7.16.2016

Tie One On

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Over the past few months I've received quite a few emails on the topic of scarf tying. The subject can be scary, but never fear, Glenda is here to change your mind! Hopefully after today's post, you'll see scarves as a great option for your accessorizing needs.

Don't be afraid to tie one on. Scarves are fun to wear...they add a visual point of interest, color, and a touch of whimsy to a simple look. When you are ready to dive into the scarf arena, you'll find there are many to choose from ranging in shape, fabrication, weight, and price point. For today, I thought I'd demonstrate a few ABC simple ways to wear a large square scarf. The scarf in this post is 100% cotton, lightweight, and measures 50' x 50'. I selected this particular scarf because it's large enough to double as a sarong for a swimsuit cover-up. Paired with a simple A-line dress in whisper white, the scarf does its job of adding pops of color and excitement to a basic look. Please stay until the end to watch a short video on scarf tying by Nordstrom. Speaking of Nordstrom, their big Anniversary Sale begins soon. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet your below in the comment section.


Outfit Details - In Bloom Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft; Blanca Trapeze Dress: Ann Taylor Loft; Ankle Strap Sandal: Ann Taylor Loft (Sold Out. Identical option is the Vince Camuto 'Court' Ankle Strap Sandal at Nordstrom; Coin Bracelet courtesy of Chico's (Sold Out); Faceted Ring: Ann Taylor Loft (now on sale!); Polish is Camisole by China Glaze

The very thing you fear can reveal many new opportunities!

 
The easiest way to wear the scarf is to drape it over your shoulder.


Double-knot the ends to create a kimono!



Embrace the spirit of bohemia and tie one on to your head.



Or, create a bib.


A scarf makes a great shawl.



Whatever you do...have fun! Play with your scarf to create new and interesting looks!



And now, a very informative video by Nordstrom. Enjoy!


Stop! Don't leave yet. There's more...

I hope you enjoyed today's post and found the information helpful. Remember, the very thing you fear can reveal many new opportunities. Trust me - I'm writing from experience. Now that I have your undivided attention... As many of you now know, I faced a huge fear of public speaking this past April at the Bloggers at Midlife conference in Las Vegas. Speaking at this event has opened many doors for my writing career, and in sharing my knowledge in the field of style and fashion. I'm now a contributor to Midlife Boulevard and my first article is now live. It's all about my style philosophy (click HERE). I'll see you on the Boulevard {wink}

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7.10.2016

Wind Beneath My Wings

I had a different type of post planned for today - one which was more serious and with a subdued palette. However, in light of the terrible occurrences on race taking place in the USA, I found myself needing to take a more lighthearted approach. So I had a change of plans. Since my mood has been sorrowful, I tucked the other outfit aside and replaced it with one that brings me joy. 

This is probably one of the shortest posts I've produced thus far. Please forgive me, but I'm sure you can  understand why. The trouble I feel is palpable. If you are aware of what has been taking place in America, you'll understand my emotional state. Thank you for joining me today, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.



Outfit Details - Yellow Riviera Shorts: Ann Taylor Loft; Embroidered Corset Peplum: Anthropologie (years ago); Wide Brim Fedora: via Marshalls; Corey sandals by Sam Edelman

During sad times, I find great joy in donning clothing that provoke the spirit of optimism. For today, I wear one of my favorite tops - a corseted embroidered peplum, the brightest of yellow shorts, and my favorite hat. Though the anguish is still present, I take comfort in this spirited ensemble. and the men in my life.



 


  

I would like to introduce you to two of the three men in my life:
My husband and photographer. My best friend. My love.

My youngest. My love. My athlete. My little buddy.
The joys of my life - my husband and my sons (the oldest wasn't available for the photo shoot. He was busy playing a gig with his college friends). A day doesn't go by without me asking for protection for them. You have read my many posts about flying and soaring. It is the support from the men in my life who give me the strength to do what I love. They truly are the wind beneath my wings. So I decided to have the youngest and husband accompany me on this blog post. You understand why...I adore them.
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7.07.2016

Streamline

If I keep going in the pace I've been moving, I'll never get my book on Style complete. Well, I shouldn't say never, but it will take a very long time, and I don't want that to happen. I'm so excited about this project - a subject I've studied and analyzed most of my life, I'm anxious to move it along. So, after much reflection, I've determined I must streamline my schedule to get the task done. Don't worry friends, I'm still blogging, however, rather than two posts per week, I must drop down to one post per week. In other words, I'm going to adopt summer hours. Remember, this is only temporary. It's just so I can complete the book in a timely manner. 

I'll be the first to admit, I'm no wonder woman. I have to rest, take breaks, spend alone time, and slow my pace in order to get the job done. By no means do I subscribe to the adage of work, work and more work. After all, all work and no play makes Glenda a dull woman. So to keep my momentum strong and steady, I believe that less is more. When I pile too much on my plate, I often feel hurried, and like I'm not bringing you my very best. And with my style book (which shall remain nameless until the proper time), I want to bring you my ridiculous very best. I'm positive you're going to enjoy my take on the subject...and there's going to be pretty illustrations!

