4.30.2017

Style Story: Yes, to Ruffles!

I don't naturally gravitate towards whatever the latest trend may be. That is, unless the latest trend speaks in bonafide "Glenda" language. In other words, in order for me to make space in my closet, the trend must speak to me; and talk in such a way, I know we're in total agreement to move our relationship from beyond casual acquaintance status. After all, if I'm to give space in my beloved boudoir, a level of intimacy must exist. 

Lately I've been on a mission to update my skirt wardrobe. Over the past years, I have found skirts to be a major snooze-fest. I mean really, how many pencil skirts does a woman need? Truth be told, I'm not really a pencil skirt kinda girl. With that being said, I set out to find skirts that are creatively interesting. I recently showed you a couple of my acquisitions in Faux Sure, and then again in Twirl-Worthy. Now I'm back again with another skirt that has many of the qualities I love - Wit, Femininity, Flattering. My friends, my latest skirt has me shouting, Yes, to Ruffles!

Yes, ruffles are popping up on everything these days - tops, pants, handbags, and yes, even footwear. I'll tell you, when the industry grasps hold of a trend, it often can go over-board with its grip. However, in this case, I'm loving the witty, romantic feel of a good ruffle; and as you'll see in the images below, the garment says all the right things. Enjoy the pics and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


If you say, Yes, to Ruffles, here's where you can find this outfit...

Outfit Details:
Silver Wedge Sandals by Nina (I've had them for years. Love the Bonanza Strappy Wedge by Badgley Mischka)
All Silver Jewelry was purchased in Mexico
Polish is Ladylike by essie










Sartorial Savvy:
  • I'm in the stage in life where my waistline is becoming more full. Yes, I'm perimenopausal. However, I was told by my physician - the full waistline doesn't have to become a life sentence. She said the mistake many women have made is to think, "Oh well, I'm gaining weight," and then they stop exercising all together. She stated the fuller stomach will leave once the menopause cycle has completed. That is great news since I'm a woman who subscribes to fitness b4 fashion, and keeping my body in the best shape possible is very important to me. In the meantime, to create an illusion of a waistline, this skirt works well with its banded/tie waist detail.
  • With the high volume and detail of the skirt, I chose to balance it with a quiet, simple tank top.
  • Don't shy away from metallic footwear. Metallic is often viewed as neutral and can work with just about any outfit.
  • On your next trip to Mexico, make sure to shop for their incredible array of silver jewelry. I never leave Mexico empty-handed.
  • With this flirty, albeit minimal outfit, I chose to not complicate the look or interrupt the silhouette by carrying a heavy handbag. Instead, I chose to carry a whimsical, feminine fabric clutch.


Before you go...
Catch last Wednesday's midweek style story called ↪WAR AND PEACE↩ I share ways to create an interesting outfit by juxtaposing. 

True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface has been receiving rave reviews. Did you get your copy?
Review:
"Style is not what you wear! Style is who you are! This sums up my take on style, so I was delighted when I read "True Style - A Look Beyond the Surface." Glenda has so eloquently captured what I believe to be the proper definition of "Style." She helps the reader to understand the difference between Style and Fashion. She peels back 6 "layers" in the process of discovering "true style." This is a very thought provoking read and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to discover their true style."
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4.26.2017

War and Peace

Some of the most clever outfits are ones that weave an unexpected juxtaposition into the mix. You know the type: Deconstructed denim with sequins, a frothy tulle skirt with Doc Marten boots; an evening ball gown with flat sandals, etc. The unexpected is typically what gives an outfit its uniqueness and personality. In other words, an outfit can be just an outfit, or, it can be an OUTFIT. You get my point. The key to creating an interesting look is to be brave enough to venture into an area where some might say you're in violation of the fashion status quo 

For today's midweek style story, I created an outfit that's sweet with a hardy dose of badass, or, what I like to call, War and Peace. In recent years I had been on a hunt for a pair a camouflage jeans (war). I finally found a pair that I love, and mixed with a pair of killer heels, and a sweet ruffle-neck top (peace) with an asymmetric line - Alas, I'm finally able to put together the look I envisioned. While positioned in an area that looks like a war zone rather than a place to have a pristine fashion shoot, I feel like the entire story comes to life. What better way to drive my point home, than to be photographed looking pretty in place that is ugly. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


