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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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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Five Days of Dressing for Success: How it works

Dress for Success Morris County - Transforming Lives

Dress for Success Morris County – Transforming Lives

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu (Chinese philosopher 604 BC – 531 BC)

There are three steps critical in shaping the mission, the vision and the core values of Dress for Success Morris County:

Step One: The Suiting Program – A free-of-charge shopping experience where women are welcome to shop the boutique with the assistance of a volunteer personal shopper, and select attire that will earn them respect in the interview process. Each woman receives one hour of dedicated time and may choose one suit or business casual outfit, several separate pieces, two pairs of shoes, a handbag, two pieces of jewelry, and a coat and extras, including cosmetics, pantyhose, etc. Everything is donated from individuals and corporations and only top quality items are chosen for the boutiques. 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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