3.29.2016

Rule Breaker

Apparently, now that I'm 50, there are certain fashion rules I'm suppose to follow. I'm sure you've heard a few. For instance, make sure skirts and shorts fall at the knee or below, wear sensible shoes, or, save sequin garments for the evenings, yadda yadda yadda. Um yeah...just call me a Rule Breaker

The joy of expressing one's fashion sense is having the ability to break out of the fashion mold, and show who you are without uttering a single word. Tweetable - If we all played by the same rules, getting dressed would be a drag. Fashion Robotism (my new term) would inhibit the meaning of style. Style, is in fact, the anti-fashion. Style could care less about the rules of fashion. Style is a unique expression of one's entire essence. If style was governed by the rules laid down by others, it would become stifled.

For today's look, I buck the fashion rules and embrace that which I do best - I wear what I like. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you in the comment section below.


A sequin vest for day? Yes please! This high voltage vest and badass Michael Kors sandals take a simple tee and cropped boyfriends to another level. Do I feel out of place? Nah...I feel just right. I feel like Glenda. Breaking the fashion rules allows you to get more wear out of your wardrobe. Taking a garment, typically worn for evenings, out for a daytime spin made me feel empowered and somewhat giddy. Like the feeling you get when you have on a really pretty pair of under garments - It's for your own pleasure. 

Outfit Details - Sequin Vest by Katherine Barclay via eBay also many option at Shopstyle); Cozy Cotton Tee: Lou & Grey; Cropped Slim Boyfriend Jeans: Calvin Klein via Marshalls (Almost identical Strom Sexton Slim Boyfriend at Nordstrom); Belt by Nine West via TJ Maxx; Caged Sandals by Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (Love the Blythe Leather Bow Sandal by Michael Kors also love the Topshop Lux Resist Lace-Up); Medium Basic Sunglasses: Loft; Hoop Earrings: the Icing; Nail Polish: Dust of Bronze by Maybelline; Silver bangle: vintage; Heart bracelet: Cookie Lee (Tons of options at Shopstyle)







 


As the "what's age-appropriate" debate continues, and persons create blogs on how and what we should wear during certain times of our lives, I wage a war against fashion robotism. Tweetable: Say No to #fashionrobotism and Yes to being a fashion rule breaker. What are your thoughts? {wink}

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3.27.2016

Silver: Head-to-Toe

One of the highlights of my year in fashion is taking place beginning this week - April 2-9, 2016! Today I'm here to give you a peek at one of the outfits I plan on wearing to the behemoth of Southern California Fashion - Fashion Week El Paseo.

Fashion Week El Paseo is an enchanting, week-long fashion event that takes place under the impressive tents in the fabulous desert community of Palm Desert, California. This dazzling fĂȘte will host celebrity designers like fellow FIDM graduate - Monique Lhuillier, as well as Marc Bower, Project Runway All Stars, and the fabulous FIDM Debut 2016. To see what took place last year, visit my post - FIDM Debut Dazzles the Desert. This is definitely the fashion week you won't want to miss!

To fit in with the top-notch festivities, and the sparkle of the Palm Springs/Desert community, for one of the evenings, I plan on wearing silver: head-to-toe. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you in the comment section below. Be sure to visit the links to Fashion Week El Paseo to gain more knowledge about the week's runway shows.


The temperatures are typically quite warm in Palm Desert, and what better dress to wear than one by Michael Kors - a long admirer of the jet-setting lifestyle of the Southern California desert communities. This adorable silver lamé, empire dress with white embroidered details is both sweet and sexy simultaneously, and has been a favorite of mine for many years. I went through a phase when it was too small, but since losing a significant amount of weight, it now fits. To pair with the dress, I'm sporting a pair of sleek silver wedges, and simple silver accessories...including my silver hair (smile). Thus the title of this post - Silver: Head to Toe. By the way, I'm also wearing the outfit I wore in Gifted for another evening at El Paseo.

Outfit Details - Dress: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (many years ago); Silver Ankle Strap Wedges by Nina via ThredUp (Huge assortment at Shopstyle. Love the Badgley Mischka Carnation II); Medium Basic Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft; For nail color, to not overkill the silver, I opted for Dust of Bronze by Maybelline; Hair by Mother Nature; Bangle is vintage; Rings from Mexico; Hoop Earrings from the Icing.








