A Peek Inside My Vanity

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I know I haven't posted many new outfits this week, but as I told you earlier this week, my family schedule is quite full. Not only have I not thought much about my wardrobe, but my photographer/husband has been busy making sure our oldest son gets to his music rehearsals and lessons. Phew...what a week. In spite of all the busy-ness, I am excited! This Saturday evening, my son will be a part of the Honor Band/Orchestra for our area that consist of 100's of young musicians who are at the very top of their game. This is the 3rd year my son has had the honor of playing with the orchestra. To watch our son play his saxophone and/or clarinet with this prestigious group is one of my families big hi-lights. I literally get goose-bumps when I hear the music. And to know that these young men and women are only in grade school...Wow!

Nonetheless, so that I'm not neglecting the blog, I thought I'd give you a peek inside of my vanity. Doesn't that sound exciting!? Well, maybe not, but I want to show you how my beauty routine is just about as simple and classic as you can get...but with a little quirk - just like my wardrobe. 

Photo from a post called Frothy

 Cleansing Routine
I have the misfortune of having the most sensitive skin known to mankind. I have my dermatologist on speed dial and I make sure that I visit her annually. Because my skin is so sensitive, I use the most gentlest products available and avoid anything that is harsh. I wash my face twice per day with Aveeno, Witch Hazel and follow with moisturizer. Bi-weekly I'll mix a teaspoon of sugar with olive oil and use it as a scrub. I'll then follow with a mask and moisturizer. Every night I dab Vaseline on my lips and around my eyes.
1-Aveeno Moisturizing Bar; 2-Witch Hazel Natural Astringent, 3-Boots Expert Sensitive Moisturizing lotion (Target), 4-Table Sugar mixed with olive oil for a scrub, 5-Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask, 6-Vaseline for around my eyes.

Hair Maintenance
Twelve years ago, after the birth of my second son, I decided to cut my shoulder length hair off and wear a pixie cut. My families life is very busy during the warm months. We spend just about every day in some type of water, either a swimming pool or the ocean. Because we love the water so much, it just became easier to stop straightening my hair and to go natural. To keep my natural curls smooth, shiny and healthy, I wash daily with Abba Gentle Shampoo, followed with a leave-in conditioner and curl vitalizer by O'pro. Sometimes I'll skip the leave-in and use a macadamia oil. For a deep conditioning, I'll leave in a deep repair mask by Macadamia for the entire day.
1-Abba Gentle Shampoo, 2-Deep Repair Mask by Macadamia, 3-Leave-in Conditioner by O'pro, 4-Healing Oil Treatment by Macadamia

I'll have to be honest, I'm not really into makeup. Not that I don't appreciate it, but I never learned how to wear it, and I'm intimidated by it. Lately, though, I've been inspired by Melissa over at Kiss & Makeup Beauty Blog. I really like her approach to makeup, and her blog is so well done with excellent product reviews. Because of my lack of experience, I keep makeup to a very minimum. Normally after cleansing, I'll apply a good primer, then foundation with a sponge, lipstick (always red), I curl my lashes then I apply mascara, and then finally a little blush. If it's a really important occasion, I'll attempt to wear eye shadow.
1-Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, 2-Clinique Even Better Foundation, 3-Makeup wedge, 4-Clinique blush, 5-Clinique Chubby Stick in Mightiest Maraschino, 6-Tarina Tarantino mascara, 7-Maybelline Great Lash mascara, 8-Eyelash curler

Because of my ultra sensitive skin, I usually avoid synthetic fragrances and try to stick with organic scents that are scented with essential oils. But there are a few fragrances that make me weak in the knees. When I wear them, I'll spritz a cotton ball and then tuck it into my bra so that it isn't being sprayed directly onto my skin.
1-Chanel No.5 (my favorite), 2-Barr-Co's original scent (my second favorite), 3-Rain by Terra Nova, 4-Nanette Lepore, 5-Balsam Fig, 6-Spiced Orange, 7-Amber Absolute (These three solids were purchased from Anthropologie last year)

I can't leave this post without mentioning that just about every Friday night, I treat myself to a manicure and pedicure done by ME! I find this time very relaxing. I love buying fingernail polish and have quite a collection. I hope I didn't bore you with this post. I thought about doing a video but I didn't have time. This way was much quicker. I'll be back on track next week with more outfits. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend{wink}

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Throwback Thursday: Give Me a "M"

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Since Thursday are Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be fun to re-post from the past. Today's post was originally posted on September 20th and is called, Give Me a "M" so follow the link and enjoy my blast from the past!

