1.21.2015

Dream Green

During this time of year, when most of the foliage is dormant, it nice to think ahead toward the warmer, more colorful months. Fortunately, because I reside in California, not all vegetation turns brown. We still have our glorious palm trees and other tropical plants to keep us motivated. According to about education, green symbolizes nature and represents tranquility, good luck, health and fertility. There's no wonder why we love green. Just the sight of a lush green landscape evokes positive thoughts.

Since I'm jonesing (desperately wanting) for more greener days, I thought I'd give myself a little mental boost by wearing one of my favorite dresses from Anthropologie. You may recognize the dress from a post I did last February called About Business. Since its last appearance, I had the sleeves removed. The sleeves were short and because of the snug fabric, the tightness on my arms was quite uncomfortable. So, I decided to revitalize the dress by sending it to my sister to have her remove them. I like it so much better than before. Speaking of the snug fit, I must admit that this dress can be tough to wear. As you can see, it hugs ever curve. Not the dress I would choose to wear if I planned on dining. Nonetheless, I love the fit and the shade of green is stunning. Enjoy!


Today's Look - Dress: Embossed Basket Dress by Ganni: Anthropologie (Still available on eBay), Franco Sarto Diamana Leopard Pump: Shopstyle, Renn Woven Crossbody Wristlet: Charming Charlie, Emerald ring was a gift, Citizen Watch, Bracelet from Loft (old), Monogram Charm by Swell Caroline, Polish is Normani by Zoya.






Do you dream in color? I do, as a matter of fact, I dream green {wink}

I hope you're having a great week!

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1.18.2015

Inspired by...Jeannie!

The first time I blogged about who I was inspired by was on December 30th (here is the link). In the midst of creating the post, I thought it would be fun to create a series based on the concept. So, today I give you the second post in my new series called - Inspired by. The purpose of the series is to introduce you to the bloggers, designers, artist, or whatever inspires me. In addition, as you know, I write a great deal about being inspired to create your own look verses copying someones fashion style. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I'm looking forward to delving deeper into it.

Recently, Jeannie from Ms. Jeannie and Her Closet was spotted wearing a pussybow blouse and jeans in a post called Living Life Our Way and Feeling Whole. Jeannie's look resonated with me because I saw her post shortly after writing Rips with Glitz, where I shared how, in recent years, jeans have become a staple in my wardrobe. If you aren't familiar with Jeannie, please visit her blog and get to know this lovely spirited woman who has an incredible fashion sense and an enduring personality.

Today I'm bringing you two completely different looks that include the same blouse but two options of denim. The first look, with overalls, is more urban and hip. While the second look, with dark skinnies, is demure and classic. Enjoy!

Look No. 1: Urban Cowgirl


First Look - Vintage 80s Pussybow Blouse; Vintage Gap Overall, Michael Kors Sandals, Accented with Silver jewelry.


    


Look No. 2: Little Ms. Proper


Second Look - Vintage 80s Pussybow Blouse, Petite Curvy Skinny Jeans: Loft; Michael Kors Brena Flats (still available on eBay); Renn Woven Crossbody Wristlet: Charming Charlie, Accented with gold jewelry and accessories.





As my jean wardrobe continues to increase in number, I'm always excited when I'm inspired with different ways to wear them. Thank you Jeannie! Your pussybow blouse with jeans is really the cat's meow{wink}

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1.15.2015

Peaceful Moments No.1: Tranquility

As we move into the weekend, I wish to take this time to share with you a Peaceful Moment...

Today, I decided to forgo my usual morning workout. Instead, I selected to turn off the computer, the television, the radio, etc and enjoyed a morning of blissful peace and quiet. This time alone was exactly what the doctor ordered. It has been awhile since I have treated myself to tranquility. With a house full of men - two who love watching thunderous games of football and the other who practices his musical instruments, a home without sound was utterly euphoric. 

