Rosana IS The Girl From Ipanema

Girl From Ipanema

Girl From Ipanema

I have known Rosana Elias for 10 years but I had no idea how her story evolved or how her father envisioned and pushed for a life for her even before she did. Or how much Rosana left behind to start her life in the United States. Until we sat down to talk about her life that is both amazing and full of prophesy. Here is Rosana …

I was born in Brazil to a Brazilian mother and an Egyptian father. I grew up working in my mother’s business, her salon, making wax. I started at age 14 and my sister (who is one year older) and I worked hard to learn as much as we could about the business. In Brazil, waxing is an important art form and is taken very seriously. The wax is as close to pain-free as you can get and girls start waxing at an early age. I loved chemistry and majored in chemistry at the University – my dream was always to formulate my own beauty products. It is still my dream today …

When I was 21 my American friend encouraged me to join him in America to take classes and learn to speak English. Since I was planning to be a biochemist and develop my own brand I thought it could only help me to learn English. I said yes and decided to come to New York  – something I thought I would do for one year at the most. It was on the day of my departure at the airport that my dad changed my life … Continue reading

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My Obsession With Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld: AP Images

Carine Roitfeld: AP Images

My mother subscribed to Elle, and I read every issue! My parents had innate elegance. I acquired a proper taste for clothes naturally, by observing them. There was a time when I thought this it was clothes that determined one’s appearance, but now I know that it’s people themselves. It’s on each of us to set our own pace against the whirlwind of trends.” ~ Carine Roitfeld, Irreverent

On the coffee table in my living room sits a single book: not one with gorgeous images of art or landscapes. On my coffee table sits a book written by fashion icon, Carine Roitfeld, Irreverent. In it contains the thoughts, comments, and images taken from the life of a woman who has much to say and one with whom I am obsessed. I started noticing Carine Roitfeld in the Sunday NYTimes style section when they would capture images of her and “the look.” I wondered to myself, who was this chic woman who wore the most daring high heels and pencil skirts like no one else, who always had a bit of hair covered over one smokey eye? After months of wondering I did the research and found out that she was the editor of  Vogue Paris. Not a surprise to find out she was French (with Russian heritage) because Carine Roitfeld had what I always imagine a French woman to have – that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that belongs just to her.

In 2011 Carine Roitfeld resigned from Vogue Paris after a decade at its helm, and since that time she has continued to inspire me. She wrote her book and became the global fashion director for Harper’s Bazaar and editor in chief of her own, CR Fashion Book. In addition, she has collaborated with Uniglo to create a collection and is about to launch a second, so that we may all grab a piece of the Carine Roitfeld mystique for ourselves.

Every now and then I open the book on my coffee table to absorb a message for the day. On life, on style, on love, on passion – on anything that Carine Roitfeld has discovered in her life. She is now 61, but that doesn’t matter. Because she is still as vibrant and sexy as ever. I don’t know what it is about her – je ne sais quoi.

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“A Barbie That Looks Like Me” – Zendaya

12042687_991962730844771_8207745155061485015_nWhen I was little I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me. My … how times have changed.”

Beautifully said, Zendaya. Barbie® honored Zendaya for encouraging girls to “raise their voices” with a one-of-a-kind doll, presented recently at the Barbie™ Rock ‘N Royals Concert Experience on September 26 at the Hollywood Palladium.

The doll, created in Zendaya’s likeness, commemorated her iconic Vivienne Westwood look from the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet where she inspired us all to simply be ourselves. Zendaya hosted the Barbie Rock ‘N Royals concert, an experiential event benefiting VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Said Zendaya: “I’m excited to be a part of the new direction the Barbie brand is headed, specifically how they are celebrating diversity in the line and encouraging kids to raise their voices.”

Earlier this year, Barbie®  introduced more diversity into their Fashionistas® line, including twenty-three new dolls, featuring eight skin tones, fourteen different sculpts, eighteen eye colors and twenty-three different hair colors. Yes! I’m buying it!

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Say it with me: I am Enough!

i_am_enoughHave you had that moment when you say to yourself: “I am not (fill in the blank) enough?” As women we often look to our bodies to fill in that missing word. I have done that. I have questioned myself and wished I could change certain things about me. After much self exploration, I have finally come to a place where I can say with conviction, “I am enough.” That is the most important thing we can say to ourselves for healthy, happy, wholehearted living.

I recently heard about the inspiring work of Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston, and author of several books. Ms. Brown calls herself a researcher and a storyteller; she has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Big stuff! Listen to what Ms. Brown has to say on the subject: “This is what I have found: to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts even though there is no guarantee, and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult; to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of kind of terror when we’re wondering, ‘can I love you this much?’ … and the last which I think is probably the most important, is to believe that we are enough. Because when we work from a place, I believe, that says, ‘I’m enough,’ then we stop screaming and start listening. We’re kinder and gentler to those around us and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”

So, say it with me: I am enough! And let’s let the acceptance and the joy make its way in.

