Winter Warmest at the Heilborn House

The winter season is upon us, which allows many to garnish one self in our coziest outerwear. For myself it begins with a chic vintage fur stole accented with a heirloom brooch and Lucite handbag. This particular fur stole is an elegant piece which to this day remains stylish, wrapped around the shoulders of several dress designs new or old.WW M 1Today I decided to keep the overall ensemble rather simple, yet classic with the addition of pearls and a gorgeous Lucite top-handle handbag by Kooki De Lou.

Today’s picture perfect setting is at the historic Heilborn House, an 1881 mansion initially built for August Heilbron, a cattle rancher, merchant, and landowner who came from Germany. In the last 65 years, the mansion has served as a restaurant, bank, and art gallery, and now serves as an office for the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Heilborn House is the utmost of historic glamour, and the perfect aesthetic for welcoming the beginnings of the most alluring season of all.WW M 2DetailsWW M 3WW F 1WW M 4White Satin Wrap Dress (similar here & here) / Vintage Fur Stole (similar here) / Pearl Bracelet & Earrings (similar here & here) / Antique Cameo Brooch (similar here, here & here) / Kooki De Lou Lucite Bag / Beauty Products c/o Belleci Cosmetics

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An Autumn Afternoon in Luxe Layers

In order to create a strong first impression in everyday life, it’s vital to understand how to complement your figure in a way that will flatter your attributes. The easiest way (in my opinion) is layering separates for a look that’s both classic and subtle-chic without looking over worked.

Full 3For example, layering can become monochromatic as some might utilize one color palette rather than experimenting with a bolder hues or textures; which in return could lead to a richer and more interesting arrangement. The key is, before you apply additional hues to your garment, you will want to add a darker color underneath and the statement color on top; by doing so you will create a sleek silhouette.

Perhaps the simplest guideline to remember when it comes to layering is to use simple haute pieces. These can come as a mixture of patterns, an unpretentious coat, and the right assortment of accessories will easily anchor such an ensemble. Using these basic guidelines will help you create a look that is pleasing to the eye and versatile year-round.

LSM2Full 2HeelsFull 1French Connection LBD (similar here & here). Purple Brooch Paisley Vocabulary Jacket. Fur Hat (similar here, here & here). Genuine Black Leather Glove (similar here & here). Charles David ‘Sadie’ Fur Pom Pumps. Make-up c/o Belleci Cosmetics


Bohemian Glamour

When I pass through Oakland I always find myself unexpectedly in the neighborhood of Lakeside also known as The Gold Coast. The Lakeside Apartments District is one of Oakland’s historic residential neighborhoods between the Downtown district and Lake Merritt.Full 1The district has an outstanding focus of club buildings, historic luxury apartments, and a significant cluster of Deco structures, including the terra cotta Charles Jurgens Co. building, the Elks Hall on Alice Street (now the Malonga Casquelord Arts Center), the Hill Castle Apartments on Jackson Street, and The Hotel Harrison on Harrison Street.

From spectacular architecture to feminine style that exists in the world of fashion, Boho-Chic showcases freedom in fashion while breaking all the accepted rules within the industry. Boho originally is from the etymology of the word goes to the land of Bohemia, having been located on the territory of the present day Czech Republic. If you long to be a bohemian goddess, be sure you know all the rules and style tips on how to wear the boho-chic trend.

It starts first with the complement of a hat. Every Boho-Chic style needs (in my opinion) a well-curated floppy hat, my was custom created by the luxury Millinery designer, Lady Sharma of the United Kingdom. Having worked with Owner and Designer, Leslie Sharma she has created for me several styles which I’ve included in collaborations and magazine editorials. When I wear one of her designs I know a sense of luxury is felt from all angles, providing an image not seen elsewhere.Full 2LS 1OutsideLS 2BackRachel Roy Cold Shoulder Printed Dress, (here & here). Black Fur Felt Floppy Hat c/o Lady Sharma (similar here & here). Accessories from Etsy. Manolo Blahnik. BB Pump. Beauty c/o Belleci Cosmetics.