11.22.2014

A Thanksgiving Message to YOU


Here in the States, we celebrate a wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving. It is such a lovely celebration that brings family and friends together around a traditional and delicious turkey feast in remembrance of why we are thankful. Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite times of the year!

During the week of Thanksgiving (November 23rd-29th), I am taking a much needed break from cyber-world so that I can free my mind and focus my energy on my husband, sons, and for allowing space for the creativity flow to blossom. Like most women, you could describe my mind as a desktop computer with many open tabs. Well, I would like to take this time to close those tabs and live in the precious moment. My family practices a fun tradition of heading up to a small, but touristy Danish town called Solvang after the feast. Solvang is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley and isn't far from the coastal city of Santa Barbara. We enjoy taking this leisurely oceanic road trip to the town to enjoy the decadent desserts, a fine meal, and a little shopping. During this time of the year, Solvang is decked-out in all of its Christmas glory with decorated trees lining the sidewalks and carolers singing on the street corners. As you can probably imagine, it is quite a delightful time that we truly enjoy.

Though Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the U.S, I'm taking this time to thank ALL of my friends who follow So What to Twenty. I am so very blessed to have such an incredible network of cyber-friends from all around this beautiful world to share in this journey. You encourage me. You inspire me. You give me hope. You make me smile. You make me laugh...and for all of these great attributes, I say...I am thankful to you. And though we haven't broke bread personally, I feel a bond with you that stretches far beyond our love for great fashion. It is a bond that is heartfelt and a remarkable testament to the true spirit of women.

Have a wonderful week and a hope that life continues to flourish on your behalf!
Happy Thanksgiving{wink}

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11.18.2014

A Touch of Quirk

The art of dressing well must always project your own distinct personality. Without opening your mouth and uttering a single word, the way in which one dresses should tell the world exactly who they are. Which can be difficult since telling your own fashion story would require persons to know themselves, and getting to know yourself isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. It can be scary, but once you make that discovery, everything in your space seems to flow so naturally.

In this week's fashion news, the world was all abuzz regarding the wedding of Solange Knowles, the ├╝ber chic, neo-soul, younger sister of Beyonce (see wedding photos HERE). Solange has a style of her own that can't be emulated by anyone. Tabloids and fashion magazines asked their readers this question, "Would you wear what Solange wore to her wedding?" My answer to that would be - No. Not that I didn't think Solange looked incredible, because she did. Here's the reason...I'm not Solange. I'm Glenda, and Glenda has a style of her own - a style that incorporates the classics, with a bit of boho and a touch of quirk. In my humble opinion, it really is a dis-service when these types of questions are proposed. By doing so, it leads one to believe that fashion style can be made by simply copying another persons look. So not true.

For today, I thought I'd tap into my quirkiness. The side of me that peeks through from my usually reserved self. It is the side of Glenda that is fun and adventurous, and now willing to take chances (after rediscovering myself). By revealing a touch of quirk, it shows the world that their is something unique about Glenda. It is, in fact, those unique elements that make us stand out from the rest. Though my overall look for today is classic, what glides me through my day is a pair of sandals that may make some scratch their head in wonder...


Today's Look - Boyfriend Jeans: Old Navy, White Button Up: Loft (old), Cardigan purchased from TJ Maxx years ago, Sandals: Tildon (Blaire) (I saw a couple of pair available on eBay), Sunnies: Loft, Clutch by Juicy Couture, Polish is Rekha by Zoya, Silver jewelry purchased in Mexico, Belt: Nine West via TJ Maxx.







In a world that suggest we all do the same thing and dress the same way, it is quite refreshing to meet someone who has their own take on fashion. Wouldn't you agree? {wink}

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11.16.2014

Channeling Leopard

I wouldn't say that I'm not a fan of leopard...because in all actuality, I am. I just prefer not to wear too much of it. In my opinion, leopard, or any type of animal print is one of those prints that everyone cannot pull-off flawlessly. I'm one of those persons. However, when done in moderation, I find wearing leopard to be succinct to my overall style. What does that say about me? Perhaps that I'm daring but with the contingency to be more behind the scenes. Or, that I find power in being understated rather than having that "in your face" way of presenting myself. I know that my semi-warm reaction to the leopard print will make me an antithesis for some, but please, let me reiterate - I do like leopard. I just like it in small doses...especially on myself. Understand?

For today's look, I decided to use my sunnies as my inspiration. While my sunglasses provide a touch of the print, I'm allowing the color scheme of my ensemble to assist me on my quest in channeling leopard. In my outfit I feel confident and strong all while keeping the subtlety that relates to Glenda.     


Today's Look - Scuba Flair Skirt: Loft; Leopard Trim Round Glasses: Loft; Sparkle Boot Socks: Loft; Loop Sweater: Anthropologie (from seasons back); Olivia Cross-body bag: Charming Charlie; Mainstay Booties: Nine West (available HERE); Polish is Claire by Zoya. Horseshoe Bracelet: Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Los Angeles.
 







So tell me, what are your thoughts on leopard and other animal prints? Do you like to go bold with these prints, or do you prefer to keep it more subtle? Have a roaring good week {wink}

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11.12.2014

Flying Trapeze

Have you ever stopped to think about how much trust we have to exhibit on a day-to-day basis? We trust that persons driving will obey the rules of the road; we trust that physicians will give us a proper diagnoses; we trust that chefs in the kitchen are sanitary; we trust that are banks will not misappropriate our funds; we trust that our friends will be there when we need them.

