Interior designer Alisha Pitarra's design sense goes beyond her job at The House Downtown, a home furnishings store in Belvedere Square. The 29-year-old Perry Hall resident loves to decorate herself, as well. "I love to get a little glamorous; mix and match trends with vintage." Pitarra credits her husband, Greg Pitarra, owner of Bruno's Hair Design, with tending to her locks. But she knows how to tend to her frocks, like the cute black number she wore to a My Place Project fundraiser at the store.
The look: Black silk Betsey Johnson dress with antique lace trim. Black Michael Kors almond toe platform boots. Vintage Lucite handbag. Gold hoop earrings. Crystal and gold-filled ring.
Where it came from: She bought the dress at the Betsey Johnson store in Las Vegas. Her boots were a bargain at Nordstrom Rack. She inherited the handbag from her husband's grandmother. Her earrings are longtime favorites. And she made the ring herself.
How she shops: "Paydays and events are my big shopping days. I go to [United Colors of] Benetton a lot. ... Most of the time, I'll take a trip to Towson Town Center. I hit Loehmann's a lot. ..."
Her favorite vintage pieces: "I inherited a lot of stuff from Greg's mother and grandmother; purses, scarves, coats and shoes. I have some great '50s sort of skirts. They're almost pencil skirts, but they have a little flare at the bottom."
When she pays more: "I think the best investment is a good pair of jeans. I don't care if it's a $200 pair of jeans, and you have to cut back on everything else that month. But a great pair of jeans will get you the compliments - and that second glance."
A new passion: "Since last year, I've started wearing scarves everywhere. ... I wear scarves in the middle of summer. ... You can wear [a scarf] so many different ways, and it actually serves a function."
In with the new: "I have finally purchased a new pair of skinny jeans. I kept thinking, 'Am I too old for this?' I'm not 15; I don't have this adorable little body for them. But, I've worn them twice. ... Now, I love [them]."
Not quite out with the old: "I have this pair of white tennis shoes. They are the most comfortable, ugly things in the world, and my husband refuses to go anywhere with me if I wear them. But I refuse to throw them out."