4.23.2014

Scalloped

I am a firm believer that the art of getting dressed should be a fun experience. Today is a prime example of the great joy I have when I pull together a look for a certain event. Like I have mentioned before, the California lifestyle is a huge influence on my wardrobe, and today's outfit is no exception.

I know I'm ahead of the game on this, but, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend (May 25th), my family will be going to an outdoor Smooth Jazz Festival. Along with experiencing the sounds of a fantastic line-up of jazz artists, the guests will also have the opportunity to taste food and wine. I always look forward to attending these types of events, and when I do, I love showcasing the "Chill" vibe with my outfit. Recently I popped into Anthropologie and discovered a deliciously cute peplum top with scalloped details...perfect for the occasion.

Today's look: Clovelly Peplum Top-Anthropologie, Skinnies (old) from Nordstrom Rack, Fedora (old)-H&M, Jerome Oxford by Sam Edelman, Silver rings from Everything Silver, Rhinestone belt (old) from Loft

Check out the back of the top. Isn't it pretty?!





You can't participate in a jazz, food & wine festival without a cool hat.


The jazz concert is just one of the many activities we have scheduled for the summer months. What a way to kick-off my favorite season. So excited! Tell me, what do you and your wardrobe have planned for this summer{wink}

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4.22.2014

The BIG Reveal!!

Back on April 1, 2014, I was real with you and decided to share with you a part of me that really is considered my little annoyance. When I woke this morning I realized that today's post is completely opposite from the uplifting and motivating Decolletage that was just shared earlier this week. In Decolletage we shared the body part that we are most proud of. It isn't my intention to rain on the Positive Parade, and I hope you won't view this post as such, but it just so happened that the reveal fell on today and there was no turning back.

Let's recap. If you recall I shared with you that my little annoyance was the lines that appear around my mouth. So, like any person who is eager to rid themselves of the issue, I went on the hunt for a product that claimed to help the problem with lines and aging. You can watch my original Youtube video HERE. I chose Origins Plantscription Anti-aging serum...


Here is the picture that was taken on April 1, 2014 to show the lines around my mouth that are the target of this demonstration...


After one month of applying the serum twice per day, after washing and before applying moisturizer, here are the results - Drum roll please...


Here is a side-by-side view...

It was hard to recapture the exact same lighting in our romantically lit bathroom, that is why my complexion appears different. Focus on the lines. Can you see a difference? I saw no change in the appearance of the lines. 


What did I learn from the experiment? I learned that having a positive attitude about ones self is worth the weight of gold. I named my blog So What to Twenty for a reason. I am 48 and I love being Glenda regardless of what stage I'm in in life. Once I shared the original post, I received such lovely comments that a week into the project, I already began to view the lines from a different perspective. No longer are they dubbed My Little Annoyance, now they are My Little Friends. They show the world that I have had a journey, thus far, that has given me much to laugh and smile about. And for that, I am thankful {wink}

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4.19.2014

Decolletage

D├ęcolletage: A French word meaning the upper part of a woman's torso, between her waist and neck, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and chest, that is exposed by the neckline of her clothing.

If you have been following So What to Twenty for some time, you would have noticed that I wear a great deal of sandals and off-the-shoulder tops.  When I purchase clothing, I make it a point to select items that will accentuate my favorite body parts. I'm not going to lie, I rather dig my tootsies and my decolletage. Is that a conceited thing to say? I think not. On the contrary, what woman, or man, would go about life hiding what they are most proud of? I can't think of one person.  For some reason, I find the deep grooves of my clavicle rather...sexy. I enjoy emphasizing this area!

Today's look consist of items that I have shared before and do one heck of a job showing-off my favorite parts. Skirt-Custom made by my sister, Steffyne; Top purchased at Nordstrom Rack; Sandals by Nine West; Rhinestone chain belt from Loft; Stacked Cuff purchased while vacationing in Mexico; Polish is Kyoto Pearl by OPI


The goal to achieving a clean look in wearing off-the-shoulder tops is to make sure you have a good strapless bra - if one is necessary (Tweet worthy). Please, I beg you, do not resort to wearing a bra with the clear straps. I loathe these types of bras because the clear straps are not fooling anyone. My strapless foundation of choice is by Lilyette. It comes in many sizes, and is similar to a bandeau which gives clothing a nice smooth appearance.




For a woman of a certain age, the key to wearing off-the-shoulder is simple. In today's look, the top is fitted, therefore, I have paired it with a flowing midi-skirt. If the top were more loose-fitting and with a bohemian feel, I would then pair the top with a more fitted bottom. To remain tasteful, a good rule of thumb is to show skin on a minimum basis (Tweet worthy). Since my shoulders are on display, I would never wear a tight fitting mini-skirt with this look. And, if I have my gams on show, I would then keep my upper body concealed.


Tell me ladies, are you brave enough to share with us what your favorite body part is? I dare you{wink}

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4.17.2014

The Unpublished

I thought it would be fun to post some of the outfits that didn't make the cut. For various reasons, the below outfits just didn't seem blog worthy. For those of you who blog, you may understand what I'm saying. With each of these outfits, I left the house with a Meh feeling...I didn't feel excited or non-excited. Just an in between feeling that caused me to later leave them unpublished.

