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Thursday, August 30, 2012

A First Look At The New Iris Apfel Documentary


IRIS APFEL PROMO from Laura Coxson on Vimeo.
In celebration of Iris Apfel's 91st Birthday yesterday, I am posting this wonderful trailer to Maysles Films' upcoming documentary featuring our favorite style icon. I can't wait to see the completed film!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Folk Artist Malcah Zeldis Explains How Dressing Up Healed Her Pain

Malcah Zeldis is a celebrated  folk artist with paintings in museums all over the country.She has always used painting as means of self expression, but severe hip pain left her unable to sit for long periods of time. Malcah began to discover creative inspiration in the many colorful pieces of clothing she had collected and found in thrift stores over the years. Dressing became her new form of expression and healing. Watch the video above to hear Malcah's inspiring story in her own words.(I am happy to say that Malcah is feeling much better now and has returned to creating her amazing works of art.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Red, White, and Blue

I ran into this woman in Chelsea and asked if I could take her photo. She told me, " I am on my way to a 90th Birthday party and the Birthday boy will surely get a kick out of this!"

Monday, August 27, 2012

Linda Rodin

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing stylist turned beauty guru, Linda Rodin, outside her NYC apartment. Besides working full time on her skincare line, Rodin olio lusso, Linda has become a favorite among fashion bloggers, and is currently featured in the   J.Crew catalog. Linda believes that lots of sleep and a good diet are two of the keys to aging gracefully.

When it comes to looking older she says,"First of all it's not easy getting older. It catches up on you all of a sudden. It's definitely more interesting to let yourself go through the process than do a bunch of surgery and get addicted to a face that's not even yours. You can't chase youth. You'll just look older with a face lift."  Check out more of Linda's story and her amazing  Rodin olio lusso products HERE.

( For those of you who asked about Linda's lip color she is wearing Make Up Forever, #16 pencil, then Make Up Forever lipstick #36. Under both: Fran Wilson's green mood matcher)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Aging Gracefully At 101 Years Old

Ruth is turning 101 next month and she is looking forward to celebrating with all of her friends and family. She is a wonderful example for us all to take care of ourselves and to age gracefully. I was just looking through the September issue of Vogue and couldn't spot one photograph that revealed a line, wrinkle, or even pores on any of the model's faces. There is definitely a photoshop epidemic going on. Everyone is so concerned with aging and looking younger, but wouldn't you rather see Ruth advertising a beauty brand  than a photo-shopped 20 year old with no character or expression?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The One and Only Iris Apfel

Yesterday I had the privilege of not only having lunch with an amazing 100 year old, but breakfast with the legendary Iris Apfel as well. Iris is as busy as ever working on her handbag line, a line of jewelry for HSN, and a collaboration with eye-bobs. At 90 years old Iris is proof that keeping active is the secret to aging gracefully.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

These Boots Were Made For Walking

Here are some more shots of Carol Olten in La Jolla, CA . Check out her amazing sunglasses and boots! I'm out the door to meet with our favorite 100 year old Ruth, so expect some new photos very soon.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bakelite and Boyscouts

Alice Carey loves mixing elements of  menswear with slight feminine touches. Here she wears her husband's childhood Scout's shirt with wonderful bakelite accessories. Check out the video below to hear more about Alice's penchant for menswear. You can also read more about Alice in the latest issue of GLU magazine and don't forget to purchase her novel HERE.
































Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Platforms

The secret to Mary's personal style is great shoes, accessories, and attitude. For our lunch on Friday she wore matching blue  Nanette Lepore  and coordinated Sergio Rossi platforms. Everywhere we went people commented on Mary's fantastic shoes. Doesn't she look great at almost 73 years old ?!!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Secret To Beautiful Skin



I first photographed Mrs. Rock near Madison Avenue a few months ago. She was in a hurry, so I quickly took her photo and handed her my card. Ever since then, I have walked up and down Madison looking for her. I wanted to tell her that she is in the Advanced Style Book, and hoped to interview her about her style and beauty secrets. About a month ago, I received an email from her saying that she saw her photograph in a New York Times article about the book. I was thrilled to hear that she wanted to meet for lunch, and couldn't wait to photograph her again.
Yesterday Mrs. Rock and I finally met up for a wonderful lunch and inspiring conversation. She told me that ever since she set foot in New York City, as a little girl, she knew that she would make it her home. She loves the theater that takes place on the streets of New York and can't imagine living anywhere else. Like many of the Advanced Style ladies Mrs. Rock believes in the power of a great hat, not only as, " an organizational tool," but also as a great way to stay out of the sun. She also revealed that the secret to great skin is to keep it lubricated and fresh. Beauty products don't have to cost a fortune. Mrs. Rock swears by the Vaseline products that her mother first introduced her to as a young girl. Watch the video above to hear more about her favorite products including her wonderful Revlon lipstick.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Update On The Advanced Style Documentary Film


