Picture created using the Prisma app. I love the organic quality of how it resembles clay drying in the sun.

Hi Friends,

I woke this past Friday morning with excruciating pain in my lower right back. I was rushed to emergency where several tests were run. However, the tests were inconclusive. In the coming weeks, I will be posting sporadically. Please be patient as I go through further medical testing.

In the meantime, if you missed any of my recent posts, here are the links:
  1. The recap of the Dress for Success fashion show I hosted with Chico's - Destination Chico's: The Catwalk (special addition) 
  2. Rocking a cool pair of readers in the Stand Up to Cancer campaign by eye-bobs - Take a Stand
  3. How today's woman updates her wardrobe at The Modern Woman's Guide to Wardrobe Essentials
  4. Or, how to make an outfit FUN

Also Darlings, I enjoy bringing you interesting documentaries pertaining to the fashion industry. Recently I watched a BBC special on YouTube that gave a behind the scenes glimpse into British Vogue. The film was very similar to Boss Woman, but rather than following Anna Wintour, the film crew focused on British Vogue Editor in Chief, Alexandra Shulman. I was particularly fascinated with the series because my style crush, Lucinda Chambers, is peppered throughout. Enjoy!

Episode 1: Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue Documentary 2016 BBC
Episode 2: Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue Documentary 2016 BBC

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Take a Stand

If you read my inspirational memoir, A Place Called Peace, you discovered I lost my beloved mother to pancreatic cancer. My mother was my champion, my mentor, best friend, and the woman who I aspired to become. Though her battle was swift and brutal, she managed to fight cancer with such beauty, dignity, and grace. Her fight left such a heart-wrenching statement on me, in 2007 I felt led to launch a not-for-profit organization called, A Daughter's Heart. After witnessing my mother's inspirational fight, we adopted the tag line - If you have to fight cancer...Fight it beautifully. The mission of the cause was to partner with hospitals to provide love and support (friendship and financial) to women who've heard the unfortunate diagnoses, "You have cancer."

I was finally able to bury my mother in my heart, and I knew she would want me to live my life. I gave up the work of A Daughter's Heart to live my passion of inspiring women through my writing, however never letting go of the desire to uplift and support women in various ways. When I was contacted by eye-bobs to Take a Stand and join Katie Couric, Veronica Webb, Nina Garcia, John Slattery, Bryant Gumbel and others to Stand Up To Cancer, it was met with zero hesitation. Eye-bobs is introducing a limited-edition frame in two colors, “Take A Stand,” to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Co-founded by Katie Couric in 2008, SU2C raises funds for collaborative cancer research that gets new treatments to the patients who need them quickly.  When you purchase a pair of the "Take a Stand" readers, eye-bobs will donate 20% to Stand Up to Cancer, accelerating research into life-saving therapies.

To purchase your "Take a Stand" readers, please click Stand Up to Cancer

Will you #standwitheyebobs and join us to raise funds for life-saving cancer therapies? Thank you.

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Destination Chico's: The Catwalk (Special Addition)

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The old adage states a leopard can't change its spots. Though the true character of a person can't be changed, it can be set free. What was once held in captivity, is now able to roam places once determined as unsuitable or dangerous...the catwalk. Decades ago I imaged a life filled to the rim with fashion and style. But as the story goes, life somehow took me on a long and twisted journey and far away from the dream.  Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine my life the way it is this present day - one filled with all the things I'm passionate about. No, this leopard did not change her spots. My spots were unleashed!

Welcome to a special addition of Destination Chico's - my six month journey designed to introduce you to my favorite Chico's looks, and to inspire you to indulge further into exploration of the boutique. In this issue I'm sharing one of my favorite Chico's outfits plus the Chico's Fall Fashion Premier which benefited Dress for Success!

My look for the month is an easy leopard dress with a sixties vibe - a simple 3/4 inch sleeve, mock neck dress with a gentle, A-line shape which easily skims the body. A purrfect dress with the ease and sophistication for many occasions. The entire look was my first look on the catwalk for the 9 to 5 scene. We strutted our way down the runway to Just Fine by Mary J. Blige (click the link to hear the song), which was the perfect song to empower women. I hope you enjoy this feline of a dress which is available on Chico'sdotcom and the boutiques. Please enjoy the entire post 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.



Enjoy the Show!

After all the steadfast work in the past five months, the Chico's Fall Fashion Premier benefiting Dress for Success Riverside was a great success - a boutique filled with participants eager to support the cause, dine a delicious foods, mingle, and of course, shop and view the fashions! 

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Together with the incredible team at Chico's, we were able to create a beautiful event which will plant seeds into the lives of many women who are determined to reach new goals.

The Chico's store managers for the Inland Empire were on hand to support the event

Dress for Success Riverside Board of Directors (Left to Right): President: Carolyn Tackett, Founder: Saneliso Muringani MBA; Gail Ramirez Board Member; Sarah Tompkins: Board Member
Saneliso (Sani) Muringani MBA: Founder - Dress for Success Riverside

Carolyn Tackett: President - Dress for Success Riverside

Chico's District Manager: Marsha Kasianczuk

Sponsor and Food Provider: California Pizza Kitchen

Guest Check-in

Sound Tech: Fred Harrison of the Sound Snob

Guest waiting for the runway show to begin.

Guests eagerly shopped after the show.

