5.24.2016

15 Shocking Secrets About Glenda


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We have so many new friends in the So What to Twenty community, I thought I'd use this time to share some of my deepest secrets...the good, the bad, and the stylish. Enjoy!

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One: Pray you never have to go up against me in an eBay auction. Chances are you're going to lose. Yep, I consider myself an eBay expert.

Two: I'm a rare bird - I LLLOOOOVVVVEEEE to exercise! That's right, I love it so much, it is difficult for me to begin my day without some type of physical activity. It not only keeps me fit and energized, but it helps me to find inner peace and direction.

Three: I am a HUGE germ-a-phobe. I would rather hug a person than shake their hand. Door knobs, public restrooms, and many others items give me the heebie-jeebies. I've passed on attending certain events that only have portable-potty facilities. Once, my family went to a festival and I refused to eat or drink so that I wouldn't need to use the restroom. Guess what?...I fainted from dehydration.

Four: I recently wrote and self-published my first book - an inspiration memoir called, A Place Called Peace. Writing a book was a behemoth of an accomplishment, and I'm so glad I did it.

Five: I have been immersed in the fashion industry over 95% of my life. I became keenly aware of my passion at a very young age. When it came time for college, my mother and I determined there was only one school suitable for my insatiable appetite for all things fashion - The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I graduated from FIDM in 1986 with a degree in Marketing/Merchandising. I went on to work in various aspects of the industry: Retail Management, Store Merchandiser, Personal Wardrobe Stylist, Newspaper Style Columnist, and now as a freelance Writer/Blogger, Brand Ambassador, and Influencer.

Six: I consider my wardrobe to be the cast of characters in the story of my life. Meaning, I use clothing to help tell my story.

Seven: I've been married for close to 24 years to my husband/photographer. We met in church, and it wasn't love at first sight. In the beginning, I considered him a bossy, jerk. Over time we became friends, and the rest is history. Together we have two teenage sons. One son is an exceptional musician (and I'm not just saying this because he's my son) who has played with many big named jazz artist; and my other is an athlete who loves football and track & field.


Eight: I'm in the beginning stages of my second book, and it's about my favorite subject - STYLE.

Nine: I don't really like eating meat. 

Ten: In my opinion, Anthropologie is the holy grail in shopping for the creative types. I think I'm obsessed with this place. No matter where I travel, I seek them out, and I need to take a spin around the store at least once a week. I don't always buy, but something about the store inspires me.

Eleven: I once had dinner with the entire Raiders football team (when they were with Los Angeles). How? Well, one of my cousins is married to James Lofton (football hall of fame), she invited me to one of the games and afterward, the team went to eat in a local Los Angeles hotel. If you're a football fan, this was the year when Willie Gault, Marcus Allen, and Bo Jackson were all on the team. Willie Gault kissed my right cheek and I swore I'd never wash that cheek again (smile). When my youngest son was born, one family get-together, James held my son for most of the day...I think that's why my baby is now in love with the game.

Twelve: I'm called upon by my former college, FIDM, to report and write on their events. FIDM is considered the fashion hub for Los Angeles, and the home of the costumes for the Academy of Motion Pictures. 

Thirteen: My favorite pieces in my wardrobe are my collection of white tops. 

Fourteen: What makes my fashion ensembles unique? I always try to have an unexpected element.

Fifteen: I recently loss 1/2 of my body weight by adopting good eating habits, and a consistent workout routine. When I began blogging, I wore between a size 12 & 14 - I now wear a six. Don't believe the rumors...it is possible for midlife women to drop the weight and tone-up. I'm proof.   

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O.k., so they may not have been all that shocking, but I've always wanted to write this type of headline. 

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5.22.2016

Refreshed

Just before I headed to Las Vegas for the BAM Conference, I had taken on a major project with the organization where I volunteer my time - Dress for Success. The project was to help put together a fundraising event. I had suggested we move in the direction of a fashion show, since the basis of the organization is to help suit women with their work wardrobes. I had no idea, once I made the suggestion, just how difficult it would be to launch such a project. Everywhere I turned, the end result was a "Sorry, we can't help." So there I was, in Las Vegas, sweating bullets over my pending time in front of the conference attendees, as well as wondering how I was going to make the Dress for Success fundraiser come to life.

