Monday, March 31, 2014

Green Skinnies, Dots and "Tough" Lace.

With the exception of a Skull Pendant Necklace, this is my first item of clothing I have owned that has Skulls on it. This light Cotton Knit Zippered Jacket was the perfect addition to my closet for casual days. It is Heather Gray with the Black Lace Overlay of Skulls in the front and it has a Green Neon Zipper for a Pop of Color. For my first time I paired it with my Bright Green Skinnies and sort of mixed+matched my Blues and Greens by wearing a Teal/Navy Polka Dot Tee on Top, some Green Ballet Flats & my Bow Turquoise Headband. Sort of a Creative and Colorful Outfit. But it was finally Sunny and Pretty after a cold wave we had. How do you like this Outfit? Do you own any items of clothing with Skulls?

Tomorrow I will be posting my 30 for 30 items soon to be followed by my first outfit, so stay tuned because it is my first time doing this so let's see how it goes. Thanks for reading and Farewell to March 2014. Don't forget it is April Fool's Day tomorrow.
Heather Gray, Cotton Knit, Neon Zipper, Bomber Jacket: Sublevel (New).
Teal w/ Navy Polka Dots, Long-Sleeve, Crew-neck Tee: Old Navy (New).
Bright, Kelly Green, "Rock Star", Skinny Jeans: Old Navy.
Cognac, Skinny, Braided Belt w/ Circle Loop Buckle: Thrifted (New).
Teal/Mint Bubble Necklace: Apartment 9 (Kohl's).
Mint, Plastic Globe, Stud Earrings: c/o A Local Accessories Boutique.
Turquoise, Skinny, Leather Headband w/ Bow: Viggos.
Kiwi Green Ballet Flats w/ Gold+Pewter Metallic Detail: Simple Shoes.

Here are 3 other ways I have worn these Kelly Green, Ankle-length, Skinny Pants.
1, 2 and 3.

P.S. Linking up with Mix It Mondays, Style Sessions, Stylish Tuesday. What I Wore Wednesday and Random Wednesday. And tomorrow's Trendy Tuesday theme is Rock N' Roll. Though this Outfit is pretty Girly between the Polka Dots, Bright Colors and Bubble Necklace, I think the "Tough" Lace Bomber makes it a little Rock N' Roll-ish, but I could be mistaken, so I am linking up anyway.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

800th Post and a Winter Sweater.

This week has been pretty cold (however today it got warm and I broke out a Skirt without Tights) and I have shown you lots of Sweaters this week already, so I figured why not one more? I decided to wear this Orange-Red Fair Isle Sweater once more before packing it away for next Winter. I paired it with my New Black Faux Fur Shrug (or is it a Vest) c/o Bershka, Simple Dark Skinny Jeans (you all know I adore and wear this pair from The Limited, a lot), my Brown Oxford Booties and layered both a Long Necklace and a short one, one Red and the other White to bring out the Colors of the Sweater. I think in retrospect that my Winter White Faux Fur Vest would look better but I really wanted to wear this New Black one and the fact that it is cropped gives it sort of a different layered look, than a regular Vest. What do you think?
Orange-Red, Pine Cone & Hearts Sweater: Koton (New).
Black, Faux Fur Shrug/Vest: c/o Bershka (New).
Dark Navy, Skinny Blue Jeans w/ Zippered Ankles: The Limited.
Long, Red, Plastic-Beaded Necklace: c/o a Custom Jewelry Store (New).
Dainty Silver Chain Necklace w/ White Glass Stone: Gifted from Turkey, from a Friend (New).
Real Gold & Diamonds, Fine Jewelry, Tiny Hoops: Lord & Taylor.
Black, Classic, Plastic Sunglasses: Ray Ban.
Brown, Patent Leather & Faux Suede, Oxford Shoes: Simple Shoes.

As I was posting this Sunday, I realized that this is my 800th post. I have never actually written before about any milestone posts, I guess I haven't noticed when I posted my 300th, my 500th, my 700th or whatever. 800 is a lot of posts. And this comes at the end of March 2014 which is kind of cool because I actually started this blog on March 2010, so it has been 4 years. But I actually didn't really kick things off for the blog, until January 2012. My life has been through so many changes in 4 years. I changed continents for one and that alone is a huge challenge and life alteration. Of course my style has changed a ton from working in a real corporate business office wearing Pencil Skirts, Dresses, Blouses, Button-downs and Suits every day (and due to being extremely busy, never having time to take everyday OOTD photos and posting them), to working in a business-casual environment where Jeans are allowed on Fridays, to wearing Flats, Riding Boots, Jeans, Leggings and Shorts every day as a Stay-at-Home Mom. 

