Cold Shoulders


Top-Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply, skirt-Target, Catherine Robinson wrap






As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life









Advanced Style Book Signing


Last week I was lucky enough 
to go to not one, but two book signings
for Ari Cohen's newest book
Advanced Style Older And Wiser!

For such an exciting day
I knew I wanted an outfit that could take me from morning to night!

For me
the best way to always to that
is with a core outfit base
and 
changes of accessories!
I for one can never stand to wear the same outfit day into night
even at home.
So simply changing outfit building blocks
is a sure fire way 
to feel new and refreshed
even when changing at a hotel or home is an option.


I had been wondering what I would be wearing for such an auspicious occasion
as an Advanced Style book signing
especially
since I knew so many of my favorite style muses would be attending!

I opted for my go to color palette of my beloved cremes.
I chose a mid calf culotte
my always in rotation
Free People slip tunic
with a wrap tie blouse over the tunic
From this base I knew I could style several outfits for the days 
special events!


The first fabulous event was
lunching with the 
always chic and stylish
Dorrie from
Senior Style Bible
and 
her beautiful daughter Jodie!
They were both in Beverly Hills visiting from Las Vegas.

Not only does Dorrie have a beautiful stylish blog
where she shares chic style inspiration
and
shows being 81 can look pretty darn fabulous
she has one of the most comprehensive Facebook pages I have seen!

With the help oh her daughter Jodie
there are links to great content on the web
regarding Pro Aging and style!

But even more important
is her high level of interaction and conversation
with her followers!

If you're looking for a great Facebook site
with plenty of the latest content on Pro Aging
and
community
go HERE

You can also read more about Dorrie
HERE in a wonderful article about
Redefining What Aging Looks Like
done by the Irish Examiner!


Jodie had arranged a fantastic table at the uber chic
Cecconi's 
in West hollywood.

What a stylish movie production following this restaurant pulls in!
Chic people watching to be sure!


After lunch it was photo shoot time
where we had a few from Italy
who asked to be in the pictures!


After the photo shoot
Jeff and I spent some time exploring the neighboring areas.


We stopped for a cocktail at Sur.
Those of you who watch Vanderpump Rules
or
the Housewives of Beverly Hills are sure to recognize it.

Next it was off to the long awaited book signing at
Book Soup in Hollywood!



For the book signing
I did a mini change
that consisted of different accessories.

I added my faux fur vest
over my base creme outfit 
velvet hydrangea crown
vintage crystal earrings
bone and crystal bracelets
and
Tom Ford glasses
to better see everyone!

With these simple changes I felt 
perfectly freshened for the day's
next event
of finally
getting to meet Ari Cohen of
Advanced Style
 in person!



I was absolutely mesmerized by not only Ari
but the magnificent women from the book!




After such and amazing night
and 
knowing my dear friend Elizabeth form
Vintage Contessa fame
would be down in San Diego
for another signing of
I knew I just had to go again
to get another book signed for my mother for Mother's Day
and
 pictures I had forgotten to get
because I was so moved by the conversations the night before!


The marvelous Valerie 
form my favorite kimono shop
Le Bel Age Boutique
in Mission Hills, San Diego
 was there as well!

To find out more about Valerie
and
her fabulous shops
check out the Antique Contessa's post HERE.


Another reason I just had to go back
was to spend more time with this extraordinary women
I have been following Sarah since she burst onto the Advanced Style  scene
a year and a half ago in Australia!
We have communicated on Instagram since then
as she travels the world with her new modeling career!
You might have seen her on the WWD cover last week!
And if not 
you will certainly be seeing more of her all over very soon!


Meeting the man of the hour himself
Ari Cohen of
Advanced Style
was such an honor!
He is so humble and sweet
I can understand fully 
how he is able to find such beautify in his street photography!
He is able to find beauty in everyone!


If you haven't gotten his latest book
I would highly recommend doing so!
I came for the personal style
but left
feeling 
absolutely uplifted and inspired
by so many magnificent women
that truly demonstrate
that aging is to be celebrated
and
life is to be lived to the fullest!


