Monday, June 30, 2014

Dress Week: Gray+White Stripes for me with a Touch of Red, White+Blue for Viv.

Hard to believe that today is June 30th which means the year is half-way over. Today is also the quarter-of-a-century Birthday of my first Cousin Gloria. Her mom is my mom's sister and Gloria is like a little sister to me. She is a great auntie to Vivian also so I wish her a Fabulous, Fantastic Birthday today as she celebrates it all week long on vacation with her fiance, parents and brother in Myrtle Beach (lucky her).

I am starting a Dress Week this week where I will be showing you New, never-seen-before Dresses. Since this week also marks the week of Independence Day and America's Birthday, a lot of my Outfits will be inspired by this Great Country and will have that Classy Americana, Nautical feel. Vivian has been making many absences on the blog lately. I tried to take some photos of her recently when I got dressed so you will see her in Dresses and Rompers, too.

We start off the week with a Simple, Super Casual T-Shirt Dress. I purchased it before the start of Summer last year but I had yet to wear it. They had it in Navy+White but I opted for Gray+White because it was softer and also it is much easier to find a Navy+White Striped Dress. This Mini Dress/Tunic has comfy draw-strings on the lower waist and the chest pocket has a Navy+Gold Embroided Anchor (I love Anchors and Stripes - in case you all didn't know). Plus the $19 price sold me since it is a pretty thick, not see-through cotton jersey. I added my Peep-toe Bow, Polka Dot Flats and some Turquoise Jewelry and called it a day. Vivian has her own Nautical, Americana Look going in her Red, Blue + White Dress and Shirt. As always Vivian steals the scene, not? What do you think of our Nautical Looks? Do you own a Simple, Everyday Striped Dress? I linked up some great options, below. =)
White+Gray Striped T-Shirt Dress w/ Cap Sleeves & Anchor Pocket: A Local Boutique (New) (very similar option by LOFT), (similar dressier option by LOFT, love this), (similar tank dress, best deal).
Long Silver-tone Necklace w/ Silver Circles & Big Turquoise Stones: A Local Boutique. (New) (similar, love this), (gorgeous option by Kendra Scott), (similar long beaded necklace, best deal).
Blue+Black Gingham, Heart-shaped Drop Earrings: Random Street Vendor (New).
Baby Blue Crystal & Silver Ring Stretchy Bracelet: A Random Street Vendor (New) (similar).
Canvas, Black & White, Polka Dot, Peep-Toe Ballet Flats w/ Bows: Steve Madden (very similar + gorgeous),(similar, great deal), (similar, love these).

Vivian's Outfit:
Navy+White Striped Jumper Dress w/ Red Ladybug (it comes with the Red Tee, as a 2-piece set): Carter's.
Fuchsia, Grossgrain Bow Barrette: Wal Mart.
Pink+White Mary Jane Socks: Jumbo.
Silver Metallic, Flower Sandals: Target.

P.S. Linking up with Claire, Carylee + Gina, Elena, Lauren, Nicole, Rachelle and Whitney.
Stay tuned for a lot more Dresses and definitely more Stripes and Nautical Inspirations on the blog, this week. Thank you for reading!! Happy Monday and Happy 1st week of July!!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

May 2014 Reflections and Top 3 Looks.

This post is coming a lot later than usual, but I have had a very busy June. The blog has been taking more of a backseat these last couple of weeks. I happen to think that despite the days being longer, we are busier in the Summer. I also recapped my 30 for 30 challenge late. So anyway, better late than never.

In May, I posted 24 times, which give or take it means I took a whole week off from blogging - much necessary. (As I have mentioned before, I try not to let blogging make me tired and I rarely schedule posts ahead due to time.) Not counting the 3 Outfits (left over) from the 30 for 30 challenge, I showed you guys 22 Outfits, and there were 4 two-fer posts. There were 3 posts where I didn't show any OOTDs at all. Vivian made some appearances but not as many as before. It is hard taking photos of here lately. She is always running around. We had a few cold days in May so you saw the last of my Sweaters and Boots in a couple of Outfits. When the weather started warming up you saw a lot of Dresses, some Skirts and Ballet Flats, Sandals and Wedges for Footwear. As a SAHM, I usually have more Casual Outfits in this blog (since that's what I wear daily), but in May it was about half and half, since I showed you just as many Dressy Outfits. I wore a lot of my Dresses with Pumps, also. You saw a Lot of Blazer as well and Blues + Nautical Stripes were popular for my May Outfit Resume. My New Olive Cargo Pants were remixed twice (in a two-fer post). Some other items you saw more than once were my Anchor Chambray Shirt, as well as some of my Favorite Handbags like my New Red MK Tote, my New Gold Elliot Lucca Tote and my Windowpane Clutch. However my most favorite of all was my Birthday Post where I showed you a New Dress (that Outfit happens to be my Most Favorite of the month) and even invited 6 of my favorite bloggers to Style some Dresses for me. It was such a Fun and Fashionable Post. 

