Colour obsession: The Olive, the Burgundy and the Red Hot

Where would I go dressed like this? To a dinner or a cocktail party, at the theater, the ballet, or the opera. I would also reach for this outfit if I am on the look for a ‘festive attire’. Why not using it at a first date too? It would clearly show femininity and style personality without revealing too much of a cleavage, biceps or hips 😉 Isn’t it more playful and sexy to actually leave something to the imagination?

Where would I not go dressed like this? I would not wear this outfit to a job interview but I am still keen to consider it if I am working in a creative field such as design or media and invited to a business dinner.

Who could wear this outfit? When giving advice about who can wear a certain outfit, image consultants take into consideration many elements of the clothes and accessories involved in the look. We consider the pattern, the harmony of the colours, the neckline, the sleeves, the hemline… Although the floral prints never go out of style, they are not everyone’s best pattern. For instance a straight shift dress is one of the best styles for a woman with a rectangle body shape, but not the floral print…Good news on their way about the neckline, the hemline and the sleeves length. The crew neckline suits most women and a hemline right above the knee is quite universal too. Hm, sleeves length… I know about women rejecting so many otherwise great tops because of sleeve length. No woman on earth wants her sleeves to end at the most unflattering, wider point of her arm….Then why not considering a dress or a top with ¾ sleeves? They would hide the flop and show your beautiful bracelets and/or watch. The Style weights and measures ordinance is not easy. I totally get it. It gets confusing and you are probably wondering how does a ‘rectangular’ or an ‘invertedtriangular’ woman look ☺ Certainly the most simple and rewarding way to find out what is your body shape, style personality, best colours and ultimately what clothes are the most flattering on you is by booking a Style Makeover with a Personal Stylist, followed by a Wardrobe Editing session.

The add-ons: It could be risky to create a combo out of a floral dress and a patterned clutch, but if you get the right one, it’s instant gratification. “I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit” said Mickael Kors. My exclamation marks here are the burgundy booties, the polka dot clutch and a pair of chandelier earrings!!!

A little thought about the colours: Christmas is approaching and we will all start thinking in red, green, gold, but are red and green easy to put together in an outfit? You might find it challenging, but if olive green is amongst your best greens, you will not go wrong by pairing it with burgundy accessories. Earthy and rich, khaki is a chic and versatile colour that goes well with almost every other shade, including burgundy.

How did I feel while wearing it? All that red and burgundy in and out made me feel spicy 😉

Any compliments? Compliments do not always arrive in their physical, verbal form. They are in the eyes of your beloved ones or in the appreciative smiles of your friends. And, sometimes this is all we need to get uplifted.

Little curiosity: I got the rich burgundy suede booties at a sale a few months ago. This was the only pair of shoes I loved and the only one in my …size. Bonus: favourite colour. Can a girl get any luckier?

SWEET STYLE MEMORIES: THE QUEEN OF TOWN

I wanted to be beautiful and irresistible! Every girl at the age of 16 wants to spread her charisma all around and convince herself and the world, with every step she takes, that she is a queen. In the moment, captured in this picture, I was a queen. Gleaming on my neck the long desired necklace that I was secretly checking in my mom’s jewellery box. The big golden sun! Now I could have it! Exulting with joy, smiling and spinning along, I wore my little red dress, the golden sun shining on my chest, and left conquering the day! I wanted to and I knew I would be bright, brave, glowing and…noticed!

The most powerful of all colours is still part of my feminine, styling routine, but a few things in my attitude changed during the years.

Big change # 1: I am no longer to be seen visiting a girlfriend for an afternoon tea gathering, wearing red from top to toe, including a pair of unique, custom made heels in the same shade.That choice belonged to a bold 16 year old girl who did not even know how it felt to wear a pair of denim and a t shirt back then. There was so much drama in my outfits that one could easily think that I, in fact, was a queen, a…drama queen 😉

Big change # 2: While moving through my life I did learn what being a queen means. It is really not about your custom made heels and convincing the world that you are more important than everybody else. Being a Queen is knowing and loving yourself, being loyal and true to yourself. A Queen is confident in her own powers, talents and feelings. There were tears and broken hearts along the way, there was frustration, pain and despair, but I am finally sitting on my golden throne comfortably, knowing that I am the queen of…my own life, loving, nurturing and honouring myself and the people around me.

