Glammed Up | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

I don’t know many women who like fashion and don’t know about Iris Apfel. She is a geriatric starlet, who became a fashion icon after she stopped working as an interior designer. She is irreverent with her clothes, uses colors in the most extravagant ways, clashes patterns on purpose, and covers her body with the most extraordinary jewelry one will ever find. She can combine tastefully all kinds of jewelry from eclectic, tribal, modern, antique, retro, to golden, silver, wood, plastic, bakelite, glass, stones, hand-painted and a lot of chains. She doesn’t’ like what she calls the “put together” look, she likes all her extravagant combinations to look harmoniously done. She wears unique articles of clothing, although very colorful and bold, they appeal to the senses, always looking beautiful and special and make her look as if she is having a load of fun. That’s what fashion is supposed to do.

What she does with her clothes and the way she dresses outside the standard canons is a real art, it takes courage to be so highly decorated every day. She owns many flats and homes not so much to live in but to host her clothes and jewelry collections.
In her twilight years, she has even signed a contract with a modeling agency to become a geriatric model and wrote a book.

She has been an inspiration to many women, I am one of them. I have never been afraid of colors, or clashing patterns, there are certain things I learned from her, such as wearing bracelets, a lot of them, mixed in all shapes, forms, and colors.

These bracelets on my arm are hand-made wood bracelets, the dark color is Purple Heart, a very rich wood in wine color, and the light color is Marble Wood with beautiful veins. They make a nice wood sound, almost like a wind chime and they are lightweight.

(Click on each photo to view it larger).

Hand-Made Wood Bracelets

Hand-Made Wood Bracelets

I learned to make wood pens, I have three samples in the photo below. The technology is the same, I thought why not make bracelets for me, and wear them just like Iris would. Voila’ I did it. At the moment I am on the roll, many more bracelets will come out in many different types of exotic wood and colors. Perhaps I am on to something. Creativity is never too much.

Wood Bracelets

Hand-Made Wood Bracelets

It seems wood bracelets are a perfect match to a leopard print on a bag, clothes or shoes. Ciao,

Fashion Services


Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their personal style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene
    Jun 17, 2019 @ 15:45:54

    What beautiful, fun accessories, Valentina. You do a great job composing the photos. Hugs.



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