Friday, January 31, 2014

Cardigan over Sweater Dress and Outfit Formulas.

Gray paired with Black, Red and a touch of Winter White (Pearl Necklace) might not be the most genius of color combinations but it works. This is not the first time I wear a Cardigan Sweater over a Sweater Dress, I also did it this time. I even wore the same Pearl Necklace then that I am wearing today. I also have a Headband both times. I call this an Outfit Formula. If it works, it works - no need to mess with it or change it up. I wore this Dress last week layered with a Blazer (instead of the Cardigan), my Striped Fall-Colored Tights, Slouchy Cognac Boots (instead of my Gray ones, today) and another Long Necklace. The Formula works I tell you. This week I have shown you lots of Boots and Booties . See 1, 2, 3. Have you paired Gray with Black+Red before? Do you layer Cardigans over your Sweater Dresses? Do you have any Outfit Formula(s), what are they?

A Reminder: It is Boots & Leggings Week over at Elegance & Mommyhood. If you haven't linked up your Boots and Leggings, or another Winter Must Have piece, do so here and Thank You in advance.
F.Y.I. This is the last time you will see my 2013 Christmas Tree LOL and my longer hair. I promise.
Gray, Short-Sleeve, Cable-Knit, Sweater Dress: Line 1900 (this is basically a line of stores in Tirana, where everything equals 19$.)
Tomato-Red, 3/4-Sleeve, Light Cardigan: The Limited.
Long, Classic, (Faux) Pearl Necklace (tied in a Knot): Forever 21.
Black Headband w/ Large and Smaller Tulle Rosettes (Off to the Side): The Limited.
Black, Medium-Opaque Tights: Old Navy.
 Leather Suede, Slouchy, Gray Boots: Skechers.

P.S. Linking up with Courtney, Erin, Lena, Renae, Lauren and Allison.
Enjoy your Weekend. TGIF!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Story of the B+W Striped Skirt and Winter White Sweaters X2.

One of the best things about fashion blogs is reminding yourself or finding items in your closet you had forgotten about or hadn't worn for a real long time. A Black+White Pencil or similar Style Skirt, I believe should be in everyone's closet. I have had my Ponte one from Express for about 4 years now. I love how it fits and the fun back part, too. But the thing is I hadn't worn it (at least shown for, on the blog) since 2010. Wait what? Why would I not wear this beautiful, perfectly-striped, totally-on-trend Skirt? I might have worn it once in 2011 but the Fall of that year I made the move to Albania. This Skirt was packed in one of my many luggage. But that particular luggage was over the weight limit and I had to rush getting some items out. Unfortunately this Skirt was one of them. It was waiting for me at my large walk-in closet in US and I was finally reunited with it last Summer. I wore it once more in the Summer. I have been seeing a Skirt like this in so many blogs lately, especially on Kate and Andi. They have been styling it in many great ways, which reminded me to do the same. Thank You Blog.

So, I finally made a true effort to wear it this January and so I did, two days in a row, very similarly. I am glad that this week's Spotlight Weekly with Elle & Jac is Winter White, because the 2 Outfits today were perfect for it. Winter White, Ivory, Latte or Cream (call it whatever) happens to be one of My Favorite Neutral, Understated Colors that I need to wear more of. First the Skirt got paired with my new Peter-Pan Winter White Sweatshirt that has some Gold shimmer through it, matching the Gold Studs on the Neckline. I even added Gold Studs on the ears. I also paired it with my Olive Green Booties. The next day, I wore another Cream Top - my Paris Sweater - and even my Paris Watch, with my Cognac Riding Boots. Both days I kept the same Mustard Coat and Faux Fur Gray Scarf, on. These 2 Winter White Sweaters are fairly new and costed $30 for both. Both of these Outfits would be great for work too, whether as a Teacher or a Business-Casual Office. What do you think of each Outfit in how I styled this Skirt? Do you own a Similar B+W Striped Skirt? If not, go get one. You won't regret it. Are you wearing Winter White this Winter?

