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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?

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TFIO: Three Years of Conversation

Stay tuned for my interview with Kylie!

Stay tuned for my interview with Kylie!

In honor of TFIO’s anniversary this month and to celebrate three years of conversation, I will be interviewing my friend Kylie – talking about what Turning Fashion Inside Out means to me, the conversations that I have had on the blog, and the connection between fashion and self expression.

Happy 3rd Anniversary, TFIO! Thank you for all your kind support. And stay tuned for the interview …

Photo by Lisa Reznik, shot on location at MONDO, Summit

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Giuliana Rancic Launches Her Denim Line at HSN!

Giuliana Rancic    Getty Images

Giuliana Rancic Getty Images

I’ve decided to change the conversation and create a pair of jeans of the same quality for a fraction of the cost.” ~ Giuliana Rancic

I am a big fan of Giuliana Rancic! And I love my denim. Put the two together and what have you got? Quality denim at a truly affordable price. After the successful launch of her G by Giuliana Rancic line on HSN three years ago, Ms. Rancic is now expanding to include denim. Three classic styles – boot cut, skinny, and boyfriend – all at the price of $59.

Denim is a staple in my wardrobe, but I have grown too accustomed to spending more for the best quality. Now I have an option. And you do, too. Thank you for changing this conversation, Giuliana Rancic. I’m buying it!

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Reese Witherspoon Says: #AskHerMore!

Reese Witherspoon: #AskHerMore

Reese Witherspoon: #AskHerMore   Photo9 by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

We’re more than just our dresses… we are so happy to talk about the work we’ve done.” ~ Reese Witherspoon

Last night as I watch the arrivals at the Oscars I see and hear Reese Witherspoon talking about a social media movement she supports, called: #AskHerMore (created by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls). Ms. Witherspoon says #AskHerMore is “meant to inspire reporters to ask creative questions on the red carpet … There are so many amazing, talented nominees this year! Let’s hear their stories. Spread the word.” In an effort to change the conversation beyond Who Are You Wearing? Ms. Witherspoon joins others in asking reporters to look past the fashion and ask more of the accomplished women nominees.

I love the red carpet fashions as much as anyone. But turn fashion inside out and change the conversation? Well said, Reese Witherspoon!

 

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My Love Affair With My DVF Wrap Dress

My go-to DVF wrap dress

My go-to DVF wrap dress

One dress, one go-to, one fashion workhorse; that is my Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. It’s been a long love affair and one that has taken me through important times and moments of my life. It has celebrated weddings and parties, negotiated serious lunch meetings, and held up my heavy heart at funerals. There is no place we haven’t been together; we have lived a lot and lived well.

It is no surprise to me that the DVF wrap dress celebrated its 40th birthday last year. Who else but Diane von Furstenberg could design a dress so perfect for every woman? At once flirty and fun yet serious and simple, the wrap dress combines all the elements to make a woman her best self. Yes, this fashion staple has been with me for at least 20 years, looking as fresh and beautiful as it did the first time I wore it. No wonder I am in love!

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom; shot on location at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit NJ

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Leatrice Eiseman says: “Color is About Emotion”

Leatrice Eiseman

Leatrice Eiseman

To see the world in all of its splendid color is a gift and Leatrice Eiseman has that gift. In fact, Ms. Eiseman was born understanding color. And today Ms. Eiseman is the color expert: as Head of Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and Executive Director of the Pantone® Color Institute she is responsible for forecasting and selecting Pantone®’s Color of the Year. In addition, Ms. Eiseman is the author of nine books on color, including: More Alive With Color, which outlines the color/fashion connectionYou can imagine how excited I was to speak with Leatrice and learn her story and the magic behind color’s poignant power. Here is our conversation …

MKG: What is the Pantone® Color Institute?

Leatrice: At its core, the Pantone® Color Institute is a think tank for Pantone®; a place for people to go to find out about the psychology of color. I have been the Executive Director since its inception in 1985, when the (then) owner of Pantone® wanted to go beyond the technology of color. Today we are involved in color consulting, color forecasting, and we help our clients make informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge. Continue reading

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New York Welcomes Fashion Week!