Give Me a "M"

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Keep It Simple

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Last night my husband gave me a briefing on our oldest sons music schedule for the week. After hearing the schedule, my comment was simply, "Oh lordy." When my children were infants, I remember older family members and friends telling my husband and I about how their schedules evolve around the children's schedules. This now is the stage of my life and I'm learning to adapt to it mentally, as well as adapting my wardrobe. The first thing that came to my mind, after hearing the schedule was KEEP IT SIMPLE (without the word Stupid). So that our family won't go off balance, this is what I will do:
  • I shall move forward in this week with ease,
  • I will begin each day with Pilates,
  • I will not add more to the plate unless it is absolutely necessary,
  • And I will not fuss with my attire, but will pull together looks that offer me comfort and continue to promote my style aesthetic. 
Today's outfit meets the standard of Keeping It Simple. Comfy knits that move well and stay put, combined with a loose fitting jacket and sandals (the weather is still warm in California).

Today's Look: Short-sleeved turtleneck by Anne Klein, Pants by Michael Kors, A-line Painters Smock purchased from TJ Maxx years ago, Sandals by Michael Kors, Cellphone by Samsung Galaxy, Polish is Imported Champagne by essie.

Tell me Friends, what do you do when your schedule is full? How do you keep it simple and how do you like to dress when things are hectic? Do tell, I would love to read your comments{wink}

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Royal Blue: Part Deux

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(Aw, yes, I decided to switch things up a bit with the greeting)

After you see the images below, I already know what you're going to say...Didn't she just wear that skirt? Well, yes I did. The morning of the Red, White & Royal Blue shoot, I was feeling uncertain and felt I didn't look myself in the outfit. So, what did I do...I returned home, restyled the skirt, and went back out to take more pictures. Funny thing about the entire scenario, once we loaded the shots onto the computer, I realized that I liked the first choice after all. Thank heavens for a patient husband/photographer.

Today's look is what I came up with when I went home to restyle. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't thrilled with the restyle because I felt like I have seen it before. Oh well. I hope you won't grow bored with my new skirt because I absolutely love it! I promise, I won't wear it again for awhile. One thing I am grateful for is having this extra photo shoot in reserve, because frankly, today I just didn't feel like doing much. I basically stayed in the house and watched Lifetime movies all day.

Today's look: Skirt: Custom made by Steff Glenn (my sister), Top: Loft, Shoes: Nine West, Belt: Michael Kors, Bag: Vintage, Jewelry: You've seen these pieces time and time again.

Style Tip: I purchased this little vintage patent purse with hesitation. It had many scuffs on it. However, I convinced the store to sell it to me for $4 rather than the original price of $18. I took it home and wiped it down with milk and...tah dah...no more scuff marks!

Well, now it is time to get back to my Lifetime movies. I hope you all have an incredible week{wink}

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Video Fashion Friday: The Garden

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Since Friday's are lite days in cyber world, I thought I'd use this day to share my favorite fashion videos that inspire me. Isn't it crazy that Fashion Week is upon us yet again? I'm still fantasizing about the spring shows. To start this new series, called Video Fashion Fridays, I thought I'd share the Tory Burch runway show, along with a few images that come to mind when I think of her show.

After seeing Tory's show, I imagined myself riding a beach cruiser with a wicker basket full of flowers, or perhaps strolling through the pristine gardens of one of Southern California's beautiful museums. I see myself dressed in an outfit that is lite, airy and feminine and that evokes thoughts of a floral garden, with a trellis full of blooms, acres of green grass and painted white wood benches.

