Wow, 2010 has came to an end. It’s the end of the first decade of the millenium. Amazing how quickly time flies. So much has happened for me this year, from getting married to becoming an aunt to kickstarting a long-time passion into a legit business. So excited for 2011 and the plans and ideas I have for Style Art Life. I am grateful for the group following this blog-site so far. I hope you stick with me as I promise “the best is yet to come” and I hope you continue to refer me whenever a photography opportunity arises. Thank you for your support and however you end this year, make sure you end it in STYLE (your personal style that is…after all, that is what true style is all about!)
With NYC’s winter blizzard in full effect and surrounded by snow, it got me thinking of my all time favorite place to go…you would think it’s an exotic island somewhere warm with a name no one has heard of (though I love those places too)…but it’s a simple place just a few hours drive away to the beautiful state of Vermont. My husband & I make it a point to at least go once if not a few times a year.
We love to just explore the country roads, finding mom & pop shops off the beaten path & staying at Bed & Breakfasts where we get to know the owners (like the Deer Brook Inn http://deerbrookinn.com/ where David & George are the ultimate host) . And snowboarding is our ultimate choice for “leisure” activity…and of course along the way, I take at least a few hundred pictures!
And just for the show-off factor…yes, that’s me cutting the air!
It’s Christmas day! What makes this day so joyful is the tradition of waking up early in our pajamas, seeing the joy in children’s faces as they open up gifts and loved ones gathering for a big meal.
Also on this day, there are lots of family who will not experience this. I hope that after all the festivities die down and we get back to our regular non-holiday lives, that we remember to continue to give from our hearts to not only loved ones but strangers in need.
Every Christmas since I’ve met my husband, we’ve adopted a family from the Bethany House http://bethanyhouseny.com/index.php . It’s a women & children’s shelter with an excellent program to help these family get back on their feet.
My husband & I always say it feels most like Christmas when we are shopping for that little girl or boy we don’t know, picturing their eyes light up as they see unexpected presents under the tree. For one day, these children get to wake up like other kids who get to have a Christmas morning. It fills us to know we can give a little joy back even if it’s just for that one day.
But my husband & I are challenging ourselves in 2011 to do more than monetary donation. We are challenging ourselves to give our personal time, energy & heart into giving back. It may be mentoring a younger person or volunteering for some service. If you know of a great program you want to suggest, I would LOVE to know about it.
Tonight is my Annual “Christmasing” date with my husband! A tradition that came about when we first started dating. We do all things that represent a NYC Christmas and then end up somewhere nice & cozy for drinks & dinner.
Just wanted wish you a very happy, warm & bright holiday season filled with warmth, laughter & surrounded by loved ones. Looking forward to 2011 and all the new hopes, goals & dreams I have set and I encourage you to do the same! But don’t wait till the new year, today is a new day!
I was priviledged to do a shoot promoting Kettle Bells as one of the latest craze in fitness. The shoot was held & promoted by Drive 495, a NYC luxury Golfing and training facility with some of the Nation’s best trainers & golfing instructors. An elite club with limited memberships boasting some of the most high profile clienteles. Check out their website: http://www.driveclubs.com/
Here are some images from the shoot that day.
A Style Session is a little more than your average photoshoot. This is where I pull in my fashion design background & styling skills to style the whole look of the shoot. For this “Back to School” photoshoot, I hit up the newest of brands, WHO.A.U. (rivals if not dominates Abercrombie & American Eagle in cool school style). Boots are from H&M.
This Style session consisted of an all American freckle face beauty by the name of Taylor. She has never done a fashion shoot before, so it was fun to get her to loosen up and play around with my direction. By the time we got to the 2nd outfit change, Taylor totally got the rhythm and started to throw in her own ideas! From this shoot, I’m hoping Taylor will land some modeling gigs as I think she’s got an interesting look, different than what I’ve seen in the Junior scene.
The way a crow
Has given my heart
With all the buzz of Black Swan, it got me thinking of one of my favorite design label which is highly respected in the fashion world but may not be a household name amongst the non-fashion crowd. Gilles Mendel who is the C.E.O. & designer behind the family owned atelier J.Mendel (dating back to 1870 Paris as a Furrier).
J.Mendel’s 2011 Resort Collection as well as the 2011 Spring collection echoed the influence & fluidity of Ballet. And how appropriate the timing now that Black Swan is buzzin’ with highly lauded press.
**NOTE: ALL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THIS POST ARE FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND ARE NOT MY OWN PHOTOGRAPHS.
Natalie Portman graces the cover of Jan Vogue in a J.Mendel dress!
J.Mendel RTW ~ Fall 2011