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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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Stacy London is Back on TLC!

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Stacy London returns to TLC — Photo: Stephanie Diani/Discovery

Does the world see you as you see yourself?” ~ Stacy London, Love, Lust, or Run!

I have missed seeing Stacy London on TLC. In 2013, Stacy’s show, What Not To Wear, ended its 10-year run. But tonight Stacy London is back on TLC with the series premiere, Love, Lust, or Run! The new series is still fashion-focused but it will be more of a fashion make under! Viewers will be introduced to women in need of a dress down of their over-the-top looks as Stacy asks them to strip everything away to reveal their true selves. I sense inspiration will follow these transformations.

And there is more good news! My friend and fashion stylist, Kim Naci, is working on the show, as the lead stylist behind the scenes. This is too good to be true.

Tune in tonight at 9pm to watch Stacy London and Kim Naci work their magic!

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Yes, The Price of Your Shoes is Skyrocketing!

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Photo: Reuters/Joshua Lott

More high prices for fashion? Quartz has reported that The US Bureau of Labor Statistics just released a report showing that the shoe category has gotten more expensive. While clothing in the US got 2% cheaper on average over the last year, with underwear, sweaters, jewelry and watches going down in price, shoe prices in all categories and not just the high-end, are rising. The reason may have to do with the increasing leather prices because of a cattle shortage in the US.

I’m not buying it! Let’s take a trip to the cobbler and save our soles!

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Off the Cuff!

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My favorite accessory of late? The cuff. Empowering, architectural, and very, very chic, think of the cuff as your personal power. Wear one, wear two, but rock the look now. Your jewelry box will thank you!

Photos by Sophie MacMillan; shot on location at Mondo Summit

 

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Alice is All Grown Up!

'Emperoro' in "Aiden" sunglasses

‘Emperor’ wearing Teeny Tiny Optics “Aiden”: Photo by Alice Lando

'Ruby' wearing TeenyTiny Optics, "Sybil"shades: Photo by Alice Lando

‘Ruby’ wearing TeenyTiny Optics, “Sybil”shades: Photo by Alice Lando

New York City was the setting for a reunion with my dear, dear childhood friend, Alice. We met this week after not seeing each other since 1987; what is that — 28 years? Alice and I became friends when I moved to Connecticut, just before 7th grade. It was a rough time for me; 7th grade is tough for anyone but I happened to be leaving my favorite place in the world — Southern California — and I was not happy about it. Like a beacon of bright light, Alice changed my world and made my teenage angst go away. We watched movies together, went shopping together (this was the mid 70s and my fashion sense was truly coming alive!), watched The Mary Tyler Moore Show together, and basically dreamed our lives away! Sadly, Alice moved a few years later, and I moved one year after that, myself. We saw each other periodically and lost touch eventually. But I never stopped thinking about Alice and wondering where she was …

Alice is the one living in California now, and hearing about her life made my heart sing. And like many long-lost friendships, Alice and I picked up ours exactly where we had left off. This beautiful girl has grown into a lovely woman, wife, mother, and entrepreneur, with the creation of her business, Teeny Tiny Optics, now celebrating its 20th year. Teeny Tiny Optics offers eyewear for infants through the teenage years, providing sun protection and satisfaction. In addition, there is a tremendous opportunity for individuality and self expression for kids. I sat down with Alice to hear more about her company and its mission:

MKG: What inspired you to create Teeny Tiny Optics?

ALICEI wanted my own business! Both my husband and I have parents who were entrepreneurial. I have always loved miniatures and fashion so the children’s industry seemed like a perfect home for me. My husband has been in the eyewear industry for almost 40 years now, so he was very helpful getting me started. Continue reading

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Super Katy Perry!

Katy Perry and Jeremy Scott Getty Images

Katy Perry and Jeremy Scott Getty Images

I feel like I’ve out-dreamt my dream. I came from nothing and I created this world and I made it myself, with my own strength.” ~ Katy Perry

This year’s Superbowl halftime show will star Katy Perry and I couldn’t be happier. Never mind that the men in my life are cringing; I love Katy Perry’s music and inspiring messages.  Stylecaster has just reported that her costumes for the show will be designed by her friend and Moschino’s Creative Director, Jeremy Scott. We can expect great music and outrageous costumes. And Ms. Perry herself says she is very excited especially about her entrances and exits.

I’ll be watching! Cause Katy PerryYou’re a Firework! I’m buying it!