So fret not, dear friends, I'm not running out of steam. I have many more style stories to cover for the summer and beyond. Don't forget, I have a new project featuring Chico's beginning soon. I'm calling the series of posts - Destination Chico's. With the series, I'll select my top picks from Chico's and wear them for you here at So What to Twenty! Stay tuned. By the way, if you haven't seen my feature on the Chico's blog - Inside Chic, please click HERE. And don't forget to subscribe to Inside Chic, they have great content! In the meantime, sit back and enjoy today's look, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


Make no assumptions about it - I'm in love with wearing white! Over the years, I have developed quite a collection of various white tops and dresses. Just when I think I have enough, I find another creative garment that captures my eye. Strange thing though - I'm not really attracted to a classic button down. If I do wear one, it has to have something very clever going on. I seem to gravitate toward the clever. As in today's top - a no fuss top with an adorable ruffle neck and back detail. The cut is streamline with a subtle high/low and tent shape. The top definitely gives a nod to the 60s/70s era. So, to play on the past, I've decided to don my retro inspired denim, and new platform sandals.

Outfit Details - Ruffled Poplin Blouse: Anthropologie; Front Pocket Flare Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft; Elie Suede Platform Sandals: Steve Madden via eBay (Also available on Amazon.com); Keepsake Bracelet and Charms: Birdie Boutique; Cat-eye sunglasses from the Getty Museum giftshop, Clutch is vintage; Hoop and stud earrings from the Icing.  



I'm grinning hard because a group of basketball coaches walked by and whistled.



A note about my Keepsake bracelet. Before my mother passed away, she said to me, "One day you're going to fly." I hold those final words very close to my heart. In my book, A Place Called Peace, I go into further detail about her faithful words to me. I've created my bracelet with her words in mind. Each object represents something that takes flight - an owl (my mother collected owl objects), a bird, a bee, and a butterfly.


Don't let my earrings fool you. My ears are not pierced. The hoops are clip-ons and the stud on my upper ear is magnetic. Isn't that awesome?! The rings were all purchased while vacationing in Mexico.





I hope you enjoyed today's style story, and I hope you understand my need to streamline. You have all been wonderful to me and I want to bring you my very best. Until my next post, I was interviewed by my new friend I met at BAM - Beth Ann Chiles of It's Just Life. Beth Ann was inspired by A Place Called Peace and invited me for an interview for inclusion in her Noteworthy Women. I hope you'll enjoy it {wink}
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7.04.2016

A Wild Time

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For those who connect with me on Instagram (follow me by clicking Instagram) you were treated to a wide variety of snapshots of cool events I attended over the holiday weekend. On Friday, myself and five other beautifully seasoned women were invited to a private breakfast and shopping party at our local Anthropologie. When I received the invitation, I asked someone to pinch me...private shopping at Anthro - Hell Heck Yeah! 

When we arrived to the store, we were greeted by the warm and friendly staff who were equally as excited. We were then ushered into the fitting room area that was outfitted with a spread of breakfast treats and coffee. Each of our fitting rooms had our names written on the doors, and were stocked full of merchandise that was curated to our individual taste and size by the personal shopping team...including a few items that would take us outside our comfort zones. How were we selected? The store manager informed us we were selected because of our loyalty to this particular store, for our great fashion sense, and because we inspire them! Now that's cool. That is what you call great customer service - when you watch your customers with an analytic eye so you are able to serve them to a higher degree. Once the outfits were tried on, we had great fun talking fashion, sharing styling tips, and posing in front of the backdrop that was made exclusively for us. It was indeed a wild time, and I'll never forget the experience. If my mother was still with me, she would be thrilled. After all, she was the one who got me hooked on the place.

Of course I had to walk away with a couple of items. And believe me when I say - it was very difficult to narrow my selections. I wanted just about everything I tried on and more! I decided on a top I went coo coo bird over since I first saw it featured in their catalog, plus another addition to my clever white top collection (you'll see it soon on the blog). But for today's style story, I'm featuring the top that made me go wild. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.



To set the mood for today's wild style story, I'm wearing the top that had me swinging from the chandeliers - a tribal inspired swing tank that gives the illusion of snake skin. I have a penchant for this type of silhouette, so I was extra excited to add this one to my growing collection of peplums. The top's dye treatment is very clever, it begins with olive green and tapers to a light cognac at the hem. For added texture, the top glistens with a variety of sequin and bugle beads. To pull the look together, I slithered into my cropped denim and chose my antique brushed snake charmer cuff and cat-eye sunglasses. The sandals manage to blend effortlessly with the cognac hem as well as the sparkle in the top.

Outfit Details - Top: Suva Swing Tank: Anthropologie; Sandals: Lien.Do by Seychelles Durango Kitten Heels: Anthropologie; Jeans: Petite Modern Kick Crop in Dark Rinse: Ann Taylor Loft; Snake Charmer via the Getty Museum giftshop; Cat-eye Sunnies via the Getty Museum giftshop


 








Here I am with a few of the beautiful participants. Strange how we exited the fitting room with similar looks.

This was my first experience shopping with a personal shopper. In the past, I have been the one pulling looks for others. I'm not going to lie...it felt wonderful to be pampered. I'm especially thrilled to see the store reach out to women 40 plus, and treat us with the respect we deserve. Well done Anthro-ranchocucamonga @Victoria Gardens - Well done {wink}

By the way, dear friends, my first write-up for GRAND Magazine is now live. You can view the issue by clicking the link below the picture.
Click HERE. Enjoy!


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