If you are new to the blog, welcome to ageless style. Each month Elizabeth (the Vintage Contessa) and I interview someone we believe has great style. This month I am interviewing Liz Barlak, photographer. I found Liz on Instagram via her captivating photographs of women. Liz says her photography business has been a “dream and a gift”. When she left her previous career, ( 20 years of selling skin care and cosmetics) she said she was “ready to do and be someone else”.
Liz maintains she had no job waiting for her, and she had no idea what she was going to do next. She dipped her “toe into a few things here and there, but nothing stuck”. She decided to take ownership of her own career path and signed up for a photo-a-day program online. Students were required to take a photo that represented their interpretation of a word or phrase that was given to them at the start of each day. She was intrigued.
“So I played along. Every day I was given a new word and challenged myself to take a picture representing that word by the end of the day”. “This gave me purpose. I was letting my creativity come out. I started to learn about cameras and what actually made up a great picture. From there I began to create a desire to photograph people, mostly women.”
Welcome to Ageless Style-Liz Barlak. I love Liz’s sassy no-nonsense style. She is proof positive that you can challenge yourself and take on a new career at any age. I hope you enjoy her style
How would you describe your Style?
I would describe my style as classy and sophisticated. I live in jeans, but I want to make them look classy. Even when I was younger I didn’t wear current trends. Just me I guess.
Do you have a style muse?
I think I always turn to Chico’s to give me inspiration and to keep me current. There’s a tall blond woman who appears regularly in their catalog that I’m always trying to find. She could be it! Ha ha
What is your favorite accessory?
My favorite accessory…I’m addicted to changing my purse quite frequently. I think though it must be earrings. Short hair shows them off.
What are your favorite color combinations
I love the classics. Black, white, red, grey. Mostly black. I know, I know. Black, black, black. But it works when you know how to wear it. Jewelry looks great with black. You’ll rarely catch me in any prints or florals. Just not my thing.
Do you have a signature piece that defines your style?
A signature piece that defines my style… jeez, not really. But I know it when I’m in it. It’s the look that I’m wearing that gets people to say to me “gee, you always look so put together.” Without knowing it, I forgot that I had turquoise flats which happen to go nicely with that one turquoise top. I love white on white. Pearls with a white blouse, a beautiful top with holes in my jeans. I realize also that I love bling. Kind of an obsession. Lol
What are your favorite beauty products and why can’t you live without them?
My favorite beauty products is an easy one. I’ve been using Arbonne products for about 25 years. They can’t compare to department store products and certainly drug store products.
Do you have any style rules that you live by, or do you break the rules?
A favorite online store is Chico’s. Honestly, I don’t buy much online. Although recently I bought some jeans from Skinnygirl Jeans that I really liked. I’m mostly a TJ Maxx and Marshalls girl.
Do you have a particular diet and or exercise regime that you follow?
Do you have any anti-aging foods or supplements that are your go tos?
What advice do you have for women over 50?
Liz says she particularly enjoys “mother-daughter shoots where both mom and daughter come in” “They have their hair and makeup done, and they ‘get to spend time being beautiful together. They open up to me and I am able to capture their love, giving them both something tangible to share over and over again”. “Most women don’t believe they can have a good photo of themselves. I want to prove them wrong. It’s been my incredible pleasure to see the joy on my client’s face. “When they tear up” upon seeing their “image for the first time, it’s an incredible feeling”.
Rock Liz’s Sassy Style