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Nostalgic Shades of Blue

While 2020 has been a year exhibiting an economic shutdown by the COVID-19 crisis, thousands ill from the virus and many uncertain of what tomorrow will bring, how can anyone even see any love through all of this? If that was your first thought you had, then you are missing what this pandemic is taught us. 

For each and everyone of us we all have adjusted completely differently as no one has the same perspective, but what if there is just one new attribute, we should take from all of this – what would that be? It is the affirmation of speaking words of joy and abundance. You might be thinking to yourself, but Doris things are a mess in the world there is nothing but uncertainty and lack everywhere. I would simply reply you are wrong. If you see the world that way the universe only knows to give you more of that thought you desire. Everything we say each word is an affirmation of what we feel to be true and becomes ours future. 

Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.

Proverbs 12:14 

Today draped my namesake, grandmothers vintage Gabardine Wool  ‘Lady Scott’ blazer, the same one that she worn on her wedding day with my grandfather (here). As I reflect on humanity and love through these challenging times I think of her. She was a woman that spoke only love, never did she say a word of negativity about anyone or anything. She cared from her heart and if you gave her 3 minutes of your time you would feel a sense of warmth from within. My first embrace with love with through her, it’s also where I learned how to give that same love to others. It’s been nearly thirty years since her passing a bittersweet moment, however I know she rest on my shoulders and is settled in my heart.

This week I uploaded (yet another) a new episode of 𝒟𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒟𝑜𝓇𝒾𝓈 on my YouTube channel (here) expanding on this very subject of spoken words of abundance. I am a firm believer you are the architect of your life and if you don’t allow your ego or emotions to dominate your reality you are worlds ahead from others to creating a world of your own.

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Banana Republic Essential Camisole  here). Vintage Pleated Skirt (similar here, here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman ‘Danna’ Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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Be the Light

Everyone knows at least one person who can walk into a room and it lights up and F1brings a sense of empowerment and positive inspiration. I am sure you know who that person is, and you are already aware they are a blessing. Just think of them and their presence as a spark that ignites warmth like a sweet touch on the forearm. You are always happy when they are around, you feel your energy rising and you long for their words of inspiration.

 “You are the light of the world. A city lying on a hill is unable to be hidden.” 

What if I told you that the person, I just described above attracts a tribe of other lightworkers which all have similar characteristic. When you break down their traits you will find that all of them have not had an easy life, they have had their fair share of heartbreak and defeat. For them they have taken it and like the proverbial phrase states, make lemons out of lemons, and used it to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. They take every set back and see the glamour, a message I have spoken since my diabetes diagnosis nearly 6 years ago. IMG_5536_EF2On this week’s episode of 𝒟𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒟𝑜𝓇𝒾𝓈 I share how you can be the light as it all starts with us. I invite you to watch the entire episode and start shining bright, click here to watch now.
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Maggy London Sheath (similar here). Leopard Scarf (similar here, & here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman ‘Danna’ Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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Rainbow with Gold

Have you stared at a rainbow in the sunlit sky before? What you might have captured is that a rainbow has many colors some brighter than others, but never dull always true and authentic. Full 1_

The question lays on how you can be more authentic to your true self and not a slavish follower of social expectations. The very first thing you must do is love yourself and accept yourself for all your flaws, past failures, and mishaps. You must stop and realize everything starts and finishes with you and at the end of the day you are fully responsible for your words and actions taken. We all have the right to not do what others would expect of us and do what we feel to be right.

 “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” 

To be or live as an authentic person you must ‘show up’ as your true self despite what others might say or feel, you are being you. It takes courage to say no to someone or make decisions for yourself without knowing what the outcome will be. One of our deepest fears as humans is to feel inadequate.

Think of being authentic as wearing a mask that dulls your own light and provides you no benefit to shine true to your individual colors. If we can overcome our fears and drop what or who we should be this is the day we will experience freedom at its highest level.M_1_______________________
Bitter Root Vintage Ruched Sheath (similar here). Rainbow Beaded Clutch (similar here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman ‘Danna’ Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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The Glamour of Diabetes

Can diabetes be glamorous? I passionately believe with the right mindset and bling; itsoft 1 can carry a tone of beauty and strength beyond words. Throughout my personal diabetes journey I have been introduced to many that have assisted me as a beacon of inspiration and hope. One of those fabulous encounters came from Blanca Carmona-Abene of Touchstone Crystals by Swarovski a viewer of my studio interview with ABC 7 (here). Since that segment Bianca and I have kept in touch master minding ways to bring awareness to diabetes where it would combine glamour, inspiration, and strength.

