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Your Miraclebody Has Finally Arrived!

Finding a pair of jeans that are flattering can be an arduous and demoralizing experience.  That is why I just have to tell you about these fantastic jeans that I was sporting around-town yesterday.

They are called Miraclebody® Jeans and they are from the makers of the1201CC10-EBY_2 Miraclesuit.  The jeans are made from a patent-pending material called Miratex and boast twice the spandex of ordinary jeans. 

In full disclosure, the company sent me a pair of jeans to review and I was very skeptical that they could really live up to the claim that they will make you look “10 lbs lighter in 10 seconds!”   But with the tummy-control panel in the front, the extra spandex to slim your thighs and lift your tushy, I agree with their proclamation.  I was really impressed.

The first thing that I noticed when I tried them on was how unbelievably comfortable they were!  I don’t think I have ever worn a pair of jeans that felt so good.  I am an apple shape, which means that there is no getting around my muffin-top.  The Miraclebody® Jeans are midrise so they hugged my muffin-top so that for once, I could actually wear a belt without looking lumpy.  Now that’s a miracle!

I chose the ebony bootcut style above, but they come in several colors, cuts and styles.


You may be wondering, where can I buy Miraclebody® Jeans?

Miraclebody® jeans, leggings, skirts and tops can be purchased at their site online www.miraclebody.com or you can go to: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales.

Here’s the kicker though, they don’t come cheap.  With a price tag starting at $110 it is more than most of us spend on a pair of jeans.  However, I ask you to consider this: it’s significantly cheaper than lipo, easier than losing 10lbs. and I wouldn’t recommend them if I really didn’t think they were worth the money.  They really are a good investment piece.  Not to mention, Mother’s Day is coming up and these jeans would make a terrific present.

Speaking of Mother’s Day, Miraclebody® Jeans is looking for “Women Who Shape our Lives”.  They are looking for women to share their stories about how someone has made an impact on your life or something that you have done to make a significant difference.  You can enter at www.weshapewomen.com for a chance to be one of 10 Semi-finalists to win a denim wardrobe from Miraclebody® valued at over $300.  Four lucky winners will be flown into NYC to take part in a photo session with photographer James Macari for an advertisement showcasing your winning story in the August  issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch® magazine. You also will receive a consultation with celebrity stylist Robert Verdi and a makeover at the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon.

Just for entering, you will be given a $20 coupon good towards the purchase of your Miraclebody® Jeans.  (Then you can give that coupon to your hubby as a little hint.)

I hope that you will take the opportunity to enter yourself in this contest.  As women we’re always reluctant to admit what we are doing well for fear that we are boasting.  Well I’m telling you right now, you deserve it!  You work hard all year long and it’s ok feel proud of what you do to contribute to your family, friends and your community.   I want you to brag up a storm and win yourself a new wardrobe and a little pampering.  Remember, you’ve EARNED it!

Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Vogue UK Says Enough is Enough, Start Designing Clothes for REAL Women

In an article published on Independent.co.uk yesterday, it was reported that Vogue UK editor Alexandra Shulman is boldly taking a stand for British women.  Shulman reportedly sent a letter to some of fashion’s most prominent design houses including: Prada, Chanel, Stella McCartney and John Galliano to admonish them for sending samples that are so small that fashion magazines are forced to hire impossibly thin models to fit them.  In turn, she urged designers to “recast the beauty ideal” by designing clothes that fit real women.

Haven’t women been asking for this for ages?  We want clothing that fits our bodies instead of forcing our bodies to fit an impossible ideal.  anorexic2pl

Who are the designers creating clothes for? Men? Because the models that they commonly dress for their shows have very flat chests and incredibly skinny limbs.  You can dress a skeleton up in pretty clothes and makeup, but it doesn’t make them beautiful.

Please, designers I implore you stop hating women’s bodies.  Instead, embrace our curves, our heath and in so doing, respect our gender.

One can only hope that American fashion magazine editors follow suit; demanding that designers supply them with samples that will fit healthy women.  In the meantime, we as women need to band together to PROVE to designers that this is what we really want.

Can I get an Amen?

