The WENd

Optimized-LGH_150325_6144This is a difficult post to write: it’s the end of an era. The end of WEN®. The WENd.

I wrote about WEN® on TFIO, I interviewed WEN® creator, Chaz Dean, and I often shared my love of the product with readers. My opinions were my own – I was never compensated for my endorsements. And so it is (with sadness) that I tell you that I have removed WEN® from my cleansing repertoire. For good. I knew that there was a class-action lawsuit against WEN® – 200 women joined the lawsuit for hair loss. But I kept using the product because I wanted to see for myself. And then it happened: a few weeks ago my hair started falling out in clumps. It horrified me and I instantly dumped all my product.

It has taken me a long time to share my story – until I could find something else that made my hair feel soft and special and hopefully, revitalize it. I finally have. I now alternate between two different shampoos: Alterna’s Cavier Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner and BeautyCounter’s Clean Shampoo and Conditioner.

Again, this is my own experience. If you use WEN® you may be fine; you may want to reconsider. I can’t really endorse any product as I did before – no two heads are the same! I can only share what happened to me in the hope that it may offer some ideas for you. For now, though, and for me … the verdict is in – and WEN® is out.

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

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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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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?

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One of the things that we must all endure as we age is the subtle changes in our body and certainly, our hair. Hard to notice at first, but shifting hormones change the consistency of our hair and losing lustre and thinning strands becomes a reality that eventually cannot be overlooked. Our hair represents the pinnacle of our youth and vitality; as that shifts it can affect our self image. For years I took the care of my hair for granted, simply washing it before leaving the house. As I got older I wasn’t prepared for the changes in my hair.

There are things we can do, however, to help turn back time. The answer for me came a few years ago in the form of a late-night infomercial. As I flipped through the television channels one night I found a commercial for WEN® Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean. I have been using WEN® for the last few years and today I wake up to hair that looks and feels like it did in its younger days. You may want to try WEN® or there may be another product that works for you. Whichever you choose, just don’t give up on your hair.

Note: Turning Fashion Inside Out and Melissa Kaplan Guarino were not compensated for this endorsement. All opinions are my own.

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

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Meeting the “International Color Guru!”

Leatrice Eiseman

Leatrice Eiseman

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting color expert Leatrice Eiseman, who works directly with the  Pantone® Color Institute to forecast the color trends. In fact, when Pantone® introduced the color of the year for 2017, “Greenery,” I immediately thought of Ms. Eiseman and her vision and creativity. Green is not my color and I won’t be following this particular color trend, but I am reminded of my conversation with Ms. Eiseman, and why she is called the “International Color Guru!” Here is Ms. Eiseman …

To see the world in all of its splendid color is a gift and Leatrice Eiseman has that gift. In fact, Ms. Eiseman was born understanding color. And today Ms. Eiseman is the color expert: as Head of Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and Executive Director of the Pantone® Color Institute she is responsible for forecasting and selecting Pantone®’s Color of the Year. In addition, Ms. Eiseman is the author of nine books on color, including: More Alive With Color, which outlines the color/fashion connectionYou can imagine how excited I was to speak with Leatrice and learn her story and the magic behind color’s poignant power. Here is our conversation …

MKG: What is the Pantone® Color Institute?

Leatrice: At its core, the Pantone® Color Institute is a think tank for Pantone®; a place for people to go to find out about the psychology of color. I have been the Executive Director since its inception in 1985, when the (then) owner of Pantone® wanted to go beyond the technology of color. Today we are involved in color consulting, color forecasting, and we help our clients make informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge. Continue reading

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Tim Gunn On How Not To Dress Old

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

New Year, Young You: The New Year is a good time to take stock and look closely at how you dress. Because you could be aging yourself without knowing it and that will in turn affect your self image. And the simplest of changes can make a huge difference. Style guru and fashion consultant Tim Gunn offers helpful tips for staying wardrobe fresh and youthful in the More Magazine feature: ‘How Not to Dress Old.’ Here are a few of my favorite pointers from Tim:

– “With slacks, find the right cut for your shape, then make it just right with a little tailoring.”

– “Classics are classic – but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to the wear and tear of time. Make sure your basics look fresh and modern, replacing when necessary.”

– “If you’ve had the same sweater hanging on the back of your desk chair for years, replace it! There’s a variety of cardigan options …”

– “The quickest way to age yourself? Slipping on out-of-fashion denim.”

– “Casual weekends need not be schlumpy. Incorporate cashmere for seriously luxurious time off.”

– “Break out of a purse-coma with a fresh shape (clutch) and shade that’ll shock you back to the style present.”

~ Tim Gunn

New Year, Young You. You deserve to dress well and age well, too.

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Courtney says, “Swoop and Scoop!”

