10.30.2015

Who Are You?

Food for thought for your weekend...

I ask this question...Who are you? 

I lived much too long without knowing the answer to this question. A question which seems so small, but yet, knowing the answer gives you all the power in the world. 


A PLACE CALLED PEACE: For much of her life, stylist and blogger, Glenda K. Harrison lived in emotional turmoil, ruled by pain and heartache and making personal decisions that undermined her own sense of self and well-being.

When a striking realization about her family spurred Harrison to take bold and decisive action, she bravely chose to traverse the difficult emotional terrain that would ultimately lead her to a new understanding of herself, her gifts, and her destiny - a new place where she could finally be at peace.

Now, Harrison shares her story with others who desperately want to find their way to inner health, and a vibrant life but do not know how.

Drawing from her experiences coaching women to embrace their individual gifts and personal style, Harrison gently but persuasively inspires others to take decisive action to change their lives for the better.
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Who Are You? Have a peaceful weekend{wink}

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10.27.2015

Life: A Quiet Afternoon

Have I told you I'm an introvert? Where many thrive from spending time with others; I find it necessary to spend time alone in my thoughts. Don't get me wrong - I love people. But I also love quiet. It is, in this state, I gather my strength.

Today I'm sharing the majestic and albeit, tranquil location I visited last week (I made mention of it in the post called Descansar. After feeling over-worked, I was whisked away for a quiet afternoon to the Huntington Library, Museum and Botanical Gardens. Not just your ordinary museum, the Huntington is acres upon acres of landscaped, as well as undisturbed natural beauty. Visit GARDENS and discover more. On Monday, the weather was cool, and we were greeted with a much welcomed rain. I felt like I was in paradise. It was indeed a spiritual experience. There were few guests on this day. It was almost as if we had the Huntington to ourselves. Though we did pop into a couple of galleries, most of the day was spent outdoors. Enjoy the images from my day at the Huntington.

The Japanese Garden
  

Passage way in the Chinese Garden which leads to the Tea House
 
The original home of business tycoon Henry E. Huntington is the cornerstone.

The MaryLou & George Boone Gallery

Enjoying the rain from inside a boathouse in the Chinese Garden


Amazing what nature will do when it is undisturbed.
   
A little camera play.

A view of the cafe looks cozy with the rain clouds hovering over head. We stopped in for tea and dessert.
Chamomile Tea and Carrot Cake - Yum!

Incredible succulents in the Desert Garden



What can be more beautiful than mother with child?

An inviting rustic bench.

I hope you enjoyed the images. This is just a mere drop in the bucket of what the Huntington has to offer. If you're ever in the Pasadena area (San Marino) of Southern California, make sure you pay them a visit. Have a peaceful day {wink}
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10.25.2015

Innovative

Innovative:
(Of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced and original.
(Of a person) introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking. 

Have you ever spotted an item that's so interesting, you just have to have it? It catches your eye; you take it into the fitting room, and with all it's quirkiness, you know you can make it work. That huge fashion light-bulb goes off above your head. As you examine yourself in the mirror, your mind says, 'A tweak here and a tweak there.' Yes, your creative juices are flowing. You gather your belongings, along with the new item, and head towards the check-out. While the sales associate rings your purchase, your mind is spinning with all the ways you're going to wear the new purchase. 

Such is the case for the over-sized duster/jacket/surgeon coat - thing-a-bob, I'm wearing in today's post. While waiting for my favorite eyebrow threader to return from lunch, I wandered into the neighboring Urban Outfitters. As I perused the store, I took a peak in the clearance section. There among legions of little tops, I spotted the item. 'What is it?' I thought. The inside label read - Operating Surgical Gown. It even tied like a hospital gown. 'Hmm, if I remove all the straps, this would make a really cool light-weight coat.' I examined the price...$19.99 with an addition 50% off. You can't beat that! And since I'm a sucker for white garments - I made it mine. I hope you enjoy today's look - The cornerstone being my new, innovative purchase.

The moment the fashion light-bulb lights up.
And innovative new product - ZipMyself
 

Outfit Details - White Duster: Urban Outfitters (Sold Out. Dig this white duster by Sandra Weil); Black Pants: Ann Taylor Loft. My own DIY project. I cut regular length pants into cropped. Last seen in post called Kick-Hem. Lots of cropped pants at Shopstyle; Lou & Grey Roll Fave Tee: Ann Taylor Loft; Short Crystal Pendant Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (no longer available); Long necklace "G" Pendant: Swell Caroline. (Really cute pendant by Kate Spade); Basic Sunglasses (Brown): Ann Taylor Loft; Leopard Crossbody Bag: Nine West (tons of leopard crossbody bags at Shopstyle); Belt: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx; Sandals are vintage Nine West via eBay. 

