Last Sunday I was at a college tour with my son Cameron and as I looked around at the other parents and their kids – I stopped in my tracks: I saw a really stylish mom wearing a dress with fitted, ankle-length boots to die for! They were black with a kind of mesh material and I was mesmerized. I saw this mother and son pair several times throughout the day and each time I noticed something else about these boots. I smiled to myself, too, because we were in the heart of Manhattan and only in New York would you see a mother dressed this way for a college tour!
Of course, I did pay attention at the tour. I paid attention when we checked in and listened to the student panel; I paid attention when we toured the dorm; I paid attention (especially) during the admission and financial aid discussion; and I paid attention when we walked the streets and talked to the many student tour guides who shared their admiration of the school. But, those boots! They stayed on my mind throughout the day.
I find inspiration in everything around me. I see something in a window, in a magazine, or in this case, in the heart of Washington Square Park, during a college tour. Fashion is more than the clothes. It is about self expression and finding a way to be in the world – to be the me I want to be. Everything spurs my imagination. This is how my mind works!
This week I was reminded of something my mother taught me: when it comes to clothing, almost good enough is not good enough for you! I had purchased a turtleneck sweater (my favorite piece of clothing!) in a deep, lush eggplant purple. It was part lambswool and the color and feel were divine. But there was one thing wrong – it was a longer, tunic style. I don’t wear tunics. I tried to imagine how I could shorten it, speaking to friends and experts. What it came down to was that it wouldn’t look right after altering it and I would be left with a less-than-perfect sweater. I then tried to see myself in a tunic and style it in various ways. It became clear – I was putting too much thought and effort into this. The thrill was gone. I returned the sweater and exchanged it for a a gray-knit dress that was more ‘me.’
You should love what you own. Truly love it. When you are shopping for something new, make sure it is worthy of you. Make sure that it brings out the best in you. Make sure it is as special as the things you already own (which hopefully are worthy of you, too!). If not and if you don’t love it, then lose it! My mother was right.
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 …
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 …
My son Eric took this picture of me just before he left for college
Thursdays have been the day I post a weekly podcast and I am sure you have noticed that I have not posted one in a while. I keep hoping that I will pull one out but each week comes and goes and I do not do it. The truth is that I miss my sound engineer and my son, Eric. He was my go-to guy who took my material and magically turned it into the weekly podcast. Now that he is in his first year of college, I have tried to do it on my own and I havedone it on my own but my heart is not in it. I am sure when I feel ready I will either figure out how to keep it going myself or hire another person to help me transmit weekly podcasts, because I have always valued bringing my conversations on TFIO to life! But for now, it was important to give you the reason why you haven’t heard me on the blog and I am sorry. I look forward to bringing back the podcasts and when I do, you will be the first to know!
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!
My podcast returns this week, and I am thrilled. I have been nervous to produce my own podcasts, since my engineer and my podcast-parter-in-crime, my son Eric, left for college. But I am a big girl, and I know that I can do it. Here are this week’s fashion stories that are on my mind. So glad to be back!
Today is my birthday; I find it hard to believe that I am 54, but life has had a way of sneaking up on me! One thing is true about being this age; I try to be grateful every day, and more mindful about experiencing each joyful moment. Join me in today’s podcast and hear more of my musings about what it means to age well (hint: a good fitting bra helps!).
There is a Yiddish expression: Mitn derinnen, which means, ‘all of a sudden, or suddenly.’ My family always used this expression to mean: ‘in the middle of everything else!’ That’s how I felt yesterday, when, in the middle of everything I am going through right now: two graduations next week, an upcoming college orientation, not to mention summer transition from school … my computer broke. My dear computer, my companion of several years, which has served me and my family well, broke when I tripped and fell while carrying it.
So, I am off to take care of this and will be back to turn fashion out on Monday with a new story and hopefully, a new computer.