Marrying In May Like A Royal | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

My seamstress shop this month is filled from wall to wall with brides of all shapes and colors trying their bridal gowns on. Some of the dresses I saw while I was waiting, I would have not worn to a dog fight, others were the wrong style for the bride’s shape and, maybe only one, I would have approved. It was funny to see how some brides don’t think much of themselves, they put on anything as long as resembles a wedding gown. Getting married is one of the most important days in a woman’s life, especially if it is the first time, the bridal gown should be spectacular and enhance the best feature of a bride.

May is the preferred month to get married. May is fresh, the air is fizzy, flowers are in all in bloom, colors of nature are sharp, and everything smells good, the choice of flowers is perfect this month.
A British historic wedding is just about ready to happen. What if you want to get married like a royal, what would you do?

Let’s start from the invitations. If your wedding is more than a bunch of friends in jeans meeting at the beach, the invitations should describe the proper attire required for the ocasion.
Morning Coat, Lounge Suit or Black Tie for men and Day Dress with Hat for women. A night-time wedding does not require a hat.

There are rules to learn for wearing a hat. Your guests should choose a hat that does not block everybody’s view. Large brims and convoluted designs yes, are fine, as long as the hat is made with a see-through fabric and must not resemble too much like the mother of the bride’s hat. Usually a hat matches the color of the garment, a strong color outfit requires a strong color hat. This is not a set rule, often it is done this way. Wear the hat tilted to the right of the face, that’s is the proper way. I didn’t learn this anywhere, just felt right to wear my hats tilted on the right. Never take the hat off, not even at the dining table, unless the wedding reception is over.

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A pair of gloves is one thing a bride should never be without. Truly, I would love to see women wearing gloves again and not only for formal affairs. Wearing gloves changes the character and the posture of a woman. With gloves, there are no sneakers, ripped jeans, messy hair, or mismatched colors.
I think gloves adds a touch of class and femininity, although, I am not so sure young women these days want to be feminine anymore. There is, however, in the crowd of middle age women, a new growing sensitivity towards dressing up in style.

As for the flower creations, keep it natural, don’t use flowers with strong scents, some people have allergy to flowers, keep a relaxed feel, be in tune with the gentle nature of May flowers. Some peonies are not fragrant, just look very beautiful and plump, mix them with silver birch stems with foliage and royal fern. I learned that’s what the British will do for a coming wedding.


(Below: Royal fern  https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmundaceae)

I also learned that a yellow gold is the preferred metal for wedding band to attract the positive energy of the sun on you. Welsh mines produce the most valuable yellow gold, for your information. You don’t have to go that far to get the best wedding ring, any yellow gold will do the job and if it has some yellow diamond in it, more power to you.

In a royal wedding, when trumpets play, you know something is happening, either the Queen/King has arrived, or the bride is at the church’s steps. In your wedding, plan to have some musical instruments playing your grand entry. The sweet music of many violins played a classical music announcing the arrival of one of my clients at her wedding ceremony and it was magical.

I have played with the idea of having a royal wedding, why not? It is not forbidden to dream. We know what happens to people who dream big, they end up living in a castle with a prince consort.
Your wedding can be as royal as you make it with pompous and circumstances. You can tone it down or make it as visible as you like. The important thing is to organize your wedding to reflect who both of you are as a couple starting a new life, how you want your guests to feel in your special day and that you the bride look radiant. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2018 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
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

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What The Iris Tells You | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Often, famous people inspire us, we want to be like them, wear the same style of clothes, shape and color our hair the way they do, or copy other aspects of their personality. That’s what magazines do, portray artificial beauty to sell cosmetics, fashion and plastic surgery. In real life, those famous people, might not be so attractive…. Before copying someone else’s style, stop and think, is the style of that famous person good for you? Does it suit your personality or character? Does it improve your look? Our uniqueness distinguishes us from everybody else, knowing how to exalt it and correct some defects in the body is an art.

