Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Gift Guide, for the Hostess

Good evening you all. I am skipping Third Thursday Thoughts for this month of November because 1} this month is flying by super fast (like every month this Fall, it seems) and 2} the less we say about November the better - so many crimes and that brutal church shooting that happened - yeah it wasn't such a good month. So let's focus on some good things instead.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner - a week away to be exact. Some of you are lucky to be invited as guests at your family members' or close friends' homes, while others are indeed the hostesses or hosts (with the mosts lol) and they are doing the prepping, cutting, cooking and baking of all the food and other delish dishes to be served for Thanksgiving. So many of you have already started your Holiday Gift Guides (some even in October), but let's not forget to bring something to the Thanksgiving Hostess too, for Thanksgiving. They worked really hard to put together a great meal and also decorate that beautiful Turkey table.

First, I think the best thing to bring when you are invited to Thanksgiving dinner is something that you cooked or baked yourself. Side dishes or appetizers are best, such as meatballs, fried cheese, stuffed mushrooms,garlic+butter breadsticks, cranberry sauce, baked potatoes, a nice salad or even something more scrumptious like a lasagna (meat or vegetarian) or baked penne pasta. But even a dessert, cake, Crème Brûlée, cupcakes or cookies are a great option too. If you can't cook, you might buy your appetizer or you can buy something to drink, like a great bottle of Pinot Noir (red wine) or a crisp bottle of Chardonnay (white wine). You can also bring a bottle of vodka and a fun tropical juice like mango or pomegranate to make cocktails while dining. Or you can opt for a bottle of scotch or a nice brandy. However, all of these food or drink gifts are not necessarily for the host/ess. They are for everyone to eat and share while eating Thanksgiving dinner. 

If you are looking for something more personal for the hostess look no further than my gift selection, on the collage below. Some of my favorite gifts to hand to the hostess for Thanksgiving would be on the comfy side: a throw blanket, a pillow, warm fuzzy slippers/socks or a scarf they can wrap with. But I also love that patterned cardigan that I included on the collage. And if you know the hostess well you can go for something more personal like a makeup palette, a gorgeous brooch, mascara or that Pure Grace beauty set. The "Reading at the Cafe" candles, set of ornaments, cookie jars and gorgeous fancy teacup with saucer are great gifts for the hostess and to use as home decor, too. A lot of these gifts (like the mascara, makeup palette, candles and notebook/journal) would make great stocking stuffers too so if you don't have a hostess to gift them too, consider them as stocking stuffers for the loving women in your lives.

Thanksgiving Gift Guide, for the Hostess

Thanksgiving Gift Guide, for the Hostess by Elegance and Mommyhood featuring personalized drinkware

You can shop any and all of these gifts below by clicking at each picture. Enjoy!

Starting this weekend all through next week, I have a great week of outfits I am planning to post on the blog, including part two of The Holiday Series which will be all about 'What to Wear on Black Friday'. All of the awesome ladies I am collaborating with and I, will be sharing our Black Friday plans on Tuesday Nov 21st. That post will be LIVE by 5.00 AM Eastern at the earliest. Also, I will still be hosting Thursday Moda next week but due to it being Thanksgiving next week, I will host it a day early (with a friend), so look for the New Thursday Moda Linkup to go LIVE on Wednesday November 22nd at 8.00 AM Eastern, instead. =) And on Friday, the actual Black Friday (Nov 24th), I will be co-hosting with Shelbee on the Edge, her fun "On The Edge" linkup she hosts on Fridays.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving, are you the guest or the hostess and if you are invited somewhere do you bring Thanksgiving gifts?!

Happy Friday everyone and enjoy the weekend ahead! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thursday Moda #89: Geo-Print, Rainbow Mommy+Mini Matching Leggings.

Vivian is back, she is back and this mommy is happy and proud to have her little mini join my blog post, today. And we styled identical, (matching) Geometric-Print Rainbow Leggings by LuLa Roe. We love these leggings and I must say pairing leggings, skinny pants or skinny jeans with a cozy long cardigan and a tee underneath is a Fall uniform for me. =)

These are some of Vivian's favorite leggings. When we first purchased them in the Spring, she started calling them her "rainbow pants". These are the only LuLa Roe Leggings we own and they are super soft and super comfortable, I am pretty sure they won't be our last. Vivian and I have styled them once more in the Spring, around Saint Patrick's Day. =) But I have to apologize for today's photos, they are horrible and my phone would have probably taken better ones. But it was sprinkling on and off all day that day and it was very foggy as you may see. At least is was warm-ish. I wish you could better see these fun leggings.

