Chartreuse Mix Inspiration | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
This year, I have written many times about green and gold colors, alone or with other colors and I haven’t yet exhausted all the possibilities. Think about it? Green represents the lawn, the grass, the leaves, gold represents the sunlight. We feel good under the sunlight that energizes us. If we sit on a green lawn and greenery surrounds us, we feel infused with peaceful relax, just by simply looking at it. Green and gold are perfect together for our emotions and wellbeing. Nature does it, we can too.

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I take inspiration mostly from my food to make up an outfit. Strange as it sounds, going to a grocery shop for me is more about taking photos of food first, thinking of exciting ways to use those colors in my various life expressions and manipulating photos to feed my creativity, than the banal act of buying food. I put those photos together when I need to come up with original outfits. It’s so much fun!
People stress so much about getting dressed, complaining of not having anything to wear and the wardrobe is full of clothes they might not even be aware of having. I don’t think much when I put together my outfits, nature provides me with all the colors I need to make excellent combinations. If it looks good in nature, it will look good on me and my food photography helps me immensely.

I feel good in any green colors, better if it is a yellow-green, Chartreuse, or blue-green. I use any green tone as a daytime color, as well as for evening dressing up. I hear people saying green will make them feel “potted”. Green and golden tone skins are a perfect match, but green-bluish tone color works well on people with pinkish skin tone. That’s the secret.

For this time, I am having a close encounter with Chartreuse (my purse and necklace), arugula green (my pants) and gray mushrooms (my top). I have a great ability to mix jewelry metals and manage to make them look attractive together. I wear gold and silver together without inhibitions. A small touch of pearls won’t hurt either. The detail, which makes this ensemble more interesting, is the tapestry sabot shoes by Steve Madden.
There you go, as I often say, don’t be afraid of colors. If you do it right and tasteful, color will change your life. Ciao,
Valentina

Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
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Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

As a designer in business since 1990, I am interested in helping people designing their interior and exterior spaces with an overall feeling of peace, relaxation and harmony that will draw them home eagerly. I am always looking to add that special touch with original findings to the spaces I design. Color is the focus of my business today, changing people’s energy and life force just by introducing them to colors they would have never imagined. Vogue Italia magazine, Gentry and many prominent magazines in California featured my work, I appeared on RAI, National Italian T.V. and nonetheless my story continues. Find copies of my book on colors ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors , and  the rest of my  books on
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
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Safari In The City | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Most of the people I know are trotting the world now, cruising, exploring world cultures, tasting ethnic food in foreign countries, safari in the Serengeti and some are doing a quiet staycation.

A few months ago, a client brought me a blue-green fabric and an off-white cotton lacy fabric wondering what I could do with these two rummage fabrics. I asked a few questions and if she was going to a special event or on a special vacation this year. Good enough she was planning a safari.
Immediately, a jumper shorts with an oversized duster came to mind. The blue-green color with some brown details is a subdued color, ideal for making a safari garment, it would mix and camouflage well with the nature. We don’t want animals to attack my client because she is wearing bright colors. In fact, the colors of a safari outfit gravitate around earth tones, from shades of white, off-white, to cream and beige; from rust to olive-green and military green; some grey and browns are also present.
I designed my client’s safari outfit on paper, took the fabrics to the seamstress, made the outfit and off she went to capture the soul of the animals in their eyes through the lens of her camera. (Click on each photo to view it larger).

What are the essentials for a safari outfit? This is my concept, easy, doable and not terribly expensive. Links of each item will take you to the products.

 

French Pith Helmet.  – It goes with any men and women’s safari outfit and it is equally attractive for both.
A Pair of Sunglasses – always protect your eyes from sun glare and dust.
A Safari Binocular to observe the animals from a distance and in silence.
Convertible Pants – they conveniently change from long to short pants as the necessity of the moment requires and occupy less space in the luggage. One pair of convertible pants makes two pieces.
A Vintage Belt – it’s always needed, even in emergency situations, you never know how it will be used. Somehow a rugged, vintage belt feels better for a safari outfit.
A Safari Coat with a millions of pockets. You never know what you will collect to take home.
Ankle Boots – protect yourself from brushwood, dry branches, stones, pointed plants and possible snakes. I choose Nero Giardini.
I throw in a pair of Animal Print Loafer for the evening casual relax.
A Safari Scarf, just to “look good” for the animals, or to wipe the sweat off the forehead. Those felines might work you up.
Travel with a light Duffle Bag. Going to a safari there isn’t much to show off to or to buy, other than bringing back a lot of memories and digital photos.

