5.04.2016

Urban Cowgirl

The city in which I reside is a unique mix of urban life combined with rolling hills of farm land. Behind the city's pristine outdoor shopping gallery is a large hill where cattle roam free. On any given day, you may share the road with a business man or woman in the latest model BMW, along with a cowgirl/boy taking their horse for a ride. And, it's not unusual to see chickens scattered about someones backyard. One would think I lived miles away from the big city, when in fact, I'm fortunate enough to be nestled smack dab in the middle of everything...a quick jaunt to the mountains - 45 minutes into downtown Los Angeles - Palm Springs just down the highway - the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles away. In my opinion, there couldn't be a better place for a girl like myself - one who loves the trappings of the big city, but craves the slower pace of the countryside. I guess a good name for a woman like myself would be an Urban Cowgirl.

Yes, I adore getting all dolled-up for a night out on the town - taking in a play, dinner, or perhaps an art walk. Then there are the times when I enjoy an evening walk around the neighborhood (making sure I don't step in anything the horses left behind), or visiting a farmer to purchase fresh eggs. Perhaps my love for both worlds developed because my mother was raised on a farm. When we would visit, my grandmother would share her treasure trove a beautiful jewelry with her granddaughters. I enjoy both worlds, and today's outfit proves my case - a careful mix of sweet country flavor (displayed by the soft denim shirt and drapey fringe skirt) in combination with a touch of urban elegance (the touches of gold in the jewelry and belt). I hope you enjoy today's look which comes courtesy of Chico's.

 Skirt, Top and Bracelet:
courtesy of Chico's

Outfit Details: Tie-Dye Fringe Maxi Skirt: Chico's; Light-Wash Denim Shirt: Chico's; Magnetic Stella Coin Bracelet: Chico's; Espesso Brown Suede Boots: J.Crew (I've had them for over a decade. Almost identical Brown Suede Boots by Jimmy Choo. Many options on Shopstyle); Dark Brown Belt: Ralph Lauren (Similar Belt at Nordstrom), Sunglasses: Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx; Nail Polish is Petal Plush by Maybelline






The elegance of the gold bracelet and ring in stark contrast to the rustic countryside

I think I spotted a critter.


   
Can you see my friend?
Tell me friends, which do you prefer - City, Country, or Both? Thank you to Chico's for outfitting me in clothing that resonated with my spirit - an urban cowgirl {wink}

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Announcing a NEW FABULOUS Winner!!


 Daenel T.!!!!

 Congratulations Daenel! Now it's time to tell the world you're FABULOUS!
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So you're probably asking what happened to the first person I announced as winner. I made several attempts to contact them with no avail. So, Daenel T. is our fabulous winner!
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5.01.2016

Una Mujer Nueva

Una Mujer Nueva: A New Woman
On January 1st I announced on the blog my theme for the new year - I'm Ready. This statement was my way of proclaiming my new way of thinking. No longer would I hide from opportunities, rather, I would accept them with courage, and a almost tangible verve. Sure, this new attitude has been somewhat scary, but in the end, after taking on the challenges, I have felt extremely proud of my accomplishments. Even if the outcome isn't what I expect, I'm still standing much taller because ultimately, I didn't turn away, but chose to meet what is new.

As you know, I was invited to participate in a panel to share my wisdom on branding at the conference for midlife bloggers called BAM in Las Vegas. The entire time leading up to the conference I thought, "What have I gotten myself into?" My agonizing fear of public speaking was beginning to haunt me. I was unable to sleep, eat or concentrate on anything specific. As time drew near, and it was time to take the stage, I could hear my heart pounding in my ears. I looked out into a sea of waiting, watchful eyes, but feeling some comfort from my family who came as my security blanket. When I heard my name announced, I took a deep breath and proceeded to dive into my presentation. Before long, the scary feeling subsided and the warmth from the conference attendees permeated my spirit. When it was over, I walked back to my seat una mujer nueva.

