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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.

An Evening of Awareness & Luxury

Two weeks ago, I spoke alongside Diabetes Youth Families at an event hosted by Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek. The highlights of the evening was having the opportunity pIqHklxQ.jpegeditedto speak on the daily challenges diabetes has on those who are affected by the auto-immune disease and how we can prevent others from being diagnosed.

 “Every set back is the set up for the glamour in life”

During the one-night event I was able to meet and conversate with so many supportive diabetes advocates and supporters. Many of you might have noticed that I mentioned my sincere gratitude on Instagram, and again I want to express from the bottom of my heart, to those who attended or watched live on my @richinlovefashion IG account, thank you. From having several meaningful conversations to Jason Lee Imaging capturing the nights moments I must say, diabetes has never looked more glamorous than this. NM 1DressPanel
Again, the biggest thanks to John Collins of Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek for having me and to all of who attended.
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Peplum Cocktail Dress c/o Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

 

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AIA San Francisco Living: Home Tours

Growing up I found myself in and out of modelled home tours with my mother, an aspiring bay area interior designer. Perhaps this is where I fell in love with architecture as an art, nkJ2QpYA.jpegamong equally being captivated by the perfectly eloquent furniture and home décor.

With my love for home design and architecture I couldn’t help but attend AIA San Francisco Living: Home Tours, an open house event featuring five homes designed by leading Bay Area architects. I found this the perfect time to support the Center for Architecture, as many of you that follow me regularly know I have been searching to purchase a new house in the bay area. Having this opportunity to view these stunning homes that captured the essence of San Francisco was rewarding beyond words.

 “Architecture + the City provides a unique opportunity to engage and learn more about the impact of architecture and design in our everyday lives.” said Stacy Williams, Interim Executive Director, AIASF and Center for Architecture + Design.

The mid-morning of the tour began with viewing the breathtaking picturesque panorama view from a tri-level property nestled at the foot-of-the-hill in Twin Peaks. I admired the original 1940’s structure intact with a wraparound terrace and a roof top garden, this house had such a harmonious flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Another property that caught my attention was the 1908 Glen Park home, where it unraveled with a new spilt-level entryway and connecting stairs. The third on the list was in an urban part of San Francisco, a 1930’s warehouse that was transformed into a modern, multi-faceted residence and working space. This property centered around community, arts, and music as it showcased all these details and was by far my favorite of the home tour.CYVxtgnA.jpeg
I must openly admit I hope during my home search I can find a property that exudes such design and craftsmanship as the ones showcased during AIA San Francisco Living: Home Tours. Stay updated for upcoming events & tours by visiting: www.archandcity.org.
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Natoma / Photo credit: R. Brad Knipstein
Eureka / Photo credit: Warren Patterson Photography
Pinacles / Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Twin Peaks / Photo credit: Rick Pushinaitis
Precita Park Residence / Photo credit: Jaspar Sanidad

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Modern meets Vintage

From the final days of warm temperatures to cold evenings, Fall is approaching M_1rather quickly. I appreciate the translate from every season through the lens of my personal vintage-inspired aesthetic, where I always draw from an era gone by. Today a modern French Connection sleeveless jumpsuit meets a collection of vintage accessories.

Rules like ‘don’t wear white after Labor Day’ or ‘shoes matching the handbag’ are antiquated

Despite the fashion faux pas of not wearing white after Labor Day I am thankful that many of us no longer abide that rule. With that said, today is a perfect example of how a white cotton blazer can be worn despite the time of year.F_1M_2M_3Marie Sleeveless Jumpsuit, French Connection. Delia Connection White Blazer. Cat Eyed Sunglasses, Retro Sunnies (similar here & here). Tan Suede Pumps, Coach. Maybelline, Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick. Cover FX Power Play Foundation. Photography c/o rf_fisher_photography.

 

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Picture Perfect

One of the greatest attributes of dressing in vintage everyday, besides the exquisite garments and costume jewelry is by far the red lips – don’t you agree?Sit_1

Some little girls, play with dolls and others paint their lips red, I was that girl. Today this girly pattern skirt brings back fond memories from my youth when I would apply my grandmother’s red Revlon lipstick in front of her vanity mirror. How is it in life we imagine or do one thing and it takes years, even decades for it to manifest? I suppose you would call it destiny. We never know as children where our lives will go, who we will meet or what lessons will play a part in our future. From my fascination of vintage beauty, perfume and powder puffs, who would have known I’d be thirty-seven exuding such glamour?

