4.29.2015

Sunday Afternoon

There's a beautiful rhythm associated with Sunday afternoon...

Sunday - the final day of the weekend before heading back into work; a day commonly set aside for rest and relaxation; a day with its own coined phase (Sunday Driving) that defines a slower pace in driving; a day which, in its name alone, represents warmth with bluer than blue skies.

On this day of laissez faire, the warm temperature beckoned for patio dining at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. The sipping of citrus infused Margaritas, the rhythm of the Mariachi, the great conversation and laughter shared with family...all felt so right and a part of the alchemy of Sunday afternoon. Draped in an intensely blue, coquettish, tiered dress, I felt at one with my surroundings - a hue which reminds me of the beautiful colors the Latin culture embraces, and the intoxicating California sky. Enjoy! 


Dress is courtesy of Chadwicks of Boston
A lovely lightweight, tiered dress that boast an easy drape with a gentle flutter around the hem. Made of 100% rayon.

Today's Look - Peasant Dress: Courtesy of Chadwicks of Boston; Renn Woven Crossbody Wristlet: Charming Charlie; Sandals: Nine West (Options at Nordstrom.com); Delicate Round Stone Necklace: Loft; Ring: Anthropologie (purchased years ago).





On an inviting Sunday afternoon, what activities do you enjoy? Do share, I would love to hear from you{wink}

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4.27.2015

A Bouquet for Tcheng

This past Friday, after experiencing a very busy week with my sons, I decided to treat myself to an afternoon movie. My flick of choice was the much anticipated, Dior and I by Frederic Tcheng. Without giving too much away; I have to say...SEE THIS MOVIE! An excellent picture that chronicles the journey Raf Simons takes as he becomes the new Artistic Director for the iconic design house - Dior. Not just a movie about fashion, but moreso about relationships as Simons takes the helm of the worlds most respected couture house. Yes, watching the Ateliers work their magic was fascinating. However, what was more enduring was seeing the relationships form. In one poignant part of the film, there is a dispute and Simons finds himself having to lay down the law with the Ateliers. There were hurt feelings, and to counteract the pain, Simons gives them a lovely bouquet of flowers. In the end, because the viewer was allowed to connect deeply with the individuals, I felt as much a part of the collection as the designers. I wept along with them as the designs hit the runway. To learn more about the legacy of Christian Dior, please see my post called Dior.

There is another pivotal part of the film which boast a massive array of flowers. But, I'll leave that portion for you to discover on your own. In honor of Dior and I, I dedicate this post. Dressed in a pair of floral pants, I'm reminded of the transformative quality a bouquet of flowers can have. Bouquets brighten a room, heal wounded hearts, announce our love, or simply state, 'I was thinking of you.' Whatever the reason, to receive or give a bouquet of flowers, they always sweeten the mood.  


Today's Look - Mixed Floral Basketweave Pants: Loft (on sale); Chambray Swing Top: Anthropologie;  Satin Sandals by Vince Camuto via TJ Maxx (I've had them forever. Options at Shopstyle); Necklace: Anthropologie (purchased a couple of years ago)


 


 

 
If you want a true behind the scenes glimpse into the world of haute couture, I urge you to see this film. In a day and age when the word Couture is used like an ordinary word, you'll walk away with a great appreciation for the enormous work of the Ateliers. You'll never use the word Couture loosely again. This word has meaning and depth, and Tcheng gives us that clear understanding. Bravo Frederic Tcheng - you most definitely deserve a bouquet for the fine work you've done in creating this movie {wink}

 

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4.24.2015

Balancing Act

This has been a very hectic week which required a bit of maneuvering, re-adjusting, and lots of opportunities to exhale slowly. I know I'm not the only person on this earth who is experiencing this same type of schedule. With all the activities surrounding high school graduations, on top of track and field competitions, music performances, trying to write consistently on my book, A Place Called Peace; all while maintaining a home requires a serious balancing act

Last night, after soaking in a lavender oil laced Epsom bath, I crawled into bed and pulled the covers over my head. I don't remember much after that. The next thing I knew, it was morning and time to get moving once again...running multiple errands...taking sons to this event and that competition...I failed to take the chicken out of the freezer in time for a thorough defrost. Take-out for dinner. Though my sons were perfectly happy with woofing down burgers and fries, I, on the other hand, felt guilty for giving them pizza the night before and now burgers...why didn't I use the crock pot to stew the chicken?

