Wednesday, April 30, 2014

31 of 30 and 32 of 30: Reversing a Cobalt Blue Plaid, Vivian and an Announcement.

Hello. It is yet another cold day here. Cold for April at least, about 50-55 degrees. It looks like rain is about to start at any giving moment. Ehhh, we have had PLENTY of it this April. Speaking of April, today is the 30th. Can you believe another month bids us farewell. 2014 is flying by. Though to tell you the truth, between all the rain and the cold and probably because I remixed my closet and wore the same clothes over and over, this month has seemed a little longer than the rest of them so far. Poor little Vivian cannot catch a break this year either. She has gotten sick so often. April's stupid weather didn't help her out, either. =( She is making more appearances on the blog today, again. Now that she is a very active, walking baby, her pictures are difficult to take, but they are fun nevertheless.

Here are my first two BONUS Outfits from my 30 for 30 challenge. I wore my Beautiful Plaid Button-down by Joe Fresh 2 days in a row. However for the first (Casual) Outfit I wore the inside part out. You see, this Button-down is two-ply and the inside is Gingham while the outside is Plaid. I want a Blue/White Gingham Shirt badly (currently missing from my closet) and I got creative with this and reversed it. I think I might have my tailor make this Shirt permanently reversible, because it looks like it can be an easy fix. I paired it with one of my New Scarves which mixes prints - how awesome is that!? I kept the look pretty in Blue Monochrome by adding my Jean Jacket and even a Light Blue Headband. There is a very subtle pattern-mixing going on here between the Plaid & Gingham (on the Shirt & Headband), the Polka Dots (on the Scarf & Shoes) as well as the Leopard (also on the Scarf). Since the Scarf is the main attraction of this ensemble and the Layers seemed to work out on their own, I skipped jewelry. What do you think of this Outfit? Do you own a Blue Gingham Shirt? Would you style it this way?
Pros: I love the Monochrome Look on top with the subtle Print-mixing. Plus a Blue Denim Jacket and Black Skinny Jeans are always STYLISH and two very versatile, remixable pieces.
Cons: I don't know how Creative this Outfit is, but some day call for K.I.S.S. Outfits (Keep It Simple Stupid) and that is totally fine.
This has to be my most favorite photo of Vivian lately. Look at that pretty long, wavy hair. Seriously. And this is what Vivian had to say "My hair is so pretty and I love playing with my shoes. But don't mind my red eyes. Mommy had to take this photo while I was spinning." LOL
This is My Most Favorite Photo of us from April. I simply LOVE it. We both look so cute but I adore Vivi's Smile. It brightens up the photo.
Cobalt+White, Plaid Button-down w/ Gingham Print inside: Joe Fresh (JC Penney's) (New).
Light Medium Wash, Classic Denim Jacket: H&M (Thrifted; New).
Black Skinny Jeans: Sublevel (New).
Cobalt Blue Mixed-Prints 100% Silk Scarf w/ Polka Dots+Leopard: A Scarf Boutique (New).
Baby Blue/White/Navy Plaid, Burberry-like, Pleather Headband: A Local Accessories Boutique.
White, Sea-Pearl, Silver, Heart-shaped Cocktail Ring: c/o American Fashion & Jewelry Boutique (New).
Navy+White, Suede Leather, Pointy Toe Ballet Flats: Gap.

Vivian's Outfit:
Pastel, Color-blocked, Peach/Yellow/Lime Cardigan: Carter's Collection.
Hot Pink Polka Dot Leggings w/ Gray Tulle Hem (part of a Set): Disney Baby (Gifted; New).
Hot Pink Mary Janes w/ Multi-Colored Chiffon Flowers: Target.

