4.24.2015

Balancing Act

This has been a very hectic week which required a bit of maneuvering, re-adjusting, and lots of opportunities to exhale slowly. I know I'm not the only person on this earth who is experiencing this same type of schedule. With all the activities surrounding high school graduations, on top of track and field competitions, music performances, trying to write consistently on my book, A Place Called Peace; all while maintaining a home requires a serious balancing act

Last night, after soaking in a lavender oil laced Epsom bath, I crawled into bed and pulled the covers over my head. I don't remember much after that. The next thing I knew, it was morning and time to get moving once again...running multiple errands...taking sons to this event and that competition...I failed to take the chicken out of the freezer in time for a thorough defrost. Take-out for dinner. Though my sons were perfectly happy with woofing down burgers and fries, I, on the other hand, felt guilty for giving them pizza the night before and now burgers...why didn't I use the crock pot to stew the chicken?

We all have times when our schedules become overly busy. Right? To help me through the times, I make life easier by carving out moments of tranquility. In my purse is my headset and my Galaxy Note. Without hesitation, I'll quiet the world around me by tuning in to peaceful music. I enjoy a collection of spiritual songs on Harp (see below). In addition, I make decisions that lighten the load, or take the guess work out of guessing. This is even the case for my fashion choices. Enjoy!


For today I'm wearing a well balanced and basic outfit - a pair of my favorite skinny jeans, white t-shirt, a pair of comfortable sandals and a A-line artist jacket. I know what you're thinking...Did she wear heels for a busy day? I did for part of the day. But for the athletic events I changed into my sneakers. I didn't want to run the risk of taking a tumble on the school bleachers. With the close fit of the jeans, it felt right to balance the look with the swing jacket. 

Today's Look: Seersucker Artist Jacket (very old); Broken In Tee: Loft; Skinny Jeans: Loft; Strappy Heels: Loft; Silver Cuff from J.Jill (Old. Options on Shopstyle)



 




I will not beat myself up (too badly) for my lack of menu planning. They are fed and content. They understand this isn't the norm. We are a family on the go. Our lives are rich and filled with great opportunities to shine. As I type this post to you, my sons are cozy and relaxed in the family room where they are watching their favorite television shows. I hear their laughter and it gives me such joy. Our busiest time of the week is now over and we survived{wink}

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4.21.2015

Chillaxing

Chillax: to chill and relax; "hang out".

Recently I messaged my youngest son, who was spending the weekend with his friend, and asked...

"What are you doing?" 
His response, "Chillaxing"

'Chillaxing,' I thought to myself. Here we go again with more slang. These kids and their made-up words. Even though I hear my share of slang; having two sons under the age of 18, I typically disregard most with "Oh brother" (insert appropriate eye-rolling here). For some strange reason, I found the word Chillaxing to be an interesting concept...To chill and relax at the same time. But you ask..."What's the difference between relaxing and chillaxing?" Here is where I believe the difference lies. To relax implies you are engaging in restful state of being - perhaps reading a book or watching television. To chillax means you are involved in a relaxing activity that may involve a friend or group of people, ie. enjoying wine tasting, concerts in the park or going to the movies. I came up with the distinction since our youth rarely engage in just relaxation, instead, they would rather spend time enjoying activities with their friends as a form of chillaxing

Today's post is dedicated to that fine, joint effort of chilling and relaxing. On the day I sported this look, we spent the day at one of Southern California's exciting places to conjugate and eat - the Anaheim Packing House. One the day of our visit, the weather was quintessential So Cal with temperatures in the high 80s and without a cloud in the sky. The House was full of people ready to dine at one or more of the eateries; the scent of food, and the sounds of talk and laughter permeated the air. It was definitely the place to be and a perfect set-up for people to engage in the art of chillaxing. Enjoy the look!


A perfect, loose fitting, bohemian top is the focal point of this relaxed look. The swing shape of the top allows for ample room to indulge the appetite, while still providing an interesting point of view with its shirred lace insets. To compliment the top, a fedora which has a band in the same shade of blue as the top. To complete the look, a classic pair of white denim walking shorts and Topsiders. A perfect combination of classic with a touch of boho and quirk.