Optimized-MelG8 2Optimized-MelG1 2New York Fashion Week is here! Though it’s really Fashion Month. The shows travel to the major fashion capitals of the world as designers showcase their Fall 2015 collections in hopes of inspiring retailers, buyers, and the fashion industry. But I am inspired by New York Fashion Week in my own way: I love to feel the fashion influence in my life. I am inspired to dress in ways that make me happy and feel the best about myself. Twice a year I end up at New York Fashion Week to say yes to the magic of clothes. Today it’s white jeans paired with black – winter’s best.

Photos: Betsy Loredo

 

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Stay Kissable This Valentine’s Day!

Stay Kissable This Valentine's Day

Stay Kissable This Valentine’s Day!

Pull out the red lipstick this Valentine’s Day and get ready for kisses. My favorite shade is Cover Girl Tempt Seduction #355 (closer to a pink-red). Happy Valentine’s Day, Loves!

Photo by Alexandra

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Tree Change Dolls Bring New Life

The transformative 'make-under' of Sonia Singh's Tree Change Doll (photo courtesy of Sonia Singh)

The transformative ‘make-under’ of Sonia Singh’s Tree Change Doll                                               (photo courtesy of Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls)

I grew up with my four sisters in Tasmania playing outdoors a lot and most of our toys were second-hand, ” Sonia Singh, creator of Tree Change Dolls

When my friend Karen shared this sweet story about Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh and her project to create Tree Change Dolls, I was touched. You see, Sonia Singh and her mother find discarded dolls and give them a new lease on life by giving them a complete and organic ‘make-under.’ The results are immediate for the young girls who love dolls and want to play with them. Because not only is Ms. Singh giving these dolls a new life but she is also creating an opportunity for girls to actually see themselves in the dolls, who appear more natural and child-like.

Ms. Singh began by collecting discarded Bratz dolls at local flea markets. With loving care she began the process of removing their heavy makeup (Bratz dolls sport heavy makeup) and then creating a fresh palette. Ms. Singh redesigned each face to look natural and with the help of her mother, an expert knitter who created original outfits for the dolls, renamed them Tree Change Dolls.  After posting her story locally to her Facebook friends it immediately when viral touching a chord with people everywhere. Says Ms. Singh: “I’m really happy that my work has not just inspired people in terms of dolls and toys, but opened some discussions about issues to do with women in society. I’ve had a few really nice emails from children. I had a really nice email from two little girls in Vienna who said I had inspired them to have a go themselves to create their own dolls. I think that’s lovely.”

I think that’s lovely too, Ms. Singh! Read more about artist Sonia Singh and her Tree Change Dolls, here. Image courtesy of  Sonia Singh’s of Tree Change Dolls.

Note: Turning Fashion Inside Out and Melissa Kaplan Guarino were not compensated for this endorsement. All opinions are my own.

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Caroline Issa Is A ‘Classic With a Twist’

Caroline Issa Nordstrom Signature Collection Photo: Nordstrom

Caroline Issa Nordstrom Signature Collection    Photo: Nordstrom

Fashion News: Welcome Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa Collection; luxurious looks designed in collaboration with global fashion executive Caroline Issa. Classic American style icons Lauren Bacall and Lauren Hutton were inspirations behind the collaboration, creating a timeless look that represent Ms. Issa’s ideal wardrobe essentials. Listen to Ms. Issa describe fashion: “Fashion is not necessarily only about clothes but how they make you feel and I love how pieces in your wardrobe contain such incredible memories or specific times in your life.” You know I agree! I’m buying it!

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Ankles, I Miss You!

qBbMUxw1SgNkfyBxTaNZbWXN1sZahdNpCmiQCMnWieo,Yg_NyIm2rc8AYF3XcKWZiW5-fPzNUaNvC3uR8V3QsEMMJaTqMl6qarHbvLTJAbung0c9TNllalswxUQ9sW4MzE,iCKRbh1ZvvJF3mFjS0-mrV4kbTukFLVYaZDIh2gXkhgAbout this time of year I begin to miss something … oh yes … my ankles! After weeks of wearing boots and socks and leggings, I never see my ankles anymore. And I miss them. There is something so appealing about the footloose feeling of going without socks and heavy shoes and jackets and parkas. It’s a simple thing, really, just seeing an ankle.

This outfit has hopes of lighter days to come. At some point, we will be able to transition to spring, and though we are not out of the winter woods yet we can prepare to show some ankle soon with a cuffed pant and heel. It’s coming …

Photos by Sophie MacMillan

Pants, Madewell; Shoes, Vince Camuto

 

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