7.13.2017

I Need Your Voice


Hi Friends!

As you all know, I have been enjoying some much needed time away from my desk. Like I mentioned in my last post called, Creative Sabbatical, where I shared my family day at the Getty Villa; I had been feeling a bit like a hamster on a wheel. In order for me to get my creative juices flowing, I needed to step away from the cycle so I could clear my mind. If you follow @glendakharrison on Instagram, you have been privy to the neat things I have done thus far.

While I prepare for my return (which is just a few weeks away), I'm reaching out to you for your thoughts. If you have never commented on a post, or haven't in a while, I hope you will use this time to share your voice. Please feel free to share in the comment section, or you may send a private email to glendak.style@yahoo.com

Here's where I need your voice. Please be open and honest when responding to the below questions. If you select to respond via email, please copy and paste the below questions into the body of your email:
  1. How long have you been reading So What to Twenty?
  2. How did you learn about So What to Twenty?
  3. Are you an email subscriber to So What to Twenty? If Yes, why did you subscribe?
  4. Share what attracts you to the So What to Twenty or the Glenda K. Harrison community?
  5. Anything else you would like to share?...
Thank you so very much for your feedback. I look forward to reading your responses. In the meantime...

Stay True,
Glenda
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6.06.2017

Creative Sabbatical (An Extended Break)

My family:  The Youngest aka The Athlete (far left), The Oldest aka The Artist, The Hubs aka The Photog (far right)
Hi Friends!

Today's blog post is a big change from what I usually publish. This may be the first...or second time I've created a blog with my entire family. I thought I'd take this time to introduce you to my biggest cheerleaders - my sons and my husband. Why am I sharing during this particular time? Well, for one, this is my blogs 5 year anniversary, and I want you to meet the men in my life.  They are the wind beneath my wings.

When I first began my blog, the Youngest was my photographer, which would have put him at the tender age of 10 (he's now 15). However, like most at that tender age, he grew bored of photographing his Mom, and therefore handed the camera over to his Dad. The Hubs is very serious about his photography. What first began as a way to appease his wife has grown into a part-time hobby. The Oldest is the fellow artist in the family. We sit and chat for hours on the phone discussing life as a creative (he's home from school for the summer). He's also the one who first suggested I write a book; hence the birth of my first book, A Place Called Peace. In addition, they're all my security blankets when I have public speaking engagements. You have no idea how comforting it is for me to look out into the audience to see their faces. They have been very supportive, and I'm extremely grateful.

On another note, and my second reason for sharing this unique post - After five years of growing and developing my blog and brand, lately I've been feeling a bit like a hamster on that proverbial wheel. The world of writing, blogging, social media, etc., isn't easy, especially when it is done as a  profession, and not a hobby; as mine is. With any entrepreneurial endeavor, my world is met with disappointments and triumphs; times of overflowing creativity, and times of stagnation; times of feeling on top of the world, and times of feeling unsubstantial. 

In order for me to feel as if I'm not riding on that wheel, I am heeding the advice from my family and taking a creative sabbatical. Am I bored with writing about fashion and style? Heck No! Am I going to miss the interaction with all of you? Absolutely! However, in spite of my responses, I am currently in a space of frustration. I have always shared my vulnerabilities with you, as I am not one to pretend that life is all roses and butterflies. It is not perfect, but it is a life I have created for myself, and one that hope will continue to flourish.

With that being said, I hope you all will remain with me in the So What to Twenty community. At this point, I am giving myself a month (it may be more) to bathe myself in a waterfall of creativity. I have already begun my time. It began last Saturday when my family whisked me away for an afternoon at my favorite museum - the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. The images below are from our day. I hope you enjoy them πŸ’›

For my relaxed family day at the Getty Villa, I chose a super comfortable dress by the creators of zen-inspired lounge wear - Lou & Grey. Like many, I was first introduced to their cozy pieces via shopping excursions to Loft. However now, independent Lou & Grey locations have been lightly peppered in certain locations in the United States. I'm fortunate enough to have a couple of the brick and mortars in my region. I enjoy their clothing, and visiting the store is very therapeutic. I liken my jaunts to Lou & Grey as feeling like I've been treated to a massage. I recently picked up two dresses when I had my last massage visit - the Folktale Ruffle Dress (click link), and the one I'm wearing in this post.

