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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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Meeting Isabella Rose Taylor!

Isabella with the fashion campers

Isabella with the fashion campers

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

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Here is Kim Naci, my friend, the Style Storyteller!

Kim Naci

Kim Naci

1512363_10152153059928687_3708860198928021917_nI 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

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What’s in a quote? Sometimes, everything!

Karl Lagerfeld, via Harper's Bazaar

Karl Lagerfeld quote, via Harper’s Bazaar

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.

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I’m easy like Sunday morning

IMGP1471IMGP1481IMGP1482IMGP1486That’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.

My easy outfit of choice? Shirt: Juicy Couture; hat: Nordstrom; shorts and espadrilles; Kohl’s.

Photos by Alexandra

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The Good Man Behind The Good Men Project

cc photoCameron Conaway is enlightened. He is a human rights activist and a concerned citizen. He is a prolific poet. And he is a good man. In fact, he is the perfect good man: Executive Director, behind The Good Men Project, an International online destination for conversations about what it means to be a good man in the 21st Century. Cameron and I spoke recently about this important opportunity for men, for women, and for all of us …

MKG: The Good Men Project was founded in 2009 by Tom Matlack. What did the site envision at the onset and why did your team believe the time was now for this vision to come true?

Cameron: Tom had an awakening. Here he was on the cover of magazines and being featured all over, and yet he was struggling personally. He was a successful businessman, but it wasn’t until a series of major personal struggles that he found the error of his ways: He’d confused being a successful businessman with being a successful man. Continue reading

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So this is what 50 looks like!

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Celebrating my age!

Celebrating my age!

Today is my birthday; I find it hard to believe that I am 54, but life has had a way of sneaking up on me! One thing is true about being this age; I try to be grateful every day, and more mindful about experiencing each joyful moment. Join me in today’s podcast and hear more of my musings about what it means to age well (hint: a good fitting bra helps!).

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Ellen DeGeneres’s new lifestyle launch is nothing to laugh at

Ellen DeGeneres, Photo Credit: Getty

Ellen DeGeneres, Photo Credit: Getty

I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want it to be the biggest brand name that you can imagine.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is adding to her resume this fall when she launches her lifestyle brand, E.D. And it’s nothing to laugh at. The line is debuting first with a capsule collection for the holidays, and will then expand to include fashion, home goods, and items for pets. And more signs that Ellen is serious about this launch; she is partnering with investor and entrepreneur, Christopher Burch, of Burch Creative Capital. Mr. Burch is known for helping his ex-wife, fashion designer, Tory Burch, turn her brand into a multi-billion dollar business.

I think this lifestyle brand launch will do well. People trust Ellen DeGeneres. And I think they will follow her in this new venture. I know I will. I’m buying it!

 

 

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Says Colette: “I plan to start with a new pair of shoes!”

Colette

Colette

Colette de Jounge is at a crossroads in her life: she must reclaim her style, and with it, her sense of self. It all starts with finding the right shoes …

Here is Colette
 
For the last nine years I have been living in rural Virginia, in the country. The real country, with cows and horses, vineyards, and large, open spaces. It has been a completely different lifestyle for me. All my life, I have lived an International and sophisticated lifestyle: Mexico City, Mexico, Sao Paolo, Brazil, Caracus, Venezuela, and also worked in New York City as a bonafide commuter. Virginia represented a completely different lifestyle  …
 
At first, whenever I went out, I dressed as I always had. It was not something that I thought about, but was completely natural to me. People noticed that I looked different and would tell me that they could tell that I wasn’t from the area, from the way I dressed. Continue reading

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A little floral goes a long way

P1040868With summer in full bloom, the chance to wear flowers is tempting. It seems that floral patterns are always en vogue, but to wear them successfully is a bit of a challenge. Good to remember that a little floral goes a long way.

Here’s to summer!

My look: pants, Gucci (bought at a consignment shop); t-shirt, Ted Baker; shoes, Coach; handbag, vintage Kate Spade

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Let Freedom Ring!

P1040838P1040823P1040769Eric and I have just returned from his college orientation, in time to celebrate the 4th of July at Liberty Island, New Jersey. In the background, is lower Manhattan’s Freedom Tower, Ellis Island (where my Grandma Eleanor came over from Hungary) and, if you look closely, the elegant Lady Liberty, herself. A perfect place to be on this holiday, dressed in my red, white and blue, with these beautiful symbols of freedom. I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday.

 

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