Saturday, January 20, 2018

Weekend Wants: All the Sneakers at Target.

Athleisure Wear is huge in 2018, HUGE. And this trend keeps going stronger and growing more each day as new styles of sneakers and athleisure-type shoes (like mules, shooties and loafers) are filling up the stores, especially since several stores have their first Spring collections out, already. A couple of weeks ago on my Insta stories I did a little video story of all the Gorgeous New Sneakers at Target. Mossimo, DV for Dolce Vita and their new brand A New Day all have some amazing sneakers for women, currently. Of course white and black are still very popular colors for sneakers. But this Spring 2018 I have noticed a lot of mauves/blush pink/light coral and all the metallics like silver, gold and rose gold. As far as materials leather, faux leather as well as suede and faux suede continue to be very popular. But there is also velvet, mixed materials, silk and (especially) satin which are very popular. Decorations include embroidery, flower appliques, lots of pearls and beads+crystals too. While I was at Target, I noticed all the cute sneakers they had for kids, toddlers and little girls because you know I have a little girl at my home (whom I love shopping for). I have purchased several Adorable Cat+Jack Sneakers and other shoes for Vivian before, and this adorable+affordable brand (Cat+Jack) is doing it again. So, this weekend my Wishful Weekend Wants are ALL the Sneakers from Target (for my daughter and I). The best part is that these are all 35 bucks and under. Take a peak at my top favorites below. I even commented on some of these. 

Multicolored Metallic Beauties - probably my favorite pair in the bunch. Not only are these unique, cute and go-with-everything but despite being fashionable (I can see them with casual dresses/skirts as well as jeans and leggings), I think these are comfortable enough for light jogging and walking.
Little Girls' Blush Metallic Bows - super duper cute. Plus if I get these for Vivian she will match my own Faux Suede Blush Pink pair from Target, which are very very similar.
Peppa Pig Daisies - if your girl loves Peppa Pig like mine does, these Peppa+Daisy Flower Fuchsia Sneakers are so darn cute. They are the perfect sneaker to transition into Spring.
Silver Star High-Tops - so cute. These are girly yet edgy for your little fashionista. Plus they would totally match the Tiffani Silver Sneakers (right above).
Blush Pink Pearl-Embellished - I already own these and I love them. They are now on sale. Run to get a pair of your own. The perfect dressy sneakers for Spring+Summer. The blush pink color and bursting of pearls and some crystals make them so beautiful and fancy. I can see these for Valentine's Day-Inspired Outfits, too.


Which of these are some of your favorites?! Have you purchased any cute sneakers lately?!






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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Vivian Turns Five!!

Today is my Daughter's Birthday! Everyone that knows me well, knows that Vivian is the biggest part of my life. She was the missing puzzle that God gifted me with 5 years ago on January 19th. She completes me and my world. She is my biggest love, pride and joy!
Vivian, I love looking back at each month from the first 12 months of your life and now you turn 5 years old. The past 60 months have been THE BEST of my life and there are thousands+thousands more to come!! I love you to the moon and back, my little doll!!

And here is a look-back at Vivian and how she has changed each year...

Vivian Turns One!

 Vivian Turns Two!

Vivian Turns 3!

Vivian Turns Four!

Vivian Turns 5!!!
(One of the first photos we took of her this morning as a 5-year old.)


There are a million words I can say today, on your very special 5th birthday. I cannot even measure the pride you give me or the love I have for you. From the moment I heard your very first heartbeat and first cry, I was immersed in the motherly love you brought from the depth of my heart. Since that very moment before the sunrise on January 19th 2013, you have been the biggest blessing and most wonderful gift in my life. Vivian, you are the air I breathe. You are the moon to my sun. You are the heart that beats inside my soul. You are the sublime love that keeps on giving every day. You brighten every day and night and the unconditional love you have for your mama comes through every word you say, every picture you draw, every hug and kiss you give me, every time you tell me I am beautiful. The day you came into this world God truly blessed my life. I don't know how I had lived without you. Vivian, my ray of sunshine, I wish you 105 more years of joy, health, beauty and blessings in this world!! Crash through every obstacle just like you crashed the cupcakes when you turned 1! Walk with your head held high and continue to smile at the world and when someone is mean to you, kill them with your kindness! Go get it girl - you can do anything! Happy 5th Birthday, The Love of My Life!! I love you infinity times infinity.  💋 Mom.

You all know I love taking pictures with my daughter. Our Mommy+Daughter photo-shoots are my favorites, especially when we match (like the outfits above). These photo collages beautifully describe our Mother+Daughter Relationship. We love each other #tothemoonandback and we shower one-another with #hugs and #kisses each day! This is how much we love each other. Infinity times Infinity!!

Happy birthday my five-year old little girl! Happy Birthday to my little beauty and future bright star!!