Today's Look - Boho Lace Top; Walking Denim Shorts by Calvin Klein (Options at Loft); Sperry Topsider Sneakers: Sperry Topsider; Fedora: H&M






Residing in a State that believes in the motto - Living for the Weekend, the ritual of chillaxing becomes a rite of passage of some sort. Conversations about one's work can be somewhat dull, while sharing what you do on the weekends is of the utmost importance. So let's chat...tell me friends, what do you do to chillax? {wink}

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4.19.2015

The Rancher

Accessories shouldn't be viewed as simply filler pieces, rather, they are, in themselves, major players in the game of Fashion. One bad move and your accessories can cause you to lose the game. Make the correct play and you're winning (as Charlie Sheen would say). 

My love affair with accessorizing began at an early age. As a young girl, I enjoyed our annual visits to rural Arkansas to visit my grandparents. My mother's father was a reverend, which meant my grandmother was the first lady of the church. Even in rural America, being the first lady required careful attention to one's wardrobe. In her bedroom she kept an arsenal of jewelry, hats, scarves and handbags. Come summer, when we visited, my grandmother would go into her private collection and bring out a wide assortment of pieces for her grand-daughters to take. Though there were many offspring, myself and one other cousin named Gina were the two who found such a profound thrill in having our pick from our grandmother's collection. 

Decades later, accessories still remain a vital part of my wardrobe oeuvre. Often times I come across a piece so succinct to my lifestyle, I can close my eyes and visualize how it will meld into my life. Such is the case for the rancher I recently purchased from Anthropologie. Perched on a rack in my bedroom, though I've only had the hat for a little over two weeks, the topper has already made two appearances on the blog (the first time seen on Loud & Clear). Like the other accessories and items in my wardrobe, the rancher has an interesting point of view while still managing to remain polite without over-stepping its boundaries. When I dawn this headpiece I feel adventurous, clever, earthy, and bold in a quiet sort of way. But most importantly, I feel like Glenda. Enjoy!


Today's Look - Dressed in a navy blue, 100% linen dress, the Rancher manages to capture the true essence of this laid-back but adventurous ensemble. In this outfit I am reminded of the great Australian Outback or the Chagra of Ecuador (Ecuadorian cowboys). The voluminous dress and hat make a bold statement, so I decided to decorate only one arm with a variety of sterling silver bangles. The other arm I chose to leave bare with only a simple quartz ring on a finger. With the wide brimmed hat, I wanted the earrings and necklaces to have a quiet voice - simple silver hoops and delicate chain necklaces are all that is needed. On my feet, the earthy vibe continues with a pair of silver sandals to compliment the jewelry and a nice contrast against the deep navy blue.

Outfit Details - Abroad Rancher: Anthropologie; Dress was purchased via Etsy (Options HERE); Silver bangles purchased in Mexico; Quartz ring purchased in Solvang, California;  Mirrored Silver Sandals: Zara (Old but options on Shopstyle)
 


Glenda's Accessorizing Secrets:
(Remember, these secrets are how I choose to dress myself)
  1. It is not necessary to accessorize every part of the body or outfit. Meaning, too many pieces (belt, hat, scarf, gloves, jewelry, etc) worn at the same time make for an over-produced and often junky outfit.
  2. Since I'm petite, I only make one bold accessory statement at a time. In this case, it's the hat. I would never wear the hat, a chunky necklace, bold earrings and large sunnies together.
  3. Use the 2 or 3 color rule when dressing. Meaning, when wearing a multi-colored dress, it isn't necessary to wear accessories that match every color in the dress. If the dress is bold, then keep your accessories simple by selecting one color to coordinate with. Or, stick with the metals.
  4. Accessories come in a wide range of prices - from inexpensive to very expensive. I always try to seek out quality. Poorly made pieces will cheapen the overall look of an outfit.




Dressed for the great outdoors, I enjoyed a warm and sunny afternoon of shopping and lunch in one of our beautiful outdoor shopping plazas. My Rancher provided me with the sun coverage I needed, but most importantly, I felt like my entire look was quintessential Glenda and a concise representation to the California way of living{wink}
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4.14.2015

The Pants

The pants of the season can leave some of us in a quandary. I'm all for a wide-legged pant, but a wide-legged, cropped pant could propose a challenge. You see, I'm just a smidgen over 5 feet tall with a inseam of 28 inches. In addition, I have a long waistline. Wearing this style of pant could potentially make me appear squatty (is that a word?), if not done with careful attention to detail.

