Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday Moda #120: Preppy Breton Office 4th-ish Look.

Today's Thursday Moda post is such a late one beautiful fashionistas, but as I explained last night, these last couple of weeks have kicked my butt, more on the home front and life as a mom, though the days I have been working have been busy, too. So bare with me. And thank you! I actually wore this outfit yesterday to work and my morning appointments/errands. I usually don't post outfits that I wore the same day, the previous day or from the last 3-5 days on the blog (like same-week outfits), because I always have an amount of outfits that have not been published and most times I try to follow some type of chronological order in here (lol) though it usually doesn't happen. Anyway I snapped these photos very quickly because A) I was rushing and B) it was sprinkling rain. It went from 95 degrees on Monday to 75 degrees on Tuesday to 65 degrees yesterday on Wednesday (and those were our highs). So yeah, it wasn't very hot or sunny yesterday. These elbow-sleeves felt even a little too cold for my arms on air-conditioned areas.

Since the 4th of July is coming up in 2 weeks, I will be wearing and posting several 4th of July inspired looks, like this Preppy Breton Office 4th-ish outfit. I have the Red (Harper Pants by Old Navy - they are sophisticated, comfortable and make the perfect work pants and the bow scrunchie on my hair), the White (stripes on the tee + a pop of white on my patterned scrunchie) and the blue (the navy tee). I ended up loving this office look, though I photographed it before I added the soft mauve stud earrings. What do you think?!

So, I am a stripe-aholic you guys. Like I can't stop buying Breton Tees and Comfy Summery Striped Dresses. You can always count on cute striped pieces from stores like Old Navy, J.Crew + J.Crew Factory, White House Black Market, Target, Forever 21 and Loft. One of these days I will do a week or two full of outfits featuring Breton Tees cause I have so many, with short-sleeves, long-sleeves, 3/4-sleeves or elbow sleeves like this one. This tee is a dark navy, very well-made as all cotton and jersey pieces by White House Black Market are, and I love the fun grommet lace detail on the neckline. WHBM is not a cheap place but they have quality pieces, Like this tee was originally $68 (I'd never pay that for a striped tee lol) but I got it for under 20 bucks. And these Silver Patent Leather Loafers I always get compliments on are by Express, super comfy, perfect for work and they always make a statement and get me compliments lol! All of these pieces - pants, tee and shoes - are old (like at least a year) but the Patterned Red Bow Scrunchie is new. It was $1.90 at Forever 21. They have the cutest patriotic bows, headbands and scrunchies currently so grab a few for the 4th. I bought some for me and some for Vivian (some were matchy) and they run between $1.90 to like $5.90. My hair has gotten quite long and I am horrible at styling it. But I have been loving high ponytails and some cute buns lately with bows or cute scrunchies around them. Last but definitely not least - let's talk about the Circle Bag which is also new, courtesy of Elixir Boutique (they sell it for $26). I had been looking for a woven neutral circle bag for about a month and a half or so. Loved the ones that Gap had but it sold so fast. Target had a few but the one I wanted sold out so. Target and Forever 21 still have some very budget-friendly option. This one is very sturdy and besides the handle, also has a long crossbody strap. Now, I am looking for a larger woven circle bag in a softer material, perhaps with some cute embroidery on the front, for no more than 50 bucks! You guys know of any you suggest?! 

Last week I was enamored with so many pretty Flowy and fit+flare Dresses that were linked. Lots of cute shorts too and some edgy looks too. Below are my favorites, a couple of new faces, too.
'Cactus Dress' for Erika and it is such a cute fit+flare style. I want something cactus this Summer.
Daneel always rocks looks that are both edgy and boho, like this 'Black Peasant Blouse'. And I had to choose one of her gorgeous black+white photos.
Lindsay is wearing a girly 'White Skirt' for Summer. You all know how I feel about pairing white with pale blue. Oh and her bag is exactly like mine from today.
Di shared three amazing outfits of 'Florals in Bloom'. This white laced-neck, handkerchief dress was my favorite. Plus I love with with yellow and blush, so feminine and clean.
Fellow Michigan Blogger Grace is rocking a 3-piece Coral monochromatic shorts' suit she wore for 'Dinner at Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel'. She has legs for days in this.
My friend Kristin was 'Exploring Sicily' in the prettiest gingham dress. Love the shoot by the stairs.

