11.19.2017

Poetic


My high school boyfriend was a wide receiver for our varsity football team; seemed pretty mellow (so I thought); got into fights on occasion; often had the smell of liquor on his breath; but carried a blue notebook where he would thoughtfully write poetry dedicated to me. Strange combination, I know, but like most high school girls, I was attracted to the athletic, brooding bad-boy.

I broke-up with him the night of our senior prom. I spent the entire night pissed-off when I promptly got a whiff of booze on his breath. I couldn't wait for the night to end. When the limo driver pulled up in front of my home, I angrily gathered up all the layers of my big lavender and white prom dress, jumped out of the car, and yelled, "Never call me again!" I flounced up to my front door, and never looked back. I guess he was sober enough to remember our tragic night. Two days later, he called to apologize, and said he wrote me a poem. A side of me wanted to hear him grovel, but I chose to hang up on him. After graduation, I never saw him again. 

In spite of all the drama from my football playing, fight instigating, often mellow, liquor drinking, poet of a boyfriend, he did manage to influence my love for poetry. Of course he wasn't a Langston Hughes or a Robert Frost, but beneath his brooding character, there was a beauty in the way he formed his words, and for this, I am thankful for our time spent together.

To continue with the poetic theme, for this style story I'm dressed in a whimsical, pink, Lou & Grey Poet Shirt.
I'm reading the book a loved poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 
Stay to the end where Jackie's influence comes into another story. 
I hope you enjoy the images, and I'll meet you below in the comment section📓

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Outfit Shopping Links:
Pants are Essential Skinny Ankle Pants in Julie fit (sold out). Similar style is the LOFT Skinny Bi-Stretch Ankle Pants in Julie Fit Color is Coastal Gray (also comes in petite and tall)
LOFT Pearlized Stackable Ring Set
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Amazon)


 


Sartorial Savvy
  • Lately I've been daring with my choice of sleeves. Typically I shy away from cuff details which could equate to a disaster waiting to happen. However, with this Poet Shirt, the ties can be easy tucked away for visits to the ladies room, or for dining.
  • This is the pinkest top I've ever owned. What convinced me to make the plunge? It's the prettiest shade of pink EVER, and could easy work with other shades in the rainbow, and neutral tones.
  • With such a voluminous top, it's good sartorial practice to pair them with a slim cut bottom.
  • This top is rather whimsical and romantic. A definite mood-booster.

 

 

On Friday afternoon I recorded a live broadcast for the So What to Twenty group on Facebook. This short, What's on the Rack, video shows the different types of statement sleeves currently on the market. Enjoy!



Please enjoy my story, beautifully written by my friend, Mithra Ballesteros of Finder Not Keeper and the Bubble Joy - 
This is the story that Glenda told me. It was a long ago day and Glenda sat cross-legged on the floor of a library in southern California, flipping through a magazine and dreaming girlish dreams. A photo of Jackie Kennedy flashed past and caught Glenda's eye. Jackie was sitting astride a horse, back straight as an arrow and ankles properly flexed, wearing a chic black riding habit that made her look athletic, patrician, and beautiful all at once. (Click HERE to continue the story).
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11.12.2017

Flouncing Around


By definition, the word Flounce means to move in a lively or bouncy manner, or to move with exaggerated or affected motions. However, when in terms of fashion, a flounce is simply a strip of decorative, usually gathered or pleated material attached by one edge, as on a garment.

So how does one tie the two definitions together to create an cohesive and inspiring style story?  

Here is where my story began. One day, while passing idle time, I resorted to an activity that many of us engage in - I decided to window shop by way of my laptop. As I scrolled through the various images, a particular garment, and the young model wearing it, grabbed my attention. There she was, a younger version of myself, poised in a dress that looked fun to wear. After a few moments to mull things over, I made the decision to add the Button Neck Flounce Dress to my wardrobe. After all, who doesn't want to look like they're having fun when they're wearing clothes? I surely do!

