Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Fine and Dandy Shop instagram feed a few weeks back and have been inspired by his dapper duds ever since. It was a great treat to finally run into him a few days ago. We made a date to chat about style and take a few new photos!
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
|Beatrix is front of her paintings|
|Wax sculpture by Beatrix Ost|
|Paintings and Sculpture by Beatrix Ost|
It was a cold and rainy Saturday in New York when I got the crazy idea to escape south for a day. Eight hours later, I arrived at Beatrix Ost and Ludwig Kuttner's incredible Estouteville Farm outside Charlottesville, Virgina. Painted trees, mystical wooden caves, and fields of daffodils filled my gaze as I entered their magical property. Beatrix and a gang of wagging dogs greeted me with hugs and kisses before setting out on a tour of the magnificent grounds. After a quick rest, I joined Ludwig for an exploration of the inside of the home filled with marvelous antiques and Beatrix's incredible paintings and sculptures. Less than 24 hours later I was back on the road, left with artful memories of an enchanted evening.
Friday, March 27, 2015
I first met Eva and Bill at The Museum of The City of New York at a wonderful talk about vintage clothing led by Advanced Style regular Lana Turner. Since then, I have seen them at several events around town always dressed in the most smashing vintage threads. I was able to finally meet up with them at their wonderful apartment near Harlem and snap a few new photos.
Bill and Eva have been married for 41 years. They first met while both working on Wall Street. I asked them for the secret to a long and happy relationship. Eva answered, "There is no secret. It's give and take, but most importantly respect for each other."
When it comes to dressing they both have a unique take on vintage clothing. "We each have our own styles, but at the same time feed off of each other. Neither one of us can walk out of the house with one looking better than the other." Now that's what I call respect!
Friday, March 20, 2015
I first met Sarah-Jane Adams in Australia after coming across a wonderful photo of her on instagram. I was instantly hooked and knew I had to meet and photograph her. Sarah encourages us all to accept ourselves and to face the aging process with an adventurous spirit. Check out a some inspired words from Sarah below:
My Wrinkles Are My Stripes by Sarah-Jane Adams
I love diamonds. Not, actually so much because they sparkle and scintillate, but also for their astounding physical properties which have a gazillion uses. So, yesterday in Sydney when I was offered a little diamond shaped sachet on the street how could I say no! Before I could say 'make mine a 3ct D VVS' I was whisked into a store, where a delightful young lady approached me and put a blob of something onto the back of her hand. 'I'm just going to apply this to your eyes' she said. 'Um, but what will it do?' I ask. 'It will completely remove all your wrinkles for approximately one week' I'm told. At this point I grab my bag, and politely tell her that actually I love my wrinkles and have no desire to get rid of them. Thank you. Maybe diamonds aren't a girls best friend after all .
It was on this day back in January 2015 that I decided I had to put my hashtag #mywrinklesaremystripes out there.
My dob is 16.04.55 The hashtag started as a 'tongue in cheek' reference to the fact that I am considered by many to be too old to dress in some of my favourite clothes. As you may know, almost every day I proudly wear my 3 Stripes (Adidas). In the Military, the higher the rank, the more stripes are worn. I regularly post pictures on my instagram @saramaijewels which are bare-faced, untouched and truly show my face. My clothes reveal what is going on in my head.
My wrinkles do not scare me; they show me and therefore my experience. Hopefully there is a little wisdom which comes with these stripes. I see them as a badge of honour and a mark of roads travelled and experiences had. Why would I not be proud and happy to show them? I am growing into the face I deserve and the face which reflects who I am and what I have been. It is not a mask. I am not a puppet.
I have been overwhelmed by the response to these posts. Particularly the response from young women. I never thought of myself as inspirational, rather the renegade. It seems however, that there is a new generation of folks out there who are learning to accept themselves for who and what they are. This exhilarates me and drives me on with my mission.
Accept your true self, love your true self, smile and laugh often, gather those laughter lines and creases which come when you share a joke. They are you. The world needs to see more of YOU. In the meantime, I will continue Flying the Flag(s). I hope you enjoy.
Love and Peace Saramai.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Mal Cross, by Lynn Dell's Off Broadway Boutique on the Upper West Side. He is one of the snappiest dressers I have ever seen. He also has a wonderful sense of humor. Yesterday I ran into him again near 72nd street and he asked how Lynn was doing. I told him she was recovering from a cold but doing fine and he announced with a smile, " Lynn Cohen and I never die!" I hope to have even half of Mal's energy and vitality some day.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
The Accidental Icon, agreed to model for us. She makes everything look like gold. Make sure and check out her blog in the link above.
T-shirts are available for a limited time HERE.
T-shirts are available for a limited time HERE.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
|Joyce visiting Nara|
|Even the cats in Ginza were inspired by Joyce's pearls|
|Our billboard near Shibuya Crossing|
I just got back from two magical weeks in Japan. The department store, Seibu Shibuya, invited me to Tokyo for an exhibition of my work in celebration of the Japanese version of Advanced Style and the film's release in June. Joyce Carpati and my parents came along for this wonderful adventure. Check out even more pictures from our trip on the Advanced Style Instagram https://instagram.com/advancedstyle/