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Is Renting My Wardrobe Worth It?

We’ve all been there. We spend a couple hundred dollars, or thousands, on a dress we love. We wear it to a wedding, get a bunch of pictures taken and then, it hangs in our closet. And every time we see it, we cringe because we know we should wear the piece more…but we don’t want to. Our inner soul wants something new and fresh…that hasn’t been posted on social media yet. Sad, but true.  We also all have had the experience of buying an item, wearing it 3 or 4 times and then, we’re over it. Isn’t it awesome being a women?!

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Rent The Runway in the Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills, CA.

Rent The Runway and the like is the answer to your special occasions, work wear and everyday lifestyle finds. Wardrobe Rental places like Rent The Runway(men and women), Gwynnie Bee and Le Tote are increasingly getting more popular. What is it? They are companies that rent out clothes for special occasions and/or everyday lifestyle wear. It’s like the chic and cool sister to Men’s Wearhouse.

I recently had the privilege of styling my dear friend, Harmony Grillo, of the non-profit http://www.IAmTreasure.com, for her annual Gala. Rent The Runway was the perfect place for her. She looked stunning in designer couture! Retail, her dress, jewelry would of been over $1000.00. The rental value was under $100.00. Yes, it’s true! The Halston dress she wore had a rental price of $30.00!  Thank you Rent The Runway!

Rayne and Harmony at RTR
Stylist Rayne Parvis and Harmony Dust-Grillo at Rent The Runway.

What a value! To answer my question, yes, it’s worth it to rent your wardrobe. Please check out Rent The Runway and online companies like Le Tote and Gwynnie Bee(plus size). All three companies offer everyday style finds for work, play and vacations. It’s finally possible to have a designer closet without the hefty price tag. If you’ve been renting from a service like this, please let us know your thoughts.

Harmony Grillo
Harmony Dust-Grillo in Halston dress, Christian Dior earrings and bracelet from Rent The Runway. Picture taken at Westin Pasedena for Treasures annual Gala. Style by Rayne Parvis.

Shout out to Katie at Rent The Runway in Woodland Hills, CA. for your excellence service!

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What Bikini to Wear For Your Body Shape

Rayne in Sunset Separates

It’s that time of year again friends! Bring on the BBQ’s, pool parties and vacations. If you’re extra curvy like Oprah, a top-heavy hourglass like me, pear shaped like J.Lo or have extra love around the middle swim separates are going to be your bestie this summer. If you’re looking for the right two-piece suit for your shape at ANY SIZE start here:

Proud Pear Shape: You are pear shaped if you have a bigger bottom than the top. You carry most of your weight in your booty, hips, and thighs. 

Go for suits that draw the eye upward with extra flair on the top(ruffles, prints, detailing, plunging necklines). If you are mixing and matching bikinis keep the bottom solid. I love string tied bikini bottoms because you can adjust the strings to fit you with getting bulges. However, if the ties are too big you can actually look bigger. Make sure to hike up the ties above your hips like Beyonce. 

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Awesome Apple Shape: You are apple-shaped if you carry more weight in your arms, tummy and/or breasts and you may have broad shoulders. Your goal is to balance your shape by minimizing the look of your top half. Wear fuller, brighter or busier bottoms if mixing and matching bikinis that show your mid-section. If you want to cover up your tummy try a tankini with ruching(pictured below). Keep the tops supportive and suits with ruching are your friend! 

Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.
Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.

Hot Hourglass: You are an hourglass if you have the same hip and breast measurements with a waist measurement of more than 9 inches smaller. For example, my measurements are 39x28x39 and I’m an hourglass! Search for bra-sized tops and medium to full bottoms(like I did in the first photo). Avoid anything tiny that would set off the balance of your shape. 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.

Ravishing Rectangle Shape: You are rectangle shaped if you have little to no curves and measure about the same in hips, waist, and busts. You are lucky because you probably look great in most suits. If you want to give the look of more curves try tops with embellishments such as ruffles, fringe, and intricate details. If I were you, I’d try patterns over solids too! 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.

Extra Curvy and Cute: You’re extra curvy if you are over a size 16. For your beautiful voluptuous shape try minimizing tankinis and two piece swimwear with support! I highly recommend checking out Curve by Sunsets. They have amazing figure-flattering options

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Remember to give yourself body love and acceptance every day. In addition, keep in mind you may be a cross between two body shapes. Look for your assets and let me know how your shopping goes. If you would like further fashion help for your swimwear you can grab your copy of Ultimate Guide to Style or hire me for a Skype or in-person styling session. For that special man in your life check out my article on Dollar Shave Club: HOW TO CHOOSE A BATHING SUIT THAT ACTUALLY LOOKS GOOD. Happy Summer! 

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Is Green Really the New Black?

GreenerySpring is in full swing and it’s time to ditch our winter darks for pops of vibrant green. Or is it? On the latest issue of LA Fashion Magazine’s interview with yours truly I suggested green is the new black. However, I didn’t make this up out of thin air. I promise. 
From the article written by Gabriella Layne: 

LA Fashion Magazine: “GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK To follow suit with the garden feel of the season, the color of the season is undoubtedly green along with complimenting colors, according to experts at PANTONE. Prominently seen throughout SS17 runway collections including BOTTEGA VENETA and COACH, rich shades of green are paired with lush texture and intricate prints to create sleek yet dimensional looks.”

Me: “Considering PANTONE’s Color of the Year is Greenery, all shades of green are super hot this year. Colors, hues, and shades that are in the same family and pair well with Greenery are making it into our closets as well; blues, yellows, pale and bright pinks and a soft hazelnut neutral.” —Rayne Parvis

LA Fashion Magazine
Rayne’s 2-page feature in print from LA Fashion Magazine Spring 2017 issue.

I was just the”color” messenger. However, it was Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, deemed Greenery to be the color of the year for 2017.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Rayne Parvis co-hosting on The Show & Tell Show with Caroline Elliott and women from Bunny World Foundation.
Rayne Parvis co-hosting, wearing Greenery, on The Show & Tell Show with Caroline Elliott and women from Bunny World Foundation.

Greenery is popping up in home decor, tech design, logos, fashion, beauty and in food and beverages. Grab something green and sport it with confidence! You may see less of it next year as the color of the year changes but the color will never go out fo style. May you receive all Greenery has to offer you in revamping, renewing and radiating. 

For more on my article feature on what’s in and out for spring with LA Fashion Magazine click here to download the full issue!  

To see a Greenery dress in action along with DIY, beauty, health and lifestyle tips for women  watch the full episode of The Show & Tell Show with Caroline Elliott Episode: 

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