10.20.2014

The Aftermath

Like many of you know, I spent the last two weeks at Los Angeles Fashion Week and its counterpart, Style Fashion Week Los Angeles. Two separate and albeit fashionable events that showcased the latest and greatest in Los Angeles based fashion designers. Week one was put on by Los Angeles Fashion Week and was the more intimate of the two. The designers showed their designs in an up close and personal setting that allowed media to touch and feel the garments. Style Fashion Week Los Angeles was the more boisterous event that was held in a large tent setting. The atmosphere was more party-like and had all the bells and whistles of a typical Hollywood production.

After spending my time moving back and forth to Los Angeles, while still maintaining wife and mommy status...I'm pooped. The aftermath from all the fashion shows has set in and I need a good ol' fashioned break from...would you believe...fashion. Yep, this girl is tired and in no mood to think about clothes. When I got on my way this morning, I realized I hadn't taken any fashion shots since last week. The thought of getting all dolled up just didn't set well with me today. So, I decided to wear my cozy stuff - my favorite men's GAP hoodie, worn in jeans and loafers.



Today's Look: GAP Men's Hooded Sweatshirt; Loft button down; Old Navy Petite Jeans (old); G.H. Bass Studded Loafers (past season. Other options); Loft Aviators (similar)






 

Have a great week friends. I'm headed to breakfast with my husband/photographer.

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10.16.2014

Perception = Projection


Perception = Projection
The way you view/filter people is the way you will treat them.
Trudy Vesotsky

This topic has been in my head for a few weeks now. It all began one Friday afternoon when my husband and I were strolling through our areas outdoor shopping and entertainment center. A young woman passed us by who was dressed rather provocatively. You know the drill - low cut, skin tight mini dress that left nothing to the imagination; sky-high platform shoes; lots of bold makeup; and really big hair. We watched as other couples noticed the woman too. Some men discreetly looked back as she passed by, while others paid her no attention. She was walking alone and stood out like a very attention grabbing thumb.

While my husband and I stopped to enjoy a snack of chips and guacamole, I asked the question, "Did you think that young lady was sexy?" Of course, his response was, "What young lady?" Cool move for the husband...trying to pretend like he had forgotten. But alas, maybe he did. After bringing her back to his memory, he said, "Well, she didn't look sexy to me, but I'm not into that type...obviously. I guess to some guys that's a big turn-on."  I went on to say, "Do you call that type as being sexy or sexual?" He stopped to ponder the proposed question and then said, "She was clearly being sexual in my opinion. Sexy to me is a nice looking woman who carries herself with respect and is smart. A woman who is confident in herself doesn't need all that."

After having the discussion with my husband, I was then left to wonder why so many women dress in such a way that provokes a sexual response, rather than a response that's respectful? Though I've been married for over 20 years, there have been times when gentlemen have asked if I'm available. I'm not offended by their quest, but, if I was met with whistles, cat-calls and dirty remarks, I would be concerned to what made the man think I was that type of woman. Sure, you may come across someone who is just downright disrespectful, but more than likely, if you carry yourself with class and dignity, those type of men won't try to approach you. It's interesting how our fashion choices make such a huge difference in how we're perceived by others, even though that perception may not be reality. I like to think that the way I present myself to the world is truly who I am. Why send mix messages? When my husband first became attracted to me, I was wearing a red, wool crepe, trapeze dress with a great pair of heels. We all know that trapeze dresses do not hug any part of the body, so I was happy to know that it wasn't THAT part of me he was drawn too. He said that the dress made me look unique and confident. He also stated that I was wearing the dress and it wasn't wearing me. It was my persona that grabbed his attention.

Please, help me to understand this...Do women who dress sexually feel that this type of attention is what they need to make them feel good about themselves, or do they not dress this way to get the attention at all? Do people have the right to wear what they choose without being perceived in any particular way, or, is fashion the first clue into who we are? {wink}

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10.13.2014

Versatile

When adding a new addition to my wardrobe, the main ingredient that the item must possess is the ability to be versatile. You won't catch me in search of a One Hit Wonder, rather, I much prefer to stock my closet with items that meld nicely with one another, and  contribute to me creating a wardrobe that has many layers. I simply cannot fathom the thought of forking out money on something that works with absolutely nothing, and I'm just buying it for the sake of buying. In my opinion, this is extremely limiting when it comes to constructing a well built and curated wardrobe for my lifestyle. My general rule of thumb for shopping is that it has to go with at least three things in my existing wardrobe or I'm putting it back on the rack. There have been the rare instance (and boy do I mean rare) when I came across something so extremely drop-dead gorgeous that I had to make it mine. In those rare circumstances, I built a wardrobe around the item(s) so that they became more workable in my closet.

Recently I added a new bag to my collection. It is the epitome of versatility. On display, the bag was shown as a backpack, but after moving the straps around, the bag converts into a cross-body - Two of my favorite types of bags. Before backpack purses recently re-emerged as hip and trendy, I enjoyed them in the 80s and held on to the ones that I had. You can see my leopard backpack here in Audrey Wore Turtlenecks. I consider them to be a great addition to any woman's wardrobe. If you're like me, when I'm out shopping, or spending the day with my family, I enjoy the hands free approach. Backpacks house all my items and keep my hands free and clear to touch and explore all that life has to offer; without having to worry about putting my handbag down somewhere and forgetting it.


For today, I'm introducing you to my newest friend, a vegan backpack/handbag that's extremely versatile. To play with my new bag, I'm wearing pieces that also fall into the versatility category - the crisp white shirt (notice this one has a high/low flare), black leggings and black strappy sandals. And yes, the reddest of reds in nail polish.

