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MK: ELLE UK | APRIL 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MARY KATE OLSEN ELLE UK APRIL 2012 COVER LONG HAIR EYES WHITE TOP
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"Don't Try and Look Younger, Just Look as Wonderful as You Can"


Yesterday I went to visit one of my favorite ladies on the Upper West Side. I was thrilled to see Lynn Dell as she has been traveling and taking some time off after breaking her knee. Lynn looked as glamorous as ever in her all black ensemble, accented beautifully with gold jewelry. Since breaking her knee she hasn't had as much time or energy to fix her hair back like she prefers. Lynn told me that people have been commenting that she looks so much younger with her hair down, but she says, "I don't want to look younger. I just want to look as wonderful as I can." This seems to be a common sentiment amongst the Advanced Style Ladies and a very important statement considering our culture's obsession with youth and trying to stay young. Check out the video above to hear what Lynn has to say about trying to look younger.

READER REQUEST: MKA IN BLACK + WHITE

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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

Catching Up With Ilona Royce Smithkin

It's been a busy few weeks for my friend 91 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin. From fashion week events to meetings with international press, Ilona is becoming quite a star. Here are some photos from some of her recent adventures.

ELIZABETH: VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

ELIZABETH OLSEN VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY 2012 LONG BLACK TIERED CHRISTIAN DIOR GOWN THE ROW TOP HANDLE BLACK BAG 1
ELIZABETH OLSEN VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY 2012 LONG BLACK TIERED CHRISTIAN DIOR GOWN THE ROW TOP HANDLE BLACK BAG 2
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Elizabeth is wearing a Christian Dior gown and a bag from The Row. Gorgeous!

Fifth Avenue Style


I came across this gorgeous woman walking down Fifth Avenue. She looked effortlessly chic in her trench coat and beautiful shades.What do you think of the pop of print in her bag?

ELIZABETH: FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS IN CALIFORNIA

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Elizabeth Olsen 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Pier Antionio Berardi dress flowers embellished beads white crop top sparkle glitter sequin white heels smile hair 1
Elizabeth Olsen 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Pier Antionio Berardi dress flowers embellished beads white crop top sparkle glitter sequin white heels smile hair 2
ph: Celebutopia

Elizabeth is wearing an Antionio Berardi dress.

Newness

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(new purple ends and shoes by Jeffrey Campbell)

I decided to be adventurous and dye the ends of my hair purple this week. I know the whole dipdye thing has been going on forever.... but I pretty much never ever ever change my hair so this was a big step! I also received these beyond amazing shoes this week courtesy of the boy :) I feel like Lady Gaga in them but that's totally fine.

I also just got back from an amazing weekend staying in a Mongolian yurt tent in the lake District..... for those of you who don't really know what it is go HERE. It was so dreamy and I'll post my photos when I'm back from Morocco. So I apologise about the lack of posts that there will be in the next week, but i can guarantee that as soon as i'm back, I'll be bombarding you with holiday photos. Lots of Love, Penny xo

RANDOM: MKA

Saturday, February 25, 2012

MKA MARY KATE ASHLEY OLSEN TENNIS WATCHING SUNGLASSES SWEATERS KNITNS VELVET RED POUCH CLUTCH BAG STUDDED WAVY BOB SHORT HAIRCUT

ASTRAEA giveaway winner



ASTRAEA giveaway from penelope armstrong on Vimeo.


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(crappy video on my macbook, sorry guys!)
Congrats to Eve for winning the ASTRAEA giveaway! I will be in touch today and your ring will be sent in the post to you. Hope you all like the video.... I kind of freaked out and started rambling and felt very nervous as well as realising that my voice is way more nasal than it sounds in my head- annoying. I'm flying to Morocco on Monday so if anyone has any cool places to go, or advice then please please please let me know :) I'm so excited I could squeal! Lots of Love and hope you all have a lovely weekend. xo ..... ALSO, I dipped dyed my ends lilac. you cant really tell on the crappy video so I'll repost a good photo.

LOOK OF THE DAY: MARY-KATE

Friday, February 24, 2012

MARY KATE OLSEN LOOK OF THE DAY BLACK LACE LAYERS SKIRT TIERED VELVET POUCH BAG STUDS CLUTCH ANKLE STRAP GREY BASIC TOP CURLY HAIR EYELINER LIPSTICK BANGLES BRACELETS NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD HEELS

Central Park Red


It is always refreshing to see someone in anything other than the all black ensembles preferred by many New Yorkers. This woman looked stunning near Central Park in her beautiful red blazer and coordinated scarf.