You can currently see this outfit LIVE as I wore it yesterday, on my Instagram Stories.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Little Update and a New Linkup.

The silence has plagued the blog lately, not because I have nothing to say or no new outfits to post - trust me I have at least a dozen new outfits I have worn and shot lately, and the occasions I have nothing to say are rare lol - but I have been so busy. Why are our Summers so busy, guys?! The days I was off from work I mostly spent with Vivian since she also finished pre-school --- cleaning around a little bit, navigating our closets and purging them a little, taking her out to local places, plus out to play, reading to her and just spending a lot of time with her. Today was my first full day back at work and I had an important meeting early in the morning too, besides so many things to do at work, a mountain of e-mails to check and so much to do in general. As if that wasn't enough, it was also Vivian's first day of school today. I was able to drop her off to her Summer school but my mom picked her up. She had a great day, too.

So, without making this post super long as it was my original intention (short+sweet) I don't have my normal Thursday Moda outfit post quite ready. I slept horribly last night and I have been yawning since afternoon today. I only made it home around 10.15 PM so I am beyond exhausted. I don't have my Thursday Moda post ready just yet but hope to wake up around 7.00 AM and have it up around 9ish-9.30 at the latest. And it is a cute, polished 4th of July-inspired outfit, too, so don't miss it!

And below, I am opening this week's new linkup so you can all link to and join it ASAP, even-though I am not ready lol. Speaking of the linkup, I would love to have co-hosts every now and then. I enjoy and love so many of your blogs. So if you are interested, go under my contact link to see how you can get in touch with me. =) Thank you so much!

Hope you all had a great Hump Day and have a great rest of the week and stop by tomorrow to see my new preppy look, it is super chic. My eyes are closing now so here is the linkup, ladies...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Little Edgy, a Little Girly Bohemian.

Guys, I have been neglecting the blog and haven't had time to post. It takes so much to prepare a post: take the photos, delete the bad ones, edit the pictures, write out the post, edit the post, find the links to the items - which I have been slacking in the last couple of weeks, promote the post on my Instagram, etc, etc. But as with everyone, the start of my Summer has been so busy and I go into more of a routine/normal schedule next week. Case in point, I started writing this post two days ago and still didn't hit publish because I wasn't ready for it to go live. Thing is, though I have had a bunch of days off since I had to watch Vivian as she finished pre-school, I have been busy and tried to spend some quality time with her, rather than focus on the blog. This is still a hobby after all. Tomorrow is also "National Splurge Day" and I plan on 'splurging' by A) going to the beach (our nearby lake) with Viv and B) treating myself to some cute things from Loft which I had avoided for weeks, but all their tops+sweaters, plus a bunch of their dresses, skirts and shorts are 50% OFF right now! Yup Yup!! 

Anyway, while I have been amiss here, I have been very much alive on Instagram and Insta stories so please follow me there. I post very different content on my Instagram account from the blog, always, and a lot of raw posts and favorite quotes - some of which are quotes by me - as well. =)

Anyway, this outfit is from May but totally Summery too and a simple, cute and not-in-your face option for 4th of July since I am subtly wearing red, white and blue, don't you think?! I think the busted-knee jeans make this a little edgy though still very appropriate for a busy mom. I love these Skinny Busted-S=Knee jeans by Abercrombie. They still have them, though I have had mine for a long time. I got the size 27 but should have really gotten the 26. They have a lot of give. I think I could probably fit into 25s too (which means a size 0). Boo-ya weight loss! The Cute Poplin Red Blouse (clearance find at Target) definitely has that Bohemian Vibe to it as do the Light Father Blush Pink Earrings by Loft. The top and earrings are both totally girly too and I love that the white flowers of the top have a blush undertone to them, which matched the earrings. Last but not least, all praises go to these DV by Dolce Vita Taupe/Neutral Ghillie Wedges I got at Target last year. I have worn them at least 6-7 times so far this season. They go with everything and stayed tied-on! I reccommend the DV wedges from Target so much. Actually the Dolce Vita line at Target always has the cutest shoes!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Moda #119: Skin, Shorts and Sweet Spice.

