The weather cooled and I quickly pulled out my favorite Rebecca Taylor sweater; the one I have worn and loved for many years and featured here on TFIO. This sweater has a good story – I hunted it down to find the very last one at a Rebecca Taylor boutique in Atlanta after seeing a blogger I really admire wearing it. I love the color, the softness, and the texture – it’s warm enough to wear without an added jacket for chilly days before the real cold begins. Favorite things are favorites because they make you happy when you wear them, no matter how long you have owned them. In fact, they get better with age. This sweater traveled several states to find me and I feel we are destined to be together for a long time.
Sweater, Rebecca Taylor; jeans, Frame Denim, boots, Laurence Dacade Paris
Shot on location at MONDO Summit – Photo by Serena Chmelar
I dedicate this post to my dear friend, Michal, who is moving tomorrow, returning to her home in Israel. Michal took this picture of me for a feature I wrote about how my exercising changed when I treated myself to the right clothes. You see, a few years ago I came to Michal’s class uncertain and fearful. I hadn’t exercised in years and I was feeling my age. I began to exercise in sweats and shame. Every moment was uncomfortable for me. But Michal made me see the light – that movement and good heath and vibrancy were not only possible but doable! Yes, I bought the right clothes and spent the money at Lululemon to step up my game, but that was only the beginning. It was working with Michal and having her support me every week that really changed me. She helped me to see that movement will always keep me strong, and that I deserve to feel good. She helped me to feel my inner power, dare I say – Goddess – and push away the fear that was holding me back. I am not saying that I never feel fear; I do, but I am different now. I now look at the fear and keep moving forward.
I, and our wonderful class of new friends, will miss you, Michal. But you are in our lives forever. And you must know that you gave me a gift that is taking me forward as I hope to age gracefully and powerfully. There is an expression: Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Thank you for giving me my first day. Love you.
Photos, Michal Efron; shot on location at Mondo Summit
Photo shot on location at MONDO Summit
Photo shot on location at MONDO Summit
Photo shot on location at MONDO Summit
Milliner Beth Alden has a signature: rain hats handmade from 100% recycled rain coats and gear. But when her friend Patty asked if she could design a custom fascinator for an upcoming Irish wedding, Beth was game to try. Because this artist and designer, who grew up playing dress up, has always been inspired by hats. In fact, Beth shared with me that she started her love affair with hats when she and her mother would choose the hat department in any store – first – and begin the dress up in earnest.
In the United Kingdom it is considered poor manners not to wear a fascinator to a wedding. Patty’s dress was peach; with this information, Beth designed two hats for her by making use of her antique fabric remnants – and this feathered fascinator was the winner. “I love to make one-of-a-kind hats,” says Beth. “I never pre-plan a custom hat design; I work with whatever comes to me. And I am committed to using existing materials and try to design as zero-waste as I can.” I would say this fascinator is jolly-perfect!
Beth Alden graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. Today, she and her creative business partner and photographer, Joe, live in Saugerties, New York, where her business and studio is located, and where the dressing up continues.
Patty, wearing her fascinator at the wedding in Ireland – courtesy of Patty
It happened the other morning – I woke up at 5:00 am with a conversation in my head: Why We Miss Loehmann’s. My friend Kate sat down with me to discuss why some of us cannot seem to replace this one-of-a-kind shopping experience …
Filmed and Edited by Eric Guarino; Shot on location at Mondo Summit
My friend Michal took these pictures of me not long after I started taking her class. It was my first formal exercise routine in a very long time; I was nervous and intimidated. At first, everything seemed too hard and scary – I felt unsure and unsteady. To match my insides I wore gray sweatpants and tees. I thought that would make me feel better, more comfortable. What I didn’t realize was that the clothes actually made me feel worse; they were not helping me to feel stronger or better in any way. Eventually, I decided to invest in proper exercise clothes and see if that made a difference. It worked: my Lululemon clothes helped me to feel stronger and gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. Even when I felt unsure, wearing the proper gear helped me to feel that I belonged in the class. I let the clothes work for me.
