Bland is boring when you’re talking about food but good when you’re talking about skin …

See? No more brown spot!

No more brown spot!

Last week Chaz Dean talked about the two most important things when it comes to our self-image, self-esteem and confidence: our hair and our skin. Hair may be our crowning glory but our skin is the mirror to what’s going on inside. Neither should be overlooked and both need to be protected. The winter months can be especially hard on our skin and the elements create dryness and chapping that needs extra tending.

Aging and growing older shines a new light on caring for our skin. A few years ago I had a rude awakening. I began to notice a large brown spot on my cheek that wouldn’t go away; in fact, it got darker and more noticeable with time. What was it? A large freckle? An age spot? Whatever it was I didn’t want it and it began to bother me, to the point where, when I looked at myself in the mirror, it was all I could see. Through a recommendation, I met a lovely woman, Dr. Lisa Breslauer, Board Certified Dermatologist. After performing a series of laser treatments Dr. Breslauer removed that stubborn brown spot and I was able to see myself again! Continue reading

What can young people do to feel better about their body image? “Turn off the TV,” says Arianne.

Arianne Cohen

Arianne Cohen

Arianne Cohen describes herself as an “out-of-the-box” thinker. A journalist (writer of the series, What I Wear to Work, on BloombergBusinessWeek), author, tall-person and wellness advocate, she is above all else a storyteller, looking to connect with others and spread a bit of humor along the way. Here is Arianne

MKG: Can you tell me a little about where you grew up? Are you a native New Yorker?

Arianne: I grew up in Delmar, which is a suburb of Albany, New York. As is often the case with tall kids in smaller towns, I was always the tallest in my class, and the tallest child anyone recalled. I quickly became a competitive swimmer and swam 3-5 hours a day from middle school on. I had a pleasant childhood, but always knew that I didn’t want to live there long term.

MKG: What inspired you to become a journalist?

Arianne: If you are a creator — someone who wakes up in the morning to make things — Continue reading

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What happens when women get together to talk fashion? Magic!

Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation, on location at Mondo Summit

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 Learn for 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

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Fashion’s Photoshop reveals the phony

 

Body Evolution Image, image via try10000/YouTube

Body Evolution image, via try10000/YouTube

Upworthy.com is an online site that describes itself as “social media with a mission At best, things online are usually either awesome or meaningful, but everything on Upworthy.com has a little of both. Sensational and substantial. Entertaining and enlightening. Shocking and significant.” ~ Upworthy

A friend sent me this link from Upworthy.com, written by Contributor Laura Willard. Take a look: it’s a time-lapse video showing the evolution of body alteration via Adobe Photoshop. It’s about time we ask ourselves – what is perfection, anyway? Can’t we live in a world where we aren’t bombarded with a ‘phony’ reality? How can we teach our children and believe for ourselves that we are fine the way we are, and don’t need to be ‘touched up’ or changed in any way?

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Seeing red … in a good way!

IMGP1357IMGP1370I love wearing red. Especially, bright, cherry red. Nothing makes me happier and I have felt that way since I was a young girl. When I was in my early 20s I owned a cherry red coat which I loved and wore to death. Since then I have been pining for another red coat.

When I saw that red coats were making a splash statement this fall season I had hopes of adding another one to my life. And I did – this is more of a long jacket than a coat, but the red is bright, it’s so soft and I love the big collar which I wear up. I am home.

I hope Josephine’s mother, the Maestra Sarta, is pleased!

Photos by AlexandraIMGP1384

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The verdict is in: School uniforms raise teen self-esteem

Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of

Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of The Middle School and The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School

My two sons go to public schools; one is in 8th grade, the other is a senior in high school. They don’t wear school uniforms and I have been curious about what life would be like for them if they did. Especially for my younger son who is in his early teens and at an impressionable and vulnerable age. I spoke with Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of the Middle School and The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, an all-girls school from Kindergarten through the 12th Grade. We talked about the role of uniforms and why they are so important for the self-image of the students of Kent Place School. Dr. Rezach also helped me to see why this is not just about clothing and the choices our children make. It goes much deeper. She is a formidable woman and I must confess that I was a bit nervous before our conversation but the minute we started talking, I knew that I had come to the right person.

Here is my conversation with Dr. Rezach:

MKG: Kent Place School has adopted a “uniforms with choice,” platform from Kindergarten through the 8th grade. How does that differ from a basic uniform?

Dr. Rezach: It’s a question of Kent Place School’s mission. Traditional uniforms were not in line with the mission of Kent Place to develop independent leaders. Continue reading

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No midriffs for me

Rodarte Spring 2014 Photography by Peter Stigter

NY Fashion Week – Rodarte Spring 2014
Photography by Peter Stigter

One of the big trends we saw for Spring 2014 at NY Fashion Week was exposed midriffs and crop tops. It’s nice in theory, but trending for me? I don’t think so.

One of the strangest things about aging is the realization that your body is morphing; sometimes the change is gradual and sometimes it completely shocks you to your core taking you by surprise. Continue reading

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Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Isn’t it heartening when you meet someone you know is special? That is how I felt the moment I met Cindy Joseph. She was so inspiring that I knew I must stay in touch with her and her positive energy. Cindy is the kind of person who helps redirect lives. As CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, Cindy is a one-woman cheerleader spearheading what she titles the Pro-Age Revolution. Our conversation in its entirety will be aired tomorrow in my weekly podcast. But here are a few BOOM! by Cindy Joseph updates to whet your appetite until then … Continue reading

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Conversing with Caroline

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Caroline Misan Alvo

Caroline Misan Alvo

A few weeks ago I spoke with Alicia Jay, who at 6’6″ lives every day by her personal mantra: “Tall is beautiful!” But beautiful comes in all shapes and sizes. Today I sat down with Caroline Misan Alvo, who talks about what it has been like to be 4’9″ and how that affected how she shopped for clothes and her feelings about herself. Caroline wanted to help other petite women (anyone under 5’4″) by giving them their own community and opportunity to find fashion-forward clothing and personal shoppers who truly understood what it means to be petite – and in January 2013, she launched her on-line shopping website called Gambita. When I spoke with Caroline, height be gone; in fact, there was nothing small about her or her vision. She is a true role model.

We are all fashion relevant, don’t you think? Comment below and check out my other weekly audio podcasts here on Turning Fashion Inside Out and on iTunes.

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Peace Love World

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Anacristina, outside the Peace Love World outlet store, Florida

I love the PLW concept because it merges statements about peace, love, happiness, service, etc. with funky, cute and comfortable fashion.” ~ Anacristina, age 19

Anacristina, from Miami, visited a super-popular destination for fabulous clothes with a hopeful message: Peace Love World. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians have been spotted wearing their clothing. And last week the popular singer from Colombia, Juanes, was spotted with his daughters in PLW’s flagship store in Coral Gables, Florida.

Stay tuned for founder Alina Villasante’s story Continue reading

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