My Podcast Journey

My son Eric took this picture of me just before he left for college

My son Eric took this picture of me just before he left for college

Thursdays have been the day I post a weekly podcast and I am sure you have noticed that I have not posted one in a while. I keep hoping that I will pull one out but each week comes and goes and I do not do it. The truth is that I miss my sound engineer and my son, Eric. He was my go-to guy who took my material and magically turned it into the weekly podcast. Now that he is in his first year of college, I have tried to do it on my own and I have done it on my own but my heart is not in it. I am sure when I feel ready I will either figure out how to keep it going myself or hire another person to help me transmit weekly podcasts, because I have always valued bringing my conversations on TFIO to life! But for now, it was important to give you the reason why you haven’t heard me on the blog and I am sorry. I look forward to bringing back the podcasts and when I do, you will be the first to know!

With Love, Melissa

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PODCAST Flashback Friday: Halloween!

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Scan 1-4Halloween is the best for kids: first, as a kid yourself, and later, when you are a parent with kids of your own. This picture was taken when my boys were much younger. I think it was the only year that they dressed in the same outfits. In this week’s podcast, I reminisce about Halloween fashion and days gone by …

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup

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Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Earlier this week, I was witness to a beautiful transformation of my mother, Claire, by simply adding a few key makeup essentials. In this week’s podcast, The Magic of Makeup, I talk about that magical moment with the gorgeous Claire, and my go-to makeup of choice, Bobbi Brown!

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PODCAST RETURNS! This week in fashion …

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My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

My podcast returns this week, and I am thrilled. I have been nervous to produce my own podcasts, since my engineer and my podcast-parter-in-crime, my son Eric, left for college. But I am a big girl, and I know that I can do it. Here are this week’s fashion stories that are on my mind. So glad to be back!

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When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!

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P1040986Hair colorist, Isak, opened my eyes earlier this week, when he talked about society’s should messages about hair and age. I realize that for the last 20 years, I have slowly but surely cut my hair, as I reached certain ages and stages in my life. And you know what? I no longer like wearing my hair shorter! So, I have changed that. In today’s podcast, I talk about these harmful should messages and remind us to stay clear of them!

Photo by Kim Naci

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Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

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Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters – Caring, sharing, every little thing that we are wearing … All kinds of weather we stick together, the same in the rain or sun. Two different faces, but in tight places, we think and we act as one …” (From White Christmas, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. Copyright, Paramount Pictures)

Join my sister, Cheryl, and me, in today’s podcast as we talk about how to stay feminine in the midst of boys and motherhood …

 

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My Loehmann’s Woe: Where did you go?

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Loehmann's, January 10, 2014 - liquidation has begun ...
The old Loehmann’s; an actual store
The New Loehmann's - online-only shopping destination
The New Loehmann’s; an online-only shopping destination

In the past few days, my mailbox has been filling up with messages from Loehmann’s. You heard me: Loehmann’s. At first, I was thrilled. Could it be that it had all been a bad dream, and Loehmann’s never really went out of business? Was it all in my head? The thrill quickly turned to extreme disappointment, when I reviewed the advertisements more closely and saw that they read: The New Loehmann’s. In the back of my mind, I remember that this was coming: the new online-only version of Loehmann’s. And yes, I remember saying to myself then, and here on the blog as well, that an online only Loehmann’s is a contradiction. It does not make sense. Because the magic of Loehmann’s was in the store itself; in the aisles and in the dressing rooms. Especially, the dressing rooms. Join me in today’s podcast as I ponder this sad-but-true new reality for Loehmann’s and for us shoppers …

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So this is what 50 looks like!

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Celebrating my age!

Celebrating my age!

Today is my birthday; I find it hard to believe that I am 54, but life has had a way of sneaking up on me! One thing is true about being this age; I try to be grateful every day, and more mindful about experiencing each joyful moment. Join me in today’s podcast and hear more of my musings about what it means to age well (hint: a good fitting bra helps!).

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BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!

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Kylie and me

Kylie and me

In today’s podcast, my dear friend, Kylie, and I talk completely off-the-cuff about the connection between fashion and self-esteem. She and I have known each other a long time: we met in New York City’s Upper West Side, had babies together, and are now watching those babies grow and move up on their own. Our lives have been full and hectic. Here is what happens when we are left to our own devices!

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Throwback Thursday PODCAST: THE PROM!

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The table shot from my Senior Prom - that's me in the middle

The table shot from my Senior Prom – that’s me in the middle

So, it’s Prom Week. My high school senior, Eric, is going to his prom in two days; we just picked up his classic black tuxedo. And I, inspired by Man Repeller, as I often am, ask this question for Throwback Thursday: say I was going to the Prom now – what would I wear? The answer is that I do not regret anything about my Senior Prom dress, and I would do most everything the same as I did in 1978. Everything, but one thing. Listen to my podcast to hear what that one thing would be …

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