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Barbara Flood

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Barbara Flood is one of those impeccably dressed woman that I see often see around town, but have never had the chance to photograph. I was thrilled to find her in line for the Manhattan Vintage Sale last and asked if I could take a quick photo. I had to hurry as the line was moving fast, but I look forward to meeting Barbara again in the near future!

In The Metro

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I started chatting with Natacha on the Paris Metro. She was dressed beautifully in a blue sweater dress and matching blue accessories. When I complimented on her colorful look she replied, " The sky is so grey in Paris so I decided to wear blue."

Marvelous Magda

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I have always been inspired by the seniors in my life and find it refreshing to meet people who share the same attitude towards older people. I asked Magda's dear friend Daniela Arrendondo to share a few words about how she inspires her:

Life is about living and there are special people who show us the way. One of them is Magda Llohis de Gutierrez. I am a 37 year-old woman and there is not a moment that I spend not learning how she lives life. In Magda’s presence I can only feel an eternal summer. Full of color, passion, wisdom, and warmth. I cannot remember a single day where I have not seen her in her own amazing style. Many passersby stopped to admire during Ari's photo session with her, from Lenny Kravitz to a group of five year-olds, who said, “I like her! She looks like Frida Kahlo.  Sara Jessica Parker once saw her at Bergdorf's and complimented her and her trademark flowers. I am sure you will also notice her necklaces. Each one is one-of-a kind, made by her. I could write about Magda forever, but I leave it to you to look at Ari’s photographs and be inspired by her confidence and style.  Magda, you are a true piece of art, you are precious and lovable. And I am lucky to be your friend and student in life.

Manhattan Vintage

Monday, October 28, 2013

Vintage sales are some  of my favorite places to scout for Advanced Style. I always love running into this lovely woman at The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Sale.  She looks picture perfect each time, in a gorgeous vintage coat and hat.

Carol and Richard

Friday, October 25, 2013

It was great running into one of the dreamiest couples around, Carol and Richard, as they were looking for a cab uptown. Make sure you check out Carol's wonderful blog HERE.

Mirror Mirror

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I saw this gorgeous woman on my last trip to Paris. I am excited to head back to Europe tomorrow for a conference at the London College of Fashion entitled, Mirror Mirror: Representations and Reflections on Age and Aging. If you are near London on October 29th, I will be signing books, and speaking about my reasons for starting Advanced Style, with Alyson Walsh of That's Not My Age. For more information on the conference CLICK HERE. We hope to see you there!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I was on the subway a few months ago when I noticed a gorgeous woman sitting next to me with flowers and butterflies in her hair. The subway car was too cramped to get a proper photo and my stop was quickly approaching. I handed the woman my card in hopes that we would meet again. We finally met up a few days ago in her stunning apartment near Central Park. Magda was even more breathtaking than I had remembered. As she was putting her signature flowers in her hair she told me "My life is colors, always full of colors." Stay tuned for more pictures from my wonderful afternoon with Magda next week.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I was just about to put away my camera and meet a up with a friend in Lincoln Center, when I noticed  Diane Von Furstenberg walk by. I ran up to her and she kindly let me take a quick photo before heading into an event.

Dress For The Theater of Your Life

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lynn Dell always says, "You must dress for the theater of your life everyday."

Magical Maryann

Friday, October 18, 2013

Maryann is one of the most talented and creative women that I know. She embellishes her wonderful outfits with her own handmade accessories. There is something mythical and magical about the way Maryann puts herself together. Check out the video below for some more style inspiration.

Vogue's Fashion Night Out with River Island

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Hey guys, soooo in true me style, its taken a week to get this post up... but my mum always says better late than never!
I'm sure you're all dying to know who the winner of the River Island giveaway is and I can now reveal that the winner  (selected by random number generator) is TORI C S !!!!!!! Congrats Tori, I'll tweet you and message you to confirm your address etc. and now you can buy your dreamy printed trousers!  Thank you to everyone who entered and also to everyone who came to see me in store. I had an amazing night and I even managed to snap a few photos whilst I was running round the store (apologies for the poor quality Iphone photos)
It was an amazing night and I got to meet lots of amazing people, sip prosecco cocktails, have a photo flipbook made AND shimmy round the store to the sounds of VV Brown!... All in all, it was my ideal Thursday evening.
I hope you all enjoyed Fashion Night out, whatever you got up to and I'll definitely see you at the next one!

Peace, love and manatees,



Huffington Post Live's Best & Worst Dressed with Lynn and Alice (VIDEO)

Lynn Dell and Alice Carey joined the Huffington Post Live, once again, for a lively conversation about celebrity looks of the week. I think they were absolutely hilarious and spot on. I can't wait to hear your thoughts...

Linda and Winky

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Here is a collection of some of my favorite shots of Linda Rodin and her beloved poodle Winky.

Autumn Tea

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

One of my favorite things to do is have tea with Alice Carey in her gorgeous West Village garden!

