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?
For as long I can remember, I have worn a comfortable pair of pants for Thanksgiving. Stylish yet warm and cozy, pants have served me well and have been the workhorse of my Thanksgiving wardrobe (not to mention that pants have allowed me to unbutton the top button without anyone noticing!). But this year, the long skirt is giving my Thanksgiving staple a run for its money. With long skirts so popular, there are many options from which to choose. And you can wear them with boots or sandals or flats. I choose boots; when combined with a long skirt everything hits at just the right place.
Photos by Sophie MacMillan
Want three ways to winterize your skin? At my yearly skin examination today, I asked my dermatologist – Dr. B.- to tell me three ways we can winterize our skin and protect our bodies. Here is what she said:
1) Moisturize with creams and not lotions
2) Limit hot showers
3) Exfoliate weekly (to remove dead and dry skin and allow skin’s living layers underneath to breathe. Once a week, however, is enough)
Three simple ways to create softer and healthier skin as we move into the colder months. Because we’re in it now!
Revlon is about to launch a brand new look. And the look, and the word – is love. A new 60-second video manifesto highlighting the desirable effects of love can be seen exclusively at Yahoo! Beauty, a favorite destination. New President and CEO of Revlon Inc., Lorenzo Delpani, told Yahoo! Beauty that Revlon was too similar to its competitors and needed a way to distinguish the brand and “impact the consumer in a positive way.” Says Delpani: “In a world full of negativity and conflict we have a role to play and a desire to spread a positive message. Many marketers leverage antagonism, but we want to impact the consumer in a positive way.” In fact, this new campaign and relaunch has become “a brand cause.”
Love as a mission and a brand cause? Choosing positivity over negativity? I’m buying it!
I had an opportunity recently to interview for a job and what I discovered surprised me: sometimes doing small things can have the most impact on your self esteem. Of course, the big things matter: doing your research in the company and with whom you are meeting shows your knowledge and your strong interest in the company, and selecting the right outfit and tailoring it to the company culture shows that you can fit right in. But there are other, more subtle factors that have less to do with the interview process and more to do with you and your self esteem. These are the things that one may not consider initially but are essential for your personal well-being.
To prepare for my interview I boosted myself by doing the following: getting a manicure, checking my shoes, finding the proper-fitting bra, tinting my eyebrows, and a brief teeth whitening. No one mentions these things when they discuss preparing for an interview, but I can tell you that with each of these I felt better. Your list may be different; only you know the essentials that bring out the best you. Because the interview process is hard enough. And while you are putting yourself on the line and laying out your professional history to be carefully reviewed, it just may be that taking care of the little things is the boost you need to raise your self esteem and confidence to get that job. Good luck to you!
Photo by Alexandra
Eighteen years ago I entered the maternity ward of the hospital, about to give birth to my son Eric, wearing a bright yellow mini dress. With my huge stomach, I can only imagine how much I looked like an enormous bumble bee. I sure could have used Rebecca Minkoff to style me, then! Lucky Magazine interviews designer Rebecca Minkoff, who has teamed up with A Pea In The Pod, following the birth of her second child. Minkoff has designed luxury, sophisticated-chic maternity pieces, just in time for the holidays. Says Minkoff: “I think pregnancy is sexy – I say embrace it! Wear things that make you feel powerful, sexy and great and show off that bump.”
Maternity style, the Rebecca Minkoff way?? I’m buying it!
Every article of clothing has a story – a memory of an event and a moment in time preserved in love and sentiment. I bought these cowboy boots 27 years ago this month when I was in Waco, Texas, celebrating my dear friend Amy’s wedding. I had never been to Texas (I think I drove through the tip of Texas when I was moving east from California in the 70s – that is another story), but I always loved western clothes. It wasn’t until that moment in 1987 though, that I truly understood what Texas life was like. As Amy tells me, “Texas has its own personality. It is truly larger than life. Everyone is so friendly; there is no getting-to-know-you-phase – people are friendly from the start.” Continue reading
I own two pairs of black leather boots: a tall, high-heeled pair and a short pair of booties. When I bought them it was love at first-sight. I spent time thinking about how they would fit in my wardrobe. I coveted these boots. But now that they are mine I have not been maintaining them as I should or done anything to extend the life of these well-loved accessories. It reminds me of a movie, where the focus is on the falling in love part of the story. After the boy-gets-the-girl, the movie ends. When I planned my outfit for an important meeting recently, it came as a shock to me that my boots needed immediate attention. I went to Rago Brothers, my local cobbler, and had them repaired.
Last March I interviewed Tom Rago about the importance of maintaining your shoes and boots. According to Tom: “General maintenance is important to keeping shoes looking new. You take your suit to be dry-cleaned every two-three times you wear it; you should do the same with your shoes.” We fall in love with our shoes and boots. But if we are going to invest our hard-earned money in these wardrobe essentials, my advice is to find a reputable cobbler and do the work to maintain them and give them life. Because falling in love is a good thing but it’s the ever-after that we all want.
I lived in Southern California for just a few years in the early 70s, but the memories of my life there, run deep. There is a huge part of me who will always be a California girl. So when I read the Harper’s Bazaar interview with artist and photographer Nico Guilis, about the November 3 launch of her new website, Find Your California, I had come home. Nico grew up in Malibu, California: a self-described, “hippy, surfer, artist chick … Find Your California was a mark of independence for me and something that I created on my own that quickly became an inspiration to other girls who are like-minded. I call it the stoke. Sharing the stoke about life. It circles back to a point to happiness,” says Nico. Find Your California will be a collection of travel diaries and beauty stories, all female, with inspiration and positive, empowering messages for girls everywhere.
Love this! Nico, you are gnarly. I am stoked. And I am buying it … For sure!
Autumn crush and surging winds are in full swing and I am in the mood to wear my leopard dress with my leather jacket. I usually wear this jacket with jeans and a tee, but it’s fun to shake it up and pair it with a dress, tights, and boots. Why is it that we follow old pattens and have the tendency to put clothes together in the same way? Following fashion and style blogs has helped me to broaden my thinking and experiment with my clothes. I recommend it for expanding your wardrobe and starting to think of yourself as a free spirit. Put the leather on and carry on!
Photos by Sophie MacMillan
Halloween is the best for kids: first, as a kid yourself, and later, when you are a parent with kids of your own. This picture was taken when my boys were much younger. I think it was the only year that they dressed in the same outfits. In this week’s podcast, I reminisce about Halloween fashion and days gone by …