A few days later the dress arrived to my doorstep. Whippee! I ripped the package open and slipped the dress on. I stood in front of my mirror and smiled with gleeful delight. I rocked and swayed back and forth. Swoosh!! The dress flounced around my body. Within those moments, I knew I had made the right decision. Like in the definition, my new flounce dress gave me the feeling of wanting to move in a lively or bouncy manner. I understood how the young model must have felt when posing in the dress - I felt like flouncing around!

Enjoy the rest of the story and images and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


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Shopping List Links:
Lou & Grey Ponte Leggings
LOFT Square Sunglasses
Damask Card Case via Amazon
Fist full of silver and gold toned bangles were picked up at Charming Charlies. Great option of interlocking bangles at Target in gold and silver




 



Sartorial Savvy:
  • There is such an ease and sophistication when wearing an entirely black ensemble. Often what comes to mind is the word - Chic. Chic is an over-used term that many have equated to meaning well-dressed. When I think of chic, I think of clean lines; or an edge. An uncomplicated silhouette that still captures our attention.
  • A careful use of accessories brings an added element of interest to this already playful look. I wanted to create a mood of artful whimsy, without complicating the mood of the dress. I selected to wear, on one arm, a fist full of silver and gold toned bangles. See the video below on my thoughts on accessories.
  • Dress over pants is very popular. Pairing a dress with leggings gives the dress a more relaxed feel - which is exactly what I was striving for in this style story. However, with the removal of the leggings, and wearing a sleek heel, the dress instantly transforms to serious. 
  • I'm not really a handbag kind of woman. In the many instances I choose to forgo the bag, I like to carry my identification, etc, in a sleek card holder.



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Did you catch 💗Making a Statement? This was one of my most favorite photo shoots. I must say, my husband did an excellent job with scouting a spot. The location, outfit, mood, and story are perfectly in sync. Here's a glimpse:


Many of you have asked about the music on my 🌼Portraits of Harmony page at the STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison website. It's my oldest son and his group called Kairos. My son wrote the song, and is playing the alto sax lead. The song is called Ndugu. I shared a Day in the Life video about a month ago where I took you along with me and my family to hear Kairos play at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). If you missed the video you'll find it on my 🎬YouTube Channel.  

If you haven't heard my Thoughts On...Accessories, here is the YouTube video. Enjoy!


Thank you for making So What to Twenty and STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison a part of your busy schedule. I hope my content brings inspiration into your life and your wardrobe. Enjoy your week, and as always...
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11.08.2017

Making a Statement


If you haven't noticed, the statement sleeve garment is currently a huge trend. Walk into any clothing store and you're sure to find a variety of garments with statement making sleeve detail: Bishop Sleeves, Bubble Sleeves, Bell Sleeve...to name a few. After several seasons of off-the-shoulder and cold shoulder looks, it's a natural progression for designers to continue playing with the arms of garments. Don't you think? 

However new this progression may seem, the trend, like most, isn't new at all. If you look back over fashion history, you'll notice the sleeve has been placed into the limelight for centuries, ranging from the Renaissance period to Louis XIV to the Victorian Era, etc, etc, etc. Though the fashions of these periods in time were overwrought, the modern way to make a statement is by allowing the sleeve to become the star of your style story. 

In today's story, my ensemble has characteristics of the 1950's. An era in time when making a statement required women to present themselves at their most feminine best - a masterful skill, and not simply a task. The backdrop of the story takes place in front of a building that reminds me of old New York. Though I'm in a New York state of mind, I'm actually in my beloved Southern California. 

Stay to the end of this post. New York comes into the picture with my next feature in Portraits of Harmony. I hope you enjoy the images.   


