Yesterday was my birthday. The minute I saw that the sun was shining, I pictured myself celebrating the day in my Diane von Furstenberg summer wrap dress. That’s how it has been for me – every morning, since I was three years old (when my mom says that she could no longer dress me!). I awaken with an idea of how I want to express myself that day. Every piece of clothing, every accessory, has to be mine. I don’t know how to live another way.
Now that I have turned 56, I see no need to change. You are as young as you feel but I don’t feel any age. Some days I want to look one way, some days another. I never know what that will be until the day begins. What I do know is that the choices I make will not be based on what I think I should wear but what I want to wear. This is what 56 looks like!
Dress, Diane von Furstenberg; Shoes, Talbots; Photos by Alexandra
Today is my birthday; I will be celebrating with my family and friends and I will think about the clothes I wear. Not because I care about the clothes (which I do) but because I care that I am presenting the best version of me to the world. Sure there is the inevitable ‘I am a year older and what am I doing with my life?’ question. But mostly, birthdays make me think about what it means to be the best version of myself. Since starting this blog three years ago I have been pondering the connection between the clothes we wear and how they make us feel about ourselves. The older I get the more I see that the outer covering is a direct reflection of the inner me. If I take time to give my daily wardrobe attention I am saying to myself that I matter and that I am worth the effort.
This is the outfit I am choosing to wear today – my birthday – this time of inner reflection.
Photo by Kim Naci; dress, Splendid
My $28 leather sweatpants from Loehmann’s
The wonderful Belly Dancing at Le Souk Harem, NYC
What do the following have in common: celebrating a special birthday, New York City, Belly Dancing and making memories-of-a-lifetime? The answer: my leather sweatpants! When my dear friend Lisa celebrated a birthday milestone, I decided to follow my stylist’s lead and wear leather sweatpants! I took it to heart when Kim Naci said her obsession for 2014 was leather sweatpants; more comfortable than the leather jegging of 2013, leather sweatpants have just enough cool to be different. I found these at Loehmann’s for $28, during their going-out-of-business sale. Birthdays are a reminder to celebrate and what better way to do that than with friends, and of course …. fashion! Happy Birthday, Lisa!
Photos by Lisa Reznik