There’s something about the San Diego coast that makes you want to rent a beach cruiser, slow your roll and soak up all those beachy chill vibes. That must be why North County resident & Stylist Dani Colombatto has crafted a signature look that is playfully arranged, vibrant with color and yet so effortlessly chic.
Each time one of Dani’s images comes across our instagram feed it’s like a jolt of rainbow bliss to the eyeballs. Kind of like a citrus sour candy… in the most delightfully alarming way. Let’s just say if you like pretty produce, charming cocktails, and the sense of a never ending So-Cal happy hour you’ll be smitten with her too. Freelance stylist and partner in crime of recently launched lifestyle website GOLDWIRE, she is definitely an up and coming talent to keep your eye on.
You got served…by Dani Colombatto.The Rules: ~Subject must choose and work with at least two items and one textile from the mystery box ~Location and surface area up to the discretion of the subject ~One additional textile, prop, and food/botanicals can be selected from the subject’s personal collection
Do you have a routine or game plan when it comes to styling with props for your photos?
I would say I have a very informal plan. My styling is usually ingredient-driven, so the colors of the food are what usually initially spark a creative direction for me. Sometimes I integrate particular props/textiles based on functionality, and sometimes it’s purely to execute a color or pattern direction. I love playing with color compliments and creating geometric patterns with ingredients.
What’s your Serving Style? Brand new/on trend, unique vintage originals, particular colors?
I would describe my style as eclectic. I love utilizing something bright and modern, and then grounding it a bit with classic vintage pieces or mixing in metallics. Many of my props are from my Nana, so I am really inspired by those pieces from the 60s & 70s. A big supply of bright, geometric textiles are always good to have on hand, and are an easy way to quickly change the feel of a picture. In terms of color, I love playing with coral and canary yellow.
Do you have a favorite piece in your collection? What’s the story behind it?
I have a vintage turquoise martini set gifted to me by the aforementioned Nana. Legend has it that she and my grandpa got it as a wedding gift for friends, and ended up not attending the wedding due to a little tiff (what scandal!), so they kept it! Not only is it great for styling purposes, but it always gets a couple “ooh’s and ahh’s” when use it for a big batch cocktails for company.
above photo: Dani Colombatto
If you could get a hold of any item for your kitchen or tabletop, what do you currently have your eye on?
In a smaller, more immediate time frame, I would love a set of gold flatware, as well as a set of gold, geometric cocktail picks. In a more long-haul sense, I would like to eventually be known for my arsenal of pasta-making accessories. If I can achieve that “grandma who always has a pot of sauce on the stove” status when I’m 80, I think I’ll have lived my life correctly.
If you could express your personal style in 3 emojis what would they be?
Dani’s ability to joyfully arrange blood oranges and flower petals have us wishing for a sea breeze happy hour and eyeballing current traffic reports to see how soon we can settle in on a beach chair, cocktail in hand…is it the weekend yet?!
Get more candy coated color inspiration from Dani’s instagram feed as well as cocktailing, lifestyle and design inspo over on The GOLDWIRE Blog and ‘Gram. It’s like a one way ticket into glammed out relaxation – thanks for the ride girl!
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