 “Life is not over because you have diabetes. Make the most of what you have, be grateful.” Dale Evans

On November 12th at 6:30 PM Bianca & I will be hosting a special virtual Diabetes Awareness Cocktail Hour with a style Q&A to follow.  Champagne can be on pre-order by visiting Be Bubbly Napa Valley for those who would like to sip on a glass (or two) of bubbles during the virtual event. If you would like to attend space is limited please RSVP by emailing: blancasbling@yahoo.com.

             *Proceeds from the event will be donated to a local diabetes organization.

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Dress Lady V Vintage (similar here). Paisley Wrap (similar here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman Patent Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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The Dog on the Porch

Have you ever realized that despite the effort you put into helping another person with the necessary changes that would certainly better their life, they refuse? Well, that is the F1dog on the porch.

Changing people is something we cannot achieve no matter how hard we try; the only exception is if they are willing to do the work and have voluntarily asked. The ironic part of all of this is I believe people do what to change however the moment they start to think of the effort, time, energy and the under lining risk involved many will decide to stay in their comfort zone. Besides isn’t it easier to stay within the (m)asses where a box lifestyle is everyone’s way of being.

In the world today, we truly only have two options: accept those for who they are, it does not mean we must approve of their beliefs or behavior and if we do not then we must distance ourselves from them. It’s a formula known as: E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome) where you can blame the event for your lack or you can change your response to the events until you get the outcome you want.

 “Rather than pinning the blame on others understand the real problem is with ourselves and not the dog on the porch.” 

Sit 1This leads me to my story as previously mentioned of the dog on the porch. In life some of us grow naturally while others don’t, this is where you become distorted with another and you begin to separate yourself. Too many people ignore the warnings and remain on the porch with the dog hoping or wishing that they would want the same things which is to go to the park. While they are content with sitting on the porch you respond in a number of ways to this event and always get the same outcome. However, you fail to remember you only have control over you and your actions. You now realize you have wasted all your time trying to convince someone else that you don’t control to go to the park with you. This resistance you are feeling was caused by you responding to the event F2in the wrong matter. It’s simple you ask once, “let’s go to the park” they reply they don’t want to, you might challenge their response then after they reply you must response to the event that will provide you with the outcome you desire.

While we want to believe we can control everything or everyone, however we can’t. If you dug a little deeper you’d discover you can not infringe on another person’s spiritual journey, it’s a law governed by the universe. You can try, but it almost never conveys positive results for either party involved.

Finally, you must come to terms that you are 100% responsible for your actions, life and how you react to the events in your life. Placing blame on your outer world is how many of us are conditioned to operate, rather than pinning the blame on others understand the real problem is with ourselves and not the dog on the porch.
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Dress Lady V Vintage (similar here). Paisley Wrap (similar here).
Accessories Etsy. Sam Edelman Patent Heels (here).
CHANEL, Flawless Finish Foundation. MAC, Matte Lipstick.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Polish.

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The Gloves Are On

More than 65 years ago, women carried a sense of poise that is hardly seen within today’s mainstream. From a golden era which possessed an epitome of glamour, there IMG_5103Ewas one accessory which women ideally complemented each ensemble with – Gloves.

Today due to current affairs we are told to wear gloves, perhaps this is the perfect time for women to slip on a charming lady-like pair while travel as well as a number of other  public conveyance. While we currently live in unforeseen times, I would presume its time we all model after such style of the 1950s and do the same.

 “Better known as the “clothing of hands,” gloves have evolved to coincide with the changes in fashion.” 

Having been a classic lover of lady-lady gloves I have always worn a number of fabric choices, styles accented with buttons or mesh detailing. Today, I am wearing a modern styled leather gloves by Beau Gant a curated design house in Naples, Italy. Italian artisans make each glove by hand, using the finest luxury materials.

Gloves should be worn on the streets of cities and large town, when going to church, to a luncheon, dinner or reception, a dance, a wedding or an official function. They are also worn to a restaurant and in the theater and always remember, a lady never takes off her gloves to shake hands … and never asks that her glove be excused.IMG_5123_EIMG_5106E______________________________
Frederic Harvey Wool Jacket & Suit Set.
Beau Gant, Leather Gloves.
Diff Sunglasses. Bag by Supreme, Etsy.
Sam Edelman, Danna Heels. Diamond Earrings (similar here & here).
Cover FX Foundation. Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick.

