How ‘Look For The Woman’ Was Born

Anita: Look For The Woman

Anita Irlen: Look For The Woman

MKG: What was the inspiration for your website, Look For The Woman?

ANITA: I started reading fashion blogs approximately 10 years ago. That was when fashion and style blogging really started. What I noticed was that fashion blogs were mostly written by young women for young women. I looked around and tried to find someone older who was speaking to older women, like me. What little I did find was cliché-laden and not very high quality. I wanted something different, something for women who wanted to “age differently” whatever that means to them personally. I thought I could do better –  that’s how Look For The Woman was born.

MKG: How long have you been writing?

ANITA: I dabbled with what I would call “serious” writing years ago. I loved it but then lost it. My blog has existed for almost two years now. I try to write everyday. I don’t always, but when I do, I love it, like I used to. It’s intimidating, it’s hard, but if you believe you have something to say you just plug along. Continue reading

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Sisterly Love, Colombian Style

Amelia y Elisa

Amelia y Elisa

Last August I was drawn to an article in The New York Times Style section, about the transformation of the The Colombian city of Medellín. One half of me is Colombian – anything having to do with this mysterious country both fascinates and mesmerizes me. Twin sisters, Amelia and Elisa Ochoa, were interviewed in the article and I tracked them down to see if they would share their story for my blog. These sisters describe themselves as “twins and soul mates, passionate about fashion, style, healthy beauty, and LIFE.” Their blog, Sisterly Style, is not only a tribute to their love of fashion, but is also a testimonial to their love as sisters and best friends. How exciting it was for me to connect with them and hear about their life in Medellín and their dreams for the future! 

MKG: You are twin sisters with a passion for fashion – when did this passion start?

Amelia y Elisa: Since we were little girls. We have always loved fashion, it is our major passion. We have always read magazines and have been aware of fashion shows and fashion news from all over the world. It all started when we would go with our Mom and our Grandma to the seamstress and the fabric store. It was something that we just LOVED.

MKG: What inspired you to start your blog, Sisterly Style?

Amelia y Elisa: Our blog was an opportunity, a way to enter the fashion world as ourselves. At the same time, it was a chance to start doing what we’ve always wanted to do. It was our time to act and to make our way into the fashion world. Continue reading

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My new fashion crush is Kayla Seah

IMG_3402 blackcoatLiving in Berlin is a young, Canadian-born woman with great style and creator of the blog, Not Your Standard. Her name is Kayla Seah and no question about it … she is my new fashion crush. Even though she is only in her twenties, Kayla has a mature sense of who she is, where she is going, and how she wishes to present the elements of fashion style and lifestyle. As a result, Not Your Standard is a mix of Kayla’s favorite things with an inspiration that is contagious. And that means a lot to me; that she has influenced me from across the ocean! Just back from London Fashion Week, Kayla shared with me her story, her dreams for the future and how she fell in love with Berlin …

MKG: You are Canadian-born. How did you end up in Berlin?

Kayla: I traveled to Berlin with my boyfriend a few years ago and we rented an apartment for a month in Kreuzberg. Although it was only one month, the time we had really stuck with us and we completely fell in love with the city. Continue reading

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TFIO: A Valentine Anniversary!

This month marks the second anniversary of Turning Fashion Inside Out, and what better day to celebrate than Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing your stories, thank you for tuning in, commenting, and getting the dialogue going. Because there is a connection between fashion and self-esteem, fashion and wellness. And nothing is more joyful than telling these stories … your stories, our stories. I feel the love!

Video by Eric Guarino/favorite Valentine’s Day sweater Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

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The fashion and the soul in stilettos

Emilie Sobel, The Soul in Stilettos

Emilie Sobel, The Soul in Stilettos  Photo Credit: Cedric Smith

I want everyone reading my website to feel like they are the soul in their stilettos, too. Shoes will always fit, regardless of the weight you gain or lose or the day you are having. I am happiest and most confident in my favorite pair of shoes and I will forever be the soul in stilettos.” Emilie Sobel

Emilie Sobel is about to graduate from the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, majoring in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising. She is also the creator of a terrific blog, called Soul in Stilettos. You have the feeling after talking to Emilie that the sky is the limit for this city girl at heart and that she will find her way just fine. Here is my conversation with Emilie:

MKG: You are about to enter a huge transition in your life, graduating in March. How do you feel, ready? What is your passion, your dream position?