And you can still link up a Winter Outfit on Yesterday's Link Up. Just like yesterday that I showed you Boots & Booties, today I am doing the same. Thank you to everyone who linked up so far. The Link Up will stay open until Midnight on Tuesday February 4th. Last but not least, you will get just one more post (tomorrow) where you see my Christmas Tree and my Really-Long Hair before getting it chopped shorter, then we are done. I knew these would go through the very end of the month. Sorry. (I love Christmas decor though and keep mine up at least till the middle of January. LOL)
(Yes, I cut off a lot of hair, about 8 inches.)
Black & White Ponte Mini-Skirt: Express.
Cream+Gold, Thermal Sweatshirt w/ Gold-Studded Peter Pan Collar: A Local Boutique (New).
Gold Button, "Channel" Logo, Stud Earrings: A Random Boutique (New).
Silver, Pave Ring w/ tiny Silver Stones & big Square Ruby in the middle: A Local Boutique (New).
Winter White+Gold, Tiny Hair Claw: Random Street Vendor in Albania.
Dark Gray/Smoke, Animal-Print, Soft, Faux Fur, Twisted, Loop Scarf: TJ Maxx (New).
Double-Breasted, 3/4 Length, Mustard Coat: A Boutique in Albania (from 2 years ago).
Thick, Nude Tights: Lycra (New).
Olive Green, Wedge, Oxford Booties: Old Navy.

Black & White Ponte Mini-Skirt: Express.
Cream/Ivory, Wool-blend, Crew-neck, "Paris" Graphic Sweater: Marshalls (New).
Skinny, Silver Rectangle, Drop Earrings w/ a Smoke-Gray Stone in the Middle: White House Black Market.
Neon Pink & Silver "Paris" Watch: Gifted (New).
Silver, Pave Ring w/ tiny Silver Stones & big Square Ruby in the middle: A Local Boutique (New).
Dark Gray/Smoke, Animal-Print, Soft, Faux Fur, Twisted, Loop Scarf: TJ Maxx (New).
Double-Breasted, 3/4 Length, Mustard Coat: A Boutique in Albania (from 2 years ago).
Thick, Nude Tights: Lycra (New).
Cognac Brown, Leather, Riding Boots: Payless.

P.S. I am also linking up with Agnes, Elise, Sherry, Sharon, Tara and Lauren.
F.Y.I. Laura with whom I co-hosted the Link-up yesterday has on a B+W Stripes today, also. I swear that was not on purpose. I just clicked over her blog now that I am pressing Send. Great minds think alike. =)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mom's Winter Must Haves: Leggings and Boots. And Join Our First Link Up.

Today is the 8th and last week that LAURA from I Do CeClaire and I are doing our Mom's Winter Must Haves. For me, this is the Best because we are featuring Leggings and Boots or Booties. Every woman should have several pairs of these for Winter. Everyone that knows me well and who follows or reads this blog regularly knows how much I love my Leggings and Boots. Case in point, several posts in the last week alone feature both Leggings and Boots. To finish off our Awesome Series, we decided to do a Link Up as well. So you can link up any of your Favorite Winter Outfits you have worn lately, it doesn't have to be Leggings or Boots.
This week Laura Styled not one but two Pretty Dresses with her Boots. For her Casual Look she layered her Leggings with a Striped Sweater Dress (every woman should own one) and to make it more Casual the White Boot Socks and Nude Slouchy Boots work well. They also play off the Neutral Stripes of the Dress. For her Dressy Look, Laura styled a Little White Dress with a Jacquard Blazer (I am in love with), Knee-High Boots with a little heel and a Gorgeous Crystal Necklace. Her Curls are Playful and Fancy. She finished off this series with a bang, looking Great both times. To see the details of her Outfits, check out her Blog Post, Today.

