Date Archives January 2013

A Modern Day Flapper

My friends and I often joke that we were born in the wrong era. We all seem to love vintage clothing, hunting for antique treasures and watching old movies. Growing up, I’d spend countless hours looking through my grandmother’s old scrapbooks and listening to her stories. I developed a great appreciation for the style and elegance of 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s.

Dinah Earle collects clothing and accessories from the 1920s. When I saw her dressed in this gorgeous silver coat and stunning vintage dress I was immediately reminded of my grandma’s old photos. I can’t wait to return to Phoenix to see more of Dinah’s incredible collection.


I have been having the best time in Phoenix vintage shopping and meeting the wonderful members of The Arizona Costume Institute. As soon as I arrived at the museum I was told  that I needed to meet a fashionable woman in her 80s named Kati.After my presentation and book signing at the Phoenix Art Museum I looked around to see if I could find anyone to photograph. As soon as the gorgeous lady above walked by me,  I knew she had to be Kati. I asked if I could take her photo was overjoyed when she told me that she had been moved by my presentation. She said that upon her coming out, her  mother looked her up and down and didn’t approve of what she was wearing. She was so happy to hear about my grandparents allowing me the freedom to play in their closets and express myself through personal style. Kati didn’t let her mother’s disapproving glance stop her from dressing up and now in her 80s she is one of the most stylish and vibrant ladies I have ever seen. Doesn’t she look marvelous in these knee high boots?!!!!

Like Grandma, Like Granddaughter

Once again here is the gorgeous Lois Kinley and her equally stunning granddaughter Ashley modelling one of Lois’ original designs. Lois’ grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and  since retiring she has had even more time to spend on her life long passion for fashion. If you are interested in purchasing one of Lois’ custom made pieces email Ashley at .

Not Your Average Grandmother

I met Lois Kinley at a book signing a few weeks ago. Her granddaughter Ashley told her about my blog and book and knew that she would be a perfect candidate for Advanced Style. I finally got the  chance to photograph  Lois outside of her  home in East New York, Brooklyn. Lois has an incredible eye for color and texture. She has always loved fashion and now that she is a retired postal worker she has more time and freedom to express her personal style. Look out for some more great shots of Lois Kinley coming soon!