Fashion & Beauty

Turning Fashion Inside Out™

Melissa

connecting fashion and self-esteem

Episodes

PODCAST Flashback Friday: Halloween!
6:03
2017-09-19 17:27:24 UTC 6:03
PODCAST Flashback Friday: Halloween!

Scan 1-4Halloween is the best for kids: first, as a kid yourself, and later, when you are a parent with kids of your own. This picture was taken when my boys were much younger. I think it was the only year that they dressed in the same outfits. In this week’s podcast, I reminisce about Halloween fashion and days gone by …

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup
6:27
2017-09-19 17:27:24 UTC 6:27
PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup

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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PODCAST RETURNS! This week in fashion …
6:28
2017-09-19 17:27:24 UTC 6:28
PODCAST RETURNS! This week in fashion …

My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

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!

I love and welcome your comments!

 

Your thoughts?

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When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!
6:56
2017-09-19 17:27:24 UTC 6:56
When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!

P1040986Hair colorist, Isak, opened my eyes earlier this week, when he talked about society’s should messages about hair and age. I realize that for the last 20 years, I have slowly but surely cut my hair, as I reached certain ages and stages in my life. And you know what? I no longer like wearing my hair shorter! So, I have changed that. In today’s podcast, I talk about these harmful should messages and remind us to stay clear of them!

Photo by Kim Naci

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Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters
9:13
2017-09-19 17:27:25 UTC 9:13
Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters – Caring, sharing, every little thing that we are wearing … All kinds of weather we stick together, the same in the rain or sun. Two different faces, but in tight places, we think and we act as one …” (From White Christmas, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. Copyright, Paramount Pictures)

Join my sister, Cheryl, and me, in today’s podcast as we talk about how to stay feminine in the midst of boys and motherhood …

 

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My Loehmann’s Woe: Where did you go?
5:57
2017-09-19 17:27:25 UTC 5:57
My Loehmann’s Woe: Where did you go?

Loehmann's, January 10, 2014 - liquidation has begun ...
The old Loehmann’s; an actual store
The New Loehmann's - online-only shopping destination
The New Loehmann’s; an online-only shopping destination

In the past few days, my mailbox has been filling up with messages from Loehmann’s. You heard me: Loehmann’s. At first, I was thrilled. Could it be that it had all been a bad dream, and Loehmann’s never really went out of business? Was it all in my head? The thrill quickly turned to extreme disappointment, when I reviewed the advertisements more closely and saw that they read: The New Loehmann’s. In the back of my mind, I remember that this was coming: the new online-only version of Loehmann’s. And yes, I remember saying to myself then, and here on the blog as well, that an online only Loehmann’s is a contradiction. It does not make sense. Because the magic of Loehmann’s was in the store itself; in the aisles and in the dressing rooms. Especially, the dressing rooms. Join me in today’s podcast as I ponder this sad-but-true new reality for Loehmann’s and for us shoppers …

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

So this is what 50 looks like!
4:25
2017-09-19 17:27:25 UTC 4:25
So this is what 50 looks like!

Celebrating my age!

Celebrating my age!

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!).

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!
16:05
2017-09-19 17:27:25 UTC 16:05
BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!

Kylie and me

Kylie and me

In today’s podcast, my dear friend, Kylie, and I talk completely off-the-cuff about the connection between fashion and self-esteem. She and I have known each other a long time: we met in New York City’s Upper West Side, had babies together, and are now watching those babies grow and move up on their own. Our lives have been full and hectic. Here is what happens when we are left to our own devices!

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Throwback Thursday PODCAST: THE PROM!
6:51
2017-09-19 17:27:25 UTC 6:51
Throwback Thursday PODCAST: THE PROM!

The table shot from my Senior Prom - that's me in the middle

The table shot from my Senior Prom – that’s me in the middle

So, it’s Prom Week. My high school senior, Eric, is going to his prom in two days; we just picked up his classic black tuxedo. And I, inspired by Man Repeller, as I often am, ask this question for Throwback Thursday: say I was going to the Prom now – what would I wear? The answer is that I do not regret anything about my Senior Prom dress, and I would do most everything the same as I did in 1978. Everything, but one thing. Listen to my podcast to hear what that one thing would be …

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Turning Fashion #INSIDEOUT
1:22
2017-09-19 17:27:25 UTC 1:22
Turning Fashion #INSIDEOUT

IMGP1075Oceana Lott reminds us that today, Fashion Revolution Day, marks the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. I am joining others by wearing my shirt #insideout. It’s time for us to ask, “who made your clothes?” and challenge the apparel industry to follow fair trade agreements to protect workers and their work environments.

I have chosen to wear my EILEEN FISHER blouse #INSIDEOUT, because they have worked extensively to create ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion production practices. And because I love this blouse!

