7.31.2016

The Audacity

Bare arms, sheer top, fringed hem jeans, toe ring, double earring...the age-patrol would surely arrest me for having the audacity to wear such things - you know...being 50 and all. According to certain fashion rule makers, I'm suppose to wear clothing that conceals the majority of me, and is more dowdy and less exciting, simply because it has been deemed more "appropriate" by some. You know, I should be shopping in a store that separates the clothing by age rather than size. Have you ever heard of such a store? Me neither. As a matter of fact, separating the clothing in this manner would be very unjust. Age discrimination at its worst.

For myself, age is a number, and not a huge determining factor on my fashion prowess. I shop where the clothing resonates with my spirit. The audacity to think turning a certain age would prevent me from shopping in places that suit me best. And because I know myself better than anyone - I know where to draw the line. I stand firm in believing a persons fashions choices are related to how they feel about themselves, and not by an imaginary fashion dictator that scours the mall, asking for photo id, and then directing us into the "right" store.

Having the audacity to dress in what makes you feel great about yourself is nothing new, however, for reasons that are hard to pinpoint, we sometimes lose our way. When I first began blogging, I wore what I thought others would respond too, instead of letting my true self come forth. Then in recent years, and with my new found boldness, I found it necessary to unleash Glenda, and to let my spirit shine far beyond my closet. So for today's style story, I'm wearing an audacious outfit that some may turn their noses at, while others may say bravo. It combines a funky mix of retro 70s with a touch of sweet, and badass rolled into one. Enjoy the pics and I'll meet you below in the comment section. 


I'm not typically a big follower of trends, however, I found the movement in fringed-hem jeans to be creatively interesting, and very much on point with my fashion personality - irreverent (shredded classic jeans), bohemian and a whole lot of quirk. I styled my new DIY jeans with pieces that some may cast into the "not age appropriate" category - Bare arms, Sheer top, mixed metals (silver jewelry with a gold and bronze bag), toe ring, and double earrings. This photo shoot took place in an alley in the art district. A place where a lady should not go, but having the audacity to venture into this territory proved to be the perfect place to highlight this daring ensemble.

Outfit Details - Embroidered Peplum Cami: Ann Taylor Loft (now on sale); Jeans were the Distressed Relaxed Skinny: Ann Taylor Loft (similar style Relaxed Skinny); Ankle Strap Sandals: Ann Taylor Loft (similar Vince Camuto 'Court' Ankle Sandal at Nordstrom. Now on sale); Woven Crossbody Handbag by CEM Brazil via eBay; Kerrianne Watch: Courtesy of Chico's; Toe Ring purchased from a street vendor in Venice Beach, California; Earrings from the Icing; Cat-eye Sunglasses via Getty giftshop (Great sunglass options at Nordstrom); Polish is Chicago Champagne Toast by OPI via Ulta



 



  



Friends, always remember...No one is dictating where you should shop or what you should wear. The only one who makes this determination is you, and how you feel about yourself. On that note, if you dig the jeans in today's post and you have the audacity to create your own, please watch the below video from the Rachel Zoe Report {wink}


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7.27.2016

The Skin I'm In

SURPRISE - Two posts this week!

Confession - when I was a girl, I hated the skin I'm in. A very sad statement to make, but one that is very true. My suffering was attributed to two things: One - I had an ongoing battle with eczema, and second: I was constantly ridiculed by boys from my own race who would say, "You're pretty for a dark-skinned girl." Somehow the back-handed compliment made me feel very ugly, and more like a strange, abnormal creature who began to wonder how I could possibly be pretty with dark skin. I heard the cruel remark so often, I began to cringe at the sound of the word - "dark" skin.

During my twenties, I lived in Michigan for a very short time. The move was all-around disastrous except for an event my sister and I attended at Michigan State University to hear the prolific poet, Maya Angelou. One of her poems spoke about the beautiful shades of the African-American woman. I recall how she gave each shade, from light to dark, a lovely description. My complexion was described as Dark Chocolate. Oooo, I love dark chocolate! Though I can't remember the words of the poem in verbatim, I do remember leaving the school campus feeling like a new woman - one who fell in love with the skin I'm in.

Now at the age of 50, I understand the importance of loving all of me unconditionally. My once hated skin has become a sign of vitality and good health. Years ago I sought out a dermatologist who taught me how to naturally care for my skin, and to manage the occasional breakout. She urged...If you adopt this wisdom into your life, you will do very well - Drink lots of water, exercise, avoid the things I'm sensitive too, gently exfoliate, get healthy doses of Vitamin D, use sunscreen, and remember to take Biotin. For today, I'm showcasing a healthy glow while wearing a (drum roll please)...Jumpsuit!! Can you believe it? After my Bee Brave post, I decided I had to jump in and grab my very first jumpsuit ever. Enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


Living in California, a place where the temperatures soar, and bare attire combined with a healthy glow is a prerequisite to become a native, it feels good to love the skin I'm in. I've decided to reveal my freshly exfoliated, dark chocolate glow in a fun cami styled jumpsuit. A few days prior to this photo shoot, my family indulged in a day of riding the waves on boogie-boards at Laguna Beach, so you'll notice I'm proudly boasting an even deeper shade of brown - one that enhances my red undertones from my dual Native American heritage (My paternal great-grandfather married a Native American).