Before I close off this special post today I want to show you two photos of Vivian (never posted anywhere before), from our Summer vacation last August (2017). These two Summery Photos totally describe my Vivian. She is such a girly girl who loves dresses and accessories. Pretty shoes, purses, jewels, bows, hair clips, headbands, necklaces, bracelets, sunglasses - she loves them all. She loves to sing and to dance. She loves to paint and draw and is very good at arts+crafts. She is a little chatterbox who makes everyone laugh when they least expect it. Vivian is a happy, bright, social butterfly, very friendly and a very sweet little girl. Nothing is a challenge to her. She makes everyone happy just by smiling at her. She loves her friends and family especially her uncle Ilir and her grandparents. She is the best daughter to her parents and loves her parents very much. She gives the best hugs and kisses. Vivian spreads some joy, sparkle and love with her positive and joyful attitude, everywhere she goes. Vivian is a princess! She is my princess and I am the luckiest mama ever!







Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thursday Moda #98: Silver Stars, just like My Vivian.

Happy Thursday you all! I apologize you still see my Christmas tree - which in actuality I only took down on January 12th, a day before the entirely black outfit I posted yesterday. Sometimes I post my outfits not in chronological order. But I had to post the sexy+sleek black outfit yesterday because I wanted to be back with a bang. It seemed you all liked that outfit too and you are all amazed at how I find, beautiful, well-made, expensive-looking clothes at Target so I might do a "How to Shop at Target" mini series. Would you be interested?! Please let me know.

Anyhow, I had to have a Mommy+Mini post today with my little girl Vivian since this little doll of mine turns 5 tomorrow. Where did 5 years go?! Seriously!! As she gets older and understands more, she knows this is a big birthday. I am so happy for her but also a little sad because my little girl grows more each day. These photos didn't turn out the greatest as far as the lighting goes and I could have used a full face of makeup since you can tell I have been ill and I have dropey eyes in some pics. But I do like that we are sort of coordinating. I am wearing a Silky, Long-Sleeve Shirtdress which has these Navy+Baby Blue Stars and it is by Bebe, while Vivian is wearing her Winter White and Silver Sweater Dress with a Sparkly Silver Metallic Tutu Skirt, the same dress she wore on her actual birthday, to celebrate in, when she turned 3. My little girl is a peanut so the dress still fits her but we will be retiring it soon. For my first time ever wearing this Shirtdress and making it Winter-ready, I belted it with a Skinny Blush Pink Belt and wore my Diamond-Patterned Black Tights and Nude Canvas Sneakers with it. I have on some Small Gold-Tone Flower Earring Studs too and a Sparkly Black Elastic Skinny Headband. Vivian paired her dress with Navy Polka Dotted Over-the-Knee Knit Socks, Sky Blue Elsa+Anna Bow Headband and her High-Top Mint Canvas Sneakers. I love the sort of Winter "Frozen" theme in her outfit, especially when she carries the blue+silver snowflakes ornaments in her little hands. We had so much fun taking photos that day as you can tell.

Vivian's Outfit:
Sweatshirt Off-White Dress w/ Silver Dots + Silver Tulle Skirt: Target (similar black+white heart-print sweatshirt dress, on Sale).
Light Blue Elsa+Anna Patterned Silky Headband: The Dollar Tree (New) (Similar White+Light Blue "Frozen" Bow Headband).
Navy Over-the-Knee Knit Socks w/ White Polka Dots: Meijer's (New) (Very Similar Navy Dotted OTK Socks).
Similar High-Top, Swiss Dot, Mint Canvas Sneakers: Old Navy (New) (very similar high-top mint sneakers).


Vivian's Outfit:
Sweatshirt Off-White Dress w/ Silver Dots + Silver Tulle Skirt: Target (similar black+white heart-print sweatshirt dress, on Sale).
Light Blue Elsa+Anna Patterned Silky Headband: The Dollar Tree (New) (Similar White+Light Blue "Frozen" Bow Headband).
Navy Over-the-Knee Knit Socks w/ White Polka Dots: Meijer's (New) (Very Similar Navy Dotted OTK Socks).
Similar High-Top, Swiss Dot, Mint Canvas Sneakers: Old Navy (New) (very similar high-top mint sneakers).






Last week I didn't have a new post, but there were still over 90 of you who linked up your stylish looks. I noticed a lot of warm, comfortable layers. As well as a lot of pink and red - getting ready for those Valentine's Day-inspired Outfits. Pretty, cozy scarves - love them all - and taupe booties were something these ladies had in common. Don't you just love the OTK Taupe Booties these fashionistas are wearing?!
'Baby It's Cold Outside' says Shauna, but she managed to stay so comfortable and girly in her bubblegum pink Hunter rain-boots, red knit scarf and adorable red+pink pom beanie.
Vashiali's 'Sunshine Knot' bell-sleeve dress is in the richest ocean shade and those bold sunshine yellow earrings were perfect with it. Love her adorable artsy clutch too.
Looking stunning in 'Red & Pink', Joi's one-sleeve dress and fur stole are out of this world and she killed it in stiletto strappy heels paired with little matching hot pink socks.
Bojana's 'Cozy Knits for Winter' feature an oversized Southwestern-inspired poncho which is gorgeous. Black+taupe done right.
'How to Wear a Blazer Casually'?! Just ask Nora who looks so polished and European-chic in this layered look. Her red accessories are my favorite. A+!!
Elsie tells us 'Why She Prefers to Wear Skirts'. She has beautiful skirts like this ivory tulip mini and looks fantastic in all of her skirts. Great Winter outfit.





Now join the 3rd linkup of 2018. Have a great weekend!