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Saturday, March 31, 2012

MKA MARY KATE ASHLEY OLSEN ELIZABETH AND JAMES SELFRIDGES EVENT PRINT TOP LEATHER THIGH HIGHS SHEER BUSTIER BRA LINGERIE BLACK JACKETS

SUNflower Power

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket ... Decided to tone down the colour on this one so ou guys can focus on the ASHISH vibes playsuit.... Photobucket (hat vintage, sunglasses H&M, belt Warehouse, playsuit primark, backpack Morocco)

I saw this playsuit in Primark last week for an amazing price of just five English pounds. I snapped it up and wore it in the sun that same day.... Sadly the sun seems to have left England now and we're being threatened with forecasts of SNOW..... The joys of an English Spring. I loved the print of the playsuit and couldn't help but notice the resemblance to the ASHISH sunflower print (Im guessing they're not selling their dresses for a fiver?) just to thrown a bit more colour into the mix I teamed it with a Navy wool hat I bought from a carboot sale and my Red Aztec backpack that we found in Morocco. hope you guys like it and aren't too blinded by the brightness. Hope you're all having a beautiful weekend wherever you are, my new jewellery website will be going live tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled for a link and a giveaway next week  xo



CLOSE UP: MARY-KATE

Friday, March 30, 2012

MK MARY KATE OLSEN LEATHER JACKET MULTICOLOR SPARKLE PASTEL SCARF SHORT HAIR WAVY BLACK NAIL POLISH RINGS

OLSEN STYLE ID: ELIZABETH'S CHLOÉ 'ANGIE' BAG

OLSEN STYLE ID BAG ELIZABETH LIZZIE OLSEN CHLOE  ANGIE LARGE BLACK BAG RED STITCHING
ph: Just Jared + tflan

I've gotten a lot of emails lately with people asking about Elizabeth's bag, here are the details...

You can get the exact same Chloé bag here or the black stitch version here.
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Tziporah Salamon in The Rain

Come rain or come shine style icon, Tziporah Salamon always looks absolutely fabulous. I caught her on a way to a meeting in SoHo, when it started to pour all of a sudden. Tziporah and I ran across the street to a semi -covered building and got some great shots.

ELIZABETH: OUT IN NYC

Thursday, March 29, 2012

ELIZABETH LIZZIE OLSEN NEW YORK CITY GREY GRAY HAT BLACK FUR JACKET GREEN SKINNY PANTS BLACK BOOTS CHLOE BAG 1
ELIZABETH LIZZIE OLSEN NEW YORK CITY GREY GRAY HAT BLACK FUR JACKET GREEN SKINNY PANTS BLACK BOOTS CHLOE BAG 2
ph: tlfan

Get the look...
· House of Harlow 1960 Steph Sunglasses
· Forever21 Bow Trimmed Hat
· ASOS Hooded Fur Coat
· Vince Mid-rise corduroy skinny jeans
· Rachel Zoe Kate Tote
· ASOS ALFIE Leather Chelsea Ankle Boot

Style is Healing:The Style Crone Shares How Dressing Up and Blogging Helped Her Heal After Her Husband's Passing From Cancer

This past week I got together with Judith Boyd, the 69 year old blogger behind the inspiring and heartfelt Style Crone blog. I met Judith last year and was touched my her amazing story and wonderful style- I have been following her blog ever since.Judith's husband Nelson was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2005. In July of 20120 they started a style blog as means to creative collaboration and healing. I asked The Style Crone to share a few words about how blogging and dressing up have helped her through challenging times. You can read her inspiring words below and make sure to check out her blog HERE.


"Style Crone was launched in July of 2010 in the midst of living with my husband Nelson's rare form of cancer, which was diagnosed in 2005. Style Crone would not exist without his encouragement and support. Believing that style is healing, we began the blog together. Nelson was my photographer as I created outfits, frequently including pieces from my vintage collection and always a hat, as we faced his treatments, procedures and the progression of his disease. 'What To Wear To Chemo' became a regular series. Taking photos of my outfit in the exam room before the physician arrived provided distraction, a strategy to deal with anxiety and the active choice to thrive in the midst of intrusive treatments when so many things were outside of our control. 'Bloom Where You're Planted' was also an ongoing feature, with a photo of The SC in a favorite hat. It had become clear that our difficult journey included new and meaningful insights along with unpredictability and the awareness that every moment was precious.
Nelson transitioned in April of last year, and I blogged throughout the experience of his death. What began as a blog about outfits, aging and caregiving became a blog about outfits and grieving. Style Crone provided a lifeline as I described my experience of loss through style, painting on the blank canvas of my life. Processing my transformation through creativity became an exercise in mindfulness. I received support from a community of bloggers and readers, and found comfort in continuing the blog that was born in collaboration with my beloved life partner of 33 years, who was no longer physically present. As I approach the anniversary of Nelson's death and internalize his many gifts, I feel hopeful with a softening of sadness and vulnerability. I am aware that I am moving forward, knowing that the magic of our relationship will be with me always."