We all have times when our schedules become overly busy. Right? To help me through the times, I make life easier by carving out moments of tranquility. In my purse is my headset and my Galaxy Note. Without hesitation, I'll quiet the world around me by tuning in to peaceful music. I enjoy a collection of spiritual songs on Harp (see below). In addition, I make decisions that lighten the load, or take the guess work out of guessing. This is even the case for my fashion choices. Enjoy!


For today I'm wearing a well balanced and basic outfit - a pair of my favorite skinny jeans, white t-shirt, a pair of comfortable sandals and a A-line artist jacket. I know what you're thinking...Did she wear heels for a busy day? I did for part of the day. But for the athletic events I changed into my sneakers. I didn't want to run the risk of taking a tumble on the school bleachers. With the close fit of the jeans, it felt right to balance the look with the swing jacket. 

Today's Look: Seersucker Artist Jacket (very old); Broken In Tee: Loft; Skinny Jeans: Loft; Strappy Heels: Loft; Silver Cuff from J.Jill (Old. Options on Shopstyle)



 




I will not beat myself up (too badly) for my lack of menu planning. They are fed and content. They understand this isn't the norm. We are a family on the go. Our lives are rich and filled with great opportunities to shine. As I type this post to you, my sons are cozy and relaxed in the family room where they are watching their favorite television shows. I hear their laughter and it gives me such joy. Our busiest time of the week is now over and we survived{wink}

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4.21.2015

Chillaxing

Chillax: to chill and relax; "hang out".

Recently I messaged my youngest son, who was spending the weekend with his friend, and asked...

"What are you doing?" 
His response, "Chillaxing"

'Chillaxing,' I thought to myself. Here we go again with more slang. These kids and their made-up words. Even though I hear my share of slang; having two sons under the age of 18, I typically disregard most with "Oh brother" (insert appropriate eye-rolling here). For some strange reason, I found the word Chillaxing to be an interesting concept...To chill and relax at the same time. But you ask..."What's the difference between relaxing and chillaxing?" Here is where I believe the difference lies. To relax implies you are engaging in restful state of being - perhaps reading a book or watching television. To chillax means you are involved in a relaxing activity that may involve a friend or group of people, ie. enjoying wine tasting, concerts in the park or going to the movies. I came up with the distinction since our youth rarely engage in just relaxation, instead, they would rather spend time enjoying activities with their friends as a form of chillaxing

Today's post is dedicated to that fine, joint effort of chilling and relaxing. On the day I sported this look, we spent the day at one of Southern California's exciting places to conjugate and eat - the Anaheim Packing House. One the day of our visit, the weather was quintessential So Cal with temperatures in the high 80s and without a cloud in the sky. The House was full of people ready to dine at one or more of the eateries; the scent of food, and the sounds of talk and laughter permeated the air. It was definitely the place to be and a perfect set-up for people to engage in the art of chillaxing. Enjoy the look!


A perfect, loose fitting, bohemian top is the focal point of this relaxed look. The swing shape of the top allows for ample room to indulge the appetite, while still providing an interesting point of view with its shirred lace insets. To compliment the top, a fedora which has a band in the same shade of blue as the top. To complete the look, a classic pair of white denim walking shorts and Topsiders. A perfect combination of classic with a touch of boho and quirk.

Today's Look - Boho Lace Top; Walking Denim Shorts by Calvin Klein (Options at Loft); Sperry Topsider Sneakers: Sperry Topsider; Fedora: H&M






Residing in a State that believes in the motto - Living for the Weekend, the ritual of chillaxing becomes a rite of passage of some sort. Conversations about one's work can be somewhat dull, while sharing what you do on the weekends is of the utmost importance. So let's chat...tell me friends, what do you do to chillax? {wink}

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4.19.2015

The Rancher

Accessories shouldn't be viewed as simply filler pieces, rather, they are, in themselves, major players in the game of Fashion. One bad move and your accessories can cause you to lose the game. Make the correct play and you're winning (as Charlie Sheen would say). 

