Walking Fashionable | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my Fashion Friday episode.
My parents and their siblings were in their late teens when WWII broke out. After the liberation by the hands of American troupes, the entire Europe fell in love with everything American, products, fashion, cars, food and English language took over the world. Roll time forward, Italy, many years later, there I was watching American films with my fashionable aunts who, like everybody else in Italy, loved Hollywood.

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We admired the class of American actresses, dressed impeccably, hats & gloves, their hair always in place, nails always painted red and that infamous cigarette holder forever between their red lips. They exploded elegance with body language, through their clothes and in the expressions they used. Never, I heard blasphemy and vulgar words out of their mouth. The actors were not far behind, charming in their manners and so well-groomed. I believe,  back then, people centered life around looking perfect in every moment of the day; even homes showed in films, often set in California, were so elegantly decorated.

Roll time again, forward it many more years later, I moved from Italy, now living in California. I came here and didn’t find all that elegance I saw in American films. California is still under the influence of hippies and bohemian free people, casual is the style. There is nothing wrong with casual, but when being casual borders untidiness, then it’s a different story, we can call it slovenly, or lack of self-respect. At times, I feel people go out in their pajamas and don’t even bother to wash or dress. Californians live in flip-flops and sweat suits every day. Stores sell cheap merchandise with high price, fashion choices are awful for both men and women.

Hollywood today,…..well…. it is not an exemplary place, it’s only a platform for venom and vulgarity.

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One day, I was walking in a posh area, elegant stores all around and very casual people walking in the streets. Something caught my eyes. Returned on my steps and saw original men shoes artistically displayed in the window. It was the store of Donald J. Pliner. I asked a woman working there, if she knew who is the typical client buying these shoes. She couldn’t say, probably thought I was a weirdo. I asked for permission to take photos and left, irritated by her lack of interest.

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(Photos taken inside the store Donald J. Pliner -https://www.donaldjpliner.com)

Shoes tell a lot about us. It’s encouraging to know someone still cares for personal image.  I like to understand where are the men wearing these shoes, because out there, feet are wrapped in UGLY.
Thank you Donald J. Pliner for designing for men who care to look good for themselves first. 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

 

ValOperaStampI 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 and Barnes & Nobles.
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Feet In Short Trunks | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to a new episode of my Friday Fashion.
Shoes are object d’art, symbol of status, taste and tradition. Shoes are the world’s favorite fetish. Women collect shoes as treasures and show them off in any occasion. Nowhere in world, but in America I have seen women at the cash register with a shopping cart filled with shoes. As soon as I learned the art of filling my closets with shoes, it was the end of me believing that a couple of pair of shoes for each season was sufficient. Now, I am addicted to shoes and created a storage problem, just like every woman I know. Buying shoes for the sheer pleasure of buying them is fun and it helps the economy, but do we know what style will complement our legs and make them look perfect?

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In the Italian language, ankle boots are called “tronchetti”, translated in English become short logs or trunks, OK, ankle boots. You see, knowing the etymology of a word, will help us decide, take an action, or understand a situation. If a shoe looks like a short trunk or log, it means it is chunky, stout, stocky and only a slender leg can wear this type of ankle boot, otherwise the leg will look like a stump.

There are tricks of the trade to fool the eyes.
1. With shapely legs is best to wear a very dark stocking to slim down the legs, or wear pants that go just a little beyond the edge of the boot, without covering all the details.
2. For someone with shapely legs, the skirt must be short, from above the knees or higher to elongate the legs.
3. A short person with shapely legs should wear only long pants with this type of short trunk boots and never wear a long skirt and ankle boots together.

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Red is not a color for holidays only, red tomatoes grow in the middle of summer and red poppies bloom in spring and summer. Wear red in the summer, when a boost of energy is needed or when you want to make a statement.

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Pied-de-Poule or houndstooth is a woven pattern of textile clothing almost similar to the barnyard. To think that this pattern is only good to wear with a black & white outfit is a mistake. Wear it with any solid colors you like, no patterns and let the houndstooth shoes make a statement. The red apple in my photo is suggestive of a color.

