Monday, April 29, 2013

Patterned Leggings + Morning Coffee and Limited Time.

Guys I am so busy, but I am ambitious. I have been posting almost every day this month of April and on top of that have found time (though it takes me different intervals of time & several breaks, sometimes I start writing it as early as Friday) to write my weekly Sunday Feature "Week's Best Looks" which is by far the most time-consuming, most ambitious post each week. Even if there were 28 hours in the day rather than 24 I would find something to keep me busy in all of them. Let's see first and foremost I take care of a young baby - the hardest job I have ever done so far, though the most rewarding. I also cook, clean, dust, do laundry, fold clothes, iron, organize, wash dishes, take care of my husband, grocery-shop, etc. And most importantly I still find time to eat, drink, sleep, use the restroom & shower myself. When I take pictures of my outfits (at home) and when I write my blog posts that is my Me Time. And let me tell you guys this Me Time is very rare and far more important plus crucial when you have a little baby. My Baby Girl is still very young & cries a lot. Let me tell you guys Babies are Needy! I love my Sweet Vivian to death, I would go to moon & back for her, I would risk my life for her, but I am just stating the plain truth & being honest here.

I live in one of the largest apartment complexes in Albania (in the capital city Tirana). It is a very nice neighborhood & a Gated Community. We definitely feel safe in here. The best part is the building we live in has several super-markets/grocery stores, a couple of fresh produce markets, a couple of different pharmacies, several different banks, a Money Gram, Western Union, a couple of clothing boutiques, a Spa, 2 hair Salons, a Pizza Restaurant, Fast-Food place, a couple of Bakery's & 2 Caffe-Bar places right there. There is even a place where children get to play inside (an indoors kids' entertainment area), as well as a Children's/Babies Boutique. You don't have to go far to get your necessities, run your daily errands, get your groceries & such. So, almost every day, especially when it was nice out (no rain) I would take my girl in her stroller and would go outside to have my morning or late morning coffee & even shopped for anything we may needed at the super-market or fresh produce market. Lately, I have worn fancier outfits even to go to such places, after all my life is simpler now as a Mom and I do want to wear my clothes, even if it means getting dressed up sometimes. But sometimes, cozy, casual, clothes that breathe & you would lay around your house in, are just what the doctor ordered. This is the case for the 2 outfits below. And I am playing catch-up because these are never-before posted looks from March.

The Patterned Leggings I purchased in January have gotten several wears each. I wore both outfits below to have my Morning Coffee and catch the first rays of Sun with my girl. The first outfit is Neutral between the Wheat, Off-White, Mocha, Latte, Olive & Brown Colors. The second outfit is more Colorful & more 'Print-Crazy' because there are polka dots, circles, stripes & flowers in the mix. Besides the Leggings, another thing this outfits have in common is the open, Fly-away Cardigans. The are both layered, also. Which pair of Leggings is Your Favorite?

And, did you check out this post? It is the latest on Vivian filled with a Lot of Photos & Baby Love. =) All of you who have E-Mailed me Your Styled Birthday Outfits for my Birthday Blog Post this week - Thank You Kindly. I am looking forward to more outfits & to that post. I will run the post on Sunday May 5th so keep the outfits coming & don't forget to link up that day or the next day when you post. You can also grab one of the Fun Birthday Buttons I created (listed below). Thanks.

Camel, Linen/Cotton Blend, Belted, Open Cardigan: Victoria's Secret.
Off-White, Cotton Tunic w/ 3D Flowers by the Neckline: Gruppo Fiori.
Brown/Beige/Olive Paisley-Print Leggings: Terra Nova.
Delicate, Gold Chain Necklace w/ Small Heart-Shaped Pink Topaz Stone: Lord & Taylor.
Drop Earrings w/ Small Circle, Champagne/Pastel Orange Stone: Gifted from My Mother-in-Law.
Olive Green, Wedge, Oxford Booties: Old Navy.