This young lady was the winner of the Chico's Door Prize! District Manager, Marsha, helps her reveal the goodies.

On the catwalk with today's Chico's pick!

Another fun look for the catwalk. This one got a lot of cheers!
Wearing the Melissa Fringe Poncho and Petite Destructed Zip Jegging

Chico's Riverside Plaza store manager: Aimee and myself
With two of my friends: Dianne Callahan and Jean Moody

Recognize this dress from Destination Chico's: Boho Lux? Here I am making my speech at the end.

In a time when "reality" television shows cast females in such negative roles, it was absolutely refreshing to be a part of something that was inspirational, and embraced the lovely power of the female spirit. I hadn't walked the catwalk in over twenty years, and I was thankful my strut was brought back to life in a way that would impact the lives of females in a worthy way. Thank you again to Chico's for supporting the endeavors of Dress for Success Riverside. You are Rock Stars! {wink}

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The Modern Woman's Guide to Wardrobe Essentials

The Woman in the Chartreuse Sweater
After spending a FUN (Click FUN to read the story) day at the Norton Simon Museum of Art last Friday, which has quite an extensive collection of impressionism art work from Monet, Renoir and Degas, I thought it would be fun to create and impressionist version of myself using the Prisma App. Pretty cool, huh?

Now, on to today's subject...

Let’s be real, the rules of fashion do not always stay the same. To think so would be the same as believing music, technology or architecture remains in a horizontal time-warp as well. Sure there are iconic staples that should be the mainstay in our wardrobes, however, to assume these items are never re-invented or modified in some fashion will eventually lead you down the path of having a stagnate wardrobe. Today’s modern woman is a woman on the go. She leads an interesting life that takes her to a plethora of events. In an instant she’ll book plane reservations to go grape stomping in Tuscany; attend a weekend business conference; she may cancel all plans to whisk herself away to a quiet spa retreat; tickets to a sporting event or art opening may be at hand; enjoying her children or grandchildren’s school events; or perhaps she’s touring the globe on her book launch.
To read more about The Modern Woman's Guide to Wardrobe Essentials, meet me on the corner of True Style Ave and Midlife Blvd. And be sure to leave a comment either at Midlife Boulevard or back here at So What to Twenty. I would like to read your thoughts and ideas.

Gateway to The Modern Woman's Guide to Wardrobe Essentials

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I always enjoy Fridays. This is typically the day I set aside to relax away from work; indulge in the Southern California lifestyle; explore a new place to dine; educate myself...you know...just have fun! This past Friday, with the hubs involved in working on one of our cars, and sons busy with school, I found myself alone...but in a good way. Trust me when I say - the alone time was needed. It had been a stressful week. To combat the irritants I decided to wave my surrender flag by heading into Pasadena to watch an Introductory film called The Art of Norton Simon at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. For one, I had some 'me time' and two, if you haven't discovered, it's fun for me to stay immersed in the world of art (a scene that thrives in So Cal). I especially love art when it involves world history and how it intersects with fashion. Though this particular film didn't connect the two, I still thoroughly enjoyed learning how Mr. Simon began his immense journey into art collecting. 

As I exited the house for my journey into Pasadena, my husband removed himself from under the car, wiped oil from his face, smiled and said, 
"You look fun - like an artsy school girl."
"Well good, since I'm going to have fun educating myself in a bit of art history."
I love being with my people - the creative types. There is always clever conversation, entertaining personalities, and a deft to how one presents them self in clothing - it's usually skillful, yet it requires quite an imagination - an imagination that takes one outside the box of regulations and into a realm of creativity and fun. For today's style story, I decided to adopt a look I personally witnessed at the Monique Lhuillier fall 2016 runway show during Fashion Week El Paseo (see my post - Here Comes Lhuillier). Lhuillier decided to add a bit of whimsy by showing many of her looks with ankle socks (see images at the end of this post).  So, for my day of art education, I decided to style myself around a pair of fun socks. I hope you enjoy today's look, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.

Outfit Details - Steve Madden Tempesst Platform: Amazon; Polka Dot Socks: Loft (from past seasons. More options at Amazon); Essential Tank Top: Loft (other option is the Microfiber Contemporary tank at Chico's); Cardigan in a soft Chartreuse via Gap Factory (Option is the Bernadette Cardigan at Chico's); Full Midi Skirt via H&M (Option is the Eliza J Pleated Faille Midi Skirt at Nordstrom); Ring on thumb is part of the Grace Ring Set: Courtesy of Chico's; Clutch is vintage; Rhinestone chain belt: Amazon


Monique Lhuiller fall 2016 - Photo by Fred Harrison

Monique Lhuiller fall 2016 {source: Vogue.com)

During my time at the Norton Simon I had a conversation with a woman who studied art history. She asked me what brought me in to see the film. I explained my background and education in fashion. For which she replied, 
"I could have guessed by the clothes you wear."
"I like to express myself through dressing," I replied
"There is a wit about your choice, but I can tell there is a seriousness too."
I responded to her comment with a reassuring smile. Like I've stated in a previous post, when fashion is used to express the entire essence of a person, it becomes a method of symbolism, or iconography. A close observation would reveal the most intimate details about a person...cultural, social, elements of history, and much more. My day was both educational and fun. I returned to my humble abode ready to create this post {wink}

Hey Southern Californians - Did you get your tickets?
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