1.19.2014

Red, White & Royal Blue

Hello Lovelies!

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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34 comments:

  1. This outfit is so flattering on you! Love that skirt so much. You are so fortunate to have such a talented sister and how wonderful to still have your mom's creations - you are so blessed!

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    1. Thank you so much Kellyann! And yes, I do know that I am blessed to have had my mother in my life, and now my sister.

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  2. I'm really moved by your reasons for wearing red, white, and blue (though I'm Canadian), and even more moved by the quote you chose at the end. Every civil rights movement that followed the African American one -- whether it be for gay rights, or women's rights, or disability rights, etc. -- got its inspiration and its methods from the African American civil rights movement. I'm not sure how many people realize that.

    The outfit is just lovely. The skirt looks like it flows beautifully. What I noticed first about the cardigan is how well it fits you. Now that I'm a bustier woman with larger arms, I find it hard to get little cardigans that fit well. I'll look out for this brand.

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    1. I'm glad you liked this post Charlotte. The African American Civil Rights Movement is something I live through every day.
      The skirt moved about with such ease and fluidity. I love it very much. I purchased the cardigan from a chain store called TJ Maxx. They always have nice, shrunken cardigans.

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  3. Your sister did a GREAT job on that skirt - I love it! Very nice colors too. Don't forget to linkup this look over on the blog. Hope to see you there...XXO!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Yes, Whitney, my sister knows her stuff. I'll see you at the link-up!

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  4. Ooh awesome color combination. I might use a similar combination for my party outfit for this Thursday... :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Melissa! I would love to see the pictures.

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  5. Great outfit, great occassion, and you... lovely as usual.

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  6. Glenda,
    Thank you for posting this gorgeous outfit, made special by the fact that your sister made it for you, and for taking the time to stop us all in our trivial wander kings, to honor this great man.
    XX, Ellehttp://mydailycostume.com

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    1. Elle, you are great with words. I understood what you meant :) And yes, I love my skirt. My sister is a great talent.

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  7. Oh dear, this Ipad, I meant trivial wanderings...
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  8. This is one beautiful skirt! How nice that your sister made it for you. Great color and design, beautiful drape to this exquisite garment. Good tribute to Martin Luther King with your words and outfit.

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. Thank you so much Ann! I have a feeling this skirt will receive much play in my wardrobe this spring/summer.

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  9. Great post Glenda. Great mind think alike, huh ;-) Me too wore red, white and blue yesterday. Love the outfit Glenda and the skirt is to die for!!!!
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Lenya, you know, I don't think I've ever worn the three colors together. I'm glad you love the look. I'll stop by to see you :)

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  10. I love the skirt, this type of skirt are great, bring out everything femine and sassy! in my favorite color too! so lucky to have a personal seamstress! time to bring my sewing machine out to play :)

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    1. Oh yes, I know I'm blessed to have a big sister that sews. I have a new machine that I need lessons on. I'm excited to get started!

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  11. I am obsessed with your skirt, the cut and the color are so flattering on you!!! You are so lucky that you have a sister that can sew such beautiful pieces for you! Thanks for stopping my blog today, I see what you mean about this gorgeous shade of blue!!!
    xo,
    Monica
    http://glamvolution.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, we both had an urge to wear beautiful royal blue this week. Thank you for your lovely words!

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  12. Wow! Hello hotness.you nailed this look Glenda..so beautiful and all the colors go so well with each other..Stunning!
    www.willfullyelegant.com

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  13. Great quote from MLK. Love this red, white, and blue look, you can't go wrong with a seamstress as a sister! Lucky you :)

    xo,
    Cha Cha
    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

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    1. Thank you Cha Cha! Yes, I'm blessed to have a sister that sews.

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  14. The skirt is everything!! Well together outfit and you look stunning.

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Love(want) that skirt! Very beautiful look!

    xoxo
    Oby Grace
    http://onlybeyou.wordpress.com/

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  16. Yes. Yes and YES!!!!!!!! You rocked this look. One of my favorite color combos. A woman of my own heart...one who is not afraid of color. xoxo

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    1. Natasha, I promised myself I would add more color to my wardrobe for 2014.

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  17. I adore your skirt. I want to commission your sister as well. Gorgeous. And the red, white and blue are the national colours of The Netherlands!! I also think that the cardigan around your waist is the nicest look. Nice shoes as well!
    Greetje
    PS Dr Martin Luther King... What a man he was. They don't come much better than him.

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    1. Greetje, I tried to convince my sister to sew full time but she refused to do so. She is an amazing talent. I'm glad you like the skirt. I'm proud of myself for not requesting it in black, white, gray or ivory. I'm on track with adding more color to my wardrobe. I agree with you, I like the cardy tied around my waist the best.

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    2. oops... when your skirt came round second time, I asked the same question.. about your sister and taking on assignments. Sorry. I just really like the skirt. Beautiful material as well.

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