Celebrating the Holiday Season with Vintage Flair | Lifestyles Magazine

Stemming from early childhood (approximately from the age of 8), I believed I was destined to do something extraordinary, as the universe has put me here to create words along with fashion that would inspire others. I had always yearned to do something at a creative level that would combine literature along with my developing attraction of an era gone by. I’ve taken a growing attraction to the publishing industry allowing it to flourish through each assignment I take part in. Visually sounded, I begin the process as if I were Kim Cattrall’s character Emmy, from the movie ‘Mannequin’, styling each garment solely. Reusing, repurposing and reinventing I seek methods that will transport a modern day sense of style to an era of timeless grace utilizing textures, fabrics and accessories.For my holiday debut in Lifestyle Magazine, I wanted to offer viewers modern day garments from an array for reachable retailers (The Limited, Dolce Vita and Banana Republic). With the merging of subtle vintage touches such as gold plated ornaments, fur textures, beaded jewels to historic architecture and antique heirlooms, the past defined such strength displaying elegance and grace.
With a vision of a sleek 1940s glamorous persona, highlighted by my Veronica Lake-inspired side-swept hairstyle which frame my European features, together they lay contrasted to the rustic landscape. When it came to Lifestyles Magazine the usage of natural light, composition and significance played a key role while being surrounded by the morning sun rise on-location. Even after more than a decade, uncertain of what the future could potentially have in store for me I held on to the belief that it would occur one day. With the grand opportunity to Model and Write as a Style Editor for an award-winning San Joaquin Media Group specialty publication, San Joaquin Lifestyles, that day is now. With each issue delivering an effective message of local content to a vast demographic, from online to print which includes San Joaquin Lifestyles, San Joaquin Woman, Valley Home Finder, The Records Best of and Going Green. The San Joaquin Media Group, founded in 1895 as The Stockton Evening Record, has become a vital source of news to the surrounding areas of Stockton, Lodi & San Joaquin.I had sought after taking two generations of muses, which were my greatest influence of vintage flair bringing homage to their keen sense of style. With the sophistication of diamonds, to a mink coat containing such warmth, in combination of a historic landmark which defines such strength, the blessing of having this opportunity to entwine an era that is best described as timeless. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing,” Voltaire said. “It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

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View this month’s San Joaquin Lifestyles fashion feature and celebrate the holidays with vintage flair.

New Look

New York & Company 7th Avenue Suit Collection (similar here & here)  Diamond Earrings  (similar here)  Vintage Velvet Party Hat (similar here) Vintage Suede Handbag – J. Colleen Boutique Carrano Jeweled Pumps (sold at Piperlime)

With December upon us, it seems to be a bit of a misnomer to conceal ourselves with the hue known as winter white. Quite the contrary, fashionably speaking, as within the history of fashion there has been only two primary colors used frequently being Black & White. Worn separately or merged seamlessly together, this combination is often referred to as a classic. I’ve discovered over the years from merchandising a variety of techniques to convert such a profound ensemble of purity and timidities.  The antiquated guideline of wearing this classic combination as one is blending its elegance in a timeless-chic sense of balance.

As mentioned in previously written articles of mine, in particular, Christian Dior’s “New Look”, an image that took a vivid shift during the post-war fashion from the late 1940s. Gathering the same fundamentals that Dior displayed in 1947 as Carmel Snow, Editor-in-Chief of Harper Bazaar was quoted stating, “It’s such a new look!” after her initial viewing of Dior’s spring/summer collection. I’ve discovered that a woman’s silhouette is her story, strength, beauty, presenting such a feminine quality. With a claim of a wishful desire to bring back beauty through the usage of utilizing feminine clothing with soft rounded shapes which embrace the woman’s physique.Dior, along with myself, share the vision of bringing back a sense of timeless grace, inherited through the fabrics, textures, and accessories that I garnish creating a practical yet wearable ensemble.

A Gift of Amore

Lace Shell – Ann Taylor  Bow Skirt – Banana Republic (similar here)  Lady Day Coat – J. Crew  Fur Scarf – Adrienne Landau  Clutch & Earrings – Vintage  Heels – Corso Como

The fondest gift of all could easily be viewed as the love you are given in return. While the holiday season is inundated with an array of covetousness within the retail sphere, our well-being, spirit and instances stand as an illustration of self-perseverance. If I were to explain the love I embrace from Rich, a slight smile would develop with words following which radiate the highest gratification. For many of us we are unaware of why we have ended up with such an individual or significant other.

Rich is seen as a given gift that continuously provides a level of love that I have never felt. In life we unfortunately don’t get to choose all we desire, we choose the love we wish to receive. A conscious decision for many that should be considered with reverence and gratitude. We must cherish those that touch our souls because these individuals are the ones that give us perspective, give us strength, and give us life.With the holiday season upon us tradition is granted through adventure, Rich and I have traded the massive holiday marketing scenario behind rooting the holidays to its origin. Established by the endless love and appreciation for the respect we share for another and the future we envision with the product we publish as one. The gift of love cannot be brought, as it is hard to find and even harder to grasp.


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