Emilie: I have always known exactly what I’ve wanted to do with my career – growing up was something I had been looking forward to basically my whole life. Everyone always said, “Don’t rush your childhood,” and I would brush it off, thinking I knew exactly what I wanted and I couldn’t wait to have a career and adult life of my own. Continue reading

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Meeting my favorite fashion blogger, Emily Schuman, creator of Cupcakes and Cashmere

Cupcakes and Cashmere holiday party at Club Monaco's Flagship Store, NYC - December 10, 2013

Cupcakes and Cashmere holiday party at Club Monaco’s Flagship Store, NYC – December 10, 2013

How does the mailman’s unofficial creed begin? “Neither rain, no sleet, nor snow …” That’s how it was for me today: nothing, not a heavy snow fall or freezing rain or cold temps, could stop me from heading to New York to meet Emily Schuman, creator of Cupcakes and Cashmere, and my all-time favorite fashion and lifestyle blogger. I was determined to brave the elements in order to meet Emily at Club Monaco’s Flagship Store in the Flatiron District of New York City. Continue reading

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NY Fashion Week and me

NY Fashion Week - Outside View

NY Fashion Week – My Outside View

NY Fashion Week - Outside View

NY Fashion Week – My Outside View

NY Fashion Week is upon us – now, through September 12th. It has become a scene within a scene, with instant messaging, instant photos, more people, more designers, more bloggers and more chaos. Or so I have heard, because I have never actually been inside the shows. Instead, I have a ritual of taking my photo outside Lincoln Center as my homage to fashion week. But outside is where you will find me; outside is as close as I get. Because I’m not a fashion insider. I do, however, love fashion and the expression fashion allows me. And because I do, NY Fashion Week has special meaning to me.

NY Fashion Week means taking a moment to stop and review what I own. Am I experimenting with my fashion choices? Do I absolutely love the clothes I wear? Are my clothes colorful and playful and stylish while at the same time comfortable and easy to wear? Because the answers to these questions should be a resounding yes! And NY Fashion Week reminds me to honor my relationship with fashion and in doing so, honor myself. We all deserve to do that. Continue reading

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Alicia Jay: Proud to be tall

Alicia Jay

Alicia Jay – Photo Credit: Clara Rice Photography

Tall is beautiful! These are the words of Alicia Jay: woman extraordinaire – fashion blogger, Game Operations Manager for the Golden State Warriors – Oakland California, business owner, model, and motivational speaker to tall girls and women everywhere. I first read about Alicia Jay in Bloomberg Businessweek’sWhat I Wear to Work” interview by Arianne Cohen. Her confidence and fierce attitude inspired me to track her down and meet her. And I did! Here is my conversation with Alicia Jay …

MKG: You are 6′ 6″ and proud of it. When did you reach your full height?

Alicia Jay: I reached my full height in my sophomore year in college (many moons ago). I had been 6’5” for 2 years and thought I was done growing but then, BAM! … I grew an inch. At that point I was getting comfortable in my skin and so the added inch was very exciting to me and still is. Continue reading

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Elizabeth’s Sequins and Stripes

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

You just want to know Elizabeth! She is a stylist and fashion blogger and creator of the blog, Sequins and Stripes. As a 26 soon-to-be 27 year-old Chicago resident, Elizabeth has become a successful fashion influencer and created a community of followers. Her style is warm and informative and at all times personal, with a lot of Midwest charm. Not to mention, Elizabeth knows how to rock a red lipstick! How did Elizabeth get started? …

I studied textiles at Ohio State University and began my career as a clothing buyer at a small, Midwest boutique. I began writing my blog, Sequins and Stripes, as a creative outlet from the corporate world and it has slowly grown in to what it is today …

Chicago is no fashion hub, but the city definitely houses all sorts of personal style. You can venture into any neighborhood and find a different trend: eclectic, Boho, preppy, high-fashion – the list goes on and on. I am inspired by the lakefront, the architecture, afternoons at my favorite coffee shop, walking around the loop – really all over this beautiful city! … Continue reading

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Consignment treasures

My consignment treasures: a Hazel sundress and Tory Burch gladiator-style sandals with gold detail

My consignment treasures: a Hazel sundress and Tory Burch gladiator-style sandals with gold detail

Change is here – welcome to Turning Fashion Inside Out! New name, new weekly podcast (launching soon). I made the name change because … fashion is not always for those on the inside. Many of us feel left out of the fashion industry if we don’t look a certain way or purchase certain clothes or travel in the fashion circles … what’s inside is expressed by our fashion choices on the outside … and because some feedback from participants have noted that “your blog is really helpful to understand that fashion and confidence go together and always involve change.” What will never change, however, are my guiding principles and who I am. On to consignment treasures …

For my birthday, my mom treated me to some treasures from a new consignment shop in her town. I was reminded once again of the value of consignment shopping. In today’s world of ‘cookie-cutter’ department store fashions where so many stores carry the same look, adding a consignment shop to your shopping repertoire is a must. You can find one-of-a-kind things that simply aren’t available anywhere else and if you happen to love labels this is the most cost-effective way to buy a specific brand. You can get luxury goods at a fraction of their original cost. In the past I have purchased beautiful handbags that I could never have afforded otherwise, including a classic black Prada, shoes, and several high-end designer brand named items, including Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino (seen here), Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, and Theory. Continue reading

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