My love affair with accessorizing began at an early age. As a young girl, I enjoyed our annual visits to rural Arkansas to visit my grandparents. My mother's father was a reverend, which meant my grandmother was the first lady of the church. Even in rural America, being the first lady required careful attention to one's wardrobe. In her bedroom she kept an arsenal of jewelry, hats, scarves and handbags. Come summer, when we visited, my grandmother would go into her private collection and bring out a wide assortment of pieces for her grand-daughters to take. Though there were many offspring, myself and one other cousin named Gina were the two who found such a profound thrill in having our pick from our grandmother's collection. 

Decades later, accessories still remain a vital part of my wardrobe oeuvre. Often times I come across a piece so succinct to my lifestyle, I can close my eyes and visualize how it will meld into my life. Such is the case for the rancher I recently purchased from Anthropologie. Perched on a rack in my bedroom, though I've only had the hat for a little over two weeks, the topper has already made two appearances on the blog (the first time seen on Loud & Clear). Like the other accessories and items in my wardrobe, the rancher has an interesting point of view while still managing to remain polite without over-stepping its boundaries. When I dawn this headpiece I feel adventurous, clever, earthy, and bold in a quiet sort of way. But most importantly, I feel like Glenda. Enjoy!


Today's Look - Dressed in a navy blue, 100% linen dress, the Rancher manages to capture the true essence of this laid-back but adventurous ensemble. In this outfit I am reminded of the great Australian Outback or the Chagra of Ecuador (Ecuadorian cowboys). The voluminous dress and hat make a bold statement, so I decided to decorate only one arm with a variety of sterling silver bangles. The other arm I chose to leave bare with only a simple quartz ring on a finger. With the wide brimmed hat, I wanted the earrings and necklaces to have a quiet voice - simple silver hoops and delicate chain necklaces are all that is needed. On my feet, the earthy vibe continues with a pair of silver sandals to compliment the jewelry and a nice contrast against the deep navy blue.

Outfit Details - Abroad Rancher: Anthropologie; Dress was purchased via Etsy (Options HERE); Silver bangles purchased in Mexico; Quartz ring purchased in Solvang, California;  Mirrored Silver Sandals: Zara (Old but options on Shopstyle)
 


Glenda's Accessorizing Secrets:
(Remember, these secrets are how I choose to dress myself)
  1. It is not necessary to accessorize every part of the body or outfit. Meaning, too many pieces (belt, hat, scarf, gloves, jewelry, etc) worn at the same time make for an over-produced and often junky outfit.
  2. Since I'm petite, I only make one bold accessory statement at a time. In this case, it's the hat. I would never wear the hat, a chunky necklace, bold earrings and large sunnies together.
  3. Use the 2 or 3 color rule when dressing. Meaning, when wearing a multi-colored dress, it isn't necessary to wear accessories that match every color in the dress. If the dress is bold, then keep your accessories simple by selecting one color to coordinate with. Or, stick with the metals.
  4. Accessories come in a wide range of prices - from inexpensive to very expensive. I always try to seek out quality. Poorly made pieces will cheapen the overall look of an outfit.




Dressed for the great outdoors, I enjoyed a warm and sunny afternoon of shopping and lunch in one of our beautiful outdoor shopping plazas. My Rancher provided me with the sun coverage I needed, but most importantly, I felt like my entire look was quintessential Glenda and a concise representation to the California way of living{wink}
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4.14.2015

The Pants

The pants of the season can leave some of us in a quandary. I'm all for a wide-legged pant, but a wide-legged, cropped pant could propose a challenge. You see, I'm just a smidgen over 5 feet tall with a inseam of 28 inches. In addition, I have a long waistline. Wearing this style of pant could potentially make me appear squatty (is that a word?), if not done with careful attention to detail.

In order to create an illusion of length, I first selected a trouser in a lightweight fabric that has movement and drape. The pants in this post are made from 73% rayon and 27% linen. Pants made of a thicker fabric could make me appear fuller. Next, I chose a shoe that gave a clean, open visual effect, and added height. For my torso, a fitted neoprene peplum was selected. The appearance of a continuous line was created since the main color in the top mimics the color in the pants. Also, the ruffle seam for the peplum hits an inch above my natural waistline, which makes my waistline appear shorter. Thus creating an illusion of having more length. I hope that wasn't confusing. Take a look. 


