1.15.2018

Surprises

A fedora perched higher upon the head; the sleeves on a layered sweater rolled above the elbow; fishnet hose with platform sandals; and not your typical belt... 


I woke with the urge to be a tad bit adventurous with my outfit. On occasion, I enjoy taking a trip down Adventure Lane. On this day, an outfit peppered with a few surprises - there are no competing factors, just a mix of playful, unexpected pieces that add personality to an otherwise basic ensemble, which began as white top with black skirt.

When the look finally came together, I was reminded of an androgynous Cuba during the 1950s - marked by the swagger of a fedora wearing male, the sultriness of the female, bold colors, a mixture of Afro-Latin culture, and an individuality that made their outfits come alive.


Here are the secrets to successfully adding surprises to your outfit...
🌻First: There must be cohesion without distraction. Like I stated above - an outfit peppered with a few surprises - there are no competing factors, just a mix of playful, unexpected pieces that add personality to an otherwise basic ensemble. In other words, all the pieces play nice together, and not one is trying to steal the spotlight. 

🌻Second: The surprise must make sense. They have to make sense to the overall big picture of the outfit, otherwise, the surprise will look like an awkward attempt at trying to be clever, or just completely wrong.
If you want to have an outfit where there are many competing factors, I advise you to proceed with caution...

There are some individuals, like Iris Apfel, who are able to pull this off without a hitch. But let me reiterate, Iris has mastered this type of dress, and it has become her signature style. She is a woman who had a prosperous career in design and textiles, and knows how to translate multiple factors into one amazing look.

 I'm sharing more style secrets in my upcoming virtual workshop...


In order to take part in the virtual workshop, you must be a subscriber of STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison. Here's the link to become a subscriber and to receive your Ten Step Guide to Mastering Personal Style 🌻Subscribe Here🌻



Outfit Details: 
This ensemble is a mixture of old and new, but mostly old. 
The newer items are as follows:
The yellow sweater was caught on clearance at Loft and is no longer available. 
Here is another Loft sweater option: Shirttail Sweater
Courtesy of Chico's - Metallic Gold-tone Pouch: with stick-on initial "G"







Here's another surprise...

If you missed the news, I now have a second blog on my STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison website called Fragrant Pages - A sweetly scented place to Blossom into your personal best. Part of my passion is to inspire people through my writings. That is why I have two blogs - So What to Twenty  and Fragrant Pages. When you make the two blogs a part of your weekly reading schedule, you'll discover they mirror one another. So What to Twenty is more focused on style stories, while Fragrant Pages delves even deeper into that conversation. Both spots are created to encourage you on your journey, and it is my hope that you'll walk away from them feeling uplifted. 

You can easily access Fragrant Pages via the connected page above. Simply click the Fragrant Pages tab and it'll take you directly there. In today's post at Fragrant Pages, I'm sharing my thoughts on the best way to respond when someone is sharing a happy surprise in their life, in Put Your Pin Away.


Stay True,
Glenda

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1.08.2018

Birthday Fiesta🎉

🎝Feliz cumpleaños to me
Feliz cumpleaños to me
Feliz cumpleaños, dear Glenda
Feliz cumpleaños to me🎝

And many more!!!!

Today I celebrate fifty-two years and I feel pretty darn good, both emotionally and physically. Rather than writing my usual Style Story, today I thought it would be fun to share 52 tidbits about myself and my journey. And of course, I'll leave my shopping links in case you wish to purchase what I'm wearing. If you want my deeper thoughts into turning 52, you'll enjoy my story at STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison's Fragrant Pages called, Coming of Age.
Oh yes, stay to the end. I'm sharing some very important upcoming information. Enjoy!


1. I love wearing sandals (even in the rain)
2. I had dreams of living in Paris, France
3. I cut my shoulder length hair because of my devotion to fitness
4. I love to dance around my house
5. I'm a forever fan of the 70s singing family - the Sylvers
6. I LOVE Mexican food
7. I wear what appeals to me and me alone. I could care less about trends
8. I have a strict bi-weekly eyebrow threading appointment
9. I grew up singing in the church choir
10. My nickname in high school was Gidget


