4.23.2017

Twirl-Worthy

It goes without saying, some things are always in need of celebrating: spring time blooms, the scent from a floral garden, a sunny disposition, and a skirt that's oh-so pretty, and twirl-worthy, that you absolutely must wear it with a crinoline. Did I just say crinoline? Yes indeed. They still make them! Here's the funny part of this story - I visited my local retail store's lingerie department and asked a young lady if they sold crinolines. I was greeted with that dazed look you receive when you realize you're speaking to someone who hasn't a clue to what you're talking about. I simply gave her a polite thank you, and proceeded to text my cousin, LaToya, on where I might locate one...aka - a petticoat. Where did LaToya suggest? EBay of course.  

A couple of days later, my crinoline/petticoat arrived, and I was ready to slip into my floral confection of a skirt, and twirl, twirl, twirl. What is it about the perfect skirt that causes us to partake in such delightful youthful activities? Truth be told, the last time I wore a crinoline under my skirt was for my prom, circa 1984. And just as I did on the dance floor as an eighteen year old, here I am again, 33 years later, with the same desire to make my skirt billow around me. To answer my own question about the desire to twirl in a perfect skirt - though this defining moment can be marked as a truism, it most definitely is the driving force behind the need to twirl - It's just downright fun, and an opportunity that should never be missed! Enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


The protagonist in this style story is a vintage Leslie Fay skirt. I would place this skirt somewhere between the mid 80s to the early 90s. Raise your hand if you remember Leslie Fay clothing. I remember discussing the label often in my classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The garden themed skirt is in mint condition, and my goodness, it has pockets. Though the skirt is pretty on its own, I felt it needed a bit more twirl volume. Hence my reason for purchasing a crinoline.

Outfit Details
Skirt purchased from my cousins online clothing boutique: Toya Story Vintage & Resale
 Off the shoulder top: Loft (sold out). Check out the many options at Shopstyle
Obi Belt: Love the suede Louella Obi Belt at Chico's
Barely there ankle strap sandal: Many options at Shopstyle
Polish is Party on the Platform by essie


  
 

  
  
 

Sartorial Savvy 
  1. Bring a garment into the current decade by pairing it with modern touches.
  2. The best way to make such a colorful garment stand out is to pair it with a non-color. By wearing black, the colors in the skirt are even more pronounced. If I had worn hot pink or orange, the over saturation of color wouldn't give this twirl-worthy skirt the attention it deserves.
  3. By giving the skirt more volume, I needed to balance the outfit by wearing a fitted top.
  4. The perfect shape was given to the skirt by selecting a knee length crinoline. The knee length allows the lower portion of the skirt to cascade freely.
  5. Now is the season to bare our feet. Take care of them by treating yourself to a weekly pedicure. This can be done by at home or at a foot spa. 
  6. It's no secret I love to show my shoulders. I was wearing these types of garments before they became trendy. Keep your shoulders luminous by moisturizing and exfoliating. Check out my favorite skincare products on my ↪ Beauty Bar ↩ menu.
  7. Obi Belts are an excellent way to give your waistline more definition.

Now watch me twirl!


 Before you go...

True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface has been receiving rave reviews. Did you get your copy?
Review:
With a glass of champagne in hand, and while traveling overseas, I read this wonderful book cover to cover. I know Glenda through her blog and enjoyed her first book ( A Place Called Peace) so I had a good idea what to expect. What a wonderful journey we go through when we read this book about how to be enlightened as to your true style, and what your style tendencies are. Glenda weaves an artful analysis for us on the true meaning of style. Style is multi faceted, and like a foreign language. How fun to decode it with this insightful book.The illustrations, by Allison Taylor, were captivating and enriched the reading experience.

It turns out I am a true expressionist with some tendencies towards "consumptionist"...Sounds fascinating, right!

IF YOU LOVE CLOTHING AND- OR FOLLOW THE WORLD OF FASHION, YOU WILL FIND THIS A COMPELLING READ!

Available on Amazon, Kindle and Createspace eStore

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4.19.2017

What's Interesting: Anita by Design

I have a confession to make...

When I had Home Economics (I believe it was the 7th grade), it was the only and last time I made clothing for myself. I remember the project quite vividly - a  knee-length, sunshine yellow circle skirt that tied on the side. When it came off the sewing machine, I couldn't wait to get it home to show my mother. She was thrilled about my advancement into an area she loved. My Mom was an amazing seamstress (though she only brought out her sewing machine for herself, and family. Unfortunately, her thoughts on me becoming her protege' were short-lived. Once the sewing portion of Home Ec. came to an end, so did my desire to create my own garments. Fast forward 38 years, and I wish I had stayed with it. I own a brand new Brother sewing machine that I've used to make curtains and little things for around the home, however, I've never made another garment. Sad, but true.

