8.20.2016

The Farmer in the Bell

When I pulled today's outfit together, the pieces immediately reminded me of the classic nursery rhyme - The Farmer in the Dell. Since the purpose of this post is to show how you can update classics, I thought a spin on the classic rhyme would be absolutely perfect for the post's title.

I do consider myself somewhat of a classic dresser. I love having pieces in my wardrobe that stand the test of time - Levi's 501; penny loafers, t-shirts, pea coats, overalls...you get the point. But lets face it, head-to-toe classic can sometimes look dull. In order for me to stay true to myself, and the often quirky approach I take in dressing, it is important for me to add items to my wardrobe that glean from the classics but still have finesse. Before I move into today's look, allow me to direct you to one of my past post which shows a variation on a classic penny loafer. In a post called Inspired By: Being Dapper,  I'm wearing a pair of black and white spectator G.H. Bass Weejuns...but notice the details on them.

Classics bring to the table a rich history, and are what traditions are founded on. I would never disregard their legacy. However, for today, imagine if you would, the idea of taking vanilla ice cream and jazzing it up by swirling in dulce de leche or chocolate fudge. The vanilla is still the mainstay, but now more flavor flava is added to entice you. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


I feel classic but never boring in my pair of overalls. Not your basic pair, rather they have extracted pieces from the traditional farmer dungarees. This pair is skinny, modern with the feathering detail, and a wee-bit sassy. Paired with my updated farmers is a beyond basic black tee that has captured my heart with delightful bell sleeves - definitely classic with a wink. Dressed in my farmers (overalls) and bell-sleeved tee, I came up with the title - The Farmer in the Bell.  

Outfit Details - Flare Mixed Media Tee: Loft;  Skinny Overalls via TJ Maxx years ago (Similar overall styles at Nordstrom by Madewell); Ankle Strap Sandal: Loft (Sold Out. Identical Vince Camuto 'Court' Ankle Strap Sandal at Nordstrom); Black Medium Basic Sunglasses: Loft; Polish is Stolen Kisses by Nicole by OPI; Braided Leather Belt by Ralph Lauren: Many options of braided belts on Amazon.

 



 

 


This is what I propose - If you're a traditional, classic dresser, but you're presently rethinking how you can add spice to your wardrobe; you can still wear the foundation pieces, but amp them up by intertwining garments or accessories that send a message of adventure, spontaneity or fun. Here's a fact about the classics - It's quite easy to up-level them into the fashion statement stratosphere. Often times, just one subtle twist can add a world of difference to a very basic look {wink} 

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8.18.2016

How to Master the Art of Fashion Foreplay

Hi Friends!

Welcome to the new and improved So What to Twenty! If you're viewing the blog from your desktop, you'll notice the makeover. There is now a right and left sidebar. On the left you'll notice a new feature called The Fashion Forefront - News. Here you'll find breaking news on the fashion industry, direct from fashion insiders! Also, you'll notice a new page called A Heart that Gives. This page is reserved for the different causes I support. I'm very excited about these two features, and I hope you feel the same.

Now, on to today's post. As you know, I now hold a monthly Style column on Midlife Boulevard! Each month I'll post a teaser (like this one) which will take you directly to the post. I'm thrilled with my adventures as a writer, and I hope you'll all join me on this exciting, new journey.

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We know the act of making love begins far before the couple enters the bedroom. The two engage in an enticing tangle that includes sensual conversation, the receiving of surprise love notes, the whispering of sweet nothings, delicate kisses placed on the nape of the neck. The manner in which we set the mood for our romantic interludes, likewise feeling sexy in our clothing should begin with the same seduction. This can be achieved when you master the art of Fashion Foreplay. Meet me on the corner of True Style Ave and Midlife Blvd to learn How to Master the Art of Fashion Foreplay.


How to Master the Art of Fashion Foreplay

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8.14.2016

Vibrant

Vibrant: having or showing great life, activity, and energy

After a very important breakfast/business meeting with motivational speaker, three time cancer survivor, and founder of The Lighthearted Life, Dianne Callahan, she and I sat under a shade tree, where she shared with me an astounding idea she heard on youthful aging. The concept is based on an idea that suggest women, as well as men, can experience a type of reverse aging - this is when a person so grounded in their self and purpose; so open to spirit; so keyed into their energy and vibration; can experience a level of cellular renewal that shows in their energy level, their physical being, and the way they look as well. 

It makes sense. Right? Without having these details of our lives deeply rooted into place, one is sure to experience various levels of stress, and we all know stress is the biggest contributing factor to rapid aging. Using myself as an example, a few years ago, before I tapped into my true value, I felt old physically, as well as spiritually. However recently, on my post called Baby Soft, I received a super kind comment from fellow blogger, and owner of Finder Not Keeper, Mithra Ballesteros, which stated, "You are getting younger with each post! Who could guess your babies are men!" I don't believe Mithra believes I have access to some sort of age reverse time machine, nor do I believe the concept is suggesting this either. Perhaps the word which we search for is Vibrant - People with this uncanny youthfulness have tapped into an energy that surpasses the definition of Age, and what a particular age is suppose to represent.

I've said it once and I'll say it again - Being the age of 50, I haven't felt better in decades. This observation isn't solely about my physicality, but my spirituality and emotional makeup as well. I feel deeply grounded with my self and my purpose. Perhaps this is what Mithra has noticed. So for today, I wear a  color that radiates the warmth of the sunshine, is vibrant, rejuvenating, and signifies energy and optimism. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


In recent years I have grown more attracted to the bold hue of orange. Not for the faint of heart, this color truly represents the spirit of the extrovert - which I am not. I gain my energy from my times alone and in solitude. But for this occasion, I find myself drawn to this dynamic and powerful shade. Draped in a breezy dress of linen, I feel surprisingly relaxed yet invigorated at the same time. To enhance the spirit of the dress, I chose to pair it with my favorite colorful and playful sandals - a look that tells a story about my vibrancy as well as my laid-back idea of getting dressed.

