A Glamorous Poolside Flute of Champagne

Full 1 7-25-2016How does one complete a summer afternoon poolside? That’s quite simple darlings: with a classic, black, retro, one-piece swimsuit by Red Dolly Swimwear and a flute of Francis Ford Coppola sparkling Blanc de Blancs champagne. With the hottest days of summer in full swing, what better way to enjoy such sizzling temperatures than poolside in my backyard oasis.

A private oasis, surrounded by a lush tropical design, frames a rock waterfall which serves as the yard’s focal point. A pebble sheen blue granite texture and color offers a natural beauty to the overall theme of the pool, providing a private retreat. After several poolside visits to a number of resorts, Rich illustrated his vision and in three months’ time, his bountiful vision turned into a reality gifting summer days like today with glamorous relaxation. 

While Rich takes a refreshing dip in the aqua prism of luxury, you will typically find me poolside sipping champagne, with a vintage-inspired parasol overhead. For such an afternoon, a swimsuit that combines both style and ease is needed; Red Dolly Swimwear’s one-piece halter with gathered bust exudes such loveliness. With every detail showcasing retro perfection, you’ll find it is fully lined, featuring a flattering sweetheart cut and modest overall coverage. This classic black one-piece swim suit is available in a number of colors and patterns, providing you the opportunity to collect them all for a glamorous afternoon such as this.Middle 1 7-21-2016Middle 2 7-25-2016Middle 3 7-21-2016Full 2 7-21-2016Back 1 7-25-2016Details 7-21-2016Face 1 7-25-2016Full 3 7-25-2016Face 2 7-25-2016Full 4 7-25-2016Waterfall 7-25-2016Face 3 7-25-2016One-Piece Halter Swim Suit c/o Red Dolly Swim // ‘Sofia’ Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Francis Ford Coppola (similar here & here) // Mikasa, Crystal Champagne Flue & Plate // Vintage Lace Scarf (similar here) // Aurora Borealis Vintage Earrings (similar here) // Floral Hair Piece c/o Vandalised with Love // Leisureland Handmade Victorian Lace Parasol Umbrella // Clarins UV Day Screen

An Amphitheater of Roses with Theresa

M1 7-18-2016Life is all about inspiring others, as we all have an incredible opportunity to influence the next individual that crosses our path. This is why we purposely must always be aware of how our verbal and physical actions are carried out and come from a place of authentic love. One that comes to mind is nestled within a mother’s love, which consists of home traditions and compares to the significance a single red rose presents.

On this particular photo-shoot, Rich and I celebrated a woman who was the true inspiration during his youth, symbolizing both love and beauty; that women is his mother, Theresa Fisher, or better known to many as “Teddy”. Today would’ve been her 88th birthday, and what better place to embrace her beauty than surrounded by an Amphitheater of Roses. Created in 1933, the Morcom Rose Garden houses well over a thousand perennial blooms. They are spread across seven acres off Grand Avenue, a premier street in Oakland where Theresa was raised with her 3 siblings. Standing among the public garden, which today remains a 1930’s gem, I felt a harmonious poise from the winding paths, graceful stairways, and dramatic water features. I entered through the grand entrance of the amphitheater and stood hand in hand with Rich, as we consumed the crisp morning dew, while our eyes wandered to the vast photo opportunities. With a few additional steps forward, we had noticed a bronze plaque that stated, “Mother of the Year Award,”’ an award given annually since 1954, honoring those in the community symbolizing the finest traditions of ‘motherhood’.

To display the love I have for Rich’s mother, I wore her gold plated pearl earrings, a piece of jewelry frequently showcased here on the blog from time-to-time. When these earrings were acquired, I had discovered they were missing a mate. Anyone else might have disregarded such an earring, but for me it brought more of an authentic reason to find a clever way to model them. Though the soft pin curls abundantly cover my left ear, I am able to showcase this single earring on my fully -exposed right ear in honor of a mother I had never met, but feel I had.
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In loving memory of Theresa ‘Teddy’ Fisher – a woman, mother, and wife with a generous heart of gold. She was satisfied by the thought of providing for others, and her smile celebrates the joys in life.LS1 7-18-2016Rose1 7-18-2016.jpgFull1 7-18-2016Rose 2 7-18-2016Middle 2 7-18-2016Roses3 7-18-2016Sit 1 7-18-2016Details2 7-18-2016BNW 7-18-2016Rose 4 7-18-2016LS 2 7-18-2016Roses 5 7-18-2016Middle 3 7-18-2016
Red Lace ‘Karen’ Sheath Dress c/o DAVIS Fashion // Golden Framed Renaissance Cameo Brooch Etsy // Vintage Pearl Earrings (Theresa Fisher) // Coach ‘Teddi’ Pumps // Cosmetics c/o Belleci Beauty

A Countryside Ride in Gingham

M 7-11-2016Wine tasting  is one of the most popular and prominent pastimes for wine lovers worldwide, with more than 400 wineries to visit in the Napa Valley alone. To experience the true flavor of a premier choice of wine requires a leisure mindset which in turn involves your sense of sight, smell, touch, and most importantly taste. I find an abundance of relaxation while I’m among the acres of vibrant vines and the authentic pattern of gingham.

With a pleasant afternoon spent at Leer Winery, I decided to take the 17th century striped pattern of gingham for a brisk ride through the countryside, feeling like Audrey Hepburn in the classic 1953 film, Roman Holiday. Gingham has no right or wrong side with respect to color, as it inspires a classic style motif, cotton comfort, and the vintage touch of a rose brooch. Having indulged at a number of wineries, I’ve taken fashion inspiration from the quaint romantic notion of how a flock of roses are planted at the end of each vineyard row. With a historic implementation one story I learned explains the combination of roses and vibrant vines. The planting of a rose bush was meant for the ‘vision impaired’ horse that would plow through the vineyards allowing them to know they had reached the end of the row, and it was time to turn. Interesting enough, despite the story told, as there are many, the beauty still remains the same.

From my signature style, which plays off of both authentic glamour and feminine motifs, I’ve found a way to take such a causal pattern to glamorous heights with the addition of a bespoke corset, which I had assisted in designing for the launch of Corsettery’s ‘Old Hollywood Couture Collection’ earlier this year. Being one to stand out from the crowd, I absolutely admire any opportunity to garnish myself with an over-bust corset as day-wear elegance. This classic silhouette could easily take you from the vineyards to an afternoon of premier wine tasting then to a dinner for two.F1 7-11-2016LS1 7-11-2016F2 7-11-2016Details 1 7-11-2016F3 7-11-2016D2 7-11-2016BNW 7-11-2016F4 7-11-2016M2 7-11-2016
The “Elizabeth” Corset c/o Corsettery // 1950s Pink Celluloid Rose Brooch (similar sold on my Etsy Boutique, here) // Vintage Gingham A-Line Skirt (similar here) // Pearl Stud Earrings (similar here) // Black Leather Weaved Top Handled Purse, Etsy // DV by Dolce Vita “Jute” Pumps // Cosmetics c/o Belleci Beauty

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