Staying Positive With The Virus | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

RedBarelPurse

Red Barrel Purse

I found this cute barrel purse before the mess of coronavirus started all over the world. It’s made in India and it has a tag inside saying it’s vegan. OK, lately, I am finding many fashion items labeled “vegan”, we might have to get used not to have real leather anymore and that’s fine with me as long as the items are well made and don’t look “fake”. I fell in love as soon as I spotted this purse for its unusual shape. It reminds me of something I saw in fashion books featuring styles at the turn of the 19th century. I want to think of it as being an Art Deco piece but I really can’t place it in a specific period.

Pantone institute says this year’s color is blue, but I rather stay with my red color, as a conductor of power and positive energy.
This time we are living now will go down in history as a grave health/medical crisis. My friends tell me many of their friends have succumbed to coronavirus. I was in Italy working on an important project when the pandemic broke out. I made it back out of the country just on the same day the lockdown was declared leaving with a heavy heart knowing that my family is there. Upon my return, I was going to finish what I had left undone and start what I had in mind to do, but guess what? Never like this period, all my activities have come to a screeching halt. I have been silent on the social platforms, as I find myself short on words and feel at times demotivated. Being locked in the house has affected me, just like everybody else. Looking at colors helps me stay positive and active to support all my friends who are feeling depressed. I get dressed with colors every day, turn on the scented essential oil, I am working slowly on whatever I can, watch something funny on the TV and don’t slouch on the sofa all day long. I read passages from my book: RED – A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition. Why not?

RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition

RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition

I keep telling my friends to think of the time when everything will be over and we will be able to wear the beautiful items now sleeping in our closets.
I want them to think about how colors can keep them inspired, and in a positive state. I am telling them, and I am also telling it to myself. I am not exonerated from feeling down, but as I look at this purse and I think of the many items I have to pair it with, I see a glimmer of light and hope that everything will be over soon.
How are you holding on? I am here if you want to talk about it. Ciao.
Valentina
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It’s my hope that through my writing and my stories I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style and inspiring you to live in beauty. I love to encourage my clients to show their personality through their home décor, or the clothes they wear. I have loved my profession as an interior-fashion designer since 1990. I am here ready to offer consultations on-line if you need it. Check out one of my books on the subject of colors, ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition. Amazon and  Barnes&Noble 

Today In Red | Valentina Cirasola | Designer and Author

I can’t hardly get serious on Valentine’s Day celebration, the most commercial of all the festivities. Some people need to celebrate it for some obscure reason to feel loved.

 

cupic-funny-valentines-day-pictures

cupid-funny-valentines-day-pictures

This card is sold on Amazon by NobleWork

 

Cupid

Of course, Belgian chocolate with marine salt is the best and has no competition, except chocolate with chili pepper. Try it, you will never go back to any other excitement, well, I am joking, the taste of these two types of chocolates will put you on an elevated state of pleasure, just like good sex, perhaps.

Valentine's quote

Really, who needs to receive Valentine’s card written by a stranger?

Lavazza Coffee Calendar

Lavazza Coffee Calendar

In 2011, Lavazza, an Italian coffee company, made a creative romantic calendar. Every month of that calendar had dreamy photos with an Italian panorama and of course the coffee in one form or another.

Lavazza Coffee Calendar

Lavazza Coffee Calendar

 

Erte'

Erte’

I would rather receive a heart like this on Valentine’s day. It’s the art of Erte’ a Russian-born French artist and designer of the 20th-century. He designed in an array of fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor. I see an oversized dress with this heart on.

Hearts made in any shape and material attract me, they pump and vibrate, even when they are static on the paper. In fact, I have put a large heart on the cover of one of my books ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition, it is the only thing that contains all my passions.

 

SuedeShoe-RED

Suede Shoe and RED

I have been away a few days from blogging, I am preparing my trip to Europe, where I will be working on the renovation of a historical private home. I have had to do a lot of preparation, gathering info and design ideas for the work, I have had little time to think of frivolities, ouch, that’s not good, I love frivolities.

I will take this pair of red suede shoes with a pack of my book ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition with me for a presentation at the Art Institute, it will be very interesting to talk to art students about colors.
“Red always has its meaning.”

