11.30.2015

It Steals the Show

Since watching Grace Kelly in Rear Window, I've long had a fascination for bracelets adorned with cool bobbles. Remember the scene when she and Jimmy Stewart are looking across the courtyard from the infamous window. Dressed in the lime green suit, Kelly removes her jacket to expose a white halter top; and on her arm...that jaw-dropping, multi-strand pearl bracelet that jingled as she mixed Stewart's drink. I'll never forget such an iconic fashion scene. 

I now consider a bold statement piece on the arm ultra chic. Imagine this scene - picture yourself in a classic ensemble while dining with friends. You reach for your drink and the adornment on your arm gently clinks against your wine glass. The harmony resonates across the dinner table. All eyes are now on the instrument that created such a beautiful sound. It steals the show.


Today's look, while subtle in details, strikes a balance between quiet and direct. Artistic romanticism (the soft drape of the top and the ornate bracelet) mixed with southwestern (boots, denim and turquoise). However you view this ensemble, the bracelet is most definitely the coveted piece. I hope you enjoy today's look.


Today's Look: Denim Wrap Skirt by Talbots via eBay (Great selection of denim wrap skirts on eBay); Bishop Sleeve Top: Vintage (I found a few bishop sleeve tops on Etsy plus patterns); Ralph Lauren Boots via TJ Maxx (Great selection of riding boots at Nordstrom. Almost identical pair by Aquatalia 'Gaia' Weatherproof Boot); Soft Fabric Clutch: Ann Taylor Loft; Turquoise Ring purchased in Mexico; Bracelet discovered on eBay.









It's fun to wear a garment or accessory that steals the show, or sparks a conversation. Wouldn't you agree?  Enjoy your week, and don't forget to pop over to Bloom for your massage. If you missed my introduction to Bloom visit this link - Bloom...Are You Ready? {wink}
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11.29.2015

Bloom...Are You Ready?

There is a statement at the end of one of my Gaiam Pilates workout which says,
"To make life-long changes, 
you have to have all aspects
of yourself working together -
spirit, mind and body."

This quote truly resonates with my spirit, as I am a firm believer in nurturing all aspects of myself. If you have visited my About page, you would have read the paragraph which states - Although fashion and style are important to her, Harrison's real passion is reminding others of the importance of self-love and using one's God-given gifts and talents. Her blog inspires readers to view fashion as an all-encompassing vehicle and encourages women to explore their personal gifts, style, femininity, and, most importantly, inner beauty.

Though So What to Twenty is more fashion driven, I try to touch on the subjects of inner beauty and life with each post. Thus the tagline - Where life and fashion intersect. However, being the multi-dimensional woman I am, I have planted, and now I'm watering a new venture on my GlendaKHarrison.com website. My new venture is a blog called - Bloom. Bloom is an opportunity to Inspire, Live and Grow in areas of personal growth, inner beauty, and living whole.  Each time you visit Bloom, I want you to feel as if you stepped into your favorite spa and treated yourself to a massage (smile).


Please, dear friends, continue to stay connected to So What to Twenty, and I would love it if you would embrace Bloom and make her a part of your weekly reading. Two subjects already posted on Bloom include:

I look forward to reading your comments here at So What to Twenty and over at Bloom {wink}

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11.23.2015

Basics

A wardrobe consisting of a plethora of basics can surely extend the life-span of one's wardrobe. I tend to go through seasons of change with my purchases. There are times when I stock up on items that express the bohemian or quirky side of Glenda, and then there are times when hunting for good, classic basics are on the agenda. The perfect pullover sweater, the denim jacket, wide-leg trousers, and white sneakers are mainstays in a well curated wardrobe. At least they should be...in my opinion. 

Having basics for your wardrobe building blocks guarantees a more substantial closet - one that allows you to create a wide variety of looks. As an example, I have worn the basic wide-leg trousers in today's post on quite a few occasions - in a post called The Game Changer; another called Perfectly Curated; and again in Pineapple'd. As you can see, with each look, I managed to style the pants in completely different looks - from ultra classic - to playful - to bohemian. Today, I share another look which pulls a group of basics together to create a classic but relaxed ensemble. Enjoy!