Blue Tank w/ Gray & White Circles & Dots: Gruppo Fiori.
Black+White Stripped, Open Cardigan w/ Ruffle Around the Front: White House Black Market.
Linen/Cotton blend, Gauzy, Gray Scarf w/ Purple/Green Watercolor Florals: H&M (Borrowed by My Sister-in-Law).
Gray, Zippered, Fleeze Jacket: Aeropostale.
Gray & Black Polka Dot Leggings: Calliope.
Brown & Beige, Micro-Suede Sneakers: Payless.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Week's Best Looks: April 28th 2013.

It is that time of the week again. It is the Weekend & it is Sunday, almost Monday. Already? Where did another week go by so fast? Those of you who have complimented on all the work that goes into this or who have wondered how much work goes into my Sunday Feature posts it is true IT IS A LOT OF WORK which takes A LOT OF MY VERY PRECIOUS TIME. So to all of you who appreciate all of the efforts, time, work, joy & love I put into this post - I appreciate it back. I think out of Respect & Courtesy you should link back to this post when & if one or more of your looks are featured. And just out if curiosity this is the 26th Week I have been running/doing this Feature. It has been half a year now & it keeps going strong & stronger. I even added a Best Dressed as well as Best Outfit of the week aspect to it. The Best Dressed is one Fashionista who has had many if not all Excellent Looks of the previous 10 days or so & the Best Outfit is exactly that the Best of the Very Best out of the sea of outfits/looks I pick each week.

This week we have lots of Dresses. The trends you will see the most in Dresses are Stripes, Animal Print (we have one in Leopard & one in Python or Snake-skin), a couple of Little Black Dresses, a couple of Navy Dresses, a couple of Shirt-dresses, a couple of White Lace Dresses, a Fuchsia Girly Dress, a High-Low Dress continuing the trend from last week & even a couple of Tunic Dresses including a Bright Green one in a Fun Parrot Print. Last but not least we have a couple of Gorgeous Flower-Print Dresses. Lots of Skirts too since bare legs are coming out due to warm temperatures. We have Pencil Skirts as usual but this week what we see the most are Full, A-Line or Bucket Skirts from a Yellow Color-block one, to Madras Plaid to a Chevron Print. We also have a couple of Midi Skirts & two Red Maxi Skirts both paired with Black on top. Military/Utility Jackets & Vests are a Trend that is going strong this week, we have 6 of them in the mix. We also have 3 Red/Fuchsia Blazers and a couple of Beautiful, Girly, Colorful & Bold Floral Jackets. There are a few looks with Shorts this week as we are heading towards Summer & May is almost here, actually. While last week we saw a lot of Plain White T-Shirts, Gray & Black T-Shirts are styled many different ways, this week. Chambray is still very Popular. A trend we see with Button-Down Shirts this week is tied on top of the belly button. The colors we see the most this week are Yellow, Red, Olive Green, Mint & Hot Pink or Fuchsia. We see some Chevron Print but even some Bows in the Print as well as in Accessories such as in Shoes & Belts. More Lace Tops this week, also. We have lots of handbags featured. The handbags we see this week are pretty much divided into 3 categories: Large, Slouchy, Leather Cognac, Brown or Beige Purses including a couple of Louis Vuitton(s); Over-the-Shoulder Purses in Bright & Neon Colors such as Pink & Lemon with  Buckles Detail; and Metallic Clutches. Last but not least lots of Gorgeous Shoes. Once again we have a lot of Wedges in Cognac, Gold & Nude or Beige. We have many ladies wear Beige/Nude Pumps (10 to be exact). We even have a pair of Turquoise Pumps, a pair of Purple Suede Peep-Toe Shoes & a Pair of Bright Gold Ballet Flats in the mix. Two ladies this week are even wearing the same pair of Cognac+Gold, Strappy Flat Sandals from Target. Other accessories include lots of Sunglasses - 17 pairs to be exact - with the Ray Ban Classic Style being a very popular pair, a couple of Colorful Scarves & a Couple of the Popular Bubble Necklaces. Other Styles of Necklaces include lots of Statement ones & many Colorful Gemstones. Most Belts this week are either Gold or Braided/Woven Skinny ones. And FYI, Amber is a popular name this week. Without further ado, enjoy the looks below & I would appreciate it if you mention this post or link this post in your blog, if I have featured you. Thank You.

