Grit & Glamour is one of our all-time favorite blogs! We are so stoked that Vahni, its creator has joined us for Closets & Cocktails. She is so smart and generous with her knowledge not to mention trés chic and super stylin'! I am so intrigued by her idea for a boudoir that all I can think about is popping over to hang out on the chaise and gossip! And what are the chances that Vahni and I would love the exact same cocktail??? So, without further adieu, a few insights into Vahni's fashion philosophies and closet confessions...
Vahni, creator of Grit & Glamour, in her closet with her favorite cocktail
What is your style motto? I think I have to quote Wendy Brandes for this, because her "Wear what you want" motto echoes mine. Life is too short to not wear what you want. I believe in taking risks.
If you could change one thing about your closet, what would it be? I'd supersize it! My wardrobe actually occupies two-and-a-half closets, plus a dresser. My fondest wish is to have a boudoir--convert an entire room into my dressing room. I'd put a chaise in it so I could recline and read fashion magazines in between staring at my wall of shoes. You know how guys have a man cave? Well, I need a boudoir where my things don't share space with any boy stuff. One day.
Who' s style, past or present, do you most admire? I love Victoria Beckham's style. Since she began designing herself, the woman can do no wrong. She always in sick heels, she sticks to clean lines and she's a master at mixing neutrals and basics. No one makes skinny jeans and a tank top look more glamorous.
What is your most treasured possession in your closet? Undoubtedly my black Mongolian lamb vest from Witchery in Australia. I live in it through fall and winter. It makes any outfit look more interesting, and it seriously goes with everything. Plus, it's perfect for warmth without bulk.
What is your greatest shopping regret? Not buying a lace-trimmed, Burberry pale blue check mini kilt for $375 back in the late 90's. I was shopping in Atlanta, and I had the cash, and I just didn't do it. It has haunted me ever since. Forget ever getting anything like it for that price again. I also wish I had invested in a couple Louis Vuitton Epi leather bags back then, before the prices went crazy. I need a big black Alma in my life.
What do you consider your greatest score? I just jagged a pair of Burberry fall 2010 leather over-the-knee boots that retailed for $1,495 for $299. That has been my best score ever. In close second is a pair of $450 leather Michael Kors leggings for something like $77.
What words or phrases do you most overuse? "Love", and "fabulous", and "fantastic". The first thing out of my mouth when I like something is, "Oh, I love that." Being a writer, I wish I could vary my vocab a bit more, but we all have our "comfort" words, right?
What is your greatest extravagance? My BMW 335i twin turbo. It's soooo fast. Love that car. Love. See?! There's the "love" again. Oh well.
BONUS QUESTION: What is your favorite cocktail? The one in the photo. A dirty Bombay Sapphire martini with three blue cheese stuffed olives. Shaken hard. Mmmm.
Thanks so much, Vahni! Check out her blog, Grit & Glamour (daily - if you know what's good for you!)