My name is Melissa Kaplan Guarino. Welcome to my blog! It’s a place for sharing fashion tips & stories that will help make each one of us shine brightly. What is your story?
This is a snippet of the conversation I overheard this morning between my parents:
Dad: “Is this for whites?”
Mom: “It’s a color but it’s color-fast so you can actually add it to the whites.”
And I, at that moment wondered to myself, what in the world is color-fast? And then I remembered that my mom sure knows her laundry!
My mother often muses that if she were to write her autobiography she would have to call it, The Laundress. Throughout her life laundry is something my mother has always done very well. Doing laundry is one of those things that we don’t really talk about but we all must do (unless we are lucky enough to have someone do it for us). Of course it’s not as glamorous as shopping for one’s clothes or wearing one’s clothes but it is just as vital to the preservation of one’s clothes. Laundry and ironing are the workhorses of clothing-care. And at a certain point most of us learn how to do it. I do the majority of my family’s laundry, but the times are changing in my house. My son will be going off to college in a year and it is his turn to learn about the unspoken world of laundry.
Who does the laundry in your house?
I have been home almost a week and already I feel the vacation-calm leaving my mind and body. What to do? I visualize resting on the hammock and thinking calming thoughts. You know, going to my happy place …
How about you? Do you get the daydreamer-post-vacation-blues too?
In this podcast, Episode Three, I share a special keepsake passed down from my grandmother whom I loved dearly. Keepsakes are valuable because they are a way to stay close to someone who was very important in our lives. I’m curious … do you have a special keepsake? Please share your story in the comment section of the blog.
The saying goes: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… It’s part of the wedding ritual for bridal dressing. But when it comes to keepsakes something old and something borrowed are just as meaningful. I now have my Grandma Eleanor’s gold watch. My cousin gave it to me when I last saw her and I am forever grateful. I loved my Grandma Eleanor very much. She was absolutely charming and lovable and she would always tell me how much she loved me in her distinctive Hungarian accent. Now, after cleaning her watch and taking out a link so that it fits securely around my wrist I feel that love again as if she is wrapping her arms around me with a tight hug and squeeze.
Keepsakes carry their value in our memories of the ones we loved. This watch is a Longines, a Swiss brand with a celebrated history in watchmaking, but its worth is in what it represents to me – not in its resale value. What I will treasure is the daily wrist hug from my Grandma Eleanor.
Do you have any keepsakes from a loved one? I welcome your comments.
Ahoy! Don’t you love this statement necklace … especially the anchor? I had been searching for nautical-inspired pieces. And when my friend Kim suggested it looked like vintage Tory Burch I knew I had something special. Statement necklaces are chic because they give a boost to everything, especially a plain white tee. Some may be more opulent than others but anything bold and over-sized with a pop of color will do. If you haven’t already purchased a statement necklace for the summer and transition to fall, do it now.
What do you think?
Passing the time in Duck, North Carolina on a warm, sunny day. Thinking pink and green and Lilly Pullitzer who passed away a few months ago.
You just want to know Elizabeth! She is a stylist and fashion blogger and creator of the blog, Sequins and Stripes. As a 26 soon-to-be 27 year-old Chicago resident, Elizabeth has become a successful fashion influencer and created a community of followers. Her style is warm and informative and at all times personal, with a lot of Midwest charm. Not to mention, Elizabeth knows how to rock a red lipstick! How did Elizabeth get started? …
“I studied textiles at Ohio State University and began my career as a clothing buyer at a small, Midwest boutique. I began writing my blog, Sequins and Stripes, as a creative outlet from the corporate world and it has slowly grown in to what it is today …
Chicago is no fashion hub, but the city definitely houses all sorts of personal style. You can venture into any neighborhood and find a different trend: eclectic, Boho, preppy, high-fashion – the list goes on and on. I am inspired by the lakefront, the architecture, afternoons at my favorite coffee shop, walking around the loop – really all over this beautiful city! … Continue reading
Sunscreen – check
Sunhat – check
Sunglasses – check
Lipstick – check
Smile, from being in a state of pure joy – check