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Motherly Love

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01. Paco Rabanne, Hanging Hoop Earrings
02. Kitchen Aide, Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
03. CHANEL, Chance Box Set
04. Antica Farmacista, Bubble Bath
05. Chloe, Nomade Eau De Pafum Body Lotion
06. Cassadecor, Relaxed Bathrobe
07. Chalait, Matcha Tea
08. Russell + Hazel, A5 Journal
09. Apple Watch, Series 5 GPS + Cellular
10. Max Studio, Flower & Lizard Oblong Border Scarf
11. Soap Cherie, Bath Soak
12. Mamonde, Petal Spa Oil
13. Bvlgari, The Blanc 3-Piece Soap Set
14. Tory Burch, Miller Flip Flop Sandal
15. One King’s Lane, 9″ French Bee Floral Arrangement
16. Jo Malone, Mimosa & Cardamom Home Candle
17. Chantecaille, Matte Chic Lipstick
18. PiccoCasa, Satin Silky Pillowcase
19. Kate Spade, Heart of Gold Bangle
20. Lancôme, Absolue Revitalizing Eye Cream

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Foliage of Change

As many of us start to embrace the new uncertainties in the world we once knew, we all will find it will be viewed through everyone’s lens conversely. I have always been a IMG_5264visionary seeing the world I have created for myself, not the world I live in. It all starts with us, our thoughts and vision.

Today, I still view the world I’ve created before it was interrupted. Instead of living in fear I know that I am protected through my mindset and daily choices. I spoke recently on Dose of Doris regarding the topic that we are provided our mind at no cost and how many of us pollute our subconscious with the things that will not further us on our spiritual journeys.

“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Albert Einstein

Through this hardship we have all experienced, it truly has been a reset button for us to place in perspective what has or hasn’t been serving our higher self. I’ve had to come to terms in my personal life with cycles that needed to end because they’ve run their course. Everyday life is revealing itself through numbers, incidents and the inner action with others.

Allow yourself to be open to change and only can you peel one layer off at a time. If you can keep your heart and mind open for change your future holds many abundances. The world truly is a beautiful place if you allow it to be. HeaderF1_____________________________
Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage (here & here). Cat-Eyed Sunglasses.
Brian Atwood Pumps (similar here). Accessories, Etsy.
Beauty, Face CHANEL, Lipstick Maybelline, Nails, Red Carpet.

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The Captain, The Mentor

What does a leader look like? For me it’s an induvial that is admired and respect from many as well as loathed from others. Despite the reaction that is deciphered this great IMG_4903leader still carries on the orders that are needed to fulfill the objective on hand.

Inspired by the classic phrase “If you love what you do, you’ll never have to work another day in your life,” I’ve had an Entrepreneur mind-set for as long as I can remember. As a young child I began with my grandfather, Robert Alexander a shipwright of 60 years at Crowley & Company of Oakland. He was a driven man and had the spirit of entrepreneurship at the age of 16, this was something never taught (in my opinion) it was all he knew. Today on location at the 9th Ave. Terminal I honor him by wearing his Greek Fishman Hat that he worn on his visits to the San Francisco Estuary.

“Every ship needs a captain. The crew is important but the captain steers everything. You need to have a clear vision to lead.”

What we all need to realize we are all maturing entrepreneurs in one way or another, whether we own a small business, have grand plans for starting one or just enjoy daydreaming about the day when we will – creativity it’s a manifestation that will unfold for each and every one of us. While I’ve spent nearly a decade focusing on the choices to make outside of my work hours, my grandfather would say, “If you love what you do, don’t ever hesitate to seize the moment.” A true quote from a Captain, a Mentor. Full1BuildingDetailFull2_____________________________
Dress c/o All Things Vintage. Greek Fisherman Hat.
Sam Edelman, Danna Pumps. Accessories, Etsy.
Beauty, Face Cover FX, Lipstick Maybelline, Nails, Red Carpet.

 

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CAL SHAKES GALA

On March 7th, I had the incredible privilege of attending CAL SHAKES 2020 GALA at Yoshi Oakland. Having been personally invited by John Collins of Neiman Marcus, I could CalShakesGala2020-2227have not been more honored to attend.

The dress code was formal attire and I couldn’t resist visiting the lovely ladies at All Things Vintage where they styled me in an exquisite 1930’s style evening gown with bustle and train. Paired with a three-piece vintage rhinestone set, patent clutch and designer heels – I felt like a Shakespearean aristocrat to say the least.

During the event I had the chance to catch up with David Nicolls of Coravin where we shared a few laughs during cocktail hour and may I say he always gets best dressed, such a classic man. From the moment I arrived on the red carpet (image seen on my IG story, now archived  under events) it was a feeling I now yearn for. As many of you already know it was approximately two-weeks after the gala the world was hit with COVD–19, a respiratory illness which in return has created a global pandemic on a level we haven’t seen since 1919.

 “Cal Shakes seeks to both teach and learn through our art—not simply about the theater but about our world.” 

During the event I had the chance to speak briefly with Eric Ting, Artistic Director & Sarah Williams, Managing Director for Cal Shakes and their excitement and passion for recreating classical theater for the 21st century is truly inspiring. Their dedication for the arts and mission of MAKE, LEARN, ENGAGE nurtures the cultural arts in a way that is very much needed in today’s society and communities.