 “Even as a child I knew I wanted, red lips & rosy cheeks”

Every action to the thoughts we think have led us to our current reality. When I look in the mirror, I still see my younger self and it warms my heart as I know a piece of my grandmother is also with me. I dedicate my sense of European style, 50’s pin curls and ravishing red lips to her, Doris Alexander. Without her, I would have never manifested what you all see today.
F_1M_1F_2EXPRESS Bow Blouse (similar here & here). Retro Lipstick & Compact Pattern Skirt (similar here). Cat Eyed Sunglasses, Retro Sunnies. Tan Suede Pumps, Coach. Revlon, Love that Red 725 Lustrous Lipstick

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ZolaBean: Innovative Dresses Made from Recycled Coffee

ZolaBean dresses are the world’s first stylish and comfortable designs made from recycled coffee grounds and plastic bottles. This eco-friendly brand displays at least ten features on each dress while giving new life to coffee grounds.

F_1I recently had the opportunity to partner with ZolaBean with a special preview of their newest wrap dress (again) made from coffee. This must-have dress provides an effortless look that can go from formal to casual with the right accessories. I find the draping and adjustable waist allows you to have a chic look with maximum comfort. One of my favorites design details is the two side pockets with zippers and the snap button for extra coverage.

With each dress sold saves approximately 7–10 plastic bottles from going into the ocean.

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Simple Elegance

What does “less is more” mean exactly? Well, it simply means sometimes something simple is better than something overly complicated.Sit 1

Today fashion is either under executed where no effort or thought goes into ones beauty, style and accessories or on the fair opposite side of the spectrum you’ll find an individual wearing a little of everything from their closet. I suppose the question is how does someone seeking a classic, yet simple appearance go about just that? Don’t over think it. Fashion is about creating a persona that if you where to walk into a room and not say a word, you’d leave being memorable based on your overall presence. Growing up I admired not only the style from the 1950s I also appreciated the simple vogue from European designers such as Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.

“Remember classy doesn’t mean boring or without personality. Dressing classy means dressing elegant and sophisticated. It’s also timeless and elegant.”

 

Sit 2Sit 3While I was styling this stunning Maggy London midi dress with side slit, an urge to not over complicate the overall look with large pieces of jewelry came to mind. I decided to keep it as simple as I possible with just adding a gold victorian slide bracelet, matching earrings paired with a vintage leather clutch. I debated on two shoe options: a plain black leather pump by Vince Camuto or my cherished Kate Spade New YorkLaurette” d’orsay pumps (seen above). In this case the black leather pump would have been too simple. When wearing a midi dress with a side slit it is important you provide some detail in the footwear to draw the eye upward.

If you are ever in need of a second opinion on styling an outfit, please feel free to reach out to me through my Instagram account by sending me a direct message. With a decade of retail merchandising and styling experience I am confident we’ll create an outfit that leaves others wanting more.
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Maggy London Midi Dress. Gold Victorian Slide Bracelet (similar here).
Gold Rope Earrings (similar here & here). Vintage Leather Clutch (similar here in patent). Kate Spade New York “Laurette” d’orsay Pumps. Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick, Ground Breaker. Cover FX Power Play Foundation. Photography c/o rf_fisher_photography.

 

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Do What you Love

Have you ever wondered if you allowed yourself to actively let go and trust the process you would attract new success. SF_1Edit

To do what you love, you must first find what that is. Once you have found it, you must honor it by doing it wherever and whenever you can. Once you have honored it, you must pursue it if you truly wish to succeed. By pursuing it, you must place your heart and soul into it.

If you do not love your work, you will not be able to push through the obstacles and barriers that arise so that you can see the gifts they are trying to bring you. What makes this happen is the trust that you can succeed, that you deserve to prosper, and that the support you need will come to you. This is where faith in “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” pays off.

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I have many times been misunderstood for my obsession for my work for being labeled as a workaholic and at times an overachiever. The truth of the matter is I am committed to the hustle, I believe if you want the life you desire you have to get your hands dirty and do the work, then you can reap the benefits. That literally goes for all facets of our lives, from relationships, partnerships and personal quotas. As I always say, we are all rich in love, so why don’t you do what you love?

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French Connection Cocktail Dress (similar here & here). Sheer Tassel Scarf (similar here). Pearl Earrings (similar here & here). DIFF Ruby Sunglasses (here). Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick (here). Photography c/o Jason Lee