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Friday, May 6, 2016

Thinking Pink on Park Avenue

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sarah Jane Adams, Joshua Tree

" I have always used my clothes as a form of communication. My protection, armor, camouflage, a daily reflection of my mood. I dress for myself rather than to impress."-Sarah Jane Adams

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Style Crone Hits Manhattan

Check out Judith Boyd's wonderful and inspirational blog, The Style Crone HERE.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Advanced Beauty: Sabine Reichel


Your Face is your Story - So you better keep it Real!- Sabine Reichel http://grayinlosangeles.blogspot.com

I have an uncomplicated relationship with beauty and cosmetics. Lucky that I am (thanks Mom!) I still have some (at 69) what is called "flawless" pale skin. I never smoked, never drank much alcohol or any soft drinks, never fried for hours in the sun. Didn't like any of it. Boring? Worked for me.

It's all very simple. Age means more wrinkles, drier skin, mostly on the body, and very dry hair when it's gray! Logic: Less decorative cosmetics, more rich body lotions, hand creams and hair oils. Less showers, too (especially in California).

Once made up like a model - I've dropped it all after 50, just like any other pretense and became a minimalist. You are You! Finally. No raccoon-eyes and too dark lipstick for me. My motto is: Don’t enhance your eyes, enhance your views. Look for your buried dreams not BB-cream on sale.
So, instead of wasting loads of money on useless magical anti-wrinkle-creams, I travel, discuss hot topics with strangers, laugh a lot, buy books and eat good food.

What's really good is that I have a lifelong love affair with cheap drug-store-cosmetics I can pick by myself (also in foreign countries!) since I dread snooty cosmetic counter ladies. So my trick is the mix - a little bit like with clothes. I only rarely throw in a few items that are fancy and expensive -which is much more fun.

So - right now I clean my face with "Facial Foam Cleanser" from "Trader Joe's" (6.99), the best I think. I recently bought organic Korean Ginseng Milk from Erboria (39 $) for my face lotion. Feel guilty about the price! And equally guilty about another item, but what can you do, right?
Hands, a dark topic. Why, oh why did I touch even one dish without using rubber gloves in the last 25 years? L'Occitane has the best Shea Butter hand cream, it's very rich and expensive (28 $) but I have to be nice to my abused hands!

I always wear a little makeup and sunscreen since I'm 25, only because an old charming skin specialist once explained that it protects you from the environment. My sister bought me Georgio Armani "Maestro Fusion Makeup" in a chic black compact with a 29 sunscreen. It's light beige and creamy, I like that. No powder for me.
My other "best friend" is a concealer - a must for under-eyes and dark spots. I have a liquid one from NARS and a stick from "Wet n Wild" (2.99$).

I was born to wear lipstick till I drop dead, and I'm sticking to it. I'm not even dropping my trash without putting on lipstick. I'm often asked which brand and color I'm wearing. Many different ones. I go by shades. I have gray hair so I ALWAYS pick only dark pink, fuchsia, wine and mauve tones, or the famed DIOR red, which is really good but expensive.

I adore SEPHORA, so there is one shade of their own cream lipsticks called "Private Selfie" (No 51) that I like (12.99). On the cheap front: NYC lipsticks (from 2.99) and Wet n Wild (from 1.99), all in drugstores. Never buy matte lipsticks.

Last not least. I have two staples that always work:
Being German, of course I still use NIVEA (only in the blue tin, no tubes!) cause I grew up with it. It's perfect for lips, removing eye-makeup and carrying around in your handbag. The other one is Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (in a jar, for 5.99 $) from "Trader Joe's" - that can go anywhere: your hair, your legs and your frying pan.

My cheapest and most effective beauty-secret is simple and can be used by anybody (including men!). I'm not crazy about the vertical lip-lines, and so I smile a lot. And I mean naturally! First, because I see the funny and absurd side in everything (that philosophy grows in age), secondly, because I'm friendly and like to smile at people and connect. The result is natural Botox and a life not filled with fillers but humor and gratefulness for the fact that I still can put on lipstick by myself!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Outside The Strand

Sarah Jane Adams(@saramaijewels), Joyce Carpati, Beatrix Ost, and Magda

Friday, April 29, 2016

Advanced Style: Older and Wiser Launch Party at The Strand NYC

                   For those of you who couldn't make the launch of Advanced Style: Older and Wiser this past weekend, The Strand was kind enough to put the event on their YouTube page. I hope to catch you at one of our upcoming signings.
Los Angeles
Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 3-6pm
West Coast Book Launch, Signing and Reception
MOCA Store
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-9pm
Book Signing and Conversation
Book Soup
Panel discussion with Ari Seth Cohen, Valerie Von Sobel, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Sarah Jane Adams, Colleen Heidemann, and Irene Coyazo
Moderated by Rose Apodaca
8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

San Diego
Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 7:30pm-9pm
Author Talk and Book Signing
Warwick's Book Store
7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, California 92037
                                         http://www.warwicks.com/event/ari-seth-cohen-2016 

