Monday Inspiration: Diana Vreeland

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“Vogue always did stand for people’s lives. I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later.”—Diana Vreeland

 

Anna Wintour’s predecessor knew a thing or two about life, fashion and living.  Responsible for taking Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue into mainstream publication and popularizing the circulation of the fashion magazine across the globe, Vreeland was known for fearlessly speaking her unedited thoughts aloud.  What I really admire about her, though, is her zest for living.  Instead of complaining about the wrongs in life, she set out to create the life she wanted to live.  Vreeland spent every moment of the day living, not over analyzing or allowing fear to keep her from taking in each moment with a fresh perspective.  She saw the challenges of life and business as opportunities to express her best and most highest self.  At times, her solutions were received well and highly praised and at other times she fell flat on her face.  But she wasn’t afraid of the fall nor did she allow the possibility of falling keep her from trying.  This is true inspiration to me.  To live life in such a way that you are fully present and grateful in each moment.  Allowing these to open the door to your passions and creativity.  Then maybe we won’t despise Mondays so much but instead see the day as a new possibility for a new beginning to a new creative moment.  Mondays? Yes, I’m starting to look forward to it just a wee bit more…

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

P.S. If you are a fan of fashion and Vreeland, check out the documentary, The Eye has to Travel!

Mood Board Inspiration: American Hustle

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I love fashion from the 1970s, actually I am a lover of period fashion and the history behind costume. Today’s inspiration is derived from the 2014 movie American Hustle, starring Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and directed by David O. Russell.  Truth is, my excitement in viewing the movie was only because of the costume design.  Fashion from the 70s is flamboyant and seductive.  The movie reproduced all of the notable elements of the glamorous era with wavy big hair, bold makeup, and glitzy clothing, not to mention attitude.

If you’re thinking about adding some staple 70′s inspired pieces to your wardrobe, check out the pictures for inspiration!

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The Chameleon: Kate Moss

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    Intriguing.  Alluring.  Beautiful.  These are just a few terms used to describe model Kate Moss.  One of the most sought models in the fashion industry, she is paparazzi gold as she attracts media attention everywhere.  In honor of her latest collaboration with London giant retailer, Top Shop, here are a few editorial fashion photographs of the chameleon.  The collection has a 70s flair to it (perfect match to the American Hustle mood board), is reasonably priced (some pieces sold out within minutes of the launch) and can add a cool chic London feel to any wardrobe.  Enjoy! Be sure to check out the collection at http://www.topshop.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mood Board Inspiration: A man’s World

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The iconic movie, Annie Hall featured young Hollywood starlet Diane Keaton, epitomized the style of menswear for women.  Nothing excites me more than contrasting ideologies mashed perfectly together to create an effortless bold look.  A boyfriend blazer or jeans, a panama or fedora, a vest can be incorporated into any wardrobe to achieve this style.  One of my favorite old Hollywood actress and style icon, Marlene Dietrich, was known to wear men’s trousers and tuxedos in public.  And despite the type of clothing, a woman can still be feminine and sexy in menswear.  Designers  such as Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Phoebe Philo have all translated entire collections into a swirl of polished dainty menswear for women.  Get inspired today!

*My fav to go ensemble is a pair of great boyfriend jeans, a fitted tee/blazer and cute flats!

 

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6 Days

Sometimes a story comes to me through an image, a random thought, a song…I used to think I just had an over active imagination. I haven’t quite gotten used to calling myself a writer but I do understand better now that it’s not just imagination. It is a gift. A calling. Nothing helps me thrive more, lights up my world than writing (and fashion). The better I understand who I am created to be, the better I can love and accept myself. I’m learning just to BE. Here’s to finding out what lights up your world!

A small excerpt from a short story 6 Days. Enjoy!