Today's Look - White Top: Sheinside, Leggings: Kenneth Cole, Bag: Isabelle Handbags via TJ Maxx, Sandals by Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, Polish is Rekha by Zoya, Double C Rings: Charming Charlie, Horseshoe Bracelet: Polka Dots and Moonbeams (option HERE)







Tell me friends, what tricks do you utilize to build a multi-layered wardrobe? Are you on the look-out for versatile items, or are you the one hit wonder kind of shopper?{wink}

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10.11.2014

Carino and Colton

This past Thursday, my husband/photographer and I were invited to view the runway collections for some of the Los Angeles area designers. Los Angeles Fashion Week officially began on Monday, October 6th at Maker City L.A. at the Reef, and though our schedules didn't permit us to see all the shows, I was very fortunate to see the collections of Colton Dane and Rochelle Carino - two designers whose design aesthetic peeked my interest.


Determined to make women feel happy and confident in what they wear, Rochelle's designs bring flirty and fun back into women's closets. The brand is based on the idea that you are never to old to play dress up. From feathers and bold prints to sparkle and metallic sheen, a woman not only can shine on the inside, she can shine on the outside too.












Review: Rochelle Carino

I was intrigued by the first few pieces that came down the Carino runway. The bold, yet muted print shown in a dress, shorts and jacket were modern and yet had a hint of nostalgia to it. The overall feel of the collection reminded me of daddy's little debutant gone sassy. Each piece had a touch of party-girl intertwined with good girl. I could imagine the wearer of these garments leaving the house, under her parent's careful supervision, to jump into her boyfriend's car and begin removing bits and pieces to reveal a more daring side.

Carino stated that her brand is based on the idea that you are never to old to play dress up. After seeing the collection, I can grasp what she is selling. The garments were begging me to hold on to my inner girl by digging into my mother's armoire - regardless of how old I may be. Though the overall appeal of the collection was for the younger generation, I could see some of the pieces translating into a more seasoned woman's wardrobe.


Colton Dane has a focus on finely crafted fashion, artistic detailing, timeless style, and the world's most luxurious fabrications. The collections are driven by elegance and sophistication. A philosophy encompassing luxury, the feminine spirit and refined glamour. Designed for the modern, sensual women.


  
 



 

 

 


 


 

Review: Colton Dane
 
One of the most anticipated designers to be seen during Los Angeles Fashion Week, and after seeing the collection, I can understand why - Dane's designs stood out like a well-dressed thumb. A well-made and chic collection that screamed, "I'm the Lady of the Manor." I got the feeling that Dane's muse was one of those icy heroins in a Hitchcock film...a subdued sophisticated dame with a vulnerable quality, but never boring. Each piece paid homage to the female form by complimenting it in an easy, sexy way. Dane has a real knack for designing for the woman who desires clean, and uncomplicated details. 

This season Dane focused fabrications on elements of the earth: water, wind, fire, rock, shell and precious metals. Each element is represented by an array of fabrications that are sourced from Europe. They expanded this season with fabrications from Pairs and Italy that have been custom made for collection, providing global exclusivity. I was particularly impressed with the fabric that represented the precious metal. Up close it reminded me of cork that had been infused with liquid 24k gold and sterling silver.

Close-up of the Dane collection's beautiful fabrications
My husband, who was in the photography pit snapped this picture of me while waiting for the Dane show to begin.

Entrance into the runway venue at Maker L.A.

I hope that you'll take the time to click the links and visit the designers websites to learn more about their background and their collections {wink}

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10.08.2014

SKIN


This week has been pretty chaotic. It seems like both my sons, husband and myself have to be in a million different locations. It has been challenging trying to coordinate our schedules. And on top of that, Los Angeles Fashion Week began on Monday. The hubby and I have had to squeeze in trips into L.A., on top of everything else. Regardless of the busy schedules, I didn't want to go to long without touching base with all of you. Since I receive quite a few comments regarding my skin, I thought it would be a fun diversion to give you the inside scoop on how I take care of it.

First let me begin by stating that the photograph above hasn't been altered in any way, shape or form. I attribute the luminous quality to my skin to drinking lots and lots of water; plenty of exercise; good, natural lighting; and a great foundation. I was shocked myself at how great my skin looks in this picture! Nonetheless, I still want to share with you how I maintain a natural glow...


Many of you already know that I keep my "beauty" routine ABC simple. I'm not really into makeup. I never really learned how to wear it, and frankly, rather than spending my money to purchase high-priced cosmetics, I'd rather buy other things. However, there are a few standards that I keep on-hand, which are:

To cleanse and moisturize my face, I simply wash with either Dove soap (sensitive skin formula) or Eucerin Face Wash for Sensitive Skin (not seen in photograph). I moisturize with the UP Target brand moisturizer. At bedtime, I smooth on a thin layer of Rosehip Oil.

Here's a little secret to keep my lips smooth...I brush them! Yep, you read right. I dab them with Vaseline (which I also use to highlight my eyebrow arch) and then take a moist, soft bristled toothbrush and gently brush them. It's a great way to exfoliate them (smile).


To give my skin the glow that you see in my photographs, first, I always try to photograph in bright sunlight. The sun naturally picks up the golden undertones of my skin. But to add an additional shimmer, I use Vaseline and Origins Smoothing Souffle. The Souffle contains natural spearmint oil that makes your skin tingle, and it smells absolutely scrumptious. I just love it!

  

There you have it, Friends...Glenda's Skin Care Secrets. I hope it didn't bore you. I'll see you soon{wink}

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