Outfit Details - Midi Dress: Lou & Grey (sold out but check out other Lou & Grey dresses); Sandals: Tildon Blaire via eBay; Medium Basic Sunglasses: Loft; Silver Hoop Earrings: The Icing; Multi-bangle with droplet via eBay; Kerrianne Watch: Courtesy of Chico's; Polish is Imported Bubbly by Essie





 




I would love to read your opinions on the concept stated above. Do you believe reverse aging exist? Do tell {wink}

Interested in more style stories from Glenda? Look for the below symbol coming this Thursday. It will take you to a very sexy story on Midlife Blvd. I think you'll enjoy it!

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8.07.2016

Baby Soft


When my sons were babies, I loved the time spent getting them ready for beddy-bye - scenting their warm bath with organic lavender bubble bath, patting them dry and then massaging them with natural coconut oil. I marveled at their perfect, virgin, baby soft skin.  While tucked into bed, the natural scent of lavender filled the room. I couldn't help but snuggle with them while reading their favorite bedtime stories. The night always concluded with me giving them gentle pats on the bottom until they drifted off to sleep.

As I matured, I found it necessary to adopt the tender loving care I bestowed onto my children. Though it isn't necessary to pat my bottom to get me to fall asleep, I do have an affinity towards nature derived products. I have discovered, the more I avoid chemically laced products in favor of God-made ingredients, the more my epidermis approves. Since I made the decision to go Au naturale with my care, my skin has developed a natural glow which I absolutely adore. Today's post is more about my skincare rather than the fashion, but please, enjoy the pics and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


To highlight my skin and to piggy-back off the story of my infant sons, I selected a baby doll top in baby blue that accentuates my arms and shoulders. For this post, my skin is without makeup and has a dewy glow thanks to Brown & Coconut Hydrating Body Butter (more information below).
 
Outfit Details - Top: Zara; Petite Modern Kick Crop Jean: Ann Taylor Loft; Floral Silk Scarf from Jacket Society; Bracelet is a vintage find; Aviator Sunglasses from Ann Taylor Loft (last summer style. New Aviator); Polish is Imported Bubbly by Essie; Earrings from the Icing.



Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Brown & Coconut. I received product in exchange for sharing with my blog public. Although this post is a partnership, all opinions are my own.
 
At the request of my readers and my friends over at Vibrant Nation, I thought I'd give a detailed description of my skincare ritual, and share some of the products I use to keep my skin baby soft.  

Morning:
  • Exercise at least 5 times per week
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Luke warm bathing with Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar
  • Moisturize the skin with Jason Coconut Oil or Body Butter by Brown & Coconut
  • Wash face with CeraVe Foaming Face Wash (recommended by my dermatologist)
  • Shampoo and condition hair with Giovanni Eco Chic Haircare 
  • Moisturize hair with coconut oil
  • Moisturize my face and neck with Jason Revitalizing Vitamin E Cream (5,000 I.U.)
  • On warm days, I keep my skin hydrated by spritzing it with Love & Roses Beauty Mist

Evening:
  • Luke warm bathing with exfoliating mittens
  • Wash face with CeraVe Foaming Face Wash
  • Moisturize face with Face Oil by Brown & Coconut or Jason Age Renewal Vitamin E Cream 25,000 I.U. 
  • Apply 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream
  • Moisturize body with Jason Coconut Oil
  • Massage hands and feet with Provence Lavender Hand Balm
  • Apply 100% Vitamin E oil to my eyelashes to keep them long and healthy
  • Take a Biotin tablet
 Photo Shoot Prep:
On days when I'm being photographed, I want my skin to look its very best. Here's how I indulge my skin:
  • Prep my skin with a good exfoliating treatment
  • Apply a rich emollient moisturizer so that my skin will glow in the pictures.
  • Exfoliate my face by creating a scrub with table sugar and CeraVe face wash.
  • Lightly moisturize face
  • I don't wear lipstick because my lips have a natural tint, so I enjoy applying a thin layer of coconut oil. 
  • I don't wear eyeliner because my eyes have a natural darkening around them which makes it look like I'm wearing makeup. 
  • For my eyebrows, I adhere to my bi-weekly threading appointment.

Brown & Coconut Hydrating Body Butter / Brown & Coconut Hydrating Face Oil
The scent from both of these products remind me of a luxurious spa in a jar...clean and herbal. At first I was concerned about applying face oil to my combination skin, however, after reading all the reports on the positive affects, I decided to give it a try. I'm pleasantly surprised. It's not greasy and leaves my skin feeling silky soft.

Hanover Kern Lavender Hand Balm
I keep this jar on my desk and I liberally apply when my hands feel tired, and I want to lift my spirits with it's delicate scent of fresh greens, lavender, and rosemary sprigs.

Olivine Atelier Love & Roses Beauty Mist
Since California is prone to dry heat, I carry this mist of essential oils and flower extracts in my handbag to hydrate my skin throughout the day, or to even spritz in my hair! The scent is light and reminds me of love.

 


I hope you enjoyed today's post - a slight diversion from the weekly style story, but nonetheless, I hope you found the information useful and inspiring. I'm of the mindset that good, clean skincare and eating will keep skin radiant, smooth, and oh so baby soft. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask{wink}

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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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