Styling with Mel

  • Empowered!

    By Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    December 20, 2012

    I returned tonight to Dress for Success Morris County to share in its December monthly networking meeting (part two of the three-step process to help women in need pursue an independent life).

  • Lisa Curran: A Visionary ...

    Are we ready for warm weather already? Lisa Curran is the owner and creator of Lisa Curran Swim, founded in 1997. An entrepreneur in the truest sense with a passion for fashion to match, Lisa is ...

  • Lezli's Thoughts on Fashion ...

    Lezli Salz-Bradley is the owner of Willow St. Boutique located in both Summit and Morristown, New Jersey. Her boutiques reflect her creative and adventurous style and carry a variety of ...

  • Heather: "Creating is the Most Fun ..."

    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 ...

  • The Secret to Success

    Tucked away in the basement of the Madison Community House is a gem called Dress for Success Morris County. Don't let its size fool you; its mission is noble and its depth is far-reaching.

  • Danielle

    "Chiffon is my fabric of choice. It is luxurious, it never goes out of style, it always looks fresh and is forgiving." ~ Danielle

    I met Danielle, then the BP Manager of Nordstrom, a ...

  • Shoe Fetish

    Fetish: inanimate object worshiped as magic.

    Apparently I am not the only one who thinks “shoes first” when getting dressed for the day. This summer, major department stores like ...

  • Returning to Tel Aviv

    "American fashion is clean and reserved; Israeli fashion is always looking for the surprising twist." ~Merav

    Merav and her family moved to the New York area from Israel five years ...

  • It makes good scents

    I start my day with a brief, silent meditation. Not a crazy, over-the-top meditation where I have to think too much about whether I am doing it right or not. I simply light my candle called Spa ...

  • Am I Stuck in the Past?

    I watched fashion stylist Lloyd Boston on a television show helping a woman update her look after losing 45 pounds. You may not know him but Lloyd Boston is a television host and regular stylist ...

  • It's a Cover Up!

    While getting ready for vacation I uncovered a summer fashion conspiracy: not only is it wrenching to find a swimsuit, it can be just as daunting (and expensive) to find a swimsuit cover up.  ...

  • Aging Gratefully

    I celebrated a birthday this week and I am in a reflective mood. I turned 52 and appear to be keeping good company. Barbie is just a year older than I am. The ever-popular mini skirt (second ...

  • Mirrors and Scales

    A little secret: I haven’t owned a scale for years. The way I measure my weight is to try on clothes (usually my trusted jeans) and see how far I can button them. Every now and then I do ...

  • Why not wear it again ... and again?

    Many years ago, I bought an orange and white striped skirt from a new place called Anthropologie. At the time, I had never heard of the store but I loved the skirt because it was long and soft and ...

  • On Trend Versus Trendy

    There is a difference between fashion that is on trend and fashion that is trendy. The trick is to figure out which side you want to be on. I try to choose on trend because I find that when I ...

  • Sweet 16

    My son turned 16 yesterday, and although it is not customary to refer to a young man’s birthday as “sweet,” it is to me. Because he is sweet and I can’t believe that little ...

  • It Doesn't Have to be a Bikini ...

    … to be sexy. One-piece swimsuits are making a splash, and their alluring qualities can no longer be overlooked. Whether modern and sleek, or updated retro, there is a style for you and for ...

  • Bad Hair Days

    The last few days have been tough. A build-up of heavy humidity resulting in: bad hair. To add insult to injury, I have just cut my hair and it will take a good week to feel like myself ...

  • Don't just shop - Q

    My mother is responsible for introducing me to QVC, the home shopping channel on television. A few years ago I had no idea what QVC was. My induction started simply enough. My mother would call me ...

  • What Exactly is a Trunk Show?

    And is a trunk show as exclusive as it sounds? I just saw an ad in The New York Times for an Alexander McQueen Trunk Show, Thursday, May 10 – previewing the Fall 2012 Collection. It ...

  • Shop Your Closet First

    There is magic when you shop your closet first. You have heard me talk about the excitement of finding old treasures as well as the necessity of cleaning out and purging. It is worth mentioning ...

  • It is the little things

    Today I gave myself an instant pick-me-up. I got rid of some gray hair! I use something called vegetable glaze, which is a non-chemical color alternative. I discovered that I am allergic to ...

  • I Have Nothing to Wear!

    Let me set the scene. You are standing at your closet staring at your clothes. Just staring. At your clothes. Your mind goes blank. After several moments of drifting into a vacant stupor, you ...

  • “Remembering Titanic”

    In a few days, April 14th will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I shudder as I think of it: 1500+ lives lost in the freezing water, the terror the victims must have felt ...

  • Spring Bonnets

    “Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdale's to buy a hat that will turn ...

  • What is Age-Appropriate?

    This is a question we ask ourselves. Recent events have led me to think about it. I thought about it as I found myself at the BP Department at Nordstrom’s, searching for a yellow blazer. For ...

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