Mary Moriarty

Ever since I was a child, my mom and grandma would take me to thrift shops and flea markets. I used to love to meet all the vendors and see all of the treasures they had collected over the years. People who frequent antique markets share a certain bond–a love for ephemera, and a need to be surrounded by beautiful objects from the past. I used to be more of a collector, but the limitations of a small New York apartment only allow for so many beloved artifacts. Now, I prefer photographing people and collecting their stories.

This weekend I met the most wonderful woman at the Out of The Blue Flea Market in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mary Moriarty runs a great booth out of the market, open the last Saturday of every month. I noticed her as soon as I walked through the hall and asked if I could take her photograph. Mary told me, “I love to dress flamboyantly and I am 75-years old.” Meeting Mary was the highlight of my trip to the Scotland!

  • She is so lovely. Her style is adorable. Congrats for the blog.

  • Anonymous

    My 4-year-old Daughter found a leopard print fez at the flea market
    yesterday, I've been calling it her Advanced Style find.

    First time commenter, long time lurker. I am a big fan. If you are ever in Seattle could you do a piece on Leroy's Suits: I always see fabulously dressed older gentleman talking outside this shop. I am so intrigued.

    When I am down, I look to Advanced Style to give me hope for advancing in age. Thanks Ari for such a great site.

  • Congratulations! She is very charming. xx CG

  • Beauty and elegance. That is what shines through Mary

  • She looks so innocent. I love her face.

  • Wow these are the most gorgeous photos. What a coat! Glad I found this site.


  • I love these photo's, she's so full of life and what a coat!

  • A beautiful and delightful woman

  • She's incredibly charming!
    Keep on blogging, your blog is amazing! Best wishes from Poland, Patsycatsy.