Today's Basic Look Includes - Wide-leg Trousers: Jones New York (Love these black wide-leg pants by Cynthia Steffe at Nordstrom); Denim Jacket: Ann Taylor Loft (from many years ago. Current denim jackets at Ann Taylor Loft); Periwinkle Pullover Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft (from summer); Metallic Stripe Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft (Great selection of metallic scarves on eBay); Sneakers: Sperry Top-Sider: Nordstrom; Black Belt: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (great assortment of belts at ThredUp. Huge variety of black patent leather belts on eBay.





The great thing about shopping for basics is you can shop for them regardless to the season we're in. For myself, I tend to shop off season. By doing so, I'm able to stock-up on items at a very discounted price. I simply tuck them away until the weather permits. And, since they are basics, you don't have to worry about them going out of style - if that is a concern of yours {wink}


Speaking of stocking up on favorites...Scentsational Soaps is having a GIANT sale beginning Saturday, November 28th - 30% off your entire purchase (excluding gift sets). Now's the time to try their decadent, handmade soaps and skincare products. No coupon code needed. Simply click the Scentsational Soaps banner in my right sidebar and enjoy the experience. 
 

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11.17.2015

Life: The Beauty of the Handwritten Note

When I was a young girl, I always knew how I wanted to spend my allowance. I would ride my bike to the neighborhood Hallmark store with two ideas in mind. The first idea was to purchase the latest issue of Teen magazine, and a pretty nail color, or second, buy a box of pretty stationary. In my bedroom I had a single drawer dedicated to my pretty paper and pens. Rather than phoning my friends, I would sit and write them notes...

Dear Mary,

Thank you for being my friend and letting me play with your new puppies. 
I'm going to ask my parents if I can have one.

Your Friend,
Glenda

Strange as it may seem, I do believe this behavior was an early blossoming to what my life would become - a writer. It made me smile when my friends told me they received my letter. What child doesn't enjoy receiving their own personal mail? I can't think of one. Fast forward 40 years and I still have a night-stand drawer filled with pretty stationary, and I continue to relish in the beauty of the handwritten note.  


Though I recently wrote about the perks of joining social media in a post called The Digital Fashion Age, I am still a firm believer in communicating the old fashioned way - by sitting down with pen and paper. In my opinion, taking the time to write a note to someone shows you truly care. Sure there are times when a nondescript email is appropriate, however, in cases when it is not; I suggest sending a message on well-selected stationery. 

During my oldest son's senior year, he was met with some challenges. The administrators at his high school went the extra mile to make sure he reached his goal. One was even kind enough to offer him nuggets of wisdom he could glean from in the coming years. In a day when people typically hear from people when it's bad news...especially school personnel, I took it upon myself to send notes of gratitude. By doing this, it hopefully demonstrated how important their acts were toward my son, but it also made me feel good for spreading genuine, heart-felt appreciation. Do I send personalized, written notes to everyone? No, I do not. I typically send one when my heart moves me to do so...when I'm touched.

To start you on your way to letter writing, here are a few suggestions:
  • Purchase a quality set of stationery. Crane & Co has a lovely selection, and so does Papyrus. Also, if you live near Pasadena, Vroman's has an excellent inventory. Another good source for pretty stationery are museum gift shops.
  • A beautiful writing pen. I adore my new Michelle Morin designed pen for Anthropologie. I also love having a selection of colored pens in pink, purple, orange, etc.
  • Have a fragrant essential oil handy, like lavender. Lightly scent your envelope by dabbing the oil on the seal portion of the envelope. When the receiver opens the envelope, they'll be even more surprised when the scent permeates their space.
  • Don't lick your envelopes. Either purchase a sealer or use a glue stick.
  • Close off the envelope with a seal that represents you.
  • Finally - do not rush when writing your notes. It would be terrible to make a mistake on your pretty paper. Take your time and enjoy the moment.

I hope you enjoyed this 'Life' post on the beauty of the handwritten note. And please, take some time to share with the So What to Twenty community your thoughts on the subject by commenting below. We would love to read your words {wink}

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11.15.2015

Ode to Isaac

With the world in mourning over the recent attacks in Paris, I wavered on whether I would make mention of the occurrence since So What to Twenty stays clear of political issues. Then I realized, my words have nothing to do with politics, rather a feeling of compassion and empathy.

Dear Paris, my heart and prayers are with you.

