3.22.2014

Took My Breath Away

I'm chuckling to myself because I just made the following comment in the post titled Perfectly Curated..."Not to say that I don't ever step out from my norm and buy something completely unique. Because I will. But when this happens, it must take my breath away." Days after publishing that post, I wandered over to my favorite store for unique dressing, Anthropologie, and saw the most exquisite top on display in the front window. I gasped for air at its beauty. It was love at first sight.

That evening I couldn't sleep. I tossed and turned with vivid images floating around in my head on how I would style the top.  I imagined myself wearing it with my wide array of strappy sandals and slim-cut pants. I envisioned how life would be dressed in the top while going to incredible fashion events and ultra chic wine & jazz festivals in Temecula. It had to be mine! Two days later, it was hanging in my closet.

Today's Look: Dahlia Peplum Top - Anthropologie, Sweetheart Skinny Jeans - Old Navy, Sandals - Nine West (old), Rope and Rhinestone Bracelet - Francesca's Collection (old).

The top is made from a heavy and lined polyester that gives it the amazing, exaggerated shape.



Because I always drink water from the water fountain this way.
A subtle touch of fun accessories add to the appeal of the entire look.
Style Idea: I have given this suggestion before - When wearing a statement item of clothing, in this case, the top, keep your accessories to a minimum. Let the statement piece shine. The accessories should assist in attracting to your look...not distract.

I love the dramatic flare of the peplum's high/low design. From the rear, the top could pass for a dress.

A closer look at the exquisite fabrication


Back in January I said my New Year Style Resolution was to add more color into my wardrobe. My lovely new top definitely fits the colorful bill. I would best describe it as intense, yet demure; quirky, yet timeless. It's fun to step outside of my fashion box and purchase something that is unique, but still represents who I am. I feel coquettish, vibrant, fresh and albeit fashionable in my new top. It works so well with my lifestyle and my existing wardrobe. I believe Dahlia and I are going to have a beautiful relationship. After all, she took my breath away{wink}

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63 comments:

  1. Exquisite indeed. . .I can see why this top kept you up and you styled it perfectly. What a great fit! Can't wait to see how you wear this again. . .

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    1. Yes, I didn't sleep a wink. I open my closet every day to take a look at it! I'm glad you like the look :)

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  2. I love the top. I am so glad to know I am not the only one who dreams of clothing at night!!! Your look is just divine!

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    1. Kellyann, I think there are plenty of us dreamers roaming around. I'm glad you like the look!

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  3. Okay, now you got me swooning Glenda..seriously I need to get closer to your closet! I just got a new to me, thrifted Vogue pattern. It has both wide legged pants and a bustier with peplum. I did a little happy dance! Which will I make first, I wonder?

    And I laughed out loud at your water fountain caption!

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    1. Sue, if I knew how to Sue...Omg life would be insane for me. I think I would rarely shop. Probably window shops to get ideas. I can't wait to see your new designs!

      I thought people would get a kick from the water fountain pose. I felt silly :)

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  4. great great stuff!Thanks for sharing
    xx
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  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely! You, top, shoes - everything! :)

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  6. That is a gorgeous peplum top and you look amazing.

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

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  7. Gorgeous.. gorgeous top! totally worth losing some sleep over :).

    dressed2dnines.blogspot.com

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  8. Wonderfully styled my dear!! So Beautiful!

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  9. That is indeed a fabulous top, Glenda! I love these looks, and I bet you'll be enjoying it all summer. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday! xo

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    1. Absolutely Patti, it will be my go to top for the summer.

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  10. I am so envious!! The colors are amazing and I love the structure. I was thinking the same thing when you mentioned from behind it looks like a dress. They say spring began on Thursday but it's still quite chilly here but your top makes me long for the warmer weather. Very feminine and you wear it well.

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    1. Steph, I feel bad for you on that part of the USA. We are blessed to have such pleasant weather in Cali. When it does rain, we don't know how to act.

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  11. You look beautiful and the colorful look suits you! Definitely fun & flirty!
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  12. Beautiful Glenda! Such a classic and I love how it dresses up jeans. This color looks great on you! Very pretty shoes too, just perfect. I'm thinking you will wear this beautiful piece often.

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. Thank you Ann, and you are exactly right - I plan on wearing it often!

