A person’s personal style reflects his or her likes and dislikes. But the term personal style does not capture all of a person’s likes and dislikes. It tells only part of the story. It tells only about the person’s conscious choices.

Loreal sums it up well the last fifty years,

 “Because You’re Worth It.”

Using Helen Mirren at 76 on tat Paris Fashion Week today is a wonderful alternative to embracing colour at any age. We must take note when cosmetic options lead to Linda Evangelista suing for 50million.

If Linda added the right colours to her existing wardrobe. I am confident it would have helped her depression and moods the last five years. It would have resulted in a very different outcome.

Acacia Wooden Handbag

Acacia wood is a type of wood that is derived from the Australian-native Acacia trees and shrubs. It can be found in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and parts of the Americas.  The hardwood is great for building long-lasting items of furniture, handbags and homewares.


I bought this on Vestiaire I can’t help smiling every time I see this handmade bag. It’s a work of art. It makes me feel so happy when I touch and look at it. It’s so calming for my mental state of mind.


The Fashion Basics

It’s important to look into your existing wardrobe and understand your emotions when it comes to colour. So go through favourites and put them into the happy clothes section. Take all your jumpers and put them into two sections. Bright colours and electric blues. This is all about working out your happy colours. Purple knitwear makes me very happy.

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Put your black items in one pile. This will give you a clear indication of your mental state of mind. Get rid of clothing and textures that make you feel depressed. I have worn clothes that I had to get rid of it made me feel pathetic and sad.

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Wearing green makes me work well when doing hotel reviews.

Dopamine Dressing

After three months of being in severe lockdown, I moved country and headed to Venice. During the lockdown, I adopted a dopamine dressing.  The theory that wearing brighter colours and bolder patterns called happy clothes did elevate my mood.

After a miserable 18 months, most people are getting good at finding little ways to conjure joy.

I had a green moss wearable blanket made so bright everyone in Tuscany could see me a mile away.

I feel pristine in green and my motivation is at an all-time high because of wearing it.


Getting items made in Italy is the new renaissance I started way back in June in Venice 2020.

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Colour Consultancy

Only you can decide your current mood and symbolic meaning when it comes to warm colours, favourite colours. Burgundy, turquoise are warm colours suited for winter blues and mourning. So make sure you have a section called winter blues. Don’t be influenced by what Vogue is saying to you. Dig deep it has been a difficult year for us all. The only participant in this exercise is you.

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I am wearing leather trousers around my Tuscan estate for autumn. It really puts me in a very good mood.

Bright Orange

I have worn and written many articles on the colour orange. Even when it comes to driving an orange Audi TT.

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me three weeks ago in London. Social Distancing can no longer be like this.

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Orange handbag fatto a mano here in Venice.

How Fashion Fits Personality

Go through your happy fashion designer clothes like dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Miu Miu and put them in another section This is all about deciding what to keep and what to sell on Vestiaire. Which I have included selling 10 pairs of shoes. The only shoes I have got new for this winter is my GO red hiking boots

Make sure you understand what suits your complexion.

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I am a big lover of leather and I had this red oversize backpack made too. It suits my lifestyle and makes me ever so very happy.

Decluttering items that I feel no longer belong to me is part of a rebirth.

The Fashion Through The Four Seasons

Brighter colours such as red-purple can be worn all year-round. Psychologists understand that particular shade is all about making you feel happy. With depression, anxiety is at an all-time high thanks to lockdown life. Colour and how we wear it must be at the top of our current wardrobe.

Wear items that make you feel happy,  help you be motivated and joyful. Your life depends on it. Divorce rates are at an all-time high due to this pandemic.

When I turned fifty I bought a long green dress.

Olive Green - How To Wear Green With Bold Accessories

Designing Your Personal Style

We are in a life full of uncertainty regarding home office, lockdown and heading back to the office. It is all about discovering your personal shade and what fabric or neutrals need to stay and how it compliments your existing lifestyle.

Your interior design at home also can make or break your food swings, especially when going through menopause.

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Being Cool Matters

Being pampered matters and don’t opt for lazy fashion like wearing joggers or pyjamas at school drop off. it gives out a wrong message. Wear bright colours that reflect your children your mood and happiness. Your colour outfit is a clear message to education and the public that you value your self-worth.

Being cool matters for your kids, wearing your stinky old underwear, bathroom robe and pyjamas you slept in and stayed in all day. Gives out a very sad message.

Personal Style Is The Combination Of Fashion, Personality, And Culture

Being Italian my public fashion image is a must and part of my mental welling being. My profile is represented in what color outfit I choose to wear. My pandemic colour is green, olive green and everything green. Not so much Kermit the frog green which is very popular on the catwalks right now.

Iris Apfel at 100 is wearing colour like she did the last hundred years. It goes to show having a colourful lifestyle and wardrobe means a long and happy life.

Iris Apfel Personal Obsessions


I sold ten pairs of unwanted shoes on Vestiaire and then had made these colourful clogs in Italy. I use them all year round.


Retailers are onto it regarding colour outfits and the power and need women to need it. Dolce & Gabbana in Venice leads the way of why opting for everything Alta Moda is the best colour drug money can buy. We Italians wear colour all year round as we know the power of fashion and how it affects our lifestyle and everyday mood swings. We opt for a happy style.