  

Watch a preview of FIDM Debut 2016. The show repeats on April 7th. The excitement builds!


Click Fashion Week El Paseo for more information.

On a side note, since my hair is a part of this style story, I thought this would be a great time to answer some of your questions about my silver curls. It was by my youngest son's urgent plea to stop putting chemicals in my hair - I stopped dying my hair. It has been two years and I have fully embraced my silver. As a matter of fact, I absolutely LOVE it. Also, I've been asked about the products I use to maintain my hair. Because of my intense exercise, I wash my hair everyday with a natural deep moisture shampoo and a hydrating-calming conditioner - both by Giovanni. I purchase them from a natural whole food store. In addition, I use an all natural coconut shea leave-in conditioner by Eden. There are no chemicals in my hair. It is 100% natural, and I think it looks lovely with my silver dress. What do you think? {wink}
  
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3.24.2016

The Purpose of Butterfly Wings

An excerpt from chapter 6 - A Place Called Peace. Enjoy!

If you find yourself living underneath a dark cloud of low self-esteem - carrying the burden of believing you're not good enough, and forsaking the real you to gain approval from others, then the following information will set you on a path towards peace. 

At the age of 48, I made a public declaration to my blog community of my intent to bravely traverse the difficult emotional terrain that hopefully would lead me to a new understanding of myself, my gifts, and my destiny. In my youth, I had grown quite fond of the mystique and beauty of the butterfly. Perhaps it was happenstance, but a butterfly seemed to appear just before a positive occurrence would take place in my life. Such is the case, when one evening, I decided to scroll through my Instagram feed. I spotted an artist displaying a butterfly tattoo on her back. Fixated on the image, I knew in my heart, seeing the butterfly was not an accident; instead, it triggered emotions deep within me, and set me on the course to opening a new chapter in my life. 

It was during this time of searching for meaning in my life, my natural gifts were clearly identified. I also discovered the scientific purpose of butterfly wings coincided with my own life’s purpose. The discovery was an amazing revelation which quickly unveiled how closely the purpose of butterfly wings paralleled with the human necessity to utilize our own God-given gifts. Here is what I discovered: 

This story continues at Bloom - The Purpose of Butterfly Wings. Click the link and enjoy!

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I'll return on Monday with another So What to Twenty style story {wink}

3.22.2016

The Feminine Mystique

There have been times when I tilt my head toward the heavens, place my hands together in the prayer position while saying, "Thank you God for making me female." Recently, as my husband had to climb roof-top to remove the Christmas lights, I watched nearby with this thought - I'm glad I'm not a man. Sure, some women would climb on top the roof without giving it a second thought - I'm not one of those women. I'm the other type - eternally grateful for being 200% woman. I come equipped with a dressing table filled with body cremes with scents of vanilla, orange, ginger and lavender; a wardrobe which would make some women swoon; a pink floral arrangement on my desk; I love it when a gentleman holds a door for me; and yes, taking great pride in my ability to wear frilly little dresses. 

There are some women who may take offense to this post. I'm by no means denouncing the strength we women hold, or what we're physically capable of doing. I have stated on occasion that I'm a firm believer in the power of the feminine prowess. I have to get tough too, however, my toughness is less brute strength and more - Well, let's just say, you won't know what hit you. The feminine mystique is a charming, yet, powerful force, so please forgive me if I take great pride in its capabilities.
 
To honor the feminine mystique, today I wear a dress which is frilly, dainty, silky, ladylike, and womanly - a delicate, champagne hued dress with intricate pleating on the sleeves, and a ruffled hem. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


The delicateness of the dress stands out even more against the backdrop of a brick building, iron railings and impressive wood door - a juxtapose with feminine and masculine, and yet, even with their obvious differences, the two qualities manage to work beautifully together.










This spring/summer, if you want your wardrobe to express your femininity, there will be plenty of pretty, flouncy dresses to choose from. They're all the rage, just check out the selection at Nordstrom, Shopstyle and eBay. Happy Shopping {wink}

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3.20.2016

Can I Get an Amen?

So here's the deal...I had been stuck in a blue jean rut. My inventory consisted mainly of skinnies and boyfriends. Why? Well, for one thing, I was afraid to venture out of my denim comfort zone, and second, I found it extremely hard to find a different style of jean to fit my curvy hips and short inseam. I know...I look tall in my pictures, but trust me when I say - I'm not tall, and often times I still have to hem petite pants. 

