Thanksgiving 2015

November 25th, 2015

This year I have felt the opposite of gratitude. I would like to know what you all think the opposite of gratitude to be. Is it disregard, disrespect, irreverance? Or is it prejudice. Are we grateful for material things or are we grateful for living things and people in our lives?

I am aware that its different for each one of us. And also changeable with the passing of time. I want to share that I am grateful for my own capacity to recover from setbacks. I had more than one this year which still has not been resolved. Instead, it progressed  and with it cuminated in a week of having four setbacks at one time. That was when I was at my lowest.  Gee whiz. Not my style!

STYLE is what my website, my blog and now my Etsy shop is all about.

Last May 2015,  I started a shop on Etsy.com called MichigansMom.

My goal, through all those heavy setbacks perviously mentioned, was to have the shop stocked with Vintage Clothing and Collectables by today. I have dreampt of having a store/shop all my life, having worked in many brick and mortar shops over the years.

Now I not only have a fine shop of my own creation, I have partners. I am truly grateful to my sewing partners and my shopping partners. They keep thier eyes and somethimes the eyes of thier friends and relatives searching for classic treasures for the shop. Please visit: https:www.etsy.com/shop/michigansmom and favorite your favorite items, and also favorite the shop. My partners and myself need to popularize the shop.

We are very grateful for the help. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

FYI: There are big discounts for Black Friday!

Calling All Fashion Design Graduates

April 14th, 2015

Are you now, or soon to be, a Graduate in the field of Fashion Design? If so, your comments could help bridge the gap between school and the marketplace. I am organizing a program to mentor those who want to have a career in this field with their own label and established clientelle. Please let me know your concerns so I can design the mentoring sessions to directly benefit you.

For more than 35 years I have done all it takes to stay in the field of my Bachelor’s Degree. In 1977 I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Clothing and Textiles/Retailing, a Cross-Cultural Emphasis. What I have learned since then has kept me in business. My website was established one year after the internet became available to the public.

If you are frustrated, don’t give up. Tell me about it so I can rally many forces to help you achieve your goals. The coaching sessions I am develping are full of information relavent to our field and not taught anywhere else.

Please leave you comments here.

Much appreciation,

Ramona Mooney

Seven Ways to Get Ready for Spring/Summer

March 26th, 2015

1. Take your cooler clothes out from their present location. They may still be mixed-in with all of your clothes or cleaned and stored in containers.

2. Lay them on the bed, your clean floor or around the living room/dining room. Wherever you can take a good look at each item.

3. Catagorize them according to this uni-sex terminology – Tops, Bottoms, Jackets, Shoes, Accessories. And more clearly:
Tops- shirts and blouses, teeshirts and camisoles.
Bottoms – pants, shorts, slacks, skirts and capris
Jackets – sweaters, summer jackets, blazars, raincoats
Shoes – sandles, sport shoes, work shoes, dress shoes.

4. Now, mix and match to make complete outfits using one item from each catagory. Make notes on paper to post near your closet door for help coordinating your “LOOK” each day. For help with coordinating outfits look further back in my blog for three entries entitled “The Art of Dressing.”

5. Make sure each article is clean and free of wrinkles. Hanging items in the bathroom while it fills with steam makes wrinkles fall out.

6. If not the shower method, you can use a steam iron set at the lowest setting but still able to create steam from distilled water. At this low setting, and continuously moving the iron at a steady pace will prevent any burning or fabric.

7. Make a short list of items to buy, like:
a new pair of sandles or sport shoes
a banana yellow, red or blue sweater or jacket
a linen casual jacket (this looks great with jeans)
Keep this list in your wallet or purse . Time-allowing, shop for only these items (your own list), it saves money and expands our complete outfit options.

This the right time to take your Winter warmer clothes, clean them, and store them in containers. Those flat 3″ high “under the bed” containers are perfect.

You Don’t Get a Second Change at a First Impression

March 21st, 2015

I am watching House of Cards on Netflix. In the second episode Kevin Spacey’s character says “We don’t get a second chance at at first impression.”

Since First Impressions are our focus at Pasha’s, we must point to the truth about this statement. You know this already. So why look and act anyway short of what you wish to accomplish? From head to toe, and how you walk and sound are the elements of your First Impression. Get a coach . . . call us. You will be pleasantly suprised at the difference it makes. Whatever you wish to achieve is within your reach.

No judgements, just support.

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Think like an eagle.

You belong with the Eagles.

Shaken, not stirred.

Even they learned to be suave.

What do you see in the mirror?

You are your mirror image.

 

Pasha’s Fashion Salon

March 6th, 2015

What in the world do we do? We do Your World. We meet you as you are, today, and enable you to open doors with your appearance and manner. Think of your life as a series of memorable first impressions. Not so memorable? Well, that’s where we come in. We take the clothes in your closet and match them for well put-together looks, altering them to fit when necessary. Sometimes we recommend the purchase of a few items to expand your selections. It’s according to your lifestyle or the lifestyle to which you aspire.

