Beatiful light green floral silk pajamas with heels on blonde model

PAJAMAS AS DAYWEAR – YEAH IT’S A THING

What?! Pajamas that are totally acceptable to be worn in public? It’s a dream come true! Face it, this was bound to happen sooner or later with the rise of athleisure along with further reasons to chill inside like binging Netflix, social media and video games. Designers are out to reflect our habits and capitalize on them, cranking out comfy wear sleek enough to be seen in outside of the home and in your Instagram feed. Street-ready pajamas come in a variety of fabrics–from cotton all the way to high-end silk–that make it possible for True Fashionista pajama lovers to enjoy even more. Along with having a style for every consumer, the versatility of the pajama is another key component that makes this trend so easy to adopt.

Kitchen Island

OUTFITTING YOUR KITCHEN ISLAND

Its been discussed in various circles lately about the growing trend of the kitchen island becoming the new True Fashionista kitchen table. As our lives get busier, we tend to do our gathering round the island, conveniently located nearby the food prep. An island provides that in-out-and-on-your-way stopping point, its high counter placement and stools encouraging the mentality of a quick bite before racing out the door to start your day.

girl on outdoor steps in faux fur coat, black hat, black purse street style

FALL/WINTER 2019 FASHION TRENDS

The return of street style as well as the instant documentation of it on social media has led to fashion heading from the runways to downtown at almost lightning speed, Vogue relays.  Minis are heading even further up, while everything else is just getting…bigger. Yes, maximalism returns in major form this season. Into fur? Make sure those fibers are longer. Thinking about a new A-line skirt? Wider, baby. Colors? As bright as humanly possible, please. And those prints just better be spotted a mile away.

Valentino Store Front

HISTORY OF VALENTINO GARAVANI

Valentino, birthname Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (No wonder he dropped the other three names!) was born in Voghera, Italy May 11, 1932. Drawn to fashion design from a young age, he completed his formal training in Paris at École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, while also apprenticing under local designers that included his aunt Rosa and the salons of Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche. After completing his education, Valentino returned to Italy to start his own line in Rome, as aforementioned, in 1959. The following year, he met Giancarlo Giammetti in Rome, an introduction that would change his life forever.

Fashionable girl at the Eiffel Tower

PARISIENNE CHIC

When it comes to fashion, we quite often turn to our True Fashionista French friends for inspiration, and with good reason: They’ve got quite the track record, having made an industry out of fashion since the 17thcentury, says WhatParis. We’re turning the Face àFaces on Paris for the moment in order to fully understand the definition of “Parisienne chic”, and what it takes to rock it.  

Dolce & Gabbana storefront

HISTORY OF DOLCE AND GABBANA

It’s been said that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana possess the True Fashionista ability of being able to mix periods and countries, masculine and feminine looks, fabrics and styles. They are one of the best examples of Italian ready-to-wear that exploded during the mid-1980s. Starting their company with less than $2,000, they are today considered “the most powerful designers of our time” and are among the richest men in Italy.

Blue and white relaxed bedroom with watercolor accent wall

DRESSING UP THE ACCENT WALL

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and dedicate one wall of your living space as a True Fashionista accent wall. Congratulations! The accent wall can be a leap of faith, as it takes a little bit of foresight to choose the best color then dress it up just right because it’s a fact: once it’s painted, said wall will then become the room’s focal point.

Straw tote bag

THE NEW TOTE BAG

You can’t escape it…sometimes you just have a lot of stuff. It’s summer, so what with the water bottle, sunglasses in their protective Burberry case and various must-haves for work, kids and well, life, you need a larger bag. So yes, a great tote should be multi-purpose; look for one that can easily switch from grocery bag to beach bag, from picnic bag to overnight bag. A great tote is also essential for all of us fashion-conscious busy people, and designers are ready with this season’s hippest looks.

watch gears

THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF WATCHES

It’s been said that the first mechanical clock was invented in England circa 1275, and one of the oldest working clocks, completed in 1386, is still in existence at Salisbury Cathedral. It doesn’t have a face and tells the time by striking on the hour. The Swiss watch industry was born in the 1540’s when John Calvin banned people from wearing jewelry, forcing jewelers to learn how to be…wait for it…horologists! Then in 1574 the first known pocket watch was created, only showing the hour. With the patent of the first pendulum clock in 1656 by Christian Huygens, timekeeping got much more accurate and scientists including Isaac Newton used the pendulum to accurately measure the shape of the earth due to the force of movement. Pocket watches with both a minute and second hand and glass to cover the face appeared in the early 1600’s, and the watch as we know it came into existence.

