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Top Ten Advanced Style Moments of 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 has been an amazing year for Advanced Style.I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to travel the world photographing and sharing the inspiring stories and wisdom of stylish older women.Thank you to all who have commented on, shared, and supported my work over the last year. Happy New Year from me and all of the Advanced Style ladies! I hope you enjoy my Top Ten Moments of 2o11 below and look forward to many more in 2012.
1.Finishing The Advanced Style Book out April,17, 2012 now available for preorder on Amazon HERE

2. Debuting the Advanced Style Documentary (Trailer) Short at the A Shaded View of Fashion Film Festival in Paris
3.Attending Pilates class with my 100-year-old friend Ruth4.Shooting an Advanced Style spread for me.style magazine


5. Randomly running into two ladies from England on a quest for Advanced Style inspiration
6.Spending more wonderful afternoons with Ilona Royce Smithkin, and learning how to make stylish accessories out of a discarded umbrella
7. The Advanced Style Fashion Week Party at The Ace Hotel
8.Hearing 20 of 99 year old Rose's Fashion and Style Tips:
1.Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigere fragrance.She tells her granddaughter "I'll give you anything in the world, but I won't give you my perfume."
2.Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don't have to cost a fortune.
3.Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when you are going out for a night on the town "Fashion comes before comfort" At 98, Rose goes out every single night!
4."Walking is a must, its better than doctors or medicine"
5.No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which she has been using for decades.
6."Inexspensive lipstick is as good as expensive, only better!" Rose has tried every brand from Chanel to Lauder and has recently been turned on to Revlon.
7.Be Unique: "If Everyone is wearing it, then its not for me"
8."Be smart enough to know what you don't know"
9.If you have trouble reading the dinner menu, Lorgnettes are a fashionable and elegant alternative to reading glasses.
10."Be Happy, enjoy what you have at every moment!"
11.Stay Organized "If you take a toothpick out,or a pair of pantyhose, or a hundred dollar bill,always put it back where you found it, because if you add up the the time you spent looking for it later, that's a waste of time."
12."Always tell the truth because if you don't you'll have to think of another lie."
13."Be More, appear Less."
14."Always take the phone off the hook when you're in the bath."
15."Make friends with the maitre de'"
16."Never loan, Never borrow."
17."Never keep anyone waiting. Always be 15 minutes early."
18."Never look back. always look forward."19."Don't be afraid to tell your age, that's silly. Be proud of your age."
20."Don't frequent a restaurant where they don't crumb the table."
9. Traveling to Helsinki and Milan to shoot for Advanced Style

10.Meeting Iris Apfel and shooting her for Vogue Japan

Holiday Cheer

Friday, December 30, 2011

Check out Alice Carey spreading some Holiday cheer throughout the West Village, in her festive vintage Christmas pin and earrings. For an extra reminder of why you don't always have to dress so lady-like watch the short video with Alice below:

The Healing Power of Style

Thursday, December 29, 2011

This stunning lady was walking down Park Ave when I asked if I could take her photograph.She smiled and told me that a few weeks ago her picture was taken on the street, for New York Magazine. When I was finished she thanked me and told me that I had made her day, but it was she who truly made mine.

I started Advanced Style to present a fresh perspective on aging.The ladies I photograph take pride in how they look and their style is a reflection of their vitality and spirit. One of my favorite ladies, Debra Rapoport, believes in the healing power of style. Dressing up gives her joy and in turn her colorful outfits inspire creativity and merriment in others. Debra lives by the mantra, "Look Good, Feel Good. Feel Good, Look Good." The fashion she and the other advanced style ladies display is merely a reflection of the care and thought they put into every aspect of their lives. The energy they expend towards dressing is manifested in their passion for living life to the fullest. 

The Healing power of style is a reciprocal process that can benefit each one of us. Let's all try a little harder to dress up, feel good, and appreciate beauty in others.