Usually, a person will match the colors of the clothes to the skin color/texture, to the color of hair/eyes and to the body shape. We do the same when we decide for a new haircut and color, but this is not enough. I think a hairdresser is like a tailor, they both cut according to the body shape and create something custom that only fits that person. However, this is not always true with hairdressers. I met a lot of incompetent people who, if only can hold a scissors in their hands and know how to mix colors, can be considered hairdressers, resulting in so many people with a wrong haircut for their head shape.

I think a hairdressers should know how to interpret the cranium’s shape of a person and design only for that cranium. Knowing the formation of a skull means knowing when to increase or decrease hair volume, where to cut and where to thin out. A hairdresser should know how to frame with the right haircut an oval-shaped face, a round face or a triangle face just by looking at the bone structure. To me it is a logical thinking.

How about hair color? I found most of my answers to colors in the iris of the eyes, for any situation, whether I choose colors for clothes, hair, home environment and even gardens. It has been said the eyes are the mirror to the soul and that’s the reason I draw inspiration from them. The nuances of the iris suggest which shade or highlight to give to the hair for a natural look or a nice three-dimensionality.

A dark eye might have an iris with yellow tint, a copper tone, or a red nuances, one of those is the highlight to use on the hair. A light color eye might have an iris with a dark blue ring, a Chartreuse ring, or even a purple ring and grey/brown nuance. One of these will be the nuance of the hair.

In my youth I knew an Egyptian woman transplanted in Italy,  living next door from my family. She had one purple eye with a visible yellow splash in the iris and the other eye was yellow-green with a purple iris, all this rarity set in an olive color skin. Aside from her beautiful eyes, I can never forget how she matched the color of her clothes to show the gift of her rare eye colors.

As I always say, fashion harmonies our body, hair too must balance the rest of us, therefore turn your unique self in your power, harvest it, preserve it and celebrate it, no matter what the age. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2018 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
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

April Light | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Light is delicate, the air is fizzy, flowers are in bloom, nature is crisp, I am pondering light thoughts and seeing dreams. This is April in a whole new light.

In Europe, in April we exchanged the wardrobe, lighter weight clothes came down from the top of the wardrobe and we put winter clothes back in boxes well cleaned and ironed, ready for the next season.
In April we wore pastels and lighter color clothes, we wanted to blend in with the fresh nature. We wore layers of clothes to fight cold winters and slowly, by the time April rolled in, we shed a few layers. Shedding layers of clothes happened before global warming, when all seasons followed each other punctually to the dates established by nature itself. Now, living in California, the clothes I wear are the same winter and summer, seasons do not exist anymore. With the exception of a few rainy days, it is always Spring-like here, even in the winter. Summer time might turn windy and cold one week and suddenly the next week the temperature becomes torrid and unbearable.  I don’t complain about sunny days all year round, I should complain more about the price we pay for living here in a sunny region.

April is the first month of the year I get rid of things in my wardrobe, then in September again.
In April I open the windows to possibilities and keep my studio window open to let in the scent of my orange blossoms. I am blessed to work around blooming fruit trees, while somewhere else the world might be still under snow.
In April must free the body from winter toxins, make new friends and prepare to expat for a while from the routine.

April is the month of two zodiac signs, Aries and Taurus, both passionate about the light of their birthstones.
Aries rules with the warm light of yellow diamond, opal and sapphire on the cool side of the spectrum; Taurus dominates with its warm light from topaz, jasper, amber, coral, garnet, with turquoise and emerald on the cool side. If you want to wear yellow, combine it with all these jewel colors I just mentioned.

