7.13.2014

Sunshine

Doesn't it seem like it was ages ago when Pantone made their big color of the year announcement? Like many, I was excited to see what the color would be. Unfortunately, I wasn't thrilled with the selection...Radiant Orchid. You see, I'm not a purpley kind of girl. It's not that I don't like to see others in the hue, but for myself, I choose to avoid it. Perhaps it stems from wearing too much of it during my high school years. I wore some shade of purple to just about every single occasion...homecoming, prom - you name it. Now, I must admit, I don't have a single item in my closet in that shade or hue.Though I wasn't enthusiastic about Radiant Orchid, I was delighted to see some of the other colors represented, in particular Placid Blue, Hemlock and Freesia. I adore these three colors because they're reminiscent of nature - Placid Blue as the sky and sea, Hemlock as foliage, and Freesia as the warm sunshine. Oh sunshine, how I adore thee. I long for your warm and tender kiss.

Because of my great affinity for nature, especially the sun, I thought it would be perfect to dedicate today's outfit to my great love. In addition, with Haute Couture Fashion Week coming to a close, I also thought it would be meaningful to wear a garment that was custom made just for me. I had a huge bolt of freesia colored fabric laying around so I enlisted the help of my sister to create another delicious, full skirt. This time I opted for wider pleats and tea-length (see another skirt Steffyne made HERE). Even though tea-length skirts are a current trend, in my book, they are a classic. I always have a selection of longer, fuller skirts and dresses in my wardrobe. They work so beautifully with riding boots, heels or flats. In other words, the length is very versatile. With the crystal blue skies above, and the ever-present California sun kissing my cheeks, Fred and I headed out to a location that's befitting to today's theme. Enjoy!

Today's Look - Skirt: Custom made by my sister, Steffyne, Bustier: Loft, Scarf on wrist: vintage, Lace clutch: vintage, Embroidered pumps: Isaac via eBay





 

I pondered how I would close this post, as I stand perched on top of the words - Above and Beyond. Could it be in reference to our great, big, beautiful sun? Or, could it be for my sister who lovingly went above and beyond the call of duty to create such a lovely skirt for her sister? Perhaps it isn't for me to decide, but for my readers to determine - What is ABOVE AND BEYOND in your life?{wink}


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67 comments:

  1. When I first heard of radiant orchid, I had to google it up as I'm only familiar with the basic color names. Not familiar with the sophisticated naming guidelines fashion comes up with.

    The skirt made by your sister is beautiful! I am partial to skirts that do not hug the hips as they are better for my body type, more forgiving and flattering. I must admit I don't have one of that length though and I'm intrigued if it will look good on me or not.

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    1. If it's proportioned for you, the length will be fine. Dior first introduced us to this length with his New Look in the 40s. It is my favorite length because of its versatility. Give it a try!

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  2. Your skirt is fantastic, your sister is so skillful! The color is amazing and it goes so well with both blue and green. And it really shines! The whole combination is wonderful and you look great. Yes, with this outfit you went above and beyond ;)

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  3. Love the skirt your sister made for you. Gorg color and it's suits you so beautifully. BTW yellow goes perfect with purple.
    Sunday hugs
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you Lenya! Um, are you being funny about the purple (lol)

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  4. Oh Glenda, looking gorgeous head to toe - in this case, wrist to toe actually! What an adorable touch with the scarf. Your sister did an amazing job - you are wearing your own personal sun now. :) And your shoes are magnificent!

    You are 100% California gal! I love me some rain and clouds - love our mild and tender climate. Our summers tend to be sunny, but rarely hot, so I love them too. :) That's what counts, isn't it? To be in harmony with the place you live.

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    1. I agree with being in harmony with your surroundings. I would probably melt if I lived in a cooler climate. It's as if I literally feel ill when it is cold and cloudy. The sun energizes me completely.

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments about the outfit. I'm having fun wearing color :)

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  5. HI Glenda,

    You are lucky to have such a creative and talented sister. This skirt, as well as the second in royal blue fits perfect and suits you fabulously! I am totally in love. :)

    Taeyeon
    http://dailypickoffashionista.blogspot.com/


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    1. Thank you so much for you sweet comment. Yes, I am lucky to have a sister with this amazing gift. She spoils me :)

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  6. So beautiful in yellow and sky blue, Glenda! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, I always enjoy your posts.

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  7. You are most definitely above and beyond in this outfit. I much prefer your sunshine color and sky blue than any item of orchard.
    What an incredibly talented sister you have and what a perfectly gorgeous model she had to represent her gift.

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    1. Trina, wow, thank you. You are too kind.

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  8. OMG, Glenda, your sister went above and beyond to create this fabulous skirt for you!!! You look stunning in yellow, and I love how you paired it with a chambray bustier for that vintage modern vibe. Love it!!!
    Monica
    glamvolution.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Monica. Yes, my sister is an amazing talent. Normally I would have worn it with white, but I'm trying to be more adventurous with color.

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  9. Glenda your sister has truly worked her magic here. Love the color and style of the skirt and you wear it so well, I am smiling just looking at your photos. Hope you enjoyed your time out with hubby. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Elsie. It's nice to know the photos made you smile. The outfit made me feel great!

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  10. Your sister did a wonderful job on that skirt. Bravo to her! Beautiful shade of yellow as well.