Needless to say, it was a very important connection I made in Las Vegas that lead to the beginning of a lovely partnership with So What to Twenty, as well as hosting the upcoming fundraiser. I'll tell you more about this serendipitous collaboration as time moves forward, but in the meantime, I must say, because of this encounter, I can now breathe a sigh of relief. The weight has been lifted. I feared having to tell the Board of Directors that my findings were negative. However, because I journeyed out of my comfort zone, and opened my eyes to new opportunities, I can now wipe my brow - I feel refreshed.

Wearing white, my favorite reflection of light, always makes me feel rejuvenated and refreshed. White has, and always will be a major staple in my wardrobe. Over the years, I have obtained quite a vast collection of white garments...some I treat preciously, while others are pieces I wear day-to-day. In today's style story, I'm wearing my latest white acquisition, and pumped it up with touches of camel and metallic silver. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you below in the comment section. Scroll down further and I'm sharing 4 beauty products that help keep me feeling refreshed. Enjoy!


What says refreshing more than a white eyelet summer dress? There's something apropos about wearing eyelet in a post which talks about feeling refreshed after having my eyes open for new opportunities. Was this dress planned, or was it simply subconscious? Hard to say, but I do know, wearing this traditional summer dress, with the excitement of my new pair of tie-up sandals and unexpected flower pin, makes me feel as if I'm relaxing with chilled cucumber slices on my eyes (smile).

Outfit Details - Eyelet Halter Dress from Ann Taylor Loft via eBay (there's a beautiful assortment of eyelet dresses at Nordstrom); Large Flower Pin purchased from Banana Republic years ago; Leopard Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (last summer); Durango Silver Metallic/Leather Tie-up Sandals by Lien.Do by Seychelles: Anthropologie exclusive (also in red); Polish is Cosmo Not Tonight Honey! by OPI 







Here are some of my favorite refreshing beauty products:

I'll be honest, I just became aware of this product at BAM. It was included in our swag bag, and I immediately began using it. Now I'm hooked! Since I began using the cream, I've noticed the texture of the skin around my eyes feels incredibly soft and refreshed.

Just after my evening bath or shower, I slather this rich balm into my heels. I awaken each morning with silky and refreshed tootsies.

After my morning shower, I love misting the soft scent into my hair. All day long my senses are tickled with a gentle scent of rose.

Mio Body Brush
Every so often, before I step into the shower, I enjoy treating my skin to a dry brushing. In a slow, relaxed pace, beginning at my feet, I begin making circular motions - traveling toward my upper torso. A great way to increase circulation and exfoliate my skin.


I hope you enjoyed Refreshed. Please, join me over at Bloom for a post titled, Open Your Eyes - an inspirational story I hope will usher in a positive week {wink}
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5.19.2016

Inspired By...Chanel!

Excuse me while I continue my obsession with Cuba. If you tuned into So What to Twenty on May 9th, I took you on a virtual fashionable journey in a post called, In the Meantime...Let's Go to Cuba. I shared an Ah-May-Zing video of the Chanel Cruise (Resort) Collection 2017. If you haven't yet watched the show, I urge you to do so. The event took place in the city center of Havana, Cuba, and was a feast of deliciousness...the fashions, the live music, the atmosphere. Oh my goodness, I can go on for days about this show. It was Karl Lagerfeld at his very creative best. He managed to capture the Cuban spirit while still maintaining the essence of historic Chanel. 

I have watched the video many times since I shared it with you. I was deeply inspired. There are so many looks I want to recreate. I loved the details that gave the garments character..the cigar box handbags, the spats, all the incredible flat sandals, fedoras, large flower pins, and the cummerbunds. Since I'm just wrapping-up a two-part mini series on accessories, I thought it would be fun to show you how I created my own Inspired by Chanel ensemble with the clever use of accessories that scream Cuba. Keep in mind, in today's look, if it were not for the accessories, I would be sporting a simple pair of trousers and white top. I hope you enjoy today's style story and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


To capture the spirit of a Cubana, I decided to adopt a couple looks from the Chanel collection (see the below looks I used for inspiration). Though I do own a pair of black and white spats, since my fedora is straw, and to give the look a more summer-time feel, I chose to wear sandals. The corset was an absolute must, along with the more masculine sandal, they both help to give the look a twist on masculine and feminine. To give the look even more flavor, I pushed my fuller sleeves up past my elbows. To complete the look, I added touches of antique gold.

