Please enjoy the Stylish Thoughts of USA based (European at heart) La Contessa who writes the blog The Vintage Contessa.
What is the secret to great style?
Being yourself and having fun when you dress yourself! Make yourself happy and comfortable!
Dressing one’s body happens early in the day………make it count! You should feel good about your appearance and if that happens you will make others feel good!
You may even get a compliment or three!
What is the one thing you would spend a lot of money on?
An original…….one of a kind piece that you will have for years!
Everything is mass produced these days……….try and help that artisan who has a vision!
What is the one thing you wouldn’t spend a lot of money on?
My designer days are over………..and my lifestyle is quiet.
Remember too I live with a tea cup piggy who likes to arrange my shoes!
I do not need the handbag that screams $2,000.00 or shoes with red soles!
Instead I am happier with a raffia basket handbag that I can toss anything into and be on my way!
What are your top tips for looking stylish when traveling?
Layers……..as it gets cold on airplanes. I am horrified to see what people wear these days on airplanes! Shorts and flip flops…….sweatpants and or pajamas !!
Not a good look in my book! I remember the days when we dressed to fly!!!!!
We do need comfort as the seats are getting smaller and smaller………… I always carry a scarf for my neck and change out my shoes into thick socks for those european flights!
What’s the secret to looking polished?
- nails are manicured not chippy
- hair is pulled back off the face.
- perhaps a cashmere wrap which can be tossed about your shoulders if need be.
How do you balance new trends with a more timeless look?
I remember not too long ago when i thought to myself, “boy I love that but i am too old to wear it!” That moment in time really hurts………….
It’s a chapter that you have never thought of before……..and it comes out of nowhere! You just know you’re at the age or your legs are not attractive enough anymore to wear that kind of garment.
I pay no attention to trends.
You must dress yourself as you see fit!
Hopefully, the trend and your age will justify the look!
What is your current obsession?
I cannot own enough!
This summer my goal was to wear from day to night!
Amazing how they can transition with a little bit of accessorizing!
Who inspires you?
Ari Seth Cohen the man behind the movement for Advanced Style!
Do you have a signature piece or style?
I have long flowing coats made out of old curtains with a flower motif with a huge pocket for gathering the hens eggs!
I adore velvet and linen………….
What’s your secret to making yourself stand out?
That’s easy my height! I stand 5 foot 11 inches tall………….I have always stood out whether I wanted to or not!
I would say my hats or accessories make people look twice!
The one piece of advice most women need but don’t get?
Stop wearing the exercise pant out in public! Believe me we do not want to look at your behind with or without underwear!!!!!!
Most likely your thighs are not the correct size either………..
I understand you go to exercise to help yourself that is good but wear a sarong around your waist or a long shift or kaftan to cover up!!
It is horrifying what people think they can be seen in than again they do not have a back side view!
Take a moment and refresh yourself after that workout! Even if you have to go to the grocery store!