5.18.2014

I Am Glenda

Please stay to the end of this post to enjoy a video of a very poignant panel discussion hosted by British Vogue called, Personal Style and Do I Have It. The video is almost an hour long, but trust me when I say - You Will Enjoy It! 

Recently, while scrolling through one of the social media sites, I came across a post that read, "How to Dress Like Cameron Diaz." As I kept scrolling, I thought to myself...Why would I want to dress like Cameron? Not that I don't believe she dresses nice. However, Cameron is Cameron and I am Glenda. So, why would I want to dress like someone else? My curiosity was peaked and I found myself going back to read the article to find out what it was about.

The article was indeed about dressing like the actress! Listed in its contents was a play-by-play on some of Cameron's most famous looks and a description of her personal fashion aesthetic. I pondered this post for awhile and thought, (tweet this) - I can understand drawing fashion inspiration from another, however, to copy another persons look would simply make you a copy-cat.  Wouldn't you rather be your glorious self? If you have been following So What to Twenty for some time, you may remember a post I wrote on January 23, 2014 called Having Style vs. Being In Style. This article stirred quite a discussion from many, for which we discussed the importance of being you.

Today's look consists of pieces that I have pulled together to, once again, represent who I am. Enjoy!

Today's look - Floral Chino Pant: H&M (available in store. Options at ASOS), Top: Trina Turk (thrifted but options at ShopStyle), Lace Clutch is vintage. Options at Amazon Clothing, Shoes are Zara (purchased on eBay. Sizes still available), Polish is Vanessa by Zoya.





I really believe that in order to know your style, one has to know ones self. (tweet this) - If you truly know yourself, there would be no need to copy another persons fashion style. This I know...I Am Glenda. And so I ask, who are you?{wink}

Enjoy the video (if you don't have time to watch it in it's entirety, I hope that you will view it when ample time permits).

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57 comments:

  1. Glenda, I love this outfit of you and it is your style . I am glad that you do remind of from time to time what style is verses fashion, and loved your remarks about dressing like Miss. Diaz ...
    Frankly I would rather dress like Glenda , but I like dressing lie myself. I do find myself inspired by you and others, but My jumping off point for style is my own sense of what I like,
    Loved the peasant top on you: you look lovely with bared shoulders, and the floral,pant is a delicious pattern. I love the paired down strappy sandals, as they seem more summer like,
    I will look forward to seeing the video, but need to find my ear buds first !
    Love this ensemble, it is artful, well chosen, and compliments your best features,
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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    1. I am also inspired by your eclectic mix Elle. Thank you for being you. Isn't it just marvelous?! I'm glad you like this look :)

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  2. Great post, lovely outfit, gorgeous sandals. :)

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  3. A fun outfit, Glenda! Your style looks lovely on you!

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  4. I tweeted as you told us, thanks for the inspiration! You look terrific, and just like you. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thanks for the tweet Patti and the compliment. I always look forward to Visible Monday!

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  5. So grateful for this reminder and so glad YOU ARE GLENDA! I thoroughly enjoy everything about you. I will definetely use this tweet, its great,

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    1. Oh wow Trina, that is a lovely thing to say. *blushing*

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  6. Nice to meet you, Glenda! I am Natalia. :) Wonderful outfit, love it all on you!

    Agree with you. I thought about this when there were articles about Audrey Hepburn just recently, for her anniversary, all over the Internet. We can celebrate, admire other fantastic people style, but copy it? No thanks. :) Their style is so fantastic exactly for that reason - because it's theirs, it comes from whitin. And it's not just about style - it's about anything in life, any path we choose, in big or small things. Being genuine is a treasure.
    Hugs!

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    1. You hit the nail on the head with that beautiful statement...
      "Their style is so fantastic exactly for that reason - because it's theirs, it comes from within. And it's not just about style - it's about anything in life, any path we choose, in big or small things. Being genuine is a treasure."

      I appreciate you Natalia!

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  7. You look Great here. This is surely your style and I appreciate you.

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  8. I totally agree, we are all individuals and should celebrate our uniqueness.We can take inspiration from one another but remain true to ourselves.

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  9. Adorable chic look! Loving that peasant blouse! Perfect!

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  10. I love your "Glenda-Style! It´s your choice and your taste and it fits and looks amazing on you.

    I have such issues often read in magazines. I am of the same opinion. Why should we all dress like others? Especially superstars. We all have a very different life and demands on the everyday life than, for example Paris Hilton.

    have a wonderful and sunny day
    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. My point exactly Dana Jo. I want to represent Me, not someone else.

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  11. Hi Glenda, I am a recent subscriber to your wonderful blog. I am very impressed with how polished and creative your outfits are to the very last detail. I also enjoy reading your posts and learning how you put yourself together and why you choose certain details to enhance the activity or place you are involved with.

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    1. Hi Rebecca and welcome to the world of So What to Twenty! I am so glad to meet you, and thank you for subscribing.

      I am glad you are enjoying the posts and are drawing inspiration from them. Thank you so very much!

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  12. Well, you are gorgeous! Love this top on you, and the pants are so fun. I also don't understand why anyone would want to copy someone's style piece by piece. Probably someone young who hasn't found their way yet. I'll be back to watch the video when I have more time. Have a great week!

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    1. Oh good Lana, you'll enjoy the video. And, thank you!!

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  13. I agree with your assessment, and I think wanting to mimic somebody - anybody - else is a form of laziness. You don't have to think, you just have to imitate. How boring!
    I love your style, because it is your own. I must admit that I like your pants so much I'd wear them, but they probably won't look as good on me ;-)

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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    1. The pants are great fun. I like them too. And I agree Alicia - how boring to mimic someone!