Mind you, the safari outfit in my concept board is also well adaptable for a weekend in the country, in the woods and for a hot day in the city. Why not?
In a hot weather, people tend to slack off dressing, it really doesn’t matter if they wear the usual shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops, as long as they stay cool. I agree, it’s so difficult to wear clothes that look good in a hot weather.  Choosing cool, light weight fabrics, cool colors to keep us from overheating is the utmost importance.

However, in the last concept board below, I am showing a safari outfit more suitable for the city, playful and cool looking for work or business.


Ciao,
Valentina
Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

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 three 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

Your Aura Color | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to my Fashion Friday.
One of my most liked fashion colors combination has been apple green with soft pink. Pink exudes feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and self-love. Wearing pink presents a person as peaceful and not threatening. The softer shades of pink are very feminine and give out a youthful look. Of course, with this combination in the photo, I wore a piece of jewelry in a darker shade of pink to create a feeling of order and protection from hostility. That’s what dark pink does, protects the wearer from provocations. Pink lacy poncho is my crochet creation. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

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If pink has a suiting effect on our behavior, green is the safe color. Green has the powerful energies of nature. It symbolizes fertility, growth and life. Egyptians wore green eyeliner, as green was considered the eyes’ healing color. The energy of green is all about the ability of sustaining changes and the freedom to pursue new ideas. I am in constant evolution, new ideas, whether possible or not fill my days, the important thing is to have them. That’s the reason I wear green often.

Both colors are very friendly and easy on the eyes of the viewers. If your natural color, texture, and skin’s appearance allows it, please wear the apple green and pink combination, you will see a change of attitude to positivity.

Everyone has a personality color. It is that particular color, which excites you when you see it and it is not the color you wear as a habit.
It is, in fact, your aura color.

If you believe in the power of gemstones, carry or spread around the home and office:
Pink gemstones to promote love, order and protection.
(Photo Pink tumbled Mangano Kalcit – Peru http://www.stengarden.com/stenar/trumladstenar/mangano-kalcit-trumlad.html)

 

Green gemstones to promote wealth, growth and balance.
(Photo Green – Amazonite – Russia https://crystal-cure.com/amazonite.html).

Are you debating which is  the best color for you? I am here, take advantage of my online color and fashion consultations. Ciao,
Valentina

Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in interior and exterior, color analysis, kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She also was seen on RAI – Italian National TV and has made four appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15. Author of three published books, the latest ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors.
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
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Summer Of Love | Valentina Cirasola | Designer


Welcome to another episode of Friday Fashion. This is a trip in the ’60s era and what a trip it it.
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“Turn on, tune in, drop out” a famous counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. He spoke at the Human Be-In, a gathering of 30,000 hippies in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco where he pronounced the famous phrase. In his album with the same title Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, recorded in 1966, we can hear his views about the world, humanity, nature, about adopting native American Indian symbolism, the meaning of inner life, the LSD experience, about keeping peace and many other issues, which afflicted youth.

And that was the atmosphere of the ‘60s, a “trip without a ticket”. The counterculture movement led by artists, poets, writers, musicians, designers and performers was an expression of arts as much as it was a political movement. San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury district became the center of the hippie’s movement. In 1967, The Summer Of Love event attracted as many as 100,000 young people from all over the country, protesting against political and social issues, the Vietnam war, social injustice and challenged the mainstream American society.

Making colorful posters with “trippy” graphics and bold colors became one of the arts of the counterculture movement in the ‘60s. Music events, gatherings, life expressions, drugs, fashion, free love, everything was publicized with posters attached from wall to ceiling in stores frequented by attentive hip crowds. DeYoung Museum did the same in this exhibition and dedicated a couple of large rooms to posters.


In these rooms one feels the commotion and confusion of the era. The baby boomers visiting the exhibition relived the decade as it was yesterday. I could hear some people singing along or repeating famous phrases pronounced in video clips of the era. “Sitting On The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding resonated throughout a few rooms and a few people danced to that tune. The psychedelic room was a “trip”. Bean bags on the floor invited to lay down and listen to music, relax and relive the Summer Of Love in full colors.

Say it with a button, or better attach as many buttons as you like on your clothes and pass on the message. Political buttons personalized the clothes of The Summer Of Love to let the bourgeoisie know how the youth felt about things they rejected and were no longer valid for that generation of the ‘60s. Messages on the buttons using satire, criticism and emphasizing the “good effect” of drugs were very clear.


