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    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 ...

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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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    Danielle

    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 ...

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