2.26.2017

True Style is Here!

I am beyond happy to announce...

True Style is HERE!


Glenda K. Harrison, freelance style contributor and creator of the blog, So What to Twenty, has long been enthusiastic about the subject of Style. Spending her days inspiring women to identify and embrace their unique gifts, and fashion prowess, she noticed the meaning of style is often cast into a one dimensional story – usually referring to fashion, and relegated into what someone is wearing, when in fact, style is much more complex than sartorial pursuits, and extends beyond what the eye can see. 
After spending many years deciphering people who embody the characteristics of Style, with clarity, Harrison takes us on a journey that cleverly unravels the intangible traits, as well as their wardrobe mastery, and then beautifully weaves together the person who encompasses this multi-faceted word. With the illustrations of Allison Taylor, True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface brings this person to life, and puts substance and artistry into the true meaning of Style. 
You'll never view Style the same way again!


    

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TRUE STYLE: A Look Beyond the Surface
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(Available on Kindle in two weeks)

Stay True,
Glenda
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2.23.2017

What's Interesting: Trust Your Journey


Lately I've been having to pinch myself to see if the events that are occurring in my life are truly real. There's been a lot of pinching going on, and needless to say, I've developed quite a bruise...but a good bruise (if that makes sense).

For those of you who have been reading So What to Twenty since the beginning, you were with me when I shared my journey of self-discovery. That journey then segued into my inspirational memoir titled, A Place Called Peace. A Place Called Peace chronicled the difficult road I had to traverse in order to find the real Glenda. I was plagued with very low thoughts of myself which stemmed from an ongoing comparison to my older sibling. After decades of driving what felt like an uncontrollable vehicle, I was shown a dream that told me it was time to release everything that was causing me to lose control.

The process wasn't an easy one. As a matter of fact, it was one of the most difficult decisions I had ever made. If I didn't make the decision to change, life would remain chaotic and without direction and meaning. There had to be something better. That is when I finally made the brave move to go on my journey - a place where I had to face the ugliest, scariest, most intimidating parts of my soul; and a place where I had to release anything and everyone who was no longer a part of my next chapter. The cool thing about the entire process, I already knew, that in the end, after being in the thick of things, I would come out in total peace with myself. 

Four years after taking that bold step, I'm amazed at the continual growth and progress that has enveloped my life. The events that have happened have all been organic connections without me trying to make something happen, or trying to seek validation from others. Huh, that sentence just struck a cord within me. The former Glenda always felt the need to be validated. Now I embrace my uniqueness and I have complete peace in my journey. It feels awesome to finally be on a road where the opinions of others no longer shape me.

On April 30th, I've been invited to share on the this very topic of triumph in a topic called, Trust Your Journey, at the Temecula Valley Women's Expo (April 29th and 30th). To say I'm thrilled is an understatement. I'm pinching myself! A decade ago I had no idea of this woman named Glenda, now, I've embraced her and I'm excited to share my story with others.

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If you live in or around California and would like to attend this weekend long event, visit the link for more information on the Temecula Valley Women's Expo (The Ultimate Ladies Weekend). If you're an Influencer/Blogger and would like to attend the event, there's great news for you!

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Here's your opportunity to indulge in the ULTIMATE LADIES WEEKEND!
Join Us for a weekend of wine tasting, Sephora Makeovers, plenty of shopping, and shared expertise from leaders in the business community -
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April 29-30, 2017 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California
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Glenda
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2.20.2017

Score + Contest Announcement

From time to time I'll pop into the Buffalo Exchange located in one of my college towns to sell some things I think their customers would appreciate.  If you're not familiar with B.E., they're located throughout the United States and they sell new and recycled fashions...including vintage. It's a great way to clear out your closet, but be forewarned, they do not take just anything. They have a very specific criteria, so this isn't the place to do a closet dump. On this particular sell, they were interested in lightweight jackets, 70s inspired jeans, tees, and some other garment choices. 

