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Black Down Memory Lane

I’m so excited to share with you today a vintage inspired look from my guest contributor, Glenda Harrison. I hope that this post will spark some stylish creativity. Enjoy!

Sparked by a recent Elle.com piece which remembered the style of Jackie Kennedy, I felt the need to take another trip Back Black Down Memory Lane. I hope you saw Monday’s post called Kick-Hem, which was another take on wearing vintage inspired clothing. The vintage bug must have bit me because I’m definitely infected.

In the Elle presentation, called Jackie Kennedy’s 6 Essential Style Rules, slide #5 was dedicated to a few looks Jackie wore which had interesting collar or neck detail. During her years as First Lady, legendary designer, Oleg Cassini, designed a plethora of garments which featured interest around the neck. Jackie must have really grasp hold of these types of looks since she dawned many neck-adorned fashions throughout the decades.

To further my stroll down memory lane, I’ve selected an obvious black dress for this post, and paired it with accessories which were very popular during the 50s and 60s era…Cat-eye sunglasses, a ladylike silk floral handbag, a pair of laser-cut gloves from my personal archives (I’ve been collecting vintage gloves for years), and a necklace which was wrapped around my arm several times to create a charm bracelet. Remember the scene in 1954’s Rear Window when Grace Kelly wore an amazing gold charm bracelet with a lime green suit? If you don’t recall this epic fashion scene, please visit my provided link. So incredibly chic. Enjoy today’s stroll Black Down Memory Lane!

Outfit DetailsTie Neck Poplin Dress: eshakti; Strappy Sandals (Enzo Angiolini Strappy Sandals at Nordstrom); Silk Floral Handbag by Banana Republic via eBay (I found a couple still available. Search on eBay);  Vintage Ivory Gloves (my personal archive); Cat-eye Sunglasses: Getty Center Gift Shop (Many Cat-eye Sunglasses at Nordstrom); Emerald Ring was a gift from a former employer; Polish is A List by Essie.

Here Glenda is looking very chic and ladylike with her gloves on, holding her handbag and standing in a frontal view pose.

 

This photo is a close up of the cream colored floral vintage handbag and white gloves

Frontal view of Glenda walking towards the camera carring her bag and gloves.Glenda is sitting on a park bench cross legged with her bag sitting next to her. This view is a three-quarte standing pose of Glenda holding her bag and gloves.

Some would cringe at the idea of being ladylike. I, on the other hand, feel extremely powerful for my trip Black Down Memory Lane – the nipped at the waist black dress with feminine shawl collar, delicate gloves and dainty purse all add to the charm of yesteryear, when ladies dressed like ladies and men responded by treating us as such{wink}

Stay True,

 

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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

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Month in Review: June

The Best June Ever

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It seems like June just started barely a week ago and here were are headed into July. Add to it the torrential downpours and cooler temperatures I’m feeling like spring passed us by and summer has yet to make a serious appearance.

Though this June has been a soggy one there were pretty awesome highlights:

Following are summaries of some of my favorite blog posts for the month of June:


Perfect Beauty

So what are the benefits to using only 4 cosmetics? #1 it’s quick, #2 it’s easy, and #3 I don’t feel like I’m enveloped in sausage casing. Continue Reading…

Strength

In order to be vulnerable, you have to have the courage to be imperfect. And, vulnerable people have connection because they are willing to let go of who they thought they should be, in order to be their true self. In other words, vulnerable people are not afraid to be authentic. Who doesn’t gravitate towards people who are real? Continue Reading…

How Style & Vision Loss Intersect

I cannot believe it’s been 10 years since I began losing my eyesight but it occurred to me today that it all started the latter earlier part of June, 2015. July 5 12th of the same year was when I had my first vitrectomy surgery. For this surgery the doctor inserted a gas bubble into my eye… Continue Reading.

A Day At The Park

Comfort rules the day when dressing for a day at the park but this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a chic look. My 5 essential pieces for the day… Continue Reading.


Health & Fitness

Creating Your Home Fitness Area Guest Post – Getting and staying fit in your own home is easy. Home fitness is all the rage these days with hundreds of different exercise workouts for sale in athletic stores and online. Working out in your own space has many benefits and is certainly less stressful for many of us. Continue Reading…

June is Cataract Awareness Month – I have Retinitis Pigmentosa and two years ago my retinal specialist noted on a regular checkup that I had developed cataracts on both eyes. The cataracts were sitting right in the center of my only remaining window of vision. Continue Reading…

Pushing Boundaries – Even though Kangoo Jumps and similar footwear has been around for some time more research has to be done to determine the long-term health benefits of this form of exercise. However current data supports the low impact bounce is good for the joints, the heart rate increases faster leading to burning more calories quicker than standard fitness footwear. Continue Reading…

While I am sorry to see June leaving us so soon I am looking forward to a hot, sunny, fun-filled July!

Have an outstanding week!! ~Steph

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Frederick Keonig

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Strength

Once again, Glenda Harrison of So What to Twenty, dazzles us with her remarkable writing skills as she talks about finding strength through accepting our vulnerability. I love the way she weaves her post to her lovely outfit.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~Maya Angelou

So true are the words of beloved Maya Angelou…it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are… I think back over my life and early on, I realized that I was/am, in fact, a vulnerable person. In years past, to be vulnerable meant that you were not strong and were deemed as weak. After all, most of us are conditioned to hide our true feelings; to not be totally in tuned to what we like and dislike; to hide behind a smoke screen and not let others now that we hurt, have lost our way, or simply need help in a certain matter. However scary this may all seem, in retrospect, I have discovered by embracing my vulnerability, it gives me pure and utter strength.

Recently I watched Brene Brown at the TED Talks discuss a subject called The Power of Vulnerability (enjoy the video below). During her discussion she points out these important facts: In order to be vulnerable, you have to have the courage to be imperfect. And, vulnerable people have connection because they are willing to let go of who they thought they should be, in order to be their true self. In other words, vulnerable people are not afraid to be authentic. Who doesn’t gravitate towards people who are real? I know I most certainly do. That’s the connection that Brene Brown talks about. I find it very refreshing to be in the company of a person who is in touch with themselves, and isn’t afraid to be imperfect.

As I studied Brene’s topic in greater detail, she also stated vulnerable people are usually creative people. Think about it…The creative mind is an open mind that is ready to explore, discover and be free. To have an open mind, wouldn’t it be necessary to be true to yourself? Absolutely! It totally makes sense. To be vulnerable is being true to you; living free – not living in bondage which equals STRENGTH.

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For today I’m wearing an outfit that speaks to my strength. The sturdy, black turtleneck which represents the courage and stamina it takes to live authentically; the lace skirt demonstrates the delicate process of becoming true – though the process of becoming true may be difficult, in the end, you’ll have such lovely details that others will admire. The gold belt represents the link between having the courage to take the delicate steps and becoming true. The sandals for this ensemble are feminine but are in fact, the anchor for this entire story. Though the sandals look delicate, they are in fact sturdy and able to carry me through my journey.

Outfit Details: Lace Skirt Loft (Old. Options HERE); Ann Klein Black Short Sleeve Turtleneck (Options at Shopstyle); Stuart Weitzman Sandals (I’ve had them for many years. Options in Shopstyle Bridal); Embroidered Bag is vintage.

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And now, please enjoy the 20 minute video of Brene Brown’s talk on the Power of Vulnerability at TED Talks, or what I would like to call it – the STRENGTH of Vulnerability{wink}

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Thank you Glenda for another great post!! ~Steph