Monday, March 25, 2019

Story of My Life - Poem. Plus Linkup.

Sometimes the best poems are written within 10 or 15 spare minutes you may have, as you didn't even think you were going to write down any verses. As a matter of fact I just wrote this. My lap-top currently has over 25 open windows and I am trying to do my job as well. But when inspiration comes - grab it and don't let go! I love, love, love how this poem turned out. I think EVERYONE OF US can find a piece of themselves here. I am sure I am right. Read on and let me know how you like it. =) Happy Tuesday!

[10.15 A.M. March 25th 2019.]

When your conscience is clean and your heart is broken into pieces,
when you loved him and he left you shattered from the inside,
when you remembered the good times you two had but haven't yet moved on,
when you felt betrayal that cut deep and bloody like a knife...

When your nights feel long and lonely, and the days feel boring and sad,
when the healing you are seeking is harder than you thought,
when you can't conceal all those deep emotions that make your eyes wet,
when you cannot walk away because it isn't easy like that...

When you fight your demons and want life to be easy but it ain't,
when you slowly fall for someone new and suddenly start smiling again,
when you try to forget the past but the present kind of feels the same,
when you make an effort to love another human being and give yourself to him...

When your intentions are good and your heart is pure and free,
when you stop crying because it won't help you,
when you start kissing again and feel butterflies full of glee,
when you start trusting love and perhaps learn from it a new thing or two...

When you dream of life and how it will be again, renewed,
when you want what is best for yourself, for your soul,
when you start believing that it can all happen again soon,
when you want to move away the negativity and heal all wounds...

Story of my life, as I go up and down in brackets in this crazy maze of a world I live in,
I loved and loved so much, I loved him and I never looked back,
story of my life that others may have told, may have lived, but here it begins...
filled with memories and colors, amazing days and promises full of hope...

As I chased after true love and believed in it with all of my heart,
as I gave away every piece of my little heart and soul, every vein of my body,
as I followed the path of light which later turned into darkness inside,
as I dreamed and hoped, as I put my trust into somebody...
                                                             (doesn't everybody?!)

...But when you give and don't get anything in return,
when life is cruel with you even-though you don't deserve it baby,
when life throws the sourest lemons at you, you must make lemonade
because the story of your life isn't over and it is your turn to make the ending - happy!

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Red and Black with a side of Crystals.

Sometimes the simplest outfits can totally look the chicest! This outfit is an example of that. Honestly! A simple office look that is still elegant, put-together and has a few touches that make it stand out. For example the polka dots on these Heather Gray Cropped Pants (by Loft) are made of velvet so I love the texture. I also love the texture of the merino wool of this V-Neck Red Sweater with the matching Red Lace-Trimmed Seamless Camisole underneath it - I have had this sweater and the matching cami for years. They are from The Limited. The merino wool is very soft. To oomph it up I am wearing Black Statement Earrings with lime stones and silver rhinestones (by Sugarfix via BaubleBar), a Sparkly Gold Skinny Bow Bracelet that doubles as an elastic tie for my hair ( I always have to have a hair tie on my wrist for later lol). 

And last but most definitely my most favorite piece of this entire outfit - the shoes. They are Nude Faux Suede Almond-Toe Ballet Flats with different-shaped crystals embellished on the front - you can buy them here. They come in black too and I kind of want the black version as well lol. After work that day I met an Albanian friend for a quick lunch+coffee at Panera Bread who commented that I looked very patriotic. That is because Red and Black are the colors of my home country - Albania. I do wear this duo of colors often though as I love them together. Have you worn any red and black lately?! How do you style cropped pants for work, in the Spring?!

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday Moda #159: Spring Blouse and an Afternoon with Vivian.

Happy First Day of Spring from my little Vivian and I. Our first day of Spring was a little cool and we had some rain. But these Springy Showers will bloom all the flowers later, at least we hope! My daughter and I are both blogging today showing you two outfits we wore recently, last week to be exact, featuring a Sophisticated Spring Blouse for me and an Adorable Girl Power Minnie Dress for her. Read on below for the details.

