I have been caught up in the WHOLE ADVANCED STYLE MOVEMENT since I first heard about it.
I think ARI SETH COHEN’s idea was BRILLIANT!
To receive a call that HE was doing a book signing in LA JOLLA made ME jump for JOY!
I had an INSTAGRAM meet up in place and NOW A BOOK SIGNING AS WELL.
Needless, to say I was like a LITTLE KID anticipating the EXCURSION SOUTH!
Here WE are waiting for THE DOORS TO OPEN.
SANDRA on the LEFT,YOUR CONTESSA,VALERIE and her MOTHER MICHALA.
Then what do my BABY BLUE EYES SEE……….
MISTER ARI SETH moving towards us with his ENTOURAGE.I thought HERE HE comes and the doors areNOT OPEN YET!!!!!!!!Let’s not GO there as it is BAD DECORUM and it gets me all in a TITHER.
They managed to OPEN just as HE ARRIVED.
First DUTY was to get the BOOKS I purchased in ADVANCED only to find out WE had SEATS 1,2,3,and 4.THAT MEANT FRONT ROW SEATS!
it is time for
MEET & GREET
and BOY was I surprised when SARA- JANE ADAMS came up to me and said,”AREn’t YOU the CONTESS……NO GODDESS…gosh I’m terrible with names!”YES, I said “YOU are close enough!”
What a DELIGHT she is!
SARA & ME
PINK HAIRED LADY……
In DEEP conversation these TWO!
Cousin on the RIGHT friend on the LEFT.
Here I thought his SUIT was VINTAGE!
Come to find out it is a MISTER TURK.
Valerie’s Mother with DOLORES.
BARBARA makes jewelry and HER husband throws POTS.
On a KILN!
She was SO lovely and her HUSBAND sat next to SANDRA….
Trivia FACT he was a POLICE OFFICER in LA JOLLA in the 1960’s.
Now, indulge me for a moment as I could have shown you just ONE photo but the SEQUENCE of this is SO MARVELOUS I decided to make you SMILE.
I sent SANDRA to CHAT with HER as she was all alone waiting by herself………
Sandra is GOOD in that way as SHE DOES WHAT I SAY!
With a little PUSH I might ADD!
How it ALL began.
(I’m just guessing at the conversation here!)
Look at ME NOW.
I feel SO HONORED to be HERE.
This woman is 83……..she was as ELOQUENT as she is PRETTY.
What a story he told……he starting working in the cotton fields at age 7.He realized at an early age that dressing up was a way to get respect.
Plus, he LOVED DOING IT!
I adore this PHOTO of the THREE of us
Our personal PAPARAZZI snapped this JIMMY FERRARI.
ADVANCED STYLE HERE WE COME !
Second GENERATION in the MAKING!
Not only has HE made the PUBLIC AWARE of the OLDER generation He has CREATED an EXCITEMENT to AGE with STYLE and FLAIR.
ARi’s GRANDMOTHER’s were HIS INSPIRATION.
My GUESS Is they couldNOT be MORE PROUD of what HE has DONE and WHERE HE is GOING!
ARI SETH COHEN is 33 years OLD.
His FIRST BOOK came out FOUR YEARS AGO.
The BOOK is FULL of PHOTOS.May I suggest BOTH of HIS BOOKS.
They are a FEAST for the EYES!
SANDRA and ARI
Waiting for the TALK to START.
By FAR the YOUNGEST one in the BOOKSHOP!
The DESIGNER of CHATEAU BEL AGE BOUTIQUE’s KIMONO’s.
This woman DELORES has a shop on the island of CORONADO in SAN DIEGO.
A REAL DELIGHT!
OKAY……. BEGINNING THE CHAT!
Time to SIGN the BOOKS.
The SON -IN-LAW PAPARAZZI took this TOO I think!
Here IAM HAPPY as a CLAM.
We had a GREAT conversation……AND WHAT A MEMORY HE HAS!
If I was HAPPY at the BEGINNING of the EVENING I was THRILLED when I opened my BOOK to READ THIS.
I hope if YOU are a WOMAN who has Has Hit Middle AGE you can take INSPIRATION from these BOOKS.
It does not take much to ADD a few ACCESSORIES or a HAT to block the SUN as YOU spin about your DAY ENJOYING your errands!
I BET YOU RECEIVE A COMPLIMENT from a COMPLETE STRANGER!
JUST DO IT!
DRESS for YOU!
Quotes taken from ARI’s NEW book ADVANCED STYLE OLDER & WISER.
“I have always BELIEVED that LIFE is Performed.We can write original stories or we can accept the scripts that others have written for us.”
The splendor and majesty of a grand symphony lie within the presence and participation of its myriad components.The “plus-agees sect”are the violins of the orchestra.Their music is fanciful,fearless,feisty,and fun.Their flair has its own form of beauty and majesty, and they have a right to be visible,viable part of the world in which they live.