Ev­ery­man Theatre gala

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FAMILY -

Jodie Gor­don, 48, may be only 5-foot-1-inch, but when it comes to her style, she stands tall. Lit­er­ally. “I think pos­ture has so much to do with how I carry my­self and how I dress and how I feel; whether I’m wear­ing a $10,000 dress or a $10 dress from Old Navy. … When you carry your­self tall and strong, you feel bet­ter and it’s how the world re­ceives you,” said the Roland Park res­i­dent.

That cer­tainly worked for Gor­don as she stepped a bit out­side of her usual “less glitzy” com­fort zone to ac­com­mo­date the Ev­ery­man gala’s “cre­ative white tie” theme.

The “stand tall” phi­los­o­phy is some­thing that Gor­don not only prac­tices but preaches with her clients at Em­body Pi­lates & Well­ness, a stu­dio she owns and where she also works as a Pi­lates in­struc­tor and well­ness coach. “When I start work­ing with some­body, I al­ways bring them to the mir­ror and say look at how you’re hold­ing your­self. Look at how your clothes fit you. When you’re slouch­ing, your belly pooches out. I’ll get them to stand up straight and pull their core in. I say lift your heart up; imag­ine a kite string at­tached to your heart and pulling it up from there. And then, I say, look, you just lost five pounds,” she ex­plained. Jo­vani back­less mer­maid gown with rhine­stone em­bel­lished tulle neck­line that she bought in Florida. White rab­bit fur stole and Lulu Townsend sil­ver snake­skin clutch that she bor­rowed from friend Lau­rie Miller. Rhine­stone chan­de­lier ear­rings she got 14 years ago to wear at her sis­ter’s wed­ding. Jes­sica Simp­son sil­ver glit­ter strappy heels from zap­pos.com. Multi-strand pearl cuff that was a neck­lace she bought in Hawaii and had made into a bracelet. Rhine­stone neck­lace she wrapped around her wrist to make a bracelet. Crys­tal flower ring she’s had for a while.

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