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
Lyddie's 1st Outfit is a Gorgeous Leopard Sheath paired with a Bright Raspberry Blazer for the Office. I love the Retro feel of the T-Strap Pumps, the Long Chain & Aqua Pendant Necklaces, plus the Stunning Cuff featuring Coral & Green Stones.
Lyddie's 2nd Outfit involves some Pattern-Mixing between the Stripped A-line Dress & Watercolor Scarf paired with Cognac Sandals, a Fun Rope Bracelet, Flower Studs & a Gorgeous Yellow Clutch.
Mrs. C says that this outfit started as a joke but it ended up being a Beautifully Layered Outfit in Soft Neutrals that pair so well together, especially the Buttercup Yellow Button-Down & Olive Vest. Her Nude Pumps from Coach are Perfection!
Londyn wears a Body-con, Fun, Mini, Python Dress with Killer Black Heels looking Oh-so-Sexy!!
Amber shows us how to wear Mint Jeans. Hers have Polka Dots & she pairs them with a Girly, White, Lace Tank & the first of several Neon Over-the-Shoulder Buckle Purses (that you will see this week).
Claire mixes a Girly Madras Skirt with a Blousy Stripped Tee. I cannot believe her Tan Wedges are from Payless while her Pretty Earrings are from the 99Cents Store - they are both Nice.
Bethany's Colorful Top has a Chevron Pattern & Bows on the Sleeves, that's why she pairs it with Simple Jeans & Nude Pumps. But she adds a Fun, Teal, Over-the-Shoulder Purse from Target.
Ashton's Outfit is White with a little Sunshine. She is another one to don Lace & Yellow this week, as well as Shorts. The Look is both Casual & Dressy. Her Gemstone Necklace is Gorgeous!
Candida bares her knees in a Girly, Black+White Mini Skirt paired with a Simple Gray Tee & Olive Military Blazer over it. Her Cognac Booties have a Fun, Seamless Wedge going.
Annie wears 2 of her Favorite Brands - J Crew & Topshop - by pairing her Lovely Black+White Stripped Dress with Beige Pumps, a Bright Neon Pink Over-the-Shoulder Bag & Matching Bubble Necklace.
Adrienne goes back to her Preppy Self by wearing Gorgeous, Girly, Floral Shorts. She paired them with a White Tee & Button-Down too, but I chose the Black on top because it is more unexpected & dressier with the Blazer. Her Belt, Bag & Shoes match the rest of the Black.
Dayami mixes her Reds & Pinks with a little Black thrown in there for good measure. The Ruffled Blouse & Stripey Pencil Skirt are Lovely. She wears her Nude Pumps & is good to go.
Noel wears a Pretty, Navy, Spring Dress with her Newest Shoes which are Tan & Yellow, Gorgeous Wedges. She adds a Chain-Strap, Over-the-Shoulder Bag & some Pretty Coral Earrings.
Alexandra makes the most of the last Wintery Days in a Fashionable Leopard Pencil Skirt, Gorgeous, Quilted Leather Jacket & Fur Stole. She adds a Beanie & Elegant Black Pumps.
Katie loves her Bows. She has them on her Tank, her Nails & her Flats. Those are some Gorgeous Tan+Gold Ballerinas by the way. Her Coral Statement Necklace w/ other Gemstones is Truly Beautiful! More Impressive even: she hand-dyed her Jeans.
Marie is right, this outfit is both Cute & Girly between the Pleats, Chiffon, Heart-Print Cardigan, Dangly Earrings, the Braid, all the Fun Rings + Bracelets & of course all the Hot Pink!
Lauren wears a Karen Walker, Knit, Navy Dress w/ Metallic Buttons on the Shoulders. It is a Polished Look to which she adds a Bow, Cognac+Gold Skinny Belt, a Stunning Gold Necklace, lots of Gold Bangles, a tiny LV Clutch & Nude Pumps.
Katelin styles a Black+White Stripped Skirt that her Sister made with a Simple, Gray, V-neck Tee & a Messy French Bun adding just a Gold Watch & Gold Link Bracelet as Accessories.
Whitley does a great job layering her Simple T-Shirt, Stripey Dress adding a Chambray & Bold Fuchsia Blazer over it. She accessorizes with Long Pearls, a LV Classic Handbag & the Cognac+Gold Flat Sandals from Target.
Carly wears a Bright, Orange-Red Maxi Skirt that flows with a Simple Black Tee, Edgy, Rocker Leather Jacket with lots of Zippers & Killer Black Stilettos.
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