Stand with me. #INSIDEOUT. TWEET IT, LINK IT, LIKE IT, SHARE IT, and LISTEN TO IT ON MY PODCAST.

Photo by Alexandra

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

PODCAST Flashback Friday: Halloween!
6:03
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 6:03
PODCAST Flashback Friday: Halloween!

Scan 1-4Halloween is the best for kids: first, as a kid yourself, and later, when you are a parent with kids of your own. This picture was taken when my boys were much younger. I think it was the only year that they dressed in the same outfits. In this week’s podcast, I reminisce about Halloween fashion and days gone by …

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup
6:27
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 6:27
PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup

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!

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

PODCAST RETURNS! This week in fashion …
6:28
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 6:28
PODCAST RETURNS! This week in fashion …

My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

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!

I love and welcome your comments!

 

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!
6:56
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 6:56
When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!

P1040986Hair colorist, Isak, opened my eyes earlier this week, when he talked about society’s should messages about hair and age. I realize that for the last 20 years, I have slowly but surely cut my hair, as I reached certain ages and stages in my life. And you know what? I no longer like wearing my hair shorter! So, I have changed that. In today’s podcast, I talk about these harmful should messages and remind us to stay clear of them!

Photo by Kim Naci

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters
9:13
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 9:13
Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters – Caring, sharing, every little thing that we are wearing … All kinds of weather we stick together, the same in the rain or sun. Two different faces, but in tight places, we think and we act as one …” (From White Christmas, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. Copyright, Paramount Pictures)

Join my sister, Cheryl, and me, in today’s podcast as we talk about how to stay feminine in the midst of boys and motherhood …

 

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

My Loehmann’s Woe: Where did you go?
5:57
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 5:57
My Loehmann’s Woe: Where did you go?

Loehmann's, January 10, 2014 - liquidation has begun ...
The old Loehmann’s; an actual store
The New Loehmann's - online-only shopping destination
The New Loehmann’s; an online-only shopping destination

In the past few days, my mailbox has been filling up with messages from Loehmann’s. You heard me: Loehmann’s. At first, I was thrilled. Could it be that it had all been a bad dream, and Loehmann’s never really went out of business? Was it all in my head? The thrill quickly turned to extreme disappointment, when I reviewed the advertisements more closely and saw that they read: The New Loehmann’s. In the back of my mind, I remember that this was coming: the new online-only version of Loehmann’s. And yes, I remember saying to myself then, and here on the blog as well, that an online only Loehmann’s is a contradiction. It does not make sense. Because the magic of Loehmann’s was in the store itself; in the aisles and in the dressing rooms. Especially, the dressing rooms. Join me in today’s podcast as I ponder this sad-but-true new reality for Loehmann’s and for us shoppers …

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

So this is what 50 looks like!
4:25
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 4:25
So this is what 50 looks like!

Celebrating my age!

Celebrating my age!

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!).

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!
16:05
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 16:05
BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!

Kylie and me

Kylie and me

In today’s podcast, my dear friend, Kylie, and I talk completely off-the-cuff about the connection between fashion and self-esteem. She and I have known each other a long time: we met in New York City’s Upper West Side, had babies together, and are now watching those babies grow and move up on their own. Our lives have been full and hectic. Here is what happens when we are left to our own devices!

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Throwback Thursday PODCAST: THE PROM!
6:51
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 6:51
Throwback Thursday PODCAST: THE PROM!

The table shot from my Senior Prom - that's me in the middle

The table shot from my Senior Prom – that’s me in the middle

So, it’s Prom Week. My high school senior, Eric, is going to his prom in two days; we just picked up his classic black tuxedo. And I, inspired by Man Repeller, as I often am, ask this question for Throwback Thursday: say I was going to the Prom now – what would I wear? The answer is that I do not regret anything about my Senior Prom dress, and I would do most everything the same as I did in 1978. Everything, but one thing. Listen to my podcast to hear what that one thing would be …

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Turning Fashion #INSIDEOUT
1:22
2017-09-21 03:34:15 UTC 1:22
Turning Fashion #INSIDEOUT

IMGP1075Oceana Lott reminds us that today, Fashion Revolution Day, marks the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. I am joining others by wearing my shirt #insideout. It’s time for us to ask, “who made your clothes?” and challenge the apparel industry to follow fair trade agreements to protect workers and their work environments.

I have chosen to wear my EILEEN FISHER blouse #INSIDEOUT, because they have worked extensively to create ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion production practices. And because I love this blouse!

Stand with me. #INSIDEOUT. TWEET IT, LINK IT, LIKE IT, SHARE IT, and LISTEN TO IT ON MY PODCAST.