READER REQUEST: ASHLEY

Thursday, February 23, 2012

ASHLEY OLSEN SHORT BOB WAVY HAIR COFFEE RUN CALIFORNIA SWEATPANTS BLACK SANDALS BELLY BUTTON STOMACH CROPPED SHIRT SMILE  SUNGLASSES PLAID BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

Good Style Depends on Good Presentation. Not on How Much Money You Spend

Presentation is everything to the Advanced Style ladies. Mary looks great even on the way home from grocery shopping near union square. 100 year old Ruth dresses everyday, even to  check the mail. She says, "You never know who you will run into along the way." I can't stress enough that style is not about how much money you have, but how you put yourself together. These women may look like they spend a lot of money on clothes, but most of them recycle what is in their wardrobes or shop at vintage and thrift stores. The key to their style is presentation.

OLSEN STYLE ID: ASHLEY'S BALENCIAGA TRAINERS

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ASHLEY OLSEN STYLE ID BALENCIAGA BRIGHT MULTI COLOR BALENCIAGA TRAINERS SNEAKERS
ph: vestiaire collective via thefashionspot | bfanyc

CLOSE UP: MKA FRONT ROW

MKA MARY KATE ASHLEY OLSEN CLOSE UP CHANEL FRONT ROW HEAD WRAP SCARF SUNGLASSES CHANEL TWO TONE HALF GREY GRAY SWEATER CROC BLACK CLUTCH LEATHER PANTS RINGS PYTHON SNAKE

ASHLEY: HAIR EVOLUTION | ALLURE MAGAZINE

ALLURE ASHLEY OLSEN HAIR DRESSER HAIRCUT INSPIRATION STYLIST MARK TOWNSEND ASYMMETRICAL BOB BANGS
Allure

Forever Green


I spotted this lovely lady by the Met and loved how she coordinated her green coat, gloves and the band on her hat. The Advanced Style ladies are masters of coordination. What are your favorite colors to mix and match?

MKA: OUT IN NEW YORK CITY

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Advanced Style Ladies Take Over Lincoln Center for Fashion Week

During this season's fashion week some of the Advanced Style ladies and I braved the cold and rainy weather to film a TV spot for a Canadian fashion program. They were all such great sports, putting on their finest warm weather clothes for an hour's worth of outdoor interviews and shots. When I asked the group if they were okay they announced, " Of course we are, we're New Yorkers." They weren't going to allow a little bad weather spoil their fun. During our filming journalists and bloggers crowded around to get a glimpse of these glamorous ladies. We had a great afternoon and I can't wait to see the finished product.

ELIZABETH: MULBERRY | FW 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

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ELIZABETH LIZZIE OLSEN MULBERRY FW 2012 RUNWAY SHOW LONDON WHITE TIE SCARF TOP BLACK PANTS BLACK LEATHER BOOTS CROSSBODY BAG RINGS HAIR SMILE 2
ph: Mulberry Blog

Elegance at Eighty

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jacquie looks incredible not even considering her age, but at 81 she's even more of an inspiration for us all to continue to dress up and feel great. She designed this gorgeous striped dress out of material she found at a fabric store. I love getting together with her and hearing about all of her adventures, dancing at The Apollo Theater, and listening to her plans for the future.Over the past 80 years Jacquie Tajah Murdock has never stopped dancing and never stopped dressing.

MKA: STYLEMINT | FEBRUARY T MOMENT VIDEO

MKA MARY KATE ASHLEY STYLEMINT FEBRUARY T MOMENT VIDEO VALENTINES DAY WAVY LONG HAIR HEART BAG RED WHITE STRIPS KNIT SWEATER RED PANTS DENIM SMILE 1
MKA MARY KATE ASHLEY STYLEMINT FEBRUARY T MOMENT VIDEO VALENTINES DAY WAVY LONG HAIR HEART BAG RED WHITE STRIPS KNIT SWEATER RED PANTS DENIM SMILE 2

ASTRAEA GIVE AWAY

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Ok, so as some of you may or may not know, I'm curently in the process of setting up my own online store selling my jewellery designs...... it's taking a little longer than expected so because of this, I thought I'd celebrate with you guys by holding my first ever giveaway (yay for you!) Basically follow the very simple instructions and you could be the proud owner of the ASTRAEA white feather ring. Below is what you have to do.

