10.19.2017

From Badass to Bonjour

The last time I sported a beret for So What to Twenty was back in February 2016 in a post called Empowerment (I'll have a picture from the post below with a link).  Since wearing the military styled look from last year's post, Maria Grazia Chiuri from Christian Dior came out with a very similar look for her fall 2017 collection (also below). Hmm, someone owes me kudos. I'm just saying. I was always taught to give credit where credit is due. 

I know what you're thinking - Oh come on Glenda, do you really want us to believe your blog post was replicated by a world famous design team? Is is that far fetched to believe it was? I mean think about it, images are seen all over the Internet. Right? When you see the below pics, you be the judge.

Anyhoo, on to another subject. I decided to don the beret once again, but this time I've given it a French Flare. It's amazing what you can do with a little fun and imagination. One simple accessory takes this look from badass to bonjour. Enjoy the pics, and the shopping links. Like always, I'll meet you below in the comment section.


  
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Wool Beret can be purchased from Amazon or Target
Skirt was custom made by my sister
Most rings were purchased in Mexico





Empowerment - February 2016

Now take a close look. Notice the almost military vibe to the collection as compared to my look? Even the use of the strap, where I had my leopard backpack. Eerily similar. 

Christian Dior Fall 2017 {Source: Vogue.com)

Christian Dior Fall 2017 {Source: Vogue.com)

I hope you enjoyed this post, as always, I appreciate the COMMENTS, SHARES and FOLLOWS. If you haven't been over to STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison, be sure to pop over there. My new website will have you at Hello.
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10.11.2017

Bubblicious

One of the biggest trends shown during Fashion Week (spring 2018) was the reprise of the 1980s bubble hem. I know what you're thinking...OMG, I didn't like it then, and I'm surely not going to wear it now! If you're like me, your memories of the bubble hem relate to bubblegum pink party dresses we purchased from teenage stores like Judy's, Windsor Fashions or Contempo (State dwellers know exactly what I'm referring too). 

Nonetheless, it's returning, and personally, I found the runway looks rather appealing. So I propose the question - How do we translate such a youthful trend from our past, into a viable look for today?  As you scroll the images, you'll see me wearing the same bubble skirt in three different ways. After you've seen the images, tell me in the comment section if you want to try the return of the bubble hem, or do you want it to pop and fly away.

EDGY

Shopping List
EDGY: Bubble Hem Skirt via eBay. Check out the many Bubble Hem Skirts on eBay. Options available on Shopstyle.
Belt Bag via eBay. Check out the Qulited Belt Bags on eBay. Also option at Shopstyle.
Nine West Boots via eBay. Close option - Fallon by Nine West at Zappos
I've had the Tee for years.

STREAMLINED: Vintage Soft Side Slit Tee via Loft

SASSY: Essential Tank via Loft;
Denim jacket from Chico's (sold out). Great denim jacket options at Loft
Would you believe I purchased the leopard sandals over 20 years ago!
Hammered silver earrings courtesy of Chico's (from last year). Obsessed with this mixed metal earring by Tahari!

 


Streamlined



SASSY
 


Sartorial Savvy
  • As with any voluminous garment, it's always better to pair it with something that's more form-fitting. Notice in all three looks, the top portion of my ensemble is fitted to my body. Including the denim jacket. 
  • Choose a Bubble skirt in a heavier fabrication so you'll achieve the volume you'll want. 
  • Since I plan on wearing my skirt to a variety of events, I selected one that hits at my knee. This length is easier to translate to cocktail hour, day wear, and even weekend fun.



Below are some of the looks that were on the runway during Fashion Week spring 2018
Bubble Hem top by 3.1 Phillip Lim {source: Vogue.com)

Bubble Hem dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim {source: Vogue.com}

Bubble Hem dress by Mary Katrantzou {source: Vogue.com)

Wearing a parachute hem dress (similar to bubble hem) in a post called, The Idea of Comfort

Truth be told, the bubble hem never really blew away. Rather, the look was relegated to the back of most of our closets. What say you - will you give it a go, or will you pass on this flighty trend?

