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Changing the Game

Hello Glam & Sassy loves. Not sure if you noticed, but I have taken a hiatus from writing this blog. It was a timing thing at first, but then a lot of unexpectedness happened that made me take a look at my life, my priorities and where I have been exerting most of my efforts.  None of them bad, but as much as I love what I do as an entrepreneur and focusing on fashion, I feel motivated to explore other topics.  We never stop learning and growing and I want to share some of my latest experiences in case you can also relate. When the old way is no longer working, it’s time to start changing it up.

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A year ago, I moved to LA from San Diego which on your GPS doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but it actually was more of an adjustment than my move from Jersey to California eight years prior. Like most things, I jumped right in and even recall a few mornings that I was reflecting on the antics of previous nights and committed to dialing it back.  “I feel like I moved to Vegas because there is something epic to do every night and you can’t discern a Tuesday from a Saturday from inside of a club”, I heard myself telling my friends over and over. So what exactly was I looking for ? Honestly, just a good time . I am a social butterfly by nature and love having fun to offset how hard I work. I was constantly meeting different people and I quickly learned that everyone comes to LA for something.  If the energy was good, I exchanged.  It didn’t matter what race, profession, age, or height.  Without even trying, I was dating on steroids which was fun at first, but then became a means to an end to find someone who was not like all the rest. We live in a very self-absorbed culture where plans aren’t really plans until they happen which means the following criteria must be met: 1) Another (more alluring) offer didn’t come in the  meantime and 2) it must be convenient with little to no effort.  I found myself also adhering to those rules until I decided it was more fulfilling to stay home with my dog. Until that changed…

The one thing that any pet parent fears the most just happened to me. I had to make the painful decision to put my 17 year Pekingese, Mugsy, to sleep. I still get anxiety thinking about those days and hours leading up to it.  I can’t even go into the details because it is so traumatic. I miss her every day and it feels like I lost an extension of me, of my soul. She was the one constant in my life when everything else was always changing. I suppose if you take anyone’s life and dissect 17 years from it at any point in the timeline, you would see a ton of change. But for me, those 17 years included most of the big ones… getting engaged, married, started  businesses, sold businesses, divorce, moved across the country alone and then moved to LA to start all over again, all over again.  The only solace I can find , and if you have gone through this, or ever do go through this, first let me say how sorry I am because it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but secondly, there is peace in knowing she is no longer suffering. My puppy will always be with me. I talk to her throughout the day like a crazy person.  I am not sure when I will get another one. I am a dog lover so it is not if but when. Is it ok to get the same dog and name her Mugsy too (as in Mugsy two)?

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Immediately after that happened, I hopped a flight back east (where I grew up) which will always be home to me, and it was the best thing I could have done.  I needed to get out of LA and out of my empty apartment.  However, I found out you cannot hide from the chronic sadness from this type of loss… not even 3000 miles away.  I was able to start healing with the help of an incredible support system of family and friends. I have amazing friends in CA. They are my sisters. My fellow independent women who are working and hustling and searching like me and have been by my side through so much.  Back east, I have friends since high school and everything in life leading up to this point in time.  Some people enjoy to think in the stillness of nature, but I think most clearly in the chaos of the city.  So I spent time in NYC and ran around the entire tri state of NY/NJ/PA and somehow I managed to out run the dark cloud of depression from losing my dog and chose to focus on how blessed I am to have people who love me all over the place.

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It was here that I found new priorities. Yes, a career is important and necessary, but I took this time off and I am still doing just fine.  Work is also very replaceable. People are not. Take care of the people in your life who take care of you. Love yourself so much that you have love overflowing to give to others.  That is such an incredible gift you can share with someone and I don’t just mean the ones who are easy to love. Really stretch yourself to offer a listening ear, a donation, your time, anything ,to a person you see in need of it. Chances are they were brought into your path for a reason.  Also, know your worth…especially dating in this crazy single culture.  Here is a PSA to the single guys out there. Enough with the games already. If you want to see me, make it happen. If you want to get to know me, ask me questions.  And if you really aren’t sure, then stay in your own lane because I just lost the one thing I loved the most in this world, yet my mind and my heart are clear and I don’t need someone’s bad energy junking it all up. Lastly, have a glass of champagne for absolutely no reason at all except that it is delicious and you will feel more Glam & Sassy with every sweet sip. Cheers !