Outfit Details - White Top: Anthropologie (purchased years ago); Wide-Leg Trousers: Jones New York (Love the DKNY Wide Leg Pant at Nordstrom); Anthropologie Gravia Corset Wrap Belt (I found a couple on eBay), Fedora: H&M; Polish is Personally Speaking by Nicole by OPI; Sandals: Sam Edelman 'Corey' (I found a few on eBay)









Two Chanel looks that inspired today's style story:
Look 10 - Chanel Resort 2017

Look 73 - Chanel Resort 2017


A visit to Cuba must be placed on my To Do list. Everything about it sounds fascinating...the food, culture, the people and of course, the fashions. Tell me friends, what do you think of my Chanel inspired look? Does it make you want to go to Cuba {wink}

Did you read my mini series on Accessories called The Icing? If not, join them on these two links:

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5.17.2016

The Icing: Maximum

I'm back with part two on my two-part series on my favorite subject - Accessorizing. If you missed part one, called The Icing: Minimum, you can catch-up by clicking the link. Today's post is The Icing: Maximum. Like I stated previously, the beginning of my love affair with fashion and style began with the fun adornments. As the story goes, when I was a young girl, we would visit my grandparents (mother's parents) in rural Arkansas. With each visit, my grandmother would bring out her chest of jewelry and allow her granddaughters to take their pick. From this experience, I began to spend my free-time in the library combing through the fashion magazines. I was enthralled with how the right accessories had the ability to transform an entire look. I hope you're enjoying the series.

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When you're like myself, a person with a small frame, it is often more difficult to pull-off maximum accessorizing without a hitch. Sure, there are other petite women who do this effortlessly - Rachel Zoe, and again, Iris Apfel, to be exact. It was Rachel Zoe who made the famous quote, "Life needs to be accessorized." These two women have very distinct images that represent them to an entirety. I wouldn't dare try to emulate their style because it is quintessentially them. Zoe is bohemian extraordinaire, and Iris is...well...she's Iris.

So today, while I may attempt to up the ante in my accessorizing quota, because I'm a minimalist at heart, you'll see that even my idea of maximum, still resonates as scaled back. With today's outfit selection, my choices are quiet and relaxed, with garments with simple shapes - a pair of dark rinsed denim, and a drapey off-the-shoulder top. The design of the top is one of the best of this type - the shoulders stay in place, and the fabrication allows the garment to move without wrinkling. You'll understand why I kept the garments simple in contrast to the bold necklace, and large sunglasses. I hope you enjoy the style story and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Chico's. I received compensation in exchange for sharing with my blog public. Although this post is a partnership, all opinions are my own.

A beautifully constructed, dramatic necklace, in colors that remind me of cascading water, is worn to create an element of surprise in this calming and leisurely ensemble. Typically, when I expose my shoulders, I prefer to keep the entire area bare, free from necklaces, but with large hoop earrings. But for today, since I'm sporting such an artistic piece, accompanied with large sunglasses, I chose to scale back my earrings. The look represents an inner calm, yet it taunts my ability to make a statement...but in a reserved and quiet way.

Off-the-Shoulder Top and Aaren Bib Necklace
courtesy of Chico's

Outfit Details - Off-the-Shoulder Top: Chico's; Aaren Bib Necklace: Chico's; Petite Curvy Kick Crop Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft; Strappy Thong Sandals: Ann Taylor Loft; Round Tortoise Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (Sold out. Try the similar Oversized Round Sunglasses), Polish is Onyx Rush by Maybelline.





Here are (3) three accessorizing faux pas. Keep in mind, I am a petite, minimalist, so these faux pas are geared toward people like myself.