Streetwear

STREETWEAR FASHION

It’s always fascinating when high fashion draws from the raw looks of places unexpected to create the next True Fashionista trend for the runways and beyond. Last fall, designers tapped into what was happening at street level and brought it to the runways, so that we may enjoy these somewhat casual looks during the carefree days of summer. Streetwear has been a boys’ game for years now, what with athletic wear, designer sneakers and hoodies of all colors, but this year women get theirs. The streets just got much hipper, people!

Breakfast nook

THE BREAKFAST NOOK REDESIGN

New home construction and remodels quite often incorporate a breakfast nook into the plan these days, aided no doubt by designers who have noticed that lately people tend to prefer a booth to a table and chairs when dining out. Designer Laurel Harrison insists that the booth experience is happening around the country as designers channel their childhood memories into cozy spaces.

GLORIA VANDERBILT

HISTORY OF GLORIA VANDERBILT

The great-great-great-granddaughter of shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, “Little” Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was born into a life of wealth, fame and privilege on February 20, 1924. Her mother’s family were diplomats and judges. Her father Reginald Vanderbilt was heir to the fortune and a horse-breeder, playboy and alcoholic gambler who died when she was just 17 months old. She married four times, having two sons with her second husband, conductor Leopold Stokowski, and two more with the last, Mississippi writer Wyatt Cooper. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is the younger of the second two, his brother Carter tragically committing suicide in 1988 at age 23 before his horrified mother’s eyes.

POOLSIDE DÉCOR

Have you gotten your True Fashionista swim on yet? There’s no doubting it now, its that time o’year when you’ll be spending an abundance of quality hours poolside, be it entertaining friends and family or quality alone time with a refreshing beverage and good book. If your pool deck is in need of freshening up, we’ve got some great ideas to get you ready and make you the talk of the summer town!

Red long sleeved swim suit with ruffle

SWIMSUIT TRENDS FOR SUMMER 2019

Summer is, like, here. You can keep thinking May flowers and graduations, but the heat index is up and that means soon enough there will be much more time spent outdoors by water. In Florida, where summer’s been here for the past month and a half, we focus a whole bunch on swimwear. The rest of the northern hemisphere finally gets to hit the beach and be seen in your True Fashionista seasonal wear. If you’re just digging out the carefully stored attire from last year, it’s a good idea to find out what’s out there this year, and catch up with what’s hot in 2019 besides your car.

living room with plants and hanging chair

BRINGING NATURE INTO YOUR HOME

So you enjoy nature and understand the many benefits of bringing the outside into your home. However…just how many potted plants can you attractively squeeze into your domicile anyway? There MUST be some other ways to represent all the beauty that nature possesses in your living room! Read on, True Fashionista interior design types…

Roberto Cavalli

HISTORY OF ROBERTO CAVALLI

Have you ever found yourself inexplicably drawn to animal prints, especially those appearing on leather, of all fabrics? Maybe something True Fashionista colorful and artsy, the colors all swirling together like a light show? Thought so. Chances are you’re a Roberto Cavalli fan, like a whole bunch of us round the world.

Beautiful girl sitting on ledge vacationing in Greece.

HOT SUMMER TRAVEL ITEMS

It’s never too early to get your travel plans in order. Before you know it, summer will be here and you’re off on some grand adventure with accessories that you swore you were going to replace two years ago. Well now’s the time to find the latest True Fashionista travel items, ones that wouldn’t dare get misplaced on your way to Milan!

MET GALA 2019 – CAMP LIVES!

It was another banner year for the Met Gala, fashion and fundraising’s True Fashionista hour. The theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion” was on display in full force. Quick review of the meaning, which in case you’re even questioning, is not a summer flashback to canoeing on a lake and popsicle stick arts ‘n crafts projects: Camp in this context refers to a term coined in a groundbreaking 1964 Susan Sontag essay, “Notes on Camp”,  where she argued how the love of the unnatural, displayed via artifice and exaggeration, can be summed up in that one word.

FENG SHUI 101

Let’s just clear something up first and foremost. It’s pronounced FUNG SHWAY. Next order of True Fashionista business… literally translated, feng means “wind” and shui means “water”, and in Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health. Therefore, since its introduction in China some 3,000 years ago, feng shui has evolved over the years into meaning the art and science of fortune; good feng shui is good fortune and vice versa.

