1.28.2015

Fluted

In my opinion, a great skirt is one that has movement and/or fits like a glove. With the denim skirt I'm wearing today, the fluted hemline is what caught my attention while perusing on eBay. I'm not typically attracted to denim skirts because of the stiffness usually associated with them, however the design of this particular one was very appealing. I love the diagonal seams that swirl around my hips and then cascade down into a fun and flirty hemline. To double the flirtation appeal of today's look, I thought it most appropriate to bare a little shoulder.  Fluted Skirt + Bare Shoulders = Feeling Pretty Darn Good.


Today's Look - Fluted Denim Skirt by Stamp 10 via eBay (similar by Michael Kors at Net-a-Porter), Silk Peasant Blouse: Trina Turk (Thrifted) (option at Express), Nine West Vintage America Sandals (limited addition) via eBay, Polish is Devil's Advocate by essie, Sunnies: Loft, Custom made musical note ring.




 


The only correction I will need to make on the skirt is the addition of waist/belt loops so that I can easily wear a belt. The waist line is a bit too boxy for my liking, which causes me to have to re-adjust. That's not acceptable. When I wear my clothes, I don't want the inconvenience of having to constantly pull at my clothing. Other than adding the belt loops, my new skirt is the type of garment that causes me to walk like they have several men walking behind me. You know what I mean? {wink}

I hope everyone is having an incredibly, flirtatious week!

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1.25.2015

Inspired by...The Row!

I fell in love with the zen-like quality of the spring/summer 2015 collection for The Row. The masterful combination of paired down pieces created in raw silks produced such a calming effect. Though the collection has a simplistic feel, make no mistake about it, the garments have been carefully crafted with undeniably artistic impressions with swaths of fabric tied and twisted around the garments to create shapes and silhouettes that are new and fresh. The venue for the runway show, in itself, was utter perfection...an exposed brick wall for the backdrop, a wooden plank floor for the catwalk and the morning sunlight for the lighting. Just like The Row, I selected a location for this photo shoot for its zen-like quality. The raw and uninterrupted. And the soft glow of the morning light. Enjoy!


Today's look is inspired by look No. 17 from The Row. I was surprised when I saw a similar piece from my existing wardrobe in their collection. Though my top is an actual dress (last worn in a post called Daring), the two pieces are very similar. The undeniable difference is that The Row piece has slits that far exceed the ones in my dress. Nonetheless, it is a simple look to recreate. Perhaps one day, if I decide I no longer want to use my piece as a dress, I'll send it off to my sister to have her move the slits higher up.


Today's Look - Double Side Slit Dress: Tango Rose (Balboa Beach); Moto Bi-Stretch Pants: Loft (available on eBay); Nine West Fastenup Slides: eBay; Silver jewelry purchased in Mexico; Sunnies: Loft
 
The Row Spring 2015 - Style.com






If you haven't seen the complete collection for The Row spring/summer 2015, simply visit Style.com to see all of the delicious pieces. In the meantime, I hope you all have a fantastic and inspiring week ahead{wink}

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1.21.2015

Dream Green

During this time of year, when most of the foliage is dormant, it nice to think ahead toward the warmer, more colorful months. Fortunately, because I reside in California, not all vegetation turns brown. We still have our glorious palm trees and other tropical plants to keep us motivated. According to about education, green symbolizes nature and represents tranquility, good luck, health and fertility. There's no wonder why we love green. Just the sight of a lush green landscape evokes positive thoughts.

Since I'm jonesing (desperately wanting) for more greener days, I thought I'd give myself a little mental boost by wearing one of my favorite dresses from Anthropologie. You may recognize the dress from a post I did last February called About Business. Since its last appearance, I had the sleeves removed. The sleeves were short and because of the snug fabric, the tightness on my arms was quite uncomfortable. So, I decided to revitalize the dress by sending it to my sister to have her remove them. I like it so much better than before. Speaking of the snug fit, I must admit that this dress can be tough to wear. As you can see, it hugs ever curve. Not the dress I would choose to wear if I planned on dining. Nonetheless, I love the fit and the shade of green is stunning. Enjoy!


Today's Look - Dress: Embossed Basket Dress by Ganni: Anthropologie (Still available on eBay), Franco Sarto Diamana Leopard Pump: Shopstyle, Renn Woven Crossbody Wristlet: Charming Charlie, Emerald ring was a gift, Citizen Watch, Bracelet from Loft (old), Monogram Charm by Swell Caroline, Polish is Normani by Zoya.






Do you dream in color? I do, as a matter of fact, I dream green {wink}

I hope you're having a great week!

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1.18.2015

Inspired by...Jeannie!