 **********

During the 90s and early 2000, Isaac Mizrahi was one of my favorite American fashion designers. Though I found his designs charming, insiders often said Mizrahi struggled to establish a "Mizrahi Look". I thought him to be a master of melding feminine mystique with a coquettish wink. He did quirky at its very best - with a propensity for whimsical silhouettes, and a playful use of color. I found many of his collections appealing because he captured what getting dressed should be - Fun! How many of you remember him in the movie, Unzipped, or the short-lived Isaac Mizrahi Show (2001 - 2003)? I remember a segment where persons in the studio audience would ask him a fashion question. He would then sketch his idea, autograph the sketch, and give it to the person (see video below). Very cool.

Mizrahi later found great success with his Isaac Mizrahi for Target collection, and now with QVC. However successful he may be with these two brands, I am a die-hard fan of his collections from decades past, and ├╝ber fond of Isaac New York shoes. Always on a constant hunt for these gems, I've been lucky to score two pairs, thus far, on eBay - a metallic embroidered pair worn in a post called Shoegasm, and the pair I'm wearing today. Both pairs are classic styles, but are embellished to give a quirky twist...the work of Mizrahi at his very best. I hope you enjoy my ode to Isaac post - a look which intertwines classic pieces, and threads them together with elements of surprise to give the ensemble a fun and adventurous vibe. 

 
This outfit is composed of items I've had for quite some time, and has a Parisian feel. Some are vintage treasures  (notice the driving gloves. I purchased them in the 90s), while others were found on eBay or mainstream clothing stores. The star of the show are the Floral Embroidered Isaac New York pumps - the perfect standout shoe for building an outfit around.

My Mizrahi Influenced Outfit Includes: Midi Skirt: H&M (from past seasons. Love this midi skirt by Eliza J at Nordstrom); Ivory Cropped Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft (from past season. Ivory pullover sweaters at ThredUp and Ivory cropped sweaters at Shopstyle); Isaac New York Floral Embroidered Pumps via eBay; Large Pearl Brooch: Vintage Ann Taylor (I've had mine since the 90s. Beautiful selection of pearl brooches on eBay); Leather Driving Gloves: Nordstrom (I've had these for decades. Great selection of driving gloves on eBay); Lace Clutch: Vintage (Found an almost identical Sheridan Lace clutch at Monsoon). Accessories also include a group of gold toned filigree bangles.




Who says a brooch is to be worn on the top? Notice: the design of the brooch mirrors the floral details in the shoe.

A closer look at these beauties.


    

Below is a short Style.com video with Mizrahi introducing one of the collections I loved from spring 2008. Watch it carefully and see what influences I'm wearing in today's post.


Like I mentioned above, on the Isaac Mizrahi Show, he would sketch out fashion ideas for his studio audience. The below video is Isaac in action.


For some, today's post represents a bit of Isaac nostalgia, while for others, it may be an introduction. Whatever this information is to you, I hope you enjoyed the look, and information, as much as I enjoyed presenting it to you. Au revoir {wink}

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11.11.2015

How do you #LiveUp?

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If you're in the U.S., I hope you're enjoying this Veteran's Day holiday. Just popping in to share a great shopping opportunity going on exclusively for you (friends of So What to Twenty) at thredUp! Recently, I had my first shopping experience at thredup. I shared via Periscope my actual unboxing of my items. I have sold items at thredup, but this was my first shopping experience. Since I typically shop off-season, I selected two dresses for spring/summer. One dress, made of linen, was originally from Ann Taylor Loft and the other, a color-blocked halter, was from Tulle. Both dresses were in perfect condition...without any wear, stains, rips, etc. I was very pleased. And, unless an item states otherwise, thredUp is happy to take returns (they give you 14 days to do so). Sorry friends, I'm not showing the dresses until I wear them for the blog. But I'm sure you'll love them.


The packaging was friendly. My garments arrived in a turquoise and white polka-dot bag. Inside, the dresses were carefully wrapped in turquoise and white tissue paper with Enjoy on the seal. Also included was a little book with the words "how do we want to live today?" The booklet featured the thredUp team and words of wisdom on how they #liveUp. A clever way to showcase the thredUp business philosophy. 

