Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ageless Style-Adrienne Shubin of The Rich Life in Wine Country

Welcome to Elizabeth’s (La Contessa of The Vintage Contessa) and my latest installment of Ageless Style. Every month we each feature someone we consider chic at any age. Style shouldn’t have an expiration date.  We want to look great period not great for our age, right?
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This month I am featuring Adrienne from the Rich Life in Wine Country.   I started reading Adrienne’s blog quite some time ago.  The Sonoma Valley is one of our favorite places to visit.  She covers all of the interesting places and events going on in the Sonoma Valley and takes beautiful photographs along the way.
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She owns her own style and covers approachable, wearable fashion. She has a monthly feature with Jill from Everything Just So  called “How I Wear My”  that is full of inspiration and fun.
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I love Adrienne’s laid back wine country style.  She can rock a pair of jeans, boots and her signature hat,
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but glam it up when duty calls.
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She is amongst a handful of women challenging what life after 40 can look like. Here is my interview with Adrienne.
How Would You Describe Your Style? 
Wine Country Casual

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What Inspires your signature style?

A: My lifestyle here in Sonoma Valley is my main inspiration. I am surrounded by beauty – both natural and manmade – and spend a lot of time outdoors when the weather calls for it. Throughout most of the year, I attend festivals and events at wineries and other locations. I also do hotel reviews for my blog which often include tours and taking in the local scene. I need comfort as well as style – I won’t sacrifice either one.

Q: What accessory Can You Not Do Without?

A: Since I carry a camera, two lenses and some small camera lighting devices with me most of the time, I need a purse that will accommodate my needs. The Adora bag by Armadio is a beautiful Italian leather tote bag with a classic and simple design.
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I have it in several colors including black, yellow, cobalt, burgundy, off-white and light peach. I carry one almost every day, despite having lots of other handbags to choose from.

Q: Favorite Color

A: For spring and summer, I love yellow! For fall and winter, I love burgundy. 

Q: Do you have a signature piece that defines your style?

A: Long necklaces. I have dozens of them and really love to wear them. Most of mine come from KayandStar. Julie, the owner and artist, is a lovely person and I adore her pieces.
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Q: What are your style strengths?
 
A: I have a good eye for accessorizing. I can tell immediately when I have gone overboard with accessories and need to tone it down. For example, I have this new turquoise blouse with ruffled sleeves that would go so well with a colorful Hermes scarf I have - color wise. But, it will not work to pair them together because it’s too much. The pattern and bold colors of the scarf compete with the ruffles of the blouse and, well, it gives me a headache just thinking about it! I prefer to let the blouse stand alone with a pretty necklace instead.


Q: Do you have a style icon?

A: I do not. However, there are bloggers I take inspiration from. I think Cheryl of Northwest Mountain and I have a similar style so I always like to see what she’s wearing. And Tamera Beardsley has a fashion flair like no other. I always love to see what she’s wearing. Plus she is beautiful woman, inside and out, and I am proud to call her my friend.
I also like Susan of Une Femme, also a friend, for her fashion tips and outfits. I think her style is somewhat similar to mine – I relate to her.
 


Q: What are your beauty essentials that you couldn't do without

A: I am 100% devoted to my esthetician, Karen Borgfeldt of Hello Beautiful in Santa Rosa. She carries a skin care line, only available through skincare clinics, that has improved my skin greatly since I started going to her last summer. I use a variety of products, recommended by Karen for my skin’s issues, and I get a chemical peel at Hello Beautiful every four weeks. It’s in my calendar for the entire year and I never miss an appointment.
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Q; Do you have repeat offenders in your closet if so what are they?

A: Yes, I do! I found these cute floral maxi dresses on Amazon, of all places, that are flowy, lightweight and they have short sleeves, which I appreciate. They were only about $30. I bought one and liked it, then decided to get more. Now I have 4 or 5 of them. They are going to be my go-tos when the hot weather arrives.
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Q: What advice do you have for women over 50, or over 40?

A: If you used to love fashion but now you want to give up on it because you don’t know what to wear and/or how to dress for your new middle-aged figure and age. It is SO easy to fall into the habit of not trying when you reach a certain age. I almost went there this last year and had to force myself to resist the urge to live in elastic waistband pants and big tunics. Thankfully the blog helped motivate me to keep trying.

Visit blogs written by women you relate to, pick up a style book, ask a stylish friend where she shops – treat it like a fun project! 

Q: Do you have any style rules that you live by?

A: If it is not comfortable – both in the way it makes me feel about myself and the way it fits me - I will not wear it.

Q: What are your favorite online go to sources?

A: At 6’ 2”, properly fitting pants, jeans, dresses and even tops are a challenge for me so I go for lines that carry “talls” but generally steer clear of lines that are for tall women only. I know that sounds strange, but I don’t like the styles the tall brands carry.
I shop Banana Republic, Gap, Ann Taylor, and Old Navy for talls. For other things – tops, shoes, accessories, skirts – I shop Nordstrom, Macy’s, Chico’s, Anthropolgie, Soft Surroundings and Sole Society mostly.


