8.04.2015

Black Down Memory Lane

Sparked by a recent Elle.com piece which remembered the style of Jackie Kennedy, I felt the need to take another trip Back Black Down Memory Lane. I hope you saw Monday's post called Kick-Hem, which was another take on wearing vintage inspired clothing. The vintage bug must have bit me because I'm definitely infected.

In the Elle presentation, called Jackie Kennedy's 6 Essential Style Rules, slide #5 was dedicated to a few looks Jackie wore which had interesting collar or neck detail. During her years as First Lady, legendary designer, Oleg Cassini, designed a plethora of garments which featured interest around the neck. Jackie must have really grasp hold of these types of looks since she dawned many neck-adorned fashions throughout the decades.

To further my stroll down memory lane, I've selected an obvious black dress for this post, and paired it with accessories which were very popular during the 50s and 60s era...Cat-eye sunglasses, a ladylike silk floral handbag, a pair of laser-cut gloves from my personal archives (I've been collecting vintage gloves for years), and a necklace which was wrapped around my arm several times to create a charm bracelet. Remember the scene in 1954's Rear Window when Grace Kelly wore an amazing gold charm bracelet with a lime green suit? If you don't recall this epic fashion scene, please visit my provided link. So incredibly chic. Enjoy today's stroll Black Down Memory Lane!


Outfit Details - Tie Neck Poplin Dress: eshakti; Strappy Sandals (Enzo Angiolini Strappy Sandals at Nordstrom); Silk Floral Handbag by Banana Republic via eBay (I found a couple still available. Search on eBay);  Vintage Ivory Gloves (my personal archive); Cat-eye Sunglasses: Getty Center Gift Shop (Many Cat-eye Sunglasses at Nordstrom); Emerald Ring was a gift from a former employer; Polish is A List by Essie.




Popular during the 50s and 60s - a shawl collar with neck tie.





Some would cringe at the idea of being ladylike. I, on the other hand, feel extremely powerful for my trip Black Down Memory Lane - the nipped at the waist black dress with feminine shawl collar, delicate gloves and dainty purse all add to the charm of yesteryear, when ladies dressed like ladies and men responded by treating us as such{wink}

Don't Forget to join me tomorrow at The Intersection on Periscope

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8.02.2015

Kick-Hem!

Fashion will continue its love affair with the 70s era this coming fall/autumn, clearly evident by the wide assortment of paisley prints, fringe, and now, the reprise of the then popular cropped flare hem...or what some would call the kick-hem. Imagine, if you would, a boot-leg or slight bell-bottom hem which has been cut about 2 to 3 inches above the ankle - alas you have the kick-hem. An interesting hem, indeed, but if worn correctly, it adds a bit of whimsy and interest which cannot be denied. Growing up in the 70s, I recall my mother and the dancers on Soul Train wearing wildly patterned, kick-hem pants with matching tunics. I thought they looked very cool, and begged my mother to make me a pair - complete with platform heels. I was all the rage when I went to school in my new duds.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, my love affair for vintage merchandise began at a very young age. It began while spending summers going through my maternal grandmother's vast array of jewelry and handbags from the 40s and 50s. She would then allow her granddaughters to select pieces to take for our very own. Not all the granddaughters appreciated these times, but for myself and another cousin, Gina, this activity was equivalent to spending the day at Disneyland...or perhaps even better. It was through this experience my appreciation for vintage blossomed.

Fast forward 40 years and my fondness for retro still reigns. I enjoy taking trips into Los Angeles to shop the vintage boutiques on Melrose Avenue, or to the Pasadena Flea Market to hunt for the perfect treasure. Though I adore merchandise from decades past, I will not dawn vintage head-to-toe. Rather, I enjoy mixing them with modern. By pairing my items in this fashion, outfits are less likely to resemble a costume. So for today, I've combined 70s inspired kick-hem pants, and vintage handbag with more modern pieces to create an outfit that gives a subtle nod to the past. Enjoy!


Outfit Details: I took an old pair of boot-leg pants from Ann Taylor Loft and hemmed them to create a kick-hem trouser; Vintage Handbag from the Style Nudge Vintage Shop; Heather Striped Tank: Ann Taylor Loft; Strappy Sandal: Ann Taylor Loft (Sold Out buy almost identical pair by Jeffrey Campbell; Ralph Lauren Braided Belt (Many Braided Leather Belts at Nordstrom); Polish is A List by Essie. 




 

 

What do you think of the kick-hem? Is this a pant you would wear? If you're unsure about this type of pant, then consider what I have done...take a pair of old pants which have a boot-leg or slight bell-bottom and hem them about 2 to 3 inches to create your own DIY pair. It's a more cost effective way to try them out{wink}

PS. Don't forget to tune in to The Intersection on Periscope (@SoWhattoTwenty) on Wednesday - 7:00pm (PST). I'll see you at #TheIntersection!

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7.30.2015

To The Max + The Intersection #1

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the lovely ladies and men who joined me at The Intersection on Periscope! Yes, I was nervous, but once I started styling the maxi shirt-dress (shown in this post), I felt like I was chatting it up with my dear friends. I think Periscope is a genius idea and I look forward to spending the time with you all again next week. Stay to the end of this post and see a portion of the actual broadcast. During the broadcast, I styled an Ann Taylor Loft Maxi Shirt-dress in three different ways. Today, I'm wearing one of the looks - a more classic, sexier look that I would wear on a date, out dancing, to a jazz concert, or perhaps to Los Angeles Fashion Week. Enjoy!