The first time I blogged about who I was inspired by was on December 30th (here is the link). In the midst of creating the post, I thought it would be fun to create a series based on the concept. So, today I give you the second post in my new series called - Inspired by. The purpose of the series is to introduce you to the bloggers, designers, artist, or whatever inspires me. In addition, as you know, I write a great deal about being inspired to create your own look verses copying someones fashion style. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I'm looking forward to delving deeper into it.

Recently, Jeannie from Ms. Jeannie and Her Closet was spotted wearing a pussybow blouse and jeans in a post called Living Life Our Way and Feeling Whole. Jeannie's look resonated with me because I saw her post shortly after writing Rips with Glitz, where I shared how, in recent years, jeans have become a staple in my wardrobe. If you aren't familiar with Jeannie, please visit her blog and get to know this lovely spirited woman who has an incredible fashion sense and an enduring personality.

Today I'm bringing you two completely different looks that include the same blouse but two options of denim. The first look, with overalls, is more urban and hip. While the second look, with dark skinnies, is demure and classic. Enjoy!

Look No. 1: Urban Cowgirl


First Look - Vintage 80s Pussybow Blouse; Vintage Gap Overall, Michael Kors Sandals, Accented with Silver jewelry.


    


Look No. 2: Little Ms. Proper


Second Look - Vintage 80s Pussybow Blouse, Petite Curvy Skinny Jeans: Loft; Michael Kors Brena Flats (still available on eBay); Renn Woven Crossbody Wristlet: Charming Charlie, Accented with gold jewelry and accessories.





As my jean wardrobe continues to increase in number, I'm always excited when I'm inspired with different ways to wear them. Thank you Jeannie! Your pussybow blouse with jeans is really the cat's meow{wink}

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1.15.2015

Peaceful Moments No.1: Tranquility

As we move into the weekend, I wish to take this time to share with you a Peaceful Moment...

Today, I decided to forgo my usual morning workout. Instead, I selected to turn off the computer, the television, the radio, etc and enjoyed a morning of blissful peace and quiet. This time alone was exactly what the doctor ordered. It has been awhile since I have treated myself to tranquility. With a house full of men - two who love watching thunderous games of football and the other who practices his musical instruments, a home without sound was utterly euphoric. 

My morning of tranquility began with a breakfast of 1/2 a toasted bagel with blueberry jelly, a scrambled egg and cranberry juice. It was so pleasurable to sit in the dining room and gaze out the window. Following breakfast, I drew a warmer than warm bath that was laced with lavender scented bath oil and Epsom salts. The only sounds I heard were the occasional drip from the spout and the rhythmic movements of the water. After my relaxing soak, I did something that I've never done while simply laying around the house alone - I put on the perfume that I have officially dubbed, 'My Signature Scent.' It's by an aromatherapy company called Caldrea. My chosen scent is called No. 2: Tea Olive Lime. The scent is so perfect. It's light and completely scented with essential oils of Lime, Sandlewood, Orange and Lemon. The description on the bottle says - A green fragrance with a hint of intrigue. A trio of citrus stays bright-eyed over more subtle notes of tea. I'm in love with it! After treating myself to the lovely fragrance, I then created a cozy palette on the floor which consisted of a soft blanket, a bed sheet which I just removed from the dryer (the warmth from the sheet felt oh so good) and a heap of pillows. And there I lay with my latest read, a book called Jack's Widow by Eve Pollard. Perfection personified.



While I type this message to you, I feel rejuvenated. It was a priceless moment to have uninterrupted time to myself. I hope, that with all the busyness and the desire to remain connected, you can find time to disconnect from the world and spend precious time with yourself and your own wonderful thoughts.

Have a wonderful weekend{wink}

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1.11.2015

Rips with Glitz

Truth be told, it wasn't until the past decade that I became fond of blue jeans. I know I'm going to receive some scolding comments on this statement but, I always viewed jeans as the lazy persons fall-back item for dressing. I live in Southern California and jeans are so prevalent that an actual style of dress is based off of them - California Casual. In other words, wear your denim and doll them up a bit. Jeans to work; jeans to a play (with a great top and heels, of course), jeans to an art opening, jeans to church. Jeans, jeans, jeans. Yes indeed, in Cali, if your closet consist of several options of jeans, then your wardrobe is good-to-go.

Like I mentioned above, I wasn't really fond of wearing denim until recent years. Since I could remember, I was the type of girl who found fashion conformity to be atrocious, and since everyone was wearing them, I wanted no part of it. The 80s were my high school years, and was also the era of the great designer jean. Remember Jordache Jeans, Gloria Vanderbilt and Sassoon? I remember having discussions with friends about what we were going to wear to impress the guys for our first day of school as freshmen. Almost all of them said one of the top designers jeans. All except little ol' me. Instead, for my first day as a freshmen, I chose to wear Bermuda shorts, argyle socks, penny loafers and a polo shirt. As the seasons changed and the weather grew cooler, one of my most memorable ensembles was built around a wonderful pair of oatmeal colored jodhpurs (that my beloved mother made for me), riding boots and a neatly tailored white button down. Boy, did I receive lots of stares and eye-rolling. In other words, jeans were simply out of the question, and while others dawned their denim, I used it as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.  