Big change # 3: Centuries ago Royalties and Aristocrats of the Balkans were often seen hunting with a pack of maybe thirty or forty Dalmatians. Hence, at the age of 16, as a real Balkan Royalty of the New Age, I was dashing around my hometown Varna as a proud queen and owner of a beautiful specimen of ermine-like flashy coated hunter dog. Today, I feel more attracted to another canine: the clever, lively, courageous and stubborn Mr. Vittorio, the sausage dog.

STYLE IT THREE WAYS: THE CHECKED PANTS

Today’s focus is on the checked pants. Casual and comfortable, you might be surprised to find out that they are versatile too. You will unfailingly add interest in your wardrobe with a pair of plaid pants, but remember to think of at least three ways to wear them or you will soon end up bored of reaching out over and over again for the same combo.

Whilst in today’s suggestions you will see three completely different ways to wear a pair of checked pants, let me share a little trick of mine. I actually used the same logic for all three looks: selecting a top in one of the main colors from the plaid pattern.

The checked pants are great for women who need to highlight their hips and bottom, focusing the attention below the waist, as in the case of the inverted triangle, the rectangle or the neat hourglass body shape. The length and the style of the top will also depend on the body shape as well as on the style personality.

Here is my #1: THE COZY LOOK FOR A SUNDAY MORNING…MINDFULLNESS CLASS

This idea is a winner for those of you who prefer casual styling and hate a cluttered look. Trousers worn with flat shoes translates in maximum comfort and practicality, but you still need some accessories to complete the look. In a canvas-like- combination, I opted for a long necklace as a statement piece. If you have a waist, a belt in the same shade as your necklace is a beautiful add on (great for hourglass body shapes, not ideal for rectangles). I know that many women are confused about their body shapes and proportions and what are the best clothing lines and accessories to wear. Booking a Style Makeover with a personal stylist will help you gain all the knowledge you need in order to always look fabulous! I am here to help you with your style dilemmas 😉

#2: THE CHIC LOOK FOR A DAY FILLED WITH MEETINGS

If you want to blow in and make your friends, business partners or competitors feel envious of your striking appearance, this one is for you. Tunics are one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces you can own and one can really get creative with an interesting tunic. In this look, not only the long chiffon tunic with side slits reveals and complements the pants, but it also makes a statement. What’s more, it is comfortable to wear. This look is ideal for tall women.

The perfect accessory for long-bodied women as myself is a wide, statement belt. Remember to accessorize with an unusual necklace too.

#3: THE ‘MEETING-WITH-A-CLIENT-FOR-A-STYLE-MAKEOVER’ SOPHISTICATED LOOK

This is naughty! So naughty that on a Friday afternoon of a hundred years ago, I would most certainly have ended up in prison. Fast forward in 2017, as a modern, emancipated woman, I can use all my imagination to play with outfits. For this outfit I needed go no further than to my husband’s closet 😉 I love the roominess of his shirts. Ok, there is quite a lot of space for big shoulders, but this creates a relaxed look over a female body and I did feel like I had more freedom compared to when I am wearing my own tailor made shirts. As for the accessories…what better way to cut the mannish look than a long pearl necklace and a belt with an interesting buckle? Playful and sexy! Isn’t it?

SWEET STYLE MEMORIES: THE DALMATIAN ERA

I am feeling nostalgic today. Is it because the sea in my hometown is getting cooler and the trees are crowned with gleaming yellow leaves? I am diving in the vortex of memories and the flow is transporting me back to when I was 16.

In the shady paths of our beautiful hometown park, I am walking along with Karina Fon Bodenblik, our energetic dog of Dalmatian breed. We are both trotting. Karina is waving her silky smooth ears, while I am waving my freshly curled locks.

Everything started years ago with Pongo and Perdita and my obsession for the book ‘101 Dalmatians. At that time our family owned already 2 cats and a dog, but none of them could convey the slightest aristocratic message. A Dalmatian could! With its dramatic black markings and elegant posture…it planted the seeds of a…fatal attraction in my young heart. Before we knew it, the dogs in the family were two- the tiny playful, hot-tempered puppy with aristocratic name conquered not only my heart, but also our home. Karina did not present herself in a Dalmatian print T shirt, but she definitely was inspirational for my teenage closet.

As a true synchronistic couple, we were ‘wearing’ matching outfits most of the time, a printed T shirt and a large metal choker necklace during our summer walks in the city, a red coat with ermine collar for a true royal touch during winters.

