Q:What's your favorite current trend?
A: Favorites are tough, because when it comes to fashion, I feel like I have a multiple-personality disorder. I love so many different kinds of things. For myself, I like the lace and eyelet, girly-girl, feminine looks that are coming back. I also love the fact that the low-waisted pant is now going out of style. I really never enjoyed seeing people's thongs, and I really don't enjoy showing mine, so I like the high-waisted pant. I've always loved bold prints, florals, and ethnic prints. I think prints are fun, and there are so many things you can do with them. So those are some of the trends this season that I'm really enjoying.
Q:What should every girl have in her closet, and what's your favorite item in yours?
A: I think that every girl should definitely have, regardless of season, a crisp, white blouse -- and she needs to spend money on it. At least one of her white blouses needs to be expensive, from somewhere nice. The thread count should be high -- it should be a nice cotton. White blouses are key in day or night wardrobes. I love pairing one with denim and a chunky necklace. I also think it's important to have a really cool trench coat for spring. Obviously Burberry is great, but they also sell them at Old Navy and the Gap. Also, a sundress in white that you can do anything and everything with. If they sell that sundress in black, get it in black, too, because -- I'm telling you -- you'll live in that sundress all summer long. The key is, accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. For me, I cannot live without my brown boots that are cowboy-inspired, round toe, stacked high-heel boots. I live in them. I also can't live without my gold good-luck charms. I'm a big vintage-accessories fan, so my jewelry collection is very extensive. It's all junk, but it's fun, and I love it.
Q:Any trends women should purge from their wardrobes?
A: I try not to base things on just the trends. I think what's important in the spring is to go through your wardrobe and do three piles: the good, the good riddance, and the maybe. The good riddance are things that you don't feel good in anymore, or that the price tag is still on from a year ago. You need to get rid of those things. Wearing winter fabrics in the spring is something that bothers me, too, so put the wool away for a year. You'll come back to it. But I can't think of specific styles I remember from last year that you've got to get rid of. I think a lot of the trends have actually carried over to this year, which is great. The nautical look is big every season, so there's a lot of things you can recycle, which is great for your budget.
Q:How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
A: This morning I spent 10 minutes on everything -- my makeup, my hair, and my outfit. I don't have a lot of time. But next week I'm going to a ball. I don't get invited regularly to balls, so when I do, it's a big deal for me. I'm having an outfit made, a copy of an Oscar de la Renta outfit that I saw on Style.com. I thought about this process, what I'm going to pair together and how I'm going to arrive. That is the most time I've ever spent in my life on anything. Normally I try to just throw things together depending on how I feel.