OLSENS ANONYMOUS FAVORITE: ASHLEY

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ASHLEY OLSEN LOOK OF THE DAY PARIS GIAMBATTISTA VALLI AFTER PARTY LACE MAXI DRESS LEATHER JACKET TOP KNOT BUN HAIR GOLD WATCH

To get the look, check out this Only Hearts Tank Dress + this Nixon Monopoly Watch.
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The Most Perfect Purple Winter Coat

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Advanced Style ladies are never afraid to wear a little bit of color. This woman looked absolutely striking walking down Madison Ave, in her stunning purple coat, and matching scarf.

CLOSE UP: MARY-KATE

MARY-KATE OLSEN PLAID SHIRT BUTTON UP SUNGLASSES studded belt rings heremes kelly bag

PORCUPINE

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(Jeffrey campbell spike Litas)

I got them I got them I got them!!!!! it took a long time on pre- order but these bad boys are finally mine! ....I think if I were a shoe, I would be this shoe, they are my soul mates and i love them with all my heart! What did you all get for Christmas? I also got a skateboard, so the boots don't really go with that gift, but I am determined to be kick flippin in no time.... comedy photos of me on a skateboard will follow next week. Anyway, Merry Christmas beauts... and now for New Year! xo


Advanced Holiday Style

Monday, December 26, 2011

I was on my way out of the Met for lunch, when I spotted this lovely woman across the street. She was perfectly dressed for the holiday season and happy to pose for a quick photo.

OLSENS ANONYMOUS FAVORITE: MKA

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Happy Holidays From Advanced Style

New York is full of holiday inspiration, from the decorated windows of 5th Avenue department stores, to all the festively dressed people around town. I stopped this woman walking down Madison Ave on Christmas Eve. I loved her joyful and fun holiday look, and it turns out we have a mutual friend, Maryann, a regular of Advanced Style. I am celebrating the holidays with my family in Cancun and will be posting all of last weeks holiday outfits over the next few days. I hope everyone I has had a wonderful season so far!

READER REQUEST: MARY-KATE

Friday, December 23, 2011

MARY-KATE OLSEN LEATHER QUILTED COAT JACKET GREEN SCARF ALEXANDER WANG ROCCO DUFFLE STUDDED  BALENCIAGA HARNESS BOOTS

Get the look with this Alexander Wang bag + these Sam Edelman booties.
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Rita's Style Influences(VIDEO)


A few days ago I got great feedback on a photo I took of Rita Hammer. You guys asked for more, so I made a small video of Rita talking about her style influences. I hope you enjoy and look forward to some great new shots of her next week!

Color Coordination

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mary has mastered the art of color coordination. Each outfit she puts on is a masterpiece full of wonderful accessories and beautiful,harmonious colors and textures. A while back I asked Mary her opinion on dressing age appropriate and she answered," I think that saying women can’t wear color at a certain age says step back and die. Most important is to develop a sense of objectivity. I go by an instant reaction--if it's negative that I don’t do it. Obviously you shouldn’t wear super short skirts. You don’t want to look like a crazy old lady.In short avoid those Baby Jane moments."

LOOK OF THE DAY: MKA

MKA MARY KATE ASHLEY OLSEN BLACK AND WHITE LOOKS GRAPHIC JEROME DREYFUSS LEATHER BAG SWIRL PRINTS FLOT OXFORDS TIGHTS SKIRT SUNGLASSES NEW YORK CITY ROUND RED SUNGLASSES

Christmas Cupcakes....