Fast forward some 24 years later…I am still attracted to black and white combos and…dogs. While my style personality in fact did not change with time and I absolutely love dramatic outfits, lifestyle, age and the breed of my dog are definitely different today.

Now I opt for a feminine, yet playful look when I wear a long see through black dress over black palazzo pants and a top in snake print, accentuated with a pair of vintage eye-catching earrings in black and white, a felt ascot hat in black and my preferred red lipstick.

Alternatively, I pick my favourite pleated chiffon maxi skirt and a strapless top in black, and upgrade this classic, sophisticated outfit with the help of some pearls and a bright red lipstick. Ideally I go bare feet :-), otherwise I choose a strappy flat sandal in black. The risky part if choosing to wear a pleated maxi skirt is understanding whether it is suitable or not for your body type. For a maxi skirt, the rule is to have long legs and that is not too difficult to determine :-). As for the pleats, a feminine and a bit old fashioned style, they are often a trend, but who can have the privilege to wear them? This is something you can discover during a Style Makeover, but let me give you a hint. If the pleats start from the waist and you have a little bump, which is otherwise sexy and appreciated, it will actually look bigger and most probably you will end up with a silhouette that you are not going to like. For instance I am that kind of girl and I prefer to choose a panelled pleated skirt.

The last look I decided to share with you today is a classic one with a twist. Adding a twist in a classic outfit makes me feel eternally stylish, but modern and fun at the same time. To begin with, what I am wearing is a crisp white zipper shirt and this gives me the possibility to wear it open with a funky tiger print top underneath. What you are seeing on the wrist is a Chanel pearl necklace worn as a bracelet. A beautiful scarf instantly upgrades an outfit and makes it more interesting, getting you a tiny bit closer to the absolute scarf-loving style icon Audrey Hepburn.

I hope you loved today’s time travel. Isn’t it fun to look back and wonder how-on-earth-you-could-go-out-dressed-like-that? What was your teenage closet like? I love chatting about style. If you love chatting about style too, remember to leave your comments below.

COLOUR OBSESSION: THE PATTERNED SILK BLAZER! A CHALLENGE OR A STAPLE?

Where would I go dressed like this?
At a style event paired with a fancy skirt and some bold jewels. At a casual lunch meeting matched with a cigarette pant in a solid colour. Out celebrating a wedding anniversary in a fancy place, why not with a little dress underneath. Browsing a shopping bazaar by dressing down the glossy outerwear with a pair of jeans and sneakers. The long desired silk blazer became unexpectedly one of my wardrobe staples.

Where would I not go dressed like this?
A silk blazer does not like extremes such as formal business meetings or activities with children. Business functions require more conservative wardrobe choices and a patterned silk blazer is anything but conservative. Going somewhere, actually anywhere with young kids normally involves carrying extra handbags, shopping bags, toys, snacks, pizza and ice cream gobbling, ice skating, dealing with fighting siblings, mopping up tears. Things can escalate and get messy in a blink of an eye and a mother needs proper armor, not a delicate blazer with slit sleeves.

Who could wear it?
If your top half appears to be smaller than the bottom you will want to bring the attention to the upper part of your body. Trust me! You will bring A LOT OF ATTENTION there with a detailed, patterned, vibrant jacket like this. Just make sure that it ends either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom. Is it even necessary to mention that a woman with hourglass body shape would look great in it? If your bottom half seems smaller than your top half, you can still wear a patterned silk blazer, perhaps with a revered collar and by choosing your best design amongst stripes, checks, geometrics, squiggles and spots. A Style Consultation would give you all the knowledge you need for a flattering, functional wardrobe and a smarter shopping attitude.

The add-ons: This blazer is tremendously dramatic on its own, but somehow it looks stunning with bold golden jewels. The gorgeous slit sleeves are such a show off and I usually wear the blazer with a Cavalli bangle and an oversized snake ring; a golden clutch adds glamour too. Complete your sexy look with a pair of killer heels or dress it a bit down with your best-loved sneakers.

A little thought about the colours:
Imagine I never showed you the pictures of the silk blazer. Now close your eyes and keep reading ☺. Can’t do that? Me neither, but I can visualize snorkeling in the shallow coral reefs of the Caribbean atolls escorted by angel, butterfly and surgeon fishes. This is how I feel when I put on my silk blazer. Bonus: I never ever came face to face with a shark or with a lionfish. Want to learn how to navigate in your best colours with confidence? A Full Colour Analysis is the right thing for you.