11. I prefer boutique and vintage shopping over mainstream
12. My life is surrounded by people in the arts and entertainment industry
13. I grow my own lavender to make my own household cleansers, etc
14. I enjoy cooking fresh and from scratch
15. I love watching YouTube and Netflix documentaries
16. Invite me to a museum or art exhibit and we'll be friends for life
17. I have a love for pretty paper
18. My mother nurtured my love for pretty things
19. I feel naked without my hoop earrings
20. I love the Spanish and Southwestern culture


21. I take breaks from my work so that I can refocus, and hash-out ideas
22. The word "Fashion" isn't really a word I like to use
23. When I exercise, I feel powerful in my mind and body
24. I don't see myself retiring from what I do. It is a part of who I am
25. I love to people-watch and make up their life stories
26. I love wearing panama, rancher, and fedora styled hats
27. I have a weird habit of punching people in the arm when I laugh
28. I've learned to be gentler on myself
29. Popcorn is my friend
30. Leg day at the gym is like - YES!


31. I can make conversation with just about anyone
32. My sons give me life💗💗
33. I'm a neat-freak
34. My fantasy lunch date: Michelle Obama, Joan Didion, Peggy Guggenheim and Georgia O'keefe
35. I'm a great story teller (at least my family thinks I am)
36. I'm often told I have dreamy, soulful, or bedroom eyes
37. I respect days of quiet solitude
38. I fantasize about playing the base guitar on stage
39. I love summer
40. I broke my knee getting back in shape after the birth of my first son



41. Sometimes my dreams are prophetic
42. I have such a large paternal extended family that I've lost count
43. I never thought I'd become an author
44. Though I work from home, I keep strict office hours
45. I'm inspired by my life experiences
46. In 1985 I was slated to study fashion in Europe but the trip was cancelled due to terrorism
47. I have zero shame in crying
48. I eat to survive, not for pleasure
49. I've been known to cancel an outing if I discover there are no proper and clean restrooms
50. I dig my shoulders and my feet (just sayin')
51. My first instincts about someone are usually spot-on
52. I had to learn to love myself. I'm so glad I did💋






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Well, my friends, I hope you enjoyed this post. Before you go, please check out the important information below. Like I mentioned in my New Year post called 🌻Blossom🌻, this is the year I'm moving forward into new territories. So What to Twenty friend, Jamala, said it best when she stated, "Life is always evolving and we always seek to grow more with past lessons...and once we reach the peek of knowledge, then do we feel it's time to "blossom" out of our inner shell and let the life we seek truly bloom." 

I'm creating my very first FREE workshop exclusively for STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison subscribers. Why have I elected to make this workshop only for STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison subscribers? It's simple, I want to connect with persons who are very interested in exploring more about the subject of Style. This is my way of seeing who wants to take the journey with me. So, if this sounds interesting to you, please be sure to subscribe HERE and you'll be placed on the list to take part in this online workshop. The workshop will go live on February 7, 2018, but you'll be able to view it during a time that's convenient for you.

I'm off with  my family to have my birthday fiesta dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Luna Modern Mexican Kitchen. Don't forget to pop over to Fragrant Pages (my newest feature) to read Coming of Age. It's a more introspective write-up about turning 52. Enjoy!

Stay True,
Glenda

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1.01.2018

🌻Blossom🌻


Hello my beautiful friends, and Happy New Year!!

Welcome back to another year with So What to Twenty and my newest baby - STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison. I most surely had a lovely holiday. I hope you did as well. As always, I used the season to release myself from my blogging schedule so I could take care of myself, and spend precious time with family. I'm happy to announce - It all went according to plan. Time was well spent. Indeed I did bask in the most amazing quality time EVER - walks around the park, trying new recipes and restaurants, conquering new territories in the gym, shopping for vintage vinyls (Santa gave me a turntable for Christmas), journal and prayer each morning, and dwelling on a word that stayed in my spirit the entire time, and is my theme word for twenty-eighteen - Blossom.

With every new year, I stay away from making resolutions I have no intentions of keeping, in favor of selecting a word or statement that drops in my spirit. Last year, New Beginnings was my motto, and boy did it ring true. I discovered that new beginnings also meant I had to rid myself of old subjects so that I could start anew. Which isn't always an easy thing to do. If you were with me during this past summer, you know I took the entire summer off for a creative sabbatical. I took this time because I felt myself growing disinterested in the conversation typically associated with being an online fashion personality. It was time for me to change my conversation. And so I did with the launch of STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison - Because there's more to STYLE than just getting dressed.

