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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bill and Eva near The Strand

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Advanced Style: Older and Wiser is Out Today

It's been four years since the release of my first book and I'm thrilled to announce that my new book Advanced Style: Older and Wiser is out today! Check below for signing dates and locations(more to be added soon).
New York
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 7-9pm
Book Launch, Signing, and Party
Ari Seth Cohen in conversation with Simon Doonan
The Strand, Rare Book Room
828 Broadway (at 12th street), New York, NY 10003
This event is open to the public, but if you would like to secure to seat for the conversation check 

Los Angeles
Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 3-6pm
West Coast Book Launch, Signing and Reception
MOCA Store
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-9pm
Book Signing and Conversation
Book Soup
Panel discussion with Ari Seth Cohen, Valerie Von Sobel, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Colleen Heinemann, and Irene Coyazo
Moderated by Merle Ginsberg
8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

San Diego
Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 7:30pm-9pm
Author Talk and Book Signing
Warwick's Book Store
7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, California 92037

San Francisco Launch:
Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Book Signing and Conversation
Ari Seth Cohen in conversation with Joy Venturini Bianchi
Bloomingdale’s, 845 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Monday, April 25, 2016

"I Don't Dress to be Visible," Artist, Debra Rapoport, Responds to Negative Comments on Facebook

The other day I posted the picture above of artist, milliner, reflexologist, and community chef Debra Rapoport on Facebook to mixed reviews. Most people commented on how they were constantly inspired by Debra's creative expression and bold and artistic approach to adorning herself, while others left comments calling her a "freak show", while describing her look as ridiculous and stupid. 

My whole project is about creating a dialogue about aging, personal expression and vitality and I always encourage people to share their opinions, comment and become part of the conversation. I'll never understand why some people are moved to leave such nasty comments with such little regard or awareness to the fact that the subject's of the photos may be seeing these remarks. Does it come out of fear, self consciousness, wanting to teach someone a lesson, or rather a passionate display of what they are feeling in the moment? Each person will definitely not relate to or understand every outfit or person that I post, but I believe that there is a kind and constructive way to share our opinions. After the the negative comments were shared, people rallied in defense of Debra and advocated for a more positive manner of sharing critical feedback. Now it's Debra's turn to respond:

I dress for myself as a meditation first and then a creative statement. I can't say it is fashion or trendy but that is not what I am about. I have always been an artist/sculptor and my body is part of the form.  Growing up I was never told don't do this, don't wear that, put on a navy blue suit to be accepted and normal.  I couldn't do it. I felt abnormal and uncomfortable.

I don't dress to turn heads or get attention. I do want to make a statement about the body and clothing. It is one of my means of expression. It is from an inner source even though it is an outer expression. It is my CREATIVITY.  I do get looked at, sometimes stared at. 
People often have a smile on their faces and wish to start a conversation. As Ari says the "3C's" Creativity/Communication/Community...that is what will keep us vital and human. So people look up from their IPhones and actually make eye contact and we have an exchange. COMMUNICATION... we exchange cards and stay "friends", COMMUNITY. So what could be better.

I don't dress to be visible but if I get noticed it is a positive experience. Some people want to blend in and not be noticed. It might make them feel vulnerable to dress creatively. It is very personal. Some people think it is purposeless; it is showing off and egotistical. Many people would rather be anonymous for whatever reason - insecurity, shyness, not wanting to call attention to themselves. Some people are threatened feeling "why do we need to showoff".  I am not bothered by these thoughts or comments. I realize that some people are more reserved, conservative and stuck in an old paradigm of what "OLD" should look like. I have always lived in NYC, been an artist and been free in my thinking so this is who I am. I live at a time where one can self-express.

I don't mind if I get laughed at.   I don't mind if I get ridiculed.  If someone responds to me negatively or positively, I still feel empowered and complete.  There are no rules to creativity. 

Dressing "normally" doesn't feel comfortable to me. I feel like I am inhibiting my creativity; stifling my energy.
I can dress simpler but not in jeans, T-shirt and hoody!! I need color, texture and layers. Maybe it is just habit since I have been doing it so long!

