Monday, July 16, 2012

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

I bypassed the evening news and this morning's news broadcast... what I guessed to have been as horrific to watch as the night before and the morning before that.  Not that I need all my news to be bright and cheery, but even with the car accidents, heat deaths, and political firing squads, wasn't there something more than the suburban senior center's arts festival on the good news list? Just sayin'. To be honest, I'm sort of a NPR, CNN News Junkie, but my new role as Mother (to a wonderful little baby boy), makes me break out in hives at the caption 'BREAKING NEWS'.  Some days not knowing exactly how high the murder rate is for my city, and that my favorite charity is going down for embezzlement is just the respite I need.
Watched Newsroom on HBO though....
the ONLY thing I'll make time to watch at its scheduled broadcast.

 You know what puts me right into a good no-bad-news-day spirit?  Googling -- Images for Kehinde Wiley.  Just scrolling through... one after  another, clicking on my favorites, sitting still, face in palm, wondering at  the true to life quality of each portrait, seeing a little something missed on my last Kehinde meditation.  *smile*  That's what I call these little breaks... Kehinde Meditations. 

Each individual portrait, and the universal face in each portrait, reminds me of........

...........being in the theater with my Father, watching my brother(s) stroll through the park, a lover's wink, my uncle's concentrated game "of pinochle" face...... bring on the calm.  In Kehinde Wiley's work I see the faces of my protectors, providers and most recently my beautiful son. 
Thank you Mr. Wiley

Whew!!!  The weather has been crazy in Philadelphia... scorching hot! Which means, there's a power outage every other hour. *shrug* Whaddaya gonna do?  Makes me really grateful for the convenience of electricity... fans, AC... computers!!!  Anyway, because of these rolling brown outs I was unable to post last week's giveaway winner!  Congratulations Sarah! Please email me your shipping address.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Kerry Washington - Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia
 Americano Kerry Washington is vintage glamour personified.
And right on the heels of a successful season of Scandal,
(appointment TV for me and all my facebook friends and tweeties!)
this spread for Italian Vogue is stunning!

Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia


My Saturdays aren't as laissez faire as they used to be... but the possibilities of the weekend and Saturday, make me feel like this little girl....who's either dancing or singing her heart out.  
Anyone know this photo? I love it!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mixed Media

...... a metaphor for life.  A bit of rough gravel, a swatch of smooth silk, a color filled brush stroke.... All of our lives are filled with the grays, the blues, and bright cloudless skies... The best of life is all of its mixtures, as a whole.  

Jesse Hazelip
Style Shepherd Giveaway!

What - Estelle Frances Mixed Media Necklace

A mixed media statement necklace, inspired by natural treasures and pirates booty lost at sea.

- Large and small link silver plated chain
- Gunmetal glass pearls and jade at the vintage inspired crystal clasp
- Fresh water pearl, dyed emerald green
- Length, 20 inches 2 1/2 inches wide at its widest point
- Retails $140

Rules -
  1. Be a follower of The Style Shepherd
  2. Be a follower of the Style Shepherd facebook page
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post naming your favorite mixed media artist or designer. Example --- I  follow the Style Shepherd Blog and The Style Shepherd facebook page.  My favorite mixed media artist is ________. 
  4. Comment must be posted by Saturday July 14, 2012 11:59 pm EST
  5. Winner will be chosen by and announced on Sunday, July 15th 2012 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fit To Be Tied

Accessories Magazine
Last Sunday, I posted my obsession with bows.
.... a big trend a few seasons ago, and what do I see in Thursday's Accessories Magazine Trend Finder
They're Back!
Efva Attling Bracelet pictured in Accessories Magazine Trend Finder
Efva Attling
Bracelet in silver with large bow detail
Style Name: Bow Wow Wow Cuff"No need for wrapping this season when the gift inside IS a bow. " ~Accessories Magazine


Last Week's Tie One On Winner is Hannah Sage!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Donna Karan

Donna Karan Pre Fall 2012

To me, there’s nothing sexier than punctuating the masculine with the feminine. Because style is in the contrasts -- strong, soft; light, dark; liquid, structured. Add a sharp, slim line, a flash of skin, and you’ve got a look that empowers your unique womanhood - bold, confident, and incredibly seductive.” - DK

See the full Pre-Fall 2012 Collection, here: Donna Karan/ Pre Fall 2012 Look Book

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Art Factor

Vintage Black Glamour

One of my favorite facebook pages is 

Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York, 95 years ago today. In this photo from May 1956, she is trying on a dress - and wearing those saleswomen out... ~Vintage Black Glamour

LOL at  - and wearing those saleswomen out.

Photo Cred - William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Whew! The dog days of summer have arrived in Philadelphia.... Still I'm thinking about Fall/Winter!

For me, it's the most fun as far as fashion is concerned. I really want to add more bangles next season. A whole mix of sizes and materials...... 

.... So inspired by this picture of ceramic bangles by juju

My wish list : 

Eddie Borgo Geometric 

Tory Burch Hinged Bracelet

Steven Dweck Wooden Bangle

  Natalia Brilli Leather Cuff
(look for a Natalia Brilli post later this week)

Tie One On

Marc Jacobs Spring 2011

...........there was a bit of a bow trend a few seasons ago. Its a trend that I love, but doesn't always find a way into my wardrobe.

(not since I was six, and a big bow was major!)

Special for Style Shepherd Followers:

This weeks Giveaway is a pair of Vintage Bow Earrings, from Etsy shop Tell Shannon.

To win you must be a follower of The Style Shepherd, and follow The Style Shepherd on Facebook

Leave a comment below this post with your favorite trend of seasons past.  You can comment as many times as you like, as long as each comment is about a different trend.

Each winner will be chosen by and as always, this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English (Sorry, no translation yet) and entered by Saturday, July 7th 2012 11:59PM EST. The Winners will be notified and announced on Sunday, July 8th, 2012. Good Luck!