Photo by Alexandra

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

PODCAST Flashback Friday: Halloween!
6:03
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 6:03
PODCAST Flashback Friday: Halloween!

Scan 1-4Halloween is the best for kids: first, as a kid yourself, and later, when you are a parent with kids of your own. This picture was taken when my boys were much younger. I think it was the only year that they dressed in the same outfits. In this week’s podcast, I reminisce about Halloween fashion and days gone by …

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup
6:27
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 6:27
PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup

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!

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

PODCAST RETURNS! This week in fashion …
6:28
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 6:28
PODCAST RETURNS! This week in fashion …

My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

My podcast returns! Photo credit, Patricia Saxton

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!

I love and welcome your comments!

 

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!
6:56
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 6:56
When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!

P1040986Hair colorist, Isak, opened my eyes earlier this week, when he talked about society’s should messages about hair and age. I realize that for the last 20 years, I have slowly but surely cut my hair, as I reached certain ages and stages in my life. And you know what? I no longer like wearing my hair shorter! So, I have changed that. In today’s podcast, I talk about these harmful should messages and remind us to stay clear of them!

Photo by Kim Naci

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters
9:13
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 9:13
Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Devoted to my sister, Cheryl

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters – Caring, sharing, every little thing that we are wearing … All kinds of weather we stick together, the same in the rain or sun. Two different faces, but in tight places, we think and we act as one …” (From White Christmas, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. Copyright, Paramount Pictures)

Join my sister, Cheryl, and me, in today’s podcast as we talk about how to stay feminine in the midst of boys and motherhood …

 

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

My Loehmann’s Woe: Where did you go?
5:57
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 5:57
My Loehmann’s Woe: Where did you go?

Loehmann's, January 10, 2014 - liquidation has begun ...
The old Loehmann’s; an actual store
The New Loehmann's - online-only shopping destination
The New Loehmann’s; an online-only shopping destination

In the past few days, my mailbox has been filling up with messages from Loehmann’s. You heard me: Loehmann’s. At first, I was thrilled. Could it be that it had all been a bad dream, and Loehmann’s never really went out of business? Was it all in my head? The thrill quickly turned to extreme disappointment, when I reviewed the advertisements more closely and saw that they read: The New Loehmann’s. In the back of my mind, I remember that this was coming: the new online-only version of Loehmann’s. And yes, I remember saying to myself then, and here on the blog as well, that an online only Loehmann’s is a contradiction. It does not make sense. Because the magic of Loehmann’s was in the store itself; in the aisles and in the dressing rooms. Especially, the dressing rooms. Join me in today’s podcast as I ponder this sad-but-true new reality for Loehmann’s and for us shoppers …

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

So this is what 50 looks like!
4:25
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 4:25
So this is what 50 looks like!

Celebrating my age!

Celebrating my age!

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!).

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!
16:05
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 16:05
BFF’s talk fashion, self esteem, motherhood and Missoni!

Kylie and me

Kylie and me

In today’s podcast, my dear friend, Kylie, and I talk completely off-the-cuff about the connection between fashion and self-esteem. She and I have known each other a long time: we met in New York City’s Upper West Side, had babies together, and are now watching those babies grow and move up on their own. Our lives have been full and hectic. Here is what happens when we are left to our own devices!

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Throwback Thursday PODCAST: THE PROM!
6:51
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 6:51
Throwback Thursday PODCAST: THE PROM!

The table shot from my Senior Prom - that's me in the middle

The table shot from my Senior Prom – that’s me in the middle

So, it’s Prom Week. My high school senior, Eric, is going to his prom in two days; we just picked up his classic black tuxedo. And I, inspired by Man Repeller, as I often am, ask this question for Throwback Thursday: say I was going to the Prom now – what would I wear? The answer is that I do not regret anything about my Senior Prom dress, and I would do most everything the same as I did in 1978. Everything, but one thing. Listen to my podcast to hear what that one thing would be …

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours

Turning Fashion #INSIDEOUT
1:22
2017-10-09 07:44:47 UTC 1:22
Turning Fashion #INSIDEOUT

IMGP1075Oceana Lott reminds us that today, Fashion Revolution Day, marks the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. I am joining others by wearing my shirt #insideout. It’s time for us to ask, “who made your clothes?” and challenge the apparel industry to follow fair trade agreements to protect workers and their work environments.

I have chosen to wear my EILEEN FISHER blouse #INSIDEOUT, because they have worked extensively to create ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion production practices. And because I love this blouse!

Stand with me. #INSIDEOUT. TWEET IT, LINK IT, LIKE IT, SHARE IT, and LISTEN TO IT ON MY PODCAST.

Photo by Alexandra

Your thoughts?

I love comments. Feel free to share yours