Wednesday, February 4, 2015

One Thousand!!!

One Thousand!!!

Today is a special day for Elegance and Mommyhood because it is my one thousand post. No balloons, no confetti, no cupcakes. Just a leopard, cream and black, elegant outfit. We will get to that in a little bit.
...But first, a little thumbs up for me and my little blog! I have never done a blogiversary post, because I haven't really counted by the years. I wrote my first post on July 26th 2010, four and a half years ago. I titled that post "Don't be a Fashion Slave" and gave you a bit of information about who I was, including a snippet of my style via a run-down of some outfits I had worn in the recent years. However, due to always being busy and not having time to take outfit photos or when I took outfit photos, forgetting to post them, I barely blogged for the first couple of years. I did a lot of blog reading though. I, of course read Kendi Everyday like I am sure a lot of you did and a plethora of other blogs, some big and some small - some of those bloggers don't even blog anymore, actually. 

I started blogging more regularly in January of 2012. It started with 10-12 posts a month and then by late Spring/early Summer of that year it was more of a daily thing with most weekends off. 2012 was a huge year of changes for me. I had moved across the world from USA to Europe. I was living in a huge metropolitan city with about a million people, had just started a new job in an industry I had never worked before and with an important title and many responsibilities, got a new home we had to furnish, decorate and make our own. And of course that Spring my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child. Adding a blog to the mix - which as I would find out more and more later was going to be such a time-consuming little side hobby - was an additional challenge for me in 2012. So, give or take I have been blogging full time for 3 years, now. 

I have continued to blog, through pregnancy and after becoming a mom. Of course things have changed in my personal life just as much as my style. Adapting to life as a new mom meant more comfortable, more casual, more easy outfits. Some of which were more on the practical, baby-proof side than very fashionable, I must admit. In 1000 posts, I have shown you all more than a thousand outfits, including lots of remix posts. 

And after becoming a mom I changed my blog's name to "Elegance and Mommyhood" because it just seemed like the right fit. Of course my now two-year old girl, followed me through the blog and many times we blog her outfits, along-side mine. Vivian always steals the show too, because she is just adorable! And of course there are a million things that can be improved and need to me be improved here. But one I really want to work on improving this year is the quality of the photos. I need to up-grade to a nice, professional camera. Sure, I'd love to take outdoor photos but I don't see it happening soon for several reasons. First and foremost I live in such a busy city, in a very busy, populated neighborhood. In the hustle and bustle of things and with my very busy days, doing mini photo-shoots daily or at least 3-5 days a week isn't a possibility right now or very realistic. Once the weather gets nicer, I will try for some outdoor shots when I am out and about with Vivian, But, in general I am a very busy woman, you guys, I work full time. I also have a part-time job, And my job at home never ends as a wife and mother, also. I shoot my own pictures at home with my little Canon camera with a timer. At the most it takes me 10 minutes, sometimes I am done even within 4-5 minutes. Outdoor photos would take much longer, especially if I had to scoop out a place a little far away and quieter than where I live.
I would also like to give this blog a little make-over, a face-lift. Let me know of any professional blog designers that you may know that do not cost an arm and a leg, of course. I want to make my little space on the web more appealing and prettier to both my eye and yours: simple but nice, easy to read through and not tiresome. If you have any advise or recommendations for me in regards to this, I am all ears.

This is my home on the web, which continues to be a hobby, not something I really make money from (aside a few dollars here and there). I am not sure this will change in the short-term or long-term future. Just like I am not sure how my style will change. I do know that I am still enjoying this beautiful, very time-consuming hobby of mine and all the perks that have come from it. Especially getting to know many other very fashionable bloggers around the world, most of whom are wonderful ladies too. The blogging community for the most part is very nice and supportive and that is seriously the best thing for me, to come out of this blog. Of course, I have had a few companies and local boutiques contact me to do reviews, provide me with free clothes or free accessories and such and that has been wonderful and so generous of them too. I am very thankful for that as well because duhh I love clothes and accessories. Even better if they are free. So thank you to everyone. Thank you to all the bloggers who visit here whether it is daily, weekly, monthly or whatever. Thank you to all of you who have collaborated with me for some fun style posts, as well. And thank you to all the wonderful brands, boutiques and companies out there who have liked my blog and asked to be part of it. Your support, readership, comments, compliments, advise and constructive criticism means a lot to me. I need to reward you with a fun giveaway (on the works) soon!

