First Rain In Color

Yesterday, we had the first rain of the season and perhaps the last before a long time, it was a gift coming down from the sky. Here in California never rains, the sky is always flat blue and rarely has clouds. We have sun and soft wind, no seasons, it’s beautiful and boring at the same time, as a photographer would describe it. The soul needs a change of season to get rejuvenate and the body will respond better from summer to winter to new vibrations.

We bag for rain here, often I feel I want to do the rain dance, like Indians did. It was strange to see all that water released on our heads like a bomb. I watched it hypnotized for a while, the sound of the water hitting the ground was music. Finally my trees and plants are now clean of spider webs, they will grow more luxuriant, the air feels refreshed and maybe I will fall asleep with the sound of rain beating on the roof.

I had to get out just for the pleasure, I wanted to get wet and wear luminous colors. I don’t have to wear grey and dark colors just because the sky is grey. My raincoat is chartreuse green, I took out an apple green hat, a large hand painted scarf with all those colors mixed in the blue, a pair of jeans, a string of pearls and I was ready to celebrate this bounty from the sky.
What colors will I wear in the next rain? Ciao,

Valentina
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The 28 Of Every Month

In numerology the number 28 represents the end and the beginning of a cycle, the moon’s cycles, the woman’s cycle, the cycle of life, the cycle of this earth. In ancient time the month was considered 28 days long and not 30 or 31 days. Through the sacred mathematic, human beings communicates with the universe, our numbers are embedded in our DNA, which has the frequency of Fibonacci sequence of numbers. Our DNA  talks about sound, frequency and numbers related to the day we are born, even our name and last name have a vibration related to numbers that determine our life moves.  The number 28 represents the Crown chakra (head).

The colors of the number 28 have everything to do with the hues and vibrations of the sun: gold, yellow, copper, orange. The number 28 is a very strong number because it represents the head, decision, ideas, goals and communicates with the solar plexus, where liver and gallbladder are located.

The addition of 2+8 = 10, the perfect number. If you are a 10 means you are excellent in everything you do. Do you remember the 1979 Film 10 with Bo Derek? She was perfect in her body measurements and she was beautiful. The title was not a casual choice, the producers must have known the importance of numerology.

Numbers are like a tailored dress, fit differently on each person. Let’s start a new cycle of life with a total positive attitude. Ciao.
Valentina
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Colors and the Moon Phases

I talk a lot about colors, I wake up and see colors, I feel colors like no others, I live in colors and think in colors. I follow the moon phases and combine colors to them. We know the Moon affects everything on Earth, people, animals, cultivations, the movement of the waters, the shifting of the Earth and births.
The planets and their colors revolving around our birth moment determine our lives. Usually people don’t regards colors as something very important, not me.

This week we are under the influence of the Waning Crescent Moon. In this phase, the Moon is less than 50% illuminated. To get the light into our spirit and balance the darkness this kind of moon brings, I suggest wearing or be surrounded with something white and gold. I explain the reasons in my short video.

As I said the color white brings light and reflects light back. The color gold besides that shimmering infusion of wealth that makes us feel luxurious, is very beneficial to the solar plexus chakra (Manipura) located in the stomach area. That’s the area where all our feelings reside and where we manifest our dreams and goals. The Waning Crescent Moon will last this current week until the next phase when it will change to Waxing Crescent Moon, Aug.1.

Let’s find some inspiration for this week for white and gold. Ciao,
Valentina
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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 styles in their homes and with the clothes they wear. Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Follow The Bee

“If you follow the bee, you will find a new home” I heard it this week and I like it.
Lately, I have been following the blue color in all tints and tones. Perhaps, I am associating blue with a transformation that for me has been taking shape during the course of 3-4 years and it could last 300 years, I don’t know.
What I know is the energy and the fastest vibrations I feel from the blue colors help me overcome these hard times we are living.
I want my soul to be awake when something larger than life will hit us. The blue colors make me feel there is no separation between me as a human and nature. The high frequency of blue makes me see things clearly and doesn’t feed the dark entities. I want to stay connected with my soul, the galaxy of the universe above, and I want blue skies to be my roof.

