6.03.2014

Native

Have I mentioned to you how proud I am to be a native Southern Californian? I just love my great state. It is a virtual melting pot of culture and activity. Not to sound like a broken record, but you have heard me mention time and time again how my California lifestyle is one of my greatest influences to my wardrobe. What isn't there to love about Cali (as we affectionately call her):
  • About 70% of the year we are basking in the warm sunshine;
  • Our terrain has the best of all worlds. To the west we have the Pacific Ocean, the south we border Mexico, the north brings us the mountains that kiss the sky; and to the east, our hot and dry deserts;  in addition,
  • Our heritage and culture is bathed in the legacy of the Chumash Indians.
Today's look plays homage to our Native American brothers and sisters by adding subtle details that give a wink to their amazing craftsmanship, and symbolism of their culture. Here is a little tidbit of personal information - My paternal great grandmother was a full blooded Native American. Perhaps, that is why I have such a deep respect for their culture. As a sidebar: When I was a young girl, I recall my family taking many road trips on Route 66, and I wanting to stop at the reservations and learn all about the Native Americans. I can still see the array of bolo ties, concho belts and intricate moccasins. The items were always made with beautiful leathers in subdued earth tones that were combined with rich shades of turquoise and reds...and silver...lots of silver.


Today's Look: Sandals from the Nine West Vintage American Collection (limited edition) via eBay, Skirt: Banana Republic (old but in chocolate HERE), Metallic Sweater by Tildon via Nordstrom Rack, Silver Braided Belt: Banana Republic, Wristlet: Loft (old but similar HERE), Turquoise Ring from Everything Silver, Polish is Scarlett O'Hara by essie.



When I purchased these beautiful sandals from eBay, I was excited to style them in a southwestern fashion. I can see them worn in a variety of ways, including the constant in every California girl's wardrobe - jeans and a white t-shirt!




Style inspiration can come from just about any avenue. Rarely do I take my ques from the obvious, but rather, the gentle ebb and flow in everyday life...the dry, desert tumble weed, memories from childhood, a culture to glean from, etc, etc.

Subtle earth tones combined with rich turquoise, reds and silver.

The beauty of life is that we are all so very unique. How fortunate we are to have a world that we can all glean from. Wouldn't life be positively boring if we didn't have other cultures to embrace? Tell me, dear friend, what inspires you?{wink}

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52 comments:

  1. This is fantastic you can be so close to the Native Americans' culture. Recently my daughter has read a few books about them and she is fascinated with their culture and philosophy of life. She told me: 'you know mom, I regret so much I cannot live with them years in the past. I would definitely prefer life in harmony with nature than how we live now". And I agree with her.
    I love your outfit, especially beautiful sandals and how you added colors. There's a lot of harmony in this look.
    Greetings :)

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    1. Yes, it is truly beautiful how they live at one with nature. And their spirits are so sweet and kind. A very proud people.

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    1. Darlene I needed mouth to mouth when they arrived :)

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  3. California is one of those places I would absolutely love to visit (and live for a while, too, if I had a chance). And I just LOVE this outfit so much - the sandals are gorgeous and the shape of the skirt and top is so bouncy perfect! x

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    1. Natalia, there is virtually a plethora of ways to style these sandals. My wheels are spinning!

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  4. Wow, the sandals are fabulous!! I like how you've rolled the sleeves on the sweater, adds a bit of panache. I was born and raised in Northern California (5th generation CA native) and have lived in So Cal the last twenty-two years. I've really come to love and appreciate this part of the world (though a bit less traffic would be my dream...)

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    1. Thank you very much. Yes, this outfit felt right.

      Oh yes, let's not mention the traffic. Northern Cal is great too. But Central Cal is simply gorgeous.

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  5. Love the outfit and those shoes whoa they are so so pretty + I like the combination of earth tones and turquoise. I visited California (Oceanside) when I was 15 actually turned 16 there I wanted to stay but my Mama was like no ma'am lol...it's a beautiful state.

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    1. I have friends in Oceanside...great city next to the water. Hopefully you'll be able to return. I'm glad you like this look, Cookie!

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  6. Absolutely love this look, Glenda! Could be one of my favorites (but I feel like I say that all the time ;) )
    The shoes are amazing and I just really love the whole vibe of this look! You look fabulous, as always!

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    1. I think it's one of my favorites too. There is something about a fantastic pair of sandals!

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  7. I love those sandals, they are so cute. They would look great dressed up or down.