And now for my 1000nd post to celebrate this blog's big achievement I chose an Outfit which features Leopard, Cream and Black. Three neutrals in my book, because I consider Leopard a Neutral as well. I paired this new Silky Cream Blouse by H&M (which has Kimono Sleeves) with these New Gorgeous Velvet, Ankle-length Leopard Pants by Zara. (Thank you to both H&M and Zara for providing these beautiful pieces - they are two of my favorite European brands that can also be found in US.) I kept the jewelry simple and paired some sparkly pieces (that match as a set) with my dainty crystal necklace, crystal studs and bracelet all from White House Black Market - another brand I love, especially when it comes to their jewelry. I added some Black Patent Leather Pumps, a Black Sparkly Clutch from The Limited - my favorite store and of course for a special, going out look I wore some Bright Red Lipstick. I super love this outfit too, you guys.  Hope you do, too. =)
Circle, Crystal, Silver Chain, Dainty Necklace: White House Black Market (similar by Swarovski, love this), (cute option by Vera Bradley, great deal, love this), (fun option by Express, best deal).
Silver, Crystal/Rhinestone Hair Clip: Swarovski.



P.P.S. In case you are wondering today's post is in Red because Red is Bold, Glamorous, Feminine, Fierce, Beautiful and Festive. Red is my Absolute Favorite Color - in case you didn't know - and one I am told by everyone looks great on me. Red is also the color of Love and the color of February. I love this little blog of mine, therefore today you get RED!




35 comments:

  1. Wow lady! Congratulations! What a big accomplishment! I really enjoyed reading through the history of your blog. You seem to always have the right attitude about mixing blogging with real life, in my opinion and I look forward to visiting you here long into the future!

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  2. wow, what an awesome accomplishment, and what a fantastic outfit to celebrate in. Here is hoping you write a 1000 more. Thanks for all your great inspiration Ada

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  3. Forgot to mention Ashley from The grits blog is amazing for a design and very affordable http://thegritsblogdesigns.blogspot.ca/ She designed mine, the one I use know plus the one before, plus my seasonal headers,m she is so easy to work with and has a great knack for figuring out what you need. send her an email ( tell her I sent you) I have been taking outdoor shots but it takes me five minutes in the morning just in my yard, I noticed
    a difference outside and I now have a canon rebel although the iphone still works for great outdoor pictures. Next time you talk Viviane to the park take a few pictures with the two of you. start slow

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  4. Congrats on post number 1,000! The outfit you are wearing is simply stunning and a perfect way to celebrate your accomplishment. I too, would love to give my blog a make-over and maybe more of a professional look. Let me know if you find someone good. I'm looking forward to your next thousand posts!

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  5. Congratulations on 1000 posts! I'm not even close to that - what an accomplishment! I love your outfit today, Ada, it is so cute!! :)

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  6. Congrats on your 1000 posts Ada!! Way to go girl and here is to many more posts....Love those pants!
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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  7. Congratulations! What an accomplishment! And you made 1000 so glamorous with your beautiful pants and sexy heels!

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  8. Congratulations on your 1,000th post! Great look! I gave my blog a facelift a few months ago and I used Carrie Loves Design. She has pre-made templates that you can purchase on Etsy and will work with you to customize anything. She's amazing. I always look at the bottom of other people's blog who's designs I admire to see who the blog designer is. That is another good way to find people to help you out! Etsy is the best route to go if you do not want to spend a lot of cash! Good luck! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
    xo
    Marianne
    www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

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  9. Wow! Congrats on the 1000th post!! I didnt realize you have been blogging that long, thats amazing! You look so gorgeous! Obsessed with those leopard pants!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  10. Congratulations on 1000 posts, what an achievement! I am always interested in finding out more about a blogger's story, and loved hearing yours! You are right, blogging is incredibly time-consuming, it's crazy! But I am also so hooked, I can't imagine quitting any time soon. It's addictive and adds so much joy to my life! I'm glad you feel the same way! :-)

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  11. Congratulations on your 1000th post - what a great accomplishment. And I love the outfit you chose to celebrate - beautiful! I hear you on the outfit pictures - it's something I want to work on too, but going outside really isn't an option for me either. I think you do a great job!