Outfit Details:  
Sunnies: Loft
Bernardo Lace Up Sandals via eBay (New Bernardo Mosie Tassel at Bloomingdales)
Stone Pendant Necklace: Loft (similar option Crystal Stone Stacked Pendant)
Cuff was purchased from the Getty gift shop during my visit.


Momma Bear and her Man-Cubs

A view of the Getty Villa amphitheater and cafe

A Mediterranean plate for lunch

A burger for the Oldest


Under the grape trellis. Reminded of the grapes that grew in my childhood backyard.

Relaxing near the mosaic Medusa Fountain

Never a dull moment with these two.

 
I'm not looking at myself in a mirror. I was filming my sons.

Another view of the Getty Villa museum

Pucker up

Making sure the selfie-stick is working.

The Youngest and the Hubs are alike (Can you tell?). The Oldest and I have the same chill vibe.

In the meantime, I will still post on occasion on Instagram just because I really enjoy Instagram as a way to catalog things that inspire me. If you're not already following me on Instagram, click glendakharrison. I may not be a vocal as I have been, but please know, if you choose to communicate with me - I see you.

Stay True,
Glenda
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6.04.2017

Special Edition: Prints Charming

Today's post is a special treat that I'm sure you'll enjoy! It's an intersection between a Style Story and What's Interesting. In essence, what you're about to experience is a mix of style, and a behind the scenes look into how the creative process works in bringing fashion textiles to life.

First, and like I've always mentioned, I pride myself in my great love for the fashion industry in its entirety. Most of my life has been spent studying, analyzing, promoting, and serving the industry on some level. I insist on saying fashion industry, rather than just fashion, because my admiration extends far beyond the end result - our clothing. There is a far greater depth that takes place behind the scenes. And in that depth, is where the true magic happens. 

The fashion industry is a combination of both creative and business. It would be reckless thinking to assume fashion is easy, and doesn't require a level of knowledge to discuss it intelligently. It is one of the strongest economic forces in the world; and is filled with creativity, a high level of marketing and merchandising know-how, and a strong sense of forecasting and predicting the needs and wants of others.

Follow along with me as I take you behind the scenes, and up close and personal with the Textile Design Team of Chico's, as they explain how the artistry in their prints come to life. It is my hopes, after this interview, you'll have an even greater appreciation for the industry we simply can't live without. Enjoy! 

Glenda: I understand the prints on your textiles are created by artists. What comes first, the artist's drawing, or the concept for the collection? 
​Chico's: The concept for the collection comes first.  Our trend department will start a concept board and name it for example, Bora Bora Bound, and fill it with island pictures, colors and inspirational runway shots.  The textile design team will then use that inspiration to create our one of a kind prints.  
Glenda: Can you explain the process of how the artist's work becomes a textile?​

Chico's: Once the artwork is selected to be in a collection the textile/CAD team will create what we call a package.  This will provide our fabric mill with all or our color and repeat information.  They then use this information to print onto the fabric.​  ​We work with a variety of mills around the world.
 
Glenda: What was the inspiration behind such lovely prints for your spring/summer collection?
Chico's: ​Bora Bora Bound was the name of our collection.  This embodied island life. It portrayed lush tropics, beautiful soft tie-dyes and medallions.  The colors were pulled straight from blues and teals of the ocean, and green and soft neutrals of the foliage surrounding the island of Bora Bora. 
Glenda: When prints are created, how does the design team determine which print will work with a certain type of garment?
Chico's: Most pieces are determined around the artwork.  If we have painted a beautiful scenic print, putting it on a piece with a bunch of pleats or ruffles would take away from the art.  We choose a silhouette that can properly showcase the artwork.   If we have a more fashion forward design with lots of details we will choose a more simplistic print.
 