The next day which was a bright, warm and sunny day (after a mostly dreary, gray, cold, rainy April) I grabbed this Shirt again and paired it with my Cobalt Skirt. The shades are not exactly the same but they still go together quite nicely. Another Blue Monochromatic Look, this one slightly dressier. I also decided that the Navy Gap Flats were a perfect match too. To add to the Girly, Preppy, Nautical effect I was going for, I dug into my large box of Headbands and found this Metallic Gold Rope one. I added Gold Dangly Earrings and anchored the look with this fun set of Lavender Bracelets that have Stripes and Polka Dots. Vivian was super cute in her Minnie Mousse Dress and Dark Jeggings. She certainly was not digging the fact that we were taking photos though. LOL What do you think of this Monochromatic Look? Have you ever paired a Dressy Pencil Skirt with a Flannel or Plaid Shirt? I quite liked the results of this - my first time doing it.
Pros: I am wearing Beautiful Cobalt head to toe what's not to love? Plus the Rope Metallic Gold Headband and the Polka Dot Flats add to the Nautical+Preppy appeal.
Cons: I see none. Do you?! =D
Playtime at Daycare. She is the youngest of the group and it works for her because of all the special attention she gets as being just 15 months old.
Cobalt+White, Plaid Button-down w/ Gingham Print inside: Joe Fresh (JC Penney's) (New).
Cobalt, Ponte Pencil Skirt w/ Gold Buttons off the Left side (on the front): The Limited (New).
Gold Metallic, Silk, Braided Rope Headband: Pacific Sunwear.
Gold Teardrop-shaped, Dangly Earrings w/ Clear Beads: c/o The Limited (from a few years ago).
Lavender+White, Lucite Beaded Bracelet (set of 2) w/ Stripes+Dots: Borrowed from Sister-in-Law (she has received it as a Gift from me).
White, Sea-Pearl, Silver, Heart-shaped Cocktail Ring: c/o American Fashion & Jewelry Boutique.
Navy+White, Suede Leather, Pointy Toe Ballet Flats: Gap.

Vivian's Outfit:
Hot Pink+White Minnie Mousse Dress w/ Polka Dot Tutu Skirt & Bow: Disney Baby.
Dark Blue Jeggings: Carter's.
Baby Pink, Rosette, Grossgrain Hair Clip: Buy Buy Baby.
Hot Pink Mary Janes w/ Multi-Colored Chiffon Flowers: Target.


Now for the announcement. Tomorrow I am co-hosting the Tres Chic Link-up with the Lovely Agnes from Vodka Infused Lemonade. So make sure you link up your fabulous outfits, follow us (it's the nice thing to do), visit some blogs and have fun! It goes live tonight at midnight Pacific Time.
And tomorrow starts May which happens to be my favorite Warm Month and my Birthday Month (it's in 4 days!!) I promise I have a great May ahead for this blog. I am looking forward to wearing lots of Skirts, Dresses, Girly Tops & Cropped Pants. I am also looking forward to wearing lots of New, Beautiful pieces. But the most important and fun thing I am looking forward to this May, are the fun & awesome collaboration posts I have in the works, starting just next week. So stay tuned and I hope you find some inspiration along the way. Thanks so much for making it this far. Whoho, this was a long post to write.

P.S. Linking with Carrie, Shanna, Alissa, Melaina, Sarah, Kileen and Victoria.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

30 of 30: My Easter Outfit but NOT the Last One.

Hello on this rainy and cold Tuesday morning. So, today I have Outfit #30 of my 30 for 30 challenge for you guys, but it is not the last one. In real life, I started my challenge the last week of March, in order to have time to get a head start posting on the blog. I have posted every outfit in the chronological order in which they have been worn so far. There are still a few more Outfits after this that I was able to remix and wear within my month of this challenge. I wore the actual last Outfit of this challenge on Sunday and it might be my most favorite one. I will be posting a few two-fer posts this week so by this weekend, all of my outfits with the 30 pieces will finally be shown. Thank you to all of you who have stopped by daily, bi-weekly, weekly or whenever you can to follow me during this challenge and encourage me along the way. 

