My “Aging Gracefully” Essay on The Fine Line Magazine

My “Aging Gracefully” Essay on The Fine Line Magazine

Aging Gracefully: Owning My Power

The Fine Line Magazine asked women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s to write short personal essays answering the question, What does aging gracefully mean to you? Each one is a window into the mental and physical lives of women as they grow older. This essay is by 66-year-old blogger Sonia Lovett, who wants to help other women stay in touch with their power as they age. Watch for more submissions all this month and submit your own essay to allison@thefinelinemag.com.

5 Metallic Pieces to Inspire You to Shine This Holiday

5 Metallic Pieces to Inspire You to Shine This Holiday

The countdown has begun! If you’re anything like me, your schedule is jam-packed with Festive Holiday Parties. I’ve found myself at two just last Saturday night! With all of these social obligations, I’m sure that you are running out of fun party looks and costume changes. Allow me to inspire you with 5 of my favorite separates from this season’s shiny metallics, velvets, and lames. Whether you find you’re next look in your closet, your favorite vintage store or here with my hand-picked recommendations, I hope to inspire you to SHINE this holiday! 

Rachel Zoe Metallic Suit

The Power Blazer

GUCCI
Floral-brocade single-breasted jacket

$4,980

$ 1,100.00

MSGM
Metallic jacquard double-breasted tuxedo jacket

$860

$495

The Slinky Blouse

Debbie Metallic Blouse

RAG & BONE

$395.00

Metallic Tuxedo Blouse

RACHEL ROY COLLECTION

$99.00

Ruffle Front Metallic Stripe Blouse

VINCE CAMUTO

$65.40

Tie Neck Metallic Velvet Top

FRAME

$375.00

The Party Skirt

Cina Embellished Miniskirt

ALICE + OLIVIA

Price$595.00

Sequin Pencil Skirt

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS

$175.00

Tiered Sequin Midi Skirt

ENDLESS ROSE

$95.00

Sequin Embellished A-Line Skirt

ELIZA J

$188.00

The Shiny Dress 

Ted Baker

Maggz Metallic Body-Con Dress

$349.00 

Kkaty Ice Palace Skater Dress
$439.00
Metallic Striped Pleated Dress
$499.00
Metallic Tie-Front Mini Dress
$185.00 

The Statement Earring 

Dynasty Statement Earrings

STELLA + RUBY

$58.00

Amara Stud Earrings

GORJANA

$40.00

Pavé Resin Statement Earrings

J.CREW

$65.00

Retro Gold Stone Studded Clip Earrings

ALEXIS BITTAR

$325.00
The Ultimate Gift Guide

The Ultimate Gift Guide

We are in full swing of the Holidays, and I’ve been compiling a list of unique gifts for the hard to shop for people on your list from artisanal gifts that give back to the community to gifts that wow the music lover in your life. Enjoy this collection and let me know what your favorite gifts to give this season are. 

Gifts That Give Back 

 

All of these women run companies are dear to our heart and we do our best to support them every year. These companies EMPOWER other woman, immigrants and refugees through creation and accomplishment. 

 

“Studies show that unlocking a woman’s potential can cultivate a brighter future for not only herself and her children, but for the community as a whole.” Now that’s something that we can get behind. 

Etkie Beaded Glass Cuffs from $215-$275

Salt Detachable Purse Straps $138

JadeTribe Brigette Bag $598.00

Gaia For Women Marilyn Clutch $84.00

Ecuadane Blanket $149

photo: Hope Kauffman @hkcameraface 

Gifts For The Artist  

Many people shy away from giving art as a gift because it is personal and subjective but so are a lot of other things people give as gifts. Giving art is just a bit scary because it is art but it is one of the most original, thoughtful and fun things you can gift (other than a puppy).

 

Here are some other thoughtful ideas for your artist or appreciator this holiday that won’t break the bank or any boundaries!  

Salvador Dalí’s surrealist cookbook $60

Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade: 1940-1950 $50

I love giving the gift of an experience, and there is nothing like experiencing great art.  If you or your loved ones are fortunate to live in a city with cultural offerings like LACMA, or MOMA I encourage you to encourage your friends and family to partake. Click here to find a museum nearest to them. The price of membership is often comparable to the cost of admission and makes a great gift that will last the year. 

Sonia is wearing a caftan from Ocean + Main 

Staggered Vase $28.00

Gifts For the Audiophile 

I have many passionate music fans in my life, and I know that they can be the hardest nuts to crack because they have a strong opinion on what they like and don’t like. 

This year we’ve turned up the thermostat to woo your audiophile with the coolest of the cool. From wireless turntables, curated album covers to a hot pink Vinal and soundtrack from Thom York (hello Radiohead). Make a musician smile this holiday season. 

Wireless Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 Turntable $700

Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover $20

Suspiria Soundtrack (2018) Thom Yorke $33

Personalized Amp Doormat $35

Gifts For the Traveler  

The biggest take away in traveling is making the memories and experiences that shape your life.

 

Whether it’s streamlining your travel bags or remembering where you’ve been, these will make meaningful gifts to the adventurer in your life. 