Fast forward 30 years: I can pinpoint my change in attitude toward wearing jeans around the same time I became a busy mom with two bouncing boys. No longer was I engulfed in the fashion world, rather, my new life consisted of T-ball practices, soccer games, sitting in the bleachers while my sons performed this sport or that band competition. Suddenly, jeans seemed to be the right fashion choice for my current lifestyle. Before I knew it, my closet boasted a wide array of blue jean choices...boyfriends, skinny, low-rise (after losing the baby weight), cropped, classic, overalls, dark washed, acid rinsed...you get the point. I had joined the blue jean brigade. But even with my obvious change, there was and still is quite a bit of the Glenda that needs to shine through. Even with all my denim wearing, I still manage to doll them up with pieces that make me feel a little giddy on the inside. NEVER, and do I mean NEVER will you catch me wearing jeans with a simple t-shirt and athletic trainers. Instead, I choose to make my jean-days sing a little with touches that make the look more interesting. Sometimes the touches are subtle and sometimes it'll slap you in the face. Nevertheless, I find the need to add interest to the over-exposed concept called blue jeans.


Today's Look - Striped Sparkle Top is J.Crew and won on eBay, Boyfriends: Loft (similar option), Belt: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, Loafers: Sam Edelman via Marshalls, Baseball Cap: H&M (new style option): Backpack: Isabelle Vegan Handbags. Signet Ring: J.Crew (old), Watch is Citizen, Horseshoe Bracelet: Polka Dots & Moonbeams.



  

There you have it, friends, the story behind my need to dress-up the denim. Perhaps my need is one of my little quirks. And believe me when I say I have many. But nonetheless, it is a need that I must fulfill when I wear them. Tell me, how do you do denim? Are you a jean and t-shirt kind of person or do you wear your rips with glitz{wink}

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1.08.2015

49

On this day, 49 years ago, Glenda entered the world. Yep, Happy Birthday to Me!! Almost a New Year baby, but not quite. But still, the fact that my birthday is so close to January 1st, it is doubly a great way to begin the year. In our family, the motto is - Let the Celebrating Continue! What am I doing to celebrate this last year in my 40s? Well technically, we already did on January 1 by having dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Old Town Pasadena. The restaurant is called Il Fornaio, and they have been involved in many of our family milestones...Mother's Day, Anniversaries, Birthdays...you name it. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is exquisite, and the location is perfection for those who may want to do a little shopping after their meal.

Since we have already had the big celebratory moment, today, I have chosen to indulge in more individual pleasures. You'll notice the calendar in my hand. Thanks to Debra from the blog called A Modern Translation, her recent post called Back to Paper, reinforced a tradition that I chose to hang-on to many, many years ago - using a paper calender or day planner. Every year, on my birthday, I go in search of my yearly calendar booklet. Like Debra, tried as I may, I simply can't get use to utilizing my smartphone to house my daily activities. Something about using a paper calendar is very nostalgic. And besides, since I'm the gatekeeper for the entire family calendar, it makes it much easier for me to see what's going on in our often busy lives. I enjoy my search for the perfect one. Always pretty. Always whimsical. And always functional. This is my gift to me. It's so personal that I wouldn't dare let someone else decide which calendar is suitable for Glenda. Only I can make that decision. When you see which one I selected, if you have been reading So What to Twenty for some time, you'll immediately relate to why this one was chosen.


For today's look, I'm wearing clothing that compliments the radiant, blue Southern California skies and the cheerful colors in my new calendar. In addition, to accent the clothing, I have selected to wear brilliant silver because this is a year that I will shine. And by the way, I'm wearing a vintage 60's top. Of course, since I was born in the 60s.

Today's Look: Wide-leg Trousers by Jones New York; 60s vintage sweater; Jerome Oxford by Sam Edelman; Belt: Banana Republic; Calendar: Barnes & Noble; Aviators: Loft; Socks: Loft




Notice the blue on the aviators


 
 


The front entrance into Il Fornaio
  
Good to the last bite

Courtyard where Il Fornaio is located

In my 49 years of life, I have grown to realize that it doesn't take bells and whistles to make me satisfied. Often times, it is the treasured items that you hold dear that make all the difference in the world. Today I turn 49. Let me mark that in my calendar {wink}

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