“Style File” column for Jan. 8, 2013

NAME: Valerie Berthelot

AGE: 34

OCCUPATION: Paralegal

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

“A purple sweater over skinny jeans with brown boots, a big brown purse … the bigger the better, and lots of gold jewelry.”

What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten?

“Just because it looks good on someone else doesn’t mean it’ll look good on you.”

What’s your favorite trend right now?

“I’m not a very trendy person; this is about as trendy as I get.”

Finish this sentence. I splurge on ...

“Inexpensive tops and jewelry.”

I skimp on ...

“Perfume.”

Are you a shoe or handbag kind of woman?

“Shoes, definitely.”

How many pairs do you own?

“I don’t know … 50?”

Name a celebrity whose closet you’d like to raid.

“I don’t know celebrities any more … I have kids.”

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

“Lights Camera Lashes mascara.”

What was your worst fashion mistake?

“I’d like to think I haven’t had any. That my style is so classic it’s boring — maybe that’s it.”

Your house is on fire and you can grab only one thing out of your closet; what would it be?

“My purse, it’s got all my stuff in it.”

Pam Bordelon

Advocate staff writer