Holding Tight to my Tights!

Tights are my essential go-to’s to offset the chill of winter without the sacrifice of style. These days, tights are so versatile that you can style them in creative ways  – with a dress, under boots, peaking out from beneath ripped jeans, or in my case, with a skirt and booties. Wearing tights has changed the way I dress in the winter months, allowing me to wear the leg-bearing outfits I once thought only possible in warmer months. I am willing to pay more for my statement tights since I now wear them most every day; I choose Wolford for its top quality, durability, and high style. Continue reading

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Put a Pin In It!

optimized-2016-10-13-01-16-45-2There were numerous, “I have to have that!” fashion moments watching Sex and the City; sometimes it was Miranda or Charlotte or Samantha, but mostly it was Carrie moments. She was over-the-top, yes, but I related to her fashion-forward style. Her pieces, especially her accessories, were unique and expressive – they identified her persona and character. Certain moments come to mind, especially those of Carrie wearing a series of flower pins. I had my own Carrie Bradshaw moment today when I added a vintage Dolce & Gabbana flower pin to my blazer – just for the fun of it. No one had seen anything like it and I was happy to wear something unique. Don’t be afraid to have a good time with your accessories; they are what set you apart from the crowd. They will give you that edge and confidence to be your most individual self. And that is what clothes do best.

Pin, Dolce & Gabbana; Blazer, Valentino; Blouse, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti

Photo by Abrina

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Shoes for the Party in my Future!

melissashoes-7At the start of the New Year, as I cleaned out my closet, I was left with a dilemma: what to do with my fancy, Dolce & Gabbana party shoes? The truth is that I don’t wear the shoes often. I have worn them but I don’t have much occasion to wear fancy silver shoes. But the reason I bought them is the same reason that I have kept them: for the party in my future. What is that saying: dress for the job you want? I am a dreamer for sure and I often find myself thinking of dressing for the life I want! And in my dreams is an elegant party where I will dress to the nines in my fancy art deco D&G shoes. That is why they are still in my closet and will remain there – even after my closet cleanse and after the purge. Because there is a voice inside me telling me to be ready … for the party in my future.

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The Banana Shirt Goes on Summer Vacation

Optimized-P1050668Today my banana shirt is in Richmond, Virginia enjoying the hospitality of family and the charm of this beautiful city and surrounding areas. This unique tee is Dolce & Gabbana, purchased several years ago at my favorite consignment shop. It is a summer favorite and travels with me on vacations. The very same camo banana shirt and cut-offs took a snooze with me on a lazy afternoon and shopped at a local Lilly Pulitzer store at the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am definitely going bananas!P1030938

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The long skirt gives my Thanksgiving staple a run for its money

6zGh-s2e1x6JX_zofPere6PkfswKWzqSGHetaLkRhOg,M4dDYmsPHKlAoyT47LsirC94jhCBkoKe1bKFiO3jwL8,xhJktamPYtSibMpAjzdjpvYOlmotr_vIEczmwCSeDIgFor as long I can remember, I have worn a comfortable pair of pants for Thanksgiving. Stylish yet warm and cozy, pants have served me well and have been the workhorse of my Thanksgiving wardrobe (not to mention that pants have allowed me to unbutton the top button without anyone noticing!). But this year, the long skirt is giving my Thanksgiving staple a run for its money. With long skirts so popular, there are many options from which to choose. And you can wear them with boots or sandals or flats. I choose boots; when combined with a long skirt everything hits at just the right place.

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(Skirt: J Jill; sweater: Dolce & Gabbana; boots: Sergio Rossi)

Photos by Sophie MacMillan

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Orange-you glad it’s autumn??

IMG_3001IMG_2992-2On the East Coast, this is the first day that really feels like fall. The snap of the wind has brought cooler temperatures, and everywhere I go I see the orange of pumpkins and smell the pumpkin spice. My orange sweater and I (a vintage Dolce & Gabbana) found ourselves at a local farm today, picking pumpkins and taking in the orange landscape.