“Follow the bee” might be a figure of speech, it might just mean I want to live in the high frequency of love, be focused on what I want and what makes me feel good: have fun, be happy in my colorful environment, eat real food, listen to elegant music, converse intelligently with a few good friends, paint art and avoid at all costs to let my fire go out.
Love and beauty multiply and will change my perspectives of the future.
Dark forces are dense energy and feed on violence, fear, envy, jealousy, hatred, resentment, and even junk foods.

“Follow the bee” might just mean to be part of the female colony who want to stay stylishly feminine, and want to take over the world lighthearted with love, art, dreams, and the perennial female energy that makes this world go around. Ciao.
Valentina
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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 styles in their homes and with the clothes they wear. Get a copy of her books here:
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The Feline In Me | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

It seems that as soon as Autumn comes I want to get into animal prints. I feel like I’ve been hiding in a tree and suddenly I see the prey I want to capture. Does it sound pretty mean? Perhaps it is. Animal prints make me feel a bit more aggressive than usual. In fact, in my wardrobe there is at least one piece of any items in any animal print, down to my knickers and intimate apparel, even in my kitchen there are many pieces of animalier.

I have seen women dressed with many different style prints mixed all together, the zebra with leopard and cheetah, in all colors as well. As much as I like animalier style, I will never cover my body from head to toes with it. I use it sensibly as an accent to embellish something plain, or if I want to strike an emotion.

Let’s say I have a coat with a blue animal print, blue or white are the only two colors I would use for the rest of the garment and would accessorize it with silver and pearls or crystals. I would not attempt to add any other animal print or colors other than blue and white. I want to avoid the kitsch and garish look animal prints create naturally.

During lockdown I shopped in my closet a lot to kill boredom, but I also studied my clothes and all the possible ways I could wear them that I had never done before. I discovered something new. I now like to dare with animal print and metal/sequins clothes, I think combining these two elements add light to the face, it is vibrant and unusual. I can now wear this aubergine short dress for an early afternoon cocktail with aubergine stocking, aubergine suede shoes and a beautiful zebra print scarf. Of course with the brown tone animalier, I would wear golden jewelry.
BTW, look at the glitzy clothes made for the younger crowd, t-shirts, pants, ball caps and more, it’s OK today to wear sequins during the daytime, they are no longer relegated to evening affairs and I do wear them profusely.

I also discovered that I can wear this loose tunic with a white shirt, white jeans, a white jacket and the same zebra scarf as in the previous photo above.
I have created new ensembles and I haven’t even gone to a store. Anybody can shop in their own wardrobe to find new solutions, but when in doubt, call the expert. Ciao.
Valentina
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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 outfits for special occasions when her clients requested it.

To better help people all over the world, she offers online consultations. She is the author of six books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition on Amazon and Barnes&Noble



A Bit Of Both | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

It’s not a Summer and it’s not Autumn, the light has already changed and the days are getting shorter, an indication we are going to take out some clothes for the colder weather very soon. It doesn’t feel cold yet, at least where I am. During the day the heat makes its presence noticed, but at night a lighter blanket is required. I have always had mixed feelings about the Summer, I like the profusion of colors and food that don’t need much cooking, in my case food come fresh from my garden to the table. However, I like to travel in cooler months, trotting the world in the change of seasons is a real pleasure, when most of the tourists are in their countries working, the weather is not very warm, all the stores are opened, the service is so much better everywhere I go and if I encounter a bit of rain I will walk in the puddles of water.

In my Facebook group “Design One Beautiful Life” almost every week I come up with a color challenge. I lead my friends into a search of what they can do with a certain color combination, how they can explore it, how they can use it in their daily life, experience the emotion of some colors that might have never been in their realm. The color challenges are all experiments that will certainly create a stir.

In the midst of this warm and cool weather, I don’t want to look too summery or too wintery. This past week the color challenge was blue or brown, any shade, hues, tint and tones of the two colors. It is just perfect for transitioning in the Autumn.