Judith Boyd
The Style Crone

Spinal Tap

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Photobucket Photobucket (Totally rad, awesome incredible, amazing boots Ebay) 

Ok guys.... I was a bit naughty a few weeks ago and ordered these bad boys off Ebay. I guess it was meant to be as there was one pair and they were a five. I'd post you guys a link but they're all sold out at the moment (boooo) so I'll have to wait till they're re-listed. I got so excited when the box arrived at my house, that I did a little celebration shoe dance..... absolutely can't wait to frolic around in these and some denim cut offs at the weekend. Ciao xo

LOOK OF THE DAY: ASHLEY

ASHLEY OLSEN BLACK LACE DRESS PATENT CLUTCH LARGE PENDANT NECKLACE DOUBLE LEATHER ALAIA BELT BRA SHEER

Get the look...
· Whistles Tiered Lace Dress
· ASOS Box Chain Disc Necklace
· MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Double Wrap Belt
· ASOS Croc Embossed Leather Porfolio Clutch

Elke Kuhn

I ran into artist, Elke Kuhn, at  turban making workshop put on by the milliners guild last night. She looked as fantastic as ever in her wonderful accessories and wonderful hat. Elke and I are making a date for me to visit her at her house. I can't wait to see all of her amazing creations!

RANDOM: MARY-KATE

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MARY KATE MK OLSEN TEAL GREEN BAG GREY GRAY RAGLAN LONG SLEEVE SWEATER TEE BLACK RAY BAN SUNGASSES LEATHER LEGGINGS RINGS BRACELETS

Get the look...
Ray-Ban Outsiders Oversized Wayfarers Sunglasses
Lanston BF Sweatshirt
Rare Matte Rubber Leggings
Marc by Marc Jacobs Metal Ribbons Twist Ring
ASOS Suede And Chain Clutch

Me-Commerce

Debra Rapoport always has the most amazing accessories, most of which she makes by hand out of recycled materials. People always stop her to ask about her wonderful industrial felt hats and bracelets and lately she has been selling them right on the spot. Debra says, " Everyone these days is so into E-commerce, well I'm about Me-Commerce-I am my own store." If you do want to indulge in a little E-Commerce, which could eventually lead to some Me-Commerce feel free to email Debra at Debrathenutritionista@gmail.com .

OLSENS ANONYMOUS FAVORITE: ASHLEY

Monday, March 26, 2012

ASHLEY OLSEN LONG SLEEVE GREY GRAY TEE TSHIRT THE ROW UPDO HAIR BLACK LEATHER SKIRT PATTERNED STOCKING TIGHTS LACE FRINGE METALLIC SILVER HOT PINK BAG

Get the look...
· Chaser Raw Off Shoulder Dolman Top
· David Lerner Leather Skirt
· Falke Net Crochet Tights
· Kimchi Blue Ombre Fringe Crossbody Bag

Ilona Royce Smithkin's Reaction to The Advanced Style Book


I stopped by Ilona Royce Smithkin's apartment to show her a copy of the Advanced Style book. Check out her reaction to seeing herself in print, in the video above. The book also includes an amazing conversation between Ilona and Dita Von Teese! I'm having a great time showing all the ladies their photographs in my book and can't wait to celebrate its release May 22.

MKA

Sunday, March 25, 2012

MKA MARY KATE ASHLEY  OLSEN BLACK AND WHITE EVENT DRESS MIU MIU CLUTCH SUIT DRESS

If you like MK's cuff, check out this similar copper cuff from LuvAJ.
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Sunshine makes everything better...