San Francisco Launch:
Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Book Signing and Conversation
Ari Seth Cohen in conversation with Joy Venturini Bianchi
Bloomingdale’s, 845 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94103
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/store/eventsearch?locNo=2371&storeNam%20%20e=San%20Francisco%20Centre

Advanced Style: Older and Wiser Launches at MOCA Tomorrow

    http://www.moca.org/index.php/program/book-signing-advanced-style-older-and-wiser

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bill and Eva near The Strand

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Advanced Style: Older and Wiser is Out Today

It's been four years since the release of my first book and I'm thrilled to announce that my new book Advanced Style: Older and Wiser is out today! Check below for signing dates and locations(more to be added soon).
New York
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 7-9pm
Book Launch, Signing, and Party
Ari Seth Cohen in conversation with Simon Doonan
The Strand, Rare Book Room
828 Broadway (at 12th street), New York, NY 10003
This event is open to the public, but if you would like to secure to seat for the conversation check 

Los Angeles
Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 3-6pm
West Coast Book Launch, Signing and Reception
MOCA Store
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-9pm
Book Signing and Conversation
Book Soup
Panel discussion with Ari Seth Cohen, Valerie Von Sobel, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Colleen Heinemann, and Irene Coyazo
Moderated by Merle Ginsberg
8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

San Diego
Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 7:30pm-9pm
Author Talk and Book Signing
Warwick's Book Store
7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, California 92037
                                         http://www.warwicks.com/event/ari-seth-cohen-2016 

San Francisco Launch:
Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Book Signing and Conversation
Ari Seth Cohen in conversation with Joy Venturini Bianchi
Bloomingdale’s, 845 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Monday, April 25, 2016

"I Don't Dress to be Visible," Artist, Debra Rapoport, Responds to Negative Comments on Facebook

The other day I posted the picture above of artist, milliner, reflexologist, and community chef Debra Rapoport on Facebook to mixed reviews. Most people commented on how they were constantly inspired by Debra's creative expression and bold and artistic approach to adorning herself, while others left comments calling her a "freak show", while describing her look as ridiculous and stupid. 

My whole project is about creating a dialogue about aging, personal expression and vitality and I always encourage people to share their opinions, comment and become part of the conversation. I'll never understand why some people are moved to leave such nasty comments with such little regard or awareness to the fact that the subject's of the photos may be seeing these remarks. Does it come out of fear, self consciousness, wanting to teach someone a lesson, or rather a passionate display of what they are feeling in the moment? Each person will definitely not relate to or understand every outfit or person that I post, but I believe that there is a kind and constructive way to share our opinions. After the the negative comments were shared, people rallied in defense of Debra and advocated for a more positive manner of sharing critical feedback. Now it's Debra's turn to respond:

I dress for myself as a meditation first and then a creative statement. I can't say it is fashion or trendy but that is not what I am about. I have always been an artist/sculptor and my body is part of the form.  Growing up I was never told don't do this, don't wear that, put on a navy blue suit to be accepted and normal.  I couldn't do it. I felt abnormal and uncomfortable.

I don't dress to turn heads or get attention. I do want to make a statement about the body and clothing. It is one of my means of expression. It is from an inner source even though it is an outer expression. It is my CREATIVITY.  I do get looked at, sometimes stared at. 
People often have a smile on their faces and wish to start a conversation. As Ari says the "3C's" Creativity/Communication/Community...that is what will keep us vital and human. So people look up from their IPhones and actually make eye contact and we have an exchange. COMMUNICATION... we exchange cards and stay "friends", COMMUNITY. So what could be better.

I don't dress to be visible but if I get noticed it is a positive experience. Some people want to blend in and not be noticed. It might make them feel vulnerable to dress creatively. It is very personal. Some people think it is purposeless; it is showing off and egotistical. Many people would rather be anonymous for whatever reason - insecurity, shyness, not wanting to call attention to themselves. Some people are threatened feeling "why do we need to showoff".  I am not bothered by these thoughts or comments. I realize that some people are more reserved, conservative and stuck in an old paradigm of what "OLD" should look like. I have always lived in NYC, been an artist and been free in my thinking so this is who I am. I live at a time where one can self-express.

I don't mind if I get laughed at.   I don't mind if I get ridiculed.  If someone responds to me negatively or positively, I still feel empowered and complete.  There are no rules to creativity. 

Dressing "normally" doesn't feel comfortable to me. I feel like I am inhibiting my creativity; stifling my energy.
I can dress simpler but not in jeans, T-shirt and hoody!! I need color, texture and layers. Maybe it is just habit since I have been doing it so long!

I have used recycled/re purposed materials since the 60's.  I believe there is so much "stuff" in our immediate environment that we can appropriate and use once we begin to look and see. It is for the fun, enjoyment and protection of the planet.  This also keeps me stimulated, creative and joy filled.
Where there is creativity there are no rules. Where there are no rules there is no fear!                            -Debra Rapoport

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