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THE FAMILY JEWELS

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A Nice Piece of Jewelry Takes A Load Off My Mind…

My mom never wore diamonds. She didn’t subscribe to the code that they were a “girl’s best friend”, nor did she demand that my dad sell his soul or mortgage the house to put one on her finger. Not that she was practical. My mom is anything but practical–you can take the girl outta the Ozarks, but you can’t take the Okie outta the girl. Geraldine just didn’t give a fuck, really! Diamonds were meaningless to this cowgirl.

Instead, her jewelry box runneth over with turquoise and silver. She is a grade-A sucker for American Indian jewelry because pieces are hand-crafted from a spiritual and cultural perspective. The people who create them weave a story through their fine craftsmanship. Her trips to New Mexico and Arizona (through purchases) help propagate a culture in danger of disappearing and generate income for those who rely on their art to survive. In Alaska alone, the Inuit culture is disappearing at such a high rate, it’s alarming. The Native American youth have become so integrated in the “American” way of life (think cell phones and social media), they don’t make time for their craft anymore.

A new era of Native American elders around the country are spearheading an effort to get their youth re-introduced and interested in their native culture and teach them what they learned from their own elders. It’s an effort that’s thriving in areas such as Northern Alaska and Yosemite National Park. When you purchase (new or vintage) a piece of native jewelry or textile, you are helping to preserve the cultural heritage of a race that is slowly becoming history. It’s paramount that we keep this history alive.

So, I have very fond memories of my mom blinged out in squash blossoms and zuni bracelets. The more turquoise and coral, the more connected to the earth and it’s native people she became. My sister and I used to play in her jewelry box, so it’s no wonder we were bestowed with the same love and appreciation for this fine art and the people who created them.

“Cherish youth, but trust old age.” Pueblo Proverb

 

DOLCE AND GABBANA’S FLORENCIAL REIGN

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(Photo: Dolce and Gabbana Instagram)

DOMENICO E STEFANO! WHEREFORE ART THOU?…

Music and fashion can be categorized as art, right? It’s been argued that art inevitably makes the human race immortal. So…if fashion is art, then Dolce and Gabbana are the Gods incarnate!

Move over Versace, there’s a new “Medici” come to town, and all the world is their stage! Well, they’ve had the world by it’s idiomatic balls for some time now, but many might proclaim Dolce and Gabbanna to be the new ruling family in these here parts.

Perché mio amico?

Amalfi 2016!

So send your lords and nobles by proxy to salute and pay tribute to this acclaimed collection! Herald the trumpets! Send in the jesters, your knight errants, and fashion courtesans–quite literally!

Let it reign, let it reign! Let it reign supreme!

Italia’s finest couturiers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have produced the quintessential Italian riviera experience. Think Roman Holiday on primary color steroids. Wait…Roman Holiday was a technicolor movie, right? Hmmm! Whatever the movie set in Italy (it could’ve been It Started in Naples or even The Talented Mr. Ripley), I remember seeing striped sundresses in primary colors and post-card print pedal pushers with creatively customized gingham crop tops. Claret and and lapis lazuli hued scarves wrapped purposefully around flaxen hair–slightly kissed by the Mediterranean sun. Sorry to be too fastidious, but invoking the mood of this collection is based entirely on a mood board from 50s and 60s coastal Italy. There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe the masterful craftsmanship of each piece. It’s pure genius, I say!

After seeing the collection and dog-earring the corners of my Vogue, Bazaar, and Marie Claire magazines (yes, I still buy magazines), I knew that I wanted to recreate this collection à la vintage. Some of the pictured items are from Etsy, some are directly from my personal collection. Here is what I came up with. All items are available on Risaroxx Vintage and sold as individual pieces.

Che talor cresce una belta un bel manto–fine clothes often make beauty still more beautiful (Ariosto).

Bravissimo!

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HOW TO GUCCI-FY YOUR WARDROBE

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Gaga For Gucci: A Fashionista’s Guide to the Vintage Version…

Carrie Bradshaw famously quipped, “I like to see my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet” (see vintage gospels). Well, get ready to make a deposit to your closet! Investing in any piece from Gucci’s spring/summer 2016 line is a win-win for any seasoned mode-nista.

Every time the spring and fall fashion shows hit the runway, I shift into high obsessive gear. I spend hours upon hours trawling the internet for the vintage couture counterparts. I started using Ebay once upon a time, but I didn’t like the anxiety that came with the territory. Losing a bid to some two-bit “joey” just didn’t sit well with me. I was losing sleep over this shitty system. Who thought of this? It doesn’t work for fashion neurotics like me (I sound like Veruca Salt..daddy I want it now)! Then a friend told me about Etsy. The fashion gods answered my prayers. This site strictly supports new artists and vintage aficionados alike. It’s instant gratification with one click of a button. Easy to buy. Easy to sell. No bidding. No bull.

Here are my top must haves and their vintage “fraternal” doppelgangers.

First Pic: Risaroxx Vintage Moschino embroidered suit.

Gucci Embroidered Etsy

Second Pic: Risaroxx Vintage chiffon striped maxi dress.

 Gucci Red Chiffon Etsy

Third Pic: Risaroxx Vintage blue midi-dress with Van Gogh tie.

Gucci Blue Etsy

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