Top 5: Violet Gaynor, Co-Founder, The Glow



I first met Violet when she was a mere twelve years old and we shot her for a front-of-book story in Sassy — I’m pretty sure she was posing with a bicycle, wearing a helmet and showing off her braces grinning from ear to ear. Even before that, Violet got a part in Goodfellas, but instead of getting excited about acting, she was way more into her fittings and later went on to study fashion design at Parsons in Paris, ending up with a degree in costume design from the University of Connecticut. Then came years working as an editor for Shape,, and In 2015, Violet started her wildly popular mom brand/site, The Glow (my favorites are the profiles) and I’m so happy that I finally pinned her down to share her favorites with us!

 1. LoveShackFancy Kate Slip Dress I’m just going to be honest here and say that I love this piece because it reminds me of Carrie’s “Naked Dress” from the first season of Sex and the City. This velvet version by my favorite LoveShackFancy is the perfect mix of slinky/sexy and elegant/cool. I love wearing it with a big chunky sweater to dress it down.”
 2.Rebecca Taylor Ruffle-Hem Jeans “As a mom and entrepreneur who works from home, I’m always looking for simple pieces I can throw on early in the morning that will work throughout the day—from school run to sitting at my desk to meetings to an evening event. These jeans with a twist check all the boxes. And I love that they’ll look just as good with sneakers as they will with heels.”
 3. Loeffler Randall Coco mules “There’s nothing I don’t love about these watermelon velvet heels. I am very picky about shoes because I am too old to be uncomfortable (I suffered enough in my 20s), so Loeffler Randall has become by go-to because of their built-in support and padding, even in their highest heels. While bright pinkish-red velvet mules might not seem versatile, I have a feeling these will go with everything because they don’t actually match anything. Makes sense, right?”
4.  The Great The Short Monster “This sweater/jacket hybrid is exactly what I’ve been searching for this fall to wear with literally everything in my closet. I love the shaggy texture and slightly off color. How cute would it look with the LoveShackFancy slipdress and Loeffler Randall heels?”
 5 Madewell bodysuit “I’m clearly on a pink velvet kick, but there’s just something about this shade and texture that just feels so feminine and easy to wear. I love this piece and will wear it with my favorite high-waist boyfriend jeans to toughen it up a little.”








  • November 1, 2017


    When I was 13 I got a pair of baby blue, floral print Vans, and I loved them, although they didn’t match my Catholic school uniform at all. So, I decided that if they didn’t match anything, they had to match everything. I’m glad someone else agrees with me!

  • November 1, 2017


    I totally agree re: footwear that matches nothing, and thus goes with everything. That’s why my daughter wore sparkly red Mary Janes as a toddler and preschooler. And why I wear red wooden clogs now. (She wore red clogs, too, till she was about 7.). When times are tough–sad, or scary, or stressful–I love that I can look at my feet and my shoes make me smile.