#1: The Over-Crowded Catastrophe: Big necklace, big earrings, big sunglasses, big hair, and big hat...hello are you in there? Why? You ask. Well because I can't see your face. Here's the general rule of thumb. Big necklace - small or no earrings. Big earrings - small or no necklace. Because I wear my hair ultra short, I can get away with a tiny earring. Now for a moment, close your eyes and imagine this look if I had on all the BIG items I just mentioned. A bit much. Don't you agree?

#2: The Scale Offender: Like I mentioned above - I am a petite woman. I stand at just over 5 feet tall, and I wear a size 6. The scale (or size) of accessories matters to me. Just like my clothing, I pick accessories which are comparable to my size. A very large wide-brimmed hat, plus big sunglasses, and large handbag would swallow me whole. Since the scale of the necklace is large, this is why I chose to wear an off-the-shoulder top in a soft fabric - the bare skin creates an illusion of simplicity, and not being over-worked.

#3: The Bolder the Better: This is when a person decides to go full throttle with boldness. Now that I'm wearing a bold dress, let me bring it up by wearing all my bold accessories with it. The results...statement overkill. It's not necessary to do this. Let one item take center stage.





  
 

There you have it friends, some of my tips on how I accessorize. If you enjoyed this mini-series, please let me know if you would like to receive more fashion tips on other subjects. I look forward to your comments and questions. And again, thank you to Chico's for providing me with such lovely accessories and clothing because #HelloImFabulous {wink}

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5.15.2016

The Icing: Minimum

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Chico's. I received compensation in exchange for sharing with my blog public. Although this post is a partnership, all opinions are my own.

I thought I'd dedicate my next posts to a two-part series on my favorite subject - Accessorizing. I believe the beginning of my love affair with fashion and style began with the fun adornments. As the story goes, when I was a young girl, we would visit my grandparents (mother's parents) in rural Arkansas. With each visit, my grandmother would bring out her chest of jewelry and allow her granddaughters to take their pick. From this experience, I began to spend my free-time in the library combing through the fashion magazines. I was enthralled with how the right accessories had the ability to transform an entire look. I hope you enjoy the series.

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Whether you enjoy accessorizing like over-the-top style maven, Iris Apfel, the elegance of the minimal approach like designer, Carolina Herrera, or somewhere in between - whatever your take, accessories are most certainly the icing on the cake. But here's the most crucial fact about the icing - either it can enhance the beauty and flavor, or it can completely ruin the outcome. In other words, if you put the wrong jewelry, bag, belt, scarf, sunnies and shoes with your sartorial pursuits, you'll completely destroy the look. Careful attention to these important details are ultra important, and must not be ruled as an after thought.  

Depending on the occasion, mood and story I wish to tell, I have dazzled with a variety of accessorizing techniques. However in most cases, I tend to lean more toward a minimal approach to completing an ensemble. In my opinion, comfort is just as important as what you choose to wear. The idea of futzing with myself is out of the question. When I select what I'm wearing, I like for the entire look to flow seamlessly into my complete life, or better yet, my style story. Enjoy.


For today, the look I'm wearing is classic, feminine, and minimal: A tiered lace skirt is accentuated by a fitted scoop-neck tee, barely there heeled sandals, and simple lace clutch. The hero accessory is a glorious, yet classic coin bracelet that makes a statement on it's own. There's no need to over adorn myself with multiple necklaces and a variety of rings - a touch of gold on the ear and one gold ring are all that's needed.
 
Magnetic Stella Coin Bracelet
courtesy of Chico's

Outfit Details - Magnetic Stella Coin Bracelet: Chico's; Nikki Sunglasses: Courtesy of Chico's (sold out, but the Ray-Ban 'Highstreet' is very similar); Vintage 1950s Lace Clutch: (Love the Jessica McClintock 'Sloan' Floral Clutch at Nordstrom); Ankle Strap Sandal: Ann Taylor Loft (also check out the Holland Heeled Sandal at Banana Republic); Tiered Lace Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (from a few seasons back. Option: Dalia Skirt at TJ Maxx); Fitted Tee: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx (Very similar Ribbed Cotton Scoop Neck Tee at Ann Taylor); Polish is Onyx Rush by Maybelline.

