An Award-Winning Taste with Women of Wine

Middle 1 5-23-2016Summer days are meant to bask in the sun, lost in conversation over an award-winning glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, I’ve found myself on-location at Silver Oak Cellars strolling through acres of vineyards, with AllVino in mind. As you may know United States is currently the largest wine market in the world, with women producing a greater deal of the country’s wine. For decades women have been creating exceptional wines; so there is no wonder when Allvino’s COO, Haley Hoppe, approached me to write on the topic of “Women of Wine” for their Grand Opening, I couldn’t resist.

Its only right to model an ensemble that pays tribute to one of the funniest and well-known wine-making moments in classic television history, “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” filmed in 1956 during I Love Lucy’s European tour. Fans of the sitcom are familiar with Lucy’s desperate attempts to be in show business, and in this episode she is vying for a role in the Italian film, “Bitter Grapes.” Lucy decides to soak up the local color and accidentally lands a job as a grape stomper. A necessity for such an inspired vintage style is a lightweight, off the shoulder peasant corset design by Corset Story. Laces made of soft, satin ribbons which assist in a natural body contour up two inches, provides a flirty and jovial appearance.  Paired with vintage accessories that Lucy herself would approve of from a full circle A-Line skirt, patent belt and matching pumps to just the right amount of sparkle with rhinestone earrings completes such an ensemble.
Enjoy a premier wine selection by visiting Allvino  and receive 10% off your first bottle using promo code: New10 
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Instant Shape Off-the-Shoulder Corset Top c/o Corset Story // Ming Wang A-Line Skirt // Unlabeled Patent Belt // Vintage Patent Clutch, Embossed Gloves & Moon Rhinestone Earrings //  Patent Pumps Kate Spade // “Really Red” Lipstick c/o MaryKay // Skincare Nucerity // Wine c/o Silver Oak Cellar 

A Charming Stroll Through Claremont Upland with a Portrait of a Lady

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Built in 1921, the Claremont Upland historic district of Berkeley, adjacent to the Claremont Hotel, gives such a nostalgic feeling of an era gone by. Standing before such quaint, picture-perfect Craftsman-style homes of the neighborhood, I often wonder if some are still owned by their original tenants. Many of us know that home is where the heart is – in my case, it’s my closet – nevertheless I find a rare appreciation for such history. Just half a mile off of College and Claremont Avenue, my Great Aunt was a prized home owner; it was a place where as a family we all would all gather after Sunday mass. I still to this day remember the glass door knobs and the solid oak wood build in cabinets throughout the main level, not to mention her armoire filled with antique beauty. The house was sold shortly after her passing, when I was a young girl, but I still today will pass by and admire its beauty during my random visits through the neighborhood.

Passing through the entry Stone Markers for an afternoon stroll, I wore a dress – that could have been a remnant of the era – from a beloved online boutique, Bitter Root Vintage, owned by Carol. This newly released, 1950s-inspired, cotton dress, “Portrait of a Lady,” features an iconic “wiggle” silhouette and equally charming details. I’ve built an entire wardrobe that consist of a combination of authentic timely pieces and newer vintage-inspired pieces, which include many from Bitter Root Vintage and highly recommend you frequently visit Carol’s online boutique.

For today’s spring ensemble, I added a new floral brooch that I found while antiquing in Reno, a pair of lady-like lace gloves by Cornelias James, and aura rhinestone earrings. I have quite a weakness for vintage brooches and rhinestone earrings; there is something about the sparkle that it brings to any outfit that enchants my attention. You can only imagine how I felt when Rich noticed it through the glass display case at the register. I kept staring, expressing in a minimum amount of words how stunning it was, until Rich purchased it for me. In many ways, a clear rhinestone, also known as Diamante, is how I feel for Rich, as he shines so bright and brings such sparkle to my eye. I find it to go perfectly with everything because of its contrast, an enhancement of glamour by far.Full 1 5-16-2016LS 1 5-14-2016Full 2 5-16-2016Middle Tint 5-16-2016Details 1 5-16-2016Street 1 5-16-2016LS 2 5-16-2016Middle 2 5-16-2016Middle 3 5-16-2016Claremont 5-16-2016Middle 4 5-16-2016
Portrait of a Lady Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage // Vintage Clear Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Earrings // Vintage Peach Floral Brooch (similar here) // “Nancy” Lace gloves c/o Cornelia James // 1940s Bespoke Satin Flower Clutch (Doris Alexander, photo above) // Brian Atwood Pumps // “Really Red” Lipstick c/o Marykay // Skincare c/o Nucerity


Crown your Beauty with the Elegant Touch of White Purls

LS 1 5-9-2016Full 1 5-9-2016The way you create your sense of style is very important. My personal style is a blend of sophisticated and casual motifs. My ideal ensemble is one that promotes a classic, feminine profile and silhouette, which I play off with fabrics, textures, and accessories that are as practical and wearable as they are beautiful. My attitude towards myself and my wardrobe is a melding sense of style, with a practical, unpretentious philosophy, which seem to both embody and reflect an era of yesteryear. From a millinery design to lady-like daywear gloves and a hip hugging black sheath that completes my corseted waist, I find these elements of style so much more meaningful and rich than any new modern design, because they have life; I love items that have both life and a forgotten story.

Millinery, for example, has been a huge part of my adult life while I’ve embraced womanhood in a new form. When I garnish myself with a pillbox, wide-brim, or perchance a fascinator design, there is a moment I’ve crowned my soul with such beauty. I believe millinery to be a labor of love, as well as an art form that awakens the senses of dressing like a lady. When I combine the two, I find myself bringing such a harmonious balance to my European attributes, which in return gives me such a sense of true beauty.

For several months I’ve had an ongoing interest in partnering with Myriam Courchesne,  Designer and Founder of White Purls, a made-to-order bespoke milliner of California. I’ve found her designs to obtain a uniqueness crafted by inventive techniques not found elsewhere. From the elegant touch of genuine leather suede with black lace, The ‘Nadine’ Evening Hat presents a profound touch of vintage glamour that accentuates one’s beauty.

My love for the products I wear and display creates strength and excitement. Many can see that through my extensive collection, which consists of millinery designs by some of the elite in the industry, White Purls is by far one of them. Garnished in such love, I applaud the millinery designers for their ongoing support and producing such beauty. In the years ahead I see an increase of ladies joining me as they too showcase a lady-like demure of wearing a hat, with the only question being which hat to choose.Sit 1 5-9-2016M 1 5-9-2016LS 2 5-9-2016F2 5-9-2016LS 3 5-9-2016Full  4 5-9-2016Sit 2 5-9-2016LS 5 5-9-2016
Banana Republic Lightweight Wool Vented Sheath // ‘Nadine’ Cocktail Fascinator c/o White Purls // Vintage Pearl Earrings & Necklace (Theresa Fisher) // Satin Opera Gloves // Donna Karen Hosiery // Kate Spade Patent Pumps // Red Lipstick “Really Red” c/o Marykay


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