My name is Melissa Kaplan Guarino. Welcome to Turning Fashion Inside Out! I believe there is a connection between fashion and self-esteem and I am interested in understanding that relationship. Tell me … What is your story?
Carolina Alvo says, “enough is enough” to not finding high quality petite fashions. Today, Carolina Alvo launches the Kathleen dress on Kickstarter, in hopes of raising $15,000 in funds to be used to source high quality Japanese fabric and to manufacture Carolina Alvo’s first production line in New York City. The Kathleen dress a perfect fit-and-flare dress that goes “from work to weekend and everywhere in between,” says Carolina. I asked Carolina a few questions about today’s Kickstarter campaign launch:
Swimsuit designer, Lisa Curran, knows what she is doing. When I sat down with Lisa last April, we talked about swimsuits and body image, and how a good fit can translate to a deeper sense of self-esteem. Knowing how vulnerable a woman feels wearing a swimsuit, the least amount of clothing one wears in public, Lisa wisely says: “you want to purchase something that you can walk around with and feel comfortable.” This rings true for me. And this week, my perfect-fitting Lisa Curran swimsuit is showing me the time of my life: whether I am active or in repose. In fact, it is taking me to the beach and beyond! Continue reading
Alex is a 40-something beauty blogger, who just happens to live in Notting Hill, London. Yes, that Notting Hill of movie fame: the Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. In the movie, you may remember when our characters discover a charming hidden-away garden? That’s where Alex lives; near that very garden! But I digress … Alex has started a wonderful beauty destination filled with practical product nformation, especially designed for women over 40. And that’s important, because things happen to our skin as we age, and it’s a good idea to nurture and care for our skin properly. More from Alex …
MKG: Alex, what compelled you to start your blog, I Heart Beauty?
Alex: I wanted to do something that fit in easily with having a young daughter, and blogging does that perfectly. It’s a great way to keep your brain ticking, learn new things, indulge an interest, and make contact with like-minded people.
MKG: Why focus on beauty products and information? Is your background in beauty?
Alex: My professional background is in the music and media industries, but I’ve been interested in beauty since I was a little girl. My father worked in advertising, handled a lot of beauty accounts, and was always bringing home interesting products for me to play with. He became Managing Director of Vidal Sassoon, and after that he had his own toiletry companies. Basically, it’s a world in which I have always been aware, and my passion for beauty products has never waned. In fact, if anything, it’s grown stronger over the years.
In the past few days, my mailbox has been filling up with messages from Loehmann’s. You heard me: Loehmann’s. At first, I was thrilled. Could it be that it had all been a bad dream, and Loehmann’s never really went out of business? Was it all in my head? The thrill quickly turned to extreme disappointment, when I reviewed the advertisements more closely and saw that they read: The New Loehmann’s. In the back of my mind, I remember that this was coming: the new online-only version of Loehmann’s. And yes, I remember saying to myself then, and here on the blog as well, that an online only Loehmann’s is a contradiction. It does not make sense. Because the magic of Loehmann’s was in the store itself; in the aisles and in the dressing rooms. Especially, the dressing rooms. Join me in today’s podcast as I ponder this sad-but-true new reality for Loehmann’s and for us shoppers …
Meet London Mckenzie, a 22 year-old British fashion blogger, with a strong voice and passion. I spoke with London, who told me about recently graduating with a degree in journalism, and why London’s own dream is to live in London someday …
Cher* (from the movie, Clueless. 1995): ”So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair (eww!) and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.”
It’s been a look for almost 20 years: boys wearing baggy, sagging pants with their underwear exposed. And ever since I heard these words uttered by Cher, the main character of the movie Clueless, about the grodiness of it all, I have been aware of this particularly offensive look. But now, there is a growing trend in some cities to change it with legal ordinances. News today via Fashionista, that in Ocala, Florida, the City Council has voted that wearing sagging pants and exposed underwear carries a punishable fine: up to $500 and up to six months in jail, the maximum punishment. Specifically, Ocala City Council defines ‘sagging’ as pants hanging “two inches below their natural waist in a way that exposes underwear or bare buttocks.”
But, according to Fashionista, the question is raised: can this ordinance be misused as racial profiling? Continue reading
Can you imagine being a teenager with an interest in fashion, lucky enough to meet someone your own age who is a bonafide artist and fashion designer? That’s what is happening this week in New York, at Fashion Camp NYC, with guest speaker, 13-year old Isabella Rose Taylor. And can you also imagine being me, creator of this blog, meeting Isabella and her mom, Sherri, while they are here in NY? It was beyond special!
We spoke about her message to the girls at the fashion camp and the issues facing young designers of Isabella’s generation. According to Isabella, “It’s important to know the basics of design, including pattern-making, but at the same time, understand that everything will be streamlined very soon. You must know the technology of fashion.” Continue reading
I am double-lucky to know Kim Naci; not only is she my friend, but she is also my fashion therapist. Kim is the person who has seen the inside of my closet and likes me anyway! She is stylish and chic and oh-so-fashion-wise and knows that everything about the way your clothes fit and feel relates to how you feel about yourself. Continue reading
When I first created my blog, I thought a lot about my message, content, and purpose. So, I created a page called “Fashion Quotes.” Why? Because I love words of inspiration, and want these words to carry us forward, as we start the conversation about fashion and self-esteem. How excited was I, when I saw that Harper’s Bazaar thought the same thing! Recently released: Famous Words of Fashion’s Greatest: Part Two.
One of my favorites is a simple quote from famed designer, Vivienne Westwood: “Buy less, choose well.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
“That’s why I’m easy, I’m easy like Sunday morning” ~ Lionel Richie
Sunday mornings are special. Sleep in, wake early; the morning is yours to do as you please. My new favorite treat is a cup of coffee with half-and-half, and a trip to town – sometimes to the farmer’s market, sometimes to the local cafe to read the paper, and sometimes to do both. Yesterday it was The Wall Street Journal, for a change.
Photos by Alexandra