Recently Eric and Sarah shared an update since the shelter-in-place order, you can find this by visiting their blog, here. My heart goes out to them both and those who have found hardship from the recent occurrences. Today we can support the arts and the future of Cal Shakes by making a donation of any amount.
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Please visit donate.calshakes.org today to make a difference.

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 Photography c/o of Jay Yamada & Rozie Kennedy

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All Things Vintage

Where does one, that is a lover of vintage glamour go to shop, the answer: All Things Vintage. From a beloved interest for both vintage apparel and design, Lucy & Claudia owners and friends of 40 years started collecting (over a decade ago) an assortment of vintage dresses, furs, costume jewelry and accessories before starting their current storefront in Oakland.

I fell upon their store as a referral while I had attended last year’s Oakland Ballet Gala, ATV_M1ever since my first visit I have been a devoted client investing in pieces that aren’t easily accessible elsewhere. Vintage is my orbit, it makes me feel a bit more glamourous and even though its decades away from current styles I find there are always opportunities to blend both vintage and modern collectively.

Today’s visit I am wearing one of the owners pieces, a Lilli Ann San Francisco wool 2-piece suit. The clothing brand was started by Adolph Schuman in 1933 naming it after his wife. The company became known for their beautiful, elaborately designed suits and coats. With a slight modern touch I added a bow blouse from Banana Republic with a vintage rhinestone encrusted brooch paired with Kate Spade pumps, retro leather clutch and ruby red lipstick.

When I come to All Things Vintage, I typically have seen a new arrival posted on their Instagram page, I will send a direct message to ask if its available and find myself shopping their next upcoming sale. Every visit is never the same as they always have new styles from their private collections as well as consigners.

 “While watching old movies with my grandmother I knew I wanted to dress like Rita Hayworth and Grace Kelly they had such elegance.” 

ATV_DetailsShopping for vintage is a lifestyle, its not something you do one day. It’s a level of commitment that is seen through your accessories, garments and hairstyle. However, for one that is looking to dabber into adding vintage into their wardrobe, the first thing you need to understand is the difference between vintage and thrift. When you are shopping for vintage clothing you will find many items are made with metal zippers, side-snap closures, and union labels printed in blue.

A good first piece of vintage for those newly exploring the era is something basic and classic, try a 1950s beaded cardigan or a 1960s little black dress. This will make for a piece that you can wear over and over again that won’t lost its luster, its already a classic. Lastly, a quality vintage garment can cost ATV_Fullas much as current couture (ex, vintage Chanel) so the question remains why should you choose a pre-owned item over something new? Because it’s made better, a general rule of thumb is that the older the piece the higher the quality.

There is something about vintage accessories and clothing after you start styling yourself in a few pieces you will find it will make its way to your heart and soul.

If you are looking for a tailored experience, I highly recommend you visiting Lucy and Claudia at All Things Vintage, they are seasoned in their realm of fashion history and will have you glam up in no time.

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Photography c/o Jason Lee of J Lee Photo Imaging

 

 

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NVFF 19

The 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga during the most colorful time of the year, November 13 – 17.

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 Napa Valley Film Festival showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling.

NVFF has established itself as the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, and as one of the most entertaining, inspiring and memorable experiences for locals and cultural travelers alike.

Over the course of five days and nights, at venues throughout the gorgeous Napa Valley, festival attendees watched the best new independent films; met the filmmakers at Q&As after every film; sampled wines from boutique wineries all at the same time; attend culinary demonstrations featuring chef and filmmaker collaborations; attended celebrity tributes to talented actors and directors; discovering new music at evening parties and receptions; and enjoyed the food, wine and lifestyle of this world-class destination.

With this being my second year, to my surprise I had the opportunity to attend a screening prior to the Festival Gala of, I Want My MTV. The film provided a never-before-seen glimpse into how MTV started and flourished into a controversial cultural media platform it is today. Featured commentary showcased interviews with Sting, Billy Idol, The Eurythmics and Pat Benatar. I was blessed enough to meet the film’s Director, Patrick Waldrop and Tyler Measom.

Following the screening the evening continued with the 9th Annual Festival Gala, among the crowd was MTV VJ Alan Hunter, Actor William Fichtner and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.

The film festival association encouraged 80’s fashion due to the MTV film documentary, however I stayed authentic to the 50’s by selecting a rhinestone strap gown. I added a few glamourous accessories starting with a set of vintage rhinestone earrings and matching bracelet paired with a patent clutch, pumps and faux fur stole.

If you are looking to attend the 10th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival on November 11th-15th, 2020 tickets are now available by click, here.