  

 


Holding the ZipMyself

Sometimes we have to be innovative in order to create the wardrobe of our dreams. That 'to die for' item isn't always without tweaks or changes. It's good to go shopping with a more open perspective. If you see something that catches your eye, examine it, and try to view it beyond what is in plain sight. In this case, a surgeon's coat loaded with lots of straps and ties has become a light-weight coat or duster. Who would have thought{wink}

Please visit today's sponsor, ZipMyself - the innovative idea to help you zip yourself.
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10.21.2015

Red Hot!

It's been decades since I've worn a flippy, little red skirt. Thirty years to be exact. It was during high school when I was on pep squad. Yep, I was a cheerleader/flag-girl. Truth be told, I never really thought much about sports - until recent years. The only thing I liked about sports were the guys. Yes, I was one of those type of girls - the cheerleader who only dated jocks. I remember it like it was yesterday...walking around campus sporting my boyfriend's football jersey; standing before crowds of eager sport fans while twirling my double flags to the music of the marching band; summers at cheer camp to learn how to motivate the crowd or to perform somersaults. Now as I sit as an observer among the screaming football fanatics, I watch the pep squad..."Our team is red hot, red hot, red hot," they cheer. Part of me wants to jump down onto the field and show the young whipper-snappers how it should be done. Gone are the megaphones. Now the girls use cordless microphones to be heard. My goodness how times have changed.

After my years of cheerleading came to an end, a vowed never to wear another red skirt as long as I should live. Though I love the idea of red, I was never really thrilled to wear it. I always felt so 'in your face' when I dawned the fire engine hue. It lacked the subtlety I so love. When designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Herm├Ęs and of course, Valentino (with their iconic Valentino Red) sent classic red, combined with black and white down the catwalk for F/W 2015, I thought to myself...'Perhaps I'll revisit red once again.' And on one lazy summer afternoon, I wandered into Zara during their summer clearance sale and spotted the little number worn in this post. Marked down to a mere $9, I was willing to make the sacrifice. I hope you enjoy today's look!


Outfit Details - Red Circle Skirt with side zippers: Zara; Black Turtleneck by Anne Klein (Great sweater at Ann Taylor) Wide Belt (Love this wide belt by Ralph Lauren); Mid-Calf Boots by Gianni Bini via eBay (love the Vince 'Dalton' Boot); Studded Crossbody Bag: Charming Charlie (Similar look in a studded wristlet); Black Everyday Opaque Tights by Nordstrom.




 

A few looks from the F/W 2015 runway:

Hermes {Source: Vogue Runway)

Valentino {Source: Vogue Runway)

Dolce & Gabbana {Source: Vogue Runway)

Its representation of love and passion is beautiful, indeed. And when I wear it, I can't help but to feel firey (is that a word?). Tell me friends, what do you think of the color red? Does it make you feel red hot, red hot, red hot? {wink}
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10.20.2015

Products That Give Me Life: Part Two

Hi friends, 

I'm back with the second installment of my two-part series - Products That Give Me Life. As I continue to move through the alphabet, today I'm sharing products, websites, recipes, etc, that begin with the letters N - Z. Let's get started!

N~
Net-a-porter (The Edit online magazine)
My Thursday morning ritual consist of a warm beverage while clicking through the latest issue of Net-a-porter's The Edit. One of my top online resources for the latest in fashion and lifestyle.
  
O~
Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette with Arugula Salad
A lite and tantalizing salad that's refreshing and perfect when paired with a herb roasted chicken and your favorite white wine:
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Zest
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
8 cups Baby Arugula or any Mix of Baby Greens
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmigiano Reggiano
For the vinaigrette: combine balsamic vinegar, orange juice, orange zest, and garlic in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil until well combined, and season with salt and pepper to taste, Set aside. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Just before serving, place arugula in a large bowl and toss with vinaigrette. Add Parmigiano Reggiano and toss lightly to coat. Serves 4 to 6
 
Q~
A great source of inspiration for persons like myself - introverted. Living in this modern world of technology and constant chatter has taken me a bit off-guard. There are days when I need to be alone in my space and in my thoughts - this is how I get my energy. Reading Cain's intelligent perspective shed light on how difficult it is for an introvert to live in a world that must constantly communicate. 