For my Casual Outfit I wanted to wear my Newest Leggings. Yes, another pair of Velvet Leggings. They are Comfy, Colorful, Cute and in a Fun Fair Isle Print. Red, Black+White is always a Great Color Combo, too. I am bringing out the Red from the Leggings through my Sweater. It was cold for just a thin, Elbow-Sleeve Sweater though, so I added a thick Nude, Velvet Blazer. The Boots I am featuring in my first Outfit are Above-the-Knee, Taupe, Riding Boots. They look like a sister pair to Laura's from her second Outfit. The Dark Brown Cross-body Bag mixes well with the Boots and adds another dimension to the Layers I have going on. Then I have on some fun Crystal Earrings and a Mixed Metal, Tiered Chain Necklace. Hope you like the Outfit. How are you wearing your Leggings this Winter? Have you picked up a Velvet pair? They are Comfortable and Warm. Do you wear Flat, Riding Boots? How do you like Over-the-Knees Boots?
3/4-Sleeve, See-Through, Crochet, Off-the-Shoulder, Light, Red Sweater: Express.
 Nude/Beige, Thick, Velvet Blazer: Kohl's.
Black/Red/White, Fair-Isle, Velvet Leggings: A Random Boutique in Albania (New).
Mixed Metal, Tiered, Long, Chain Necklace: Express.
Silver+Smoke, Crystal, Dangly Earrings: White House Black Market.
Dark Brown, Faux Leather, Over-the-Shoulder Purse w/ Stitched "Love": Meijer's.
Taupe-Charcoal, Over-the-Knee Boots: Purchased in Tirana.

For the Dressy Look I wanted to feature Booties. I believe they are little gems when it comes to dressing up your Winter Dresses and Pencil Skirt Outfits. They keep your ankles warm, and ones with High Heels are also great replacements for your Pumps and Stilettos. Mine are Leather Suede with little cone heels, in a Maroon Color. The Orange Dress hadn't been worn since my Pregnant days if I remember correctly. I am glad to bring it out of the closet. I wore this last Friday Night for a Double Dinner Date with another couple. The Chiffon Floral Belt is the Star Accessory here. I also added some Fun Beaded Bracelets. I went without a Necklace and simple Pink Studs to bring out the Pink from the Belt. How do you like the styling of my Booties with the Dress? Is this Outfit Dressy enough for a Friday Night Dinner? Do you like Orange? How are you wearing Booties this season?
Gold, Pearl, Intricate, Stretchy Bracelet: Express.
Magenta, Hot Pink & Orange Stretchy Bracelet w/ Large Oval, Crystal Stones: JC Penney's.
Gold+Diamond Wedding & Engagement Rings: From My Husband.
Burgundy, Metallic, Butterfly Cocktail Ring w/ tiny Silver Stones: c/o American Fashion & Jewelry (a Boutique in Tirana, Albania) (New).
Long-Sleeve, Soft Cotton, A-line, Orange Dress: H+M.
Navy, Stretchy Nylon Camisole: Lycra (New).
Black, Wide Elastic Belt w/ 2 Large Chiffon Roses (Hot Pink & Purple): Ann Taylor LOFT.
Circle, Pink Crystal Stone, Stud Earrings: Avon.
Thick, Nude Tights: Lycra (New).
Python-Print Purple, Red, Fuchsia & Orange Clutch: Nine West.
Maroon, Suede Leather Ankle Boots: Aldo's.

And I figured since we are at the end of this Journey, I would do a quick recap of our Mom's Winter Must Have Series.
Week 7 (Today).
I had so much fun doing this series with Laura who was such a great co-host to work with. We even took turns doing the collages which was another fun little element of this challenge. Overall I think her Outfits were better than mine. She styled several Great Dresses. My favorite Winter Must Have was the Fair Isle Cardigan from week 3. I love how I styled it, too. My Favorite Must Have of Laura's is her Fun Patterned Coat which she styled perfectly. My Favorite weeks overall for both of us are 5 & 7. My Least Favorite Week for me is the 1st week. Totally uninspiring. Which was your Favorite Look from our Series? Did we do a good job with this challenge? Would you like to see similar series in the future? Let me know your honest opinion, please. And if you made it this far into the post, Thank You so much for reading along.

P.S. Linking with Elizabeth, Alison, Sarah, Lindsey, Shanna, Melaina and Bethany.
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