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  11. Hemlock and freesia are beautiful names for colors...almost poetic. I don't know color names well at all, but now I will always remember "freesia" because it is stunning!!! Your skirt is beautiful...your sister did an awesome job!!!

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    1. Yes, the names are lovely, aren't they? I am so happy with the skirt!

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  12. Very visible and just brilliant in every way! You look like a sunflower reaching for the sky, above and beyond all the other plants in the garden.

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    1. I grinning from ear to ear. Thank you Val!

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  13. It's so nice to have a good & talented Sister and you look Great in this outfit. But can we take a moment for the SHOES. . . .they are magnificent!

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    1. Aw yes...the shoes. My little eBay win. It was love at first sight.

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  14. How great it is to have a sister who can make such a beautiful skirt! The colour is so summery and suits perfectly not only to your skin tone but to your personality too.

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    1. I felt joyful in this bright and vibrant outfit. I'm glad that showed through. Thank you Olga!

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  15. This skirt is EVERYTHING Glenda! I could not agree more, tea length skirts are classic and essential in my opinion!

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  16. I LOVE skirts and I love your skirt!!!! So many years I thought this kind of skirts is not very flattering to my figure because I´m only 1,63 m but last year I gave one skirt a chance and since this day I LOVE midi skirts!! This gorgeous yellow is divine!!
    Great images dear Glenda.. love this above and beyond picture most! :)

    have a nice week
    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. This is a very flattering style...midi's and tea-length. Mine is a tea-length. Which means it is just slightly above the ankle. I love both lengths very much, and they're staples in my wardrobe. I'm glad you decided to give it a try. By the way, I am just slightly taller than 5 feet tall. I am short.

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  17. Love, love that yellow skirt. The color is so uplifting. And, those embroidered pumps are so unique! cherie at stylenudge.com

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    1. Thank you Cherie! Oh yes...the pumps. I snatched them up on eBay. Love at first sight :)

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  18. Wow that skirt is gorgeous! You look lovely!

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    1. Hi Cookie! Where did you go?
      Thank you!

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  19. The Yellow skirt is an inmediate WANT, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I lov ethe details of the shoes.
    You are sooooooooooooo fantastic
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  20. You know how I adored your blue skirt. Now I have this yellow on to drool over... Perfect, fantastic, love it to death. (I mean it, you know I do.)
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you Greetje. Both are so fun to wear!

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  21. Absolutely love your skirt, Glenda! You look dIvine!

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  22. This skirt is just wonderful, lucky you to have such a clever sister. I have given up fuller skirts as I felt they made me look shorter and rounder, and who needs that. Maybe come our summer, I will heed your advice and rethink. Your shoes , such a joy.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Yes, the shape can be tricky. This one is ultra full. However I chose a fitted top to give waistline definition.

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  23. Spotted this look on Instagram. Love how it simple but super stylish. The skirt really made the look. :-D
    http://blogthebutterfly.wordpress.com/

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  24. That gorgeous skirt is above and beyond, Glenda! Love that color on you!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  25. Lovely on you! Excellent that it's bespoke ... brilliant skills your sister has!
    Not a purple lover either!
    On the run ... stopping to say that you look so summer-pretty.

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  26. Congratulations to your sister! She has made a wonderful skirt in a vivid colour which is great on you! ( how solid is the love of a sister! ) This season I have seen many yellow clothes, but your skirt is one of my favourite!

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    1. Thank you Dan. Yellow is such a lovely color.

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  27. Wow...what a lovely skirt...I simply love that bright color ;)

    http://butterfly9999.blogspot.ro/

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  28. Your sister did a fantastic job. And I love the color combo!

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  29. hands down my favorite look of yours! It all fits so perfectly (your looks always do) but this one to a whole different level! Stunning!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Thank you Cara. This means so much coming from a stylish woman like yourself.

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  30. Great skirt and such a vibrant colour. Me likey! You look fab Glenda. :-)

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. You are Radiant Glenda in this outfit, so forget Radiant Orchid. I am pretty much the opposite of you. I love purple and shun yellow. Yellow doesn't do me any favours so I save it for the sunflowers. Radiant Orchid, while it looks nice in orchids, is not particularly my preferred shade of purple though.

    I love the blue and yellow combination you've used and I agree with you that tea length skirts are classic. I've worn midi length through much of my life so I'm not really anxious to jump on that trend though I do still have some midi length skirts. It doesn't really feel new and exciting to me as I've always worn them. Tea length is what I sometimes get out of skirts meant to be longer on a shorter person! Your sister made you a beautiful skirt and it's really obvious that the skirt makes you feel good.
    xoxoxo

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    1. First, thank you for the lovely words, Shawna!
      Second, have you noticed that what the younger generation calls a new trend, is something that we have worn time and time again? I guess unless someone is truly innovative, the "trends" will not be new to us seasoned gals.

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  32. I adore this skirt of you Glenda, all of it: the color, the volume, the chic lady like vibe downplayed to great affect with the simple grey.
    I think I vote for your sister, btw!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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  33. You look wonderful Glenda !!! what a clever sister you have the skirt is fab !.

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  34. I absolutely must have those shoes! You make the "tea length" rock without it looking matronly. Thanks fredy K. 3-3-2016

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