Yesterday I had the honor of meeting with celebrated author Bel Kaufman in her New York apartment. At 101-years-old, Bel has more energy and wit than most people half her age. Here is a preview clip of our wonderful interview. Stay tuned for a full written interview and photos next week...
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Debra Rapoport will be leading the workshop--check out her description below:
"Hats are back so let’s make a statement! We’ll be working with non-traditional materials such as vintage sweaters, fabrics, ribbons, cuffs, banana paper, and various recycled cardboard. With personal headgear, we’ll flaunt our flavor and discover a new (h)attitude."
Anyone can come to the signing, but space is limited to 30 people for the 7pm workshop. Make sure and register for the workshop HERE. The ladies and I hope to see you there!
The Etsy Holiday Shop
Saturday Dec 1
6:00 pm book signing
7:00 pm hat making workshop-sign up here http://etsyholidayadvancedstyle-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
On Staying Active
"Walking is a must, its better than doctors and medicine." Rose
"You have to keep moving and exercising. I make myself go out everyday, even if its only for a block. The key to staying young is to keep on moving." Ruth
On Skin Moisturizers
"Inexpensive moisturizers are as good as expensive ones, only better. I have been using Oil of Olay for decades. You must moisturize everyday." Rose
"You've got to keep your skin moisturized. I wash my face morning and night. In the morning I use Olay moisturizing creme and at night Arden. That's all I do. Remember to lubricate your skin, by working it in slow. Elizabeth Arden said, " If you want to look this good when you are forty than start at twenty." Start Now!!! Ruth
"Most important is to be happy and enjoy what you have at every moment." Rose
"Celebrate everyday and don't look at the calendar." Ruth
"Be unique. If everyone is wearing it, then its not for me." Rose
"Dress up everyday and don't wear blue jeans. Invest in quality pieces, they never go out of style." Ruth
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
|Nana Helen and Papa Hal|
|Grandma Bluma and Grandpa Jacob|
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This gorgeous 81-year-old woman caught my eye while walking through SoHo yesterday. She was very kind when I approached her and asked if I could take her photograph. I gave her my card and she told me that her name was Carmen.I instantly realized that she was legendary dancer and performer, Carmen De Lavallade. I was honored to have the chance to meet and photograph such an incredibly talented and accomplished artist.We exchanged information and I hope to meet up with her in the very near future!
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Monday, November 19, 2012
I had the pleasure of interviewing Iris Apfel for the latest video installment of Avant Garde Diaries. Check out our conversation above to find out Iris' guilty pleasure.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
[Gif by Juan Amaya]
I am in Salem with Joyce and Debra to give at talk at PEM. Yesterday we walked around and went to a great vintage shop called Modern Millie. Debra had a blast looking through the racks of taffeta dresses from the 1940s and 50s. With Joyce and my influence, and a bit of coaxing, Debra broke her 10 dollar rule, and came home with three beautiful dresses. Debra was so excited by her wonderful new garments that she came back to the hotel and jumped for joy!!!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
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Friday, November 9, 2012
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The ladies I photograph are not only fantastic dressers; many of them also make the most incredible accessories and works of art. I ran into Sevaria the other day and she was wearing one of her beautiful bejeweled headscarves. Seeing her got me thinking that it might be fun to have a big Advanced Style art show someday! I always love to help promote the work of the people I feature on Advanced Style. If you are interested in purchasing one of Sevaria's stunning scarves feel free to email her at email@example.com .
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Monday, November 5, 2012
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Thank you to everyone for your continued concerns. I am happy to report that I have spoken and heard from many of the Advanced Style Ladies, including Iris, and they are all safe and have plenty of supplies.
|Inside Iris Apfel's Apartment|
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
[Photos by Hadar Pitchon]I had two very special grandmothers. One grandmother taught me about the importance of elegance while the other encouraged freedom of expression. I started this blog because of my grandmothers and although they are no longer with us, they continue to guide and inspire me everyday.
A few months ago, Hadar Pitchon, a friend of mine on Facebook and a regular reader of Advanced Style, sent me some wonderful photos and videos that he had taken of his Nona. Their special bond reminded me of the relationship I had with my grandmothers. In my eyes Bluma and Helen were the biggest stars that ever lived. They were the most glamorous models and the wisest of sages. I asked Hadar to write a few words about his Nona and why she is so inspirational to him. Check out his incredible photos above and more about Hadar and Nona's special bond below:
When asking my grandma about her personal style, I hear her say through her greek accent I love long beautiful dresses. But for her everything seems to have a price tag attached, perhaps it's coming from nothing now she treasures having things of value. When I was growing up around her she loved playing dress up, wigs, lipstick, grab the guitar, songs and dance. I have always had an utmost respect for where she comes from and I am impressed with how she presents herself everyday. I feel she came from a time where you never left the house unless you looked presentable. When her and my grandfather were married they were so poor she had to hand the wedding dress to the next person in line after. Yet through all this and raising 4 boys, being a holocaust survivor, breast cancer survivor and survivor of living with me, she kept her amazing style. She possesses an amazing character and wit, her nails are always painted with a signature bright red to match her lips. Her dresses usually have sequins or something over the top to them. Recently when I was home I decided to showcase the beauty that is my grandma, she is a muse and a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have someone like that in my life. I decided she would be the supermodel of the year and her face would be in all the latest ads and on a cover of magazine. After all she never ceases to amaze me and my greatest pride is getting to share her with the world. (Hadar Pitchon)
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