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I know what you're thinking....... damn she's good at baking! xo

GET THE LOOK: ASHLEY

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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1. Rory Beca Haldi Beaded Peacock Dress << the slip is detachable, so switch to a black one instead!
2. Gorjana Fairytale Small Earrings
3. Alexander Wang Quillon Compact
4. B-Low The Belt Maxi Belt
5. Giles & Brother Petal Lacquer & Gold Bangle
6. Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl Cluster Ring
7. Boutique 9 Amalia Espadrille Pumps

Menswear is Not Only For Men


Yesterday writer, Alice Carey, and I had lunch in the West Village at Cafe Cluny. We caught up on all of our upcoming projects and I asked Alice for advice on how to publicize my upcoming book. After lunch we took a walk down Perry Street and sat for a minute to talk about her love of menswear and why young women dress the way they do. One of the reasons that Alice loves men's clothing is that its comfortable and allows her to feel free and unique.She says, "I feel me, I'm not imitating anyone. This is the look." 91 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin expresses a similar view on style when shes says,"If you try to imitate too much, then you look like nothing. Never compare yourself, YOU are YOU."

Many of Advanced Style ladies lament the fact that so many people look and dress the same these days. Alice and Ilona no longer feel the need to conform to other people's ideas of what a women should wear. Their rule is that there are no rules. They dress to impress themselves and look at style as a means of personal expression. I have learned to become more myself through my interactions with these wonderful, confident women. I hope that they can inspire you as well! For more on Alice's style check the video above, and if you are interested you can find her childhood memoir HERE.

CLOSE UP: MARY-KATE

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MARY-KATE VALENTINO PERFUME LAUNCH YELLOW PATTERN DRESS SATIN YELLOW BELT RED HEAD HAIR GOLD SNAKE RING 2006

Glamour at Any Age

I have photographed singer, Rita Ellis Hammer several times now. As she has gotten older, she has felt more free to experiment with fashion and style.Rita is proof that you can be elegant and glamorous at any age!

ASHLEY: OUT IN NYC

Monday, December 19, 2011

ASHLEY OLSEN THE ROW BAG BROWN FUR AVIATOR SUNGLASSES FLAT ANKLE BOOTS BLACK SKINNY PANTS

ASHLEY: WHO WHAT WEAR | GUEST EDITOR

ASHLEY OLSEN GUEST EDITOR WHOWHATWEAR MUST HAVE ITEMS

Ashley shared some of her must-have items with WHOWHATWEAR! Check them out HERE!

In case you missed it, HERE are MK 's favorites from when she was WWW's guest editor in July.

Give Joy, Get Joy (Video)



People sometimes ask me if I have any friends my own age. I always find this a great opportunity to explain that I have friends of all ages, but I am especially privileged to have incredible older men and women in my life. Over the past three years I have become great friends with 91 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin. We get together at least once a week to enjoy wonderful conversations about life, love, and our creative ventures. I always love to share Ilona's wisdom. I hope you enjoy our latest small video above, where Ilona explains why we shouldn't worry about perfection.

ASHLEY: GETTING OUT OF HER CAR IN NYC

Sunday, December 18, 2011

ASHLEY OLSEN NYC NEW YORK CITY GETTING OUT OF CAR SCARF TE ROW BAG ZIPPER ANKLE BLACK JEANS SMOKING SUNGLASSES BLACK BOOTS 1
ASHLEY OLSEN NYC NEW YORK CITY GETTING OUT OF CAR SCARF TE ROW BAG ZIPPER ANKLE BLACK JEANS SMOKING SUNGLASSES BLACK BOOTS 2

New shoes

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(shoes Ebay, fur gilet by sweetheart, tie dye top Forever 21, watch Michael Kors, rings all by me)

I only recently started using Ebay, and I think I may have developed a mild addiction.. it is quite possibly, my most favourite thing ever. I Found these beaut shoes a few weeks ago and have pretty much been sat at the door waiting for them to arrive. They are majorly high (even for me) But I decided that it'd be worth a broken ankle and wore them out in today's icy conditions regardless.... luckily my ankles have not snapped off and are still very much attached to my legs. SCORE. I also got this tie dye top in a few colours in an online Forever21 binge last week as well as alot of other goodies that I'll be sharing with you very soon...In other news, you can still buy Astraea rings etc including the styles pictured HERE and you can still get them in time for Christmas (UK only) Hope you're all excited for Christmas! XO