Diva-scovery: Rugen Island

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>For my husband’s birthday in May we decided we needed to “get away from it all” but unfortunately we were both swamped with work at the time, barely having time to breath, and we simply couldn’t manage more than a weekend away. Looking for someplace nearby our home in Germany we googled the phrase “2 ½ hours from Berlin” and were intrigued by Rugen Island! Friday evening we hopped in the car and began driving north to our destination and by the time we returned home Sunday we felt we’d been gone a week. Two days on Rugen Island was just what the doctor ordered!

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In Germany, the beaches are beautifully maintained. Part of local beach culture involves renting not a lawn-chair and umbrella nor simply bringing your own towel to lay on, but instead renting a seat for the day in a “Strandkorb” – a roofed wicker beach chair.

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Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™

50 Best Blogs for the Avid Antiquer

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you enjoy my blog, then you need to know about this great list of “tography-colleges.org/50-best-blogs-for-the-avid-antiquer/”>50 Best Blogs for the Avid Antiquer” In addition to featuring The Antiques Diva™ blog, the list includes some of my favorite sources including The Elegant Thrifter and Pamela’s Antiques Blog. The list starts out with an explanation, “Whether you’re hunting for a killer mid-century lamp, Victorian knick knacks or old photographs, antiquing can be a fun and often inexpensive way to build a collection and spend an afternoon. For those looking to do a little research before they head out, blogs can be a great resource for learning about new ways to use items, what’s valuable and what’s not and discover the tricks the pros use. Here are 50 blogs to help you build your antiquing knowledge.”

Check out “tography-colleges.org/50-best-blogs-for-the-avid-antiquer/”>50 Best Blogs for the Avid Antiquer”!

Happy Reading,

The Antiques Diva™

Channeling Your Inner Diva: A Review on Antiques Diva™ Paris Tours

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I’m blushing like a school girl after reading what Saxon Henry & Roaming by Design had to say about The Antiques Diva Shopping Tours in Paris!

Saxon Henry writes:

“When The Antiques Diva™ tells you that she will have you shopping until you drop, you had better believe her! Accessories goddess Patty Otis Abel and I spent a day in Paris with the daring Toma Clark Haines, the Diva herself, and were just about to the point of crying uncle when she breezed us right into The Ritz and straight into the Bar Hemingway! After one of head barman Colin Field’s French 75 cocktails, which he claims are the perfect balm for soothing fretful feet after a day of shopping or sightseeing, we were nearly as good as new…. “ Continue Reading…

Merci Saxon – Shopping with you was a Diva’s Dream Come True!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right in Paris with Saxon Henri & Patti Otis Abel)


Saxon Henry!

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Saxon Henry has written for a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Robb Report, Traditional Home, Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Country Home, the Home & Design section of The Miami Herald and Coastal Living.

She is a regular contributor to Delta Sky Magazine, Latitudes Magazine, Sandow Media’s Luxe magazines, and Modernism. Henry is also a contributing editor to Modern Luxury’s MIAMI and Manhattan magazines and Interiors Magazine. Her European/Asian credits include Elle Décor (India), Residence Magazine (The Netherlands), Casamica (Italy), Style: Living (Singapore) and Architectural Digest in Austria and Germany.

Henry’s second book, Four Florida Moderns, was released by W.W. Norton & Co. in February 2010, and her blog, Roaming by Design, brings travel-related design subjects from around the world home. The journalist/author is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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 kellimdj@gmail.com

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






The Diva’s Wardrobe Stylist Extraordinaire!