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, wear red, be funky, be original. I hope you will get what you want and don’t take this celebration too seriously. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina in RED

Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style has surrounded her since the very beginning of her life. Her many years of experience in design business led her to offer consultations in both fashion and interiors, and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She is the author of five books, one of which is a book on color theory: ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
She would love to work with you on your wardrobe and find your individual style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Of Age | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

This article was published in Electric Press, literary magazine, London. Here is the link:
https://issuu.com/electricpress/docs/epfebruary20/36
https://issuu.com/electricpress/docs/epfebruary20/38

It feels like yesterday my coming of age, 18 is a magic number. One feels on top of the world, invincible, unbeatable, conquering the world seems easy as it should be at that age, beauty is just blooming, strength is at its best, everything is possible. Kids dream of the day they will become 18 years of age, then that day comes and goes, it lasts one year and it is over. Life after that takes a different meaning.

In the high stratosphere of society, youngsters coming of age, are presented at court, just as in Downton Abbey, when rebellious Lady Rose is presented officially to the King and became a legal adult, that also means the chaperon is no longer needed.

In a less stratified society, youngsters are still presented today to their friends, teachers, family, neighbors, and perhaps to some city dignitaries as it happened to me many moons ago. The mayor of the city was invited to my party. It took place at the “Sail Club” an upscale place for the upper crust and notables of my native city of Bari in Puglia, Italy.

I arrived at the Club in a landau carriage with a horse and a coachman. I was dressed in a long shimmering silver dress my mother made, the kind Hollywood actresses wore, tight at the waist, spaghetti strap at the top with ample décolletage and flared out at the bottom. The dress shaped me like a siren at the shore.
My first dance was with my father, we glided on the dance floor like two leaves in the wind at the sound of Strauss’s Waltz. We opened the dances. The night went on with special food and drinks served by waiters in white gloves and formal livery. My head was muffled, I felt in a precious glass bauble.

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ComingOfAgeKey

Coming Of Age Key

At one point, during the evening, the Mayor of the city came up to me with a red velvet cushion and presented me with a symbolic key to the city. He declared me officially an adult with all the duties and responsibilities the coming of age brings. It was magical and powerful, it felt important. The Mayor of the city kissed me on the cheek and wished me a good life. I heard someone crying in the background…

Next February, I have been invited to my goddaughter’s coming of age, she will make 18 years of age.
I received the picture of her red dress she will wear on that day for a party in the same “Sail Club” in my hometown, still there, still celebrating so many young women.

I will refrain from showing the beautiful red dress she has selected, perhaps she will want to blog about it, instead, I will show you what I will wear at her party. My outfit is a bit retro. These are my accessories, my dress is red and black, short a bit above the knees, the nylons have a seam in the center back, very 1950’s.

Red Pochette Vernice                                                                                                                                                                            Red Pochette


My father was not royal or a blazoned noble, he was a regular bloke with a regular job, who wanted the best for her daughter and a memorable 18 years old party. He is no longer in this world but the memories are grand.

Let’s enjoy the small things in life, those are the things that make life worth living. Ciao.
Valentina 

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ValentinaRedHat

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 individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She produces her own line of clothing and accessories and designs custom outfit for special occasions when her clients requested it. 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

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It will be soon 2020 | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

The end of the year is the most special day, at least it is for me. I was taught that the way I end the year and greet the new year is the way I will live the entire year. If I laugh or cry, if I eat a Lucullan dinner or have only a sandwich, if I dress up or not, if I am in the company of people or not, that’s the way it will be for the rest of the year. I do believe in these things, our thoughts become actions, as we know, thus at the end of the year I dress up, wear a pair of red “knickers” for good luck, eat special food and make noises.

Dressing up at the end of the year can be tricky. December is a cold month even here in California. Shops offer cold sleeveless dresses and everything flimsy, unfortunately. I don’t want to get sick on this night and still want to look stylish.
I found a metallic quilted coat to wear with my golden outfit underneath, it’s warm and comfy.

laurier-metallic-quilted-coat

Laurier-metallic-quilted-coat

This year as part of my fashion collection, I made a couple Nobility Shoulder Wraps with the cold shoulders feature. The silver/bluish is in my Etsy shop, maybe someone will purchase it for Valentine’s Day and I will wear the golden/greenish tonight with a black top (in my photo).

GoldenNobilityWrap

Golden Nobility Wrap

I chose to go out with pants, boots, and gloves to keep myself a bit warm, all three items are in the gold color scheme. There are a lot more colors to wear at the end of the year besides black and red. Gold is for people like me, goal-oriented and high achievers, it fits my personality.

I am on high heels most of my working days, but I never wear heels taller than I am. The heels of my golden boots are not super high, I will manage to keep the boots on all night without pain.
Remember high heels like skyscrapers are only good when laying down…..

 

Golden Pants-Boots

Golden Pants-Boots

The lining of my quilted coat is black, thus I decided to go with an elegant black top to wear under the nobility wrap, black pochette, and a black shimmering long necklace.