1. Like the ASTRAEA jewellery page HERE

2. Follow me on Twitter HERE

3. Follow me on google friends at the bottom of my blog page.

4. Leave your name and email address.

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY AT 6PM UK TIME

The winner will be picked at random... Good luck everyone!

xo

CLOSE UP: MARY-KATE

Saturday, February 18, 2012

MARY KATE OLSEN SEQUIN EMBELLISHED GREEN BLUE SQure checkered top emerald gold ring PENDANT CHAIN NECKLACES SILVER SNAKE PYTHON RING BLACK OVERCOAT RAY BAN AVIATOR THE ROW

Afternoon Tea

Friday, February 17, 2012

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..... My addiction to nail art is still in full swing, so I opted for neon leopard print.


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(t-shirt thrifted, gold chain top ASOS, hat h&m, orange crystal ring by me, Zoe boots, Sam Edelman)

On Thursday I decided to book a day off work and treat me and my bff Hannah to a spot of afternoon tea (because we're totally civilised and ladies of leisure) you can see a photo of what we ate HERE . So this is what I wore for my champagne fuelled afternoon. The orange crystal ring is fro a personal collection of jewellery that i'm designing that will soon be for sale. This will be launched when I return from my travels to MOROCCO...... which I'm so excited about, it makes me feel a bit sick! Anyways, have a good weekend lovelies. xo

MKA: ARRIVING AT J. MENDEL FW 2012

ASHLEY OLSEN J MENDEL FASHION WEEK FW 2012 CROPPED SKINNY BLACK PANT SUIT SUNGLASSES THE ROW SMALL TOP HANDLE BAG KITTEN POINTY TOE HEELS
MARY KATE OLSEN J MENDEL FASHION WEEK FW 2012 LOAFERS BLACK SUIT LOOSE BAGGY STRIPE SHIRT CELINE SUNGLASSES THE ROW CROC BACKPACK

80 Year Old Rita Has Over 70 Pairs of Outrageous Glasses

Ballard lady

I met 81 year old Rita on a trip to Seattle over the weekend. She walked into the Great Harvest Bakery in Ballard wearing the most interesting pair of alien-eyed sunglasses. I was very intrigued and need to know more about her. I waited until she was finished purchasing her loaves and then asked if I could take her photo for my style blog, based in New York City. She was delighted and told me, "I have over 70 pairs of glasses and I wear a different pair everyday. Meet me here tomorrow and I will bring a whole bag full." I knew that I couldn't miss out on this opportunity!

The next day I met Rita outside the bakery wearing an even more spectacular pair of multicolored sunglasses. She showed me a grocery bag full of glasses that I could choose to photograph her in. We had a great time talking and taking photos and she told me the story of why she wears such outrageous glasses.

Rita says that her tastes are usually pretty simple. She had lost her small vintage sunglasses somewhere in the neighborhood, so her friend Marty accompanied her to a local mall to buy another pair. Marty picked out a big, fun, over-sized pair of sunglasses for Rita to wear and she picked out a smaller, more simple pair. Rita decided to purchase them both and wore the big pair to a recovery meeting sometime that week. Everyone in the group went wild for Rita's big shades. People started sending her huge, outrageous pairs of sunglasses from all over the world, resulting in her collection of over 70 pairs. Rita told me that although she wouldn't normally dress outrageously, she feels that the sunglasses make me people happy. When I asked her how she felt about them she replied, " They aren't really my style, but now I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by not wearing the pair they bought for me. Now I feel lost without them. They have become my trademark."

I loved meeting this wonderfully eccentric and charming woman and hope you enjoy her story and of course her amazing collecting of glasses.

Pamela Love Lovin







( Pamela Love AW 12 photos via THESTYLESKETCHBOOK )
Ok so I pretty much want Pamela Love's babies. The woman is insane. Those arm cuffs are pretty much the best thing Ive seen in my life. Im absolutely certain that one day I will own one of her beautifully crafted designs.... and that will be the best day ever. Hope you enjoy perving on this as much as I have. xo