How did I feel while wearing it? Whenever I want to feel glamorous, striking, unusual, I reach for my silk jacket. Instant gratification!

Any compliments? I remember visiting a shopping event in Hong Kong and being stopped by every other woman. They all asked the same questions:” Is this a Cavalli blazer?” and “Where did you get it from?”

Little curiosity: I got the fabric years ago during a visit in Shenzhen without knowing what I would use it for. I loved the colours, the pattern, the lustrous texture. I admit it! I am patient! A dreamer too! I love the feeling of achieving something after I waited and dreamed about it for quite a while. The design? My tasteful mama found it while browsing some fashion magazines.

STYLE IT THREE WAYS: HOW TO STYLE A CLASSIC WHITE SHIRT

Hello Style Lovers! I am starting a regular column in my blog called STYLE IT THREE WAYS. Once a month I will focus on one piece of garment and recreate three different outfits with it. Why three? Simply because I believe in the statement that every time we shop we must think of at least three ways to incorporate the piece we are buying in our current wardrobe. Make it a rule! And, with my suggestions, you will soon understand how…easy it could be.

Today’s central player is one of my absolute best-loved MUST HAVES, the CLASSIC WHITE SHIRT. Uma Thurman wore it iconically in Pulp Fiction. Sharon Stone broke all of the fashion rules when she paired her husband’s with a Vera Wang skirt at the 1998 Oscars.
This is a staple. A perfectly tailored white shirt evokes an air of cool sophistication. Fitted waist, straight waist, crisp, relaxed. The choice here is about body type, but even more about lifestyle. Where and how to wear it? Under a suit, tucked into jeans, tied at the waist over a bikini? Figure out which cut and material make the most sense for you. If you opt for a fitted one, keep in mind that it should skim your body, with no gapping at the bust or pulling across the shoulders, and you should be able to move your arms across comfortably.
Yes, you can pair a classic white shirt with your dark denim jeans, your black skirt or a blazer. Put it under a sleeveless black dress! And, because it is so versatile, I could not stop at only three versions. In fact, I am going to style it in 6 different ways based on the different style personalities out there.

Let me begin with those of you who choose over anything else a timeless, neat and elegant look: the CLASSIC LADIES. Always well turned out and elegant, you would not opt for a daring colour combination or a mix of contrasting textures, nor did I in the classic look. I used two wardrobe basics, a pair of gingham cigarette pants and my favourite black pumps. Vittorio loved the look. How about you?

Let’s see what happens if we add a couple of interesting accessories. How about a long green gemstone necklace and a checkered fedora hat? Here is my suggestion for those of you who enjoy their clothes and absolutely love accessories, sometimes spending more on bags and shoes that on an outfit itself: the CITY CHIC ladies. Will I surprise anyone if I said that I fall into this group?

A sneaker/ballerina addicted, an easy-care, non-iron, no-fuss lover? You are a NATURAL! We know that feeling comfortable in your clothes is the most important factor for you. Let’s try a relaxed look with your boyfriend’s jeans, a pair of fabulous dressy sneakers and a cross body bag.

Feeling ROMANTIC? Pair your crispy white shirt with a long silk skirt and ballet flats. Want more romance? Add a flowery patterned chiffon scarf and a loving sausage dog. All set for a night out! Ok, leave the dog in!

Ah, the DRAMATIC! Ladies, it’s not about the Ouch! It’s more about the WOW! The dramatic girl needs WOW pieces. Wherever she goes, she makes sure she will be noticed. Think of Katy Perry or Selena Williams. From time to time I love striking outfits too. What is more striking than a burgundy leather skirt with a deep side slit? All dressed up with yellow gold accessories and leopard print heels and handbag. Meoooo? Nope. Rooooaaarrrr!!!

My last suggestion is for those ladies who were born CREATIVE like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Every piece of this look screams uniqueness and adds interest, from the black flared leather skirt and the unusual idea of wearing a vivid chiffon top over a crisp white shirt, to the camel suede boots and a black ascot cap, a statement pair of heart shaped blue earrings and a watch in the same shade. It’s all on her and no one can stop the CREATIVE lady from going out dressed like this. What? Yes, she does!

Not sure what is your Style Personality? You will find out that and much more during a Style Consultation or a Style Makeover. Remember! Booking a session with a Personal Stylist is one of the best ways to invest in yourself!