M.Miller Fur Studio
I recently rediscovered skiing and was fortunate enough to spend a good part of this winter traveling to fabulous ski spots like Vail, Aspen and Park City. As a stylist and fashion lover, it is amazing to me how far the luxury outerwear industry has come since my days in a CB puffy coat and a hand-knit pompom hat (thanks, mom.) I had the opportunity today to visit the M. Miller Fur studio in Boston’s South End and meet Mark Miller and his gorgeous wife and business parter, Miyuki Tachibana. After what was described by Mark and Miyuki as a long and painful overhaul of the space, M. Miller’s new studio combines simplicity with luxury and the new showroom is stunning.
With everything from fur boots, to hats and gorgeous fur coats, M. Miller has an amazing eye for style. The choices of colors and fabric standout and, after trying on a few beauties, I can say that the fit is fantastic. Nothing bulky or extra, just a beautiful fit with attention to style and detail. There is also something for everyone depending on your appetite for no fur, a little fur or a lot of fur (guess what I would choose?? .) There are beautiful ski sweaters and pants that are simple and elegant, fur trimmed jackets laced with leather and grommet details and, of course, fur coats of all lengths to absolutely die for.
Mark told me about M.Miller’s success here in the US and how that has led to their success as they expand the brand into Europe. The M.Miller brand can now be found in the ever-so-amazing Harrods, which is quite an accomplishment and testament to the uniqueness and quality of the brand and the apparel.
In addition to designing and selling luxury fur, M.Miller has been cleaning and storing furs for Boston’s who’s who for many years and, while I was there, a number of women came in with their treasured furs and dropped them off to their fabulous summer home.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Mark, Miyuki and Mark’s parents, all working together to make the long cold winters that much more stylish. Check them out at www.mmillerfur.com.
Hello my fashion vixens. It’s that time of year where we pull out our sweaters and boots and coats from last season and try to figure out what we need to do to update our wardrobe to take us through Fall and Winter.
I don’t know about you, but I pretty much live in jeans. If you’ve been in my closet, you’ve witnessed my collection of jeans of all colors, fits and washes. So, I thought that it might be fun to talk about what’s happening with the jean trend for Fall so you’re sure to be all the rage.
Mother Denim "Atomic Pink" featured at injeanius Boston
1. Bright colors: Red, blue, purple, you name it. Just about any color you can imagine is hot for Fall. A bright blue can really spice up your night life if you, like me, wear jeans everywhere. Pair a pair of blue skinny jeans with a gold belt, some rocking booties and a simple top and you are ready to turn heads.
2. Cropped: Believe it or not, cropped is carrying from Spring/Summer into Fall/Winter. I am an ambitious 5’2″ so for a shortie like me, cropped is really “ankle length.” How many women in this world really wear a 33″ inseam? Seriously! So, cropped is awesome because you can roll them and crop them even more or, if you’re short, you can avoid the $20 hem fee. They also tuck really well into boots and have a great look with heels. Love!
3. Tuxedo stripes: Another huge trend is the tuxedo strip. Hudson makes an awesome pair in all sorts of cool colors and I recently saw a fun pair of black jeans with sequin stripes. Glams up your jeans and they can look much dressier for those holiday parties and fun things that you do when you’re not chasing after your kids or moping up after your colleagues at work.
Vince Camuto Faux Leather Knit Pant
4. Leather/Pleather: I have been a huge fan of leather pants since I splurged for that awesome pair of “leather jeans” circa 1998 only to sit on a chewed piece of bubblicious gum on a subway in NYC and, well, the rest was a sad story. You can still invest in a $400 pair of leather pants but let’s face it. They are hot (in a sweaty bad way), don’t have a lot of give in certain places and, well, for that $$ you could buy a great leather jacket. My investment two seasons ago was a pair of leather/cotton/spandex pants. Hot faux leather on the front and then a mix of cotton and spandex on the back. I wore them in Venice and they are still saucy as ever! And, a fraction of the cost of leather pants. H&M seems to carry these off and on, so keep your eyes open!
5. Zipped: Zippers are everywhere on jeans this season. Zippers as side pockets, zippers on the ankles, zippers as detail on the leg…it’s a zipped-up trend! I love it because it takes me back to the 80′s when zippers were on everything. Luckily, these jeans have no pleats (see below) and the zipper trend is fun and sassy.