Needless to say, on this particular day, I SCORED big time! While the Buffalo Exchange associates were going through my merchandise to see what they would take, I found the to-die-for jacket I'm wearing in this post - a vintage 1960s Tuxster All Purpose. Tuxster was popular in the 60s for their pintucked, lightweight coats (I did my research). It just goes to show - when you keep your eyes open, you can find the coolest garments in the most unexpected places. While I waited in line to make my trade, I overheard two young ladies standing behind me commenting on the coat, "Oh wow, that's a cool coat." I have to agree😀 I hope you enjoy the pics, and please stay to the end for the contest announcement and the Sartorial Savvy. 


Outfit Details - Coat:: Vintage 60s Tuxster All Purpose (check out Etsy); Modern Frayed Cuff Straight Leg Jeans: Loft; Turtleneck Sweater: Loft (sold out but check out the Rachel Turtleneck at Chico's); Tortoiseshell Print Round Sunglasses: Loft; Necklace is vintage; Riviera Hinge Ring: Banana Republic (Now on sale); Gianni Binni Ankle Boots via eBay.


  


 

Now here's your chance to Score a copy of
True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface...


All entries will qualify for entry for a chance to win (1) free copy of True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface. The winner will be announced during the online True Style book launch party on March 11, 2017 @ 10:00 (PST). The book launch party will take place during a live stream in the So What to Twenty Facebook Group. You can click So What to Twenty Facebook to join. This is a female only group.

     

Sartorial Savvy:
  1. Large Cuff Jeans with straight-legs are all the rage. They are best worn to your natural hem or an inch or two above the ankle.
  2. Recycling clothing is the best way to save on landfill space. Read 6 Reasons to Recycling Your Clothes.
  3. Outerwear can be the focal point to an ensemble, rather than an after-thought.
  4. Like I mentioned in my post called Treasures, creative outfits come from keeping an open mind, and pairing vintage with modern. You're able to create looks that are unique and represent your unique personality. So keep your eyes and mind open. You never know what your might SCORE!
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Glenda
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2.19.2017

She's Fierce - She's Sheree!


Hi Friends!

Today's blog post is an exciting diversion from my usual start-of-the-week Style Story. I'm thrilled to share the launch of the Fierce 50 movement! The Fierce 50 came about when its creator, Cathleen McCormick, had a desire to bridge the cap between preconceived thoughts about being in this age group, and the truth. The truth being, this is one of the most exciting times of our lives. With her vision to bring together 50 blogger and influencers, around the age of 50 to post on the 50th day of the year (which is today, February 19th)
"When we were growing up, our experience of this age group was vastly different than our current experience. It’s time for us to come together and unite as one to show our support and love for one another. We’re firmly committed to ending competition amongst women and celebrating support, promotion and collaboration with one another. Let’s show the world who we are and that 50 is now a starting point, a launching pad and a time of celebration and freedom for women at midlife and beyond," says Catherine.
To learn more about this incredible campaign, and to see the list of participating bloggers/influencers, please visit my Fierce 50 page.

To support the spirit of camaraderie, each of us were partnered with another blogger/influencer.  Today I'm introducing my Fierce partner. Her name is Sheree (pronounced Sherry) Frede of SheShe Show, but she is affectionately called SheShe. During our joyful conversations, SheShe and I discovered we have very similar thoughts on the idea of fashion and style; as you can plainly see from the picture above. I also discovered that she has an incredible, diverse work history, which ranges from owning a clothing boutique to flying commercial airplanes! I'm sure you'll enjoy getting to know SheShe, her vivacious spirit is contagious and her energy will penetrate your computer screen. By the way, if you want to see my interview done by SheShe, please visit her blog the SheShe Show. Enjoy!


Introduce Yourself to the So What to Twenty Community
Hello, my name is Sheree Harris Frede (pronounce Sherri) Some of my friends call me SheShe, an endearing name given to me by my step grandchildren. They could not say Sheree and it came out SheShe. Their parents encouraged the name because they thought it fit me perfectly. Since I have used the name in several businesses over the years. SheShe Designs, SheShe Boutique & Gallery and now SheShe Show. I am currently a full time Fashion/Travel/Lifestyle digital influencer better known as a blogger.