You first saw this Oversized Dark Green, Speckled Chenille Cardigan on my Thanksgiving Outfit Post where I dressed it up a little with my Berry Mini Skirt and my Metallic Booties. Today I dressed down this cardi (currently on sale for 20% OFF and it makes it an awesome $25) and wanted to give you another option for Thanksgiving Dinner. I wanted to play off the different greens in this outfit so between the dark hunter green of the cardigan, the lime green + kelly green on the leggings and the olive green laceup sandals, I think it worked out and looked cute. Speaking of the sandals, they dressed up the look a little bit especially since I have a plain old white tee underneath (not old by any means, but you get the gist). This amazing cardigan has nice pockets, too.

Throw a Pink Graphic Tee on top of some Fun-Patterned Leggings on a little girl and add the Most Fabulous Silver Ballet Flats and you got yourselves an adorable-looking kid. And that Light Pink Stone Pendant Necklace, Vivian has been wearing non-stop lately, she loves it!

Vivian's Outfit:

This outfit is from the last week of October as I was still doing the Common Threads Challenge and the White V-Tee I included was one of the 5 pieces I chose. You last saw this tee on the blog also paired with a long, oversized chenille cardigan (my ochre/dark mustard one by Loft) and some jeans. I told you these types of outfits are Fall uniforms for me. Anyhow, I am very happy I Included a plain white tee during this challenge and for this particular outfit it was perfect because I did neutrals on top and went full on blowout color on the bottom. I definitely recommend this White T-Shirt by Lush from Nordstrom because it is real nice.

I mentioned today that this type of outfit would be perfect for Thanksgiving and if you want to go for comfort add some Adidas, Keds or a pair of Converse sneakers instead. Well, several of the bloggers who linked up with me last week, wore outfits that I think would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Today my favorites all feature (in my opinion) great Thanksgiving looks - all different yet equally nice and put-together.
This week's Featured Blogger is BROOKE from Pumps and Pushups who has been featured here previously. She linked the most put-together, best denim-on-denim outfit I have ever seen. Skinny Blue Jeans with a Chambray Shirt on top is a combo we have seen often and again but add a long, oversized grey cardigan on top and the best almond-toe nude ballet flats and you got an outfit that is casual and super comfortable (perfect for you to eat and lounge in at Thanksgiving), but at the same time so chic, elegant and nice. When I saw this on Brooke last week I had to comment right away, I loved it. This works because the shades of denim are different and I think the shirt tucked in makes it classy and sophisticated. Plus, of course I'd love this outfit since it is my Fall uniform too. If you work in a casual office where you can wear jeans, this outfit would be perfect. Brooke's blog in general has everything not just her cute and very attainable style. Toddler tips, home decor (I love Brooke's home), product reviews plus some awesome fitness tips and workout routines - check it out and also link up with her every Wednesday.

Katrina Gwen is new to my linkup but she linked the coziest outfit with her 'Must Have Fall Accessory'. The colors of her plaid scarf are pretty and serene.
Carrie has on 'That Perfect LBD' that is classy, sophisticated, classic and seasonless. She wore it last year for the Holiday season and if your Thanksgiving event is on the dressy side, dress up like Carrie.
Amy is 'Styling a Choker Top' with simple but classic black pants and a pop of Autumn with her Malbec bag. This outfit is perfect for Thanksgiving, between casual and dressy.
Mariah is blooming among 'Autumn Layers'. No wonder I love this outfit since I love belting a blanket scarf over a casual dress.
'Textures and Tones' are important elements to a Fall look and Kileen knows it. I recently purchased this gorgeous mustard skirt and Kileen inspired me to style it with burgundy and leopard.

Now join the linkup and make some new friends!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Red and Navy Floral Beauty.

Guys, I have been feeling like shit, lately. Sorry, to start this post as a Debbie Downer, by the way. So, I was sick like 2-2.5 weeks ago, it went gradually from sneezing to coughing, to coughing harder, to more runny nose business, sore throat and even fever 3 days later. I was able to fight it without any meds. But our weather has been freezing early mornings and evenings and it can get between 40-45 degrees during the day and when the sun is shining, it feels warmer. So yeah, the last couple of days I have been feeling under the weather too. Between the feeling sick and working full-time each week (I am always super busy) and of course the daytime light savings time switch, taking photos and blog-posting has definitely taken a back-seat. What makes it worse is that the last few days, my face has been breaking out lately. I am talking pimples, zits and such and of course it doesn't make me want to go near a camera. This is not the norm for me (one or two of these may be cold sores) because in my thirty-some years of living, I have never had any major problems with my skin. I rarely get pimples or break out and I was fortunate enough to have clear skin as a teenager too. 

