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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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,
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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
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A Treasure Trove In Vicenza | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
The Italian city of Vicenza, near Venice, has the primacy of being the first city in the world to have set up a Museum of Jewelry. In nine exhibition halls inside a Palladian style Basilica, the museum accommodates jewels, which will take visitors on a journey through time and cultures. The exposition does not narrate history in chronological time, it is not meant to be a dusty voyage in memory lane, says Director Alba Cappellieri. The nine halls are divided by:
• symbols of jewels such as love, power (crowns and bandeau) and political meanings of jewelry;
• artistic and sculptural language of jewelry making;
• the beauty of colliers and copyrighted jewelry made by famous houses for famous people;
• magic meanings of ancient amulets tied to superstitions and religions.
The unprecedented exhibition, which will rotate every two years, also includes fashion bijou pieces, icon jewelry, function, design, the future of jewelry and the use of new material.

(All photo credits Cosmo Laera – Vicenza Today)

This museum so particular in its genre is intended as a public place with multiple functions where visitors and jewelry experts can meet or as a place for future cultural exchanges. It was created also to promote the Italian excellence in know-how in style and to promote the cultural identity of the Italian Veneto region for which jewelry has been one of its main productive art forms through centuries.

This treasure-trove was edited and directed by Alba Cappellieri, lecturer in Jewelry Design at the Politecnico in Milano and a leading national expert. It opened its doors at the end of December 2014, I hope you have the opportunity to visit it. Ciao,


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FedoraHatStampValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, working in the USA and Europe. 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

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