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.
_______________________

Peplum Cocktail Dress c/o Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

 

+

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.
________________________________
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

+

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.

 

+

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

+

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.

F_2Flower_1If you believe in sustainable fashion as ZolaBean does and want to make a difference please sign up for exclusive updates for 35% off for the official launch at zolabean.com.

 

+

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.
_________
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.

 

+

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.

SF 8_BW
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?

SF 6_
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 

+

1881 Napa

1881_Napa 2_edit I had the opportunity recently to catch up with the one and only Jean-Charles Boisset during his grand opening for 1881 Napa a premium tasting room and AVA museum adjacent to the Oakville Grocery in Oakville.

Visitors to 1881 Napa will find a meticulously restored 1881 Victorian (hence the name) as a great place to spend an afternoon exploring the 16 sub-AVA’s history and wine.

 “We wanted to do more than just have a place where people come to taste and then leave,” Boisset said. “We wanted something that would serve as an educational opportunity, something that teaches them about this beautiful place, the land that grows our grapes, and how all of that has evolved over time.”

1881-napa-main-tasting-room-salon-Jean-Chales-BoissetWhen you enter the main tasting room guest will be memorized by a crystal chandelier that is wrapped around the balcony on the second floor. The museum upstairs overlooks both the Mayacamas and To Kalon Vineyards. The history found inside 1881 Napa shares the growth that has shaped Napa Valley to what it has become today.

Come and experience 1881 Napa by visiting: www.1881napa.com

+

Vintage Tweed in Summer

Typically, tweed is known as the ultimate autumn fabric which looks like it belongs in your great grandfather’s wardrobe. This unbeatable fabric is elegant, practical, exquisitely colored and greatly versatile, bringing an appearance of rugged chic to your style.

Tweed_1This fabric is not only comfortable, it subtly can be paired with arrange of contradictory patterns and fabrics as well. The question you might have is how you should wear such a masculine fabric choice. It’s quite simple, think outside of the box with a lady-like floral pattern and crisp summer tones such as ivory, white or cream.

The heavier patterns and fabrics should be carried on top with the lighter choices on bottom, it presents less invasive matter. I would also suggest pairing it with all feminine accessories that are simple yet larger in size, with today’s outfit pearls are used perfecting a sleek black leather clutch.Tweed_DetailsTweed_2Tweed_2_BWFrederic Harvey Wool Jacket. Banana Republic Floral Bow Blouse (Similar here). Faux Pearl Earrings  (similar here). Pearl Brooch (similar here). Beauty c/o Belleci Cosmetics, ASP ‘Reveal Everything Red’ Gel Polish. MAC ‘Chili‘ Matte Lipsticks. Photography by rf_fisher_photography.

+

Proportion in Design

The most essential experience created by architecture is in its structure. Architecture presents the drama of construction silenced into matter, space and light. Ultimately, architecture is the art of design and proportion.

487A9106Design is a part of everyone’s life, we live, construct and create life in the art of architecture. The aspects of all design effect our lives, however the similarities to architecture and fashion, as I believe are many. Both have a grace or in better terms “stance”.

When an architect is in the thought plane, they often will sketch their design on paper from a vision created; the same goes for a fashion designer. Having experienced the avant garde of the design world I find it true that design is functional and regarded far from plain or uninteresting. Regardless of its appeal to a certain audience, buildings and clothing are both designed by someone. Decisions have been made regarding the proportions, material selections, and use.041019AIASFHerbst_001During this year’s AIA San Francisco Design Awards held at the War Memorial Theater inside the historical Green Room, Bay Area individuals and organizations were recognized for their outstanding achievements in Architecture and design. The program serves to inform the public of the scope and value of architectural practice.

A few highlighted award honorees were Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP for the Monterey Conference Center, The Amador Apartments in Oakland by jones | haydu and the historic preservation of the Lodge at the Presidio with Architectural Resources Group. For the entire list of winners please click here.

Design of all mediums is something we all can appreciate. Whether it is fashion, architecture, art, graphic design, etc., we can cross-pollinate almost anything to create something that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. 487A9108Images c/o Dirk Wyse Photography

+

Beautifully Noted


M_1
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a brilliant musical performance in Oakland and couldn’t resist wearing this white satin sheath by Lady Vintage London. An elegant dress from their bridal collection that is absolutely beautiful for all occasions.

With the weather rather unpredictable these past weeks, I thought it be best to top my shoulders with my namesakes’ label less mint wool coat. Having seen my grandmother in several images wearing this same coat I felt a warmth that was beautifully noted.

An admirer of glitz and glamour, as many of you already know. I couldn’t resist pairing such a dress with a shimmering pearl embossed bracelet and matching choker. Due to the set not having identical earrings I substituted a rhinestone that had similar attributes. The contrasting textures, shades and shapes brilliantly complemented the ivory beaded scallop hinged handbag in-hand. DetailsF1F2M1Lady Vintage London Bridal Dress. Vintage Mint Wool Coat (Similar here). Rhinestone Crawler (similar here). Beauty c/o Belleci Cosmetics, OPI ‘Big Apple Red‘ Nail Polish. MAC ‘Chili‘ Matte Lipsticks. Brian Atwood Patent Pumps. Photography by rf_fisher_photography.

+

Paperless Post specializes in designing customizable online cards, invitations, and flyers that reflect your personal style — for weddings, holidays, birthdays, and other meaningful events.PP1I’m always on a lookout for innovated ways to present upcoming events which in return easily translate into beautiful, effortless and efficient pieces of art. You can only imagine how delighted it was for me to test out Paperless Post a card store + a digital invitation service all under one media platform.

I tried it out by sending a personal thank you note, and then set up an invitation for a gathering. I found my experience to be enjoyable and user friendly for anyone from a novice to pro personalizing down to the last detail came with ease.

You might not be aware that Paperless Post is a free service with many complimentary designs, but to personalize with certain upgrades, it does require the purchase of coins. They do have several free designs and you can send a free card up to 2000 emails for free. pp_2.pngFor example, my card was free, but I personalized the background, the envelope liner, the envelope color and the font, also adding a little graphic. To send that one card with all those upgrades cost 5 coins. However, to test it out to its full extent, I did so on purpose, and might have went a bit far. I do think many of the free designs are plenty sufficient say if you sent 200 “save the dates“.

Over all Paperless Post’s website is easy to navigate, clean, beautiful and enjoyable to peruse. Free to join, free to send (without the upgrades & limited emails as mentioned above), and definitely free to set up gatherings. Show your friends your style easily! I highly recommend Paperless Post to anyone looking to send something special and I look forward to sending more cards and invites!