there’s that collective look of hope that we give each other as we pass by strangers on sidewalks while […]


  • Five Spring Fashion Trends That You Actually Want to Wear

    by Silk Allen (Plain Press, March 2019)I smell the promise of spring in the air: the days are getting lighter, brighter and longer and there’s that collective look of hope that we give each other as we pass by strangers on sidewalks while crunching dirty snow under our salt stained boots hoping that this will […]


  • Three non-clothing wardrobe items that help elevate your personal style

    by Silk Allen (Plain Press, February 2019)          We often have enough clothes in our closets, it’s just knowing what to do with them that confuses people, and I’m here to help! I have three very important non-clothing fashion purchases that I am dying to tell you about because they will help elevate your personal […]


  • Holiday Party Style Guide: What to Wear Where

    by Silk Allen (December 2018, Plain Press)        The whole month of December is lit, from start to finish, and is filled with a whirlwind of celebrations leading up to New Year’s Eve. Our social calendars are full of holiday events like black tie fundraisers; office party shindigs; family and friend dinners; and good old-fashioned bar hoppings […]