May 23, 2011

Summer in the City

Rabens Saloner fitted dress
134 EUR -

Flower sandal
$56 -

Shoulder bag
$115 -

$275 -

R J Graziano gold bracelet
40 EUR -

This is my first Polyvore creation. What fun! Do you remember Colorforms???

May 9, 2011

Cleaning Out The Closet

I spent three hours in my closet the other day. No kidding. Out with the old, in with the new. Even though trying on clothes, and deciding what stays and what goes can be tiring and a bit tedious, the end result is so satisfying. It has been proven to me over and over again: less is more.

I usually end up with two piles, plus a cleaned out closet. One pile is “get rid of it, you’ve never even worn it –aka “you’ve worn it a million times, time to go” and the other pile is “Not ready to get rid of this yet, guess I’ll decide next year”. I try to keep the latter pile as small as possible, and try to be brutally honest.

Here is where the fun begins- time to put outfits together and be creative. Can I wear last year’s top with a new scarf or a new Italian necklace? How about those tight Italian jeans with this year’s new wedges? What about that 10 year old dress from Florence? What can we do this year that's new? I love letting my own style and personality come through in my choices. Mixing designers is one way; I also like layering and mixing textures.

The easiest way for me to dress is to keep my clothes neutral and add pops of color with accessories. I do this with scarves, belts, Italian jewelry, a watch, sometimes an Italian handbag. But I’m careful to never overdo it.

And really, in addition to all of the great fashion items of this season, one of the best accessories is a great lipstick, and THE best accessory is a smile. Try it on- you’ll feel great.