Top Ten Advanced Style Moments of 2011

2011 has been an amazing year for Advanced Style.I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to travel the world photographing and sharing the inspiring stories and wisdom of stylish older women.Thank you to all who have commented on, shared, and supported my work over the last year. Happy New Year from me and all of the Advanced Style ladies! I hope you enjoy my Top Ten Moments of 2o11 below and look forward to many more in 2012.
1.Finishing The Advanced Style Book out April,17, 2012 now available for preorder on Amazon HERE

2. Debuting the Advanced Style Documentary (Trailer) Short at the A Shaded View of Fashion Film Festival in Paris

3.Attending Pilates class with my 100-year-old friend Ruth4.Shooting an Advanced Style spread for magazine

5. Randomly running into two ladies from England on a quest for Advanced Style inspiration
6.Spending more wonderful afternoons with Ilona Royce Smithkin, and learning how to make stylish accessories out of a discarded umbrella

7. The Advanced Style Fashion Week Party at The Ace Hotel
8.Hearing 20 of 99 year old Rose’s Fashion and Style Tips:
1.Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigere fragrance.She tells her granddaughter “I’ll give you anything in the world, but I won’t give you my perfume.”
2.Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don’t have to cost a fortune.
3.Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when you are going out for a night on the town “Fashion comes before comfort” At 98, Rose goes out every single night!
4.”Walking is a must, its better than doctors or medicine”
5.No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which she has been using for decades.
6.”Inexspensive lipstick is as good as expensive, only better!” Rose has tried every brand from Chanel to Lauder and has recently been turned on to Revlon.
7.Be Unique: “If Everyone is wearing it, then its not for me”
8.”Be smart enough to know what you don’t know”
9.If you have trouble reading the dinner menu, Lorgnettes are a fashionable and elegant alternative to reading glasses.
10.”Be Happy, enjoy what you have at every moment!”
11.Stay Organized “If you take a toothpick out,or a pair of pantyhose, or a hundred dollar bill,always put it back where you found it, because if you add up the the time you spent looking for it later, that’s a waste of time.”
12.”Always tell the truth because if you don’t you’ll have to think of another lie.”
13.”Be More, appear Less.”
14.”Always take the phone off the hook when you’re in the bath.”
15.”Make friends with the maitre de'”
16.”Never loan, Never borrow.”
17.”Never keep anyone waiting. Always be 15 minutes early.”
18.”Never look back. always look forward.”19.”Don’t be afraid to tell your age, that’s silly. Be proud of your age.”
20.”Don’t frequent a restaurant where they don’t crumb the table.”

9. Traveling to Helsinki and Milan to shoot for Advanced Style

10.Meeting Iris Apfel and shooting her for Vogue Japan

  • this is so fantastic, i can't wait till your book comes out!
    all the best for 2012!

  • Hello,

    On a Dutch tv program, they were talking about the great work you created for your blog. Just wanna let you know!


  • this is why i love this blog!

  • How boring that there was no meeting between you and Gunilla Pontén when you were in Stockholm …

  • … but thank you for doing this

  • Thank you for your blog, it is so inspirational!
    Happy New Year! May the New Year bring new creative ideas, interesting meetings, joy and prosperity!

  • Gorgeous photos – beautiful ladies. I particularly liked photo number 1 today. She is stunning, and those glasses!! Wow! Thank you for bringing all these gorgeous, older ladies to the fore. I'm sure we're all looking forward to reading your book.

  • Wonderful summary of an unusual year

  • Thanking you, for this blog.

    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year.

    "Of all sound of all bells… most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year." – Charles Lamb

  • This is my favorite 2011 round up do far!! I loved all of Rose's tips, and your images and videos are awesome!

  • Rebecca

    Happy New Year to you Ari and to your fabulous Advanced Style women (and men). Your blog is fantastic and inspiring. I can't wait for your book in April!

  • All fabulous, but I wonder how you chose just 10?! Happy New Year! Looking forward to a wonderful 2012.

    The Styleseer

  • I only found your blog a few weeks ago, and it is fast becoming one of my favourites! If I can look half as good as some of these ladies 3 times my age I'll be happy! happy New Year 🙂

  • Dear Ari…..thanks so much for all this creativity in 2011. I'm always here, always reading, and always learning. Your presence here on the web makes me a better person.

  • I LOVE! the video trailers and I'm sure your book is fantastic! I look forward to it. All the best in the New Year 2012!!

  • Cheers!
    Your Advanced Style Party made my list of
    FAVORITE MEMORIES of 2011 !!!
    With love,

  • Great recap of your year. I'm so glad I found your blog. It always inspires me. Your photos and videos are amazing and I can't wait to see your book! Thank you for sharing with us on your blog and I hope you continue to do so for a long time. =)

    Happy New Year!

    ~ Kieli ~

  • I just found your blog and I am in love with it.
    I will came back!

  • Absolutely love this post & the advice for 2012. thanks for sharing so many stupendous blogging moments with us all….

  • Happy New Year to everybody.
    I hpe to meet you all in May.

  • Love Rose's first tip. A signature perfume is a such a rich, personal element of style. It's definitely the part of my beauty routine that I do purely for myself.

  • lovely and nice post¡¡
    happy New Year¡¡
    kisses xx

  • wow, your blog is soooo fresh:) fantastic point of view!!!

  • Thank you Ari! I never miss an Advanced Style post.

  • This blog is so wonderful! Absolutely following : )


  • wow..all the ladies look gorgeous and ravishing..thumbs up for them..keep it up.

  • Have a great 2012 Ari! The Advanced Style is a wonderful project and we love what you do.

    The cover of the book is something!!

  • Right decision about top ten, i like your choose..

  • Eva

    It is so wonderful how relaxed and joyful these ladies seem to be. Old age gives equanimity, you are not in the rat race any more, you don't have to prove anything, you just celebrate each day when you feel good.

  • An amazing year indeed. Looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store. Xxxx

  • It was such a blessing to find this blog near the end of 2011. already it has been such an insipration to me (and I've begun sharing it with my mother). My grandmothers (one has passed away) have always been my chief style icons. I look so very much forward to seeing more of the lovely Advanced Style ladies in this coming year!!!

  • Can't wait for the book. Here is how I advertised it on my blog: