6.10.2018

The Shade of Gray

"When I think of gray, my mind reflects on the soft and restrained, like the mist from the sea; gentle cascades created by a waterfall; 
or the morning's dawn"
Glenda K. Harrison on the shade of gray



The formidable sun had yet to burn its way through the morning haze. I was thankful. The soft gray sky managed to keep the Southern California temperature at bay. Perfect for a morning stroll around one of my favorite meditative locations called Dos Lagos (two lakes). It is here, with the sound of the waterfall as my symphony, I lose myself in peace.   

On this day, dressed in an easy, gray, faux suede dress and woven hat, I blend effortlessly with my organic surroundings. The mood is serene. It is early, and only a few are milling about; most enjoying what I too came here to enjoy - the shower from the waterfall, and the quiet movement from the two lakes. Enjoy the pictures, and I hope they put you in a reflective mood.


With its earthy subtlety, the shade of gray is often overlooked for summer, and is relegated to colder months. I, on the other hand, find gray rather comforting to wear for the warm months. When I'm in the mood for a non-color, gray hits the spot with its neutrality. And, like its extreme cousins in the reflection of light family (black and white), gray can be accompanied with any shade in the color spectrum. Imagine it, if you would, with pink, yellow, orange, turquoise...the list is endless. Or, like I have chosen, allow gray to be the star of the show.

Ultra Faux Suede Off-the-Shoulder Dress: Courtesy of Dolce Blossom Boutique
Gray Woven Hat: Courtesy of Dolce Blossom Boutique
Call to Order: (909)680-7820 - Pacific Standard Time









If you haven't heard, I'm the resident Style Expert for Dolce Blossom Boutique - the retail space with the community vibe. On July 14, 2018, Dolce Blossom Boutique is hosting a Summer Style Soiree benefiting Dress for Success Riverside. This summer evening of style and jazz is sure to put the sizzle into your summer. What you can expect to see and experience at the boutique space is a combination of textures, styles, and the collaborations of artistic expressions, which are sure to tickle your senses.

The Summer Style Soiree is the collaboration effort between Dolce Blossom Boutique, myself Stylist-Glenda K. Harrison, and Makeup Expert - Gina R. Farrar. Sip, Shop, and receive Style tips while enjoying the soothing jazz sounds from the Sean Harrison Trio (my son😃). A portion of all ticket sells will help support the efforts of Dress for Success Riverside.

Nestled in the beautiful city of Claremont at 216 West Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA. For more information (909)680-7820. Event takes place from 6pm - 9pm on July 14, 2018. Pre-ticket sells = $20 and qualifies you entrance into the giveaway valued at $60. I would love to meet you in person!


Also, if you're in the area, be sure to pop into Dolce Blossom Boutique, they're having 20% off on select necklaces!


Stay True,
Glenda XoX
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6.03.2018

From Coveralls to...

He applauds my ability to take something as utilitarian as a pair of coveralls and make them look "sexy as hell" (his words).


When I first showed-off my coveralls to my husband (my biggest fan) he told me his father use to make them (meaning his brothers) wear them when they worked on the cars...sans the waist defining band. He probably never thought he'd marry a woman who enjoyed wearing them ultra baggy with high-heeled sandals. But then again, he tells everyone he was attracted to my sense of stylish wit. He applauds my ability to take something as utilitarian as a pair of coveralls and make them look "sexy as hell" (his words).

I'm reminded of an Avon commercial that aired decades ago and featured Jackie Joyner-Kersee (multi Olympic Gold Medalist in Track & Field). During the commercial, Joyner-Kersee is shown running full-throttle down a sandy beach, while her voice-over proudly states how fast she can sprint, how far she can jump, etc. At the end of the segment she states ..."and I have red polish on my toes." 

This commercial made such an impact on my life with its powerful statement about the accomplishments, abilities, and female mystique. Joyner-Kersee worked hard to reach her goals as a world-class athlete, and yet, with all her athletic abilities and accolades, she still relished in the sacred practice of womanly self-care.

Stay to the end for the link to the second part of this double-bill style story at STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison

Who would have guessed that when I picked up these vintage coveralls from the 1980s, they would become all the rage in 2018? If you haven't noticed, Coveralls (Utility Jumpsuits) are the latest 'Right Now' item. The ones I'm wearing come from a vintage boutique, however, you'll be able to find a variety of styles and fabrications from a vast list of shopping destinations. I've taken liberty in scoping out a couple for your shopping pleasure:
'Bad Hair Day' cap: Dolce Blossom Boutique (call to order 909.680.7820 PST)
The red polish on my toes is Fishnet Stockings by Essie

Don't be fooled. The closest I've ever gotten to working on a car is when I sit in the yard to keep my husband company while he toils away at maintaining one of our big, oily contraptions. Sometimes he'll ask me to pass him the wrench but that's as close as it gets.