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Exclusive Invitation For Fashion Sensei Readers


Czech designer Sarka Siskova will be exhibiting her latest collection, “Cities Inside of Me” along with her first ever sample sale tomorrow, December 16th and Fashion Sensei readers are invited to attend this exclusive event.

A native to Zlin Czech Republic, designer Sarka Siskova has chosen New York City to showcase her collection of chic one-of-a-kind evening and day dresses.  Inspired by two cultures Czech and American, Siskova uses high quality Italian silks, cottons, linens and satins to construct her garments. “My passion and, at the same time, challenge is fabrics,” says Siskova. “Like a sculptor with his chisel, I play games of euphoria and exuberance with textiles.”

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Sarka Siskova is also the first and only designer from the Czech Republic to have her pieces displayed in the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York’s only museum dedicated to the art of fashion.

In addition, one of Siskova’s designs has been included in FIT’s most recent exhibition, “Seduction” featuring the first chronological exploration of the role of sexuality in fashion. The exhibition will include over seventy looks from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, using objects from the Museum’s permanent collection.  The exhibition opened yesterday and runs through June 16, 2009.  Admission is free. 

Now that you have all the background information, here are the details to attend the show and sample sale. 

What: “Cities Inside of Me” fashion show followed by sample sale

When: December 16th from 7p.m. until 10 p.m

Where:  Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street

How:  To be admitted, let them know that you read about the show on Fashion  Sensei.  Presto! You’re in! 😉

A portion of the sample sale proceeds will go to Sunflower Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing survival care to disadvantaged children around the world.

Finally, I have been informed that the sample pieces will be selling for 80% off their retail prices of $500- $1,000.  Not a bad deal.

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Fashion Lesson #25: The White Shirt


The white shirt is the most versatile and timeless staple in any woman’s closet.  In today’s Fashion Lesson, we will discuss what to look for in this perennial classic and how to get the most for your money.

Are you one of those people who go into a store, try on a shirt, then another, then still another, until you finally find the right fit, not really knowing why a particular shirt looks good? 

Wouldn’t it be great to know what to look for on that next shopping trip?

I’ll let you in on a few secret tips that Fashion Sensei clients already know.

When looking for a new shirt, think of the three F’s.

  1. Fit
  2. Fabric
  3. Finish

The first of my top three tips centers on fit.  To get started, there are a few definitions that we should know when searching for the most flattering garment off the rack.

Collar– The area of fabric that folds over and comes to a point on each end.  The points may come in a wide range of styles including a sharp long point, button down and rounded. The area between the points, is referred to the spread.

Fashion Tips: Some people feel that the wider the spread, the wider you face may look.  I think that these effects can be quite subtle, so check them out for yourself the next time you are trying on a shirt to see if it makes a noticeable difference.

When looking at the points of a collar, think of them as arrows–792V_White_enlargedlong points that are vertical, will draw the eye down.  A varsity collar or a collar that points outward, may help to broaden shoulders.  Rounded tips may aid in softening a woman with sharp features.

It sometimes goes without saying, but the higher the collar, the more coverage it provides.  If you have a long neck, a tall collar may put your neck in better proportion.  Tall collars can also hide the sins of aging, such as a wrinkly neck.

Yoke- One of the most important components of a shirt, the yoke is the area between the shoulders that connects the other panels of the shirt together including the arms.  _5726469

Placket- The area of the shirt where the garment will be buttoned.  You may find hidden placket shirts where an extra piece of fabric covers the buttons.  

Darts– A method in sewing to taper a garment to your body shape.  When shopping, this may be called “fitted” or “tailored”.

Fabric–  Many of the shirts that you buy off the rack are made from cotton broadcloth or cotton poplin which tends not to wrinkle as easily.  

When handling the garment, you will notice the weave density, weight and texture of the fabric.  Generally, a bargain shirt from a discount store will be lighter weight,  have a bit looser weave and the texture or feel of the fabric may not be as soft.  This has a lot to do with the quality of cotton used and the length of the cotton fibers.  Longer fibers create better shirts, but cost more money.

See through shirts are not always the hallmark of a poor quality garment.  Some designers will create a thin fabric for their shirts in the summer season or for layering purposes.