Dear god...pleats and acid wash. #shootmenow
1. Acid wash: I’m sorry. I just cannot get into this again. I wonder if it would be different had I not be scarred by the acid wash of the 80s (mostly acid washes I did myself.ugh) or if this trend is just awful every time it comes around? Sorry, pass.
2. Flare: Another trend I just can’t get into. The super flare wide leg. I think that maybe if you are 5’10″ and rocking the Bohemian Rhapsody look, you can pull it off. For the rest of us, it makes us look like flower-child wanna bee’s. No one needs any of that.
3. Pajama jeans: Don’t do it. Ever. Or I’ll kill you.
4. Pleats: Pleats are awful on anything. Why would you possibly want more material near your hips and thighs? That’s right, you don’t. Keep it neat and simple.
5. Paisley: I have to say these are so horrible. Especially in velvet and corduroy. Pass.
What’s on your hot/not list for jean trends this Fall and Winter?
It was 2003 and I was in an elevator in NYC heading to see a client. An impeccably dressed man in a couture suit of some sort said to me: “Damn, girl, those are some serious fence climbers!” To which I said: “Thanks,” tho I had no idea what he meant until he got out of the elevator. Which was when I had this crazy flash in my head…of me in my ridiculously pointy shoes climbing a fence in a tight black dress, vamp lips and police headlights on my rear. Okay, now that’s never happened (you didn’t think I was serious did you?) but I loved the description of the pointy toe shoe – good enough to climb a fence…just in case you need to.
Truth or Dare by Madonna 'Corlew' Pump
- Well, ladies, they are back for Fall. The pointy toe. I have to say that I have been waiting for the tides to turn. It was tough for me to move from pointy to round toe – I always thought the pointier toe was much sexier and better elongated the leg, but the fashion gods spoke and we all bought round toe pumps for years.
Another interesting trend I’ve noticed is that the amount of “toe platform” for Fall is much much smaller than in previous seasons. I have to say I am ready for this change too. As much as the platform at the front of the shoe helps “balance” the height of the heel, I find they can be much less sturdy to walk in. I am digging the straight-up, stiletto. No stacked heels, no platforms. Just a sexy shoe with a straight heel. I recently had to (I know I know) buy these beauties on the left. Who doesn’t love a good game of truth or dare? More importantly, I loved the combination of the gold edge on the toe and the black calf hair. I have been wearing them all week. They are remarkably comfortable (for a stiletto, of course:) and look great with dresses, jeans and just about anything. Highly recommend them.
- Have you come across some great heels for Fall? Do share!
I had a chance to talk with Holt Murray, Senior Cause Marketing Officer at Boston Medical Center about the upcoming (Thursday June 28th) Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care. It is exciting to see a top-tier medical institution like BMC parterning with my friends at Open HeARTS to make raising money for cancer services and overall awareness fun and fashionable.
What’s kind of small world but big universe about all of this is the fact that Twitter played a major role in connecting me with Holt (probably at least a year ago, totally random and completely unrelated to Open HeARTS) and Twitter played a major role in connecting Holt with Bryan Finocchio, President & Founder of Open HeARTS, because of last year’s amazing Catwalk for a Cure event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Love the power of social media making new connections and spurring new ideas.
Q&A with Holt Murray
Me: So, tell me, how did BMC get involved with Bryan and the Open HeARTS team?
Holt: I use Twitter quite a bit for work (events, leads, etc.) and had followed Bryan while he was doing the Catwalk for a Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. After the event was over, I contacted Bryan on Twitter and we met to discuss a partnership between our two organizations. It seemed natural to have a Catwalk event (since that is in Bryan’s wheelhouse of expertise) to benefit BMC’s Cancer Care Center, which is located in the Moakley building at BMC.
Me: Has BMC done an event like this before? If not, what prompted you to do the Catwalk event?
Holt: BMC executes many events such as our annual BMC Gala (which raised over $2.2 M this past May), our annual golf event in July and the Mayo Bowl (Patriots’ Defensive Captain Jerod Mayo’s charity event benefiting BMC happening on September 10, 2012). On average we execute 7-9 events large and small designed to benefit BMC programs. Up to this point, we have never had a cancer-specific fundraising event and given the number of cancer patients we serve and the level of complexity of the cases, we really needed to create something unique to raise awareness and funds.
Me: Tell me about your goals for the event and how Open HeARTS plays into meeting those goals.
