Wearable Art

For me art is creativity without restrictions, a necessary outlet. Art can inspire, bring joy to your surroundings and add color to your home and office. If you don’t think art has an influence on you, think again. Art hanging on hospital walls is meant to have a soothing and calming effect to help patients recuperate and reduce anxiety of those families in waiting rooms. Restaurants spend a great deal of money researching the colors that are proven to increase appetite. It’s no accident that many restaurants use red in their artwork and décor – a color known to increase appetite. Art, just like music, can actually change your mood. If you have a stressful day, sitting down with your favorite sound track in front of the right art can calm you down. Music therapy is used in the health care profession and is clinically proven to aid emotional and physical well-being as well as social functioning.

What does art have to do with fashion? Plenty! Picture art and fashion merging to create one-of-a-kind pieces. These pieces are considered wearable art, where function meets creativity. The way you dress says a lot about you. Are you an introvert, extrovert, artistic, casual, formal, or person who is fashion savvy? These things have less to do with income and more to do with style and the way you coordinate your outfit.

The Haute Couture pieces you see coming down the runway worn by tall, thin models during New York Fashion week, in Paris and other locations are meant to inspire and help produce the ready-to-wear versions you eventually see in department stores. After a major fashion show others are inspired by the style, silhouette or color of designer’s line. How can you use one-of-a-kind runway pieces to inspire you to create a more conservative version? One idea is to adapt the dress to create something for your body type and lifestyle. Creating a ready-to-wear version of artful costumes worn on the runway can be as simple as using the same color or as complicated as trying to create a pattern in the same silhouette, fabric and accessories.

When it comes to art there is no limit to what the imagination can dream up. From painted canvas to mixed media of glass, metal, fabric and recycled materials, artists use their talent to turn these otherwise basic materials into unique treasures. Some create sculptures from marble, metal, wood or clay. Designers create their own art using fabric, notions and accessories.

Designers are creative people who go for the wow factor. Most of us would not be able to wear their artistic vision. Instead we can wear our own adaptation or interpretation. Go out and be inspired by art, from beautiful paintings hanging up in art galleries to the dramatic garments on the runway. It’s about developing a style by taking bits and pieces and combining them in such a way that is fresh, and most of all, you!


“My inspiration can come from different things. Colors and shapes that surround me play a big part of my inspiration. Lately I am working on combining different materials like marble, steel, glass, stainless and more. My pleasure comes from finding expression and characters and experiencing the sensitivity of the materials. When working with a client I provide them with a sketch and I am in constant communication with them before starting and during the creative process. I have a vision but when you are the artist (which takes years to develop) you know what you are doing to be able to create fantasy. My art is 80% to 90% me and the rest a clients input…” Mark DeWaele, Artist

“Art plays a big role in inspiring my own personal style. For example, when I see a piece of art I automatically envision an outfit that expresses my inner creativity. It could be the shape, color or texture of the artwork, but it always provides a theme for my outfit. Finally, when the whole look comes together I feel as if it forms a piece of art in itself.” Becca Seiler, Model, Hairdresser and Designer

Boho Style

Boho is a blend of color, ethnic touches and texture layered to perfection. Call it hippie, gypsy or tribal. I call it eclectic poetry. Boho hints at adventure, as if a well-traveled fashionista found treasure in pieces crafted by artisans from the other side of the world.

Boho or Bohemian style was made popular by Bohemians. Some view them as a group of artists or gypsies. Others view them as free-spirited adventurers who refused to conform to the norm. Today, Boho is more a look than a way of life. Men are at home with this style because of its ease. Mixing appeals to men who do not worry about the perfect matching combination.

Rick Saltarelli, of Salty Breeze Cruise Planners, shared this great travel tip; “The days are long gone when one traveled with multiple suitcases and large steamer trunks. Today’s savvy travelers know that the airlines limit baggage in three ways; number of pieces, size of luggage, and weight. Travelers should understand the type of whether they will encounter over the length of their trip and pack accordingly. Having layers that you can peel like an onion is always a good idea. I also suggest that it may be easier to do laundering part of the way through a trip then it is to pack and transport a second piece of luggage.”

Select and pack suitable clothing to enjoy your holiday the moment you arrive. When packing follow our advice:

Choose natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk, linen, and wool in solid colors or prints inspired by tribal patterns. Natural fabrics wear well and breathe, keeping you cool. Comfort is always important when it comes to wardrobe but paramount while on vacation.

