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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5.10.2018

Vintage Fusion

When it comes to wearing vintage, the question I'm often asked is, "How do you wear it without looking dated?" My response has always been, "The trick is to fuse the vintage with the modern."

Sure, there are some people who prefer to wear head-to-toe vintage, which, in my opinion, is very difficult to pull-off without looking like you are stuck in a time-warp or too costumey. Click to Tweet → A great vintage piece should be the star of your outfit. Everything else should be the co-stars.  In other words, it's not good to have too many cooks in the kitchen. It just becomes convoluted.

Recently I was gifted a lovely cardigan from Lazelle Vintage ←I encourage you to follow her on Instagram to see her other vintage finds. When the owner, Latasha Ball, told me she wanted to send me this heavenly piece, it was love at first sight. Beautifully constructed, strawberry pink, jeweled neckline with satin trim from an era that coincided with superior details. The inside label, which boasted the name, Robinson's, instantly took me back to my youth, when my mother and I spent many Saturday afternoons shopping (learn more about Robinson's). Rarely did we exit the store empty handed. 


My vintage fusion outfit consists of my sweater paired with a maxi skirt that was made by my sister, a basic white tank top, and an extra pop of color in a yellow skinny belt. Since the sweater is bright and feminine, I wanted to keep that feel for my entire outfit. The yellow skinny belt may seem daring, but it coordinates with the color story, and it's just an added touch of whimsy. I chose to keep my jewelry minimal to not clash with the jeweled neckline.

The History
As I researched the label, I discovered a website 🌻Vintage Vixon🌻 that gave wonderful details about the origin and time period in which the sweater was created. I learned it most likely was created between the 1950 and 1960's; a time when Hong Kong was colonized by Britain, and women preferred Asian imports because of their superior finishing and bead work.

The bead work is absolutely stunning, but as I explored more about my new sweater, I discovered another hidden treasure - even the side vents have hidden closures! And though I only have the first two closures closed, so the sweater can be worn not as a cardigan, the sweater has hidden hooks from the top to the bottom hem.





 





I hope you enjoyed this week's style story, and my mini-series on vintage.  Stay connected for next week's style story called - A Walk on the Wild Side. If you missed the first post dedicated to vintage, go to

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5.03.2018

You've Been Gifted!




If you read my story on my Beauty Bar page, then you know I once suffered from eczema. I finally discovered what my skin craved - ingredients that are derived from the earth.

Now you can delight yourself in a luxurious pampering experience from the Preserve Company. 
  
For the entire month of May, and just in time for Mother’s Day, you and the special Mother in your life will receive an additional 20% off your entire purchase from the Preserve Company at Dolce Blossom Boutique. Indulge in delectable handmade skincare products that are made from natural and health friendly ingredients – Because you deserve it!

Watch the YouTube video below, and discover more about the Preserve Company from Vanessa, the owner of Dolce Blossom Boutique, and myself! Then click over to Dolce Blossom to immerse yourself in products that help you feel and look your best self.



There's a beautiful symmetry that exists between our unique gift and that of a butterfly's wings.
We all have our own unique gift. However, unlike the butterfly, we may not understand the importance of naturally utilizing the gift.

To show my appreciation to you, I've created a special gift that explains just how important it is for you to embrace your uniqueness - The Purpose of Butterfly Wings - Understanding and loving your unique gift in the way a butterfly loves it's wings. This special document comes directly from my two books (A Place Called Peace, and TRUE STYLE: A Look Beyond the Surface). The information appears in both books because it is just that important. Just like you!
 

Click the Institute of Harmonic STYLE at STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison to download your copy. I guarantee you'll forever view yourself and butterfly wings in a very special and unique way.

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Friend, I hope you enjoy these special gifts that glorify your importance. It's my way of saying - YOU deserve it!

Stay True,
Glenda XoX
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4.29.2018

Vintage Adventure

There are several elements that can capture the vintage lovers heart. For myself, there are three reasons why I hold true to shopping vintage:
#1 - Expansion: Being able to create a wardrobe with items that vacillate between a variety of decades. 
#2 - Nostalgia: Creating a new story with something that was once loved by another. 
#3 - Individuality: You won't see yourself coming and going.
I understand vintage isn't for everyone, but for others, it's an entirely unique subculture. Whenever I go on a vintage adventure, I take great pleasure in scoping out the other individuals whom also take part in the activity. The verve is intoxicating. There's sheer rush in hunting for that special treasure that will make your heart sing, "Oh my gosh, are those sunglasses 1960s Courrèges?' Indeed they are, and the attendant has the certificate of authenticity and the history to prove it.

As you give the item closer observation, the attendant shares tidbits that further your fondness for your new discovery, "They were once owned by Lee Radziwill." Holy Crap...Really?! Now, all you can do is imagine the sunglasses combined with your modern wardrobe, and each time you adorn the sunnies, you think of the commonality you and one of the chicest women in the world now share - your mutual admiration for Courrèges eye wear. 


For this week's style story, I'm draped in a maxi dress from the 1970s. Though it hasn't been formally authenticated, the dress is very reminiscent of a Gunne Sax. Whoever it's maker, I absolutely adore wearing it. Inevitably, I receive lots of compliments, from young and old, when wearing it. 

I've paired the dress with a variety of modern accessories that still have a feel from another era in time: A rose colored faux shearling clutch, wrap around sandals, large hoop earrings, and patchouli essential oil. All items (including the dress), with the exception of the essential oil, were purchased from eBay - a virtual treasure trove a unique, vintage finds.

This photo shoot takes place in the courtyard of a local antique/vintage shop called the Ivy House that's adjacent to Dolce Blossom Boutique. Enjoy!




 

I'm obsessed with this chair. Will someone buy it for me? Please.
 
 
Lip color is Merlot by the Lip Bar
 
  


If you haven't considered vintage shopping as a means to build your  wardrobe, I highly encourage you to do so. Not only will you add layers of interest, but you'll also support the earth buy giving a home to something once loved by another. It's great to recycle♽  

Stay True,
Glenda XoX
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4.23.2018

Casual Monday

Hi Friends!

If you follow 🌻STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison on Instagram🌻 then you know this past weekend, I shared my story at an event called Love Your Body. Love Yourself (you can see what happened by visiting my Instagram profile). The event was put on by Ehmandah (pronounced Amanda) Ramsey and her uplifting, women supporting women organization called She Stories.

It has been difficult to explain just how powerful this evening was for myself, and so many other incredible women in attendance. I left feeling completely filled-up, inspired, enriched, loved. Though many said they were moved by my presentation, I was also moved by their receptive spirits, and from the stories and music from the other presenters. I'm in great anticipation for the next She Stories event.

Because I was preparing for the She Stories event, for this week, I thought it would be appropriate to share an outfit that fits my mood. Public speaking has never been high on my Things I Love list, because of this, after the task of speaking is done, I always feel free and relaxed. I plan on taking the day off to marinade in the beauty of what I heard at She Stories, and to enjoy this Casual Monday. Enjoy!


Outfit Details and Shopping Links:


Madewell Balcony Off the Shoulder Top










This fury plant is so interesting.

Alone in my thoughts

Enjoy Your Week!

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Glenda XoX
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