My morning of tranquility began with a breakfast of 1/2 a toasted bagel with blueberry jelly, a scrambled egg and cranberry juice. It was so pleasurable to sit in the dining room and gaze out the window. Following breakfast, I drew a warmer than warm bath that was laced with lavender scented bath oil and Epsom salts. The only sounds I heard were the occasional drip from the spout and the rhythmic movements of the water. After my relaxing soak, I did something that I've never done while simply laying around the house alone - I put on the perfume that I have officially dubbed, 'My Signature Scent.' It's by an aromatherapy company called Caldrea. My chosen scent is called No. 2: Tea Olive Lime. The scent is so perfect. It's light and completely scented with essential oils of Lime, Sandlewood, Orange and Lemon. The description on the bottle says - A green fragrance with a hint of intrigue. A trio of citrus stays bright-eyed over more subtle notes of tea. I'm in love with it! After treating myself to the lovely fragrance, I then created a cozy palette on the floor which consisted of a soft blanket, a bed sheet which I just removed from the dryer (the warmth from the sheet felt oh so good) and a heap of pillows. And there I lay with my latest read, a book called Jack's Widow by Eve Pollard. Perfection personified.



While I type this message to you, I feel rejuvenated. It was a priceless moment to have uninterrupted time to myself. I hope, that with all the busyness and the desire to remain connected, you can find time to disconnect from the world and spend precious time with yourself and your own wonderful thoughts.

Have a wonderful weekend{wink}

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1.13.2015

How'd She Do That?


In 2013, when I first began blogging, I was at a crossroads. I felt stuck in a horrible job and needed a way to dull the effects from having to report to this place of employment. And, like most people who find themselves in a less than desirable situation, I became depressed. So what did I do during my depressed days, I slacked off on my fitness and chose to pay less attention to the foods I ate. In other words, I found french fries to be my best choice for an afternoon snack while sitting in front of the television. Yep, that was me. 

When I first began blogging, though I didn't feel confident in front of the camera, I still enjoyed writing about life and fashion. Eventually, because I had found such joy in blogging, and I left the horrible work environment, I was able to regain my confidence. Not only did I find solace in blogging, but I picked up my journal and began chronicling my life experiences as well. Each day I wrote down a one word description that best explained how I felt about myself, whether that word described an emotion or physical feeling - it didn't matter. One day I wrote the word UNHEALTHY. When I saw that word glaring back at me on paper, I knew that I needed to make a change. Many of you may recall the post I did named Sarong'd. It was during Sarong'd that I wrote UNHEALTHY in my journal. If you click the link and read that post, you'll understand how I felt during that time.

Never was I one to procrastinate. I immediately began to revisit the idea of intense exercise training. At the time, I did engage in Pilates and light aerobics, however, because of the stage that I am in life (recently celebrating my 49th birthday), I didn't believe I would get the results that I wanted to achieve unless I upped the ante. Then one day, as I scrolled through Google+, I saw a post on a dot com website called Fitness Blender. I clicked the link and sat for hours watching an unbelievably long and thorough list of FREE exercise videos that target every body part imaginable. In addition they had topics of discussions that ranged from How to Eat to topics on Metabolism. I was hooked, and that day, I began my new journey from going to UNHEALTHY to HEALTHY. Let me reiterate, this is my own personal journey and in no way am I pointing fingers at anyone. But, if you feel a certain way about yourself physically, then it is bound to effect you emotionally. That is where I was in my life. I felt both physically and emotionally unhealthy.



As you can visibly see, there has been quite a transformation. When I began blogging in 2013 I wore a size 12 petite. Now I wear between a size 6 and 8 petite. You may ask, "How'd She Do That?" Well, I'm here to tell you. I got serious about my overall health. Not just the physical aspect, which is challenging in itself, but I also wanted to view life as a whole in an entirely different light. What I discovered was that there truly is a connection between the mind and the body. Each morning I set aside time to exercise with Fitness Blender, and immediately following my workout, I sat with my journal and wrote my thoughts. I was amazed how the exercise cleared my mind and enabled me to begin my day focused. Just like brushing my teeth, my mornings of exercise and journaling has become such a part of my life that I refuse to begin my day without it. The key to successful fitness results - Change your attitude about it. While some view it as a chore, or annoying, I view it as inspirational and it makes me feel extraordinarily good{wink}

If you have more questions as to how I did it, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at glendak.style@yahoo.com.

