Girl Crush :: Iris Apfel

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Last night I watched the Iris Apfel documentary. As a stylist, I am always interested in how other stylists see things. Iris is all about shopping and all about style. Personal style is the definition of Iris.

She’s super chic but in a very unique way. It’s cool to see someone that’s lived a full life.  At 93 her wisdom, which she doles out through out the 80 minutes, is inspiring to say the least. She says that every time she gets dressed it’s like JAZZ. She literally riffs with accessories.

The documentary is lovingly shot by Albert Maysles who shot Grey Gardens and GIve Me Shelter. Every frame, just like her, is gorgeous.

Iris’ jewelry collection is vast, varied, and simply the most beautiful collection I have ever seen. Her New York apartment is filled to the brim with her clothing, along with her Palm Beach apartment that could be an episode of Hoarders…one of the most chic episodes that is. Her husband, the love of her life Carl, is a patient and supportive partner in her mad shopping expeditions. You will fall in love with him.

I rarely write about movies on my blog, but this was is so filled with style that it is the ultimate lesson on how to be a stylist and how to be true to yourself. Let’s face it: in a society that reveres the young, it’s wonderful to see an older person given the respect of a life well-lived. We can all learn from her, and we can all benefit, and that’s the truth.

She’s funny, she’s clever, and mostly she’s a really smart cookie; someone I would love to have coffee with…

I will stop going on and on…. this is a must see.

iris

 

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#marrakechworkshop 2015 part 4 – Project Soar

IMG_8662 As many of you followed along on my #marrakechworkshop IG feed, you probably saw us spending our first day in Marrakech with some very cute girls at Peacock Pavilions. Some of you may or may not know that the owners Maryam and Chris spend tons of time to helping young girls ages 8-14 in their neighboring village. Project Soar, their amazing non-profit, is an inspiring project that nurtures and educates girls to aspire to be accomplished, educated women who can affect a difference in the their village and change in the world. Maryam and Chris open their home at Peacock Pavilions every Sunday, and the girls play sports and take part in various programs throughout the year. It’s the perfect environment to learn about opportunities, career paths, and to just have fun. Throughout the year Maryam and Chris work to raise money and awareness for the girls. When Maryam asked Deborah and I to take part in a photography-centric craft project with them, we jumped at the chance.

We all met at 10:30 on the basketball court at Peacock Pavilion; 43 adorable girls were in attendance that day. They were all enthusiastic about spending the morning playing basketball and learning about how a camera works. Deborah put together a really cute video, and I took care of the sun paper craft project. It could not have been more fun!  Our Project Soar translator Faysal ( who works with Project Soar) was terrific, plus he is a photographer/film-maker, so he was jazzed about the program for the girls.

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Project Soar has become near and dear to our heart, and Frank and I are excited to continue to support Maryam and Chris’s efforts. It has become our pet project this year.

Speaking of projects here’s how you can help immediately!!!

Project Soar needs 15 bikes and helmets pronto!!!
The older girls will be moving to high school next year and it is at least a 45 minute walk to school each way.  This is when girls often drop out of school, leading them to become child brides and their childhood as well as higher education end there and then. A bike can make the difference!

We think a basic bike, rigged up with basket for books, a helmet, and a bike lock will cost about $400 in Marrakech. (bikes are more expensive because they must pay a big take since they are imported)

15 bikes = $6000.00 Check out their website, and please find it in your heart to help these amazing girls. please donate now.

Just think a few dollars can make a BIG difference.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Please watch for more on how you can help coming on my blog…

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Crushing On:: Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is getting close which means that I’ve been spending a ton of time rounding up my favorite finds for gifting, and of course, treating yourself, too. Pinks, reds, and taupes are my inspiration for February because I am majoring crushing on Valentine’s Day. How can you not?! From fabulous skirts to fun home decor, here are a few things I’m crushing on:

1. Aerin Lauder Fragrance Wardrobe: I’ve heard wonderful things about Aerin Lauder’s scents, and this little quintet would be a great way to get acquainted with the brand.

2. Kate Spade Heart Earrings: Oh Kate Spade, you steal my heart regularly (no pun intended). How darling are these earrings?

3. Longchamp: Longchamp has long been one of my favorite European brands, but this punchy color of their classic bag has me swooning.

4. West Elm Smeg Kettle: Smeg is such a fun company, and while it would be hard to buy someone a fridge, you could definitely swing a kettle.

5. West Elm Pom Pom Pillow Cover: Pom poms add instant pep to any room. I love this pillow cover for a little Valentine’s Day pizzazz.

6. Valentino Midi Skirt: Gorgeous! Need I say more about this skirt?! I think not…

Enjoy February as a month of celebrating love: love for your significant other, love for your family, love for your friends, and love for yourself. I LOVE love!

 

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my new beauty and skin care obsession

Shamanuti-lineup-NEW-cropped When I read that Martha Stewart spent thousands of dollars on her skincare regime, I must admit I was curious about what she was using! The truth is, she’s super gorgeous and hardly looks a day over 55 and she’s 72!! Good for her. She can afford it and it’s certainly working for her!

Skincare has always been a priority for me, I am obsessed with my skin, especially my face. My regime is simple, but lately I want to mix it up. I have always been a slave to Jurlique and only use Trish Mc Evoy make up (don’t worry Jurlique and Trish, you’re still in my skincare family). I am picky picky and slow to change what works.

activated_char_for_we Last month my daughter Alex introduced me to something that seemed super strange: “charcoal cleanser.” Charcoal cleanser is Japanese and she promised me that all people in Japan use and swear by it. This “unique cleanser utilizes the properties of activated charcoal to neutralize acidity and absorb impurities as well as to gently exfoliate the skin with maple extract”. It’s an extremely gentle product that even works on the most delicate of skin types, as well as on eczema and other skin disorders. So I thought, “what the heck” and I tried it. Now I have to say I am hooked on Shamanuti’s charcoal cleanser. I thought I would share with you my latest skincare obsession since it’s a month of healthful thinking.

You’re welcome xx

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