It was a magical couple of nights
that left me realizing
every time we can get our soul lit to a higher flame
we are then so much more empowered to spread
that light to others!


As always my friend

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life








Anthropologie Opens Ultimate Shopping Experience In Newport Beach


What a fun friday night it was here in SoCal
with the  private party opening of 
Anthropologie's  new
Ultimate Shopping Experience
in Fashion Island!

Over 19,000 feet of their unmatched
transformative environment!
Besides mainly clothes and decorative accessories
Anthropologie
is making huge strides in broadening their lifestyle brand
with this opening of a new retail wonderland!



Even before I knew just how remarkable the evening would end up to be
I pulled together some of my favorite accessories for the occasion!
Celine sunnies, my Paloma Picasso business card holder, lots of turquoise including
my one of a kind Tamera Beardsley Design chandelier earrings.
My silk Tory Burch shoes finally got to come out for a spin
with my French Basketeer basket!


Before Anthropologie's  private party
Jeff and I had dinner at one of our favorite
Fashion Island spots
Fig and Olive
It was delicious as always
with the same impeccable service!
But I must say
my mind was all about getting to see what new happenings
were taking place in the newest store in Newport Beach!


All of my beloved accessories 
complemented
my ball gown from Beholden
that I topped with a cold shoulder top from Target!
It provided the perfect arm coverage I appreciate these days!




The scene was set inside and out
for the evenings festivities!
Anthropologie partnered with 
the  annual Newport Beach Film Festival
with part of the proceeds of the evening being donated to the foundation.


Once checked in and through the doors …

It was truly swoon worthy
in every direction one could look!

After a stop at one of the four bars they had set up inside
we set off 
wine in hand
(oh if every Friday could be so magnificent!)
to take in each of the many bedrooms curated in
true style perfection!


Flower arrangements
were of course fresh and innovative!


As a gardner who loves to bring the outside in
I was particularly taken with their inventive take on plant selection!


Fantastic installations
that we have all come to expect from the Anthropologie brand
were bigger and better than I have ever seen!


Talk about an ultimate shopping experience
'trayed'  champagne always at the ready
especially in their incredible new shoe department!
I went home with a new pair …
and
 I'm still dreaming about some I left behind for my next visit!


Besides wine, exquisite decor, a live Indie band  and shoe shopping
my absolute highlight of the evening was meeting 
David McCreight - Anthropologie's CEO

It was the absolutely gorgeous 
Catherine Moellering - GMM of beauty at Anthropologie
who was kind enough to track David McCreight down for introductions.

I was talking to the very gracious Catherine for a while before I realized who she was …
and 
what she does at Anthropologie!
She was recruited by Anthro from 
the "edgy, ultra hip" Ricky's in NYC.
A "Beauty Shop"
"that transcends trends while inspiring and emphasizing individuality"
where she was president of the company.

Before that Catherine was at the  exclusive
Tobe Trend Forecasting Agency
after graduating from Harvard.

In what seems a lifetime ago
I spent nearly two decades in retail
up to the executive buying level
(before I started my own accessory design company)
so for me meeting these two retail giants
from a company I adore
felt like meeting Retail Rock Stars to be sure!

I could have listened all night as they explained 
the new additions they are bringing to one of my favorite store brands!
The likes of store cafes
that will encourage people to stay longer than the average hour of shopping
to the likes of three.
Boy can I see how that can happen
especially if the rumor
that I read about on the Bloomberg Report
of blowout bars being added come to fruition!

Just imagine going shopping at Anthro
getting lunch with a glass of wine
a blow out and makeup
and
 out the door for a fabulous Friday  date night!

Sign me up for sure!!
Maybe a boutique hotel would round out the shopping experience perfectly!




I for one couldn't be happier
that Anthropologie picked 
'our neighborhood'
for their newest 
Ultimate Shopping Experience!

Welcome to the neighborhood!



As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life









Baby Shower Soiree


This weekend I had the honor and privilege
of attending
a magnificent
Baby Shower Soiree!
Every element  was so artfully done.

