2.25.2015

Inspired By Mag

I'm on the other end of the non-color spectrum since my last fashion post. If you recall, I wore white in a post called White and Chocolate. It's rare for me to wear head-to-toe black. I find that I have to break it up with splashes of something. It's not that I don't like wearing black - because I do. It is, after all, sleek, sexy and mysterious. I think my difficulty of using so much black is the fact that I live in a very warm climate that usually boast clear, sunny skies. Because of this wonderful weather, I often want to feel light and airy in lighter shades of neutrals.

Recently I stopped by Fashion Fascinate and saw Mag in a post called Black is Back. There she was dressed in head-to-toe black and looking marvelous. Every bit of her clothing and accessories were indeed in this refection of light. So my latest Inspired By is Mag from Fashion Fascinate. Be sure to click the link to see her look.


Today's Look - Pants:  Moto Bi-Stretch Pants: Loft (available on eBay), Peplum Sweater: Loft (Old. Many Options HERE); Michael Kors Brena Flats (still available on eBay); Embroidered Handbag: Vintage; LOVE Necklace by Rachel Roy for Macy's (very old); Leather bracelet: Juicy Couture: Macy's; Cat-eye Sunnies purchased from the Getty Museum gift shop


 
  


As you can see, I chose to break up my black ensemble with touches of metal - silver and gold, but mostly gold. What do you think about wearing a monochromatic look? Is it your thing, or do you prefer to wear a variety of colors or shades in a single look? Do tell{wink}

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2.23.2015

LV Series 2: The Exhibit

I found the information regarding the Louis Vuitton Series 2 exhibit days before it opened to the public. Thank heavens for the Flipboard app that I have installed on my Galaxy Note. As I thumbed through the Los Angeles Times section, I discovered the exhibit was due to open in L.A. on February 6th and would run until February 22nd. A short stay, indeed. I wasn't willing to miss out on this exhibition, so I made the trek into L.A. on opening day - February 6th. An experience I doubt I'll ever forget. 

The LV Series 2 exhibit was a true mind-trip that was a cross between a Space Odyssey meets Parisian design house - an artistic and hi-tech ride that left me wondering if I had truly entered the mind of Louis Vuitton's Artistic Director, Nicolas Ghesquiere. Upon entering the exhibit, we stepped into a very dark room which housed a large neon LV logo and a few wall mounts that explained the journey we were about to take. As we moved along the exhibition, we were greeted by women who seemed as if they were from another universe. Each one was dressed in black, and had very similar proportions which made it difficult to distinguish between them. However eerily similar and robotic the tour guides were, it did bring a somewhat humanistic feel to the very technology driven installation.


LV Series 2 logo

Talking Faces

As we moved further into the exhibit, we entered an area called the Talking Faces where visitors stood in a mirrored room while viewing talking model heads over the voice recordings of 25 voices that came together in a robotic narrative. The same talking faces that Ghesquiere showed his guests during the runway show (seen at the end of this post). I was left to wonder if these were the voices that Ghesquiere hears inside his head while he is creating. A creative and futuristic concept that left me hungry for more. I knew that I was entering a realm in which I had never entered before.

Accessories

After moving from the dark room of Ghesquiere's mind, we then entered a brightly lighted room which housed the accessories. A room so extremely bright that I had to dawn my sunnies. Such a clever way to display the merchandise. After visiting the exhibit and thinking back on the "bright" room. I thought that perhaps this room was aglow because accessories (who doesn't recall that magical LV trunk) were the starting point for the famous label. In the beginning let there be light. Get my point?

Posing next to the famous LV trunk. Even my husband's lips were glowing.



Stepping out from the "Accessories" room and into a lounging area, each guest received a poster and stickers and was invited to sip mimosa and have hors d'Ĺ“uvres. A time to relax before the runway show begins, I assume. I would imagine that this would be the type of faire one would receive if invited to attend a live Louis Vuitton runway show. The next room gave a realistic glimpse into what it's like to go behind the scene as the models prepare for the catwalk. If you saw the February issue of Elle, USA, then you would have seen a collective series of exaggerated and albeit, humorous adaptation of photographs that showed the hair stylists and makeup artists prepping the models just before they glide down the glossy runway. 

A large scaled photograph which was also seen in Elle, USA

Also in this backstage replica we were able to admire, up close, racks of clothing and accessories which showed the pictures and names of the actual models that wore them during fashion week. Trust me when I say, it was difficult to not touch the amazing garments. The details and fabrications were exquisite. Along the wall on the left side of the photo below (as you can faintly see) the Artistic Director's vision board which tells the workers the order in which the models will take the runway.