Holt: BMC has a very specific role in the community and our cancer care services are no exception. We provide superb cancer care to the residents of Boston who are most at risk and least likely to receive the care that all cancer patients deserve. Because of who we serve, I would argue that no other hospital so routinely goes the extra mile to ensure that patients are getting the care they need. Everything from providing rides to treatment, arranging for interpreters or child care, or scheduling appointments and coordinating treatment plans so that patients miss as little work (and wages) as possible. Catwalk will raise the visibility of BMC and there is no better partner to help us do this than Bryan Finnochio of Open Hearts. He is passionate about cancer care and helping BMC promote all the good that we are doing. Much of Bryan’s passion comes from his “other” job as a Registered Nurse! He brings his commitment to healthcare and passion for fashion together for these Catwalk events. He’s an impressive guy all the way around and we’re lucky to be working with him.
Me: Will patients/survivors be participating in the event? Tell me how.
Holt: Definitely! Great question…we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ll have patients IN the fashion show itself and patients will also be attending the event. A great number of employees of the Cancer Care Center will be in the audience cheering on our patients. For many of our patients, the caregivers at BMC are “family.” For our caregivers, the feeling is mutual.
Me: How does BMC view the Catwalk event as a way to raise awareness and money for cancer care services?
Holt: These funds will not go to research, but to services for our cancer patients and for the great facility at BMC. National and local celebrities will be playing key roles in the event which helps raise the profile. These celebrities, along with the designers, their networks and Bryan’s networks, will attract a new audience for us. At the event, we will take just a few moments to educate everyone about how BMC is special. However, having the patients and their caregivers walking in the show will tell it all. Each patient has a story and these stories together create the BMC story and I can attest to the fact that is one like no other.
2011 Catwalk for a Cure Runway (courtesy Nick Mandella Photography)
Me: What excites you most about the event?
Holt: That we have six designers donating their time and expertise to us and creating unique styles specifically for this event and their patient/survivor runway models. I’m equally excited by the idea that this is the inaugural event for a to-be annual event for the Cancer Care Center. Having the chance to highlight (through this event and in this breathtaking location high atop 60 State Street) the incredible work done in the Moakley Building is akin to asking me to brag about all that is good and forward thinking at Boston Medical Center.
Me: And, the most important question, what and who will you be wearing??
Holt: Tux (I think, definitely a tux. I believe RL Polo).
Me: Holt, that will be a definite upgrade from the puffy vest…but we love you anyway. Can’t take the fashion critic out of the girl.
We can all use a great excuse to dust off an old party dress, buy a new party dress or just show up looking like you’re ready to party. So get your tickets for the Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care before all the fashionable people in Boston have scooped them up —> BUY TICKETS HERE!
Look for my upcoming posts where I’ll interview some of the fashion designers you’ll meet at the event! Stay tuned….
As a fashion-lover, there are five coveted fashion events that I have on my bucket list:
1. The Oscars
2. Fashion Week Milan
3. Fashion Week Paris
4. Backstage at Galliano, McQueen and/or Valentino (there is a longer list:)
5. The Met Gala
Jessica Alba looking stunning
You’ve probably heard of the top 4, but The Met Gala is one that doesn’t get quite as much press, except for the fashionistas like me who drool over the gowns. Known as the “Oscars of the East Coast,” The Met Gala celebrates the annual opening of the NY Metropolitan Museum’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. Hosted by Vogue Magazine, the red carpet is rolled out for the fashion industry’s night to shine and this fabulous star-studded ball is regarded as the hottest ticket in town (fetching over $15,000 per ticket.) This year, I was wowed by the gowns. You know how it goes, there’s always those fashion “omgs” where you wonder what the hell she was thinking. This year, I had a really hard time picking my favorites. Thanks to the always stylish, Kim Kardashian for pulling together her list, which had all of my faves too.
My favorite was the always stunning Jessica Alba in Michael Kors. I mean come on. You could put that girl in a trash bag and she would look stunning. It was the gold, the one shoulder, the hair swept to one side, the red lips. The whole thing was glam, vintage Hollywood and I loved it.