We do the same with Skin Care, how you stand, sit, walk and when and how to shake hands. Our services are affordable, habit-changing and guaranteed to greatly improve your first impression everyday.

For more information go to michigansmom.com and choose Pasha’s Fashion Salon/Packages. Please be patient while it loads. You are worth it.

Clothing as Artistic Expression

July 8th, 2014

This is my review of the first couple of chapters of the book by Susanna Partsch, KLIMT, Life and Work. IP, Munich 1993
“When Klimt died on the 6th February, 1918, all of Vienna mourned the loss of their great painter.” His paintings explored the shape of the human body often with geometric backgrounds and most often created with gold leaf.

At that time in history, a group of artists called the Jugendstil artists . . . “were great innovators in the synthesis of architecture, interior design and painting . . .” Life in these rooms requires people in the right clothing; only when ladies in decorative attire sweep through these interiors will they really come to life.”

“Fashion, like everything else became a component of the total work of art, elevated to the level of art. Gustav Klimt, a painter of some standing (at that time), did not hesitate to design clothes; his relationship with the proprietress of a fashion house certainly heightened his interest.

Klimt’s fashions were seen in fashion shows reviewed in the journal, Kunst und Kunstler. This was happening in Vienna while in England, William Morris was introducing his ideas for design. And on the streets of Paris, France, Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters were everywhere to be seen during Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s lifetime. (1864-1901).

Tim Gunn with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, NPR

February 5th, 2014

I so very much enjoyed this interview with Tim Gunn of Project Runway and Chairperon at the Parsons School of Design in NYC.
He is so much fun and dittos my perspectives on fashion and style in a number of significant ways.
Its important to both Tim and me that we are always aware of how we are presenting ourselves., be it the mail person or the bank teller, presentation counts. Clean, pressed, color-coordinated outfit balanced in color and design. Not only clothes that are in proportion to my body but also appropriate to my lifestyle, even one step up from those I am likely to meet that day.

Tim Gunn and I believe its important to shop within a budget. I believe and can prove that it is easy to find high quality clothing for pennies on the dollar.
He and I also believe one should dress for their own style. To define and have a set of styles that are your own.

Ironically, Tim Gunn was a swimmer in high school as was I. He liked it because it was a solitary sporting event. I left it for the same reason he liked it and joined the women’s volleyball team so I could be on a TEAM. Another similarity, he wanted and did play the piano for 12 years. I asked and was denied piano lessons. My mother was a single mom of six kids. So I started piano at age 57.

As teenagers, we both knew how to manipulate adults with ease. He met his match with an adult therapist and this was very significant for his life. I successfully manipulated my high school academic councilor to willingly and repeatedly give me a pass to get back into school even when I had skipped three days in a row.

Tim Gunn found a feeling of liberation and empowerment when he realized he is just fine living alone. I recently have realized the same thing.

Terry Gross stated that she can’t find clothes to fit and that the fashions out there are hideous or totally inappropriate for her. I suggest she give me a call.
My website: Pasha’s Fashion Salon will explain that I can turn what is in your closet into items that not only fit correct, but also express who you are to the point that you are truly feeling and communicating your uniqueness . . . the precious individual wanting to get out in the open.

When a teenager can escape the Fashion World competition, not with a uniform but rather with a unique wardrobe designed with readily available tools at hand, its empowering.

For a while, you will be able to hear the interview with Tim Gunn on NPR, Fresh Air by visiting NPR.org

Practical Intelligence

December 14th, 2013

I have had my eyes wide open and my brain in gear everyday of my 59 years. Born and raised in Michigan all the way through my bachelors degree; then six years of immersion into California culture followed by six more years of immersion into Hawaiian culture. My degree at Michigan State University was ecosystems oriented, a Clothing and Textiles major with a Cross Cultural emphasis focused in African and Japanese cultures. In California I studied color and design of all things for two solid years with Ray Jacobs at the Laguna Beach School of Art. I credit Ray as the most influential person in my life. Presently I am beginning the 41st year of sewing for the public, recommending the best clothes for their body type, their lifestyle and stressing the importance of a good first impression.

My experiences have made me particularly sensitive to the uniqueness of each one of you. Are you aware that by virtue of the way you choose and use your clothing, and the design in your home, you are sending subliminal messages indicating your state of mind, how you feel about your body/home and the extent to which your spirit runs free? Whether you are ready to acknowledge it or not, your presentation (clothing and home design) communicates THE REAL YOU. Not only to others; you are getting very similar messages from yourself to yourself. And it is our personal experiences here on this precious earth that is the sum of our lives.