5-Piece Packing Cube Set CALPAK $70

Birchbox Beauty Subscription (form Men & Women) $30 for three months 

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small $15 

Rose Quartz Workout Kit $49.00

Santal 33 Eau de Parfum $80-$270

Our Favorite Fall Poncho: Lotta Stennson

Our Favorite Fall Poncho: Lotta Stennson

Ponchos and shawls make an effortless transition into colder seasons and this lightweight collection from Lotta Stennson is no exception. They make wonderful layering pieces,  or on their own as Hope Kauffman has captured here at my home in Montana. Lotta Stensson is one of our favorite collaborators. Serena and I have been champions of her work for years. When we were preparing for our multigenerational photoshoot I knew that I wanted to include pieces from Lotta’s Fall/Winter line of featherweight wool ponchos. I wanted to showcase her work in alignment with women of varying ages to show the natural beauty that we all encapsulate when we are comfortable in our skin. You may remember Lotta’s kaftans from earlier this year when we went on our Girl’s Trip to the Grand Cayman Islands. If you missed it you can check it out here.

Lady Boss: The Return of Power Dressing

Lady Boss: The Return of Power Dressing

In a sea of casual dressing be the one who came to WORK. Your look that is!

There’s a trend happening in fashion right now that is throwing it back to the good ol days of Power Dressing with a hint of Dynasty. It is put-together, polished, Ladylike and I love it! Dressing for the job you want (hello, CEO of your life) has never looked so good. Now is the perfect time to look through your closet for those “quirky” items you couldn’t part with and pair it with your favorite corporate separates.

Every outfit needs a good statement piece or in this case the more, the merrier! I paired this gorgeous silk printed blouse with my favorite things of the moment! Mom’s alligator bag, an 80’s inspired chain belt (I mean, WOW!) and my favorite leopard Kate Spade pumps.

LadyLike Rockin-n-Roll 

I bought these pants over a decade ago at Intermix in Dallas. Serena and I have always been huge proponents of anything animal print and fell in love with the color of these pants. How could I ever let go of such a statement piece? They have a great 90’s bootleg that works so well with my Forever21 boots that seem to go with everything! I have always loved the structure of a blazer paired with an unexpected rock tee.

LadyLike in White

This suit feels so 70’s disco to me! I love the dichotomy of the oversized pants with a cropped printed top.

LadyLike Every Day

Polish up your statement tunic by belting it for a strong Lady Boss Look!

Top: Zara Belt: Vintage Celine Pants: Marc Jacobs Purse: Chanel

Is Leopard Print the New Neutral? 5 Styling Tips on Our Favorite Fall Print

Is Leopard Print the New Neutral? 5 Styling Tips on Our Favorite Fall Print

Have you noticed that animal prints have a way of coming in and out of fashion throughout the seasons? One year they’re hot and the next year they’re not? Luckily for us, the fashion industry loves a good comeback! This is the year to dust off your old favorite animal print coat (in my case it is this Leopard one that I scored from TJMaxx for $30!) and try them in fresh and unexpected ways!

 

Here are 5 styling tips to try for our favorite fall coat!

Cinch it up with a statement belt and vintage collar!

Pair it with your boyfriend Jeans and a vintage scarf

Keep it in the same color family

Tall boots and short skirts rule the winter games

Wear it over your kimono print robe

You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Don’t leave your home with out it the season!

 

 

You don’t have a leopard coat you say? Our resident stylist Serena recommends 6 coats that won’t break the bank!

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Mixing Fall Trends: Can leopard, scarf print and neon live in harmony?

Mixing Fall Trends: Can leopard, scarf print and neon live in harmony?

I’m sure you’ve heard the news. Leopard, scarf print and neon are back for Fall in a HUGE way! Luckily for me, I have most of these trends hanging in the closet already, but can I wear them all at once?

Survey says: Yes You Can! As long as you have the right color, tone, and proportion you can mix the most unlikely trends to create a look that is all your own!

Combining colors, pattern and texture are one of my favorite things to do when I’m planning a “look.” It’s all about proportion, texture, and hue. Follow these three steps for a winning combo every time!

Shoes: Kate Spade

Purse: Vintage

I had no idea why I had been holding on to this purse for so long. By that, I mean 20 years or so. Neon or Lime? How long has it been since this color was in?

How to mix patterns and color like a pro!

Chose a standout print and a secondary print

Choose the main pattern and work around it! In my case, my Zara scarf print skirt paired Leopard pumps. I’ve always thought that leopard was neutral and can go with anything if you have the right attitude.

Be Matchy-Matchy

Pick up on a color that is predominant on your print and pair it with something off the wall. I chose my favorite Kate Spade Leopard pumps with red heels that go back to my scarf print skirt.

Keep Your colors in the same tone

This trend explosion is brought to you by BRIGHT COLORS. Work with colors that are complementary. In this case, Red & Green are complementary colors. The fact that they share the same vivid brightness is what makes it work together. Think about hue and tone when matching colors.

Scarf Print Skirt: Zara

Above all else, have a little fun, it’s only fashion after all!

Shop your own closet: 7 Fall Trends I found while cleaning out mine!