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  13. It is a pretty top indeed and I think you did perfectly in styling it!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    http://www.mjoat.com/

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  14. I saw this top and loved it. It looks gorgeous on you.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. This was one time I couldn't pass it up!

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  15. I never thought I would like a peplum top, but this one is gorgeous! Esp. on you! :)

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    1. You are very kind Laurie. Thank you :)

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  16. You look fantastic! This top is gorgeous, I love the exaggerated peplum and the pattern, really great find!! Hugs, Beata xxx

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  17. You look absolutely fabulous in your Anthropologie top. I loved it too, but it did "nothing for me." So please wear it for BOTH of us!

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  18. Wonderful top, the fabric , the style, I love a peplum, no wonder you dreamed about it... it had to be yours!

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  19. And it took my breath away too. Glenda you are looking stunning!!!!!
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you Lenya! Did you have a good weekend?

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    2. Yep, had a date night out, and of course watched baseball, opening game in Sidney. Thx for asking Glenda. How was yours?
      PS forgot to tell ya, those orange sandals are gorgeous!!

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    3. I didn't do much to be honest. That writing gig fell through. Oh well, on to the next. I'm glad you like the sandals. I found them at TJ Maxx years ago.

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  20. Crazy about that top!!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  21. I could see why you tossed and turned thinking about that top - it has the best floral print and fabric that will last a lifetime, and paired with those sandals - you struck gold!

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    1. Thank you Antoinette, I felt really golden in the top. I'm in love! :)

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  22. Wow - gorgeous top! It's looks youthful and Springlike but has the lines for a more mature woman to wear quite chicly. You look amazing in it! ;-)

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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    1. Thank you Alicia. It is quite a top. The fabric is simply amazing.

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  23. GLENDA that top is FAN-TAB-ULOUS!!!!!! #SCORE
    Joi
    Xx

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  24. Glenda, I spotted that exact top and seriously, it was made for YOU! Boy oh boy, you do look fabulous in it. So glad to hear I have a fellow girl mate who has the same kind of dreams I do. So happy you were able to make yours come true.

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    1. Thank you Trina. I am so glad I was able to bring her home with me :)

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  25. Gorgeous! I totally get why it had to be yours, and it suits you perfectly. You styled it so well, easily and sparingly, but thoughtfully ... your style exactly.
    Glad you changed your mind ( "... I'm not big on prints." ) 'cause this was a great exception! All prints are not created equal, and this is a beauty.

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    1. Jan you are so right...not all prints are created equal. I usually stay away from them. I think I only have about 5 printed items in my entire wardrobe. But this one...oh this one - Mad, crazy love it!

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  26. You were serious about that top! Glad you went back and purchased it....it's so adorable. You wear it well!

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    1. Yes My...very seriously. I fell madly in love with it...as you can see :)

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  27. Glenda, I love this Dahlia print, perfect for spring happy days! I can see why you snagged it. You styled it to perfection with dainty, yet colorful jewelery, strappy shoes, simple denim..
    LOVE this look on you!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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    1. Thank you Elle. That means a lot coming from you!

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  28. I bought this top two weeks ago and I can't even lie it looks so much better on you! Love it!

    xx Cara

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    1. Really Cara?! Wow, I can't wait to see you in it. The top is mouth-watering delicious :)

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  29. You were so right in buying this top. It is exquisite. Love how you styled it with jeans and those perfect sandals. A big applause. (And you can still show your arms... envy you for that.)
    Greetje
    PS... I always have to fill in a "capcha code" when publishing my comment. As far as I know you can change the settings in such a way that when you have approved someone once or perhaps twice, that person then becomes "a person who you can trust" and doesn't need to fill in the code anymore. It is easier on the readers and will perhaps give you more comments.

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up on the capcha. I had no idea a could tweak it. I'll do that now.
      I am in deep love with this top Greetje. It was love at first sight.
      I am always in battle with my arms. I have to lift weights at least 3 times per week.

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    2. At least you can do something to maintain nice arms. Mine are beyond help. Oh well, we all get saggy bodyparts sooner or later. With me it is just sooner.

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  30. Glenda, you're fast becoming my new style star! Love this fresh and flirty look, not to mention the beautiful weather you're having! If only ;)

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    1. Mary...omg, that is so sweet! I'm having really good fun doing this. It's my Happy Place :)

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