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  • Comment Link Heather Kaney Sunday, 27 March 2016 05:38 posted by Heather Kaney

    Up here on Vancouver Island, BC I have discovered FDJ/French Dressing Jeans. They come in styles with names like Suzanne and Peggy that really work for Subtle Blended Romantic me. So great to be able to wear jeans (a must in my rural setting with sheep baaing all around

  • Comment Link O. Haarvei Tuesday, 01 September 2015 21:36 posted by O. Haarvei

    I really enjoyed your latest newsletter. Please keep including information on men's styles...even though I don't like the short pants trend! Haha.

  • Comment Link Andrea Wednesday, 29 May 2013 17:54 posted by Andrea


    Well you KNOW how much I value your input. Having your expert eye to help me go through my closet recently was SO enlightening - and lightening. I got rid of so much heavy, old 'stuff' that had been weighing me down psychologically. Yes, even after all the research I've done, it still takes an objective eye to see that something just doesn't work any longer.

    The biggest revelation for me now, though, has me a little in a quandary. I am starting to love the look and 'hand' of synthetics again! Just bought three v-neck 3/4 sleeve tops (in my colors) made from a heavy acetate/spandex blend. My Berkeley natural fabric snobbishness is being smashed! Talk about synthetics, please.


  • Comment Link Heather Kaney Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:57 posted by Heather Kaney

    Hella dear,
    I think I mentioned to you because I read that very interesting article about "box bags" being the new" punk (and I've been sharing that perspective with others) I decided to keep my Etienne Aigner leather purse rather than try to sell it a retro consignment store. Well, yesterday I was with my one of my German-born friends in East Sooke and was "wearing" EA bag that went so well with my denim-tailored ensemble (remember I'm in the rural Pacific NW and I'm 30% Classic!) and she told me that Etienne Aigner was a famous Munich-based designer in the 60's and 70's, and that she also had several of his pieces.
    So the "new punk" is working for me!

  • Comment Link Elaine Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:59 posted by Elaine

    LOVE the WSJ article, which brings joy to my Classic heart! I am so glad to see the fading of trends such as short skirts, capri pants, stiletto heels--not that I wore any of them (too much Classic), but perhaps I will find more options in the stores now.

  • Comment Link Paula Gloria Saturday, 09 March 2013 06:48 posted by Paula Gloria

    wow ...I didn't know this -"Matching the sitter's eyes to the color of the clothing they were wearing, was something that was not typically done in portrait painting from this period."...I just love this newsletter (even if I am your sister - it is great!)

  • Comment Link Anna Urrea Saturday, 02 March 2013 04:07 posted by Anna Urrea

    I read the Suzy Menkes article and finally found a "jewel" at the very end. "The opposite of look-at-me fashion: leave it to the French to master understated chic." and the 3 photographs of the Fashion Industry women appealed to me to my core! There is such an easy, not trying too hard sense about them. They just have it without trying. I have saved the photos and will use them for my inspiration (or maybe I will just out & out copy!!!!) Thank you.
    Anna Urrea

  • Comment Link kathryn Feldenkreis Friday, 01 March 2013 14:59 posted by kathryn Feldenkreis

    Great Newsletter, Hella-A great reminder to keep up our personal style!

  • Comment Link Nya Fleron Sunday, 06 January 2013 02:46 posted by Nya Fleron

    Hi Hella,

    I just wanted to say I so appreciate what you do.



  • Comment Link Hella Friday, 04 January 2013 03:45 posted by Hella

    I will be working on them now that I finished my website upgrade.I will also be updating the seminars as well.
    Do you have a specific seminar in mind?
    I will keep you posted via news alerts when I have the dates.
    thank you!

  • Comment Link Anna Everest Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:46 posted by Anna Everest

    Hi Hella
    Do you have any upcoming seminars in Marin or Bay Area?

  • Comment Link Anna Urrea Friday, 30 November 2012 03:31 posted by Anna Urrea

    Thanks for the update on "tucking". Yes, it is an option and always nice to have more options. However, I love the comfort and relaxed feeling of "untucked". I think I can make mylook more polished in ways other than uncomfy tucked in and spend the rest of the day/evening trying to keep it tucked.
    But I may give it a try.......

  • Comment Link Anna Urrea Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:52 posted by Anna Urrea

    Great cartoon! and love the reminder of the power of red! I am a striking type and I realize that I have no red! Closest is a bright fuschia finger tip swing coat that serves my "I want to be noticed having some real fun" moments!
    Still not the same as RED. I am inspired!

  • Comment Link Kate Gilpin Tuesday, 30 October 2012 16:59 posted by Kate Gilpin

    Love your October issue! Wonderful cartoon, great points about style, age, and the Red Coat! Thanks!

  • Comment Link Hella Thursday, 19 July 2012 22:14 posted by Hella

    I thought it would be fun to see how the word Stylish fits in with Current.
    (see the comment right before).

    Being"current" signals more refinement and subtlety than trend (and does not even belong on the same page as"fad")

    So glad that you "got" the exhibit information as well.