And speaking of being a Mom - that is by far the most important and the best change of all. To say that Vivian has changed my life is the understatement of the decade. This is mostly a Style/Fashion Blog but this blog has become a lot about Vivian too. You guys have seen her grow up before your eyes, for the past 14 months. In 800 posts, I know there have been at least 800 outfits. There have been some that have been complete failures - that I am sure of - others who have been so-so, some that were just OK and of course some really good ones. But I am who I am. My style and where I shop, represents me. My style (just like everything else in life) may not please many or may not be the cup of tea for everyone, and that's OK. My style has changed through these 4 years but so has my life style. In essence I am still me and I'd like to think I grow a little bit each month, as a person. As I have stayed home and cooked more and more lately, I should  start posting about my cooking here. Nothing too fancy, simple, easy dishes that are good. I have actually even remembered to take some photos of the meals I have cooked before. So as I mix ingredients, try out recipes and make up new dishes along the way, I must include at least 1-2 food/cooking posts a month. After all I love food and I enjoy cooking AND eating. And of course in April, I am remixing my closet by wearing just 30 items of clothes in 30 days, so stay tuned for that. 

So here is to more milestones for this blog and for life in general. Life truly is good. And every day I am reminded to find reasons to love my life and to take everything with a grain of salt. As always, Thank You for reading and for commenting and giving constructive criticism. My blog is a little one but I like that this way I have built some great blogging and buddy relationships with several of you. Thank you for stopping by here and reading about my life and witnessing my outfits: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. Have a Great Sunday Evening and Enjoy the New Week!! Hard to believe that April will be here in less than 2 days.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

An Announcement and an Outfit.

This blog announcement isn't anything mind-blowing or with epic proportions of any sorts (lol) but it is new to me so here it goes. For the last year I have been toying with the idea of doing a 30 for 30 (made famous years ago by Kendi), but for some reason it has never been the right time, or I have always wanted to explore my closet (having more options than 30 clothing items), I have wanted to try out new items I purchased or re-discover old ones in my closet, etc. etc. Finally, at the beginning of this month, I told myself I would do it (for April) and so I am. I have already gotten a head start with it this week so I can be ready with my first outfit by Tuesday April 1st. This challenge itself has several challenges within (for me) but I will let you know more about it when I post the 30 items I chose to remix for 30 days. I am really glad I am doing it though, since some of my blogging friends like Jess, Inge, and Brynn have already done this challenge before, some more than once, with excellent results.

Now that that's over, let's move on to the Outfit I had planned for today. I wanted to show some Pink (in this case Fuchsia) at the end of the week since Fridays RENAE of Simple Sequins - who bless her heart is fighting a battle against Breast Cancer - does her Weekly Link Up Fashion Item Friday so like the past Fridays this month, I am honoring her and wearing Pink. This is the Bold, Bright, Animal-print Sweater I purchased (among other things) in February. I thrifted it for 7 bucks which is kind of expensive for a Thrifted Top, considering that these Navy Skinny Pants (brand new) were also purchased for 7 bucks down from $29. But I had to have the Sweater - it spoke to me. Plus it is a long Tunic Style and I wear lots of Leggings as a SAHM and it was pretty much brand-new. The Pants are Ponte in the back (with pockets) and Jersey in the front with the Quilted Faux Leather panels. Pretty cool and unlike many Leather/Ponte Skinny Pants that are fashionable these last few months. My Black+Navy Oxford Shoes worked perfectly with them. Vivian has her Leopard Suit on, too. =) Are you wearing Tops with Animal faces these days or are they not for you? And how do you feel about Faux Leather Skinny Pants/Leggings?And in case you are wondering, I got some more high-lights in my hair, how do you like them? Enjoy the Weekend and Thank You for reading.
Fuchsia, Tunic Sweater w/ "Tiger" Face & Kimono Sleeves: Thrifted (New).
Navy Ponte, Jersey & Faux Leather Skinny Pants w/ Quilted Panels on the front: A Boutique in Tirana (New).
Dainty Silver Chain Necklace w/ White Glass Stone: Gifted from Turkey, from a Friend (New).
Real Gold & Diamonds, Fine Jewelry, Tiny Hoops: Lord & Taylor.
Black & Dark Blue, Patent Leather Oxford Shoes: Simple Shoes.

