Date Archives November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving From Advanced Style

Nana Helen and Papa Hal
Grandma Bluma and Grandpa Jacob

 I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you all for your continued  support, comments and emails. I read and share all of your wonderful responses with the Advanced Style ladies, and they get so much joy knowing that they have inspired others. The photos above are of my wonderful grandparents who showed me that we can grow old with style, vitality, and creative spirit. They inspired me to look at aging in a positive light, just as the ladies and gentleman I photograph every week have done. I am thankful for all of the incredible people I have met over the last four years and am excited to share even more of their stories and style wisdom in the upcoming months.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

“Wear Your Party Shoes Today”

 Marjie Du Berchin is a wonderful artist and jewelry designer based in my hometown of San Diego. I met her while presenting my book at The Jewish Book Fair and was excited to hear that she has been following Advanced Style since the beginning.My mom and I  made a date to come over to her house to see her gorgeous gardens and stunning jewelry collection. We had a great visit and my mom came home with some of Marjie’s beautiful necklaces. Check out her work below and if you are interested in seeing more of these lovely pieces email Marjie at and see her website

Carmen De Lavallade

This  gorgeous 81-year-old woman caught my eye while walking through SoHo yesterday. She was very kind when I approached her and asked if I could take her photograph. I gave her my card and she told me that her name was Carmen.I instantly realized that she was legendary dancer and performer, Carmen De Lavallade. I was honored to have the chance to meet and photograph such an incredibly talented and accomplished artist.We exchanged information and I hope to meet up with her in the very near future!

Iris Apfel’s Guilty Pleasure

Iris Apfel & Ari Seth Cohen – Drug of Choice from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Iris Apfel for the latest video installment of Avant Garde Diaries. Check out our conversation above to find out Iris’ guilty pleasure.