Health reporter, Health Matters at HTV
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What’s your favorite piece that you are wearing? My Trina Turk dress is a departure from her retro-California style, but I like everything she does. It has bold color but is still feminine.
What’s your fashion philosophy? I find myself drawn to trends rather than classic styles. I think fashion is fun and is a great way to define how you feel at the moment you’re wearing it.
Whose style do you admire? Contemporary, casual designers catch my attention—Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Kate Spade. My all-time style icon would be Grace Kelly, but currently Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Kate Middleton have such clean, elegant looks.
What are you most comfortable in? I am all about dresses! I wear a dress almost every day for work. I love the freedom of movement. At night I’ll put on something strappy. When I’m chasing our five-year-old, I find throwing on a dress makes you look like you’re calm and collected, even when you’re not.
Updating the Classics
Cheryl Lampard, founder of Style Matters International, answers your questions each month.
I have some staples in my closet that I love, and although I like to think of them as timeless, I’m worried that they’ll become boring. As the items were all high quality (and came with a price tag to match), how can I keep them current while keeping an eye on my budget?
—Melanie, Cape Coral
By selecting high-quality pieces, you certainly chose well at the outset (so the expense was more than justified), and you’ll easily be able to update them to seasonal trends. Here’s how to do it for spring/summer this year:
• One big trend this season is lace. A lace skirt would perfectly complement your classic, white shirt: worn either with a slim, pencil silhouette in a fabric overlaid with lace, or with a fuller, longer style in a soft, lacey voile. Heels are a must with either.
• Bird prints are taking flight for spring. Team your knee-length black pencil skirt with a silky blouse featuring a small- to medium-scale bird print, or balance your slim-leg jeans with a looser, tunic-style top, which would perfectly accommodate a larger print if you’re feeling bold.
• Enliven your little black dress with a silk scarf in an on-trend abstract or graphic print, or tie it around your purse or bag handle for a sportier feel. Fabulous shoes with current details such as buckles, rivets or the new metallic toes will update your dress in an instant.
• Give your trench coat the 2012 treatment by adding accessories in the new spring shades. The hot color for this year is tangerine, but there are plenty of other hues to choose from in bright, pastel and muted tones including yellow, umber, cinnabar, apricot, nacre, roseate and sea-mist.
• You can revamp all your items by adding a top-handle satchel style bag, a foldover style purse or a large clutch bag. The best news is that chain-handle bags are back in a big way, so your classic piece deserves to be on show again. Remember that classics are classics for a reason—they’re always in style!
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Naples-based jewelry designer Amanda Jaron has proclaimed 2012 the Year of the Hoop. And no matter the shape or size—from plain sterling silver to gold with semiprecious stones or diamonds—she’s got them on her newly installed “hoop wall,” which features around 100 varieties. Browse the wall or watch her creative process at work as she designs in her attached studio, located on Tamiami Trail North across from Waterside Shops.