Now, with the wonderful world of YouTube and blogging, the desire to once again make clothing for myself has edged its way back into my mind. I imagine myself descending on the fabric district in downtown Los Angeles; racking up copious amounts of fabric to make divine, one-of-a-kind creations. So why haven't I begun? Because I'm intimidated as hell at the whole idea. Until recently, when I was introduced to Anita Morris the lovely creator of Anita by Design, and fellow member of the Fierce 50 Revolution. Anita and I have much in common. We share the same ideas on the subject of style, we're both Southern Californians, our husbands are our photographers, and we're both mother's of young men. Since watching her YouTube channel, I'm encouraged to give sewing a-go. After this introduction, you'll understand why. My dear friends, I would like for you to meet Anita Morris. Oh yes, all the garments worn by Anita are her own creations. Enjoy!


Introduce yourself:
I am Anita Morris, a woman of God, wife, mother and seamstress. My faith in God is the foundation upon which I live my life. The choices I make in all areas of life are filtered through my faith in Jesus Christ. I am married to a recently retired Los Angeles City Fire Captain. In August, we will be celebrating 22 years of marriage. We have been blessed with two sons. Our oldest son will be 21 in May, and our youngest is 19. Sewing is my passion and one of the areas in my life by which God is using me to reach women to encourage them to embrace their personal style, live confidently, and use their creativity to express themselves.

How did you begin your career in blogging about sewing?
I started my blog as a result of being inspired by Mimi Goodwin of Mimi G Style and other bloggers I started following after returning to sewing in 2014. I was also encouraged by a few friends and fellow sew sisters. Since I was receiving such great feedback from the garments I was making, and I like to write, I decided to give it a try. I didn't know anything about blogging, so I researched how to start a blog and what it takes to keep it going. I learned that I must have something to offer to keep people coming back. With that information, I went into it with a plan to teach what I know through video tutorial, starting with a Beginner's Sewing Course. I launched the blog on January 20, 2016.

You've recently embarked on a huge project with Mimi G, the woman who has made sewing sexy. Tell us about this project.
Sew Sew Def Magazine is a  multi-cultural magazine for men and women. It is the first of its kind and I'm honored to be part of the team of contributors. I was contacted by Mimi, asking if I'd be interested in being a contributor to the publication and I accepted her invitation immediately, with much enthusiasm. She picked each member of her team based on something that stood out to her in each of us. The team was put in place and sewsewdef.com launched on April 4, 2017. Mimi assigned me to the Beginners section and I could not be more thrilled, as I have a heart for teaching beginners. The best part about being chosen to be part of this publication is the fact that the creator is the same woman who inspired me to start blogging.

Is Sew Sew Def your first collaboration of this kind?
Yes, this is my first collaboration of this kind and thus far the most challenging and exciting.

How was the experience working on the magazine?
Working on my article for the first issue was a proud time. I wanted to represent the creators and Sew Sew Def magazine well, so I put my best effort into creating the content I would present. My first step was choosing a pattern to use for the article. Since Simplicity Pattern Company is who Mimi has her pattern line with and a sponsor for the magazine, I wanted to use one of her patterns from the company. The next step was preparing content that would speak to beginners and give them a take-away. I titled my article, 5 Tips for Successful Garment Construction. I'm very proud of the article and look forward to the next issue.

What advice would you give someone like myself, who is intimidated about the sewing process but has an interest in learning?
(1) Find a Beginner's Sewing Course on YouTube that teaches the basics of sewing. There are quite a few, so find one that you are able to follow along with and learn from. Check out my course on YouTube - Anita by Design. (2) Purchase sewing books to supplement the sewing course. Simplicity's, Simply the Best Sewing Book is a good start. (3) Be patient! Learning to sew is a process that takes time. The actual time it takes to learn is different for each person. Practice what you learn until you master it, then move on to the next step.

I listened to your recent interview on the Sewing Blab. I found one of the statements you made fascinating. It was asked, "Where do you like to shop?" You proudly stated, "Michael Levine Loft." Which is one of the most popular fabric destinations in downtown Los Angeles. I was very intrigued by your answer. Coming from a different perspective on shopping, I was waiting to hear your list of favorite clothing stores. With that being said, do you shop ready-to-wear, or like most people who sew, when you go into stored do you say, "I can make that myself?"

I currently sew almost everything that I wear, so I don't shop ready-to-wear much. I will still buy t-shirts, but that's the extent of it right now. I'm in need of new jeans but I refuse to buy a pair because I know I can make them. I enjoy sewing so much and yes, when I go into stores I always say, "I can make that." However, I won't say that I'll never shop ready-to-wear again. I keep my options open. I do still have a few pieces in my closet that were purchased at local clothing stores that I still wear.

