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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
When I look the way I want my life to be.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
Do I? I do, yes I do. Simple women, healthy look women.
3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?
The capability of looking polished in jeans, tee and flip flops to go to grocery store. Nails done, soft skin, brushed hair, light make up. For me, if nails are done, hair is messy, if hair is messy, skin is soft because I showered and moisturized so I had not time to comb my hair. I always compromise something :-( it is one or the other.
4. Was there a moment in your life when something “clicked” for you about fashion or dressing or make-up or hair? What? Why did it happen then, do you think?
yes, when my mom was gone. She thought me to be what I wanted to be and to present myself the way that would make me HAPPY, not the way people wanted me to look like.
5. What are some shopping rules you wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others but which you follow?
6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?
Dress what you like no matter the weather.
7. What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had on the subject of fashion or style?
8. Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, chores, etc.? Please explain.
I listen in my head. I am an auditive person and If the tone is right, it will feel right so it is the right thing to do.
9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?
Dresses. Tons of dresses.
I think it reinforces my essence, makes me feel good and free and cover my tummy and wide hips.
10. Have you ever successfully given someone a present of jewelry or clothing that you continue to feel good about?
Yes. I was 10 and gave my aunt a polo shirt that she wore for years and years.
11. Is there any fashion trend you’ve refused to participate in and why?
No that I remember
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
She was BOLD. She wore wigs and fake eyelashes, she wore huge earrings, she wore heels and jeans when this was a sin, she NEVER had snickers or an overall.
She had a lot of style.
13. Have you stolen, borrowed or adapted any dressing ideas or actual items from friends or family?
All the time.
14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?
From Gothic style to I need A LOT of colors, from The Cure to Erasure. I had chosen my career (advertiser) and the world became a new place, full of happiness and humor.
15. Is there anything political about the way you dress?
16. Please describe your body.
Small breasts, latin skin, proportional torso and legs length, a bit overweight, slim legs and arms.
17. Please describe your mind.
Open mind, craving for good humor, have my own opinions but don't judge, hate judgmental people
18. Please describe your emotions.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
Body lotion on body, nothing on face, hair up in a knot and wearing my favorite camisole.
20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?
The way you cover yourself is the way you want your life to be.
21. With whom do you talk about clothes?
Friends and sisters and myself
22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?
It does not affect me at all.
23. Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? What do these words mean to you?
Taste = is what I like
Style = is the way I put my taste together.
I have both.
24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?
25. Are there any dressing tricks you’ve invented or learned that make you feel like you’re getting away with something?
26. Do you have style in any areas of your life aside from fashion?
Decor and my son's wardrobe
27. Can you recall some times when you have dressed a particular way to calm yourself or gain a sense of control over a situation that scared you?
Yes, at work presenting to a large audience.
28. Would you say you “know what you like” in the area of fashion and clothing? If so, do you also know what you like in other areas of life, that is, are you generally good at discernment? Can you say where your discernment comes from, if you have it? Or if you don’t have it, why or why not?
I know what I like in all areas of my life, discernment comes from self knowledge, self evaluation, self respect, self confidence and self honesty (if there is such a thing)
Also, discernment comes from a decade of therapy.
29. Did your parents teach you things about clothing, care for your clothing, dressing or style? What lessons do you remember? Or did you just pick things up?
My mom, grandmother and my aunt always had a lot of style and they thought me about self confidence, not to be afraid of trying new things and be honest about what works or not for my body and personality.
30. What sorts of things do you do, clothing or make-up or hair- wise, to feel sexy or alluring?
Put a lot of mascara, make my skin golden glowing, wear a nice loose dress and bold pair of sandals.
A dark nail polish also helps.
31. Many people say they want to feel “comfortable,” or that they admire people who seem “confident.” What do these words really mean to you?
comfortable = confident
If you are comfortable you are confident.
Discomfort comes from insecurity.
32. If dressing were the only thing you did, and you were considered an expert and asked to explain your style philosophy, what would you say?
Wear what makes you feel beautiful and you will be beautiful. Beauty from within is a reflect of what you see when you look in the mirror.
33. What is really beautiful, for you, in general?
The sunrise and the sunset.
34. What do you consider very ugly?
Bad intentions, judgmental people, fake modesty.
And high waist jeans from the 80's.
35. Are you generally a good judge of whether what you buy will end up being worn? Have you figured out how to know in advance?
Yes, I don't buy if doesn't feel right
36. When you look at yourself before going out, and you are trying to see yourself from the outside, can you describe a bit about what this “other person” is like? What do they like, dislike, what sorts of judgments do they have? Is this “outer eye” based on someone you know or once knew?
this is too hard to answer
37. What is your process getting dressed in the morning? What are you considering?
my mood and my comfort. the weather as well.