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Have any of you had similar experiences or lessons learned?  I would love to hear about them and maybe be the person who encourages you.  Also, let’s connect! Find me on IG @glamandsassy.

 

 

 

 

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Pack Your Bags

Hello Glam & Sassy loves! I am writing this blog on my flight from LA to NYC. Since I have about 5 hours to kill, I thought I would use them to do something more productive than my usual guilty pleasure of scouring through trashy tabloids. I am super excited to touch down in the fashion capital of the world where I will be meeting with other fabulous stylists to preview Spring 2017 from the clothing company, W by Worth. I love travel, but no matter how many trips I take, packing is my biggest challenge. I typically begin the process at least 2 ½ days prior to departure and painstakingly plan out, which involves trying on, every outfit complete with shoes and accessories. I have found if I already have the perfect travel pieces in my closet, it saves a ton of time.  So I complied a few of my go-to looks that work (and play) on almost any trip.

Pack a Ponch:

Ponchos are not only very on trend, but are also the perfect travel companion. They are versatile, warm, and double as a blanket if you tend to freeze at 30,000 feet like I do. I love a pretty poncho to layer over anything from a dress to leather pants to jeans for a look that is instant chic. Like most of us, I wear A LOT of black. This black asymmetrical style with a crisp white border goes with about 90% of my outfits so I will be wearing it multiple times during my stay in the Big Apple.

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Bow Down:

Sweaters are a necessity in fall fashion. So why not choose one that also has a cute design detail like bows. Bows are hot right now and I am obsessed with silk ones around my neck. This is such a sexy look, and all I need are earrings to accessorize. This wool v neck pullover was the style I had all of my clients try on during their fall wardrobe planning session. It comes in three amazing neutral colors, with cypress being my absolute fave, because it goes with everything I would pair with black, including black! Awesome! I chose this for travel because the luxurious wool blend is warm without the bulk…in my suitcase or on my body.

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Slip it On:

As much as I love and live in my fave jeans, I am equally enamored by flirty dresses. Being the girly girl that I am, I always look forward to showing up at any occasion in a daring dress.   A slip dress is a must in every Glam & Sassy girls’ suitcase. Allow me to tell you why. This dress, known for its body skimming NOT hugging silhouette, makes it though the day then straight into evening. Style it with a jacket for a business meeting power suit alternative then soften her up with a scarf for dinner and drinks. I also will rock this dress on the weekend with comfortable knee high boots and throw on the above mentioned poncho for a casual look. See, that just took care of three outfits in one dress leaving room in my luggage for all the clothes I plan on buying in NYC!

 

I’d love to hear what your must have travel essentials are…especially if it is a bunch of trashy tabloids! For other looks and outfit inspiarations, please follow me on Instagram @GlamandSassy. More luxurious styles can be found at http://www.wbyworth.com/gina-morell. Happy Shopping and enjoy being Glam & Sassy!

 

Click it and Get it Guide:

Poncho: http://www.wbyworth.com/infinity-poncho-4/

Sweater with Silk Tie: http://www.wbyworth.com/silk-tie-v-neck-pullover/

Slip Dress: http://www.wbyworth.com/lace-trimmed-slip-dress/

Take a Bite

Hello Glam & Sassy loves! Anyone who has been to New York knows the endless amount of fun and excitement that it offers.  It is also the fashion capital of the world so that alone makes it one of my favorite cities.  I worked many years in fashion in the Big Apple so I look forward to getting back as much as possible now that I live on the opposite coast. I actually  just returned from a fabulous trip there to preview the W by Worth fall collection and I had no idea I could get so excited over a cool weather season in the middle of summer! As soon as I saw the versatile styles and felt the luxe fabrics, I was ready to come back to the 80 degree heat and start styling my clients for the months ahead.  Since I am all about instant glamification, I thought it best to start with the buy-now-wear-now styles we can rock in July and straight into fall.  Here are the styles you need not wait until September to enjoy.