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Into the Woods …

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Outfit: Rebecca Taylor sweater, Frame Denim jeans, L.L. Bean shoes, Misaharada cap

Photos by Sophie MacMillan Continue reading

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Every Girl Will Want This Muffin Top!

Muffin Top: with Cathryn Michon and Marisa Jaret Winoker

Muffin Top: with Cathryn Michon and Marissa Jaret Winokur

Muffin Top: Cathryn and Tucker

Muffin Top: with Cathryn and Tucker

Muffin Top: with Cathryn and Tucker

Muffin Top: with Cathryn and Tucker

You know you are watching a movie with a meaningful message when the opening screen fills with these inspiring words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” What follows is a hilariously funny, charming, and slightly sexy film called Muffin Top: a movie that addresses important issues like body image and self esteem and is brought to life by a super-talented cast that includes Cathryn Michon, Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, David Arquette, and Melissa Peterman. I was fortunate to catch the premiere and meet Cathryn Michon herself – the writer, director and star of the movie. Ms. Michon and I talked about the essence of Muffin Top, body image messages, why it is essential that women have larger roles in filmmaking, and of course, the costumes! Here is my conversation with Cathryn …

MKG:  What is the message behind Muffin Top? What are you hoping to say to women and men with this story?

CATHRYN: Muffin Top is a great Girl’s Night In movie. That makes you laugh and get inspired to be kinder to yourself, because you are beautiful. It goes very well with wine and chocolateWe really want the takeaway from Muffin Top to be,love yourself NOW, not 5 lbs from now.” We all came together to make a truly funny and romantic movie because we believe that comedy really helps open your heart to looking at yourself in a more loving way.

MKG: What do women need to know about their bodies and feeling good about themselves?

CATHRYN: We need to remember that these media images that make us feel so insecure about our bodies are photoshop cartoons, not real women. Even supermodels don’t look like their magazine covers in real life. Continue reading

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In search of the Color of The Year

Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Each year Pantone selects a color to inspire and provide a catalyst for creative spark. Last week, Pantone selected its Color of the Year: Marsala, an earthy red-brown, like the red wine itself. I hesitated at first because the red I favor is more of a clear, bright apple-red but I kept an open mind as I went in search of a richer, deeper red – to see if it has a place in my wardrobe.

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I even searched Chanel:P1050454 Continue reading

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Nico Guilis Finds Her California, And Ours Too …

Find Your California, launches

Find Your California, launches: Photo Credit, Nico Guilis

I lived in Southern California for just a few years in the early 70s, but the memories of my life there, run deep. There is a huge part of me who will always be a California girl. So when I read the Harper’s Bazaar interview with artist and photographer Nico Guilis, about the November 3 launch of her new website, Find Your California, I had come home. Nico grew up in Malibu, California: a self-described, “hippy, surfer, artist chick … Find Your California was a mark of independence for me and something that I created on my own that quickly became an inspiration to other girls who are like-minded. I call it the stoke. Sharing the stoke about life. It circles back to a point to happiness,” says Nico. Find Your California will be a collection of travel diaries and beauty stories, all female, with inspiration and positive, empowering messages for girls everywhere.

Love this! Nico, you are gnarly. I am stoked. And I am buying it … For sure!

 

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New York’s Finest At New York Fashion Week

IMG_0713IMG_0690-3The sun was shining today, as I stopped by Lincoln Center to check out New York Fashion Week. People were everywhere, but my favorite friendly faces were two of New York’s Finest, who joined me for a photo. The sights and sounds were an inspiration to the fashionista in all of us. But the best part of Fashion Week doesn’t live at Lincoln Center in New York; it lives inside me – the notion of dressing to my best ability, taking fashion to new levels and taking some fashion risks, but never, ever taking for granted that I have the chance to express myself every minute of every day. Happy Fashion Week!

Photo credit: Linda Colarusso

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Joan Rivers: Beeautiful!

My lady bug bee pin, by Joan Rivers, paired with a tee by Missoni (for you, Joan)

My lady bug bee pin, by Joan Rivers, paired with a tee by Missoni (for you, Joan)

The bee pin, for those of you who don’t know, has been my signature. It represents achieving the impossible, because the bee absolutely cannot fly, cannot get off the ground, the way it’s built; yet it flies, and makes the world beautiful. So, it gives you hope … When people say, ‘give up,’ … no, no, no, no, no … don’t give up, up and at ’em, make the world better.” ~ Joan Rivers speaking on  QVC

I am heartbroken at the loss of Joan Rivers. I celebrate her life today, with my own Joan Rivers signature bee pin from QVC. Thank you for this beautiful, meaningful piece, which I will wear and think of you. And no, I won’t give up, nor say ‘I can’t.’ Rest in peace, Joan.

Photo by Alexandra

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