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1.11.2015

Rips with Glitz

Truth be told, it wasn't until the past decade that I became fond of blue jeans. I know I'm going to receive some scolding comments on this statement but, I always viewed jeans as the lazy persons fall-back item for dressing. I live in Southern California and jeans are so prevalent that an actual style of dress is based off of them - California Casual. In other words, wear your denim and doll them up a bit. Jeans to work; jeans to a play (with a great top and heels, of course), jeans to an art opening, jeans to church. Jeans, jeans, jeans. Yes indeed, in Cali, if your closet consist of several options of jeans, then your wardrobe is good-to-go.

Like I mentioned above, I wasn't really fond of wearing denim until recent years. Since I could remember, I was the type of girl who found fashion conformity to be atrocious, and since everyone was wearing them, I wanted no part of it. The 80s were my high school years, and was also the era of the great designer jean. Remember Jordache Jeans, Gloria Vanderbilt and Sassoon? I remember having discussions with friends about what we were going to wear to impress the guys for our first day of school as freshmen. Almost all of them said one of the top designers jeans. All except little ol' me. Instead, for my first day as a freshmen, I chose to wear Bermuda shorts, argyle socks, penny loafers and a polo shirt. As the seasons changed and the weather grew cooler, one of my most memorable ensembles was built around a wonderful pair of oatmeal colored jodhpurs (that my beloved mother made for me), riding boots and a neatly tailored white button down. Boy, did I receive lots of stares and eye-rolling. In other words, jeans were simply out of the question, and while others dawned their denim, I used it as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.  


Fast forward 30 years: I can pinpoint my change in attitude toward wearing jeans around the same time I became a busy mom with two bouncing boys. No longer was I engulfed in the fashion world, rather, my new life consisted of T-ball practices, soccer games, sitting in the bleachers while my sons performed this sport or that band competition. Suddenly, jeans seemed to be the right fashion choice for my current lifestyle. Before I knew it, my closet boasted a wide array of blue jean choices...boyfriends, skinny, low-rise (after losing the baby weight), cropped, classic, overalls, dark washed, acid rinsed...you get the point. I had joined the blue jean brigade. But even with my obvious change, there was and still is quite a bit of the Glenda that needs to shine through. Even with all my denim wearing, I still manage to doll them up with pieces that make me feel a little giddy on the inside. NEVER, and do I mean NEVER will you catch me wearing jeans with a simple t-shirt and athletic trainers. Instead, I choose to make my jean-days sing a little with touches that make the look more interesting. Sometimes the touches are subtle and sometimes it'll slap you in the face. Nevertheless, I find the need to add interest to the over-exposed concept called blue jeans.


Today's Look - Striped Sparkle Top is J.Crew and won on eBay, Boyfriends: Loft (similar option), Belt: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, Loafers: Sam Edelman via Marshalls, Baseball Cap: H&M (new style option): Backpack: Isabelle Vegan Handbags. Signet Ring: J.Crew (old), Watch is Citizen, Horseshoe Bracelet: Polka Dots & Moonbeams.



  

There you have it, friends, the story behind my need to dress-up the denim. Perhaps my need is one of my little quirks. And believe me when I say I have many. But nonetheless, it is a need that I must fulfill when I wear them. Tell me, how do you do denim? Are you a jean and t-shirt kind of person or do you wear your rips with glitz{wink}

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1.08.2015

49

On this day, 49 years ago, Glenda entered the world. Yep, Happy Birthday to Me!! Almost a New Year baby, but not quite. But still, the fact that my birthday is so close to January 1st, it is doubly a great way to begin the year. In our family, the motto is - Let the Celebrating Continue! What am I doing to celebrate this last year in my 40s? Well technically, we already did on January 1 by having dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Old Town Pasadena. The restaurant is called Il Fornaio, and they have been involved in many of our family milestones...Mother's Day, Anniversaries, Birthdays...you name it. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is exquisite, and the location is perfection for those who may want to do a little shopping after their meal.

