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Friday, February 28, 2014

The New Faces of Beauty

Charlotte Rampling by Peppe Tortora courtesy of Grey Magazine
Marc Jacobs Beauty Campaign by David Sims

Break out the Bolly sweeties!  There is indeed something to celebrate in these waning days of winter. NARS and Marc Jacobs have made a quantum leap into the future of beauty in their decision to hire two women who have been worshipped since they were young.

Charlotte Rampling, 68,will be the face of NARS. Jessica Lange, 64, will be the face of Marc Jacobs.

For seasoned women, women who threw caution to the winds in the 60’s and 70’s and lived a life where they took chances, and as they were doing that, remembered to put on some lippy, seeing the divine Miss Lange and the supreme Miss Rampling in every magazine from New York to Timbuktu will be a triumph of age over youth.

Seniors they are not.  And while we’re at it let’s banish that hateful word to describe women over fifty.  Ramplng and Lange are goddesses as are we.

- Alice Carey, author of I'll Know It When I See It

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Grey Days

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Xenobia Bailey

I met artist, Xenobia Bailey, at her residency at The Museum of Arts and Design. Check out her incredible crocheted hat and dress above and to see more of her work CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Grey Video:Jenny Hirschowitz
Last April I did a shoot with Grey Magazine featuring one of my favorite subjects Jenny Hirschowitz. Check out photographer, Peppe Tortora's, beautiful video from behind the scenes above. To see my full shoot with Jenny from Grey VIII CLICK HERE.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ellen Christine

I spotted another wonderful  milliner, Ellen Christine(decked out in leopard print), outside the HaTtitude show in White Plains, NY. You can spot some of Ellen's wonderful hats in my book, and on her website HERE.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Red and Purple

The hat parade continues with this gorgeous duo wearing coordinated red and purple accessories.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Orange is The New Black

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sue Kreitzman in Living Color

It's always a treat to step into the wonderful world of  Sue Kreitzman.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Carlos Lewis

As a kid I used to borrow my grandfather's hats and wear them to school. I always felt a bit more confident wearing one of his wonderful, worn in bowlers. After meeting Milliner, Carlos Lewis, I decided it's time to get something a bit snazzier. Check out Carlos' incredible designs HERE.

Monday, February 17, 2014

White Plains, NY

"I wear a hat everyday. It's not only a great way to look elegant, but it's much more affordable than going to the hair salon every week."

Friday, February 14, 2014

How We Met: A Story for Valentine's Day by Carol Markel

How We Met: A Story for Valentine's Day by Carol Markel

The year was 1962. I was 18 and a freshman at Elmira College. Richard was 29 and a new instructor of art at Elmira. The college held a convocation to introduce the faculty to the students -- an auditorium full of women. This was a college for women only. The faculty was arrayed on the stage, resplendent in their academic robes and mortar boards. The president of Elmira, a one J. Ralph Murray, introduced each teacher starting with full professors and continuing to instructors seated in the back row. Each would stand upon hearing his name. J. Ralph came to Richard. He stood. Tall, reed-thin, handsome, sandy, blond hair -- a skinny Gregory Peck. The women applauded. A collective swoon swept the theater.

Carol and Richard on their wedding day
Cupid, hovering above me, shot an arrow which sailed right through my heart. When the convocation was over, I ran down the aisle to where the Dean of Students was sitting. Breathlessly, I inquired, "Is it too late to sign up for an art class?" I had planned to major in English.
52 years later. Richard and I are celebrating Valentine's Day in Naples, Florida, We are sharing a creative life -- the only kind we can live. Cupid was right. There is still a lot of love and laughter in our lives.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Shocking Pink

I love everything about this woman's look from her shocking pink hair and turban, to her wonderful coat and boots.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winter Style Tips From The Style Crone

I asked one of my favorite bloggers, The Style Crone, to share  some of her winter style secrets with  us. If you haven't already checked out her blog, it's a must read. For more from The Style Crone CLICK HERE and enjoy her cold weather tips below:
I was deeply honored when Ari Seth Cohen asked that I submit a guest editorial on the topic of style and dressing for the cold winter months.  After all, it was Advanced Style that was a major inspiration for the launching of my blog over three and one half years ago.  I have been blogging since then about aging, cancer caregiving, the death of my beloved husband, grieving and transformation through the art form of style and outfits, always wearing a hat.

During this time, I have come to believe that expressing and accepting one’s self fully, be it understated or outrageous and everything in-between, improves well being, decreases fear and changes lives for the better. Thank you Ari, for all that you do to transform and positively impact how our culture views aging.

My approach to style and the bitter cold began in my home state of Minnesota, known for its intense winters. I currently live in Denver, which offers a much more gentle climate. Though winter makes an appearance,  spring-like days interrupt the season.  However, my love for winter coats and jackets remains fully alive, and over the years I have acquired a mostly vintage collection of both.  I look forward to the self expression that they provide. Choosing a coat or jacket, and accessorizing from head to toe to match the temperature is a strategy that keeps me warm and satisfies my love for composing outfits, no matter the season.
Heat escapes from the head, so wearing a hat daily not only improves my mood, but serves the function of providing warmth.  My collection of vintage gloves brightens an outfit with color and detail.  And of course the scarf!  That grand and versatile accessory that adds flair along with comfort.
Maxi skirts, faux fur and turtlenecks provide insulation and I look forward every year to wearing boots.  Layers, layers, layers!  With each piece making its own statement. There are unlimited opportunities to approach the cold with creativity, accessorized with the warmth of humor!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Once Upon a Hat

I photographed milliner, Wanda J. Chambers, outside Arts Weschester where her hats are on display alongside the work of 40 other chapeau designers. Wanda is a natural in front of the camera, but she revealed to me that she only started to feel good about taking pictures, when she started gaining confidence in herself a couple of years ago. To see more of Wanda's wonderful work, check out her website HERE.

Monday, February 10, 2014


Hat by Carlos Hats
This past weekend I attended a wonderful hat exhibit at Arts Weschester in White Plains, NY. There are over 150 hats, designed by 40 contemporary milliners (including our very own Debra Rapoport) on display through the 12th of April. I'll be posting photos from the opening all week and for some more hat inspiration check out the trailer to my favorite movie below:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Style Consistency

I always love running into this stunning woman when I am photo hunting near Madison Avenue. Every time I've stopped her she has been wearing her signature black hat, a wonderful scarf, coat, and pair of earrings. The other day I finally asked her to describe her style to me and she responded, "I always wear black, it's easy. Then I add some accessories." She definitely has a look all her own, and an elegant one at that.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Double Vision

This gorgeous couple has extraordinary taste in eyewear. I have had a lot of inquiries about the circle+square glasses below after posting a photo of them on Instagram. I didn't get a chance to find out where they were from, but I was able to track down a similar pair HERE.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I love how this woman pairs her mud cloth jacket with Ray-Bans and an ear full of piercings to make a winter look all her own.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Coordinated In The Cold

I love how this lady coordinated her winter accessories.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Uptown Elegance

When I complimented this gorgeous couple on how wonderful they looked the gentleman responded, "We are trying to lift New York out of the dark." They posed for a quick photo and were swiftly on their way.


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