Tom & Gisele - hated the hair
What did I hate? Okay, you’re gonna kill me and I cannot believe I am saying this but I hated Tom and Gisele. Okay, maybe, just maybe, it’s an eincy wiency bit of jealousy but, what happened, loves? Did you get in a hair-gel fight? I mean I love the slick look but it’s so extreme and Tom’s looks more like that scene in Something about Mary (you know the one). Most gorgeous couple on the planet and they missed it for me last night. Sorry guys.
Trends on the runway from The Met Gala:
- Open back
- Red lips
- Gold and glitter
- Side-swept hair
- Sheer/see-thru fabrics
Hilary Swank doing the side-swept look
While these trends don’t work for all of us, there are ways to incorporate a little gala into your every day life. Have you ever tried a red lip? I will tell you this. If I am ever having one of those days when I wake up not feeling like P. Diddy, I put on red lipstick. It makes me feel like I am either Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel or Madonna (depending on the day.) It’s a great evening look too – pare down any other make-up to focus on the lips. If your locks are long, what about a side-swept low ponytail that drapes across one collarbone? Or even a low braid on one side? Very sexy. Gold and glitter in moderation, my friends. A fun gold belt or shoes, some glitter polish or maybe a fun clutch – all great ways to add some celebrity glam to your look.
Who was your best and worst? What trends did you love/hate? Can’t wait to hear!
What are you doing on Weds May 9th? Would you love to enjoy an evening of art, philanthropy and fashion? Yeah…I thought so:)
I’ve been following Bryan Finocchio, of Boston Catwalk for a Cure fame and overall amazing, compassionate and creative guy, as he founded OpenHeARTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to organizing events that combine art, the surrounding community and philanthropy. Doesn’t get much better than that! The OpenHeARTS launch event is being held next Weds May 9 at the super-fabulous W hotel at 100 Stuart Street in Boston’s Theater District. The event is the prelude to the OpenHeARTS June fashion show and will feature fashion inspiration by designer JacquelineQuinn, hair by Salon Acote, makeup by Joanna Petit-Frere and accessories by Stella &Dot Jewelry. Tickets are a bargain at $20 and include music, dancing and hors d’ oeuvres.
Jacqueline Quinn 2012 Collection
I continue to be impressed with Bryan, Nick, Neira and the rest of the OpenHeARTS team and their commitment and pursuit of amazing causes that combine arts, fashion and entertainment…all while doing something really good (and fun) for the local community.
Get your tickets here!
Look forward to a great event and now…
…to decide…what to wear…
See you at the Launch!
I was reading the November edition of InStyle and came across a great article called Color Crash Course – Hot Pink. I was hooked. Funny, when I read the article, I realized that I have several hot pink pieces in my wardrobe. Some cute tops, tees, a sweater, a dress or two with a mix of grey or black and hot pink. Not to mention some super-hot stilettos I bought in the Spring.
H&M Ladies Homepage
The misnomer about hot pink is that it doesn’t work for everyone. I hear that all the time and it makes me bananas! Hot pink can work on everyone – even you redheads out there. It’s all about the shade and the amount of pink versus blue or purple. Blondes and darker-skinned lovelies can really wear just about any shade of hot pink. Brunettes, red-heads and fair-skinned ladies should look for a deeper and darker undertone to balance hair and skin. You might need to try on several shades before you get it right. I love hot pink because it makes a statement while being ultra feminine and as the article says…”done right, it’s cool, not cute.”
Otherwise known as fuschia, this gorgeous color is a great way to really add a hot pop of color to your closet. My clients are always looking for ways to add color to their wardrobes and I love helping them experiment with bold colors like hot pink.
As for how to wear it, today – for inspiration – I paired a gorgeous silk ruffled blouse in hot pink with a slim black skirt and black patent-leather belt. Wolford tights (of course) and my Tory Burch leopard print wedges (my fave purchase from last season). The color makes me feel alive and is perfect for a Monday when staying in bed when the alarm rang at 5:30am was a much better option:) And I just happened to check out the H&M site today and there it was on the homepage…great timing and H&M is always on the trend.
So, my fashionistas…have you experimented with the power of hot pink? Do tell.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Bryan Finocchio, Founder & Director of Catwalk for a Cure and wanted to know more about his organization and the event that’s coming up on Thursday, October 13th at 7pm at the State Room here in Boston (get your tickets here.) I’ve got my pink frock ready to go, along with my +1, the ever so fun and stylish, Marta Kagan. We’re ready for a fun night of up-and-coming designers, cancer survivors-turned-runway models and pink cocktails, of course. Thanks to Bryan for sharing the history of this fabulous event and for his passion and dedication to eradicating breast cancer.
