Make Your Coat Say, “This is Me!”

A few years ago I treated myself to a bright, cherry red coat by Cinzia Rocca. The color makes me happy and is a nice alternative to the black I love (and wear!) so often. As the leaves fall and the trees begin to bare my red coat stands out as the bright spot in my day. I encourage you to wear colors that pop, that make you feel good, and that bring you joy. During the summer, I always forget how important a coat is. But when fall is in full swing a coat becomes the first thing the outside world sees – make it say “this is me!

Coat, Cinzia Rocca, pants Loehmann’s; boots Rachel Comey

Photos by Lauren Hagerstrom; shot on location at The Great Swamp, NJ

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An Exhibit Honors the Fashion Forward

Models wear Schiaparelli clothing and hold an issue of Minotaure, a Surrealist magazine with a cover designed by Salvador Dalí.
Photographed by Cecil Beaton, Vogue, 1936 / Getty Images

St. Petersberg, Florida, is home to the Dalí Musuem’s new exhibit (opening Wednesday), “Dalí & Schiaparelli, In Daring Fashion,” honoring two creative forces in the art and fashion worlds: Salvador Dalí and Else Schiaparelli. In Vogue article, Steff Yotka, describes these artists and original thinkers: “Together they were an unstoppable force on the Parisian scene of the ’30s, he with his slicked-back hair, curled mustache, and stunts, she with a cutting wit and those leopard-skin boots. Between 1934 and 1936, each appeared on the cover of Time magazine. She was the first fashion designer and businesswoman to do so. But there’s another lens that makes the relationship between Surrealism’s most prolific artist and fashion’s most shocking designer even more interesting … At the core of Dalí’s and Schiaparelli’s work is an ideological mission to create something new. Both deeply believed that their work in art, fashion, film, advertisement, dance—whatever!—was in service of their quest for newness and novelty.”

Schiaparelli was the first to design a jumpsuit and design a fashion show set to music; Dalí introduced the world to the art hologram. I can only imagine the beauty and wonder inside this exhibit. Says the Dalí Museum’s director, Hank Hine, who selected and organized the artist’s works and designer’s couture pieces, Dalí & Schiaparelli “absolutely recognized each other’s genius and had a deep respect.” It brings true meaning to fashion forward!

“Dalí & Schiaparelli, In Daring Fashion” is open at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida from October 18 through January 18, 2018.

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That Same Tuxedo For 8 Years!

That tux. Photo: © 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP

Cute story: Speaking at an event this week former first lady, Michelle Obama, pointed out how ‘unfair’ it was that in the 8 years at the White House, she always had to come up with new looks, while her husband — former president Barack Obama — got away with basically wearing the same thing to different events. At a conference in San Jose, California, Michelle was asked about a picture that had gone viral, of herself in a black gown standing next to her husband in his tried-and-true black tux (she, adjusting his bow tie). “This is the unfair thing, you talk about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, no matter what we do, he puts on that same tux,” she said. “People take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace. They didn’t comment that for eight years, he wore that same tux, same shoes.” The former First Lady said that President Obama  would tease her about how easy it was for him to get ready for his formal events, that he was “proud” of his repeat outfits: “He was like, ‘Hm I’m ready. I’m ready in ten minutes. How long did it take you?’” she told the crowd. “And I’m like, ‘Get out of here.’”

 

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Pearls of Wisdom

Photo: Sophie MacMillan

Photo: Sophie MacMillan

When looking for the perfect accessory don’t forget a classic – pearls. Ever modern, ever appropriate, ever lovely; you can never go wrong with pearls. Single, double, or triple strand: Pearls of wisdom ever after.

My pearls: Jackie Kennedy Collection

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Seeing Red in the Year of the Monkey!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

This Monday, February 8, marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year: The Year of Monkey. The Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 animals; the Monkey ranks in 9th place of the 12 animals. A Monkey year happens every 12 years. And 2016 is a Fire Monkey year – which will not be seen again until 2076. People born under the sign of the Monkey are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive, and leaders. You go, Monkeys!

I wish all great fortune this Monkey year!

Photo by Lisa Reznik

 

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Alexandra Regazzoni and me    Photo credit: Lisa Reznik

Alexandra Regazzoni and me                 Photo credit: Lisa Reznik

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Five Days of Dressing for Success: PODCAST-The fashion/wellness connection

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Dress for Success Morris County Transforming Lives Gala 2013

Dress for Success Morris County Transforming Lives Gala 2013

At the heart of Dress for Success is the notion of transformation and empowerment. Women seeing themselves in a new light, often for the first time, standing taller, feeling better as they move forward in their professional lives. This is the connection between fashion and wellness. In this week’s podcast, I speak with Stefanie Conley, Executive Director of Dress for Success Morris County about being a witness to this process …

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First Fashion …

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The Obamas at The Inauguration – synchronized dressing Getty Images

A moment to take in the First Fashion from the Inauguration …

Michelle Obama has great style. What I love most about our First Lady’s fashion sense is that she truly owns it. She knows what works for her and how she likes to present herself. Every time she steps out she makes a statement – one that says chic and approachable at the same time. Today, all three Obama women made statements, and the First Fashions were so well coordinated  …

… and for the second time, Michelle Obama chose a custom Jason Wu design for the Inaugural balls. I love this color red; she wears it so well.

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The Inaugural Ball -Michelle Obama in Jason Wu                                                                                                                        Getty Images

The Inaugural Ball –
Michelle Obama in Jason Wu / Getty Images

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It’s the little things …

Jennifer Lawrence in her tangerine-red couture gown and slim black belt

Jennifer Lawrence in her tangerine-red couture gown and slim black belt- Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Details in dressing are important. It’s the little things that help you reach your style potential and create value that will take your look over-the-top. When I saw Jennifer Lawrence in her gown at The Golden Globes, the tangerine-red dress was beautiful, yes, but it was the slim black belt that made it stand out! Accessories, when done right, are accents that bring charm and identify you and your personality: a belt on a cardigan sweater, a necklace worn in an open v-neck, or the right bracelet on your wrist. Other details are critical, as well. I have spoken about the need for a good fit and having a tailor in your arsenal. Proper seams add sophistication to your shirts and jackets, and slacks hemmed appropriately for your size will do the same. Pops of color brighten an outfit, but more important, your mood. Think of a colorful handbag or clutch, or scarf worn around your neck, or even a manicure, the next time you want to feel brighter.

It’s the little things that bring huge benefits!

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