(“Big Smith” jacket, circa 1970 by Jean Stewart)

Many of the youth of the ‘60s suffered confusion, anxieties and panic attacks. Psychiatric wards saw an increased in young adults hospitalized for a “bad trip” as it was described. To cure and to keep such patients distracted from their confusion, hospitals involve them in the making of elaborated embroidered hospital scrubs. This one below is a beautiful example of the intricate work done by hospitalized youth.

(Hospital scrub – Circa 1968 – Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery from the collection of Arthur Leeper and Cynthia Shaver).

Fashion too marked the era. It was a non-conventional fashion, extravagant, colorful, geometric and free-flowing, aiming to liberate women from constriction of corsets and girdles of the previous decades. Many designers took inspiration from Bohemian life, native American Indian style and various ethnicities, adding denim to all the new natural fabrics ever used before. Denim represented the working-class fabric, it was durable, affordable and it meant rejection from the middle-class upbringing, thus denim mania became the counterculture look.

Crochet clothes returned strong from the past. Both women and men wore lace, appliquéd fabric, embroiders, fringes, tie-dye, silk screened clothes, hand painted shoes, colors and crochet garments became unisex, corroborated by button pins with messages mocking society. Everything and anything was fashionable as long as it was colorful.


(All work of art displayed are from the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco).

Not only in San Francisco. Youth of the ‘60s took upon themselves the counterculture revolution to change and transform societies all over the western world. A lot of the policies of today would have been unimaginable without the ‘60s visionaries.


(All photos taken in the De Young Museum by ©Valentina Cirasola).

However, almost sixty years later, all is to be questioned again. The kids and grandkids of that generation are still seeing wars, hatred and politicians making personal profits from their positions at the expense of people who work for the nations. Natural food so much wanted by that generation is almost inexistent, diseases related to artificial food are rampant, social injustice is still here and fashion…..well, there is nothing new, doesn’t teach individuality and it is not making any statement.

The Summer Of Love exhibition at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco is well researched and worth the visit. It is an inspiration for the youth of today. It will be open until Aug.20, 2017 and if  you are in the area, don’t miss it. Ciao,
Valentina
Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

 

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


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 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 the author of three books, one of which is a book on color theory: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors available on
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Balayage And Ombre Hair | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Look out for new words in hair styling!
Ombre is a style, it’s a transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade. Balayage is technique. It come from the French word “to sweep”. With this technique dark pieces of hair are left at the bottom to create dimension and a natural sun-kissed look.  Both hair colorings are variegated, extravagant, luminous and an ensemble of colors never done before. It seems one color is no longer accepted. Hair stylists are getting creative combining many colors in one hair do.

Have I ever had the urge to dye my hair purple? Yes, many times and I refrained each time from doing it. I am afraid of the level of chemicals that will go in my hair and not only that, something else prevented me from doing it: matching clothes in all the colors I like to a dual or multiple hair coloring would be a real challenge. I would feel locked in a few clothes color solutions and no longer free to do as I please.

Before your hair go under a major color restyle, think about a few issues. You chose an extravagant, modern hair color, let’s say purple and silver.
Will it suit your skin coloration?
With the new hair color, how many colors must you eliminate from your wardrobe?
Is it worth to redo your wardrobe (unless your clothes are outdated) just because your new hair color doesn’t match anything you have?

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While I am writing this post, I am looking at this ensemble of flowers left casually on the table waiting to do something with it and I am noticing the colors are very similar to a Balayage Hair Coloring, composed of purple and silver-gray (shown in my board). Hair colored this way is very attractive, but the combination of purple and gray will add years to your face, unless you wear the right color clothes. The usual black will look good, however do you want to wear only black for the duration of your dual coloring, when there are so many luminous colors to choose from? In my palette, I selected colors that will play a lively game with clothes and the gray in the dual colored hair, especially if your eyes are blue.

(Photo in my board of purple and gray hair found on http://www.haircolorsideas.com/bright-hair-colors/purple-hair/silver-purple-ombre/attachment/silver-to-purple-ombre)

 

Use colors to your advantage, even grays are elegant when played out right and mixed with the right colors. Ciao,
Valentina
Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

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 consultations online. She is the author of three 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

Report In Summer Colors | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
Which of the 2017 Pantone colors do you like to wear this summer? Primrose Yellow, Pink Yarrow, Flame, Lapis Blue or Hazelnut? These bright and bold colors will completely put you in a bright light and finally leave out the winter hibernation behind.