Janise is Mad about her White Tunic Dress with Embroidery which she pairs with Gorgeous Turquoise Pumps & a Python Blue Clutch, looking Sharp & Sexy. 
Shelby shows us short girls can wear Midi Skirts. She layers hers with a Gray Tee & Military Vest, adding height with Platform Cognac Wedges. Love the pops of Color with the Hot Pink Belt & Yellow Bag!
Tunde has on an Adorable, Green, Parrot Dress by Ann Taylor Loft. She adds a Woven Gold+Tan Braided Belt & Gold Ballet Flats for a Cute Casual Look.
Nikki wears her Pretty, Hi-Lo, Blush Dress with lots of Gold: Bangles, Belt & Clutch. She adds Platform, Nude+Cognac Wedges for a Chic, Up-Town Look.
Amber's 1st Outfit shows a Spring Essential - Mint. Her Crops are paired with a Beautiful, Soft, Color-block Tan+Yellow Cardigan with Matching Mint Pockets.
Amber's 2nd Outfit is truly Sophisticated yet Military-Inspired. I love that Stunning, Unique Jacket over the Soft, Polished Neutrals. She finishes with Gladiator Heels for a Sharp result! Great Side Hairdo , too.
Lauren adds a Colorful, Floral Button-Down tied over her Girly, Lace Little White Dress. She finishes the Girly Look with a Crystal Stone Necklace & Nude Wedge Sandals.
Laura adds a Light Chambray tied on top of her Navy/Teal Chevron Dress. She pairs it with a Cognac Clutch + Wedge Sandals, adds a Stunning Turquoise Gemstone Necklace & a Sock Bun.
Alison has on a Lemon-Yellow, Comfortable & Super Cute Shirtdress by Gap (that I would love to own myself). She also pairs it with Cognac Wedges, Pretty Coral+Gold Jewels & Sunglasses.
Ashley's 1st Outfit show off a pair of Gorgeous, Colorful Stilettos that mix Stripes with Leopard & dress up her Orange Henley & Dark Jeans. She adds a Popular, Woven, Leatherette Orange Bracelet.
Ashley's 2nd Outfit is a Silk Shirtdress with Zippered Pockets to which she added Emerald Chandelier Earrings & Stunning, Purple Peep-toe Pumps.
Laura's Pants are Unique & Beautiful. They feature splashes of Spattered Watercolors & the Ombre effect. She adds a Polished Beige Blouse & Nude Mary Jane Pumps for a Chic Weekend Look.
Danielle's LBD is also a button-down Shirtdress type. She adds the skinniest Leopard Belt & Peep-Toe Black Pumps to dress it up.
Rita dresses up Olive Skinnies & Stripped Tee with a pair of High Ivory/Nude Pumps & Cool, Edgy, Polished, Brown Leather Jacket. Her Sunnies are Sophisticated, also.
Jenna is in Pink & Ruffles in her Raspberry Maxi Skirt & a Simple Black Tank tucked. I love her hair pulled up to showcase her Dangly Circle Earrings with Colorful Stones. She adds Nude Espadrilles.
Bri wears Floral the second week in a row. Her Aqua Shell is so Cute & Feminine. She dresses up those Dark Jeans for work with a Beige Blazer & Beige Flats. Love her Braided Hair.
Jessica also ties her Shirt on top of her High-Waisted, Midi Chiffon Skirt with her Cascading Wavy Curls off one side, Beautiful Sunglasses, Red Sandals & a Beige Coach Purse.
Franziska's 1st Outfit pairs her Favorite Military Blazer with Beautiful Polka Dot J Crew Blouse & Pom-Pom Navy Scarf. She adds Cropped Boyfriend Jeans & Cap-Toe, Beige+Black Ballet Flats.
Franziska's 2nd Outfit pairs an Unexpected, Bold, Floral Blazer, this time with a Pair of Dressier Cropped Jeans, White Tee, Nude Loafers & Gorgeous Coral Gemstone Necklace.
Sandy's Girly Skirt & Wedges are both Color-blocked & Springy. She accessorizes with a Braided, Gold Skinny Belt, Red Print Scarf & Gorgeous Rosette, Colorful Headband.
Kristina wears the 2nd White Lace Dress of the week in a Casual way with a Military Jacket & Flats.
Amber is also in a Jacket. Hers is Beige just like the Bubble Necklace which both dress up a Stripey Tank & Fuchsia Cropped Pants assisted by a pair of Black Pumps.
Katie wears her Pink-Sleeved Anchor Tee with Black Leggings & Cognac+Gold Adorable Target Sandals.
Kayla flirts around in her Hot Pink Mini with a Turquoise Clutch & Matching Bubble Necklace yet keeps it Sophisticated with the White Button Down.

