1.30.2016

Carnaby Street

One of my favorite classes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was the Evolution of Apparel, taught by Mrs. Bersen. It's funny how we remember certain teachers. All bright-eyed and excited about studying fashion at one of the world's top fashion schools, I bounced into class, excited to learn about clothing through the decades. She didn't simply tell us about the decades of fashion, she had us experience them too...the popular music, the social scene, politics, and of course, the neighborhoods. I was in fashion heaven.

Fast forward 30 years, and I still get the same fuzzy feeling when I'm in the mood for representing a particular decade. Recently, I scored a pair of patent booties from eBay which scream 60s. At first glance I immediately thought of London. When I shared a photo of my new buy on Instagram, I mentioned their London-esque vibe, and thanks to Jill from Grownup Glamour, she reminded me of an area in London (Westminster) called Carnaby Street. Here is a brief history from Wikipedia (Click Wikipedia for more info).
By the 1960s, Carnaby Street proved popular for followers of both the Mod and hippie styles. Many independent fashion boutiques, and designers such as Mary Quant, Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, Lord John, Merc, Take Six and Irvine Sellars were located in Carnaby Street as well as various underground music bars such as the Roaring Twenties in the surrounding streets. With bands such as Small Faces, The Who, and Rolling Stones appearing in the area to work, shop, and socialize, it became one of the coolest destinations associated with the Swinging London of the 60s.

For today, I bring a modern day interpretation of what fashion was like during the 60s on Carnaby Street - The look gives a subtle wink to Mod and hippie styles, what sets the tone are the crazy-cool patent leather boots, skinny jeans, and my shaggy yarn sweater. Though women were embracing hot pants and the micro mini (thanks to Mary Quant), for this particular look, I'm taking a more masculine approach by wearing pants.  Today my shoot location takes place in an art district which boast many restaurants and vintage boutiques.

Outfit Details - Black Patent Ankle Booties: Nine West via eBay; Looping Sweater/Jacket: Jacket Society (One left. Faux Fir Sweater at Shopstyle); NYDJ 'Clarissa' Ankle Skinny Jean: Nordstrom; Essential Black Basic Tank Top: Ann Taylor Loft; Black Patent Belt: Nine West via TJ Maxx; Black Round Keyhole Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (available in blue), Love Bird Charm purchased from a boutique near my home.
 









I hope you enjoyed this trip down Carnaby Street during the 60s. This post was really good fun for me. Being a history buff, I have always enjoyed watching how fashion plays a part in the bigger picture of our lives...our social concerns, the economy, etc.  Fashion certainly tells our story. Don't you agree (wink)?

Does Patchouli oil sound familiar? The perfect post to go with a 60s theme at BLOOM - The Essentials of Oils. Sharing some fun information and beauty ideas using essential oils. You'll enjoy this post!

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1.27.2016

Easy

This post is dedicated to my musician son - the one who has the compassion to inspire, has the heart of a teacher, and the spirit of an artist.

"No one said life would be easy, 
and if they would have told me so,
I would have punched them in the gut."
Glenda K. Harrison

Life isn't easy, and the road to success is a very complicated journey filled with endless twists and turns, ups and downs, and battles of the mind. I don't know about you, but there have been many times when I felt hoodwinked, and ready to throw in the towel. My son asked, "Isn't the journey to success suppose to be easy?" "No son, it isn't. And you won't find a single person who says it is. It is in fact one of the toughest roads you'll travel because success and failure are indeed on the same path; especially when you're trying to live a life worth living. The key is to find ways to deal with the setbacks."

If what we seek is easy, and comes without pain, long hours, heartache and setbacks, then in fact, it probably isn't something that means a great deal. We cry over something when we truly are hungry and passionate for it...when we're trying to become the person the world needs most. "So no, my dear son, it isn't going to be easy, but, it will give you satisfaction once it is achieved."

So for today's style story, I wear an easy dress that screams leisure. The perfect dress, and most appropriate after working so damn darn hard. Enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you in the comment section.


Outfit Details - *LOFT Beach Seashell Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress: Ann Taylor Loft; Rancher Hat: Anthropologie (Past Season. Many Rancher Hats on Shopstyle); Jeweled Sandals: Enzo Angiolini (Great selection of jeweled sandals at Shopstyle. Check out the jeweled Leslie sandal by Michael Kors); Faux Leather Aviator Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (Past Season. New Faux Leather Aviators); Pearlized Y Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft; Turquoise Ring belonged to my Mother; Bracelets are charms from necklaces I own. Crystal Stud Earring: The Icing.