When the weather starts changing and it is that transitional type of weather in the 40s, 50s and sometimes 60s, I usually choose to wear one my blouses than for a sweater. I usually reach for one of my many Spring Blouses. I have a lot of them with long sleeves, like the one today. A light blouse in a silky, soft poplin cotton or chiffon material is feminine and pretty. I own a lot of blouses from Loft like this new-ish one which is in a Henley Style. I got a couple more similar ones from Loft like this Henley Spring Blouse. This one is a little thicker material and textured. I love the puffy sleeves and the smocking around the neckline. I also love this gorgeous Pastel Baby Blue Color that it comes in. Perfect for Spring and to pair with any color since it is so soft and practically a neutral. Loft currently has two very similar Baby Blue Henley Blouses like mine, like this split-neck one with gorgeous frou-frou bell sleeves or this almost identical to mine and they are both on sale too. I also love this pussybow chambray one - stunning! I wore this outfit to work and later to spend an afternoon with Vivian and my parents. It paired so well with my Windowpane Paperbag-Waist Pants by H+M and since these wide-legged pants are long I always opt for some type of heel. I am wearing my Gray Wedge Oxford Booties by Target again. I must say this baby blue blouse pairs so well with these Fun Earrings with the Large Mint Bauble in the middle (by Target). I love all the earrings I have linked too. I want a pair of each, please! I reached for this pretty Spring Blouse twice last week since I also wore it for a casual dinner with Black Skinny Jeans, Black Booties and Colorful Cluster Earrings. I love it! Do you wear Long-Sleeve Spring Blouses this time of the year?!

My fun late afternoon with Vivian continued with a visit at my first cousin Gloria's House. My sweet girl wanted to dress up a little bit, though her outfit is a little girly, her black-on-black outfit also is a little rocker-chic! I love that adorable "Girl Power" Minnie Dress with the Pleated Gold Skirt and her hair looked beautiful in a French Braid with that Large Lavender JoJo Bow which has a donut on it. Sweet Vivian carried a sparkly bag too. It is a Magenta Shimmery Bag shaped like a lama. Her Suede Boots are the cutest too. They have bows on the side. The boots and bag are by the Cat+Jack line at Target. She loved getting dressed up and a little fancy like she said to go out with mommy. Also, her poses kill me. She was copying Mary Poppins a little, she said lol.

Last week my linkup had so many great looks for Spring! How did I even narrow it down to 8?! Also, you loved my little poem last week on "Thursday Moda". Today, we got a lot of featured blondes, two ladies named Anna, two ladies sharing my mom's name - Stefanie - and even two outfits sharing the same identical Spring/Summer Bamboo Bag. Some looks were monochromatic and some were full of pattern and color. Maxis, Midis, Gorgeous Shoes, Salmon-Colored Cropped Pants and Sophisticated Blazers were all part of the favorite looks I featured. For more, see below.

This week's Featured Blogger is my Fabulous Mama Friend STEFANIE from Glamorous and Geeky whom I envy not just for her great Spring style sharing two gorgeous dresses and fun/fab footwear, but also for that super warm sunny weather. This mama of two lives in Florida after all. She shared three posts with me last week like the 4 Dollar H+M yellow dress which she paired with edgy and fun knee-high gladiator heeled sandals and nude woodsy accessories. I can't say I have tried pairing bright yellow with shades of nude and camel but I love it. However the spotted maxi dress paired with the leopard bag and those stunning heeled loafers is by far my most favorite outfit of all the outfits shared last week. Belting it with a Logo Gucci Belt was just the icing on the cake. Lovely Stephanie shares a lot of motherhood posts as well as other lifestyle posts. She has opened up about a lot of things and I always love how raw and genuine she is. You must check out her little lovely blog!

Lana is new to my linkup but she stunned in this salmon-colored 'Romantic Spring Date Night Outfit' which - as she mentioned - did impress me. I love a pair of pants with a belted-in waist that you can tie in a bow and I love that she kept her accessories neutral.
Anna Shirley wore a neutral look perfect for a business casual office during Springtime and shared her 'Sunshine Blogger Award' which was lovely to read.
Claire Justine is in a 'Maxi Dress for Spring'. I absolutely loved the simple and whimsical floral print and those adorable little red ballet flats were a perfect addition to this outfit.
Debbie is always the queen of layering, pattern-mixing and not being afraid to throw in a few different textures too. Her 'Velvet Blazer and Graphic Tee' with the black lace camisole peeking from underneath is lovely and unique.
Anna in that bright shade of banana mixed 'Something Old and Something New' looking fabulously elegant in her slip of a yellow skirt and classic double-breasted blazer.
We started with a Stephanie and we end with a Stefanie who explains about 'The New Rules of Pattern Mixing' by mixing the same kind of print - zebra - in two different scales and colors. Stefanie is street chic perfection and those magenta pom slippers match her gorgeous sweater to a T!

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