Why We Miss Loehmann’s!

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

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Let Your Clothes Lift You

P1050073P1050071My 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

 

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Child’s Pose in the Sunlight

Photography by Michal Efron

“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

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TFIO: Three Years of Conversation

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  

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TFIO: Three Years of Conversation

Stay tuned for my interview with Kylie!

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

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Who Are These MEN OF THE CLOTH?

MEN OF THE CLOTH: a film by Vicki Vasilopoulos

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.

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Get moving with the right clothes

P1050073P1050071I 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

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Neighbors sharing more than sugar: The topic? Fashion and self esteem

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Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation at MONDO Summit

Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation at MONDO Summit

This week I met with my local community to discuss the connection between fashion and wellness. It was a delightful and informative exchange and the first of, what I hope will be many opportunities to share ideas.

I believe there is a connection between well being and fashion. What do you think? Share your comments below!

 

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What happens when women get together to talk fashion? Magic!

Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation, on location at Mondo Summit

Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation, on location at Mondo Summit

11.12.13: A lucky day. There are times when the stars align and everything is perfect. That’s how it was for me today. I led what is called a Lunch and Learn for members from my local New Jersey community. The place: a magical spot called, Mondo Summit, a building dedicated to the arts of all kinds.

The topic was how fashion and self-esteem and wellness are related. I talked about how I started my blog and podcast, my intentions and my interest in telling stories; not just my own but mostly others’ about how fashion is connected to our self expression and how we feel about ourselves. In an effort to keep growing and sharing, this was a wonderful opportunity for me.

Thank you to all of the amazing women who attended the program, and to the beautiful surroundings of Mondo and the delicious lunch. I am grateful for all …

It feels good to Turn fashion inside out!

Photo by Alexandra, shot on location at Mondo Summit

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Heather: “Creating is the most fun …”

Heather, polishing her silver bracelets

When I met Heather at MONDO today, she was polishing silver bracelets that she designed, in order to keep them from oxidizing. It is one of the many details that make the process of designing her own jewelry completely personal. Her love of jewelry began as a child, raiding her mother’s jewelry box. She was always fascinated by color and enjoyed accessorizing from an early age. As Heather got older, “the fun part of my morning was  selecting the jewelry pieces I would wear and taking time to do it.”

When I asked Heather, now a wife and mother of two young sons, how she turned her fun play time into a solid business, she told me that it started simply enough, after she had her second son and had a little more available time (just a little!). She began to create her own bracelets and necklaces, because “my eye naturally goes to my neck.” Continue reading

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