Since we have already had the big celebratory moment, today, I have chosen to indulge in more individual pleasures. You'll notice the calendar in my hand. Thanks to Debra from the blog called A Modern Translation, her recent post called Back to Paper, reinforced a tradition that I chose to hang-on to many, many years ago - using a paper calender or day planner. Every year, on my birthday, I go in search of my yearly calendar booklet. Like Debra, tried as I may, I simply can't get use to utilizing my smartphone to house my daily activities. Something about using a paper calendar is very nostalgic. And besides, since I'm the gatekeeper for the entire family calendar, it makes it much easier for me to see what's going on in our often busy lives. I enjoy my search for the perfect one. Always pretty. Always whimsical. And always functional. This is my gift to me. It's so personal that I wouldn't dare let someone else decide which calendar is suitable for Glenda. Only I can make that decision. When you see which one I selected, if you have been reading So What to Twenty for some time, you'll immediately relate to why this one was chosen.


For today's look, I'm wearing clothing that compliments the radiant, blue Southern California skies and the cheerful colors in my new calendar. In addition, to accent the clothing, I have selected to wear brilliant silver because this is a year that I will shine. And by the way, I'm wearing a vintage 60's top. Of course, since I was born in the 60s.

Today's Look: Wide-leg Trousers by Jones New York; 60s vintage sweater; Jerome Oxford by Sam Edelman; Belt: Banana Republic; Calendar: Barnes & Noble; Aviators: Loft; Socks: Loft




Notice the blue on the aviators


 
 


The front entrance into Il Fornaio
  
Good to the last bite

Courtyard where Il Fornaio is located

In my 49 years of life, I have grown to realize that it doesn't take bells and whistles to make me satisfied. Often times, it is the treasured items that you hold dear that make all the difference in the world. Today I turn 49. Let me mark that in my calendar {wink}

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1.06.2015

Layers

I was once described by an admirer as an onion. When I first heard the comment, I was taken aback and wondered what it meant. Was it an insult? No, it was not, rather, a great compliment. To be referred to as an onion is saying that you're a person with many layers. It was nice to be thought of in such a manner. After all, who wouldn't want to be seen as someone with depth verses being one-dimensional, or even worse...shallow. I suppose the person reached this conclusion when each time we spoke, I revealed something new about myself.

I think about an onion and when we peel away that thin outer layer, there is so much of the powerful and fragrant vegetable that is available for us to enjoy. Aren't we the same as an onion? We have this outer layer that we show to the general public. Unless intimacy is established, most of us only allow that outer layer to show. However, once we break through that barrier, there are numerous, enticing layers to be discovered by others...and ourselves. Unfortunately, we often will not allow others to see the other layers. What's even more disturbing is that often times, we refuse to remove the top shell so that we can get to know ourselves more intimately. After all, getting to know yourself can be quite a daunting task. I'm speaking from experience. It was very intimidating to tell the world about my inner struggles and past hurts. Nonetheless, when I finally made that all important move to peel away that thin layer, I discovered incredible elements about myself that I would have never known unless I was willing to start digging deep. Sure, when we peel onions, there will always be tears. But when the tears stop - Oh what a wonderful delight to enjoy the sweet, aromatic flavors of the onion.


For today's look, I'm dressed in layers. The dress that I'm wearing is a layered dress that I purchased from Kohls last year. The last time seen in this post called Delicate. The dress has a thin outer layer that gives it a multi-dimensional look. Since it was cool the day of this photo shoot, I opted to layer on top the dress a cashmere black turtleneck. To top the look off, I'm wearing my faux trench from H&M. Last seen on this post called Perfectly Curated. My purse was purchased from a quirky little village store. The sandals, which you have seen time and time again, are Michael Kors. Sorry, my friends, but I'm wearing faithful pieces that I've owned for some time. Unfortunately there are no links.

 




Exposing ourselves makes us vulnerable. Right? Right. Vulnerability is thought of as being weak. So because we often fear being seen as weak, we shun the idea of removing that outer layer. I now think differently on the idea of being vulnerable. In my opinion, and I'm speaking from my own experiences, becoming vulnerable was empowering. By removing that stigma of weakness, tearing away that outer layer, I exposed myself to a much greater way of living, thinking and being. I like my many layers. They taste oh so good{wink}

If you haven't viewed The Best of 2014 Fashion & Inspirational Lookbook, click HERE to do so. Enjoy!


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