Make-up is my usual soft golden coloring, red lipstick and perhaps a bit of shimmering powder on my face.
I never want to look like a panda bear and you?

It’s time to go to a show. Beach Blanket Babylon is in my plans tonight at the Club Fugazzi. It’s a cabaret show, vaudeville-style. The show is a riot, it has been running for over forty years with a changing script every 2-3 months. I will laugh until my stomach muscles hurt.

I hope you all have a great end of the year and a splendid 2020 all the way through. Ciao,
Valentina

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ValentinaRedHat

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 individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She produces her own line of clothing and accessories and designs custom outfit for special occasions when her clients requested it.
To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of five books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Amazon and Barnes&Nobles

 

 

 

Collier Art | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

What is a Collier? It is an old French word that usually refers to a piece of bulky and imposing jewelry necklace.
Not too long ago, a collier was worn together with earrings, a bracelet, and a ring all in the same style and colors, with the same precious stones. This coordinated ensemble was called a Parure.
Women wearing a parure wanted to show off the family wealth, their knowledge of fashion and appear well put together. I am sure the Queen of England has many parures in her secured vaults.
The social revolution of the ’60s pushed away many strict dressing rules, the matchy-matchy jewelry was one of those rules and in fact, today matching everything to the letter is considered a bit of a kitschy custom.

Seven years ago, I created my own line of custom-made colliers with colorful yarn. Just as always happens, I make something for me and wear it, then people want it. I remember a funny episode that happened to me in the street. A woman spotted me because I was wearing a very extravagant collier, she followed me to a cafe’.
I noticed her in the street following me and noticed her in the cafe’ staring at me, but I really didn’t want to make any fuss, until she asked permission to sit with me. She introduced herself and asked me at once where I had bought that piece of decoration hanging from my neck that really struck her fancy. To make a long story short, she bought it literally from my neck and left my outfit undecorated. In my purse, I carry the square device to take credit card payments, just in case I meet impulsive buyers like her and the purchase was made. She became my best client.

In my creations with yarn, fabrics, beads, glass and various embellishments my neckwarmers look like jeweled colliers and have two functions: keep the neck warm and embellish the clothes.
It is a nice alternative to a scarf, a fun and colorful way to play with accessories.

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Colliers Collection

©Colliers Collection by Valentina Cirasola

 

Fantasy Collier Ochre

©Fantasy Collier Ochre by Valentina Cirasola

 

Gray Collier

©Gray Collier by Valentina Cirasola

 

Every year I produce fun pieces, they don’t’ stay in y stock for very long. Now, I present my colliers at trade fairs and various exhibitions. Link to Etsy if you want to see what I do. Ciao,
Valentina
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

 

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Val in a Hat Shop

Valentina Cirasola is a trained fashion-interior designer and author, 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 individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She is the forthcoming author of a book on fashion subject: ©So Chic, So Stylish, due to be published March 2020. Get a copy of her books here: Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Posing For A Fantasy Collection | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

I learned to crochet at the age of fourteen with my grandmama who taught me only two stitches, how to start and how to end a piece of work. I never thought so many moons later I would be still creating and presenting my work at professional trade fairs. My grandmama told me to learn any art and put it aside, one never knows in life…
Throughout my life, I have been a sponge for learning new art, new trade, new skills, and studying subject after subject, I guess that makes me a lifetime student.

Today, I see a shape, it doesn’t matter what it is glass, metal or ceramic, and I want to create my new crochet piece to evoke that shape. I see a fabric color mix or a design on cloth and I want to reproduce it with my own twist. Everything is a good source of inspiration. A lot of my pieces have sold as modern art for home décor,  and for fashion to wear. One piece is never reproduced twice, just can’t, I work without a pattern and I have no desire to spend the same amount of time twice to make a copy, I rather make something new and original instead.

This is my new collection for Autumn/Winter. Etsy is my store online, where I display many items even different than fashion, such as wood pens made of exotic wood, blank cards made from my photography and much more. In the next three months, I will be exhibiting in various local trade fairs in my area.