HISTORY OF ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

What, the name Alexander McQueen isn’t familiar to you? He was the designer who made the plumber’s crack fashionable with his perilously low-cut jeans, a move which consequently spawned the resulting term, “muffin top”. Is the memory creeping back now? Yeah, it was him. Got a skull-imprinted clutch handbag or scarf lying around in your not-yet-Konmari’d-but-I’m-gonna-do-it-I-swear closet? McQueen. Or that timeless pencil skirt and gorgeous prints that seem to flawlessly work forever? That was Alexander McQueen as well.

HISTORY OF DENIM

Let’s be clear here. Blue jeans are the clothing item; denim is the fabric they’re made from. The two, however, are so inextricably linked that you’d be doing them both a disservice to discuss one without the other. In fact, when delving into the history of True Fashionista denim, the place that seems to know the most is the history department at Levi Strauss & Co., that all-American home of the now-classic blue jeans with the rivets worn by millions. 

GOING GREEN THE DESIGNER WAY

GOING GREEN THE DESIGNER WAY Let’s face it, to be eco-conscious is not only good for the planet, it’s also become trés chic. It seems that every True Fashionista designer now features organic clothing, fabrics created sustainably using a variety of recycled items, all beautifully reimagined into stunning pieces found increasingly more often on runways everywhere. …

Karl Lagerfeld – A Retrospective

Known both as the “king of fashion” as well as the man who saved Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld made his indelible mark on the fashion world in immeasurable ways. His recent passing at age 85 brings an end to a celebrated, seven-decade career as fashion’s ultimate free agent. Beyond Chanel, shares Business of Fashion, Lagerfeld also created collections for the celebrated houses of Tommy Hilfiger and Fendi, in addition to his signature label, at a frenetic pace rivalling the constant flux in the luxury fashion industry. He was hailed by Vogueas the “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment”.

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS IN 2019

By now, the holidays have (hopefully) long been packed away. Although you’ve vacuumed a hundred times, those last stray tinsel pieces and Christmas tree needles seem to forever escape suction but, no mind, it’s a new year and time to get your True Fashionista home refresh in motion! Our friends at Elle Décor have some great tips as far as what’s in and what’s gone the way of 2018.

CLOSET REBOOT – BUILDING THE BASICS

Have you binged the hottest Netflix series at the moment, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”? Or lost yourself in her best-selling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing…?If so, then you’ve probably taken a good, hard look at every piece of clothing in your True Fashionistacloset to decide if it really does spark joy or not. We’re hoping you followed Ms. Kondo’s advice to pile it all up on the floor and decide if that Louis Vuitton blouse is still spark-worthy, or your prized Prada bag remains as valued as it was, say, last year. (Well, of course it is, dahling! Prada doesn’t age. lol)

HISTORY OF PLAID

HISTORY OF PLAID Long before Burberry…make that looooong before Burberry, there was plaid. Besides Burberry, images of 90’s grunge fashion more than likely might pop into your head. No? How about that other iconic 90’s plaid moment, the movie Clueless? Alicia Silverstone and her True Fashionista gang pretty much vaulted plaid into high fashion with those short-skirted…

Caring for suede

CARING FOR SUEDE

So you were on a True Fashionista suede kick there for awhile, and mayyyybe you own plenty of your share of the smooth pat-able stuff. If your love of hey-at-least-its-not-leather-or-fur-gimme a break (cue eyeroll) has resulted in a flat out fear of wearing it ever should it rain or the piece gets dirty, then we can hopefully squash those terrors with some helpful hints on how to take care of your investment.

Iris Apfel Fashion Icon

THE BEAUTY OF IRIS APFEL

Fashion icon Iris Apfel has had a lifetime of making her True Fashionista mark on the fashion industry. Her flair has been felt in numerous arenas, including designing interiors of the finest homes around the world, via the textile manufacturing company she founded with husband Carl called Old World Weavers, an eye-catching approach to accessorizing that effortlessly combines modern pieces with flea market finds.

Prada

HISTORY OF PRADA

HISTORY OF PRADA Prada. Such is a company that presents on its website not a vision, but a Group Manifesto: Pioneer of a philosophy of action that transcends fashion, the Prada Group inquisitively observes the contemporary society and its interactions with the most diverse and apparently distant cultural spheres. A fluid perspective that becomes the…

History of High Heels

The History of High Heels. “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” – Marilyn Monroe
Ah, high heels. We can all use another pair of fabulous heels. They look so good, feel so sexy and, as millions of wearers will agree, elicit a feeling of empowerment. Gimme a pair of Chanels and red lipstick and I can conquer the world! Whether you’re chunkin’ it out on two-story platforms, or True Fashionista balancing on four-inch stilettos, high heels have firmly placed themselves in wardrobes and on runways since, oh I don’t know, the beginning of time?