I wasn’t wearing anymore the chocolate pearls necklace in the photos, I realized it gave no luminosity to my face, but now in this new color challenge I can combine it with a blue crystal necklace and I like it so much more. The union of the two necklaces is really beautiful in person. The crystals pick up many colors from the environment around me, make the chocolate pearls and my face come alive. The color vibrations are high.

It doesn’t matter how many times I have talked about colors, how many ways I have been teaching it, how many books on colors I write, I surprise myself every time.

I just want to say, try new things, get into your closet, mix and match everything in a new way, I am sure you will find something to turn into exceptional. Ciao,
Valentina

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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. 
To better help people all over the world, she offers color consultations online. She is the author of six books available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

A Talk On Style | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Usually, people don’t think about style, nor colors. They get up in the morning, often with mechanical gestures and not much thinking put on clothes, and go. I was interviewed on the show Leading Ladies Leaving Legacy with host Joy Ruffen to talk about style. We talked about style in general, fashion, interiors, colors. Check this out, we are wearing the same colors and didn’t even plan for it.

Style is hard to describe. Once I wrote style is a subtle perception of the eyes, if we perceive something beautiful, we immediately think that person is stylish. Style shows up in many expressions of life: a piece of music can have a particular style in a certain genre; an author writing in his own voice can show a personal literary style; the same food can look different if presented with style; cutting hair, or curling it in a certain way might show style; a business presentation can be conducted in a stylish way to keep attendees from getting bored.
Style is not about fashion, in fact, style and fashion are not the same things. Style clearly shows that a person is confident and knows who he/she is. Fashion is about following rules dictated by the industry.

The most iconic stylish person of the 20th century was Audrey Hepburn. She knew herself, her body type, her character and dressed only for that with a style that confirmed her confidence.

Style is to dress in something original that creates a visual impact without being too noticeable.
Just remember to be yourself even if you get all the fashion rules wrong. Style will give you that courage and you will still feel good. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer established in 1990. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. Currently, she consults on colors based on clients’ personalities and lifestyles, she creates atmospheres using the proper lighting that is going to add harmony and peace to the homes and she helps clients creating fantasy rooms instead of typical rooms looking like furniture showrooms. She is the author of six published books, two of which are on design subjects. Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Alluring Mardi Gras | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

“The Venice Carnival began in 1162 in celebration of the Venice Republic’s victory over its enemy: the Patriarch of Aquileia. The people of Venice gathered in Saint Mark’s Square (San Marco) to dance and celebrate their victory. Ever since then, the victory was celebrated in the streets of Venice” (Wikipedia).

Carnevale is the most licentious party of all, when everything is permitted, the nobles are allowed to wear poor people’s costumes, prostitutes become princesses, married women and men can choose a different partner for one night, all the roles are inverted for the spirit of rebellious toward the institutions and the desire to break all the social rules. Wearing a mask is a necessity, all that is done on this evening of Mardi Gras must remain forever a secret.

There was a time when Mardi Gras was one of the highlights of my year. Masquerade parties were exceptional and remarkable.

Happy in the company of a group a flapper Russian ladies


I wanted to be ready just in case some invitation would arrive today. I tried to order this leopard top hat from a guy who makes them in Liverpool, England and didn’t come at all.

Leopard top hat from 44MANGB – Etsy


I wanted to order this pair of ankle boots, I think the brand is Fausto Puglisi and I couldn’t find a place to order them.

I guess it was not meant to be this year, and I guess no one is doing anything fun this Mardi Gras either. Just last year in February I was celebrating, it all seems so far away now, a long time ago. Today feels empty, and it is grey, on top of all.

Maybe tonight I should go back to Pirandello, an Italian novelist and screenplay writer, who said
“You will learn the hard way that in the long journey of life you will meet many masks and a few faces”
in his novel Uno, Nessuno e Centomila.