Outfit Details:
Black Label Camo Print Denim in petite: Chico's (Sold Out. You might be able to find them in the boutiques)
Ruffle Neck Top: Anthropologie (from last year but check out these great options Banana Republic Twill Ruffle-Neck Sleeveless TopTibi Ruffle Neck Top and MDS Stripes Reversible Ruffle Tank)
Sandals by Michael Kors (I've had them for years)
Polish is Ladylike by essie








   

Sartorial Savvy:
  1. With its asymmetrical hem that flows away from the body, the top creates a nice balance with the skinny silhouette of the camouflage jeans - while one is fitted, the other is flared.
  2. I chose gold accessories to coordinate with the gold ankle zipper on the jeans. 
  3. The stark white top and the pattern in the pants do not compete with each other, rather, they play nicely with one another, with neither garnering too much attention. All pieces become stars in their own right.
  4. What qualifies an outfit or garment as Badass? It's in the saucy attitude it projects: Jeans that hug your curves and leave little to the imagination; Heels that make everyone stand-up and take notice; Sunnies that conceal your eyes, and leave others to wonder where you're looking; a walk that's strong and confident; or while others scream for WAR - you scream for PEACE.
 


I hope you enjoyed the midweek style story called War and Peace. Stay tuned for next week's dose of style, right here at So What to Twenty😉

Before you go...
True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface has been receiving rave reviews. Did you get your copy?
Review:
With a glass of champagne in hand, and while traveling overseas, I read this wonderful book cover to cover. I know Glenda through her blog and enjoyed her first book ( A Place Called Peace) so I had a good idea what to expect. What a wonderful journey we go through when we read this book about how to be enlightened as to your true style, and what your style tendencies are. Glenda weaves an artful analysis for us on the true meaning of style. Style is multi faceted, and like a foreign language. How fun to decode it with this insightful book.The illustrations, by Allison Taylor, were captivating and enriched the reading experience.

It turns out I am a true expressionist with some tendencies towards "consumptionist"...Sounds fascinating, right!

IF YOU LOVE CLOTHING AND- OR FOLLOW THE WORLD OF FASHION, YOU WILL FIND THIS A COMPELLING READ!
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Stay True,
Glenda
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4.23.2017

Twirl-Worthy

It goes without saying, some things are always in need of celebrating: spring time blooms, the scent from a floral garden, a sunny disposition, and a skirt that's oh-so pretty, and twirl-worthy, that you absolutely must wear it with a crinoline. Did I just say crinoline? Yes indeed. They still make them! Here's the funny part of this story - I visited my local retail store's lingerie department and asked a young lady if they sold crinolines. I was greeted with that dazed look you receive when you realize you're speaking to someone who hasn't a clue to what you're talking about. I simply gave her a polite thank you, and proceeded to text my cousin, LaToya, on where I might locate one...aka - a petticoat. Where did LaToya suggest? EBay of course.  

A couple of days later, my crinoline/petticoat arrived, and I was ready to slip into my floral confection of a skirt, and twirl, twirl, twirl. What is it about the perfect skirt that causes us to partake in such delightful youthful activities? Truth be told, the last time I wore a crinoline under my skirt was for my prom, circa 1984. And just as I did on the dance floor as an eighteen year old, here I am again, 33 years later, with the same desire to make my skirt billow around me. To answer my own question about the desire to twirl in a perfect skirt - though this defining moment can be marked as a truism, it most definitely is the driving force behind the need to twirl - It's just downright fun, and an opportunity that should never be missed! Enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


The protagonist in this style story is a vintage Leslie Fay skirt. I would place this skirt somewhere between the mid 80s to the early 90s. Raise your hand if you remember Leslie Fay clothing. I remember discussing the label often in my classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The garden themed skirt is in mint condition, and my goodness, it has pockets. Though the skirt is pretty on its own, I felt it needed a bit more twirl volume. Hence my reason for purchasing a crinoline.