It was a party styling masterpiece
with 
Pinterest  worthy pinning vignettes
all the way through!



I am a big believer that any fabulous event
starts with 
a fabulous invite to set the tone!
This one captured the soiree in spades!

I also really appreciate when any invite concept
is carried through to the envelope.
Making getting an invite in  the mail
feel like a gift!

Each Soiree invite envelope
was hand water colored
and 
then stamped!
Making for the perfect invite 
to this marvelous 
Baby Soiree!


The gorgeous Momma to be is 
Hannah Thomas.
I have watched this beauty 
grow up for the last decade
because 
she and my girl Ellis
have been friends
since meeting at an art museum
on an  eighth grade home school field trip.

To this day 
I still remember seeing her and her Momma
for the first time
and wanting to be friends right away!
They both stood out so chic and fashionable.
I loved homeschooling
but 
most people who we met
had not much interest in fashion
So Hannah and Christy
were literally the fashion people we had been hoping to find!
It was from this common interest
not only did 
a strong friendship grow between
Ellis and Hannah
but
Christy and I as well.


Watching these two grow from eighth grade girls working on projects together
to high school years filled with dances and proms
high school and college graduations
Hannah's wedding
and
in  just weeks
Hannah will be in Ellis's wedding
as 
Ellis was in hers.


And in just a couple weeks after that
Hannah will give birth to her baby boy Noah.

I feel like Christy and I 
are definitely
passing on the battalion of young adult women
to these two beauties.


So besides it being a sentimental time for me …

Everything at the shower was perfection!
Hannah's husband Jarett built the low table
long enough to fit all the guests!

Seats were finished off with floor pillows
atop a  jute rug  form Ikea.

Napkins were hand dyed 
to really enhance the look and carry through the party's styling theme.


Hannah who also has a delightful  blog HERE
did this sumptuous wall hanging
which was a wonderful addition to the cake table vignette
set atop a vintage dresser!


There was cozy soft seating outside by the pool.
All addressed with coordinating pillows.


An outdoor rug from Target helped further
the feeling of luxurious outdoor rooms
While a vintage trunk made for a perfect coffee table.


Coordinating cushions  made their way all around.


Another vintage dresser 
was used to set up the drink station
which included a  white sangria!



Vintage silver and a cake trimmed with olive branches
completed this vignette perfection!



Guest were asked to wear white tops and jeans
for comfort since seating was on the floor.

I was so delighted
to see such stylish interpretations of the basics!



And yet another Pinterest worthy idea …
(This shower was truly chalk full of them!!).

This fantastic charcuterie board
lavished with deliciousness
was made out of cut  lumbar!
Just genius I say!!


The macrame hangings in the rear
were a wonderful way
to style yet another seating area.
Hannah not only made these
but they were given as prizes for the winners of the games!


The darling jars on the table 
were party favors for each guest
filled with sea salt scrub!


 Food was passed family style around the custom table.
Olive branches pulled everything together.
As the sun went down candles were lit.



Gracious and sentimental toast were made
to mark such a memorable occasion and event.

Another genius addition
the 'stemmed glass' in the lower right corner
is from Ikea
and 
they stack!!
Talk about party perfection!!
These beauties are perfect for any drinks
and 
the fact they stack
means they can be collected and stored in mass!

See what i mean about genius party styling done
by Hannah and Christy!
With the help of their loving family members!


This is baby Riley
Christy's first grandchild
from her oldest son and his beautiful wife.

Those beads she's chewing on
made specifically for teething babes.
How cool is that!!


As the sun set
market lights came one.

Lights with stands that were built 
specially to accommodate the low table seating.

The party ambiance
truly magical.
My only complaint
was the night seemed to fly by!
It was definitely a party I wish I could push rewind 
and 
do it again!
The evening was that special!


It all  made for such a remarkable and memorable  night
filled with so much love.


Wishing this wonderful couple all the very best in life
as they embark 
on one of life's greatest journeys.

Thank you for letting me not only attend your soiree
but document and share it as well.

Sending you both much love.


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life