Tell me about Catwalk for a Cure. How did it get started? What was at the core of how it all began?
In nursing school, many professors told us that “Nursing is your #1 priority, everything else comes second.” I guess I am defiant? Having a background in the performing arts, I have always wanted to do something different that incorporates my medical background and my arts background. I have had many women in my life diagnosed with breast cancer (grandmother, cousin, family, friends etc.) and one women in particular, my Women’s Health professor. She was a “tough broad”, or that’s what she called herself. She was very different from all the other professors. She understood everyone has their own separate lives and that you are able to do anything. Also, to be a women’s health lecturer, you need to have a sense of humor, and she did.
In April of 2010 she told the class, after waiting 2 hours that she was diagnosed with progressive Stage 3 breast cancer. I can honestly say there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. I remember sitting there speechless. I also remember thinking I am going to do something to give back. I am going to do a pink dress fashion show in Boston (something that hasn’t been done). I guess you could say she was the core inspiration for this whole idea.
I love the combination of fashion for a good cause. Tell me about some of the designers who will be featured on the runway?
Zack Lo - Bumble Zoo Cerise
This year we have eight designers participating in the show. Their assignment was to create a mini collection having one all-pink look and the rest pink accents. This approach is different than the all-pink fashion show last year. I wanted to give the designers more creative freedom to express who they are as an artist. We first start off with the cocktail hour. We will have eccentric shoe designer, Zack Lo, and environmentally-friendly designer, Janice Louise Miller dressing models to walk around cocktail hour and give the guests something new and fresh to look at. On the runway we’ll see six designers Nicole Herzog, Julie Montesion, Candice Wu, Julie Kontos, Drea Couture and Wesley Nault. The audience will be seeing fashion school graduates from School of Fashion Design on Newbury St, Lasell College, self-taught designers, ones who have studied abroad, and of course, Wesley Nault, our featured designer from Season 5 of Project Runway!
Susan G. Komen has done an amazing job raising money for cancer education and research. How did you come to partner with this organization for this event?
Before I started Catwalk for a Cure, I knew I needed a charity to give back to. My mother worked in Radiology for some time and used to do the walks for breast cancer and had mentioned Susan G. Komen. I wanted a charity in Boston where the money went to education and research, because that is where the knowledge and prevention happens. The root for it is education. If women/men are not taught self exams, signs and symptoms, new treatments etc., we will be in much worse shape with statistics off the chart. After researching, I met with The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for a Cure in a Starbucks right in the Financial District and explained what I wanted to do. Right away I had great feedback, it was something new and fresh, and they were thrilled to help with this project.
What can people who attend this fashionable soiree expect on Thursday, October 13th? Tell us about the venue, the program and the fashion!
I think telling people that it is at the State Room is good enough. The view from the 33rdfloor of 60 State St. is absolutely incredible. Not to mention the modern architecture of the venue. Most people remember the place at the old “Bay Tower room”….I guess being 23, I have no idea what that meant. The event will start at 7pm with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Here guests will walk around, bid on items, enjoy a signature cocktail, fresh beer from Harpoon Brewery, hors ‘doeuvres from State Room, watch models walk and admire the looks, take a photo infront of our SOUL by Ludacris “step and repeat”, be interview by TTN-HD productions, and have their photos taken by “paparazzi”. The fashion show will start at 9:15pm. Here guests will enjoy our designers, music by Andrew Mason (DJ Dropl3t) and their collections as well as models, cancer survivors, and business professionals walking for the cause. After the show, guests will be escorted to the mezzanine of the Great Room for more cocktails, desserts from Five Bite Cupcakes, Pinkberry, and Chobani, as well as meet the designers and models who have made the night possible.
Where can people go to buy tickets?
Please visit catwalkforacure.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $100 and include signature cocktail, passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, fashion show, gift bag, and post reception and proceeds go directly to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer education and research.
What do you love best about the event?
Everything! I love the stress and excitement of planning it, the final product, but mostly the smiles on all the guests faces as well as the survivors. After all it is for them. When they smile, I smile. The survivors are who inspired me. I remember last year, a guest coming up to me, with tears in her eye, and explained to me how much she enjoyed the show…she was currently going through treatment.