Need help with your wardrobe this year? Contact me any time, I am ready for a new adventure. 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-ValleMonteValentina 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

Gold and Fringes | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aI was supposed to publish this post last Friday while the celebrations for the entrance of 2017 were going crazy, deciding what to wear at the last-minute, getting organized for the evening and the first bottle of bubbles being opened at 3:00 pm, in the exact moment my family and friends were turning a new page in my homeland Italy.

What I was going to wear and where I was going to celebrate the new year sounds futile and irrelevant when somewhere else in the world there was already the first terrorist attack in those small hours of the night.
My blog is not about politics or social troubles, for that we have politicians. My blog is about changing seasons, changing trends, color philosophy, peace and harmony in our cocoons, feeling good with the clothes we wear and why not having fun with travel and food?

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Studying the new year’s colors and trends, gold has come up everywhere in home décor and in fashion. The roaring ’80s style is returning strong and the ’70s style is lingering with fringes, wedge shoes, Bohemian memories of miss-matched colors and prints.

On the evening of December 31st, I wore golden shoes studded with glass beads paired with an animal print golden trousse, aubergine short skirt with black fringes long to the ankle, a classic boat neck top, an off white coat with a large aubergine chiffon scarf.
The fringe over my skirt it’s a removable piece. I made it to wear interchangeably over pants and skirts of all lengths.

I read the zodiac and the numerology of 2017, everything seems to point out to a new cycle of wellness and serenity.

Summing the numbers of 2017 we get number 10, which is the symbol of Love and Light. Number 10 brings all sorts of new changes into our life and there seems to be an element of luck because it resonates with the vibrations and energies of leadership, optimism, confidence, independence, creative powers and success. Number 10 is the perfection.
I absolutely adore to read about 2017.

Let’s make this 2017 a stellar year. I am so glad you are here illuminating my days with your thoughts, stories and personal experiences.  Happy New Year everybody, all the way through. Welcome 2017. 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
PrintI 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

 

 

Embellished With Colliers | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to a new Friday Fashion episode.
What is a collier? A collier usually refers to a piece of bulky and imposing jewelry necklace. Put them on and they will turn heads for sure!!!! Each piece will make a statement regardless if it is worn with a casual or semi-formal outfit. My colliers are interesting alternatives to a scarf and have two functions: keep the neck warm and embellish the clothes. Often each piece has glass embellishments and colorful beads.

I love to create with yarn, fabrics, beads, glass and various findings. The design comes as I go along, ideas develop as I see the work growing and colors….ah, it is never a challenge for me. Colors don’t have to match, I know they will look good together no matter what I do. To look at a bowl of fruit is sufficient to find inspiration.

I have one kind of woman in mind when I am making these colliers: a woman who likes to be different,  likes to stand out in the crowd, likes to receive compliments and likes to feel well dressed for any occasion.
Each pieces is a decorative art, wearable in the daytime with a flowing skirt, boots and hat as if she means it…. or for an evening out in town over a simple black dress to add some sparkle in the face.

 

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Above: This collier went to Scotland

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Above: This collier went to Las Gatos, CA

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Above: This collier went to Berkeley, CA

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Above: This retro style collier went to Italy

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Above: This collier went to NYC

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I work very hard all year to create original pieces with attractive colors that will embellish women of all ages. Find more my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

I am so happy many of my pieces are scattered in the world making their appearances at parties, special occasions or in someone’s everyday life. I am so honored, thank you all. Ciao,
Valentina
Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

 

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

PrintValentina 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

 

Renaissance Denim | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to a new Friday Fashion episode.
Do you think the function of denim is relegated to cowboys, rodeos, farm work, rough life and casual dressing? Think again.

I discovered that after a few stain and dye baths denim can have a different life. The stained denim purposely gives a worn out look for a versatile outfit.
It can become elegant enough for a soirée to the opera or casual enough to wear it with boots and still raise the level of the party.