 
 





 


Yes, we work hard - we know this to be true. There's no need to rehash the laundry list of daily activities we partake in as women. Yet and still, with all the busyness and hustle in life, we have to ask ourselves, "What would Jackie Joyner-Kersee do?"


Stay True,
Glenda XoX
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5.30.2018

Southern California Fashion Events

"A new dress doesn't get you anywhere. It's the life you're living in the dress." 
Diana Vreeland



Capturing the Catwalk
Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive

On May 23rd, friends who follow me via Instagram had the opportunity to go with me live to the opening reception of Capturing the Catwalk at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, Capturing the Catwalk, which is a special double-bill exhibit the captures the work of famed fashion photographer, Michel (pronounced Michelle) Arnaud, along with a collection of over 100 garments and accessories from Dior, Chanel, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and more, from the FIDM Museum archives. 

Brief History: Michel Arnaud (runway photographer for Harper's Bazaar, British Vogue and Prominent Designers), studied journalism in France in the early 60s and moved to London in 1964, where he began shooting the fashion collections of the day. In 1970, he began working as a runway photographer for British Vogue. From the late 70s, Arnaud traveled each fashion season to the Paris, Milan, New York, and London shows to cover the fall and spring haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. Highlights of Arnaud's archive include complete collections from iconic fashion houses such as Dior, Chanel, Versace, Armani, and Valentino.

The exhibition is free to the public and runs until Saturday, July 7th, 2018, in the FIDM Museum, which is located in Downtown Los Angeles on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - 919 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, (213)623-5821

There is a jaw-dropping surprise on exhibit at Capturing the Catwalk. I'll give you a hint - Alexander McQueen.

Images from Capturing the Catwalk
Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ©ABImages




Myself and the President of FIDM - Tonian Hohberg
 
Viewing a light box of photographs by Michel Arnaud

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Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011
(Getty Center)


Yohji Yamamoto, Autumn/Winter 1995 (detail), 1995. David Sims (British, born 1966). Chromogenic print, 88.9 x 71.1 cm. Courtesy of David Sims. © David Sims / Trunk Archive

The Icons of Style exhibition surveys the rich and varied history of modern fashion photography, exploring the ways in which photographers whose careers have been closely associated with the industry have shaped evolving notions of style and beauty. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection and supplemented by loans from private and public sources, Icons of Style features more than 160 photographs presented alongside a selection of costumes, illustrations, magazine covers, videos, and advertisements.

The Getty Center is a must see California destination. When you go, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. There's a great deal of walking, especially if you plan on visiting the other exhibits and galleries. Plan to stay the day and enjoy a meal or two while enjoying the breathtaking views. 

FREE (No ticket required. However there is a parking fee of $15.00/$10 after 3pm) For more information contact Visitor Services (310)440-7300

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Soft Surroundings Now Open at 
Victoria Gardens -Rancho Cucamonga


If you're in need of retail therapy...
Also featured on my Instagram Live was my attendance to the VIP opening of Soft Surroundings on May 17th at the Victoria Gardens lifestyle center in Rancho Cucamonga. Also, back on February 12th I shared a post called Soft Surroundings Eases into Southern California, in which I wore a super comfy outfit courtesy of the booming lifestyle destination. If you didn't see the post, I encourage you to do so. The outfit I'm wearing receives loads of compliments, is oh-so soft, and is still available on their website.

Soft Surroundings is committed to helping their customers look and feel their best by providing stylish and comfortable clothing, accessories, beauty and home goods while giving them an effortless shopping experience. The brand is best known for their extremely soft fabrics, global inspiration, customer service and convenience. The Rancho Cucamonga location is the 63rd store for Soft Surroundings and is one of 16 new stores planned for 2018.

Victoria Gardens is located at 12505 North Mainstreet, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91739


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Dolce Blossom Boutique's Summer Style Soiree
benefiting Dress for Success Riverside
Click here to purchase tickets

On July 14, 2018, Dolce Blossom Boutique, the retail space with the community vibe, is hosting a Summer Style Soiree benefiting Dress for Success Riverside. This summer evening a style and jazz is sure to put the sizzle into your summer. What you can expect to see and experience at the boutique space is a combination of textures, styles, and the collaborations of artistic expressions, which are sure to tickle your senses.

The Summer Style Soiree is the collaboration effort between Dolce Blossom Boutique, myself Stylist-Glenda K. Harrison, and Makeup Expert - Gina R. Farrar. Sip, Shop, and receive Style tips while enjoying the soothing jazz sounds from the Sean Harrison Trio (my son😃). A portion of all ticket sells will help support the efforts of Dress for Success Riverside.

Nestled in the beautiful city of Claremont at 216 West Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA. For more information (909)680-7820. Event takes place from 6pm - 9pm on July 14, 2018. Pre-ticket sells = $20 and qualifies you entrance into the giveaway valued at $60.

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As the Diana Vreeland quote states above - "The new dress doesn't get you anywhere, it's the life you're living in the dress." So, get out there and enjoy life at one or all of these fantastic events and/or shopping destinations!

