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Guest Post: Inspiration

It’s the first Tuesday of the month and that means another guest post from the multi-talented Glenda Harrison. In the photos included with the post Glenda is wearing my all-time favorite color combination – black and white. She is wearing her white top off her shoulders with a black circle skirt. Her tan, black & white sandals and black & white bucket bag with brown and orange accents (which  she explains below) work really well with her outfit choice. As someone who is fascinated with bridges I can see the link to the designer’s inspiration of her creation. The full skirt of the dreamy mixed-media gown is sort of an off white color and the material looks to me like organza. The unique grayish bodice (reminiscent of bridge suspenders), rises from the skirt in what appears to be individual textured strands in varying lengths.

One of the most fascinating aspects of being a fashion writer is when I am given the opportunity to ask the designers where they draw their inspiration from, or, what inspired them for the collection? I enjoy watching their faces light-up as they explain, in detail, how the collection came about. Back in March, I attended the FIDM Debut 2015 runway show during Palm Springs Fashion Week. I am always thrilled to see new talent emerge into the spotlight. I was particularly intrigued by designer, Leetal Platt. Leetal’s collection was called Suspend/Support. Her inspiration came from seeing suspension bridges, peeking through a foggy night. Isn’t that wild!? The last photo in this post is an image from Leetal’s collection. Immediately you’ll see the connection – a damp foggy night, and through the moon’s illumination, you spot a lone bridge in the distance. Can you picture it? Very clever, indeed.

When discussing the subject of inspiration, some believe it’s set aside specifically for the creative types. I wonder if this is true. I do believe creative people are more open-minded, vulnerable, and in tune with themselves and their surroundings. Can’t we all possess this quality? I believe so. The key to living an inspired life is knowing thyself. When you know yourself, you trust your instincts, or what some say…trusting your gut (that feeling from deep within). You’ll no longer feel the need to mimic what others are doing because you’ll feel confident in yourself. Click to Tweet —> Knowing yourself allows you to paint a true picture of who you are in every part of your life. You’re open to new ideas, and the world around you. When you have an idea or thought, you won’t be afraid to act on it. You take pride in your new idea. You’ll take ownership of it because it is entirely yours; which makes it even more special and unique.

Glenda posing in a three quarter standing view
For today’s look, I am inspired by my latest acquisition – a tassel beaded bucket bag, along with the Navajo influences in Southern California. Typically I live by the rule of wearing one statement piece at a time. However, with this look, I trusted my gut and went with two – my sandals and handbag – both beaded and both give a nod to the Native American culture. You’ll see by pairing the two statement pieces with solid garments in complimenting tones, the outfit, though subtle in details, somehow manages to give a gentle punch of individuality.

Outfit Details: Beaded Tassel Handbag (Sold Out. See the Antik Batik at Net-a-Porter); Nine West Vintage America Sandals (Check out the Vanessa Beaded Ankle Cuff Sandal at Nordstrom, or huge variety of beaded sandals on Shopstyle. Check out the Yates Tribal Beaded by Sam Edelman); Skirt: H&M (old); Off the Should Tee: Ann Taylor Loft, Basic Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft

Black & white bucket bag with tan & orange tassels and hints of brown .

Glenda posing in a frontal standing view.

Glenda posing in a three-quarter sitting view.

Another sitting view rear shot of Glenda's shoulders.Shot of sandals and bag.Frontal view of the strapless top.Another frontal view.

The design in this photo is from designer, Leetal Platt from FIDM.
The design in this photo is from designer, Leetal Platt from FIDM.

Quite often I am inspired by accessories…the color, shape, era, the feeling I get when I see or touch it. Tell me friends, where do you get your fashion inspiration? Click to Tweet —>Where ever your inspiration comes from, trust your gut. Know you are representing you – which is the true meaning of style{wink}

“Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken.” ~ofter attributed to Oscar Wilde

4 thoughts on “Guest Post: Inspiration

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  2. Great cohesive look!! You look beautiful, and it was fun to have a guest on the blog :0)

    1. Thank you Rita!! I’ll pass this message on to Glenda.

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