New In: July

Just brought these darling babies home:
Nine West Fastlife sandals 




BCBG Spiked Headband

I've already worn the headband a few times, but I just picked up the sandals from the mail room, can't wait to bust em out! I have the perfect outfit in mind, but I think I'm going to save it for NYFW. It involves these shoes, the spiked headband, a sailor's knot, a maxi dress, a lot of safety pins and a dream.

Cheers,
Renata

Shopping My Closet

Rediscovered this adorable, ballerina-inspired La Rok dress in my closet last week and wore it to my BBF's (Best Blogger Friend's) birthday dinner in Harvard Square. I dug it up again this past weekend for a Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives-themed brunch in the North End, and found it works just as well for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between!


Dress, La Rok. Bag, Primadonna (Italy). Shoes, Melissa. Necklace, HM. Sunnies, Ray Ban


The reason I banished this dress to the back of my closet is because I wore it on a trans-Atlantic flight to Istanbul one winter with tights underneath, and the skirt, which is a silk/cotton blend, had major, MAY-JOR static cling. I mean, it clung to my legs like a terrified toddler. I had to run through Visa control at Charles du Gaul airport in Paris with one hand clenching my passport and the other holding my skirt from being sucked into the gravitational pull of static energy. Rough. So, more than two years later, after always sparing it from donating, tossing, selling, or swapping, I decided to try it on again; give it a second chance. And, Voila:





So the moral of the story - 
1.) Buy so many clothes you don't remember what you already own
2.) Take a break from shopping for a week or two. 
3.) Panic, Open closet, 
4.) Desperately sift through your clothes, looking for sign, anything.
5.) Find something you forgot about
6.) Put it on
7.) Love it
8.) If it is stretchy and/or flowy, go to brunch and eat everything on your plate.



Brunch at Theo's Sandwich Shop in the North End


Cheers,
Renata

Behind the Scenes at the Swimwear Shoot

I recently styled a shoot for Stuff Magazine that featured swimwear with a twist - "The Cover-Up", in the June issue, centered around bathing suits that are just too delicious to take off apres-swim, and make the perfect complement to a blazer, wide-legged pants, and some sick plastic jewelry.

Here's the shot that made it to print:



There’s not always time for a costume change after a long day on the Cape or in an urban oasis (like, say, a cabana at the Hotel Indigo’s BOKX Pool). So we’ve paired super-chic swimsuits with versatile fashions that will take you from lounge chair to cocktail lounge in no time. Just towel off and throw one on — these are cover-ups with nothing to hide. - Renata Certo-Ware

Left to right:
On Sarah: DKNY high-neck maillot, $112 at Lord & Taylor; bright orange skinny jeans, $176, and “Sigrid” sandals, $205, both at Rag & Bone; necklace, $12.95, and bracelets, $6.95 and $9.95, all at H&M; pink Chanel sunglasses, $330 at Optical Shop of Aspen
On Lauralee: “Sliver” tuxedo jacket, $495 at Rag & Bone; DKNY bralet bikini top, $84, and Melissa rubber sandals, $29, both at Lord & Taylor; Corey Lynn Calter bell-bottoms, $98 at Flock; pink rubber tote, $24.95, and necklace, $9.95, both at H&M; Tom Ford Wayfarers, $490 at Optical Shop of Aspen
On Katelyn: Long-sleeved wetsuit, $19.95 at H&M; Kenny wide-legged crepe pants, $205 at Flock; white Prada sunglasses, $245 at Optical Shop of Aspen

WHERE TO SHOP
Flock , 274 Shawmut Avenue, Boston,             617.391.0222      
H&M , 350 Washington Street, Boston,             617.482.7001      
Lord & Taylor , 760 Boylston Street, Boston,             617.262.6000      
Optical Shop of Aspen , 800 Boylston Street, #147, Boston,            617.375.7978      
Rag & Bone , 111 Newbury Street, Boston,             617.536.6700      

Photography: Danny Kim of Visceral Photography
Hair: Maura D’Arcy and Patrice Lynch of James Joseph Salon
Makeup: Elena Kucerova
Models: Sarah Marie, Lauralee, and Katelyn of Maggie Inc.
Shot at: the BOKX Pool at the Hotel Indigo


Here are some great shots from backstage (i.e. poolside) of this shoot, which was so much fun to work on:

The Night Before: Laying the outfits out and seeing what works - In other words, figuring out if I need to panic and run out for more clothing/accessories/shoes or if I can get a decent night's sleep)

As much as I loved this outfit, it didn't make the final cut. Decisions, Decisions!
Maillot, DKNY; Jeans, Rag and Bone




Touch-ups by Elena Kucerova mid-shoot

Model Sarah M put herself out on a ledge limb for us!

(All photos my own, Final photo courtesy of Danny Kim of Visceral Photography)

Surfs up,
Renata

Campioni

Domenico Dolce has a new book of black and white eyecandy photography out right now - Campioni features photographs of Italian soccer players, taken by the designer himself, wearing - what else - Dolce and Gabbana. Or, in some cases, nothing.

Even though fans of Italy had to watch the national soccer team lose tragically to Spain a couple weeks ago, Dolce's photography proves that win or lose, these guys will always, always be the true Campioni.

Lorenzo Riaudo

Kevin-Prince Boateng 


Alessandro Bondi and Alex Coppola



Radja Nainggolan

Antonio Nocerino

Pablo Osvaldo


Filippo Scardina

Manuel Giandonato

Marco Rossi

You're Welcome,
Renata

Miss Sicily


In case anyone noticed my prolonged absence from my blog, I was in serious need of a recharge and some inspiration, which I found in Sicily, the most beautiful / dramatic / tortured / toughened / passionate /strange place in the world!

I was lucky enough to spend two sun-soaked weeks there, navigating mountainous country roads and mountains of gelato. Here are some of my favorite photos from my trip:


Headband, Missoni. Dress, H&M. 


A private beach in Panarea. Read the article about Panarea in W Magazine.

Bikini, c/o Colins. Sarong, Nordstroms. Sunnies, Rayban.

Top, H&M. Skirt, Urban Outfitters. Watch, Toywatch.

My mom, who was born and raised in Sicily and somehow made it to Philadelphia to found and run Dock Street, a craft brewery.

Above Photo, Melina Giorgianni.
On Panarea, an island of white-washed buildings and sheer cliffs. 

Saluti,
Renata

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