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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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The Positive Power of The Celebrity Voice

Candice Bergen with husband, Marshall Rose Photo Credit:

Candice Bergen with husband, Marshall Rose Photo Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

In one day, I saw two separate and non-related celebrity news stories that turned my head. And I started to think: the celebrity voice has the ability to inspire. I mean, wow …

Candice Bergen’s revelation that “I live to eat – none of this eat to live stuff for me,” was the first news story. Apparently, in Bergen’s upcoming memoir, A Fine Romance, she happily acknowledges and embraces her weight gain as well as the beauty and reality of aging. Bergen has been outspoken with her point of view; in 2012 she told New York Magazine: “People complain about parts for women, people complain about getting old … It’s a privilege to get old … The reality is that I don’t look like I used to look. I just don’t care enough, and in a way it’s saved me.” Perhaps this is even more compelling because of Bergen’s early career as a fashion model. Continue reading

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A Culture That is Not Afraid of Color

Myriam (left) in Bali

Myriam (left) in Bali

My friend Myriam, my world traveler, just returned from Bali. And when she travels, she takes me with her; every sight, every sound becomes mine too. Here is Myriam …

I love a culture that is not afraid of color. Bright, bold and brave, the island of Bali is such a place. Inundated with a lush vegetation and illuminated by the brightness of the tropical sun, this island in Indonesia is home to more than four million people, whose Hindu origins can be seen everywhere, from their magnificent temples to their colorful clothing. Balinese people are friendly, welcoming, and warm. But what impressed me the most was their genuine smiles. They are happy and grateful people and they are not afraid to show it. Their open-hearted culture is reflected not only in their smiles, but also in the way they dress. Despite the fact that black and white are the religious colors of Hinduism and are printed like a checker board in most all fabrics that wrap statues in temples and squares, Balinese men and women are not afraid to wear bright colors.

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TFIO: Three Years of Conversation

Last month, Turning Fashion Inside Out celebrated its 3-year anniversary. To honor the occasion, my dear friend Kylie sat down with me to talk about creating this blog and what it means to me. Watch closely and you will see how Kylie turns the tables on me

TFIO Logo by Patricia Saxton, Saxton Studio; Interview Photography by Lisa Reznik, Editing by Odeon Films; Filmed on location at Mondo Summit  

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“Sustainabilty Doesn’t Mean Compromising Fashion” says Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde Reveals Exclusive Collection with H&M

Courtesy: H&M –  Olivia Wilde Reveals H&M Exclusive Collection

Courtesy: H&M - My favorite look from the collection

Courtesy: H&M – My favorite look from the collection

Sustainability has got a bad reputation, especially in fashion … I hope the collection empowers women around the world who love fashion but want to consume it in a more sustainable way. It gives them the chance to look their best, and also act responsibly. I also hope the rest of the fashion industry is watching.” ~ Olivia Wilde

On April 16, H&M will launch its new Conscious Exclusive collection, showcasing clothing made of sustainable materials. It will be available in about 200 H&M stores and online. The new collection is being modeled exclusively by Olivia Wilde, who is a strong supporter of sustainability in the fashion industry. And Ms. Wilde says that H&M is “doing a great thing by showing people that sustainability doesn’t mean compromising fashion.” I agree. This soon-to-be-launched collection features beautiful pieces: dresses, tuxedo jackets, tops and skirts. My favorite is the halter jumpsuit with sash belt. No compromises here.

The new Conscious Exclusive collection uses sustainable fabrics like hemp, organic linen, silk, and organic cotton. Fast fashion? Maybe not so much. I’m buying it!

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Once More, With Leopard

Optimized-P1050549Optimized-P1050547Need an extra lift? A hint of the unexpected? A touch of leopard is always a good idea and my favorite accessory. Belts, bags, or shoes, leopard is so versatile that it can replace any and all neutrals. And this print never goes out of style. These DVF leopard heels were a consignment-shop steal at $50. Check your closets now for leopard!

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Winter White With Midnight Blue

My midnight blue blazer

My midnight blue blazer

For these last weeks of winter I am embracing the blues. Thanks to Bill Cunningham’s report last week that various shades of blue have become a winter staple on the streets of New York, I pulled out my midnight blue blazer. Here I pair my statement jacket open, over a crew neck tee and skinny jeans. Find your shade of blue and start styling!

Jacket, Arabella Blazer Boden USA; tee, Rebecca Taylor; jeans, Frame Denim

Photo by Lisa Reznik

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Look Who Strut the Runway at the Valentino Show – Zoolander!

main.originalParis Fashion ValentinoParis Fashion ValentinoThose attending Valentino’s Paris Fashion Week were treated to a real surprise and big smiles; Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, aka Derek Zoolander and Hansel, walked the runway in custom suiting and pieces from Valentino’s fall 2015 collection.

This is how they announced the sequel, Zoolander 2; production began last month and filming is set to begin in Rome very soon.

It’s fashion meets art meets life! Valentino scooped them all!

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Trending at Paris Fashion Week: Oversized Belts

Oversized belts are a fall 2015 trend

Oversized belts are a fall 2015 trend

Sighted at Paris Fashion Week: oversized belts. I can embrace this fashion trend and here’s why: oversized belts accentuate the waist and can transform your wardrobe in an instant. And you don’t need to spend a lot for them. I found this oversized belt last fall during the Altuzarra-Target collaboration and I look forward to wearing it as much as possible. Don’t wait to belt yourself in this spring, summer and fall!

Belt, Altuzarra for Target, handbag, Michael Kors, sweater, Tory Burch

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Christie Brinkley Shares Her Skin Care Secrets

Christie Brinkley: Photo Credit - Matt Baron/BEIMAGES

Christie Brinkley: Photo Credit – Matt Baron/BEIMAGES

I wanted everything you could get in a luxury cream and I wanted it to be effective.” ~ Christie Brinkley

Last night I watched 61 year-old model Christie Brinkley launch her new skincare line on HSN. I learned about the need to exfoliate and how the two most important things for skin are collagen and elastin. With 40 years of modeling experience behind her, a knowledge of skincare products and a personal commitment to living a full and healthy life, I believe Christie Brinkley knows about caring for skin. After four years of research and development on this labor of love, the result is her new line, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare (a three-piece skincare regimen kit – exfoliator, day cream with SPF 30 and night cream) sold at HSN.

In my opinion, this is a good time to try these products – whatever your age. Says Brinkley: “I firmly believe that beauty is an energy and everyone possesses it.” I’m buying it!

 

 

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And The Fashion Word of the Day, is Blue

Bill Cunningham: The New York Times

Bill Cunningham: The New York Times

When Bill Cunningham of The New York Times speaks, I listen. And the fashion word of the day, is blue. Shades of the color blue have been popular this winter and in fact made a huge splash just a few weeks ago during New York’s Fashion Week. Says Cunningham: “It’s not that it’s a trend; I think it just cheers people up. And after a tough winter they need cheering up …  So much can be done with fashion; it’s so imaginative how you put it together so it appeals to many people. That doesn’t mean you run out and buy a blue coat, but if you have one, mix it in with everything.”

I think this makes great fashion sense. Blue is an engaging color, and yes, people do need cheering up this cold winter. I’m buying it!

 

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