Q: Do you have a particular designer that you are drawn to?
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A: I have been working with Stella Carakasi since early 2014, blogging about their line, participating in fashion shows and other events with them and I consider myself their biggest fan!

Over the years, I have gotten to know Stella and the fantastic people who are working hard to make this brand the success that it is. Stella is a local Bay Area designer and I love supporting local businesswomen.  Her unique, artistic and beautiful clothes are wearable, luxurious and different. I am drawn to her asymmetrical lines – usually quite flattering on us tall women – natural fabrics, and structures that are so comfortable, they a pleasure to wear.

I have many Stella Carakasi pieces in my closet that I adore and always get very excited when new collections are released. I got a sneak peek at fall 2017 and WOW!  Prepare to be floored!

All images courtesy of Adrienne Shubin.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with Adrienne. If you love the wine country stop by Adrienne's blog The Rich Life in Wine Country for more inspiration. 

And don't forget to pop over to Elizabeth’s post (The Vintage Contessa)  about our darling friend Sandra Sallin.  I bet you can’t guess her age!
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Elizabeth (the Vintage Contessa), Me, Brenda Kinsel, (Brenda Kinsel) Sandra Sallin (Apart from my Art), and Mary Ann Pickett (Classic Casual Home).

27 comments:

  1. Yellow and Burgundy are TWO of my FAVORITE colors as well........LOVE A TOTE!
    I had no idea GAP and B. Republic had size TALL in the shop or on line only?I have not been to those shops in years.........YOU turned me on to STELLA CARAKASI a few years ago..........LOVE TO POP In from time to time!They have GREAT SALES AS WELL..............and as FOR YOUR DEAR FRIEND TAMERA............she KNOWS how to put HERSELF TOGETHER.
    THANK YOU for being part of AGELESS STYLE!!!!
    Cindy,hit a HOME RUN with this idea which she SO cleverly talked me into!Now POP over and see WHO I interviewed and what her tastes are..............SHE will NOT disappoint!

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    1. We need one of those totes Elizabeth...they are fabulous!!

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  2. Congratulations to Cindy and Elizabeth. What a delightful series of my favorite people. I have admired Adrienne from a far. I love your photos and I'm intrigued by the camera and accessories that you use. I also admired the clothes and accessories. Both high and low. You always look so put together. You wear your height well. Always a charming smile to accessorize those well thought out outfits. This is really fun to get to get to know you even better. You rock it!

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the post Sandra. You two ladies have style galore!!

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  3. Cindy, Thank you so much for choosing me to interview. It could not come at a better time! I am fast approaching 50 and have had to adjust to being a new person in some ways - inwardly and outwardly.
    This is such a great series and I look forward to the next ones. Heading over to Elizabeth's now!
    Thank you again for this honor.
    Kindly, Adrienne

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    1. You were so great to work with and I adore your style! It was my pleasure!

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  4. Cindy, how fun to be introduced to new fashion/ageless bloggers, thank you. I really enjoyed learning about Adrienne. This is a great series!!
    Kathysue

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    1. Hi Kathysue I am so glad you are enjoying the series! Next month we will have two more fabulous ladies!!

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  5. What a wonderful style Adrienne has! She is a very elegant woman, very attractive and very classy. I follow his blog for a long time and it does not stop surprising me positively.

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    1. Thanks Josep I am so glad you enjoy Adrienne's blog. She is great!

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  6. wait, I thought this was for women over 50??? Adrienne looks soooo young! what a beauty and stylish woman. love these series!
    debra

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    1. She is turning 50 very soon...can you believe it?!! She looks like she is Jen's age doesn't she?!!

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  7. What an inspiration and fun series Cindy! Adrienne is gorgeous and I love her style. So looking forward to visiting her blog. Thank you for the introduction!!

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    1. You will love her blog Lisa especially if you are planning a trip to the wine country!

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  8. This is a really fun series! Think of more ideas Cindy...so you can keep em coming.

    xo kel

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    1. Hey you are up in the next couple months and don't you try to weasel out of it!!

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  9. Wine country chic! Wow! Beautiful examples of a comfortable, appropriate and totally flattering personal style. (And you all look wonderful in that group pic.)

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  10. Adrienne has amazing style! She's as beautiful inside as she she is outside and a class act to boot. Terrific series ladies!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer I am so glad you enjoyed it!!

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  11. Adrienne's style is so put together and classy but comfortable. I love that she searches out tall sizes as I appreciate petite sizes...it's so much about the proper fit as the French say...which is where we are now :)
    Thanks to you both for this awesome post.

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    1. Can't wait to hear more about your trip!!

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  12. great interview, cindy! i was most interested in her skincare routine, which is truly working wonderfully for her beautiful complexion. xox

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    1. Hi Michele yes her skin is fabulous! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Adrienne is one of my favorites, Cindy! Thanks for featuring her. She is such a great role model for tall women to follow, and always has a smile on her face!

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  14. I loved learning more about Adrienne. I especially am interested in how she dresses her 6'2" frame. Love her style and her subject matter too. Thanks, Cindy, for bringing out her style!

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    1. She has a wonderful blog Brenda I know you will enjoy it. And she is right in your "neck of the woods"

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