Outfit Details
Skirt purchased from my cousins online clothing boutique: Toya Story Vintage & Resale
 Off the shoulder top: Loft (sold out). Check out the many options at Shopstyle
Obi Belt: Love the suede Louella Obi Belt at Chico's
Barely there ankle strap sandal: Many options at Shopstyle
Polish is Party on the Platform by essie


  
 

  
  
 

Sartorial Savvy 
  1. Bring a garment into the current decade by pairing it with modern touches.
  2. The best way to make such a colorful garment stand out is to pair it with a non-color. By wearing black, the colors in the skirt are even more pronounced. If I had worn hot pink or orange, the over saturation of color wouldn't give this twirl-worthy skirt the attention it deserves.
  3. By giving the skirt more volume, I needed to balance the outfit by wearing a fitted top.
  4. The perfect shape was given to the skirt by selecting a knee length crinoline. The knee length allows the lower portion of the skirt to cascade freely.
  5. Now is the season to bare our feet. Take care of them by treating yourself to a weekly pedicure. This can be done by at home or at a foot spa. 
  6. It's no secret I love to show my shoulders. I was wearing these types of garments before they became trendy. Keep your shoulders luminous by moisturizing and exfoliating. Check out my favorite skincare products on my ↪ Beauty Bar ↩ menu.
  7. Obi Belts are an excellent way to give your waistline more definition.

Now watch me twirl!


 Before you go...

True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface has been receiving rave reviews. Did you get your copy?
Review:
With a glass of champagne in hand, and while traveling overseas, I read this wonderful book cover to cover. I know Glenda through her blog and enjoyed her first book ( A Place Called Peace) so I had a good idea what to expect. What a wonderful journey we go through when we read this book about how to be enlightened as to your true style, and what your style tendencies are. Glenda weaves an artful analysis for us on the true meaning of style. Style is multi faceted, and like a foreign language. How fun to decode it with this insightful book.The illustrations, by Allison Taylor, were captivating and enriched the reading experience.

It turns out I am a true expressionist with some tendencies towards "consumptionist"...Sounds fascinating, right!

IF YOU LOVE CLOTHING AND- OR FOLLOW THE WORLD OF FASHION, YOU WILL FIND THIS A COMPELLING READ!

Available on Amazon, Kindle and Createspace eStore

Stay True,
Glenda
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4.19.2017

What's Interesting: Anita by Design

I have a confession to make...

When I had Home Economics (I believe it was the 7th grade), it was the only and last time I made clothing for myself. I remember the project quite vividly - a  knee-length, sunshine yellow circle skirt that tied on the side. When it came off the sewing machine, I couldn't wait to get it home to show my mother. She was thrilled about my advancement into an area she loved. My Mom was an amazing seamstress (though she only brought out her sewing machine for herself, and family. Unfortunately, her thoughts on me becoming her protege' were short-lived. Once the sewing portion of Home Ec. came to an end, so did my desire to create my own garments. Fast forward 38 years, and I wish I had stayed with it. I own a brand new Brother sewing machine that I've used to make curtains and little things for around the home, however, I've never made another garment. Sad, but true.

Now, with the wonderful world of YouTube and blogging, the desire to once again make clothing for myself has edged its way back into my mind. I imagine myself descending on the fabric district in downtown Los Angeles; racking up copious amounts of fabric to make divine, one-of-a-kind creations. So why haven't I begun? Because I'm intimidated as hell at the whole idea. Until recently, when I was introduced to Anita Morris the lovely creator of Anita by Design, and fellow member of the Fierce 50 Revolution. Anita and I have much in common. We share the same ideas on the subject of style, we're both Southern Californians, our husbands are our photographers, and we're both mother's of young men. Since watching her YouTube channel, I'm encouraged to give sewing a-go. After this introduction, you'll understand why. My dear friends, I would like for you to meet Anita Morris. Oh yes, all the garments worn by Anita are her own creations. Enjoy!


Introduce yourself:
I am Anita Morris, a woman of God, wife, mother and seamstress. My faith in God is the foundation upon which I live my life. The choices I make in all areas of life are filtered through my faith in Jesus Christ. I am married to a recently retired Los Angeles City Fire Captain. In August, we will be celebrating 22 years of marriage. We have been blessed with two sons. Our oldest son will be 21 in May, and our youngest is 19. Sewing is my passion and one of the areas in my life by which God is using me to reach women to encourage them to embrace their personal style, live confidently, and use their creativity to express themselves.