Recently I watched an episode of Sex in the City when Carrie is sent on an assignment to try the latest singles pastime in New York...swinging through the air on the flying trapeze. Try as she might, Carrie just can't allow herself to let go of the bar and allow her instructor to catch her. At the end of the show, Carrie returns once again to the flying trapeze, but still finds herself unable to let go and be caught by her instructor. However, as Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha cheer her on from the sidelines, she realizes that with friends like that, she'll always have a safety net. Today's look, which is a trapeze dress, is inspired from the Sex in the City episode and is dedicated to my girlfriends - my safety net.


Today's Look - Striped Trapeze Dress: Loft; Short-sleeved leather jacket: a vintage find;  Ankle Strap High Heel Boot: Loft; Tights by Hue; Aviators: Loft (Last season. Other options)







When I think about all that I've gone through in life - many happy moments and some not so happy moments, regardless, I always have my close friends to support, love and comfort me through it all. They make a wonderful safety net, and I hope that when my friends feel as if they're flying on a trapeze that I provide the same comfort for them(wink)

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11.09.2014

A Rare Find

Since delving into the world of fashion and lifestyle, the idea of finding beauty in the old has heightened. Now, as I drive through neighborhoods, I keep my eyes open for rare, unusual and perhaps, slightly dilapidated architecture. It creates such a unique visual effect when shiny fashion photos are shot in these types of locations. These locations are, in themselves, a rare find.

Just like with structures, I have a huge affinity toward fashions of old, or in other words - Vintage...uniquely crafted, rare finds that may have been forgotten by some, but by simply dawning these exquisite pieces, I instantly get the feeling I've stepped back into another era. By mixing my vintage finds with my modern day wardrobe, I've created a perfect union - one that is steeped in fashionable memories along with style that can transcend time. 


For today, as I stand in front of a beautifully restored structure, I wear an interesting, Bishop sleeved top from the 1960s in combination with other modern pieces. I try not to wear vintage head-to-toe because I don't want to run the risk of looking like I'm wearing a costume. The sleeves on the top alone make quite a statement. They're voluminous and fit well with the slim cut of my pants. In addition, the fabric used is polyester, which is a great choice. It allows the top to keep its shape, while at the same time giving it the ease it needs to drape. Another bonus is it zips in the back which makes it easy to get in and out of. Bishop sleeves have been around for centuries, and are adapted from the types of robes bishops wore during the Byzantine era. Throughout time, famous designers, such as Hubert de Givenchy also created looks using this famous sleeve. Click HERE to view one of his designs.

Today's Look - Vintage Bishop Sleeve polyester top dated in the 1960s via Deja Vu Fashions; Moto Bi-Stretch Pants: Loft; Jeweled Sandals: Enzo Angiolini: via TJ Maxx (old); Arm and Hand Ornament: Loft belt (extremely old); Black patent clutch: Vintage Find; Polish is Claire by Zoya.




 
Jeweled Loft belt used as arm candy.


 


Yes, I enjoy wearing new garments, but there is something that I absolutely adore about buying and wearing items from the past. Perhaps it is the idea that when wearing these rare finds, I won't have to worry about seeing myself coming and going. Or, maybe it's the fact that vintage treasures come with an incredible history. I dig resurrecting them from the past and watching them live again{wink}

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11.05.2014

Transformed

I have a simple post today because I'm nursing a headache. I thought that salty popcorn would make a good alternative for last night's dinner, even when I know that salty or sweets before bed make my head hurt come morning time. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Now I'm reaping the reward from my silly mistake. Nonetheless, I wanted to show you how my sister transformed a dress for me.

Remember my post called, Splattered where I shared with you a summer dress that is cut so low in the front that I always had to wear some sort of top underneath. In the post I was experimenting with wearing a button-down top. I had mixed reviews on the look. Instead of donating the dress to charity, I decided to have my sister make it into a skirt, and thus removing the top. She simply added a wide elastic waistband to it and Tah Dah...a great maxi skirt! Here is the final product...






The dress as it was originally.
Enjoy the remainder of the week ladies. I'm going to lay down and take a nap. Note to self: Stop eating salt or sweets before bedtime. Stop eating salt or sweets before bedtime. Stop eating salt or sweets before bedtime. Hopefully that will sink in {wink}

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11.02.2014

Bloom

Fall is such an interesting and poignant season. We watch as trees and flowers begin to loose their leaves while other foliage becomes dormant. This is natures own way of ridding itself from what is no longer useful. Then in late winter, we give nature a little extra help by pruning away the remaining parts that keep it from fully developing come spring time. Isn't life the same way? Often times we have to remove unnecessary elements in order that we may bloom to our fullest.

By viewing nature and life in this perspective, it makes the changing of seasons much more easier to bare. For I know, that by removing what is preventing re-growth, in time, I will sprout beyond belief. As the season of fall finally makes an appearance in Southern California, I thought it would be fun to wear an outfit that bids summer farewell, but also gives a precursor to what is to become when I finally blossom.


Today's Look: Floral top by Mainstreet Blues via eBay; Super Stretch Denim Comfort Waist Jeggings courtesy of Diane Gilman; Clutch by Hobo via TJ Maxx; Sunnies: Loft; Sandals by Nine West (options HERE)  


A better view of the Jeggings courtesy of Diane Gilman. Perfect when you don't want the look of a belt under your top. The fit is extraordinary and hugs my body in all the right places. 





For now, my dear summer, I bid you farewell. However when you return, it is my hope to have an abundance of lovely new leaves and blooms to share {wink}
 
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