7.30.2017

A New Conversation

"Sometimes you have to leave a conversation so you can begin your own." 
Glenda K. Harrison



First, let me begin by saying...
Thank you, to all of you for patiently waiting while I took a much needed extended break. Your support is what keeps me going in this journey.
Trust me when I say, the time off was desperately needed. If you follow @glendakharrison on Instagram, you joined me while I indulged in a hefty dose of rest and relaxation, some travel, artistic endeavors, and much more. Like I mentioned in my pre-sabbatical post called, Creative Sabbatical, I had been feeling like a hamster on a wheel. Rather than subjecting myself to a circular pursuit, I used wisdom and jumped the hell off. Phew, what a relief.

What happened to cause me to feel as such?...

In a nutshell, I received news that left me heartbroken. I won't go into details. There's no need to rehash the past, and besides, I've moved on and now view the situation as a learning experience. I felt like I had been sucker-punched in the gut, yet the feeling proved to be just what I needed to get back on track. In the wake of the incident, I realized I had begun to seek the same things the majority of persons in this field pursue. During my sabbatical, I discovered, if you want your voice heard, often times, you have to leave a conversation to begin a new one. So that is what I'm doing - I'm starting a new conversation. One that isn't based solely on what we wear, but takes into account the entire woman - spirit, mind, body and wardrobe.



"True Style is when all aspects of yourself, including wardrobe, are in harmony."
Glenda K Harrison (from True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface)

In my latest book, True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface, I drive the point home about how Style relates to far more than sartorial consumption. True Style requires an integrated life, and the person who has mastered this quality, manages to incorporate every aspect of her/himself (including wardrobe) into the entire story. A story that's based on more than sartorial pursuits, but has an essence that leaps from the pages of their life.


Where do we go from here?...

Don't worry, I'm not ending So What to Twenty, I know how much you all enjoy my weekly style stories, and frankly, I enjoy them too๐Ÿ˜Ž However, when I jumped on the hamster wheel, I failed to concentrate on my website - GlendaKHarrison.com. Yep, I have a website. Unfortunately, I put it up in haste when I released my first book. I had dear friends give it a close scrutiny, and I agree with them -It doesn't represent Glenda. 

What's coming?...
  1. GendaKHarrison.com will be the major hub for my new conversation and branding - STYLE with Glenda K Harrison. With this new branding comes a bevy of exciting adventures that will nurture the entire woman - spirit, mind, body and wardrobe. The purpose of GlendaKHarrison.com is to place the focus on the true meaning of style. I won't spill the beans on the entire website, but trust me, you're going to ๐Ÿ’˜ it. In a few days, the website will be under construction as I get it ready for the new launch. Stay Connected!
  2. Look for webinars on unique and interesting subjects. Here's a hint: Sartorial Types
  3. If you're viewing this post from your desktop, you'll notice a new badge at the top of my left side-bar called Midlife Mastery. I was selected to be a Midlife Master on style, and I'm honored to be with an incredible group of women who are on their A-game in their areas of expertise. This Wednesday (August 2nd) you'll learn more about the Midlife Mastery from the founder. The sweet thing about this collaboration - I received the invitation from the founder on the same day I received the heartbreaking news.
  4. And finally, the piece de resistance - After many, many inquiries (from women all over the globe) about wardrobe styling, I've decided to move into Virtual Styling!! Woot Woot!! Oh how I want to share the name with you...but I won't. I'll give it to you with my big launch. 


  
 

So, after all this shared information, you're probably wondering why I chose to do my comeback post as a style story. Here's the reason - when I reached out to you to hear your voice on the subject of So What to Twenty, the majority of you commented on my fashion choices and how you enjoy seeing me put looks together that stray from the norm. Thirty years ago, when I recognized the true meaning of style, I realized style (when linked to fashion) had very little to do with current trends, rather, it relates to how someone has the ability to make something their own. Am I on trend in this post? In the world of True Style, being on trend isn't important. What is important is knowing your look represents YOUR spirit.

