I Heart Betsey Johnson!

Betsey Johnson via ManRepeller

Leandra Medine, founder of ManRepeller and my ultimate fashion inspiration, interviewed the ever-original fashion designer, Betsey Johnson, in a cozy conversation filled with life advice on success and failure. To be part of the dialogue between these two meant the world to me. It was as if I was sitting on a couch with Betsey Johnson myself. And for this girl, who first fell in love as a teenager to the dresses and tulle and romance of this truly one-of-a-kind designer, it brought my childhood fashion dreams back in an instant! Here are some snippets of wisdom and lessons in living a happy life from Betsey herself:

For me, success had nothing to do with money. Success was functioning. I’m sure it’s the same for every designer. All you want to do is look out the window and see someone wearing your clothes.

The easy thing is often what makes you the money, but it’s hard to make it that easy; you’ve got to do the hard thing to make it easy.

My personal style has always been central to the brand, and it’s always been experimental because I’m my own guinea pig. I used to wear everything I made and that’s the only reason I made clothes.

You’ve got to wake up in the morning and be happy. Feel happy to be alive. I believe you do have to drum up your happiness. I believe you can go either way and it’s all in your head. And who doesn’t wake up in the morning and go, “I feel like shit”? But you’ve got to force yourself to think, “You know what, there’s something I want to accomplish today.” You have to make up some reason for why it’s going to be a good day.

Staying positive and optimistic is necessary to function. And I think you have to have a dream. You have to have a personal vision and go for that.

 

 

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Leopard is the New Neutral

There have been moments when my fashion dreams came to life! I have seen my favorite fashion muse Leandra Medine speak before but to see her speaking in such an intimate setting, blew me away! Kate Spade store, West Village, NYC, was one of these moments: the sight of Leopard Leopard Leopard – a KateSpadexManRepeller pop-up store event. Medine, founder of mighty media company, ManRepeller, joined the visionary behind Kate Spade, Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd, in a conversation about their personal stories, their feelings about success … and of course, how they feel about wearing the fashion staple, leopard, which in Medine’s words is “the new neutral!” It was inspiring! Continue reading

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“I don’t have anything against jeans!”

My Dad in jeans

My Dad in jeans

In the half-century that I have known my Dad, I have never seen him wear jeans. Never. Until today. There he was, in a pair of jeans he bought at Marshall’s – and I couldn’t believe my eyes! When I asked him why he decided to try them now, he said, “I don’t have anything against jeans!” And yet, it was a first. He told me that they fit a bit too big in the waist … my fashion advice? I told him to put them in the dryer from time to time and let them shrink a bit. I went on to advise him that I have been doing that with my jeans for years. Too funny, really, to be giving my Dad advice about jeans. A fashion moment for sure. Dad, I’m buying it!

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I’m buying it … or not … (breaking bad shopping habits)

A bad shopping habit: Buying something expensive like a Chanel bag, then buying a bunch of cheaper bags soon after. (Photo: Jenny Norris)

Via Stylecaster: “Buying something expensive like a Chanel bag, then buying several cheaper bags soon after, is a bad shopping habit.”  (Photo: Jenny Norris)

With a fresh new fall season upon you, it’s tempting to fill your wardrobe with inspired new clothes. And it is difficult to figure out, in that fleeting moment of shopping frenzy, what you really need versus what you may want. Sure, you think you have the discipline to enter a store and hold back on non-essential purchases. But buyer beware: there are shopping habits that can be dangerous, and leave you feeling emotionally and physically spent. Here, Stylecaster lays out 12 shopping habits that we need to break, right now. I find number 5 to be the worst of the bad shopping habits: You don’t play the wait-a-day game. If you find something you love but may not need, put it down for 24 hours. If it stays with you, consider getting it. You’re meant to be together. On the other hand, If you forget about it after a day, then forget-about-it! It’s not meant for you. I’m buying it … or not …

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