Grey Black Lame' Poncho

Grey Black Lame’ Poncho – SOLD

 

Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap

Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap – https://etsy.me/2nTIIKF

 

Soft Colors Circles Cardigan

Soft Colors Circles Cardigan – https://etsy.me/2nOz1go

 

Purple-Multicolor Poncho

Purple-Multicolor Poncho – https://etsy.me/2nR5FxX

 

Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers

Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers – SOLD

 

Crazy Duster

Crazy Duster – https://etsy.me/2mctcZY

 

Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap

Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap – https://etsy.me/2mag4Vb

This is a new crochet era, of course, there are many people making traditional crochet and many more like to explore new horizons. The important thing is to keep creating and expressing ourselves. Many updates of new items will come from now to December. Ciao,
Valentina
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

 

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val in a Hat Shop

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 individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She produces her own line of clothing and accessories and designs custom outfit for special occasions when her clients requested it. To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of five books.
Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors
or all others on Barnes&Nobles

 

Dressing Up In The Golden Age | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

What a great self-treat was last night to watch Downtown Abbey film premiere. Stunning costumes, interesting dialog, sizzling lines, fast-paced scenes, moments of hilarity and the grand atmosphere of the period set, all contributed to a couple of hours of great entertainment. If you want to be extrapolated from today’s reality and fall into the grandeur of a golden age, this is the film to watch.

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Downton Abbey Movie Poster

Downton Abbey Movie Poster

It was the premiere of the film, I felt to dress up for the occasion. We are having an Indian Summer here, it was too warm for this kind of layering, I couldn’t wait to get inside the air-conditioned cinema. Some people came dressed as they could trying to be like the Downtonians, some came with just a hat and jeans, some wore a large gypsy skirt with a long plastic pearl necklace and some others came in shorts with a parasol. It was funny but to each its own.

In my fashion studies at the Italian University, I studied the history of costume, which knowledge has helped me through my life when buying clothes. Every piece of clothing I buy is a well thought out study of how and when this new piece will be used. I always ask myself these questions: “Can it go with a period style, and if yes, which historical period can represent? What else do I need to purchase for a specific period that goes with the new piece?  Can I use the new piece in a modern outfit? If yes, which is the modern combination I can use the new piece?
I have a photographic memory, which allows me to scan my wardrobe in a minute and see what I own while I am buying new clothes and study their proper use. Pretty lucky, eh?!

 

Downton-Abbey-Outfit

Downton Abbey Outfit

 

Accessories for Downton Abbey Film Premiere

Accessories for Downton Abbey Film Premiere – Martinez Valero shoes

Another system I follow when buying clothes is to go mentally through my social activities. What do I do the most?
I go to theatre plays, shows, and Opera a lot. To me, these outfits must be original, not too elegant because sometimes I go to matinée shows, but I like them to have original details.
I visit Museums and art shows at the reception openings, thus these clothes must be artistic and colorful.
I attend fundraising and charitable events, these clothes must be cocktail style, modern, colorful and showing off my personality.
Occasionally, I am invited to particular restaurants to experience something special or ethnic, these clothes must be playful and smart elegant.
I visit clients, and for this, I am always well dressed in a feminine way, not business-like. I have always despised that the look of women dressed in men’s business suits.
I don’t go to sports events, thus I don’t have clothes for sports activities and very rarely I go to pop music concerts for which I wear the only jeans I own, leather pants, or a pair of gold pants.
I trot the world with comfortable clothes, not too flashy, stylish, versatile and colorful. All the clothes and shoes I own are interchangeable and can easily be adapted to a period-style or become a modern outfit. As you see, I don’t buy clothes just to buy or because they are on sale, I buy them with a purpose in mind. Getting dressed is my art and appearing good on every occasion is my goal.

The biggest concern when owning a wardrobe full of interchangeable clothes is to keep the same weight through the years, now that is a real challenge!

Let’s go back to Downtown Abbey film and the beautiful women fashion. In the Golden Age, colors were soft, or even muted, mostly solid and if fabrics had a pattern it was tone on tone, never a boisterous jam of designs. The daytime outfits were mostly long dresses revealing the calves or were made of two pieces, a long tunic over a long skirt. They were embellished with some decorative embroiders, lace, or passementerie. The waist was long to counterbalance the length of the dress and the sleeves usually were lightweight and transparent. Evening gowns revealed a sophisticated décolletage and sparked a lot more with rhinestone or paillettes.
Since the hemline rose, shoes were visible and attractive, made in a solid color or double face (two colors), were often leather, suede and even fabric for the elegant affairs. T-strap style shoes were very popular with Louis Heels (the same as my shoes in the photos) or Tango Heels.
Hats and gloves were the mandatory accessories for a daytime outfit, occasionally in this era women carried a parasol.
It was such a different time, I felt elegant, and at the same time, I felt as if I came out of a nostalgia shop. The evening was pleasant, the film was great, be sure to watch it if you like this sort of thing, however, outside, the reality looked so harsh in comparison. Ciao.
Valentina
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Valentina with short hairValentina 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 individual 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
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

 

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