Soft colors, neutrals and dusty colors, Bohemian patterns and crochet garments paraded on all runways this year. It was all about the ‘70s revisited and how to wear old ideas, such as bell bottom pants in a new way. Crochet is in the spot light this year, as the new texture and even though it is an ancient art, only a few people today know how to master it. New crochet garments are versatile, feminine, wearable for many occasions, romantic and chic, as they soften the look and hide parts of the body we don’t want to show. I particularly have become attached to dusters and shoulder wraps and I have made a big production for my online Etsy store, all sold out. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

Colors speak about you. Let’s say you create an outfit with Lapis Blue, Primrose Yellow and Hazelnut, what do these colors say about you?
Lapis Blue is linked with positivity, calmness, loyalty and peace, indicates that you’re a trustworthy person.
Primrose Yellow is a sunny, energetic, vibrant and happy color.  Not many people feel confident in yellow. I heard a few people saying yellow makes the face look like yellow jaundice. Yellow tells others that you’re confident and like to receive attention. It’s very welcoming.
Tan – show that you’re down to earth, as all the variations of brown do. It tells you are emotionally stable, grounded, dependable, trustworthy and honest.


Here is my composition of an outfit you can wear this summer using these colors. Basically, I am suggesting a couple of ways to wear this outfit and a great way to cut the clutter in the wardrobe. With one beige pants, you can wear the tank top belted or not, or in alternative with a dressier shirt. Dress the outfit up or down with peep toe shoe or loafer, with or without the crochet jacket, or a longer crochet duster. The blue bag matches the blue jewelry.
This ensemble is perfect for work or for a day of shopping. (Click on the photo to view it larger).


Find all these items in my list of sources.
Summer Crochet Jacket by Valentina – https://goo.gl/y6ziWJ
Tapered Pants – Ann Kein $79
Yellow Tank at https://www.shirtspace.com
Blue Asymmetrical Jewelry – Etsy Daniela Palatnik
Blue Belt – https://www.alwaysstyle4you.com
Peep Toe Shoes – Kate Spade $298
Yellow top with volantes – http://www.debenhams.com
Blue Bag – Chloé Marcie Bag
Bohemian Belt by Valentina – https://goo.gl/OVioGh
Yellow Loafer – Aerosole DSW $60

Look sharp even when is hot, but keep in mind your skin tone. If your hair is brown, dark brown, or red and your skin has a warm tone, choose all the warm colors including red, yellow and orange. If your hair is blonde, black, or ash and your skin is light, or pinkish, choose al the cool tone colors including blue, green and purple. Look sharp even when is hot. Ciao,
Valentina
Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

 

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

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 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 the author of three books, one of which is a book on color theory: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors available on
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Go With The Flow | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to a spring episode of my Friday Fashion.
Spring is here with fizzy air, cool winds, fun colors, flowing skirts. That desire of leaving behind the heavy bulky winter clothes and slip in something light, breezy is growing. Soon, even Summer will arrive and we need to prepare for the heat. I am dreaming of tropical beaches, my naked feet being massaged in a white sand like sugar and blue waters giving me a sense of calmness. (Click on each photo to view it larger).

Getting dressed, even for hot days, is a form of art that requires talent, skills, discipline and practice.
Spring and Summer are the season that encourage people to get sloppy and loose in the appearance, almost like saying  “it’s hot I don’t want to dress”. Going in flip-flops everywhere is not going to help a personal image nor raise a personal a self-esteem, just saying….
Explore some creative ideas of getting dressed in these warm seasons in your special way that is different than others. Make a collage with your clothes and sculpt your image.

(Let it loose poncho style)

I want my clothes for spring and summer to give me a sensual benefit of these two seasons and have a few practical functions as well:

I don’t want the clinging effect to my body;
I want them to be loose and flowing without making me appear boxy;
I want them stylish and versatile;
I prefer breathable, natural fabrics over polyester or synthetics.

(Tie it in the back)

(Tie it in the front)

I purchased a variety of convertible scarves with arm holes, which become ponchos, regular scarves, shoulder wraps and bikini covers. I can wear them in many ways as shown in my photos, loose, tied in the front , tied behind and even as short dresses.


(Let it loose as dress or blouson and wear it with leggings)


Above here is another examples of a converted scarf with arm holes,  from Monroe & Main and how they suggest wearing it. It becomes a great shoulder wrap for any occasion.

Winter will look very colorful wrapped in these converted scarves under a coat. Try them, they are a pleasure to wear, especially when the wind blows.
Go with the flow. Ciao,
Valentina

Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

 

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

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 consultations online. She is the author of three 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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