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The Long Drive Home

P1050539P1050533P1050541P1050534After a luxurious month at home, I drove my son back to college today. If I could, I would have made the drive in my pajamas, which are by far the most comfortable clothes I own. But it’s more than that because pajamas are symbolic of warmth and childhood and sleepy-time dreams. But since I could never be seen in pajamas, either at rest stops or God-forbid by a police officer in case of an accident, I settled for my coziest, rather nondescript gray sweatpants and sneakers. Because this time I needed my clothes to help soften the blow as I made the long drive home. Continue reading

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Who Are These MEN OF THE CLOTH?

MEN OF THE CLOTH: a film by Vicki Vasilopoulos

MEN OF THE CLOTH: a film by Vicki Vasilopoulos

What it means to find your true calling in life is the universal message of the film.” ~ Vicki Vasilopoulos, Producer/Director of MEN OF THE CLOTH

It is a special experience to see a film and have the chance to meet its director. Last night I watched a documentary film about three master tailors called MEN OF THE CLOTH.  This inspiring portrait of three Italian master tailors — Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti — takes the viewer behind the scenes of the artistry and craftsmanship of an Old-World profession that may be vanishing from modern society. Filmed over the course of eleven years, producer/director Vicki Vasilopoulos tells their story with authenticity and warmth.

Most of us will never know the true artistry of a master tailor. We would never know, for instance, that these three master tailors started working when they were young boys, that they practiced and practiced and perfected their skills with a passion and perfect concentration. Many of us simply think of tailoring clothing as providing alterations and that could not be farther from the truth. A true master tailor creates from a singular vision, understands every aspect of the human anatomy, is always learning, reaching to do better, and developing a relationship with his tools and his clients so personal that they become one.

I was touched by this experience, and I will forever appreciate the stories that these masters tell with their hands and their hearts, and Vicki Vasilopoulos for telling it.

MEN OF CLOTH was Presented at MONDO Summit, by The Film Society of Summit

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

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Let The Award Games Begin!

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts for The Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts for The Golden Globes

January marks the beginning of Awards Season and just confirmed: they have rolled out the red carpet for my all-time favorite awards show, The Golden Globes (airing this Sunday). Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes features actors and categories from both film and television. And of course, I love watching those red carpet arrivals and the gowns! For the third year, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be the hosts, and they have delighted me with their bright humor and glowing charm. Let the Award Games Begin!

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Lilly Pulitzer Targets Spring 2015

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Photo: Instagram #LillyforTarget

I admit it: I’m a Target-designer junkie. I have purchased some of my favorite fashionable treasures from these coveted designer collaborations (for the sheer joy of owning high style at great prices). Refinery29 has revealed that this spring Target will launch its latest collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer. This collab will be more like the highly successful partnership with Target and Missoni, including fashion, accessories, beauty, and home decor. In fact, Lilly Pulitzer’s collaboration with Target will include “250 pieces of apparel, accessories, beauty, and home decor, and range from $2 to $150 (with nearly 200 items under $30),” says Refinery29.

Perhaps best of all; for the first time, this collaboration will include plus sizes, which is long overdue and much-appreciated. When the collection arrives at Target stores on April 19th, I’m sure that Lilly Pulitzer, who passed away just a few years ago, will be smiling. The founder and fashion designer favored bright colors (especially pink!) and vibrant prints that screamed springtime. I’m also sure that I’ll be buying it!

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Tim Gunn On How Not To Dress Old

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

New Year, Young You: The New Year is a good time to take stock and look closely at how you dress. Because you could be aging yourself without knowing it and that will in turn affect your self image. And the simplest of changes can make a huge difference. Style guru and fashion consultant Tim Gunn offers helpful tips for staying wardrobe fresh and youthful in the More Magazine feature: ‘How Not to Dress Old.’ Here are a few of my favorite pointers from Tim:

– “With slacks, find the right cut for your shape, then make it just right with a little tailoring.”

– “Classics are classic – but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to the wear and tear of time. Make sure your basics look fresh and modern, replacing when necessary.”

– “If you’ve had the same sweater hanging on the back of your desk chair for years, replace it! There’s a variety of cardigan options …”

– “The quickest way to age yourself? Slipping on out-of-fashion denim.”

– “Casual weekends need not be schlumpy. Incorporate cashmere for seriously luxurious time off.”

– “Break out of a purse-coma with a fresh shape (clutch) and shade that’ll shock you back to the style present.”

~ Tim Gunn

New Year, Young You. You deserve to dress well and age well, too.

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