Before you go...
I have a special treat for you on my STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison YouTube channel. Last Friday was AH-MAY-ZING!!! I knew the day was going to be incredible so I created an A Day in the Life video. Watch the fun and excitement unfold as I take you along with me on two engagements, plus you have behind the scenes access into my world of art and music in Los Angeles as my son's band, Kairos, hits the stage at one of Angel City's coveted concert venues for jazz. Enjoy!



Did you see my latest work of art that lines my gallery wall in Portraits of Harmony? If you haven't, swing by to meet Carelia Brown. Yes, her wardrobe is wonderful, but let's also explore beyond the surface into this beautiful embodiment of TRUE STYLE. Here's your link → Portraits of Harmony: Carelia Brown (Unfinished Art)

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10.10.2017

Portraits of Harmony: Carelia Brown (Unfinished Art)

I love the experience of visiting a museum or art gallery. I love to sit and admire the works of art created by the artist, and I also enjoy the sport of people watching. There are times when I've sat, for a substantial amount of time, in complete wonder about the works of art. What was the artist's inspiration? Who was his/her muse? What was their thought process?

"A person who has the gift of harnessing their style manages to entice the admirer into wanting to go beyond the surface, and into a place that introduces us to their character."
Glenda K. Harrison

In Portraits of Harmony, I line my gallery wall with persons who have the gift - the artistry called TRUE STYLE. Come with me to view Carelia Brown, and learn why she calls herself, Unfinished Art. Please, sign the guest book while you're there to let me know your thoughts. And while you're there, turn your volume up and enjoy the music by Kairos. The song is called Ndugu and was composed by my oldest son, and he plays the sax solo. The music is the perfect ambiance while you view the works of art. Here's your link to → Portraits of Harmony: Carelia Brown (Unfinished Art) ← Enjoy 

Carelia Brown - Unfinished Art


I'll return later this week with my latest Style Story called Bubblicious!
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10.02.2017

#Mood (Part two)

I did a surprise post this past Friday called #Mood. Did you see it? It was, in my opinion, one of my most interesting posts when referring to accessories, and if you've been following So What to Twenty for some time, you know of my great fondness for accessorizing. I enjoy the subject so much, I decided to move forward today with #Mood (Part two).

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But before I go any further, I need to say a few words about the awful events that have occurred in Las Vegas, I visit Vegas so often, it has become a second home. To hear about what has just occurred has broke my heart. While people were out enjoying music...

When these types of tragedies occur, I'm always left with such a profound sorrow, as I know you are too. I ponder what's important, and whether or not I should carry-on with business as usual. Though I post and I share, my heart bleeds. I remember the words of one of the dear ladies who is in my Facebook community -
“A new post from you is wonderful respite from all of the terrible things going on in the world! There is so much written about hate and suffering that it is easy to fall into despair. You give us a little oasis of civility and beauty and I appreciate it.”
Please view this post as a bit of civility and beauty. A place where we can, if only for a moment, live as if life isn't hurting. I hope you enjoy my latest video called, Thoughts On...Accessories.


There are more Thoughts On videos at STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison. If you didn't have a chance to read → #Mood, click the link and enjoy! 

In the meantime, my warmest and heartfelt thoughts to each of you during these very trying days. 

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9.29.2017

#Mood


Happy Weekend!!

Don't you love it when you're sporting an outfit that perfectly describes your #mood? Such is the case for my look in today's style story. Since my Southern California lifestyle is immersed in the art and music scene, the #mood I often create with my wardrobe fits right into the groove of things.

But here's the other cool thing about my wardrobe, and perhaps you won't believe me when I say - I don't shop as much as you probably think I would. Nor do I shop for the soul purpose of having something to wear for my weekly blog style story. Rather, what I've done is created an universal wardrobe - a wardrobe that is built with pieces that are easily interchangeable for the many areas of my life. By having such a wardrobe, it makes it super easy for me to reach into my closet to find something appropriate to wear for just about any type of event - from an exhibit opening to Los Angeles Fashion Week.

However, there is a key to setting the proper #mood, and to making your wardrobe ebb and flow through your life. Can you guess what that key may be? It's in the accessories. That's right, clever use of accessories always give your outfits personality and extra spice. Think in terms of a cake without adornment. The cake may taste good to your palette, but once the added touch of icing or toppings is applied, it completely changes the mood of the cake...both visually and taste wise. 