And speaking of Guests and Collaborations, my main collaboration in May (continuing through June) was with the Sweet and Lovely Amy Ann with which I did our Spring Must Haves which was a lot of fun and one of my favorite blogger collaborations thus far. I kicked off my Birthday Month co-hosting Tres Chic Thursday with the Pretty and Fashionable Mamma Agnes. Then later in the month I co-hosted Stylish Tuesday with the Sassy, Stylish and Sexy Paige. They were two very fun link-ups. I adore both of these ladies' styles and I am a regular follower of their blogs. Join their link-ups if you don't already. There was a Special Mother's Day Post in the last month too, where I invited two Favorite Mother-to-Be Bloggers Londyn and Laura. Check out their blogs as well. These ladies are gorgeous and have incredible style. I bet their little baby girls will follow in their footsteps.

Overall I had a great month of Outfits in May, it was hard choosing these favorites. There were a couple of Outfits that I liked less but I didn't hate any overall, so I am just showing the Top 3 Looks (in my ranking of how I liked them) and a few more (in no order). Enjoy and Thank You for reading Ladies. Enjoy the Rest of the Weekend!!

I love this dress first and foremost. I love the 2 different sizes of the Classic/Neutral  Houndstooth Print (one of my Most Favorite Prints). I love the Patten-Mixing I did with my Windowpane Clutch and Python Pumps, keeping it Monochrome still. The Jewelry added Sparkle but I kept it Pretty Simple. This was a favorite among yours, too.
This was another New Dress that I wore in May. It has one of my Favorite Colors of the moment - Cobalt and it is in a Classic Silhouette - Wrap Style. I love the length of the Dress which would make it perfect for work too (not just date night - what I wore it to) and I love that it has long sleeves. A Beaded Lariat Necklace and Silver Pave Bracelet was all I needed to accessorize with and the Nude Pumps were perfect for it. I wore this as "The Statement Dress" for our "Spring Must Haves" series.
I styled this 'borrowed' Dress for a Horse Racing Event using my Favorite, Beautiful, Big Floppy Hat. The Teal of the Hat picked up the Greens of the Dress. I added Colorful Bracelets, Necklace, Clutch and Rainbow-Striped Wedges which also matched all the other Colors of the Dress. It ended up being a Super Colorful and Bold Outfit but it was Girly and Fun.
Which are your 2-3 Favorite Outfits from above? Let me know. =)

P.S. Linking up with Carolyn, Claire, Doranda, Laura, Leeann, Molly, Patti, Saumya and Shea.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Office Job Interview Outfit and Thoughts.

How do you dress for your office job? Is it a more relaxed type of office or do you always have to wear dressy slacks, pencil skirts, pumps, blouses and suits? How about for an office job interview, what would you wear? A couple of weeks ago I attended a small job fair where they were conducting short interviews for corporate, office jobs. There were about 20 of us (only 3 males) and almost every single lady was wearing a Black Pencil Skirt with a White Blouse tucked in and either Black or Nude Pumps. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that ensemble - it is always polished and classy - it has been done a million times, before. It is not very original, it is totally expected for a job interview (especially a first interview) and I don't think it shows the woman's personality at all. I can be wrong in my thinking but that's my opinion and I am sticking to it. I'd love to discuss this with you though so let me know what you think, in the comments. Thanks.