Anyhow, I still have a ton of outfits I have photographed and never blogged. The one today is a month and a half old (since late September) but I have been meaning to post it, plus I love this dress and how I styled it. And I actually wore this same dress to work last Monday but with Semi-Opaque Black Tights and a Long Cozy Cardigan over it. I love how the Fun Silver Ring Necklace looked last time so I added the same necklace to it and some other (less bold) Statement Earrings. I also wore my Black Wayfarer Raybans with the outfit I described and some Black Kitten Heel Booties. So picture this dress with the items I described it with and wear this type of outfit if you are invited somewhere for Thanksgiving dinner. This time (blog outfit from today), I decided to wear the dress with my Nude Espadrille Wedge Sandals from last Summer 2016 (purchased at Target) and since it was in the late 60s, I figured I could wear some damn espadrille sandals one more time.

So, in one of my (very many) Loft trips about a year ago, I found this gorgeous Peplum-Hem Floral Dress that was returned and it was on final sale. I had missed out on this pretty dress - I remembered I loved the peplum hem, the full sleeves and the fact that the floral print was large and bold. Plus I thought the colors - Red, Navy, Magenta and Grey - were perfect year around. Anyhow this dress is a size M and I usually wear a S in Loft Dresses, sometimes even an XS. I don't think it is huge on me but I definitely would have preferred the small size, had I had the option of buying it. The only thing about this one, is that it looks a tad big sideways as it is a loose-fit and I look like I am expecting, on my second trimester, if you see me on this dress from the side. I definitely feel the smaller size would have solved this problem but I did love this one and I paid about 25 bucks for a beautiful dress of great quality. As I mentioned above, this dress would be perfect to wear for Thanksgiving because you can eat all the food you want plus it is pretty and dressy. I will wear/style this again for Winter and I do think it makes a great holiday dress, too. Loft always has these type of dresses each season, I am talking ruffles and flounce and pretty floral prints. I scored two great similar, long-sleeve floral dresses from Loft which were on clearance just recently, for under 30 bucks each. Below is a widget featuring similar dresses like mine, all lovely and all under $75.00.


I am obsessed with the Sugarfix by Baublebar line at Target. It is beautiful, bold, trendy and bauble-y (see what I did there?!) I particularly love their earrings. Plus their jewelry is beautiful and a great quality for a great price. If you want to add some new baubles for any of your holiday events or to add some sparkle to your outfits, check out Sugarfix at Target and you won't be disappointed. For those who know me well, they know that I love a good pair of earrings: studs, tassels, hoops, dangly or statement earrings, I feel naked without a pair of earrings on. My ear holes will attest to that, I promise lol. My gorgeous fun earrings in lime green, silver and turquoise stones are from the Sugarfix line but from early Summer, however this pairthis pair and these are similar and all super gorgeous. I also added my Silver Ring Pendant Necklace which I have had for about 7 or 8 years and it is from White House Black Market - still one of my most favorite necklaces. Lastly, I have on two Cocktail Rings. The Pearl+Crystal, Pave, Flower Ring I have also had for about a decade and it is from Banana Republic. By the way, I always love the jewelry at WHBM and BR. The other ring that says USA was actually part of a little plastic ring bag from the dollar store. I went out with Vivian that day and she picked out that ring cause she said it was fun and matched the colors of my dress.

 Similar, Kimono-Style Gorgeous Dress // Similar Silver Ring Pendant Necklace // Similar Statement Earrings w/ Tassels //  Similar, Pearl+Crystal Pave Flower Ring // Gorgeous Pave Patriotic Ring // Similar Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses for a Steal // Very Similar, Nude Two-Tone Espadrille Wedges

A couple of things before I leave: I will open my Thursday Moda linkup early this week. It will be live at 3.00 PM Eastern Time this Wednesday November 15th and next week is Thanksgiving so I will have the linkup open on Wednesday morning at 5.00 AM Eastern time. Also, Vivian has been MIA for over a month now but this Thursday for Thursday Moda, she will be joining mommy on a Mommy+Me matching post.