There are also a wide variety of blended fabrics to choose from.  Some incorporate polyester to reduce wrinkling or add a wrinkle resistant finish to the fabric.  Others, add spandex for added comfort and movement of the garment.

Finish– When examining the final product, be sure to notice the overall construction and finishing touches.

Ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • How is each section sewn?  Are the stitches wide or loose?  If so, this shirt will not endure as many washings as its better constructed sister with tighter stitches.
  • Are there loose threads?  This could be a possible sign of poor craftsmenship.
  • Do pieces pucker?  Each panel of the garment should lay flat.  If it puckers on the hanger, it will pucker on you.
  • Is the hem even? 
  • Are the buttons secure?
  • Are the points on the collar even?

Finally, here are a few suggestions in different price ranges to consider the next time you are out shopping.

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                                   Gap                  Sandra Ingrish Mitered Shirt


Craig Taylor Jet Set Twist Shirt

(Click on any of the above images for shopping information.)Reference

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Fashion Lesson #24: Mommy Makeover

There’s something about having children and being in your 30’s (or greater) that can sometimes induce a fashion-identity crisis.

You may think, I’m a mother now, how should I dress?  Or I’m in my 30’s I don’t know what is appropriate anymore.  Even worse, is the mother who doesn’t care anymore.

I wish I had a dollar for every woman who has said that they care more about what their children look like over themselves.

For today’s Fashion Lesson, we will discuss how to dress after becoming a mom and how to look fashionable—yet age-appropriate—without looking dowdy.

The first step in our Mommy Makeover, is to address that abyss attached to your bedroom, also known as your closet.  When was the last time you went through and weeded out all the clothes that no longer fit?

Do you still have an outfit like this from the 90’s that you rocked on a date night?

If you answered yes, PLEASE get rid of it!


Boots like these have no place in your closet.


This heel has been out of style for years, yet I still see women in boots or shoes with this big, clunky heel.

Here is my suggestion for a date night boot.


Not your typical tall boot, the bootie is this fall’s answer to the staple of years past.  This particular brand is by Söfft, and like the name suggests, they are known for comfort.  The sturdy heel will also be supportive for those of you reacquainting yourselves with heels.

The model you see above is vegan, so here are a pair of boots that I suggested to her from Payless.  Aren’t they cute?


For an evening out, my mommy-model was immediately drawn to this dress from a local hot spot, Rise clothing in Royal Oak, Michigan.


With the dress above, we paired it with black leggings so that it was more age-appropriate.  You could also wear the dress as a blouse by donning a pair of skinny jeans (or a style that fits your shape) and booties.

I happened upon a mother of teenagers in Target Monday, who said that all of the clothes that she was looking at, seemed only to be suitable for her daughter or mother.  That seems to be the consensus for women with teenage daughters.  It appears that there are stores for teenagers and young women, but after that, the market seems to go a bit dry.

Here is a suggestion for a date night out for my sophisticated friends.


This jacket is flattering on so many levels.  First, the high kimono-waist sits at the smallest area of a woman’s torso.  No matter how big your tummy is, this is the most slimming area to create a focal point.  The wide sleeve is excellent for any-size arms and the A-line in the jacket adds lovely proportion.

I also like the crisp, white shirt under this jacket.  A white shirt is a timeless staple in any woman’s wardrobe.

Now that you have your date night outfit secured, it’s time get rid of the ripped-up jeans or sweats.  Instead, opt for something more attractive for your trips to the grocery store.  You never know who  you may meet.

While my model has an amazing figure (even after having a little boy), the old Billy Idol cropped T-shirt and ripped-up jeans is not particularly age-appropriate for running errands with a child.


Instead, we opted for this fantastic western-theme dress, leggings and a pair of flat boots that she already owns.  It’s youthful without trying too hard.


For the cooler Michigan fall afternoons, we found this wonderful walking jacket, floral scarf and flared trouser jeans.


To stretch your dollar, use classic items in your closet and update them with current accessories like the scarf above.  Also, never underestimate the power of a pop of color.  It shows the world that there’s a spark of personality under those neutral colors you’re wearing.

To help you get started with your shopping this weekend, here is a sampling of some of the sales going on.