What's Most Important to You?
First and foremost the Lord Jesus Christ is most important to me. Raised as a Baptist in Tennessee laid a spiritual foundation for my life. Through my life God would be waiving at me and saying HELLO SHEREE and many times it would happen when I am having personal struggles. Through these times is where I have grown to understand God and his purpose in my life. The more I yearn to know him, the more he exposes his nature and allows me to grow closer. When I get too busy and become self absorbed in my life without my daily talks with Jesus is when I experience all of the negative feelings. It's really funny how when my life is going great, I don't include Jesus as much in my daily routine, but boy oh boy, when times are tough, I am at the foot of the throng asking for help. He is always there for me. Why do we forget the best friend in the world when life is great???


How did you get started in blogging?
Three years ago, I had sold my boutique in Colorado that I had owned for 8 years and I had just finished remodeling a second home, so I was bored. Timing was everything. I had been feeling very inadequate when it came to social media so one day I asked my 19 year old grandson, Carson, to explain to me what a hash tag was. Can any of you relate? Cracks me up now!! After answering several of my social media questions, Carson looked at me and said "SheShe, you should start a YouTube show." I said, "What does that look like?" He pulled up a few Vloggers for me to view their content and I was like OMG this is so hokey......I can do this and I can do this better. Having done some commercials in my 20's and 30's, I felt that I had enough experience in front of the camera to take a shot at it. So, we named my channel SheShe Show and the next day we went out and filmed the intro and first segment. 

A few months later I was filming the design studios at the Kendra Scott headquarters and my young friend there started talking to me about Instagram and doing a blog. I said "What's a blog?" I picked up the phone and called Carson and said that I needed to create a website and start Instagram. That was in May and June of 2014. I didn't know what the heck I was doing!! It is really crazy to think how far I have come in 2 1/2 years.


Where do you draw your inspiration from?  
Of course, being over 60 years old, I have a whole lot of life experiences to draw from. I have never let grass grow under my feet. That being said I want to do it all!!!! There is just no finish line in life unless you choose that route. Not me sisters!!!! What next?????? Keep on blogging.....I will never run out of subject matter! 


How do you describe style? 
First of all, I could give you a thought out definition of style, but in the end of it all, style should reflect our personalities. Like a chameleon, I love color and I change colors a lot!. My personality has been described as fun, feisty, festive and passionate, but put in particular circumstances, I can fly under the radar, watching and learning in a quiet mode which translates into a softer side of my style. So, if you can put a name to my style, it would have the be SheShe Style. My very own brand. Ask yourself, "what is my style?" Then, what is your brand? Style is different for everyone because we all have different personalities.


How do you describe your fashion sense?
Well, you just got a dose of my fashion sense in the previous question and again fashion is an extension of my personality. If I were to bottle it up, then it would be colorful, creative, bohemian, romantic, sporty, sassy, quirky, elegant, sophisticated and classic. In 2 words "Classically SheShe."  Expect the unexpected.....


Your thoughts on the Fierce 50 Campaign.
This idea has been brewing in the minds of women across the world for a while now. Like everything in life, timing must be right in order to accomplish an idea or agenda. Today, right now, the world is ready to recognize women over 50 as "the cool set". Our thoughts, philosophies, accomplishments, experiences and yes our style has been tried and trued for decades. Who is the better expert in life than women over 50? We are living longer, looking better and certainly savvier than my grandmother's generation. It is so different today and the world is ready for us!! I am so grateful to the founders of this campaign that they were inspired to step out and set this well oiled cog into motion. It is like a steam locomotive and this train has left the station, so you better hold on to your hats!!! You will never look at women over 50 the same way again!!! 


Before you go, please visit Thrive Global for a very informative conversation with Hannah Storm (click Hannah Storm).