So, I had an entirely-different outfit planned for Thursday Moda today, but I have forgotten my camera in the office and that's where that said outfit is 'hiding' in the SD card LOL. That outfit was completely dressy, sexy and somewhat fancy, the opposite of this Skin+Shorts Look. Lucky for me, my other memory card is indeed on the laptop I use and it still has a few outfit pics I have not posted or edited. Therefore you get this totally unglamorous and somewhat unsatisfying look, today.

So, I called this post "Skin, Shorts and Sweet Spice" because the Skin is referring to my Cold-Shoulder Grey T-Shirt which I knotted off the side on the front therefore showing more skin than just bare shoulders; the Shorts obviously that I am wearing; and as far as Sweet Spice that is my metaphor for my little girl Vivian who is as sassy as she is sweet. Love her so much. She saw me snapping photos and ran to my arms to take some with her mamma. =) I wore this outfit on a hot day last weekend but it didn't turn out as cute and photographed even worse. This tee is long enough for me to knot in the front, plus it is slightly large on me though it is a size small (I got it last Summer at Loft). Unfortunately it rode up and it even shows in some of the photos, showing a lot more skin and tummy than I would have liked. Thankfully for me, I only did a walk in our neighborhood and watered our plants, while wearing this outfit. I changed into something nicer and more mom-like afterwards. The shorts are from 5 years ago from Old Navy and my favorite Black Slides with the embellished pearls are last Summer's from Target. Target has a version of black pearl-embellished slides this year, too. I also had no makeup on except my 'eaten' neutral lipgloss but I do have very sensitive eyes which cannot stand the sun so I wore a pair of Tortoise Frame, Dark Sunglasses. My sweet Vivian is dressed way cuter. All of her pieces are new. I love her White Tulle Skirt featuring Multi-Colored/Rainbow Dots -- very appropriate to wear this month of June too since it is Gray Pride month. I also love her Colorblocked Orange+Camel Sandals.

So, I was taking this photo myself and Vivian ran towards me to take the photo with me (that is why my right hand is like that, ready to hold her hand). Unfortunately the timer clicked before Vivian could be next to me, but I still wanted to include not delete this outtake because it is cute and real and all of these photos are as real as my life gets on the days I am OFF and a stay-at-home mom. 

Last week about 100 ladies linked up and the linkup saw some new faces and a couple of returning favorites. There are 3 new faces on the featured looks too. I loved the easy, breezy outfits this time around and all the little white dresses or white in general. I am also loving all the wide-legged and palazzo pants and jumpsuits.
Nicki has on the cutest 'Gingham Dress'. I love the tiers and the fact that it has long sleeves. Adorable on her!
New to the linkup is Julie alongside her beautiful daughter Lauren who both wore 'Wide Leg Crops' and if you are as young and fit as Lauren is, do show lots of skin via a cropped top.
Elizabeth is having some 'Photo Shoot Fun' but her eyelet-sleeved LWD and gold Tory Burch tote stole it for me. So gorgeous and polished!
One of my favorite mom bloggers, Rachael shares 'Affordable Basics' like her black t-shirt dress and black gladiator sandals. I love how she styled the dress with the sweatshirt tied around.
I feel you Stephanie with all the 'Instagram Insanity' but let's talk about that amazing green jumpsuit. I love the wide-legged look so much and that Cult Gaia dupe bag is perfect with it.
Elsie always does a great job with her 'Color Crush' series. Her mustard lace skirt is stunning and she pulled off little socks with her silver pumps!