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 Shopping List Links
Starring: 
LOFT Bubble Sleeve Tee
LOFT Tortoiseshell Print Square Sunglasses
Vintage black wicker handbag
Black Chain Belt (courtesy of Chico's)




Sartorial Savvy:
  1. A mix of accessories, that carefully blend retro (wicker handbag) with modern, help bring this style story to life. During the 1950s, the woman's waistline was often accentuated. With this look, I chose to accent my waistline by pairing my nipped-at-the-waist skirt with a leather tassel chain belt. The animal print pumps, while still very feminine, keeps the viewer guessing about the mystique of the woman. The pumps also add subtle detail as they incorporate all the colors in the outfit.
  2. Often times you hear and read comments on whether or not a full-busted woman can wear a voluminous sleeve. This is how it can be done. Look for a top constructed in a soft, pliable fabric (such as the one I'm wearing). The soft fabric is less bulky and allows the volume of the sleeve to cascade gently around your arm, rather than around the bust.   





And now my friends, I invite you to go over to STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison to meet my latest feature in Portraits of Harmony - Elle Beerman. Elle is one of my closest cyber friends. She and I met by way of our blogs approximately 5 years ago. When you first begin blogging, it can feel very lonely. You post and you post, and then suddenly, you receive notice that someone has left a comment. Elle was the first person to leave a comment at So What to Twenty! I still smile when I think of the day. You're going to enjoy Elle and her take on style. She definitely knows how to make a statement. She resides in Manhattan, and her city has become an important part of her style story.  
Here's your link:
Portraits of Harmony: Elle Beerman (A Work in Progress)

Before you go...
💛If you missed last week's announcement, The Harmony Approach - Virtual Style Coach is now open. To celebrate the opening, I'm giving away a FREE gift - my Ten Step Guide to Mastering Your Personal Style. To grab your copy, simply click HERE.





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11.05.2017

The High Spirited Floral


The floral of today is quite a departure from the prints our mothers use to wear. Gone are the ditsy daisies from the ghost of Laura Ashley's past. Enter the high spirited floral - adventurous botanical motifs paired with high-octane saturation of color. Prints that pack such a powerful punch, they make you feel authoritative and bold, rather than demure and saintly.

Such is the case with the custom creation (measured to my exact proportions) I'm wearing in today's style story. Make no mistake, this floral, while lovely, is definitely not for the wall flower. It teeters between playful and rebel, and I rather enjoy the space between the two. I chose to anchor the look with classic black knee-high boots, and other accessories that don't dominate, but punctuate the story perfectly. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet your below in the comment section. 


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Courtesy of eShakti - My floral print crepe shift dress is styled with a high banded collar and long ties that form an elegant bow, while an asymmetric side vent, at the layered hem, adds more ease to the relaxed silhouette. This dress, as well as all the other eShakti garments are custom made to order with your exact specifications and measurements. And yes, I requested pockets for my dress!

 Shopping List Links
Starring:
Co-Starring:
Suede Clutch Purse (courtesy of Chico's): Great option from Aldo's
LOFT Square Sunglasses
Scent of the Day: Lou & Grey PLANT Apothecary Get Happy Organic Bar Soap: This mood-lifting soap is enriched with organic essential oils of Geranium and Peppermint. Which are known for their uplifting properties. Enjoy!







 


Sartorial Savvy:
When invited to select a garment from eShakti, my first thought was to choose a dress in my most expected silhouette - the popular fit and flare. However, on this occasion, I wanted to try something that moved away from my physique, and had a bit of drama. With this dress, I was immediately attracted to the shift shape, followed by the print, and the details. When submitting my proportions, I decided to have the length hit mid-calf, which is a length that works well with boots. I also knew I wanted this dress to take me to fashion events.

When breaking from your traditional buying pattern, to avoid having buyers remorse, it's a good practice to know how and where you wish to wear a particular garment. At fashion events I can get away with wearing garments that speak louder than most.

 
  

Before you go...
💛If you missed last week's announcement, The Harmony Approach - Virtual Style Coach is now open. To celebrate the opening, I'm giving away a FREE gift - my Ten Step Guide to Mastering Your Personal Style. To grab your copy, simply click HERE

💛The subject of Fashion Personalities has been the topic in the So What to Twenty and STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison Facebook Groups. I shared a post from my archives called, Knowing Your Fashion Personality 101.

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Glenda
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