Tastefully Bare:

During this sizzling season, we want to wear the least amount of clothing as possible…at least in public:)   I found some sexy sleeveless tops that I am having fun with now and also later in the year as layering pieces.  I am all about showing some skin but doing it with class.  A cute little cami or a beautiful drapey cowl neck tank are both perfect picks. The fabrics are as soft as our summer skin and the styles are year round appropriate. I am putting my clients, and myself, in these right away to ensure maximum enjoyment and plenty of room to go back for seconds and thirds!

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Yummy Colors:

Summer is the season of color.  The palettes may change every year, but it is always lip smacking and refreshing after a long winter.  If you choose your colors right, you won’t be limited to wearing them just when the sun is out and the temps are high. Looking ahead to fall, we are seeing splashes of bold colors such as Chili and Royal Blue.  I am loving dresses in these color pops because they are easy to style now with a beige heel and later with a black boot. Which one do you crave?FullSizeRender(9)

Unwrap and Enjoy:

For all the ladies who hustle in their careers and social lives like me, I found something I have been looking for for a long time.  Check out this blouse that is professional for work, yet flirty enough for date night.  It is a faux wrap so it stays perfectly in place with just the slightest hint of a peek.  This unique combination of sophistication and sexiness is what makes this top, and all of us ladies, Glam & Sassy !

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Click It and Get It Guide:

Lace Trimmed Camisole

Cowl Neck Tank

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Blue Dress

Faux Wrap Blouse

 

 

Pucker Up

Hello Glam & Sassy loves! If you have been following my blog or my Instagram posts, then it is no secret that I have an addiction.  I have come right out and admitted it many times. Yes, I have a passion for fashion and I definitely  function better after my morning caffeine fix , but my true obsession is much more serious.  The one thing I absolutely CANNOT live without is lipstick.  I have on me, at all times, my lipstick of the day, a backup lipstick and also a gloss to put on in a pinch.  I even keep an extra in my car, in my laptop case, and in my gym bag.  It is safe to assume that I would go into a full on panic mode if ever caught without the slippery feel of something on my lips. So, when I found out that my favorite women’s organization of which I am a proud member, Lipstick Sister, having chapters in LA, San Diego, NYC and DC,  was launching its own line of lip color, my lips began tingling in pure excitement!

I was  ecstatic when my Essential Three lipsticks arrived in a fabulous and flirty pink  package! The lipsticks are beautiful, and they feel wonderful on…so creamy and luxurious! They are the same high quality of any designer brand I have paid much more for in the past! The ingredients are hypo-allergenic and include Vitamin E and natural vanilla extract. The color names are yummy too… Fetching, Hot Tamale, and my personal favorite, Wet Kiss. So delicious! They make me just want to pucker up !

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The Essential Three. I never leave home without them.

Aren’t those colors so flattering and fun? By the way, this post is not a product review or an endorsement.  I chose to blog about these lipsticks because I am loving this product and I use them every day.  There is something so empowering about slowly pulling out a compact mirror and applying lipstick like you are Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel.  It is a display of confidence and sex appeal and the shy need not “apply” since it is guaranteed to get you attention.  No one can resist sneaking a peek of your perfect pout when you stop everything to make it even prettier. And the best part of all, a percentage of all Lipstick Sister Beauty sales is donated to Becky’s Fund in an effort to eliminate Intimate Partner Violence. Get beautiful and give back! Now that’s a very Glam & Sassy thing to do!

 

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Lipstick Sisters. Celebrating and empowering each other!

 

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