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A Chat with Narciso Rodriguez

Have you heard about my collaboration with the National Arts Club, called NAC Chat? On this podcast series I interview experts in various areas of fashion including design, photography, illustration, styling and costume design.

This week on NAC Chat I sit down with fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez to discuss his process, life and inspirations!

NAC Chat is available here:

Red on the Red Carpet

Red is the color of fire and blood, and is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.

This color, with its myriad of connotations is popping up on every red carpet this season. You can read all about it, as well as quotes from yours truly in the current issue of Finland’s Iltalehti:…/03309642-09ed-4ec7-a666-ad32943a…

Brick and Mortar Smart Shopping


Sometimes a shopping trip does not yield anything…except knowledge.

I actually love when a client shares that she bought nothing on a trip to a brick and mortar store. Why? Because it means that she knows what she is shopping for, and it was not available to her on a particular day. It happens. Just as important, is the fact that she is so discerning and focused on creating a wardrobe in her True Colors and Authentic Style that she concluded that nothing that she found on her excursion trumped or was as good as what she currently has in her closet.

Why is this experience about gaining knowledge? Because first there is a learning moment in not succumbing to the glorious theatre of retail, but also in discovering that current shopping habits might need to be reaccessed and calibrated in regard to where, how and when one shops. At this juncture, my advice is to press “restart” and do some exploratory work online to find additional brands and stores to expand the possibilities of in-person shopping success.

Summer Shopping Tips

Spring is upon us, and before we know it we will be in summer mode. As you start to shop for your warm weather wardrobe, keep in mind these helpful tips from How to Win at Shopping:

-When budgeting for a seasonal wardrobe shopping trip, using the spending ratio of 75 percent on classic items and 25 percent on trendy pieces can sometimes keep you focused on things you can wear often and in different ways. Seasonal shopping (and also shopping for a trip) needs to be budgeted so that you have enough variety. By sticking to mostly classics, you will get much more use out of your trendy items.

-Always create a collage or online inspiration board prior to major seasonal shopping so you know what it is you are looking for. By pulling up these pictures before you set out, you will be a more focused and efficient shopper.

-Never purchase a seasonal item that does not coordinate with anything currently in your closet. You obviously have limited time to wear clothes that are seasonal. Make it a point to get things you can wear right away, unless you have ample time and energy to find all of the coordinating elements.

-You will sometimes need to go up a size or two in a swimsuit. It is very common for swimsuits to run small. Don’t be alarmed if you need to go up one or more sizes.

-Never rule out shopping for a light jacket, sweater, or pashmina in the summer. Most people are in air conditioning much of the time and need some coverage. You can also get a great deal at that time of year.

Color and the Workplace

Your color choices matter, especially when it comes to dressing appropriately for significant, high-pressure situations in the workplace. Check out my interview with Jared Lindzon for Fast Company on the power of color on the job: