today’s obsession / social responsibility

march, 2020

i wanted to share with you on my blog something that i've been spending more time on with myself. when i got to a point of recognition that i had a serious mind/body disconnect, i tried to focus more on how to manage my mind and to work on letting go, to see the universe as showing me my path rather than having such a staunch idea of my direction.  the idea that i could let my steps show me what was naturally coming my way and the open doors that i might have been blind to in the past.  some of my study has focused on meditation and also on buddhism and a number of kind teachers that have resonated with me throughout my life. i spent almost a year in india, some 20 years ago now, and i would say that that this was my introduction to buddhism and wanting to find a different way.   at that time, i was really unhappy in my life and with my work in technology, and my mind was creating a lot of pain that i didn't need.  it’s funny how life goes in waves and i had to remind myself to return to this teaching again after closing mira mira.  i had dropped it along the way.

one of the teachers that has always stood out for me is ram dass and he passed away sadly, i think think about eight weeks ago now.   i have been spending a lot of time on his podcast and his readings and teachings, which thankfully they recorded and i'm going to share with you.   i don't want to go too much into his history because maybe you know it but i want to share with you one of his most recent shows from his ‘hear and now’ podcast, and this was really a societal reawakening, which i think we're doing a lot of right now in the world and he hearkens this back to the quakers, who had a very simple way of living and of seeing their lives and roots in american culture and he shares with us, the shakertown pledge, which they created in 1974. i want to share with you the pledge, myself,  just because i think it would resonate with a lot of you and i think that this is really something that could be beneficial to all of us today struggling with so many different fears and pressures and things.

so here's a link to the podcast.  here's a link to ram das’ website.  here's a link to a terry gross’ interview with ram das to get a bit of his succinct history which is a really cool radio show.  and here is the shakertown pledge.  email me at, if you want to talk about it more and thank you for following my blog.

1.  i declare myself a world citizen.

2.  i commit myself to lead an ecologically sound life.

3.  i commit myself to lead a life of creative simplicity and to share my personal wealth with the world’s poor.

4.  i commit myself to join with others in the reshaping of institutions in order to bring about a more just global society in which all people have full access to the needed resources for their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth.

5.  i commit myself to occupational accountability, and so doing I will seek to avoid the creation of products which cause harm to others.

6.  i  affirm the gift of my body and commit myself to its proper nourishment and physical well-being.

7.  i commit myself to examine continually my relations with others and to attempt to relate honestly, morally and lovingly to those around me.

8.  i  commit myself to personal renewal through prayer, meditation and study.

9.  i  commit myself to responsible participation in a community of faith.

the darling of copenhagen street-style, baum has consistently been killing it for many seasons now. 
think of it as a quirky ganni but maybe with a bit more restraint. 
danishduo, rikke baumgarten and helle hestehave started their collection in 1999 with playful silhouettes and fun combinations and they’re still at it!
so in love w the new aw/20 collection but also ss/20, too.  some of my favs here!

from time to time, i want to write about my own fashion and body image journey.  sharing via social media hasn’t been the easiest for me, but i’m trying new things in 2020 and i may be able to connect better with whoever might be reading this if i try. 

the work i do with my clients is often-times intensely emotional and personal and i see my work more in terms of ‘fashion therapy’ than anything else. i know that in my case, i felt like i had to choose between being an intelligent, feminist woman or a woman that cared about the way that i looked.  this was a serious disconnect in my life that i’ve had to work through with a lot of self-care, therapy and attention.  that is not everyone’s experience but i do find that this idea resonates with some of the women that i work with.

i am a first generation american woman and i think that in itself created a unique set of circumstances for me.  my mother was middle-eastern and raised in a progressive lebanese-palestinian family with an educated father.  his desire was to see his daughter educated perhaps unlike other families around him.  my mother was first in her class among men at the american university in beirut and then went on to graduate studies at stanford.  she was a product of the ‘60s at a very progressive moment in the development of feminisim in the bay area.  i can see now how the divide was created.  she was naturally beautiful and intelligent and the way that later translated to me was that i was to focus only on my insides, my brain and my heart, and that if i worried about what i looked like, i was somehow not smart. my mother never got facials, she never got her nails done, clothing wasn’t a priority on her list... she didn’t share with me the feminine rites that many mothers and daughters shared.  i was surrounded by girls and mothers that weren’t like this and it became a fascination for me, something that i was missing and that i wanted.  it was that simple.

obvious to me now but subconsciously ingrained into me then, i realized that this could not be further from the truth!!  i want to be ALL of these things simultaneously.  to be smart AND care what i look like are not mutually exclusive and i had to learn to integrate them both in my own life.  light bulb moment 😂️!!  it almost sounds silly when i write it out but seriously, i had to learn this.  this may have been my own interpretation of my mother because she’s not here now to dialogue with but i do have confusing signals that support how this came to be.  my mother, marina, has been gone for 15 years this week.  she passed away from acute myeloid leukemia, and i’ve spent the entire time since then unpacking a lot of what she didn’t.  i love her and miss her so much.

opening mira mira and focusing on fashion all came about after my mother passed away.  i worked in technology until opening the store in 2011, so that’s why helping women find this connection between external and internal self is so important to me.  i want to help women because i realize that many of us are stuck here and it shows up in a lot of different ways.  it resonates with me and i’m hoping that this blog will shine more light on what women deal with in their closets and how i can help.  

thanks for reading.... 

xx mira

ps.  i’m trying to figure out how to enable comments on my site and when i do, you’ll be able to comment here.  for now, please message me at if this resonates with you and you’d like to talk more about it.  

bridal headcase

february, 2020
definitely trending.  la cage aux folles.
the new wedding headwear, giving the bridal veil the slip.

the case for coats

february,  2020
my clients hear this from me over and over again.  i think the most important purchase to make in your wardrobe is a REALLY nice coat.  i’m talking about the kind of coat that pretty much matches everything you own and will never go out of style.  it should be fairly subtle (big buttons or fussy details will make you sick of it pronto) but a lush, warm coat or jacket that makes you feel like a million bucks every time you wear it.  you may have to splurge a little or wait until it goes on sale but once you buy it, you could be wearing a paper bag underneath and still you’d look like fashion.  it’s definitely an investment but if you chose subtle and versatile, you will wear it for forever.

here’s some of my favorite picks for pre-spring.