Here are some behind the scenes shots of our recent interview with Lynn Dell for the Advanced Style Documentary. Lina Plioplyte and I have been working on this project for over three years, and we are finally ready to sit down and edit over 150 hours footage! In fact, Lina just left for the mountains where she will be editing the film in peace and quiet, to get it ready for the 2013 film festival circuit. We have filmed so  many inspiring interviews, stories, and interactions and I can't wait to share the finished product with everyone.Check out the trailers again below and for updated information on the film CLICK HERE and find us on Facebook HERE .

Lynn Dell ran into another one of our stars, Iris Apfel, while shopping at a gift show.

While in Los Angeles we met up with Dita Von Teese, to an interview her about Advanced Style!






Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Advanced Beauty Secrets from Alice Carey

Yesterday I met up with Alice Carey in her secret garden courtyard in Greenwich Village. Alice was wearing a snappy vintage men's shirt which she accessorized with bakelite bangles and a silk white rose. After a wonderful cup of iced tea Alice and I went for a walk in the West Village, where we spotted Debra Rapoport. I asked the ladies about their summer style secrets. Check out the video below to hear about the importance of a great lipstick and cool layers.

Many of you have been asking that I share some of the beauty products used by the Advanced Style Ladies. Alice is most definitely a CLAIRINS girl, but she also partial to products by BOOTS the Chemist, UK that are now carried at Target. Her new favorites are Lift & Luminate day serum and night serum. As she is a writer, her beauty products don' stray too far from her beloved books. To check out some of Alice's writing on the Huffington Post CLICK HERE and her wonderful novel HERE. You can also find more great pictures of Alice in the Advanced Style book.






Monday, August 13, 2012

Dress For Yourself

One of the  things that I most admire about the Advanced Style ladies  is how free and confidently they express themselves through style. Whether they are extremely elegant or prefer more eccentric fashions, they all dress for themselves, rather than trying to impress others. Over the past four years I have learned that this is the most important rule when it comes to personal style-- dress for yourself!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lynn Dell's Summer Looks

I just got back to New York and it's so wonderful to catch up with the Advanced Style Ladies.  I even had the pleasure of seeing Lynn Dell two days in row! It's hot and muggy in the city, but Lynn Dell still manages too look amazing in light layers, bright colors, and loads of accessories. Everything she is wearing can be purchased at her wonderful Off Broadway Boutique. Call them up and you may even get to speak to Lynn Dell herself  212 724-6713 .

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Graphic Fashion

Check out Valerie and Jean's wonderful blog, The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Never Give Up

I met this gorgeous and inspiring woman on my way to a shoot for a special project I am working on. I asked if I could take her photograph and explained what I do with Advanced Style.Her friend told me that Norma had been treated for lymphoma, and  that she looked wonderful and dressed up no matter what, even in the hospital. I asked Norma to share her story with everyone, so that we can all be inspired to never give up. Check out Norma's inspirational words below:

"My name is Norma Zaremby and I am 63 years old.  I worked in advertising for many years, lost my job in 2003 and then went to work for Bergdorf Goodman.Unfortunately in July 2009 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma and the only way to try to save my life was a bone marrow transplant, which I received in September 2010.  I was given the bone marrow of a young male donor who I did not know, but who was gracious enough to try and help me.  I haven't had hair since 2009 and there are many side effects to the transplant, but I have never let my appearance change.  I never have a bad hair day--I just wrap my head with different scarves.  I taught myself how and have quite a collection. My motto is "never let them see you sweat." Maybe I can be an inspiration to other women who are battling cancer and maybe we can help others."

Monday, August 6, 2012

You Are Never Too Old To________

A few weeks ago my mom spotted this wonderful woman walking in La Jolla, California. Like the proud mother that she is, Frances told her all about me and asked if I could meet her on my next trip to California. This past weekend it was a great pleasure to finally meet Carol Olten and take her photograph. I loved her hip and playful look.  I am a firm believer that you are never too old to have fun and  to wear hologram glasses! What do you guys think? Finish the sentence below.

You are never too old to__________

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rockabilly, Los Angeles

Lina and I have been out in California shooting some incredible interviews for our upcoming Advanced Style Documentary. For more on the film CLICK HERE. I am always drawn to those who have a love for vintage, so when I saw this woman's wonderful rockabilly look,I was totally blown away.

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