It is THAT time of MONTH for CINDY HATTERSLEY and MY AGELESS STYLE POST!
IN case you are NEW to the BLOG let me explain!
Both Cindy and I pick a woman with some FASHION APPEAL and ask her 13 questions.
She answers and we post photos to share her unique style.
After reading HERE you than GO to CINDY’s BLOG and see who she has FEATURED!
To do that click HERE ON TO CINDY’S BLOG!
I HOPE YOU ENJOY FIFI O’NEILL and HER WORLD of MAGAZINES AND BOOKS!
Fifi O’Neill has become synonymous as the single-most editor, and best-selling author known for perpetuating inspired lifestyles. She produces elaborate features on home decorating, food, gardening and design for numerous American and European publications.
Fifi is also a book author and creative director-photo stylist for the best-selling books: Romantic Prairie Style, The Romantic Prairie Cookbook and Prairie- Style Weddings.
She is the founder and editor in chief of nine national magazines: Prairie Style, Romantic Country, French Country Style, Tuscan Home, Boho Style, Modern Country, Classic Home, Classic Home Garden, and Classic Farmhouse.
Fifi’s multi-faceted body of work reflects her extensive experience developed, early on, while growing up in Paris, France, and then, with career endeavors working and living in Switzerland, Canada and eventually, in the United States. As she notes, “The people, events, and cultures, inspire a surprising level of beauty, design, and creativity.”
Fifi continues to produce work globally based from her charming, fishing cottage located in Sarasota, Florida.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I don’t fit into a ‘mold’ (never have) and never follows any trend. Not because I want to be different or difficult but simply because I like to do my own thing. Maybe that’s the French in me! That being said I do borrow from various look: a little romantic, a little bohemian, and a little romantic.
People always ask where I buy my clothes and I am happy to share my sources: TJ Maxx, Free People, Dillard’s, Macy’s and, when I am on the road, little boutiques and vintage shops.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
I am very attracted to soft colors, flowing forms, intricate trimmings, natural fabrics, and feminine styles.
WHAT ACCESSORY CAN YOU NOT DO WITHOUT?
Jewelry!! Though I don’t wear any when I am on shoots I do wear necklaces, bracelets and rings when I am home. Nothing of great value. Mostly fun pieces.
I do love more than one, especially: white, blush pink and blue.
DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE PIECE THAT DEFINES YOUR STYLE?
People describe my ‘style’ as ‘romantic’ but it’s not because I wear ‘froufrou’ clothes. I believe they are referring to pieces trimmed with a bit of lace or because everything I wear tends to be feminine.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE STRENGTHS?
Imagination, individuality and not caring about rules.
DO YOU HAVE A STYLE ICON?
I adore Ralph Lauren. Always have and always will. Though his beautiful clothes are out of my price range I must admit that they do have a great deal of influence on the way I put things together. And so does Karl Lagerfeld’s designs.
WHAT ARE THE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS YOU COULD NOT DO WITHOUT?
Taking great care of my skin is essential to me plus I really enjoy the morning and evening rituals. AND I NEVER go to sleep without taking my make up off regardless how tired I am or how late it is. These are my can’t-do-without favorites:
Clinic All About eyes, Clinique Moisture Surge. Clinique Overnight Mask. L’Oreal Rosy tone Mask. L’Oreal Age Perfect Cream Cleanser. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Blistex Conditioning Lip Serum
DO YOU HAVE REPEAT OFFENDERS IN YOUR CLOSET? IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
I know it sounds odd since I live in Florida but I own around 30 pairs. I always take a pair or 2 on shoots.
Jeans and leggings also rank high on my must-have list because both are very comfortable and versatile based on what you wear them with.
WHAT ADVISE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN OVER 50,or 40?
Regardless of age one can be fashionable but I do feel that as we advance in years mini skirts and low cut and sleeveless tops or dresses need to be avoided.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLE RULES THAT YOU LIVE BY?
Only wear what makes you feel good and confident regardless of what’s “in”.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ONLINE SOURCES?
I don’t shop online a lot but when I do I go to Free People for new clothes. Though much of their clothes are geared for young women they do offer pieces suitable for just about any age as well, and Posh Mark for resale. Posh Mark has a huge array of brands and prices range from reasonable to expansive depending on the brand and authenticity.
DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR DESIGNER YOU ARE DRAWN TO?
Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Alberta Ferretti. For jewelry I love Betsey Johnson’s whimsical pieces.
Fifi O’NEILL and MARK LOHMAN shot my home back in 2011 …………she was looking for Houses to shoot and SO I CALLED HER!I called from my shop which was called HEN HOUSE and that came up on her phone as the person on the other end.I recall her saying” THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING!”WE chatted on the phone and a few months later FIFI arrived with MARK LOHMAN the photographer!
ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE!
They spent the day…….rearranged the sofas which I loved and ended up having dinner with us!
I WAS EXHAUSTED!
I WAS JUST WATCHING!
They were SO TAKEN with my husbands lamb chops and other FOOD offerings I thought we would NEVER sit DOWN at the TABLE!!AS The camera came back OUT and PHOTOS were taken of the FOOD which ended up in FIFI’s Cookbook called THE ROMANTIC PRAIRIE COOKBOOK.Our recipes are listed in the back of the cookbook with photos as well.I have added the LINK to PURCHASE THE BOOK!
PS.YOU may find this hard to BELIEVE but I learned HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT MASHED POTATOES FROM THIS BOOK!I was NEVER ABLE to make a GOOD MASHED POTATO before this BOOK came out!
Just ask my FAMILY!!!!!
I took this photo of FIFI and my BUNNY HARRY which she ended up using as her EDITOR SHOT in ONE of her magazines.
THRILLED ME TO BITS!
Would you BELIEVE me if I told you FIFI has a BIRTHDAY in MAY?
Would you believe me if I told you she is in her 70’s!!!!!!!
A FEW OF HER MAGAZINES BELOW!
IF YOU KEEP MAGAZINES LIKE I DO I AM IN THE WINTER 2011 edition of this MAGAZINE ROMANTIC COUNTRY!
MY HOME IN ROMANTIC COUNTRY!
Here you can see the sconces I spoke of in the LAST POST Mounted on wood!
FIFI has a DEEP PASSION for animals and is publishing an ON LINE BOOK SOON.