Coming of age in leather sweatpants

My $28 leather sweatpants from Loehmann's

My $28 leather sweatpants from Loehmann’s

The wonderful Belly Dancing at Le Souk Restaurant, NYC

The wonderful Belly Dancing at Le Souk Harem, NYC

What do the following have in common: celebrating a special birthday, New York City, Belly Dancing and making memories-of-a-lifetime? The answer: my leather sweatpants! When my dear friend Lisa celebrated a birthday milestone, I decided to follow my stylist’s lead and wear leather sweatpants! I took it to heart when Kim Naci said her obsession for 2014 was leather sweatpants; more comfortable than the leather jegging of 2013, leather sweatpants have just enough cool to be different. I found these at Loehmann’s for $28, during their going-out-of-business sale. Birthdays are a reminder to celebrate and what better way to do that than with friends, and of course …. fashion! Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Photos by Lisa Reznik

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This Thanksgiving Eve, I feel grateful for so much …

Happy Thanksgiving! Me with my two boys (taken a few years ago, at least!)

A favorite picture of me and my two boys, a few years ago, at The Outer Banks

My family is visiting this holiday: Thanksgiving dinner at my house with my sister-in-law and her family and brunch on Friday with my parents, my aunt and my cousin and her family, whom I haven’t seen in a very long time. I am grateful that my house will be filled with love and food. I hope I don’t burn anything! I am grateful for so much more – my family, my friends, my good health and you, my dear friends, who tune in to follow me and those who have shared their amazing stories, as we turn fashion inside out!

I hope you will join me tomorrow for my podcast, as I speak with Los Angeles stylist and creator of the WEN product line, Chaz Dean. I am grateful for my conversation with this kind and amazing person.

 

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Hanging out with Rachel Zoe and friends

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

A leather-and-glamour version of coffee talk, yesterday marked the final installation of Shop the Hangout in partnership with Google + and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), with special guest, Rachel Zoe. It was 40+ minutes of pure live fun and RZ love, with Joe Zee, Brian Atwood, Shopbop Fashion Director’s Elle Strauss, Molly Sims, and The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel. Several weeks ago, Diane von Furstenberg kicked off the Google + Hangouts, opportunities to meet the designers and shop their collections online. Today, and for at least another 24 hours, you can shop Rachel Zoe’s entire collection on Shopbop and save 15% on all items by using the code: RZHangout.

The conversation was a little bit of everything; sharing fashion trends and hearing about Rachel’s collection, but mostly, it was a chance to sit in on a fun chat among friends. No doubt Rachel Zoe is admired and well-loved as is her design collection. As Elle Strauss said, “our Shopbop customers are obsessed with Rachel Zoe … it’s wearable glamour essentially and they just love your signature styles … literally, they just fly off our shelves!

This is what happens when coffee talk meets glam!

 

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Alina’s Love

Alina Villasante, owner and visionary of Peace Love World

Alina Villasante, founder and visionary of Peace Love World

Alina Villasante is the founder and visionary of Peace Love World, a retail brand that is taking Florida and the world by storm. Alina believes that she is here to tell a story, a story of peace and love and good will. That is why every PLW item is infused with positivity. But it’s more than an image on a shirt. Alina says, “Peace Love World is about experiencing fashion in a soulful way – mind, body, spirit.” I asked Alina how she came to tell this amazing story …

MKG: Alina, you moved around as a child – born in Cuba and raised in The United States. How old were you when you and your family moved to the US? How did growing up in the various environments affect you?

Alina: I moved from Cuba to New York when I was 8 months old and after twelve years my family moved to Atlanta. Growing up in New York and Atlanta made me realize that everyone is looking for the same thing no matter where you come from. I learned how to love and appreciate all types of people, personalities and ethnicities. Continue reading

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Abby

Abby - Miss TEEN New Jersey

Abby

Being true to yourself never goes out of style” ~ From Broadway’s Legally Blond

Abby is a charming seventeen-year old with a perspective on life that is at the same time modern and refreshingly old-fashioned. She is a role model for young girls, because in addition to being the oldest of five, two of whom are younger sisters, Abby is also the reigning Miss TEEN New Jersey. This week I have been pondering over the question: what is  beauty? – first, with Ceylone and now, with Abby. Here is Abby in her own words …