Find a good bra fitter, like Courtney

Find the right-fitting bra and a knowledgeable fitter, like Courtney

When you’re wearing the wrong bra size your clothes don’t look right. You become so hard on yourself and your body image takes a hit. But when you try on the right bra and see what you have been missing and how your clothes should fit, you realize that it’s not you. It’s the bra!” ~ Courtney Auchter

When I heard Halle Berry this week, talking about French women and the close attention they pay to their lingerie, I took a long, hard look at my own bras. I have written about the importance of a good-fitting bra and I certainly stand by my words, but somehow, I lost my own way. I have been wearing the same bra every day for far too long. It was time for me to do something about it.

Wearing a v-neck tee by Splendid I took myself to Nordstrom, the right destination for professional bra fitters. Once there, Courtney Auchter took care of me from start to finish. As she and I entered the dressing room I remarked that I was embarrassed to show her the state of my bra. Courtney was sweet and understanding; there was no judgment. She began by measuring me and we went from there. Continue reading

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Nicole Gets Married

Nicole is married!

Nicole gets married!   Photo credit: Jacob Leatherman

Here is news to celebrate: Nicole, founder and creator of the website, Body Boop, got married last month! I met Nicole last June, when I featured her on TFIO, sharing her message to love and accept ourselves just as we are. Nicole, who struggled for years with anorexia and bulimia, has been building back her life with courage and conviction. I later followed Nicole as she shopped for a wedding dress and dealt with the body issues that came with that process. And now, I am thrilled to share that Nicole is happily married! I am so impressed by Nicole’s ability to not only tell her story, but also to help so many others who may be struggling at this very moment in time. What a difference Nicole is making, and I can’t wait to see how far she goes!!

Here, in her own words, Nicole talks about being a bride:

So, no, I was not the skinniest bride. There are those out there who might think, oh, she could have lost a few lbs. for something like this. And they can say that. I have to keep reminding myself, even as I’m looking through the photos that are coming in, that I am so incredibly happy in my life right now and that I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt on that day. I can criticize my stomach or my arms or my double chin in those photos all day long, but that day was magic and I felt gorgeous. It will be a mission of mine to keep that feeling with me at all times.” ~ Nicole

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PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup

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Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Earlier this week, I was witness to a beautiful transformation of my mother, Claire, by simply adding a few key makeup essentials. In this week’s podcast, The Magic of Makeup, I talk about that magical moment with the gorgeous Claire, and my go-to makeup of choice, Bobbi Brown!

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The ever-vibrant Francesca Azzara

Francesca Azzara, in front of her artwork

Francesca Azzara, in front of her artwork

One of Francesca's pieces: "I work with wax, fabric and thread. This piece has chiffon."

One of Francesca’s pieces: “I work with wax, fabric and thread. This piece has chiffon underneath the wax.” (Francesca is never too far away from her fashion roots!)

I caught up with Francesca Azzara on Friday night, at an art exhibit, where her paintings were being showcased. Several weeks ago, TFIO featured Francesca’s Chapter Two Collaboration with Fashion Designer, Marchesa, a story of second chances and dreams come true. I connected with Francesca’s spirit immediately! So vital, she was embracing this second act of her life. And Friday, I saw it first-hand. We spoke for a few minutes, and Francesca reiterated her empowering message: “Always take chances, because you never know what is around the corner.” Don’t you love that?

Note: Francesca will be running a two-day workshop, late October – early November (Berkeley Heights NJ). For information and details go to Francesca’s website.

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Co-founder of Modcloth speaks her #FashionTruth

Susan Koger, courtesy of Modcloth

Susan Gregg Koger, courtesy of Modcloth

Earlier this month, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Modcloth, Susan Gregg Koger, wrote an op-ed piece challenging the fashion industry to change for the better, and create empowering images for all women to aspire.

Says Ms. Koger: “For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved fashion. I love the whole process: the excitement of shopping, the thrill of finding something unique, and that powerful, transformative experience that happens when you put on a garment you love and it makes you feel like the best version of yourself. As the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ModCloth, I’m proud to call myself a fashion insider; but I’m also deeply disappointed in the way my industry depicts fashion to consumers. I look out, and it seems less about helping people find fashion they love to wear, and more about convincing them that they need to conform to one eerily consistent standard of beauty. A standard built on highly altered and often unrealistic images.”

Ms. Koger went on to say, “I think we can do better.” And she has. In an effort to reduce extreme Photoshopping and change the growing disconnect between consumers and the fashion industry, Modcloth became the first to sign The Brave Girls Alliance ‘Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge’, an anti-airbrushing petition which aims to “do our best not to change the shape, size, proportion, color and/or remove/enhance the physical features, of the people in our ads in post-production.”

Ms. Susan Gregg Koger is true to her word, that fashion “makes you feel like the best version of yourself.” Brava! I’m buying it!

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