Ann TaylorSave an extra 20% off TODAY ONLY with this coupon.

Ann Taylor Loft Save up to 60% off on their Columbus Day Sale.

Liz Claiborne.com– Extra 30% off previously reduced merchandise when you use discount code CDAY30.

J.Jill- Extra $10 off with this coupon.  See afore mentioned link for further discounts of $25-$50.

Cusp– Save 40% off new arrivals.

Macy’s Columbus Day Sale

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I also want to say a special thank you to Sylvia at Rise Clothing for providing us with full reign of her store and to my client Lori for allowing me to photograph her in her outdated clothing.

To purchase the looks you see here today, stop in to Rise Clothing at  525 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI.

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Fashion Lesson #8 Fit

In this weeks lesson I want to address fit.  Most of us know when our clothes fit or not based on whether we can zip our zipper or button our buttons.  What you may not realize are some of the other ways you are sabotaging your appearance.


Do wear your correct size.  When you buy your clothes do not buy them according to the size you want to be, purchase the size your body is now.  So many of us (and I have been guilty of this in the past too) are “dieting” and plan on losing that last 5 pounds and want to make sure that whatever we buy now won’t be too loose later.  Get real.  Wearing clothes that are too tight only make you look heavier.

Do choose clothes that fit the widest angle of your body.  If you have wide hips or thighs, fit this area first.  You can have a good tailor cinch up the rest of the areas later.

Do pay attention to the zipper.  If it does not go up or lay flat, move on to another size or style.  A wavy zipper is poor quality.


Don’t wear a blouse that you cannot cross your arms in.  When I was heavier I had a very difficult time finding blouses a.) that I could button and b.) that I could cross my arms in.  The area around the chest just did not have enough fabric.  I needed to swallow my pride and buy a bigger size and have the rest taken in.

Don’t wear pants that “whisker out” at the front inseam.  It’s a tell-tale sign that they are too small. This doesn’t just apply to pants, skirts can have the same effect.  If you are wearing a skirt with pleats and the pleats do not stay closed, go up a size.  Open pleats = bad fit.

No VPL’s!  Visible Panty Lines from standard or thong panties are just not sexy.  There are plenty of new styles of under garments as I mentioned in Fashion Lesson #1 like Spanx that give you a smooth silhouette.  If you opt for thong underwear, I better not see it displayed proudly from the top of your pants.  Gross!

Here are some more formal suggestions from “Always In Style” by Doris Pooser. 


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Fashion Lesson #1

Ok, so it’s Friday and I thought it was time for our first free glitter text and family website at FamilyLobby.com.  In this first lesson, we will be going over undergarments.  Depending on where you come from, the names vary: knickers, panties or draws (leave a comment of your favorite term) and the most important being the bra.

We’ve all see those women who are either not wearing one or have had their ill fitting bra for the past 10 years.  I am here to wrestle that old bra away from you and convince you that those girls need your support!  Don’t ignore those loveys or soon gravity will have them staring sullenly at the ground.

So here’s my advice.  Go to your nearest professional bra fitter and get fitted.  I don’t mean Victoria’s Secret.  They have never done an accurate fit in my experience.  Go to someone who is certified to get the job done.  Each make and line of bra has their own fit and a store owner knows her product.  She can get you to the right style that will have you looking like a 19 year old pin up girl again.

_5393947.jpgNext, don’t ignore the knickers.  Unless you have the body of a goddess you need to keep certain areas sucked in.  Spanx are always a perfect go to to keep everything neatly tucked away.  If Spanx are not in the budget and lets face it at $22 to $46 a pop, it’s an investment.  Look a little harder the next time you are out and take the time to make sure that your undergarments leave a nice shape.  No one likes to see your butt cheeks hanging out and muffin tops under your clothes.

Finally, if you are wearing a form fitting dress, you MUST buy Shape wear.  Here is an example from the Spanx site and Nordstrom‘s live pic of the same item.  The advantage of this particular body shaper is that it also lifts your backside, but does not create a “uni-butt” where your lovely lady lump is one big flattened silhouette.


Remember all lessons require comments, so let me know your best stories.  Have a great weekend! 🙂


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