Masquerade Ball

The masks we wear these days are far from being funny. Are we getting used to everything being fake and unreal?
Happy Mardi Gras. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer established in 1990. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. Currently, she consults on colors based on clients’ personalities and lifestyles, she creates atmospheres using the proper lighting that is going to add harmony and peace to the homes and she helps clients creating fantasy rooms instead of typical rooms looking like furniture showrooms. She is the author of six published books, two of which are on design subjects. Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Be Illuminated In 2021 | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

The color of 2021 will be yellow/gold and pearl silver, says Pantone, Color Institute.
We are coming out of a literally “Blue” year. In fact, the color of 2020 was blue and left us feeling the blues like no other times. I hope we will never repeat that experience. This year, we will be using yellow as an energizing and illuminating color, combined with pearl silver to add that sophistication a pearl has.

How did I know yellow was going to be the color of this year? I didn’t. I just love yellow for all the reasons, the most important one is, being the color of the sun, it’s a natural batteries energizer. Some people eat sugar as a “pick me up” I wear yellow to boost my energy. I wear yellow on rainy days and in the summertime. I wear yellow for formal occasions and casual dressing up. I surround myself with yellow flowers and plenty of home décor accessories.
I bought this entire outfit last year and wore it only once due to lockdown. I hope to have the chance to wear it a lot more this year.

Yellow is a happy color, cheerful and inviting, I don’t understand why so many people resist yellow.

Remember, the word this year is “illuminated”. Whatever you do, bring light into your life, color yourself beautifully, staying positive will be a need. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2021 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer established in 1990. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. Currently, she consults on colors based on clients’ personalities and lifestyles, she creates atmospheres using the proper lighting that is going to add harmony and peace to the homes and she helps clients creating fantasy rooms instead of typical rooms looking like furniture showrooms. She is the author of six published books, two of which are on design subjects. Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Beauty Marks | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

The editing of my home, all the bookshelves, my studio, my closets have become a great affair with the past. Memories are resurfacing in my mind and are taking me back to distant lands and moments. Fortunately, I don’t have many painful memories, I have always had a very dear and sweet family, my life with them has always been pleasant even with the difficulties and tensions that exist in all families, but together we always have overcome everything in the best way.
All my photos speak of the ways people dressed in other eras, the hairstyle, the jewelry, and some of the fashion habits now look a little ridiculous but were very well appreciated then. I can even hear the words spoken that have fallen out of fashion.

In Renaissance Venice, the city that was teeming with vices, idleness, sins, and forbidden loves, most women painted a beauty mark on their face, a custom which continued well into the 1970s. All my young aunts had a beauty mark on their face. Now that I know the meaning, I don’t think they needed a beauty mark, nature gifted them with a special beauty they carried to the old age. How could have they said no to fashion? It would have been like saying no to the mini skirt when came out on the market as a novelty. Every woman of every age wore beauty marks.


My aunt Rita at 21 years young. Photo property ©Valentina Cirasola

The Italian actress Virna Lisi, wore a beauty mark on the right lower corner of her mouth, she was a gorgeous woman with a rare beauty.
She was in many Hollywood films, one of them was “How to Murder Your Wife” with Jack Lemmon, in which she popped out of a wedding cake clad in a bikini.

The beauty marks have different meanings if they are painted in different places on the face.

The “appassionata” (passioned) worn at the corner of the eye, the “coquette” (flirtatious) above the top lip, and the “assassina” (assassin) at the corner of the mouth. Of course, these terms refer to how women perceived themself sexually and how men responded to their provocations.
Sexual harassment didn’t exist, it was a game of seduction between women and men, accepted by both parts. For certain women, with a little more gumption than others was a game of “the highest bidder wins” to land themselves in a good or high social status position that often would have fixed their reputation (sort of). How time has changed! Ciao,
Valentina
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I am Valentina, a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style has surrounded me since the very beginning of my life. My many years of experience in the design business led me to offer consultations in both fashion and interiors, so much so that I can remodel homes as well as personal images. I am passionate about colors and I encourage my clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.I am an author, and one of the books I wrote is about color theory, paperback and kindle:
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