Outfit Details - Petite Geo Jumpsuit: Ann Taylor Loft (on sale); Rancher Hat: Anthropologie (from last year. More Rancher Hats at Anthropologie); Sandals: Zara (many years ago); Straw Clutch is vintage 80s Neiman Marcus via eBay; Aviators: Ann Taylor Loft; Polish is Chicago Champagne Toast by OPI; Peace Necklace purchased at an artisan street fair.



 



   
 

I haven't heard anyone make the back-handed statement about dark skin since the 80s. Hopefully it has been removed from the thought process of the offenders.  Our skin tone, regardless of the shade, is our beautiful wrapping - we are all gifts to the world {wink}

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7.24.2016

Destination Chico's: Exotic

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When the word exotic comes to mind, I'm immediately transported to a far-off region where I imagine myself strolling the streets while shopping for unique wares - the sound of the salty sea lapping against the shore. The air is warm and my dress flutters in the breeze. As I glance up, I see sturdy palms kissing the sky; the scent of wild gardenia flowers and exotic spices permeate the air. I am lost in the mystery of the land, and my heart is captured by its wonder...

Welcome to Destination Chico's - a six month journey designed to introduce you to my favorite Chico's looks, and to inspire you to indulge in further exploration of the boutique. 

With July being a month set aside for vacationing, my first look captures the imagination of the world traveler, the free spirit, and the young at heart - an exotic print maxi dress, bold silver-tone earrings, and if time is of the essence - a watch with a band of beaded chains that isn't strictly utilitarian, but a clever piece of jewelry as well. Enjoy this exotic look and I'll meet you in the comment section below.

 

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Chico's. I received compensation in exchange for sharing with my blog public. Although this post is a partnership, all opinions are my own.

On this day, when the temperature gauge hits the 100 degree mark, I feel at ease in my own skin...and in my attire. The silky movement of the dress gives me a feeling of cool, relaxed sophistication - a feeling we all want to have when traveling the world, or enjoying life within our own backyards.

Outfit Details - Floral Blouson Maxi Dress (I am wearing a size 1 Petite but could have easily slipped into an 0.5 Petite): Courtesy of Chico's; Silver-Tone Hammered Clip-on earrings: Courtesy of Chico's; Kerrianne Watch: Courtesy of Chico's; Polish is Dust of Bronze by Maybelline; Thumb Ring and Snake Ring purchased from the Getty Villa gift shop; Tie-Up sandals via eBay; Espresso colored belt is Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx; Wine Colored Sunnies via Ann Taylor Loft









  


I hope you enjoyed today's exotic travel. Feel free to click the links to discover the boutique on your own. I'll be back next month with another chapter of Destination Chico's. Until then {wink}

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7.16.2016

Tie One On

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Over the past few months I've received quite a few emails on the topic of scarf tying. The subject can be scary, but never fear, Glenda is here to change your mind! Hopefully after today's post, you'll see scarves as a great option for your accessorizing needs.

Don't be afraid to tie one on. Scarves are fun to wear...they add a visual point of interest, color, and a touch of whimsy to a simple look. When you are ready to dive into the scarf arena, you'll find there are many to choose from ranging in shape, fabrication, weight, and price point. For today, I thought I'd demonstrate a few ABC simple ways to wear a large square scarf. The scarf in this post is 100% cotton, lightweight, and measures 50' x 50'. I selected this particular scarf because it's large enough to double as a sarong for a swimsuit cover-up. Paired with a simple A-line dress in whisper white, the scarf does its job of adding pops of color and excitement to a basic look. Please stay until the end to watch a short video on scarf tying by Nordstrom. Speaking of Nordstrom, their big Anniversary Sale begins soon. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet your below in the comment section.


Outfit Details - In Bloom Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft; Blanca Trapeze Dress: Ann Taylor Loft; Ankle Strap Sandal: Ann Taylor Loft (Sold Out. Identical option is the Vince Camuto 'Court' Ankle Strap Sandal at Nordstrom; Coin Bracelet courtesy of Chico's (Sold Out); Faceted Ring: Ann Taylor Loft (now on sale!); Polish is Camisole by China Glaze

The very thing you fear can reveal many new opportunities!

 
The easiest way to wear the scarf is to drape it over your shoulder.


Double-knot the ends to create a kimono!



Embrace the spirit of bohemia and tie one on to your head.



Or, create a bib.


A scarf makes a great shawl.



Whatever you do...have fun! Play with your scarf to create new and interesting looks!



And now, a very informative video by Nordstrom. Enjoy!


Stop! Don't leave yet. There's more...

I hope you enjoyed today's post and found the information helpful. Remember, the very thing you fear can reveal many new opportunities. Trust me - I'm writing from experience. Now that I have your undivided attention... As many of you now know, I faced a huge fear of public speaking this past April at the Bloggers at Midlife conference in Las Vegas. Speaking at this event has opened many doors for my writing career, and in sharing my knowledge in the field of style and fashion. I'm now a contributor to Midlife Boulevard and my first article is now live. It's all about my style philosophy (click HERE). I'll see you on the Boulevard {wink}

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