Buy Less Love it More: As stacks and racks of “gift” items fill the stores, it’s easy to forget that gifts should have meaning beyond a seasonal obligation.
Every women who gives a darn needs to be able to pull a stylish party look out of her closet at a moment’s notice. It’s what we call a “cat suit.”
It’s hard to play the clown when you have to run the circus. As any hostess will tell you (if you don’t already know), by the time we’ve planned the party, invited the guests, decorated the house, and prepared the food, the first guests could be within minutes of ringing the doorbell. If you haven’t given some thought to what you’re wearing you may be in for a last minute closet meltdown.
So what does a practiced party princess have on hand to transform herself into a gracious composed hostess? If there aren’t already, there should be some items in your wardrobe that can form the backdrop for an instant party look.
Every women who gives a darn needs to be able to pull a ‘cat suit’ out of her closet at a moment’s notice. This is a head to toe look, usually in a dark or neutral color that becomes the canvas on which you build your party look.
The elements of a ‘cat suit’ typically include basic items like updated jeans in a dark rinse, a pair of dark pants or even a dark skirt with matching tights (black is a no-brainer). On top, go for a simple pullover, with or without sleeves in a fabric like stretch lace, cashmere, or a silk blend. It should have an uncomplicated jewel or ballet neckline.
Think of your cat suit as the bones of your outfit. Once you have it one it’s easy to add the Cha-cha-cha.
Read about it in Every Party Princess Needs a Cat Suit.
Holiday Resolution #1 : We’re done eating stale cookies and dried out cake from the supermarket. From now on, every sweet that passes our lips has to be exceptional. We found some luscious gifts with style that are worth every calorie.
It’s Thanksgiving! Bring on the turkey, dressing, gravy and pie. We’re gearing up for one luxurious day of uncensored eating.
Fashion is flexible. It’s open to all sorts of combinations because of the infinite choices it offers.
Amore is the best accessory. Feel It. Wear It. Share It. That’s Amore, Italian Style
Given its changing nature, fashion often manages to look the same. Open any fashion magazine and you’ll see the same labels advertising the same way, with similar concepts, and even similar looking (teenage???)models.
There are innovators, of course. Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Rick Owens. The creativity is there if you look for it, but sometimes art is eclipsed by commerce…
The Sicilia Fashion Village is a retail shopping center, probably similar to many others, but the marketing sets it apart. The models are people from the village with digitally imposed blasts of color. Surprising, but then not really. It isn’t hard to imagine that the local people featured are just as colorful as they’re portrayed. Isn’t that why we all love Italy? The people, the food, the style, and of course, AMORE!