Glenda: Recently I ran into world famous designer, Jeremy Scott, at a vintage show near downtown Los Angeles. He was sifting through vintage fabrics. Are the artists ever inspired by vintage, or do they like to stay modern?
​Chico's: How cool! Jeremy Scott is a fashion icon. We often look to vintage to get inspired.  Sometimes old is new.​  We have many different prints in our stores and in order to not become repetitive we look to many sources to get inspired and expand the breadth in our assortment.
Glenda: The Chico's brand conveys a message of ease, sophistication, creativity, and world travel. Are the artists instructed to develop images that stay within the message of the brand, or do they have the freedom to create whatever inspires them?
Chico's: ​Artists have full freedom to create from the heart.  We have a close connection with our customer and always create with her in mind.  The reason our brand conveys those messages is because that is who our girl is... she inspires us!​

Outfit Details:
Tropical Cold-Shoulder Maxi Dress. This dress is sold out online, however, there is still inventory in the boutiques.
Lions Head Sandal by Miss Trish of Capri via eBay


Here's an even closer look at the Textile Design team at work. This video is dated 2013. Enjoy!



Thank you Team Chico's for sharing the inner workings of your Textile Design Team. This truly was an enjoyable experience! Friends, now you know, when you wear prints from Chico's, you are wearing a genuine work of art!

Stay True,
Glenda
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5.29.2017

Style Story: About a Bag

This style story is about a bag... 

One day while visiting one of my favorite blogs (Atelier Dore'), I happened upon a handbag that shouted my name from the rooftop. First, let's set one thing straight. I'm not about having the latest "It" bag, nor am I crazy about bags in the same way I adore sandals, jewelry, or organic body butter (that's another story). Rather, when I decide to add a new bag to my wardrobe, my desire is instinctual, and I fixate on it to the point that I have no other alternative but to make a place for it in my life. 

So, like I stated earlier, it was an average day when I spotted the bag. When I saw it, I knew instantly I had to have it, or at least one that is a spitting image. As with any higher cost item, I always like to mull it over in my head or hash it out with my husband. I decided to call him. He didn't answer, but sent a text that read...
"I'm in a meeting. Is it important?"
"It's about a bag," I responded (so yeah...it's important)
"I'll call you when I'm done."
Needless to say, I decided not to bother my husband with my fashion dilemma. Instead, I chose to sleep on my decision before making the purchase. When I rose the next day, while enjoying my morning breakfast, I decided to pop onto another website, and lo and behold, what did I see? An eerily similar bag waiting just for me! 

I hope you enjoy the images. Remember, this style story isn't necessarily about the other items I'm wearing (though they are important in this story); it's about a bag. Enjoy, and I'll meet you below in the comment section. 



The protagonist in this style story is a round straw bag I purchased from Zara. It's an extremely close competitor to the ultra popular Alice by Clare V. I fell in love with the bag because it strays from the norm with it's round shape. Though the bag takes on a bit of irreverence, there is still something very classic about it. If you find this new bag just what you need, feel free to click the links and make it yours.

Outfit Details:
 Sandals by Sam Edelman via eBay. Option - Adinis Flat by Lucky Brand





 
 

Sartorial Savvy:
  • I've never been the type of person who succumbs to using the same handbag for every occasion, day-in and day-out. Rather, I enjoy switching my handbags to complement whatever I'm wearing. Are you letting your bag be an after-thought?
  • Your outfit can be the backdrop for your about a bag story. In other words, a bag can even be the focal point of an ensemble. Imagine that.
  • Straw bags are always popular during the summer season. They offer a lightweight alternative to heavier fabrications like leather or suede.
  • To tie the bag in with the rest of my ensemble, I played with the black accents in the hat and the sandals.


 

In closing, if you're wondering how the title of this post came about, well, it's simple. I kept trying to think of clever titles to coincide with 'circle' or 'round' but I couldn't think of anything. As my husband and I prepared for a location to photograph this post, he asked, "What's the post about?" I replied, "About a bag."

Stay True,
Glenda
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