A Conversation with Maya Albanese

Maya Albanese - Photo credit Maya Albanese

Maya Albanese – Photo credit Maya Albanese

I discovered Maya Albanese through her work, watching her film on the website, PopSugar, about a day in the life of celebrity fashion stylist, Anita Patrickson. I enjoyed it so much that I shared it on TFIO. It did not take me long to see that there was much to admire about Maya – her talents and her passion for justice guide her in a most positive way. Maya is a multimedia reporter, producer, and film director, who covers music, social justice, sustainability, Latin America, and innovation in food, fashion, and technology. But there is something bigger, something that enables her to delve deeper into the world: her warm and inclusive heart. Here is Maya …

MKG: Tell me a bit about how/where you grew up?

MAYA: I always say “I grew up in the world”…I was born in Vermont, but I have lived in 5 states (Vermont, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and California) and 5 countries up until today.

MKG: Your passions are far-reaching. What do you consider the important issues that guide you?

MAYA: I wake up every morning concerned about how the world can be a better place for people, and that involves maintaining a healthy planet and environment. The connection between people and nature, and how we can resolve dissonance occurring between the two right now – that is just one of the issues that drives me.

MKG: What inspires you?

MAYA: Art. Film. Music. I’m inspired by anyone who speaks through his/her creative self, whether that’s painting walls or singing from the heart, or producing media that is outside-of-the-box, making people think in new and different ways. Continue reading

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EILEEN FISHER loves the world

Courtesy: EILEEN FISHER, INC.

Photo Courtesy – EILEEN FISHER, INC. “When you see the ampersand symbol it means we have a story to tell about our sustainability efforts.” EILEEN FISHER, INC.

In the front section of today’s New York Times, there is a sleek advertisement for an EILEEN FISHER black jacket and white silk tunic that catches your eye. Not just because the outfit is quintessentially simple and stylish; it is also green. As part of the #THISISECO campaign, the jacket gets 38% of its fiber from recycled water bottles and the tunic is dyed without using hazardous chemicals.

Since its inception in 1984, EILEEN FISHER, INC. has taken a human interest in the design and production of its clothes. Eileen Fisher, the woman and founder, has made it her mission to support not only the environment through its holistic approach of honoring the earth, but also supporting women with its Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs and Leadership Grant Program for Women and Girls. These are the reasons that the brand EILEEN FISHER loves the world and the world loves EILEEN FISHER right back!

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Five Days of Dressing for Success: Tamara’s dream to be free

Tamara T, speaking at The Dress for Success Transforming Lives Gala

Tamara Trotz, speaking at The Dress for Success Morris County Transforming Lives Gala

The minute I slipped that dress on, it brought the entire equation together. I thought: ‘maybe people can see my ambition now.’ I felt that people had no choice but to take me seriously. You see, I never felt that I was being taken seriously. And to know that the clothes were a gift to me, made me feel worthy in a new way. Dress for Success did that for me. ” ~ Tamara Trotz

Tamara Trotz is a remarkable young woman. She is a poet. At age 24, she is designing her life and her future with the grace and maturity of a woman much older than her years. Everything she is, everything she values and holds dear, Tamara received from her mother, whom Tamara lost last year to cancer. Her mother had just turned 50. When you meet Tamara you feel the love she has for her mother and you know that she is growing up with the same courage, strength, faith and hope that her mother had. This is Tamara’s remarkable story in her own words: how she grew up with 3 siblings and a single mother who was a victim of domestic violence, how she found her ambition at 15, graduated from high school and college, and learned to appreciate her outer self when she found Dress for Success Morris County. I only hope that I do Tamara justice …

I never really understood the difficulties my mom had endured until later in my life. Growing up was isolating and I was forced to grow up long before my years. I am the oldest of three girls (my brother is a few months older than I am) and I became the caretaker. I was six years old when I understood that my mother was being battered by my father. That was the point when I started to feel the need to protect my mother. She was an amazing, strong and capable woman and mother. She gave her children everything she had and took such good care of us; her life’s dream was to give to us. And I wanted nothing more than to protect her – always … Continue reading

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Five days of Dressing for Success: It starts with the mission

Stefanie L. Conley, Executive Director of Dress for Success Morris County, holding a Nanette Lepore jacket

Stefanie L. Conley, Executive Director of Dress for Success Morris County, holding a Nanette Lepore jacket

Let’s start the New Year right by focusing on the connection between fashion and wellness and self esteem. That has always been my intention for Turning Fashion Inside Out. There is no better service that recognizes this connection than the international organization, Dress for Success. For the next five days, TFIO will focus on the beautiful work that Dress for Success Morris County (New Jersey) is doing to help empower women in need.

For 7.5 years, Stefanie L. Conley has been the Executive Director of Dress for Success Morris County.  She says that the Dress for Success program is to “be there for women on their entire professional journey. It’s about helping women to regain their confidence. When they walk into the boutique they don’t see what we see – that they have so much to offer.”

Tune in tomorrow to see the how the journey works and the three-step process begins… Continue reading

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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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DVF: “Fear is not an option”

The glorious Diane von Furstenberg

The glorious Diane von Furstenberg  – Image credit: Wikipedia, at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera premiere

Last night I had an intimate conversation with Diane von Furstenberg. It felt that way as I watched “Shop the Hangout with Diane von Furstenberg,” a new online shopping experience with Google+, in partnership with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). This was the first of what will be several future ‘Shop the Hangouts‘ with designers. Interviewed by Eva Chen, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine, the conversation became a global hangout as special guest, beauty expert and entrepreneur Michelle Phan and five women from around the world had questions for Diane. It was 40 minutes of pure magic. That’s because Diane von Furstenberg is wise and witty and wonderful. Here are some DVF thoughts, life advice and uplifting inspirations:

On the wrap dress: “A good thing is good forever … So many people have wrap stories … I decided that to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress we are collecting stories and photographs. Continue reading

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Cindy’s Pro-Age Revolution

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Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph is a one-woman cheerleader, encouraging women of all ages to embrace the joy of being ourselves, and as she says, “find all the things that are right about who we are.” Follow me in this inspiring podcast and see for yourself why Cindy and her infectious personality are taking the world by storm as she is spearheading the BOOM! Pro-Age Revolution with us, her sisters …

And then comment below and check out my other weekly audio podcasts here on Turning Fashion Inside Out and on iTunes.

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What is beauty?

Ceylone - Spokesperson for Kick Cancer Overboard

Ceylone – Spokesperson for Kick Cancer Overboard

Ceylone - Spokesperson for Kick Cancer Overboard

Ceylone – with Kick Cancer Overboard team

Knowing Ceylone has inspired me to ask the question, ‘what is beauty?’ We met last December when Ceylone was the guest/motivational speaker for a group of women from Dress for Success. I watched as she brightened the room with her presence and touched us all by her personal story and her desire for every woman to reach her purpose and potential. It was magic.

She is not only a motivational speaker, but a makeup artist, wife, mother, and spokesperson for an organization called Kick Cancer Overboard.com, all of which give her purpose and reward. Ceylone has won the titles of Mrs. New Jersey America and Mrs. New Jersey United States. And tomorrow, Ceylone leaves for Chicago to compete with 70 other women in the Mrs. International Pageant 2013. Continue reading

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