With that being said, it is extremely important for me to feel good about what I'm wearing. If not, then the result isn't pretty...just Meh. So here we are, the ones that went unpublished - until now. Let me know what you think.

With this look, the weather was gray and cold and I was irritated by the change in temperature and didn't feel like wearing weather-appropriate clothing. I also believe that the boots have run their course and need to be retired. What I did like was the scarf. Scarves are always fun!

On this day, I just wasn't in the mood for taking pictures. I remember we canceled the shoot and I went back to bed. I was fine with the look, but felt moody.

I couldn't stand this outfit because of the sweater/dress/tunic. I really don't know what it is. It's too long to be a regular sweater and too short for a dress. I can't stand it and wish I didn't buy it. I have styled it in many ways and it just doesn't work.


I can't recall why I didn't publish this outfit. Now that I look at it, it seems fine. Perhaps I was just tired of dressing for fall and wanted it to be done with.

I am greatly influenced by weather. On this day, it was already 80 degrees in the morning. I don't know why I wore a look with thick knee-high socks. I simply felt hot and wasn't feeling my look.

There you have it friends - my unpublished / now published looks. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week, here at So What to Twenty{wink}

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4.16.2014

A Girl Can Dream...Getaway to Maui

I had to change the name of my Sugar Daddy blog series because spying eyes in cyber-world think that I'm either a madam or in need of special services...if you know what I mean. Yep, my email has been inundated with inappropriate messages. So very annoying. The title was just a cheeky name that came from a conversation my husband and I jokingly had, and had nothing to do with __________ (fill in the blank). So, to keep my inbox clean, I have made the decision to change the name of the fantasy wardrobe series to A Girl Can Dream...

If you read my post yesterday called Maui'd, you read that I have been jonesing for another vacation to the tropical paradise. To piggy-back on yesterday's post, today I offer to you a fantasy wardrobe, if money were no object. Enjoy!

A Girl Can Dream...Maui

A Girl Can Dream...Maui by sowhattotwenty featuring flat sandals


Maui is such a gentle and relaxed destination. The items in this capsule wardrobe will blend nicely with the environment and the casual activities that it has to offer. Each piece can take you to a luau, shopping, or relaxing beach side, and much more. Yes, these items are pricey, but a girl can dream...can't she?{wink}

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Maui'd

In July my husband and I will celebrate 22 years of marriage. For our honeymoon, we spent 8 glorious days on the island of Maui, and like most newlywed couples, we were anxious to purchase and sport the famous t-shirts with the words, Just Maui'd scrolled across the front. Lately, I've been thinking about our time in paradise. Our resort sat directly on the ocean front, and each night we slept with our patio doors open. At night, our room was magically lit by the glow from the moon. We were lulled to sleep by the sounds of the waves lapping against the shoreline.  It was beautiful.

Today's post is dedicated to the precious time we spent on Maui, and is a prime example of how location and mood can greatly influence ones clothing choices. Today I feel relaxed and nostalgic for the island...its beauty, its gentle pace...its memories of a time well spent over 20 years ago.
  
Today's Look: Top-by Koi purchased in a vintage store in Virginia City, Nevada; Shorts-Cut off Old Navy jeans; Sandals-Calvin Klein via Nordstrom Rack; Straw purse was thrifted for $.50 in Palm Desert, California; Polish is Kyoto Pearl by OPI






Recently, my husband and I have had talks about returning again. I close my eyes and imagine lounging poolside or spending the afternoon exploring the sea by snorkeling. And of course, it wouldn't be a vacation without a little shopping. Right?{wink}

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4.13.2014

Delicate

No, it is not your imagination, nor am I losing my mind. You will notice that, yet again, I am wearing the amazing sandals that I recently purchased by Michael Kors. I guess one could equate this type of behavior to that of a child who has just received a new toy, and continues to play with the toy until the newness wears out. Like a child, I'll continue to play with my new toy until the fascination decreases. However, that may be a long time from now, considering I am quite infatuated with them.

When I first introduced the sandals to you, I wore them with a classic ensemble in a post called On Broadway. Second, I paired them with a more edgy look in Dangerous. Now, I bring another look that shows how amazing the range of style these beauties truly have. Today, I'm wearing them with delicate pieces, a soft and flowing dress and a lovely wide-brimmed hat. How very important it is to invest in quality items that will truly enhance several items in your wardrobe. (tweet this)

Today's Look: Dress-Simply Vera Wang for Kohls, Sandals-Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, Hat-Eric Javitz via Nordstrom (old, but similar HERE)




 



I adore this outfit. What makes it interesting is the mix of styles. The soft, painterly dress and the hat offer a bit of nostalgia, while the shoes bring into play a more modern and edgy feel. I felt feminine, modern, romantic and playful all rolled into one. I enjoy playing with fashion, while remembering to stick to my personal style{wink}


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