38. What are you trying to achieve when you dress?
to like myself even more when I look in the mirror.
39. What, for you, is the difference between dressing and dressing up?
dressing don't need make up or hair
dress up does.
40. If you had to wear a “uniform” what would it look like?
tee dress and sandals
41. What would you say is “you” and what would you say is “not you”?
dresses are me
trousers are NOT me
42. What is your cultural background and how has that influenced how you dress?
I am Brazilian, so I need harmony, colors, shape and comfort.
43. Do you remember a time in your life when you dressed quite differently from how you do now? Can you describe it and what it was all about for you?
All in black was a phase and it was the equivalent of I want to try a new thing, new tribes, new people, new cultures.
44. What sorts of things do you do, clothing, make-up or hair-wise, to feel professional?
I blow dry my hair, straight or iron curled hair makes me feel professional
45. How do you conform to or rebel against the dress expectations at your workplace?
I don't really worry about it, i adjust my style to the place without changing my taste.
46. Do you have a dress code, a school uniform, or a uniform that you wear for an extracurricular activity?
47. Are there ways in which you conform to or rebel against these uniforms?
48. Do you find it comforting or constraining to have a uniform?
it can be both, depending on the situation.
49. What is an archetypal outfit for you; one that you could have happily worn at any point in your life? What do you like about it?
Greek Goddess. It is simple, it is easy, yet it is powerful.
50. Do you ever wish you were a man or could dress like a man or had a man’s body? Was there ever a time in the past?
51. If there was one country or culture or era that you had to live in, fashion-wise, what would it be?
Dresses from the 20's or 60's/70's
Those decades meant freedom, transition point to something more interesting in life, eras of disruption.
52. Do you consider yourself photogenic?
53. When you see yourself in photographs, what do you think?
It does look like me.
It doesn't look like me.
54. Are there any figures from culture, past or present, whose style you admire or have drawn from?
55. Have you ever had a dream that involved clothes?
56. What would be a difficult or uncomfortable look for you to try and achieve?
Business woman (suits, no please)
57. If you were totally comfortable with your body, or your body was a bit closer to what you wish it was like, what would you wear?
Simple dresses, boyfriend jeans and white tank top.
58. Is there anyone that you are trying to attract or repel when you dress?
59. Are there any dressing rules you’d want to convey to other women?
60. What do you think of perfume? Do you wear it?
61. What are some things you need to do to your body or clothes in order to feel presentable?
62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?
I love but never put it on.
63. Is there a certain look you feel you’re expected to like that you have absolutely no interest in? What is it? Why aren’t you interested?
Business attire, suits, not me at all.
64. Can you describe in a basic way what you own, clothing and jewelry-wise?
Tunics, dresses, leggings, nature inspired and vintage jewelry.
65. What is your favorite piece of clothing or jewelry that you own?
I love everything I have.
66. Tell us about something in your closet that you keep but never wear. What is it, why don’t you wear it, and why do you keep it?
I wear everything that I have (as long as it fits me)
67. Looking back at all your purchases over the past five to fifteen years, can you generalize about what sorts of things were the most valuable to buy?
68. Is there an item of clothing that you once owned, but no longer own, and still think about or wish you had back? What was it, what happened to it, and why do you want it back?
69. If you had to throw out all your clothes but keep one thing, what would you keep?
a long hippie dress
70. Building up your wardrobe from nothing, what would you do differently this time?
71. What’s the first “investment” item you bought? Do you still own or wear it?
All my clothes are investments.
72. Was there ever an important or paradigm-shifting purchase in your life?
73. What item of clothing are you still (or have you forever been) on the hunt for?
the boyfriend jeans
74. What are your closet and drawers like? Do you keep things neat, etc?
75. Were you ever given a present of clothing or jewelry that especially touched you?
my hubby's grandmother ring and my great grandmother earrings
76. Did you ever buy an article of clothing without giving it much thought, only to have it prove much more valuable as time went on? What was the item and what happened?
never thought about it
77. How and when do you shop for clothes?
Alone, at the mall or online, whenever I feel like doing it.
78. Do you like to smell a certain way?
81. Is there an article of clothing, a piece of make-up, or an accessory that you carry with you or wear every day?
What’s your birth date? Where were you born and where do you live now?
may 15, was born in Sao Paulo - BR and live in Florida
Say anything you like about your cultural/ethnic/economic background.
I am Brazilian, we must have good sense of humor, our country is always a mess.
What kind of work do you do?
Are you single, married, do you have kids, etc.?
Married, one first baby at 42
Please say anything you like about yourself that might put this survey into some sort of context.
My clothes make me happy.
How do you feel after filling out this survey?
tired, interesting but long and hard. A sociologic study.