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket ... And last but not least, I'd like to introduce you to my new little puppy Tizzy. She's a puli like Teddy and quite frankly is the sister that I never had, Ive had to wait a while to post a pic as she tends to look like a black fluffy blob on photos. Photobucket (Ganesh tee ebay, jeffrey campbell spike litas with rainbow laces from ebay)

So I finally managed to track down one of these amazing tees, unfortunately it was a Large so I decided to style it out and wear it as a dress instead, and I'm pretty happy with it seeing as it's perfect for this amazing Summer weather, and I'm not against showing a bit of leg. I also wanted you all to see my new little puppy Tizzy as she's way cuter than me and I thought you guys would enjoy a break from my face. this is just a short post as i'm sat in the garden and have some serious sun worshiping to get back to.... hope you're all enjoying the sunshine as much as I am, as let's face it: Sunshine makes everything seem better. xo

CLOSE UP: MARY-KATE

Saturday, March 24, 2012

MK MARY KATE OLSEN HIPPIE BOHO BLONDE HAIR CREAM DRESS BEADED TASSLE SNAKE PYTHON NECKLACE

OLSENS ANONYMOUS FAVORITE: ASHLEY

Friday, March 23, 2012

ASHLEY OLSEN CANDID CALIFORNIA OVERSIZED BLUE NAVY WHITE SHIRT LONG SLEEVE BLACK LEGGINGS BALENCIAGA HARNESS KNEE HIGH BLACK WEDGE BOOTS BLACK AVIATORS GOLD CHAIN NECKLACED HERMES BAG

Get the look...
Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Aviator Sunglasses
House of Harlow 1960 Metal Sunburst Pendant
Gorjana Reversible Alphabet Necklace
Low Luv x Erin Wasson Cross Pendant Necklace
Denham Prime Stripe Long Sleeve Top
So Low Long Leggings
Rachel Zoe Zoe Tote
Ash Horizon Platform Boots

Helen Drutt on The Go


At 81, contemporary jewelry collector, Arts and Crafts lecturer, and museum curator Helen Drutt is definitely not slowing down. She traveled from Germany to North Carolina, and then hopped on a plane back to New York yesterday to give an introduction to a lecture at Bard graduate center. Helen always looks divine in her signature look of all black, a beautiful hat, and amazing  piece of contemporary  jewelry.

LOOK OF THE DAY: MARY-KATE

Thursday, March 22, 2012

MARY KATE MK OLSEN OVERSIZED MENS BUTTON DOWN WHITE SHIRT DRESS BARE LEGS BALENCIAGA HARNESS BOOTS BLACK FRINGE BAG AVIATOR SUNGLASSES STARBUCKS RED LONG HAIR

Get the look...
· Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Aviator Sunglasses
· Joie Rathana Dress
· Jules Smith Americana Classic Ring
· B-Low The Belt Twiggy Handbag
· Sam Edelman Zoe Boot

MKA

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

MKA OLSEN MARY KATE ASHLEY PARIS BLACK AND WHITE STRIPE SKIRT CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS LEATHER JACKET UMBRELLA BLACK DRESS TIGHTS ANKLE BOOTS BEANIE HAT RINGS PEARL NECKLACE RED HEAD AVIATOR SUNGLASSES VINTAGE CROC FENDI BAG

Get Ashley's look...

· Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Aviator Sunglasses
· Oversized Beanie from Bop Basics
· ASOS PU Collarless Quilted Biker Jacket
· Carla Siren Panel Skirt from Torn by Ronny Kobo
· Monochrome Maxi Dress from Cheap Monday
· Kate Tote from Rachel Zoe
· ASOS Point Court Shoe

Style Consistency

Last night, I was looking through photos of one of my favorite Advanced Style icons singer, Rita Ellis Hammer. I love how she is very consistent with her look-she has developed a personal style that works for her and she sticks with it.Rita uses accessories, like a pair of sunglasses or a great bag, to transform her look from chic and trendy, to effortlessly glamorous. Its amazing how you can change a look by simply adding or removing a few key accessories. Rita chooses comfortable styles and always adds a pop of color and great accessories, to create her signature look. How would you describe Rita's style?

ELIZABETH: LAX AIRPORT

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ELIZABETH OLSEN AIRPORT OUTFIT LOOK WIDE RIM TAN BROWN HAT Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti CREAM COAT TAN CORDUROY PANTS DOLCE VITA MASHA BLUE OXFORD BROGUE SHOES CHLOE BLACK BAG
ph: Just Jared

She is wearing a Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti coat, a Chloé bag and these oxfords from Pour La Victoire.
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The Power Of Color

Monday, March 19, 2012


Last week my dad and I visited The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I was looking at the paintings of Surrealist women artists, including Frida Kahlo, when I noticed this women all dressed in purple. I love how she arranged the elements and color in her outfit, just as the painters whose work we were viewing had. I waited until she was finished with the exhibit to ask if I could take her photograph. What I love about style is that it is a vehicle for personal expression. Style can change your mood and the mood of others around you. As soon as I spotted this women in the gallery, I immediately began to smile. Fashion can also be used as means to making a statement-one that has the power to make you think about the world around you.Older people are often made to feel invisible in our society.I love when older women wear color because it is a way of communicating their visibility in the world.