BEST DRESSED OF THE WEEK IS KIMBERLY OF PENNY PINCHER FASHION. Check out her blog for more Lovely Looks & Beauty/Style Ideas + Buys.
1st Outfit shows a Colorful Bouquet Outfit between a Gorgeous Floral Jacket, Tiered Red Top, Jeans & Nude Pumps with a Lush, Leather, Cognac Handbag.
2nd Outfit is a mixture of Ruffles & Leather in the Softest Pale Neutrals. Kim mixes Silver, Bronze & Gold Metallics in her Strappy Heels & adds Crystal Drop Earrings with a Pale Mint Clutch.
3rd Outfit is a Black+White Tee dressed up with Red Trousers plus a Gold, Long Chain Necklace. Her Dotted Band on her Fedora matches the Dotted Clutch.
4th Outfit is what Kimberly calls Blooming Botanicals and she is right: this Floral White Dress by London Times is a Stunner, featuring Lillies. I love the Gold Gladiator Belt & Lace-Up, Black Sexy Stilettos with it.
5th Outfit Kimberly plays with Black+White Patterns on top & double Peplum on the bottom of her Shirt. Love her Mellow Yellow Purse & Ivory, Seersucker Loafers.
6th Outfit is a Dressy version of a Neon Pink V-Neck Tee layered over a Button-Down with a Pencil Skirt, Black+White Stilettos with Matching Clutch & a Stunning Crystal Necklace.