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My April light comes from yellow. I made these two sweaters, one with cool blue rosettes and the other with avocado green threads intertwined with pale yellow. Pardon me, if every so often I shamelessly advertise them, they are in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

Yes, I am blond and wear a lot of yellow, it makes me feel kissed by the sun. Often, I hear women saying they can’t wear this or that color because it blends too much with the color of their hair. What about women with dark hair wearing dark colors? Doesn’t that blend with the hair? So, it’s a myth. If you like something and looks good, wear it.  Ciao,
Valentina
Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
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Copyright © 2018 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

Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Vintage Love | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

If you go through your mom’s closet and drawers and you find stuff that belongs to another era, what do you do? Do you throw it all away if she has left this world, do you keep all or some, or are you in ecstasy seeing past fashion, trying on jewelry, imagining how it was, or maybe the events your mom went with those items?

Fashion of the past eras have exquisite details, some of the pieces are designed with extravagant fantasy, workmanship on some clothes is unrepeatable, delicate embroidery and intricate stitches are a work of many hours skilled hands dedicated to fashion. Take a look at these ‘window or perforated’ gloves to understand how small details like these were so important a few years ago.

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(Photo found on: http://www.modaa.net/25-bayan-eldiven-modelleri-2014-2015)

My love for vintage would not allow me to ruthlessly discard anything without thinking of the way I can use it in my modern life. A pair of sabot like the salmon ones in the photos are perfect to wear with a 1950’s ankle pants with a side split. Vintage accessories add a touch of originality to the look.

 

I have collected my small pins in the photo below through the years, bought them at various antique shops or second hands stores and now I attach them on collars, fabric purses, at the edge of pants and around pockets of jackets or jeans. A bland sweater that has no particular interest, suddenly takes a new character.

I think a woman wardrobe becomes interesting when it comprises a good mix of modern accessories and accessories of a different era, trendy modern clothes and artsy pieces. Colors are important as breathing, one must have basic colors to go with some bold, vibrant colors.  A good wardrobe is built to reflect the owner’s personality and not a replica of a department stores.

I hope you have something from the past that reminds you of someone, an event, a special moment that you keep enjoying in your life. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2018 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
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Be Careful Where You Put It | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Oh, look at this giant flower!
I fell in love with this unusual winter skirt because the flower design is thoughtfully positioned on the side and because of its bright cheerful color. This, will cheer up those few grey days we have in California.

Imagine if the giant flower was designed to cover the derrière of a woman, it wouldn’t be as appealing as it is on the side. Asymmetrical designs are interesting and please the eyes, they also say you are a type who likes challenges and translate your character as being unconventional.

I don’t want to take anything away from the skirt design, thus I decided to go with black only as the main color for the outfit. However, I want to keep the outerwear toned down. To finish this outfit, I have a couple of solutions:
1. white or black overcoat/duster in the same length of the skirt,
2. a white/black short ecological fluffy fur jacket.

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Here it is a more spirited  bold garment. There will be always someone who would put on whatever strikes his/her fancy without asking if a garment will enhance or kill the figure.
I saw this striking leggings (below) outside a hippy store in San Francisco, where young and young at heart “flower children” still buy their tie-die clothes, 1968s style. Do you really want this design in prominent view on your derrière? Apparently some people do.

 


At times I find things I like. They look good in store, I bring them home, look at them under a different light, I match them with the items I have, then they change my feeling and suddenly I am totally displeased. It was the case of this black skirt. Ruffles on a skirt are sassy when they are at the bottom of a pencil skirt marking the voluptuousness of a female body and adding movement to each step, but on an “A” line skirt such as this one, ruffles make a person look frumpy. I purchased it anyway, because I had a vision.