Shop your own closet: 7 Fall Trends I found while cleaning out mine!

With the transition of Fall in the air I have switched my closet over from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter last week with the help of our Fall Fashion Guide. I know trends can be touchy but it is my opinion that the trends that float in and out of Fashion every year are here to inspire us to look at what is already available and create new looks through fresh eyes. Here are some of the treasures that I found in my closet that I plan on carrying over to the new season. What will you be wearing?

Print blouse. High rise Marc Jacob wool slacks. Chain belt. Leopard print shoes and bag.

White House Black Market Tuxedo Jacket. Silk Palazzo Pants. Animal Print crop top. Again the white Booties.

Blue velvet yoked cowboy shirt. Fringed  scarf. White Booties.

Silk Cami with ostrich feathers. Zara plaid skirt I lengthened with ostrich feathers. Black sock Booties. Prada bag.

Animal print bell bottom pants purchased at least 18 years ago at Intermix. Black silk blouse. White boots.

Oversized white sweater. Ralph Lauren plaid silk dress. White Booties.

Equestrian print jersey dress. Green sweater. Of the moment neon bag. I have matching high heel sandals too! Now I know why I kept that set 🙀.

It was fun to get creative and it didn’t cost me a dime! What’s in your Closet?

The New Dior Saddle Bag: A Blast From the Past Has Been Updated

The New Dior Saddle Bag: A Blast From the Past Has Been Updated

You may have noticed in July when every single blogger in the blogosphere sported their brand new Dior Saddle Bag. The brand took to Instagram on July 19th, endorsed by celebrities and influencers alike, to welcome the reissue of the crown jewel of Dior’s accessory business back in 2000. 

Since this year’s fashion trend seems to be a blast from the past, the iconic Saddle Bag is a reissue that we are thrilled to see!

 

The new saddle bags are available in-store and range in price from $2,350 for the mini oblique saddle, up to $8,500 for the medium bag embroidered with beads and fringe. A sampling of the first delivery is below.

Rumor has it the second delivery of new Dior saddle bags will be dropping sometime this month. Although the exact date of the second drop hasn’t been announced yet, our sources say that the below are at least some of the styles we can expect any moment now.

 

If you’re more of a vintage lover, you can find gently used style on Tradesy, the Real Real or good ‘ol eBay.

 

In the meantime, check out this gorgeous making-of video, courtesy of Dior. It’s seriously almost as lovely as the bags themselves.

The Ultimate Saks Fifth Ave End of Summer Sale Shopping Cart

The Ultimate Saks Fifth Ave End of Summer Sale Shopping Cart

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! 

You guys! It’s the END OF SUMMER! On one hand, I’,m like where did it go?! and the other I am so ready for the next chapter and transition. It’s a strange thing because I am ready to move on but the heat of summer is holding on tightly!

Holding on the to the theme of transition and update, I have put together the ultimate shopping cart of the best pieces from summer that you can bring into Fall or on any last min Summer vacations that you have planned! 

Happy Shopping!! 

x’s your resident stylist,

Serena

Athleisure From Street to Chic

Athleisure From Street to Chic

For the most part I live in my sweats. The weather in Montana almost begs for you to be comfy cozy. That’s why I am so happy that the “Athleisure” trend is here to give a welcomed update to my go-to weekend look.

As you know I love any excuse to dress up so we updated my new Moxy Evolution gear with a few of my favorite high and low end pieces to show you that you always have something in your closet to make an outfit go from wow to WHOA!

How do you Moxy?

The End of An Era: The September Issue

The End of An Era: The September Issue

Challenging times are ahead for the glossy magazines that I loved so dearly growing up. I got an email from my best friend and fellow stylist on Monday: Re: The September Issue is DEAD. Can this be true? And if so, what does that even mean?

September marks the beginning of Fall. Transitioning from the sheer nakedness of summer into layers and textures. Summer is over, school and work commence as we finish off the year as strong as we started it. For the fashion industry, and those who follow it, The September issue has been the Bible. It is loaded with the freshest in Fall fashion showcased and beautifully curated by the masterminds behind what is “IN”. The editors.

Growing up I would plaster my walls with beautiful spreads from W and Vogue. It was the first time that I had seen clothes and fashion used in a way that really spoke to me. These images were an expression and an extension of the creators vision and I couldn’t get enough of them. Imagination was stretched and fantasy was born within me. It was in these pages that I developed my craft as a stylist.

The way that we receive information has evolved drastically. We live in the digital age where everything is available to us in an instant and on our phones. There is no need to wait until September to see what’s happening for Fall. After all, we saw everything on the runway in February! If knowledge is power then the editors of these publications have nothing on us. There is no surprise and reveal when your favorite celebrity influencer is live-streaming the preview from the front row.

With the onset of fast fashion and even faster celebrity influence, can anyone catch up and stay there? Is the patriarchy of the magazine editor over? And if so, are we at the mercy of the celebrity du jour? At what point do we start finding inspiration outside of what someone else dictates to us and find it within ourselves?

We’d like to hear from you. What drives your creative fires? Are they in the pages of a magazine, or in your Instagram feed? How do you remain an Individual in a Social Media driven world?