Now, I find myself feeling unsure all over again. I have a new full-time job and I can’t get to Michal’s class during the week. After much research I decided to join a gym. I was never a member of a gym – it is new for me – and the feelings of insecurity are returning. Just walking though the weight room to get to my class feels like an act of bravery. So once again I have decided to invest in new exercise gear that will give me the boost I need. Let your clothes do the work and lift you when you need it; they have that power.
Workout gear, Lulemon; photographed by Michal at MONDO Summit
“Child’s Pose” Photography by Michal Efron
The clothes I wear to meditate and exercise are most meaningful to me. They lead me to the light, the understanding, the relaxation, and the power to be my best and most pure self. I realized recently that what you wear to exercise is important; when you choose comfort and fit and quality it says that you matter. At the very moment when I chose to select the proper clothes, I gave myself permission to practice with authority. Clothing does that. Namaste.
Outift – T for Talbots; Photographed at MONDO Summit
Last month, Turning Fashion Inside Out celebrated its 3-year anniversary. To honor the occasion, my dear friend Kylie sat down with me to talk about creating this blog and what it means to me. Watch closely and you will see how Kylie turns the tables on me …
TFIO Logo by Patricia Saxton, Saxton Studio; Interview Photography by Lisa Reznik, Editing by Odeon Films; Filmed on location at Mondo Summit
Stay tuned for my interview with Kylie!
In honor of TFIO’s anniversary this month and to celebrate three years of conversation, I will be interviewing my friend Kylie – talking about what Turning Fashion Inside Out means to me, the conversations that I have had on the blog, and the connection between fashion and self expression.
Happy 3rd Anniversary, TFIO! Thank you for all your kind support. And stay tuned for the interview …
Photo by Lisa Reznik, shot on location at MONDO, Summit
MEN OF THE CLOTH: a film by Vicki Vasilopoulos
“What it means to find your true calling in life is the universal message of the film.” ~ Vicki Vasilopoulos, Producer/Director of MEN OF THE CLOTH
It is a special experience to see a film and have the chance to meet its director. Last night I watched a documentary film about three master tailors called MEN OF THE CLOTH. This inspiring portrait of three Italian master tailors — Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti — takes the viewer behind the scenes of the artistry and craftsmanship of an Old-World profession that may be vanishing from modern society. Filmed over the course of eleven years, producer/director Vicki Vasilopoulos tells their story with authenticity and warmth.
Most of us will never know the true artistry of a master tailor. We would never know, for instance, that these three master tailors started working when they were young boys, that they practiced and practiced and perfected their skills with a passion and perfect concentration. Many of us simply think of tailoring clothing as providing alterations and that could not be farther from the truth. A true master tailor creates from a singular vision, understands every aspect of the human anatomy, is always learning, reaching to do better, and developing a relationship with his tools and his clients so personal that they become one.
I was touched by this experience, and I will forever appreciate the stories that these masters tell with their hands and their hearts, and Vicki Vasilopoulos for telling it.
MEN OF CLOTH was Presented at MONDO Summit, by The Film Society of Summit
Note: Turning Fashion Inside Out and Melissa Kaplan Guarino were not compensated for this endorsement. All opinions are my own.
I am not someone who exercises naturally. I love to walk and do as much as I can, but I find it hard to pick myself up and head to a class or to the gym. My routine is simple and sometimes, non existent. So for someone like me, it is important to commit by starting with exercise clothes that make me feel good and will help me take it seriously. Your clothes have that power. When I wear raggedy-old clothes, I am not inspired to exercise and I simply won’t do it. On the other hand, when I feel good in what I am wearing, I stand taller, and feel able to push myself out the door.
And the older I get, the more important it is to move and stretch and add to my routine. I want to stay healthy and this is one way to do that. I recently started a new class and try to be there as often as I can. But I noticed that it wasn’t until I bought this bold outfit from Lululemon, that I started to feel as if I could do it, as if I believed in my own strength. I urge you to do the same; take care of yourself and get the clothes to help. You so deserve it!
Photo credit: Michal, my friend and exercise guru, shot on location at Mondo, Summit NJ