In order to create an illusion of length, I first selected a trouser in a lightweight fabric that has movement and drape. The pants in this post are made from 73% rayon and 27% linen. Pants made of a thicker fabric could make me appear fuller. Next, I chose a shoe that gave a clean, open visual effect, and added height. For my torso, a fitted neoprene peplum was selected. The appearance of a continuous line was created since the main color in the top mimics the color in the pants. Also, the ruffle seam for the peplum hits an inch above my natural waistline, which makes my waistline appear shorter. Thus creating an illusion of having more length. I hope that wasn't confusing. Take a look. 


Today's Look - Cropped Wide-Leg Pants in Whisper White: Loft; Neoprene Peplum: Zara (Old. Found a few on eBay. Also options HERE); Orange Strappy Sandals: Nine West (Old. Options at Shopstyle)


Here's another little secret. Since the pants didn't come in petite sizing I had to buy the regular. The regular size wore like normal pants rather than cropped, so I had to hem them. I also wanted to add a cuff, however cuffs do make short legs look even shorter. I decided to create a faux cuff by hemming a large hem on the inside. Since the pants are made of a lightweight fabric, you can see the hem through the pants and thus creating the illusion of a cuff without breaking the line of the pants.





I was a little apprehensive about buying the pants. However, since I was able to get them at an extremely low cost, I was willing to go for it. Normally I don't write post that explain fashion tricks for body types. Reason being is all of my readers are not petite or have the same body type as mine. I want So What to Twenty to be relevant to everyone. Therefore, when I write about fashion, I speak about it as an extension to everyday life. Hence the tag line - Where Life and Fashion Intersect.

As many of you know, recently I was interviewed for the website, Fabulous After 40 by Deborah Boland. The feature was an incredible experience. I thoroughly enjoyed delving in and talking about fashion and style. Because of the feature, So What to Twenty gained many new friends. To you all, whether you're new to the family or have been a part for some time...


 

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4.12.2015

Inspired by Suzanne...Relive the 70s

Seeing Suzanne Carillo of Style, Smiles & Stories in a recent post called Boho Style Over 40, plus the buzz about Coachella, the modern day Woodstock. Which, by the way, is going on as I type this and just a couple of hours from my home. Both have inspired me to dress like my inner hippie. Can you dig it? The last time I rocked a 70s look was in a post called, ironically enough - Hippie, back in 2013. I was born in the late 60s, and do not remember very much from that decade. However, the 70s, when I began to blossom, resonates more with my spirit. I remember sitting in front of our black and white television, watching the news while having dinner on TV trays. I recall stories about Vietnam, a horrible mess President Nixon was involved in called Watergate, the "kidnapping" of Patty Hearst, and of course, the ruckus the hippies were causing in the Bay area. Apparently they were attracted to San Francisco, in particular, the community of Haight-Ashbury, which had cheap rooms and a flourishing bohemian lifestyle.

Today, I relive the 70s dressed in an ensemble inspired by the decade. A decade when fringe, suede, bell bottoms, jumpsuits, floppy hats and psychedelic prints were all the rage...and oh yes, the leisure suit. My outfit - a denim halter top, Pucci inspired head scarf, suede jacket and boots, and white jeans is a gentle nod in that direction. I'm posing in a city that has a booming art community and is in the process of restoring old buildings and making them like new again...very reminiscent to the Haight-Ashbury district. Enjoy!


Today's Look: All pieces have been in my closet for decades. Denim Halter Top is vintage Esprit (purchased in the 80s); Espresso colored suede jacket by Live a Little via Nordstrom (purchased in the 90s) (Options HERE); Espresso colored suede boots from J.Crew (purchased in the 90s) (Options on Shopstyle. Love these by Nine West); Emilio Pucci inspired scarf purchased so long ago I can't remember when or where (many options of eBay); Ralph Lauren low-rise, boot-cut denim via Ralph Lauren Outlet (great option HERE); Aviators: Loft - Happy Shopping!