  • Comment Link Hella Thursday, 19 July 2012 21:51 posted by Hella

    • STYLISH (adjective)
    The adjective STYLISH has 2 senses:

    1. having elegance or taste or refinement in manners or dress
    2. being or in accordance with current social fashions

  • Comment Link Anna Urrea Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:29 posted by Anna Urrea

    Thanks for the clarification of difference between "trend" and "fad". Important distinction. Where does "current" come in on this spectrum? I have said to others that I enjoy being "current" but not "faddy". Love to hear your comments.

    Fabulous illustration of the gal on the bike! Yes, timeless but also current! Comments?
    Thanks for the alert to the exhibit.

  • Comment Link Darren Wednesday, 27 June 2012 20:27 posted by Darren

    Yes, I see what you're getting at. It doesn't have to be all or nothing but a little here and there. Thanks Hella.

  • Comment Link Hella Monday, 25 June 2012 22:02 posted by Hella

    Thanks Darren for your comments and question! The best advice that I have even been given regarding how to dress (for any occasion was from Joan Songer (founder of PSC).
    When you wake up in the a.m. or before you go to work, ask yourself:
    "wear am I going and what do I want to communicate?" If its appropriate, how about wearing some of your red colors in small amounts like a tie or in a print shirt. Or wear a shirt in a refined texture/ or a casual jacket. Try using some of the design elements that subtly allows some of your romantic style to be worn, such as bit of pleating in slacks or a wonderful cashmere pull over in one of your refined reds.
    Hope that helps!!

  • Comment Link Darren Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:59 posted by Darren

    Hi Hella,
    Great newsletter! Sometimes I shy away from my Romantic style (you and John typed me) because I am concerned I'll look overdone, inappropriate or immodest. Do you have any tips for the Romantic man, esp in a working environment?

  • Comment Link Hella Monday, 12 March 2012 05:10 posted by Hella

    Thank you Mari,

    Your website in art/therapy is fantastic! Please feel free to post it, so others can enjoy it as well!

    Any wardrobe questions?...I know you have a natural Greek, artist, refined style.

  • Comment Link Hella Monday, 12 March 2012 05:00 posted by Hella

    Hi Sarah,
    So glad you are reading and learning from my site. You can also subscribe to my fashion/news updates, which will be coming out this spring!

    In the meantime, regarding your question about "how does angelic manifest itself?" (Btw, I have been know to be psychic), Angelic types are the most elusive of the style harmonies. The traits on the physical level(in general) that are based on a body types are: oval facial shape, elongation of body, long hands, fingers, naturally very slender, tall, very unusual, from another world or time look. Fabrics and clothing are ethereal, light, sheer in feeling and look, blended in color combinations, nothing sharp or contrasting, nothing heavy, but think of unicorns, shadows of dusk, midsummer's eve. Other worldly types yet not weak...the iron hand in the velvet glove! Do you relate to any of these descriptions?

  • Comment Link Sarah Thursday, 08 March 2012 21:53 posted by Sarah

    Hi Hella! I've been learning as much as I can from everything you have online -- so fascinating and challenging! Someday I'd like to meet you in person, but in the meantime, could you answer a general question I have about the Angelic type of yin? Romantic and youthful seem more immediately "grasp-able", but angelic eludes me. I'm a woman without much yin (I think), and the yin I do have isn't really romantic or youthful, so I'm wondering how Angelic yin manifests itself. I know you can't tell from my email if I'm angelic (unless you're psychic!), but could you speak in general terms? Is this too huge a question? Thanks!

  • Comment Link Mari Thursday, 08 March 2012 13:29 posted by Mari

    HI Hella!
    What a fabulous business and a great way to utilize your talents! Congratulations. My Aunt met you the other day and forwarded your information, would love to catch up!

  • Comment Link Nya Fleron Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:40 posted by Nya Fleron

    I am feeling very fashionable!!!

  • Comment Link nicki Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:04 posted by nicki

    Just read an article in Vogue about a woman's search for her style. She now wears whatever speaks to her, which is mostly very vibrant colors, almost a gypsy look, EVEN IFit doesn't flatter her. THis brings up an interesting point to me. I love color and print, but so often it's not flattering, or it's just too "loud" and attention getting, AND not flattering. Yet in neutrals, I often feel lost, like i'm blending in with the walls. . . And how to work this with a business wardrobe that is not "putting a bright blouse under your neutral suit". We don't wear suits up here, it's all about pieces and Very Challenging! Comments?

  • Comment Link Hella Sunday, 06 February 2011 20:12 posted by Hella

    Tunics, Tunics and more Tunics...its one of the most universally flattering looks, provided you have a fitted item of clothing on the bottom half! For example: skinny jeans, straight leg jeans/pants..fitted skirt(worn not too short or too long).

    Tunics come in a variety of styles, just like dresses and tops. So a goddess look or halter tunic would fit the bill...its more than the girl next door, its the stylish girl next door


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