Jonna has on a Stunning Dress by H&M which is a Black Canvas with Bold, Colorful Red, Lavender & Cobalt Blue Roses which look like they are Embroided. They are so Bold it looks like they create a 3D effect. She layers the dress with a Simple, Classic Black Cardigan but adds more Bright Pink through her Gorgeous Michael Kors Bag & Pointy Pumps with Gold Cap Toes. Last but not least a Fun, Tassle, Gold Necklace by In Pink.

This Neutrals & Floral Outfit features elements all of which I love: a Skirt with Pockets, a Button-Down, a Brooch, Floral Print, Black+White, a Clutch & Very Versatile Black Ballet Flats.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday is for Vivian - 3 Months Update and Lots of Photos.

Today on Saturday April 27th My Sweet Little Vivian is exactly 14 weeks old & last Friday on April 19th it was her 3-Month Birthday. All of the photos are from her Birthday, yes in two different outfits, one from the morning/afternoon & one from the evening. So bare with me but I truly hope the photos won't bore you. You will rather enjoy them! =)

Since my last 2-month update on her, Vivian has grown up a lot more. She has become a way better sleeper. Her bedtime is earlier, usually between 9.30 to 11.00 PM and she usually sleeps for 9-11 hours only with 2 breaks (for feeding, sometimes needs to be changed), sometimes even just one break and sometimes three times. The more Vivian sleeps, the more sleep I can get too, therefore the more relaxed I am to take care of her. She also sleeps more throughout the day. Her day sleep is still in short intervals usually 20-45 minutes, sometimes as long as an hour, but she takes several naps during the day. Now, she smiles a lot more as you can tell from the last times I have posted photos of her, too. She even laughs, she laughs making a noise (like a grown-up) sometimes, it is too cute. She is not afraid of being bathed in her bath-tub anymore. She rather enjoys it now, especially since I have added some rubber ducks & other rubber animals in there. She loves being outside & even if I take her out crying and such, as soon as I stroll her out, she feels the different change in the air & stops crying. Speaking of crying, yes she still cries quite a bit but not as much as before. She likes being in her stroller more now, too. She has started to react more to things, toys, moving objects, etc. Over the last week or so I have played different episodes of Tom & Jerry to her and while she doesn't understand them, she can definitely tell the movements & colors in them so I put her on the swinger and she enjoys some Cartoon time. And now I usually feed her every 2-3 hours, because when she was younger she would get crabby and I needed to feed her more often. She has gotten a lot stronger & she even talks (baby language) now. She also likes being talked to. It's if she understands us or something. As far as her growth stats, she didn't gain a lot this month, just a little over a pound, however she gained about 3.2 lbs. last month. This month she grew a lot more in height, close to 3 inches. Her eyes are still very Blue, they have started to get a Grayish undertone to them. And I must say (a Proud Mamma - very much so) everyone that sees her whether they know her or not compliments us on how BEAUTIFUL she is. Of course I have to agree, SHE IS ONE GORGEOUS LITTLE GIRL. We are Very Very Lucky, God has truly blessed both us & her! I am so proud to be her Mom!! Enjoy the Photos! =)

Her third Birthday Cake which says "Vivian Happy 3 Months".
The Most Beautiful Smile & the Most Kissable Cheeks.
Once again, here is that Pretty Smile again. It melts My Heart! I Adore it.
Aren't the two Photos above just Adorable? Vivian is surrounded by lots of Girls here where we reside. These girls are all neighbors of ours & they all love Vivian very much. My little Girl will have lots of Friends when she grows up. The two older girls are 9 & 5 years old. Their names are Sara & Stacy & they are sisters. The other Baby is 13 months old, little Ambra. I also love how all the girls (on coincidence) were dress-coordinated that day in their Skirts, Tops & Tights. =)
Her Proud Auntie (my Husband's Sister) who loves Her Niece Very Very Much.
Vivian's Outfits:
Magenta, Silk, Sleeveless, Puffy Dress: Okaidi.
Baby Pink, Long-Sleeve Onesie (under the Dress): Peter the Rabbit.
Baby Pink, Chiffon, "Hello Kitty", Bow, Ruched/Ruffled Headband: Disney.
Baby Pink, Stripped Rainbow Socks w/ Lace Trim: Carter's.
White & Pink, Bow-Tie "Happy Shoes": Gifted from a Girlfriend of mine.
White & Hot Pink Sneakers w/ Sparkly Laces: Gifted from a Cousin of My Husband.
Velvet, Orange, Lounging Loafers w/ Bear Heads in the front: Gifted from a Girfriend of mine.

Baby Pink Sweater w/ Embroided Lambs: Absorba.
Beige, Corduroy Skirt w/ Embellished & Sequined Flowers in the Front: Gifted from a Girlfriend of Mine.
Dark Red Leggings: Gymboree.
Big, White, Bow Pin: Made by Me.
White Socks w/ Coral Soles: Carter's.

P.S. Linking up with Amelia, and Anne.