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 14, 2013

Jean of The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas
I always find it challenging to explain what I do for a living, especially in the course of a short conversation. There is so much to share about the wonderful people that I photograph. This is why I look forward to opportunities where I can speak about my work and discuss some of my favorite moments and stories from the past few years. I have some upcoming events where the ladies and I will be speaking about Advanced Style and signing books. We hope to meet some of you there!

Advanced Style Photo Exhibit, Presentation and Book Signing
Date: October 24, Thursday, 7pm
Location: Stamford JCC, Stamford, Connecticut
Details HERE

Mirror Mirror- Representations and Reflections on Age and Aging, Presentation and Book Signing
Date: October 29, Tuesday
Location: London College of Fashion, London, England
Details HERE

Advanced Style Book Signing and Party at Koi Boutique
Date: November 23, Saturday
Location: Koi Boutique, South Pasadena, California
Details HERE

A Great Belt

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jackie always has a great belt to go with every outfit!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Debra Rapoport takes creativity and DIY to the next level with her awe inspiring and imaginative looks. Whether she's making hats out of paper towels, or turning a pillowcase into a hat (like in the photos above) you can always count on Debra for some style inspiration. The other day I caught her in the middle of making some of her famous "Viva Paper Towel Hats," so I whipped out my iPhone and made the short video below. Hope you enjoy Debra's wonderful tips and I can't way to see everyone's creations...


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

This is another shot of my dear friend Orren in Santa Fe. Check out his incredible home HERE.

WIN RIVER ISLAND VOUCHERS with Vogue's Fashion Night Out

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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OK so firstly some exciting news... this Thursday marks the first ever Vogue Fashion night out in Manchester (FINALLY some Northern love) Amazing things are happening all over the city and I think its probably going to be the best night EVERRR. Secondly, some even more exciting news.... River Island got in touch and asked for me to be in their Arndale store from 5-10 on the night to give out style advice and basically shimmy round the store to the amazing tunes being played by VV Brown! Now obviously I snapped this chance up in a nano second, but it actually gets even better!

The guys at River Island just got more amazing as they've also given me £150 of vouchers to give away to one of my lovely readers (that's you) All you have to do is follow the below instructions and you could have £150 to spend on getting your Winter wardrobe on point courtesy of River Island!

Just simply
Follow me on twitter (@penelopesarah) and tweet me with your dream item from RiverIsland.com and say why you love it.... and make sure to hashtag #RIFNO
Plus Leave your name and twitter handle below in a comment.

The winner will be selected at random and announced on Saturday morning.

Enjoy and good luck!

PS....Dont forget to come and say hi in store as I'll be ridiculously nervous/ excitable!

Peace, love and unicorns....



How To Deal With Pain

I created Advanced Style to start a dialogue about aging and to show a positive and uplifting image of getting older. It's equally important to show how older people confront the struggles and difficulties that accompany the aging process. Artist, Ilona Royce Smithkin lifts the spirits of everyone around her. She was kind enough to  share some incredible insight into how she deals with physical pain. We can all learn from her inspiring words below:

Everyday something unexpected happens to our bodies. I fight everyday to get up and out of bed.When I feel a pain somewhere I tell my body, "I'm so nice to you, what do you want from me?" And I tell myself a little story or joke and remind myself of the times when I was in worse pain, and how lucky I am today, and the pain begins to go away. I tell myself that this isn't the first time, or the last time that I will feel pain and begin to occupy my mind with other things. You must get involved in things outside of the pain, things that give you interest. All these things are a part of life. We all feel pain and unpleasantness. As long as I can seduce myself to enjoy all kinds of things, like in the morning enjoying the first cup of coffee, or piece of chocolate the pain begins to diminish. I give myself nice things to look forward to, throughout the day. The moment you give in and let yourself get dragged down by misery you are closer to death.

Mia Fonssagrives-Solow

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mia Fonssagrives-Solow
Two years ago, I photographed my dear friend Lucy Jarvis on Madison Avenue, wearing the most incredible Robot Ring. I ended up putting the photo in my book and have been dreaming about it ever since. My dreams came true last week, when I finally met up with Mia Fonssagrives-Solow, designer of the robot ring and many other incredible pieces of jewelry and sculpture. I decided to splurge and purchase a ring from Mia and haven't taken it off since. Check out Mia's work HERE. There are still a few robot rings around!!!
Lucy Jarvis wearing the infamous Robot Ring

Advanced Style In Living Color

Friday, October 4, 2013

It's been a real treat to see how much fun people are having with the Advanced Style Coloring Book. Here are some of my favorite submissions so far. Send your finished pages to advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com and I'll make sure to share them with the stars from the book.
Painted by GloriaV
Colored in by Carol Markel
Painted by Debra Rapoport

New Mexico Layers

Thursday, October 3, 2013

This woman brought some color to  a stormy day in Madrid, New Mexico.