Child’s Pose in the Sunlight

Photography by Michal Efron

“Child’s Pose” Photography by Michal Efron

The clothes I wear to meditate and exercise are most meaningful to me. They lead me to the light, the understanding, the relaxation, and the power to be my best and most pure self. I realized recently that what you wear to exercise is important; when you choose comfort and fit and quality it says that you matter. At the very moment when I chose to select the proper clothes, I gave myself permission to practice with authority. Clothing does that. Namaste.

Outift – T for Talbots; Photographed at MONDO Summit

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The Banana Shirt Goes on Summer Vacation

Optimized-P1050668Today my banana shirt is in Richmond, Virginia enjoying the hospitality of family and the charm of this beautiful city and surrounding areas. This unique tee is Dolce & Gabbana, purchased several years ago at my favorite consignment shop. It is a summer favorite and travels with me on vacations. The very same camo banana shirt and cut-offs took a snooze with me on a lazy afternoon and shopped at a local Lilly Pulitzer store at the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am definitely going bananas!P1030938

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Stay Kissable This Valentine’s Day!

Stay Kissable This Valentine's Day

Stay Kissable This Valentine’s Day!

Pull out the red lipstick this Valentine’s Day and get ready for kisses. My favorite shade is Cover Girl Tempt Seduction #355 (closer to a pink-red). Happy Valentine’s Day, Loves!

Photo by Alexandra

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This Holiday Try Your Turtleneck With A Side of Hot Chocolate!

q9WUg4CD20OghNz01PFtDnfQVri3w4ffc03KtgCqQvU,98KlfVc-12OIMPhola-HyewSejp0A-HO8c2f1oQ-cbI70gbfccwaT5KL3k34PvVCVpJhahCc220YE6JYAS6COA,5-d9i1hH-eOEU9BvVX8icoiii9uZwaV_HPSrUEVyQdAI love the classics for the holidays: a turtleneck with a side of hot chocolate. The turtleneck sweater is a winter staple; paired with jeans, the combination is cozy, understated and simple, yet undeniably chic (think Jackie Kennedy Onassis). But adding hot chocolate with whipped cream takes this look to the next level and screams ‘Happy Holidays!‘ like nothing else.

Turtleneck, vintage Akris; jeans, Frame Denim; bracelet, Tory Burch; hot chocolate, courtesy of Boxwood Coffee

Photos by Sophie MacMillan; shot on location at Boxwood Coffee, Summit NJ

 

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A lifetime of shopping with my mother

My mother and me at my brother's wedding in Maui

My mother and I at my brother’s wedding in Maui, 20 years ago (what was I thinking with the black shoes and stockings, and why did you let that happen, Mom?)

I have had a lifetime of shopping with my stylish mother. Fifty-three years, to be exact. I like to think that I was born knowing everything about style and who, what, wear, but really, I have always been watching my mother and following her lead when it comes to dressing and feeling my best. We are good at it and have found out how to stay away from the dangers of mother-daughter muck and mire. We have listened to each other and helped each other to dissect the ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes my mom has been right, and sometimes I have been right. It’s a give-and-take collaboration between mother and daughter, but more like best friends. Continue reading

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Members of the skull club!

Brianna

Brianna

I was excited to meet Brianna; she and I are skull lovers. Members of that fashion club, who, for some rather indescribable reason love to wear skulls. When I told Brianna that I loved her skull leggings, she thanked me and told me that she had them for years and probably purchased them at Mandee. We started talking skulls and why we are drawn to them (we each own a skull sweater; mine is seen here). Brianna said that she liked that “they can be dressed up and you can really make them a part of you.” Fashion designer Alexander McQueen must have felt the same way when he created the skull scarf more than 10 years ago. Fashion meets cult meets couture meets fad meets life meets Melissa meets Brianna.

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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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NOTHING like a schmatta!

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The DVF  ‘Journey of a Dress’ Anniversary Party – Los Angeles, Wilshire May Co. Building              (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Schmatta (Yiddish) (n.) Rags: Don’t go out of the house wearing that schmatta!)

Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress turns 40 this year: this simple, easy-to-wear, dress-up-or-dress-down, sexy, flattering dress is everything and NOTHING like a schmatta! On Friday night, in Los Angeles, Ms. von Furstenberg threw a party to celebrate the dress and to kick off the new exhibit, ‘Journey of a Dress,’ at Wilshire May Co. Building, Los Angeles, which runs now through April 1st. “This is the first time that I ever honored the wrap dress, and she did so much for me. She made me famous. She paid for all my bills. And tonight we celebrate the wrap dress.” ~ Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg attends the DVF 40th Anniversary  'Journey of a Dress'

Diane von Furstenberg attends the DVF 40th Anniversary ‘Journey of a Dress’ Party                      (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

 

 

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Fashion icon Loehmann’s liquidates and my heart breaks

Loehmann's, January 10, 2014 - liquidation has begun ...

Loehmann’s, January 10, 2014 – liquidation has begun …

After 93 years in business and over 30 years as a personal favorite fashion destination, retailer Loehmann’s is closing its doors in all 39 locations nationwide. Liquidation sales began yesterday, January 9th. My love affair with Loehmann’s started when I was in high school, shopping with my mom. It was a significant part of my life with my mom, who has always been my favorite shopping buddy. We would enter the store in Florham Park, NJ, together, and quickly separate as we shopped our separate ways. Ah – my first taste of fashion freedom! Continue reading

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Thank you Rachel Zoe, for picking my New Year’s Eve outfit!

Optimized-IMGP0184Rachel Zoe was the inspiration for my New Year’s Eve outfit. Today it’s all RZ, in honor of her and the birth of her new baby boy, Kai. The idea came to me after seeing this feature on The Zoe Report – How To Do VIntage: The Silk Bow Blouse. Continue reading

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