Streetwise Media and Bostinno Get Into My Closet! See Some of My Faves and Read the Interview:

I had a blast shooting my closet for Bostinno's "What's in your closet" series, and it gave me a great chance to take stock of my shelves - and my life, quite frankly, since fashion is my life.

 "I woke up like this" is a fallacy, and the same goes for my closet - I had to do some major cleaning and rezhuzhing to get ready for its close-up, and aside from a cleaner closet, I also took the chance to get rid of things I didn't want anymore and dig up old favorites that had gotten lost in the mix. Only the strong survived, and it's all featured in the spread! 

Take a peek at the interview and some bonus photos, and then head to Bostinno to see the rest of the pictures!

Renata Certo-Ware has been involved in just about every facet of the fashion community over the past 10 years. After earning her degree from Boston University, Certo-Ware has worked as a design assistant, a jewelry brand manager, and a freelance stylist and writer. Her work has appeared on local channels like The Improper Bostonian and Karmaloop, as well as national forums like The Business of Fashion and Bullett Media. 
In 2009, Certo-Ware launched her own lifestyle and fashion blog, Scorpion Disco, which follows on-trend street style, fashion news, travel and culture photography. With such a sartorial background, you know her closet's hiding some seriously awesome scores, and it only helps that, over the years, Certo-Ware has collected an impressive stash of vintage finds from her grandmother.
Get a grasp on where Certo-Ware shops, what inspires her funky, yet classic style, and what she has her eye on before scrolling through the photos below.

How would you describe your personal style?

You can usually find me in bright colors, bold patterns, and space-age materials like neoprene. I love architecture, tailoring and structure in fashion, but in the summer, I tend to wear a lot of drapey, comfortable pieces like stretch jersey pencil skirts and flowy camisoles and sundresses. I have also lately been honing in on graphic black and white with one pop of color, and it's kind of bleeding into my interior design, too – my living room is starting to look like the MoMa.

Where do you love to shop?

Anywhere and everywhere! I always stock up on clothing at the Saks sales each season, and I always find something lovely at Anthropologie. For shoes, it's Bloomingdales. From there, it's all about exploration, trial, and error. One of the things I love about being a blogger is the brands that I learn about – thanks to my blog, I've shot with the local branches of Anne Fontaine, Cynthia Rowley, and Fossil, to name a few, and after being introduced by way of blogging partnerships, I find myself going back again and again! Lastly, I get a huge thrill out of scoring hard-to-find designer pieces at The Closet and Second Time Around on Newbury.

What are your must-have staple items for a great wardrobe?

Like a tree needs strong roots, a great wardrobe needs strong footwear! Each season I start with a solid foundation of chic, classic, and most importantly comfortable kicks with a heel: ankle booties by Dolce Vita for winter, platform sandals for summer. From there, black jeans with a ton of stretch are a must, followed by an androgynous, slinky white dress shirt and a felt hat to top it off. I just described French street style, didn't I?

What up and coming trend pieces do you currently own or have your eye on?

As much as I love summer, I sometimes can't wait for fall, so I can slip into chunky sweaters paired with slim pencil skirts. I've got my eye on a textured grey and white sweater from Reiss, an Alexander Wang cream colored sweater with a delightfully random diagonal zipper, and there are a few Topshop pencil skirts in all manners of splashy prints that will definitely add some zhuzh.

See the rest of the pics of what's inside my closet, on my dresser, and on my bookshelves here.


City Surfer: The Tropical Neoprene Dress from HM

It may be late August, but as far as this dress is concerned, it's Endless Summer! 

Surf-Inspired Neoprene; Check. 
Hawaiian Print; Check. 
Microscopic Hemlines; Check

Lightweight and super-structured, neoprene, the great fashion equalizer, makes for the perfect canvas for this crisp digital print that brings Hawaiian print from A Very Brady Vacation Special to urban surfing in the Space Age. I just don't see this print and silhouette working in any other fabric! 

If there's one thing you might know about me by this point, you know I love mixing and matching seasons and textures. I paired this super summery frock with a wool fedora designed for cooler days and snake print slip-ons from H&M, perfect for kicking around the city. 

I snagged the entire outfit at the new and rezhuzhed Newbury Street location, which also has an amazing home goods section - one of just four in the entire country. A must visit!

Also pictured: "I Love Shopping" clutch, Koton.


Fall Preview: Theory FW 2014 Wool Dress at Neiman Marcus

There's no denying it: Fall. Is. Coming.

While I had a great summer - traveling to Paris, the South of Turkey and Greece, plus all kinds of staycation shenanigans, I'm ready to face the cooler weather head on - pumpkin lattes et al. I haven't dreaded the end of Summer since graduating Elementary School, since as an adult, autumn means cozy knits, tailgating, and lots and lots of parties. Color me ready!

In anticipation of the season, I snagged this Theory Dress from Neiman Marcus last weekend, and it it the perfect piece for layering as the weather gets cooler and cooler - and then warmer, randomly, then cool again. I paired it with a navy blazer earlier this week for an early morning outing, but it also looked great on its own come mid-afternoon sunshine. I'm looking forward to rocking this with some grey tights for a monochrome look.

Theory Wool Dress from Neiman Marcus; Similar here 
House of Harlow Riley Bootie, on sale now at
Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Bag


Back to the 90's For This Weekend-Ready Outfit

Nothing screams quintessential 90's like a Lolita-esque red sundress, and Old Navy nailed it with this easy, breezy number. While I'm not entirely sure that the High Street goliath was trying to channel Chloe Sevigny this season, the dress pays homage to indie grunge glam made famous by la Sevigny and the decade's other famous "Oh, this old thing?" blonde, Courtney Love. 

I all but lived in the easy-as-pie dress during my summer trip to Europe - I slipped it on over my swimsuit on beach days, and it makes just as much sense back in the city with oh-so-90's platform heels and a fringe bag with cloth side panels that more than hint at poncho fabric. I kept it less costumey and more referential by mixing the 90's aspects with 70's cat-eye sunnies and an ethnic bracelet and necklace, scored at the Grand Bazaar last year.

Platforms, Charles David
Necklace, Osmanli Taki + Bracelet, F21
Sunglasses and bag, Random from Paris


Mermaids are Real

Mermaids really do have the best hair, don't they? For beachy texture and a general air of whimsy, try Captain Blankenship's Mermaid Sea Salt hairspray, a rose-scented spray guaranteed to give you a naturally tousled look without the tangles of a day at the beach. Translation: You'll still be able to get a fork through your hair, a la Arielle.

 Find some salty spray on land at one of Boston's best shops for treasure hunters and IRL mermaids, Follain, and take a cue from these melancholy 'maids below.

Me? I'm a mermaid at heart, but I still need oxygen...
In Sicily, July 2012


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