“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou
MAKERS, the largest video collection of women’s stories, featured 7 quotes on gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving. This one by poet and activist Maya Angelou speaks to me most. The words Welcome Good stay with me, reminding me to look for the good, allow it in, and realize all the good that is in my life now. Feeling gratitude is a way I want to of live in the world – even when the world looks dark – and a way that I choose to actively maintain every morning when I wake and every night before I sleep. Welcome Good. Thankful this Thanksgiving.
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!
No question that the best gifts are the ones made by hand. My friend Alexandra made me a knit scarf for the holidays. She was very sneaky about it; asking me first, what colors I like to wear around my face. My answer, by the way, is red – always – bright, cherry red! And I have been wearing it ever since. Especially wonderful, since I and most of the country got blasted this week by a wave of arctic air. What did they call it? A Polar Vortex? OMG! A homemade knit scarf, sweater, hat or gloves are always the warmest. My homemade scarf kept the sub-zero temps away from my face and looked oh-so-chic at the same time.
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.
Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation, on location at Mondo Summit
11.12.13: A lucky day. There are times when the stars align and everything is perfect. That’s how it was for me today. I led what is called a Lunch and Learnfor members from my local New Jersey community. The place: a magical spot called, Mondo Summit, a building dedicated to the arts of all kinds.
The topic was how fashion and self-esteem and wellness are related. I talked about how I started my blog and podcast, my intentions and my interest in telling stories; not just my own but mostly others’ about how fashion is connected to our self expression and how we feel about ourselves. In an effort to keep growing and sharing, this was a wonderful opportunity for me.
Thank you to all of the amazing women who attended the program, and to the beautiful surroundings of Mondo and the delicious lunch. I am grateful for all …
It feels good to Turn fashion inside out!
Photo by Alexandra, shot on location at Mondo Summit
“I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows.” ~ Katy Perry
Is this about fashion? Maybe not, but I awakened this morning to see Katy Perry on Good Morning America and a smile came to my face. She was there to promote her new single, ROAR, and to announce a contest with the GMA audience. I love Katy Perry. Yes, I love Katy Perry, especially since watching the documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Not just for her quirky style and original fashion choices, but mostly because she is a beacon of light and glows from within. Her music inspires me, brings out the dreamer in me and drives my boys crazy but that’s okay. They can give their mom this.
What a refreshing positive role model for young girls – and older girls too!
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 →
What will you be doing on this last official day of summer? Running your toes through the sand, or relaxing by the pool, or swimming in the lake? I witnessed a wonderful moment of a man sitting on his porch swing – doing absolutely nothing except taking it all in. And I? I will be treating myself to a movie matinée, which is my favorite thing to do. It always feels just a little indulgent during the daytime. I look forward to seeing Woody Allen’s new movie, Blue Jasmine – I hear it’s very good.
I am wearing my white jeans because it’s okay to wear white all-year round and fashion is about making your own rules.
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’s “What 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 →