Walk the walk, talk the talk- a fashion post
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Clients often comment on how colorfully I'm dressed when I show up for a consultation. I wasn't always so bold. When I started working as an architectural color consultant about ten years ago, I felt I should blend in, and not attract attention away from whatever colors my client and I were looking at. Khaki trousers, muted tops, practical shoes. That was my uniform. I was even careful not to wear bright nail-polish, not wanting to take the spotlight away from the star of the show, the paint chips. Then I had my daughter Nina and I changed my tune. Some might call her style, "Toddler Chic". Let's just say that when her pre-school has a special theme, like Wacky Day, I can't tell the difference in her outfits. Stripes paired with polka dots. Or stripes paired with stripes. Green, orange and pink together in harmony. Velvet and taffeta for cherry-picking, anyone? There was such freedom in her fashion decisions. And she was/is very strong in her opinions-she's made her own fashion choices since age 2. Which, really, is fine with me, as I find it fascinating to watch her make her selections. I started thinking about how my clothes reflected what I wanted to say about myself. I know, this is not a startling revelation to those in the know, but for me, it was an awakening. I counsel clients to surround themselves in their homes with colors that make them happy. Hm, could I do the same thing with my work-wear? Little by little, I've been weeding out the understated, more conservative pieces in my workwear, and replacing them with brightly-colored tunic tops. On my 40th birthday, I bought myself a pair of fabulous pink and yellow shoes, and I've never looked back! One of my favorite brands that really says "celebrate color and pattern" is a brand out of Barcelona called Desigual . I wrote about them a few years back, and have been lusting after their clothes and accessories ever since. Incidentally, I often get requests to review products for this blog, and honestly, if it's not something that I absolutely would buy on my own, I say no. So imagine my surprise when Desigual emailed me, asking if I'd like to try out their spring line. My answer was an enthusiastic, "Yes!" So this is my very first product review and I've been proudly marching around with one of my two new Desigual bags draped artistically over my arm. Meet the two lovely additions to my work wardrobes. Colors that make me happy, in a portable travel size!