To celebrate, that evening, my family took me shopping in the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian. I wandered the shoppes on a mission, and with surreal feelings of achievement. I contemplated my theme for the year 2016 - I'm Ready, and thought how the statement alone was one which meant a new way of living, thinking...being. In honor of my new way of being, for today's style story I'm wearing one of the outfits I picked up on my celebratory shopping spree - a Latin inspired outfit which tells the story of my great love for the Southwestern culture and lifestyle. I hope you enjoy the look and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


Outfit Details - Striped Drop-Waist Shirtdress: Banana Republic; Straw White Wide-Brimmed Fedora (many options of eBay); Riding Boots by Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx (Many Riding Boot options at Nordstrom. Love the Sam Edelman "Penny" Boot); Medallion Chunky Bracelet purchased at a vintage shop near my home. Nail Polish: Petal Plush by Maybelline.


 






    
 
By participating in the BAM conference, I was able to make many new connections with conference attendees and brands. Because I said Yes to the new challenge, I now contribute to the online website for midlife writers - Vibrant Nation, Chico's invited me to model many of their new looks, and I was approached by another fascinating blogger who approached me about participating in her upcoming book. But most of all, I looked the fear straight in the face, acknowledged it, and moved forward. I am una mujer nueva {wink}
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Before you go: Over at Bloom, I'm sharing a story on how I accepted an invitation to try something new. I'm sure you'll enjoy the subject. Stop by Bloom and relax into a story for your soul.

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4.26.2016

Fashion Iconology

Some suggest fashion choices should be governed by a particular set of rules - many of which can be deemed as antiquated. By giving this type of fashion advice, it's as if fashion, or one's taste and lifestyle remain the same, or should I say undisturbed. On the contrary, in my world, fashion has the ability to ebb and flow within every aspect of my life. Fashion Iconology is my method of interpretation, and I embrace it with my whole heart. It's not about the actual garments, rather, the story I wish to tell. When you're able to view fashion on this level, you're able to see far and wide into greater possibilities. After all, a great storyteller doesn't rely on typical characters, but seeks to find a unique voice. If you don't believe this to be true, then you're probably still of the mindset of 'matching your shoes and handbag' and other stale fashion regulations. 

Here's the big question, "How does one tell a convincing and interesting fashion story if you don't know the character?" Yes, that is the million dollar question. The BIG Reveal ---> You must know yourself (the character) before you're able to embrace fashion on this more introspective and creative level. While some view garments as simply a way to cover their nakedness, I view fashion as an extension of my life...somewhat as the cast of characters in this true story called, Glenda. I know Glenda very well, and because of this, I'm able to dive into many different looks while not loosing sight of who I am. Sometimes Glenda is nostalgic for the era in which she was born (the 60s); then there are times when Glenda feels classic and traditional; there are times when Glenda feels connected with her bohemian and Southwestern roots; and then there are times when Glenda feels completely irreverent and the need to buck the system comes into play. I wrote more about the subject in a post called Knowing Your Fashion Personality 101.   

For today, I'm very much in touch with my Southwestern and relaxed, bohemian roots. Being a native Californian with a passion for the arts, this type of look is a mainstay in my style story.

A woman's face is concealed behind her wide-brimmed hat. Without knowing her identity, what do her clothes say about her? She is comfortable and relaxed with who she is; slightly irreverent by her distressed boyfriend jeans; she's coquettish by the way she reveals her bare shoulders; her fashion choices are dictated by the life she leads - one of adventure, artistic development and freedom.                                 To be continued....