Stay True,

Glenda


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2.15.2017

What's Interesting: Allison Taylor (Fashion Illustrator)

A bounty of blessings continue to flourish from my time spent last April at the BAM Conference in Las Vegas. I met many interesting women, including the lovely Cathy Lawdanski. Cathy and I connected via Facebook and Instagram. Upon my return home from Vegas, I was ready to begin writing my next book, which became True Style. However, to help convey True Style's message, I needed to enlist the help of an illustrator. While pondering my next move, Cathy posted a message on Facebook where she shared the illustration talents of her daughter, Allison. What? I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I heard the angels from heaven. I immediately sent a message to Cathy, inquiring about her daughter and where I could view more of her work. After spending some time scrolling through her images on Instagram, I knew I had found my illustrator.

Friends, I am thrilled to introduce you to Allison Taylor, the creative illustrator whose amazing skill is featured in True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface. And by the way, the image on my blog header was also created by Allison. Enjoy the interview!

Allison Lawdanski Taylor - Fashion Illustrator


Introduce Yourself
Hi, there! My name is Allison Taylor and I am a fashion illustrator. I am also a wife to my high school sweetheart, a soon-to-be mama to our sweet baby boy (whom I can't wait to meet any day now) and our sweet and energetic pup. I am 28 years young with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Design from Texas State University. Eat'em up Cats!

**I'm so happy to announce - On February 12th, Allison and her husband, Michael, welcomed Jeffrey Elton Taylor at 8 lbs - 1 oz**   


How did you begin your career in Illustrating?

In a nutshell, it all started on a rainy Saturday in Half Price Books. I picked up a used How-To Draw Fashion Illustration book for less than $6, purchased it, took it home, and filled out an entire sketchbook for the rest of the weekend whilst neglecting both sleep and eating. For someone who covets both, I knew something amazing was happening.

The long version goes like this. I have been drawing since I could manage to work a pencil (just ask my parents). All through my K-12 education, I always opted to select art-related classes for both my regular and extra curriculum schedules. This passion to learn and improve my skills and creativity led me to study Communication Design at Texas State University. After earning my Bachelor's Degree in 2011, I rode the roller coaster that many of my fellow design graduates could relate to; hopping between unpaid design internships and rejection from design firms requiring at least 5 years of professional design experience for hire. This dose of reality then lead to a handful of "pay-the-rent" jobs; some design-related and some not so much. Fast forward 3ish years later, I found myself immersed in Instagram and following many different fashion illustrators. I knew I had always been inspired by this type of art but I did not realize that it could be a possible career. Then one rainy Saturday, I found myself in the art section of a Half Price Books store. A few months later, I left my full-time job as a marketing coordinator at an Architecture and Engineering firm to chase this crazy dream of mine!



Is True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface your first book project?

It sure is and what an honor! I had only been pursuing fashion illustration for about 4 months when Glenda contacted me for a possible collaboration. To say that I was excited is a huge understatement.



How was the experience working on a book?

Incredible. It truly was a collaboration. Glenda and I worked together chapter by chapter. She allowed me so much creative freedom which is any commissioning artist's dream. As we moved from chapter to chapter, our creative chemistry blossomed and was unstoppable! We found that we kept concluding to the same ideas for each illustration which made our meetings so fun and exciting. 



Most books about Style stay within the subject of sartorial choices. Was it challenging to illustrate a book about style that views style outside the norm? 

It was but for good reason. You'll find that this book guides its readers to do the hard work in self-evaluation, self-love and embracement, and self-expression. With this comes endless possibilities of style. It was important to us to represent a wide variety of women and styles in the book's illustrations.



What inspires you?

If it isn't already obvious, FASHION. It's always evolving yet always recycling itself, just like history, right?


 Where do you see yourself in your career in 5 years?

Since I am about to be a first-time mommy, I really have no idea! Graduating college 6 years ago, I would've have never anticipated my life as it is right now so I don't really know how I see myself in the future. I just want to enjoy the ride and take life as it comes. It's worked so far, right?



Anything else you would like the So What to Twenty community to know about you and your gift?

My ideal setting is simple: drawing while cuddling on the couch with my pup, hubby by my side, glass of red in hand, and with The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, New York City, or Atlanta on the TV. Any day now, just add baby to the equation!



How can my readers get in touch with you?

Hit me up on Instagram at @ataylor_illustrations!


Stay True,
Glenda
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