Photos by Sophie MacMillan; pumpkins – Hillview Farms, New Jersey

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TFIO: A Valentine Anniversary!

This month marks the second anniversary of Turning Fashion Inside Out, and what better day to celebrate than Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing your stories, thank you for tuning in, commenting, and getting the dialogue going. Because there is a connection between fashion and self-esteem, fashion and wellness. And nothing is more joyful than telling these stories … your stories, our stories. I feel the love!

Video by Eric Guarino/favorite Valentine’s Day sweater Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

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Celebrating Cindy Joseph, an inspiring woman of style

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Women take on a unique beauty every chapter of their lives.There is a shift that occurs as we age. One kind of beauty is replaced with another as time goes by. When we stop hiding and start celebrating and wearing our age proudly, others recognize our beauty as well.” ~ Cindy Joseph, CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph

Happy New Year to all! On this first day of January, 2014, I look back to one of the most inspiring women I met in 2013, Cindy Joseph. Cindy has a terrific story: She had decided to stop coloring her hair. On the very day she cut off the last bit of dye, she was spotted on a street corner in New York City and asked to be part of a world-wide Dolce & Gabbana campaign. She has been modeling now for 14 years, and is empowering women as she began to spearhead what she calls, the Pro-Age Revolution and founded Boom! by Cindy Joseph, the first pro-age cosmetic line for women of every generation.

I am a better person and a better woman for meeting Cindy. I celebrate her this New Year’s Day.

(weekly Wednesday series, “I’m Not Buying That!” returns next week)

 

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Prom: 2006

Daniel in his Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo and his four friends with hand made original designs

Daniel in his Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo and his four friends with his hand made original designs

My final prom feature is a sweet story about generosity and kindness. In 2006 Daniel was a senior in high school. Already a fashion designer and a creative original, Daniel hand made four prom dresses for his friends, including his date for the evening. The Great Gatsby was the inspiration for his date’s dress – a dropped waste and a soft, silk fabric pillow of a dress. For himself, Daniel had ordered a rental tuxedo. When the day came to pick up his tux just one day before the prom Daniel was dismayed to discover that the tux did not fit him and was far too big. When he brought it home his mother took one look at the tux and said that it would not do. He had just made four exquisite dresses for his friends and he needed to look just as sharp. She said to Daniel, “let’s go!” Together, they returned the rental tux and marched over to Dolce & Gabbana: Daniel tried on an amazing tuxedo that fit him perfectly. His mother bought the outfit for him then and there, as well as a shirt, shoes and accessories. Daniel was so touched by his mother’s generosity and extravagance, but his mother told him that it was her joy to do this for him and it would be his graduation present. Daniel owns the tuxedo today and counts it among his treasures. His mother sounds like a treasure, too.

Thank you to Daniel and Samantha and Miranda for sharing their prom stories. I learned a lot about high school prom in the process; some things are quite different from when I attended my prom. The things that are the same are simple: feeling special for the day and being with your friends to mark the growing up process in a completely unique way. And Ashley? She is holding off on this year’s prom to attend her senior prom next year: she and her friends will instead make a trip into New York City for a special dinner. Sounds good to me!

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Cindy’s BOOM! Revolution!

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Women take on a unique beauty every chapter of their lives.There is a shift that occurs as we age. One kind of beauty is replaced with another as time goes by. When we stop hiding and start celebrating and wearing our age proudly, others recognize our beauty as well.” ~ Cindy Joseph, CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, makeup artist turned supermodel, introduces the first pro-age cosmetic line for women of every generation

At a time when many women are confronting the negative messages they have heard about aging, Cindy is guiding them to a new path by sharing how she has come to embrace and celebrate her own age at 62!  Cindy says, “Some say I have an ageless beauty, however, I am not a blank ageless slate. I believe the beauty they see is age-full.” Continue reading

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