*For the dress, I'm wearing a size medium. It is very roomy and I could have worn a small. However, I stayed with the larger size so the dress would stay in the off-the-shoulder position. Also, it doesn't come in a petite. Being around 5'2", I did have to hem the dress about 5 inches.


"We must become the people
we think the world needs most."
Michael David PonTell


This statue was created in memory of Michael David PonTell (December 22, 1991 - May 12, 2015). Michael was a writer, dreamer, founder of the writers' website - Onlinbrary.com, and champion of other young writers whose voices have not yet been heard. 







 

I speak from my heart as my son has met challenges along the way. As his mother, and his soul mate, I had to delve deep to find the correct words for him to lean on. I was frightened he would give up on his dream. I searched for answers from others, but soon discovered the wisdom he needed came from the tough road I had to travel. It's most certainly true, when we have a test - it becomes a testimony. Because my experiences helped my son, I'm glad my road wasn't easy.

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1.25.2016

Unwritten

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield is such an inspirational and motivating song for anyone who imagines stepping outside the carefully defined box. For some, the box is necessary. It provides direction and comfort. While for others, the box represents confinement. Having once lived inside the box, I can understand its appeal - having your life pre-planned seems attractive. In direct contrast, living outside the four walls, in a life that is unwritten, seems scary. What happens next? The cool thing about it...the pen's in your hand.

For today's look, my featured item is a top that represents this new chapter in my life - a free-spirited, sheer, bohemian top. Void of constrictions, and with a subtle peek into what's underneath - the top resonates freedom in conjunction with vulnerability - a life unwritten. I hope you enjoy today's look, and I'll meet you in the comments below. 

 
Outfit Details - Lace Yoke Top: Ann Taylor Loft (Sold Out. Similar Lace Yoke top in black and Lace Shoulder Blouse in Ivory); Cropped Flare Denim: Ann Taylor Loft (sold out. Great options on Shopstyle. Love these by Mother - The Insider Cropped Flare); Strappy Sandals: Nina via ThredUp (Check out the Melaney II by Badgley Mishka); Silver Nine West Crossbody via eBay; Preppy Round Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (Tortoise available); Nail Polish is Normani by Zoya.

 







 

Have a wonderful week, my friends, and I'll return with another style story later this week. In the meantime...ending unplanned {wink} 

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Unwritten (lyrics)
Natasha Bedingfield

I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, oh, oh

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten


1.20.2016

The Next Black (Video)


I apologize for not having another style story for you this week, but my photographer attends a huge convention each year for musicians and sound engineers called NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants). He and my oldest son are off hobnobbing with other music and sound folk. The absence of a photographer, plus soggy weather has thrown a wrench in my blogging schedule. But never fear, YouTube is here!

But first, did you notice I changed my blog motto? It went from...Where Life & Fashion Intersect to Where There's Style & Substance.  I decided to make the switch because the new motto clearly defines what So What to Twenty represents. If you've been reading So What for some time, you know my thoughts on fashion are deeply rooted with the idea of fashion being an all-encompassing vehicle that hopefully encourages women to explore their gifts, style, femininity and inner beauty. So I ask the question, can there be style without substance?

Now on with today's post. Recently I came across a fascinating video that I'm sure you'll enjoy. The video is called, The Next Black: A Film About the Future of Clothing. The documentary explores the future of clothing through the eyes of some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Some are experts in sustainability practices, and others technology. I walked away with a clearer perspective on changes that need to be done within the fashion industry, and a better understanding of my part in the process. Please, when you have 45 minutes of uninterrupted time, watch this video. It won't disappoint. Enjoy!



After hearing the staggering statistics on the fashion industries part in polluting and water waste, I felt compelled to share this video. We can all do our part to care for our planet, whether buying organic clothing, recycling our unwanted clothing, not succumbing to fast fashion, or buying consignment and vintage; it makes a difference. What are your thoughts on this subject? Let's talk about it. I'll return early next week with a new style story {wink}

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1.17.2016

Light as a Feather

There are times when life seems especially heavy. This weighted time usually occurs during those special times of the month. I become very sensitive and tend to cry over the most simple of things. The strange thing is, I can feel it coming - the anxiousness, the ease of which something or someone can get under my skin, the inability to get a good nights sleep. To keep myself from imploding, I retreat into my own little world. In this world I try to remove myself from situations that cause me angst. There I give myself the freedom and the space to just be. I know, during this time, I have to pay more attention to Glenda by making sure I'm eating clean; releasing some assignments until my mood permits; taking my exercise routine at a more gentile pace; and cleansing my soul with as many tears as I see fit. Then, when all is well, I emerge from my cocoon feeling as Light as a Feather.   