To say these skirts are originals, one-of-a-kind pieces is an understatement. Some clothing details of opulent Renaissance inspired me to create extravagant and eye-catching modern pieces to wear anywhere.
Wearing these skirts one becomes the conversation of the town. The wearer will gain physical courage and strength, will exude energy and will stimulate excitement for others.

The skirts are embellished with passamanterie, modern or antique lace and a few sparkling items to illuminate.
Color varies and the fit is amazingly sexy.

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(Brun-Taupe-Gris)

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They are available in my Etsy store. https://goo.gl/WnfGo8 and ready to go to let you shine at holiday’s parties. Ciao,

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

 

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

QueenValentina 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

Secrets Of Dressing You First | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to a new Friday Fashion episode.
I will be hosting a fashion seminar on Nov. 13, 2016 at 10:30 in Los Gatos, CA. This is the third seminar of this kind this year.

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(Graphic Source: Fashion cliparts.co)

In my 26 years of designing career I have built home style and comfortable spaces.
I have built stylish wardrobe, personalized line of clothing for each person and built closets to host those beautiful clothes I design for them.
I have built flavorful food through my books.
The list goes on and on. With my fashion studies and an Italian degree in fashion, I made a business for several years before I became an interior designer. Today, I am bringing forward this knowledge and help women finding their best look and style in which they can feel comfortable, beautiful and powerful regardless of age. If you are:

Newly divorced and want to be seen again;
You lost or gained weight;
You are tired of the same look
You often say: “I have nothing to wear” ;
You want powerful work clothes;
You want to gain self-esteem;
You want to look good anytime, anywhere

This Workshop Is For YOU.

Find the event on Eventbrite. Click on the link to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/become-friend-with-your-closet-and-your-body-tickets-28674216353

Lunch is included. If any of you is closer to Los Gatos, CA, I hope to see you there.

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

 

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

valentinadivaglassesI 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 and Barnes & Nobles.
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB

Shirts Collection | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my Friday Fashion episode.

I stand in front of my clothes and have no problem deciding what to wear. Everything is color coordinated and everything fits my body and the occasion.
My degree in fashion and merchandising I acquired in my twenties completely changed my life and changed the way I see clothes. I curate my clothes as I curate my clients’ homes when I design for them.

Every September and October I assess my clothes and shoes. I give away the pieces I don’t like, those items I wore to pieces, outdated clothes or clothes that don’t fit anymore. I send the rest to cleaning or restoration.
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I shop for my clothes and accessories in peculiar places, holes in the walls sort of speak and curiosity shops, it has been my quirk since a young age. Sometimes I can find an interesting piece in the strangest places, such as ceramic shop, or a vintage shop as it happened with this blue shirt below with beautiful double lacy sleeves, which cover the hands. It was a display in a French furniture and accessories shop, propped on a mannequin and not for sale. I pestered the shop owner, it wasn’t easy, but I got it.
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People in foreign countries wear different things and different colors. Travelling encourages me to learn about other cultures and study what they wear. Often I bring back home a local piece of fashion of the place I visited, never seen where I live, but only if I can mix and match it with my collection. I don’t buy just to get a souvenir and leave it in my closet, I buy only if it will go with everything I have. Needless to say, I have a photographic memory of the clothes I own.

Most of my shirts have long sleeves, which I use all year, summer and winter. Some of them can be worn with jeans or leggings in the morning and a night with a fancier skirt become a more elegant attire for theatre performance.
In the summer time I roll up the sleeves for a casual look and in the winter I wear them with long sweater or cardigans. I also buy timeless items and no one will have say a shirt is 1986 or 2016. I buy clothes good for my texture and colors and that is it.
Keeping a collection of shirts or in general good clothes is a work of dedication to ourselves. It is our responsibility to keep the body in shape and be able to fit in our collection for several years.

I want a versatile wardrobe that speaks my personality and will functions in many situations. This is the sort of things I teach in my seminars. My next seminar is Nov.13, 2016. Find your ticket here: https://goo.gl/1I30OE
What about you? How versatile is your wardrobe? Ciao,
Valentina
Open this link and scroll down the page to find my Fashion Services
https://valentinadesigns.com/services

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

FedoraHatStampValentina 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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