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 too😎 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 💘 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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7.13.2017

I Need Your Voice


Hi Friends!

As you all know, I have been enjoying some much needed time away from my desk. Like I mentioned in my last post called, Creative Sabbatical, where I shared my family day at the Getty Villa; I had been feeling a bit like a hamster on a wheel. In order for me to get my creative juices flowing, I needed to step away from the cycle so I could clear my mind. If you follow @glendakharrison on Instagram, you have been privy to the neat things I have done thus far.

While I prepare for my return (which is just a few weeks away), I'm reaching out to you for your thoughts. If you have never commented on a post, or haven't in a while, I hope you will use this time to share your voice. Please feel free to share in the comment section, or you may send a private email to glendak.style@yahoo.com

Here's where I need your voice. Please be open and honest when responding to the below questions. If you select to respond via email, please copy and paste the below questions into the body of your email:
  1. How long have you been reading So What to Twenty?
  2. How did you learn about So What to Twenty?
  3. Are you an email subscriber to So What to Twenty? If Yes, why did you subscribe?
  4. Share what attracts you to the So What to Twenty or the Glenda K. Harrison community?
  5. Anything else you would like to share?...
Thank you so very much for your feedback. I look forward to reading your responses. In the meantime...

Stay True,
Glenda
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