Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Style: Advanced Style

A street style blog: Advanced Style.

I am so pleased to share this inspiring blog with you today. Ari Seth Cohen, the creator of Advanced Style, strolls the bustling streets of New York City and beyond, capturing those with an inherent strong spirit and a pronounced sense of personal style—who celebrate their age with confidence and grace. Ari began the blog so inspired by his own grandmother’s unique and personal style, and the amazing style, he discovered, of so many seniors. Perhaps beyond what he had originally imagined, the blog has advanced wonderfully and organically over the past three years, and now, he has now authored a book!


















The book will be released in April, but you may wish to pre-order a copy now. Here is an exerpt from the Amazon page: "Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen’s blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before—focused on the over-60 set in the world’s most stylish locales. The (mostly) ladies of Advanced Style are enjoying their later years with grace and panache, marching to the beat of their own drummer. These timeless images and words of wisdom provide fashion inspiration for all ages and prove that age is nothing but a state of mind.

The Advanced Style book will showcase, in luscious full-color, the best of the blog, but will also act as a true guidebook with all-new material featuring wardrobes, interviews, stories, and advice from a cadre of his most chic subjects, along with a large selection of never-before-seen photography—fresh off of sidewalk catwalks around the world!" Wouldn't this book be a lovely Christmas gift to give?

Images: by Ari Seth Cohen, of Advanced Style

Weekly Finds № 20


This week's discoveries and links, starting with: 

01 Alvhem Mäkleri och Interiör: A welcoming and well-appointed bakery, located in a friendly neighborhood, offering freshly brewed coffee, delicious foods, and lovely décor items.

02 SmokyAlice: Some fashionable new pieces to want for Winter from this Korean-based company. From cozy sweaters and airy dresses to fabulous shoes.













03 Ally, of From The Right Bank, showcased gorgeous gold flatwear
04 With some changes to my bedroom, I am considering one of these
05 A lovely little product for a not-so-lovely ritual
06 The Cherry Blossom Girl featured shoes of her own design
07 An incredible gown installation made of coffee filters
08 Monika, of Splendid Willow, shared a lovely array of Christmas ideas
09 Pretty Petals shared inspires with romantic gift wrapping ideas
10 A beautiful castle style jewelry box

If you have a few minutes, stop by {this is glamorous} to read this week's {take me away} post, which outlines holiday etiquette, with some key tips on being a gracious house guest, as well as ideas for being a welcoming host—particularly important because Christmas is just around the corner!

Images feature: 01, 04, 06, 08, 11 Alvhem Mäkleri och Interiör | 02, 03, 05, 07, 10 SmokyAlice

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Interior: All Lined Up

Large scale pieces on the mantle top.

As Christmas is nearing, we transition our homes with wintery and Christmas adornments. Often one of the key places to start with is the mantle, or mantles. Quite a drawing point in the main spaces of the home, the mantle beckons décor through the seasons, and for winter, can be most magical. The two shown here offer such a strong look, with large scale pieces chosen. Indeed, more decorative pieces are combined in balance with simpler ones, with height and repetition playing key elements in achieving the look.



Decorate for Christmas:

Mantle 01: The miniature pillars may be left in their place, but busts may be replaced for angelic figures, or perhaps small scale, live trees in pots. Alternatively, one could place a multitude of candles, with different heights and scale, in the cloches, or, rolled music/documentation.

Mantle 02: The glass containers seem to be filled with flour perhaps, which also slightly suggests snow, but alternatively, could also be filled with artificial snow and tiny figurines could be added, skiing down the slopes, for a bit of whimsy and fun. Glowing Christmas lights could be added.

I would love to know: which mantle do you prefer, and also, what would you do with it?

Images (scanned):The New French Décor, by Gilles Trillard

Friday, November 25, 2011

Designer: Dior







Dior Winter 2011—2012.

With Thanksgiving being celebrated today by all of my friends just below in the United States, I wanted to say a warm thank you to all of you. Thank you for all of your visits, for the time you take to read the different things that are shared, and also, for your kindness. Your friendship and all the beauty that we enjoy and share is a treasure. May you have a wonderful celebration today with those you love close by...

Images: Mario Sierra

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weekly Finds № 19

This week's discoveries and things to share, starting with:

01 This week's {take me away} post for {this is glamorous} explores La Maison du Chocolat, with a bit about the company and a look at some of the beautiful creations from one of their books... also, for fun, we tried two of the recipes—click here to see the results! In the photographs I snapped of the baking, (as you see in image 01, just above) we used some lovely Emile Henry dishes to hold the desserts—a reputable company that produces a high quality of ceramics for cooking, baking and serving. 

02 Partizia D. (in Belgium) designs and produces some loveable, luxurious and cozy pieces for the home and body. From cashmere blankets and lounge wear to tablecloths and linens, there is a nice range of pieces to bring into your own home or as to purchase as gifts.










03 Popbee featured Vogue: 120 years of extraordinary magazine covers
04 Garance Doré shared the story of purchasing her beautiful Kelly bag
05 Some very special Christmas ornaments and one sweet choice in particular
06 An elegant lady who is intelligent and full of grace—a must follow
07 A must do: Greige shared a few ideas on bringing olive branches inside!
08 One of my favorite local boutique for fashion has just launched an online store

Images: 01 and 02 by Sarah Klassen | 02, 04, 06, 08 Emile Henry | 03, 05, 07, 09 Patrizia D.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Design: Costumes

From classic ballet shoes to embellished jackets.

With so many fascinating plays taking place right now and more very soon, I can hardly wait to purchase tickets for December and to enjoy one or perhaps two live performances. There is something so special about heading to a play or the ballet that a movie theatre simply cannot provide. Perhaps I have an old soul, but even as a child I so enjoyed watching plays, with talented individuals taking part, and a story unfolding before my eyes, especially during the Christmas season...















 It is wonderful to have a closer look at some of the pieces used in live performances—the artistry and design that has gone into creating the scene and setting for play or ballet performance is truly magnificent! To find out more about the pieces featured visit The Coveteur. Do you enjoy attend live performances, such as the ballet as well? Are there any, in particular, that you are hoping to attend?

Images: The Coveteur
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