I am so thrilled to have Marta Acosta, aka Grace Coppersmith, over for a little visit today! Her latest book, Nancy's Theory of Style, isn't our traditional Bite Club feature but when a good book comes out we like to give notice, and this is one of the best! Marta/Grace has also donated a copy of Nancy's Theory of Style to one lucky commenter and the rules for the contest will follow the post. As a special treat, Nancy has agreed to help out a few of our stylistically challenged vampires, because one should always help those less fortunate. So let's give it up for...Nancy!
I was made in the 1890's but have the appearance of a young 20-something. It's amazing what avoiding the sun can do for your skin! What do you think about rockin' the velvet cloaks? What colors would you suggest for the fall season? I'm aiming for sex in the city meets college grad. Signed, Sexy Vampira
Dear Sexy Vampira,
Congratulations for your innovative skin regime! If by cloak, you mean cape, I think they’re long overdue as a fashion must. As I mentioned to my niece Eugenia, they are the only garment where the interior fabric is just as important as the exterior fabric. Like the satin lining of a coffin, a cape’s lining should be a luxurious surprise. I’d suggest a fine cashmere wool lined with an excellent silk velvet. When you wrap it around your next victim, he’ll scream with delight.
I hear that feng shui is all the rage and could use some advice for updating my parlor. To give you some background, my home is a sprawling, rustic lodge nestled high in the mountains of Romania. We don't often get long term company (folks are so easily swayed by rumor these days) but I would like to add a splash of color. Something to blend with my favorite color- scarlet. Signed, Lonely Castle
Dear Lonely Castle,
I applaud your daring, but scarlet is a shade that must be used with discretion lest your home be sneered at as a “bordello of blood.” I recommend using mushroomy, earthy shades of ecru and taupe as the wall color which will create a relaxing and sophisticated ambiance. Then use crimson and scarlet accent pillows for a surprising splash (or splatter!) of color.
Entertaining has changed over the years. It used to be that a guy could grab a quick bite, shake a few hands, gaze into those lovely little peepers and the deal would be done. These days it’s all about paperwork in triplicate and three piece suits! As a senior partner in my clan's law firm, I am often asked to wine and dine new clients but I'm looking to change my look from wedding formal to business chic. Any suggestions? And where is a guy supposed to store all this paperwork anyways! One could easily be buried alive. Signed, Vamp CEO
Dear Vamp CEO,
My heart goes out to you! People see me looking so fabulous and relaxed and think I was always that way. However, after receiving my degree in economics from a prestigious university, I worked as a financial analyst. The “corporate art” on the walls almost made me give up the will to live. Now I have an event planning business and a fabulous gorgeous assistant. If I need legal work done, I consult my attorney, who is a barracuda in Armani. She always looks fabulous and dangerous, so I would recommend Armani suits for you.
My dreadful husband, Todd, always keeps his papers shoved in a backpack like some horrible grad student. My fabulous gorgeous assistant carries a butter-soft leather messenger bag. Prada offers a few excellent styles that can take you from the boardroom to the mausoleum in style.
Robert Pattinson is ruining my life! I've been a vampire longer than he's been alive, seen things that would send him running for the nearest movie trailer, but suddenly he is the be-all, end-all for the male vampire. Tousled tresses? Skin dusted by fairies? What's a guy to do? How can I compete? Please advise. Signed Twinkleless in Seattle
Take a deep calming breath! Edward Cullen is to vampires as the bubble skirt is to fashion – a novelty that will be soon gone. I could go out now in one of my Aunt Frilly’s 30-year-old Chanel suits and still look fabulous because quality endures. Yes, today Edward Cullen seems as amazing as those giant, vulgar, and suggestive mascara wands. But real vampire mavens are not lured by Bedazzlered and whiny faux adolescents. They appreciate a mature bloodsucker who will take charge and know the best red wine to accompany a freshly decanted AB positive.
In the words of the immortal (and don’t you wonder why he doesn’t age?) Tim Gunn, “Less wickety-wack and carry on.”
If you’d like to know more of my fashion insights, please read my marvelous new book, Nancy’s Theory of Style.
To learn more about Grace, stop by her website at www.gracecoppersmith.com
For her alter ego Marta Acosta, visit either the website or blog.
Want to win a copy of Nancy's Theory of Style? Leave a comment telling us your fav or most hated supernatural/paranormal/fantasy style icon. Hawt or not--Wolverine? Do you groove on the severe Batman look, or are you more in tune with Volvo-driving Edward Cullen?
*Contest runs until May 27th and the winner will be chosen at random (a magic hat usually works). Please leave an email if one is not included in your profile. Thanks!