Dressup Diva of the Month – August ’13

In the fast paced fashionable life and the chaotic blur of raging fashion trends – personal style always stands out ! I applaud that , get inspiration from that and have decided to feature that as a part of a monthly series on the blog  🙂

Juliana is a colleague and a wonderful friend and I have always admired her personal style.
Everytime I look at her, I think of her having effortless style as her second skin.
I interviewed her take on style and asked her to share some of her secrets and tips to share with all of us.  
1)How would you describe your personal style?
 I can’t define my style in a single word. It’s sort of a mix of different styles and influences. I can dress in a very feminine way one day and go edgy another. One thing is sure – I love strong colors!

2)Favorite outfit in your wardrobe !
 I love dresses! Not sure if I can point to any single one, but having a nice dress on finished with sexy heels makes me feel fabulous!

3)One make-up item always in your handbag?
 Mascara!!! It’s a girl’s best friend! … after diamonds, of course 🙂 … I’m a huge fan of Dior mascara. It really makes your eyes stand out. You can also layer it without feeling overdone. I always have one on hand.

4)One justified extravagant purchase
Cole Haan tall high heel boots! They are the most comfortable despite being high heels. Also, I always try to think about CPW (Cost Per Wear) for the item I’m eyeing, and if I invest I want to make sure I really get a use out of my purchase. I have a leather jacket that I felt was pretty expensive when I bought it, but I wore it so many times that it turned out to be almost cents per wear.

5)Your Style icon ?
 I don’t have a single person I look up to. However, huge influence of how I dress comes from my Mom. She is always stylish and pays attention to how she looks. It was never a code or a set of rules my Mom told me to follow, but growing up and seeing how she dresses and pays attention to details and fit, made me to learn by example. I also learned that dressing up for yourself is as much important as dressing up for others…. And I love to dress up for important people in my life!

6)Favorite store/brand 
Not sure if I can pledge allegiance to a single brand, but I love dresses from Laundry by Shelly Segal and skirts from Ann Taylor.

7)Any shopping tips for us ? 
My motto is “You wear the clothes. Clothes do not wear you.”  You should always feel comfortable in your clothes no matter what your style is. It immediately projects into feeling confident.
I like to combine things that do not seem to be compatible from the first glance. It always turn out unexpected and different. You can also combine high-end merchandise with something pretty simple and get an interesting twist to your assemble.

8)One trend that will never go out of fashion 
 Structured blazer! Everything looks so much better with it. The cut can change with time of course, it can be very classic or very modern, but it is always in fashion.

Thank you Juliana for being such a sport about being featured – I love that you play all the roles of  being a mother,wife,daughter,sister,friend so well and yet never ignore yourself  – xxxoo 🙂

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