I have used recycled/re purposed materials since the 60's.  I believe there is so much "stuff" in our immediate environment that we can appropriate and use once we begin to look and see. It is for the fun, enjoyment and protection of the planet.  This also keeps me stimulated, creative and joy filled.
Where there is creativity there are no rules. Where there are no rules there is no fear!                            -Debra Rapoport

Friday, April 22, 2016

Accidental Icon, 11th Street

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Uptown Downtown

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Monday, April 18, 2016

Advanced Beauty: Irene Coyazo

Here is our second installment of  Advanced Beauty with the wonderful Irene Coyazo:

Before I start, I have to acknowledge that everything I've learned about beauty is from my beloved mother, Mary Cervantes.

These are my beauty tips (both mental and physical) and regimens:
Mental Beauty:

- Have a spirit of gratitude everyday - start and end each day with thanks and reflect on the best things that happened to you before your head hits the pillow at night. This practice always puts things in perspective for me and puts a smile on my face. I consider this a beauty tip, as how you feel inside reflects on the outside.
-Read something positive and enlightening to kickstart your day.  It can be an inspirational excerpt from a favorite book, a YouTube video, etc. It does not take long to do this and makes a big difference.
- When the weather makes you blue, reach out and touch someone via phone, social media, or a handwritten note. Let someone know you care.  You will feel much better afterward.
- Hang out with people who bring out the best in you.  Conversely, bring out the best in people you are with and be sincerely interested in them; you may learn something.
- Be genuinely happy for other people's success and support them.
- Be the best self you can be everyday, embrace the gifts you were born with, and don't let anyone dull your sparkle.
- Learn something new everyday.
- For me, it's about Attitude, Gratitude, and finding/living your Joy!

Physical Beauty:
- Do a daily form of exercise that you enjoy and gets your heart pumping. I use a cardio trainer machine and do daily push-ups.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and everything else in moderation. I enjoy salads mixed with citrus fruits, avocado, olives, and nuts (almonds or walnuts).
- Drink plenty of water. Your skin will thank you for it. I drink a glass or two of warm water with lemon in the morning and continue to drink water throughout the day.
- Take vitamin supplements which suit you.  I take a daily dose of Centrum Specialist, liquid CoQ10 and Caltrate calcium tablets.
- Removal of makeup. At night, I clean my face thoroughly and always use a moisturizer. I use L'Oreal Revitalift Wet Cleansing Towelettes to remove all makeup. I then use an exfoliating tonic to remove any lingering makeup, and layer my face with a wrinkle lifting/firming serum (right now, it's Estee Lauder Perfectionist) and a moisturizer (right now, it's  L'Oreal Daily Re-Volumizing Moisturizer). I try different brands periodically. Occasionally, I use Vaseline and my face feels really soft in the morning.
- Prep for makeup. In the morning, I splash cold water on my face before I start my makeup regimen.  I again exfoliate, then layer with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen, wrinkle lifting/firming serum, and moisturizer (same products as above). I prefer products that are labeled for both day/night use. It simplifies the process. For both removal and prepping, I use upward, and light patting movements.
- Coverage. I prefer a more natural, dewy look, and am currently using L'Oreal Visible Lift Line Minimizing Makeup with sunscreen (has been discontinued, but order from Amazon). My lines may still show, but I own them and I'm proud to call them mine.
- Details. Now that the "canvas" has been prepared, I experiment and use various brands of lip liner, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, and blush, though I favor L'Oreal, Bobbi Brown and MAC products. The finale to this is the perfect lipstick, preferably the best shade of red for your skin tone. I prefer matte formulas. For me, there is nothing like a red lipstick to perk up my face.
- Fin. The biggest and most important tip I have after you have completed your "work of art" is to SMILE!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Outside The Ivy

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Great Adventure

Every time I'm in a car I gaze out  the window looking for people to photograph. Oftentimes the most wonderful people pass by and I lament the fact that I didn't happen to just run into them on the street. At least in these moments I get bursts of inspiration on the traffic filled streets. Yesterday I was driving through Hollywood and was about to change lanes when  out of the corner of my eye, I noticed this wonderful woman sitting at the bus stop. I quickly drove forward and made a u-turn in hopes that I would catch her before she caught her bus. I found a great parking place and ran across the street just in time to get the shot! To me this is the greatest adventure-- to find someone  glorious and charming to share with the world.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tokyo Colors


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