Also, a few thank you’s to my team and the people making all of this possible. The event is hosted by Practically Broadway, Inc., a non-profit visual and performing arts organization. Also, I could not have done this without my team: Neira Pekmez: Event Coordinator, Christina Ruggeri: Model and Designer Coordinator, Iliana Galvez: Asst. Event Coordinator, Nick Mandella: Lead Photographer and Press Liaison.
And the big question…what will you be wearing?
That is a good question! I spend so much time planning, its usually the week of the event type deal. This year I have been looking at Express, Cole Haan, Nordstrom, and Brooks Brothers. I will most likely go with a black or gray jacket and pants, pink shirt and a pink tie, still keeping it fashionable and different. I guess you will have to wait and see! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest news on the show!
Well, Bryan, thanks so much for telling all the Stylish Eyes out there about Catwalk for a Cure and the event on the 13th…I cannot WAIT! I am spreading the word to all of my fashionable friends who are looking for a stylish night out for an amazing cause. Breast cancer has personally touched my life through too many family members and friends and I am thrilled to support such a great organization and a fantastic night out in the city. Great work, Bryan and team!
PS: Stay tuned…I’ll be interviewing some designers and breast cancer survivors over the next few weeks as part of my Catwalking for a Cure blog post series. Thanks for tuning in and hope to see you on the 13th!
In case you missed it, the recording of my radio debut on the Loretta LaRoche radio show, Get a Life, with co-host and dear friend, Sue Burton, is now available online. I have to say that I am completely hooked on radio and loved every minute with Loretta and Sue. They are like the Howard and Robin of local radio!
Loretta LaRoche & Sue Burton
Looking for a good laugh and some great discussion on everything from pajama pants to capris, to fanny packs, to Crocs to maxi dresses? We also had some great questions from callers – maybe something you might have asked? Do tell.
You can listen here: www.lorettalaroche.com/getaliferadio
It’s the June 29, 2011: “Fashion: If It Doesnt Fit, Dont Wear It” episode.
Thanks, Loretta and Sue for having me…I hope I get invited back to talk Fall fashion!
I recently heard about the Pajama Jean – “Looks like denim, feels like pjs,” and I think I actually threw up a little bit in my mouth. I have to say, I am pretty outraged by this creation. Why? Well, there’s a bunch of reasons but let’s start with my practical reasons. First off, the pants have no zippers or buttons. Okay, last I heard, pants have zippers and buttons. Pants without zippers and buttons are usually called – leggings, sweatpants or…yes, pajamas. Even the jeggings I buy have some button/zipper styling. More than that, the idea of your pants being so comfortable you would wear them all day AND want to sleep in them? I just don’t get this. Yeah, I do get it on a pure comfort level. Believe me, I love my yoga pants as much as any other girl out there. But, there is a time and place for my yoga pants and they are not part of my “get dressed and go out” wardrobe and never will be (hint hint).
My biggest beef with this comfort-first invention is what it says about women and our ability to be stylish and comfortable. Ladies, do we really need to wear our pjs around town to be comfortable? I think not. I buy jeans and wear jeans a lot. And I have learned how to buy jeans that look great, fit great and feel great. I work full-time and my office is casual attire. I wear jeans to work almost every day. And, I sit at my desk most of the day in my jeans. I could not imagine wearing Pajama Jeans to my office. They are not jeans, my stylish friends. They are cotton pajama pants made to kinda look like jeans…but not really.
In my opinion, products like this are what’s wrong with fashion and style in America. Can you imagine a woman walking around Covent Garden London in a pair of these? Or down the Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Paris wearing jeans that look like pajamas? Never. It would never happen. I don’t know why here in the U.S., we have gotten lazy enough to think that it’s okay to wear sweats, yoga pants and now pjs to the mall, to the grocery store, to lunch with friends, on a date with your man – it’s just not okay. I grew up in house where my mother would never leave the house unless she looked “acceptable.” This meant: hair done, make up on, clothes to match the occasion. Her motto: “You never know who you’ll run into.” That was drilled into my head and it’s how I dress every day. Think about the impression you make – the first impression you make – when you run into someone at the mall or at the movies or anywhere outside your home. People are visual creatures like it or not and they check out what you’re wearing and how you look. It may sound superficial. It may sound ridiculous. But it’s true.
Please, my lovelies, leave the pajamas at home. There are so many other ways to be comfortable and look stylish. I promise.