Reach for accessories; hats, scarves, necklaces and bracelets made from hand crafted natural materials. “Originally Unique Accessories is a custom handmade jewelry line for men and women. The Bohemian look is one of the hottest looks out right now. That’s why I wanted to create a modern and unique look for anyone who wears it. It can make a bold statement anywhere they go.” Said Tiffany Garvin.

Do your research:
Speak to your travel agent or surf the web to find weather conditions for time of the year you plan to travel. Planning prior to packing day will allow you to prepare for the climate.

Easy care:
Spending less time arranging for dry cleaning means you will have more time and money to enjoy on vacation. Choose clothing made from washable, lightweight fabrics that dry quickly. Care for your investment and expect to wear tried and true pieces a decade from now.

At St. Pete’s Sartorial Inc., their fashion forward merchandise is perfect for the discriminating world traveler who demands quality over quantity. Natural fabrics, light weight and stylish, not only travel well but wick away moisture resulting in ultimate comfort. Owner Jose Martinez suggests Cone Mills mid-weight jeans that have “just the right amount of stretch. Super-soft and incredibly comfortable through seat and thigh. It comes in a subtle wash that requires no break-in,” he says.

Blending pieces creates a one-of-a-kind look that is effortless and artistic. Try not to copy what you see on the runway or magazines; use it as inspiration to develop your own Boho style. Look for lightweight clothing that can be layered for function and style and removed as needed. With a little planning you will look fashionably ready for any occasion and type of weather. You worked hard to create your itinerary don’t be ill prepared, looking good is easy when you know what to pack. Bon Voyage!

Ro Martinez Rimes and Angela Mann are part of the Angela Mann Photography creative team. They will help you with branding, marketing materials, and all of your commercial photography needs.
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Seniors – Vacation and Special Event Hair

Does the thought of attending an outdoor wedding or formal event make you want to hide in air-conditioned comfort? Does the humid weather make your hair become more unruly than a two-year-old throwing a tantrum?

Instead of fighting a losing battle, add product and opt for an updo. Today active seniors are busy and want to see and do everything their destination has to offer, their hair grooming routine must be simple. Whether you travel the world or vacation in your own backyard, here are some suggestions to help your hair look it’s best.

Protect Your Hair

Most of us protect our skin when we are exposed to the sun, take time to protect your hair as well. Exposure to the sun is bad enough, but add salt water, chlorine, and chemical processing, and you might have fried, straw like hair. To prevent this, protect your hair with umbrellas, scarves, or a hat. Use a hair product with sunscreen to protect hair and scalp from burning. Treat your hair to regular conditioning treatments, trim to rid your hair of dry damaged ends and your hair will respond well, especially outdoors. When possible, air dry and avoid tight rubber bands and brushing hair while wet to prevent further damage.

Elegant Updo or Classic Bun

A side ponytail can take you from a day at the beach to a black-tie affair in minutes: separate pony into five equal parts and loosely twist each section rolling and pinning to resemble a flower. Longer hair can be twisted and pinned into place, tucking ends to create a classic bun. This will keep you from feeling overheated and hide damaged ends. Add a leave- in conditioner with sunscreen to protect your hair while exposed to the sun and allow the heat to penetrate and deep condition your hair at the same time. When on a cruise or outdoor event, adding accessories to your hair can make for a sophisticated fashionable look. Many celebrities wear this look on the red carpet.

Loose Healthy Hair

Healthy hair requires less heat to style and less spray to hold it’s its style. Wear hair down with a few curls on the ends. These curls can be natural, from rollers, or a curling iron.

“My mother was prematurely grey, so when my hair started to turn grey I had to research how to take care of it. I found that using only white or clear shampoo and conditioners did the trick. Sometimes I use moisturizing or volumizing shampoo, depending on its need. I also discovered that heat and chlorine made white hair yellow. I keep my dryers and hair tools on the coolest setting and I am careful to cover my hair when I am in the sun. I am a model and actress and get many jobs because of my hair. I thank my mother for this wonderful gift and encourage other women to let their hair go natural. If it doesn’t work out, you can always color it!!!” ~Midge Mamatas, photographed.

Whether you use a serum to add shine, dry lightweight oil to remove frizz, or mousse for hold, the right product can give the appearance of healthy shiny manageable hair. The right hair style can also keep you cool and fashionable all vacation long. Bon Voyage!

Ro Martinez Rimes and Angela Mann are part of the Angela Mann Photography creative team. They will help you with branding, marketing materials, and all of your commercial photography needs.


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