For today's look, I'm wearing a tulle skirt. However, instead of a heavy layered tulle, I've selected one that's delicate and whisper lite. To complete the outfit, I chose a simple t-shirt with quiet accessories. For this fashion story you can ask the question - Which comes first, the clothing or the jewelry? In this case, I planned the look around a lovely wrap feather ring. 

Outfit Details - Wrapped Feather Ring: Anthropologie; Blush Tulle Skirt by Lauren Conrad for Kohl's (From past seasons. Almost identical Tulle Skirt at Lulu's); Double V tee via Kohl's; Espresso colored belt by Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx (Almost identical dark brown belt by Lauren for Ralph Lauren at Nordstrom); Sandals by Banana Republic via eBay; Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (Past season. Very similar Delicate Y Necklace); Quartz Bracelet: Urban Solstice Designs; Watch by Citizens; Tortoiseshell Print Rounded Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft








Yes, this post was a bit personal. It was to express the times when things feel burdensome. It's important for me to take special care of myself. One activity I enjoy is going to my local farmers market. There is something very therapeutic about perusing an open-air market for fresh herbs and produce. The experience alone inspires me to release what is heavy, and to indulge in things which make me as Light as a Feather {wink} 

To piggy-back on this post, today's Bloom takes you on a visit to my farmer's market. I hope you enjoy it. I'll see you over at Bloom - The Positive Lifestyle Blog!

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1.14.2016

The Duster

Don't you just love it when you shop your closet and come up with an outfit you absolutely dig? Such is the case for the little number I put together for today's post - an outfit comprising of pieces I've had for some time, with the star of the show being an Operating Surgical Gown I purchased for a mere 10 bucks at Urban Outfitters (last worn in a post called Innovative). With a bit of creativity, I removed the coat's straps and tah dah. Yes, I'm diggin the duster. Each time I wear it, I feel ultra cool. I love to tell observers where I got it, and how it came to be. "How very clever," one woman stated. 

I often play around with my wardrobe. When I'm burned-out on shopping (yes, that happens), I like to spend time combing through what I already have. After I put together new combinations, I catalog them. Typically I don't have a particular occasion in mind for any given ensemble, but I often jot down notes next to the image, like...gallery opening, a day at the museum, lunch with friends, fashion week Los Angeles, date night - you get the idea. By doing this, it creates a steady stream of ideas and prevents me from making the ridiculous comment - I have nothing to wear. I hope you enjoy today's look, and I'll meet you in the comment section.


With today's look, I have combined items that can be easily restyled to create a wide variety of looks: a chambray swing top (last seen on the blog in The Game Changer), skinny moto pants; equestrian boots, hat and the duster. The outfit certainly evokes thoughts of the Southwest, however, once you toss in the duster, the look takes you further into the wild, wild west. In this outfit, I'm reminded of a gun-slinger who just road into town. I jump off my horse, and as I stroll over to the saloon, a weed tumbles by...the duster catches the wind.

Outfit Details - Duster: Urban Outfitters (Very similar White Duster by Sandra Weil on Runway 2 Street);  Ombre Chambray Swing Top: Anthropologie (Sold out. Super cute and on sale chambray peplum by Chinti and Parker at Net-a-porter); Skinny Moto Pants: Ann Taylor Loft (Past season but similar Essential Skinny Ankle Pants at Loft); Equestrian Boots by Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx (Many options of equestrian boots at Nordstrom); Wide Brim Wool Hat: Forever 21 (Current Forever 21 Hats); Silver Stack Cuff from Mexico (Almost identical Stacked Sterling Silver Cuff at Amazon)

 
 


 
 
 


I hope you enjoyed The Duster as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. How about you...do you enjoy shopping your closet? If so, tell me why. If not, tell me what keeps you from doing so. I look forward to reading your responses. By the way, if you're in need of your weekly dose of inspiration, head on over to Bloom. I have a new post for you {wink}

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