Outfit Details - Ann Taylor Loft Beach Sheer Stripe Maxi Shirtdress (almost sold out); Petite Skinny Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft; Ann Taylor Loft Strappy Sandal (Sold Out. Identical by Jeffrey Campbell at Nordstrom); Peace sign necklace purchased at an artisan artwalk.  Bold ring purchased last year from Anthropologie; Braided Belt by Ralph Lauren (Black Braided Belts at Nordstrom).




    



And now...The very first gathering at The Intersection on Periscope. During the broadcast you'll hear a male voice. That is my husband and he's telling me what viewers are saying during the broadcast.



Remember, if you want to gather at #TheIntersection, you'll have to download the Periscope app onto your cell phone. It was really good fun and I hope you'll join me next week in the comfort of my "styling studio" and watch how I pull looks together{wink}

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7.27.2015

The Intersection

I receive many questions pertaining to fashion and life. I've decided to dedicate Wednesday evenings to answering your questions LIVE. Join me at 7:00pm (PST) at The Intersection - a LIVE Periscope broadcast. If you haven't heard of Periscope it's a member of the Twitter family and is the latest BIG thing in social media. It's simple - just download the app onto your device (free for cell phones) and follow @SoWhattoTwenty. It's that simple. Periscope will send you a message telling you that the broadcast is live and for you to join.

Once you join in, touch your device screen as many times as you like and send me lots of hearts. This is my way of knowing you like the broadcast. You can also type your questions and I'll see them instantly. But here's the cool part, you're not only communicating with me, but everyone else who has gathered at The Intersection.


I look forward to seeing you at our first gathering at #TheIntersection on Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00pm{wink}

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7.26.2015

Different

Since I was in my youth, I always felt the need to be different. While other girls wanted to wear the latest trends or jump on the bandwagon toward the latest fad, I waved the bandwagon away saying, "No thanks. I'm headed in a different direction." 

I felt no need to join the others. Something within me felt it necessary to blaze my own trail. Some would ask, "Why not take the road which has already been laid?" Sure, it makes perfect sense - the journey would require less work, thought or preparation. But regardless of the less amount of toil, I could not release the idea of being different. In my eyes, being different was and still is much more interesting than being basic.

For today, I'm wearing an outfit which is a reprise of pieces you have seen before, however today, the items are joined by elements which take the look on an entirely different journey...a scarf tied around the neck or on the head, and a pair of unique flats. Pay close attention to the shoes. While on an impromptu shopping trip with my husband, I tried them on. His response was, "They're different." Enjoy!


Outfit Details: Flat Shoes with Ankle Strap: Zara; Frilled Top: Zara (sold out); Petite Dark Rinse Curvy Skinny Jeans: Loft (Loft Jeans); Medium Basic Sunglasses: Loft; Square Silk Scarf: vintage (beautiful scarves at Nordstrom. Love this scarf by Ralph Lauren)




Should I take the road which has already been laid?
 
My hair blowing in the wind isn't a concern. I'm just being different {smile}


Today I leave you with this to ponder {wink}

"If you always go where you have already gone, 
then how can you see what has never been seen? 
If you want to see what has not been seen, 
then choose to go where you have not gone." 
G.K. Harrison


And...don't forget to download Periscope (a member of the twitter family) on to your device. Join me for The Intersection, and interactive broadcast between me and you. Follow @SoWhattoTwenty on Periscope!
#TheIntersection

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7.24.2015

Friends

A pair of pants that hug your hips perfectly; the top you receive tons of compliments on; the handbag that houses all your belongings just so; the sandals that go with everything...

We all love reaching into our wardrobes and grabbing our favorite things. Don't we? Except these items are no longer just things, rather, they have become our tried and true friends...reliable, dependable, trusted. You get the picture.

On this relaxed Friday, I dedicate this post to my friends. Some new, and some have been with me for years. But regardless, they hold a special place in my heart. Enjoy!



The pants are quintessential Glenda - lightweight, cropped and with a bit of a slouch - they hang on my hips just right. For some reason they also evoke somewhat of a rock 'n roll feel. I've decided to style them with my favorite swing shirt with ├╝ber puffy sleeves, this summer's favorite sandals and my cherished silver accessories. This outfit can hang-out with me at many of my favorite locations...the Getty Villa, lunch at the Ponte winery in Temecula, shopping the cool stores in L.A., spending the afternoon strolling around Victoria Gardens, or to the farmer's market on Sunday. Anywhere I take my friends, we always have a great time. 
  
Outfit Details - Stripe Twill Relaxed Cropped Pants: Loft; Navy Blue Swing Top: Gap 1969 Collection (Very old): Tie-Up Sandals: Bernardo Vintage Couture; Crossbody Bag: classic Coach (Purchased years ago. Options Coach crossbody at Nordstrom and Coach); Belt: Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx; Sunglasses: Loft (Sold Out. Similar Leopard Sunglasses at Nordstrom; Silver Jewelry: Purchased in Mexico.



Sterling Silver Jewelry purchased in Mexico

I'm so in love with my silver curls.
 





What are your #wardrobefriends? I bet you have plenty who have stood the test of time {wink}

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