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Royal Wedding Street Party

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I think yesterday was pretty much the best day ever! I went into Manchester to watch the Royal Wedding on the big screen and then headed to a street party with friends. The wedding was so beautiful that me and the gay got a bit emotional! The street party was better than I could have imagined. wooden picnic benches lined the streets with bunting over head. The music, the atmosphere and the people were all amazing and I will definitely remember that day for the rest of my life. Congratulations to William and Kate, the wedding could not have been more beautiful.

Advanced Style on Television

Friday, April 29, 2011

I was recently featured on the AARP produced "My Generation" television program along with some of the ladies from Advanced Style.The segment will air on PBS stations throughout the country, but feel free and enjoy the clip right here.

Zelda Kaplan at 94 Years Young

Yesterday I met with 94 year old Zelda Kaplan and asked her a few questions about life and style. Zelda is known for her wonderful outfits designed from fabrics she has collected all over the world.She loves going out on the town and can be found dancing at the some of the city's hippest clubs. Zelda told me that the key to staying young is, "You have to be healthy, one must be interested in the world, not in oneself only."

Richard and Carol

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I ran into Richard and Carol over Easter weekend and they were looking as stunning as ever. Every time I see this dazzling couple they are wearing something more colorful and wonderful than the times before. Carol has volunteered to help me organize the Advanced Style book.I am so lucky to have such a talented woman on board.Aren't they just dreamy?

New York City Purple

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring is here.

"I Don't Want to Stand Out,I Just Want to Dress Better Than Anyone Else"

Today I posted two shots of hair bows worn by ladies uptown.The second shot is of Mrs. Anne Marie Bullen. I asked Anne Marie a few questions about age and style. I hope you enjoy our short interview below.

Do you mind me asking your age?
"Up until 80 you lie about your age,after 80 you tend to brag. I am 85 years old."

Where do you get you style inspiration?
"I follow my mother's advice. She only had three outfits, but they were all very lovely.The best advice she gave me is that the shoulders have to fit just right."

How would you describe your style?
"I wear simple, formal clothes. I never wear pants. I don't dress up to impress anyone I just feel better. I don't want to stand out, I just want to dress better than anyone else."

Hair Bows

[Photos by Ari Seth Cohen]
This post is dedicated to Maira Kalman, one of my favorite writers and artists. In her book, The Principles Of Uncertainty, she included wonderful photos of people from behind. I was inspired to take the photos above after seeing the shots she took in the Hermitage, of a woman with a bow in her hair(below). Hair bows are a great way to add some charm and style to an already fashionable hairdo.

[Photos by Maira Kalman]

Tangerine Dream

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A few photos in my new favourite skirt. I bought this skirt a few weeks ago, and initially regreted my decision! However, it now seems that I have developed a love for all things bright orange (so this skirt has been promoted to a favourtie!) I decided to team it with some leopard print heels from Zara and a black studded bralet from h&m for a day of drinks and food in the garden.

I think it is safe to say that orange is my new black!

Also, for all of you who have been asking me where my hand bracelets are from, they are either thrifted or from those weird wholesale jewellery shops you find down back streets in New York! hope that helps. Laters.

The new edition.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Just a quick post to say LOOK AT MY NEW SHOES. more details in an outfit post coming soon.

Happy Easter Weekend everyone.

Classic Style on a Windy Day

I saw this stunning woman by 5th Avenue and asked if I could take her photo. The last couple days have been very windy in New York, but that doesn't stop the advanced style set from dressing up. I asked the lady above if she had any style tips to share and her advice was, "Stick to the classics. You can pair amusing accessories with classic clothing."

Conversation with The Voodoo Cafe

Thursday, April 21, 2011

While I'm out shooting for the book today, I thought you'd like to check out my podcast with Rice from the blog Notes From The Voodoo Cafe . We talked about aging, style, and how to approach someone on the street for a photograph. I hope you enjoy our conversation and I look forward to hearing your comments.



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

So....I went a bit crazy thrifting this weekend and ended up bringing a whole lot of stuff home with me! (The first photo doesnt actually include everything that I bought, but I got fed up of laying it all out after the 7th bag of "stuff") My favourite purchases include this amazing poison ring, which has not been off my finger since I bought it, and the tassely "thing" I have in my hair... The lady seemed quite alarmed when I told her I was going to"stick it in my bun" rather than use it as its actual purpose: a bookmark!

I also started chopping up some of the dresses which I bought for just 40p each! The beautiful red one, I havent touched yet because Im worried I will get a little "snip happy" but I shall attack it this week and show you guys the outcome!

Cant wait to post some new lovely thrifted outfits.

Spring Awakening

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The ladies of Advanced Style have seen trends come and go and although they tend not to rely on passing fads, they are definitely aware of what's current. It looks like Spring is all about orange and you know advanced style fashionistas aren't afraid of a little color. Check out Mary's latest blog post HERE to read her take on the orange craze.

On another note, I am excited to report that I am working on an Advanced Style book set to come out Spring 2012. Between now and August I'll be shooting up a storm, so if you know any older ladies with great style in New York City, email at Advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com .

Tom Wolfe's Style Advice

If I could dress like any gentleman in New York it would be Tom Wolfe. I asked if I could take his photo and told him that I wished I dressed half as good as he does. He gave me some great pointers in the video below.

Gorgeous Gloves

Monday, April 18, 2011

I love when I ask someone if I can take their photograph and they proudly announce their age.I saw this stunning woman walking up Madison Avenue and after complimenting her gloves, I asked  if I could take her photo. She replied, "I'm 86" and said that although she doesn't usually stop for photos on the street that it sounded like a cute idea. I started a page on Advanced Style with photos of other women who aren't afraid to tell their age, CLICK HERE to check it out.

British Sunshine

Sunday, April 17, 2011

SO...it's pretty sunny in England right now! I'm normally such a winter person, but I'm loving this "hot" weather! (it never gets mega hot in England, but it's pretty amazing right now!) This is my favourite jacket from my recent thrifting binge...I love the colours and I think it will look equally amazing in Winter, my mum said that I looked like an old lady in it but I just don't care. I have just this minute got back from an amazing fair, where I bought so many cool things which I will post later this week, including some leather trousers and 3 old lady dresses which I am planning to cut and sew untill my hearts desire!

Curiosity is the Key to a Long and Happy Life

Friday, April 15, 2011

I asked this woman, in her 80s what they key to living a long full life is and she responded with one word, "Curiosity."

Advanced Style Video:Lynn Dell The Countess of Glamour

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Here is Lina Plioplyte's latest video for Advanced Style featuring Lynn Dell, owner of the Off Broadway Boutique. I hope you enjoy these small clips as much as we enjoy putting them together.

Mary's Blog

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Get ready because one of your favorite Advanced Style gals has started her very own blog. Mary will be writing about the joys of retirement and all of the fun she is having reading, going to art shows, and of course shopping.Check out her first post HERE or click on Meows by Mary below the header. You can also email her at meowsbymary@gmail.com with any question you may have.

A Stylish Cane

This stunning 90 year old lady told me that she turned in her "old lady cane" to buy this much more beautiful model. She said, " I don't want an old lady cane, what a downer." Style doesn't end at a certain age and neither does an interest in beautiful product design. Check out OMHU for beautiful products designed to support people's abilities as they change through life.