The next images are my favorite looks and accessories from Tory's spring collection. When you see them you'll understand why an explanation to why they are my favorite just isn't necessary. They speak for themselves.

Love this Trellis inspired tote
Tory made the waist pouch chic.
YES! These silver mirrored slingback loafers are too cool.
I love the proportions of this outfit, and the delicate floral motif.

Silver is my favorite metal in warmer months. I love the trapeze shape of this top.

Enjoy the show...

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Having Style vs. Being in Style - Glenda's Perspective

"Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
Coco Chanel

Fashions fade, style is eternal.' - Yves Saint Laurent

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/542820/the-40-best-style-quotes-of-all-time.html#lJXI4jmSpL7VcQya.99
"Fashion fades, style is eternal."
Yves Saint Laurent

Hello Lovelies!

Do you mind if I take a little detour today away from an outfit post to discuss a subject that stays on my mind?

Let me first begin by telling a little story...

Years ago and fresh out of fashion college, I began my career in the industry as a store manager with the Limited Corporation. Within a few months on assignment, I received a phone call that the store would be receiving a new assistant store manager named Katie. I hadn't met the young woman so I didn't know what to expect. The day finally came and Katie joined our team.

Katie was petite, wore Doc Martins (with just about everything), black tights, black flippy skirts, t-shirts, her wavy hair tied haphazardly in a ponytail...but there was something interesting, different, intriguing about this girl named Katie. She had what we say, that certain Je nais se qua - that certain intangible quality that you can't describe. All I know was that Katie's "certain something" had nothing to do with her wardrobe. Nor was it her makeup since she was fresh-faced. The distinctive quality that Katie possessed was indeed her own personal style.

The lovely and irreplaceable Audrey Hepburn

What is style? I have written about this very subject during a writing stint for a local newspaper. Style is ones own special and personal essence. It is unseen. You can't touch it. You definitely can't buy it. It's not hanging in a closet, nor is it sitting in a makeup jar on the vanity. Style, that mysterious, yet often misused word, is indeed intangible, but yet...it can leap off the pages or computer screen. I have been in and out of the fashion industry for well over 30 years, and during this time and into the present day, the word style is often misconstrued for meaning fashion, as if these two words were one in the same. I beg to differ. One can be in style with their clothing, but not have that certain attention grabbing style that makes others stand up and take notice.

Style is all encompassing to include every aspect of ones being -
it is what you exude to the world, often without knowing it.
G.K. Harrison
The United States First Lady of Camelot - Jackie Kennedy Onassis

I'm not here to discount the idea of the importance of fashion in our lives. I absolutely love fashion and have most of my life! I am here to say, that what you wear and how you wear something can indeed contribute to ones look. However, clothing is just a small part of the big picture. Sure, persons with that certain something always seem to have a unique approach to fashion; they usually don't follow trends, but somehow become trendsetters. And yet, when their fashion style is emulated by others, it often feels quite wrong by the emulator. Why is this? Because one cannot reproduce another persons style. It can't be done. Because that certain something belongs only to them.

The ever intriguing Lupita Nyong'o

So yes, one can definitely be in style by wearing the latest trends, but I don't agree that just because one is in style - that they have that type of style that makes them stand out with that distinctive factor. Can you define that distinctive factor? Probably not, but hey, that just adds to their intrigue{wink}

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Classics + a Little Quirk + a Touch of Boho = Glenda

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If you've been following along with me, you know that I was inspired to try my hand at thrift store shopping. So, a few weeks ago, I had my very first experience. However, other bloggers and I agree that eBay does indeed count as thrifting. Since that's the case, I'm an expert (lol)! My husband and I drove over to the Palm Springs area since they have tons of thrift stores. I found two really nice tops. One was seen HERE in Updated 80's and today I'm wearing the other...a lovely, ivory colored, silk, off-the-shoulder Trina Turk in mint condition. I purchased it for $2.50!