During the 70s, all who know me will attest, I was obsessed with a talented group of siblings called the Sylvers. For my 10th birthday, I went to see them in concert at one of Southern California's popular amusement parks. I was in love with them all, however the youngest of the group - Foster Sylvers, stole my heart. I remember ripping out posters and pictures of him from magazines and posting them all over my bedroom wall. For your musical enjoyment, here is a YouTube clip of the Sylvers on Soul Train. Check out their outfits...very 70s. Viewing this video made me want to grow my hair into a righteous Afro. If you remember the 70s, what was your grooviest part of the decade? {wink}


One more thing...
If you haven't seen my interview called Dressing Confidently at Any Age on Fabulous After 40, you can do so by visiting HERE. Thanks Deborah for asking such fun questions! I hope you all have a wonderful week.


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4.08.2015

Uncomplicated

I'm a firm believer that fussing futzing with my clothing is an absolute no-no. I find it very difficult to feel good about what I'm wearing if I'm constantly tugging at this and pulling at that. I want to put on my clothing and not have to think about them as my day moves along. This gives me the freedom to relax and simply be Me. After all, I'm a woman of many dimensions, and the thought of having to stop and re-adjust every five minutes would certainly be annoying.

In a recent interview for Fabulous after 40 (you can see the interview HERE), the question was asked, "How do you describe the way you like to dress?" After answering the question, I realized the best way to sum up my idea of dressing is uncomplicated. I seek out garments that have an interesting point of view while still having an ease about them. Too many details or overly ornate decorations and/or accessories are not my forté. CLICK to TWEET -- I enjoy an uncomplicated garment that has a distinct subtlety, but yet, in that delicacy of discrimination, can speak volumes. I suppose this is the same way I choose to live my life. You wouldn't find me entering a room with bells and whistles, rather, I would move about the gathering with a calm demeanor, quietly surveying the room while taking in the atmosphere and the people.

For today's look, I'm wearing an Old Navy maternity dress...yes, I wrote MATERNITY. In this case, the maternity dress fits like a regular dress. I couldn't resist, when I saw its classic fit and flare shape, playful bubble hem and feminine front tie. I was willing to ignore the maternity label and go for it. What can I say...it's uncomplicated.


Today's Look - Old Navy Bubble Hem Dress purchased via eBay; Strappy Heels: Loft; Underneath the Dress I'm wearing Chickies Cleavage Coverage; Bracelet is actually a necklace wrapped around my wrist; Double Pearl Ring: Options at Shopbop; Polish is Foxy by Revlon.






I hope you enjoyed this little uncomplicated post for your midweek fashion pleasure. Be sure to visit Fabulous After 40 for my interview. There I try to answer the questions pertaining to my fashion sense{wink}

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4.05.2015

White-Hot



White-Hot: Intensely zealous or fervid

During fashion week for spring 2015, when Chloé Creative Director, Clare Waight Keller, chose to make the first look a delicate, pretty and albeit bohemian spirited little white frock, I believe I heard a chorus of angels singing. Hallelujah! Chloé, one of my favorite design houses for inspiration (wish I could afford to buy their looks), made my heart swoon with their pretty LWD's (Little White Dress). Stay tuned for the Chloé spring 2015 runway show at the end of this post. A lover of wearing white, when I saw this collection, I knew it was going to be a great spring and summer. I thought to myself as I watched the models waft down the runway, Oh yes, this collection is going to cause a massive trickle down effect with LWD's galore. Can somebody say - White-Hot?

My observation was correct. As I canvased my favorite shopping locations and websites, I have spotted a wide variety of  LWD's in diverse styles, lengths, fabrications and attitude. For today, I have selected a Michael Kors, blouson styled swimsuit cover-up (I simply added a slip) for my LWD of choice. The off-the-shoulder style makes this look even more appealing. For those of you who have been following me for some time, you know that I love wearing off-the-shoulder garments. The exposure of my shoulder makes me feel coquettish, while the white makes me feel ethereal and crisp - somewhat of a juxtaposition.


Today's Look: Michael Kors Swimsuit Cover-Up via TJ Maxx; Braided Belt: Ralph Lauren (options at Nordstrom); Nine West Vintage America Collection (Options at Shopbop. Try the Carmen Fringe by Schutz); Polish is Foxy by Revlon.


 
 



The SS 2015 Collection from Chloé

After viewing the fashion show, you should be white-hot (intensely zealous and fervent for the LWD's. If not, I suggest scrolling back to the top of this post and beginning again{wink}


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