What I wore was this Tweed Pink Pencil Skirt by The Limited (they have great Pencil Skirts in case you are wondering) with a Silk Off-White + Black Polka Dots, Long Sleeve Blouse with a Ruffled Collar by White House Black Market (another great place to get Dressy Blouses and Skirts for work). The Skirt has the perfect work-type silhouette, the Blouse is Dressy and Girly but between the Dots and the Neckline it has some character. I completely straightened out my hair, used some light shadows on my eyelids but wore red lipstick (it shows confidence!) and finished off the look with Classic Black Patent Leather Pumps by Nine West (Great Shoe brand for all kinds of Shoes, including Classic Pumps that are also comfortable). My bag was small enough to carry everything I needed. It is a classic envelope-shaped bag but the color-blocking makes it fun as well. Last but not least I added Small, Simple Dangly Black Chandelier Earrings. I ended up truly liking this Outfit, what about you? And I don't know about you, but when I love an Outfit my enthusiasm shows on the photos too and I usually end up taking a lot of pictures, too lol. 
Silk, Long-Sleeve, Off-White Blouse w/ Black Dots & Ruffled Collar: White House Black Market (very similar), (similar, short-sleeve, bow-tie blouse by WHBM), (similar w/ Peter Pan collar, on sale, love this).
Red+White, Envelope-shaped Cross-body Bag: A Local Accessories Boutique (New) (similar, best deal), (similar, red + tan, great deal), (similar, Kate Spade option, on sale, love this).
Lipstick: Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in "Crush" (identical), (similar by Revlon)
Pointy-Toe, Classic, Patent Leather Black Pumps: Nine West (identical), (similar w/ kitten heel by Nine West), (similar leather option by Nine West, love this).

P.S. I am also wearing Pink for Renae. And also linking up to Allison, Claire, Jalpa, Jena, Jen, Jo-Lynne, Marissa,  Rachel and Tara.
Happy Friday!!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Black, White and Leopard Pump.

You can never, ever go wrong wearing Black+White. It is Classic, Timeless, Super Versatile, Easy, Sexy, Classy!! And of course you can always count on White House Black Market to have beautiful solid Black, solid White or Black+White Printed Clothes, just like this Skirt from my last post, which you all loved. =) The top, leggings, blazer and jewelry from today's post is all from there. If I would have worn my Leopard Calf-hair Ballet Flats instead of these Leopard Pumps, it would have been a head to toe WHBM Look. Which has happened a few times since I own a lot of clothes, jewelry, shoes and even some bags from there. They have beautiful things - check them out!! (And no, this post isn't sponsored by WHBM, I wish.) A pop of Red Lip to go with those Leopard Pumps, Pink Gucci Sunglasses and a Coral Crystal Chevron Hair Clip were my splashes of Color for this Black+White Monochromatic Look. What do you think? How often do you wear Black and White together? Do you love it?
Silver Chain Long Necklace w/ Teardrop, Black-Beaded Pendant: White House Black Market (WHBM this year's version, excellent deal + a great cause), (similar, best deal), (similar, great deal).
Black, Navy & Smoke, Crystal, 2 Stretchy Bracelets w/ Large Stones: White House Black Market.
Round, Maroon-Red, Plastic-frame Sunglasses: Gucci (Birthday Gift) (New) (identical sunglasses in Tortoise - mine have redish-pink plastic frames), (very similar), (similar, best deal), (similar by Gucci).
Light Coral, Sparkly, Chevron-shaped Hair Barette: A Local Accessories Boutique (similar).
Black, Cotton Blazer w/ Mandarin Collar & Military-Style, Silver Buttons: White House Black Market (very similar from WHBM), (cheap + adorable), (loving this).
White, Boat-Neck, Soft Cotton, Short-Sleeve Tee: White House Black Market (very similar cream option by WHBM, love this), (similar Michael Stars Tunic Tee), (similar lace option, best deal, love this).
Black, Thin, Cotton-Stretch Leggings: White House Black Market (exact), (very similar).
Leopard, Round-Toe, Suede Pumps w/ Black Side Bows: Mia Shoes (very similar, best deal), (very similar, on sale), (similar gorgeous CK wedges, love this).

P.S. Linking up with Agnes, Andrea, Ann, Carrie, Erin, Madeline, Sarah, Sharon, Tara and Victoria.
Happy Thursday Babes!!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mom Wear to Work Wear: Nude-Colored Tank Top.

I didn't mean to not post Monday and bring you this post very late on this Tuesday but I had to catch up with some rest most importantly, and the other hours of the day were spent with Vivian. Before I knew it, time slipped away. And as I mentioned in my Real Blogger Beauty post, I rarely schedule posts ahead. I have no time for that. Also, thanks to all of you who stop by to read, comment, advise. I am very behind with my blog-reading but I will blog-hop this week and try to catch up a little. Today's post was supposed to be yesterday's post, actually. Better late than never, right?

