To Beard? Or Not to Beard?

A Question of A Personal Nature…

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Expat life does things to people when they move from country to country. As an expat when you are living in a new country, attempting to learn a new language, clamoring for comprehending a new culture… sometimes you feel like you need to make a visual representation of the internal change that is occurring. Enter exhibit A, my husband – better known for his more polished, preppy looks and Ralph Lauren wardrobe. The Wine Guy has traditionally been a khaki pants and blue blazer kind of guy, but Berlin has done something different to him. WG’s gone BOHO!

So, readers, we have a serious question of a personal nature for you here at The Antique Diva ™ blog.

To Beard? Or Not To Beard?

Berliner Wine Guy

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Parisian Wine Guy

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Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™
(who loves her husband avec ou sans beard)

USA Edition – Guest Blog – Save the Date New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Dear Diva Readers,

Save the Date! Mark your calendar – March 14-15, 2009! This is the last big collecting event in New York City until fall.

  • 500 Shops and Galleries in ONE building. Pier 94 12th Ave., @55th St., NY
  • Fabulous and Affordable Furniture, Jewelry, Silver, Ceramics
  • Industrial Arts, Collectibles, Fashion, Art and so much more!

From tea towels to Tiffany and way beyond… you’ll find it at the Pier Show.

NEW HOURS: 10-6pm on Saturday and Sunday

Admission: $15
(But take a hint and watch the NY Times on Fridays in February for a discount admission coupons)

For More Details: visit stellashows

By the way, Dealers, this show is made with you in mind! Dealer Specials (of up to 50% off certain items) are being compiled and will be emailed to registered dealers prior to the show.

While there, check out the Glass, Rug & Furniture Restoration & Conservation booth as well as the Toy, Memorabilia & Pop Culture Appraisals

Coming to you LIVE FROM NEW YORK,

The Contessa

Diva-Style Dutch Summer Dates!

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Auction – Curiosaveiling – Venduehuis Den Haag

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Amsterdam International Fashion Week – Events scheduled at the Westergasfabriek..

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Lifestyle Fair – Eerbeek

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Le Prestige – Antiek, Interieur & Lifestyle Beurs held at Doctor Albert Schweitzerweg # 1 in Baarn – Noord.

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Canal Festival – 160 concerts, workshops, architectural walks and private monument visits.

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Country Fair Doorn

The Diva’s Wardrobe Stylist Extraordinaire!

Today’s blog comes to you from The Diva’s dear friend — a Parisian-Trained, California-Based Wardrobe Stylist Extraordinaire!

Ms. Kelli and I met in Paris years ago and I’ll never forget the way she wore her scarf, always managing to look perfectly coiffed regardless of the dreadful Parisian weather. When I found out that she and her darling husband were moving to the USA, it didn’t surprise me a bit to discover that, within a few months of opening her Wardrobe Styling business, she had clients lining up around the corner awaiting her advice and expertise!

Happy Reading,

The Antiques Diva™


Dear Antiques Diva™ Readers,

Happy New Year and Heureuse Année 2008!

As I begin writing this blog, I can’t help but wonder what topics you, the Diva’s loyal readers, would like to read about most. So, for my 1st guest blog, I will cover a few different topics to get you started off on the right foot for the New Year.

Let’s first talk about wardrobe purging and closet organization. Ladies and gentlemen, I know this can seem like a daunting task and one that you might be tempted to place at the bottom of your very long to-do list. However, I encourage you to move it much closer to the top! Mess is stress and this is one easy way to bring the stress level down in your life. Whether your closet is the same size mine was in Paris, itty-bitty, or if you have the luxury of a larger walk-in, once you purge & organize each time you open your closet, armoire or dresser drawer you will feel relaxed, happy and zen!

It is worth setting aside a few hours for the many added benefits of purging and organizing. You will most likely find pieces that you forgot you had, which creates the possibilities of new outfits. If some of your old clothes do not fit you like they should (this is when I, your Stylist, come in handy) and they are classic foundational pieces, in good condition, take them to the top tailor in your city for a fresh touch and perfect fit! As any sophisticated and stylish diva knows, the key to looking fabulous is in the fit! You will be adding “new” pieces for a fraction of the cost.

Now, as you begin to pull pieces out of your closet, give each one a good, long look.

Do you love it? Do you wear it? Do you REALLY need it? All the clothing in your closet should relate to each other, therefore creating a wardrobe that is fluid. If you need to, try it on! Make 4 piles and get started. (Charity, Tailoring, Dry Cleaning or To-Be-Stored and Trash) If you live in an area of the world where you store seasonal wardrobes, be sureto pull those out as well. To help you with your organizing and to keep your closet organized long term, invest in some good quality wood hangers, skirt & pant hangers, sweater bags, uniform shoe boxes and scented shelf & drawer liners.

Ideal pieces to always keep on hand in your wardrobe:

* Classic wool coat
* Trench coat to bridge the seasons
* A classic handbag, coat or shoes in leopard

* Black cashmere turtleneck along with 1 or 2 cashmere sweaters to add a great punch of color in winter
* Knee length pencil skirts and A-line skirts
* Designer dark wash trouser leg jeans – 1 pair tailored for flats and one for heels

* V-neck, sweetheart neck, scoop neck, boat neck blouses
* Crisp button front shirts (FYI – not all body types can wear button front. If it gaps, do not buy it!)
* Flawless suit, jacket and skirt, in a neutral color (espresso, steel gray, navy or aubergine)
* An LBD

* Shoes, shoes and more shoes! A pair of black pumps & slingbacks with a classic pointed toe and at least a 2 ½ inch heel, black leather boots, kitten heels, ballet flats, a Euro sneaker and a pair of flat, simple thong sandals for your tropical adventures.

Don’t forget to express your love for color and your style with your shoes! Buy many and in all colors!

* High quality scarves (Hermès, Dior, et cetera)
* Classic handbag

* Pearl earrings and necklace

** Side note: I highly advise owning fewer things of better quality. The classic, foundational pieces of any wardrobe are worth spending more money on. They will last you much longer and will always be in style. Pay close attention to the cut of your pants, skirts and suits when buying classic pieces.

Invest in high quality foundational pieces

Secondly, let’s talk briefly about sunglasses! As the Spring ’08 lines start to become available in stores, I think it is time for a gentle reminder that sunglasses are a must during any season; rain, snow or shine! Now, I know that half of the world is in the dead of winter but it is still very important to keep your eyes protected and plus… glasses add a bit of style to a sometimes boring and dark winter wardrobe!

Spring 2008 Trends Alert:
Animal print
Belts – All sizes and colors
Asymmetrical shoulder lines
Vibrant splashes of color (pinks, greens, yellows)
Large graphical prints (somewhat reminiscent of the 1980’s)
Grecian goddess inspired transparent layered dresses
Shoes: wedges, demi-wedges, patent, sporty, animal print
*careful that the wedge doesn’t appear chunkier than they actually are

I want to thank The Antiques Diva™ for this opportunity to guest blog with her! It was a pleasure!

If you are interested in more information about the Styling & Wardrobe services I offer, please email me at

Until next time…
Keep It Sophisticated, Keep It Simple, Be Beautiful!






The Diva’s Wardrobe Stylist Extraordinaire!