I gathered the fabric in the front of the skirt and closed it with a bobby pin, on to which I attach, or hag things. For an evening look, I attach a dark flower or a chunky brooch and for a day time look, I attach a brighter flower, fringes, tassels, or whatever looks interesting. Accessorizing this extravagant skirt takes fantasy. Detour the attention from the large flower to other parts of the body, wear gloves, pantyhose, or a hat. Needless to say, it will catch people’s attention no matter what. Are you ready to be seen and observed? Ciao.
Valentina
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Copyright © 2018 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
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB

 

My Blood Moon Palette | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

The cosmos was so exciting this week. A rare Super Blue Blood Moon happened, an event that has not occurred since 1866. Apparently it was a fantastic combination of the Moon coming close to Earth, making herself appearing 17 percent larger than usual, then passed through the Earth shadow, which made the Moon appeared red. It was also a full Moon twice in one month. An exceptional feast in the cosmos!
This event coincided with a total lunar eclipse and I missed it. Clouds and fog covered the reddish tint of the Moon.
Reading about this event, I learned that temperature went up to 200 F and fell below 200 F.

I wonder if people felt influenced by the movement of this powerful moon, if their emotions went on a roller coaster, or if many babies will be born this year.

I imagined a variety of reddish colors the Moon changed into as she went through the Earth shadow and that intrigued my fantasy. I was curious to see how an outfit would look in the colors of the Super Blue Blood Moon. From many photos I saw of different photographers, I picked up hues of grey, taupe, mustard, golden beige, dark red, rosy and Bordeaux.
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My Blood Moon palette was born in my closet. It feels strong and comfortable, warm and creative. The large silky scarf, with a wavy pattern, wraps it all harmoniously and calme it down. I will wear this and I can say to be part of this beautiful Universe in motion. Ciao,
Valentina

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Copyright © 2018 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
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB

Second Time Around | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

In this climate of saving the environment and recycling, every opportunity is a good opportunity to give something a second chance that would otherwise end up in land fill.
We buy an awful amount of clothes that we wear perhaps for one season, or only one time and discard them as soon as we get tired. The fashion industry is a big influencer, if it says they are no longer acceptable, we promptly get rid of them.

Have you ever thought that all those items we literally throw away, sometimes even with a price tag on, are all workable into new items? With a little creativity, it is possible to enlarge a garment with a new and different fabric or color; it is possible to pair a vintage fabric with a new one; it is possible to upgrade the look of a skirt by using the fabric of another skirt that will add interesting details and profiles. These are a few of the things we can do give a garment a second chance and to make it into something original.

My mom and her sisters, all teenagers during World War II, remade clothes due to shortage of fabrics. My grandmothers, who lived two great wars, did it before my mom. They taught me not to throw away anything and to use my imagination when time comes to give something a second chance. Remaking clothes into something new is amusing and rewarding.
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I made this original black jacket (above) using a folk Romanian fabrics purchased in one of my travels. If I had made the jacket with only a black fabric, it would have looked like a common black jacket. Using a colorful folk print, front and back and only on one side of the jacket, not only I created an unusual look, but the colors brought life the black side. Closure was off-center with clay buttons I created and painted myself. Lining it with golden-yellow was a great idea, it added an interesting view when the jacket was open.
I sold it big time and I made a few people unhappy along the way. Due to the limited fabric, I could not produce more than one piece.

I want to remake the sun jacket  above with animal print fabric at the bottom edge.
How do you know when two fabrics look perfect together, you might ask?
Your eyes are the first judge of that. If it looks good in your eyes, it means it is right.
Colors are common denominators. Find one color in the existent garment to match with the new fabric.
Prints go well with solids and geometry makes playful matches.

In the case of my sun jacket, the animal print has black in it and the uneven shapes of the animal design pairs well with the uneven shapes of the sun designs. What I like the most about this match is the lighter weight of the fabric I am using for the edge and the undulating movement it will create when I walk.


The velvet military style jacket (above) has been revived with a new velvet front panel, Renaissance style. Now, it lends itself to a new look, perhaps a Bohemian long skirt with boot, or a pair of pants in one of the bright colors in the panel.

I know that remaking clothes using old and new is a novel idea for a throw away society and some people are catching on,  but if we want to be conscious of saving the environment, let’s start in our closet saving our clothes. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2018 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
Barnes&Nobles: https://goo.gl/Xme8Hn
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB

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