R~
Ralph Lauren (need I say more)
Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 {Source: Vogue Runway}
S~
Shower Tablets by Aura Cacia
When I want a spa experience in a short amount of time, I often reach for an Aura Cacia Shower Tablet. Peppermint and Lavender are my favorite. Place one tablet on the floor of your shower, and as the warm water hits it, it begins to dissolve, leaving behind a therapeutic aroma.


T~
 Teeccino Herbal  Coffee Drink 
 Last week I shared my daily ritual of having a warm drink with Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux Cookies. My favorite drink is a Vanilla Nut Herbal Coffee by Teeccino. Teeccino is caffeine free but looks, tastes, and brews like coffee, and it's made from nutritious herbs.

U~
You may have noticed my love for off the shoulder and strapless dresses and/or tops. Thanks to this amazing bra by Lilyette, I'm able to wear these types of looks.

V~
Vanilla Rose Ceylon Tea by Flying Bird Botanicals
On Monday I was thankful to spend a relaxing day at one of Southern California's most beautiful museums and botanical gardens - the Huntington. During our visit, I popped into the gift shop. Of course I did. I happen to LOVE museum gift shops. On this visit, I walked away with a tea I had never tried. The flavor may sound odd, but believe me, it is incredible. Light notes of vanilla combined with a hint of rose...reminds me of tasting a vanilla sweet while strolling through a rose garden. Check out the Flying Bird Botanicals website for more unique tea blends.

W~
Well Kept Cleansing Clothes by Stay Well Kept
I always find the most practical, yet impractical items in the office section at Anthropologie. I'm now sold on the Well Kept Cleansing Clothes. Ok, I may not have told you, but I'm quite a germ-a-phobe. Touching door knobs, shaking hands, public restrooms, etc. gross me out. My family will attest to my sometimes bothersome quirk. Wipes, hand sanitizer and now Well Kept all have a place inside my handbag. This cute packet houses tiny wipes which I use to rid my cell phone and eyeglasses from "stuff" LOVE!!
 

X~
Um, I couldn't think of anything

Y~
Yellow
When you think of the color yellow, very rarely does a negative thought come to mind. Mostly optimistic, cheerful and bright ideas. I love yellow. It will always be my favorite color. My home and wardrobe is gently peppered with this joyful hue. Each time I see or wear it, it makes me smile.

Z~
Zoya Nail Polish
The longest wearing, toxin-free formula for natural nails with over 300 vegan friendly shades to choose from.


And there you have it, friends - from A to Z, what gives me life. As you just discovered, there is quiet a variety in what I shared...everything from nail polish, to bras, to recipes. I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I enjoyed presenting it to you. If you missed the first part (from A to M), click Products That Give Me Life: Part One {wink}
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10.18.2015

Descansar

Descansar (Spanish): To Rest

This past week was incredibly full. Foregoing Los Angeles Fashion Week to witness both my sons participate in their activities - A full blown concert one night and football another. Plus, the ongoing work of getting A Place Called Peace finalized (see book description); the Periscope broadcast on Tuesday, and of course, my So What to Twenty posts. Don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely thankful to be able to do what I love. I love it so much it's hard to break-away from it - sometimes forgetting to eat, or realizing my back aches because I've been hunched over my keyboard for the entire day. Si, necesito descansar (Yes, I need to rest).

Monday my husband is going to whisk me away to one of my favorite locations - The Huntington Library, Museum and Botanical Gardens, for a leisurely afternoon stroll around the grounds and lunch. I so need this day. Yes, it is only a day, but I plan on taking full advantage of this quiet retreat. I plan on avoiding my email and social media. Um, maybe I'll post some pics onto Instagram...maybe.

To go along with the theme of descansar (rest), for this post I'm wearing a relaxed look with a distinct Spanish flavor: a pair of easy denims I've had for years, but decided to cut the hem to have a fringed look; simple white tank top; an outer piece with embroidery and fringe, hat and boots.  Enjoy!


Outfit Details - Embroidered Outerwear: SheInPetite Curvy Boot-Cut Jeans: Old Navy (hems removed for fringe); Lou & Grey White Racer back Tank: Ann Taylor Loft; Ralph Lauren Boots via TJ Maxx (I've had these for years, but the Ralph Lauren Michaela Calfskin Boot is very similar); Wide Brim Fedora: Forever 21(check out the wide selection of hats at Forever 21)





I'll be back on Tuesday evening with the second part to Products That Give Me Life. I hope you'll join me on Periscope, Tuesday @ 7:00pm (PST) @SoWhattoTwenty. I'll share my favorite products, websites, etc from N to Z. I'll see you at #TheIntersection {wink}

If you missed any of last week's posts, here's a recap:
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