    Sonya

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  8. You inspire me, Glenda! I'm obsessed with these sandals!!! I've never been to California, but definetly a place I would love to visit!
    xo,
    Monica
    Glamvolution.blogspot.com

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  9. Fabulous sandals Glenda! I love your entire look and the story behind it! You always have a little surprise up your sleeve!

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    1. I'm always to tie fashion in with just about any of life's experiences. Thank you Sue, I'm so glad you like the look!

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  10. The whole outfit is beautiful. It makes me happy just to look at you. Perfect skirt and sweater. And of course... the sandals... what a fantastic addition to your collection.
    And yes different cultures can be like spice in your food. As long as we accept each other diffences....
    Greetje

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    1. Your last statement is crucial. If only we all could accept the differences. I'm glad this look makes you smile. My new sandals make me happy too :)

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    2. And it is also nice when you spell that word correctly... differences. LOL
      I was not wearing my glasses...

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  11. Absolutely love this outfit. Perfect combination.
    http://blogthebutterfly.wordpress.com/

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  12. Great post and even greater way of explaining the inspiration behind this outfit.I love the shoes and the earth tones. Very nice! I really want to visit Southern Cali one day (soon). I visited as a child, but don't remember much. How refreshing to see someone so proud of where they come from. I feel the same way about my hometown/state, but so many people don't take pride in where they're from. Again, great post.

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. You and your hubby will fall in love with Cali. I hope you'll be able to make that happen. Yes Whitney, I gravely admire the native culture. I'm glad you like this post!

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  13. Those are amazing shoes! And I'll bet you can even walk in them. I sure couldn't. I am as emotionally attached to my province, British Columbia, as you are to California, though I adore northern California and southern Oregon and would like to attach them to Canada.
    I have a really difficult time pinpointing what inspires me because I think I am inspired by everything. I love the natural beauty of my part of the world, which is predominantly blue/grey/green and brown in colours. In nature I find this lovely but it is too subdued for my taste in home decor or clothing. Still there is a sort of earthy-hippie element in me that is probably quite routed in my environment. i love natural fibres and earthy tones, but I also love jewel tones and rich fabrics -tapestry, velvet, brocade. I think that comes from the world of my imagination, the books I read as a child, a world more European with witches, fairies, gypsies and princesses.

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    1. Shawna when you showed us your neighborhood, I completely understand why you love your area. It was quaint and beautiful. Southern Cal has pockets of quaint.

      The sandals are actually too high. I'm going to have the heel shortened about an inch.

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  14. Glenda this is a fabulous outfit !!! shoes are gorgeous , I am rather jealous of your lovely weather !, once again it's been raining in the uk ! best wishes to you x.

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    1. Oh gosh Lesley, I can't handle rain, though I know we desperately need it. And, thank you!

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  15. Oh those shoes!!! They are gorgeous Glenda and you look as stylish and Glenda_ish as always. Love the look on you.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  16. Ok... I fell in love with the shoes, and now seeing them with your outfit makes me love them even more..
    Great look Glenda!

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    1. Ha! That's what I say. They really make an outfit.

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  17. I love this look on You and I too love my culture and my Island home. BTW those shoes are to die for. . .Enjoy!

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  18. You can do NO wrong, you always look incredible! Not to mention you describe California perfectly!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Cara you're sweet for saying that. Thank you!

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  19. Those shoes are awesome! You look great. It's such a treat to see what you are wearing and how you put things together. Hugs! Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan, it's good to know you're enjoying the looks.

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  20. OMG those sandals are divineee! beautiful outfit hun.

    kisses.
    www.taislany.com

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  21. Wow, fantastic sandals, Glenda!! You look great!!

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    1. Thank you Elsie. Yes, these sandals are pretty awesome!

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  22. you look great in neutral tones, and those shoes are super glam with the embellishments!

    Check out my latest post on the Blog :)
    AL xx
    RASSP STYLERASSP INTERIOR

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  23. Love this Glenda. Southern gal with great style. Those sandals are EVERY SINGLE THING! Just fabulous hun. xoxo

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  24. HI Glenda!
    You look fab as always!
    Love the southwesten look!
    Its part of my culture.
    I have thise sandals in black
    There are so beautiful!
    Have a beautiful day! ;-)

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    1. Oh wow, I haven't seen them in black. They must be beautiful!

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  25. Oh and I be visiting California soon
    My husband is retiring soon & we will be taking a trip there to look around & see if we can find a place to live.
    Dont know where yet but if you have any suggestions please let me know.
    Thank you Glenda I do appreciate your blog!

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