Vivian's Outfit:
Brown/Black, Leopard, Fleece Hoodie Sweatshirt: Garanimals.
Brown/Black, Leopard, Fleece Sweat Pants: Garanimals.
Coral, Chiffon Flower Hair Pin w/ Brown Polka Dots: Bijoux & Accessories.
Black Sneakers: Babies R' Us.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wishful Shopping: My Spring Essentials 2014.

Good Morning & Happy Friday. I used to post some Wishful Shopping lists. I will post these every now & then, again. This year I started off with my 10 Spring Essentials which are: a Floral Top (the one I chose is truly gorgeous - wish I had it), a Shirtdress (this in particular is a favorite of mine), a Denim Jacket (I choose one in a lighter wash because it is perfect for the warmer seasons), a pair of White Jeans (Skinny or not), Colorful Art Deco Dangly Earrings, a Gold-tone Charm Bracelet, Bright-Colored Ballet Flats, Neutral Peep-toe Wedges, a Bag that is both a Cross-body or can be carried by the handle and of course a Bright Polish for your toes (I love the Tangerine Color of this one). And of course being the Bargain Shopper that I am, every item I chose is under 50 bucks. You don't have to shop the expensive brands or stores to get the latest Spring Fashions. Also, later this Spring I will show you 2-3 Outfits featuring my Spring Essentials (with items I already own). =)
Wishful Shopping: My Spring Essentials 2014.

Oasis v neck dress
$46 -
Old Navy petite jacket
Mango mid-rise jeans $33 -
Ballet flat shoes
Wedge shoes $18 -
Charm jewelry
Butter london nail polish

Enjoy your weekend and stop by later this weekend because I have a Fun Announcement to make. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

For the Love of Colored Cords: Cobalt and Oxblood.

For the love of Colored Pants and Corduroy, how perfect when these two are combined together. I own several Cords, in Neutral Colors too like Camel, Mocha and Dark Brown. But by far my most 2 favorite pairs are the ones shown today: The Cobalt pair and the Burgundy/Oxblood pair. Every woman needs to have some Skinny Pants in these 2 Colors, especially Burgundy. They seriously go with everything. I want to pair each of these with Mustard on top, next. In the first Outfit (which is over a month old but hadn't been posted) I layered a light Jersey-Cotton Turtleneck because it was cold. Plus a Chambray goes with so much. In the second Outfit (which is more recent and it is even colder now), I wore a Cardigan buttoned-up and belted in a Silk Scarf. [F.Y.I. I have been wearing Scarves like these every now and then, at least since 2008.] I love the pairing of Burgundy and Taupe or Mushroom. They both fall into sort of a Neutral category of colors. These are not the most inventive Outfits but they are me and while they are Casual, I still felt Put-together in them. What do you think of these Looks?
Long-Sleeve, Medium-Wash, Pullover Chambray w/ one Front Pocket: Joe Fresh.
Strawberry Red, Cotton-Stretch Turtleneck w/ Tiny White Polka Dots: Koton.
Cobalt Blue, Corduroy Skinny Pants: Joe Fresh (JC Penney's) (New).
Gray/Silver, Studded, Faux Tattoo-Print Sneakers w/out Laces: Skechers.

Taupe Cardigan: Piazza Italia.
Burgundy Corduroy Skinny Pants: White House Black Market.
White, Gold & Black, Chain-print, Square Silk Scarf: H&M.
Cognac, Real Leather, Skinny Belt w/ Gold Buckle: c/o a Local Accessories Boutique.
Silver, Woven, Thick, Chain Necklace: Parfois.
Real Gold & Diamonds, Fine Jewelry, Tiny Hoops: Lord & Taylor.
Silver, Pave Ring w/ tiny Silver Stones & big Square Ruby in the middle: A Local Boutique.
2-in-1 Silver Ring w/ 2 Silver Circle Stones & 1 Oval Cognac Stone: White House Black Market.
Black, Classic, Plastic Sunglasses: Ray Ban.
Black+Leopard, Suede Leather, Boat Shoes w/ Laces: Sperry's.