So, yesterday was a cold, rainy day. I only went outside to drop off and pick up Vivian from daycare. After a month of wearing the same clothes over and over, remixing the hell out of my closet and shoes and doing a lot more laundry, yesterday I celebrated by wearing Leggings with a Flannel and a Ponytail for a comfy stay-at-home look without caring about taking any outfit photos. I plan on doing the same today, again, since it is yet another day of lots of rain and cold winds. After having a super mild Winter, the bad weather decided to sneak up on us and bring us some Winter during April.

This is the Outfit I wore for Easter this year. It is not the most colorful or the brightest and I really thought about cheating on my 30 for 30 challenge that day and wear something else from my closet, but I stuck to it. And I really like the end results, because it is a polished, classy look, between my Black Shirt-dress and the Silver Blazer (which throughout this challenge, proved to be so versatile - so glad I included it). Though the materials of these 2 pieces are so different, the textures work together somehow. I wore some Pretty Jewels as well that are mostly from WHBM and my Crystal Bunny Necklace which is perfect for Easter. There are a lot of photos from this day, sorry. Some of which with Vivian, of course. I just realized when editing these photos, that I sort of matched my daughter (though this time was not done on purpose). We both have Gray/Silver on top and the Hot Pink parts of her Outfit match my Pink Jewelry and Lips. How do you like Outfit #30? Do you own a Black Shirt-Dress? (I have 3 Black ones F.Y.I.) If not, purchase one, because they are so versatile and a classic staple to have and you will thank me later.
Hand Jewelry:
White, Sea-Pearl, Silver, Heart-shaped Cocktail Ring: c/o American Fashion & Jewelry Boutique.
Light Orange, Round-face, Quartz Watch: Gift from My Husband (New).
1 White+Silver and 1 Magenta+Silver, Stretchy, Beaded Bracelets w/ some Charms: White House Black Market.
Silver, Pave Ring w/ tiny Silver Stones & big Square Ruby in the middle: A Local Boutique.
Real Gold Wedding Band and Real Gold+Diamond Engagement Ring: From My Husband.
Do you like the jacket better buttoned or unbuttoned? I tried both styles and kept it some hours buttoned and some hours unbuttoned. This Outfit proved to be comfy for a long, festive day.
This is the first time that Vivian held an egg. She even started taking the shell off (it was a hard-boiled egg, of course). Hahaha, I love the little faces she is making, I had to photograph.
Pros: Simple, Comfortable, Elegant and Classy. I am wearing Neutrals in Black and Gray - you can't go wrong. Also the Metallic Silver of the Jacket plays off the Metallic Bronze Wedges.
Cons: It is not too Bright-Colored for Easter. I wish I was wearing brighter, happier colors. But at least I have on some Pink Jewels to make up for the lack of Color.
Black, Belted, Ponte, Elbow-Sleeve Shirt-dress w/ Silver Buttons & Chest Pockets: White House Black Market.
Light Silver, Silk Blazer w/ Pinstriped Silver+Gold Lining: Urban Behaviour.
Silver Chain Necklace w/ a Rhinestone Bunny Charm: Fred's Jewelry.
Silver+Magenta, Oval-Stone Dangly Earrings: White House Black Market.
Silver, Crystal/Rhinestone Hair Clip: Swarovski (New; Gift).
Bronze/Taupe Metallic, Round-Toe Wedge Pumps w/ Buckle Decorations: Andrew Geller (New).

Vivian's Outfit:
Gray "Minnie Mouse" Sparkly Tulle, Tiered Tunic + Hot Pink Polka Dot Leggings w/ Gray Tulle Hem (together as a Set): Disney Baby (Gifted; New).
Large Tulle & Lace Hot Pink Flower Hair Clip w/ Sparkly Stones: DIY by Me.
Hot Pink Mary Janes w/ Multi-Colored Chiffon Flowers: Target.

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