I grew up loving fashion. My mom says that I left the hospital with a bow in my hair. I always wore bows, loved pink and was very girly. I also love wearing dresses that are flowy and flirty …

I always liked watching pageants but I never thought it was something I would do. Last summer when I was sixteen, the woman for whom I babysit (a former pageant participant herself) encouraged me to try it. She said that I would love it and she was right … Continue reading

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Age-appropriate dressing

More Magazine, March 2013, with Connie Britton (What to wear at 30, 40, 50)

More Magazine, March 2013, with Connie Britton (What to wear at 30, 40, 50)

Dressing appropriate to our age is an ever-present battle. It is something we think about or perhaps we should think about more often. I’m at an age when the things I used to wear may no longer work for me but that doesn’t mean that I’ve lost all sense of style or the need to look relevant and fun. And what about others – all age groups – teens, 20s, 30s, and beyond? It would be great if there were a guide book to help us. As it is, we have our inner guide and our friends to help us navigate. And there is More … Continue reading

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Sad news for Sigerson and Morrison

Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison, namesakes of Designer Shoes, Sigerson Morrison Photo Credit:

Kari Sigerson (left) and Miranda Morrison, namesakes of designer shoe brand Sigerson Morrison                                                                                                                                                            Photo Credit: WWD/Conde Nast/Corbis

My heart broke a little today. I heard a sad (not new, but true) story about my favorite designer shoe label Sigerson Morrison: the brand is no longer run by its namesakes and founders, Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison. Not only were they fired from the company they created but they have been embroiled in a lawsuit with the company who became their ‘angel investor’ in a deal that went bad. Very bad for Sigerson and Morrison. Now these women are searching for what to do next as the lawsuit continues. Continue reading

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Susan on style …

Susan

Susan

Susan and I have been friends for a long time and I have always loved her sense of style. She has two signatures: her long, soft, strawberry blond hair and her simple, elegant and impeccable style. She was born in Britain but has lived her adult life in New York City and presently, Brooklyn. She is a mother of two and a writer, and has worked for fashion magazines. I think it was Susan who gave me my nickname, Mel! This is Susan on style

Mel:  How would you describe your style?

Susan: I buy very few clothes. I get obsessive about one or two designers and I stick with them. I would rather buy one thing that I really love than five things that are simply okay. Because of my coloring I have a narrow range that I can wear. I can’t do reds, oranges or pink. I don’t like extraneous things on clothes; I like clothing to be very simple. Unfortunately, simple is very expensive! My favorite designer is Marni; if I could pick only one designer to wear it would be Marni. I also love Prada. Continue reading

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Teen Talk with Catie

Teen Talk with Catie

Teen Talk with Catie

I’m back with my girl Catie. It’s been a year since we sat down and much has happened in that time. Catie graduated from 8th grade and is about to complete her freshmen year of high school. We caught up and talked about fashion, friends, and self-image. Once again it was illuminating. Here is Catie …

I’ve noticed that in high school there is much more freedom to go your own way. It’s okay to be yourself. Styles are more purposeful and the girls take it more seriously …

People aren’t as interested in looking like everyone else as they were in middle school; in high school they are coming out of their shells. They are more experimental and creative in the way they dress. You can tell someone’s personality by the way s/he dresses and individuals are accessorizing in a personal and identifiable way  …

I am more experimental, too. I don’t stick to just one style. I’m less afraid to be myself now. I dress for myself, and I feel welcome to be myself.” ~ Catie

Let’s do this again soon Catie!

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xox Betsey

Betsey and Lulu Johnson

Betsey and Lulu Johnson

You may want to spend part of your Mother’s Day with designer Betsey Johnson and her daughter, Lulu. Tonight the Style Network will launch the season premier of: xox Betsey. A little over a year ago Betsey Johnson filed for bankruptcy but as she herself says, “The stores are gone, but I’m not!” Which is a very good thing, and I can’t wait to see more of Betsey Johnson! She is a fashion favorite, ever since my mother introduced me to her in the mid 1970s when she took over the fashion label Alley Cat. I will never forget (and I wish I could find) the red plaid corduroy Alley Cat blazer designed by Betsey Johnson. It was divine. I borrowed it from my mother and she never saw it again.

I imagine xox Betsey will be a loving tribute to mothers and daughters everywhere and a lot like Betsey Johnson-the-designer herself: bold, bright, edgy, cooky, a lot of fun and original! I’ll be watching!

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