Finally, we moved into the last section of the exhibit. We stood inside a circle mirrored room that made you feel as if you were sitting front row during the Louis Vuitton spring 2015 runway show.

Circled Mirror Runway Show


I left the exhibit feeling as if I had occupied space inside the mind of a true creative, fashion powerhouse. Feeling slightly overwhelmed by what I had experienced, I wanted more. I felt the need to return to the mind of Ghesquiere. However now, the exhibit has departed Los Angeles and has moved on to another part of the universe {wink}

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2.19.2015

White and Chocolate

My 7-day intermission turned out to be longer than I first anticipated. Yes, I enjoyed my little reboot. If gave me time to secure some things in regards to my next BIG project. Don't you just love secrets? During this time I realized that I can't be all and do all things at the same time without something falling by the wayside. So yes, this break was of the utmost importance. When I have something that I need clarification on, I often resort to cleaning. Taking something and making it beautiful and presentable is very therapeutic for me. While delving into my project, I also did a huge sweep of my bulging closet. I decided that I'm going to do some volunteer work with a organization called Dressed For Success - a global not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Rather than hauling some of my now-too-big clothing to alterations, instead, I'll donate them to this organization. I always feel so good when I'm giving back.

After cleaning out my wardrobe, and getting my ducks in a row for my unsaid project, I developed a sudden urge to get back into the swing of blogging. I don't know about you, but seeing all the goodies arrive into the stores for spring, and then watching the Fashion Week shows has made me want to do some shopping. Have I ever told you I have a huge fetish for white clothing? Well, I do and it is insatiable. Evident by my Pinterest board seen HERE. I simply cannot get enough of the non-color. When I open my closet, a swarm of white garments glare back at me...and I love it! Each time I visit the stores, whether online or in person, I seem to gravitate toward the neutral. I always feel organic, fresh and crisp when wearing it. I believe my love for it comes from the contrast that's created when it's next to my deep chocolate skin tone. Nevertheless, this is one habit I'm not willing to break. I love, love, love wearing white - regardless to what season it is. Enjoy!


Today's Look: Flared Gap Shirt dress (Options HERE. Mine was purchased a few season's ago. Last worn HERE when I met Rachel Zoe), Calvin Klein Belt via TJ Maxx, Chocolate Riding Boots by Marc Alpert Collection (Similar HERE. Mine purchased when I was 17 years old!!!), "G" Necklace is C. Wonder via TJ Maxx (I've spotted lots of C. Wonder products at TJ Maxx since they've gone out of business). 


 

Read the story about my boots HERE. I've had them since the age of 17!

Necklace by the now debunked C Wonder
  


I  missed you all and it feels good to be back. So let's get the conversation started - tell me, what color or non-color can you not live without and why? {wink}


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2.09.2015

Intermission

Photograph taken two years ago when I decided I wanted to have straight hair.

I know myself, and lately I've been finding it difficult to concentrate on creating blog post. You see, I have a huge project that I'm working on and it has consumed over 90% of my brain power. I will share more details with you in the coming months. In the meantime, I'm going to take a short, one week intermission from blogging to ensure that my project is being nurtured.


When I return, I'm hoping to have my project well rooted so that it will blossom in due time. In addition, this opportunity to reboot will give me the juice that I need to continue moving forward in the world of blogging. Please don't remove So What to Twenty from your feed because I will be back and ready to continue in the journey of life and fashion{wink}

Before I forget, I want to share with you a wonderful find I recently discovered. During my quiet moments of journaling, I thoroughly enjoy the aroma and atmosphere of a burning candle. My newest discovery are soy candles called Seeking Balance by a company called Root. I am in love with their therapeutic scents. Currently I am enjoying Relax which is the scent of Geranium and Lavender. We all know that lavender has a calming effect. Lavender combined with the luxurious aroma of Geranium and you're in for an intoxicating and albeit relaxing experience.


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2.08.2015

Athletic

Unequivocally, the human body is the most beautiful work of art ever created. I'm in awe of the way in which it responds to physical activity; the way it has the ability to heal itself; and the masterful forms and shapes that makeup the human physique. I, by no means, consider myself overly athletic, but in recent months, I have taken it upon myself to debunk the myth that says it is almost next to impossible for a woman over a certain age to reshape her body. We have been told that after 40 the metabolism slows down drastically; that our body loses muscle mass at a much quicker rate, etc, etc. These comments are daunting, to say the least.