Many people ask me if the people I photograph are looking for attention-if they are dressing up because they want people to notice them. Anyone of these marvelous ladies and gentleman will tell you that they are dressing up for themselves, because it makes them feel good. As they have gotten older their message has changed. They are no longer saying "Look At Me", but rather "I am Here".

LOOK OF THE DAY: ASHLEY

ASHLEY OLSEN SKINNY BLACK JEANS PLAID BLACK AND WHITE SHIRT PLAID COLOR SCARF BLACK SLING BACK SANDALS WHITE TSHIRT TEE HERMES KELLY BLACK BAG SUNGLASSES

Get the look...
· Marc by Marc Jacobs Polarized Oversized Sunglasses
· ASOS Tux Blazer In Loose Fit
· Forever 21 Plaid Woven Shirt in Black
· T by Alexander Wang Classic T Shirt with Pocket
· J Brand Coated Stealth Power Stretch Jeans
· HERITAGE 1981 Plaid Fringe Scarf
· Rachel Zoe Zoe Oversized Tote
· Forever21 Studded Jellies

Marisela Federici

When I was in Rome I was introduced to the most spectacular and inspiring women. One of these amazing ladies was Marisela Ferderici. I met Marisela at her villa "La Furibonda." She welcomed me and my mom into her garden, dressed in a gorgeous yellow dress and perfectly coiffed hair. Marisela told me that usually wears hats(a favorite accessory amongst the Advanced Style set.) She explained that, "Wearing a hat always keeps you neat, especially when there isn't a hairdresser around (for example when you're traveling). Moreover when you get older and your forehead doesn't look as it used to, a hat will always make you look stylish. I will even wear a hat when I am dressed in a gym suit in the garden." Marisela gave us a tour of her beautiful grounds, before moving into the living room to talk a little about her life and style. Check out our interview below:Have you always loved fashion?
I don't like Fashion. I don't follow trends.

So you are more about style?
Yes I love style. I have had the same hairstyle since I was 12. I grew up in South America and there you are already considered a woman at 13. I always wanted to look older than I was. People tell me that I have looked the same for 40 years because I never change the way I dress, it is me.
Did you dress up when you were younger?
No I didn't. I wanted to look like my mum, I wanted to be charming. When I was 13 or 14 my style icon was the Duchess of Windsor; she wasn't an ordinary beauty. She had class and her hair was always gathered up.

How did your mum dress?
She was very classic, just like I am now. That was real elegance. Women from another era, international,elegant with low-heeled shoes.

When did you arrive in Italy what did you think about the style?
40 or more years ago. It was around '68 and women were wearing jeans and taking their bras off. I've never worn jeans in public. I didn't want to look like the others. I wanted to create something identifiable. I wanted a signature, something that spoke of my personality.
Do you have any style advice for younger women?
Most important is water and soap. You have to be natural and feel comfortable with yourself, in order to give a lot to others.You must be honest with the image that you see reflected in the mirror. You must ask yourself if what you see in the mirror is what you want other people to see. Any other words of wisdom?
1."You are not what you are, you are what you want to be."
2."You don't have to look like your friends, you have to be daring."
3."You have to look for your style the same way you look for a boyfriend.You have to keep trying until you find the right one."

How did you develop you personal style?
It was how I always wanted to look. I used to go to fashion shows, but not anymore.People these days don't understand fashion. Its all about brands, fragrances, fabric. Its all business now.

What is the difference between fashion and style?
Fashion is focused on brands. You enter a room and you can see a beautiful dress from a beautiful brand. When someone is stylish you remember the person, not the dress. The whole should be very natural. It shouldn't be too aggressive; it must be harmonious.

How do you feel about getting old?
It's hard, but you have to live your life. There's nothing worse that a young lady wanting to be an old woman or an old woman wanting to be young. You have to live within your moment. Your body has it's own way and you have to accept it.When you get older you love different things. You change your way of thinking. I like being a lady of my age. I have a duty to my family. I always want to be beautiful for my husband, for my family and first of all for myself. Beauty can open a lot of doors, but more important is to keep those doors open. Real and true beauty is something absolute from within. It is other-wordly. Something that never passes no matter what age or gender.