Date Archives August 2010

Sally Thornton: “Keep Moving”

[Photos and Text by Ari Seth Cohen and Jack Cohen]

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down at the The Thornton Winery and talk with Sally Thornton one of San Diego’s most stylish ladies. I asked Sally about her style and how she goes about putting an outfit together. She told me that she re-spins things in her closet. She said, ” I invent things. Style opens the door for your creativity. It’s an opportunity. You do it everyday, just like painting a picture, its just fun for me.”

In college, Sally really began to develop her own sense of style. Her roommate was a designer and she would sit on the floor all day coming up with designs and patterns to make clothes. Sally would watch her in awe as she worked on her fantastic creations. When they would walk down the street together, Sally’s roommate would tell her that she couldn’t walk next to her unless she approved of her outfit. Thornton embraced this critique and learned from it. She was astounded and excited by her brilliant talent.

Sally’s own brilliant talent extends beyond personal style. She is an award winning author, equestrian and philanthropist. Her father taught her that whatever she did she must learn how to do everything from beginning to end so that she would be ready for anything. Sally told me that if you know the ins and outs and learn how to do everything involved with a task you will be ready for any situation.” You learn how to think in a different dimension so that you don’t fall apart if something doesn’t go your way. You think creatively when something happens and remember nothing is beneath you.”

Her motto in life is to Keep Moving no matter what. “You have to ride through adversity no matter what happens and keep on moving.” Her tips on how to stay active, ” I haven’t grown up yet. I diet, take vitamins and exercise daily.”

When it comes to being stylish Sally recommends, ” Keep your eyes open all the time and expose yourself to as many things as possible. Your eyes are like a camera. Your brain automatically adapts and you adopt . You have to feel it and you have to want to be stylish.”Like minded friends like Jewelry designer Reena Horowitz and Style Expert Leonard Simpson help to keep Sally inspired.

It was pleasure to interview Sally Thornton and learn how to drink from the cup of life.

Lubi Lubi Lubi

[Photo & Text: Ari Seth Cohen]
I’m in San Diego for my cousin’s Wedding so I thought I would call up one of my favorite Advanced Style ladies. I met Lubi at the New Museum a while back and have been inspired by her take on life and style ever since. Lubi works in science, but she has a great love for art and fashion. When we were talking she told me that she, “Dreams of Concrete” and can’t wait to move to New York where she can explore more of her creative passions. Lubi’s personal style is a mix of simple elegance with a touch of the avant garde

Lubi takes clean designs and accessorizes them to make them her own. Check out how she uses a basic white James Perse skirt and top to make three different unique and fashionable outfits. James Perse is one of her favorite brands because she can pair their comfortable basics with her personal touches to make wearable and artful combinations.

A few months ago I had Lubi write about letting her hair go silver and I thought I’d share it once again! I have many more photos of Lubi to post, but in the mean time enjoy her story below:

“Fashion often revolves around feeling “IN”, being safe and going along with the crowd. Well, not for me!. I was never fearful of being extraordinarily different. I was, as well, never ignored for my fashion style. For some reason, I was (I am) more considered different and somewhat mysterious than ignored. I might have been lost in my own fashion world. However, I was never unaware of what was being “IN” in the fashion industry. Looking through fashion magazines I always see something that might be barely visible to others. This is how I am able to create my own style in fashion. I was never behind on fashion, yet never quite “IN” fashion. Having said that, let’s talk about “ THE silver hair.”

At first, my hair started to develop pale, very blond streaks. These out of the blue pale stripes reminded me of platinum elegance! Nice! Very nice!!! But if you gazed at it thoroughly enough, my hair was getting gray. GRAY!!!!????. Well, some might recognize it as gray hair, age, genetics, stress, etc. I see it differently. I see it simply- SILVER. I see it as PLATINUM ELEGANCE!!!! To others it might represent a sign of age. To me it portrays a photograph of a lady brushed in silver glitter, kissed by California sun, ocean breeze and sea mist. To me, my silver hair is a MYSTERY of all mysteries.
Martin Luther said: “The hair is the richest ornament of a woman”. My portrait is painted silver. For now, I like it. Someday, I might paint it differently. “

Grand Central Style

Grand Central Station is one my favorite spots in New York. I can stay there for hours watching people go by and staring at the majestic surroundings. This guy was on his way to the train platform when I stopped and asked him if I could take his photo. I told him that I would love to dress like him and he responded, ” Then do it son.” I will definitely try my best!