“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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Time to bring out the chunky sweater!

FullSizeRender-11The chunky sweater. The chunky sweater. The chunky sweater. Look anywhere, and you will hear about this fashion must for fall. I am mad about sweaters, and I have been since I was a teenager. In fact, I have been adding to my sweater collection for as long as I can remember. Sweaters are warm, cuddly, soft, and they add texture to an outfit. The problem is that buying a unique and substantial chunky sweater has become outrageously expensive. But, not always.

Have you shopped at Marshalls lately? I bought this Kenar oatmeal-colored chunky sweater because it was soft to the touch and versatile, with an unexpected surprise – buttons on the back. I think it compares to any high quality chunky sweater, though I purchased this treasure at Marshalls for only $30!

Give Marshalls a try. Like other stores of its kind, it’s best to go without expectation. But I have been lucky with Marshalls from time to time, and you may, too.

Thanks, Josh, for the photo!

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Nicole’s Body Boop Message of Self-Acceptance …

Nicole, and yes, she IS!

Nicole, and yes, she IS!

Nicole with her fiancé Photo credit:  Tim Jarosz/Orange 2 Photography

Nicole with her fiancé, James
Photo credit: Tim Jarosz/Orange 2 Photography

Every now and then I meet someone who reminds me why I love to share stories. This is a special story of a lovely 28-year old woman, named Nicole. Nicole is a journalist and the author of Body Boop, a website designed to encourage people to be authentic and comfortable with who they are, with a message that says, ‘you don’t have to be like anyone else or compare yourself to others, anymore.’ It is a message that Nicole had to learn herself, in her young life, as she struggled with the diseases of anorexia and bulimia. Diagnosed when she was 14, and hospitalized for treatment three times in her already young life, Nicole has fought hard to love herself and her body just as she is. As I write this, I am thrilled to tell you that Nicole has been doing very well the past four years, is in a healthy place, and is about to be married in September.

My heart sings when I think of Nicole’s courage and her willingness to share her story so that others can find health and peace and self acceptance. I will continue to follow Nicole in her journey as she prepares for her wedding in a few months. Today, Nicole and I spoke about her relationship with fashion and the role that clothing plays in her life …

MKG: When did you start your blog and how did you choose the name, Body Boop?

Nicole: My blog has been live for one month but it has been a dream of mine for a long time. My background is in journalism and I knew I could write it, but I wanted to make sure that I was completely healthy so that my message would be 100% healthy for everyone else.The word ‘Boop’ is something my fiancé and I use with each other; it means nudge or encouragement and that’s what I want to do for others – encourage. Continue reading

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A lifetime of shopping with my mother

My mother and me at my brother's wedding in Maui

My mother and I at my brother’s wedding in Maui, 20 years ago (what was I thinking with the black shoes and stockings, and why did you let that happen, Mom?)

I have had a lifetime of shopping with my stylish mother. Fifty-three years, to be exact. I like to think that I was born knowing everything about style and who, what, wear, but really, I have always been watching my mother and following her lead when it comes to dressing and feeling my best. We are good at it and have found out how to stay away from the dangers of mother-daughter muck and mire. We have listened to each other and helped each other to dissect the ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes my mom has been right, and sometimes I have been right. It’s a give-and-take collaboration between mother and daughter, but more like best friends. Continue reading

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Denim: Day Two

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two. I give full credit to my friend, stylist Kim Naci, for creating this look for me. These are my slim-leg jeans from Vince, and I was unsure how to wear them until Kim showed me how to give them new life. Rolled up and paired with a structured blazer (which dresses it up a bit) mimics the cropped-style pant and shows off a bit of ankle, not to mention a great shoe. Continue reading

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