The featured item in this style story comes courtesy of Chico's 

More Outfit Details:  Wide off the shoulder Top: H&M Conscious (Sold out in stores but still available on eBay); Braided Belt by Ralph Lauren (Many Braided Belts on eBay); Wide-Brim Fedora: Forever 21 (a few years ago. Huge selection of Fedora's on Shopstyle); Boots by Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx; Lariat Bird Necklace purchased from a boutique near my home (similar lariat bird necklaces on eBay)









 The story continues...
Finally she reveals her face. She offers a reassuring smile. Like the necklace she wears around her neck - she is as free as a bird. She lives a life undefined, and certainly not dictated by the fashion rules of others. Her life is one which captures the imagination of those seeking to discover their own style story. This is Glenda's Fashion Iconology {wink}
Before you go...
I'm the featured blogger over at Vibrant Nation. Click the link to read the interview, and,
Pop over to BLOOM and find out how Branching Out from the norm is good for your soul.
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4.21.2016

Hello Fabulous (Giveaway)!

Hello Fabulous!

During the B@M (Bloggers at Midlife) Conference (you can read my style story/recap at A Marigold Time), Chico's was present to remind us of our unmatched fabulousness by offering us an incredible assortment of reaffirming merchandise. After receiving the goodies, each of us were encouraged to strike-a-pose in front of their step & repeat. It was all great fun, and a reminder how Chico's does an incredible job with keeping the seasoned woman stylishly dressed.  

For today, I'm giving each of you - my fabulous friends, an opportunity to win the same items we were so graciously gifted at BAM - a Hello I'm Fabulous tee, a great leopard tote bag, and a pair of sunnies. All courtesy of Chico's. With these items, you'll be a head-turner...with your fabulous self. So, my dear friends, I hope you enjoy the pictures, which take place at my local mall, and then after you enter the giveaway, I'll meet you in the comment section.
 


Outfit Details - Hello I'm Fabulous Tee: Chico's; Skirt: Banana Republic (from a few years ago. Similar Goddess Mini at Banana Republic); Leo Roll Tote: Chico's (courtesy); Nikka Sunglasses: Chico's (courtesy); Ankle Strap Sandals: Ann Taylor Loft; Silver Chain Belt: Many Silver Chain Belt options on Amazon. Nail Polish is Stolen Kisses by Nicole by OPI.


 



 


 



Here I am with fellow midlife blogger, Kery Jackson



Here's your chance to win!
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4.17.2016

A Marigold Time

Today I'm coming down from the hills of a very exciting weekend at the Bloggers at Midlife (B@M) Conference in Las Vegas. Not only did I face my fear of public speaking, I also walked away with a wealth of information, made strong connections with other bloggers and brands, and managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping (but of course).

My experience at B@M touched my heart in such a powerful way, I decided to coin a new term called A Marigold Time. Why? you ask. Well, since the jovial color Marigold is a perfect combination of Orange (creativity, confidence, intuition, friendliness and the entrepreneurial spirit), and Yellow (enthusiasm, cheerfulness, sense of humor, fun, optimism and intellect), I had to align their meanings with my divine experience in Las Vegas. B@M was indeed a perfect mix of yellow and orange.

To celebrate the joyous time spent at B@M, today I wear a dress which is bound to bring good cheer - It is the perfect dress to set the tone for this style story...optimistic and fun. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you below in the comment section. 


Outfit Details: Dress by Tulle via ThredUp; Sandals by Nina via ThredUp (many great silver wedge sandals at Nordstrom); Denim Jacket: Ann Taylor Loft (a few seasons back. Loft's new Denim Jacket in Mid Vintage Wash); Scarf purchased from a vintage flea market: Medium Basic Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft


Marigold's lined the walkway which led to the B@M Conference

My name tag for the conference. Courage represented how I felt.

I took this photo just before I was introduced. See my microphone?

Incredible sponsors listed on the step & repeat

A view at the lovely grounds of the JW Marriott Resort from my room




 




It was refreshing to spend time in the company of others who are driven, ambitious, whom do not let age stop them from pursuing their dreams, and who have the desire to touch others through their stories; be it blogs or books. I left the event feeling overwhelmed with the amount of enthusiasm and support that was shared. Even in the midst of getting down to business, there were many moments of laughter...and of course, heartfelt stories. It was truly A Marigold Time.
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