I'm wearing nothing new (with the exception of the two-toned modern cateye sunnies from Loft). While on sabbatical, I spent some time watching vintage fashion shows on YouTube. I have long been a fan of sportswear...especially Michael Kors sportswear. After reviewing his 2006 spring/summer collection (watch here), I pulled this look together with items I already had on-hand:

Elbow sleeve fitted scoop neck tee; tiered skirt (enhanced with a crinoline); braided belt, a Panama that I strung with leather cording; and black sandals. A look that's inspired by the great Southwest and touches of femininity - which I love! 


I'll leave you today with this...

I will never leave my fashion roots. I believe I have fashion in my DNA. Besides, our wardrobe does help tell our story. So, my friends, if you seek an integrated life, then stick with me. It's going to be A NEW CONVERSATION that encompasses all of you.

Stay True,
Glenda
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23 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I know that whatever direction you take with your writing and blog and website it will be amazing. The time off was much needed, I am sure, and I am so happy that you are happy in your new direction and your passion is evident. Good on ya, Glenda!

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    1. Hi dear Beth Ann! Yes, you are right. The time off was a wonderful reprise. I'm so thankful I took the time. I hear direction best when I'm quiet.

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  2. I'm super excited to see your new ventures, Glenda! Looking forward eagerly to what's next. ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. So good to see you back, Glenda! It sounds like your sabbatical was just what the doctor ordered. I look forward to your new endeavors as I have always enjoyed your blog and your books.

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜— You made this day extra special. It feels good to be back.

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  4. Hi Glenda, thank you so much for sharing. Your post was very affirming for me and I am glad that you gave yourself permission to take a much needed pause.

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    1. Indeed Steph! Whether we admit it, we all need time to ourselves. It was extremely therapeutic. I missed you all. I'm glad you all welcomed me back๐Ÿ˜™

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  5. Hope you are Ok. I try and see every experience as something that happens for me not to me....

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    1. YES Mary, I'm good. It was an eye-opener, but it put me back on track.

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  6. Glenda, I LOVE these new changes. I'm really excited about what's to come for you. I've always appreciated how it's about more than fashion for you. Thank you for your authenticity and honesty. Looking forward to continuing to follow your journey!

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    1. Kim, thank you my friend. I'll be in touch๐Ÿ˜™

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  7. Hi Glenda, Welcome back. I'm not yet in midlife mastery, but I"m watching you and learning.. Loving your style, openness & representing the Real Queens..
    Smooches,
    QueenDeb

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    1. As, thanks so much for the kind words. I consider myself a work in progress.

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  8. We all need a break now and again. I hope your heart and soul are healing. Your style and vigor to be out there is encouraging. Thanks for showing us the way, Beth

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  9. A break is always good for the Soul. I enjoyed your instagrams while you were enjoying life. In everything you do, put yourself first and the rest will follow. Looking forward to more. . .

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    1. Thank you for the wisdom, Neti ๐Ÿ˜™

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  10. Welcome back, friend! Your yin and yang outfit matches the yin and yang of your enthusiasm and your mellow maturity. Does that make sense? Anyway, it's great to see your blog in my mailbox again! Looking forward to all the exciting changes!!

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    1. YES, it makes sense, my friend. I love how you describe situations. It feels good to be back.

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  11. Nice to see you back. I respect your decision to not tell what caused you pain (I am setting my curiosity aside). And I am glad it turned for the best.
    This outfit is really nice and you inspired me with it. I can totally do this with what I got. Would that be me? Yes I think so.
    Greetje

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    1. The results when you shop your closet. I always find something to express my mood. I'm glad I inspired you. I look forward to seeing your take on this look.

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  12. Glenda,
    Hi! First of all all, welcome back! It is appropriate that you did a post on fashion/style. And black and white is a mainstay of any wardrobe, so classic.

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