 


Here are (3) three major accessorizing faux pas:

#1: The Matchy-Matchy Route - While I'm dressed in ivory and black, there is no need to go overboard in the color scheme by saturating myself with ivory and black jewelry, ivory and black handbag, and ivory and black shoes. By doing this, it makes the outfit look less expensive, and over-worked. The best rule of thumb is to stick with metals for jewelry when trying to achieve a classic and minimum look, and keep your shoes and handbag in the same color story.

#2:  The Story Sabotages - This happens when you put on accessories that have absolutely nothing to do with the overall theme of your look...or story. My outfit for today is clearly classic and feminine, therefore the accessories tell the same story. If I were to put on feathered, bohemian styled jewelry, and floppy hat, it may lead some to wonder, 'Where was she going with this story?' You don't want this to happen. Cohesiveness is key.

#3: The Handbag Heckler - This occurs when a person refuses to change out their handbag, and carries the same one regardless of what their wearing, or what type of event their attending. The handbag is in total disregard to the complete look. Take the time to change out your bag to complement your look.




   


I hope you enjoyed The Icing: Minimum in this two part series on accessorizing. I'll return this Tuesday with The Icing: Maximum. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to inquire. I love your questions and comments {wink} 

Here is a bonus for you. Many comment on my ability to wear heels. Yes, I LOVE wearing heels, and I'm blessed with a high arch which makes it much easier.  I found this video from Neiman Marcus that demonstrates simple techniques you can do to make heel wearing more comfortable.

 

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5.11.2016

Sexy Cool!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Chico's. I received compensation in exchange for sharing with my blog public. Although this post is a partnership, all opinions are my own.

With the onset of social media, it seems a week can't go by without someone in entertainment, regardless of age or gender, having the urge to put their bare bodies on show. Sure, there's nothing new about this type of behavior, and the reasons behind the display are numerous - everything from political statements on aging and sexism; to prove to the world how proud they are of their bodies; or, in the name of shock value fashion. Yadda Yadda Yadda. Whatever the reasoning, the action mostly comes across as a desperate cry. When the media isn't talking about the person enough, or at all, it's a way to get noticed - somewhat like a child having a major temper tantrum - Look at me! Pay attention to me!

I mean really, who doesn't want to feel, or be seen as desirable? I'm of the mindset my desirability far exceeds my birthday suit, and extends to my mental capacity and spirit as well. In my humble opinion, tweetable--->feeling sexy, just like feeling frumpy, dwell within the mind, and have the capability to resurrect themselves outwardly. So in other words, it isn't necessary to prove your sexiness by putting your parts on display. Tweetable ---> Feeling sexy comes from our powerful minds, so if you feel it, then it most definitely shows. Which explains why a person can wear simple jeans and tee, and sexiness exudes from their pores, or, visa versa - a person can wear simple jeans and tee and look haggard. It's all of the mind. You control it.

For today, I'm wearing a halter top I purchased decades ago. When I wear it, it provides the exclamation point on how I'm feeling (no need to explain). Paired with a perfect, sleek, antique white pant, the combination of the two = Sexy Cool! This outfit demonstrates a persons ability to look and feel sexy while remaining clothed. I hope you enjoy the look, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


Texture Tapered Ankle Pants (Black Label)
courtesy of Chico's

Outfit Details: Texture Tapered Ankle Pants: Chico's;  Esprit Denim Halter (was purchased in the 90s at the original Esprit store in North Hollywood); Silver Wedge Sandals: Nina via ThredUp (Love the Glint 'Mallory' Wedge at Nordstrom); Soft Fabric Pouch: Ann Taylor Loft (Purchased last summer. Love the Steve Madden Beaded Clutch at Nordstrom); Polish is Onyx Rush by Maybelline.



 

 


Show the world your allure through your mind. The results are far richer and out-weigh the temporary attention you hope to gain by way of desperate attempts. So, put your clothes back on, gather some self-respect, and show us how sexy cool you are without your (fill in the blank) hanging out {wink} 

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