How did you begin your career in blogging about sewing?
I started my blog as a result of being inspired by Mimi Goodwin of Mimi G Style and other bloggers I started following after returning to sewing in 2014. I was also encouraged by a few friends and fellow sew sisters. Since I was receiving such great feedback from the garments I was making, and I like to write, I decided to give it a try. I didn't know anything about blogging, so I researched how to start a blog and what it takes to keep it going. I learned that I must have something to offer to keep people coming back. With that information, I went into it with a plan to teach what I know through video tutorial, starting with a Beginner's Sewing Course. I launched the blog on January 20, 2016.

You've recently embarked on a huge project with Mimi G, the woman who has made sewing sexy. Tell us about this project.
Sew Sew Def Magazine is a  multi-cultural magazine for men and women. It is the first of its kind and I'm honored to be part of the team of contributors. I was contacted by Mimi, asking if I'd be interested in being a contributor to the publication and I accepted her invitation immediately, with much enthusiasm. She picked each member of her team based on something that stood out to her in each of us. The team was put in place and sewsewdef.com launched on April 4, 2017. Mimi assigned me to the Beginners section and I could not be more thrilled, as I have a heart for teaching beginners. The best part about being chosen to be part of this publication is the fact that the creator is the same woman who inspired me to start blogging.

Is Sew Sew Def your first collaboration of this kind?
Yes, this is my first collaboration of this kind and thus far the most challenging and exciting.

How was the experience working on the magazine?
Working on my article for the first issue was a proud time. I wanted to represent the creators and Sew Sew Def magazine well, so I put my best effort into creating the content I would present. My first step was choosing a pattern to use for the article. Since Simplicity Pattern Company is who Mimi has her pattern line with and a sponsor for the magazine, I wanted to use one of her patterns from the company. The next step was preparing content that would speak to beginners and give them a take-away. I titled my article, 5 Tips for Successful Garment Construction. I'm very proud of the article and look forward to the next issue.

What advice would you give someone like myself, who is intimidated about the sewing process but has an interest in learning?
(1) Find a Beginner's Sewing Course on YouTube that teaches the basics of sewing. There are quite a few, so find one that you are able to follow along with and learn from. Check out my course on YouTube - Anita by Design. (2) Purchase sewing books to supplement the sewing course. Simplicity's, Simply the Best Sewing Book is a good start. (3) Be patient! Learning to sew is a process that takes time. The actual time it takes to learn is different for each person. Practice what you learn until you master it, then move on to the next step.

I listened to your recent interview on the Sewing Blab. I found one of the statements you made fascinating. It was asked, "Where do you like to shop?" You proudly stated, "Michael Levine Loft." Which is one of the most popular fabric destinations in downtown Los Angeles. I was very intrigued by your answer. Coming from a different perspective on shopping, I was waiting to hear your list of favorite clothing stores. With that being said, do you shop ready-to-wear, or like most people who sew, when you go into stored do you say, "I can make that myself?"

I currently sew almost everything that I wear, so I don't shop ready-to-wear much. I will still buy t-shirts, but that's the extent of it right now. I'm in need of new jeans but I refuse to buy a pair because I know I can make them. I enjoy sewing so much and yes, when I go into stores I always say, "I can make that." However, I won't say that I'll never shop ready-to-wear again. I keep my options open. I do still have a few pieces in my closet that were purchased at local clothing stores that I still wear.

What inspired you?
I'm inspired by other women, I love seeing women walk in confidence, embracing who they are. I'm inspired by sisterhood. Being in community with women, where encouragement, support, wisdom and accountability are shared - that's what inspired me. I smile every time I see a woman in public who's well dressed and with a smile on her face, especially elderly women. I will go out of my way to compliment her. I'm inspired by other stories of other women. I LOVE women!

What's next for Anita by Design?
As I continue to learn and master my craft, I wait to see what God has in store. I wait to see where this is leading. I'm focusing on finding balance, as things seem to be moving rather quickly. In the long run, I would like to design my own patterns. However, that is a process that will take time, and there are many steps that must be taken before that comes to fruition.

Anything else you would like the So What to Twenty community to know about you and your gift?
Yes! I am blessed to be a blessing. Whatever God gives me is to be shared with others. That's why I teach what I know about sewing. It's a way of showing gratitude to God and those who have taught me.

How can we stay in touch with you?

Instagram: @anitabydesign


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Glenda
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