As they grasp hold of my dress, I feel so much a part of the blossoms that surround me

Which leaves me here, in this place of patiently waiting for myself and the new conversation to blossom. A conversation that isn't solely based on getting dressed, but factors in the entire woman. Often, we plant a seed, and we hope for instantaneous results without considering the precious events that take place beneath the earth. As I spent time in contemplation of Blossom, I discovered how important it is to nurture the seed before it actually blooms. If I treat the seedling right, it will provide the most beautiful of blossoms.  

As I begin to lift myself from beneath the earth, my heart rejoices in anticipation of what's to come. I'm glad to be back with you to share my knowledge into the world of STYLE. There are so many interesting adventures in store. Stay with me. If you haven't elected to stay in touch with the new website, I highly encourage you to do so so you'll be privy to information that no one else will have access too. To begin our unearthing journey, I have a new feature at STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison, a blog called Fragrant Pages. The first post called, Beneath the Earth, gives further insight into the idea of Blossom. Also, be sure to download your FREE copy of The Key to Having a Life in Harmony. Links are below:





Now, on to the outfit for the day. The week I returned to my blog photo shoots, the weather was in the 80s, clear and sunny. This light and airy chiffon dress is comfortable and coquettish, and is from a couple years back. It was purchased for a post called, Optimistic + Announcement. Click HERE to read that post. The dress is a favorite of mine because of its rich sunburst hue. And although the dress is soft and ultra feminine, it ranks high on the flirty scale (Caution: Legs on display). The perfect dress to represent life, optimism and blossoming.

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Thank you again for choosing to connect with me. I am truly honored, and thankful to be able to share my knowledge with you on a continual basis. Remember, it starts as a dream. Nurture the dream, and it will blossom into a reality.

Stay True,
Glenda

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12.01.2017

Holiday Blog Break

Hello Friends!

No, I'm not AWOL. If you missed the announcement...(turn your volume on and be sure to click the volume button on the video).


Self-care is vital for my life in every way. It is during this time I'm able to spend time bathing in my faith, and taking good care of myself. It is also when I'm able to disconnect so that I can reconnect with my direction for the coming year. Do I have any major plans? I have committed to begin each day with a daily devotion, followed by journaling my thoughts and prayers; to continue with my exercise schedule; and to quietly listen and observe. By the way, this morning, while sitting on the front steps to my home, a Monarch butterfly fluttered right up to me. I was reminded of the poem by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
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"Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
Being an entrepreneur is no easy task. However, being an introverted entrepreneur is an even more daunting task. It often requires 110% of my energy. This annual time away from my blog is my time to shut down so that I can have maintenance and refuel😀 Honestly, I don't know how I could function without this time. 

I will return on January 1, 2018 with a new post to kick-off the new year. In the meantime, dear friends, please take the time to learn more about this woman you subscribe to 🌻About Glenda🌻


As always, I may post from time to time in my Instagram and Facebook communities, and if I don't have the opportunity to wish you Happy Holiday, I'll do so now... 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Stay True,
Glenda
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11.23.2017

All I Want for Christmas Is...

It's that time of the year again! It's time for my annual break for the holidays. As always, during this time of year, I take this time to freely enjoy my family, friends, and to take care of myself.

If you have recently joined the STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison (Because there's more to STYLE than just getting dressed) community, then allow me to stress just how vital self-care is to my life. With the life that I lead, it is crucial for me to stay grounded spiritually, mentally, and physically. Though each day I set aside time to take care of myself, it is within these designated breaks I am able to really get grounded.

For my last post of the year 2017, I thought it would be nice to create a gift giving list that's dedicated to YOU.  I hope you enjoy the picks, which have been selected because they'll nurture your spirit, mind, body, and your wardrobe. Simply click the image, or the image title, and it will take you directly to the item. Happy Shopping!


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Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable


David Benoit - Remembering Christmas


Wild & Ridley's Game Room 90s Pop Music - Lou & Grey


Conair Neck & Back Massage


Thrive by Arianna Huffington


True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface


The Sleepy Cottage Vintage Glam Sleep Mask - Lou & Grey


Plant Apothecary Bar - Calm Down - Lou & Grey


Champagne Candle - Lou & Grey


Floral Stripe Pajama Set


Ombre Fringe Scarf - Loft


Lou & Grey Squiggle Sweatshirt


Isabella Earrings - Soft Surroundings

Happy Holidays and always remember to Stay True,
Glenda
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