"I fear we are becoming a throw-away culture, 
where everything is disposable. 
I want my son to live in a more thoughtful, 
considerate world."
Kristy Atkins-Kirshtner, Merchandising (thredUp)


My dear friends of So What to Twenty, I ask this question of you - How do you want to live today? My response -

 "I want to live a life that is peaceful 
and true, and represents Glenda 
in the most authentic way." 

I leave you with two great shopping opportunities from thredUp...
'Tis the season for thanks, giving and ... FREE SHIPPING! To make shopping at thredUP even easier, they are giving So What to Twenty friends Free Shipping starting on Monday, November 16th on all thredUP orders — in addition to 40% off for new customers! Your readers just need to use the code NOV40FS at checkout. This special offer will run until Monday, November 30th.
Offer: 40% off new customer orders PLUS Free Shipping with code NOV40FS
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Expires: 11/16/15 - 11/30/2015
New customers don't have to wait until November 16th to enjoy 40% off at thredUP. They can use the code NOV40 and enjoy 40% off their first thredUP order the entire month of November! (Max. discount value of $50).

Offer: 40% off your first order at thredUP with Promo Code NOV40
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Conditions: Maximum discount value of $50

I'll return on Sunday with another fashion post. Until then. Have a great rest of the week {wink}

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11.10.2015

Life: The Digital Fashion Age (a must read)


If you haven't made strides to join the digital age, in particular, social media, it would behoove you to do so. More and more, as we advance further into a world of dot com, apps, podcast, etc our devices have become as much a part of our daily lives as say...brushing our teeth. Trust me when I say, there's no turning back. Just as man advanced from communicating by scratching drawings onto caves, we have most certainly begun to move beyond the idea of phone calls, and pen and paper.  Though I still live for a bit of nostalgia by writing in my journal and keeping an actual day planner - I can't go digital 100 percent. But to those who continue to frown upon the Digital/Information Age, consider yourself a part of the dark ages. Now, to shop the old fashioned way (no pun intended) you might as well scratch your "must haves" onto a piece of bedrock. 

In case you're thinking this technology, social media, app-driven world is just for the younger generation; then you can continue to duck your head in the sand. You're missing out on a mega-watt shopping experience, a heck of a lot of information, and incredible deals. One trip to my local fashion/entertainment center cemented what we already thought...our devices are here to stay. 
 
Sure, we all still love popping into our favorite clothing stores. However, I would suggest go the extra mile and do more than make a physical appearance. Now, stores have given their social media following the edge in shopping incentives. By shopping online, not only are you still receiving the same great merchandise, you're also receiving a full-blown lifestyle experience. Take Ann Taylor Loft as an example. Yesterday's email contained a wide assortment of new arrivals...and...would you believe recipes for Thanksgiving! To top-off the entire experience - the recipes were Pinterest ready. Do you have a hankering for Pumpkin Ricotta Dip with Rosemary Crackers? Sounds delicious, and now the recipe is on my Epicurious Board on Pinterest. Here's another example: When visiting my favorite eyebrow threading artist, I saw the below contest announcement. Guess who won a free eyebrow threading...ME! It wouldn't have happened if I wasn't on Instragram.


Take a selfie and become a winner of a free eyebrow threading. I won!!
Convenient device Charging Stations positioned throughout my favorite shopping/entertainment center.
Check this out, at Urban Outfitters, download their app (for ios only) for an easy way to shop their Holiday catalog. Once you scan the image you desire from the catalog, you're taken to their online store. Smart marketing, indeed. A perfect way to incorporate lovers of catalogs with the tech-savvy.



I could go on forever with this subject. The information I share is just a drop in the bucket. Let me add one more device advantage - even eBay is in the technology game. Recently while watching a killer vintage bracelet, eBay asked if they could send me a text message just before bidding ends. I was able to put in my bid seconds before the auction concluded. I love it when I receive this message from eBay - Congratulations you won! If you're planning on Christmas shopping on eBay, this is an excellent tool. You don't want those great gift finds to get away. 

So my dear friends, back to my opening statement - it would behoove you to stop living in the uninformed age. If you're my generation or older, for some of us, it has been difficult to embrace this lifestyle. I understand the apprehension with privacy, or feeling like there is no need to accept it. However, I refuse to be left behind. We're not going to go in reverse, rather, things will continue to progress, and the more you leave yourself out, the more difficult it will be for you in the long run. Have an informed day {wink} 

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