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    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 ...

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    Lisa Curran: A Visionary ...
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    December 7, 2012

    Are we ready for warm weather already? Lisa Curran is the owner and creator of Lisa Curran Swim, founded in 1997. An entrepreneur in t...

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    Lezli's Thoughts on Fashion ...
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    November 29, 2012

    Lezli Salz-Bradley is the owner of Willow St. Boutique located in both Summit and Morristown, New Jersey. Her boutiques reflect her cr...

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    Heather: "Creating is the Most Fun ..."
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    October 25, 2012

    When I met Heather at MONDO today, she was polishing silver bracelets that she designed, in order to keep them from oxidizing. It is o...

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    The Secret to Success
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    October 18, 2012

    Tucked away in the basement of the Madison Community House is a gem called Dress for Success Morris County. Don't let its size foo...

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    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    September 20, 2012

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

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    Shoe Fetish
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    September 4, 2012

    Fetish: inanimate object worshiped as magic. Apparently I am not the only one who thinks “shoes first” when getting dr...

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    Returning to Tel Aviv
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    August 23, 2012

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

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    It makes good scents
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    August 2, 2012

    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...

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    Am I Stuck in the Past?
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    July 26, 2012

    I watched fashion stylist Lloyd Boston on a television show helping a woman update her look after losing 45 pounds. You may not know h...

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    It's a Cover Up!
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    July 19, 2012

    While getting ready for vacation I uncovered a summer fashion conspiracy: not only is it wrenching to find a swimsuit, it can be just ...

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    Aging Gratefully
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    July 12, 2012

    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 y...

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    Mirrors and Scales
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    July 5, 2012

    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) ...

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    Why not wear it again ... and again?
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    June 28, 2012

    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 th...

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    On Trend Versus Trendy
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    June 21, 2012

    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 b...

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    Sweet 16
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    June 14, 2012

    My son turned 16 yesterday, and although it is not customary to refer to a young man’s birthday as “sweet,” it is to...

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    It Doesn't Have to be a Bikini ...
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    June 7, 2012

    … to be sexy. One-piece swimsuits are making a splash, and their alluring qualities can no longer be overlooked. Whether modern...

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    Bad Hair Days
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    May 31, 2012

    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 ha...

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    Don't just shop - Q
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    May 17, 2012

    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 wa...

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    What Exactly is a Trunk Show?
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    May 10, 2012

    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, M...

  • Shop Your Closet First
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    May 3, 2012

    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 ne...

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    It is the little things
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    April 26, 2012

    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-chemica...

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    I Have Nothing to Wear!
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    April 19, 2012

    Let me set the scene. You are standing at your closet staring at your clothes. Just staring. At your clothes. Your mind goes blank. Af...

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    “Remembering Titanic”
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    April 12, 2012

    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 ...

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    Spring Bonnets
    by Melissa Kaplan Guarino
    April 5, 2012

    “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 ...