Out Of The Ordinary | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Do you always do things the same ways? I am talking about wearing a pin on jackets, sweaters or coats; hanging a necklace always from the neck and cinching the waist always with a belt. I have many vintage jewelry items that really push me to use them in alternative ways other than the traditional way. Their shape and what they represent call for innovative ways. A 1950’s bee pin, I am sure has been seen on a lapel of a woman’s jacket for at least two-three decades. Now, I wear it at the bottom edge of my pants or at the beginning of some pants’ detail, as shown in my photo. Suddenly, the bee pin is new and unexpected. I wore this outfit last night at a networking event, my bees on both sides of my pant legs became the attraction.

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Bees-On-Pants

Bees-On-Pants

 

How about wearing a vintage pin as a pendant hanging from a necklace. The brushed silver on the pin and the bluish-green of the crystals go really well with the stone necklace in my collection. If I didn’t have that necklace, I would still hang the pin on a gold or silver necklace. The important thing is not to match to perfection.  I have attached this same vintage pint on pockets of jackets and even on skirts.

Pin Pendant

Pin Pendant

 

Here, on the stage of my TV show, I am wearing three metal belts as necklaces. One belt is made of squares and circles, the second necklace has blue and silver beads, the third one is a straight metal chain. The necklaces are all silver metal, together they have picked up a certain style and don’t even look like belts. Do you like how I interchange jewelry and how I shift their function?

Stay out of the malls, where you will find one item repeated a million times. Go look for your pieces in the most unusual places, instead. My two 1950’s bee pins came from an antique store, where household items are sold. Often, I find beautiful stuff in second-hand stores, small boutiques, family-owned books store, ceramic shops, wineries, and arts/craft fair. Getting out of the ordinary will make you an original. In the sea of people made with a cookie-cutter, called the “followers”, if you do your own things, you will be regarded unique and people will follow you. It will boost your self-esteem, try it. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina with short hairValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of five books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on Barnes&Nobles
All the books are available on Barnes&Nobles and  Amazon

 

It Is Not The Hawaiian Leis | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
In Chinatown I feel like a kid in a town fair. Colors, especially the color red and gold burst from pillar to post, pungent food smell comes out of every restaurant, some food do not appeal to my nose, but that’s OK, I don’t have to eat everything I see. Chinese people are very laborious, I can feel the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. Shops are full of tchotchke, trinkets and ornaments for tourists the same everywhere competing with one another. It is common to find food, fashion items and home cleaning utensils sharing the space in the same store. Once every ten shops, one might find a special shop with upscale merchandise, original fashion and attractive one of a kind items.

Chinatown2

In a jewelry shop, I found this coral necklace. It is double the length you see in the photo. I bought it out of impulse, the light of the store was so vivid that made every piece of jewelry bright and shiny, but when I brought it home I realized the colors did not suit my face and it looked too much like a Hawaiian flower leis, the kind of garland tourists receive as a sign of welcome or farewell. I had the idea to combine it with something else in a treasure chest. Vintage brooches and flowers pins fixed the look of this necklace to my liking. Now, I wear it wrapped around the neck twice and I attach the brooches or the flower as a pendant depending on the time of the day and the season.

Buying on impulse often is a waste of money if nothing else can be done to alter the piece to your liking and most certainly that piece will end up in the landfill, or in the closet contributing to the expansion of clutter. Knowing our body shape and the colors that complement our skin tone will reduce or totally stop the temptation of buying on impulse. In my case, since I collect many fashion items of interest, I can mix and match easily and I am able to turn things around to make them into something else. I keep my seamstress at work and happy.

Now, go to your wardrobe and pull out some items, clothes or jewelry you don’t like much. Can you change the look by pairing it with something else, or detract something from it? If you are in doubt and before discarding any piece call the expert stylist. I am always available for consultation in person and online. Ciao,
Valentina
https://valentinadesigns.com/services#fashion-services

Copyright © 2015 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

ValHatCelesteStampValentina 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. To better help people in 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/xUZfk0
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

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