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  14. I think people get very confused when it comes to "Stars" and their style. You can admire their style, and love every outfit that they wear. But they should learn to use that Star as inspiration instead of a play book. One of the best thing that you fashion bloggers do is post a link to the item of clothing,shoe or accessory that you're wearing. And what we the readers are supposed to take from that is INSPIRATION, even if we buy the exact item. And I often buy the items that are linked, and then I hook it up my way. I guess those folks who dress exactly like Cameron also use Pinterest as a "what to wear" manual. So sad.

    Pam

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    1. I completely agree Pam. There are many celebrities whose style I admire, but to hunt down their exact look...no, not me. I much prefer to master the style of Glenda :)

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  15. Hi Glenda, I want those shoes!!! stylenudge.com

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    1. Cherie there are some sizes still available on eBay!

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  16. Indeed we have to dress for ourselves. You look effortlessly gorg! I love th pants. Will come back to watch video please.

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, please do Missy. You'll enjoy it!
      Thank you ;)

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  17. The video has to wait :-/ but you look gorgeous Glenda and you look Glenda_ish! Why should I want to dress as somebody else? unless it's for a play. Anyway Glenda I love your outfit and I am here to see YOU not a copy of someone whoever....
    Happy Monday girl
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  18. Thanks Lenya, I feel flattered that people like to see what I'm wearing. It gives me butterflies :)
    Have an awesome week!

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  19. Excellent advice, as always. I'd add that unless a wardrobe item is bespoke, or created by the wearer, our modern clothing items are made in often great numbers of multiples. But as you always show us, it's the woman wearing the item with her sensibilities and capacities that makes it an individualized experience. No one will wear those charming trousers, pretty top, cool sandals in the way you do, Glenda ... it's always a treat to enjoy your process!
    Can't watch the video right now, but looking forward to it as a great treat! Thank you!

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    1. Jan, I'm not saying that persons shouldn't buy what they love. But to copy each and every detail...that's a no-no. At least it is in my opinion :)

      Yes, Jan, find time to watch the video. Great wisdom.

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    2. Not arguing with you Glenda. I understood what you were saying. Just agreeing and expanding on the point to a further and related conclusion, and attempting to extend a compliment. Will definitely line up time to watch the video ... nice as a special treat.

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  20. And who you are is a beautiful soul! What a great post, Glenda! Yes, it's wonderful when we inspire each other, but trying to be a carbon copy of someone else never works, and just comes off as a rather boring imitation. Cheers to you for being you, a woman whose style I greatly admire!

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    1. And I greatly admire your style as well Mary. Thank you so much!

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  21. LOVE this, everything about this, the look and the message! You are utterly perfect as you are and I love how you unique your style is. While it looks utterly amazing on you I can't pull it off and that is just fine because I am Cara:).

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Cara, I always look at your style and feel inspired. Your look is so modern. Such a fantastic representation of the working, young, California executive :)

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  22. I love that outfit. It looks great on you and I would wear something similar too though probably not off the shoulder since I don't own a strapless bra. I find that while I do know my style, finding pieces of clothing that fit it are harder. I have very specific things in mind and cannot always find them. I don't sew and I know that the first thing someone is going to say to me is well just make your own clothes then. I don't yet have the stamina, energy or concentration that it would require, though I am hoping that maybe next year I will be able to make a few things. What I really want is to live in jersey. Not the state, but the fabric. ;-)

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    1. I understand what you mean by finding items that fit. Though I'm classified as petite, I am very curvy. Most petite manufacturers assume that we have no curves. Often I have to buy regular sizes and then have them altered to my frame. In other words, I spend lots of money on alterations.

      And yes, jersey is a comfortable fabric!

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  23. I totally agree Glenda! You look lovely + love the sandals!

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    1. Thank you Cookie! To thine own self be true.

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  24. Oh you are just so fab!!! I completely agree! I adore people who embrace their own personal style and find inspiration in others looks instead of copying them entirely!! You have definitely owned your personal style and I love it!

    Also I'm co-hosting Fashion a la mode's linkup this week! It'd be amazing if you joined the party! :D

    xoxo
    Brittany
    http://lovestyletransform.com

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  25. Great post Glenda! I think we all have our own style and an aesthetic that works for us. When I was younger I would grab a page from my mothers book, my grandmother and the icons I admired and eventually as I got older, I developed my own style. I think it is ok to be inspired by others, but no need to copy and be a carbon copy of someone else. The old saying is: "you were born an original, don't die a copy"

    By the way, I love your outfit and your sandals are super cute.They look so comfortable.

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com

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    1. A perfect quote LV! I understand that some are still trying to find what works for them. But have the courage to make something your own.

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  26. I only just found your blog and you rock. I'm a lot older than you but I really appreciate your take on style and I look forward to reading your blog in the future.

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    1. Thank you Judy and welcome to So What to Twenty! I'm glad you enjoy the blog. She is my baby and I feel thrilled that others find my style inspiring :)

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  27. I am at work so I didn't watch the video, however, I have to agree that you must do you and not be a copycat, even though we get inspiration from others. Hopping over from Whitney's Linkup.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Antionette! I hope you find the time to watch the video.

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  28. I love this outfit. Everything about it: trousers, top, shoes. It is also very you. But don't be too hard on the copy cats. You are right of course but not everybody has your styling skills and then copying seems the next best thing.
    I will watch the video, seems very interesting but tomorrow. It is late already. I am coming back this week.
    Greetje

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    1. I watched the video, but it is not going to bring me style.... Sigh. I have to muddle on.

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