The slow rhythm of a ceiling fan spinning nonchalantly amidst a quiet background. A young man, in his early thirties, stares blankly at it. He appears to be completely at peace amid the chaos that surrounds him. You see the stillness is only in his mind; for he is lone island in company of a tumultuous sea. Sirens, tortured screams and faint cries for help color the night outside of his bedroom window. A foul thick stench paints the air inside of the tiny room he has chosen to take cover in. Rodents, the size of domesticated animals, scurry across the floor and his lower extremities in a game of hide and seek. Yet the young man, clearly not alarmed at his living conditions, has found a peaceful solitude among the bleakness. The retreat of his will and soul has almost driven him to madness and he no longer gives a damn about consequences or outcomes. In fact, he prays to the gods for madness! Before it all ends, before he takes his final bow, exits stage left. Besides is there any more to the maddening insanity called life? For him, a wasted valley of year after year of utter nothingness with a few insignificant glances of familiar faces and feelings of love. Not real love, because to really be loved or love, one must possess some human quality…what is it? Ability? Ah yes, one must possess the ability and willingness to participate in the dance of love. The young man neither has ability, will or resemblance to humanity. He has known this and accepted his fate at a young age. He smiles at his deepest secret, although the emptiness of the present conditions would suggest this is no secret. And then he draws his eyes on the only decorative object hanging loosely on a pissy wall. A calendar. Gazing upon it makes him giddy, light headed and in comes a fresh release of endorphins. He must keep his composure, remain calm and steady and sure footed for he knows his fate, accepted it at a young age.
As a boy, his parents were told he had the IQ of a genius and they, being average people, dreamt of a wondrous life for him. A magnificent life, filled with accolades and accomplishments, making them proud to have birth such a gifted human being. But at eight, when he slit the throat of the neighbor’s cat from ear to ear, their dreams began to float into darkness until swallowed up, lost into a black hole. From there on, it was rough ride, all through middle school, junior high and high school. When he finally graduated from high school, the parents had hoped the military would bring a sense of balance and discipline into his life. Push him, where their guidance had failed, toward manhood. Make him responsible, a productive citizen of society. Sadly, his short lived stint in the military didn’t provide any of those; instead he was introduced to class three and four narcotics and episodes of gluttony and indulgence at the highest levels. This period, known as the Dark Ages, robbed him mercilessly of health and bled from him the wee bit of human likeness left in his wretched soul. What has remained isn’t a monster, per se, but a hollow gut of a young man who has lived a very insubordinate life. What’s remained is a young man whose life is abruptly ending and he, like a solider perched in a trench on a pre-war’s eve, is preparing to meet his maker. This young man, once labeled talented and thought to be going places in life, is facing the final finale of colossal proportions. Because for all of the days we live unnumbered, careless, drifting through life, unconcerned about the space in time where worlds conclude, chapters end, life ceases to exist…6 days is all that remains for him.

 

6 days.

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Mood Board Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

gg1 Considered the greatest literary work of his career, F. Scott Fitzgerald, painted a beautiful illusionary tale of forbidden love, lost and found. The 2013 movie adaption, directed by Baz Luhrman, explored themes of excess, abundant passions and over the top glamour that seemed to define the Roaring Twenties. Art Deco reached its height of popularity during the mid to late 1920s and the art movement was defined by vibrant color patterns, plush and excessive ornaments and bold geometric shapes.

Valentino, Chanel and Dior are a few remaining fashion houses that produce haute couture (high fashion made-to-measure) garments.

Here’s to fashioning a new look, planning a dinner party or simply taking in some glamour for the day!

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Monday Inspiration

36050865610265IMG_20140401_145911     Art is subjective.  Often what moves one person, may confound another. Fashion, or the love of fashion, is no different.  When the two are combined, what is produced is a beautiful mix of fantasy and reality, the past and future, cosmos and chaos.  That magical juxtaposition of opposing ends of the spectrum is what makes fashionART so intriguing. And inspiring.  When we are inspired, we become unstoppable creative forces.  When we create from our core, from the place where we are the truest form of ourselves, we don’t wish for creativity to visit us, we live in creativity.  So here’s to the start of living in a perpetual creative space and to brightening up an otherwise ordinary Monday!

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“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.”  Ernest Hemingway