It’s a Leopard and Leather Day!

plraTwoufeQKTTOHjcpfwWUEeMVFNoxr5VmrgTLN5t0,ztAewArcq4Y4DDviiYSks5l1HltBFp5A6BtJM6iO_wo-1Autumn crush and surging winds are in full swing and I am in the mood to wear my leopard dress with my leather jacket. I usually wear this jacket with jeans and a tee, but it’s fun to shake it up and pair it with a dress, tights, and boots. Why is it that we follow old pattens and have the tendency to put clothes together in the same way? Following fashion and style blogs has helped me to broaden my thinking and experiment with my clothes. I recommend it for expanding your wardrobe and starting to think of yourself as a free spirit. Put the leather on and carry on!

(Leather jacket Diesel first seen here; leopard dress G by Giuliana Rancic first seen here; boots Belle by Sigerson Morrison; tights Wolford; vintage handbag Prada)

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This Devil Wears Prada

IMGP0401In honor of President’s Day and the spirit-of-the-sale, I purchased my first pair of Prada boots at my favorite local consignment shop. These boots are like-new … and the final price? $50 (reduced from the already reduced price of $260). In any other universe, I would never be able to own a pair of Prada boots, so this is a dream come true for me. Continue reading

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Men in Red Pants

The man in the heather purple suit, Fifth Avenue

The man in the heather-purple suit, Fifth Avenue

A few months ago, Kevyn at Prada, told me that, for the first time, more men than women are coming in to shop. He told me “they are looking for something new and are not afraid to try new things and experiment. It used to be the opposite …” ~ Kevyn

Ingrid Steffensen has been keeping an eye on the New York City streets and is seeing exactly what Kevyn is seeing. I am grateful to Ingrid for being my eyes and ears in the city. Here is Ingrid’s story about: The Men in Red Pants (and Green, and Orange, and Purple, and …)

With our daughter studying abroad for a year, my husband and I are trying out a year of living in New York City. We have temporarily left our charming three-bedroom suburban house in New Jersey and we’re renting a tiny Manhattan apartment in the Flatiron District. Is this as fun as it sounds? I’m sorry to have to say – yes, yes it is. After sixteen years in New Jersey, I’m having the time of my life soaking up the city – so much to see, so much to do! One of the most fun things is keeping an eye out for what everybody is wearing. And do you know my conclusion? Right now it’s the boys who are more interesting to watch! Continue reading

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Myriam in Milan, besos from Bologna

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Prada, Milano

On holiday in Milan with her family, Myriam visited the Prada store. You can feel the history and glory of the birthplace of this luxurious Italian fashion label. It’s the next best thing to being there!

… then, it was on to Bologna!

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Prada, Milano

Myriam: besos from Bologna

Myriam: Besos from Bologna!

 

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Consignment treasures

My consignment treasures: a Hazel sundress and Tory Burch gladiator-style sandals with gold detail

My consignment treasures: a Hazel sundress and Tory Burch gladiator-style sandals with gold detail

Change is here – welcome to Turning Fashion Inside Out! New name, new weekly podcast (launching soon). I made the name change because … fashion is not always for those on the inside. Many of us feel left out of the fashion industry if we don’t look a certain way or purchase certain clothes or travel in the fashion circles … what’s inside is expressed by our fashion choices on the outside … and because some feedback from participants have noted that “your blog is really helpful to understand that fashion and confidence go together and always involve change.” What will never change, however, are my guiding principles and who I am. On to consignment treasures …

For my birthday, my mom treated me to some treasures from a new consignment shop in her town. I was reminded once again of the value of consignment shopping. In today’s world of ‘cookie-cutter’ department store fashions where so many stores carry the same look, adding a consignment shop to your shopping repertoire is a must. You can find one-of-a-kind things that simply aren’t available anywhere else and if you happen to love labels this is the most cost-effective way to buy a specific brand. You can get luxury goods at a fraction of their original cost. In the past I have purchased beautiful handbags that I could never have afforded otherwise, including a classic black Prada, shoes, and several high-end designer brand named items, including Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino (seen here), Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, and Theory. Continue reading

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Kevyn

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Prada

Kevyn is a VIP/Personal Shopper for Prada. Scouted by Prada eleven years ago, he is a treasure-trove of talent and information and is well-respected and trusted among his clients. We spoke today about style and why finding your own personal fashion formula is essential to understanding what to wear

MKG: Can you describe the kind of customer you enjoy working with?

Kevyn: “I like working with a client who is sure of himself – someone who is willing to be altered and trusts me. Most people don’t know how to dress and someone may take advantage of that and tell them they look wonderful in something when they don’t. I don’t work that way. I want the person to feel confident in what s/he is wearing because I want her/him to come back. I have worked with some difficult people but I am able to earn their trust and the second time they come in, they love me! Continue reading

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Susan on style …

Susan

Susan

Susan and I have been friends for a long time and I have always loved her sense of style. She has two signatures: her long, soft, strawberry blond hair and her simple, elegant and impeccable style. She was born in Britain but has lived her adult life in New York City and presently, Brooklyn. She is a mother of two and a writer, and has worked for fashion magazines. I think it was Susan who gave me my nickname, Mel! This is Susan on style

Mel:  How would you describe your style?

Susan: I buy very few clothes. I get obsessive about one or two designers and I stick with them. I would rather buy one thing that I really love than five things that are simply okay. Because of my coloring I have a narrow range that I can wear. I can’t do reds, oranges or pink. I don’t like extraneous things on clothes; I like clothing to be very simple. Unfortunately, simple is very expensive! My favorite designer is Marni; if I could pick only one designer to wear it would be Marni. I also love Prada. Continue reading

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