I met Debbi O’Shea, or “Diva” as she is called affectionately known, at a recent Glam Media event and we (along with our style) clicked! She is the Personal Shopper/Stylist at Richards in Greenwich, Ct. Beauty and Fashion obsessed since birth, this “Girls Girl” has always shared her secrets and finds. Her blog DivaDebbi, founded in March of 2008 was her way of reaching out to a broader audience. Quickly picked up by both Glam Media and TotalBeauty, DivaDebbi is now read globally by women who appreciate her candor and humor. We sat down with Debbi to get her take on style! Check out her blog Diva Debbi here. xoxo MIMI
HM:Describe your style in one word.
HM: Who is you favorite fashion designer?’
DD: Gilles Mendel. I think he has a fantastic eye for creating wearable drama. He cuts to flatter an woman’s assets and his fabric choices are always exciting and unexpected. In terms of fur, no one designing today has Gilles unique modern aesthetic. If you are going to wear fur, you don’t want it to look like you inherited it from your Grandmother.
HM: What is your dream travel destination?
DD: A week in Paris shopping eating and devouring the museums followed by a week of plopping at a glorious spa on the Amalfi Coast…A Girl can dream, can’t she?
HM: What would you pack if you could only bring one item?
DD:My Michael Kors black jersey halter jumpsuit. Timeless, packable and chic.
HM: What makes you feel glamorous?
DD: I love having my makeup and hair done professionally for any occasion. Isn’t it spectacular what a good set of false lashes can do? And try as I might, my version of a smokey eye is never as flawless and blended when I attempt it. I love to dress up and have an amazing collection of cocktail attire. If I get to top it off with fur and some statement jewelry I’m completely in my element.
HM: What is your best-kept beauty secret?
DD: I do facial exercises twice a day and often perform them when I am driving, and it’s not pretty, lol. But truly, they work. I don’t understand why people think it makes sense to tone their bodies, but leave their faces blobby.
HM: What advice would you give to those who are aspiring to make it big in the fashion industry?
DD: Be patient and pay your dues with a smile. We all did the unglamorous, tedious stuff in the beginning. Oh, and don’t call in sick and come in with a new haircut the next day. Been there done that…nearly got fired!
HM: Who has the best tweets?
DD: I tend to follow the fashion flock so I like bryanboy, OscarPRGirl, AndreLeonTalley, The Cut, Glam.com and HuffPost Celebrity.
HM: What is your favorite online shopping destination?
DD: Hands down, Netaporter.com. I love how easy it is to navigate and edit. The selection is sublime and I love that it offers accessory options. Natalie Massenet is a GENIUS!!!
HM: What are your three fashion must haves?
DD: A fabulous coat, a killer handbag, a perfectly cut sheath dress.
To find out more about Diva Debbi Check out her fabulous site here.