Every other Monday, I will bring you two Outfits featuring the same item of clothing first in a Mommy Outfit and then create a Work Outfit using at least one of the pieces as the first outfit. Sometimes the entire Outfit might be the same, I'll just use different accessories and shoes. I am doing this to show myself and you the versatility of my clothes by remixing them more. I have worn/will wear both Outfits shown on these posts. Though I am not currently working, I am definitely going into job interviews, job fairs and even did some office-related things a few days this month. I thought this posts will be fitting for Mondays since that is when the work week starts. I figured why not add some more inspiration to the day! Hope you enjoy these posts. In my first one, I will show you one of my most Favorite Tank Tops. It is a Light Cotton Jersey piece in a Nude Color, with a little Bib-like Ruffle down the front. It is Airy, Girly, Simple and Classic. The Color goes with anything and everything. A great layering piece.
This Tank Top has a flattering scoop neckline, which makes it easier to layer with, add a necklace on or even a scarf. For the Mommy Look I paired it with one of my Favorite Black+White Skirts. It is a Bucket Skirt with pockets, it has stripes and swirls within a geometric-pattern. I added my Denim Jacket and a New Orange+Gold Statement Necklace. For Shoes I chose Comfortable, Metallic, Neutral, Beaded Sandals which mixed well with the Gold Headband. For the Work Outfit, I tucked the Tank Top inside my New Gorgeous, Floral Brocade Pencil Skirt. The Ivory/Nude Skirt matched the Tank quite well and the pops of Bright Colors of the Floral Pattern were perfect. I wore my Bright Green Blazer, took off my Statement Necklace and substituted it for my Dainty Gold, Heart Charm Chain. And instead of Sandals I wore my Black+Cognac Wedges and kept on the same Hairstyle and Headband. What do you think of these Outfits? Do you own a Nude-Colored Tank? I hope my post inspires you to try some new looks with it.  =)

Light Medium Wash, Classic Denim Jacket: H&M (Thrifted; New) (very similar by Target), (similar by Old Navy).
Nude Cotton Tank w/ Pleated, Chiffon, Tuxedo Ruffle on the Front: White House Black Market (similar, this year's option by WHBM, on sale), (similar tiered tank, best deal), (gorgeous crochet option, great deal), (similar nude swing tank by Express).
Neon Orange + Gold, Statement Necklace w/ Circles: A Local Accessories Boutique (New) very similar, best deal), (very similar, gorgeous option), (similar, love this).
Gold Metallic, Silk, Braided Rope Headband: Pacific Sunwear (similar braided headband), (similar w/ pyramid studs).
Pewter, Neutral-Metallic, Beaded, Thong Sandals: Old Navy (very similar, in gold), (very similar, in silver, on sale), (similar, best deal).

Nude Cotton Tank w/ Pleated, Chiffon, Tuxedo Ruffle on the Front: White House Black Market (similar, this year's option by WHBM, on sale), (similar tiered tank, best deal), (gorgeous crochet option, great deal), (similar nude swing tank by Express).
Emerald Green Blazer w/ Silver+Black Pinstriped Silk Lining: A Local Boutique (New) (very similar by Chico's, best deal), (very similar, gorgeous Ralph Lauren option, on sale), (similar boyfriend jacket).
Ivory/Nude, Brocade Pencil Skirt w/ Orange+Pink Floral Print: A Local Boutique (New) (very similar, on sale, love this), (very similar, gorgeous floral brocade, Ann Taylor option, on sale), (similar pastel floral, best deal
Real Gold, Dainty, Twisted Chain Necklace w/ Heart Pendant: Lord & Taylor (Gift from Mom & Dad) (very similar, great deal), (very similar), (similar heart locket necklace, best deal, love this),
Gold Metallic, Silk, Braided Rope Headband: Pacific Sunwear (similar braided headband), (similar w/ pyramid studs).
Gold, Real Leather Hobo Bag w/ Quilted detail on the Front: Elliot Lucca (New) (very similar, great deal), (similar EL, white Summer option), (gorgeous MK option).

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Wednesday - middle of the week!!

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