Re-find women: Ladies who inspire

Today, we are starting a new feature called “Re-find women: Ladies who inspire.” Our first lady is a dear friend, Rita Marroquin.

Re-find lady Rita Marroquin

Rita is an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot Jewelry (click here to visit her site), is in school at the Aveda Institute to become an esthetician, teaches fitness classes, feeds the homeless, mentors at-risk youth, volunteers with cooking classes at Central Market, runs in tons of races and does it all with class, style and a beautiful spirit.

We are so proud to call Rita a friend and so inspired by her can-do attitude and fearlessness in life and in making a complete career change by starting her Stella & Dot business and going to school.

Thanks for the inspiration Rita!

Cheers!

Melanie

Dressing with class: Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

Today we offer a bit of inspiration from one of our style icons, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. 

Image courtesy Encyclopædia Britannica

One of our favorite quotes from Chanel is, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Her own style was a mix of finely tailored menswear-inspired pieces with just the right feminine touches. 

Chanel was an innovative and independent thinker and one who to this day, ironically, is imitated time and time again. She freed women from their corsets, invented the little black dress and, of course, created the first couture perfume, Chanel No. 5. She is immortalized in several movies, including the recent “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,” starring Anna Mouglalis and the 2009 film “Coco Before Chanel,” starring the also stylish Audrey Tautou. 

Tomorrow when you are readying yourself for the day, don a little black dress and perhaps some pearls; spritz on a bit of your favorite Chanel fragrance and Re-find your inner Coco, but with your own personal flourishes, of course. Be classy and fabulous. 

Cheers!
M

P.S. We do not condone Coco’s smoking or her, ahem, affairs with married men.

Monday manners moment: Crossing guard

In this day and age, one would think the last thing a lady needs to worry about is being judged by the cross of her legs. That said, the way you sit can say a lot about you.

We all know that when wearing a skirt, we should keep it classy and avoid anything that could be remotely compared to that Sharon Stone-in-a-white-dress-move from “Basic Instinct.”  Even crossing at the knees however can prove too revealing, for example, in the thigh area, depending on the length of the skirt.

The safest stance in the leg-crossing arsenal, for any occasion and any outfit is to either move both feet to the side, knees closed, with both heels on the ground or with heels crossed. The most important thing to remember here is to keep your knees closed part, otherwise you may end up revealing a little too much about yourself.

Some things are better left a mystery.

Cheers!

M

Charm, style and grace (kelly)

The other day, while perusing the newsstand at Barnes and Noble, I was struck by the cover of the May issue of Vanity Fair. Peeking out between magazines featuring Tiger’s mistresses and Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton (“People” and “Newsweek,” respectively), was the cool, controlled gaze of Grace Kelly.

From http://www.vanityfair.com: Grace Kelly for “Life” magazine wearing the gown designed by Edith Head that she wore to the 1955 Academy Awards. © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos.

Few women in the world, now or in the past, (even January Jones, who is practically Kelly’s twin in AMC’s “Mad Men”) personify the charm, style and grace of Kelly. And if ever there was a time that we needed a role model who stands for elegance, manners, self-possession, sensuality and sheer class — in this post Emily Post America, where scandal, vulgarity, incivility and gossip reign supreme — it is now.

With all due respect to Jackie O, the beyond reproach Audrey Hepburn and our ever-stylish and gracious current First Lady, Michelle Obama, I vote for Kelly.

Perhaps our feminist friends would disagree, but we at Re-find would go so far as to say Kelly was a very modern woman who was ahead of her time. She broke the mold in her conservative Irish-Catholic family to pursue acting (against her father’s wishes) and she remained in control of her career, class, finances and fame when many actresses around her succumbed to the pitfalls often associated with life in Hollywood.

Click here to read more in the excellent VF piece on Kelly’s life, career, marriage into Monaco’s royal family and untimely death.

Something we could all learn from Kelly is her innate sense of quality over quantity. Whether it was the amount of skin showing through the neckline of her dress or a suggestive kiss with the leading man in one of her movies, she always left people wanting more.

Cheers!

M