Today's Look - Cropped Wide-Leg Pants in Whisper White: Loft; Neoprene Peplum: Zara (Old. Found a few on eBay. Also options HERE); Orange Strappy Sandals: Nine West (Old. Options at Shopstyle)


Here's another little secret. Since the pants didn't come in petite sizing I had to buy the regular. The regular size wore like normal pants rather than cropped, so I had to hem them. I also wanted to add a cuff, however cuffs do make short legs look even shorter. I decided to create a faux cuff by hemming a large hem on the inside. Since the pants are made of a lightweight fabric, you can see the hem through the pants and thus creating the illusion of a cuff without breaking the line of the pants.





I was a little apprehensive about buying the pants. However, since I was able to get them at an extremely low cost, I was willing to go for it. Normally I don't write post that explain fashion tricks for body types. Reason being is all of my readers are not petite or have the same body type as mine. I want So What to Twenty to be relevant to everyone. Therefore, when I write about fashion, I speak about it as an extension to everyday life. Hence the tag line - Where Life and Fashion Intersect.

As many of you know, recently I was interviewed for the website, Fabulous After 40 by Deborah Boland. The feature was an incredible experience. I thoroughly enjoyed delving in and talking about fashion and style. Because of the feature, So What to Twenty gained many new friends. To you all, whether you're new to the family or have been a part for some time...


 

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4.12.2015

Inspired by Suzanne...Relive the 70s

Seeing Suzanne Carillo of Style, Smiles & Stories in a recent post called Boho Style Over 40, plus the buzz about Coachella, the modern day Woodstock. Which, by the way, is going on as I type this and just a couple of hours from my home. Both have inspired me to dress like my inner hippie. Can you dig it? The last time I rocked a 70s look was in a post called, ironically enough - Hippie, back in 2013. I was born in the late 60s, and do not remember very much from that decade. However, the 70s, when I began to blossom, resonates more with my spirit. I remember sitting in front of our black and white television, watching the news while having dinner on TV trays. I recall stories about Vietnam, a horrible mess President Nixon was involved in called Watergate, the "kidnapping" of Patty Hearst, and of course, the ruckus the hippies were causing in the Bay area. Apparently they were attracted to San Francisco, in particular, the community of Haight-Ashbury, which had cheap rooms and a flourishing bohemian lifestyle.

Today, I relive the 70s dressed in an ensemble inspired by the decade. A decade when fringe, suede, bell bottoms, jumpsuits, floppy hats and psychedelic prints were all the rage...and oh yes, the leisure suit. My outfit - a denim halter top, Pucci inspired head scarf, suede jacket and boots, and white jeans is a gentle nod in that direction. I'm posing in a city that has a booming art community and is in the process of restoring old buildings and making them like new again...very reminiscent to the Haight-Ashbury district. Enjoy!


Today's Look: All pieces have been in my closet for decades. Denim Halter Top is vintage Esprit (purchased in the 80s); Espresso colored suede jacket by Live a Little via Nordstrom (purchased in the 90s) (Options HERE); Espresso colored suede boots from J.Crew (purchased in the 90s) (Options on Shopstyle. Love these by Nine West); Emilio Pucci inspired scarf purchased so long ago I can't remember when or where (many options of eBay); Ralph Lauren low-rise, boot-cut denim via Ralph Lauren Outlet (great option HERE); Aviators: Loft - Happy Shopping!









During the 70s, all who know me will attest, I was obsessed with a talented group of siblings called the Sylvers. For my 10th birthday, I went to see them in concert at one of Southern California's popular amusement parks. I was in love with them all, however the youngest of the group - Foster Sylvers, stole my heart. I remember ripping out posters and pictures of him from magazines and posting them all over my bedroom wall. For your musical enjoyment, here is a YouTube clip of the Sylvers on Soul Train. Check out their outfits...very 70s. Viewing this video made me want to grow my hair into a righteous Afro. If you remember the 70s, what was your grooviest part of the decade? {wink}


One more thing...
If you haven't seen my interview called Dressing Confidently at Any Age on Fabulous After 40, you can do so by visiting HERE. Thanks Deborah for asking such fun questions! I hope you all have a wonderful week.


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