Take a closer look at my outfit, you'll notice I'm basically wearing cropped kick-hem jeans with an off-the-shoulder sweater. Sure, the jeans and sweater are cool, but when you add in the tie-belt, mirrored aviators, large hoop earrings, and pageboy cap, and the entire mood for the outfit changes.  

Outfit Details:
Cropped Kick-Hem Jeans: Loft (only one size left). Check out the selection at Shopstyle
Tassel Rope Belt: Chico's (sold out). Love Love Love the Tassel Rope Belt from Hampden
Large Hoop Silver Earrings: The Icing
Kate Spade Wallet (Many options via eBay)







  



Sartorial Savvy
  • Like a mentioned above, accessories are the key to enhancing the flavor or #mood to your outfit;
  • Select your accessories wisely. Just as the icing can enhance the cake, it can also ruin the cake;
  • Think about the #mood you wish to create. This look is taking me to an outdoor, Up and Coming in jazz concert in Hollywood. When you think jazz the #mood is sexy, beatnik, chill, unscripted, and undefined.
  • There's a symmetry to creating a look with accessories that makes sense - proportion, weight, elements chosen, your personality, and of course, #mood


I hope you enjoyed this style story, along with the Sartorial Savvy. If you have further questions on creating a #mood with accessories, or other style needs, be sure to ask away. And remember, if you want to go more in depth into the world of style and fashion, bookmark my website - STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison.  Though So What to Twenty is a steady heartbeat in my life, there is a lot more information shared on the website.

Check This Out...

  1. There are new videos produced each week for your viewing pleasure on → STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison YouTube Channel.
  2. Don't forget to sign-up for → The Harmony Report - the bi-weekly newsletter for women who seek an integrated life
  3. Have you met the members of the Midlife Mastery Team of Experts. I'm a part of this dynamic group of women who are on the same mission of serving women in our areas of expertise. Check us out!
  4. If you're wondering what skincare products I use, check out my → Beauty Bar.  
  5. Be on the look out for → THE HARMONY APPROACH - Your Virtual Styling Coach - Your Blueprint to Harmonious Personal Style (coming soon)!!!!
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9.24.2017

A Sheer Delight


For this style story, the outfit I'm wearing is three trends all rolled up into one complete look. Not easy to accomplish, considering when attempts at combining multiple trends can often lead to disastrous results. What are the trends in this post?
  1. Dress over pants
  2. Round handbag
  3. Sheer Overlay
During New York Fashion Week for spring 2018, many of the designers showed sheer overlays, and dress over pants. Unbeknownst to the upcoming trend, in the early summer, I purchased from Zara, a mesh, floral, sheer overlay dress with the intentions of layering it with jeans or shorts. Did I have some sort of inkling that this was going to be a hot runway item? No, I did not. I purchased the garment because I considered it to be a fun addition for my closet. I knew the burst of terra-cotta hued flowers, along with subtleties of green and blue would work effortlessly into my existing wardrobe. This dress also known as a sheer delight is the hero piece for this look. Or is it?

Also seen is an enchanting butterfly embossed, uber popular circular bag (wristlet) in terra-cotta - the perfect accompaniment for my floral sheer delight...flowers and a butterfly. You decide, which is the star or hero in this look - the sheer dress or the wristlet?


Outfit Details:
Butterfly embossed Round Wristlet via eBay. Great options:
Floral Mesh Sheer Dress via Zara (sold out): Great option HERE
The silver bracelets are one-of-a-kind beauties I found at vintage stores.

 




 


With every style story there is a lesson. For today's lesson, we managed to de-bunk the theory that wearing too many trends at once is a no-no. It still can be a no-no, however, choosing to not have pieces that compete, rather, they gently enhance one another, is the secret to your success.

Before you go...
  1. Did you check out my latest feature in Portraits of Harmony? It's the poetic Cherie James. Click ⇢Cherie⇠ for the interview.
  2. To learn more about the upcoming trends for spring 2018, click→ Trend Report
  3. Discover why you should surround yourself with Wieldy Wonders (below). 

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