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  12. Always exciting to hit a milestone! and this is such a chic outfit! I only spend about ten minutes on photos too but try to get outside in the driveway or yard as much as possible. Maybe you can find a little spot right there at home to take pics outside.

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  13. Congrats on your 1000th post Ada! I loved reading your blogging story and how your blog has evolved! Looking forward to seeing 1000 more posts! You look so glamorous in this leopard/neutral look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  14. This is one appropriate outfit for the occasion Ada. One of my fave you look smashing. Very inspiring...xo Sabina | Oceanblue Style

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  15. Happy 1000th post, Ada! What a cool accomplishment! Loving the leopard pants you chose to celebrate in. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  16. Congratulations! What an accomplishment. Can we talk about how beautiful you are?! I LOVE this outfit Ada. I think it's my all time favorite of yours. It's so classy and fits you so well. Those pumps are gorgeous.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  17. Wow, 1000 posts...that's fantastic!!! Congrats! You make posting multiple times a week, working full-time, and being a mother and wife easy!! :-) Love the outfit today...classic, yet edgy and noticeable!!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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  18. I've just found your blog and I think it's really inspiring, it will be an honor for me if you can visit mine too, and if you want to follow, it will be a pleasure to follow you back! :) <3

    By the way I am having a cute giveaway on my blog, you can win a lollipop necklace, I hope you join and If you do, good luck, I hope you win! <3

    Fashion gets Fierce.
    Fashion gets Fierce Giveaway.

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  19. Love your leopard velvet pants! Very chic. And, your Mary Jane patent leather heels are fabulous! Thank you for sharing on Shoe and Tell on Style Nudge!!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

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  20. Congrats, Ada! Those are all huge accomplishments! You look gorgeous in this outfit, OMG, I love it all!
    xo,
    Monica
    GlamVolution.blogspot.com

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  21. Congratualtions Ada, that is a long time, and quite an accomplishment. You look lovely. Love the cream with those neat leopard pants. Love the shoes!
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

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  22. Congratulations on 1000 posts. Also for all the company you have been working with.

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  23. Huge hugs and congrats on post #1,000! Chicly sporting leo print is a great way to celebrate it! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  24. Wow a huge Congrats on your 1000th post Ada!! What an amazing accomplishment & the fact that you have been blogging such a long time is really cool too and that you've stuck with it! It was nice reading this post & to hear about your journey so far. Now this outfit is a show stopper one of my fave of yours! Simple and very chic.
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  25. Congrats on 1000 posts!
    You look stunning in those leopard pants!

    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com

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  26. What a huge accomplishment Ada. Not many other bloggers make it to there 1000th post and as you mentioned some of the bloggers you used to read are no longer blogging. It is a LOT of work and I think you do what you can. Certainly taking outdoor photos is a lot more work but I love that you've set that goal for yourself. THIS OUTFIT is one of my absolute favorites that you have ever featured! Congratulations and cheers to a 1000 more posts!

    Angie from reasons to dress

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  27. Congratulations on your 1000th post! What an awesome accomplishment! I've really enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you too :) This is such a great outfit! You are rocking these leopard pants and they pair wonderfully with your blouse!

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  28. Congrats on such a big milestone! What a great outfit, I love leopard too and wished I was brave enough to wear leopard pants.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  29. fabulous pants!!!! and congrats! Thanks so much for linking up, too!

    www.lisaalamode.com

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  30. Congratulations on your 1000th post! Wow! And I love love LOVE this outfit!

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  31. Congratulations on your 1000th post! Wow! And I love love LOVE this outfit!

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  32. Congrats on the blog-anniversary! I have never really celebrated either, at least not with a cake or balloons. I think I did a giveaway for my 1,000 post. I have been blogging since 2009! So, we have both been blogging for awhile! I love this outfit, that cream silky blouse goes perfectly with those leopard pants and that black sparkly clutch is nice, too!

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  33. Love, love, love those pants and heels. Thanks for linking up at Who's Wearing What Wednesdays at Pastries, Pumps and Pi!

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  34. Congratulations Ada! You look FANTASTIC in this outfit. I have been eyeing some similar pants but scared of how to style it. Thanks for the inspiration. Thank you for linking up with the Thrift Sisters.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  35. LOVE these pants and enjoyed your post! I don't know how you do it all but you AMAZE me! :)
    xo/Riva
    www.rivaladiva.com

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