A bomber jacket that was worth the wait!

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P1040953Ever since last fall, I have longed for a silky, bomber jacket. But the ones I coveted were completely out of my price range. However, good things do come to those who wait. And this good thing is a really, good thing; a fabulous paisley bomber jacket by G by Giuliana Rancic for HSN. Purchased for under $100, the “Monica” Bomber Jacket is soft, and ultra-chic. Versatile and effortless, this jacket gives me the style I’ve desired, at a doable price. Today I wear it with shorts and a summer blouse, but soon it will transition beautifully to the cooler months, when I pair it with jeans or trouser slacks.

This is the second time I have purchased a G by Giuliana Rancic piece; the first was a leopard print dress I featured last September, almost a year ago. Giuliana’s attention to detail is exquisite, and she designs everything to make you look your best. It may be because Giuliana’s father is, himself, an expert tailor. And of course, all at a great price-point. Obviously, I am a big fan.

Shot on location at Pasticceria Rocco, NYC

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Clothes tell the story of our lives: the good, the bad and the ugly

Me as a bride, the second time; the first time I was 5 years old

The second time I am a bride; the first time I was 5 years old

I believe that our clothes tell the story of our lives: that we can remember an event, a moment, a mood or a feeling, by the clothing we were wearing. I remember being five years old and wanting, more than anything, to be a bride for Halloween. I lived in an apartment building with many steps, and I was traumatized to discover that by the end of the evening my beautiful bride’s dress had been torn to shreds from trick-or-treating and continuously stepping on the hem. Years later, I remember being a bride in my grown-up wedding dress and how I felt like a princess for the day. I remember my brownie outfit and the sash that held my badges and how I wore it with pride, like a true soldier. I remember being in eighth grade, putting on a pair of bell-bottoms, wedge shoes and a Huckapoo shirt, and feeling confident and cool; the first time I really felt that way as a young teen (after months of feeling awkward and gangly). My clothes are my memories and I remember it all.

This holiday, I was moved when my friend gave me the charming book, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, written and illustrated by Ilene Beckerman. It is the story of a woman’s life and memories, told through the clothes that she wore.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore - written and illustrated by Ilene Beckerman

Love, Loss, and What I Wore – written and illustrated by Ilene Beckerman

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You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes you just might find a piece of Isabel Marant for H&M

My boots from Isabel Marant for H&M

My boots from Isabel Marant for H&M

How does that Rolling Stones song go? You can’t always get what you want – You can’t always get what you want – You can’t always get what you want – But if you try sometimes you just might find – You get what you need –

Sit down. I have a story for you. It began a week ago, on November 14th, with the release of Isabel Marant’s Collection For H&M. Actually, that’s not true … it started before that, when I interviewed Emilie-Rose, who told me that Isabel Marant was her favorite French designer, because she is “fashion-forward and innovative.” That conversation set the wheels in motion because at that moment I remembered that Isabel Marant was releasing a Collection in partnership with H&M on November 14th. I have tried several of these collaborations before, with Target – Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung and Missoni – and have found some wonderful, original pieces, but I have also made a few mistakes and certainly paid the price for them – maybe not physically but certainly emotionally: In the long lines, the manic shoppers and the overall bad karma. I had no idea what this particular collaboration would entail, especially since Isabel Marant is so popular.

But, I decided to give it a try, because, really, when would I ever be able to afford something from Isabel Marant? Continue reading

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Shopping the outlets with Teresa

Teresa's handbag find from the outlets

Teresa’s find at an amazing price: One of several handbags from the Coach Outlet Store (to go with her new boots!)

Teresa, aka Sassy Suburbanite, is a special woman with a shining nature and an inspiring story: a former single mother of two accomplished young women, she recently married, and her family of three has grown to a family of six. She knows the value of good style while at the same time understanding the realities of shopping on a budget. Here is Teresa’s answer: shopping the outlets

MKG: Have you always been interested in shopping the outlets or is it a relatively new discovery?

Teresa: Outlets are a relatively new discovery for me over the last ten years. I have been to the outlets about four or five times. I was a single mom for many years and now my husband and I have four kids in college at once. Needless to say, I’m always looking for a good valueContinue reading

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Denim: Day Two

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two. I give full credit to my friend, stylist Kim Naci, for creating this look for me. These are my slim-leg jeans from Vince, and I was unsure how to wear them until Kim showed me how to give them new life. Rolled up and paired with a structured blazer (which dresses it up a bit) mimics the cropped-style pant and shows off a bit of ankle, not to mention a great shoe. Continue reading

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Five days of denim: Day One

Day One - wearing my Mavi jeans

Day One – wearing my Mavi jeans

I love denim. It is by far my favorite way to dress – a pair of jeans with a tee or a blazer or  sweater feels most like me. Considering how much joy I experience when I try on a cowboy hat or cowboy boots I would have to say that in my heart I am a cowboy. I own five pairs of jeans. Crazy? Well, yes. But I rationalize it by telling myself that I wear different styles for my lifestyle and wardrobe needs. One pair for every day of the week, in fact. So I decided it was time for me to do an experiment: five days of denim. Over the next five days I will wear a different pair of my jeans – and if you pick up a styling tip or two during the week my efforts will have been worth it.

Day One: My favorite jeans are my Mavi distressed boot-leg jean for their ease, comfort and fit. I think boot-leg are the most flattering. Continue reading

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Fashion and function

Photograph: Patricia Saxton Background artwork: Patricia Saxton

Photograph: Patricia Saxton   Background artwork: Patricia Saxton

Who says fashion can’t be functional? While at my friend Patricia’s house, I found the most adorable tape dispenser hidden inside a stiletto heel.

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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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Shopping Day

Alexandra at 10:00 am - Her shopping day begins ...

Alexandra at 10:00 am – Her shopping day begins …

Costume designer, Alexandra, went shopping today. Her goal? Find accessories and costumes for the short film for which she is designing: Karaoke King. As a costume designer Alexandra is a storyteller and interestingly, she likes shopping for the characters but not necessarily for herself. She tells stories through costumes and accessories, never overlooking any detail. Sometimes the story is pretty, sometimes gritty and dark … and today? This story is about a former successful rocker who finds himself in a slump and singing karaoke. The clothing and the mood must be glam rock.

Because Alexandra lives and works in New York, the entire city becomes her shopping closet and she must be able to seek out the gems within the neighborhoods and the vintage shops of note; places like Goodwill in Harlem, where she can find a suit for $15, or the treasures in downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn. The turnaround time for this shopping excursion is quick; shopping today, filming over the weekend. Here is how it works: Continue reading

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Strawberry season

It's strawberry season

It’s strawberry season

It’s Father’s Day. It’s my first trip to the farmer’s market. It’s strawberry season. And it’s time to pull out my strawberry crossbody handbag which was a happy gift from a friend. I love taking it out when strawberries are in season, begging the question: which is fake and which is real? When it comes to fashion a little whimsy is always welcome.

 

 

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