OK, Lovelies, give me an "Amen" if you know what I'm talking about with this question...
Don't you just love it when you have on that perfect outfit that makes you feel sexy as heck, confident, and all the elements just werk (no, I didn't misspell)? Such is the case with my look today. It represents the true Glenda - a mix of the classics, a little quirk and a touch of bohemian.

Today's Look: Top: Trina Turk (thrifted), Boyfriend Jeans: Loft, Belt Coin Purse: Amelia old, Pumps: Isaac via eBay, Ring: Anthropologie (sold out), Sunnies: Loft

Style Tip: Having style isn't about wearing the latest trendy outfit, or duplicating a look you saw on someone else. Style is a representation of you and only you. A unique interpretation that gives others a glimpse of who you are. 

"Style shouldn't scream. It is a gentle whisper."
Scott Schuman - The Sartorialist


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Photographs by Frederick D. Harrison (the man who knows me better than anyone)


Red, White & Royal Blue

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On Monday, January 20th, the United States will celebrate a great American legend - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For this occasion, I felt it apropos to wear colors befitting to this great man, Dr. King, and our nation...Red, White and Royal Blue!

My dear older sister, Steffyne, custom made a beautiful royal blue, pleated, midi skirt just for me! I adore the fabric which is called Peach Skin. It has a wonderful movement to it, and is enhanced with a bit of sheen that picks up the light just so. To add more fullness to the skirt, I layered it with a petticoat (when was the last time you heard that word?). I was blessed to have a mother that sewed for me (see her last creation for me HERE). Though my mom has passed away, I am still fortunate to have a seamstress for a sister. Every-so-often, I'll commission her for a garment. I love the color, fit and feel of my new skirt.

Today's Look: Custom made midi skirt: By Steffyne Glenn, Top: Loft, Cardigan from TJ Maxx, Kitten heeled pumps by BCBGirls (old), Signet ring from J. Crew (old)

Style Tip: Did you notice the three different ways in which I chose to wear the cardigan? Have fun with fashion and know that items don't always have to be worn the traditional way. My favorite look with the cardigan was tied around my waist. It not only acted as an accent piece, but it became a belt as well.

I'll leave you with my favorite quote from Dr. King:

 “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
 in moments of comfort and convenience, 
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

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Hello Lovelies!

It has been one of those weeks that makes it difficult to get out and take photos for the blog. My youngest son has been fighting the flu. As I am sure you understand, most of my energy is going to his care. And on top of caring for Lil Bit (as he is affectionately called), we had an appointment to have our carpet and floors steam cleaned. It's always nice to freshen up the house after the holidays. It's my way of preparing for spring.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, just before Christmas, I did treat myself to a few things on eBay. One of them being a gorgeous pair of Isaac embroidered pumps that gave me a major shoegasm. Isaac, in my opinion, is the master of adding quirk to the elegant era of 1950 old Hollywood. The other is the famous Apple necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. I dedicate today's post to them both. Today's look is simple and uncomplicated. This is a look that I would throw on for lunch with friends, wine tasting, or perhaps to meet with my son's teachers. It is one of those outfits that allows the shoes to do the talking, while the other accessories are kept to a minimum. Enjoy!

Today's Look:
Black Denim: Levi's (mid rise skinny), Top: H&M (old), Shoes: Isaac via eBay, Clutch by Talbot's via Refinery 29, Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane via eBay, Sunnies: Loft Outlet (old)

Isaac embroidered classic pumps

Kenneth Jay Lane Apple Necklace made famous by Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City

Need I say more?...

I have always been a proponent of simple, clean-line dressing. Being over accessorized, wearing multiple colors, and having to fuss with my look is much too cumbersome for my Southern California lifestyle. Here's a Style Tip: When wearing a statement piece (in this case the pumps), let the other items in your outfit take a step or two back and allow that statement piece to shine{wink}

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Photographs by Frederick D. Harrison (my perfect accessory)