With this type of information being fed to the more seasoned woman, it's no wonder that so many have decided to take a back seat to physical activity, or, in more drastic terms - given up on the idea all together. Like I mentioned to you in a post called How'd She Do That, at 48, I began to see my body lose its muscle tone and shape, and on top of the physical change, my mind also began to lose shape. Where I once had the vigor to live life to the fullest, I began to feel an emotional slump as well. By taking my cue from athletes, I saw that hard work, a good attitude, and determination was the formula for rebuilding my physical and emotional well-being. No longer willing to live my life as just a spectator in the bleachers, I now see fit to keep my body active. I watch as soft tissue develops into precise muscle definition, and where I once ached after a nights sleep, I now jump out of bed with ease and the excitement to begin the day.

Today's look is devoted to the athletic in all of us. A pair of cuffed jogger denims are courtesy of Royalty For Me, a peplum sweatshirt with interesting back detail, and lace-up caged shoes create an interesting and albeit dressier spin on workout gear. Enjoy!

 
Cuffed Jogger Denims courtesy of Royalty For Me
The Cuffed Jogger is a new arrival from Royalty For Me. Denim joggers are the perfect blend of casual and athletic. Features an elastic waistband with drawstring, functional pockets, and cuffed leg opening. 
Fabrication: 69% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 1% Spandex 
*Pants did not come in petite sizing. Keep in mind, I am about 5 feet-1 inch. I had to put quite a large cuff in the pants. Eventually I will have them hemmed for a more precise fit. I selected the pants in a larger size to create a more slouchy fit. 

Other Outfit Details - Heathered Peplum Sweatshirt: Anthropologie (Old. Found one of eBay), Via Spiga Caged Shoes (Old. Newer style at Via Spiga); Aviator Sunnies: Loft, Stacked Cuff: Mexico (similar option); Music Note Ring: Custom made by a local artist, Polish is Marnie by Zoya.






Love this shot with the runner whizzing by.


Today I leave you with a bit of information on Metabolism. Promise me you'll also, click over to Fitness Blender to watch a video that discusses the subject. You'll be surprised at what you hear, but motivated to get moving{wink}

How to get or keep a fast metabolism (Via FitnessBlender.com)
- Do consistent strength training
- Add HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or tabata style intervals to your cardio training
- Implement multiple training styles (we've got you covered)
- Don't wait to start, maintain an active lifestyle
- Try to avoid long breaks in activity
- Eat clean and eat often - try to avoid long periods without at least a snack
- Avoid crash/severe/starvation diets
- Don't be afraid of carbohydrates - All three macro nutrients are important for good health and good energy

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2.04.2015

Pineapple'd

I often think about the creative mind. Perhaps because my oldest child is a musician, and I, being involved in the creative industries for years. The creative mind is free to roam and explore. It sees the ordinary as inspiration. The mundane as extraordinary. Beauty where there is pain and affliction. However liberating this may be, the creative mind often has to fight against the norms of society. A society that dictates the how, the when, and the why of life, and inevitably tries to place one inside of a suffocating and stifling box. And though creative individuals fight a good fight against being placed inside the box, there is still the mind of the creative soul that must constantly be convinced to get out of its own way - because the creative mind is often the master of self sabotage.

Thank goodness for people who support the arts in any way, shape or form. When we support the arts, we demonstrate to the creative mind that their work is important, and that it has meaning and a purpose. The arts, are indeed, a pivotal part of our lives. It is through the mind of the artists that we can re-imagine the past, or perhaps peek into the future. We open our minds to territories which have never been explored.

Today, I bring you information on an artisan retail store based in Bronxville, New York called Chaos NY.  Chaos is a unique retail experience where merchandise is showcased within a full-scale, contemporary art installation. When they connected with me to show a piece from their artisan collection, I was thrilled to support the artists. Today I'm wearing a Pineapple, long-sleeved crop top by Super Maggie. This 100% cotton top is super versatile and comfortable, and is available in a variety of designs and screen-printed in the USA. Printed with phthalate free, 100% non-toxic ink. I enjoyed pairing the top with my slouchy, wide-legged trousers and sneakers for a laid-back, outside-of-the-box vibe. Then I gave the look a bit of funk-appeal by adding tons of arm candy. Enjoy the look!


Pineapple Cropped T-shirt by Super Maggie
courtesy of Chaos NY
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Other Outfit Details - Wide Leg Trousers: Jones New York; Sneakers: Sperry Top Sider; Arm Candy from various retailers and Mexico.

   

 



For the creative minds in your life (and that could be you), do them (yourself) a favor...support them by discarding the box and giving them the freedom to be {wink}


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2.03.2015

Because You're Special

There are so many activities that you could be doing...so many blogs that you could be reading, and yet, you find time in your day to stop to read So What to Twenty! It simply warms my heart to know that you, my friend, find that my words and my fashion taste are worth your precious time. 

So today, I stop to send this special note...



May the rest of your week be as pleasant as a bike ride on a beautiful spring day{wink}

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