What inspired you?
I'm inspired by other women, I love seeing women walk in confidence, embracing who they are. I'm inspired by sisterhood. Being in community with women, where encouragement, support, wisdom and accountability are shared - that's what inspired me. I smile every time I see a woman in public who's well dressed and with a smile on her face, especially elderly women. I will go out of my way to compliment her. I'm inspired by other stories of other women. I LOVE women!

What's next for Anita by Design?
As I continue to learn and master my craft, I wait to see what God has in store. I wait to see where this is leading. I'm focusing on finding balance, as things seem to be moving rather quickly. In the long run, I would like to design my own patterns. However, that is a process that will take time, and there are many steps that must be taken before that comes to fruition.

Anything else you would like the So What to Twenty community to know about you and your gift?
Yes! I am blessed to be a blessing. Whatever God gives me is to be shared with others. That's why I teach what I know about sewing. It's a way of showing gratitude to God and those who have taught me.

How can we stay in touch with you?

Instagram: @anitabydesign


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Glenda
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4.17.2017

Glistening

Every time we read or hear the news, we cringe at what's happening in the world.


How do we glisten in a place with such strange darkness,...


...when we step out our front doors, and


...into a place of uncertainty?


By keeping one foot in front of the other, and...


...never losing sight of the beauty and kindness that still exists.


We may have to check over our shoulders on occasion, but...


...always remember, in hindsight -


That which challenges us makes us strong.


So, hold your head up, navigate through this place, and never lose sight of...


...who you are -

 - A  glistening soul.

This style story was captured in an alley - a place that evokes thoughts of uncertainty, darkness, and often times fear. I created a juxtaposition with myself adorned in a beautiful, soft pink, glistening cami and surrounded by such a harsh environment. In spite of the softness of the top, I'm anchored in a powerful shoe, and the sturdiness of gray.

Outfit Details:
 Gray Chinos from Loft last spring: Check out the new Chino at Loft
Shoes: Via Spiga (I've had them for years)

Before you go...
  1. Sharon White of Quintessential style did a delightful write-up on me. It's so sweet it made me blush. Connect to → Glenda Interview ← to read it.
  2. Also, did you get your copy of True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface? If not, read what people are saying by clicking → Revews.
  3. Don't forget - if you're planning on attending the Temecula Valley Women's Expo, come by and say, Hi. I'm speaking on the main stage, Sunday, April 30th!
  4. Finally, be sure to come back on Wednesday for another addition of What's Interesting. I'm interviewing a beautiful woman named Anita Morris of Anita by Design. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
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4.11.2017

A Dose of Happy

I am by no means ignoring all that is happening in this world. I read, hear and see the turmoil. It is disheartening. Yet, with all that is occurring around us, I try to keep my eyes focused on what is positive, cheerful and light. This world we live in is awfully heavy, and because of this, I created this post in hopes it'll give you a dose of happy

Today's outfit takes you down a gleeful trail of Happy - A colorful top that accentuates the body in the most happy of places is coordinated with accessories that inject an extra does of playful into the look. Gone are the days when we were told our shoes and handbags had to match. In today's world, the rule of thumb is that they just need to make sense together. To anchor the look I've chosen my favorite pair of jeans.

You most stay to the end of this post because I'm treating you to even more happy over at Midlife Blvd. Instead of giving you the Sartorial Savvy, I've written a post I'm sure you'll enjoy called, 5 Fun Ways to Inject a Dose of Happy into Your Wardrobe. Enjoy the post!


Outfit Details:
Let's start with the sandals - my first ever shoe purchase from H&M. An enjoyable pair in faux suede in shocking red: H&M Sandal
Colorful Silk top is a recent eBay by Ralph Lauren
Yellow Envelope Clutch with bee closure was purchased from Talbots many years ago. Check out the many options on Shopstyle.

 






 



5 Fun Ways to Inject a Dose of Happy into Your Wardrobe
I always feel the excitement that occurs when spring and summer arrive. Conversations of new beginnings and reinvention are at the forefront; people are in a frenzy to ditch their winter wardrobes for lighter, more cheerful attire. With warm sunny weather comes the time to drive with our top down (on the car that is), to wiggle our brightly painted toes in the sand, and to availing ourselves to all that’s Happy in the world. 

Even though we throw the windows open to receive the freshness of the warm months, we can still have a gleeful disposition by injecting doses of it into our everyday wardrobe. Here are five ways to get your happy fix even when the weather or circumstances are melancholy: 

The story continues on the corner of True Style Ave and Midlife Blvd. Click → Dress Happy ← for the scoop.
And while you're there, be sure to read a piece by Sharon White called,


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