Well I've got good news to share (enter sounds of a gospel choir) - My denim dull-drums have come to an end, as I have seen the light. Yes, my answered prayers came to my jean wardrobe in the form of retro 70s inspired, petite flares (shouts from the congregation)!! That's right sisters and brothers - can I get an Amen?

I was 10 years old the last time I wore a pair of high-waist flares, complete with front pockets. I remember it well - I wore them with black platform shoes and a tye-dye tee with the Peace symbol on it. I stepped onto the yellow school bus with such a righteous attitude. Funny how fashion comes and goes. This style blue jean is now all the rage and considered "new" with the younger generation. Well step aside kiddos, let this Generation X show you how it's done.  I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you in the comment section below.


Outfit Details - Petite Wide-Leg Trouser Jean (also in regular): Ann Taylor Loft; Frilly Top by Odille for Anthropologie via eBay (not the same top, but these two would look amazing with these jeans - Embroidered Sanna Top and Ruffled Plaid Blouse; Ankle Strap Sandal: Ann Taylor Loft; Basic Medium Sunglasses (black): Ann Taylor Loft; Large Hoop Earrings: The Icing; Nail Polish: An Affair in Red Square by OPI

Here's a couple of styling tips for flares - First: They look better when worn with heels. I'm wearing petite and still the hem is quite long. They are meant to be worn long, and you'll notice they all come this way. I love how they make my short legs seem long. Second: The best type of top is one that gives some type of waist definition. Though my top is frilly, it still has a defined waistline.



 


 


So yeah, excuse me while I rock the heck out of my new jeans. I've got a bunch of ways I want to style them. I just scored a cool embroidered vest from eBay. I can't wait to wear the two together. In other words, you may be seeing them a lot on So What to Twenty. Tell me friends, are you willing to go back to the 70s in these retro jeans? If so, can I get an Amen {wink}

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3.15.2016

Gifted

For my 50th birthday (which took place on Jan 8th), my older sister sent me a simple text message which stated, "I want to make you something for your birthday." My sister, if you didn't know, is a gifted seamstress. When we were young, she use to make all the outfits for my baby dolls, and I never lacked in having a custom made wardrobe. Both my beloved mother and sister were/are gifted in this area. I remember going to the fabric shops with my Mom. I sat patiently while she flipped through the pattern books, and then browsed the endless array of materials. I never got bored with this outing because I knew, in the end, I would have a really cool outfit created just for me. What could be better? Though I have always loved fashion, I never acquired the skill of sewing my own garments. I can get by by putting together small projects, and some alterations, but I choose to leave the big projects to the professionals. 

We are all blessed with our own unique skills and talents. Tweetable: To live a richer life, it would behoove you to honor yourself, and touch the world with your special gift(s). I think of my sons - one who blows my mind each time I witness the majestic way in which he plays his saxophone, and the other who takes his body to its limit while playing sports. As their mother, I embraced their gifts, and dare not try to make them the same person. That would be justly unfair to them. They are uniquely crafted individuals, gifted in their own virtuosity, and for this - I am proud.

For today's post, I pay homage to the gifted individuals who recognize and utilize their talents. I hope you enjoy the look and I'll meet you in the comment section below.


I feel beyond special while dressed in my striking, custom made, Kelly green maxi skirt (my birthday gift from my sister). Who wouldn't feel divine in a garment made to your exact specifications?...made from wool crepe, with pockets, the perfect length, and a coordinating sash. To play with my skirt, I decided to wear a simple tee and bold gold-tone accessories.

Outfit Details - Maxi Skirt: Gifted; Cozy Cotton Tee: Lou & Gray; Sandals by Miss Trish of Capri via Target (very old); Wrap Feather Ring: Anthropologie (Sold Out. Love the Wisp Feather Ring also from Anthropologie); Gold Cuff Bracelet: Ann Taylor Loft (similar Madewell Thin Hinge Cuff); Necklace is vintage via eBay; Nail Polish: An Affair in Red Square by OPI.



 






 

For myself, there is so much joy in forming words into stories, or, taking a simple garment and making it come alive by creating a story with what I wear. Where are you gifted? Don't be afraid to express it, and embrace it. It's time for you to soar {wink}
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