Stay True,
Glenda XoX
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5.27.2018

The Unexpected

Come a little closer. I have a secret to share - a secret that will catapult your daily outfit from simple to sensational. Are you ready? Here it is...

Do the unexpected

What do I mean by this? Think about your typical shopping excursion. After you've gone from store to store, chances are you've noticed the majority carry similar merchandise...with the exception of maybe one or two. After all, Fashion Merchandisers have the uncanny ability in determining what should be in our closets. Finally, towards the end of an uneventful day of shopping, you spot an item that makes your heart soar. You hold it up to examine yourself in the mirror. It's unique...special. The skeptic pops onto your shoulder, and now you ask yourself, "What am I going to do with this?" Without a try-on, you elect to put it back on the rack, and you leave the store without the one item that simply made your heart skip a beat. How does one overcome this tragedy?

Step outside the fashion box

Here's what I mean. Just because you've seen almost every blogger wear the same style sold in every fashion outlet, doesn't mean you have to wear it too. Especially if it doesn't give you that magical feeling. In other words, ask yourself, "Do I really like this latest trend, or am I simply buying it because everyone else is wearing it?" Be truthful with yourself because there's a whole lot of brainwashing going on. The truth of the matter is, fashion robotism (a word I coined) is a common practice, and in order to develop the confidence to wear what you truly love, you must break the cycle.

For today's style story I've taken my outfit of jeans and top from simple to a new level buy wearing them with the unexpected. Donning a faux fur blue wrap and taupe faux fur sandals, my outfit now has the attributes to make it stand out from the rest.



If my unexpected items make your heart go pitter-patter, you can find them on eBay (limited availability the day this post went live):



How to practice the art of the unexpected
  1. Develop the courage to break from the norm;
  2. Once you develop the courage, the confidence will soon follow suit;
  3. Always try on the item that screams your name. Once you see it on, it comes to life. Now you can visualize where you'll wear the glorious piece; 
  4. Avail yourself to unique shopping destinations like vintage, eBay, etsy, or tucked away boutiques in a city you've never explored;
  5. Loose the "I must buy the latest trend" mindset;
  6. Understand a portion of having true style rests in the freedom, and in your ability, to express yourself with your sartorial choices
 
 



  



I had such a wonderful time on this photo shoot, and my husband noticed. I felt absolutely myself in my outfit: Whimsical, romanticism, and holding true to my laid-back style aesthetic. There's something powerful about self-expression. Like I stated above, a portion of having true style rests in the freedom, and in your ability, to express yourself with your sartorial choices.

Since I mentioned vintage as a great way to crush fashion robotism and to move toward the unexpected, if you missed my mini-series on Vintage shopping, you can explore the posts by clicking these links:

Stay True,
Glenda XoX
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5.14.2018

Wild!

One quiet evening I decided to engage in a bit of online window shopping on eBay. For some reason, memories of my mother sporting a muumuu popped into my head. She wore her muumuus for more than just laying around the house. She had the uncanny ability to transform them by adding accessories and the right shoe and handbag.

Since I was a huge fan of my mother's retro wardrobe, without reservation, I typed vintage caftan/muumuu into the eBay search bar. I was pleasantly surprised by the many options to choose from. After scrolling for some time, my eyes landed on the one I'm wearing in this post. The label read, Ramona Rull. I hadn't heard of the designer, so I immediately did my homework. Apparently, Rull was a creator of caftans/muumuus during the 60s and 70s, and had a hankering for animal and tribal prints. Sold! I pushed the "By Now" button and made it mine.

Was my craving for a muumuu/caftan based on my need for lounge-wear? No, not in the least. I happen to love transforming the unexpected into a clever ensemble to wear out on the town. Next week I'm attending an exhibit opening at FIDM and I plan on wearing my new vintage find. One of the cool aspects about being in the fashion industry is having the ability to buck the fashion status quo. Isn't that wild!?

Stay to the end of this post. I was featured on the She Stories Website!


Wearing a tribal, zebra-esque, Ramona Rull caftan/muumuu with batik, gold threading and sequin detailing, dated from somewhere between the 60s/70s, with pockets! Isn't it wild!? I highlighted the dress with gold-toned jewelry, suede tie-up sandals and a suede clutch.

If you're now interested in a Ramona Rull vintage caftan/muumuu, click → eBay or etsy ← to begin your adventure. Happy Shopping!



 



 


In April I was invited to tell my story at a She Stories (She Stories is an organization dedicated to the empowerment and inspiration of women) event.  The subject was Love Your Body. Love Yourself. Since the speaking engagement, I'm now featured on the She Stories website! Stop over to read the feature and to discover more about this thriving community.


Friends, I hope you're enjoying this month-long look into vintage. If you missed the past posts, you can reconnect here:

I'll return next week with another style story. Be sure to follow me on 🌻Instagram🌻 I'll be sure to show images and footage from the fashion exhibit I'm attending. In the meantime...

Stay True,
Glenda XoX
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